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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: 793
Reviews: 369
rAvg: 2.95
pDev: 25.76%
Wants: 5
Gots: 40 | 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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Photo of drpimento
2.68/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maybe the best of Leiny's current book. Poured with some head, a bit of lace. Head mostly dissipates. Color is an orangeish, slightly pinkish browniish amber. Aroma is malty, maple, scotch, nutty, and some phenols. Flavor's about the same, but much more instense. Body's not bad. Finish reeeal long. Heavy on the maple. Not a session beer.

Photo of hustlesworth
1.96/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A- clear orangish brown and golden around the edges. foam is thick as a light batter and leaves a few spots of lace.

S- hazelnut and milk chocolate artificial aromas with an underlying yucky generic beer smell.a little toasty and caramel but all is really dominated by fake stuff. which i don't like.

T- slightly metallic, and a mild, though not unpleasant fried fish flavor. still weird. hazelnut and milk chocolate flavor kick in right away similar to nutella but not so sweet. the actual beer base is generic and bland and im sure it was intended to be covered up by the flavorings. a little dry bitterness at the end.

MF- under medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a kind of half astringent-half yucky feeling.

D- mildly flavored, everyone likes hazelnuts and chocolate but the flavoring is transparent and the beer beneath isn't all that great.

Photo of moreplease
3.65/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very good. Over carbonated, but arroma and taste are very good. Sharp over tones play well with hops. It was part of a multipact my father-in-law picked up. He is usually a fan of Icehouse, so this was a surprise.

I would say tha the beer has a fairly good beer, worth a 6 pack.

Photo of RJLarse
3.15/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a six-pack of Leine's Fireside Nut Brown Ale at a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a shiny brown color and is clear. A few bubbles rise in the glass. Fizzy eggshell white head is not very sticky and breaks down fast.

Smell is somewhat faint and a sweet nutty aroma. Hazelnut and vanilla.

Taste is a bitter roasted nutty flavor, with some vanilla and coconut along side.

Mouthfeel is thin and clean. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkable enough I guess if you are in to the nut flavors. It's not cloying or particularly filling. If you like those General Foods International Coffees you'll probably like this. For me I think it's a once in lifetime. I'd have it again, but I won't seek it out.

Photo of morimech
2.21/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a pleasant brown color with a sizable white head that had decent retention. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. Things quickly fall apart after the pour. The aroma at first is full of nuts, but as it settles a rather unpleasant stale lager comes through. What can I say about the taste...? It tastes like someone poured Hazlenut CoffeeMate into Leiney's Original. Does not taste natural to me. The body is thin and watery. It could of used some of the body from the CoffeeMate. This is a bit of a bad beer. The hazlenut and vanilla flavors are a bit harsh and overbearing. Nothing subtle about the "Natural Flavor".

Photo of budgood1
2.31/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

pours out a dark amber colour with big foamy head which reduces to a thin, fine lace. grainy and grassy aroma with a big hazelnut kick. some vanilla and chocolate notes, also. the taste is full of the "natural flavor" advertised on the label. more hazelnut with a somewhat cloying malt sweetness that actually drys out quite quickly in the end. in fact it seems the essence of the beer just drops off the charts after you swallow. weird. no ale like characteristics at all...in fact it seems like a dressed up lager with lipstick and lots of makeup. there is some hoppy bitterness to balance out whatever residual sweetness lingers, but it gets lost in the mix. what kills this beer is the mouthfeel, with its carbonated, thin, watery feel and lageresque landscape. therefore the body of this brew is definitely lacking in substance, and does nothing to help hold up the flavour profile. drinkability suffers just because this is a mess of a beer.

leinies had a good idea for a winter warmer. too bad this offering fails miserably in achieving any sort of respect. the beer geeks will hate it for the extreme lack of substance and true craftmanship, and the macro swill crowd will shun it because it just plain tastes crappy.

not recommended.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle

A- pours a fire orange folor with minimal head and minimal lacing on the pint glass. Somewhat carbonated as well.

S- sweet malts and nuts. Peanut i would say. Very basic and calm aromas.

T- grainy and hazelnut come to the forefront. It is like hazelnut creamer mixed with grain alcohol. Some other spices are there as well.

M- Grainy and creamer like. Somewhat dry yet very moist.

D- Interesting taste notes in this makes it intriguing to try but the graininess is just too much to pound back more than one or two of these.

Photo of chaunur
3.65/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An interesting beer, poured a rich dark brown with a light beige 1" head that left a nice cover with decent lacing. A pronounced aroma of nuts with a sweet note. Taste followed the smell, highlighted with a roasted flavor that while sweet was not overly so. Very little hop presence. The beer felt a little 'slippery' while drinking, couldn't quite figure that part out. Not something I'd drink a 6 pack of but a nice change of pace beer. Overall a pretty good brew.

