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RATINGS: 217   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 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.

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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Aggie80 (785) - Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2010
On tap at my hotel. Clear amber color with a touch of white head. Light aroma of malt and caramel. Light-bodied, this was nicely refreshing after a long day. Primarily malts without much in the hops.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
robforbes (2055) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2010
pours a clear orange-amber with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly, and not much lacing. smell is of caramel, nuts, and malt in the back. taste is watery, malt, and corn grain, ends flat.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Orange red pour, not much for head. Aroma is pine hops and caramel malts. Flavor is bittersweet. Palate has a lingering spice thatís interesting, tho its a bit thin and a bit over carbonated. Still a decent drinker.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 22, 2009
A very, very nice Vienna and I was really quite suprised at it, as I didnít really have much info going into this beer. The aroma had a huge caramel profile, slightly vegetal but mostly itís just the sweet caramel angle, which was nice albeit one dimensional. Caramel sweetness on the palate really takes front and center also with some light nut and honey notes, but again...heaping doses of caramel. Nothing heavy, it finishes really clean and itís quite easy drinking. 2 for 2 tonight with damned good, easy drinking beers.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 1, 2009
30/11/2009. 12oz bottle purchased in San Diego and brought back by a friend of a friend in a suitcase. Amber, clear, very very grainy and sweet on the nose - reminiscent of honey on multi-grain toast. Similar character in the mouth with the sweetness overpowering the toast and hops. Drinkable but far from moreish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2009
From the Bottle at the Marriott Hotel, Denver 25/09/2009 Amber coloured smooth on the palate and malty with a crisp and slightly dry full malt finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Capa (1969) - Manama, BAHRAIN - NOV 22, 2009
Toasted malts, some sweet caramel malts, and light hoping. Itís refreshing, crisp, and easy to drink. Nothing bad here, just nothing great.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Kuzo (115) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Pours a very nice amber with an orange hue. Aroma is caramel and hops. Taste is malty sweet with floral hops. Not much of an aftertaste. The sweetness limits the drinkability.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 22, 2009
Bottle (in NZ). Sweet caramel aroma. A tart bitterness on the palate, with a malt sweetness youíd expect for the style, but this is overpowering. Iím sure it is popular with the punters though.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Barreras (942) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - AUG 25, 2009
Pours an amber color just like its name. A bit spicy with a dry finish. Taste of sweet caramel and nuts throughout, a surprisingly decent amber ale that I would drink again.


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