Amber LagerMay 1, 2010 San Diego, CA
Karl Strauss Brewing Co.
San Diego, CA
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.
Original gravity: 1048
Only 4.2% ABV, so this one’s a quaffer. And it’s pretty straight-forward: malty, with some caramel, delicate malted milk balls, and a hint of fig. Light, gentle caramel on the finish. Fill up a liter mug with it, give me a huge, warm soft pretzel with spicy mustard, a baseball game to watch, and I won’t even care who wins.
- John Hansell
The neck label of this lager advertises it as having a “rich caramel maltiness,” which I would say from the first sniff of this deep copper colored is likely true. I get off-dry caramel with a touch of smokiness on the nose, along with a hint of hazelnut. In the body, there is ample sweetness for such a light beer, more than a bit reminiscent of caramel, and notes of toasted walnut and hazelnut, leading to a finish that stays sweet and a tad cloying. Accessible to the hop-phobic, perhaps, but I’d like a little more bitterness for balance and dryness.
- Stephen Beaumont
John Hansell writes about beer, wine and spirits. He is the creator, publisher and editor of Malt Advocate, a magazine for the whisky enthusiast.
Once described as “beerdom's Brillat-Savarin,” Stephen Beaumont is the author of five books and countless articles on beer, spirits, food, travel, and how it all goes together.
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