Samuel Adams Hazel Brown - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Ratings: 906
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 17
Gots: 54 | FT: 1
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 07-24-2012

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Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with best before dating notched on the side of the label.

Pours typical brownish amber, khaki head, stays a bit and leaves spotty lace.

Caramel and nuts all over the sniff.

Nutty, malty and quite tasty brown ale. Lots of carramel on the tongue and well into the finish. Malts carry the weight. Nice rounded mouthfeel. Enjoyable ABA

Photo of tigg924
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: 3/4 inch head, brown in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: hazelnut and toasted malt

Taste: cocoa powder, hazelnut, and light toffee

Mouthfeel: sweet with light earthiness, medium carbonation, medium-light bodied

Overall: Solid brown ale. I love the taste of the cocoa, although I wish there was more hazelnut. I think this is my favorite of the current fall pack.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear, dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is full of toffee and some hazelnut character. The flavor is very similar. There is a good amount of sweet chocolate and toasted nuts, as well as a hint of toffee and caramel. The beer is very sweet and has no real hop character to it. I also get a light hint of mint, but that may be my imagination. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of TheFunGuy
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Purchased in the fall combo pack. Poured a thick, but not cloudy, very nice and dark brown. The head is tan-ish white and the small bubble head, about 1/32 inch, stayed there for five minutes.

The smell is malt and hazel. I could not smell hops, but I know other reviewers did. The hazel did not smell overpowering, but it bordered on strong.

The taste is malt at the tip of the tongue, with hazel rolling over the rest of the tongue. I did not get any hop/bitter until I swallowed, and then it was a faint bitter.

The overall effect after you swallow is meh. It just wasn't the good where you keep the glass in your hand for the next taste.

The look is great, the smell is pretty good, and it is down hill from there.

Thinking as I finish this, has anyone tried eating it with chocolate bars or chocolate cream pie? Just an idea, I have not because I thought of it too late.

Photo of Cavanaghty
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Brown, with a beige head of about two fingers.

Smell: Nutty, malts, hazel nuts, maybe some coffee??

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth, almost creamy texture, medium bodied. Taste of a heavy brown ale with hazel nuts and other nuts, roasted malts and again maybe some coffee?

Overall: Almost drank more like a porter or stout, not really my type of beer, did not care for this one at all. Although I can see how other would enjoy this brew.

Photo of GloryToTheHops
4.71/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - nice opaque brown. Small bubbly head, decent lacing, attractive enough but doesn't scream drink me.

S - oh the smell. Oh my God the smell. It smells like hazelnut
Lots of hazel nut. I got some good coffee and toffee aromas mixed in there. I could smell this all day long.

T - this is hazelnut coffee in beers clothing. Good sweet hazelnut flavor mixed with a balance of bitterness and solid malt flavors. The hazelnut tastes so good that I honestly didn't care what else was in here. Hazelnut. Yes. I found no offensive flavors in this beer.

M - the body wasn't too full or too light, nice and easy on the palate. Medium carbonation. Just right.

O - I really love Sam Adams beer. But I do often get dissapointed with some of the beer choices in the seasonal collections. Not this fall. The 2012 harvest collection trumps the 2011 collection hands down. This is a perfect addition to their fall lineup and I hope it stays for years to come.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. best before FEB.

pours out a nice clear deep chestnut brown color with a nice off white to light tan head, good retention with a little lacing.

wow, very nice aroma, roasted hazelnuts, pecans, very aromatic. some caramel and maybe even a bit of chocolate creeps in there.

again, very nice roasted nut flavors, reminiscent of all kinds of different nuts, especially pecans and hazelnuts. some bready caramel malt really brings things home.

the only flaw i find is maybe too light off a mouthfeel, but thats maybe expected considering its just a brown ale and one from sam adams non the less.

a solid beer, good nutty flavors without going overboard. hard to tell if the flavors come from authentic ingredients or not, but still... kudos to sam adams.

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with some hints of amber orange. Lots of rising bubbles and a huge five finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A sweet aroma that is fairly roasted and nutty. Toasted malts with hints of toffee, burnt caramel, hazelnuts, roast chocolate, coffee, and biscuit. Some brown sugar and hints of cream. Some earthy noble hops add some spice in the background. A pretty sweet smell with a lot of roasted and toasted elements.

Taste: Like the smell, a sweet taste of dark malts and nuts. Toasted and roasted malts with a taste of toffee, caramel, chocolate, hazelnuts, creamy lactose, coffee, oat, and bready biscuit. A fair amount of brown sugar. A little spicy bitterness in the back end from some noble hops. Tastes on the sweet side but not too syrupy. Pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy. Somewhat slick. Very smooth.

Overall: A pretty nice version of a brown ale. The hazelnuts add a nice kick and the sweetness is kept well in balance.

Photo of chinchill
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle dated best before Feb. (2013) and served in a Unibroue snifter.

