Leinenkugel's Fireside Nut Brown - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's Fireside Nut BrownLeinenkugel's Fireside Nut Brown

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Ratings: 796
Reviews: 369
rAvg: 2.95
pDev: 25.76%
Wants: 5
Gots: 54 | 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:
Beer added by: mothman on 08-12-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

"Natural Flavor" is added to this beer.
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Ratings: 796 | Reviews: 369
Reviews by MattyG85:
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RyanLaCount03
4.62/5  rDev +56.6%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of FatheadBrew
1.32/5  rDev -55.3%
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.

Photo of Guden
2.3/5  rDev -22%
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.

Photo of tigg924
4.48/5  rDev +51.9%
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.

Photo of sm0key
2.4/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.72/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.27/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.11/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of richkrull
2.31/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Dark reddish brown color. Lots of thick creamy head.

S - Definitely nutty and strong.

T - About like it smells. Very rich malty beer. Lots of nutty aftertaste.

M - It's a light feel, but the flavor is pretty overpowering.

D - Ehh I couldn't drink too many of these in a sitting.

This beer isn't bad, but it's not really my cup of tea so to speak. It was worth a try but I probably won't be reaching for another one anytime soon.

Photo of LordofTime25
3.45/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours to clear orangeish brown with thin white head.

Had a nutty spice smell. Very inviting!

Has a nutty maple syrup taste. Very sweet.

Has a high carbonation so it is very light in the mouth.

1 or 2 wouldn't be bad, but no more than that. To sweet.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Leinenkugel- Fireside Nut Brown

A- Clear deep oak brown with no head.
S- Lightly roasted hazelnut, caramel, & vanilla.
T- Sweet creamy vanilla caramel malt with a touch of lightly roasted hazelnuts.
M- Sweet and creamy with a light dry nutty finish.

Overall- Simple but tasty and enjoyable. A nice Autumn beer.

Photo of Metalmonk
2.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nut brown color (go figure!) with reddish highlights. Sports a fairly creamy off-white head, which settles to a thin layer and stays for the duration.

Aroma is hazelnut, caramel, plastic, and more nutty nuttiness. Too bad about the plastic-y element, it's kind of nice otherwise.

The front of the sip is good, at first, but I found it so cloying and artificial tasting. It goes downhill, and fast. Big nut sweetness, creamy, somewhat toffee-like, buttery in flavor and texture. Some cola, some root beer. So they used "natural flavors," usually less wholesome than it's supposed to sound. If it's for the greater good, fantastic, but I can't help but think the plastic character at the end of the sip and finish is due to these "natural flavors."

It's a simple nutty-sweet beer with roundness and carbonation. Is it a Winter Warmer? I very much doubt it. In the end it's just another Leinie's offering--right smack dab in the middle of the road. I wish Bell's and Founders were as well-distributed as Leinenkugel's, when it comes to upper midwest breweries. This is likable in some twisted way, but I'll forget all about it once it's gone. And I had to knock down the drinkability after a few days, because getting through the 6-pack has been a chore.

Photo of Magpie14
1.88/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Why is it that I have a predisposition about some beers and Leinenkugel's is always at the top. Alright, I have to put that aside and rate for what it is!

A: dark copper with some reddish hues. Thin sudsy head, just a tinge off-white. Not really any lace to make note of, a small dab around and about the glass

S: malts and barley and unnatural sweetness, reminds me of almond paste?

T: Oh my stars! I usually like a little more water and cardboard with my malts. I sense spices, maybe some chocolate and not really anything else. Everything just seems prefabricated about this beer...not much genuine about it

M: carbonation is alright...but how can you comment if the taste is this bad, really? In any regards, I would deem this mouthfeel weak and thin

D: Fireside Nut Brown is a scam...I would never curl up fireside with a beer like this. I would rather perform ritual killings

Photo of LordHammer
2.23/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Northern Brewer glass.

A: Really more amber than brown, with a bit of reddish tinge to it. Head is off white, and fades quickly to a thin film.

S: A bit of roasted malt, but it really smells more of smoke than anything else. Not really what I was expecting for a warmer, or a brown, for that matter.

T: Fairly similar to smell, with some caramel sweetness at the front that then gets overshadowed by a smoky, roasty overtone. There is a bit of a hazelnut note buried in there, but it's not enough to save this beer. No discernible spices, and only the faintest suggestion of hops at the close. As it overwhelms the palate, it becomes more drinkable.

M: Lightly carbonated and rather thin. Yes, it's not a terribly large beer, but for something that's intended as a winter brew, I'd really like to see some more body.

D: While I certainly could drink several, I have no desire to. This is unimpressive.

Not sure whether this is trying to be a winter warmer, or a brown ale, but it really fails at both. At least my wife likes it and will drink the three bottles I have left.

