Karl Strauss Oktoberfest Beer - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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3.98/5 rDev +16.4%
Poured a clear golden amber with a massively craggy off white head that slowly melted to some very sticky lacing.
Aromas of toasted amber malts, buttery caramel, and brown sugar.
Taste is not as sweet as it smells. Toasted amber malt, light caramel, light hops to dry the finish. Lots of smooth malt comes through especially as it warms.
Aftertaste seems clean with just a bit of the caramel and hops lingering.
I have a feeling this one grows on you and will enjoy the rest of my sixer.
10-09-2007 01:52:41 | More by IntriqKen
3.91/5 rDev +14.3%
On tap at their brewery in Carlsbad, poured into a weizen glass.
A. Apricot-orange in color, slightly opaque with little head or lacing.
S: The nose is bready, earthy, husky grain. Slight caramel sweetness touches an otherwise dry and subtle bouquet.
T: More bold than the nose, with toasty malts at the front of the palate. Slightly caramelly, a tinge of lemon citrus. Earthy, tea-like malts pop up toward the finish, drying the palate. Everything is layered nicely, highly drinkable and satisfying.
M: Light body, ample carbonation scrubs the sweet aspects.
Underrated Marzen, I look forward to this season when this is available all over SoCal. A nice and satisfying change from the uber-hopped beer that's all over the place.
01-21-2013 22:53:22 | More by rand
3.88/5 rDev +13.5%
The only other Karl Strauss beer I've had before was their Red Trolley Ale and thought it was ok. Saw this one on display with all the other fall seasonals at the local BevMo. Looks a nice copper color, but not much of a head even with a hard pour. Smells lightly like toasted caramel, inviting. Some sweet toasty caramel, little bitterness, not very strong on the flavor overall. Too much prickly carbonation imo. I think this is good as a starter Oktoberfest beer for someone just getting into the fall seasonals.
10-16-2007 21:01:54 | More by Sleestak
3.85/5 rDev +12.6%
12oz brown bottle.
Bubbly brassy brew, decent sized crown of head. Bready caramel aroma with some grassy hops. Crispness pops under the moderate sized body to bring on a refreshing smoothness. Grassy, biscuity, bready, animal feed, faint caramel ... Dry maltiness. Hopping is there with a slightly sharp edge and herbal flavor. Clean malty finish.
A good run at the style, very drinkable.
09-09-2010 02:32:03 | More by Jason
3.85/5 rDev +12.6%
Great nose of biscuity malt is the nice feature. Thin body and highly drinkable. Modest caramel flavors. Looks great in the tall pilsner glass, pale orange amber color. Nice balance of delicate malt and just a kiss of hops. Watery mouthfeel but enough carbonation.
More innocent pleasure in this example than lots of other alleged Oktoberfests. On tap at the La Jolla Karl Strauss.
10-28-2011 03:44:11 | More by mactrail
3.8/5 rDev +11.1%
This is a simple but good oktoberfest.
Amber, bubly it has a medium, off-white head soon thinning to a foamy ring and wisps, with only a tiny bit of weak lace.
The aroma is toasty, fruity grain, dry bread crust, light mineral wisp of caramel.
Taste is light, crisp, mineral and toasty, faintly caramelly grain, light lemon, grass, hint of spiciness. The finish briefly leans faintly to the bitter side, with spiciness, and is mostly crips before a light toasty-caramelly aftertaste heavily dominated by the taste of cooked barley.
11-29-2009 00:50:29 | More by Offa
3.78/5 rDev +10.5%
Figured this would be a good beer to review being that it's the 200th anniversary.
Appearance: Beer has a nice golden amber hue with decent moderate head retention an moderate lacing
Smell: pretty standard. Nice toasted malt taste, subtle hints of spice, little to no hop aroma
Taste: toasted malt flavors with spicy notes
Drink ability: very drinkable. Moderate abv and smooth taste make for a great session beer
Overall: a solid mock up of a truly traditional style. I'd much rather drink this than spaten out of a green bottle.
08-17-2010 15:13:38 | More by crvcac
3.7/5 rDev +8.2%
Pours a medium Amber, with little effervescence and small amount of head retention and lacing. lacing very spotty.
Caramel and malt permeate the nasal presence.
Tastes a little like it smells but the aftertaste isn't very lasting, and actually has a little bit of an aftertaste of soap suds!!!
Medium bodied, minimal effervescence, but it's not all bad. Drinks fine, but very much a medium effort
02-05-2009 04:13:18 | More by Chelsea1905
3.68/5 rDev +7.6%
Appearance: Poured a crystal clear, deep amber. Two fingers of thick, faintly tan head developed and dissipated slowly to a thin lacing and a thick ring around the edge.
Smell: Chocolate and toffee up front. Very surprising for a märzen, but also very pleasing. There's also a deep, rich caramel aroma. It's like fresh baked chocolate bread let to cool in a kitchen where a pot of coffee is brewing.
Taste: Not so much chocolate, but the sweet caramel dominates. The toffee comes through, too. There is also a fig-like presence, though it's not prominent. It's malty all the way through, without a hint of hop bitterness at the end.
Drinkability: Superb. It's not true to style, at least the traditional style, but it'll do. Oktoberfest is a very tasty brew, and a good variation of the märzen style.
10-31-2009 06:58:17 | More by TheQuietMan22
3.66/5 rDev +7%
Apricot and amber, good clarity. Pour nets a quickly forming two finger head that has no retention and leaves no lacing on the glass. Sits in the glass looking like iced tea after a while.
