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Mission St. Brown Ale - Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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Mission St. Brown AleMission St. Brown Ale

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116 Reviews
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Reviews: 116
Hads: 210
Avg: 3.52
pDev: 18.47%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Steinhaus Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: tapman on 06-15-2010

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Photo of Overlord
2/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Mission St. has some very good, affordably priced brews. This isn't one of them.

Pours a flat, brownish looking too-thin mahogany color. Not particularly appealing to the eye. Looks watery.

Doesn't smell like much of anything. A slightly pungent/stale malt sweetness .. .maybe.

Taste/mouthfeel is watery, bland, somewhat astringent/bitter slightly malitiness. Really NOTHING going on here. One of the most flavorless "brews in my recent memory.

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Photo of AwYeh
2.07/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

22 oz. bottle poured into tulip, bottled 8/25/11.

A: Pours a dark but clear chocolate brown and ever so slightly red color, with a finger of fine, light tan head. Some retention and lacing. Resembles soda, maybe root beer. More discouragingly, moves like soda too.

S: Sweet and heavy malty smell, pretty standard brown ale stuff. Some chocolate and caramel, a decent dose of nuttiness, and a faint mustiness (which unfortunately drops this to just below average).

T: Muted flavors compared to the much more potent aroma. The nuttiness is all that really stands out, alongside roasted caramel malts and a light acidity that I can't trace to anything in particular (reminiscent of coffee but without any coffee flavors). That acidity lingers on the finish, with just a hint of bitterness, and I can't say that I'm enjoying it– I'm ending up drinking the beer faster just to try to get that taste out of my mouth.

M: One of the more watery beers I've had in recent memory, with the only texture seeming to come from the beer's moderate carbonation, and that's only if I make an effort to swish it around in my mouth or not until it's headed down my throat. It does make for easy quick drinking, but that's hardly a strong point here.

O: "Not impressed," as the 2.0 rating suggests, is exactly how I ended up feeling about this beer. The Mission St. line has been good to me so far for decent, reasonably priced beers, but I'll be skipping over this one in the future. The low price tag is something it has going for it; if you like what you see in other reviews, maybe the $2 price tag won't be so hard to swallow.

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Photo of BobZ
2.25/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz Bottle poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Medium brown in color. Builds a nice 2” head that sticks around, nice lacing.

Smell: Metallic, first and foremost (copper penny), overwhelms any other aromas beneath it, maybe some roasted malt but hard to tell.

Taste: Better than the smell, not unpleasant, but rather bland, slight chocolate flavor with a roasted malt bitterness (more than any hop bitterness) on the finish. Not a whole lot going on with this one.

Mouthfeel: Thin but relatively smooth.

Overall: Just a below average and unremarkable example of a brown ale. The smell is so off-putting that it ruins any chance of this beer rising above average.

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Photo of notchucknorris
2.49/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle bought at Trader Joes

A: Deep, rich amber color with about a 1/2 inch of cream colored head.

S: Really, there's just nothing here. Some malts, maybe. This beer smells like nothing.

T: Pretty much follows the smell. Not a lot going on. Dark malts and a bit of caramel sweetness, but other than that, nada. I will not be buying this again. If you're choosing between the brown and the hef at Trader Joes, go for the hef.

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Photo of Brimz
2.61/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This beer is just ok.

Its a nice brown color probably its best attribute.

No smell to speak of just a little malt.

Bland for a brown ale a little nutty and not much hop to it.

Light mouth feel, I would have knocked that double duce back pretty fast if I liked it more.


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Photo of Emnmarko
2.67/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A- looks like a black coffee during a red sunset. A nice creamy tan head.

S- Cocoa, brown sugar, coffee, mild roasted malts. A little bitterness behind that. Although a bit airy.

T- Starts with a modest malty roasted chocolate mocha, has a minor hop addition but it doesn't revive this beer much. The flavor in this one starts week and finishes flat on its face.

M- Way too watery for a brown ale. Not enjoyable.

O- Well that was unfortunate. Not too many good things to say about this one.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.7/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1 pint 6 fluid oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a three finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Dark brown colour.

Sm: Nutty hops and caramel. An aroma of moderate strength.

T: Nuts and caramel. Simplistic. Some roast is present, but not in serious quantities. A bit milky. Simply built and rather imbalanced.

Mf: A bit coarse and wet. Somewhat complementary of the style.

Dr: Pretty drinkable, but a certain malty character after the midpoint limits the quality. The ABV is pretty average, and the price is a bit steep for the quality.

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Photo of zeledonia
2.7/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very deep clear brown with mahogany highlights, and a one-finger light tan head that lasts an average amount and leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell is straight up sweet dark caramel malts. Figs, apples, and brown sugar. Quite nice; could use a bit more complexity.