Photo of cokes
2.85/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours to a flat-middle-of-the-road transparent light brown with a milky skim on top.
It noses precisely of Nutella spread. All hazelnut and chocolate flavorings. It's certainly artificial. But I'm a sucker for Nutella, and I'd be a liar if I said it didn't smell good. Though, I'm telling the truth when I say that it smells nothing like beer.
Into the mouth, Nutella again reigns supreme. Milk chocolate and sweet hazelnuts. Malt depth is nonexistent, only a slightly toasty wheaty breadiness (which is what I put my Nutella on...hmm..). There's really nothing else here.
It's light bodied, with some light syrupy suggestion cut short by a rapid carbonation.
I should really hate this, but I don't...not quite. This is all flavoring and no beer, and I've admittedly scored it too high. At least the flavoring is tasty (and I'm biased here), but I really can't see drinking many of these.

Photo of pmcadamis
2.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Reddish-tinted brown and perfectly clear, topped with a one finger khaki head that drops down to a medium cap and stays put. A little bit of wet lace slides down the glass, but none sticks.

S - Root beer and cereal grains. This actually smells a little bit like mud. A few mineral notes are there, along with some peanut shell aromas.

T - Cinnamon, nutmeg, white chocolate, cornflakes. Oh shit.... I just figured it out. This tastes exactly like puppy chow (Chex Mix with chocolate and powdered sugar and peanut butter). Not overly complex, this is very pleasant and easy going and the Puppy Chow flavors are pretty good... I love that stuff.

M - Thin and watery with a weakly carbonation and a flimsy neutral finish.

D - The aroma is damn near non-existant, but it looks ok and tastes good. This could have been so much better if it were a little fuller in body. It seems like they took a really flavorful and solid brew and then cut it in half with water. Not bad... it's just a sad thing that it could have been so much better. That flavor of peanut butter and white chocolate could have been shaped into a really good porter or imperial brown, but instead they chose to make it s flimsy brown ale.

Photo of hreb
2.13/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, screw cap, dated APR0212. Poured in pint glass beer pours surprisingly red, and pale, for a brown ale. Decent side head on it, though. Would actually be a decent appearance if the label hadn't promised a Nut Brown. Aroma is slightly medicinal and very faintly nutty.

First sip is intensely carbonated. Brown ales ought to have a little bit of gravity to them and a mellower mouthfeel. This tastes like lager.

Would not recommend. Would not order again.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.12/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pretty flat, but there is some carbonation. Very average lacing and foam. Nut brown in color as the name suggests.

Smell: Roasted nuts, bordering on burnt nuts. A hint of burnt sugar as well. Overall this smells very smoky. I would rate this higher but I'm not thrilled with the balance.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Initially I taste some moderately strong hops. It's hard to detect and floral or citrus taste. The finish comes with a nice smoky, sugary presence. Active feeling carbonation that provides a nice tingle. I like this, but, again, the balance needs something.

Drinkability: I think the smoke might be a bit much.

Overall: A respectful attempt at a smoky beer, even reminding me a bit of Scottish ales without the high alcohol content.

3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into leinenkugel's pint, muskie; challenge on the chain glass.
A: The body is a clear light brown, amber appearance. The white head does not hold for long and retreats to a thin layer.
S: The aroma is a nice and subtle roasted nut flavor.
T/M: The front is a clean and light balance of a nutty taste, with malts. A low intensity taste and overall flavors. The mouthfeel is a watery smooth wash, leaving not much to the lingering taste.
D: This is an easy going brew, but I do not find the flavors having me running back.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
1.76/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A blast from the past for this one. This was one of my favorites before I knew what craft beer was (read: did not know what the difference between an RIS and an IPA was). Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Troeg pint glass.

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger light cream colored coarse head that receded quickly into a thin wisp. Beer is clear, obviously very carbonated, and brownish-amber. No lacing whatsoever on this one.

S: Nose is a skunky sourness and a slightly tart booziness. This one smells likes its gone bad... uh-oh... nuttiness is barely detectable... likewise with the brown sugar and caramel.

T: Opens slightly sour with a bit of brown sugar. Very watered down and near none of the nuttiness that I'm expecting. Finish is a bit hoppy with a weird skunk flavor though the brown sugar sweetness does make an appearance towards the end.

M: Light, coarse, watery, and highly carbonated. Finish is near non-existent as what flimsy flavors there are just fade into nothingness. This one is a thirst-quencher for sure though.

D: Even though I think I might've had a bad bottle here... I realize that my tastes have really changed. Like I said before, a thirst-quencher but with near no flavor or character... really not how I remembered it and I won't be having this again if I have a choice.

Photo of cjgator3
3.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Twist-off bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a

S- The aroma features hints of chocolate and nuts (not surprising considering the name) with very little hops. Not bad so far.

T- The taste follows the aroma with a smooth semi-sweet malty backbone with a very nutty aftertaste.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation creating a nice texture on the palate.

D- Overall, Fireside Nut Brown is a decent ale that is worth a try but is nothing I would purchase again.

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Leinenkugel's Fireside Nut Brown from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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