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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
We brew Oktoberfest in tribute to the world’s biggest beer party. Vienna and Munich malts produce the deep golden color, nutty undertones, and toasted malt flavors characteristic of this renowned Bavarian beer style. Perle hops imported directly from the Hallertau region of Germany give the beer a smooth balanced finish. This celebratory lager puts the ‘fest’ in the month of October.

Unlike most beers that begin with base malt and add specialty malts for flavor, Karl Strauss Oktoberfest is made from 100% specialty malts. A flavorful blend of Vienna, Munich, and Carahell malts create a toasty, nutty flavor that is characteristic of the style. To balance out the sweetness from the malts, the brewers stayed true to tradition using imported Hallertau Perle hops for a spicy finish.

After cold fermenting for several weeks, the golden hued lager is cellared at 50-degrees for an additional three weeks, creating an incredibly smooth finish. Weighing in at 5% ABV, this exceptional session lager is a great complement to traditional Oktoberfest fare, including grilled meats, burgers, and of course, sausages.

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mjg74 (3182) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 30, 2005
Pours a medium golden color. Aroma is yeasty and somewhat malty. Tastes very much like a hefeweizen. Flavor consists of grains, yeast, malt and some spice. This has probably been sitting around for a good 6-7 months but I think it’s pretty good.

3.2
decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 4, 2008
Deep copper/red pour w/light lace. Roasted malt aroma with a hint of caramel. A bit of light malt and a some kind of bitter I’m not sure if you would call it astringent or hoppy. Thin and over carbonated. A drinkable beer with some work to be done.

3.2
wetherel (1888) - Cupertino, California, USA - SEP 17, 2009
On tap Carlsbad location. Orange yellow color. Small caramel aroma. Leans dry. Easy to drink. Nice.

3.2
LtDan (1808) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 18, 2009
Appearance: Pours a dark amber that starts with a decent head that completely subsides. The body is rather clear. Aroma: Sweet and bready grain initially, also some caramel notes as well. Taste: Burnt sugars, bready grain and ever so slight bitter hops. Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a clean finish. Overall: A unique, yet really familiar Oktoberfest lager.

3.2
bhensonb (15745) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 25, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2015 Bottle from the World Market Winter Beer Box! Poured in an AR-MEN glass. Light copper with an off-white head that went three-fingers. Nice caramel aroma with a hint of grassy hop. Not quite medium body - thinnish even - with frothy carbonation. It’s bready, and there’s a lot of flavor in it. Not much hop, so I guess the malt combo is showing its stuff. Not sweet though. Refreshing actually.

3.2
john44 (3392) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2017
Draft Pint in USA in Oct 2015 - Amber Gold in colour. Toasty bready malts, caramel, hint of nuts. Grassy spicy hops. Sweet malty and lightly spicy. Easy drinking. I liked it (enough to have a second). (2015-10)

3.1
StefanSD (2468) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2008
Pint mug from tap at Chilis restaurant. Pours a dark amber/brown with a fair off-white head. This was served way too cold so there was very little aroma, just a whiff of barley. The flavor was mild with malted grains, nuts, a hint of molasses and some biscuit. The mouthfeel was light. The finish is short and dry with a bit of metallic aftertaste. Overall: This went rather well with dinner so I’m rating it generously.

3.1
slowrunner77 (12804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
"More toasted malt aroma and roast than caramel in the nose and flavor than your traditional marzen. So not prototypical of the style, and a little weak in feel and finish. But...the malt profile is totally enjoyable, and this was a decent beer."

3.1
rejtable (2836) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2014
Tap at carlsbad brewpub. Nose is malty sugar sweet. Flavours of syrup, plums English tea. Taste light bitter light sweet. Medium/light body with light carbonation.

3.1
Stuedmaster (352) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 21, 2014
On tap at That Boy Good in Oceanside, CA. Looks good, amber/red pour with a decent beige head that leaves lacing. Well balanced flavor, fruity and sweet with a nice hop bitterness. A nice version of a German Oktoberfest, was a little above average, overall. Good for session style drinking.


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