Columbia Street Amber | Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Columbia Street AmberColumbia Street Amber

Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Karl Strauss Amber

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-26-2002

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Ratings: 192 |  Reviews: 68
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2.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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3.93/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Malt forward beers like this typically don’t get as much respect. But I found it to be an easy drinking, low key amber with distinct, yet faint, woody and earthy flavors and little hop bitterness. Not particularly complex, just light, smooth and refreshing. Love the dry finish and low ABV.

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3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

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1.96/5  rDev -40.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.1/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear reddish-brown with a low white head.

Smell: Faint malts.

Taste: Very sweet caramel malts. Slight fruity taste, like grapes. Some very mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Clean and creamy.

Overall: Nice and easy-drinking, with enough complexity to not get boring. One of those beers that can be enjoyed by beer noobs and vets.

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.52/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

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2.8/5  rDev -15.4%

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of AlexBassBerger
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Made Me want to have another :-)

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Photo of jjh19
4.5/5  rDev +36%

Appearance: A rich reddish, amber color. Decent foamy head.

Smell: I got toasty and bready notes in the nose.

Taste: A ton of caramel and toffee malt sweetness. Not that this tastes like a sugar bomb cider or anything. Just a nice refreshing change of pace from San Di-Hop-o IIIIIIIPAs. First sip to last gulp, I’m a fan of this Amber ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, straight down the middle.

Drinkability: Definitely a recommendation and on my go-to list for easy drinking beers.

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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Columbia Street Amber from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
3.31 out of 5 based on 192 ratings.
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