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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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mhaugo

California

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

12-10-2011 16:50:21 | More by mhaugo
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jophish17

Georgia

2/5  rDev -40.1%

12-24-2011 08:04:13 | More by jophish17
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Suds

Pennsylvania

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. It’s 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. There’s a little grain and notable caramel. The taste is mildly sweet, with a slant toward maltiness. It’s certainly not outstanding, but it went well with dinner and left me satisfied.

12-10-2005 12:36:23 | More by Suds
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cdwil

Texas

3/5  rDev -10.2%

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

New Jersey

2.63/5  rDev -21.3%

Amber Lager

Served up at the San Diego Airport along with a pizza hut personal pan pie.

Appearance- light copper with a weak fizzy head.
Smell- some hops and malt nothing too crazy.
Taste- again some malt and hops. Is this Yuengling I'm drinking?!

Overall- an uneventful easily forgettable beer. Went well with the pizza though. West Coast Yuengling!

07-19-2004 21:29:31 | More by NJpadreFan
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beerguy101

California

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Medium gold color, small white foamy head. 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.

08-26-2003 00:48:42 | More by beerguy101
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rarbring

Sweden

2.98/5  rDev -10.8%

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.

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

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -6.3%

Served in a standard pint, the beer is a light reddish copper with just a skim of off-white head.

Nose of caramel and biscuits.

The taste tracks close to the nose. It is sweet with some grainy notes. Not much in the way of hoping. Fresh bagel comes to mind. A bit of apple late.

The mouth is slick and perhaps a bit over carbonated. While this is an easy enough drinker, I think it serves best as a crossover beer.

11-19-2007 18:00:44 | More by Redrover
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Offa

California

2.98/5  rDev -10.8%

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.

04-27-2011 21:10:38 | More by Offa
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

03-22-2013 02:55:15 | More by bumchilly25
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gatornation

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

02-05-2013 23:49:37 | More by gatornation
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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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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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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +19.8%

11-19-2011 05:25:45 | More by DoctorB2B
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ssimpson89

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

01-27-2013 03:22:09 | More by ssimpson89
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codynevels

California

3/5  rDev -10.2%

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

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

07-07-2013 23:56:57 | More by Sludgeman
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BeerOps

Illinois

3/5  rDev -10.2%

06-25-2013 03:33:44 | More by BeerOps
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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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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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ralphw56

Nevada

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

12-06-2012 00:25:14 | More by ralphw56
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Eriktheipaman

California

4/5  rDev +19.8%

06-18-2013 00:58:46 | More by Eriktheipaman
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froghop

Washington

2.1/5  rDev -37.1%

pours a clear orange-amber with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly, and not much lacing.

smell is of caramel, nuts, and malt in the back.

taste is watery, malt, and corn grain, ends flat.

overall not impressive at all, bland and tasteless.

first one from karl strauss and i am not impressed.

01-09-2010 04:09:00 | More by froghop
Karl Strauss Amber from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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