On a trip to San Diego, we stopped at one of the six Karl Strauss Brewing Company restaurants and I opted for the sampler. The first selection was the Woodie Gold. The second was the Wind and Sea Wheat Hefeweizen. The third selection was the KS Amber Lager. Number four was the Red Trolley Ale. Number five should have been the Tower 10 IPA. Since I had already had the Tower 10, I was able to switch for the Conquistador Dopplebock.
From the Karl Strauss site.
“This robust German-style lager has rich caramel and toasted malt flavors, underscored by a plum-like fruit character and warming finish.”
The Dopplebock has the following characteristics
- Appearance: Clear, reddish-brown color. A lot of foam. Good lacing.
- Aroma: A sweet malt scent with a hint of hops.
- Taste: Medium carbonation with a full mouthfeel. Full body with a full flavor of sweet malt and bitter hops leading to a nice but bitter finish.
- ABV: 8%
When sampling a craft brew, I try to pick a quality name product that the brewer is attempting to replicate. In this case, Karl Strauss may have been aiming for a Paulaner or Ayinger and they certainly succeeded. This was an outstanding beer but I would caution that the higher alcohol content could lead to problems if this was a session beer.