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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: 822
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 07-24-2012)
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Photo of Offa


3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a big fan of hazelnut beers but this is pretty good, if not great and a bit simple.

Copper-brown, it has a medium pale tan head soon thinning to ring.

Aroma is strong toasty, slightly caramelised bread crust, barley with strong hazelnut, bit of wet bread & earth.

Taste is toasty caramelly-earhty up front with hazel soon joining. The hazelnut is firm but not overpowering, it's pretty balanced and his toasty-bitter-sweet finish and aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 23:27:13 | More by Offa
Photo of alphagnome


4/5  rDev +11.4%
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!"

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 05:25:38 | More by alphagnome
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an April expiration date (doesn't say what year). Sampled on December 5, 2013.

The pour is very nice to look at with its mahogany amber pour and modest head that is off-white and it lingers for awhile.

The aroma is highly appealing with its toasted breaded malt character up front quickly followed by hazelnuts, spice, and toffee. What they promised is there.

The body falls into the medium to full range.

What I really liked about the taste was its subtle bitterness and all-out hazelnut character. Relatively sweet and mild. It was very easy to drink. Sam Adams usually does it right.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 01:16:26 | More by puboflyons
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 Damian


4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 fl.oz. bottle
Enjoy before month notched FEB
Served in a pint glass

The liquid poured a crystal clear, amber-mahogany and was topped by a near three-finger tall, super tight and creamy, ecru colored crown. A thick, pockmarked sheet of lacing stuck all down the glass. The lacing was so intense that I could have easily mistaken this for a nitro pour.

Hazelnut notes dominated the aroma. Sweet and nutty. Lots of rich caramel malts and spice notes as well. Allspice and nutmeg came to mind. The nose was very dessert like and reminded me of a spiced beer or perhaps even warm Christmas cookies.

The flavor profile was not as impressive as the nose, nor did it contain as much of a hazelnut presence. Strong biscuity and caramel malt notes appeared on the front end. Heavy dose of spices. As I discovered in the nose, I could have easily mistaken this for a spiced beer or a winter warmer. The sweet hazelnut notes became slightly more pronounced as the beer warmed. Earthy hops appeared on the drying finish.

The mouthfeel was fairly typical for a Sam Adams beer. Medium bodied with a large bubbled, moderate effervescence. Slightly creamy. Not terrible but not very memorable either.

This beer was one of the better offerings in the Sam Adams Harvest Collection Variety Pack. The hazelnut flavor was quite pleasant and transformed a fairly ordinary brown ale into something interesting and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 15:56:29 | More by Damian
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up as part of the Fall Sampler pack, having never had this before. It had been a while since I tired a new offering from the Boston Beer Company that wasn't a seasonal and after having this, I was reminded why. While this wasn't terrible, there wasn't anything memorable about this and it went down almost too easily. It was a textbook American Brown Ale but given how much I loved the regular beers that made an appearance with this, I was hoping that this would measure up to those.

Of course, the pour was brown with a hazelnut tinge to it. Not a lot of head or lacing to be seen as well and aside from the hazelnut, there could have been more notes to the aroma. At least there were more notes in the taste to savor - brown sugar, molasses, toffee, and a slight floral bitterness. This almost reminded me of Frangelico but I don't drink beers to take the place of cordials or shots after dinner. Not a terribly heavy mouthfeel either and it almost felt too light for this shade of brown. No stickiness or caramel here either, which was a bit of a disappointment.

At least the alcohol was on the light side and had I not given half of this pack away, I probably would have popped open the other in my sitting. The aroma was the best aspect of this but the sweetness was fleeting and this beer could have used more body and had more bite to it. On a quiet Fall day like this, it did the trick and was worth having once, to round out the other offerings in the Fall pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 20:40:42 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of scaliasux


3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark reddish-brown. Appears clear. Short off-white head. Not persistent.

Smell - Rich caramel malt. Dark toffee, nuts, caramel. Not picking up much in the way of hops.

Taste - Malty, but not as rich as the aroma would indicate. Sweet caramel and hazelnut, maybe a hint of dark toast. Hops not prominent, but light dose of citrus provides a little balance.

