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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 Boggdogg


4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an above average brown ale. It has a wonderful taste of hazel nuts and caramel. Great Brown color with a creamy white head. It's the perfect beer for sitting outside on a cool fall evening. Overall this is another high quality, great tasting beer from Boston Beer Co.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 21:45:39 | More by Boggdogg
Photo of mfnmbvp


3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with label notched at best before January 2014. Acquired as part of the Samuel Adams fall variety pack.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a dark mahogany / ruby red colored body with some bubbles streaming topside. About a finger of khaki colored head recedes to some bubbles quickly.

S - Smell is nice, even if the hazelnut aroma isn't as natural as it could be. Toasted salted hazelnuts, soybeans, cream, chocolate, Nutella aroma. Smells pretty nice, to me.

T - Taste follows the nose: roasted toasted hazelnuts, salt, soybeans, earth, cream. No hop or yeast characteristics are present.

M - Feel is creamy, smooth, and somewhat thin and watery, with a salty, nutty, dry finish. Some hazelnut extract lingering on the palate.

Overall, I rather enjoyed it, for what it is. Earthy, nutty, and flavorful, this makes for a nice autumn beer. Good carbonation, and a nice sessionable 5.20% abv, this is one of the more memorable autumn seasonals from Sam Adams.

Samuel Adams Hazel Brown ---3.5/5.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 22:01:14 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of stckhndlr


3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- a dark brownish red with a light tan head. Good sturdy foam on this one.

S- a nice nutty aroma. Very mellow with malty backnotes. burnt wood and some brown sugars.

T- Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't. This one feels like a nut. Roasted nut tones throughout with a sugary coffee finish.

M- This feels like a well rounded beer. Fills the mouth with the right amount of carbonation.

O- The taste on this beer definitely would benefit being paired with the right foods. Not really a stand alone beer in my opinion. A bit tougher to just drink by itself. Could easily fit in with the right dessert pairing.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 20:43:44 | More by stckhndlr
Photo of smcolw


3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 19:11:49 | More by smcolw
Photo of JuicesFlowing


3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a deep mahogany color with a light cream colored head that gently calms to a foamy film. Foamy webby lacing coats the glass initially.

The aroma is buttery with toffee notes. Sweet but aromatic.

The taste is like the aroma, a nice toffee and hazelnut backbone, with some sweetness from the malts and also tanginess from the hops filling in.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, I was pretty happy with this one. Lots of good Autumn flavors coming through.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 23:33:10 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of Utica_Brew_Review

New York

3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber color with moderate head and mild carbonation. Strong toasted caramel, toffee, malt notes with a heavy hazelnut aroma. Very savory aroma. Toasted caramel and chocolate taste with a heavy heavy nuttiness that gives way to a little bitterness at the end of the sip. Not well balanced or easy to drink. The flavors are good but it's a special situation type of beer. It's nutty to the max and the nuttiness overshadows the entire rest of the beer. Would have gone great in a winter pack instead of an autumn pack.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 03:17:51 | More by Utica_Brew_Review
Photo of kojevergas


2.76/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 02:38:24 | More by kojevergas
Photo of tigg924


3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 14:12:26 | More by tigg924
Photo of emerge077


3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 04:27:02 | More by emerge077
Photo of ExaltedNecrosis


3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into stein.

Highly clear reddish brown, small off white head. Smell is of roasted malt and caramel. Taste follows the nose, with a definite nutty, roasted up front malt profile. Caramel sweetness rounds it off on the end. The mouthfeel, however, is not so good. Very thin and watery, very low carbonation. The flavor was fine but the mouthfeel kind of ruined what could have been a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 00:04:34 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
Photo of scratch69


3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear brown color with a fingers worth of off-white head. Very little lacing.

Smell- Nutty aroma with a hint of caramel.

Taste- Strong hazelnut flavor with a light caramel and chocolate notes and just a hint of a coffee-like taste at the finish.

