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RATINGS: 230   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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.

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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 19, 2010
On tap at 94th Aero Squaldron (San Diego, CA): Pours an attractive reddish copper color with a fizzy white head that dissipates. Aroma of clean caramel malt and molasses. Not much to it. Carbonated mouthfeel. There’s plenty of caramel malts and biscuits in the taste with hardly a finish. Drinkability: Lackluster. Bleh. Pairing: Chicken and fries. Rebuy: Probably not. #280 on 19022010, DG.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
elihapa (1533) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - FEB 17, 2010
Sample on tap. This actually turned out to be the most surprisingly successful brew I tried on the day. Aroma is a complex blend of biscuit, caramel, and toffee. The flavors also continue these notes, settling on the tongue with a deep malt presence that also included a hint of chocolate. Hops manage to keep the brew balanced. The finish is clean and refreshing. This is a lager done right: where the yeast steps out of the way to showcase a deep malt body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2010
Pours amber with a thin off white head. Light aroma. Flavor of caramel, nuts, malt, a very light hops. Little thin, but decent flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Aggie80 (790) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
robforbes (2089) - 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.

   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 that’s interesting, tho its a bit thin and a bit over carbonated. Still a decent drinker.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 22, 2009
A very, very nice Vienna and I was really quite suprised at it, as I didn’t really have much info going into this beer. The aroma had a huge caramel profile, slightly vegetal but mostly it’s 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 it’s quite easy drinking. 2 for 2 tonight with damned good, easy drinking beers.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DJMonarch (9166) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Capa (2416) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Toasted malts, some sweet caramel malts, and light hoping. It’s refreshing, crisp, and easy to drink. Nothing bad here, just nothing great.

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