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Karl Strauss Amber - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.57%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | 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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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

ssimpson89, Jan 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

ralphw56, Dec 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

Joeyd138, Nov 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

KhangGarrett, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

TheSixthRing, Nov 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

xgoodyx, Oct 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

CousinSuzy, Oct 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -10.2%

t0rin0, Oct 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +34.7%

sevenshubby, Oct 14, 2012
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3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

BucannonXC5, Oct 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

MichaelBuck, Sep 20, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +42.2%

samturner, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of rawfish
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a amber honey hue with a nice frothy off white 2 finger head. Poor retention and doesn't leave alot of lacing on the glass.

Picking up alot of processed clover honey, mild nuttiness and some pale malt and adjunct grain. Lager yeast and a hint of hay and lemon.

Honey and pale malt dominant perhaps a bit sweet but nothing offensive no adjunct grains or anything. Hop profile is lemon zest, hay and mildly spicy. Quite different in a good way. Finishes rather crisp and drying. Could use more flavor overall.

Light body for the color as well and active carbonation which I enjoyed. Slick on the palate and dries well.

Pretty decent, I think that it's on par with a Boston Lager, flavor is a bit on the lighter side and the honey sweetness is probably what drops down the score for alot of ppl but the hop profile is refreshing and different in a lager. For what it is, it's very nice.

rawfish, Sep 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

a_sh0pping_cart, Aug 05, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

shade13, Jul 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -10.2%

barley, Jun 29, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

Naterobsnyk4, Jun 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

Paddy_Bear, Jun 22, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

abcramer, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of megahurts4
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Karl Strauss Amber
On draft in LAX

Appearance: amber, medium head, and some good lacing.

Smell: malt grain and hop.

Taste: malts, grain, and hop.

Mouthfeel: medium-light.

Overall: this is a decent amber. It is very malty. It has a bunch of flavors that seem to only mix ok, but not perfect.

megahurts4, Jun 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -10.2%

InfernoBoss, Jun 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Bockrules, Apr 19, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

CSGardenhire, Apr 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

bill_rue, Mar 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

SocalKicks, Mar 07, 2012
Karl Strauss Amber from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.