Mouthfeel- On the light end of medium bodied and smooth. An average amount of carbonation.

Overall- A good brown ale and a good fall seasonal beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 23:06:20 | More by scratch69
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a New Belgium goblet.

A: Pours a clear chestnut color with surprising carbonation. The head is typical of the style - about one finger high, creamy, and off-white in shading. Retention isn't great, though there is some lacing on the glass.

S: Hazelnuts are pretty much the primary note here, perhaps as expected. It isn't quite coffee-esque, but it's close. Caramel, toffee, and a touch of chocolate back up the primarily nutty aroma. Not quite as sweet as other hazelnut browns, and that's a good thing.

T: At first, there's a touch of toffee flavor from the malts - and then a strong hazelnut quality takes over. Caramel returns in the dry finish. Not as 'chemical' tasting as I expected.

M: I like how (relatively) dry this is, because it helps cut down the sweetness. It's not so dry as to kill the aftertaste, either. On the other hand, it's rather thin and over-carbonated in feel.

O: I don't think I'll ever really love a hazelnut beer. This one, though, is decent. It's mild and simplistic, but also easy to drink and not annoyingly artificial. I think this one is just right being only 2 beers in a fall 12 pack.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 20:57:26 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of 2LTinfantry


2.85/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Serving type - bottle

Beer was poured into a curvy, pint sized Sam Adams glass.

A - a dark golden brown. Such a deep color that allowed very little clarity. Produced a very small, off white head that reduced to a film over the top and left little to no lacing.

S - a nutty smell is typical of brown ales. However, the nutty smell of this beer is overpowering. Once you get past the hazelnut, you get a caramel whiff and, eventually, a hint of toffee.

T - Initially, the taste is very sweet. Almost dessert like. But, a couple seconds after swallowing, you are left with a bitter taste on the back of the tongue. The malts' cheap tastes lead to almost a coffee tasting finish after a few drinks.

M - Full bodied. Very thick with a lot of carbonation.

O - not very impressed with this beer. Appearance and mouthfeel are the best aspects of this beer. However, the taste is not at all what I would expect of a beer. If you are a fan of hazelnut creamed coffee, you might enjoy this beer as a dessert after your meal. However, I do not enjoy coffee very much myself, which might be why I gave this a low rating.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 09:11:07 | More by 2LTinfantry
Photo of Scotchboy


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

12oz bottle -

A: Dark-ish brown body with a fairly decent head.

S: Big hazelnut aromas, chocolate, nuts, roast, malt, faint caramel sweetness.

T: Hazelnuts, moderately roasted but not burnt...darker chocolate and cacao beans...suggestions of caramel and toasted grains, bready malts, with a nutty finish.

MF: Smooth, creamy, medium bodied, dry nutty finish.

O: Surprisingly good, I thought this was nearly top notch and an improvement from a standard Brown Ale. Not artificial tasting, not cloying, flavors of hazelnuts and chocolate meld very nicely with the toasted malty nuttiness of a Brown Ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 17:15:47 | More by Scotchboy
Photo of Mavigo


3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic.

A: is a fine ruby copper color with a short tan head that dissipates quickly leaving minimal lacing.

S: Smells of hazel nuts, pumpkin, wheat, malts, oranges, spices

T: Quite sweet, malty, wheaty, not too much hazelnut though, still pretty good though

M: Medium bodied beer with good amounts of carbonation, well balanced with the flavors

O: Overall, I couldn't really taste much hazelnut too it, thought I could smell it, it was still a pretty good beer though, great for when fall comes calling. I'd recommend this.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 04:21:05 | More by Mavigo
Photo of Hergestridge


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

sort of a cocoa puff aroma.. sweet, slight hints of honey-chocolate candy. Pretty chestnut skin colour. floats on the tongue like liquid caramel. Sweetness with a hint of dark chocolate bitterness.. Over all, quite an appealing cool weather drink to enjoy outdoors... next to a fire.. with friends... human or Woodsy owl and Smokey bear..

