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Schlafly Sessions American Brown - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 16.18%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: nogoodreason on 07-28-2005

Our American Brown Ale starts with a classic British brown recipe crafted with caramel and chocolate malts for sweetness and color. Then we fortify it with the bold flavor and aroma of American hops.

Like many of the progressive beer styles seen today, American Brown Ales developed out of the culture of home brewing in the United States. Often home brewers would begin with the traditional British brown ale recipe but replace the milder English hops with the more aromatic American varieties.

30 IBU
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Ratings: 99 | Reviews: 36
Photo of OsoRojo
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Very nice unique brown ale. Love the toffee notes in this brew. Perfect Fall afternoon beer

Photo of woodychandler
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Once again, my local, in-person trader, tone77 has come through with a CAN in furtherance of The CANQuest (TM)! He finds 'em for me, I find 'em for him - it is a mutual benefit society we have established.

From the CAN: "Bold Flavor Alcohol 5.0% by Volume".

The Crack! unleashed a fair amount of foam so I CANtinued with a gentle pour, trying to avoid massive foaming, I was moderately successful, still ending up with two solid fingers of dense, light-tan head with good retention. Color was more coppery than brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) wih NE-quality clarity. Nose had an interesting admixture of caramel malt sweetness underlain by a minty hoppiness. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, a drawback to these sessionable beers, I have found. Taste was rather sweet, very much toffee and caramel, but the minty hops came through to help it avoid being a total malt bomb. Finish had a clean minty flavor, inducing an Ah! moment. Still, I just felt like it was lacking something in total. It was not a bad beer, but just not my style and not worth returning to.

Photo of Boca-X
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drink from a can...I figured If I'm buying a session beer from a can it's because I'm going to drink it on the beach, river, lake or someplace I don't want the weight of bottles or the possibility of breaking a glass container...so my review will be based on it's taste out of a can.

Nothing to report visually except the can is a nice brown/neon green.

Sweet caramel and some malty bread on the nose.

Light mouth feel, medium carbonation, nutty on the front end followed by sweet caramel popcorn. The finish is quick, slightly bitter but fades fast. Left with a pleasant honey bread on the tongue.

Overall not bad for a session in a can...you do get a little aluminum on the first couple of swallows but my buds adjusted. I took this fishing and enjoyed several on the boat...it was nice to have something better than a BMC. That said, this is 5% ABV...most BMC sessions are around 4.2 give or take...there are many good craft beers out there at 5%...why not just put them in a can and market them as a session?

I think Browns are usually pretty boring, as with most Browns this one tasted better as it warmed. Good, not great.

Update: I had a second America Brown in a snifter later in the day...nice deep arburn color, great off white head, mild lacing. Still watery light on the mouth feel but had a much richer/fuller smell and taste...much better in the glass than the can.

I should probably change my rating up a .25 on everything but mouth feel but won't because I will only buy this to drink out of a can when the situation calls for it.

Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a caramel color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of light malts, a bit of dark bread. Taste is malty, caramel, a bit bready, some sweetness as well. Very sessionable. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a tasty and enjoyable beer.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A quarter inch of biege foam rests on top of this copper brown beer with excellent clarity. I get caramel and biscuity amber malt in the aroma. I get caramel and amber malt and a nice bitterness from some very complimentary hops in the fade,but they are not present in the aroma. Mouth is pretty light but you get that nice tingle from the gentle hop fade. I've had this before and like how much it offers for a session able beer.

Photo of delta490
2.96/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A- a nice clear brown with a heavily carbonated off white head. No retention and slight lacing.

S- little of note beyond a slight hint of sweetness and some earthiness.

T- sweetness dominates without any of the nuttiness associated with this style. More reminiscent of an ESB.

M- no issues here. A thinner mouthfeel but not bad.

O- not a bad beer, but lacking in many of the characteristics that make brown ales good.

Photo of chinchill
3.99/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can, date stamped April 2013, served in a silipint.
Pours with a large tan head that has good retention. Clear brown. Sheets of sticky lacing get left on the glass with each tip,

Medium body. Medium but soft carbonation. Creamy feel. excellent for style.