Taste is not what I was anticipating from the smell. Much less sweet than expected, and much less body. The malt flavor is actually rather weak, though it does come through a bit at the beginning, just long enough to make me wish there was more of it. The dominant flavor is an odd soft bitterness that doesn't quite feel like hops. This bitterness dominates the finish, and lingers longer than I want it to. This beer needs more malts!

Mouthfeel is meh. Feels thin (watery), and the carbonation is low. A bit of fizz, but the texture has no depth.

Started off strong, looking and smelling good. But the taste is flat and weak on the malt character that a brown ale ought to have. And the mouthfeel is barely passable. Not one I plan to drink again. But the real question is, is this bomber worth finishing?

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Photo of negroobserver
2.84/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Filtered. Clear dark brown liquid with a cream colored head of about 1 and 1/2 inches. Color is deep dark brown color with orange and red tones in direct sunlight.

S: Roasted malts. Light caramel sweetness. Light hint of alcohol. No sign of hops.

Roasted malts. Light presence of hops.
Mild Bitter Finish.
Light aftertaste of Coffee/Chocolate.

M: A little watery. Good Carbonation.

D: It's not the most enjoyable beer, but it's not terrible either. I could have another, but I'm not very big on brown ales.


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Photo of Retsinis
2.86/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Wife picked this one up at Trader Joe's.

A: The beer appears to pour a clear cola brown, but when held to the light, is actually a ruby red light amber. A good inch in half of fizzy head rose, and quickly settled to just a film on top, no lacing.

S: Light roasted malt, mild caramel, slightly metallic.

T: Light almond nuts, faded caramel, mild hop bitterness. It has a pretty dry finish, but not in the crisp way. Not as sweet or roasty as expected for the style.

M: Thin, medium carbonation, dry finish.

O: A bit disappointing for me for a brown ale. Not nearly enough roasted malt, caramel, and toasted bread qualities.

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Photo of mikeg67
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber from Trader Joe's. Pours dark red with practically no head. Aroma of piney hops, bread and hints of coffee. Light-medium crisp body. Flavor of light coffee, brown sugar and some light earthy hops. Medium bitter finish. Quite boring brew.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
2.89/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured at room temp in hotel glass (bought at Trader Joe's)

A: not lively carbonation; thin head, dissipating quickly;
S: caramel, toasted malt--quite pleasant and inviting
T: slightly watery version of a standard brown ale; nutty approach to classic toasted malt; hops give it a grapefruit rind quality

Overall, not bad, esp. as a table beer, but not outstanding

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Photo of parris
2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Watery brown color, thin tan head. Normally I like a lot of clarity, but it looks a little more like an amber

Smells oatmealy, a bit piney.

Chocolate, oatmeal flavor, alcoholy/bitter too.

Good mouthfeel, fizzy but not foamy.

Not a huge fan of this beer, it kind of drinks like a dry stout, and I'm not a huge fan of dry stouts.

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Photo of FairyFunBoy
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A- Clean dark reddish brown
S- Sweet chocolate malt, roasted grain.
T- Standard brown. Too light tasting for a brown. I do pick up on the chocolate undertones and roasted grains, unfortunately just not enough. Needs more complexity in the malts and perhaps a larger more pronounced addition in the hops.
M- Light malt, too "liquid" with not enough texture
O- Run of the mill, average brown ale. I would buy again for the price, but it wont knock your socks off.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle from Trader Joes in S.Salem, $1.99 Pretty looking ale..chesnut brown with a gorgeous creamy,thick tan head. Very subdued aroma on this one..some faint cocoa,,pecan and a bit grassy hop Taste is again cocoa, chocolate milk, toasted nuts and a trouch of graassy hop in the end. Ok on the palate..nothing out of the ordinar for a brown ale. Overall slightly dissapointed..dont get me wrong its OK, but only that.

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Photo of CMW
3.11/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a fairly clear brown color with a pillow-like off-white head.

S - Roasted malt, some walnut and chestnut notes.

T - Quite sweet upfront, almost too syrupy at first. Slowly fades into a more roasty taste in the end.

M - Very thin, not consistent enough.

D - This is not bad but I don't think I would want more than one. Rather plain and Sierra Nevada Tumbler owns this.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.12/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this American Brown ale from a 22 ounce bottle into a pint glass. The ale pours a clear brown color, produced a tan head, nice retention and nice lacing left behind. The aroma consists of toasted malt, nuts, chocolate and coffee. The taste of the ale is medium in body, features a base of sweet malt, nuts, and chocolate. Light finish of earthy hops and a slight dry finish. Prost!

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Photo of ely2000k
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Good head. Dark amber to brown in color. Way better appearance then I expected, a good surprise. Has pretty decent head retention and some lacing, not much but enough.

S- Caramel smelling, sweet odor. Mild, nutty, and slight hoppy smell.

T- A bit creamy, which is nice, but the taste is a bit bland, and finishes somewhat watery.

