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Karl Strauss Oktoberfest Beer - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Karl Strauss Oktoberfest BeerKarl Strauss Oktoberfest Beer

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76 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 16.08%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-06-2003)
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1.75/5  rDev -48.8%

10-05-2013 08:31:23 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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2/5  rDev -41.5%

01-27-2012 14:35:06 | More by likeemdark
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2.1/5  rDev -38.6%

Not my style of Oktoberfest.

I really do not like Karl Strauss beers that much

Stargazer IPA is ok, but most of their beers are average at best.

This is a blonde Oktoberfest Lager

Very light in color and too sweet, I bought two cases to sell at my local restaurant (here in San Diego) I wouldnt buy it again.

09-09-2006 19:11:47 | More by tonloco
Photo of BeerManDan


2.28/5  rDev -33.3%

Poured a light amber, with foam that disapated in a very short time and no lace. The smell was really nothing but swill (just another word for nothing interesting.) The taste was of weak malts and hops and the flavor of dish water. What a dissapointment. I'm surprised that they bottled this ? Also very bitter with a dry finish.

12-24-2010 22:34:36 | More by BeerManDan
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2.28/5  rDev -33.3%

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a bit of visible carbonation. Thin, off-white, film-like head with decent retention.

Smell: Minimal aroma... a bit of malts, maybe slightly toasted?

Taste: It really tastes like something got burned while they were brewing this: not smoky, but burned caramel and malts. It doesn't obliterate the taste, but makes it less than enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied. A lot of carbonation feel, but not too intense.

Drinkability: Burned flavor = not so great to drink.

I'm hoping that I just got a bad batch of this, but no beer should have that in the flavor. Otherwise, this had the right elements to make it a decent (but my no means great) Oktoberfest beer.

11-25-2008 04:43:33 | More by mithrascruor
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2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

12-31-2011 04:52:47 | More by hawkmage
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2.58/5  rDev -24.6%

On tap inside Disneyland.

Poured a medium to deeper amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of caramel and some toasted malts. Tastes of the same caramel and toasty. Both flavors and aromas on the subtle side and you really had to try to get anything outside of a 'generi' sense.

12-03-2008 03:31:29 | More by hopdog
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2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

09-25-2013 03:53:49 | More by jlisuk
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2.78/5  rDev -18.7%

On tap downtown. Pours clear amber with a smallish white head. Crisp malt and oat aroma is promising. Sweet maltiness in the front, but very thin. Metallic as well, but the bread and spice take over. Taste doesn't follow through. Watery and plain. I'm beginning to dislike Oktoberfest as they rarely come through

12-09-2008 23:04:32 | More by magictrokini
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2.88/5  rDev -15.8%

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours amber with a nice off-white head, good retention, clarity is not good.

S: Solid brewpub fest, Munich malt, a bit of strawberry.

T: Light malt flavour mixed with an interesting berry note. Not as full-flavoured as I like in this style, but not bad.

M: Solid mouthfeel, carbonation is pretty much spot on. Light/medium bodied.

D: An OK fest from the local San Diego producer. Worth a try, but not something I plan on buying next October.

11-13-2008 03:40:09 | More by Halcyondays
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2.9/5  rDev -15.2%

Found a 6-pack for $5.99, so I figured it was worth a try.

Pours a very light gold color with an inch-high foamy head which quickly disappears into a thin lacing.

Aroma is light roasted malts with a strong maple-syrup like presence. Very sweet and little complexity.

Taste is all malts, and very weak at that. Not unpleasant, but very little flavor and one-dimensional.

Light and crisp mouthfeel, very bubbly. This beer screams average. Not offensive, but nothing stands out either. Decent session beer especially for the price, but there are much better Oktoberfest brews out there.

09-18-2006 19:56:10 | More by Phocion
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2.93/5  rDev -14.3%

From Gordon to Karl, we start off the third leg of this, the American Oktoberfest Invitational, which will determine the king of four of the more well-known monikors of Americanized marzen. On to the beer:

Surprise! It's amber orange in color, lots of sparkling carboonation in the body. The head is on the fuzzier side in look and small in size. It has a rough smell. Husky chocolate malt, more husky malt, a light twang of "liquid bread". This is how I would expect an import to smell like.

