Karl Strauss Amber - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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3.08/5 rDev -7.8%
Pours a clear orange color with a 1 inch off-white head that fades to a thin film. Random splotches of lace form here and there on the glass on the drink down. Smells of toasted malt and slight hay/grass. Taste is pretty watered down malt with some grass/hop flavors coming in on the end. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a a pretty average beer all around. Nothing too great but nothing too offensive. A good choice if there is nothing else worthwhile.
07-15-2011 06:18:20 | More by UCLABrewN84
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
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
2.85/5 rDev -14.7%
12 oz. bottle,
A: Pours amber with a light one finger white head, fizzy carbonation. Below average retention, no lace.
S: Toasty malt with a note of caramel sweetness. Light hints of apple peel.
T: Biscuity toasty malt with a mild noble hop backing. Some minor grassiness. Red apple bits are nice, I just wish there was something more to the malt flavour.
M: Light-bodied, thin watery finish. Crisp and clean, refreshing.
D: This is basically in the Dos Equis Amber realm of Vienna lager. Not bad tasting, just not interesting at all. Boston Lager and Negra Modelo completely outshine this effort in the same category.
02-28-2011 01:26:05 | More by Halcyondays
2.65/5 rDev -20.7%
12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are moderately low.
A: Pours a one and a half finger head - extremely thin, without cream, and of abysmal retention. Appears overcarbonated. Colour is a semitransparent copper-gold. (Certainly not amber-coloured).
Sm: Caramelized malt, barley, and light cream. A mild strength aroma.
T: Stale cream over top a simple barley foundation. Some hops are present - definitely the best aspect of the beer. If they'd amp up the hop content I could see this being much better. As is, it's boring and a bit bland. But it does show promise for improvement, with effort. Simple and imbalanced, but still somewhat refreshing.
Mf: Smooth and wet, but overcarbonated, making it a bit sharp and too thick. Doesn't suit the flavours.
Dr: Drinkable but very mundane. I wouldn't have it again. It needs more complexity, more smoothness, and some serious flavour profile to be worthy of consumption.
12-15-2011 07:10:38 | More by kojevergas
2.6/5 rDev -22.2%
Poured a medium gold color, small white foamy head. Looked more like an IPA or Pale. Aroma is malty and slightly sweet. Mild malts and hops. Mild flavor, good balance of hops and malts. Slight taste of roasted malts, very subtle. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is slightly malty, no bitterness.
02-24-2008 20:32:13 | More by barleywinefiend
3.23/5 rDev -3.3%
I last tasted this stuff at their little brew pub stand in LAX I wonder if the correct glass and the bottled version are better?
This certainly looks good in the glass an ultra clear bronze colored all with a tall tan head with a reddish tinge to it.
The smell is very sweet and heavy on the malt. Hops are limited to a vague soapy herbal scent in the background but you can tell that it is Nobel hops.
The taste starts out sweet and very grainy with a dark bread flavor. Not as sweet as I remember but this is certainly malty. Good hop bitterness here it does a lot to tame the malt. Flavors of fig and raisin are present with a nutty after taste.
The mouthfeel is good.
Drinkability is much improved with the malt tamed I have to suspect they altered the recipe. A beer that seems to be better in the bottle than the tap.
10-28-2007 23:56:57 | More by Zorro
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
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
3.18/5 rDev -4.8%
Pours a smidge darker than amber, but still looks nice with just a wisp of white head on it. Roasty, nutty, slightly warmed malt sensation in the aroma.
More nuttiness, oktoberfest like sweetness, a beer that drinks heavier than you would think from looking at the abv. Its not exactly complex, but it is a substantial step up above fizzy yellow stuff, this is a good gateway beer. Reminiscient of Sprecher's Vienna Lager if you're into that. Use this beer to warm people up to the idea of getting into drinking the heavier and crazier stuff with you someday. Its decent and flavorful without being out there or too adventurous.
01-08-2012 07:26:31 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.58/5 rDev +7.2%
On tap at Karl Strauss. From where I'm sitting I don't have an ideal view of the coy pond, but I grabbed the closest seat I could find. I can see the water, but very few coy. Perhaps I'll try to find a better seat as people head back to work after lunch.
A: Aptly named, the beer appears transparent amber with an inch of white froth.
S: Pronounced bread and grain with lesser notes of biscuit and just a dash of caramel.
T: Bread, biscuit, and grainy malt with almost no hop influence (a shadow of noble hop character). The finish is simple, very grainy, and clean.
M: Light in body with lower high carbonation.
Overall: A very simple amber lager with simplicity being its only flaw. All things considered, this is pretty enjoyable. A man could drink a lot of this.
12-23-2011 22:45:59 | More by HopHead84
3/5 rDev -10.2%
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 BAs 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.
12-08-2003 20:44:08 | More by Gusler
2.33/5 rDev -30.2%
Poured on-tap in downtown San Diego at the Columbia Street brewpub. There isn't a whole lot of good to say about this, so I will keep this short and sweet. The beer was poured into a pint glass. It was extremely light colored, especially for the style. The beer had no real outstanding flavors. Basic malt backbone, with little to offer past that. It has a very disappointing aftertate, although typical of a lager; musty and a bit sour. Sour aftertaste, as well.
01-08-2011 08:39:34 | More by GarthDanielson
3.13/5 rDev -6.3%
A rather average beer, but, for the style, it's certainly not terrible. It's funny that the reviews are sort of all over the place (kinda sounds like the LAX bar needs to clean their tap lines). This is a clean, somewhat sweet lager. It's a nice, clear amber with a dissipating white head that manages to hang on with a very tight white cap after a minute. The aroma is mostly doughy malt sweetness. There's a faint hint of herbal hops, but it's just a low abv amber lager with its roots in German brewing. It lacks any real depth of malt flavor. The flavor is vaguely sweet and fairly clean. It's nice to have a <4.5% abv beer, but this one wants for flavor. Mouthfeel is inoffensive, though the carbonation seems oddly low. Ok beer.
05-19-2010 04:38:22 | More by popery
3.25/5 rDev -2.7%
During a recent visit to San Diego, I had this brew on tap in a Gaslamp area restaurant. I found it to be an enjoyable, flavorful, if ordinary brew. Its a deep golden color, with only a shadow of amber, and a modest white head. The aroma is a well proportioned mix of malt and hop, of medium intensity. Theres a little grain and notable caramel. The taste is mildly sweet, with a slant toward maltiness. Its certainly not outstanding, but it went well with dinner and left me satisfied.
12-10-2005 12:36:23 | More by Suds
3.4/5 rDev +1.8%
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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
Karl Strauss Amber from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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