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Leinenkugel's Fireside Nut Brown - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
69
poor

780 Ratings
THE BROS
51
awful

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Ratings: 780
Reviews: 367
rAvg: 2.95
pDev: 25.76%
Wants: 3
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

"Natural Flavor" is added to this beer.

(Beer added by: mothman on 08-12-2008)
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Reviews by GRPunk:
Photo of GRPunk
3.58/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap, served in a weizen glass.

A- It poured with a very clean, reddish-brown body and a 1 finger head that dropped to a lace quite quickly, leaving nice sticky spots on the glass.

S- Initially I got a wiff of what seemed like a pilsner. It was really bready and sweet (Hawaiian Bread anybody). As it warmed a very pronounced nut and slight chocolate aromas came through.

T- It started off a little overly sweet for my taste. As the beer warmed, the nut flavors became much more pronounced.

M- The feel was a little overly clean. It was a bit watery and seemed a tad overcarbonated.

D- It was alright, but really missed a "wow" factor.

Overall- A decent beer that will beat the usual suspects at many bars. I'm a little confused by the syle listing of "winter warmer." I'd consider it more of an English Brown style. Then again, I've read that it may be a lager. I guess that's the joy of beer styles. When it comes down to it, they're open to interpretation.

GRPunk, Nov 10, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of RyanLaCount03
4.6/5  rDev +55.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I really like this beer when I tried it in February or 2012. The smell of the beer had a really strong hint of nutiness. The taste was very good as well if you are a fan of a beer that is flavored as. The appearance was a dark brown or hazel.My friends also liked this beer. I thought it was a very good beer and was sad to see it go.

RyanLaCount03, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
2.9/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

On tap at a bar I didn't care to be at. Pours a deep brown color, letting a decent amount of light through. The head was small and didn't last very long. Smells nutty: walnuts and pecans, with hints of chocolate over the top. Pretty enjoyable smell all around, though fairly weak and not really pronouncing itself until the beer has a chance to warm up a little bit. Unfortunately, this typically isn't a beer you sit around, quaffing for an hour, so the nose is a letdown in terms of overall presence.

The beer has a warming quality, but not due to alcohol - it's just got a"warm" flavor profile. Hints of chocolate, nuts, roasted grains and barley. Virtually no bitterness or hops are noticeable, but that's not what the beer is trying to accomplish. Again, the flavor is a little weak and seemingly watered down - if only it packed a little bit more of a punch. It's a shame how weak this one is, I think if stuff was amped up, it might not be so bad. Thin body, kind of dry, decent amount of carbonation.

Probably one of the better Leinenkugel's brews, Fireside Nut Brown is a nice session beer to have with a Thanksgiving/Christmas time meal. Not the best of the nut browns by an extremely long shot, but certainly something "safe" for people who aren't really in-tune with the craft beer scene just yet.

tectactoe, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.05/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue XI:

There are two words that, when put together, worry us: "natural flavor." It's right there on the label staring back at us. We have no idea what it is, but it's natural, right?

Bubbly head is quick to disperse to a thin lacing that struggles to stay put. The filtered clarity looks fine, showing a glowing brown hue when put to the light. "Natural" aroma punches the nose like a cheap cup of "natural" flavored coffee; it not only smells like a flavor shot used for coffee, but tastes like it as well. The dry, semi-thin body shows a weak link in the flavor chain. Hops? Not really much there to record. The "natural flavor" subdues the taste buds with a maple hazelnut flavor--flavor shot indicator. Weak attempt with the dark malt to bring chocolate to the table. Finishes with that empty shell taste you get from "natural flavor."

Sorry, guys, this is a complete miss. Beer is supposed to be just beer. Undrinkable--kill off the whole "natural flavor" scheme and just add more malt please. We are sure it could not get any worse.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of TheAdamConners
5/5  rDev +69.5%

TheAdamConners, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of FatheadBrew
1.27/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This is one of the most awful beers I have ever tried. It sounds nice on the packaging and looks pretty nice in the glass. The smell is almost indescribable. The taste was a combination of old cream soda and gas station cappuccino. We used it as a 'punishment' beer in a drinking game we were playing.

Avoid this beer.

FatheadBrew, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of jonphilipp
3.25/5  rDev +10.2%

jonphilipp, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of Guden
2.23/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A- Brilliantly clear light brown with an off white head that fades quickly.

S- Strong nuttiness of hazelnut and almond with a hint of dark fruit. The aroma seems somewhat artificial but not completely off putting.

T- Up front there is the strong nuttiness but this is followed by a strange sour and stale bread character that's followed by a light bitterness in the finish. Strange and mostly unpleasant.

M- Very thin with medium low carbonation making this pretty unenjoyable. Needed more body to fill the mouth and less astringency on the end.

O- This one had some promise but the flavor is just off from where a nut brown should be. A good idea but they need to refine the recipe to get more body and remove the off characters from the taste.

Guden, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of tigg924
4.55/5  rDev +54.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: big head, clear, leather brown, high carbonation

Smell: sweet toasted caramel malt

Taste: sweet caramel malt, a bit of hazelnut, and toffee

Mouthfeel: smooth and sweet

Drinkability: I know the brand is not popular here, but this is my guilty pleasure beer...I love the caramel malt...I love that this still tastes like beer and has some bite...I could session this and session it some more. This is one of my favorite beers and is Leinenkugel's best--There I am out.

tigg924, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of sm0key
2.35/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - very light brown, almost amber.

Smell -more malt than nut

Taste - very bland, not what I was hoping for at all.

Mouthfeel -like a light beer. disappointing...