The ABV lists this beer at 5%, but I would have guessed a little higher given the heavier malty feel. There's a snap of apple to the beer's taste, and there's a dry cocoa powder note coming from those malts. Otherwise, it's a straightforward mild malt beer that tastes like....well, liquid bread...crust. Fizzy carbonation initially doesn't help the cause either.

It sure has a lot in common with it's sister amber lager, but the amber lager is smoother overall. Not a bad beer overall, just one that's off the target. This will end the third leg of the American Oktoberfest Invitational, with the final segment tomorrow night.

10-14-2009 02:33:19 | More by DoubleJ
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

12-20-2011 07:17:45 | More by jmccraney
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

10-04-2013 05:27:08 | More by largadeer
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

10-08-2013 06:13:41 | More by geuze_gone_wild
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

01-22-2012 22:26:17 | More by djaeon
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

12-17-2012 05:59:25 | More by mhaugo
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

Picked this up on Vandenberg AFB today..
Poured a dark golden color with a quickly disappearing white head. There isn't much nose here, but I could detect a slightly malty smell
It was smooth and a bit malty. This beer is subtle, with no strong flavors. Its an average beer.

02-20-2008 21:52:13 | More by barleywinefiend
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

12-23-2011 17:40:07 | More by nanobrew
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3.08/5  rDev -9.9%

Appearance - pours a deep amber, garnet hue with brilliant clarity albeit a quickly receding head that leaves faint lacing on the glass.

Smell - malty, bready, some caramel. Crystal malt showing its character in the aroma, very little to no hop presence.

Taste - sweet malt, some toastiness, less caramel than the aroma. Don't really detect any specialty malts in the flavor. Some mild hop bite at the end with a bready aftertaste.

Mouthful - well carbonated and lively, light bodied and goes down smooth.

Overall - very light and uninteresting for an oktoberfest beer. The use of crystal malt lends character with the aroma and appearance, but I found the taste to be somewhat lackluster. Abv is only 5% which seems low for a more fortified festive style?

08-10-2011 05:54:25 | More by californiakebab
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3.23/5  rDev -5.6%

In a 12oz. brown bottle with a label picture depicting the celebration of Oktoberfest along with the blue and white vertical checkerboard accents.

It pours a deep gold with a half-inch of off-white head which dissipates in less than a minute. A few streamers of carbonation bubbles, a couple dots of lacing.

The smell is faint and vague, All I can detect is a light, slightly roasted malt with some wheat or blunt straw notes and that's about it. It's not a very sweet smell, kind of chalk like and slightly bitter.

The taste...much like it smells is weak, yet balanced. It starts on a malt note, slight roast, slight nuttiness then a mild hop slowly shuts the door. It actually has a nice taste but seems watered-down to the max. A little more malt sweetening and at least double the existing flavor and the brew would suit it's style just fine. Unfortunetly it doesn't and is way too weak to be enjoyed as an Oktoberfest.

Fine mouthfeel, smooth and creamy and a bit bubbly with a light body and clean finish. Where's the alcohol? Easy to drink as it tastes good, just need to double the ingredients, less the water.

03-21-2006 04:13:12 | More by scottoale
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3.23/5  rDev -5.6%

Appearance: This pours a dark golden color with a quickly disappearing white head.
Aroma: There isn't much nose here, but I could detect a slightly malty smell
Taste: It was smooth and a bit malty. This beer is subtle, with no strong flavors. Maybe 'benign' is a better word? In other words, it's certainly not world class, but it's not offensive. It's a slightly better than average brew

10-12-2003 02:12:54 | More by jcalabre
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

11-17-2013 02:55:30 | More by Beerbuddy21
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

07-04-2014 15:52:36 | More by GClarkage
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -5%

Appearance: Pours a startlingly clear copper color with a two-fingered cap that persists reasonably well and leaves a few shards behind

Smell: Toffee and tea (with a subtle herbal quality)

Taste: Toffee, up front, with an unusual grassy, herbal tea character that develops in the middle bringing a touch of Ricola to the profile; the malt flavor lingers through the finish but never really distinguishes itself with a punch

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A rather unusual Oktoberfest with an odd herbal twist that isn't particularly endearing to my palate

Thanks, cocoapuph, for the opportunity

10-21-2012 17:04:14 | More by brentk56
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Karl Strauss Oktoberfest Beer from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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