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Leinenkugel's Fireside Nut Brown - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
71
okay

367 Reviews
THE BROS
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awful

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Reviews: 367
Hads: 799
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 20.98%
Wants: 5
Gots: 56 | 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 LiquidAmber
3.13/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium to dark red brown amber. Thin off-white head that dissipates quickly to a ring around the glass. Aroma of sweet malt and nuts with a faint vegetable element; faint but pleasant. Flavor very mild, faint roasted malt and lightly nutty, finish abrupt with slight maltiness. Tastes like the flavor elements are all there, but extremely subdued or watered down. No off flavors, but completely underwhelming in flavor. Light bodied. Would be satisfactory with more robustness in the flavors that are present. (551 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.42/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured a cranberry ice tea color with a brilliant clarity and a fizzy flat tan colored head that was quick to dissipate. Visible effervesce was medium, the coloring a few shades lighter redder then expected and the head disappointing with an overall average appeal.

S: The nose was promising, with a bit of fresh smoky nature or rich dried toffee with a finishing fade of dried apple and cherry skins. While not particularly nutty as advertised it was sweet with a dried fruity nature with shades above average regards.

T: The flavor was sweet, highlighted by a fresh fruitiness of apple peels and cherries. A light sense of toasted caramel and warm, moist nutbread also comes through. The finish is bright and fruity of apple skins with a fairly clean fade. Again lacking a good deal of nuttiness but there is a faint underappreciated smokiness that I found soothering and woodsy. Not particularly known for their ample bodies of flavor this one came across fairly decent to me.

M: The mouthful had a nice tightly bubbly sensation with a medium consistency and a syrupy feel. A dry fruity fade ensures on the swallow.

D: Decent drinkability , a bit sweet but certainly manageable at 2-3. Delivers a fair amount of flavor and probably one of their better beers. Worthy of single purchase, but a six pack probably wont go to waste either. (1,347 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.43/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium-brown hue with a completely haze-free body and a nice effervescence. Head is a thin layer of pillowy ivory foam. Not bad.

Smell: slightly sweet and very biscuity malt aroma with a nutty component, possibly hazelnut. It's not bad, per se, but biscuit plus hazelnut is not among my favorite combinations.

Taste: sweetish malt with a lot less biscuit and hazelnut than the aroma. I'm also getting some mild tones of coriander in the mix; it's interesting. I would never call this a "Euro dark lager", as it is classified here, but it makes a tasty-enough nut brown ale.

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-light body with a good carbonation and a frankly surprising creaminess. Definitely the best thing about this beer!

Overall: this is a bizarre beer that I find growing on me somewhat. The aroma is a touch off-putting to my personal taste, but the sweet, hazelnutty, brown ale flavor is just weird enough to appeal. (975 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.83/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a amberish/brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by malts. Taste is good, malty and sweet up front, a bit nutty, some hops kicking in at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer. (269 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.21/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.36/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a dark amber brown with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell is on the sweet side with notes of sweet malt and hazelnuts.

The taste is prety good. I get lots of hazelnuts mixed with some vanilla and caramel malt and a very light bitterness that reminds me of hot cocoa. The flavours are fairly strong on the front end but they really fall near and through the finish to the point of being watery.

Mouthfeel is light and the carbonation is medium.

Head retention and lacing are very good.

Bottom line: This is an interesting brew that doesn't get me all excited or anything but it's easy enough to drink 1 maybe 2 bottles at a sitting. (646 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
2.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear auburn body. Thin off white head. Lacing is sporadic. Sweet aroma. Confectionery sweet. Artificial kind of sweet. Not really that appealing. The taste follows suit. Something artificial tasting here. The label says "Beer with Natural Flavor." What's "Natural Flavor"? What type of extract did they add?? This is not a genuine tasting brown ale. Maybe it was hazelnut extract or something. It's too sweet and lacks the nice brown malt roast flavors I like in nut brown ales. This is drinkable, just not something I'd return to. Glad I got a single. (553 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
3.31/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, bright burnt orange-to-brown. Poured a thin creamy off-white head that dissipated quickly. Light, inconsistent lacing.

S: Sweet hazelnuts, maple syrup, and chocolate. Slight warming brings out brown sugar, molasses, and caramel. The sweetness is almost intoxicating and not all that pleasant after a while.

T: Sweet roasted malts up front. Hazeluts and chocolate settle in the middle. Lightly bitter hop finish isn't quite enough to balance the sweetness as the chocolate taste lingers.

M: Light body and very thin. Ample carbonation (aren't most nut browns not real carbonated?)

D: Easy enogh to drik and ABV is tolerable. Perhaps my personal taste, but the sweetness wore me down. (696 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.72/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (707 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
2.95/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From bottle no. 01031-B22113. Sampled on December 20, 2010. I must say that I enjoyed looking at its amber-red pour, busy carbonation, and soft off-white head. The aroma had a varied mix of smoked nuts, maple, and barley grains. The body was smooth and in the medium range. The taste had an odd mixture of hazelnut, maple, and ended tart. Kind of different. (357 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.34/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured a nice "nut" brown color and I even got a half inch of head to boot. Little lacing.

S - Smell pretty much sold me. Full of nuts, roasted malts and a bit of bitter.

T - Taste kind of let me down. Started off pretty great but it was a kind of skunk taste in the roast malt. Gave off a sort of bad peanut taste (old nuts) but after a while it gets pretty smooth. Still I shouldn't have too "get used to it"

M - Comes off pretty light. Drank it pretty slow.

