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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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192 Ratings
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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | 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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Photo of renolayton


3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Dark caramel color without much of a head, in many ways, it resembles a glass of Coca-Cola.

Smell- Sweet

Taste- Sweet beginning that quickly gives way to a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with above average carbonation.

Drinkability- It's not too bitter for my taste, which makes it a solid, drinkable Ale.

All-in-all: A decent ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 02:57:44 | More by renolayton
Photo of richkrull


3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 02:34:24 | More by richkrull
Photo of morebeergood


3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bomber at TJ for $1.99. Poured into a standard pint glass. Dark brown color with a significant white head. Smell had a nice molasses aroma to it. Flavor was pretty good, as I enjoyed the maltiness that really stood out in this beer. The thing that surprised me was how thin the body was. It tasted very malty, but there was no backbone at all. I found this beer to be on the watery side. For the price though, it's a tasty beer that I wouldn't mind having again.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 23:07:31 | More by morebeergood
Photo of SuperSpy


3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear, mahogany, with a 2-finger head that dissipates quickly but leaves a nice foam cap and plenty of lace.

S - Sweet, roasted malts. Slightly nutty.

T/M - Medium bodied. Malty with toast and a hint of chocolate. The finish rounds out well with just enough hops to balance the flavor. The aftertaste is light roast and is quite good.

D -The is a very easy drinking brown ale. There is no particular quality that stands out among all the others, but a brown ale tends to be a middle of the road, well-rounded brew. This beer fits that description, but it could afford a bit more complexity in flavor so as to keep the palette interested. Overall, this is a good brown, but there is room for improvement.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 22:58:16 | More by SuperSpy
Photo of gpogo


3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Clear deep mahogany brown, off-white head that diminished into a foamy ring. Extremely sparse lacing.

A- Very faint aroma. Dark nutty malts.

T- Nutty bready flavor. Decent bitter hit with a caramel flavor finish. Aftertaste sticks around.

M- Medium body, moderate to high carbonation. Kindof sticks to your mouth, but not cloying.

D- Pretty tasty(and cheap) brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 06:24:09 | More by gpogo
Photo of DmanGTR


3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dear whomever sent me this extra, please let me know so I can give credit where it's due!

Poured a nicely clear, dark, amber brown with a short lived off-white head that diminished quickly to a thin cap. Strands of lace here and there. A very well balanced aroma that offers a healthy dose of malt, caramel, a hint of cocoa, and cinnamon. Light and floral hops, maybe a touch of grass. The flavor is a little heavy with the "cinnamon and spice". Molasses is certainly there and actually subdues the other nuances the beer has to offer. Not sure why or how this "molasses cookie" flavor is so pronounced, but although it is enjoyable, it's taking away from what this beer has to offer. Carbonation is well done, not too fizzy and not too "cask-like". Mildly dry finish could use a body boost. But otherwise, a good sessionable beer that I would have again.

Thank you, whoever you are who sent me this!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 00:47:22 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I hadn't been to Trader Joe's for a while so it was an easy call to try this bomber for a mere $1.99. Pours a dark amber but not quite brown color with a finger of wet tan head. Nose is an interesting mix of herbal hops and chocolate and caramel malt. basic but decent.

This one slides down real easy although nothing groundbreaking. Thin in mouthfeel but it's not a dealbreaker. Some sweet malt with a little hop balance and a late touch of toffee. Decent beer but real good value. Thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 03:59:34 | More by daliandragon
Photo of jwinship83


3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz picked up at mu local trader joes for an unheard of $1.99/bomber. drank from my samual adams perfect pint glass.

A- the pour on this one is a translucent darkish brown body with an average sized khaki colored head. the head is rather quick to fall and leaves behind very small spots of lacing.

S- the first thing i notice with the nose is semisweet bready malts. there is just a touch of caramel in here also. a rather strong nutty presence comes in just before some earthy hops at the end.

T- the taste starts out with more of the bready malts that i could smell as well as some of the caramel malts that give this beer a soft and pleasant sweetness. there is also some nuttiness with a soft dose of herbal hops at the end.

M- light bodied, bordering on medium. ample carbonation.

D- the price was right and the ABV practically makes this a session beer. this is an excellent alternative to macro lagers that are about the same cost. ill pick this up next time im going to be outside drinking all day.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 22:48:06 | More by jwinship83
Photo of TCMike


3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a bomber from Trader Joe's, but poured into a mug. It had about a 2 finger beige head, and looked like a dark amber. Not a strong aroma, but what was there seemed like malts, molasses. The taste is nice, toasted malts, slight sweetness of brown sugar, and a good balance of hops,(slight bitter taste). A very drinkable brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 18:38:40 | More by TCMike
Photo of BieresDesMoines


3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish brown with a small tight well retained head and lots of lace. The aroma is just a tad faint but has some molasses and light apple accompanying roasted nuts and mild fruity hops. The beer is very nicely hoppy with lots of melon and grapefruit flavor. This is not to say it is not without malt complexity as well considering the nice lightly sweet milk chocolate character and the nice toastinesss. Everything is really well harmonized here but the star of the show is those fruity hops. This crap is a best buy for $1.99 a bomber!

