Karl Strauss Brewing Company - Carlsbad

Mayor: brokensail (1) | Taps: 6-25 | Bottles: 3+
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76
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
t0rin0  (1516) Do Not Resuscitate, California | December 23, 2012
Stopped in once with my brother and a friend on the way back from AleSmith.

I felt bad because all we wanted to do was sample all the beers but they didnt have a flight option. So they gave us a sample of everything expecting us to buy beer and food afterwards. We didnt so I left a few dollars as a "tip" and headed out.

Service was very friendly, there were about 10 house beers on, and itís in a beautiful area. A bit out of the way actually but still nice.

Not really a must in terms of beer stops in the general area but if you happen to be going that way you might as well stop in and try some Tower 10 or one of the experimental ones.
76
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
theisti  (746) Kansas | June 13, 2011| Updated September 8, 2014
Visited for dinner after a long day at Legoland. The interior of the restaurant is very new, and tastefully decorated. The had 8-10 of their own beers on draft, a couple of which seemed to be special / one-offs. The food was really fresh, and much more tasty than I was expecting. My family was accommodated well, and everyone had a nice time. This was certainly a pleasant surprise - recommended after a day at Legoland.

76 = ★★★ (Worth the visit, must for locals, and visitors with time)

I only use the total score, not the component parts.
66
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
GT  (672) Oceanside, California | May 31, 2015
Date. . . . . . . . . . ...5.26.15
Type. . . . . . . . . . ..Brewpub
Location. . . . . . . ..Palomar, Mid Carlsbad
Prices. . . . . . . . . ..Normal
Tap Selection. . . .10-12 House Beers
Bottle Selection. .2-3 House Beers
Full Bar. . . . . . . . .Unknown
Samplers. . . . . . ..Yes, Custom Flights of 4
Full Pours. . . . . . .Yes
Beer Level. . . . . ..Good
Food Level. . . . ...Good
Staff. . . . . . . . . . ..Attentive
Growlers. . . . . . ..Probably
Noise Level. . . . ..Lively
Dťcor. . . . . . . . . ..High Ceilings, Dark Wood, Visible Brewing System
Kid Friendly. . . . .Yes
Dog Friendly. . . ..No
Parking. . . . . . . ...Private Lot
Cash Only. . . . . ..No
Recommended. ..Not Really
Comments: Given how many food and beer options you have in the area, I donít know why I would return here. Staff was nice, beer was good, food was good, but nothing was good enough to make me come back. Burgers and fries were tasty, but not at the level to compete with surrounding venues. Same with the beer...certainly not bad but canít compete with the many breweries in the area. The advantage to this place is that it is in a great location for those working in the area, is nicer than Pizza Port in terms of menu and ambiance and lack of screaming children...and it is essentially a restaurant first and brewpub second. So it caters to just about anyone whether or not they are interested in beer. But as a RateBeer place review, it can safely be tucked into the scroll past file.
72
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
rlgk  (589) GŲteborg, Sweden | November 13, 2015
Pretty large place with a restaurant but also a quit nice bar section. Flights are available, classy place with average beers. Not very crowded in daytime when we visited.
70
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Schlenkerla  (504) , Austria | January 1, 2013
Located in an office district close to Lego land, inside ok, like to sit at the bar and drink a fresh Red Trolley ale.
70
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77  (376) Reno, Nevada | August 20, 2015
Big pub/restaurant. decent beers, though nothing that stands out on the SD scene. Nice enough to be worth a visit.
74
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup  (355) Citizen of the universe, Denmark | November 6, 2010
My favorite brewpub for breakfast - Iíve been here twice for breakfast, longingly watching the parking lot to Legoland, but never had the time to go there, since the beerhunt has been on. A good selection of beers - 10 on my first visit and 4 new ones the year after. Weíve been lucky to be served two sets of "half" samplers - also of beers, not regularly on the samplers. Nice and good priced breakfast. The interior is pretty standard - lots of low booths and soft plastic covered benches.
76
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
hopdog  (300) Lansdale, Pennsylvania | March 30, 2016
Stopped here after Legoland and was impressed by the number of house beers and including a whole page of limited beers including a sour, barrel aged imperial stouts, etc. Busy, but we did hit it after Legoland closed and the service was acceptable. The under cooked my daughterís steak (bloody rare), and quickly compíed her meal - so kudos for handling that quick and efficiently.
70
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
rejtable  (220) Ontario | October 6, 2014
Nice clean new looking spot near legoland. A dozen beer and some bottles. Lots food selection. Friendly service.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 13/20
JohnC  (163) Mission Viejo, California | August 1, 2007
I have had dinner here a couple of times. The food is good and like the other KSí Iíve been to, the beer is serviceable. But if youíre in Carlsbad and want a pint, head over to pizza port.

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