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RATINGS: 228   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05   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.

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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Barreras (1079) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - AUG 25, 2009
Pours an amber color just like its name. A bit spicy with a dry finish. Taste of sweet caramel and nuts throughout, a surprisingly decent amber ale that I would drink again.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Papsoe (25079) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2009
On tap. Clear amber golden with an off-white head. Light aroma of caramel. Light-bodied, a little caramel and a whiff of butter. Finishes dry with hardly any hops to be found. 070709

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (29954) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2009
Draft at the Carlsbad location. An amber beer with a beige head. The aroma is malty combined with notes of caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, and straw, leading to a dry and lightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bergstaden (1418) - Røros, NORWAY - JUN 14, 2009
Clear amber with a off white head, nice small of malts - nice sweet malty taste, a hint of bitterness from hops - very nice and refreshing

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2009
Bottle thanks to Snojerk321. Pours a nice reddish bronze with a fizzy fine bubbled head that dissipates. Nose is caramel, molasses, cooked carrots. Taste is better. On the sweeter end with a bit much effervescence for the style, but the taste is good. Caramel and biscuits, pancakes and a clean finish. Pretty tasty, just the nose is a bit off. Decent.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 5, 2009
Smells of light caramel and mildew. Poured copper with a small head, that dissipated into nothing. not even a halo left behind. Taste is bleh, a rotten caramelly lagery bite. Something tastes sour, and not in a good way. Beer isnt infected with anything other than poor craftsmanship. just not good, but I also hate lagers, so dont take much weight in my opinion,.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 3, 2009
12 oz bottle. Dark amber with light head. Nose is lightly sweet and malt. Flavor is sweet lager. Bit of sharpness. Some caramel and fruitiness. OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 10, 2009
Copper-brown body under a short-lived white head. Tart apricot & caramel malts in the aroma with the flavor being composed of kilned malt plus some low crystal. Well-done but not interesting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
chandler0201 (647) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Tried this at the LA Airport. Basic smells of some malts same for flavor with a hint of honey. Way too watered down for my tastes.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 21, 2009
Draft. Pours a light amber. Sweet malt nose. Flavors of honey sweet malt. Very light drink!

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