Pub Brown Ale | Sprecher Brewing Company

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Pub Brown AlePub Brown Ale

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Sprecher Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium but murky brown producing slightly more than a single finger of tan, frothy, shortlived head that leaves little lacing. Aroma is rich roasted malt, buttery biscuit, thin coffee, a little toffee & caramel. Taste is a little disappointing & thin: dark toasty malt, caramel & watery cola like notes with faint hints of cream & molasses/brown sugar. Lively with pepper from just before mid-sip into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation, a little oily but lively on the tongue with a graininess in the aftertaste. For me this offering is a little disappointing from a brewery that I have come to expect better things of.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.19/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Mild brown pour, tan head, 1/3". Didn't create lace, head didn't last. Aroma was nuts, brown malt.

Taste, very smooth, light, but not insubstantial. Smooth. Not bitter. Well carbonated. Decent stuff to order at the bar when you are just drinking, not tasting. Does nothing wrong.

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Photo of sarient
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a good beer. A little lighter for my taste, I've had English style ales before that have knocked this one out of the water. It has a good feeling when you take a big sip. A great after work beer. Splendid. 3.8/5

How many?: You'll be a happy camper after 4 of these.

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Photo of smcolw
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Small head that settles to no bubbles. The liquid is light brown/dark amber and reasonably clear.

Notes of molasses. There's some iron to the nose as well.

Thin bodied with a heightened level of bubbles. Some biscuit and toast to the tongue. The swallow and aftertaste brings out a touch of bittering hop, leaving a moderately lingering blend with the toasty malt.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, roasted nut, and slight caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with toast and nut flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is fairly mild but tasty.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got from a trade from my Wisconsin connection. So this beer has a wonderful brown ale appearance. Dark brown and frothy head with good retention. Smell is very rich malt and caramel sweet. The taste is quite exceptional with a sweet caramel start and slightly crisp finish. Light on alcohol and perhaps slightly watery in body. Overall I think this is one of the more outstanding brown ales I've had. Excellent beer.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.26/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours to a beige head that starts out big but retreats to am 1/8" layer that persists and leaves very little lace. Aroma is bready, estery and very English with a nice, creamy nutty-toasty note at the end. Flavor is mild and "smooth" with toasty malts and sweet malts and a kiss of earthy hops and roasted nuts to balance it out. Mouthfeel is light to medium and CO2 is pleasantly light. Overall, this beer is a session brew that satisfies. I really enjoy this beer because it showcases the subtle nuances of British malts and the subtle flavor signatures of traditional ale yeast. Highly recommended.

I just moved out of the distro footprint of Lazy Magnolia, so I can't get Southern Pecan anymore. This is a nice replacement (no pecans notwithstanding).

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher nonic.
4.5% ABV

A - Sprecher's Pub Brown pours an inactive clear amber-hued brown color that's capped by a tall but fleeting off-white pile of foam that leaves no lace behind.

S - Complex toasted malts bring a plethora of aromatic combinations to the nostrils, despite the beer's vanishing head. Toasted oak spirals sink to the depths of warmed caramel sauce drizzled over toasted nut bread. Despite the lower alcohol level, this brown ale smells like it'll be rich in flavor!

T - Pub Brown's toasted quality remains the focal point of this English-style malt-forward brown ale; thin bready flavor and makes its way through dribbles of caramel sweetness and lingering nutty dust like that left at the bottom of a mixed nuts can, minus the salt.

M - Smooth but somewhat thin-feeling, carbonation is certainly present but manages to feel absent in the presence of the dry maltiness. The finish has a slight metallic twang to it but this brown remains quite drinkable.

O - Sprecher's English-style brown ale, Pub Brown is a malt-forward beer that's rich in flavor for its low alcohol percent, reminiscent of the original "session" beers: English Milds and Browns. When I first got into craft beer years ago, I recall this being one of my favorites. Since then I've noticed some inconsistencies from bottle to bottle, mainly centered around a pesky metallic dryness, an overall quality I notice more than others, that seems to plague my personal palate. This bottle is wonderful, however, and makes for an easy drinking brown that's low in alcohol but robust in flavor.

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Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown with a thin head. Broken rings of lacing stick.

The smell is of caramel and nuts. Mild, but pleasant.

The taste is of caramel/toffee with nuts. A hint of chocolate comes through as it progresses. A subtle fruit character in the finish balances out the sweetness without making it bitter.

The feel is full enough to keep the flavor lasting, while being light and smooth enough to be "sessionable".

A well-made, well-balanced easy drinking English-style ale. (Goes well with meatloaf.)

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sprecher Pub Brown

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into an English style dimpled pint glass. Served chilled...

