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Brekle's Brown - Anchor Brewing Company

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Ratings: 760
Reviews: 284
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 14
Gots: 48 | 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:
Beer added by: largadeer on 03-07-2011

Single hopped with Citra.
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Photo of rawla
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet from a bottle. No freshness date.

A: A murky, mud-watery reddish brown. Tons of carbonation coming off the bottle.

S: Smells of roasted oats, and malt. Nothing very complex, but it entices you to try the beer. Smells like a well-seasoned oatmeal.

T: Roasted front of the tongue gives away to a bark-like bitterness midway. Boozy finish. I am surprised at how much of the alcohol sticks around on the tongue for a beer of this low ABV.

M: A sugary, starchy lacing sticks with you throughout the beer.

O: Not a terrible beer; it has some nice roasted notes, but it has an over powering boozy finish that hinders it's drinkability. I love Anchor Porter and Steam, but this is an average offering.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Deep transluscent amber brown color. A little over one finger of frothy beige head. Retenion is perhaps a hair below average and a "barely there" ring of lacing is left.

3.0 S: Strange aroma. The dominant component is some novel mix of cocoa powder and flowers with herbal undertones. Toasted malts with anise and caramel. Light, raisiny fruitiness.

3.0 T: Cocoa powder/flowers/herbs mix that tastes just as strange as it smells. Raisin, toasted malts, faint roastiness. Doughy malts overall.

4.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation that somehow in conjunction with the body makes this feel a lot like a beer from cask. Good creaminess, very nice.

3.5 D: Strange, but tasty beer that has a damn good mouthfeel.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a dense clear glowing garnet brown with a thick creamy light tan head that last as a thin film and has a gentle carbonation.

S- The brown malt has a faint raisin and toffee hint with some sweaty and grainy characters in the finish.

T- the brown roasted malt has a dry taste to it with a green herbal pungent dark hops finish with bitterness growing in the finish. There is a dark nougat character that comes through and a light citrus tartness in the hops grows aswell.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a scrubbing fizzy finish but no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has a big fizz that scrubs away a lot of the flavor and the malt is already a bit faint with some odd notes to it. The hops are a bit overpowering and heavy on the bitter side with an odd citrus note to them. This beer could use a bit of balance to it.

Photo of Lawnboy33
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of jsprain1
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Ruby-coppper color, very clear. Head is one finger and off white, dissappates to a slick. Minimal lacing.
S- Aroma is very malt forward, as the on-bottle description says. Dark bread dough, a bit of toffee, and a bit of red grape on the nose.
T- One thing I liked about the flavor of this one is it had lots of malt flavor without being overly sweet. Toasted bread, and a bit of sweet caramel with a light bit of fruityness underneath it all.
M- Light body, but the flavor lasts a long time. This is a beer that really sticks to you long after you're done drinking it.
O- Overall this is a good beer. Smooth beer and lots of malt flavor. Wish they brewed this one more.

Photo of CTbeerboy
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Brekle's Brown has a nice deep hue (verging on ruby when held up to the light). About a finger to a finger and a half of an beige or light brown head that is quit quick to depart.
S- One of the beer's strongpoints is the earthy aroma that overwhelms my nostrils when hit with this beer. I get alot of dark malts and a huge roasted grain wallop right off the bat. Lots of earth, leather, burnt bread and spice on the nose (maybe even a hint of cinnamon?)
T- I get a heavy burnt bread flavor on the middle of the tongue. The front is filled with woddy smoky characters (and more bread). On the back of the palate I really get some bitterness, almost like coffee that isn't quick to disappear.
M- The mouthfeel is quite pleasant on this one. I get plenty of nice lingering notes on all parts of the palate.
O- Brekle's Brown is a decent American Brown ale. I find it a little too bitter, but this qould easily fit the needs of anybody who likes browns or light-bodied American Porters as well. Could be a bit sweeter, and a little less bitter in my opinion.

