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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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Ratings: 880
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.8%
Wants: 12
Gots: 49 | 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:
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(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 07-24-2012)
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

wells9uk, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of 6demonbag
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

6demonbag, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of enelson
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

enelson, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of TwelveOunces
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%

12 Oz poured into a pint glass

This beer pours as you would expect. Dark hazy brown with a slightly off white head and red around the edges. This beer is very earthy. There is a lot of nutty flavors and a slight spicyness from the hops. There is also a nice bit of chocolate and cocoa. Some coffee and toffee but a chocolate forward brown. This beer is appropriately sized and has a solid feel to it. Aftertaste is quite dry but still pleasant. A good brown.

TwelveOunces, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of Monkey007
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Monkey007, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of BryanCarey
4.08/5  rDev +14%

Samuel Adams Hazel Brown is a copper/brown colored beer with a roasted/toffee nose and a clear, well- filtered body. The nose on this beer is quite pronounced, and it certainly whets the appetite for the tasting experience ahead.

And the tasting experience is every bit as good as the nose leads you to believe. Flavors of caramel, a little bit of coffee, plenty of toffee, hazelnut, honey, and some pine- like and earthy hops keep your palate pleased with each passing sip. The body of the beer is medium and the flavor profile is well- balanced.

Hazel Brown is sold this year as part of the Harvest sampler pack. It is a good- tasting brown ale that will appeal most to those who like the taste of hazelnuts, but there is much about this beer to enjoy by everyone. The nutty flavor, pleasant finish, and good balance make it a good craft beer for most any occasion.

BryanCarey, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of jminch
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

jminch, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of Dbrag
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Dbrag, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of MichaelBuck
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

MichaelBuck, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of Suds
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%

This brew is dark brown, but allows a reddish light through. The head is a dark tan, but it quickly fades. The aroma is very nice...intense chocolate, nut, toasted brown bread, and a little spice. Lots of roasted malt aromas...not much of a pale malt smell. Hops are present, but not dominant. The mouthfeel is richer than expected...full in body. Not quite mouthfilling. Very nice brown ale.

Suds, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.88/5  rDev +36.3%

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.

SouljaSaia17, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of KingD
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

KingD, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of AdamBear
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

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.

AdamBear, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of MaddDogg84
5/5  rDev +39.7%

MaddDogg84, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of tdm168
4.43/5  rDev +23.7%

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.

tdm168, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of RickS95
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%

Clear brown pour, cola-like, with a bit of burgundy to soften the darkness. The cascading head is thick with large, off-white bubbles. Serious retention and a good lace left.

A lot of caramel and toffee in the nose, you can almost smell the sweet. Just enough nut scent to give it an earthy smell.

Hop forward taste, the malts playing only a supporting role. The nut taste is faint and only shows up in the finish.

I don't care for it much. Not the style and not really this beer. A bit too much bitter for what I was looking for. Normally the brown ales I've had are malty, but this was more bitter than I can recall other beers having. Very earthy feel. No carbonation. Despite the bitter, very wet finish. Medium bodied.

An ok beer, pretty typical of Sam Adams. Might pair well with some beefy dishes, but on it's over, it's very average to me.

RickS95, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of gbrill
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

gbrill, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

JohneHoodlum, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of MAJ3
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

MAJ3, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of UncleAddie
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

UncleAddie, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of Chuck_25
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Chuck_25, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of Danno48
3.65/5  rDev +2%

A- Really nice brown that isn't too dark. Caramel color that is nice and clear. Head only lasts for a minute or so.
S- Really sweet smell. You immediately pick up the hazelnuts, toffee, caramel, and nuts.
T- Pick up lots of hazelnuts. Not as malty as the Rogue version of this beer but the hazelnut brown style is really good regardless. Very low bitterness, they must have added the bare minimum hop quantity. It seems like all the hazelnut flavor hits you right at the end.
M- Really smooth and light... I have had a bunch of heavier brown ales.
O- I love the Hazelnut Brown style but I only like this version. I like the flavors but not quite as good as the Rogue version.

Danno48, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of jewellrunner
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

jewellrunner, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of BEERMILER12
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%

A: Pours a mahogany color with a half fingers worth of cola colored head that quickly fizzles away

S: Nutty, with some sweet caramel notes. Fairly one-dimensional

T: Follows the nose with roasted nuts, sweet caramel and toffee, and a very light floral/spicy hop note

M: Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. Standard for Samuel Adams, for the most part

O: While it's not bad in any sense, this beer is extremely one-dimensional and really focuses on the hazelnut aspect while leaning on the malts for some sweetness and body. That said, it does fit the season well and is enjoyable in small quantities. It's certainly not a beer you sit down and have a sixer of with some friends, though (regardless of the fact that it comes with only 2 bottles at a time in the 12-pack)

BEERMILER12, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%

The beer for hazelnut coffee lovers. Pours a clear caramel color with a finger of white head; decent retention and lace. Lots of hazelnut in the aroma; smells like a Dunkin Donuts hazelnut coffee with some generic malt character underneath; caramel and toffee sweetness in the nose also emerge in the flavor. Not over-the-top syrupy sweet or cloying but still has a lot of caramel presence. Hazelnut is the lead flavor note; coffee and toasted malts follow. Body is on the thinnish side, medium carbonation; not particularly smooth or creamy in feel.

I can get into those artificial hazelnut coffee drinks at times and this one initially impressed me with its ability to emulate them. But the novelty quickly grows tiresome, the flavor gets lets appealing as you continue to drink it, and in the end a 12oz bottle was more than enough.

tobelerone, Aug 13, 2012
Samuel Adams Hazel Brown from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 880 ratings.