Fireside Nut Brown
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Lager - European Dark
2.97 | pDev: 25.59%
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Fireside Nut BrownFireside Nut Brown
Notes: "Natural Flavor" is added to this beer.
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.73/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Dec 09, 2015
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MHJeff06 from Nebraska

1.41/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

I mistakenly bought a 12-pack of this beer before it was rightfully retired. The taste was horrendous, with an upfront unnatural nuttiness to it. The mouthfeel was of a metallic nature, and it was overly carbonated. Everything about this beer screams artificial.

I could not sell the remaining 10 beers for $5, after letting my four roommates try this. This is one of the only drain-pour worthy beers I've encountered, and will retire in the hall of fame of terrible beers.

Nov 18, 2013
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cadizkyguy from Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

An above average beer from.Leinenkugels.. Sorry to see it discontinued. Would buy again. Really enjoyed its nuttiness. Dark robust taste. Rarely do I have anything good to say about a BMC offering. But this one hits the spot, true to style. I found this beer just chillin in the back of my fridge and despite its age I found it quite refreshing

May 19, 2013
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

2.72/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Mar 15, 2013
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RyanLaCount03 from Wisconsin

4.62/5  rDev +55.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I really like this beer when I tried it in February or 2012. The smell of the beer had a really strong hint of nutiness. The taste was very good as well if you are a fan of a beer that is flavored as. The appearance was a dark brown or hazel.My friends also liked this beer. I thought it was a very good beer and was sad to see it go.

Feb 20, 2013
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jondeelee from Massachusetts

3.49/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Fireside Nut Brown opens to a lightly smoky, chocolaty, grain-based aroma that is instantly appealing. There are scads of breads and nuts in here, to the extent that the beer smells like a combination bakery and nut roasting factory: yeasty baguettes, floury bread doughs, and thick brown breads mingle with roasting chestnuts and pecans. There’s even a hint of oaky vanilla. Touches of chocolate (both milk and dark) add nice sugars to the mix, and there are hints of smoke, peat, and ash at the edges. But there’s also a nice coffee cream and caramel layer to offset the darker notes, as well as bits of fruit, including apricot and orange. Very light hints of citrus grapefruit from the hops add balance. As a whole, the nose is very nice, and surprisingly nuanced for a 4.9% ABV beer. It does lack in potency, however, the aromas light and fast-fading in the glass, marking one of its few weaknesses.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a blast of breads and nuts that translates almost directly from the nose, with yeasty, floury rising wheat dough and toast crust mixing with roasting pecans and chestnuts. The coffee cream and caramel are still here, as are the light hints of chocolate, ash, and smoke. Touches of apricot and cherry rim the edges, joined by pink grapefruit and grapefruit rind from the hops. Some of these more nuanced notes disappear in subsequent sips, the beer simply not strong enough to maintain flavor over the long run, and the flavors are mainly reduced to cereal grains, roasted nuts, and brown sugar. The aftertaste is a relatively quickly-fading remainder of bread and nut, with touches of ash and smoke, and just a hint of sugar. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is decent fare, especially for a beer with such a low ABV. The initial flavors and aromas are excellent, being balanced, nuanced, and flavorful, but the beer ends up simply not having enough potency to maintain those notes over the course of several sips.

Feb 02, 2013
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Guden from Maryland

2.3/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A- Brilliantly clear light brown with an off white head that fades quickly.

S- Strong nuttiness of hazelnut and almond with a hint of dark fruit. The aroma seems somewhat artificial but not completely off putting.

T- Up front there is the strong nuttiness but this is followed by a strange sour and stale bread character that's followed by a light bitterness in the finish. Strange and mostly unpleasant.

M- Very thin with medium low carbonation making this pretty unenjoyable. Needed more body to fill the mouth and less astringency on the end.

O- This one had some promise but the flavor is just off from where a nut brown should be. A good idea but they need to refine the recipe to get more body and remove the off characters from the taste.