Huge malt aroma, toffee, honey, cereal grains, raw-husks and a backing of mineral, grassy and dry hops.
Moderate caramel graininess, toffee sweetness, good and nutty flavor. Balancing hops, grassy and earthy with a twinge of mineral flavors and drying.
Drinkable body and balanced. Carbonation somewhat interferes with the flavor in this brew. Malt is robust and sticky.
Flavorful beer, layered sweetness and drinkable. Rough around the edges, I would like more balance and less sweetness but it is good for what it is.
10-02-2013 05:17:09 | More by rawfish
3.65/5 rDev +6.7%
Poured a finger and half of head on a hazy, medium straw colored body.
The aroma is caramel candy and wet grain. On the bold side.
The taste is caramel sweetness with mild pine bitterness. Nicely balanced.
The texture is chewy with crisp edges and moderate carbonation.
10-24-2013 02:06:20 | More by Fatehunter
3.63/5 rDev +6.1%
12 oz. bottle served into a pint glass. Karl's Oktoberfest pours clear and somewhat light in color, a deep straw with a bit of an orange/caramel hue. A thin head dissipates quickly and not much is offered as for carbonation.
Smell is bready and slightly toasted with a bit of over roasted malts. Malt notes are light and biscuity. Hop notes are thin as well. Notably dry for the style.
Taste follows the nose with a light bready texture and a moderate sweetness. Light caramel in nature along with a return of the roasted biscuit flavor. Not bad but a bit too one dimensional in nature.
03-19-2010 05:23:27 | More by HalfFull
3.6/5 rDev +5.3%
Clear copper colored beer with a small white head that doesn't last.
Smells bready and malty with a strong floral hop scent. Little bit of tea and fig in the smell also. Very slight bread dough smell too.
Starts out malty with a strong tea soaked in toast flavor. Slight lemon flavor here, but mostly this is neural in flavor.
Mouthfeel is light.
Super easy to drink beer. Just like an Oktoberfest should be, easy to drink first then flavorful.
09-20-2009 22:31:54 | More by Zorro
3.58/5 rDev +4.7%
I tried this at the brewpub in downtown San Diego.
Pours a translucent amber with a 1-finger light yellow head. Minimal lacing.
The smell is very subtle--just toasty malts and caramel. The taste is bready with caramel, roasted malts, yeast, and a slight sourness. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium-bodied.
This is a drinkable Oktoberfest--malty and bread-like.
08-25-2010 03:45:07 | More by theghost3
3.55/5 rDev +3.8%
Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this one back for me from California...
Pours copperish orangish amber with an off-white head that becomes patchy.
The smell is of lightly carmelized malt with spicy, biscuity, earthy background.
The taste is of carmelized graininess with balancing spicy, earthy hops. Not quite as malt-accented as typical of style, though hops don't quite stand out either. Overall flavor - decent but mild...
The carbonation is a bit forward, but smooth overall. Lighter side of medium-bodied.
A decent O-fest - easy to drink, but nothing especially noteworthy - nor anything particularly off" - a decent/mediocre/typical American interpretation of an O-fest.
01-05-2008 15:06:44 | More by jwc215
3.55/5 rDev +3.8%
Now listening to: Calexico - Victor Jara's Hands
A- dark gold/copper color, white head
S- nice malty nose, but not much beyond that
T- Solid as a common US Oktoberfest beer. Toasty malt, some light toffee.
M- Very nice mouthfeel I am sure that this will vary by location and/or serving type, but carbonation and medium/light body were perfect in the glass that I had.
D- Easy drinking. A good brewpub pour.
09-05-2008 09:35:13 | More by opwog
3.53/5 rDev +3.2%
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Copper orange with a thin white head. Spots of lacing left down the glass.
As with most Karl Strauss beers, this one smells of toasted malts with a touch of sweetness. Simple and bready, though I'm beginning to sound like a broken record after reviewing all these Karl Strauss beers. So many of them smell and taste so similarly!
More simple graininess in the flavor with a bit of toffee sweetness. Low bitterness.
Relatively full bodied and chewy for an Oktoberfest.
A simple, bready, and drinkable Oktoberfest.
10-08-2011 06:12:29 | More by ehammond1
3.53/5 rDev +3.2%
12 oz bottle, thanks to IntriqKen.
A: Clear amber/copper. Pretty standard sized head. OK retention, no lacing.
S: Good candyish caramel smell with some malt mixed in.
T: Surprisingly lacking on the taste front. Some maltiness but not in a large quantity at all. A fair amount of bitterness in the finish. Slight caramel.
M/D: Body is a little heavier then I expected, slightly past medium. Doesn't seem to be a whole lot of carbonation. Drinkability is a strong point of the brew though.
Pretty standard Oktoberfest in my opinion, but one that is entirely drinkable. Twist off top which took me by surprise a little.
10-27-2007 01:19:24 | More by NCSUdo
3.51/5 rDev +2.6%
a: clean, amber with some very slight purple coming through. 2 finger head that fades pretty quickly
s: sweet malts are dominate right away, followed by metallic notes - quite a bit of metal. ends with something slightly hay/grassy-like.
t: very lager-like taste. sweet malts, bread, caramel, nutty with a very faint hint of chocolate syrup
m: medium, with medium carbonation
o: eh, i'm rather disappointed with this. its not terrible, there are much better representations of the style to spend your money on.
09-30-2013 01:47:44 | More by hopsputin
Karl Strauss Oktoberfest Beer from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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