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Karl Strauss Brewing Company - Universal City
Exceptional based on 17 ratings
Type: Brewpub (see listing)

100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, California United States 91608 [ print map ]
818 753 BREW

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Hours: Mon-Thur 4pm-11pm; Fri-Sat 11am-12am; Sun 11am-11p

Mayor: beersearcher (1) | Taps: 10 | Bottles: 3+

Karl Strauss Brewing Company - Universal City

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Beer Available At Karl Strauss Brewing Company - Universal City (arranged by most recent)
Karl Strauss Mosaic Session Ale 88, Karl Strauss Red Trolley Ale 52, Karl Strauss Fullsuit Belgian-Style Brown Ale 87, Karl Strauss Wreck Alley Imperial Stout 97, Karl Strauss Four Scowling Owls 76, Karl Strauss Big Barrel Double IPA 98, Karl Strauss Tower 10 IPA 83, Karl Strauss Pintail Pale Ale 82, Karl Strauss Endless Summer Light 14, Karl Strauss Amber 46
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17 reviews for Karl Strauss Brewing Company - Universal City
 Ambiance  72%
 Service  78%
 Selection  64%
 Food  72%
 Value  72%
 Overall  72%
 Rating  76%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick  (701) Columbus, Ohio | June 1, 2011
(Visited 08/2010): Found this place somewhat by accident while visiting Universal City, although itís impossible to miss. It is located upstairs from one of the hubs on the main drag. Valet or theme park overpriced parking are the only options, although getting your stub validated does make it much cheaper. This Strauss location has a patio/beer garden and the inside is very open. The oval-shaped bar is on the immediate right with a spacious seating area taking up the rest of the space. There is a chalkboard that describes all of the available beers. In addition there is a 6-beer sampler available. Karl Strauss in general goes outside of the brewpub-safe styles and this location is no different. They do have their standard offerings on tap and in bottles but additionally had some seasonals and unique offerings such as Off The Rails, a Schwarzbier and Tower 10 IPA to name a few. The beers were all above average. Our bartender was very personable and knew a lot about beer to boot. We did not try any food on the visit. Overall I donít know if this place is worth visiting in and of itself but it is a no-brainer for a beer lover visiting the theme park or City Walk.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR  (379) Los Angeles, California | June 17, 2008
Will return again, really enjoyed this brewpub that does actually brew on site. Ambiance is a little wierd, an otherwise classy interior brought down by kegs and cases of beer randomly placed all over. The waiter was very nice. I explained that I had already had most of the standards (but their were 4 special releases that I was interested in getting samplers of (10 beers on tap total). He brought out all 4, and brought back another two of my favorite two (all this at no charge on the bill [it red 4 samples @ 0.00 ]). Food was pretty good, my friend and I split calamari to start which was great. My chopped salad was good, and he said his burger was fine. Reasonably priced too. I ended up drinking the Red Trolley, Rye IPA (my favorite), the Altbier and the Scottish/Scotch ale (which the server commented was a bit off compaired to last yearís batch). Will return.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder  (311) Tallahassee, Florida | August 15, 2013
Visited here for dinner while on vacation in early August í13. Nice polished corporate-brewpub decor. Sat outside overlooking the Citywalk - nice atmosphere. Had about a dozen of their beers on tap - I went with the sampler which was pretty solid. Waiter was quite knowledgeable and attentive. Food was was good and plentiful - menu full of a wide variety of regional favorites - moderately priced for the area. Worth a visit.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
ryanfolty  (203) Bourbon County, Minnesota | March 27, 2014
Stopped in after a full day at Universal. Great location, it was cool just walking around the area outside the park. Solid beers on tap and the food was very good. One entree was complimentary because they said it took too long to bring out. We have waited much longer for food before, so that was nice.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
SHIG  (203) Wasilla, Alaska | September 27, 2012
Visited here at opening time, large dining are and almost 360 bar. The bartender was very knowledgeable and very helpful. I had food and a flight for under $20. They have a rather large tap and bomber selection. Worth the visit if you have the time.
BeerLimey  (113) California | November 18, 2004
Well if youíre at Universal Studios what could be better?
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
ghawener  (83) San Salvador, El Salvador | July 12, 2012
Nice place to relax and enjoy a great craft beer after a long day of amusement park fun or to party all nite long at the City Walk. Food is average. Beer is great.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 6/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
LtDan  (65) Los Angeles County, California | January 16, 2010
Much like other places at City Walker, this is larger than life. Brightly lit, and very homey. The service was always average to above average. Nothing ever rubbed me the wrong way. The selection is meh, obviously because its only KS beer to pick from. On the upside, you get to try some of the bigger better brews that they are testing out for production. The food was above average, and on par with any other plate of food at city walk. Think about two notches above Applebees. The prices were fine, didnít piss me off. Overall, a fun place, which should get better as KS beers keep getting better.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 13/20
Charlzm  (35) Los Angeles, California | November 26, 2007
Visited in the afternoon, 11/26/07. Our waitress was nice and attentive. She had little beer knowledge other than what she had learned by rote, but did ask the bartender about one of my beer questions. She also brought me a free sample. Yay! Ten taps is a nice selection, but their beer is mediocore at best. Food was better than the beer, as seems to be the case at many brewpubs. Place was quiet and it is really the only beer loverís choice at CityWalk.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 13/20
Saarlander  (23) Saarlouis, Germany | May 4, 2006
After a Wiggles concert, My wife, son and I went to this place, seated quickly, with care for my child-very important! I ordered a sampler, and the waitress(Kristin) knew her brews, and discussed them ,even though I knew she was busy(I work in a bar), she let me know there was a substitution in the sampler, nice. and it turned out to be one of my favorites of the six! Great food too, the burger was great, and cooked right. not a rare beerlovers place, but a great place if youíre at citywalk, good food, and I had a good waitress.

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