Mouthfeel - Medium.

Overall - Nice moderately dark malty brew. I thought from the aroma that this beer would be much richer - still very drinkable and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 04:33:26 | More by scaliasux
Photo of Captain_Komamura


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - a dark reddish brown color, with a light bubbly head that disappears quite fast.

Smell - a sweet toffee and malt smell, and you can actually smell the hazelnut in it.

Taste - Taste like it smells, sweet toffee and malty tastes, nice bitter aftertaste; with the hazelnut flavor lingers on your tongue after you drink it.

Mouthfeel - not really full-bodied, a bit like water.

Overall - It something different from the average brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 04:19:44 | More by Captain_Komamura
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 18:26:46 | More by Brenden
Photo of bgillespie

New Jersey

2.96/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Clear, dark brown to hazel color with a thick off white head that quickly dissipates to a lacing on top that last the whole beer.

Smell: Toffee/coffee smell and nutty. Very appealing.

Taste: Taste like coffee, which I do not care for, so I did not really enjoy the beer. But the taste did grow on me. Nutty flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, nothing to write home about.

Overall: I can see others enjoying this beer, however, it is just not for me as I do not care for toffee flavor. Still was about to drink without a problem.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 04:09:40 | More by bgillespie
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
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...

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 03:57:01 | More by dacrza1
Photo of Bills453


3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - not much of a head. Head is tan, but barely resides on the top of the beer. Lacing lasts a little on the side of the glass. Beer is brown in color, with a tinge of copper. Dare I say, hazel? hahaha

Smell - Again, I don't know if it is just because of the name, but I do smell hazelnuts. Earthy smell and a bit of grass as well. Something sweet as well, maybe the yeast.

Taste - as per normal, taste is very similar to the smell. A delicious combination of nuts and yeast, a great brown ale taste.

Mouthfeel - A OK

Overall - I think it is an above average offering that I would drink again, but it doesn't blow me away.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 20:54:22 | More by Bills453
Photo of ranger7


3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought from Central Market in a fall sampler.
Poured from bottle into a laser-etched Sam Adams glass.
(Review from notes)

A - Clear brown, small off-white head with a short stay.

S - Smells of malt and sweetness - syrup? Brown sugar?

T - Nutty. Roasted Pecans. Kind of dark - some syrup with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

M - Smooth, no carbonation. Nothing particularly special. Kind of oily aftertaste.

Summary - Pretty good. Decent pick out of the Sam Adams Harvest Collection. Had with BBQ chicken, beans, and corn.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 02:38:40 | More by ranger7
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright clear chesnut color with a craggy off white head. Some nutty sweetness on the nose, but pretty a mild, a bit of tin too.

A very mild beer with a fleeting hazelnut flavor. Some caramel and toffee, touch of bitterness to balance, lingering sweetness, Medium body that thins out on the back end. Overall pretty lackluster and boring but it's nothing offensive. I think it's time for sam to cut back on the amount of variety in their variety packs and stick to 4 solid styles that they brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 14:47:06 | More by jtierney89
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Was surprised how much I enjoyed sipping this one, probably the best of the ales in their current variety pack (along with the flagship lager).

Appearance: Pours translucent, amber-brown with a large, dense, head with adequate lacing.

Smell: Hazelnuts for sure, but well matched with brown ale smells of roast, toasted bread, caramel, smoke, cocoa, malts. Reminds me slightly of Great Lakes Eliot Ness vienna lager.

Taste: All of the smell, and it works. Nutty, roast, smokey, nicely balanced sweet malty caramels with hop bitterness Tea like. Semi-dry, nutty, malty finish. An excellent sipping beer. Good with food, in this case cassolet with chicken and garden veg.

Mouthfeel: Medium, good weight, good body feel. Nice finish, and being a nut beer, it needs this weight. It works.

Overall: A tasty brew. Very unusual and pleasant for a mass producer. A risk taking and original experience. (some might find the hazel nut 'artificial', but I didn't find it any more so than either coffee syrup or hazelnut spreads.)

