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

Samuel Adams Hazel BrownSamuel Adams Hazel Brown

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Ratings: 821
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
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 SouljaSaia17


4.88/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A brand new style from Samuel Adams out of their Fall Harvest mix pack.

A: This beer pours a dark reddish/amber color with a thin mocha colored head that leaves some nice lacing.

S: The aroma starts out with Caramel and coffee, quite strong. Finishes off with a deep roasted hazelnut and some malts.

T: Coffee and caramel right up front in the flavor, followed by that dark roasted hazelnut. This beer finishes with a smooth, underlying spice from the hops.

M: Very rich and creamy, has a lot of nut flavor with a nice blend between the coffee and caramel. Dark and thicker than a typical Sam Adams, very drinkable.

O: Not a lot of beers except for stouts and a good IPA make me say "wow", but this beer does. Amazing flavor, the dark roasted nut flavor is very well blended with the coffee and caramel notes. I always save the newest beers in the mixed pack for last because they usually turn out to be the best. This one was no different and I couldnt ask for a better replacement of the "Bonfire Rauchbier" From 2011.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 05:36:03 | More by SouljaSaia17
Photo of GloryToTheHops


4.73/5  rDev +31.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 16:47:50 | More by GloryToTheHops
Photo of Brubaker


4.55/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear, dark amber, small white head. Good lacing.

S- Holly Cow!! Nutty. Coffee. Chocolate. Sweet malts. Very rich. I don't like to give 5's but this earned it. Complex & rich.

T- Slightly bitter, chocolate, & sweet. Lingering nuttiness.

M- Medium body with velvety texture.

O- A very good & enjoyable beer that stands out.

Would drink
Would Buy
Would Make

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 02:12:20 | More by Brubaker
Photo of AdamBear


4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-amber brown with a light tan head

S-caramel, toffee, dark roasted grains. Some cocoa. Good strength.

T-comes in with a decent taste of burnt roasted grains and a hint of cocoa, caramel, and toffee. The flavors are surprised bold and clean. There's not much in the after-taste except a faint match of the initial hit, but maybe with more cocoa. 

M-creamy medium to high carbonation with a dry finish.

O-hey for Sam Adams, this is quite an awesome beer. I'm pretty impressed with this one, and I think most people will be. It's got to be one of the better brown ales I've had.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 03:49:07 | More by AdamBear
Photo of yesyouam

New York

4.48/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Hazel Brown is a very clear, deep reddish brown ale topped with a dense, off white foam that has outstanding retention and lacing. Caramel, toffee and hazelnut are in the first sniff. There is some roastiness and maybe some grass. Soft, dry and medium bodied, it leaves the tongue a little chalky. This is bursting with hazelnut. It's not huge or overpowering. The flavors all melt very well. There's just enough bitterness to avoid seeming sweet at all. This is so smooth and easy. It could be a session ale any time.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 18:44:01 | More by yesyouam
Photo of jjamadorphd


4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I left the Hazel Brown for the last beer to try out of a seasonal pack and boy, am I glad I did! This is by far the best brew from Sam Adams to date that I have tried. Gorgeous dark caramel color with hints of red and brown. The smell and taste matched perfectly - a distinct odor of hazelnut, a distant taste of cedar or something woodsy, and a smooth mouthfeel making it go down faster than it should. Overall, it was more than outstanding. I'll have to go out and order a specific six pack of this stuff to enjoy during the holidays.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 23:46:47 | More by jjamadorphd
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 16:09:13 | More by tdm168
Photo of mvanaskie13


4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tall pint glass, color is brown with amber edges, head is tan presents very nicely dense and thick, slowly dissipates.

Smell is toasted malts, nuttiness, light chocolate, great mixture of brown and caramel malt flavors.

Taste is just as impressive as the smell, great nuttines and toasted malt presence, light bits of chocolate and caramel - hop presence is subdued but enought to balance.

Mouthfeel, maybe a touch over carbonated for my taste but the lingering sweetness is enough to power through; nice solid presence.

Overall, impressive brew from Sam, good balance and flavor and smell - would love to have this on tap

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 23:02:44 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of DavidS88


4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sweet mother this is tasty. I usually don't go for sweeter tasting beers, but Samuel Adams Hazel Brown is delectable. I picked up a few of these in the Samuel Adams Harvest Collection (two Boston lagers, two Octoberfests, two Dunkelweizens, two Harvest Pumpkins, two Latitude 48s, and two Hazel Browns) and this was by far the stand out beer. It's a lovely translucent brown ale with some white to tannish-white head on it. It smells amazing, like toffee, coffee, and caramel. Taste is very much the same, pretty malty but not so overpowering that you feel like you're eating bread. It's quite sessionable; you can definitely down a few of these if you want to without feeling too full or becoming grossed out by sweet flavor. Like I said, I really don't care for sweeter tasting beers all that often (I go malty neutral or slightly bitter; too many fruit beers will do that to you) but this was good. A delicate balance of bitter from the coffee and sweet from the caramel creates a unique blend in your mouth. And at only 5.2% ABV, there is no taste of alcohol. My only regret about this beer is that I can only find it in 12 pack collections; I would love to pick up a six pack of these and chill by the fire some cold fall evening. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 15:38:26 | More by DavidS88
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Part of the Harvest collection.

