Dismiss Notice
Microbrew Invitational
Join us June 3 + 4 in Boston and help us drink 300+ beers, ciders, kombuchas, meads, sakes and more!

TICKETS: beeradvocate.com/micro/

Leinenkugel's Fireside Nut Brown | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

368 Reviews
Read the review
For Trade:
Leinenkugel's Fireside Nut BrownLeinenkugel's Fireside Nut Brown

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Natural Flavor" is added to this beer.

Added by mothman on 08-12-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 368 | Ratings: 805
Photo of OWSLEY069
1.9/5  rDev -37.1%
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 papat444
3.65/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, best before Mar.12, 2012.

Appearance: Full of tiny bubbles racing up a dark amber body (semi-clear). Head is thick and lasts a decent amount of time. Some coating on the sides.

Smell: Lots of caramel malt as well as nuts and their shells with a bit of toasted nuts also.

Taste: Some caramel but what i really like is the flavor of chestnuts toasting on a wooden stove. The flavor is not necessarily intense but feels authentic. Some grilled sesame seeds in there as well.

Mouthfeel: Starts well with a big accent on the malt and good carbonation but suffers as it warms which makes it average.

Overall: Pleasantly surprised by this one. A decent offering worth trying.

 701 characters

Photo of morimech
2.21/5  rDev -26.8%
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".

 633 characters

Photo of StoutHunter
3.75/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 pack of this the other day, I drank a lot of these beers late last fall, so i decided to give this years release a go. Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- This beer poured a clear light brown with 2 fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed.

S- Roasted nuts and caramel malts. Smells sweet.

T- Lots of roasted caramel malts with a big presence of hazelnut. Very little hops are detected. The sweetness carries on through the smell.

M- A little on the thin side with the right amount of carbonation.

D- I find this beer to be pretty drinkable, if memory serves me correct there where several nights were I drank more then my fair share of this brew.

Overall i genuinely like this beer. I don't understand why a lot of people don't like this beer. but hey different strokes for different folks. I thought the flavors were balanced nicely and the extra nutty and hazelnut flavors were an nice added touch.

 972 characters

Photo of illidurit
2.55/5  rDev -15.6%
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 Gmann
2.11/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a crystal clear amber brown color with an airy tan head that quickly settles into a sparse cap. The aroma has an artifical smell to it. It is like a cream soda and honey syrup, with a touch of grains; unnaturally sweet. The taste is quite artficial as well. Very syrupy diet cream soda with a rusty metallic toasted grain taste. The feel is fizzy and quite light, club soda like. Not very good; toasted macro with artifical cream soda flavoring, bleh.

 457 characters

Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.05/5  rDev -32.1%
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.

 1,087 characters

Photo of cokes
2.85/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

 889 characters

Photo of DmanGTR
3.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured very brilliantly clear and a medium shade of maple. A fluffy 2" head that retained as a thin cap. No lacing in the tulip. 4.0

S - Metallic is the first thing that comes to mind. Maybe "tinny" is a better term. Light brown sugar and a hint of maple. Very slight, if any, hazelnut or pecans. Not much else here. 3.0

T - Again, very metallic. Sweet with more of that brown sugar/very faint molasses. Nutmeg and maple, but all very subdued. 3.5

M - Slick, prickly carbonation. Thin bodied. 2.5

D - Sure, it's drinkable. But would I want to drink it? Probably not, unless it's free. 3.0

 596 characters

Photo of rodbeermunch
2.73/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Nice clarity for a dark auburn colored beer. Gives you a beige head of over a half an inch, even if it does not yield the desired lace or retention thereof. Aroma was mildly sweet and nutty I guess. Sure.

Even more mild tastewise. Thin body. Not much roasting of said malt backbone, which is kinda lacking. Its a smooth brown lager. Oktoberfestish.

 358 characters

Photo of tpd975
3.2/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice nutty brown hue with a nice solid half finger head. Okay retention and no lace noted.

S: Very sweet malt aromas. Artifical chocolate, hazelnuts, and brown sugar mostly. A slight hint of toasted malt as well.

T: Not a fan. Very artificial flavors. Chocolate extract, hazelnut extract with a big blast of malt sweetness.

M: Medium in body with ample carbonation.

D: Nah not really. Not a real fan. Everything about this one screams additives. I could do with out the extracts or whatever was used to bring out these bizarre flavors.

 551 characters

Photo of MattyG85
3.75/5  rDev +24.2%
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.

 819 characters

Photo of alexgash
3.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle.

Clear, clean, raw sienna-amber. Small, fizzy, short-lived off-beige head. Toasted malt and nuts on the nose. Caramel, cola, and cooked vegetables as well. Slightly astringent grains up front. Toasted malts and nuts come in along with mild cola and cookie dough sweetness. Vanilla finds its way in near the finish. Moderate body with a fizzy feel. Not too bad, but a little fizzy, and a little bit too sweet (artificially so?).

 442 characters

Photo of bubseymour
3.81/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Brown and clear with 1 finger soap sudsy head that dissappeared in 30 seconds. No lacing and looks quite watery.

Smell - A really nice roasted malt and bready smell. Nice nut brown presence.

Taste - A pleasant nut brown roasted flavor. Nice malty brew with a good taste to it. Some crispness in the finish but nothing bitter at all.

Mouthfeel - Here's the problem with it. Extremely watery and lacking in body.

Overall - If you don't mind the watery lightness and low ABV to this beer, its actual very pleasant in both smell and taste. I'm not sure why its bashed as bad as it is. I think its quite respectable and sessionable.

 644 characters

Photo of Vancer
3.26/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, it looks good - clear mahogany brown pour, decent ivory head that dies a bit quick. Tries to stick, but lacks any willpower.