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 16:50:26 | More by BieresDesMoines
Photo of yeahnatenelson


3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a dark, ruddy amber with chestnut highlights and a slim sudsy beige head. Meh.

Smell -- Nutty toasted malt, cocoa, brown sugar, fruity esters, mineral water.

Taste -- Hmm...starts off with an off-putting mineral flavor, but this soon diminishes. Toasted malt, English nuttiness, cocoa, brown sugar. Floral hops are a nice addition. Lingering flavors of cocoa, nuts, and mineral water. Eh...

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with ample prickly carbonation. Not bad at all.

Drinkability -- This beer is pretty solid, and over time I actually took a shine to it. Very quaffable. For the price it hits above it's weight. Would gladly take this $2 bomber over a similarly priced tallboy of macro. Looking forward to trying

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 03:34:52 | More by yeahnatenelson
Photo of clarkm04


3.15/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 04:52:52 | More by clarkm04
Photo of Redrover


3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bomber purchased at Trader Joes for $1.79. Poured into my SA perfect pint, the beer is a medium brown with a dark beige head.

The nose is of lightly toasted malts, a hint of chocolate and a bit of pine.

The malts are the main thing here. They add a slightly roasted and nutty quality. There is a bit of dark fruit (plum and raisin) and the beer finishes with some slight bitterness. It is balanced and holds-up what a brown should be.

The mouth has medium thickness and midlevel carbonation. This is easy to drink and a steal at this price. I will be getting some more on my next run to TJ!

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 01:26:02 | More by Redrover
Photo of jamex


3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$1.99 at Trader Joe's. Poured into a Weizen glass. Apparently brewed by Firestone Walker.

Looks good; pours a nice mahogany with a decent, lasting head. Smells interesting with malt, hops, toffee and leather.

A very drinkable brown; nice carbonation. Not over-the-top but enough to make it substantial enough for a pleasant quaff.

I wish the label was more pro - looks cheap.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 01:42:13 | More by jamex
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Trader Joes/ $1.99 for a 22 oz bottle. Served in standard pint glass

Opaque brownish/black. Clear?

Highly drinkable, smooth but flavorful. Nice toasted malt aroma and flavor. Not hoppy or bold or particularly interesting, but given high since this is a very fine brown ale.

Tasted good both cold and at about 60F.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 01:27:01 | More by chinchill
Photo of mikeg67

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
Photo of MillRat


3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown ale might just be the antithesis of extreme beer. This is a nice, pleasant, brown ale. Clear medium brown with a persistent cream-colored head. Hops are in a supporting role here, They just keep the toasted bread or the malt and the rather fruity yeast flavors from wearing out their welcome. The beer seems lighter than the flavor suggests, which makes this an ideal session beer for an evening of socializing. One of the better efforts at a brown ale that Ive had. Nothing to write home about, but if that's what you were looking for, why would you be drinking a brown ale?

Found at Trader Joes, $1.99 for a 22 oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 03:25:45 | More by MillRat
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Trader Joe's in Roswell, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, brown body with some amber-hinted edges and layered with a light tan head.

Smell: Malty mélange of well toasted loaf bread, ground nuts, chocolate powder, caramelized sugars, and a splash of mild coffee. Notably fruity throughout.

Taste: Sweet malts, moderately nutty, toasty and with a solid taste of cocoa powder and lighter touch of burnt sugars. Steadfast fruitiness. Restrained hop character, though it yields some hints of herbs and citrus. Modest bitterness. Smidgen of roastiness. Drying, nutty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A good, malty, yet well-balanced brown at a good, sensible price. Paired as a nice contrast to the black bean and pumpkin soup I made this evening.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 02:13:29 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of Foxtrot


4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love doing my shopping at Trader Joe's and could not pass up on a 220z bomber for $1.99. That's a pretty good deal for a brown ale.

Pours deep brown body with ruby hues and accents. Slightly vigorous pour into Stone IRS glass gives it a very nice ivory colored two finger cap with modest retention and a abundance of lacing. Lacing lasted the entire session, or bomber by others standards.

Aroma is of course well malted. Robust overtones of caramel and biscuit, and a hint of butterscotch make up the meaty portion of the nose. I also pull in some nice earthy hop undertones. This is a pretty straight forward aroma for a brown ale. Dark and earthy is the ticket.

The opening flavors are of rich sweet caramel, with a nice breadiness akin to a Dubbel style about mid palate. The hops are there and can be felt with a nice affirming bitterness that plays incredible well with this brews sweeter notes. Hops are more earthy and leafy and bring up some flavors of ripe orange. This is a nice addition and adds just one more layer of complexity to a already surprising beer.

