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RATINGS: 230   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7661) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - AUG 9, 2006
Bottle: I enjoyed drinking this beer. It was very refreshing on a hot afternoon. Pours a beautiful amber with an off white head. Taste of caramel and malt throughout the whole beer. Very smooth mouthfeel. I wish I had more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - JUL 23, 2006
This was average in all areas.I really wasn’t impressed with this.OK,but I like the red and stargazer much better.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bigbish (640) - California, USA - JUL 16, 2006
A decent amber. On draft at the San Diego airport. Smooth, creamy texture, not too bitter. Lots of malts. Nice red color. A good session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GiddyBoy (120) - USA - JUL 9, 2006
DRAFT: A very smooth, nicely flavorful lager. The aftertaste was nice and did not taste bitter. It had a spicy linger that was fairly well layered. Good flavor. Nice bronze color and very smooth. Very little head. Well done

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fishean (12) - Palmdale, California, USA - JUL 5, 2006
1/4 Keg from valencia bevmo. 6/2/06. a darker amber color. Aroma is toasty carmellike sweetness with a hint of citrus. Taste is clean malty flavor. Ever-so slight/mild bitter end. Very good with steak. Wife loves it too! another Karl Strauss winner!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 26, 2006
In the bottle at the 2006 American Thoracic Society Opening reception. Who can complain about free beer when it’s a Karl? Pours amber with an off-white head. Has a nice toasted yeasty aroma. Good head retention and residual lacing. Medium body with a mild malty flavor. Mild hop bitterness, but overall well blended and a good balance. A very drinkable free beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 15, 2006
Bronze red colour with minimal head. Nice caramel malts in the nose with some spicy hops. Medium bodied with a slightly dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 5, 2006
Draught at Karl Strauss La Jolla. Clear dark golden color with bubbly off white head. Pleasant caramel malt nose, almost buttery. Caramel is also prominent in the flavor. Slightly sweet. A very good amber lager that exceeded my expectations for this often bland style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - APR 24, 2006
Amber isn’t a great style for me, my wife likes it though, and I tryed it, abit sweet, but still hoppy enough for me to like, not bad at all, but just not my cup of tea, a decent beer for the style. Sampled from tap, Universal city.

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