Drinkability - Bought a six, still haven't forced myself to finish it...

You get what you pay for, and this was pretty cheap! I'll know better next time.

sm0key, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of Milkysunshine
2/5  rDev -32.2%

Milkysunshine, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of afoltz2
4/5  rDev +35.6%

afoltz2, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of jondeelee
3.49/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Fireside Nut Brown opens to a lightly smoky, chocolaty, grain-based aroma that is instantly appealing. There are scads of breads and nuts in here, to the extent that the beer smells like a combination bakery and nut roasting factory: yeasty baguettes, floury bread doughs, and thick brown breads mingle with roasting chestnuts and pecans. There’s even a hint of oaky vanilla. Touches of chocolate (both milk and dark) add nice sugars to the mix, and there are hints of smoke, peat, and ash at the edges. But there’s also a nice coffee cream and caramel layer to offset the darker notes, as well as bits of fruit, including apricot and orange. Very light hints of citrus grapefruit from the hops add balance. As a whole, the nose is very nice, and surprisingly nuanced for a 4.9% ABV beer. It does lack in potency, however, the aromas light and fast-fading in the glass, marking one of its few weaknesses.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a blast of breads and nuts that translates almost directly from the nose, with yeasty, floury rising wheat dough and toast crust mixing with roasting pecans and chestnuts. The coffee cream and caramel are still here, as are the light hints of chocolate, ash, and smoke. Touches of apricot and cherry rim the edges, joined by pink grapefruit and grapefruit rind from the hops. Some of these more nuanced notes disappear in subsequent sips, the beer simply not strong enough to maintain flavor over the long run, and the flavors are mainly reduced to cereal grains, roasted nuts, and brown sugar. The aftertaste is a relatively quickly-fading remainder of bread and nut, with touches of ash and smoke, and just a hint of sugar. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is decent fare, especially for a beer with such a low ABV. The initial flavors and aromas are excellent, being balanced, nuanced, and flavorful, but the beer ends up simply not having enough potency to maintain those notes over the course of several sips.

jondeelee, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of MattyG85
3.75/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Date on bottle says January 23, 2012.

Appearance: Pours a brownish amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big five finger off white head with good retention. Lacing is light.

Smell: Bready and slightly roasted caramel and toffee malts. Wheat grains. A good presence of nuts throughout. Some hints of grassy hops in the background. Fairly sweet and roasty.

Taste: Sweet and bready caramel and toffee malts that are lightly roasted. A pretty good taste of roasted nuts throughout. Light hints of chocolate, coffee, and grassy hops. Tasty.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied. Way too thin for this style. Carbonation is also on the higher side. Crisp and smooth.

Overall: A nice tasting roasty brown. The body is way to thin for a winter beer of this style.

MattyG85, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of tyleeis
4/5  rDev +35.6%

tyleeis, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of GOBLIN
3.25/5  rDev +10.2%

GOBLIN, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of Timmuh
2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Timmuh, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of KevBearcat529
2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

KevBearcat529, May 01, 2012
Photo of jminch
3.75/5  rDev +27.1%

jminch, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of rwilde
2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

rwilde, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.69/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Dark copper color, decent clarity, 1/2" of mild tan head on it, doesn't do much in terms of retention or lacing.

Aroma is nondescript sweet aroma and a mild nuttiness.

More mildness on the way in the palate. Sweet and nuts are minimal. Really thin body doesn't help the flavors settle, just makes it better in terms of 'drinkability' I'm guessing. Plastic flavors going on in the mouthfeel. Its digressing. Coming off as some weak campfire roasted nuts in a watery envelope. There doesn't seem to be much in the way of malt, not much in the way of roasting of that hint of malt.

Its just a thin, sweet beer with some nice color. Not quite oktoberfest, not quite brown ale. Not quite an enjoyable beer.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.23/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appears a chest nut brown hue with a large quickly fleeting khaki tan head, leaves behind specks of lacing. Aromatics offer up some metallic notes with a roasted malt character that is reminiscient of roasted nuts with some caramel drizzled over, not a bad smelling brew. Althought there's no real hop profile to speak of. Flavor has a sweet cloying thing going on with some residual sugar and extract "natural flavoring" issues going on. Ample roastiness from the actual malts used but there's no need to throw in the extract, again no real hops detectable especially among the sweetness. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a cloying finish from some light syrup textures from the extract flavoring used. Drinkability is pretty low just give me a Wild Goose or Sam Smith's nut brown they make the same flavor without adding the extracts.

WVbeergeek, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of chinchill
3.19/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz served in a pint glass about 1 month before end of (presumably) "best by" date stamped on bottle.

A - a clear, dark, red-orange amber with a short-lived and smallish head. Virtually no visible carbonation.

I thought the "Nut Brown" would refer to the coloration, but perhaps it refers better to the taste which is markedly nutty in both mid-taste and in the finish. I found the pronounced nuttiness to be the best attribute of this otherwise rather pedestrian brew, elevating it to a beer of interest and, likely, making it an exceptional accompaniment to certain foods (yet to be identified). The taste also has a nice roasted malt character and is considerably better than the aroma which has a less pronounced nuttiness and lacks any other particularly interesting or inviting quality. The aroma has some of the negative characteristics of some high ABV ales.

Too little carbonation had a small negative impact on my ratings of both appearance and mouthfeel. Mouthfeel is also a bit too light.

chinchill, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of valkyre65
3/5  rDev +1.7%

valkyre65, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of jmrybak
3.25/5  rDev +10.2%

jmrybak, Jul 29, 2014
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Leinenkugel's Fireside Nut Brown from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
69 out of 100 based on 780 ratings.