Karl Strauss Amber - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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4.5/5 rDev +34.7%
Appearance: A rich reddish, amber color. Decent foamy head.
Smell: I got toasty and bready notes in the nose.
Taste: A ton of caramel and toffee malt sweetness. Not that this tastes like a sugar bomb cider or anything. Just a nice refreshing change of pace from San Di-Hop-o IIIIIIIPAs. First sip to last gulp, I’m a fan of this Amber ale.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, straight down the middle.
Drinkability: Definitely a recommendation and on my go-to list for easy drinking beers.
08-21-2014 21:29:48 | More by jjh19
4.22/5 rDev +26.3%
Poured a nice bronze/amber color with a decent lacy head.
Great toasty bread smell. Excellent balanced malty flavor. Caramel undertones. Medium bodied and finished clean.
This was a great beer. I had it at their location in Carlsbad. I would have it again.
03-01-2010 16:15:20 | More by DennisD
4.03/5 rDev +20.7%
I had one of these expecting another lager-y, Sam Adams microbrew taste, but I was absolutely blown away. The appearance is nice an amber, very well done on the color. A bit Anchor Steam looking. The smell is great. A lil' bit of roasting and sweetness, which reflects the taste. Very sweet. Like a refined, Sam Adams with Stella Artois characteristics (perfect.!) The taste is awesome for a lager. I could drink these all day. Very, very well done. A little bit of roasted character with sweetness and subtle malt presence. Very little hops, which is great, because something this sessionable doesn't need to be bitter. The mouthfeel is above average, and in fact fairly heavy. But the drinkability blows this out of the water. Absolutely perfect, everyone should try this when their in the San Diego area! Very well done. Strauss has a new follower! If you like Sam Adams and like a little bit of sweetness, this is for you.
08-03-2006 05:43:59 | More by MusicmanSD
4.03/5 rDev +20.7%
Had this beer on tap at ale house.
Appearance: pours a nice golden amber, moderate head. Alight lace
Smell: smells of toffee and rich caramel malt.
Taste: caramel malt, very fait subtle hops.
Mouthfeel: sits nice on the palate. Nice crisp finish
Drinkability: solid session beer. Would seek out again
08-19-2010 17:15:51 | More by crvcac
3.88/5 rDev +16.2%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter glass.
A - Clear amber with finger width of head. The head dies quickly. Modest amounts of lacing.
S - Rich malts and sweetness like butterscotch candy. No real hops to speak of.
T - Very sweet from the malts, sweet candy and caramel dominate.
M - Light body and average carbonation.
D - Wife's favorite, so can say anything bad about it! I would have anything bad to say anyways!
07-20-2010 02:30:25 | More by chickenandrice
3.83/5 rDev +14.7%
Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is caramel with a tint of amber or ruby. Two fingers of buttery, off-white head developed and left a spotted lacing and ring around the edge.
Smell: Sweet caramel, vanilla, and butterscotch. Another reviewer mentioned it smelling like Werther's Originals, and I have to agree.
Taste: Follows the smell, but it thankfully tastes more like beer. The caramel is mostly sweet, but has a slightly toasted edge to it. The vanilla is also detectable, but the butterscotch is not as prominent. Floral hops provide a touch of balanced bitterness, which lingers after each sip.
Drinkability: Very tasty and smooth drinking. It is the most flavorful lager I've ever had.
05-16-2010 06:07:42 | More by TheQuietMan22
3.83/5 rDev +14.7%
Poured into a nonic.
Clear amber color. Two fingers of off white head, dies down to a ring of foam and some decent lacing left behind.
Smells lightly of caramel, toffee, and most prominently of biscuity yeast.
Taste follows smell light smack of caramel/toffee, biscuit, some yeast.
Medium bodied, could be more carbonated though.
Solid vienna lager.
11-04-2011 05:05:05 | More by billshmeinke
3.8/5 rDev +13.8%
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
3.78/5 rDev +13.2%
Had this on tap at the San Diego airport.
A: Pours a very deep solid copper golden amber body.
S: Nose is very biscuity w/a lot of caramel sweetness that mostly dominates.
T &M: Just like the nose, the malt sweetness is very dominanat in this brew. Starts off with a biscuit like flavor that rides through into a very solid caramel sweetness taste with a tea like flavor as well. Hops are just there enough at the end to prevent it from being too sweet. Minimal hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is defenitely solid, not watery at all. Just right for the style of beer.
D: Comparing this to other amber lagers I have had, I would say this is good and highly drinkable. In my opinion, even for the style, it needs a little more hop presence to be considered a good brew. That said, this is a very good session brew and more interesting than their Woody Gold.
08-08-2007 03:14:26 | More by AustinBeerLvr
Karl Strauss Amber from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.