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Karl Strauss Amber - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
77
okay

148 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.32%
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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Raziel313

California

2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

01-30-2014 10:50:56 | More by Raziel313
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R_J_FearNoBeer

Colorado

2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

01-30-2014 03:44:41 | More by R_J_FearNoBeer
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harsley

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

01-13-2014 18:14:34 | More by harsley
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dertyd

California

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

11-25-2013 06:24:41 | More by dertyd
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.49/5  rDev +4.8%

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
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Furlinator

California

3.61/5  rDev +8.4%

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
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

08-28-2013 16:24:32 | More by GraduatedCashew
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Beermazter310

Nevada

2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

08-21-2013 00:49:32 | More by Beermazter310
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DSkilling

California

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

07-29-2013 05:31:44 | More by DSkilling
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Jeysun23

California

4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

07-18-2013 00:24:00 | More by Jeysun23
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Kelrel9

Maryland

4/5  rDev +20.1%

07-10-2013 01:55:51 | More by Kelrel9
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

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

Illinois

3/5  rDev -9.9%

06-25-2013 03:33:44 | More by BeerOps
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scot959

California

3/5  rDev -9.9%

06-23-2013 03:31:13 | More by scot959
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midnitesun11

California

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

06-23-2013 01:11:09 | More by midnitesun11
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Eriktheipaman

California

4/5  rDev +20.1%

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

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

04-24-2013 19:04:53 | More by Braz
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InlandTaipan

California

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

04-18-2013 02:40:49 | More by InlandTaipan
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dwtyler

California

2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

04-04-2013 07:24:44 | More by dwtyler
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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

California

3.24/5  rDev -2.7%

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
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gatornation

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

02-05-2013 23:49:37 | More by gatornation
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ssimpson89

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

01-27-2013 03:22:09 | More by ssimpson89
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ralphw56

Nevada

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

12-06-2012 00:25:14 | More by ralphw56
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Joeyd138


4/5  rDev +20.1%

11-25-2012 01:41:42 | More by Joeyd138
Karl Strauss Amber from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.