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

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Samuel Adams Hazel BrownSamuel Adams Hazel Brown

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.85/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of GloryToTheHops
4.71/5  rDev +27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - nice opaque brown. Small bubbly head, decent lacing, attractive enough but doesn't scream drink me.

S - oh the smell. Oh my God the smell. It smells like hazelnut
Lots of hazel nut. I got some good coffee and toffee aromas mixed in there. I could smell this all day long.

T - this is hazelnut coffee in beers clothing. Good sweet hazelnut flavor mixed with a balance of bitterness and solid malt flavors. The hazelnut tastes so good that I honestly didn't care what else was in here. Hazelnut. Yes. I found no offensive flavors in this beer.

M - the body wasn't too full or too light, nice and easy on the palate. Medium carbonation. Just right.

O - I really love Sam Adams beer. But I do often get dissapointed with some of the beer choices in the seasonal collections. Not this fall. The 2012 harvest collection trumps the 2011 collection hands down. This is a perfect addition to their fall lineup and I hope it stays for years to come.

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Photo of Brubaker
4.56/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear, dark amber, small white head. Good lacing.

S- Holly Cow!! Nutty. Coffee. Chocolate. Sweet malts. Very rich. I don't like to give 5's but this earned it. Complex & rich.

T- Slightly bitter, chocolate, & sweet. Lingering nuttiness.

M- Medium body with velvety texture.

O- A very good & enjoyable beer that stands out.

Would drink
Would Buy
Would Make

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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 AdamBear
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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 yesyouam
4.48/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Hazel Brown is a very clear, deep reddish brown ale topped with a dense, off white foam that has outstanding retention and lacing. Caramel, toffee and hazelnut are in the first sniff. There is some roastiness and maybe some grass. Soft, dry and medium bodied, it leaves the tongue a little chalky. This is bursting with hazelnut. It's not huge or overpowering. The flavors all melt very well. There's just enough bitterness to avoid seeming sweet at all. This is so smooth and easy. It could be a session ale any time.

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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 KTCamm
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Part of the Harvest collection.

Pours medium dark brown, some red tints, with full inch of white foam. Very strong hazelnut smell, hints of cocoa/coffee. Taste is a delicious blend of caramel, toffee, hazelnuts, even balanced, light bodied. Excellent take on the style. Really good.

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Photo of tdm168
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tall pint glass, color is brown with amber edges, head is tan presents very nicely dense and thick, slowly dissipates.

Smell is toasted malts, nuttiness, light chocolate, great mixture of brown and caramel malt flavors.

Taste is just as impressive as the smell, great nuttines and toasted malt presence, light bits of chocolate and caramel - hop presence is subdued but enought to balance.

Mouthfeel, maybe a touch over carbonated for my taste but the lingering sweetness is enough to power through; nice solid presence.

Overall, impressive brew from Sam, good balance and flavor and smell - would love to have this on tap

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From twelve ounce bottle freshness dated to February 2013.

Nice aroma of hazlenut and caramel. Pours a nice ruddy brown with large beige head. Taste is crisp , again notes of hazelnut and caramel slight touch of toffee and a hint of hops. Pleasant on the tounge.

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Photo of JamesMN
4.37/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the 5th Samuel Adams beer I've had/reviewed and so far they've all let me down. Could this be any different?...

Appearance: Almost picture perfect clear dark caramel brown with a very light brown head. Unfortunately, the head is disappearing quickly.

Aroma: Fantastic hazelnut coffee aroma. Like that first rush of fresh coffee beans when you open a new package or walk into a coffee shop. If I was blindfolded I would think this was a cold hazelnut latte.

Taste: A tad watery at first. The flavor really comes through in the second half and the finish. Wonderful hazelnut flavor at the end like a coffee creamer but not so sweet. Lots of caramel mixing in with the hazelnut. Wish that flavor was more prominent in the beginning. Leaves you with a nice hazelnut aftertaste. It almost takes on a dessert-like quality but it's missing the strength and true robustness of a real dessert beer. Does leave a nice lingering malty hazelnut taste on your tongue.

Mouthfeel: It's only true weakness is that it is a little weak. The thin mouthfeel holds this brew back from being truly great. High drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Finally a Samuel Adams beer I want to buy more of! Even through it's faults, this Brown Ale rings true to it's name and gives you huge hazelnut flavor. It'd probably even be sessionable under the right conditions. I went into drinking this with medium expectations but it flew right past those upon the first sip. If they started with a slightly higher O.G. then this might be a favorite. Forget everything you thought you knew about Nut Brown Ales.

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Photo of shand
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazel Brown pours out a reddish-brown with a large head that quickly drops. The aroma is very nice, there's a great roasted hazelnut aroma over some malts and a bit of vanilla. The taste offers out a very nice, realistic hazelnut flavor without becoming overly sweet. The mouthfeel is lighter and smooth, and the drinkability is very good. Overall, it's a nice tasting hazelnut beer, but seems to be missing something compared to my favourite, Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar. Still very good though.

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Photo of areich6
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a dark bronze/ brown color just like a good brown ale should.

S: can smell a small amount of toffee/ caramel sweetness. Whats there is good but it is somewhat faint.

T: very sweet caramel and toffee taste, just like the smell but much stronger.

M: little carbonation and pretty thin, fairly standard for a brown ale.

O: very solid brown ale overall one of the best offerings from Sam Adams that I have had.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great looking brown ale here. Color is just perfect, plus it’s clear, and there’s a solid head formation.

They nailed the aroma. Such an inviting nutty scent. Never had a beer with hazlenut before, and this makes me wonder why. I’m really enjoying the smell of this. Chocolate notes are also present.

