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RATINGS: 216   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04   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 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
haddon90 (1423) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2004
On tap at the United Terminal at LAX. This was ok. Nothing spectacular. Not much aroma at all. No head. Some barley and light fruit notes. Simple, easy, nothing to write home about.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DanielBrown (3697) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2004
Draught at the Karl Strauss/Old Columbia Grill, San Diego. Not much aroma, no head. Fairly friendly, Vienna style beer. Restrained but drinkable. Barley sugar flavouring, moments of tartness & spice on a crispy base. Very clean.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 2, 2004
light orange tinted amber color with a very nice head of tiny bubbles born to weave artistic lace...the aroma had crisp lagerness to it with slight overripe fruit notes, and maybe a hint of salt..salty clean lager with slight crisp hop notes and a slight caramelly spiciness..kind of reminds me of Sam Adams lager..kind of.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - FEB 7, 2004
Draft. A very clean tasting beer with a watery palate. The flavor is subtle and smooth, and very far from being complex. Simple, easy drinking, a not exciting whatsoever, but it accomplishes its purpose.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Clear, light amber appearance. Nose shows some sweet caramel. Easy drinking palate, definite caramel flavors, very light nutty/toasted flavors. Clean on the finish with a very light hop content.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - DEC 20, 2003
Much better at the breweries than out of the bottle. Completely different beer, if you ask me. At the brewery it tastes like Fat Tire, malty grainy with a bit of smooth hop flavor. Beautiful color. This is the beer that got me in to "Real" beer back in 1989.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 23, 2003
This clear, amber lager is topped by a medium thick off white head with a good amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is slighlty sweet and malty with caramel notes and a slight hoppiness. The flavor is slightly sweet, malty and grainy with notes of caramel and a slight hoppy bitterness. Light bodied and tingly from the carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2003
I have had both draught and bottle. Light hoppy nose with some malt. Initial malt with some hop spice mixed with a touch of sweetness. Finish has a decent hop bitterness to it---kinda dry. Well balanced beer and easy drinking. I like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Flipbrewer (33) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 20, 2003
A nice dark lager, crisp and easy drinking. Poured with a cream colored head that lasted halfway through glass; some lacing. Clear, medium amber color. Subtle floral hop bouquet; sweet caramel malt in the nose; some acidity acidity and green apple. Palate is firm bodied with a crisp carbonation; softens as the glass warms. Flavor starts with malt sweetness and crisp acidity which carries to mid-palate where a hint of green apple emerges briefly before finishing somewhat dry with a residual malt sweetness; pleasant yeasty-bready aftertaste. Mild hop bitterness evident throughout. I wouldn't hesitate bringing this to a gathering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 14, 2003
Nice color but small head. Beckoning aroma and smooth,carmel-malty flavor with a long, somewhat metallic finish. Good body and carbonation. Pretty good as lagers go, still not my favorite style.

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