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Karl Strauss Amber - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Karl Strauss AmberKarl Strauss Amber

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BA SCORE
77
okay

144 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.62%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | 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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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

2.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

At the Karl Strauss beer garden at SAN waiting for a red-eye flight home...

Poured into a tall 20 oz. glass. Truly amber in color with not much head to speak of.

Smell of earthy malt with a faint hope of piney hops, maybe grassy. Doesn't smell too bad - not spectacular but not too bad.

Taste is more of the same - malt forward with faint speck of grass/piune hops and a whole lot of earth - I don't go for the earthy taste of anything - especially beer.

Mouthfeel is a little clammy - finishes heavier than it started.

None for me thank you - my beer gut can't afford to drink something that feels this heavy and tastes this light.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2008 13:13:49 | More by IBUnit63
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jackndan

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2002 10:30:19 | More by jackndan
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scottoale

California

2.98/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2006 11:38:10 | More by scottoale
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rarbring

Sweden

2.98/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer is amber colored but very clear, an off-white/yellow head that settles quickly, no lacing.

The smell is sweet and malty, toffee and butterscotch.

The taste is also mostly in the sweet corner, caramel and sweet biscuits. A faint bitterness at the end.

Rather low carbonation, a medium light body.

Nothing really stands out, but not really bad - a bit to sweet.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 04:00:59 | More by rarbring
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Offa

California

2.98/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Amber with med pale tan head steadily shrinking to nothing, no lace.

Aroma is toasty bread & barley, hint of caramelized toast, hint of spicy earthiness and bark.

Taste is light caramelized-toast sweetness up front, then dryer with same light flavour and light zesty, vague bittrness – faintly citrusy & grassy. It is pretty good, pleasant, but simple, a bit thin and slightly watery.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 21:10:38 | More by Offa
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BubalooBrewMaster

Nevada

3/5  rDev -9.9%

04-20-2014 05:52:16 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
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iSrALE

Mexico

3/5  rDev -9.9%

12-18-2011 04:45:08 | More by iSrALE
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InfernoBoss

California

3/5  rDev -9.9%

06-01-2012 03:24:35 | More by InfernoBoss
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somnus

California

3/5  rDev -9.9%

02-26-2012 19:37:04 | More by somnus
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BrahptimusPrime

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -9.9%

06-27-2014 20:05:38 | More by BrahptimusPrime
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javiernano

California

3/5  rDev -9.9%

03-06-2012 01:36:08 | More by javiernano
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Gusler

Arizona

3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draught @ San Diego Airport
As I was at the airport waiting on my flight back to Phoenix after two wonderful days of “Strong Ale”, and meeting up with a bunch of great “BA’s” and also meeting some great friends from “Ratebeer”, I truly needed something to get my arse up from around my ankles.

The beer as it sat in my $6.00 plastic cup at the airport was a translucent deep amber color with a rather thin off white head that was bubbly in texture, and the lace a micro thin sheet to not quite seal the glass. Nose was mostly malt with a hint of citrus, start sweet and nicely malted with the top light to middling in feel. Finish was stingingly acidic, the hops apropos to the style and the aftertaste dry and long lasting, a drinkable beer, but certainly nothing to get excited about.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2003 20:44:08 | More by Gusler
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scot959

California

3/5  rDev -9.9%

06-23-2013 03:31:13 | More by scot959
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cdwil

Texas

3/5  rDev -9.9%

12-25-2011 14:28:53 | More by cdwil
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -9.9%

11-18-2011 01:09:30 | More by nmann08
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likeemdark

California

3/5  rDev -9.9%

01-27-2012 14:38:31 | More by likeemdark
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roastbeefdinner

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -9.9%

01-17-2012 01:12:09 | More by roastbeefdinner
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MEOGDEN

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -9.9%

01-06-2012 20:34:35 | More by MEOGDEN
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codynevels

California

3/5  rDev -9.9%

02-01-2012 05:41:43 | More by codynevels
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AlexM

California

3/5  rDev -9.9%

11-14-2011 18:50:25 | More by AlexM
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DeezGunz14

California

3/5  rDev -9.9%

11-19-2011 19:56:29 | More by DeezGunz14
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Troublebar

China

3/5  rDev -9.9%

06-09-2014 08:45:56 | More by Troublebar
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barley

California

3/5  rDev -9.9%

06-29-2012 01:06:26 | More by barley
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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev -9.9%

10-17-2012 02:42:21 | More by t0rin0
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tastymug

Washington

3/5  rDev -9.9%

05-24-2014 00:20:40 | More by tastymug
Karl Strauss Amber from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.