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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: 794
Reviews: 369
rAvg: 2.95
pDev: 25.76%
Wants: 5
Gots: 46 | 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: 794 | Reviews: 369
Photo of WesWes
3.18/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a translucent light brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a dry, malty scent that's light with a slight nutty caramel aroma. There is a foreign extract aroma in here as well. The taste is average as well. It has a little in the way of malt complexity. It seems as though the only malt used in a medium lovibond crystal malt for some color and mediocre caramel flavor. There is a nut flavoring added or something. There doesn't appear to be any Victory malt in this one. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This beer is easy drinking, but it's just not very good.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
2/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.29/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, brought back by my sister from AZ,

A: Pours a dark amber with a mild white head, solid retention, no lace.

S: Nice nose of coffee, malt, maple and hazelnuts.

T: Some nutty malt flavour is enjoyable, but it's just very light. Needs more power.

M: Light-bodied, macro lager finish, fizzy.

D: Could have been so much more. It has a nice base flavour, but does nothing with it. A macro winter beer in the truest sense.

Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of mothman
3.03/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug. Little head that fizzles down quickly. No lacing. Color is a clear mahogany. Not dark at all.

Aroma is like a lager. Smell is much like grain. I wasn't expecting this at all.

The taste is also like a lager, but it has a unique touch. It tastes a lot like a cinnamon cereal. Very odd, but sort of appealing.

Mouthfeel is somewhat smooth. Heavy carbonation.

Overall, I was expecting more of a brown ale, but was way off. Not something I would ever purchase again.

Photo of dmorgan310
3/5  rDev +1.7%

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 Huhzubendah
3.23/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from drabmuh in an effort to help me review all 104 styles. Thanks Matt!

A: The beer is clear and light copper hued, with 1/4" of head.

S: The aroma is primarily of sweet malt, lager, subtle fruits.

T: The beer has some good flavors happening, but they are all very muted and mild. Subtle fruit and nut flavors are pleasant but could be brought out more.

M: Thin in body and perhaps a bit low in carbonation.

D: An OK offering. I had no problem finishing a pint, but likely would not go back for another.

Photo of BillRoth
3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of akorsak
3.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 12 oz bottle, leftover from Turkey Day.

A: The beer is a brighter orange copper color, brilliant in its radiance. Transparent although without head.

S: Nutty, a firm aroma coming out of this one. Lightly toasted grains and caramel follow. The sweetness is palpable, a little much.

T: Quite sweet, the natural flavors lend a near-cloying syrupy nature to the beer. Nuts and toast are apparent, even over the intense sweetness. The aftertaste brings back a flourish of nuttiness. Mid-sip, hops add just a bit of diversion. The natural flavors are, well, unnatural.

M: The mouthfeel is sweet, too sweet for its own good. One and done.

Photo of Kelp
2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of rolltide8425
3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
3.5/5  rDev +18.6%

Photo of Latarnik
2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.3/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not good...and I rarely start off a review by stating that outright, but this was a beast to drink. Not in a good, challenging way, either. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer had a decent appearance. The beer has an almost barn-red/brown color, with a decent (2") head. It got a little shaky from here. The smell has a blending of hazelnut, malt, and hops. When you first drink this brew, you get a mouthful of confusion clumsily barreling around your tastebuds. The hazelnut and hops are present, but the sweetness is thrown off by the increased and overcarbonation and the lightness of the body. The beer doesn't have the substance to balance or compliment the flavors it is trying to pull off. It ends up having a sharp and unpleasant finish, and was not overly enjoyable to choke down. I'm going to give myself a bit of time before trying this brewery's other offers to attempt an unbiased sample.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.42/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
2.78/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz picked up today at New Vintage for about $1.35.. poured into my shaped SA glass...

1/2 head went away almost instantaneously.. brew is not really brown at all.. more amber.. no lace.. no cap...

aroma is nutty extract.. I'm assuming hazelnut.. some caramel.. waaaay to much extract... sorta smells artificial..

flavor is the same but with the artificial extract from front to back.. leaving a lingering unappealing sorta chemical finish... caramel and watery bready notes in the middle.. lite body and very big carbonation.. yeck... not good.. doesn't seem natural at all.


Photo of LiquidAmber
3.13/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of flagmantho
3.43/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of Bighuge
2.79/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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 tone77
3.83/5  rDev +29.8%
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.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.36/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +35.6%

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Leinenkugel's Fireside Nut Brown from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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