This brown ale has all the sweet and roasted malt flavor one should expect from a brown, but adds a solid hoppy component. In fact, this brown is as hoppy as a pale ale. With a lasting roasted grain aftertaste, this ale packs a good amount flavor for a brew with a low ABV. Good sweet/bitter balance from start to finish.
Recommended.

Photo of rlee1390
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-Almost black in the glass, clear ruby around the edges, one finger off white head that doesn't stay around for too long.

S-Good deal of caramel, roasted malt, toffee, candied sugar.

T-Starts with slight coffee, caramel, toffee and grass. No bitterness or hop presence.

M-light, watery and flat.

O-No where near the best brown ale out there, only benefit is that it comes in a can.

Photo of BierStein711
4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So, this is the American Brown! I thought it was very pleasant.

Can into shaker pint, three finger tan head, with thick lacing as the beverage is consumed. Body is thick, and the carbonation is hardly present

Smells: Malt, toffee, and carmel

Taste toffee, chocolate, and carmel malt

Overall, this was a very pleasant beer with a thick mouthfeel. Although this isn't my favorite beer style, I'd have this again!

Photo of Treyliff
3.09/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A- pours a clear copper amber color with a thick creamy off-white head that reduces, leaving lots of lace behind. Definitely the lightest brown ale I've ever seen. Maybe they intended it to be consumed from the can?

S- very faint aromas of nutty toasted malt, a trace of hop bitterness and some skunk

T- nutty malt flavors with a toasted backbone, faint herbal hop bitterness with a touch of caramel, dry and toasted finish

M- medium body and carbonation with a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- I get that this is a session beer, but it drinks more like an amber than a brown ale. It certainly can serve its purpose though, just not something to go to when looking for a lot of flavor

Photo of KYGunner
2.72/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

What can only be described as the lightest coloring I've ever seen in a Brown Ale, the head built nicely but dissipated quickly.

The scent is so weak that I'm not sure what aroma I get. I think it's caramel malt but there's a lot of metallic undertone.

The taste is sweet caramel malt flavor with some prune and plum. Strong metallic bitterness rakes the tongue.

I am one who is sceptical about canned beer, despite the improvements in technology, but this seems to have been hurt by the canning process.

Photo of Why-P-A
2.37/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Schafly American Brown

A: Very light in color for a brown and a light airy head when poured from a can.

S: A noticeable pine aroma, doesn’t seem like a normal hop aroma from a piney varietal like Cascade and seems odd for this style.

T: Some malt flavor with a hint of caramel, no roasted or smoky character. The main contribution is a bitter finish from hops which reinforces the pine aroma. The lighter color also justifies the lack of malt body.

M: Very light and almost watery, head dissipated quickly.

O: Not a great example of the american brown ale style. Drinkable but more similar to an amber or even ESB. Not sure if it’s a result of the canning process, transport, or just Schafly having a different take on brown ales. They make lots of great beers and are welcome to experiment as they desire based on their reputation.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.11/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance-Pours a very light brown/ deep amber color with a big and billowy two finger just off white head. The head fades quite slowly over time to leave a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is mainly of a caramel sweetness mixed with a bit of a toasted malt aroma. Along with these smells are some light pine and earthy hop aromas producing a bit more of a hoppy smell then would have been expected for an American brown of its strength.

Taste – The taste starts out with a lightly toasted malt flavor with a little bit of caramel sweetness. The sweetness fades more toward the middle of the taste giving a rather dry profile to the brew. The toasted malt flavor is next met with some hop flavors of a slightly earthy and grassy nature more toward the middle of the taste. Toward the end a very light amount of a brown sugar flavor comes to the tongue. While the brown sugar arrives, the taste is still rather dry and, in the end, with a bit more hop flavors coming to the tongue, a dry, lightly roasted, and relatively thin and crisp hop flavor is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather average. The average carbonation level helps with keeping it crisp and refreshing, although the thinner body was not too great for the roasted malt flavors of the brew.

Overall- It is on the more refreshing side and does fit into the session style that it is going for, but really a brown ale is not the best to be looking for a session with as I think it is tough to support any real toasted flavors with such a weak body. Not a go to for me.