Photo of Kromes
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A clear dark brown with ruby edges and a thick tan colored head that laces the glass.

S: Toasted malt, caramel and a very crisp, fresh, ocean breeze hop aroma.

T: There are brown sugar and caramel notes, but mostly just a pure sweet toasted malt flavor with the addition of a floral and earthy hop flavor. There is a slight bitterness from the hop that lingers in the finish. The beer is sweet all the way through.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

O: A very malty brown ale that has a big flavor. It is a bit on the sweet side, which some may not like.

Photo of VelvetExtract
2.7/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a dark, yet transparent reddish brown. Head is minimal and tan. Bubbly and frothy. Leaves unconnected lace rings.

S-Cocoa and caramel are the first two things that pop out here. A bit nutty and the yeast is apparent too.

T-The flavor really surprised me. It has a strange twinge of tart sting that is not pleasing. The back of the beer is sweet, and creamy with notes of chocolate, nuts, and burnt caramel. But that strange initial taste kinda of kills it here. Also has an unattractive metallic twang too.

M-Light and watery. Soft carbonation. Not much else to note.

O/D-Not a fan of this beer. Two separate parts of the taste (the odd initial flavor, and the metallic flavor) are unappealing to me. Glad I only bought a single of this.

Photo of allengarvin
4.59/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New anchor beer! With some heartwarming story on the top label--eh, I stopped reading after about 8 words. Poured this into a NB chalice. It has a good pour, with a reddish brown color and a large creamy head on top of it, slightly tan. The nose is excellent. It's caramel sweet, with an unusually good yeasty fruitiness, and underlying of lightly citrus hops. I was going to give it a 4.5 at first, but I keep re-sniffing it. I don't swirl and sniff many beers this pleasant. A rare 5.

The flavor is really good as well. It's not excessively malty at all. A clean malt flavor permeates the beer. The bitterness is wonderfully balanced, taking the sweetness away but not drying things out; hop flavor adds a great grassy citrusness to it. The body is very light, making it a good quaffing beer despite the 6% strength.

I was exceedingly surprised by how good this beer is. It's unique, and doesn't taste like any other beer I can recall. Dark and brown ales are rarely my favorites, but this is one really, really good beer. Wow.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (bottled on 1N9 = 29 Nov, 2011) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown, but letting light through on the table, with a light tan thin head across the top. Some small strands and islands of lacing noted. When held up to the light, tarnished copper with some red notes.

Smell: When cold and first poured, the citrus notes of the Citra really shined through. A bit orange and mango. As the beer warmed up though, the hops get muted and merge with the roasted malt, giving an overall pleasant smell, but hard to pick out definite smell as the two blend together making it hard for me to pick out one versus the other. Every now and then the mango and tropical fruit shines out but not always.

Taste: Definitely roasty - solid roast malt flavor right away and again towards the end where it merges with the Citra bitter finish. Some sweetness in the middle to balance it out.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation - a bit on the light side but it works. The beer is just north of watery, there is some thickness to it, but there is a hint of oiliness to it as well.

Overall / Drinkability: An interesting brown ale. Strikes me as a beer to go with food rather than drink by itself as I enjoyed it more when I was drinking it with my meal (refried bean and rice burritos) but that is not to say I didn't enjoy it when I finished it off after the meal. It grew on me quite a bit by the end of the glass which tells me the drinkability is quite good, as I wanted another one when the glass was empty. Does have a bit of a window though of temperature for drinking though - too warm and the roasted malt flavor gets a bit acrid, too cold and it's too bitter. So just right, and indeed, it's just right. I think a good addition to the Anchor family of beers.

Photo of pwsoldier
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours deep dark mahogany with a modest tan head.
Very little lacing.

S - Very nutty with a pleasant floral undertone. The tropical notes of mango and peach that have come to define the Citra profile meld with the nutty malt backbone to create a very unique and enticing aroma that's almost perfume-like.

