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

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Samuel Adams Hazel BrownSamuel Adams Hazel Brown

Brewed by:
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 TheMarkE
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep copper/brown with decent foam and lacing.

Smell: Hazelnut, malt, caramel.

Taste: Hazelnut, malt, caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy. Slight cola aftertaste.

The Verdict: Good beer. This normally isn’t my favorite style, but it’s a good, smooth beer that I wouldn’t turn down. Very well balanced with just the right amount of hazelnut.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.92/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Crappy looking half-finger white head that erodes almost instantly. Brown body with low clarity. Not impressed at all.

S- Roast malts, some of the hazel sweetness with chocolate and toffee.

T- Slightly roasty, nutty and sweet with a distinct chocolate note. Like Nutella. Not great but ok.

M- Dry and roasty.

O- Mediocre beer. Starts bad, finishes just ok.

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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 mnrider
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Brown Bottle.

A: Pours clear amber with a small white head. Nice retention with little lacing.

S: Strong roasted malts. Hazel nuts. Caramel and cocoa. Hint of spicy hops.

T/M: Cocoa. Roasted malts. Hazelnut. Caramel. Sweetness leads to some nice
spicy hops. The finish is slick, malty, and nutty. medium bodied. Good carbonation
feel. A little watery.

O: This Brown Ale is average but easy to drink. The hazelnut flavors are new to me
and interesting. Worth a try, but not something I would get outside of the
seasonal mix pack.


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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 tkazar
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Poured out of a bottle into a pilsner glass. Beer is clear with a small head which was present throughout the drink. Color was between a beige and a dark brown.

S - The smell was very nutty. That was the only real scent that i picked up besides a little malt.

T - The taste was smooth and started with the malt. It then moved to the hazelnut which was the dominant flavor of the beer. I enjoyed it as i like hazelnut flavors. The alcohol did not play a major role in the taste.

M - The mouthfeel was not anything spectacular. It was smooth and easy to drink. A little bit of staying power to the mouthfeel.

O - Overall i enjoyed this beer but it is not one of my favorites and was not anything extraordinary. I did enjoy the nutty smell and taste it had though.

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Photo of Kendo
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is clear brown with a small beige head.

S: Hazelnut and toasted bread. Some cocoa powder.

T: Follows the nose - big-time hazelnut, modest toasted bread, toffee/caramel malt. Roasted coffee beans. Finishes with a drying, modest, lemony bitterness.

M: Light in heft; carbonation is a bit over-active, with a fairly sharp bite to it.

O: Flavorful, though the mouthfeel - mainly the carbonation - detracts from this overall. The hazelnut is also a bit too much at times, seems artificial.

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Photo of Boggdogg
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.82/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of stckhndlr
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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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 JuicesFlowing
3.82/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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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 tigg924
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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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 ExaltedNecrosis
3.56/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of scratch69
3.71/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of 2LTinfantry
2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of Mavigo
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of Hergestridge
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
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..

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Photo of Shaw
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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