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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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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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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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Lighter brown with a thin cap. Head is sandy tan. Head leaves very mild lacing freckles. Body of the beer is clear.

S-Yeah! Clear hazelnut component in the nose. Molasses and brown sugar sweep in. A little coffee too which of course comes out as hazelnut coffee. Maybe some other mixed nuts too.

T-Hazelnut again. Deep sweetness and light breadiness. Nuts are a bit more broad here. It actually tastes pretty nice. I greedily want more hazelnut however. Again, some light nutted coffee and a touch of chocolate.

M-Medium bodied that feels watery sometimes but then it feels chewy right after. The feel varies on my palate. Softer carbonation.

O/D-I love all things Hazelnut. Still waiting for a beer that I can describe as "Nutella Beer". This was kinda close. I enjoyed this more than Sam Smith's Nut Brown Ale (which I had very recently). This was also kinda like a milder version of Founders' Frangelic Mountain Brown. Anyway, I liked this; one of Sam Adams' better recent variety brews.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of mckenziac
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. Taken from Sam Adams's "Harvest Collection" seasonal variety pack.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, dark brown color. Has a thick, foamy head that dissipates slowly, leaving considerable lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smells strongly of hazelnuts and caramel malts. The hazelnut might be a bit overpowering for my tastes.

Taste: Starts with a nice hoppy bitterness backed by caramel sweetness. Finishes with a well-balanced flavor of hazelnut, caramel malt, and bitter hops. Surprisingly delicious.

Mouthfeel: A little on the thin side for something of this style and for a fall seasonal.

Overall: A great addition to the Sam Adams lineup. A faithful interpretation of the brown ale with a great hazelnut flavor. A perfect fall seasonal. Here's hoping that they keep this one around.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of mattbk
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear, dark amber/light brownish, raisiny looking. Decent head retention (consistent with the rest of Sam's beers). Decent lacing.
S - Light hazelnut aroma, coffee, nutty, malts. Not an overwhelming aroma. Also consistent with Sam's beers.
T - Taste similar to aroma, light hazelnut flavor at the start, finishing with caramel sweet malts and some hop bitterness. I am wishing the hazelnut flavor in the front stayed around for a while. A fairly long finish from the malts. A bit cloying. Besides the initial hazelnut flavor, the rest is similar to many of Sam's ales. Not bad, not great either.
M - Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Nothing special.
O - Not a bad beer, I really wouldn't recommend it or recommend against it. Newer beer drinkers may have a better appreciation for this.

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3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear red with a decent tan head that dissipates over a few minutes. Nice looking beer to me.

Nutty smell with hints of caramel and toffee, bit of spice as well.

Can taste the hazelnuts right up front. I am also picking up coffee flavors, as well as a hint of toffee and caramel.

Nothing really stands out on the feel, but the carbonation does stand out a bit.

Pretty decent beer, one of the better ones I've had from the seasonal packs. Goes down easy, and has a nice mix of flavors. Really nice beer for fall.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz from fall 12 mix pack- frugle's

A - dark brown, black, one finger head, not much retention goes down to a thin head pretty quickly

S - cocoa, chocolate

T - chocolate. Heavy chocolate for a brown. Almost too sweet, it is a borderline "natural" chocolate taste. Hazelnut and vanilla. Maltiness and some maple syrup. Not much in the way of hops, but there is some bitterness on the finish. And a tinge of alcohol.

M - pretty solid. Carb is slightly low, but in a good way. Gets a little sticky as it warms.

O - solid brown, recommended.

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Samuel Adams Hazel Brown from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.71 out of 5 based on 915 ratings.
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