Karl Strauss Oktoberfest Beer | Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Karl Strauss Oktoberfest BeerKarl Strauss Oktoberfest Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
California, United States
karlstrauss.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-06-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
109
Reviews:
47
Avg:
3.51
pDev:
15.38%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
15
For Trade:
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Ratings: 109 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of DennisD
4.75/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.73/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Quick Take: With a bold honey color, it boasts a great balance of subtle bread malts and light fruity hops to round it out. A benchmark for Octoberfest beers outside of Germany! Another good Oktoberfest is from Sprecher Brewery in Wisconsin.

UPDATE: As of 2015, it is now more crisp, clean and slightly more carbonated, reflecting a more German Oktoberfest. Still tastes nicely balanced!

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Photo of Kelrel9
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of Totalpackage411
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of NeilSilber1
4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy red with thin fading head, hoppy sweat notes and malty flavor... good Oktoberfest!

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle,twist-off cap,served in a nonic glass. Sent to me by my brother-in-law,aka BA deekster

Clear,amber with a generous light tan head that's dense and creamy,with very good retention slowing falling into a pillowy layer. Decent carbinaton with some extra tiny bubbles staggering to the surface.

Very sweet malty aromas,complex,burnt/nutty/toasty with a honey touch, a slight buttery note with flowery/perfumy hop notes. very pleasing aroma.

Clean taste with honeyied carmell,complex maltiness,execellent balance,with a nice,pleasing, bitterness.leaves some fruity tartness lingering.

Medium to light mouthfeel,very smooth. Very good O-fest,has everything that I like and expect from an O-fest. A very sessionable O-fest. Wish this beer was avalible in my area. Would definatly seek this one out.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.24/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jjh19
4.23/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

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Photo of funkel81
4.16/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of russpowell
4.04/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to my buddy Eric for hauling this from Cali to here!

Pours an effervescent amber with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Caramel, leafy hops & breadyness

T: Breadyness, some crackery notes, & a bit of toffee up front. More of the same, plus dryness as this warms. Finishes dry with some caramel & crackery notes, almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation & good balance

Drinks very easy, pretty nice take on the style

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Photo of Jnila93
4.04/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Armand
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of samturner
4/5  rDev +14%

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4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of rob99er
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Zach_Voth
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of AlexM
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of myelo
4/5  rDev +14%

On tap at Strauss Brewery restaurant in downtown San Diego. Clear amber bonze with thin tan head. Bready, nutty nose with slight floral hops. Vienna and Munich malt with mild tastiness balanced with subtle. Body is a bit thin. Overall a nice Marzan style lager. Would pair well with pork dishes.

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4/5  rDev +14%

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4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of IntriqKen
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden amber with a massively craggy off white head that slowly melted to some very sticky lacing.

Aromas of toasted amber malts, buttery caramel, and brown sugar.

Taste is not as sweet as it smells. Toasted amber malt, light caramel, light hops to dry the finish. Lots of smooth malt comes through especially as it warms.

Aftertaste seems clean with just a bit of the caramel and hops lingering.

I have a feeling this one grows on you and will enjoy the rest of my sixer.

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Photo of socon67
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rand
3.91/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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