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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 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 DeFaz
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Offered as part of the autumn twelve pack, it features a great smell with abundant roasted malt, maple, nut, and toffee notes, and the taste is much of the same, but not quite as strong. It's fairly sweet but doesn't get too far away from itself with some bitterness coming in there to even things out. Mouthfeel is good with medium thickness, moderate carbonation, and just a little stickiness in there. It's not as intricate or tasty as it could have been, but it's a solid addition to the mix pack. The smell is fantastic, and it makes everything else worthwhile.

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Photo of bmwats
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a perfect pint.

A: Dark brown. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Settles slowly. Significant beer ring lacing.

S: Light roasted coffee, very prominent dark chocolate, and hazelnut (I assume).

T: Peaty malt, unsweetened dark chocolate.

M: Light and a little bit of a shallow feel; but a little hearty in the front before the fade.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty strong. Dark hue, foamy head, and some persistent albeit light lacing. Nose is a great combination of coffee and dark chocolate.... truly hypnotic. Peaty and malty with some unsweetened dark chocolate notes. Ultimately, a little shallow, but still well done. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The brown in this brown ale is clear and watery in appearance, weak and absent of a needed richness. The head though is thick, foamy, massed well and laced tremendously.

The color may have had a weakness but the rich, robust tones are definitely in the aroma. Huge hazelnut presence is coupled to a thick, rich caramel and toffee scent. Very creamy in the nose there's a hint of marshmallow.

This is really good! Maybe it's just up my beer alley but I get loads of chocolate, caramel, toffee, creamy marshmallow and a hint of hazelnut. It almost seems artificial the tastes are so strong.

One complaint is the feel. With the rich creamy tones in scent and taste I have an expectation of a similar feel but instead get a loose carbonated tone. Very interesting experience from AS, but taste rules out here.

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Photo of BenZ
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not a huge SA fan, bought the mixed twelve pack on a whim. This was the highlight of the pack. The nuttiness was just right and blended with the other flavors perfectly. The octoberfest was ok, as was the ipa, but this one was just right. Would buy a sixer of this for sure. Solid brew.

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Photo of TheFunGuy
3.17/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Purchased in the fall combo pack. Poured a thick, but not cloudy, very nice and dark brown. The head is tan-ish white and the small bubble head, about 1/32 inch, stayed there for five minutes.

The smell is malt and hazel. I could not smell hops, but I know other reviewers did. The hazel did not smell overpowering, but it bordered on strong.

The taste is malt at the tip of the tongue, with hazel rolling over the rest of the tongue. I did not get any hop/bitter until I swallowed, and then it was a faint bitter.

The overall effect after you swallow is meh. It just wasn't the good where you keep the glass in your hand for the next taste.

The look is great, the smell is pretty good, and it is down hill from there.

Thinking as I finish this, has anyone tried eating it with chocolate bars or chocolate cream pie? Just an idea, I have not because I thought of it too late.

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Photo of Weston19
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams glass

A: Bownish Amber, started off with a pinky sized head that diminished into about a quarter of that size. Beer is clear with moderate carbonation.

S: Malty, roasted nuts, caramel, toffee, sweet. A very pleasant and subtle smelling beer.

T: Well balanced. No bitter aftertaste, malty, hint of sugar, toffee, caramel, and has a nutty aftertaste.

M: Clean, no strong aftertaste, smooth, minimal alcohol taste.

O: Very smooth and tasty beer. Easy to drink and has enough flavor to drink several at once. Definitely enjoyed this one.

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Photo of gr0g
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark chestnut-brown. A couple fingers of foam cap it. Pretty nice head retention, while the clingy foam leaves some nice lacing. Nutty aroma of hazelnut is immediately apparent. Otherwise, this is generally malty on the nose with a trace of roast character. As long as you're a fan of hazelnuts, you'll probably find this to be nicely aromatic.

Flavor features a strong note of hazelnut upfront then segues into a mild bitterness. Hop bitterness holds up well amidst an otherwise malty flavor profile. Kind of lifeless toward the finish, as the initial rush of flavor fades to black. Mouthfeel takes a hit due to carbonation that's somewhat harsh, taking a while to settle down.

Broadly similar to Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar. If this were offered in six-packs, I'd probably pick it up every once in a while, and it would be a solid value alternative to the aforementioned Rogue offering. As it stands, it's a worthy addition to the Fall seasonal pack.

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Photo of Jekyll
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2nd up off of the fall mixer from Sam adams. Not a big brown fan but I enjoyed this. Must be the hazlenuts of which I ironically hate in any liquid form. Very subtle smell and flavor of the hazlenuts balanced well with the roasted malts. Tasted a lil chocolate as well though the coffee tastes as advertised eludes me. Hits all the right notes and I look forward to it getting a little more cooler so I can enjoy a few note of these.