M- Feels a little acidic to me for what it is, and a bit dry. Carbonation is okay. Feel like it should be a little less watery.

O- It's okay... nothing great, but not terrible either. I think it's appearance is a good surprise, and I wish it tasted as good as it looked.

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Photo of beertunes
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hated 22oz bottle poured into 10oz nonic. Poured a clean, clear medium brown color with an inch and a half of tan head that had good retention and no lacing.

The aroma was the typical sweet malty scent with just a hint of biscuit and no significant hopping. The flavors were basically the same with perhaps just a bit of roast floating around towards the back.

The body was just a bit thinner than typical for the style, but not annoyingly so. Drinkability was nice and easy, the beer disappeared quickly. Overall, an OK example, and as per usual with TJs house bbers a decent value. Worth a quick pick up.

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Photo of clarkm04
3.16/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 22 ounce bomber

Appearance- Fairly dark appearance with medium white head retention.

Smell- Notes of chocolate and nuttiness. Fairly light, certainly not overpowering

Taste- Fairly one note brown. It has a nice nuttiness/ roasted flavor in the front of the beer that dovetails to a clean finish. There is another nutty/chocolate flavor note at the end of the beer too that is located alongside the clean finish. Overall, not much going on otherwise. It has a sharpness to it that most browns typically don't have. Most browns have an intense nutty flavor quality or a creaminess that this beer seems to have lacking. Overall the

Mouthfeel- A little sharp but overall nothing outstanding or subpar.

Drinkability- Decent. I expected it to be more drinkability but it's not a bad beer.

Overall- A decent brown ale but slightly subpar. I feel there are much better examples of this style then this particular beer. It's not a bad beer. It's just lacking the creaminess and more flavor notes that I appreciate having in my browns. I will say for 2 bucks this beer rocks but when comparing it to other browns, it falls short.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I purchased a bomber of Mission St. Brown Ale from Trader Joe's a few weeks back for, if I remember correctly, around $3.50. At that price, and with a 5.7% ABV, I figured I couldn't go terribly wrong. On opening the bottle, I was unsurprised to find a rather light aroma, but still detected good hints of yeasty brown breads and toasted grains, as well as subtle coffee and chocolate notes.

On the tongue, the beer has an immediate and nice cream-and-light-coffee taste, accompanied by hints of freshly-baked wheat bread, and subtle flavorings of milk chocolate and toasted nuts. The flavors are quite light, and tend to pass away quickly, leaving little aftertaste. Still, the ones that are present are, for the short time they last, well-balanced and delicious. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium-light.

Overall, while it is true that you get what you pay for with a bomber of this price, I think that the casual beer drinker will find this an excellent value; it's certainly a far better option than a Bud Light.

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Photo of tito42
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 650mL bottle to an imperial pint. Bottled 7/15/2011. Firestone Walker contract brewed for Trader Joe's.

A: Clear, cola in color with ruby hues. A nice cocoa head dissipates quickly. Leaves decent lacing.

S: Very faint chocolate and roasted barley. Barely perceptible aroma.

T: Roasted barley with a touch of caramel and a pleasant hops finish.

M: Very light-bodied for a brown ale. Decently hopped finish is dry without overdoing it.

O: A value brown ale. Very good at $1.99 per 650 mL. Better than Mission St.'s hefeweizen, but there are better options at Trader Joe's (such as the Stockyard Oatmeal Stout contract brewed by Gordon Biersch).

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3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle to pint glass.

A: A deep amber/ brown in color. Off white head with low retention. Thin nose thought the beer. Reddish hue in the light. Light lacing on the glass.

S: Light on the aroma. Slight coffee hints. Malt presents is shown, roasted malts.

T: Bold start, with a subtle hint of spice. Ending with a smooth and roasted taste. Malts really come through. Not an over powering taste. But does have a nice caramel finish. Light carbonation.

M: Dry, brown typical taste. Nothing special in regards to lingering taste or mouthfeel.

D: Good price. Nice and easy drinking brown. Not too heavy, but not too overly light. A good balance. Flavors all a little light, with this more calls are needed back to the glass.

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Photo of brstls4drmrs
3.24/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a brown coffee color with a slight reddish haze. An almost 2" head of tan foam comes after the pour with some good lacing.

S - Some leather and tobacco with some very small hints of dark fruits or maybe even dates. Also a good nutty malty aroma.

T - Good malt character but very light in body. Almost as if its watered down. Some bitterness in there as well but not much else.

M - Again its a bit bitter and light on the body. Nothing too exciting.

O - Decent. I don't really have much else to say.

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Photo of richkrull
3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Trader Joes.

Poured a very dark brownish color with very little head. Smells very much of caramel malt. Tastes like caramel as well with a bitter finish. Very smooth beer with a light body. Good tasting although nothing too special. This is a very drinkable beer especially for the price.

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Mission St. Brown Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.