Mission St. Brown Ale | Steinhaus Brewing Co.

Mission St. Brown AleMission St. Brown Ale
233 Ratings
Mission St. Brown AleMission St. Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Steinhaus Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by tapman on 06-15-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 233 |  Reviews: 120
Photo of KidRagnarok
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of brstls4drmrs
3.24/5  rDev -7.7%
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 amidabha
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured with a minimal amount of head that quickly dissipated with barely any lacing retention. it has a light amber brown appearance that is clean and refreshing. the smell is pretty sweet with a good amount of crystal malt.

the taste matches the smell for the most part and it feels slightly sticky on the tongue. overall this is a bit bland and the flavors and smells don't seem to linger long enough for my taste.

but...at $2.29 a bomber i can see myself drinking a few more dozen of these before autumn is over. thanks trader joes

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Dark brown in color with a red bottom half. 1/2 inch tan head and no retention

Smell: Notes of chocolate and coffee but very muted

Taste: Very roasty upfront with a nice chocolate backbone but the flavors disappear really quickly

Mouthfeel: Is a bit thinner than medium and medium carbonation

Overall: For a brown ale it's a pretty good beer. Wish the flavors hung around a bit longer but besides that worth a try

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Photo of OttoPeeWee
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this at Trader Joe's. I have to admit, I am a fan of the place. This is another example of TJ's helping make affordable luxury food. This a English Brown (with a definate US take), and a good one at that. The look is, well brown with a froathy head and good lacing. The smell is caramel, then fading to something almost like hay smelling. The taste is great more caramel, coco, peanut and bitter grassy hops with a sweetness. Very clean, with no butter (I like buttery beers) Great example of the style at a fantastic price. Bravo TJ's and to the brewer!

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Photo of ely2000k
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
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 kojevergas
2.7/5  rDev -23.1%
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 SDtastentune
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Medium to darker Brown. Some OK head after pour. Some good ring lace but not much after that.

S - Small, and kinda wet bread like. Small amount of caramel malts.

T - Taste is much better then the smell, Rich nutty roast malts with a balanced amount of hops, not bitter, some caramel thing, some molasses and a nice balanced/medium aftertaste of that.

M - Not too dry, Starts fizzy and ends fizzy small bubble like, ok aftertaste that is balanced.

O - Overall not a bad brown, hits the brown side great but not anything too crazy. If you like browns though you will enjoy this one. Balanced and a good rich brown. Great deal for homebrewers needing 22's... a lot better then buying empty bottles! Only $2 a bomber!

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Photo of wowbagger
3.39/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep ruby-red to brown in hue, almost purple in the light, very inviting. Has a decent head with a little staying power but not a lot.

Deep chocolaty notes, with a fair bit of hop and some bite at the end. Honestly, it tastes more like a stout than a brown ale to me. It's a bit dry, but otherwise very satisfying.

In all fairness, I'm not much of a brown ale fan, but this one surprised me. It's richer than I'd expected, good but not the sort of beer I'd want to drink all night. It's probably the sort of thing I'd recommend to try and to enjoy with a steak, or maybe as a one-off after work at the pub.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.27/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours brown with a medium white head. Solid retention, no lace.

S: Hazelnuts, sweet bready malt, light toffee.

T: Brown malt, nutty for sure. Very much to style but not much else. Bready, very light acidity.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy, a tad astringent, not the cleanest flavour.

O: At $2 a bomber, I'm happy. This is not going to blow anyone away. It's an average brown ale.

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Photo of tito42
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
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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Photo of Conrad
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at Trader Joe's in Boston. I like their selection of low price yet quality beers. It was this Canadian's first time at a TJ's, and I will return.

A - Pours a mid-deep gold color. Nice creamy head that floated on top for a few minutes, then it turned into a skim of foam. The lacing was pretty throughout.

S - My nose is not as well trained as I would like, but the aroma on this beer was solid: malt, caramel, some roasted nuts, big hops.

