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RATINGS: 224   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 12, 2005
not a fan at all and that is a difficult thing to say about a local brewer. almost syrup like consistency and very sweet. just not impressed in the bottle or on tap.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 11, 2005
Excellent beer in this category, though I may be over-generous as it is a hometown brew. Good color, very easy to drink. Sweet, but hops are detectable. Won’t blow anyone away, but a very good beer, nonetheless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
steview (1029) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 9, 2005
on tap at the San Diego airport / this is a very buttery beer. caramel, a bit sweet. almost too thick, yet it’s not thick really. drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - APR 21, 2005
Draft at San Diego Airport - Dark amber in color with a small white head that did not linger. Aroma was a mix of hops and malt, although not strong in either. Flavor was of medium hops and some carmely malt; again not strong. Drinkable, but not a really great effort.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fordest (2010) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - APR 5, 2005
Draft at Applebee’s. Caramel color, aroma and a little in the flavor. Mildly hoppy with some bitterness in the aftertaste. Not my favorite Karl Strauss beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Kinz (3362) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2005
On tap at the San Diego airport while waiting for the plane. Sort of a sad way to send off a great brewing town. I think I’ve found San Diego’s answer to Chicago’s Goose Island Honker. Medium orange amber, slight head. Little aroma. Watery, vegetal taste. Talk about a step down from the previous beers. In the end, slight cookie flavor, bit bitter, and vegetal. So-so beyond belief.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tmoney99 (11073) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2005
Tap. Dark amber color with white medium head. Complex flavor with tones sweet hop. Solid finish. Another good San Diego find.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 26, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2009 This amber colored brew has a slightly sweet taste. It’s not a ’big’ beer, but is good in its own right. I thought it was a better than average session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Uriel (146) - San Jose, California, USA - DEC 18, 2004
This beer is a deep orange color with light lacing of the head. Slightly malty with caramel notes. The body had hints of hoppiness, but they faded quickly. More bitterness shows as the beer warms just slightly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Krawtschenko (4) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 8, 2004 does not count
From Draft at Old Columbia brewery. A very nice amber lager. Nice copper color, medium head retention. Caramel malty taste balanced with a hoppy finish. Not my favorite KS beer but a good beer to take to parties where the normal beer offered is MGD. Nice way to introduce people to micro brews.

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