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Karl Strauss Amber - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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164 Ratings
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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.62%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-26-2002)
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5/5  rDev +50.2%

Kaleh001, Jun 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +42.6%

stumac, Jul 05, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +42.6%

samturner, Sep 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

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.

jjh19, Aug 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

sevenshubby, Oct 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

Jeysun23, Jul 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

CousinSuzy, Oct 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

Sludgeman, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of DennisD
4.22/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

DennisD, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of MusicmanSD
4.03/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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.

MusicmanSD, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of crvcac
4.03/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

crvcac, Aug 19, 2010
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

xgoodyx, Oct 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

Paddy_Bear, Jun 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

Joeyd138, Nov 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

Kelrel9, Jul 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

ejimhof, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

bill_rue, Mar 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

rob99er, Jan 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

DoctorB2B, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

SensorySupernova, Nov 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

Eriktheipaman, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of chickenandrice
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Cheers!

chickenandrice, Jul 20, 2010
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3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

TheQuietMan22, May 16, 2010
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3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

billshmeinke, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of teejay76
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

teejay76, Mar 26, 2009
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Karl Strauss Amber from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.