A) Copper/Amber color. There was a relatively small cream colored head. Decent retention. No lacing noted...

S) A fairly sweet aroma that consisted of caramel/toffee notes. Light malt, bready, toasted whole grain bread.

T) Follows the nose... The malty sweetness is balanced out with some light hop bitterness.

M) The body is a lighter medium with somewhat lively carbonation. It's pretty easy drinking, fairly crisp, and has a slightly dry finish.

O) This is an average brown ale. I wouldn't go out of my way for it, but I wouldn't turn it down if I was offered one.

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Photo of superspak
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce bottle into imperial pint glass, bottled on 1/10/2012. Pours slightly cloudy reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, biscuit, toast, brown sugar, light roast, floral, herbal, light raisin, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of dark/toasted malt notes and light hops; with good strength. Taste of caramel, chocolate, biscuit, toast, brown sugar, light roast, floral, herbal, light raisin, and toasted earthiness. Light earthy floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, chocolate, biscuit, toast, brown sugar, floral, herbal, light raisin, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good balance of malt and hop notes; with decent robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a nice session brown ale. Fair amount of flavor and good balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

If I could find this stuff on cask at some ransom British (or British-style) pub, that'd be something, wouldn't it? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear garnet-topaz topped by a finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises tea, watered-down coffee, buttery biscuit, and a touch of toffee. The taste holds notes of caramel, cola, light molasses, brown sugar, and a touch of sweet greens. I like my tongue's interpretation a lot better than my nose's... The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly oily feel (luckily not oily enough to make things unsettling for me). Overall, a generally nice brown ale, one that doesn't make many friends with its odor, but one that makes up for it with a warm heart and kind demeanor..

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Photo of JackieTH
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled as part of a flight at Sprecher's in Wisconsin Dells. Pour was coppery brown with a thinnish head that left some lacing. Lightly malty, bready nose. Taste was similarly of biscuit and crackers malt, lightly nutty, lightly sweet. Medium to light mouthfeel. Decently carbonated. What they have created here is a decent Newscastle clone. Not a bad brew at all, but not sure if I'd revisit it in the future.

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Photo of horshack7
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very much brown with a two finger off white head that is very foamy.

Aroma: Caramel malts, light rye, mild notes of pumpernickel and a twinge of molasses. Faint bits of plum and grape skin.

Taste: A little bit bready in the front mostly from the caramel malts. Hops are lightly roasted that are more towards the floral side. Rye and pumpernickel are present. Some molasses and a wisp of plum. The finish is a bit dry which is certainly not a bad thing a good bready bite.

Notes: Quite drinkable and rather hearty. Cheers.

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Photo of jlindros
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a decent 1 finger fizzy head that fades semi slowly, with bits of lacing, over semi clear mahogany golden brown color, looks slightly watery with the clarity it has.

Nose almost comes like a Kvass, with lots of husky straw, grass, wet hay, hint of toasty bready malts and biscuit, light brown caramel malts, and an English malt juiciness.

Taste is similar, but a bit more flavorful, with some toasty brown malts, bit of caramel and a very light molasses, even a light honey flavored candy like taste. Light husky straw malt and hay flavor, and a light bready biscuit malt. A fairly strong honey bread like flavor. Finish is slightly dry, toasty bready malts and honey, caramel, a bit of a salty taste as well.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall meh, not really my style, similar to a Kvass with the husky straw and hay and hints of honey bread, but a slight caramel and toasty flavor, fairly meh overall.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from session notes.

A. Clear mahogany color with a single finger of cream colored head that stays for about a minute and leaves behind decent sheets of lacing.

S. High levels of toffee, caramel and toasted nuts, all kinds of nuts. A very rich aroma indeed.

T. Similar to the nose, toffee and caramel maltiness abound, with lighter amounts of brown sugar and tea-like hopping accentuate the malt party.

M. Light and somewhat too fizzy for my tastes, but that's really a minor flaw.

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Photo of weatherdog
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass

It pours a deep amber/red with a cream colored, soap bubble head on top. Minimal lacing.

The aroma screams out rich toffee and caramel malts. The malt aroma seems a bit aged and has a faint wet cardboard factor to it.

The flavor confirms that beer is on the older side. I'm still reviewing it as I seriously got this bottle as a sample from the distributor today, so that's what he's selling. (I just looked it up, it was brewed nearly 2 years ago, 43rd day of 2010!) Sweeter medium bodied caramel malt flavors with that signature oxidized malt flavor I get often in actual English brown beers. It's still not offensive, just not a bright a flavor profile as it should be.