T - Right off the top: nice bitters with roasted malt in the background. Some roasted nuts, although I couldn't say what kind (peanut, cashew, acorns?) The finish is longer than I would have expected, and is quite fine.

M - Good. What can I say, except I like it. It is still buzzing on my palate as I write, and I am only half way through the glass.

O - In terms of drinkability, or would I have another, YES. This is a good beer, especailly for the price.

Love the bomber size.

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Photo of r3dsix
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Pours a thick head and has a really nice deep brown color with a bit of a red hue to it.

Smells intensely malty, some hints of caramel and to a lesser extent chocolate.

The initial drink is overwhelmingly malty. Over powering and too sweet for me but after another sip or two the palate adjusts and you can start to taste other flavors. A mild hop finish. The Carmel like malt is still the main flavor of the beer and its not really bad although its not really my style.

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Photo of HeightsEats
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smell is of lightly carmelized malt and minimal hops. The flavor is satisfying, somewhat sweet but not cloying, distinct caramel elements. Nicely balanced, full-bodied but still refreshing.

I was always a big fan of Newcastle when I was in the UK for a while, but the clear bottles tend to result in metallic skunk flavor once it arrives in the US. This is how I remember Newcastle but maybe a tad better. Very drinkable and a great deal at $1.99 for 22 oz.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
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 StoutishDan
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased this Brown Ale at Trader Joe's. They've got a decent variety of rare cheap beers that I'm looking forward to trying.

A - Pours a dark reddish brown color. Creamy Head and held together pretty well until the last several gulps. Average amount of lacing.

S - Slightly metallic at first, though nothing repellant. Substantial scent of nuts. Sweet malts and a adolescent amount of carmel.

T - Bitter up front with some roasted malts. Roasted nuttiness. Finishes a little watery, but is over shadowed by most any other "watery" beer.

O - It's better than most brown ales I've had. It's gotten a good wrap with most reviews. There's really nothing too negative to say about this one.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep chestnut brown, shimmer of rust, 2 finger tan head, mighty fine

S: roasted malt, nuts, hint of toffee, caramel

T: sweet caramel, toffee, roasted malt, light crisp bitter finish

M: med body, semi-dry, crisp mouth

O: Nice beer to grab at Trader Joe's.
Good gateway brown ale for a newbie.
I would have this fine offering again.


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Photo of lechroy
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opened a 22 oz bottle and poured into glass - A - is a warm brown color with tones of red-amber - head is a little shy - S - nice delicate smell of malt and slight chocolate - T - balanced and smooth, kinda empty in the middle, not a hearty beer, but great for summer - M - ok - no special notes - Overall good nice clean brew with nothing too memorable - I'd drink it again.

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Photo of threeviews
3.91/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a small tumbler

A-Pours a white, fluffy head that diminishes quickly. Glass held up to the light reveals exactly as it is defined...dark brown.

S-Not much going on with the nose, but caramel and malt are most prominent.

T-Roasty and malty in equal amounts. Smooth and very well balanced. Not overwhelming to the palate in any way...easy drinking.

M-Good carbonation, not overdone and not underdone...just right. For a brown ale, I would classify it as very refreshing.

O-For the price (~$4 for a 22oz bottle) and the ABV (5.7%), it is an exceptional value for a beer of this stature. I have yet to try a Mission St. brew I have yet to decry and recommend this to all who might stumble upon it (most probably in a Trader Joe's).

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A couple of bucks for a 650 ml bottle of Brown Ale pushing 6% ABV.... wow!

If you've got a TJ's near you, stock up on this one! No, it's not a hallmark of the style, let alone a BA Top Beer... it's a P4P king, though.

Enjoy it warmer than average, and don't mind waiting a month or so before cracking it open. Some age does it well.

