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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-06-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,452
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
112
pDev:
15.34%
Bros Score:
3.87
 
 
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Ratings: 112 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of jlisuk
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of chickencoop
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Totalpackage411
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Photo of SensorySupernova
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of likeemdark
2/5  rDev -43.2%

Photo of ChrisFurlowLSU
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of s4s
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yspiff
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Devinph
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of thomda11
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.73/5  rDev +34.4%
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 jheimiller
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chelsea1905
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
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

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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2.8/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of Jnila93
4.04/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of samturner
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of jwalden
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of jjh19
4.23/5  rDev +20.2%
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 Sleestak
3.87/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of myelo
4/5  rDev +13.6%

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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Photo of crvcac
3.73/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of ews3
3.14/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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3.8/5  rDev +8%

Karl Strauss Oktoberfest Beer from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 112 ratings