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Karl Strauss Oktoberfest Beer - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
79
okay

76 Ratings
THE BROS
87
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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brentk56

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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tbeq00

California

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

10-19-2012 15:46:08 | More by tbeq00
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +17%

10-17-2012 02:52:27 | More by t0rin0
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StoicBeast

California

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

01-29-2012 09:55:57 | More by StoicBeast
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likeemdark

California

2/5  rDev -41.5%

01-27-2012 14:35:06 | More by likeemdark
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djaeon

California

3/5  rDev -12.3%

01-22-2012 22:26:17 | More by djaeon
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rob99er

California

4/5  rDev +17%

01-08-2012 04:52:05 | More by rob99er
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hawkmage

California

2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

12-31-2011 04:52:47 | More by hawkmage
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nanobrew

California

3/5  rDev -12.3%

12-23-2011 17:40:07 | More by nanobrew
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jmccraney

Washington

3/5  rDev -12.3%

12-20-2011 07:17:45 | More by jmccraney
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AlexM

California

4/5  rDev +17%

11-14-2011 19:35:15 | More by AlexM
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mactrail

Washington

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
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ehammond1


3.53/5  rDev +3.2%

On Tap

Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Carlsbad, CA

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
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notchucknorris

California

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
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californiakebab

California

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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Armand

California

4/5  rDev +17%

SERVING TYPE: Bottel

A: Clear, light amber color. Nice white head
S: A little sweet, caramel

T: Very mild, earthy, and crisp. Served too cold, but no flavor came out in the end. Very traditional common beer.

M: Medium bodied.

D: Had this years ago during Oktober fest. Went down okay.

O: Good summer brew.

06-27-2011 23:06:28 | More by Armand
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BeerManDan

California

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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beagle75

Iowa

3.3/5  rDev -3.5%

Served from a growler into a shaker pint.

A: Clear, light amber with a continuous film of off-white foam head. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Biscuit and weak caramel, with a distinct charcoal snap in the background.

T: Dry, husky pale malt begins with an acidic accent. Flavors sweeten as biscuit and caramel emerge in the middle. The finish is slightly soapy with weak, grassy hops emerging late and providing minimal bitterness.

M: Medium viscosity with light carbonation holds up well on the palate, lending a certain comfort.

D: This beer drinks easily and is very food-friendly, but it loses any allure quickly. In fact, it hardly differs from Karl Strauss amber lager at all. It is probably a very useful cooking beer.

09-24-2010 05:18:11 | More by beagle75
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OhSoHoppy

California

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
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Jason

Massachusetts

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
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theghost3

Louisiana

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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DennisD

California

4.72/5  rDev +38%

Appearance: amber/orange hue, clear with a nice head
Smell: toasty, dried fruit
Taste: bready, malty, caramel
Mouthfeel: medium and nicely carbonated
Drinkability: Awesome. This was a great beer. I will be having more. Very nice representation.

Serving type: 12 oz bottle

08-20-2010 18:32:36 | More by DennisD
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crvcac

California

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
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jjh19

California

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
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.43/5  rDev +0.3%

A - Pours a clear medium orange color with a 1 inch head that fades to nothing. No lacing.

S - Smells of sweet malts and dark fruits.

T - Tastes of sweet and slightly sour roasted grains and dark fruits. Very slight bitterness towards the end.

M - A little bit flat but pretty smooth drinking.

D - This is a pretty good beer. I got this one in a Fall sampler pack that I got on clearance. One of the best ones out of the pack so far. I would look for this one again in the Oktoberfest season.

04-28-2010 04:40:45 | More by UCLABrewN84
Karl Strauss Oktoberfest Beer from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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