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RATINGS: 229   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ksigty (107) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2007
caramel, bread, amber, clear, tan foam, medium sweetness, medium body, creamy, average carbonation, bitter,

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bhensonb (12136) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 26, 2007
Draft at the downtown brewpub. Light caramel aroma. Clean amber color with a white head. A bit thinnish. Moderate carbonation. Starts with caramel malt, underlaid by a harsher malt note. Not a great deal of bitter. Clean finish with detectable bitter. It meets the style.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 30, 2007
On tap at Karl Strauss. Golden brown amber with creamy white head. Crisp clean malty taste with notes of toffee and bread.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUN 22, 2007
UPDATED: APR 12, 2008 Local San Diego favorite, Tap beer is distinctly differnet from bottled beverage. The tap variety is made here in San Diego--the bottled version is contract brewed in Stevens Point WI. This rating is for bottled product. 12 oz bottle pours medium amber with an off-white crinolin head. Aroma is sweet and nutty. Flavor matches aroma but there is little bite or kick. Finish is bland and somewhat unsatisfying. Better than any of the mass produced major labels. Very sessionable mlid ale.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUN 19, 2007
This brew pours a brilliant copper amber color w/ a medium sized, semi creamy froth. Head retention is good and so is the lacing. Aromas of caramel malts and dried hay though not offensive. Medium nectar w/ ample residual effers. A well balanced brew w/ a nice hop essence. Not too malty. Good structure. The finish is bittered perfectly. I am impressed.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jlf278 (287) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2007
Had in San Diego at a wedding...other choices were heineken, miller light and corona. So, this was the obvious choice. Fairlyl simple and straightforward, medium body, good mix of sweet and bitter. Didn’t get to pour it out, but it seems more like an in the bottle drinker. Decent

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - MAY 30, 2007
Amber color. Good homebrew flavor. Clean lingering wisps on glass. Next to hefe, one of my preferred beers at Karl Strauss. The restaurant in Sorrento Valley is beautiful.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAY 26, 2007
Draft @ the Karl Strauss Beer Garden in the San Diego Airport. Amber in the glass with a creamy off-white head. The aroma had lots of vinegar backed with some caramel. Malty flavor mixed with some hops that makes it somewhat sour. Light chocolate background. Light body. This one is just not right. With all the awesome breweries in the San Diego area this is the best you can put in the airport to send people off with?

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - MAY 12, 2007
yuck.....is this supposed to be a craft brew?? taste like crap....i would rather drink aquafina! stay away. Better than bud-light not to be taken as a compliment

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - APR 27, 2007
12 oz bottle VIA Saarlander (thanks man!). Pours a clear amber and has an average sized white head. Nose is vanilla with some sublte fruitness. Taste is a bit bland. There is some muted vanilla, a tiny bit of toffee, and some caramel malts. Carbonation is average, body is light/medium. An average lager.


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