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RATINGS: 213   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.

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.


2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 5, 2009
Smells of light caramel and mildew. Poured copper with a small head, that dissipated into nothing. not even a halo left behind. Taste is bleh, a rotten caramelly lagery bite. Something tastes sour, and not in a good way. Beer isnt infected with anything other than poor craftsmanship. just not good, but I also hate lagers, so dont take much weight in my opinion,.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 3, 2009
12 oz bottle. Dark amber with light head. Nose is lightly sweet and malt. Flavor is sweet lager. Bit of sharpness. Some caramel and fruitiness. OK.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DavidP (1746) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 10, 2009
Copper-brown body under a short-lived white head. Tart apricot & caramel malts in the aroma with the flavor being composed of kilned malt plus some low crystal. Well-done but not interesting.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
chandler0201 (638) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Tried this at the LA Airport. Basic smells of some malts same for flavor with a hint of honey. Way too watered down for my tastes.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
danielcurtis81 (1517) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 21, 2009
Draft. Pours a light amber. Sweet malt nose. Flavors of honey sweet malt. Very light drink!

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DSG (5022) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 18, 2009
(11/2/08) Draught sample at the brewpub in downtown San Diego. Clear amber color. Aroma of malt, a bit of diacetyl and fruity notes. Sweet malty flavor with some toasted bread notes, a bit of caramel and light buttery hints. Finishes drier. Fluffy mouthfeel with lively carbonation.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
TomDecapolis (4394) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JAN 15, 2009
Tap at Carlsbad. Pours a translucent copper with little to no head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, lightly spicy hop notes, cereal grains and nuts. Flavor of the same. Light hop bitterness.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
alexanderj (3266) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 11, 2009
On tap at The Spaghetti Factory. Nice looking amber color. Aroma of caramel, bread, and grain. Flavor was basically the same. Subtle sweetness, with not much hopping. Pretty nondescript, and not a whole lot of flavor. Ok

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
can8ianben (1286) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2009
Aroma of sweet malt and some subtle hops. Obviously amber in color. Grocery store beer is sometimes awful - this isn’t, but it isn’t fantastic either. Malty and sweet, with just a touch of pine in the hops. Drinkable?

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JoeMcPhee (8188) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2008
Tap at La Jolla location. Amber coloured beer. Lightly grainy aroma. A touch of toast but little else. Clean finish, low hopping, Meh... pretty boring brew, really.


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