Karl Strauss Amber - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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3.24/5 rDev -3%
Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle. Not sure if there's a freshness date on the bottle, as the only stamped looking info is smudged. All things considered, this beer should be consumed fresh.
Pours a decent, yet not too showy clear amber color with an initial burst of tons of carbonation and a half finger of head, only to slowly die down into a thinnish ring that seems to last for quite some time at the top of the glass. A half hour later, there's still lots of bubbles rising up. However, just like Red Trolley Ale, the nice little foam eventually disappears. Pretty simple, but on style as well.
The aroma is a combination of biscuit-infused mals with light caramel notes and little bit of citrusy zest. I'm glad those hops come out here, because otherwise the grainy backdrop would really overpower the flavor here. Everything is lightly toasted and not too showy, but I do get the impression that the flavor is going to be the highlight here.
While the caramel malts are definitely more prominent here, combined with slight yeasty notes and lightly tinged hops, there's a rather unpleasant grainy finish, loaded with little astringent notes that really could have made this more pleasant to drink. Syrupy, sweetened texture overall. However, despite the slightly unbalanced finish, it is pretty drinkable, and surprisingly not too watery overall by amber lager standards.
The flavor is pretty simple, and while there's not too much to write about here, this goes pretty well with food, especially greasy bar food, which I gladly paired this with tonight. On it's own, it doesn't ask for much, which is why whoever drinks it wouldn't have to as well. After being a fan of Karl Strauss's Tower 10 IPA, and being spoiled with Anchor Steam beer, this slightly underwhelms overall - especially if this is their flagship beer. Easy to drink, but it definitely is simple. At $1.30 a bottle, can't really complain though!
02-11-2013 06:05:43 | More by magictacosinus
2.95/5 rDev -11.7%
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.
08-17-2008 13:13:49 | More by IBUnit63
3.13/5 rDev -6.3%
12 oz. bottle poured into a glass.
Appearance: Pours a clear medium amber color with creamy off-white head (about 1in.), which becomes a lacing.
Smell: The beer has an aroma of some malts, hops, and cirtus. Overall a semi-sweet hint to the smell.
Taste: Sweet malts, followed by some florals, followed by a tiny bit of hoppy bitterness. It's ok, but hardly exciting. Unlike some other Karl Strauss beers, at least the sweetness isn't disgusting.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth, medium bodied beer with a tad bit of carbonation. Almost a bit too slick.
Drinkability: Alcohol low and the flavor isn't bothersome, but the sweetness (and generally boring flavor) can get a bit overwhelming
Overall an average beer. Nothing special here, and it can be a bit too sweet. There's enough good beers out there so that I won't have to try this again.
09-06-2006 02:52:47 | More by mithrascruor
2.98/5 rDev -10.8%
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.
03-19-2006 11:38:10 | More by scottoale
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
3.83/5 rDev +14.7%
Poured into a nonic.
Clear amber color. Two fingers of off white head, dies down to a ring of foam and some decent lacing left behind.
Smells lightly of caramel, toffee, and most prominently of biscuity yeast.
Taste follows smell light smack of caramel/toffee, biscuit, some yeast.
Medium bodied, could be more carbonated though.
Solid vienna lager.
11-04-2011 05:05:05 | More by billshmeinke
2.98/5 rDev -10.8%
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.
09-26-2002 10:30:19 | More by jackndan
3.63/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
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.
06-08-2012 01:44:12 | More by megahurts4
3.83/5 rDev +14.7%
Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is caramel with a tint of amber or ruby. Two fingers of buttery, off-white head developed and left a spotted lacing and ring around the edge.
Smell: Sweet caramel, vanilla, and butterscotch. Another reviewer mentioned it smelling like Werther's Originals, and I have to agree.
Taste: Follows the smell, but it thankfully tastes more like beer. The caramel is mostly sweet, but has a slightly toasted edge to it. The vanilla is also detectable, but the butterscotch is not as prominent. Floral hops provide a touch of balanced bitterness, which lingers after each sip.
Drinkability: Very tasty and smooth drinking. It is the most flavorful lager I've ever had.
05-16-2010 06:07:42 | More by TheQuietMan22
2.63/5 rDev -21.3%
Appearance- Body is a clear medium amber. Head is a creamy off-white with some head retention and decent lacing.
Aroma- Some malt sweetness with the aroma of bittering and flavoring hops. Light caramel notes.
Taste- Mostly malt sweetness followed by some floral hops, and hop bitterness. The balance isn't impressive.
Mouthfeel- A bit heavy. CO2 level is also to high.
Drinkability- Not aweful, but not particularly wonderful either.
05-24-2007 06:36:17 | More by theopholis
3.61/5 rDev +8.1%
Pours reddish gold with a HUGE off-white head and good lacing.
Smell is rather faint and reminds me of grass with a hint of citrus zest.
The taste follows suit of aroma with an addition of honey malt.
Smooth mouthfeel; almost creamy. Very drinkable with high carbonation.
A good, not great amber lager. Very easy to drink. Almost tastes like a light beer.
09-06-2013 21:54:26 | More by Furlinator
Karl Strauss Amber from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.