D - In the end I wished it was a bit more sweet. That may have sold me but overall just an average beer. (573 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
2.76/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On tap into a pint glass...Pours an ugly watery light brown, looks like toilet water. Light watery tan head for a second then gone...The aroma is half ok, roasty and nutty, but then comes generic notes of sterile skunk and grains...Taste and feel is really light and watery. This is pretty bad.

Not worth trying. (314 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.4/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

10 (ish) tap pour into an American tumbler pint.

A - Pours from the tap clear bronze brown with a stout, off-white head. Low retention and no lace left over.

S - Cold, metallic nose with a nutty amber aroma. It's pretty bland. A huge departure from their first batch that was full of aroma and flavor, sadly.

T - Hints of nuttiness and amber malts. Cold and metallic in flavor with a hard mineral finish.

M - Very light-bodied and bland with a highly carbonated finish.

D - Total weaksauce. I hate to do this, but I'm just being honest; I'm glad I got this pint for free because my pour blew the keg but I didn't even end up drinking more than a few sips of this. The first year this was released, it was awesome. Apparently people complained it was too 'strong' or something, looking to have something with less flavor. Either way, this beer isn't good stand-alone. It's god-awful when compared to the first batch. (920 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.45/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Has a nice, if not too strong, yeasty and slightly spicy aroma with a malty undertone. It pours a warm, clear golden amber with a fairly thick, though not persistent, cream-white head. Flavor is malty and yeasty and just a little spicy, mainly cinnamon. Texture is typically smooth and fairly fizzy. (299 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
2.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (1,312 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.75/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crystal clear light amber color with a thin off-white head that sticks around due to continuous bubbles rising to the surface.

Mostly sweet sugary malty and nutty smell. Hints of vanilla and vegetables...cabbage and cooked carrots.

Has a vanilla extract and sulfurous lager taste. Very thin bodied and watery. I get a bit of cardboard flavors in here too. Just not a very tasty beer. The 'nut' brown flavor is more like an almond extract essence. I wanted to like this beer, but the overall feel of the beer does not do it for me. (540 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.04/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours clear brown copper to amber color that produced a large off-white to light tan foamy head with decent retention.

(S)- When it was super cold, I didnt smell anything?! As it warms up I just get a little sugary sweetness with a hint of nuts and brown sugar.

(T)- Nuttiness of almond, walnut, and pecan with a sweet caramel & brown sugar malt background.

(M)- Good carbonation level with a good balance of nutty & sweet flavors.

(D)- A fun beer that I remember being much better last year when it was first released. It had a nice rich maple malt profile. This years just tastes more sugary sweet to me. Did they change it? Let this warm up cause it was really closed when it was cold. (763 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.75/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pretty clean looking for an ale...burnt orange color...head is no problem...a creamy, fluffy white head emerges immediately and coats the glass.

S-Sweeter aroma with some maple notes...

T-Sweet malts and sugars...hazelnuts and maple are very evident...also has a noticable chocolate/mocha touch on the finish.

M-Thin....if this had a bit more heft I would really like this...not a lot....just a bit more weight...a little sticky sweet texture...

D-I expected another bland Leinie brew but am pleasantly surprised. This beer will not be for everyone and it is far from a traditional nut brown ale. But it does have some interesting flavors that I find appealing. (667 characters)

Photo of drpimento
2.68/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (339 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
1.9/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to brown color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a dry nuttiness and a small caramel sweetness. In the taste, sweet to dry caramel backed by a dry nuttiness. A small spice like bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry caramel like aftertaste. Caramel and nutty, a bit sticky sweet to dry, eh!, pedestrian. (350 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4.48/5  rDev +46.9%
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. (483 characters)

Photo of mynie
3.21/5  rDev +5.2%
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..."

EDIT:

It's got flavor adulterants added to it. That's cheating. Score has been lowered. (935 characters)

Photo of cbutova
2.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Poured with a brown body into a pint glass. One finger light tan head forms with decent retention and a silky texture. Small foamy ring leaves no lace.

S- Caramel, nutty malt, buttery and lager yeast hints mostly. Has some dark fruit and a bit of an adjunct feel.

T- Onone hand there are nice toasty nutty malt, caramel, raisin and roast hints. On the other hand this is sort of brought down by a diluted macro yeast and adjunct flavor. Some Euro hop notes, grassy and herbal.

MF- Slightly watery feel with foamy high carbonation. Slight bitterness left on the palate.

Brings some pretty good malt and yeast flavors but it ends up feeling diluted and made with adjuncts. (677 characters)

Photo of illidurit
2.55/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. Light orange-brown color with a fizzy off-white head. Aroma is hazelnut extract and cheap milk chocolate. Very sweet and nutty. Literally tastes like washing down a Reeses peanut butter cup with Perrier. Slight mineral finish. Watery and artificial. (275 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.45/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a clear dark copper with some light tan head. It smelled like earthy caramel and nutty malt, with some roasted barley and coffee and toffee. It tasted like sweet caramel and nutty malt, followed by strong rusty copper hops. It was watery with mild carbonation, and had a bittersweet metallic aftertaste. Overall this had a nice smell, but the strange metallic aftertaste ruined the flavor. The body was good, and it was easy enough to drink. Generally a decent brown ale, but clearly not one of the best. (516 characters)

Leinenkugel's Fireside Nut Brown from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 367 ratings.