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RATINGS: 222   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.

Specs:
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.


4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ghawener (1467) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - SEP 30, 2004
Bottle: Light copper colour. Sweet aroma of berries, caramel. Taste is sweet and fruity, nice bittersweet and full of character.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDalkoholic (2156) - Linda Vista, California, USA - AUG 20, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2005 Copper brass color with a thin white pillow head. Aroma is light and resembles a pale lager. A tad sweet flavor of caramel and malt. Not much spice or hop noticed, but i do like the sour notes of green grape given off. A standard beer that i could drink a whole keg of.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 9, 2004
Light malty aroma, taste is of light caremel malts. Nice and refreshing but nothing spectacular.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 9, 2004
Pours a nice amber color. Tastes a little bit of caramel. Has a slight licorice type flavor. Easy drinking but not great.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - JUL 16, 2004
Light aroma; dry and hoppy flavor. Nicely done. To date, this is the best Karl Strauss beer that I have sampled. Found on tap at home in San Diego.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUN 20, 2004
Watery looking, amber/copper. Very small, white head. Smells nearly of nothing, maybe soapy malt. Light malt/vegetable taste with minimal coffee hop kick. Aftertaste is nill. Sampled on tap at the Los Angeles Int’l Airport.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
haddon90 (1470) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DanielBrown (3848) - 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.

2.9
   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.

2.5
   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.


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