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RATINGS: 224   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.


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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DennisD (12) - USA - APR 1, 2010
aroma - cereal, malty, caramel appearance - amber, clear, tan foam, good head This beer is medium bodied with flavors of cereal, caramel, slightly nutty and a nice balance of hops.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BOSSbrewer (1979) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 21, 2014
On tap at their place in San Diego. Pours a clear golden with one finger of white head. Aroma is malty. Some caramel. Slight floral. Light bodied. Finishes dry. Decent beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
loubar (83) - Los Gatos, California, USA - OCT 29, 2014
12 oz. bottle. This amber will probably get docked for its lack of flavor. It is no doubt subtle, more towards a malty, heles style lager. I found it to be an enjoyable session amber with distinct, yet faint, woody and earthy flavors. I think there should always be easy drinking beers like this. I’m ready for another.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (6084) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 6, 2014
"a more malt heavy amber, but full flavored, even with the lighter amount of hops. nutty caramel and toffee in the nose and flavor. ruby in color. looks nice. good beer, although i usually like a touch more hops."

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrewFace (889) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Bottle thanks to StephanSD in SSS. Strong diacetyl aroma - buttery, sweet caramel malt. Mostly clear amber color. Caramel flavor, semisweet malt profile, crisp, no butter in the flavor.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jjh19 (62) - California, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Appearance: A rich reddish, amber color. Decent foamy head. Smell: I got toasty and bready notes in the nose. Taste: A ton of caramel and toffee malt sweetness. Not that this tastes like a sugar bomb cider or anything. Just a nice refreshing change of pace from San Di-Hop-o IIIIIIIPAs. First sip to last gulp, I’m a fan of this Amber ale. Mouthfeel: Medium body, straight down the middle. Drinkability: Definitely a recommendation and on my go-to list for easy drinking beers.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerguy00 (160) - Fountain Valley, California, USA - AUG 4, 2014
Pours a nice amber color (as the name suggests) nice white head. Aroma of caramel and nuts. Sweet flavor with a bit of citrus.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Defreni (2649) - Husum, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2014
Fad: Samme restaurant og daym jeg ikke tog Stone IPA, troede jeg havde ratet den. Dumme ticker. ravfarvet diset øl med et stort flot skumhoved. Duften er forholdsvis maltet og det er så hvad der er at sige om denne standard kedelige øl. I det mindste er den drikbar.

2.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
LiMuBai (187) - - JUL 18, 2014
Nice amber cor, crystal clear. Little to no aroma. Certainly a toasted quality in the flavor, well balanced and smooth.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (4137) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2014
On tap at the brew outlet on Columbia St, San Diego on 18th March 2014. Copper bronze clear body with a full head on top. Caramel and other malt molasses fill the nose with a mild citrus note trying to squeeze through. The taste is semi-sweet with the caramel leading the way in flavour, what ever hops there are just hover below the surface and only come out at the finish. I’m no lager fan but this did OK.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
arminjewell (6419) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Pour is clear orange with thin head, aroma brought some slight caramel, biscuit, bread, hints of yeast, slight grain, hints of lemon. Taste is slight grain, biscuit, caramel, hints of lemon, slight yeast, finishing fairly sweet, slightly bitter.


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