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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.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DubC5000 (305) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 6, 2008
Extremely caramelly and honey sweet. Comes up short on the hop end, with next to no bitterness. Some malt present, but the brew is somewhat lacking in depth; could’ve been less sweet and more full-bodied.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Capa (2029) - Manama, BAHRAIN - NOV 22, 2009
Toasted malts, some sweet caramel malts, and light hoping. It’s refreshing, crisp, and easy to drink. Nothing bad here, just nothing great.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2011
Pours dark amber with biscuit notes and a light toast Malt dominates with the grains really shining and going long, you do get a light hop hit but this one is all about the malts.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (9808) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2011
Bottle poured a clear orange amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of toasted malt, carmel and a hint of fruittiness. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of toasted malt, carmel and a hint of fruittiness with a crisp finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (10534) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - APR 15, 2014
Draught at Churchills Pub & Grille, San Marcos. Clear amber beer with almost no head. Malty roasted aroma, chocolate, malty, grassy, some cocoa. Mslty roasted caramel flavor, hop notes, floral, some toffee. Hoppy chocolate and caramel finish. Decent lager beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - FEB 17, 2010
Sample on tap. This actually turned out to be the most surprisingly successful brew I tried on the day. Aroma is a complex blend of biscuit, caramel, and toffee. The flavors also continue these notes, settling on the tongue with a deep malt presence that also included a hint of chocolate. Hops manage to keep the brew balanced. The finish is clean and refreshing. This is a lager done right: where the yeast steps out of the way to showcase a deep malt body.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yackery (156) - California, USA - DEC 2, 2011
12oz bottle. Fast dissolving head and very thin lacing over clear amber body. Aroma is apple juice and apple bread and a hint of hard candy. Taste is mildly bittersweet. Palate is soft and smooth. Overall, despite the commercial hype, this beer is just OK and besides being clean and light, doesn’t try to be anything crafty.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheHOFF43 (1751) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Pours a clear amber with khaki head. Tons of caramel and some fruity hops.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (2879) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2014
tap. Amber with small head. Mild amber with light caramel malts. Slightly aboverage for the style.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (3772) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2014
On tap at the brew outlet on Columbia St, San Diego on 18th March 2014. Copper bronze clear body with a full head on top. Caramel and other malt molasses fill the nose with a mild citrus note trying to squeeze through. The taste is semi-sweet with the caramel leading the way in flavour, what ever hops there are just hover below the surface and only come out at the finish. I’m no lager fan but this did OK.


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