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RATINGS: 216   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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With the first batch of his namesake Amber, Karl shared a beer and a passion that changed brewing in San Diego. Imported Munich malts give our original flagship the deep bronze color and crisp toasted malt flavors of a Vienna-style lager, while Cascade hops and our proprietary yeast strain lend a smooth body and clean finish. Brewed in small batches since 1989, Karl Strauss Amber remains San Diego’s original session beer.

Karl spent his life making beer. He believed that behind every beer recipe was an inspiration, and behind every pint was a story waiting to be told. Karl Strauss Amber was his story, a story that challenged and inspired a new generation of brewers. Today we brew our own stories, while raising a pint to the man and the beer that started it all.

Specs:
Alcohol by Volume: 4.5%
Color: 15 SRM
Bitterness: 18 IBU
Availability: 24/7/365, Kegs, six-packs and twelve-packs.

Note:Formerly Karl Strauss Amber Lager, 4.2% and 16 IBU.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
alexanderj (3297) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 11, 2009
On tap at The Spaghetti Factory. Nice looking amber color. Aroma of caramel, bread, and grain. Flavor was basically the same. Subtle sweetness, with not much hopping. Pretty nondescript, and not a whole lot of flavor. Ok

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
can8ianben (1315) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2009
Aroma of sweet malt and some subtle hops. Obviously amber in color. Grocery store beer is sometimes awful - this isn’t, but it isn’t fantastic either. Malty and sweet, with just a touch of pine in the hops. Drinkable?

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JoeMcPhee (8302) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2008
Tap at La Jolla location. Amber coloured beer. Lightly grainy aroma. A touch of toast but little else. Clean finish, low hopping, Meh... pretty boring brew, really.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thooper41 (548) - Oregon, USA - DEC 27, 2008
12oz bottle: appearance is amber brown wth white head, aroma has a good amount of caramel and pale malt, flavor has a smooth caramel malt character, very drinkable.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AmEricanbrew (5616) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 4, 2008
Clear amber with a tan head. Nice nutty, caramel aromas. Medium body. Flavors of nutty roasted malts with spicy sweet caramel. Smooth and easy drinking.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DuffMan (6462) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 29, 2008
Bright clear amber, moderate white head. Caramel aroma and flavour are the dominant personality here, pretty simple, easy to drink, clean finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 20, 2008
On-tap at SD Airport location. Terrible food, beer was ok. Pours dark amber with a moderate white head, good lace. Smells caramelly malty, earthy, slightlymetallic. Tastes caramellymalty sweet, darkish grain flavors. Tasty but not super complex. Medium body, semi-dry, good carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (30689) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2008
From tap at the brewpub in Carlsbad. Pours clear and golden orange with a fully diminished white head. Mild caramel malty aroma. Light toasted caramel flavour with a mild bitterness coming through, a bit sweet. Mild spiced into a medium dry finish.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
brokephibroke (281) - Mead, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Draft at San Diego Airport. malty, cold and all right - not really hoppy, but smooth and non-offensive.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dogbrick (7585) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2008
Sample at the Sorrento Valley location. This brew pours a clear pale copper color with a thin white head that dissipates steadily. Spotty lacing on the glass. Sweet malt and caramel in the nose, with a touch of hops. Medium-bodied and sweet with toasted malt and caramel flavors, plus a bit of floral hops. The finish is sweet with a lingering malty aftertaste. Slightly above average overall.


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