Pours a clear ruby-brown, with a weak beige head that leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

S: plenty of hazelnut here, along with caramel, toffee, and a touch of hops. [4.25]

Taste: {4.25] The hazelnut component is still in the forefront, but with a nice roasted nut aspect. Enough hops to add some spiciness, but not quite enough to fully tame the sweetness. Not overly sweet, however, but instead lightly sweet at a level that seems appropriate for the other aspects of flavor.

M: Light-medium body; moderate carbonation. A bit too thin.

Overall: a surprisingly good hazelnut brown. Bettered by the world-class Rogue Hazelnut but closer in overall quality than I expected, even from this highly reliable brewery. Improves with warming.

Photo of frankiepop
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I just ripped Samuel Adams for their Pumpkin Beers and their safe approach with a lack of flavors in recent years. This also is a quiet beer, but Hazel Brown has a nice smooth sweet nutty flavor and texture that some may love. I merely like. This is a subtle beer. The flavor will not overwhelm you.

This is a good fall beer. Nice job Sam. Hey guys maybe a little less in the number of varieties and a little more quality. You're starting to behave like a macro beer company throwing shit at the wall to see what sticks.

So what goes with Hazel Brown? I recommend a dose of Bach's music.

Photo of LXIXME
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big light brown head quickly falls into a decent carbonated lacing above a clear reddish amber colored beer.

Big hazel nut aroma pretty much drowns out anything else.

Big hazel nut taste pretty much over powers anything else.

Light dry aftertaste that brings with it some of the hazel nut on this medium bodied brown ale.

Ok for a bottle or two but really wouldn't want to drink to much of this stuff, although it might be pretty good with the right food pairing.

Photo of Brenden
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a clear, translucent red-brown; it would be completely clear if it wasn't so dark. The tan head reaches one finger. It's got pretty good retention and leaves spotting behind.
The base is malty, with no real roast and very little hop presence but lots of nut. There is plenty of toast, too, with some caramel underneath. The real focus is the nut; it really is just massively nutty. There's a sort of natural light sweetness to it, and it's very easy-drinking. Not knowing what it was at first aside from a brown ale, I really was just taken over by the nuttiness. A slight roast comes out with no char to it, but very lightly.
The body isn't thin but thinnish, on the smaller end of medium. It's got slightly more than a modicum of crispness and smoothness.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best by Jan.

A: Pours a clear ruby brown with a frothy 2 finger white head. Some visible carbonation, decent lacing on the glass.

S: I get the hazelnut and plenty of roasted malt. Definitely some carmel, chocolate and toffee in there. A little fake smelling.

T: As with the smell there is certainly some hazelnut in this brew. A little lackluster in its depth. Mostly get the malt and nuttiness from it.

M: Light to medium body, a little watery and thin. A brew like this needs some more creaminess.

Overall its not a bad beer by any stretch, just could use some more character. Fits well in the mix pack but I wouldnt seek this out.

Photo of dacrza1
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: October 11, 2013 ... GLASSWARE: Kisatsky's Tavern pint... OCCASION: drinking--enough said...APPEARANCE: dark brown body supports a dreamy white lacing; effervescence slows to a small stream of bubbles... AROMA: oaky, nutty fragrances merge with subtle, sugary/caramel hints to give the brew an intriguingly welcome wrinkle to the usually blander genre; a bit astringent at times...PALATE: medium-bodied, reasonably creamy and suitable for a crisp fall evening such as this...TASTE: toffee, sweet caramel and vanilla swirl to a palatable balance; moves beyond the average brown...OVERALL: a surprise in a mix pack of seasonals; I found this to be a beer I'd revisit when hosting Thanksgiving this year--and I believe the guests would appreciate it as well...

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.16/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a deep, dark beautiful ruby brown with an off-white, 2 finger head. Retention lasts ridiculously long, resulting in a thick, silky smooth head with incredible stick. By far the most impressive brown I've seen.

Smell - Healthy amount of hazelnut on the nose. Hints of brown sugar.

Taste - Potent hazelnut flavor, backed by a pleasant brown sugar undertone. Hints of light coffee kick in midtaste. Faintly earthy and bitter near the finish, but also just a touch watery (or maybe that's just the flavor making my mouth water?). Simple, but extremely flavorful.

Mouthfeel - Really light in body. Carbonation is silky smooth... almost fluffy.

Overall - Delicious, despite it's limited range. One can't help but to compare it to Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar. One of the best, if not the best, Samuel Adams beers I've had.

Photo of alphagnome
4.01/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear, deep mahogany body allows the active carbonation levels to take center stage. Respectable beige head hangs around for awhile before fading to a thin ring and leaving light lacing behind.

Hazelnut through and through. Light chocolate and english toffee notes sneak in. It's simple and effective.

Honestly, you really need look no further than the aroma notes... Clean hazelnut, with light toasted peaty character. Chocolate is noticeable, but just barely.

A bit thin, but creamy and easy to drink. Clean finish even a bit zesty.