The mouthfeel is a little flabby and finishes quite watery which is detracting from the beer in a way. Overall it's just decent, I feel that if it was a bit fresher mid 3.5's might be a closer score for it.

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Photo of Strix
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear reddish-brown, good initial head, some lacing.

Bread, toffee, and nut aroma.

Bread, caramel, nut, fruit cocktail syrup, and floral hops. A pleasant blend.

Medium to thin mouthfeel, average carbonation.

I liked the flavors in this, on target for the style and highly drinkable. Not an extreme beer, but a subtley well done one.

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Photo of emerge077
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sprecher's Pub, review from written notes.
Listed at 4.5% abv.

High clarity reddish copper color, no haze to it at all. Some fizzy white foam on the surface that didn't remain for long. Flecks of foam stick to the glass over time, but there wasn't much lacing. Mellow toasted malt aroma, mildly bready and nutty. Mild bitterness in the aftertaste, just barely. Flavor is mellow, some light toast and nuttiness, purely malt forward. Overall pretty agreeable with nothing out of place. Fairly light bodied with mellow carbonation, true to style. Could easily have a couple pints of this, no problem.

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Photo of Boitnott
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sprecher Pub Brown Ale pours a deep reddish brown color with a small amount of off-white colored head that quickly disappears. The colors actually match the color of the bottle (maybe I have just never noticed this before with other beers). Virtually no lacing which is probably due to the light characteristics of the beer.

Mostly it smells fruity with a hint of roasted malt and some barley. However the sweetness of the fruit overpowers these other smells. The yeast is what brings out this fruity characteristic and it follows to the taste.

The nose tastes mostly of yeast, and has a strong sweet taste. It finished with a mix of conflicting flavors. Bitterness, sweetness and some roasted barley notes, but they do not mix well together.

The mouthfeel is okay but the carbonation accentuates these already conflicting flavors. It is a lighter brown, and at 4.6% it is easy to drink.

overall, I was disappointed in this one. I had the Belguin Style Dubbel by Sprecher and really enjoyed it. This one has too many things going on, which leads to a mash of flavors. I will add a disclaimer and say that I did not know brown could be on the fruitier end of the spectrum, so this could all be just personal preference and not accurate reviewing.

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Photo of mariposafan
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber/copper brown with a short, loose head that quickly dissipates.

The smell is sweet and malty with a very slight fruity character.

The taste is very nice. Lightly malty and sweet with just a little balancing bitterness. A little taste of dried fruit adds some complexity. It would have been nice to have just a little caramel/toffee sweetness there to add some richness.

The mouthfeel lets this one down. Somewhat thin is OK, but lots of prickly carbonation detracts from the gentleness of the beer as a whole.

Very drinkable - it goes down easily and I can definitely see wanting more of these. So far my favorite brown ale, though I think I need to revisit Samuel Smith's to give an honest comparison.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a 16oz bottle of this for about $1.80 at Woodman's in Janesville, WI in early fall 2010.

This pub brown ale pour a medium dark brown color. It starts out with a heavy taste of malted barley. It has a very complex flavor but finishes very smoothly. Probably not going to be an award winner but still a good beer to try!

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

!6oz bottle purchased at Sam's Quick Shop in Durham, love the pint bottles. Pours a light brown color with a thin beige head that doesn't stick around long. The aroma is subtle but pleasing with notes of toasted bread, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruis, cafe latte, minerals and some toffee. The flavor is soft but not lacking depth, with notes of coffee with cream, caramel, toffee, toasted bread, plum and fig, brown sugar, slight herbal hops, minerals and a touch of smoke. The mouthfeel is light, and drinkability is excellent. A supremely drinkable brown ale that is easy on the pallet but with a nice degree of complexity.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16oz bottle, poured into pint glass. chesnutt brown in color with ruby highlights. inch thick white head that ends up a thin collar.
nice malty sweetness in the aroma, caramel and toffee notes. buttery?
taste is similar to the smell, flavor improves as the beer warms and smooths out.
mouthfeel is on the thinner side, with higher carbonation. a decent sessionable brown ale, aptly named.

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Photo of dbtoe
4.52/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

16 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
English browns are probably my favorite style and Sprecher's Pub Ale is as good or better than any other. I can't believe I've been passing by this and not giving it a try. I'm really impressed with this beer and think it has become one of my very favorite beers.
Look is great just like a brown should and the head does last.
Smell Yumm I could tell right away I was going to like this.
Taste Has enough flavors that I'm happy with just one and not too much that I can drink many of these in a sitting. They nailed it with this one.
Feel again right on good carbonation and very smooth.
Drink OH Yeah! I'm going to have this one around all the time. What else can I say if you like English style browns give it a try.

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