Pours medium dark brown, some red tints, with full inch of white foam. Very strong hazelnut smell, hints of cocoa/coffee. Taste is a delicious blend of caramel, toffee, hazelnuts, even balanced, light bodied. Excellent take on the style. Really good.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 16:54:57 | More by KTCamm
Photo of CaptJackHarkness

New York

4.4/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From twelve ounce bottle freshness dated to February 2013.

Nice aroma of hazlenut and caramel. Pours a nice ruddy brown with large beige head. Taste is crisp , again notes of hazelnut and caramel slight touch of toffee and a hint of hops. Pleasant on the tounge.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 22:24:35 | More by CaptJackHarkness
Photo of JamesMN


4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the 5th Samuel Adams beer I've had/reviewed and so far they've all let me down. Could this be any different?...

Appearance: Almost picture perfect clear dark caramel brown with a very light brown head. Unfortunately, the head is disappearing quickly.

Aroma: Fantastic hazelnut coffee aroma. Like that first rush of fresh coffee beans when you open a new package or walk into a coffee shop. If I was blindfolded I would think this was a cold hazelnut latte.

Taste: A tad watery at first. The flavor really comes through in the second half and the finish. Wonderful hazelnut flavor at the end like a coffee creamer but not so sweet. Lots of caramel mixing in with the hazelnut. Wish that flavor was more prominent in the beginning. Leaves you with a nice hazelnut aftertaste. It almost takes on a dessert-like quality but it's missing the strength and true robustness of a real dessert beer. Does leave a nice lingering malty hazelnut taste on your tongue.

Mouthfeel: It's only true weakness is that it is a little weak. The thin mouthfeel holds this brew back from being truly great. High drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Finally a Samuel Adams beer I want to buy more of! Even through it's faults, this Brown Ale rings true to it's name and gives you huge hazelnut flavor. It'd probably even be sessionable under the right conditions. I went into drinking this with medium expectations but it flew right past those upon the first sip. If they started with a slightly higher O.G. then this might be a favorite. Forget everything you thought you knew about Nut Brown Ales.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 05:37:01 | More by JamesMN
Photo of areich6


4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a dark bronze/ brown color just like a good brown ale should.

S: can smell a small amount of toffee/ caramel sweetness. Whats there is good but it is somewhat faint.

T: very sweet caramel and toffee taste, just like the smell but much stronger.

M: little carbonation and pretty thin, fairly standard for a brown ale.

O: very solid brown ale overall one of the best offerings from Sam Adams that I have had.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 02:19:57 | More by areich6
Photo of shand


4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazel Brown pours out a reddish-brown with a large head that quickly drops. The aroma is very nice, there's a great roasted hazelnut aroma over some malts and a bit of vanilla. The taste offers out a very nice, realistic hazelnut flavor without becoming overly sweet. The mouthfeel is lighter and smooth, and the drinkability is very good. Overall, it's a nice tasting hazelnut beer, but seems to be missing something compared to my favourite, Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar. Still very good though.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 04:33:32 | More by shand
Photo of pschul4


4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazel Brown? Nailed it. Very brother with a nice white frothy head that laces well

S- Lots of brown, just a little bit of hazel. Sadly Not getting as much hazelnut as I'd like out of the nose

T- Everything the nose leaves off the mouth takes advantage of. Tons of hazelnut flavoring here. Loving this

M- Could be smoother but nothing wrong with where it is

O- Very very tasty. Probably my favorite out of the Mix pack

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 02:14:16 | More by pschul4
Photo of JEdmund


4.23/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great looking brown ale here. Color is just perfect, plus it’s clear, and there’s a solid head formation.

They nailed the aroma. Such an inviting nutty scent. Never had a beer with hazlenut before, and this makes me wonder why. I’m really enjoying the smell of this. Chocolate notes are also present.

Flavor has toasted malts, hazelnut, and then a slight hop spice in the finish. Terrifically balanced. I can’t stand a brown ale to be too sweet, and thankfully this one isn’t. Body is on the lighter side of medium, with ample carbonation, allowing this beer to be enjoyed in multiples. This really is a fantastic fall beer. The hazle nut flavor is always present but never overbearing; they dialed it in nicely. And I really like the bitterness found in the finish. Again, this is just really well balanced.

Glad I got to try this and I’m excited there’s still one more in my fridge. Would definitely buy more of this given the chance. Hazel Brown: recommended!

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 21:09:31 | More by JEdmund
Photo of gcamparone

Rhode Island

4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle from a variety back into a Samuel Adams pint glass

A- brown with a medium head. Nice looking

S- very nutty and earthy.

T- hazelnut and toffee. Not overwhelming; perfectly balanced in my opinion

M- good carbonation, medium body .

