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Brekle's Brown - Anchor Brewing Company

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83
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721 Ratings
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Ratings: 721
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 10
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Single hopped with Citra.

(Beer added by: largadeer on 03-07-2011)
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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Kirk, Jun 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

reverbking, Jun 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

OBeerMeGreatOne, Jun 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

jaxon53, Jun 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

beerbtl, Jun 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Coduhhh, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of jpro
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz single from Total Wine. Poured into a shaker pint glass...

A: Deep brown, with a buttery, tan head of creamy foam; a few initial patches of lace and although there is some really nice retention, that's about all it leaves; some garnet hues when held to light.

S: Sweet malt aroma... toffee, sweetbread, toast, banana(?); a very textured malt aroma; light butterscotch.

T: Malty... similar to the nose... plus some slightly roasted notes; dark fruit - could be a variation of the banana in the aroma; hop bitterness is minimal - the use of citra may add to the sweetness of this brew.

M: Medium-full bodied; high carbonation; nice lively and full mouthfeel.

O: A very drinkable 6% brown ale... Not the most robust one out there, but still tasty and different. Don't know if I'd seek it out - will probably stick with Anchor Steam! Still good, though.

jpro, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of soju6
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours Reddish-brown color with a red hue around the edges. has a good full head and some lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, dark fruit and some spice.

T: Taste of dark fruit and roasted malt with a bit of chocolate and spice. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, smooth and creamy. Nicely balanced.

O: Enjoyable beer, goes good with the holidays.

soju6, Jun 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

DrunkinYogi, Jun 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Paccamacca, Jun 03, 2013
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1.25/5  rDev -65.8%

maxwelldeux, Jun 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Jeckel, Jun 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

MarioM, May 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

buzzed, May 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Kingcurio, May 28, 2013
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3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single at Total Wine at the end of March for $1.79. Bottling date was 9-7-12.

Beer poured brown with a nice off white head on the initial pour.

Nose is light roast and light citrus.

Taste is pretty well balanced between the light roasted malts and the citrusy hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

Overall this is a little more hoppier version of a brown. Not a bad interpretation of the style and would do again if available.

arizcards, May 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Ispeakforthetrees, May 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

jumbopanda, May 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

tjsmith910, May 19, 2013
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3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a brown/copper color with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like caramel malt, nuts, apples and dark fruit. It tastes like caramel malt, nuts, citrusy hops (grapefruit), apples, dark fruit, and some molasses. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy with moderate carbonation. I think this is a good brown ale, it's certainly worth a try and I know I'd buy this again.

bluejacket74, May 18, 2013
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3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is a malt centric beer. There is mostly malt in the nose and taste, very bready. It reminds me of when my dad used to brew beer and I would eat the malt... Carmelly sweetness. It has a decent finish with some slight bitterness. Very roasted flavoring. Pours a beautiful brown copper color though.

brenty0man, May 16, 2013
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4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

compared to the faceless brown liquid I had from a bottle out east way, this fresher local SF draft sampling was tanfastic-er.

A: beautiful deep chestnut brown, relatively clear, quasi-webby lacing

S: liquid nut (wait, no...).... really (see below), dry-roasted nut, in (dilute) liquid form... mild floral-fruity ester... vague herbal note

T: whereas the bottle version I had a couple years ago came across bland, just straight old brown malt (not that I'm saying that's an ingredient) run-off.... this one had more character, apparent depth.... finishing dry, it doesn't come off a bit sweet either... just a nice, elegant, soft-rounded dry-roasted nutty malt, clean, with just a touch of chocolaty undertone...perhaps a modicum of earthy and bright-fruity hop to balance (comes more to the fore with each sip).... I'd like a little more lasting malt in the finish, but that's simply my taste....

M: some compact light-medium body up front.... super clean through to the finish, crisp and dry

O: definitely a treat for those who are connoisseurs of brown ales (such as myself)...wish I'd taken a crack at another.... I'll just keep an eye out around town

Bouleboubier, May 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

adam42381, May 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

hayesjw, May 08, 2013
Photo of Jadjunk
2.74/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Anchor's roots date back to the early 1850's, when pioneer brewer Gottlieb Brekle arrived in San Francisco. In 1871, he bought a beer-and-billiards saloon near Russian Hill, transforming it into the brewery that-25 years later- was renamed Anchor. We celebrate 140+ years of San Francisco brewing tradition and the legacy of our Anchor brewers with this classic all-malt, single-hop brown ale." Brewed in the style of a Brown Ale. Bought on an extreme discount at Green's at Ponce, $2.49 per a sixer. Bottling date is November 9, 2011. Hopefully these have held up.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter. Served north of 48º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a fizzy cream head of a burgundy-white tone over a very hazy and dense brown-red body. Carbonation is lively and plentiful. Retention is average, and lacing is thin and spotty. 3.25

(Smell) Malt body is a subtle, mildly sweet malt. Very little hop character left to discern. Aroma has a notable presence of intense fruity esters, grapes and sweet juicy apples mostly. Signs of a very dated beer- the malt bill and the hop character were not bold enough to keep this from giving in to age. What is left is something most vinous and cider-like- and otherwise, very clean. 2.75

(Taste) Flavor is very much the same as the aroma, with a subtle, clean graham-cracker, slightly bready malt sweetness and a strong fruity boozed-up finish. Hop character is nowhere to be found, and the malt is easily overshadowed by the yeast notes. 2.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, with a mild airy carbonation presence. Alcohol presence is very strong, easily dominates the beer's flavor profile. Body is light for a brown ale, light+ overall. 3

(Overall) Always check your dates. I can tell that this beer would be very mildly flavored and simple when young, but even that would be more enjoyable than a beer that has an intense boozy yeast character. Will try again at a later date. 3

Anchor Brewing Company's
Brekle's Brown All Malt Single Hop Brown Ale
2.74/5.00

Jadjunk, May 03, 2013
Brekle's Brown from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 721 ratings.