Oct 15, 2012
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tectactoe from Michigan

2.9/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Sep 25, 2012
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Jadjunk from Georgia

2.19/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I've had a few of these since last winter and after hearing about the product's discontinuation after what I assume was poor sales, I held onto one 12 oz. bottle for review. I'm cracking it tonight for a focused review on what has been a love/hate beer for many enthusiasts. Date on bottle is February 27, 2012, making this beer close to 4 months out of date. Better now than never I guess.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my Leinenkugel Pint Glass. Served at 53º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Head construction is certainly pitiful, nearly carbonated fizzy soda-like. Light brown in color, head retention isn't even a familiar concept here. The beer fades to a flat clear surface cover of a saliva consistency, aloft only from sparse carbonation. Body color is a light brown with some pink-red accents, hinting at a thin body and flavor. Carbonation in the glass is light and relaxed. While the lacking head quality has never been much of a surprise with Leinenkugel's beers in the past, there is even less to rejoice in with the appearance of this beer. It comes off as a flat, unimpressive beer in terms of appearance. 1.5

(Smell) Nut flavors are certainly most present, but almost exclusively in an extract form; I suppose that this is what the "natural flavor" claim on the label is attributed to. Flavor is mild but approachable; there's not much diversity beyond nutty extracts but there are few astringencies to be found here either. Hops are indiscernible and the malt flavors are mildly caramelized with a touch of cold booziness, despite an ABV below 5%. Despite not being stomach-turning, it's not particularly an impressive aroma. 2.5

(Taste) Malt flavors unsurprisingly play a very limited part in the flavor of this beer, which is very thin and light drinking. Unfortunately, the high drinkability is then hindered by the most notable part of the drink; the sharp, dry nut extract on the finish, that provides an intense tart twist on the beer. There's little doubt that this flavor itself will turn off most drinkers and it makes drinkability much lower than it should. Pair with a corn-based alcohol tinged finish and you have a beer that's difficult to drink and even more difficult to appreciate. I don't think that I stand alone when I think that the nut flavor would have been better accented with a bolder and more malty body, or alternatively tuned down significantly. The few flavors that are fully developed are really out of place. It's an unpleasant flavor overall, one of craft beers biggest blunders. 2

(Mouthfeel) What could have been the saving grace of this beer, the mouthfeel is mostly a slick flatness on the edges with a tingling and nearly painful crispness on the center of the tongue. Almost both ends of the spectrum of carbonation come into play in one mouthfeel... it's just plain crazy and disorganized. Alcohol presence is medium. Body is unfortunately low, which would be good for drinkability if the remaining flavors weren't so intensely sharp by comparison. It makes for a very confusing and unpredictable mouthfeel that couldn't pair with nearly any beer. 2

(Overall) Best intentions don't play out so well for every beer, and there's few accolades I can give to this one. It's almost as bad as you think it could be- a disappointingly light body with sharp off flavors, finishing dry and itchy with a busy (and yet flat at the same time) texture. I couldn't turn my back on this mess without some suggestions should this drink make a "surprise" return in the future, so here they are: 1) Increase the body significantly so the existing flavors can better gel, 2) Turn down the "nut" flavor or try an alternative source, as the "natural flavor" in this extract is too busy and dry to help drinkability at all. 3) Work on the head quality of this beer; a touch of wheat might do it some good and enhance the flavor profile as well. In the meantime- this beer is a mess and not something to be bothered with. Unless there's some miraculous flavor comeback in the distant future, I bid this drink a not-so-fond farewell. 2.5

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Jun 24, 2012
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chefhatt from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found this in the bottom of my beer drawer.
When poured it has a nice brown color body with not a lot of head that doesn't hang around long. The smell is a little nutty not much else. The taste is very strong of like nut flavoring, not really like a nutty malt taste. I don't get any hops at all. The mouth feel is ok and overall is a ok beer, nothing to write home about.