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 22:43:10 | More by Hergestridge
Photo of Shaw


3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A pretty brown in color (duh) with a lovely foamy head that reduces to a ring in my glass.

Nutty aroma, from the flavoring added. Not made with real nuts?

The flavor is all hazelnut, with a bit of hops. Good.

Creamy body.

Overall a nice nutty ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 03:45:06 | More by Shaw
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brown to auburn and clear with a good head that lasted, leaving a nice thick off white cap and sticky lace.

Aroma and flavor are of sweet brown sugar, molasses, caramel, dark fruit, a touch of milk chocolate, and a good nutty presence.

Body is low in carbonation, medium, and sweet/slick on the finish.

It's ok for a fall seasonal, but I'm not super impressed.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 00:51:15 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 22:05:38 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of DeFaz


3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Offered as part of the autumn twelve pack, it features a great smell with abundant roasted malt, maple, nut, and toffee notes, and the taste is much of the same, but not quite as strong. It's fairly sweet but doesn't get too far away from itself with some bitterness coming in there to even things out. Mouthfeel is good with medium thickness, moderate carbonation, and just a little stickiness in there. It's not as intricate or tasty as it could have been, but it's a solid addition to the mix pack. The smell is fantastic, and it makes everything else worthwhile.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 21:40:40 | More by DeFaz
Photo of bmwats


3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a perfect pint.

A: Dark brown. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Settles slowly. Significant beer ring lacing.

S: Light roasted coffee, very prominent dark chocolate, and hazelnut (I assume).

T: Peaty malt, unsweetened dark chocolate.

M: Light and a little bit of a shallow feel; but a little hearty in the front before the fade.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty strong. Dark hue, foamy head, and some persistent albeit light lacing. Nose is a great combination of coffee and dark chocolate.... truly hypnotic. Peaty and malty with some unsweetened dark chocolate notes. Ultimately, a little shallow, but still well done. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 04:31:06 | More by bmwats
Photo of KYGunner


4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The brown in this brown ale is clear and watery in appearance, weak and absent of a needed richness. The head though is thick, foamy, massed well and laced tremendously.

The color may have had a weakness but the rich, robust tones are definitely in the aroma. Huge hazelnut presence is coupled to a thick, rich caramel and toffee scent. Very creamy in the nose there's a hint of marshmallow.

This is really good! Maybe it's just up my beer alley but I get loads of chocolate, caramel, toffee, creamy marshmallow and a hint of hazelnut. It almost seems artificial the tastes are so strong.

One complaint is the feel. With the rich creamy tones in scent and taste I have an expectation of a similar feel but instead get a loose carbonated tone. Very interesting experience from AS, but taste rules out here.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 00:54:22 | More by KYGunner
Photo of BenZ


4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not a huge SA fan, bought the mixed twelve pack on a whim. This was the highlight of the pack. The nuttiness was just right and blended with the other flavors perfectly. The octoberfest was ok, as was the ipa, but this one was just right. Would buy a sixer of this for sure. Solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 23:27:54 | More by BenZ
Photo of TheFunGuy


3.14/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 20:08:36 | More by TheFunGuy
Photo of Weston19


3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams glass

A: Bownish Amber, started off with a pinky sized head that diminished into about a quarter of that size. Beer is clear with moderate carbonation.

S: Malty, roasted nuts, caramel, toffee, sweet. A very pleasant and subtle smelling beer.

T: Well balanced. No bitter aftertaste, malty, hint of sugar, toffee, caramel, and has a nutty aftertaste.

M: Clean, no strong aftertaste, smooth, minimal alcohol taste.

O: Very smooth and tasty beer. Easy to drink and has enough flavor to drink several at once. Definitely enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 23:12:52 | More by Weston19
Samuel Adams Hazel Brown from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 822 ratings.