Photo of barczar
3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant medium brown with a frothy one inch cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving sticky lacing.

Aroma is comprised of toasted malt, nuts, and lightly floral hops.

Flavor reveals more nutty malt backbone, with a minerally, almost metallic finish. There's a slightly roasted taste at the finish, which leaves the palate with a bitter feeling.

Body and carbonation are moderate.

Fairly roasty and bitter, considering the style. Nothing extraordinary, but a flavorful brew. The metallic flavor is a bit offputting.

Photo of russpowell
2.78/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Canned Apr 15 ,pours orange no where near brown with 2 fingers of rocky cream colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Faint toastyness, some sulphur

T: Pears, leafy & grassy hops, some sulphur up front, seems more like a bitter or ESB to me. Leafy hops, a touch of oxidation & a little toastyness finally showing up as this warms. Finishes with leafy hops & astringency

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation turns creamier as this warms

This doesn't seem like a brown to me. I will not buy this again, reminds me more of an average ESB

Photo of secondtooth
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a caramel-amber from can. Huge, oversized head of foam, and some thick, ornate, and detailed lace.

Nose is caramel and nuts. Very malty, and pretty well spot-on for a brown ale.

Taste is toasty and malty, with a hint of roasted nuts. I get a snappy hops presence at the finish. Overall, solid, but not world class.

Photo of Jayhawk
2.69/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Another entry into my crafted can tour, I found a six pack of cans at the liquor store. The box (nice touch to box it instead of using those bird killing plastic rings) claims it is based on an English brown with American hops and trial tested at their taproom. I'm not sure what those wacky St. Louis folks across the state think, but this so called American Brown Ale is much, much closer to an Irish red ale than ANY sort of brown. Therefore, I rated some areas lower because it so clearly does not represent any form of brown ale I've ever had.

A: Nice color for an Irish red or even many APAs...just not dark enough for a brown ale. Appears to lack sufficient malts.

S: Fruity, with almost no malt smell. Very nice smelling for an Irish red.

T: Weird. Initial impression is fruity, ale-ish goodness...but leaves a lingering taste of lawn in your mouth - not hoppy grass taste but kentucky blue taste. Where's the malt? Did they forget it in this can?

M: Thin, watery...not what you expect from a brown ale be it American or English.

Overall: Well, it's not so bad that I'll toss it, and I'll re-write my entire review if the next can is great. Really, either this is bad or Budweiser snuck over and brewed this for Schlafly. I normally really like Schlafly's beer, but this is one truly weird, yet unremarkable, beer that also is not representative of it's style at all...or any style really.

Photo of powerss13
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

ST: In can, poured into glass

A: Darker brown look with little head

S: Roast aroma, some nuttiness to it. Get more of a malty aroma than hops

T: Roasted malt flavor with little hops. Taste light for a brown giving it a decent beer to have in hot weather without having to get too heavy of a beer.

MF: Smooth and has a good dry finish to it, making you want to take another swig.

O: Good beer to have. For a brown ale, at least comparing it to other browns that I have had, this is a lighter body making it more versatile (ie going out on a hot day).

Photo of bluejacket74
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can, canned on April 4, 2013. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear reddish/brown color with about an inch and a half frothy off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like toasted malt, chocolate, nuts, and some grassy and herbal hops. The taste is the same as the aroma, I don't pick up any additional flavors. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit coating, and it also smooth and goes down easy. It's a solid overall brew, nice and sessionable. $7.99 a 6-pack, I'd buy this again at that price.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moderate throughout, Schlafly's new American-style Brown Ale hits home with all the classic flavors found in English Brown Ales, except with a pleasantly heightened hop character to better balance the beer. And with higher attenuation, the beer's drier mouthfeel allows for greater ease of drinkability. Less fruity and an overall simplified palate gives this beer a lot to celebrate.

The beer pours with the stallwart brown color and with nearly perfect clarity, showing off garnet highlights. An off-white head of creamy stature caps the beer with great persistance and moderate lace. A solid but expected appearance for American Browns.