I was caught completely caught off guard with this one. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Easy to drink, tasty (so long as you enjoy hazelnut), and a super smooth body make this a fantastic. I found this in a sampler and have not seen it in its own sixer which is a bit disappointing - this deserves a slot on the shelf all to itself. At this point, I should probably mention the enjoy by date on the botte is January. I'm reviewing in Febuary. I can't wait to get my hands on this and see hw much better it will be "brewery fresh!"

Photo of tdm168
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - brown with a bit of ruby; short-lived off white head

S - nutty, caramel, butterscotch

T - caramel, toffee, woody, earthy, nutty, light bitterness

M - medium bodied, light to moderate carbonation, smooth

This is a decent brown ale. It has a really good malt character and a nutty, sweet flavor that is highly drinkable. If this came in a regular six pack I would probably buy it.

Photo of tkazar
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Poured out of a bottle into a pilsner glass. Beer is clear with a small head which was present throughout the drink. Color was between a beige and a dark brown.

S - The smell was very nutty. That was the only real scent that i picked up besides a little malt.

T - The taste was smooth and started with the malt. It then moved to the hazelnut which was the dominant flavor of the beer. I enjoyed it as i like hazelnut flavors. The alcohol did not play a major role in the taste.

M - The mouthfeel was not anything spectacular. It was smooth and easy to drink. A little bit of staying power to the mouthfeel.

O - Overall i enjoyed this beer but it is not one of my favorites and was not anything extraordinary. I did enjoy the nutty smell and taste it had though.

Photo of secondtooth
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber brown with nice thick head of off-white carbonation. Attractive spoke-like lace.

Nose is creamy milk chocolate and hazelnut. Very pleasant, and quite unusual.

Taste is nicely chocolatey-nutty. A tad roasty at the finish, too.

Solid and different. I might pick up more of these.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Thin, but dark nutty brown with a red tint. Foam is decent, but lacing and carbonation are lacking.

Smell: Strong, roasted hazelnuts with a bit of toffee.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Pleasant roasted hazelnuts with a bit of coffee. Mouthfeel is extremely thin though. Given the smoky flavor, this is quite unbalanced.

Overall Drinkability: This is an ok beer with hit-or-miss qualities.

Photo of socon67
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light brown pour with a thin white foam. Slight lacing on the glass. Some carbonation bubbles to the top.

S - Scent of english toffee is strong. There is a smell of light malt, caramel, and nuts. Smells like a good candy bar.

T - Nice flavor of toffee, and malt. There is a slight flavor of raosted almonds. Some sweetness of caramel is present. Actually a really tasty beer.

M - Great balance that has plenty of flavor but also is easy to drink. Light bodied feel. Minor cabonation.

O - One of the better brown ales that I've seen that is relatively light but has robust flavor. I'd like this as a 6'er.

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a gentle dark brown and leaves the same color body. A half inch white foamy head appears and lasts for a good minute. Some foamy rings are left in the lace. The smell has nuts, malts, and light toffee. The taste has the previously mentioned flavors with some light chocolate. The mouthfeel is about a medium with nothing harsh on the tongue. It is very drinkable. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that I won't have a problem drinking the rest. It's a taste beer!.

Photo of RickS95
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear brown pour, cola-like, with a bit of burgundy to soften the darkness. The cascading head is thick with large, off-white bubbles. Serious retention and a good lace left.

A lot of caramel and toffee in the nose, you can almost smell the sweet. Just enough nut scent to give it an earthy smell.

Hop forward taste, the malts playing only a supporting role. The nut taste is faint and only shows up in the finish.

I don't care for it much. Not the style and not really this beer. A bit too much bitter for what I was looking for. Normally the brown ales I've had are malty, but this was more bitter than I can recall other beers having. Very earthy feel. No carbonation. Despite the bitter, very wet finish. Medium bodied.

An ok beer, pretty typical of Sam Adams. Might pair well with some beefy dishes, but on it's over, it's very average to me.

Photo of dbossman
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Tawny brown hue with a solid two-inch head; great retention and decent lacing

S: Roasted hazelnuts up front but more of a hazel syrup than the actual nut; some toffee, caramel, brown sugar, and molasses underneath along with some subtle spicing and toasty bready malts; it smells good albeit a touch fake

T: The hazelnut flavoring tastes even more like hazel syrup--like the kind you add to coffee; it's nutty and bready and toasty and sweet and decent but just a bit forced

F: Creamy, medium texture; slightly chewy on the finish; this is my favorite aspect of this beer

O: I like this beer and it works well in the cooling months--I just wish the flavors were more natural and came together a bit better

Photo of Fatehunter
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Finger of head, clear amber color... not a hint of brown color.
Rich smell. Nutty and roasted coffee beans.
A good nutty taste; hints of chocolate, coffee and bitterness. Pretty good.
Crisper body and moderate carbonation.
A descent brown ale. An actual brown colored beer would help though.

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Samuel Adams Hazel Brown from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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