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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 Haybeerman
3.31/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.34/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of jrallen34
2.76/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.4/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

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 puboflyons
2.95/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.45/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.75/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of barnzy78
2/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of OWSLEY069
1.9/5  rDev -35.6%
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.

Photo of ZAP
3.75/5  rDev +27.1%
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.

Photo of pathman
3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of smartassboiler
2/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of sweemzander
3.04/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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 mrfrancis
1.75/5  rDev -40.7%

Photo of illidurit
2.55/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of petermethot
2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of DmanGTR
3.21/5  rDev +8.8%
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

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 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 Gmann
2.11/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

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 KarlHungus
2.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear amber color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of faint caramel malt. The taste makes the the faint aroma seem strong. There is only a hint of caramel, and nothing else. The mouthfeel is thin and watery. Overall, this is probably the best beer I've had from Leinenkugel. Unfortunately, that is like being the smartest contestant in the Special Olympics. Really though, this is a very week brown ale. I will not be drinking this again.

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Leinenkugel's Fireside Nut Brown from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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