Photo of tugdriver7
3.06/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really wanted to like this one. The label ("beer with natural flavors") should have been a dead giveaway, however. Looked great in the glass, nice clear brown with red overtones... decent head. Not much initial smell, other than a faint nutty odor that was immediately evident in the first sip. The "natural" flavoring was way too much. What happened to a natural nuttiness from roasted malts? This one really disappointed. I'm still waiting for a Leinie's that really tastes good. I wish they'd bring some of their other varieties to the mid-Atlantic.

Photo of Beerman3000
2.72/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Label says "beer with natural flavors" but provides no details. Clear, amber-brown color, with a large, buff-colored head. Roasted, smokey aroma with decidedly skunky tones (not like lightstruck hops, but like a real skunk!). Intense, burnt sugar aromas, like freshly-cooked kettle popcorn. Body light and lagerlike, tho quite cohesive. A first sip gives a big clue as to the "natural flavors" -- vanilla is right up front. Tastes like a really intense cream soda with some roasted grain thrown in. Leaves a nice clear line of lace with each sip. Rather lightly malted, like most of Leine's beers. An interesting concept, but not as well-executed as it could have been. God bless this family for outlasting the merger mania of the 1970s, but I wish they'd brew some more substantial beers, like Yueungling's does.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, 4.9% ABV. Pours a very clear chestnut color. Off white fluffy head holds together rather well.

Very nutty, toasty aroma. Seems like peanut, with a whiff of chocolate of cocoa in the back. Some caramel as well. Quite interesting.

Nice nutty and toasty flavor, although muted a bit. A better base here could really make this great.

A bit thin, with lower carbonation. Like many of the Leinie family, seems like a gateway beer. Worth a shot.

Photo of Strix
3.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light brown with some head that eventually dissipates to a ring.

Interesting nose, spicy and nutty, yet sort of a grainy note in the background.

Initial taste of hazelnut and spice, but then sort of devolves into a grainy note. The flavors end up feeling sweet and artificial.

Mouthfeel a bit weak and undercarbonated.

Eh, as much as I wanted to like this, this was disappointing. Is this an artificial flavor additive, or does it just come out tasting like that? I wish Leine's would spend less time catering to the Bud light drinkers and more time making stuff like the absolutely phenomenal Big Eddy RIS.

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

How can anyone rate this beer more than a 3? Tastes like artificial hazelnut syrup (like the kind people who don't like coffee put in coffee to make it taste like something they like) was dumped into a regular light bodied ale. Even the smell is unnatural. This is neither a Nut Brown Ale nor a Winter Warmer, but more like something thats supposed to cater to the wine cooler crowd. Most of Leinie's other products are at least decent beers but this one needs a reworking - ax the adjuncts guys!

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

Orangish amber color, miminal head & lacing. Pleasant hazelnut aroma.

Taste is a quite synthetic sweet hazelnut finishing with a metallic annoying aftertaste.

Watery feel and cloying finish makes me want a differenet brew ASAP to wash out the taste. Not as nasty as their O-fest, but it's one and done with this guy for me.

Photo of babaracas
2.38/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear copper with amber edges, head quickly fades to a thin layer, spotty lacing for the first couple of inches. Smell: toasted malt, nuttiness - hazelnut + imitation maple? sort of an extract thing going on here, vegetative character in the background. Taste: toasted, slight caramel malt, artificial candy-like hazelnut taste with a funky nutty / veggie finish. Thin and fizzy. Not a good choice, this is actually quite bad.

Photo of AgingWarrior
2.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark medium dark brown in my tulip glass, yielding a very thin tan head. The head dissipated rather quickly and provided a small amount of lacing.

Smells like maple, nuts and sweet malt.

Tastes sweet and nutty.

Mouth feel is thin and a little fizzy. Light body with medium carbonation.

It's light and easy to drink, but after trying this one, I don't want another.

Photo of tburkhart
4.2/5  rDev +42.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an very nice caramel color. 2 fingers worth of head that disappears quickly leaving a thin layer across the top of the glass.

Nice simple smell. Nutty. Slight chocolate, but mostly nuts.

Very smooth. Taste of chocolate and nuts. Very similar to the smell.

Another solid brew from Leinenkugel's, quite tasty am very pleased.

Photo of skrib09
3.85/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

nice clear nut brown appearance. good forming, foamy head.

smells nutty, as the name suggests. not too complex. simple in a good way.

tastes roasty and nutty. i think in this example it's ok to connect the appearance of a nut brown brew with the taste.

i like the mouthfeel. smooth at first with a touch of carbination towards the end. makes it a drinkable beer.

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

There's no way this is a winter warmer, BTW.

Very nice pour, for a brown. It's brown (duh), wonderfully lively sparkly red brown with big, tight, retentive head.

