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RATINGS: 221   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 12, 2003
A very light amber color with a head that is holding on to the edge of my glass with all of it's strength. A waft of caramel and malts. The unfavorable metallic taste hits me lightly on the tongue and as it warms the caramel really jumps out. Not a fan...I hate metallic.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
haddon90 (1466) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2004
On tap at the United Terminal at LAX. This was ok. Nothing spectacular. Not much aroma at all. No head. Some barley and light fruit notes. Simple, easy, nothing to write home about.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Draught at Karl Strauss La Jolla: Ruby color, nose of raspberry and some diacetyl. Flavor is tart and sweet with fruit, odd. Finishes sulfuric, way fruity for a lager.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - APR 24, 2006
Amber isn’t a great style for me, my wife likes it though, and I tryed it, abit sweet, but still hoppy enough for me to like, not bad at all, but just not my cup of tea, a decent beer for the style. Sampled from tap, Universal city.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
can8ianben (1316) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2009
Aroma of sweet malt and some subtle hops. Obviously amber in color. Grocery store beer is sometimes awful - this isn’t, but it isn’t fantastic either. Malty and sweet, with just a touch of pine in the hops. Drinkable?

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
chandler0201 (644) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Tried this at the LA Airport. Basic smells of some malts same for flavor with a hint of honey. Way too watered down for my tastes.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 10, 2009
Copper-brown body under a short-lived white head. Tart apricot & caramel malts in the aroma with the flavor being composed of kilned malt plus some low crystal. Well-done but not interesting.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
popery (1418) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 18, 2010
A rather average beer, but, for the style, it’s certainly not terrible. It’s funny that the reviews are sort of all over the place (kinda sounds like the LAX bar needs to clean their tap lines). This is a clean, somewhat sweet lager. It’s a nice, clear amber with a dissipating white head that manages to hang on with a very tight white cap after a minute. The aroma is mostly doughy malt sweetness. There’s a faint hint of herbal hops, but it’s just a low abv amber lager with its roots in German brewing. It lacks any real depth of malt flavor. The flavor is vaguely sweet and fairly clean. It’s nice to have a <4.5% abv beer, but this one wants for flavor. Mouthfeel is inoffensive, though the carbonation seems oddly low. Ok beer.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
GT2 (8432) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ober (2810) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - AUG 9, 2012
A clear amber colored beer, with a thick white head. The aroma of sweet caramel, with some fruits. The taste of caramel, fruits and a little hop bitter. The aftertaste is mostly sweet, almost no bitter,


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