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

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Reviews: 197
Hads: 912
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 31.54%
Wants: 17
Gots: 56 | FT: 1
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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 thepenguin
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 8/30/12

L: A very dark, somewhat hazy brown with khaki head.

S: Nutty, with loads of brown sugar and cinnamon. A lot of sweet, bready malt.

T: Also nutty and reminiscent of brown sugar. Very bready, with slight bitterness and a finish that is not quite dry, but not too sweet either. Finish is actually quite nutty.

F: Medium body, velvety mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

O: A very nice example of the style. Balanced and tasty, this beer is great on its own but would certainly pair well with food.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark burgundy brown color with a thin toffee colored lacing ring, very mild carbonation.

S - Hazelnut (go figure, huh?!), dark roasted malt, nutty.

T - Hazelnut dominates along with some chocolate and dark roasted toffee malt with a hint of vanilla.

M - Full medium body, slippery.

O - Not a fan of Brown Ales but the hazelnut adds a really nice dimension to the that makes it enjoyable.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.54/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled last night on 4/27/15. Think it was part of one of their 'Seasonal Samplers". Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 'Sam Adams" pint glass.

This 'American brown ale' style brew pours a deep mahogany in color with a small foamy beige cap. A decent amount of lacing is seen when sipped that sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of roasted malts with a hint of nuts. The taste is...WOW! Fantastic with LOTS of hazelnut right up front! Not even like from the aroma! Besides the hazelnut explosion, the hint of some light spice is also present along with the malts. Really tasty and does down very easy with no bitter or harsh aftertaste at all. Lighter to medium-bodied with perfect carbonation. This is a must try brew. Another tasty brew from Sam Adams.

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Photo of SierraFlight
2.87/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From the bottle at a party. No assessment of appearance. Aroma was caramel, hazelnut, maple syrup. Flavor is sweet malt, hazelnut, faint hop spice. Light to medium bodied, neither thick nor thin, high carbonation.

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Photo of HuskerTornado
4.48/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into sensory glass. Pours a clear, deep reddish brown color with a tan head that stays a while before leaving a fair amount of lacing.

Smell is heavy on hazelnut, sweet malt, toffee, and chocolate.

Taste is of hazelnuts and very well balanced sweet chocolate and toffee with some hop bitterness. In the mouth, smooth, creamy, and medium bodied.

Overall, an excellent brown ale that uses hazelnut as well as any beer I've had. Should be available year-round in six packs. Well done.

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Photo of blackcompg
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a quick finger of light tan head, body is a translucent reddish amber, a little carb in toe body, some decent webbed lacing after the session.

Smell - Hazelnuts right off the bat, touch of breadcrust, light toffee, and whiff of chocolate.

Taste - Much like the nose, hazelnuts, light roast, some dark toffee, and some light minerals in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Lighter side of medium, almost medium carb is smooth over the tongue with some bright edges along the sides and back of the tongue, a very easy drinker.

Overall - A pretty good beer actually, very pleasantly surprised. Drink it fresh though, I forgot about one for a few months and the mineral like flavors take over.

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Photo of Offa
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of alphagnome
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
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!"

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Photo of puboflyons
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

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Photo of Damian
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.56/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of bgillespie
2.99/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
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...

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Photo of Bills453
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of ranger7
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

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Photo of Act25
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
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.)

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Photo of thecheapies
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of sweetwaterman
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Samuel Adams Hazel Brown from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.