Karl Strauss Oktoberfest Beer - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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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%
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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
3.5/5 rDev +2.3%
Good beer, honestly more impressed with how it looked than the overall taste. but still a good beer
From bottle to glass
the head was decently moist and held up well,
smell was faintly fuity with toasty malts
taste was there but not attention grabing, malts really came out fairly creamy and soft due to not overcarbonating, which makes this very easy to drink, probably could have sat and consumed a whole grip of theses but taste didnt exactly put me on my knees begging for more,
if you havent tried this beer yet and are tempted to do so, i would have to recomend.
09-14-2010 05:42:04 | More by OhSoHoppy
3.48/5 rDev +1.8%
I've always wanted to like these guys and think they are one of the pioneers in the business, but the beer never really does it for me. Big caramel malty notes on this beer add to it's smooth finish. This is very drinhkabe, and a well-crafted beer, like most of there's, but they just seem run of the mill, nothing stands out, almost entry level, maybe that's why they are at every Ralphs for soccer mom's to pickup for the old man.
02-11-2010 06:29:47 | More by chickencoop
3.45/5 rDev +0.9%
A: Copper color with a very thin tan head. Not much visible carbonation.
S: Sweet maltiness and a slight breadiness. Other than that, not a whole lot going on.
T: Follows the smell with the sweet malts taking center stage. Some caramel and a slightly over-roasted malt flavor in the middle. The slightest hint of hops on the finish. Doesn't have that great crisp fall flavor that the best oktoberfests do.
10-01-2011 17:53:01 | More by notchucknorris
Karl Strauss Oktoberfest Beer from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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