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

Appearance: Reddish/brown/amber; clear; big frothy beige head; long lasting

Aroma: Roasted malts; slight hazelnuts and chocolate (cocoa); coffee

Taste: Malty and nutty on start; creamy; quick move to dry, nutty notes in the middle with some bittersweet chocolate notes; finishes nutty and slightly dry

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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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 Mojo
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass

This beer is beautiful. It pours a clear deep mahogany with a one finger tan head. A thick retention ring remains with a little bit of lacing. Smell is nuts and biscuit. Taste is very malt forward with some toffee and caramel. Finish is slightly coffee, but is overpowered by the malt. Mouthfeel is okay, but unremarkable. Pretty nice beer. Not great, but not bad either.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

"This flavorful dark brown ale has a distinct hazelnut aroma and taste. Slightly sweet caramel and toffee malt notes accentuate the pleasant roasted hazelnut character. This medium-bodied brew finishes smooth with an underlying spiciness from the hops. Cheers!" Hazel Brown is brewed in the style of an American Brown Ale. Available as part of the Harvest Collection fall seasonal pack. Date on the bottle is early January 2013.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served at 52ยบ Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) A vigorous pour yields a crisp, frothy head of a tannish complexion. Body color is a deep mahogany brown with ample carbonation, high clarity and faint traces of sediment.Lacing is thin and clingy, surface cover is solid. Head quality isn't superb but the coloration and lacing is suggestive that there is some potential to this beer. 3.5

(Smell) The aroma is certainly suggestive of nutty hazelnuts, quite potent, followed by notes of toffee and vanilla cream. Very faint earthy bitterness from low alpha hops paired with the nutty bitterness of the hazelnuts round out the caramel malt character and sweet toffee to balance out the aroma. Clean, aroma overall. Despite being hazelnut-forward, the balance is a bit better off in this brown ale than I anticipated based off of other brown ales with hazelnut flavors. Potency is medium overall, most components aside from the hazelnut and cream are dramatically less intense. 3.75

(Taste) Caramel-forward clean front with a sweet toffee and hazelnut cream finish. The hazelnut fits in better here, leveling out with the toffee, caramel and vanilla bean. Bitterness is shallower than expected, however. Overall, it's a pretty sweet concoction, unbalanced in places and thus harder on the palate than it needs to be. Much better presentation of hazelnut flavor than in any other beer that sports it. Despite being a touch overly sweet, the large part of this beer is in balance and enjoyable. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Slick and a touch resiny with a faint thickness. Low carbonation presence. Body is medium-heavy for the style and medium overall. Alcohol presence is very low. I greatly enjoyed the texture in this beer as it wasn't distracting to the flavors, complimenting them well. 4.25

(Overall) A much better balanced hazelnut-infused brown ale than I had expected, I was a bit frightened of trying this out after a recently poor-received beer under a similar style (stay tuned) but I found the balance of the hazelnuts to be ideal, allowing for lots of the subtler flavors to be perceived and achieve a better balance. Despite being a touch sweet, this is actually quite a drinkable beer, perfectly fitting for fall harvests. It's a shame they only come in twos. 3.75

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Hazel Brown Ale

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Photo of dbossman
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Tawny brown hue with a solid two-inch head; great retention and decent lacing

S: Roasted hazelnuts up front but more of a hazel syrup than the actual nut; some toffee, caramel, brown sugar, and molasses underneath along with some subtle spicing and toasty bready malts; it smells good albeit a touch fake

T: The hazelnut flavoring tastes even more like hazel syrup--like the kind you add to coffee; it's nutty and bready and toasty and sweet and decent but just a bit forced

F: Creamy, medium texture; slightly chewy on the finish; this is my favorite aspect of this beer

O: I like this beer and it works well in the cooling months--I just wish the flavors were more natural and came together a bit better

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Photo of Mumps
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Average appearance. Dark but unremarkable. Not much head, ok lacing.

Smell piqued my curiousity. Spice and hazelnuts.

Taste blew me away. Good hazelnut flavor with well balanced alcohol. Surprisingly easy to drink.

Mouthfeel was good, smooth and enough to let you know its there, with out making you feel full.

Overall a good brew. Would have to be in a mood to drink it, and probably wouldn't get it in a 6 pack, but good none the less.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into New Belgium globe

A - transparent dark ruby/brown body under a thin finger of medium tan head; moderate carbonation bubbles

S - hazelnut, caramel, brown sugar, hop spice

T - lots of malt up front, hazelnut and caramel, hint of coffee, hop spice, smooth balanced finish

M - thin medium body, lots of prickly carbonation

O - a little nutty for my taste, but not bad

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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 Redrover
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown longneck poured into my SA perfect pint glass. The beer is light brown with amber highlights. There is a large tan head and nice lacing.

