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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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189 Ratings
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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Steinhaus Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tapman on 06-15-2010)
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1/5  rDev -71.4%

08-21-2012 03:41:13 | More by tmars13
Photo of Overlord


2/5  rDev -42.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 03:31:39 | More by Overlord
Photo of AwYeh


2.05/5  rDev -41.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 04:24:30 | More by AwYeh
Photo of BobZ


2.3/5  rDev -34.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 16:44:09 | More by BobZ
Photo of notchucknorris


2.48/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 14:33:41 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of avisong


2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

04-15-2012 02:48:48 | More by avisong
Photo of Belittle

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

04-29-2014 15:41:52 | More by Belittle
Photo of Caskaway


2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

04-26-2012 01:15:48 | More by Caskaway
Photo of mattknueven


2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

04-29-2012 05:23:17 | More by mattknueven
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2.6/5  rDev -25.7%
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?

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 06:50:07 | More by zeledonia
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2.65/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 22:01:55 | More by Emnmarko
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2.65/5  rDev -24.3%
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.


Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 08:32:11 | More by Brimz
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2.68/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 08:35:08 | More by kojevergas
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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

11-26-2013 09:58:42 | More by largadeer
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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

06-09-2013 14:08:46 | More by oline73
Photo of negroobserver

New York

2.85/5  rDev -18.6%
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.


Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 20:09:04 | More by negroobserver
Photo of Arithmeticus


2.85/5  rDev -18.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 20:32:52 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of Retsinis


2.88/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 20:09:19 | More by Retsinis
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New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 19:52:58 | More by mikeg67
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2.9/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 22:10:17 | More by parris
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -14.3%

01-15-2012 02:40:14 | More by acurtis
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

02-12-2012 03:12:47 | More by dugly2ugly
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

07-22-2013 02:16:32 | More by Wedcat
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -14.3%

03-06-2012 20:28:02 | More by carrollmel7
Photo of FairyFunBoy


3/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 22:05:53 | More by FairyFunBoy
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Mission St. Brown Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.