Mar 30, 2012
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flagmantho from Washington

3.43/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Mar 27, 2012
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up in Totowa and even though I had never had it before, I wasn't expecting much from this. While the beer wasn't bad, it had quite an artificial feel to it because of the added nut flavor and it was extremely light both in mouthfeel and body. I wouldn't trash this beer at all but this wasn't as good as the other Leinenkugel's that I've had, and that really isn't saying a whole lot!

This had a decent pour to it - with a clear almond hue, lots of carbonation, and a moderate head that quickly faded. There wasn't any lacing to be seen as I worked my way down my point glass and the flavors just didn't mesh well together. The almond was too strong to feel real and there wasn't enough toffee to back it up either. Both of these faded to caramel in the back, but the bubbles just seemed to wash everything away too quickly without allowing for much of any savoring.

The alcohol in this couldn't really be felt and had it been cold out, I may have downed another in sitting. This calls for some food to make the experience a bit more fulling but by itself, this beer doesn't measure up very well. Only die-hards of the style or brand should seek this out.

Mar 20, 2012
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Mar 04, 2012
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hreb from Washington

2.13/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, screw cap, dated APR0212. Poured in pint glass beer pours surprisingly red, and pale, for a brown ale. Decent side head on it, though. Would actually be a decent appearance if the label hadn't promised a Nut Brown. Aroma is slightly medicinal and very faintly nutty.

First sip is intensely carbonated. Brown ales ought to have a little bit of gravity to them and a mellower mouthfeel. This tastes like lager.

Would not recommend. Would not order again.

Mar 03, 2012
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3roosters from Wisconsin

3.18/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First taste was enjoyable, never poured it much, just drank from the bottle. not bitter but had a slight coffee taste to me, poured nice and kept a good head when i poured one. Enjoyed it very much. bought it several times. great whilr viewing an open fire on a cool evening.

Feb 20, 2012
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Piva31 from Michigan

2.25/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I try all the beers I can and I am rarely disappointed. Even the big company lagers have their place although too many don't understand that, but as for this beer... it is the first one since some pumpkin beer I will not drink again. I found this beer to average in the various ways in which beer is judged, which is to say, good; however, the flavor of this beer stuck me immediately as having a chemical, artificial flavor. Unfortunately, that is the predominate characteristic.

Feb 18, 2012
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RedSpecial1 from Florida

2.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear reddish amber with a thick frothy head that lingers for a few minutes before dying down to a thin remnant.

S: Notes of burnt caramel malt predominates. A faint mineral character is also present.

T: Pleasant flavor of toasty caramel malt up front, but that segues into an almost soapy finish. Something wrong with the pH of their water maybe?

M: Light and crisp. Could be refreshing with spicy food, or on a hot evening.

O: Not an impressive beer, but not outright bad either. For some reason it reminds me of Shiner Bock, maybe because of the soapy note at the end. It's too bad they couldn't hold that first note of the flavor for the whole length of a sip, because for the first moment or two it is quite pleasant tasting.

Feb 13, 2012
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Sudsy89 from Florida

2.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle, chilled.

Pours an amber color, smallish white head that quickly dissipates. Bland taste and aroma, it reminds me more of a watered-down Newcastle than a nut brown ale. Watery,looks like a flat soda after a few minutes. Disappointing because I have never tried any beers from this company, but maybe I expected too much from a cheap beer.
Better than a cheap macro lager but not by much, it just doesn't live up to the name.

Jan 25, 2012
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carolinahophead from North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here we go ...
A : The beer pour a light to medium copper color and we can say maybe a brown. It did have a nice head when poured.
S: This beer does give you the nutty aromas and lightly roasted malt. You get caramel and brown sugar.
T : This a light brown beer for sure ... Wish it was an ale. Can we say a session beer. A good choice for maybe a weeekend party beer in the cold midwest.
M : Its a medium to light mouthfeel and a medium finish. You get a nutty taste on the backend and we do like it.
O : Its an OK beer ... Acceptable and nothing to stay away from. A fun beer to drink in the dark days of winter.

