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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (8138) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 31, 2012
Draught at the LAX bar. Amber-orange with a low, fine head. Caramel malt nose. Rich and chewy but a bit 1-dimensional. Malt flavor not quite so chewy, but ok caramel, light nuts, cherry. OK.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
marcus (8001) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 20, 2011
Bottle from BevMo Arden. Pours clear amber with a generous off-white head and a light toffee aroma. There is a slightly sweet caramel malt flavor with a little hop bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BMan1113VR (7913) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (7875) - 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."

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bb (7754) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 1, 2005
Draft. Amber beer with a nice off-white head. Some malt flavor. Fairly easy to drink. A touch of sweetness in the aroma - otherwise not much going on. Clean.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7661) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 2, 2006
On tap at Columbia Street brewery. Clear copper color with lasting off white head. Aroma is light with hints of caramel maltiness and fresh dark bread. The flavor is full malt richness. Caramel and roasted malts are fresh and in good agreement. Nice even hop bite to balance the malts. Almost buttery bread finish that leaves a great aftertaste with the caramel sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blipp (7361) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 27, 2011
Bottle. Pours amber with an off white head. Sweet malty aroma with caramel and toast. The flavor has sweet toffee like malt, toast, and light earthy notes. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2003
Very light copper colored. Sweet caramel nose and a crystal malt body. Finish is moderately bitter and smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6906) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2002
Draught. Body is dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, toasted light bread), lightly hoppy (flowers), with a light note of peach. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter, lightly acidic. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Decent malty amber.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Geokkjer (6866) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 15, 2013
On tap at the Old Spaghetti Factory. Press amber with an off white head. Aroma of butterscotch, caramel and malt. Flavor is sweet and malty with some butterscotch. Medium body, average carbonation.

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