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RATINGS: 228   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.


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
GT2 (9102) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 12, 2010
Tap at a random bar in SD. Presented as nearly flat, clear amber with no head. Aroma of biscuity malt, grain, butter. Taste is a massive diacetyl mess. Wow.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dogbrick (8991) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2008
Sample at the Sorrento Valley location. This brew pours a clear pale copper color with a thin white head that dissipates steadily. Spotty lacing on the glass. Sweet malt and caramel in the nose, with a touch of hops. Medium-bodied and sweet with toasted malt and caramel flavors, plus a bit of floral hops. The finish is sweet with a lingering malty aftertaste. Slightly above average overall.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JoeMcPhee (8788) - 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.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Meilby (8551) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 15, 2013
Draught @ The Old Spaghetti Factory, San Marcos, CA
Pours clear deep golden with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, butterscotch and floral. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter. Body is light to medium, texture is thin, carbonation is soft.

1.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
crossovert (8500) - Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2012
Buttery. Sweet. Gross. This beer embodies everything wrong with shitty American brewed lagers.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JorisPPattyn (8202) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 24, 2008
Draught Medium, quite white head over pale amber beer with metallic shine. Cookies, ambrée malts, very lager-like indeed Toast, cornflakes, orange - this is a true breakfast beer. Speculoos malts. Light body, quite some slickness. Very ordinary Vienna, but drinkable.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mcberko (8130) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 15, 2011
12 oz. bottle, split with Matts_Property, pours clear amber orange with almost no head. Aroma of bready malts, slight caramel tone and sort of a syrupy quality. Flavour is quite sweet, with bready and caramel malt, a slightly cloying syrupy tone, with a lingering breadiness and light hop character. Low complexity, with soft carbonation. Nothing special here.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BMan1113VR (7890) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 3, 2010
On tap at the Universal location. Pours with a amber-bronze body. Aromas of apple, caramel, and light biscuit. Very weak aroma. Flavors are honey and tea (southern sweet tea), caramel and biscuit. Light bubbles.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
arminjewell (7538) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DSG (7488) - Tel Aviv, - 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.


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