A- poured freely into a highball glass. The foamy top fades away into a white ring and some bubbles. Standard Brawn ale. Mahogany at the edges where the light barley passes through.

A- not exciting, some roasted malt. Kinda like chocolate.

T- Starts off like a neutral Pale Ale, a little sweet, then some caramel and chocolate, and then a slight burnt roast finish. Less roast than an Irish Red Ale, but a smooth dark chocolate flavor pervades.

Some balanced hop finish, very finely done. Usually I think of Brown Ales as excessively sweet, or some screwball throws a curve ball and hops the hell out of it. This utilizes hops masterfully.

Finsihes dry, but sweetens and develops character as it warms.

M- Kinda thin. There's enough from the specialty malts to make up for the thin-mouthfeel. And for a beer so strong, it's nice that it finishes dry and drinks easy.

I tear apart beers I consider to have attenuated poorly... especially the self-righteous ones... in this case, to be fair, this beer is TOO lean. A little more substance and depth of flavored are call for.

O- More of a Journeyman than contender this beer still manages to punch above its weight. For those unfamiliar w/ craft beers this is a great gateway brew. It's also a nice and dependable break from so many of the heavy-hitters on the market.

A Brown Ale doesn't have to be cloyingly sweet and enormously complex, so I like that this is a toned down beer.
That said, it feels like they found something that satisfies style guidelines while remaining unadventurous and just decided to dial it in.

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Photo of Misfit138
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into pint glass

A- Nice clear brown ale with soapy head

S- Caramel malt with hints of pecan and fruit

T- Similar to the smell with caramel malts with hints of nuts, and some fruit, but their is a dark chocolate bitterness at the finish

M- Medium bodied with fair carbonation

O- Decent beer, great value. $2 for a bomber at Trader Joe's. The beer has more chocolate hints than most brown ales, which does make it unique. Worth picking up once in a while if you go to TJ

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in a SA 'perfect pint' glass.

pours a translucent mahogany, almost cola brown while yielding a 1" creamy/frothy beige head. subpar retention and patchy lacing but otherwise a decent looking brown.

mediocre nose: some toasted malt and nutty notes but overall very subtle.

taste is an improvement, albeit a small one. primarily toasty/nutty, but unlike the aroma there's more boldness of flavor. not a heck of a lot going on but it's not terrible either.

mouthfeel is ok, medium-light and a little thin; average carbonation.

overall this one's a drinkable if decidedly uninspiring brown. literally a couple bucks for the bomber, so for that price it's worth picking up.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.06/5  rDev -12.8%
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 Offa
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red-brown, medium tan head steadily shrinking to lasting thin foamy top.

Aroma is strongly toasty, caramelly barley and toasted whole wheat bread, some winy fruitiness, some earthy character.

Taste is dry, toasty barley, light winy fruitiness, then it becomes a bit sweeter with light toasty-earthy-peppery bitterness. It is somewhat simple an straightforward but it is good with firm and well-rounded character as well as nice balance and a little light complexity.

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Photo of JJBlanche
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty decent budget beer. I mean $3 for a 22, c'mon. A Heinie 22 costs more and is so, so much worse. I think reviewers need to take value into consideration. This isn't aiming to be an award winning beer, but a quality beer at BMC pricing.

Anyhow, that out of the way:

A: Pours a nice deep brown. Tiny, tiny head with an average pour, not much lacing to speak of. Above average, especially considering the price range.

S: Malt dominates...and wow, 22oz, $3, and it has detectable malt? That's good in my book.

T: I'd like the chocolate malt to be more pronounced than it is, but still a decent tasting beer overall, and, again, spectacular when you factor in value.

M: On the thin side for a beer this dark, a bit heavier than Newcastle. Nice though if you're having more than one.

O: A solid brew by any measure, and a real standout in this price segment. Buy it if you like browns and you're on a budget or throwing a party...or even for the hell of it. You won't be disappointed.

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Mission St. Brown Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 233 ratings
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