Mouthfeel was freaking incredible. This has a change mouthfeel from start to finish of each sip. Starts out creamy and rich medium bodied, and slowly gives way to crisp and light in the finish. That's really hard to accomplish, and I've had few beers that have been able to really pull it off. The carbonation character is just about right, as I usually like my brown ales to be slightly less carbonated than other styles. This might account for its velvety mouthfeel

Drinkability is the pinnacle of this beer. Great tasting, easily accessible, and great price tag is a beer home run in my book.

P.S. I was not expecting much, but was incredibly surprised that a beer this well crafted could be found at such a low price. And to think that I was gonna pass it up!

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 08:04:41 | More by Foxtrot
Photo of Buebie


3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The last wedding anniversary I may ever celebrate brought me this ann. gift.

Poured from the bomber into a full pint glass. An inch of off white head. Leaving thick sticky full coverage lace and solid cap.
Color is mostly a dark brown with ruby highlights.
Smelling delicious is an understatement. Plenty of malt, sweet and delicious with a mild roasty character. Cereal grains alos coming forward, grape nuts flakes are the front runner here. Smelling absolutely delicious and fresh. I could take in pull after pull of aroma and even have to drink it, its that enjoyable on the nairs.
Taste mimicking aroma nicely. Sweet delicious malt, cereal grains and through the middle a robust semi roasted grain flavor. Pairing well with a mild bitter hop. Finishes robust now with a touch of coffee, chocolate and roasted grains. Mild hop bitters as well.
Great representation of the style, aroma takes the cake and provides the most satisfaction.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 05:57:01 | More by Buebie
Photo of Gueuzedude


4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served Lightly Chilled (mid 50s degrees F / ~ 13°C; Sampled June 2010
A solid pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a fat-two-finger thick, amber tinged, full tan colored head. The beer is a dark brown color with red notes to it around the edges. When held up to the light it shows a brilliantly clear, dark cranberry color. The aroma smells of a nice mix of toasted malt, bright fruit notes and touches of caramelized malts. The fruit character produces berry like aromatics that reminds me of a mix of cranberries, currants and perhaps a hint of orange zest; these aromas seem to come from a mix of hop character and ale fermentation character, but are fairly light overall, i.e. I would not describe this as a hoppy Brown Ale. The malt plays the more dominant role here with a chewy, though dry seeming, light roast / ample toasted grain character

A firm bitterness couples with a light malt sweetness that has a full caramelized malt character as well as some browned / lightly roasted malt flavors and bitterness. The beer is quite light bodied and quaffable, though it does have some residual malt body that makes this just chewy enough. There is a touch of herbal hop character that contributes a touch of menthol and some pine, but there is actually more fruity hop character here than I was expecting, despite my noticing it in the aroma; flavors of orange zest, citrus oil, a touch of tangelo as well as some smooth lychee like hop flavors and even some peach like flavors are all noticeable. The caramelized malt character that is typical of the style, when combined with the hop notes, brings out flavors of currants and berries. There is really just enough malt sweetness here to accentuate the fruit flavors, but not so much that this beer isn't able to finish dry and drinkable. As the beer warms and my palate adjusts the malt character becomes more dominant and nicely nutty.

The malt and the hops end up being quite balanced in there contributions here. This will obviously get more malt oriented as it ages, but I like the hop character (especially the fruity notes) that this has right now; it nicely compliments the toasted malt and helps to balance the caramelized malt character. This beer is quite clean tasting with no real noticeable off flavors; I like that the malt character isn't muddled or overly harsh (which can happen in some roast influenced beers). I also like that the nose is a touch more malt focused, while the flavor is a touch more hop focused, it keeps things interesting somehow. This is definitely very enjoyable and the 22oz serving size is perfect for a nice session.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 14:18:22 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of Brent


4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard to get terribly excited about a brown ale if it stays true to style- a workhorse sort of beer. This is quite pleasant - moderate, slightly nutty, roasted malt. Goes a little tart toward the end, but finishes clean. A hunk of brown bread, some sharp cheddar cheese and this beer would be a nice pairing.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 18:00:21 | More by Brent
Photo of CMW


3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 02:36:21 | More by CMW
Photo of CHickman

New York

3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear cheastnut brown in color with a 1 finger creamy tan head that faded quickly; good spotty lacing that slides down the glass.

Smells of sweet malt, syrup, caramel, brown sugar and toasted grains; pretty sweet overall.

Tastes of sweet malt, syrup or molasses, caramel, brown sugar, and light toasted grains. Not bad, but just not exciting flavor wise.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and smooth, with a medium body and light carbontaion.

Drinkability is good and this beer is good, but the flavor is just a bit on the dull side and just very basic.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 04:11:22 | More by CHickman
Photo of a74gent


3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review based on 7/10/10 bomber:

A nice flat brown colored pour with very little head. Not much of a nose, but a really nice light chocolatey flavor. More toasty malt than most browns I've had which makes a drink a little "fuller".

Yummy...east to drink and worth the effort.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 00:56:29 | More by a74gent
Mission St. Brown Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.