Karl Strauss Amber Lager

Karl Strauss Amber Lager

Rated 3.217 by BeerPals
No Image Available

Brewed by Karl Strauss Brewing Company

San Diego, CA, United States

Style:  Vienna / Amber Lager

4.2% Alcohol by Volume

16 International Bittering Units

Availability of this beer is unknown

Sign Up to Participate:

In the beginning… we created Karl Strauss Amber Lager. Generous amounts of caramel and Munich malts give the beer rich caramel flavors, balanced by a background of Cascade hops. After the beer is cold fermented for a clean, smooth finish, we filter it - not once, but twice- to enhance its bright, bronze color. Our flagship Amber Lager was also Karl’s favorite beer. Born and raised in his father’s brewery, Karl spent his life making beer. His work was inspired by a simple truth: life was meant to be enjoyed, preferably with good friends and good beer. That’s why every keg that comes out of our brewery is stamped with his name. It’s a reminder of why we do what we do.

ID: 4910 Last updated 12 years ago Added to database 22 years ago

Key Stats








0 Member Photos

No photos yet. Show us yours!

Sign up to share your photos


Most noted beer attributes

None to date - be the first! Beeributes help BeerPal predict what beers you'll love.

Sign up to participate


Overall Rank19004
Overall Percentile64.5
Style Rank87 of 594
Style Percentile85.4
Lowest Score2.5
Highest Score4.0
Average Score3.264
Weighted Score3.217
Standard Deviation0.371

Rating Distribution

Beer vs Style

14 Member Reviews

Recent | Card View | Table View
  • FARGINGBASTIGE6 1476 reviews
    rated 3.4 12 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Caramel aroma and sweet to the pallette. Requisite amber color with a moderate head and decent lacing. Bold flavor, yet well-balanced. A very drinkable beer.

  • STOUTLOVER72 2327 reviews
    rated 3.4 14 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    A very, very nice Vienna and I was really quite suprised at it, as I didn’t really have much info going into this beer. The aroma had a huge caramel profile, slightly vegetal but mostly it’s just the sweet caramel angle, which was nice albeit one dimensional. Caramel sweetness on the palate really takes front and center also with some light nut and honey notes, but again...heaping doses of caramel. Nothing heavy, it finishes really clean and it’s quite easy drinking. 2 for 2 tonight with damned good, easy drinking beers.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 3.1 14 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    a more malt heavy amber, but full flavored, even with the lighter amount of hops. nutty caramel and toffee in the nose and flavor. ruby in color. looks nice. good beer, although i usually like a touch more hops.

  • UPSTATEDAVE 853 reviews
    rated 3.3 17 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    This was sampled at the Town and Country in San Diego. Poured a light amberwith a malt nose and taste. Hints of sweetnesss were also noted. The mouthfeel was very smooth. I paired this with mexican food. It went quite well.

  • TJHAEFNER 84 reviews
    rated 3.6 18 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Good head that is firm and well-formed; noticably chewy; fresh malty aroma; good mouthfeel; warm, acceptble flavor; goo balance with no astringency; nice lace. A very nice beer--enjoyed drinking it--one of my Strauss favorites.

  • EYECHARTBREW 1451 reviews
    rated 3.1 18 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Perhaps this is a beer that I take for granted (since it's on tap at seemingly every single bar and pub between the U.S/Mexico border, Orange County, and Arizona), but this flagship beer of Karl Strauss has never really interested me . A palatable choice for your East Coast Sam Adams-drinking cousins when they are in town, but nothing that I can ever get excited about. It also one of the few beers that tastes almost identical from bottle or off the tap. Not horrible, but definately not the best of what San Diego has to offer. //TB

  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 3.5 18 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Medium gold color, small head. 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.

  • JOHNC 1186 reviews
    rated 2.7 18 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 4 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    This amber colored brew has a slightly sweet taste. It’s not a ’big’ beer, but is good in its own right.

  • JAICE 961 reviews
    rated 3.5 19 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 8

    Strong flavored and really good. Absolutely no bitterness in this one. I had it out of the bottle too, not the tap like everyone else.

  • EYEDRINKALE 939 reviews
    rated 3.3 19 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    A nice beer. Obviously amber in color. I prefer this beer in the bottle as opposed to the redily available draft.

Discuss This Beer