Karl Strauss Amber - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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3.4/5 rDev +2.1%
This is a decent beer, but not what I expected. It poured a nice amber color with a small head that fizzled away quickly. The smell kind of reminded me of Coors, which did not get me too excited about taking a drink. But lo and behold the taste was not that bad at all. This beer had kind of a strange carlmel-y flavor to it that was pretty drinkable, along with a kind of floral taste that went down very easy. Although this is not a beer that I would buy instead of, say, Stone Pale Ale or Sierra Nevada Pale Ale as a session beer, these would go down pretty well if it came down to it. A very respectable brew.
05-18-2003 03:40:33 | More by Dmann
3.43/5 rDev +3%
Not an excellent beer in this category, though I may be over-generous as it is a hometown brew. Good color, pours bright amber with a short off-whtie head. Sweet, caramel and bread nose. Very easy to drink with a smooth mouthfeel. Sweet caramel maltbase, but light citrus hops are detectable. Won't blow anyone away, but a very good beer, nonetheless.
12-09-2008 22:55:27 | More by magictrokini
3.4/5 rDev +2.1%
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Dark red and amber with a thin khaki colored head. Lines of lacing left down the glass.
Very bready aroma with some mild caramel sweetness as well. Simple.
This tastes like toasted bread with a bit of caramel and toffee sweetness. Moderate bitterness. Simple.
Medium bodied with ample carbonation.
An extremely bready amber ale, and flavorful enough per the style.
10-08-2011 04:43:09 | More by ehammond1
3.18/5 rDev -4.5%
Pours a smidge darker than amber, but still looks nice with just a wisp of white head on it. Roasty, nutty, slightly warmed malt sensation in the aroma.
More nuttiness, oktoberfest like sweetness, a beer that drinks heavier than you would think from looking at the abv. Its not exactly complex, but it is a substantial step up above fizzy yellow stuff, this is a good gateway beer. Reminiscient of Sprecher's Vienna Lager if you're into that. Use this beer to warm people up to the idea of getting into drinking the heavier and crazier stuff with you someday. Its decent and flavorful without being out there or too adventurous.
01-08-2012 07:26:31 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.49/5 rDev +4.8%
Large off white head dies leaving a decent lacing over a clear golden-copper colored beer.
Aroma of light caramel hops comes through quite nicely.
Caramel grain malts taste that seems quite light, smooth and easy drinking.
This medium bodied beer has a very light dryish aftertaste that brings with it some of the caramel malt tastes.
A decent easy drinking amber.
10-15-2013 04:23:09 | More by LXIXME
2.63/5 rDev -21%
Served up at the San Diego Airport along with a pizza hut personal pan pie.
Appearance- light copper with a weak fizzy head.
Smell- some hops and malt nothing too crazy.
Taste- again some malt and hops. Is this Yuengling I'm drinking?!
Overall- an uneventful easily forgettable beer. Went well with the pizza though. West Coast Yuengling!
07-19-2004 21:29:31 | More by NJpadreFan
3.8/5 rDev +14.1%
Appearance - Golden honey amber color.
Smell - Sweet hops smell.
Taste - I'm not one who typically likes sweet beers but this one might change my mind.
Mouthfeel - Very smooth but finishes slightly heavier than the start.
Drinkability - Again, normally not a sweet fan but this had such a great taste. It also helps that this was custom served in a gallon jug and the two of us finished it off in one night. It was nice.
I would recommend this to friends and I'd drink this again.
03-26-2009 02:32:34 | More by teejay76
3.63/5 rDev +9%
Appearance - Pours a crystal clear, bright amber with a white, 2 finger head. Decent retention. Spotty lacing with little stick.
Smell - Notes of honey hit first, backed by a strong caramel undertone.
Taste - Follows the nose with sweet, malt forward honey and caramel character. Hints at bread mid-taste and into the finish. No noticeable hops present, but the beer isn't cloyingly sweet. Simple, clean finish.
Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied with light, tingly carbonation. Smooth, goes down with exceptional ease.
