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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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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
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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
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3.33/5  rDev -2.6%

on tap @ the Firehouse in San Diego, CA

A- orange tinted amber brew with a 1 finger white head, decent retent and little lacing

S- bubble gum, malty and sweet

T- some caramel, malty sweet, nice enough balance, pretty tasty

M- medium body and smooth

D- well done domestic o-fest brew, sessionable, may not be a great brewed o-fest but its tasty and very drinkable, file this in guilty pleasures

10-01-2007 03:25:52 | More by tonistruth
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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
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

01-17-2014 12:07:04 | More by SoCaliC8
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

10-08-2013 06:13:41 | More by geuze_gone_wild
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4/5  rDev +17%

11-14-2011 19:35:15 | More by AlexM
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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
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2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

12-31-2011 04:52:47 | More by hawkmage
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4/5  rDev +17%

01-08-2012 04:52:05 | More by rob99er
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

07-10-2014 15:42:22 | More by BreweryRun
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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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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

01-29-2012 09:55:57 | More by StoicBeast
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2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

09-25-2013 03:53:49 | More by jlisuk
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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
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

04-04-2013 01:34:07 | More by dwtyler
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2/5  rDev -41.5%

01-27-2012 14:35:06 | More by likeemdark
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

06-26-2014 22:06:02 | More by ChrisFurlowLSU
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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
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4/5  rDev +17%

02-06-2013 05:29:04 | More by Devinph
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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
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4/5  rDev +17%

12-06-2013 08:03:20 | More by MikeMilanoDesign
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

07-05-2013 21:06:04 | More by jwalden
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

03-18-2013 23:21:32 | More by somnus
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4.28/5  rDev +25.1%

Appearance: I tasted this from a 12oz bottle - bright in appearance and really nice carbonation.

Smell: I got some toasted malts in the aroma.

Taste: I initially got a good amount of malts on my first sip, but then got a fair share of crispness in the finish. Exactly what I'd expect from an Oktoberfest beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, nothing out of the norm here.

Drinkability: A very drinkable, clean Oktoberfest beer. I love that this is a locally brewed Oktoberfest that tastes really true to the actual style, not like a dated import from Germany. I'm a fan of this and would totally recommend it to a friend.

Odds and Ends: Cool bottle label. Not your father's Oktoberfest design.

08-01-2010 06:08:05 | More by jjh19
Karl Strauss Oktoberfest Beer from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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