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Pub Brown Ale - Sprecher Brewing Company

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157 Ratings
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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 6
Gots: 0 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-08-2002)
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Reviews by Viking:
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Viking

Indiana

3.8/5  rDev +5%

Dark amber colored body. Thick, fizzy head that disappears within seconds. Sweet, malty caramel aroma, rather biscuity, with light spicy hop notes. Well-balanced taste of bready caramel malt and spicy hops. Bitterness is fairly low, but refreshing. Fairly light bodied, slightly rough and oily. This is a straight-forward, easy drinking ale. Excellent as a session brew.

04-09-2003 08:29:18 | More by Viking
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oberon

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured a nice orange color with a nicreamy head,malty smelling but there is something different about it I couldnt point out.Nice balance of fruity maltiness and a well defined dry finish makes it a very appetizing brew,did leave a slight off aftertaste though.Pretty easy to drink and better than average I would be sure to drink again.

03-23-2003 07:49:59 | More by oberon
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -6.1%

Appearance: pours a clear brown. fizzy head and it disappears very fast. it almost looks like a glass of iced tea.

Smell: the nose is malty sweet. hints of molasses and maybe some candycane. pleasant and appealing.

Taste & Mouthfeel: a nice combination of hop bitterness and malty sweetness followed by some sweet fruity notes gives this beer decent bacjbone. however, the mouthfeel is quite light and tends to water down towards the finish. a little big of tanginess towards the end of the sip as well.

Drinkability: i think the nose suggested a better beer than it turned out to be. the more i drank the more i was unimpressed. an average brew for my tastes.

07-30-2004 23:33:41 | More by Popsinc
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weatherdog

Illinois

2.8/5  rDev -22.7%

16oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass

It pours a deep amber/red with a cream colored, soap bubble head on top. Minimal lacing.

The aroma screams out rich toffee and caramel malts. The malt aroma seems a bit aged and has a faint wet cardboard factor to it.

The flavor confirms that beer is on the older side. I'm still reviewing it as I seriously got this bottle as a sample from the distributor today, so that's what he's selling. (I just looked it up, it was brewed nearly 2 years ago, 43rd day of 2010!) Sweeter medium bodied caramel malt flavors with that signature oxidized malt flavor I get often in actual English brown beers. It's still not offensive, just not a bright a flavor profile as it should be.

The mouthfeel is a little flabby and finishes quite watery which is detracting from the beer in a way. Overall it's just decent, I feel that if it was a bit fresher mid 3.5's might be a closer score for it.

01-18-2012 01:06:11 | More by weatherdog
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grynder33

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +14.1%

I had this on the Sprecher tour, so it was as fresh as possible. It was an Amberish color, had a hoppy fruit tinged aroma. The first taste was surprisingly and pleasantly sweet, a honey carmelly taste. This did not fade to much through the entire glass. I thought it was wonderful stuff, as did just about everyone on the tour.

09-18-2003 12:46:25 | More by grynder33
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

11-15-2011 21:23:38 | More by bpfrush
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tyleeis

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

11-24-2013 03:49:42 | More by tyleeis
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jmbraxton

Alabama

4/5  rDev +10.5%

08-19-2012 01:12:03 | More by jmbraxton
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.23/5  rDev -10.8%

Pours a light brown, average head, below average lace and retention. Aroma of nuts and standard beer.

Taste, extremely smooth, like a hybrid of a light beer and a brown beer. Nothing in the realm of hops here, and that's all good for this beer. The different thing is that this has ample carbonation, unlike a lot of brown ales that are thin.

I'd check it out again, nothing special, but cheap and easy to drink.

08-29-2010 05:07:04 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

Clear brown/amber. Malty aroma, leaning toward a brown-sugar. Yellowish head, settles at 1/4 inch for a little while. Pleasing caramel malt flavor. Muted hops at best, in the manner of a a mild Bitter. Very smooth finish, with a touch of fuller-bodied sweetness. Good carbonation (not too much or too little). Just a touch too sweet to be a "session" brew to me.

06-24-2002 08:04:15 | More by ADR
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DarrellK

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +16.6%

I was realaly impressed with this brew. I'd tried others from Sprecher and didn't expect such a good representation of a Brown Ale.

The pour gives the appearance of a medium head that hold on for a while and a whiskeyish amber color, just right for the style.

The nose is a bit malty and lingers

The mouth is quite substantial and the brew is quite carbonated.

