Karl Strauss Oktoberfest Beer - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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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
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
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
3.53/5 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
3.45/5 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
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
Karl Strauss Oktoberfest Beer from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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