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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.

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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 15, 2007
Way way back, this was a beer that broke me from the macro swill. Remember that J? For that reason, I’ll always like it. But really, there’s nothing all that great about it. All the Strauss beers do have a unique finish/taste to em. Can’t describe it, you just gotta try em...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 12, 2007
Some nice sweet caramelly aroma. Beer pours amber. Who woulda thought? Flavor is some pleasant caramel sweetness at the beginning followed by a smooth hoppy crispness at the end. Obviously a lager. A very drinkable beer that would go well at a summer barbecue

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2007
light brown. kinda bockish. smells alright. taste is immediately lagerish. some shitty malt. awful.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (5346) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2007
12 oz bottle, via Saarlander. Pours a clear bright copper colored body under a small fizzy beige head that fell to a patchy film. Aroma is very clean, slightly sweet smelling munich malt with minimal hoppiness. Flavor is lightly grainy and slightly sweet malt fading to a caramel laced finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with an active fizzy carbonation level. Finishes with a slight stickiness. Overall, a middle of the road Vienna at best, but it was quite drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2007
12 oz. bottle from Saarlander. this one just didn’t do it for me. not much flavor, aroma or hop presence. I get a hint of the spice, but fail to see how the brewer can call this one complex?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
milty908 (13) - USA - FEB 20, 2007
Very smooth and drinkable, sweet nutty taste, just right on the palate - not too light not too heavy. Easy to drink and goes great with any meal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2007
Draft. The beer was a clear copper with a small off-white head. The aroma was lightly sweet with notes of caramel malt. Malty caramel flavor dominates. Light hops and bitterness on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IrishBoy (3926) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 14, 2007
On tap at Disney’s California Adventure; Nose was yeast, caramel, and some light piney hop notes; amber colored with a small off-white head; Tingly mouthfeel with flavor showing caramel malt balanced with some light hop bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
geographylists (26) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 2, 2007
Bottle. Rather malty. A bit more sweet than average. A fairly average beer overall--if someone gave me a blind taste test, I likely wouldn’t be able to ID this one! Quite drinkable, though not gourmet by any means.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7362) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 2, 2006
On tap at Columbia Street brewery. Clear copper color with lasting off white head. Aroma is light with hints of caramel maltiness and fresh dark bread. The flavor is full malt richness. Caramel and roasted malts are fresh and in good agreement. Nice even hop bite to balance the malts. Almost buttery bread finish that leaves a great aftertaste with the caramel sweetness.

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