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RATINGS: 223   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.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - FEB 26, 2003
Had on tap at TGI Friday's La Jolla on February 21st, 2003
Aroma has slight hint of malt and alcohol with an amber/red appearance. Head is minimal, not even worth mentioning. Taste is of strong alcohol with a slightly acidic flavor. Not a pleasing beer. Hate to take down a local brewery, but this is not their best offering.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - FEB 7, 2004
Draft. A very clean tasting beer with a watery palate. The flavor is subtle and smooth, and very far from being complex. Simple, easy drinking, a not exciting whatsoever, but it accomplishes its purpose.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUN 20, 2004
Watery looking, amber/copper. Very small, white head. Smells nearly of nothing, maybe soapy malt. Light malt/vegetable taste with minimal coffee hop kick. Aftertaste is nill. Sampled on tap at the Los Angeles Int’l Airport.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 12, 2005
not a fan at all and that is a difficult thing to say about a local brewer. almost syrup like consistency and very sweet. just not impressed in the bottle or on tap.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2007
12 oz. bottle from Saarlander. this one just didn’t do it for me. not much flavor, aroma or hop presence. I get a hint of the spice, but fail to see how the brewer can call this one complex?

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 15, 2011
Bottle split with mcberko. Pours a clear pale amber/brown, with no head. Aroma of honey, caramel, malts, bread. Flavour is quite muted, grass, bread, light caramel, honey. Only the fizzy carbonation holds your attention. Not nasty, but easily forgettable.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 28, 2008
This brew’s appearance is undoubtedly it’s most redeeming quality. Lives up to the title of being an "amber" but lacks the caramel, toffee, malt backbone most in the category have. Just a watered-down excuse for a beer.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
TomDecapolis (4501) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 15, 2009
Tap at Carlsbad. Pours a translucent copper with little to no head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, lightly spicy hop notes, cereal grains and nuts. Flavor of the same. Light hop bitterness.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 22, 2009
Bottle (in NZ). Sweet caramel aroma. A tart bitterness on the palate, with a malt sweetness you’d expect for the style, but this is overpowering. I’m sure it is popular with the punters though.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
grimreaperguru (233) - santee, California, USA - JUN 12, 2012
Pours a golden amber color with a short lived fizzy off white head.The aroma was of a light caramel sent.The flavor was of a very watered down malt taste.The body was thin with a weird aftertaste.Overall it was okay at best.


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