T - Citrus hops dominate up front with a subtle bitterness. Then the big malt backbone shines through with a strong, nutty sweetness that's accompanied by a bit of fruit. The flavor is well-balanced overall, with the malt having a slight edge in keeping with the style. The combo of Citra fruit and brown ale nuttiness creates a unique flavor profile that makes this beer one of a kind.

M - Medium-bodied with a nutty, tropical finish that carries over into the aftertaste.

O - This was a very interesting beer, and I really enjoyed picking it apart. The flavor is unconventional, but enjoyable. I can see myself drinking this again.

Photo of cornucopia
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Naugros
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hard to find a prettier brown ale than this one. Couldn't pour the whole bottle into the Anchor pint glass due to the massive head. Crystal clear, brown body. Managed to get the rest of the bottle into the glass once the head reduced to a 1/2" dense, lasting structure.

Piney hops jump out immediately along with some bready malts and yeasty elements. There's a slight touch of sulfur here that I find off-putting. The taste is very similar but the malts strike first and deliver some carob tones once the pine of the hops comes into play. Dark fruit also exists from interplay with the yeast esters, Very complex, but not entirely cohesive.

The mouthfeel is pretty much on the light side of medium, with a strange sensation that beer feels warmer than it is once in your mouth. Hard to explain this and I've only experienced this a few times. Not sure what causes this. There's a slight tingle from the alcohol but no heat.

Photo of ColSanders123
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of One2Remeber
4.36/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Light brown, tannish head that is creamy as could be. Brown body with a reddish hue making it easy to see through the beer. Thick creamy head stays through out the entire sipping:)

S: Smells over-the-top clean. Toasty, chewy notes off the bat with fruity undertones.

T: Whoa! Not your average brown ale. Explosive in flavor with a bready, gummy taste with a subtle citrusy, juicy wet hop profile that compliments the malts. Tons of crisp, clean flavor on the back end of swallow. Lingers with hints of toffee.

M: Soft on the palate with a slight bitterness from carbonation.

O: Off the wall according to style. Use to English hops which give a mild characteristic compared to an intense citrus taste more accustom to pale ales. I love the change up and definitely an eye opener to Anchor Steam being not too familiar with their product offering.

Photo of jk3
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of merlin48
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber pours a hazed chestnut brown body with a two finger beige head. Good retention and some delicate spiderweb lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is subdued, with faint toffee and caramel notes edged by citrusy pink grapefruit.

Mouthfeel reveals a light medium body with moderate carbonation.

Taste features caramel malt, baked bread, brown sugar, and a balancing bitterness from grapefruity hops. The use of Citra hops contributes to a one dimensional feel, overall. Finishes with a slightly astringent quality.

A decent American brown ale but I think I would have enjoyed it more with Cascades hops instead of the Citra.

Photo of BenTherHppedThat
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of KarlHungus
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear brownish red color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes slowly into a small cap of foam. The aroma is of caramel, toffee, and citrusy hops. The taste is of caramel, and bright citric hops. It has a less depth than the aroma, but is still quite pleasant. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a nice beer that I would drink again.

Photo of phishsihq
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A throwback to 1871, celebrating a rich heritage.

A few days ago we were lucky enough to bring you a little bit of Anchor Brewing Company's history through their flagship brew, Anchor Steam. Today we will let Anchor bring out some more of their history, with an eye on the future as well. Anchor's Brekle's Brown ale is named after a German immigrant, Gottlieb Brekle, who opened a brewery in San Francisco that would 25 years later be named Anchor Brewing. In tribute to Brekle, this brew features a classic all-malt, single hop recipe (old) that makes use of a new hop variety, Citra (new). Brekle's Brown pours a reddish-brown with a frothy, off-white head that leaves a good deal of lacing. Slightly sweet malt rushes into the nose, with dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar, and trace hop notes lingering. Sweet malt is again in the foreground, this time well balanced by the new hop, hints of coffee and caramel come through on a sweet and lasting finish. The brew features a creamy light to medium body with good deal of carbonation. Nothing too fancy here, just an honest to style brown ale from a brewery that seems to be able to brew nothing but good beers.

