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RATINGS: 232   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 Diegos 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.


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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 24, 2010
Appearance: Pours a translucent copper with a decent off white head that subsides to a mere film.

Aroma: Light Euro hop, caramel/toffee sweetness.

Taste: Buttered toast, caramel and light bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with prickly carbonation.

Overall: Its fine. Too sweet for my liking, but not offensive in the least bit.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scubaguy (230) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 4, 2010
The flavor is a good overall and well balanced. It has a good amount of carmel. But at times it feels a little thin. The aroma has some bready notes and again the carmel is right there. Pours a nice amber color, it has a small thin ring of head. As well small amounts of patchy lacing. The finish has just a touch of hops and a little sweetness. But nothing that tends to linger around. All things said it was a pretty decent beer. I had it with a thai pizza and it seemed to go pretty good together. It was the first beer I tried from these guys. I look forward to trying more.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blutt59 (6414) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2010
On tap, coppery orange color with white thin foam, aroma is faint hops and malt, flavor is coppery bitter with a plain dry finish

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
daknole (10790) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2010
Typical amber pour, light white head. Aroma is lightly hoppy,(citrus), caramel malt. Flavor is much the same. Light citrus notes, caramel malt, wheat biscuits.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KimJohansen (10408) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2010
Clear golden with a medium off white head. Malty aroma with caramel and hints of grassy hops. Flavour had malt, caramel, grassy hops and straws. Finished fairly dry and bitter.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sledutah (6551) - Utah, USA - JUN 16, 2010
On tap at CA Adventure
Appearance: Slightly cloudy amber with a small white head
Aroma: Caramel, malts and bready
Taste: Sweet malts, caramel, bready with some slight hop bitterness in the finish
An OK beer, nothing special.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rotoguru (126) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2010
SD trip, Karl Strauss LaJolla, sampler, had these while having a larger DIPA, flavors and ratings may be rough: Clean but uneventful; smooth malt finish. A good typical filtered amber ale; better than fatty.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
steve_4962 (10) - USA - JUN 4, 2010
Once you open the bottle, its very hard to put it down. The only part you put down is the beer down your throat. Its awesome!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jnageljr (10) - California, USA - MAY 25, 2010
On the palate this beer has slightly malty finish that evokes a bite of wheat bread. Stands alone well.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
popery (1851) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 18, 2010
A rather average beer, but, for the style, its certainly not terrible. Its funny that the reviews are sort of all over the place (kinda sounds like the LAX bar needs to clean their tap lines). This is a clean, somewhat sweet lager. Its a nice, clear amber with a dissipating white head that manages to hang on with a very tight white cap after a minute. The aroma is mostly doughy malt sweetness. Theres a faint hint of herbal hops, but its just a low abv amber lager with its roots in German brewing. It lacks any real depth of malt flavor. The flavor is vaguely sweet and fairly clean. Its nice to have a <4.5% abv beer, but this one wants for flavor. Mouthfeel is inoffensive, though the carbonation seems oddly low. Ok beer.


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