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 kylehay2004
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head on deep amber body. Nuts, caramel, chocolate malts and breads. Flavors of chocolate, hazelnut, chestnut, caramel and bready malts. Medium body and high carbonation. Not a bad beer really. Drinkable but a little too sweet. Better than I was expecting from Sam adams for one of their side bar beers.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

wow its nice to be back in the united states from a beer standpoint after a couple months of drinking pale lagers and boring yellow water, finallz ive got a nice creative dark brew here. this baby pours maple syrup color equal parts brown and auburn red in the light, a one inch white head rests on top. the smell is fantastic, nutty and sweet. notes of vanilla and almond and hazelnut are all there. flavor features the hazelnut in a really nice way. there are some brown sugar sweetness notes, but they are complementary not overbearing. the vanilla is also there in the finish, which has a lovely roast malt flavor. feel is decent, could stand a little more body i think, but the carbonation is good. this might be a little too sweet to drink a lot of, but its a very flavorful brew that is perfect for the chilly nights that are on the way.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought as part of a mixed 12 pack. Brown ales can be found all over, but the hazelnut in this one gives it a nice touch. Smells a bit nutty with a roasted aroma. Taste is medium bodied, some nice roastiness and the hazelnuts really come through, along with a touch of caramel and toffee. Nice balance and finish, a nice change of pace for a usually boring style.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.81/5  rDev -24.3%
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

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear brown color ale with a rather large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of light caramel malt with light traces of hazelnut. Taste is a pretty easy to drink mix of light caramel malt with some notes of hazelnut and light residual sugar. Body is a bit light with good carbonation. Easy drinking with limited complexity.

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Photo of emerge077
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big light brown head quickly falls into a decent carbonated lacing above a clear reddish amber colored beer.

Big hazel nut aroma pretty much drowns out anything else.

Big hazel nut taste pretty much over powers anything else.

Light dry aftertaste that brings with it some of the hazel nut on this medium bodied brown ale.

Ok for a bottle or two but really wouldn't want to drink to much of this stuff, although it might be pretty good with the right food pairing.

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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 ChainGangGuy
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by feb 13...

Pours amber with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Great lacing & average head head retention

S: Hazel nut, toastyness & vanilla

T: Hazel nut sweetness & some woody bitterness up front. Much dryness as this warms, nuttyness & a touch of fake sweetness, some vanilla notes. Finishes dry, sweet & nutty with a touch of coffee. Almost gave this a 4.0

MF: Medium bodied, fairly creamy

Not great but, I would drink this again if jonesing for some hazelnut

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Photo of smcolw
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Bruery tulip glass.

The new release from this year's (ridiculously early) Fall 12-pack. It pours a clear garnet topped by a finger of dirty beige foam. The nose comprises roasted hazelnuts, light maple syrup, very light roasted malts, and a kiss of earthy hops. The taste lowers the hazelnut presence a bit, allowing some residual sweetness from the maple syrup and roasted malt flavors to come through. In the very deep recesses of the background, a vague sense of rubbing alcohol barely makes itself perceptible. Odd, but thankfully it's nothing but a passing notion, which is then overcome by a lasting expression of nuts. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a more-than-fluid feel. Things are just too thinnish, too almost-watery, for my tastes. Overall, a decent little brown ale, but one that just comes off as an experiment into how much hazelnut they can make come through. As things progress in the glass, I feel like I wanna drink less and less of this...: it just gets kinda tiresome after a while, is all.

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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 WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a gentle dark brown and leaves the same color body. A half inch white foamy head appears and lasts for a good minute. Some foamy rings are left in the lace. The smell has nuts, malts, and light toffee. The taste has the previously mentioned flavors with some light chocolate. The mouthfeel is about a medium with nothing harsh on the tongue. It is very drinkable. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that I won't have a problem drinking the rest. It's a taste beer!.

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Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with best before dating notched on the side of the label.

Pours typical brownish amber, khaki head, stays a bit and leaves spotty lace.

Caramel and nuts all over the sniff.

Nutty, malty and quite tasty brown ale. Lots of carramel on the tongue and well into the finish. Malts carry the weight. Nice rounded mouthfeel. Enjoyable ABA

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark, thin, auburn-brown coloring with no head. Aromas of hazelnut and roast, with subtle coffee and chocolate highlights. Flavors are very roasty and richly sweet, with nutty and mocha highlights. Very smooth and sweet. Light bodied, bordering on thin, with the cabronation giving an effervescent feel. Roasted aftertaste with a slightly lingering sweet, crisp finish.

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Photo of Tone
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 5/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong sweet malt, nuts, hint of roasted malt, hint of hop, and slight pale malt. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, slight wheat, hint of hops, nuts, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, good appearance, feel, and aroma. The biggest flaw is that the wheat metallic flavor is slightly off-putting.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear, dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is full of toffee and some hazelnut character. The flavor is very similar. There is a good amount of sweet chocolate and toasted nuts, as well as a hint of toffee and caramel. The beer is very sweet and has no real hop character to it. I also get a light hint of mint, but that may be my imagination. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brown colored brew. Aroma of hazelnut and vanilla. In the taste, nutty with notes of chocolate and brown sugar. Not overly sweet, but still candy like and creamy. This is delicious beer. Nutty and caramel like. Medium bodied, well carbonated and creamy. Overall this is a nice dessert beer from Boston Beer co.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear brown colored ale with a small tan colored head.

Smell is sweet with caramel scent on toasted bread. Slight coffee scent and the scent of hazel nuts. Little bit of chocolate scent, smells like Nutella on toast.

Starts out dry and yeasty. Mild chocolate, nuts and a little caramel. Mildly bitter. Tastes like nuts.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall average, not a favorite.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.8/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle from the strangely early Harvest Collection, still almost 2 months left in the summertime,

A: Pours brown with a big fluffy off-white head, good retention and lace.

S: Lots of hazelnuts, brown malt, caramel, brown sugar.

T: Hazelnut flavour, but the overall malt flavour is very light, nut rind, some minor hop character.

M: Thin, the flavour and body really falls out of it. It has that initial burst of flavour and then really nothing.

O: The nose was promising, but the taste and mouthfeel were on the poor side. I was hoping for something like Rogue Hazelnut Nectar, but I certainly didn't get that.

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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 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 spinrsx
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from CJ's Potsdam NY for 2.50$

Appearance - Clear dark brownish red colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes.

Smell - Malts, nuts, toffee

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel/toffee, and hazel nuts. There is also a hint of chocolate and some faint hops. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste.

Overall - A very solid beer that I would drink again. It has an interesting taste that makes it worth picking up to try at least once..

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