Photo of flannelman808
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: looks pretty solid. mahogany in color and very clear, even with a copious amount of carbonation bubbles zipping up the glass. a generous light tan colored pancake batter foam instantly forms and sticks around for some time.

S: roasted malts dominate the nose giving suggestions of molasses and oatmeal. hidden away there is also a faint aroma of grass and citrus peel.

T: caramel and orange peel meet up front as well as a surprising amount of alcohol. prickly with good bitterness this sweet smelling beer finishes rather dry and with a rum like afterthought.

M: prickly

O: this one disappointed me I must say. Citra hopping did not show up in the end and there is a surprising amount of negative alcohol flavor for a beer listed at only 6%.

Photo of mcorwin
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Pahn
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled November 29, 2011, drank January 9, 2012.

Appearance: Free pour yields an inch of brownish white head that dissipates steadily and lacelessly. The beer is slightly hazy and is a color somewhere between ruby and maroon. Leaves a few small streaks of lacing.

Smell: From the bottle: Cascade-reminiscent hops (can't tell it's Citra) that don't make themselves known again afterward.

In the glass: Cinnamon-like spiciness, fresh grains like not-yet-boiled pale malts, with some underlying sweetness. Slight bubblegum / cinnamon gum aroma that slowly turns to caramel (maybe I'm crazy).

Interesting transformation of the aroma. I think there's a characteristic smell in many Anchor beers, sort of a fruity pastry smell, and it comes out in this one as well. Matches great with the fresh malt.

Taste: Very malt forward, with pastry and grain flavors up front, resolving with some tingly carbonation, bready flavors, and low but noticeable hop bitterness, finishing dry and clean. Grains have that same "taste the ingredients" freshness as in the aroma.

One main element in the flavor is a sort of "dark hard candy caramel" flavor... like maybe Werther's Original or something (I rarely eat candy, much less this kind, so it's hard to be specific here). It's caramel candies that you suck on because they're too hard to chew. Also a very slight cherry flavor, and a little bit of vegetal hop influence.

Solid American brown ale.

Mouthfeel: The flavor is good, but the mouthfeel is exceptional. Light side of medium bodied, smooth and creamy up front leading to a slightly sharp tingle of carbonation and hop bitterness, finishing very dry. Spot on.

Overall: This is a good, straightforward beer. Not too crazy, but still some interesting flourishes in the flavor. I'd like to taste the hops a little more, but that's a mild complaint.

Most likely a repeat buy. I'm a sucker for really well made beer, where the ingredients shine and the mouthfeel is perfect.

Photo of TheCorkStopsHere
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the newest additions to the Anchor Brewing lineup is the Brekle's Brown Ale. First brewed in 2010, this brown ale pays homage to their very first brewmaster. Sometime in 2011 they started bottling the Brekle's for distribution and this 12oz little guy found its way to our desk as a sample.

Brekle's Brown Ale pours out a nice dark brown color, mostly opaque but some light still makes it through. The lively foam is a light tan color, and lingers a bit longer than expected. Very little lacing left behind on the glass but that's not surprising. Aromas are nicely malty, slightly sweet with just a touch of caramel and toffee.

Flavors are great! The Brekle's Brown Ale is flavorful but super smooth. Completely dominated by malty flavors, I'm not picking up any hops bitterness at all. That being said it's not a candy-sweet style, as the Brekle's finishes nicely dry.

I can honestly say this is the single best beer I've every had from Anchor Brewing! It's smooth yet flavorful, refreshing yet satisfying: I'm legitimately impressed! This is a brew that we'll definitely be adding to our selection as soon as our distributors make it available to us. If you've never tried the Brekle's Brown, I'd suggest stopping in for a try.

Brekle's Brown from Anchor Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 760 ratings.