Smells much more like a brown than a warmer. Lots of soft, chocoately malts along with a very firm, very sweet hazelnut flavor.

Tastes--woah. Almost fake. I don't know about this. You got your standard brown ale malts in there, your standard little teeny tiny dose of hops. Light cascade, I think. Maybe cluster. But then on top of that you got a really strong dose of just straight-up milk chocolate and hazelnut. It's like Ferrero Roche, or however you spell it. There's no way that flavor's derived from malt and hops alone. It tastes good. It tastes damn good, actually. But it kind of feels synthetic, like it's cheating me.

Honestly I have nothing else to say but "hmm..."


It's got flavor adulterants added to it. That's cheating. Score has been lowered.

Photo of HopDerek
3.03/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear dark amber with light brown hues. 3 fingers of foamy off-white head has some good retention and leaves spotty lacing. Smells of chocolate nibs, toffee, nuts, cinnamon, and vanilla. Tastes of maple syrup, hazelnuts, milk chocolate, wintery spices, grain, and a really sweet vanilla extract finish. Thin in body, very watery with moderate to high carbonation. Tastes very artificial, like melting a Toblerone in a light beer. Not something I'd pick up again, low in alcohol, but not easy to drink, too sweet and artificial.

Photo of bboven
2.19/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A thin ring of head with no lacing, very dark brown, pretty clear.

HUGE toffee aroma, that's almost all you can smell until you search for a faint hint of grain. Smells like they dry-hopped with a Heath bar.

Again, candy-like sweet toffee flavor; there has to be some kind of extract in here. Nothing wrong with it, but unless you like really sweet beer...

A bit thin, highly carbonated.

Interesting is about all I can say. With beers like Berryweiss from Leine's I should have excpected this. A winter warmer? At 4.9% you can't really call it that. This is a winter beer for people who drink fruity beers in the summer.

Photo of mwa423
2.64/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Some of the best comments of this beer among friends who shared the six pack:

"Tastes like licking my spice rack"

"It's like somebody left a pumpkin pie out for a month, liquefied and bottled it"

"Dead on instant french vanilla mix"

As a whole, I am not sure I agree with this being a "winter warmer" because it seems like it is a nut brown with Leinenkugel's usual excessive flavor additions to make it acceptable to the mass non-beer drinking population.

The color was a beautiful clear dark brown, the smell was strong spice and vanilla. The taste was far too much spice and no real beer flavor at all. Mouthfeel was thick on the tongue, but in no way particularly impressive. This is definitely a beer I could only drink one of. I highly doubt I would buy this again, there are far better nut browns and extremely better winter warmers.

Photo of robbyc1
3.38/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice milky head with a clear dark wood look.

Notes of nuts and chocolate malt on the smell, but no hops, a bit light, just OK.

Drinks better than it smells, can't make out the type of nut but gives it a good flavor, not sweet but a nice finish. Some hops here, not much.

Light mouthfeel, watery, could use more malt - would love to see it with this good flavor.

Easy to drink, a pleasureful winter warmer, needs more malt and abv to one to seek out, good flavor but needs lot more support to to be one to stock, but not a bad try.

Photo of TommyBuckeye
2.84/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A little disappointed with this. I read about it in the Leinenkugel news letter and was excited to try it, but...
A - Very nice clear nut brown appearance with thin tan head.

S - This is where I started to get a little worried. At first I got a nutty, slight chocolate smell (that's good). I also got an artificial vanilla (not good).

T - I could taste the nutty chocolate, but again a harsh artificial taste came through.

M - Very thin with a little tingle at the front of the toungue and bitterness at the back.

D - This isn't a bad beer, but I wouldn't crave or want to try it again. The artificial smell and taste seems to take away from what could be a good beer.

Leinenkugel has much better offerings.

Photo of Greggy
3.94/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a soapy 1.5 finger white head. The body is an amber/walnut color with no sediment. As the head recedes, it leaves small amounts of sparse lacing.

S- I get creamy notes of light chocolate, some nuttiness, hints of vanilla and maple nut. Deep down there is just a nuance of coffee.

T- Starts out with a nutty chocolate and maplenut note with some nice chocolate notes on the finish although suttle. This isn't terribly complex it has a nice balance between chocolate and nuttiness.

M- Carbonation is just a smidgen to high, and the body isn't terribly thick, but is good in my opinion. Read more in drinkability.

D- I had pretty low expectations for this brew but I was pleasantly surprised. This has a nice balance to it and although the body isn't huge, it works, especially given the 4.9%. I could see sessioning this. It doesn't anywhere near beat my favorite nut brown, goose island, but for the price, it's quite nice.

** As per the style, a winter warmer, I don't think so. It's more of a Nut Brown, although it's probably fermented with a lager yeast (the same as any other Leinies).

Leinenkugel's Fireside Nut Brown from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
69 out of 100 based on 793 ratings.