Karl Strauss Oktoberfest Beer - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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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
3.33/5 rDev -2.6%
Fairly standard festbier.
A- poured out a golden amber with very little head and no lacing.
S- not a lot of aroma, what I did catch was, as I said, pretty standard.
T- taste was good, all the notes were hit, just nothing exceptional.
M- average, perhaps lacking a bit but good enough to rate a 3.
D- the beer's low carbonation and easy-going flavour did make it quite drinkable. The bottle didn't last long. On the flip side, I did not want another, and opted for a SN instead.
Overall, not a bad beer but it didn't impress me.
02-03-2010 05:19:41 | More by ocmpoma
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
3.35/5 rDev -2%
On tap at T. Phillips in La Verne, CA. Not a whole lot to say about this beer. Looked good on the pour, a nice orangish brown clear color... looks inviting.... standard lager head that dwindles pretty fast. The taste has a bit of a watery character to it, but also some sweet malt flavor to it. There is no real hoppiness in this, or bitterness, it comes across as sweet and watery. Mouthfeel is light and spritzy but not too abrasive... overall not one of the better oktoberfests out there but there isn't anything offensive about it.
09-08-2007 07:03:46 | More by MiScusi
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
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
3.48/5 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
3.5/5 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
3.51/5 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
3.53/5 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
3.55/5 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%
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
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
3.6/5 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
3.63/5 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
Karl Strauss Oktoberfest Beer from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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