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

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Samuel Adams Hazel BrownSamuel Adams Hazel Brown

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BA SCORE
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872 Ratings
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Ratings: 872
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 12
Gots: 46 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 07-24-2012)
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -16.4%

08-31-2013 15:58:52 | More by djrn2
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

08-19-2014 07:27:54 | More by zestar
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Bottle: Poured a clear brown color ale with a rather large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of light caramel malt with light traces of hazelnut. Taste is a pretty easy to drink mix of light caramel malt with some notes of hazelnut and light residual sugar. Body is a bit light with good carbonation. Easy drinking with limited complexity.

09-06-2012 16:51:50 | More by Phyl21ca
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

09-02-2013 22:53:54 | More by kjkinsey
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spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

03-09-2013 22:51:12 | More by spycow
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.55/5  rDev -1.1%

Single finger head on deep amber body. Nuts, caramel, chocolate malts and breads. Flavors of chocolate, hazelnut, chestnut, caramel and bready malts. Medium body and high carbonation. Not a bad beer really. Drinkable but a little too sweet. Better than I was expecting from Sam adams for one of their side bar beers.

09-29-2012 23:57:04 | More by kylehay2004
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.09/5  rDev +13.9%

Appearance: Pours a translucent, amber-brown body with a reasonable-sized, ivory-hued head.

Smell: Well, hazelnuts, to be precise, with the brown ale backing notes smelling of roast, toasted breadcrusts, and caramel (even a bit of cocoa). Very soft fruitiness. Light tea-like notes delivered by the hops.

Taste: The aforementioned toast, roast, and sweetish caramel (oh, and the cocoa powder) maltiness dialed back just a bit by a bite from the spicy, herb notes imparted by the noble hopping. And, of course, there's the hazelnut flavoring. Standard SA house yeastiness. Semi-dry, nutty, malty finish.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Not too thick, not too thin, with just the right about of suds.

Overall: A tasty brew. Why, it's like a Hazelnut Nectar with the nigh unmistakable SA house yeast character.

08-18-2013 22:05:38 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

09-02-2013 01:18:01 | More by jaydoc
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

09-13-2013 22:35:37 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -6.7%

Served in a Bruery tulip glass.

The new release from this year's (ridiculously early) Fall 12-pack. It pours a clear garnet topped by a finger of dirty beige foam. The nose comprises roasted hazelnuts, light maple syrup, very light roasted malts, and a kiss of earthy hops. The taste lowers the hazelnut presence a bit, allowing some residual sweetness from the maple syrup and roasted malt flavors to come through. In the very deep recesses of the background, a vague sense of rubbing alcohol barely makes itself perceptible. Odd, but thankfully it's nothing but a passing notion, which is then overcome by a lasting expression of nuts. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a more-than-fluid feel. Things are just too thinnish, too almost-watery, for my tastes. Overall, a decent little brown ale, but one that just comes off as an experiment into how much hazelnut they can make come through. As things progress in the glass, I feel like I wanna drink less and less of this...: it just gets kinda tiresome after a while, is all.

07-24-2012 02:03:22 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -3.9%

Bottle at Vino's in Gardner, IL.
Served in a shorty pilsner glass.

Tawny reddish brown, high clarity, thin layer of khaki foam. Creamy texture to the surface foam, some spotty lace around the edges. Lasting retention, some visible rising bubbles.

Dry hazelnut aroma, slightly roasty and mellow.

Flavor is similar, distinct hazelnut taste, mellow toasted grains, and light yeast character. Pretty clean and simple, medium bodied with ample carbonation. A little thin bodied and flaccid, though thankfully not sweet or artificial. Can't say it's something i'd get again, but it was alright.

09-02-2013 04:27:02 | More by emerge077
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zeff80

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

10-26-2013 20:53:13 | More by zeff80
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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

09-01-2013 20:31:59 | More by SocalKicks
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nickfl

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

09-21-2013 03:37:26 | More by nickfl
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

10-27-2013 03:59:53 | More by WVbeergeek
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%

Best by feb 13...

Pours amber with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Great lacing & average head head retention

S: Hazel nut, toastyness & vanilla

T: Hazel nut sweetness & some woody bitterness up front. Much dryness as this warms, nuttyness & a touch of fake sweetness, some vanilla notes. Finishes dry, sweet & nutty with a touch of coffee. Almost gave this a 4.0

MF: Medium bodied, fairly creamy

Not great but, I would drink this again if jonesing for some hazelnut

09-14-2012 00:33:25 | More by russpowell
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev +0.3%

wow its nice to be back in the united states from a beer standpoint after a couple months of drinking pale lagers and boring yellow water, finallz ive got a nice creative dark brew here. this baby pours maple syrup color equal parts brown and auburn red in the light, a one inch white head rests on top. the smell is fantastic, nutty and sweet. notes of vanilla and almond and hazelnut are all there. flavor features the hazelnut in a really nice way. there are some brown sugar sweetness notes, but they are complementary not overbearing. the vanilla is also there in the finish, which has a lovely roast malt flavor. feel is decent, could stand a little more body i think, but the carbonation is good. this might be a little too sweet to drink a lot of, but its a very flavorful brew that is perfect for the chilly nights that are on the way.