Overall - A fairly good, though simple, lager from Karl Strauss. Drinks close to an Oktoberfest / Marzen brew. Drinkable, and somewhat enjoyable, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find it. Would make for a decent session brew.
11-16-2012 02:33:33 | More by TheSixthRing
3.48/5 rDev +4.5%
Appearance - a nice dark amber, small off-white head.
Smell & Taste - pretty much your standard (light) amber lager, although on the first few sips there was sort of a harshness to it, a semi off-flavored finish, maybe slightly metallic. These characteristics seemed to disappear after the first 1/4 of the glass.
Mouthfeel & Drinkability - well carbonated, maybe a tad rough at the start but mellowed nicely there after (maybe due to increasing temp?) Not a bad amber.
03-01-2007 01:52:50 | More by MiScusi
2.98/5 rDev -10.5%
Karl Strauss Amber lager: Deep brown beer (no head no lace, but that was solely due to the publican’s giving me every drop for $$’s). Strong malt aroma, reminds me of Milwaukee as a kid. Initial taste was very sweet, almost unpleasant. Improved significantly as it warmed, with a very pronounced bread/cracker malt sweetness, barely balanced by mild hops. Not bad.
09-26-2002 10:30:19 | More by jackndan
3.3/5 rDev -0.9%
Poured from a new locally produced bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear and bright golden orange in color with a half inch of just off white head. This reduces to a surface film in a few minutes, yielding some temporary lacing.
Light roasted caramel malts, touch of hazelnut and some lager yeast on the nose. Decent but thin. Some sweet citric hops after a bit of warming and exposure.
Taste is light and smooth with a sweet caramel malt flavor that fades to a slight smokiness on the finish, though not as toasted in flavor as the nose would lead one to believe. Decent feel and drink with a well balanced carbonation given the malt structure.
Not having had this beer in some time I was curious about the new bottling line. This beer tastes fresher, cleaner and a bit lighter/more balanced in malts than I recall. I'll have to reserve one to try side by side with a out of state bottle to better ascertain.
04-27-2009 23:54:08 | More by HalfFull
3.03/5 rDev -9%
Not that bad for a 'just to chill' beer, but it is too average. Nothing to talk good about here. You can actually put this in a catogory of common craft beers and it would fit in. Not awful, but...
A: Light brown.
S: Bland. Serving it in chilled mugs is stupid. And that's what most bars do. At least the ones who don't know anything about beer do.
T: Light brown...???
M: Again, it just goes down as a common beer. Dapness almost.
O: I'd order it maybe if I needed a beer, but I don't really need a beer most times.
06-27-2011 22:28:34 | More by Armand
2.63/5 rDev -21%
Appearance- Body is a clear medium amber. Head is a creamy off-white with some head retention and decent lacing.
Aroma- Some malt sweetness with the aroma of bittering and flavoring hops. Light caramel notes.
Taste- Mostly malt sweetness followed by some floral hops, and hop bitterness. The balance isn't impressive.
Mouthfeel- A bit heavy. CO2 level is also to high.
Drinkability- Not aweful, but not particularly wonderful either.
05-24-2007 06:36:17 | More by theopholis
2.98/5 rDev -10.5%
This is a good beer on tap...out of the 12oz.bottle, not the same stuff. Pours a nice deep, slightly dark amber with half inch of off-white head. As the head disappears rather quickly, a trace of lacing is left behind.
Smells ok, a sweet pale malty aroma is about all thats going on here, no distinguishable hop scent emited, just lightly floral malt, not very exciting.
Taste is rather sweet and rich in the malt dept. with no hop balance per se. There is a green leafiness in the taste, but it's not hoppy and the malts are running the show. Alcohol seems low as well. This taste is reminding of MGD which I really don't care for...too sweet.
The mouthfeel is a fizzy on the tongue with a fairly medium body. Plenty of carbonation, tons of microscopic bubbles emerging from start to finish.
Pretty easy to drink if you don't mind the sweetness, too many other beers I'd much rather drink. The Amber Lager fresh at the brewery is another story.
03-19-2006 11:38:10 | More by scottoale
Karl Strauss Amber from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.