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RATINGS: 232   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   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 Diegoís 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
patrick767 (3918) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2006
Tap - Smells sweet and tastes a bit sweet. This would make a decent session beer and I think thatís the goal. Itís pretty good, but Iím not too impressed.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2005
On tap from the brewpub. Tasted during trip to California. Amber clear colour with a weah head. Light malty nose. Very light flavour of malt some sweetneess, hoppy and bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 30, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA) So, this isnít a great beer, but given my overall experience with this local brewery, the Amber Lager is one of the few I kind of like. Moderately sweet caramel, grain and corn make up the base, and only a slight bitterness crashes the malty party. Medium in body, I guess, maybe just a touch under. Caramely and grainy nose is rather appealing. The body is a deep amber color, fully clear in appearanced, and is topped by a typical off-white head that settles to a ring. An easy drinking beer with decent flavor for those times when you just donít wanna have to think too much about what youíre drinking. Good session lager for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 17, 2005
My adopted hometown favorite.nice amber color with a decent head. Sweet and simple, nothing offensive. Great as an everyday beer and available everywhere in SD

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 9, 2005
Pours a med. amber with a soapy white head. Aroma is light cookie maltiness. Flavor is oxidized and soapy with some malty sweetness and a fair amount of spicy hopiness. Med-light body. Finish is clean and uneventful.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mustangjoe (183) - redondo beach, California, USA - AUG 7, 2005
Draft. Nice looking amber color. Aroma was sweet smelling. Flavor was rather simple, slightly sticky and on the sweet side. Not too bad, but not very exciting either.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Norton (333) - Southside, Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2005
Draft. Nice orangey gold. White head does not last. Smells remind me of old caramel candies. Slickly sweet yet full. A notch up from generic. Kind of filling. Donít see myself drinking this in multiples. Does not seem balanced.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bb (7986) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 1, 2005
Draft. Amber beer with a nice off-white head. Some malt flavor. Fairly easy to drink. A touch of sweetness in the aroma - otherwise not much going on. Clean.

   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. Wonít blow anyone away, but a very good beer, nonetheless.

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