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Karl Strauss Oktoberfest Beer - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
79
okay

85 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 16.03%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | 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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3.5/5  rDev +2%

BreweryRun, Jul 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

AlexM, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of opwog
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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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.

opwog, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of rob99er
4/5  rDev +16.6%

rob99er, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of hawkmage
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

hawkmage, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Phocion
2.9/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Phocion, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of dwtyler
3.5/5  rDev +2%

dwtyler, Apr 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

StoicBeast, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of jlisuk
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

jlisuk, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of chickencoop
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

chickencoop, Feb 11, 2010
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2/5  rDev -41.7%

likeemdark, Jan 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

ChrisFurlowLSU, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of hopsputin
3.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

hopsputin, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of Devinph
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Devinph, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of Chelsea1905
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Chelsea1905, Feb 05, 2009
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

MikeMilanoDesign, Dec 06, 2013
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2.8/5  rDev -18.4%

Cobrabob428, Oct 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

Totalpackage411, Oct 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

jwalden, Jul 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

somnus, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of jjh19
4.28/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

jjh19, Aug 01, 2010
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3/5  rDev -12.5%

Bubbawilly88, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of Sleestak
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

The only other Karl Strauss beer I've had before was their Red Trolley Ale and thought it was ok. Saw this one on display with all the other fall seasonals at the local BevMo. Looks a nice copper color, but not much of a head even with a hard pour. Smells lightly like toasted caramel, inviting. Some sweet toasty caramel, little bitterness, not very strong on the flavor overall. Too much prickly carbonation imo. I think this is good as a starter Oktoberfest beer for someone just getting into the fall seasonals.

Sleestak, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of crvcac
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

crvcac, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of ocmpoma
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

ocmpoma, Feb 03, 2010
Karl Strauss Oktoberfest Beer from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.