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RATINGS: 221   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.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
krumbum (521) - truckee, California, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Clear amber color with malty aromas. Malt driven water taste. Rinses clean from the palate. Not very exciting.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dbingham (69) - - JUL 5, 2013
A whole lot of Munich malt here -has a tootsie roll flavor, very flavorful for a Vienna. I like it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beertholomeus (785) - California, USA - JUN 19, 2013
Pours amber color with bubbly slightly off white head. Caramel and malt aromas. Caramel, malt, bread and fruit flavors. Medium body and bready dry finish.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (16691) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 28, 2013
Draft @ the brewpub, San Diego, CA. Pours a pale amber color with a white head. Has a fruity malty caramel aroma. Fruity malty caramel flavor with weak hoppy hints. Has a fruity malty caramel finish.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (10916) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 14, 2013
Amber pour with a white head. Bready malt up front with some cotton candy, toffee, and fruity, apple esters. Light floral and citrus hops. The flavor is sweet with a lot of bread, toast, and cotton candy. Sweet fruit esters, light citrus, floral hops, and minimal bitterness.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
neuromatt (1154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2013
On tap at the San Diego Pier Cafe in San Diego, served in a shaker. Pours clear amber with a small off-white head that fades to a thin cover and leaves a trace of fine lace. On the nose, there are notes of caramel, flowers and grain, along with very subtle hops. The flavour is lightly sweet with grainy malts, caramel and subtle hops. The finish is well balanced with subtle hops and malts. On the palate it is light in body with a watery texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a decent Vienna lager, but nothing special. Feels a bit light. 2013-03-20

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rayOfBeer (670) - El Cerrito, California, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Bottle: amber pour with a thin off-white head. Aroma is caramel malt with maybe a hint of grainy bread. Flavor is caramel with a light dusting of toasted grains and some nuts. Palate is slightly sweet but moves into a light grainy bitter and an active carbonation tingle on the tongue. I found the beer rather easy to drink, nice flavor with no highs or lows, I will drink more.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
r464 (1926) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Very malty, nutty, and sweet. Some distinct citrus flavors that tail off to a fairly thin finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mansquito (3386) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Someplace in SD: Pours amber with an off-white head. Aroma is caramel malt. Taste is a bit sweet with caramel malts. Very minimal hops. Not a bad body. This would be easily sessionable, but equally easily forgettable.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BucannonXC5 (835) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 5, 2012
12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Oct. 5, 2012 (purchased at BevMo in La Mesa (San Diego, Calif.) for $1.29 (with card) on Oct. 5, 2012). Less than a finger of head. Light honey caramel with iced tea head. Bad retention all-around. Smelled caramel, toffee, nutty and a very slight whiff of chocolate. Malty. Tasted a bit different than I was expecting. Got caramel and toffee up front with a decent amount of malts. Reminded me a bit of an Oktoberfest. Lots of carbonation on the tongue late, giving way to a slightly nutty finish. Light body. Thinner texture. Above average carbonation. Abrupt finish. I was hoping for a bit more, but an OK amber overall.


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