Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by harsley:
4/5 rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I liked this place. None of the beers really "wowed" me but they were all solid. They had a deal for 4 samples for $5, which was pretty good, plus we sat at the bar and got a free sample of an RIS aged on vanilla beans which was pretty well done considering I'm not a huge fan of vanilla beers. They a Red Ale that won a couple gold medals. I probably wouldn't have guessed it but it's not a style I drink a lot of so....Atmosphere was good, some TV's, nice bartender, not over crowded. Some of the menu items looked really good but we didn't get to try anything. Over all they had 10 beers on tap, one of which changes every month, plus a cask. They have bottles and growlers to go. A special they had when I was there was a full growler for $8. Good deal. If I'm in the area I will definitely go back here as opposed to La Jolla Brewhouse which is a few blocks away.
02-08-2011 17:26:14 | More by harsley
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3.7/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75 | $$
This is a good place with a nice atmosphere that is somewhat on the modern-industrial side, attractive, comfortable, and different from the usual stock brewpub feel.
Service was friendly and eager, efficient.
Quality of the beer is pretty good, most Karl Strauss beers I've had being only about mediocre or slightly better, but with some good stand outs. That was certainly true here.
Range of beers was pretty good but nothing special and the less "usual" types were fairly mediocre.
Food was good, enjoyable, with some nice variation in dishes, and prepared well.
11-27-2011 19:52:30 | More by Offa
3.83/5 rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
Definitely the place to go in La Jolla, with a small outdoor area, but the indoors is actually very spacious and pleasant. Sound volume lower than average for big restaurants.
Good place for tasting beers, and the staff are quick with a sample, as others note. I took home a growler of the Doopplebock and the barmaid gave me couple samples of the IPAs while I waited for them to change the keg. Always a seasonal worth trying. Personally I like the German styles, even if their "core" beers are only a step up from the standard issue brewpub blonde-red-IPA-stout offerings.
Had a sample of the barley wine from the cask tapped the night before (Thursday is new cask night). Excellent Belgian Blackball IPA and Full Suit Belgian Brown. Mussels were good, and service was just right, both at the bar and at the table.
04-09-2011 05:46:27 | More by mactrail
3.3/5 rDev -12.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Sat in the main room but should have sat in the bar area because the lighting was a little dim.
I had the fish tacos and some appitizers. The food was good but a little expensive for what you got. I love Karl Strauss beers so theres no going wrong there but I wish they would have some other beers other than their own if not just to show support of the local brewing community.
I cant help feeling a little disconnected when it comes to Karl Strauss. Maybe because they dont currently brew their beer in San Diego but I feel the other local breweries try to make you feel at home a little more.
Not a bad place but you might as well go somewhere better if you have the choice.
10-12-2010 18:13:18 | More by Eriktheipaman
4.28/5 rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Went to Karl Strauss La Jolla on Thursday night and also Saturday evening. Located in downtown La Jolla at Wall and Herschel, not to terribly far from the ocean and La Jolla Cove.
A little on the small side, but actually very well laid out and appointed. Walking in you see the brewery and brew kettles, which I always like as a nice touch. Why hide em?
Bar is also pretty small, but there is a decent patio and being La Jolla it is quite comfortable in the evenings.
All Strauss beers and no guests. On Thursday nights they have a fun event for tapping of a firkin. A selected guest gets to tap it in a little ceremony behind the bar. (I didn't catch how they were selected, sounded like frequent Yelps or some such... Maybe BAs?)
I had the Rye IPA which is quite nice and well balanced. Also had the Tower 10 IPA which is okay, but a little underhopped for my tastes. The Strauss beers continue to improve, and are definitely better than a few years ago when I found them somewhat bland and boring.
Food is very good, mostly a mix of upscaled brewpub grub and a few specials. The onion rings on the appetizer menu were great, and I normally don't care for them.
Worth a visit if you are in the area.
06-21-2010 00:04:40 | More by pubcrawler069
3.78/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A nice looking brewpub. Lots of wood, very clean, brewing equipment visible. The selection was only Karl Strauss beers with no guest taps at all. Quality was pretty good on most that we tried but nothing special. The waiter was good. Very knowledgeable about their brews and brought a couple samples for us to try. The food was very good. Chile lime sweet potato fries and tasty fish tacos. Everything seemed reasonably priced including the growlers. Not a bad place to stop for lunch, and while their beers are tasty, they're nothing special.
04-20-2010 23:39:34 | More by pwoods
4.58/5 rDev +21.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Located just off the main strip in La Jolla. Walking in the bar is to the left and dining to the right. My wife and I sat at the bar. There were a few TVs, but the bar area was nice and with windows opposite of the bar there was plenty of nice light.
They had about 12 beers on tap-including specials- Brown Suit Belgian-Brown, Wheat Wine, Imperial Amber, and a Russian Imperial Stout-we tried all of the specials and were impressed. We really enjoyed the Brown Suit (also available in 6-packs) and the Russian Imperial Stout. Thursday nights is cask night-so we will plan our next visit to a KS around this.
Service was fantastic-the bar keep knew her beer and provided us with samples of the other specials that we didn't buy without us even asking. Didn't try the food-but have at the Carlsbad location and it was good.
If we make it back to La Jolla during our next visit this will be a must visit Brewpub.
12-31-2009 14:34:40 | More by bradybeer
3.8/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
How clever to have an address on Wall Street and have the main door on Herschel Avenue. They featured a beautiful ball fountain and an outdoor patio area on the corner. Entering, the m.d.s. was a glass case of logo items to the immediate left with the brewhouse on display behind glass to the immediate left with the black granite, "U"-shaped bar to the extreme left, followed by the patio. Off to the right was the restaurant area which seemed amazingly large, thanks to mirrored walls to the extreme right. The lavs were all of the way off in the centerline.
Beers: Endless Summer Light; Woodie Gold; Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen; Karl Strauss Amber Lager; Red Trolley Ale; Stargazer IPA.
Seasonals: Pin Tail PA-4.7; Altbier; Bock of America.
12-24-2009 05:00:24 | More by woodychandler
3.75/5 rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Nice clean and somewhat upscale place in La Jolla that has reasonable prices, unlike many competitors that line the adjacent blocks. Beers were rather mediocre across the board, and they had run out of one of their main taps (hefe-weizen) on my first of two visits. Food was above average on the whole but very good as far as brewpubs go (which can be bad at times). Service was good and we didn't have to wait for a table which was nice.
Their Hefe-Weizen is among the most banana-like that I've had in years. IPA is another worthwhile pint. They offer a cask beer but it runs out quickly, at least that's what I was told.
08-10-2009 04:01:09 | More by yemenmocha
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Karl Strauss Brewing Company in La Jolla, CA
87 out of 100 based on 19 user ratings.