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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.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
opiate (199) - Sandy, Utah, USA - APR 7, 2001
Well...I guess I’m the odd man out here. I wasn’t impressed at all by this beer. The bottle I had was a ’gusher’ and it spewed all over my kitchen counter. The color is much too light for an ’amber ale’ imho. It’s a light copper color. No red notes at all. Sort of a funky stale tasted. I may have an old bottle. I’d like to think so since all of the other reviewers are so positive. I’ll try it again since it seems so popular. But I’m left unimpressed.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Clear, light amber appearance. Nose shows some sweet caramel. Easy drinking palate, definite caramel flavors, very light nutty/toasted flavors. Clean on the finish with a very light hop content.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 9, 2004
Light malty aroma, taste is of light caremel malts. Nice and refreshing but nothing spectacular.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
1FastSTi (3336) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2006
Bottle. Pours to a nice amber/bronze body with a thin white head. Decent lacing. The aroma is floral hops with torrified grains. The flavor is lightly hoppy toffee with a light "original" bubblegum. The palate is medium-light bodied, over carbonated, and is lightly metallic. Not a beer I’d get again.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Charlzm (246) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 26, 2007
On draft at Karl Strauss Universal City, 11/26/07. Clear, honey gold. Nice head retention. Fleeting smell of spice in nose. Agreeable, mellow malt character. No hops to speak of. Lingering corn on finish. Meh.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RedSox2004 (1252) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - MAR 22, 2008
UPDATED: APR 8, 2008 On tap at Chili’s. Served freezing cold into a frozen mug - might have been the coldest beer I’ve ever had. Amber in color with a decent size head that left a thin layer of foam, but I had to keep wiping the condensation off the side of the glass to see what it looked like. Not much in terms of aroma, probably due to how cold this thing was, but I could sense some caramel and biscuits. Flavors came through the iciness a bit more, and malts dominated with a subtle bread flavor. Medium-bodied, lots of, maybe too much, carbonation. Despite the presentation, there was enough here to suggest that it might be a decent beer if served at a reasonable temperature. Did I mention it was served cold?

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 26, 2008
12oz bottle. Nice amber color "duh". Quickly dissipating white head. Not a whole lot of flavor, but very drinkable. ok

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 19, 2010
On tap at 94th Aero Squaldron (San Diego, CA): Pours an attractive reddish copper color with a fizzy white head that dissipates. Aroma of clean caramel malt and molasses. Not much to it. Carbonated mouthfeel. There’s plenty of caramel malts and biscuits in the taste with hardly a finish. Drinkability: Lackluster. Bleh. Pairing: Chicken and fries. Rebuy: Probably not. #280 on 19022010, DG.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sledutah (4682) - Utah, USA - JUN 16, 2010
On tap at CA Adventure
Appearance: Slightly cloudy amber with a small white head
Aroma: Caramel, malts and bready
Taste: Sweet malts, caramel, bready with some slight hop bitterness in the finish
An OK beer, nothing special.


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