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 01:18:36 | More by Act25
Photo of thecheapies


3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours red-brown with some faint haze. Carbonation couldn't muster much more than a thin disc. Lacing is not impressive.

Nutty brown ale nose with an English-style maltiness. Some nuances of hazelnut, specifically, but also pecan. Still mostly dry with a half-citrusy, half-earthy hop character.

Ah, there's a delicious dry nutty sweetness than screams hazelnuts. Firm bitterness that evidences a solid roastiness that is delightful and a hop rigidity with earthy tones. However, there's a thinness to the malts that masks what could be more obvious flavors of toffee and dark caramel. About as bready as bread crusts go, and there's a slight minty spiciness toward the finish, which I would describe as dry.

Has a medium body with airiness from the carbonation. Seems even lighter. Easy and sessionable.

Definitely liked this more than I thought I would.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 02:56:57 | More by thecheapies
Photo of sweetwaterman

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Part of the Sam Adams Fall Seasonal Pack.

Appearance is a standard darker brown. Crystal clear. No real head retention.

Smell is not surprisingly mostly hazelnuts. A bit of cocoa notes too. Like smelling the wrapper of a Ferrio Roche' candy.

Taste is slightly sweet. Nuttiness is there but suitable restrained. Toasty on the edges. Finish is semi-sweet nuttiness.

Mouthfeel is fine, if slightly viscous. Not heavly carbonated.

This is a decent brown ale with a twist. I probably wouldn't get a six-pack of it, but as part of the mixer it's fine.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 00:28:38 | More by sweetwaterman
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 00:36:22 | More by secondtooth
Photo of TheMarkE


3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep copper/brown with decent foam and lacing.

Smell: Hazelnut, malt, caramel.

Taste: Hazelnut, malt, caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy. Slight cola aftertaste.

The Verdict: Good beer. This normally isn’t my favorite style, but it’s a good, smooth beer that I wouldn’t turn down. Very well balanced with just the right amount of hazelnut.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 21:30:26 | More by TheMarkE
Photo of Murrhey


2.94/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Crappy looking half-finger white head that erodes almost instantly. Brown body with low clarity. Not impressed at all.

S- Roast malts, some of the hazel sweetness with chocolate and toffee.

T- Slightly roasty, nutty and sweet with a distinct chocolate note. Like Nutella. Not great but ok.

M- Dry and roasty.

O- Mediocre beer. Starts bad, finishes just ok.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 04:18:02 | More by Murrhey
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 mnrider


3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Brown Bottle.

A: Pours clear amber with a small white head. Nice retention with little lacing.

S: Strong roasted malts. Hazel nuts. Caramel and cocoa. Hint of spicy hops.

T/M: Cocoa. Roasted malts. Hazelnut. Caramel. Sweetness leads to some nice
spicy hops. The finish is slick, malty, and nutty. medium bodied. Good carbonation
feel. A little watery.

O: This Brown Ale is average but easy to drink. The hazelnut flavors are new to me
and interesting. Worth a try, but not something I would get outside of the
seasonal mix pack.


Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 18:37:16 | More by mnrider
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brown colored brew. Aroma of hazelnut and vanilla. In the taste, nutty with notes of chocolate and brown sugar. Not overly sweet, but still candy like and creamy. This is delicious beer. Nutty and caramel like. Medium bodied, well carbonated and creamy. Overall this is a nice dessert beer from Boston Beer co.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 23:02:01 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of tkazar


3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 16:18:07 | More by tkazar
Photo of Kendo

New York

3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is clear brown with a small beige head.

S: Hazelnut and toasted bread. Some cocoa powder.

T: Follows the nose - big-time hazelnut, modest toasted bread, toffee/caramel malt. Roasted coffee beans. Finishes with a drying, modest, lemony bitterness.

M: Light in heft; carbonation is a bit over-active, with a fairly sharp bite to it.

O: Flavorful, though the mouthfeel - mainly the carbonation - detracts from this overall. The hazelnut is also a bit too much at times, seems artificial.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 02:53:56 | More by Kendo
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Samuel Adams Hazel Brown from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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