Light aroma of malts, spice and hazelnut - very light. Thin, raspy quaff of the same, nothing overpowering, nothing outstanding. Crisp in the finish, I'd say this your working man's crossover brew to browns. Good price per sixer to draw one in, decent drinking brown to keep them around. Sure AIN'T no winter warmer, a nutty brown.

I don't care for hazelnut if it is too strong, this one drank nicely and I say would make for a fireside quaffer. Thanks to DT the legend for sending me the sample bottle.

 637 characters

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.86/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - good dark caramel color, a scant finger of beige foam up top.

Aroma - toasted caramel, light nuttiness, pretty much par for the style. 3.0

Taste - nice, even blend of caramelly grain, toastiness, and light nutty flavor. The swallow allows more roastiness through. The finish has a very light abv warmth that should really be more present. A nice complement to some roasted chestnuts, dare I say even a shade better.

Mouthfeel - medium body and carbonation. Good for the style.

Drinkability - very sessionable stuff; ideal for the holidays, with chestnuts or without! Kick up the abv for a *real* example of the style, but this would appeal to crossover palates of, like me, the sweeter-toothed BAs.

 715 characters

Photo of homebrew311
3.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on draft.

A: dark brown, auburn highlights. Thin whIte head at first, disappears quickly. Nice clarity.

S: roasted malts Are balanced by a bit of maple on the nose, faint hints of chocolate as well as bubblegum

T: the flavor starts out pretty sweet with maple an brown sugr, definitely leans towards the sweet side of things, a small amount of roasted malt makes an appearance but hardly balances out the malty sweetness

Mf: light body, mellow carbonation

O: this is perhaps the sweetest brown ale I have had, lacing in balance, almost tastes like artificial sweetness is in the beer

 596 characters

Photo of yemenmocha
3.23/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber to brown with light tan head. Nose is candied with caramel and nutty notes. Palate offers much the same with a sweet caramel presence with nuttiness, a bit of woodyness is there too, and medium to light body. The thing is that they seem artificial in flavor. Finishes sweet and caramelly, and is therefore quite easy to drink swiftly. A bit watery overall though, just too light compared to most craft beers.

 420 characters

Photo of allengarvin
3.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a medium-amber colored beer with a very thin, though persistent, head. The aroma is full of those uber-nutty hazelnut notes that derive from hazelnut extract additions--I admit, I kind of like it, but it's still cheating, and there are no other scents at all. Hugely hazelnut flavor, with a light maltiness, and a clean finish.

So... I like these "nutty" beers, artificial though they are. Every few years someone will produce one. This is currently the only one on the Texas market, so I might even buy this again.

 524 characters

Photo of Mitchster
3.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$7 for a 6'er at Jacks. Brewed with 2-row English malts, hopped with Cluster. Lager yeast...this is not an ale according to the website. 4.9% ABV. 155 kcal/12oz, 13 IBU's, 23 SRM.

"Beer with natural flavor"...hrmm. Pours out to a clear dark mahogany, forming a large off yellow head with good retention and sparse lacing, moderate carbonation. The aroma opens with pronounced sweet nuttiness, like hazelnut and vanilla syrups that you put in your latte's. Mouthfeel is prickly with acidity, cola like and thin bodied, like a domestic lager. The taste is a little sweet and nutty like hazelnuts and vanilla with a little bit of toast and chocolate chip cookie dough maybe towards the end and a suggestion of chalk in the aftertaste. Very mild bitterness.

Ho hum. It's an interesting novelty beer, as are most of Leinenkugel's brews. Would probably make an interesting big beer if everything was ramped up.

 906 characters

Photo of Brew33
3.4/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My wife and I go out with another couple fairly often and we take turns hosting. Last night, we went to their house to play cards and have a few drinks. They don't drink beer but they pick me up some beer when they host. So they picked up a mixed 12 from Leinenkugel. They all drink cocktails....

I had tried all the beers in the pack except the Fireside. I have to say, I liked it. Now it isn't a complex, deep, traditional Brown Ale. But it was pretty damn tasty. Syrupy sweet, light mouthfeel, easy to drink. It had a very processed, corn syrupy, fake nut taste that I must say I enjoyed for a change of pace.

Now I can imagine a lot of beer snobs will turn their nose up at this but it is what it is. An enjoyable, sweet beer that you can session. Throw your brain and educated palate away for a few hours and knock back a couple of these.

 845 characters

Photo of Metalmonk
2.98/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

 1,264 characters

Photo of richkrull
2.31/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

 439 characters

Photo of Redrover
3.45/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my SA pint glass, the beer is a translucent gold & brown. There is a off-white head.

The aroma is of something sweet like caramel backed with a faint nuttiness.

The nut taste is much more prominent in the taste. The hazelnuts jump out at you and they are backed by caramelized sugars and malts.

The mouth is on thin side for a winter beer and I would like to see them ratchet down the carbonation a notch.

Still, this is fairly drinkable in small quantities. It will be a good crossover beer for folks willing to venture a tiny step outside of their BMC comfort zone.

Note that I like hazelnut in beers. The Rouge version is very good and Berghoffs old winter beer was also a more than passable offering. Glad to see Leines trying some new beers. This is an upgrade over their apple spice offering of winters past!

 835 characters

Photo of nrbw23
1.85/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A- Pours a clear brownish amber color with a nice tannish colored head. Head leaves pretty much no lacing at all.

S- Smells really sweet almost like maple syrup. I could also pick up a tiny bit of malts, nuts and smoke.

T- Again very sweet here again and just like maple syrup which dominants the brew with its sweetness. I don't think I can finish this one.

M- Light in body and carbonation.

D- Just a little too sweet for me. I think I'll pass next time around.

 467 characters

Leinenkugel's Fireside Nut Brown from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.