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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.

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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ksigty (107) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2007
caramel, bread, amber, clear, tan foam, medium sweetness, medium body, creamy, average carbonation, bitter,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
warriorx99 (85) - USA - FEB 2, 2006
Bottle. This pours a nice amber color with a good malty aroma. This is a sweet beer, medium body, and easy to drink. The taste is subtle, but good. This is an enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dbingham (69) - - JUL 5, 2013
A whole lot of Munich malt here -has a tootsie roll flavor, very flavorful for a Vienna. I like it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
cafgen (68) - California, USA - MAR 25, 2014
Light amber color with almost no head. Aroma is caramel and malt. Taste is caramel, malt and some fruit. Good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lagerman99 (66) - USA - NOV 26, 2001
A decent vienna toned down to meet the palates of lower cal- ifornia.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimrockford (56) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Pours a nice light reddish bronze. tiny white head which goes by by real fast. Good complex malts for a lager. Good girlie beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DubbelO7 (42) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2001
I lived in San Diego for a while and got familiar with the Karl Strauss beers . Overall, the tastes are conservative and nor terribly courageus but overall, high in quality compared to mass produced American swill . Good with food . Karl himself is pictured on the packaging but i’m not so sure he is that attractive for being on the bottle ! hahaha ... I rather NOT see him on the packaging ! Rather see one of those San Diego beach bunnies !!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomseaman (35) - Alpine, California, USA - JAN 17, 2003
Very nice for a day-to-day beer. Good aroma, taste and body. It's my new basic beer, but not any better (or worse) than Sam Adams.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Flipbrewer (33) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 20, 2003
A nice dark lager, crisp and easy drinking. Poured with a cream colored head that lasted halfway through glass; some lacing. Clear, medium amber color. Subtle floral hop bouquet; sweet caramel malt in the nose; some acidity acidity and green apple. Palate is firm bodied with a crisp carbonation; softens as the glass warms. Flavor starts with malt sweetness and crisp acidity which carries to mid-palate where a hint of green apple emerges briefly before finishing somewhat dry with a residual malt sweetness; pleasant yeasty-bready aftertaste. Mild hop bitterness evident throughout. I wouldn't hesitate bringing this to a gathering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
geographylists (26) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 2, 2007
Bottle. Rather malty. A bit more sweet than average. A fairly average beer overall--if someone gave me a blind taste test, I likely wouldn’t be able to ID this one! Quite drinkable, though not gourmet by any means.

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