Medium aromas of chocolate, toast, nuts, and a grassy citrus note emits from the glass. The balanced nose never allows dominance from one aspect of the beer, but carry the scent in a melded and focused sense.

Flavors become a very direct carryover from the scent. Initial toffee sweetness from malt develops into an overall 'malty' taste that's accompanied by coco-rich chocolates, medium toast, walnuts, and somewhat rich taste of malted milk at mid palate. The hop flavor of citrus and freshly cut grasses also develop at the mid point and continutes a transition to clean grassy/citrusy bitterness to finish the beer. Where I would have preferred more attention from the hops, this beer stands just beyond what English versions perscribe.

Medium mouthfeel to start allows for the creamy carbonation to carry the beer into the mid palate. but the fleeting carbonation and quickly drying finish leaves an empty feel just before the finish. Though drinkability is high, I wish that the malty-rich body extended further and that the citrusy hop flavor and bitterness had greater showing to help round out the beer and a higher sense of dryness in the end.

Overall, Schlafly's American Brown Ale is a very easy drinking Brown Ale that's likely to complement a wide range of food pairings. Clean, crisp, and casual the beer is effortless in drinkability but yet somewhat forgetable.

Photo of smakawhat
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at Churchkey into a tumbler.

No head given with a red chestnut to dark brown body. Orange hues accents with no lacing present.

Nose has a mild nut and light cream but a sense of wetness.

Taste has a slight cream and nut but very prickly jarring noticeable carbonation. Texture seems a little flat but palate gives slight tannic nut with a watery sense.

Overall seems like all good components are here, but all dumbed down and watery. Too bad this is one of my favorite under the radar breweries but they didn't do so great here.

Photo of DCon
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on-tap @ Llywelyn's Pub in Soulard (St. Louis), MO for $5.25. Tapped from the Gold Crested Tap Handle w/ a Dragon on it into a Traditional 16oz Guinness Nonic Glass.

Beer is branded Llywelyn's Brown Dragon Ale (Brewed exclusively for Llywelyn's by Schlafly).

Aroma- Very sweet and malty from the beginning. Has a nutty backgound and very clean.

Appearance- Received with a .5 finger, off-white head that has weak retention. Has a dark brown color body that has good clarity. Barely any suds at all, forget lacing.

Flavor- Has a high malty flavor from the beginning and very sweet. Starts as if its going to be super strong but only hits the tongue like this for a second. Has a medium bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, but only has sweet malts on the finish.

Overall Impression- Not sure I would call this one a dragon ale! Very light bodied for the style and was hoping more hops were in here but not at all! Good and refreshing but lacks strength and character. Have had twice now from Llywelyn's.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.12/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served relatively warm from the cask at Schlafly taproom.

Deep coffee brown, not a lot of head as served but good lacing.

Coffee/caramel malts, sweet brown sugar, a bit of chocolate and some citrus malt.

Tasted quite fine, outstanding within the brown ale category. Sweet, low bitterness, coffee and caramel, slight hops and citrus. You can "taste the cask" (or at least it had a similar background taste to the dry-hopped cask APA).

Feels a bit light for a brown, but otherwise pretty good.

Drinks highly. Within the category, definitely another glass is in order.

Photo of Tone
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of roasted malt, slight earthy malt, sweet malt, yeast, slight grain, and a doughy sweetness. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean with an average carbonation level. There is a noticeable bitterness level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, hops, yeast, and a slight grain. Overall, a good appearance, aroma, blend, and body.

Photo of Jayli
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Bottleworks on St. Patty's Day

A: This beer pours a chestnut brown with a one finger of off white head that recedes nicely. Film laced the top of this beer and leave a sticky coating of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of rich caramel malt, some chocolate notes and a minor citrus hop presence.

T: Taste starts with a rich sweetness. Caramel malts, and toffee really come through. The middle has a hint of nuttiness mingled with a light chocolate flavoring. A muted citrus hop bite finishes this brew.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, touch oily with a clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not a bowl you over rave about this beer but definitely a sessionable brown!

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Schlafly Sessions American Brown from The Schlafly Tap Room
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