The finish is malty and dry instead of a malt sweetness.

11-06-2009 22:18:12 | More by DarrellK
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -14.4%

(Served in an Imperial Nonic)

A- The color of warm aged copper this body is clear but a bit dense. The tight carbonation of tiny bubbles raced around the glass and a smooth creamy head sat on top for quite a bit.

S- The smell is clean with a faint malt note and a hint of green hops. Not much depth to either smell.

T- Slight tartness to a light toasted malt flavor. The finish was a bit sour with no hops noticed. There was a faint biscuit note as the beer warmed but that was about it.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel had a nice fizz in the finish making it feel a bit more full.

D- Although the flavors and smells were nice they were very muted and I could hardly taste them.

07-18-2006 21:10:08 | More by rhoadsrage
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Sprecher- Pub Ale

On tap at Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA

A- Dark reddish brown with a small foamy head. No lacing.
S- Sweet molasses malt with a dusting of black pepper.
T- Thick & creamy smooth sweet molasses/ toffee malt with spices like pepper and poppy seed.
M- Thick malt dominates this one with a sweet body and a spicy dry finish.

Overall- Tasty and sessionable. A solid pint!

06-02-2008 20:32:31 | More by NJpadreFan
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -13.5%

Amber, drinkable, watery. Bit of bitterness in finish. Maybe better than Newcastle as less sweet and nutty and more on the bitterness.Carbonation significant. molasses; brown sugar. Can see it being popular in the pubs, as it is in Florida, and a decent transition ale.

01-07-2005 04:25:43 | More by Sammy
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pmcadamis

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -17.7%

A - This one comes in a big over sized bottle that looks like a normal 12 oz-er until you grab it and realize that it's actually a full pint like beer should be! It's semi-transparent and amber-ish in color....not really "brown" per se. The head is flismy and doesn't really last very long.

S - Caramel and sweet medium malts. No real hop aromas. Smells pretty average, but nice enough.

T - Much like the smell....it's caramely and sweet with a touch of balancing hops. Not complex by any stretch of the imagination.

M - Medium bodied and pretty tight on the tongue. Moderately carbonated with a neutral finish.

D - I found myself thinking of the words "moderate" and "average" a lot when drinking this brew. It's really not bad at all, but it's really ...well, average. This is a decently drinkable beer that somehow fails to stand out.

12-07-2007 05:47:48 | More by pmcadamis
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%

Best enjoyed at cellar temperature, Sprecher's Pub Ale is a richly malty gem that makes a great session ale.

It's deep-chestnut body is slightly hazy beneath a yellowed ivory head that holds fairly well and leaves some thin walls of solid lace at the outset of the glass.

The nose is malty with caramel and a bit of toastiness; infused with leafy, grassy, and floral hops; and gently fruity due to the yeast.

The flavor is obviously fuller than the aroma, and the maltiness displays more caramel, more gentle toastiness, and a hint of chocolate. There's also some apple, which is obviously coming from the yeast; and a touch of dull orange, that may or may not be coming from a combination of yeasty fruitiness and hop flavor. It's well-balanced and round from start to finish, backed by a firm bitterness, and it finishes dry with less malt than might be expected at first sip. It lingers shortly with some residual leafy, mineralish, and grassy hops drizzled with dull malt.

Overall, it's very rounded and drinkable; and although it's slightly basic, it has enough flavor to gain your interest, and enough complexity to keep you coming back. Enjoyable!

01-22-2007 01:42:46 | More by NeroFiddled
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dirtylou

Washington

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%

16oz single, Woodman's

appearance: pours from its 16oz stubby bottle into a great dane imperial pint glass...a mahogany-amber colour, a foamy beige head forms and retains itself pretty nicely

smell: lightly toasted malt, noble english hops, sweet bready aroma, light apple, slight toasted grain, defined nuttiness...pretty standard

taste: sweet malt, apple juice, buttery, nutty, mildy floral hop presence...toasted grain, mild hop bitterness. pretty good english brown all around, was worth the try, but i probably wont grab it again

mouthfeel: medium-light body, slightly creamy, light bitterness

drinkability: very easy

03-31-2006 03:51:14 | More by dirtylou
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Boitnott

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -11.6%

Sprecher Pub Brown Ale pours a deep reddish brown color with a small amount of off-white colored head that quickly disappears. The colors actually match the color of the bottle (maybe I have just never noticed this before with other beers). Virtually no lacing which is probably due to the light characteristics of the beer.