08-20-2012 11:50:47 | More by StonedTrippin
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Mora2000

Texas

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

11-29-2012 04:54:56 | More by Mora2000
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

12-20-2012 03:48:03 | More by mendvicdog
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.39/5  rDev -5.6%

Modest starting head. Shrinks to ring lace. Clear, brown color.

Smells like burnt molasses with hazelnuts. Lots of toast.

Sweeter taste with a strong deep roast of hazelnuts. A bit sweet. Thin bodied and high in the carbonation. Short aftertaste. Relatively non-descript.

09-15-2013 19:11:49 | More by smcolw
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

09-06-2013 11:50:53 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Halcyondays

California

2.73/5  rDev -24%

12 oz. bottle from the strangely early Harvest Collection, still almost 2 months left in the summertime,

A: Pours brown with a big fluffy off-white head, good retention and lace.

S: Lots of hazelnuts, brown malt, caramel, brown sugar.

T: Hazelnut flavour, but the overall malt flavour is very light, nut rind, some minor hop character.

M: Thin, the flavour and body really falls out of it. It has that initial burst of flavour and then really nothing.

O: The nose was promising, but the taste and mouthfeel were on the poor side. I was hoping for something like Rogue Hazelnut Nectar, but I certainly didn't get that.

08-04-2012 06:44:48 | More by Halcyondays
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kojevergas

Texas

2.76/5  rDev -23.1%

Enjoy before January 2014. "Ale with natural flavors added." Reviewed as a brown ale because it clearly identifies as such. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with typical Sam Adams label art and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired as part of a Sam Adams variety box and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Expectations are above average given the brewery. Reviewed live. No ABV is listed on the bottle.

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a one finger wide head of dull light khaki colour. Disappointingly thin. Lacks sufficient creaminess and frothiness. Complexion isn't fluffy or soft. No lacing as the head recedes. Head retention is below average - about 1 minute, maybe a little more if you count the floating ring that lingers after the bulk of the head has collapsed.

Body colour is a dark amber-copper - certainly not a brown or even a tan. Transparent and translucent. Of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's nothing unique or special. Sort of near what you'd expect for the style, but by no means a paragon.

Sm: Lovely hazelnut notes; it's uncanny. A bit of roasted nut character too. I suspect this was accomplished with the "natural flavors," but boy does it really work well in the aroma. It comes down on the sweeter end, with evident sugary malts. Brown malts, amber malts, some biscuit malt. Toffee. Caramel. The nuttiness is definitely the highlight here; of all the nuts to pick for a brown ale, hazelnut is likely the best choice.

No hop character, yeast character, or alcohol is detectable.

An appealing - if artificial - aroma of mild to moderate strength. I'm excited to try it, but I can't help but be wary of the "natural flavors."

T: Yeah; unfortunately the hazelnut is absolutely artificial, with the hazelnut notes evoking a syrupy extract, not actual hazelnuts. You do get a brief hint of roasted hazelnut, but it's buried in the syrup. Sweet, but not cloying. Definitely a missed opportunity, but we are dealing with a macrobrewery. Amber malts, brown malts, and some biscuit malts provide the generic foundation. Maybe some caramalt there as well, but it's difficult to isolate any caramalts from the caramel and toffee aspect of the flavour profile. Balanced? I guess, but it still comes off artificial, so the whole build is compromised.

Poor depth of flavour due to the artificiality. Average flavour duration and intensity. Lacks complexity and subtlety; it's a very one-dimensional hazelnut brew.

No alcohol, yeast, or hop character comes through. This one is all malts.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Flirts with a syrupy character, but ultimately it's not too thick. It does seem a bit overbearing and heavy on the palate for a beer with such little diversity of flavour. A biteen overcarbonated; hey, it's a macrobrewery. The mouthfeel generally suits the flavour profile, but it doesn't feel custom-tailored to it by any stretch.

Not harsh, gushed, oily, hot, or boozy.

Dr: A passable brown ale with an interesting but artificial nut dimension. About what I expected from Sam Adams - at least for this "series." They make far better brews, but this will satisfy those familiar with the Boston Beer Co. canon. Hides its ABV pretty well and you can throw it back, but the "natural" flavoring quickly gets old. I won't be buying this again, but I do love the premise. Microbreweries take note, and brew us a genuine hazelnut brown.

Low C

09-12-2013 02:38:24 | More by kojevergas
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

10-18-2012 18:39:03 | More by imperialking
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +10.9%

Bought as part of a mixed 12 pack. Brown ales can be found all over, but the hazelnut in this one gives it a nice touch. Smells a bit nutty with a roasted aroma. Taste is medium bodied, some nice roastiness and the hazelnuts really come through, along with a touch of caramel and toffee. Nice balance and finish, a nice change of pace for a usually boring style.

10-10-2012 00:21:28 | More by oriolesfan4
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Samuel Adams Hazel Brown from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 872 ratings.