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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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861 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 861
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 12
Gots: 44 | 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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UncleAddie

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

08-15-2012 00:19:34 | More by UncleAddie
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Chuck_25

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

08-14-2012 18:37:30 | More by Chuck_25
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Danno48

West Virginia

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 03:53:03 | More by Danno48
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jewellrunner

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

08-14-2012 01:48:24 | More by jewellrunner
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BEERMILER12

Maine

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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)

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 23:25:48 | More by BEERMILER12
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tobelerone

Connecticut

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 12:15:22 | More by tobelerone
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pirmannt1

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

08-13-2012 05:46:54 | More by pirmannt1
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robthepenguin

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

08-13-2012 05:27:14 | More by robthepenguin
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caseyhoward


4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

08-13-2012 00:19:46 | More by caseyhoward
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CM31

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +11.4%

08-12-2012 19:49:43 | More by CM31
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videofrog

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

08-12-2012 03:46:34 | More by videofrog
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Gmann

New York

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

Pours a clear honey brown color with a short airy head.

The aroma is of chocolate and hazelnuts. Nice nutty aroma with some wood notes. Some tea like notes from the base malt. Overall, smells like nutella.

The taste is of smooth chocolate and a nutty hazelnut flavor. Some tea notes and light toast from the malt. A bit of an earthy bitterness, bark flavor. More of a natural hazelnut flavor than the founders version.

The feel is light with tingly carbonation. Starts sweet on the palate but has some bitter offsets. A bit drying in the finish.

A decent brew, the hazelnut is not cloying but I don't think I would want more than one bottle of this. Not a huge hazelnut fan.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 01:15:46 | More by Gmann
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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as part of this year's "Harvest Collection" 12 pack. Pours a crystal-clear dark copper to brown body with rather persistent khaki-colored head. Smells sweet and nutty, with caramel, toffee, roast, and a touch of butter. Sweet and roasty with caramel, coffee, dark chocolate, and nutty notes. Other than being the slightest bit astringent, it's pretty drinkable. Not too bad example of the style overall. A bit more robust and interesting than Samuel Adams Brown in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 00:25:52 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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mzeld

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

08-11-2012 18:31:37 | More by mzeld
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Treyliff

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours dark brown and clear with a small fizzy white head that quickly dissapears, leaving nothing on the surface and no lace.

S- sweet hazelnut dominates, butter toffee, Brown sugar, nutty, and a bit of coffee. Very pleasant.

T- Very nutty, the sweet hazelnuts come through similar to the aroma. Toffee, nutella, and a bit of tanginess. Underlying piney hops brings out a good balance. Finishes sweet and nutty with a smooth, great linger.

M- medium bodied, light carbonation and creamy mouthfeel. Very smooth.

O- I really enjoyed this brown ale. The sweet hazelnuts are great in both aroma and taste, well balanced and leaves a great longer on the palate. Would make a great dessert beer, or paired with a nice pumpkin or pecan pie.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 01:58:58 | More by Treyliff
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MilkManX

Arizona

4/5  rDev +11.4%

08-10-2012 23:20:07 | More by MilkManX
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wedge

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep auburn color with a nice, dense off-white head on top. Plenty of hazelnut in the aroma - sweet, warm, biscuity malt and a little maple syrup. Nutty caramel malt flavors, mild cocoa and coffee, and some earthiness in back. Very easy going and pleasant all around. Medium bodied and slightly creamy. This was a nice addition to the Harvest Collection. I imagine it would go well with some cool autumn air, though it's still the middle of summer.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 21:26:35 | More by wedge
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gcamparone

Rhode Island

4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle from a variety back into a Samuel Adams pint glass

A- brown with a medium head. Nice looking

S- very nutty and earthy.

T- hazelnut and toffee. Not overwhelming; perfectly balanced in my opinion

M- good carbonation, medium body .

I fell in love with this beer the second I tasted it. Great fall beer, delicious and perfect for drinking on a cool fall night.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 04:38:57 | More by gcamparone
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GennyCreamAle

New York

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

08-10-2012 01:28:30 | More by GennyCreamAle
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DarrellK

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

08-09-2012 21:32:58 | More by DarrellK
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BabyBastard

New York

2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a chalice, pours a deep reddish brown, nice light brown foamy head that stick around for a bit. Smell is very malt forward, also has a nutty scent.
Taste is slightly underwhelming. Good malt backbone, definite hazelnut flavor, maybe a slightly sweet toffee profile in there as well. Feel is somewhat light bodied, good carbonation. I'd rate this as an average brew, nothing spectacular, but it isn't absolutely horrible either.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 21:18:22 | More by BabyBastard
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rypkr

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

08-09-2012 03:45:22 | More by rypkr
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Beer4Baltimore

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

08-08-2012 00:45:44 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

08-07-2012 23:34:02 | More by dmorgan310
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from a variety pack. Pours light brown with a long lasting off-white head. Aroma is very nutty, malty with hints of hops. Body is light to medium, slightly crisp. Taste is mostly hazelnuts, toffee balanced by earthy hops. Finish is medium, hazelnutty. Good brew if you like hazelnuts.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 15:56:16 | More by mikeg67
Samuel Adams Hazel Brown from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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