I fell in love with this beer the second I tasted it. Great fall beer, delicious and perfect for drinking on a cool fall night.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 04:38:57 | More by gcamparone
Photo of TheSixthRing


4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 07:04:31 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of JosiahS


4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: Dark mahogany color, clear with plenty of bubbles. Slick 1 finger tan head that quickly reduces to a thin layer atop the beer. Light splashes hug the wall of the glass.

s: Very pleasant nutty, chocolate aroma. Also present are cherry, caramel and some light floral smells.

t: Hazelnut is the star here, it's not subtle but certainly not overbearing. Typical brown ale base with a hazelnut twist. A slight hop zing mid-pallete to balance the sweetness.

m: A perfect example of medium-bodied. Closer to medium than full in carbonation. Finishes clean with only the slightest hop bitterness.

o: This one's a success for SA imo. It's flavorful enough to satisfy while still keeping it light enough to session.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 01:45:27 | More by JosiahS
Photo of BlackBearForge


4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber brownish-red, clear, with a decent light tan head that falls quickly leaving a fair amount of lacing.

The aroma has nice hints of cocoa with fresh toasted bread.

The flavor has dark toasted bread drizzled with caramel with the same hints of cocoa noted in the aroma and a smooth nutty flavor. Bitterness is mild and the finish is perhaps a bit on the sweet side. A little spicy yeastiness is picked up as well as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is medium (perhaps a tad on the light side of medium), nicely carbonated and very smooth.

An excellent brown ale, nutty, smooth and just plain tasty. A bit on the sweet side but I like sweet too when the flavors back it up and this beer does seem to handle that readily.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 23:37:28 | More by BlackBearForge
Photo of lsummers


4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice amber brown, not much head.

Smells great, I definitely get the sweet toffee nutty caramel notes. A touch of maple pancake.

Tastes great as well, the sweet toffee hits you straight away with a touch of bitterness. It just keeps getting sweeter through to the aftertaste which ends with a more buttery pancake flavor.

Mouthfeel is a touch light, it feels very carbonated. I wouldn't mind it being a little more sticky.

Overall it's a nice brown ale, I would definitely try this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 06:19:07 | More by lsummers
Photo of BB1313


4.11/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy brown; small head that fades and there's not much lacing, but the retention is nice. The aromas are very nice and full of sweet hazelnut. There are hints of expresso and vanilla as well. Subtle chocolate and caramel malt notes too. The flavors really seem to deliver and match the nose. Very nutty. Tons of hazelnut and more expresso. There's some black coffee in the mix. It's sweet, but slightly bitter. Mouthfeel is light, but has a nice body to it. Active carbonation and it's smooth and filling.

This is a wonderful beer from Sam Adams. This is the best I've had from them in awhile, possibly ever. It's very unique and is hitting on all cylinders. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 21:39:34 | More by BB1313
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours dark brown and clear with a small fizzy white head that quickly dissapears, leaving nothing on the surface and no lace.

S- sweet hazelnut dominates, butter toffee, Brown sugar, nutty, and a bit of coffee. Very pleasant.

T- Very nutty, the sweet hazelnuts come through similar to the aroma. Toffee, nutella, and a bit of tanginess. Underlying piney hops brings out a good balance. Finishes sweet and nutty with a smooth, great linger.

M- medium bodied, light carbonation and creamy mouthfeel. Very smooth.

O- I really enjoyed this brown ale. The sweet hazelnuts are great in both aroma and taste, well balanced and leaves a great longer on the palate. Would make a great dessert beer, or paired with a nice pumpkin or pecan pie.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 01:58:58 | More by Treyliff
Photo of mattcrill


4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: This beer comes as advertised. All hazelnut. "It's a bit nutty" to quote Austin Powers. I get a little earthy background hop aroma and some peanut-like aromas but hazelnut is what dominates.

Appearance: Shoe leather brown pour with ruby edges. A lot off-white head that fades and leaves a sticky film on the surface.

Flavor: More hazelnut! The flavor reminds me of Nutella on wheat toast. A little bit of sweetness but fades to some bready and chewy flavors that round out the palate. There is a bit of background hop bitterness and it's dry enough that it's not overly sweet. But the nutty and bready flavors dominate. Balance is to the malt. Finish is dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. The carbonation helps improve the perception of dryness.

Overall impression: A drinkable novelty. I wouldn't want it all the time but perfect for the time of year and it lives up to the label. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 19:01:51 | More by mattcrill
Photo of punky796


4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours nicely with two fingers of pretty dense head, lots of lacing that lasts. Dark brown, but not murky.

S - Hmm. Better than expected, lots of hazelnut obviously, and some caramel and chocolate. Not charred chocolate like you might expect in lots of beers like this, but chocolate chocolate.

T - Wow! Pleasantly surprised. The head tastes even more of hazelnut than the beer itself, almost makes you want to swish it around to make more head. But who knows, I like a flavor to have some pop, but maybe too strong or singular for some people's tastes who prefer a lower profile. Also, that same non-burnt chocolate taste.

M - Medium carbonation, very creamy. In a good way.

O - Again, pleasantly surprised. One of the better browns I've had. Some people say the Brewer Patriot has gotten cocky with their seasonals, and if that's true, this may have brought them back from there. And if you love hazelnut, dive right in.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 05:26:07 | More by punky796
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Samuel Adams Hazel Brown from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 821 ratings.