Karl Strauss Amber - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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3.63/5 rDev +9%
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.
11-16-2012 02:33:33 | More by TheSixthRing
3.33/5 rDev 0%
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
3.53/5 rDev +6%
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.
09-07-2012 08:08:40 | More by rawfish
3.63/5 rDev +9%
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
Karl Strauss Amber from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.