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Karl Strauss Amber - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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150 Ratings
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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.57%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-26-2002)
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

A solid lager that has a good look and good taste. The amber color is joined by a decent off-white head that comes up full and lingers a short while. The lacing is OK if not impressive. Malty caramel nose also gives slight hints of hops for the balance that results. Full bodied and tasty palate. Mild aftertaste that leaves a bit of a bready sense. Smooth and even feel. Very drinkable lager.

06-29-2003 18:46:07 | More by AtLagerHeads
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BlackTuesday

California

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

08-02-2014 04:03:24 | More by BlackTuesday
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the_encinitan

California

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

07-10-2014 02:26:55 | More by the_encinitan
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DoubleJ

California

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Karl Strauss beers usually aren't widely distributed, but I can find many of the varieties at a local store of mine. How about an amber lager for tongiht? Sure. On to the beer:

Twist off the top and pour in into a stange and you get, well, a clear amber colored beer and a decent sized head. Light bready notes and fruit in the aroma, just enough to tease the nose. Good malt flavor in the taste, which is biscuity and bready. Light on the sweetness/fruit and lighter hops, which are enough to balance out the beer. It's light enough to quaff, but full enough to keep you going with a good flavor and pretty good mouthfeel.

The neck label displays "it is Karl's favorite beer!" in small print. Good choice Karl. Or is it? I have two other of his beers in my fridge which I will sample sometime, so I hope this, while quite good indeed, isn't the brand's high tide.

01-15-2008 04:01:55 | More by DoubleJ
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BreweryRun

California

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

07-10-2014 15:41:16 | More by BreweryRun
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midnitesun11

California

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

06-23-2013 01:11:09 | More by midnitesun11
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harsley

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

01-13-2014 18:14:34 | More by harsley
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KhangGarrett

California

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

11-24-2012 04:21:39 | More by KhangGarrett
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Aisha

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

08-21-2014 07:10:23 | More by Aisha
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nanobrew

California

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

12-23-2011 17:38:30 | More by nanobrew
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ineva

California

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

02-22-2012 04:34:45 | More by ineva
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OleJohnnieAle

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

01-26-2012 04:12:49 | More by OleJohnnieAle
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anon

California

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

08-10-2014 01:12:19 | More by anon
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.49/5  rDev +4.5%

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
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MiScusi

California

3.48/5  rDev +4.2%

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
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +4.2%

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber (surprise!) color with a marshmallow fluff head; OK retention and a smattering of lace

Smell: Doughy malts and toffee

Taste: The taste follows the aroma, with the doughy malts being complemented by the toffee through mid-palate, where a grainy, nutskin bitterness arrives; after the swallow, the sweeter elements tend to dominate, though the lager twang lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: After a while, the sweetness really gets overbearing, rendering this beer a bit tough to drink in any quantity

Thanks, mrmiles, for the opportunity

12-20-2010 02:37:49 | More by brentk56
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mactrail

Washington

3.45/5  rDev +3.3%

Nutty, roasty, and caramel flavors are the good points. Makes a good first impression and ends up being inoffensive. Very fragrant nose of flowers and malt. This one could have better carbonation to qualify for the big gulp award. IBU in the teens so it's shy on bitterness.

Quite unassuming but a good example of how much flavor can be packed into a low-alcohol, low-hop beer. It manages to be quite drinkable with a warm flavor and just a touch of tartness.

10-03-2011 04:49:58 | More by mactrail
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dcmchew

Romania

3.45/5  rDev +3.3%

4.5 abv. 25 years anniversary cap.
Pours clear amber, very tiny white head, quickly to a lasting sticky lacing.
Smell of biscuit, caramel, light sweet citrus and some nuttiness.
Dense maltiness in the taste, with slightly toasted white bread and caramel covered biscuits. Some mild sweet cake spices and faint cooked apples. The bit of sweetness is cut off by some earthy chestnuts. Mild hop finish, a bit citrusy but mostly grassy.
Buttery feel, low carbonation, pretty thick for its style.
Very tasty, but a bit too oily and not so easy to drink.

05-29-2014 12:25:12 | More by dcmchew
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magictrokini

California

3.43/5  rDev +2.7%

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
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RunDWP

California

3.43/5  rDev +2.7%

I recently had this on tap at LAX, and I've also had it at the brewpub in Downtown San Diego. I think it's a mighty fine amber. Pours a cloudy tan color with a thin head, and not a lot of lacing of the glass. Not much of an aroma, but I like the rich, caramel malt flavor that has an almost buttery character as the brew warms. Went well with the turkey sandwich I ate it with last time I had this.

11-22-2008 02:35:40 | More by RunDWP
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Dmann

California

3.4/5  rDev +1.8%

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
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ehammond1


3.4/5  rDev +1.8%

Growler

Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Carlsbad, CA

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
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BucannonXC5

California

3.33/5  rDev -0.3%

12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Oct. 5, 2012 (purchased at BevMo in La Mesa (San Diego, Calif.) for $1.29 (with card) on Oct. 5, 2012). Less than a finger of head. Light honey caramel with iced tea head. Bad retention all-around.

Smelled caramel, toffee, nutty and a very slight whiff of chocolate. Malty.

Tasted a bit different than I was expecting. Got caramel and toffee up front with a decent amount of malts. Reminded me a bit of an Oktoberfest. Lots of carbonation on the tongue late, giving way to a slightly nutty finish.

Light body. Thinner texture. Above average carbonation. Abrupt finish.

I was hoping for a bit more, but an OK amber overall.

10-06-2012 04:13:24 | More by BucannonXC5
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HalfFull

California

3.3/5  rDev -1.2%

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
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evbro

California

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

03-08-2014 07:12:48 | More by evbro
Karl Strauss Amber from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.