Jan 24, 2012
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denver10 from New Mexico

2.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Light brown with a white, bubbly head that quickly escapes. The color seems lighter than the typical brown, which appears due to consistency of the beer, probably due to it being a lager instead of an ale. I actually like it. Like with most brown ales it took some warming for the flavor of this brown lager to really come out. Some nuttiness paired with some sweet malts and brown sugar.! (though not in a good way) Not sure what to make of the flavor as it is something else and don't think I have every encountered anything like it before. A very strong sugared peanut flavor hit me right away. Hiding right behind that is some malty sweetness. I think I even got a little jolly rancher in the aftertaste. I don't know what I think of this, it's very interesting. I can't say I like it, but I keep wanting to come back and take another sip to discover more of it. Mouthfeel is a little thicker than its appearance let on and there's also more carbonation than I'd expect. Honestly, interesting seems to be the most appropriate adjective I have for this. I don't like it but I am intrigued enough by it that I don't hate it.

Jan 23, 2012
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midworken from Nebraska

3.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured with little head that dissipated very quickly and left little lacing on the top.
A very smoky, nutty aroma. Not really a fan of the large amount of smokiness here.
The taste is strongly bitter because of the smokiness. There really isn't a malty backbone to help balance it which makes this beer really off-kilter. I remember having this beer over a year ago and I don't remember this strong of flavor. Complexity is minimal, with the scarce presence of hops as well.
I'm really trying to give this beer the benefit of the doubt, but I am not impressed in any way. Mouthfeel is watery and wet, but the taste does linger for some time. I would love this part if I enjoyed the beer itself.

Jan 23, 2012
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scootny from New York

2.62/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A pale clear brown and a fast fade head that leaves no lace at all. Smell is the best part with an inviting sweet nuttiness. Taste is a big letdown. It tastes like Kool-Aid nut brown. Water flavored with Nut Brown extract. There is a metallic edge to the finish and a thin dry nuttiness and chocolate covered dishrag as well. Feel is thin and watery with a loose carbonation. I can't finish this as I can find better use for the calories.

Jan 21, 2012
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stealth from Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Rapidly dispersing head with no lacing covers a light brown clear pour. The smell is off, dirty, and 'artificial'. The smell is similar to the taste. Subtle smokiness over hazelnut, but it all tastes fake. Like artificial flavoring. Finishes tasting a bit off. Coats my mouth like high fructose corn syrup does, giving that 'I have not brushed my teeth in three days' feeling; not very pleasing.

Jan 19, 2012
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WastingFreetime from Wisconsin

2.79/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from session notes.

Translucent light brown in color with the same sad little fizzy disappearing head that leaves no lacing behind as all other Leinenkugel products I have ever had. Has a very distinctive hazelnut aroma on top of toffee malts with a hint of smoke in the background, taste is much more smoke-forward than all the nuttiness in the nose would have you expect. Where this brew falls short of my expectations is in the appearance and texture category. The body is somewhat too thick and has a disgusting sort of greasy oil slick quality to it that rapidly formed a nasty coating all over the interior of my mouth.

Jan 19, 2012
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Hojaminbag from Colorado

2.62/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Leinenkugel's Fireside Nut Brown somehow found its way into my fridge, so here I sit with during the NFL playoffs. The body is yellow-brown and very clear. There is only a little bit of head, and it disappears quickly without leaving a head.

The aroma has loads of caramel sweetness, some dry chocolate and some nutty aromas. There might be a little bit of smoke as well.

The flavor is a little short and watery, but what is there is actually pretty good. Something I mostly missed in the aroma is a pretty good smokey flavor, which makes sense based on the name of this beer. Smoke is the main flavor, with a campfire flavor too it, and not so much roasted meat. The malt base is pretty bland and even has a touch of corn to it, but it also comes with caramel, powdered dark chocolate and some nuttiness. The finish is short with a lot of sweetness.

Very light body with fairly light carbonation.

Jan 15, 2012
Fireside Nut Brown from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 69 out of 100 with 805 ratings