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RATINGS: 232   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2005
On tap from the brewpub. Tasted during trip to California. Amber clear colour with a weah head. Light malty nose. Very light flavour of malt some sweetneess, hoppy and bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Beer pours light amber with an egg white head that is retained. Aroma is restrained aroma of roasted malt. Flavor is malty with a bit of roastiness, a bit grainy. Reasonable carbonation. Not bad for a lager.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopdog (10910) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2004
On tap. Poured a dark amber color with a small off white head. Sweet and malty. Toffee and caramel. A little one dimensional for my tastes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Kinz (3684) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2005
On tap at the San Diego airport while waiting for the plane. Sort of a sad way to send off a great brewing town. I think I’ve found San Diego’s answer to Chicago’s Goose Island Honker. Medium orange amber, slight head. Little aroma. Watery, vegetal taste. Talk about a step down from the previous beers. In the end, slight cookie flavor, bit bitter, and vegetal. So-so beyond belief.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 9, 2005
on tap at the San Diego airport / this is a very buttery beer. caramel, a bit sweet. almost too thick, yet it’s not thick really. drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bb (8122) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Norton (333) - Southside, Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2005
Draft. Nice orangey gold. White head does not last. Smells remind me of old caramel candies. Slickly sweet yet full. A notch up from generic. Kind of filling. Don’t see myself drinking this in multiples. Does not seem balanced.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAY 26, 2007
Draft @ the Karl Strauss Beer Garden in the San Diego Airport. Amber in the glass with a creamy off-white head. The aroma had lots of vinegar backed with some caramel. Malty flavor mixed with some hops that makes it somewhat sour. Light chocolate background. Light body. This one is just not right. With all the awesome breweries in the San Diego area this is the best you can put in the airport to send people off with?

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bhensonb (13609) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 26, 2007
Draft at the downtown brewpub. Light caramel aroma. Clean amber color with a white head. A bit thinnish. Moderate carbonation. Starts with caramel malt, underlaid by a harsher malt note. Not a great deal of bitter. Clean finish with detectable bitter. It meets the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JorisPPattyn (9132) - 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.

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