Mostly it smells fruity with a hint of roasted malt and some barley. However the sweetness of the fruit overpowers these other smells. The yeast is what brings out this fruity characteristic and it follows to the taste.

The nose tastes mostly of yeast, and has a strong sweet taste. It finished with a mix of conflicting flavors. Bitterness, sweetness and some roasted barley notes, but they do not mix well together.

The mouthfeel is okay but the carbonation accentuates these already conflicting flavors. It is a lighter brown, and at 4.6% it is easy to drink.

overall, I was disappointed in this one. I had the Belguin Style Dubbel by Sprecher and really enjoyed it. This one has too many things going on, which leads to a mash of flavors. I will add a disclaimer and say that I did not know brown could be on the fruitier end of the spectrum, so this could all be just personal preference and not accurate reviewing.

12-15-2010 04:43:37 | More by Boitnott
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jheberle

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

02-05-2012 00:47:59 | More by jheberle
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eliz108

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

05-17-2013 15:33:44 | More by eliz108
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +11.9%

!6oz bottle purchased at Sam's Quick Shop in Durham, love the pint bottles. Pours a light brown color with a thin beige head that doesn't stick around long. The aroma is subtle but pleasing with notes of toasted bread, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruis, cafe latte, minerals and some toffee. The flavor is soft but not lacking depth, with notes of coffee with cream, caramel, toffee, toasted bread, plum and fig, brown sugar, slight herbal hops, minerals and a touch of smoke. The mouthfeel is light, and drinkability is excellent. A supremely drinkable brown ale that is easy on the pallet but with a nice degree of complexity.

09-14-2010 05:40:17 | More by silver0rlead
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%

Review based on notes, got this from Goebel's in Wichita.

Pours caramel with a finger of pearl colored head. Average head retention

S: Slight leafy hoppyness & fruittyness

T: Toasty malt, dryness, & some leafy hops up front. Some apricot fruittyness as this warms, along with leafy hops & a bit of brown sugar. Finishes fruitty with leafy hops. Almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Creamy light, almost medium bodied, balances pretty nice

Drinks pretty easy, could pose for an ESB as well, nice one to session on

04-29-2009 01:53:16 | More by russpowell
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -6.6%

16 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark amber with 1 1/2 fingers of of creamy light tan head. Not much retention. Just some thin wisps that leave a decent looking spotty lacing behind. The aroma smells a little weak to me. Some light spicy malts and a touch of floral characters. That's about it.

The taste is a sticky caramel malt sweetness that definitely has a bit of spice to it. This is fairly well balanced by a surprisingly prickly hop profile. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a firm carbonation and relatively easygoing nature.

Decent. Nothing really jumps out here (especially the aroma) but the taste holds up all right and I found this to be pretty sessionable for what it is.

10-06-2008 16:31:06 | More by Kegatron
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jackndan

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Pub Ale: From Sprecher, in the traditional 16 oz bottle. I’d not have guessed that this is a brown ale, but when I poured it out, it seemed to be pretty close to the mark. Very little head on this brew, very little carbonation, and no lacing. Perfectly clear.

The aroma is clean, and light, with a bit of toffee and malts.

The tastes are extremely malty, as what one would expect from a brown ale like this one.
There are definite hints of toasted raisin bread, and caramel. The taste is not bad. As it warms, if anything, the malt tastes become even more pronounced.

Lightly carbonated, and somewhat easy to drink.

04-07-2004 02:38:08 | More by jackndan
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HalfFull

California

3.2/5  rDev -11.6%

I pour the Pub Brown into a pint glass from Sprecher's typical 16 ounce twist off bottle. The Brown pours a clear amber brown with caramel highlights and offers a thin off white cap. Somewhat thin in color for the style. Moderate retention at best with a light film typical through the pint.

Light grainy malts on the nose with just a bit of toasted grain and a light hop presence. Light overall and without any notable nutty or sweet notes.

Segue to the taste with light malts, touch of caramel and a bit of a smoky character. Overall the brew is somewhat watery in feel yet easy drinking for the same reason. A simple light bodied and lightly hopped brown ale that neither challenges nor disappoints, quite average.

04-27-2010 06:32:47 | More by HalfFull
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Pub Brown Ale from Sprecher Brewing Company
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