Flavor has toasted malts, hazelnut, and then a slight hop spice in the finish. Terrifically balanced. I can’t stand a brown ale to be too sweet, and thankfully this one isn’t. Body is on the lighter side of medium, with ample carbonation, allowing this beer to be enjoyed in multiples. This really is a fantastic fall beer. The hazle nut flavor is always present but never overbearing; they dialed it in nicely. And I really like the bitterness found in the finish. Again, this is just really well balanced.

Glad I got to try this and I’m excited there’s still one more in my fridge. Would definitely buy more of this given the chance. Hazel Brown: recommended!

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Photo of BB1313
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy brown; small head that fades and there's not much lacing, but the retention is nice. The aromas are very nice and full of sweet hazelnut. There are hints of expresso and vanilla as well. Subtle chocolate and caramel malt notes too. The flavors really seem to deliver and match the nose. Very nutty. Tons of hazelnut and more expresso. There's some black coffee in the mix. It's sweet, but slightly bitter. Mouthfeel is light, but has a nice body to it. Active carbonation and it's smooth and filling.

This is a wonderful beer from Sam Adams. This is the best I've had from them in awhile, possibly ever. It's very unique and is hitting on all cylinders. Highly recommended.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of pschul4
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazel Brown? Nailed it. Very brother with a nice white frothy head that laces well

S- Lots of brown, just a little bit of hazel. Sadly Not getting as much hazelnut as I'd like out of the nose

T- Everything the nose leaves off the mouth takes advantage of. Tons of hazelnut flavoring here. Loving this

M- Could be smoother but nothing wrong with where it is

O- Very very tasty. Probably my favorite out of the Mix pack

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Photo of JosiahS
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: Dark mahogany color, clear with plenty of bubbles. Slick 1 finger tan head that quickly reduces to a thin layer atop the beer. Light splashes hug the wall of the glass.

s: Very pleasant nutty, chocolate aroma. Also present are cherry, caramel and some light floral smells.

t: Hazelnut is the star here, it's not subtle but certainly not overbearing. Typical brown ale base with a hazelnut twist. A slight hop zing mid-pallete to balance the sweetness.

m: A perfect example of medium-bodied. Closer to medium than full in carbonation. Finishes clean with only the slightest hop bitterness.

o: This one's a success for SA imo. It's flavorful enough to satisfy while still keeping it light enough to session.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a deep, dark beautiful ruby brown with an off-white, 2 finger head. Retention lasts ridiculously long, resulting in a thick, silky smooth head with incredible stick. By far the most impressive brown I've seen.

Smell - Healthy amount of hazelnut on the nose. Hints of brown sugar.

Taste - Potent hazelnut flavor, backed by a pleasant brown sugar undertone. Hints of light coffee kick in midtaste. Faintly earthy and bitter near the finish, but also just a touch watery (or maybe that's just the flavor making my mouth water?). Simple, but extremely flavorful.

Mouthfeel - Really light in body. Carbonation is silky smooth... almost fluffy.

Overall - Delicious, despite it's limited range. One can't help but to compare it to Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar. One of the best, if not the best, Samuel Adams beers I've had.

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Photo of chinchill
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle dated best before Feb. (2013) and served in a Unibroue snifter.

Pours a clear ruby-brown, with a weak beige head that leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

S: plenty of hazelnut here, along with caramel, toffee, and a touch of hops. [4.25]

Taste: {4.25] The hazelnut component is still in the forefront, but with a nice roasted nut aspect. Enough hops to add some spiciness, but not quite enough to fully tame the sweetness. Not overly sweet, however, but instead lightly sweet at a level that seems appropriate for the other aspects of flavor.

M: Light-medium body; moderate carbonation. A bit too thin.

Overall: a surprisingly good hazelnut brown. Bettered by the world-class Rogue Hazelnut but closer in overall quality than I expected, even from this highly reliable brewery. Improves with warming.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: This beer comes as advertised. All hazelnut. "It's a bit nutty" to quote Austin Powers. I get a little earthy background hop aroma and some peanut-like aromas but hazelnut is what dominates.

Appearance: Shoe leather brown pour with ruby edges. A lot off-white head that fades and leaves a sticky film on the surface.

Flavor: More hazelnut! The flavor reminds me of Nutella on wheat toast. A little bit of sweetness but fades to some bready and chewy flavors that round out the palate. There is a bit of background hop bitterness and it's dry enough that it's not overly sweet. But the nutty and bready flavors dominate. Balance is to the malt. Finish is dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. The carbonation helps improve the perception of dryness.

Overall impression: A drinkable novelty. I wouldn't want it all the time but perfect for the time of year and it lives up to the label. Worth a try.

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Photo of UnderPressure
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown beer. Rocky white head. Nice lacing.

I'm getting a lot of chocolate in the aroma. Very sweet. Some malt. Very chocolately.

The hazelnut must be what I'm describing as "chocolate" because the flavor is reminiscent of Nutella, which is very chocolatey.

A medium bodied dry, grainy mouthfeel. A momentary sweet finish.

This beer is really sweet. And even though it hits the spot right now, I don't think I would want to drink more than one or two of these. With that being said, I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of n2185
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper with three fingers of off-white head that recedes into a frothy cap with good lacing.

S: Lots of sweet nutty aromas on the nose with notes of caramel, vanilla, pecans, and hazelnuts. Smells great.

T: The flavor is a bit more roasted than the aroma implies, with hearty nut flavors, bread, caramel malts, and hints of hazelnut. The finish has a bitter cocoa flavor to it.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer avoids being too watery, though I'd like a little more carbonation.

O: A surprisingly good beer overall. I wasn't expecting much, but quite enjoyed it. The hazelnut is subtle, which is nice. I just wish it were a bit creamier and with the same depth of flavor as aroma.

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