It has an inviting aroma of hazels nuts, caramel, and grains.

The taste starts with sweet caramel and those hazelnuts. Good first impression. It stays semi-sweet with some brown sugar and toasted malts. May not be a session beer, but I would have no problem having this one again.

The mouth is decent, but I would like a bit more substance. Easy drinking beer that fits in nicely with my fall and winter beer rotation. Reminds me a bit of the late Berghoff Winter hazelnut beer, damn I wish they still made that one.

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Photo of CHickman
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours clear chestnut brown color with a thick 2 finger foamy light tan head that faded extremely slowly, leaving great foamy lacing sticking to the sides; the head had a ton of bubbles in it and was impressive to watch as it collapsed.

Smells of roasted hazel nuts, toffee, brown sugar, roasted grains, burnt malt, coffee beans, cocoa powder, light herbs and more nuts like roasted peanuts; a real nice nose that was full of roasted nuts and very enjoyable to inhale and fairly complex.

Tastes like it smells, with roasted hazel nuts, toffee, brown sugar, roasted grains, burnt malt, coffee beans, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, vanilla extract, light herbs or flowers, faint floral hops, roasted peanuts, charcoal or burnt wood and wheat bread; the nuts and roasted notes are the dominant flavor, with the cocoa and brownie batter taste coming through and then mixing with either hops or coffee bitterness that leads to a sweet cocoa finish that's nutty and on the dry side. This was much tastier than I expected, hats off to Sam Adams for delivering on a good new beer.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery, with sweet cocoa notes trailing off slightly bitter, a light to medium body and light to average carbonation; what this lacks in mouthfeel it makes up for with its flavor. Overall I thought this was very good, real nutty and easy to drink. A fine example of this style that was very smooth and hopefully not a onetime brew.

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Photo of lsummers
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice amber brown, not much head.

Smells great, I definitely get the sweet toffee nutty caramel notes. A touch of maple pancake.

Tastes great as well, the sweet toffee hits you straight away with a touch of bitterness. It just keeps getting sweeter through to the aftertaste which ends with a more buttery pancake flavor.

Mouthfeel is a touch light, it feels very carbonated. I wouldn't mind it being a little more sticky.

Overall it's a nice brown ale, I would definitely try this again.

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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 Chris_Cali_2o9
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams cup

A- Copper, 1 1/2" fluffy off white head

S- Super nutty malts, spices, berries, herbal notes

T- Roasted nutty malts, caramel, spicies, berries

M- Creamy medium body, average carbonation

O- Very nice beer, besides the added spices there's really nothing to unique about this brew. It's just, IMO, exactly what a brown ale should be like. Most breweries make their brown ales too watered down (including sam smith) for my taste and I always feel like if they would just add more malts, it would be the brown ale i'm looking for. Sam adams did just that, creating a cream, nutty malt bomb. A great example of the style.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Brown, with a beige head of about two fingers.

Smell: Nutty, malts, hazel nuts, maybe some coffee??

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth, almost creamy texture, medium bodied. Taste of a heavy brown ale with hazel nuts and other nuts, roasted malts and again maybe some coffee?

Overall: Almost drank more like a porter or stout, not really my type of beer, did not care for this one at all. Although I can see how other would enjoy this brew.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Brownish amber with 2-3 fingers of tan head. Good clarity and retention. Light-moderate carbonation.

Hazelnuts, caramel and brown sugar.

The hazelnut flavor on this is pretty good, although it comes along with some acrid coffee-like flavors. Caramelized brown sugar and some bready components.

Medium bodied, crisp and clean.

Easy drinking little Brown Ale. The hazelnut is a very nice addition.

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

Glass - Nonic

A - A clear amber/brown colored brew. It didn't produce much head, and it dissipated soon after pouring. Low C02 bubbles can be seen. No lacing.

S - Big hazelnut aroma! I pick up brown sugar and semi sweet chocolate notes as well. Slight fruit cake like notes in there as well. A touch of herbal hop characteristic, but the hazelnut really shines through. Very inviting to me.

T - Hazelnut, chocolate, and brown sugar notes flood the palate upfront. I pick up herbal and citrus like hop notes in the back. It finishes with a mellow twang of hop flavors, more hazelnut, and very low bitterness. Sweet tasting but not enough to make you sick of it before your finished.

M - Medium bodied with low-moderate crispness and a smooth, almost viscous feel.

O - I'm really digging the hazelnut flavor and smell in this brew. The beer is all around inviting to me and pretty drinkable with almost anything. I'd definitely pick up a 6-pack of this brew in the future. Cheers!

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