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Pub Brown Ale - Sprecher Brewing Company

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Pub Brown AlePub Brown Ale

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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-08-2002)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, roasted nut, and slight caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with toast and nut flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is fairly mild but tasty.

Serving type: bottle.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 05, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev +2.2%

poodlemama, Nov 04, 2014
Photo of amalburg
3.62/5  rDev 0%

amalburg, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of jzlyo
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

jzlyo, Oct 23, 2014
Photo of jabo134
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

jabo134, Oct 22, 2014
Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

harpus, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of bump8628
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

bump8628, Aug 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

enelson, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of bubseymour
4.41/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got from a trade from my Wisconsin connection. So this beer has a wonderful brown ale appearance. Dark brown and frothy head with good retention. Smell is very rich malt and caramel sweet. The taste is quite exceptional with a sweet caramel start and slightly crisp finish. Light on alcohol and perhaps slightly watery in body. Overall I think this is one of the more outstanding brown ales I've had. Excellent beer.

bubseymour, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of Big_Dave
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Big_Dave, Aug 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

WwLoganxX, Jul 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

tophermarohl, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of HedleyLamarr92
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

HedleyLamarr92, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of EagleTalon
4.29/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours to a beige head that starts out big but retreats to am 1/8" layer that persists and leaves very little lace. Aroma is bready, estery and very English with a nice, creamy nutty-toasty note at the end. Flavor is mild and "smooth" with toasty malts and sweet malts and a kiss of earthy hops and roasted nuts to balance it out. Mouthfeel is light to medium and CO2 is pleasantly light. Overall, this beer is a session brew that satisfies. I really enjoy this beer because it showcases the subtle nuances of British malts and the subtle flavor signatures of traditional ale yeast. Highly recommended.

I just moved out of the distro footprint of Lazy Magnolia, so I can't get Southern Pecan anymore. This is a nice replacement (no pecans notwithstanding).

EagleTalon, May 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

kp29, May 24, 2014
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher nonic.
4.5% ABV

A - Sprecher's Pub Brown pours an inactive clear amber-hued brown color that's capped by a tall but fleeting off-white pile of foam that leaves no lace behind.

S - Complex toasted malts bring a plethora of aromatic combinations to the nostrils, despite the beer's vanishing head. Toasted oak spirals sink to the depths of warmed caramel sauce drizzled over toasted nut bread. Despite the lower alcohol level, this brown ale smells like it'll be rich in flavor!

T - Pub Brown's toasted quality remains the focal point of this English-style malt-forward brown ale; thin bready flavor and makes its way through dribbles of caramel sweetness and lingering nutty dust like that left at the bottom of a mixed nuts can, minus the salt.

M - Smooth but somewhat thin-feeling, carbonation is certainly present but manages to feel absent in the presence of the dry maltiness. The finish has a slight metallic twang to it but this brown remains quite drinkable.

O - Sprecher's English-style brown ale, Pub Brown is a malt-forward beer that's rich in flavor for its low alcohol percent, reminiscent of the original "session" beers: English Milds and Browns. When I first got into craft beer years ago, I recall this being one of my favorites. Since then I've noticed some inconsistencies from bottle to bottle, mainly centered around a pesky metallic dryness, an overall quality I notice more than others, that seems to plague my personal palate. This bottle is wonderful, however, and makes for an easy drinking brown that's low in alcohol but robust in flavor.

BeerFMAndy, May 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

SkinniePost, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of jwc215
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown with a thin head. Broken rings of lacing stick.

The smell is of caramel and nuts. Mild, but pleasant.

The taste is of caramel/toffee with nuts. A hint of chocolate comes through as it progresses. A subtle fruit character in the finish balances out the sweetness without making it bitter.

The feel is full enough to keep the flavor lasting, while being light and smooth enough to be "sessionable".

A well-made, well-balanced easy drinking English-style ale. (Goes well with meatloaf.)

jwc215, Apr 06, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -24%

NicholasOfMKE, Feb 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

DCdevyl78, Jan 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

jaydoc, Jan 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

BeerBeast, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of RoamingGnome
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sprecher Pub Brown

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into an English style dimpled pint glass. Served chilled...

A) Copper/Amber color. There was a relatively small cream colored head. Decent retention. No lacing noted...

S) A fairly sweet aroma that consisted of caramel/toffee notes. Light malt, bready, toasted whole grain bread.

T) Follows the nose... The malty sweetness is balanced out with some light hop bitterness.

M) The body is a lighter medium with somewhat lively carbonation. It's pretty easy drinking, fairly crisp, and has a slightly dry finish.

O) This is an average brown ale. I wouldn't go out of my way for it, but I wouldn't turn it down if I was offered one.

RoamingGnome, Jan 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Eaglefan344, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce bottle into imperial pint glass, bottled on 1/10/2012. Pours slightly cloudy reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, biscuit, toast, brown sugar, light roast, floral, herbal, light raisin, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of dark/toasted malt notes and light hops; with good strength. Taste of caramel, chocolate, biscuit, toast, brown sugar, light roast, floral, herbal, light raisin, and toasted earthiness. Light earthy floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, chocolate, biscuit, toast, brown sugar, floral, herbal, light raisin, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good balance of malt and hop notes; with decent robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a nice session brown ale. Fair amount of flavor and good balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

superspak, Dec 07, 2013
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Pub Brown Ale from Sprecher Brewing Company
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