Leinenkugel's Fireside Nut Brown
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Leinenkugel's Fireside Nut BrownLeinenkugel's Fireside Nut Brown
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European Dark Lager
2.97 | pDev: 25.59%
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Leinenkugel's Fireside Nut BrownLeinenkugel's Fireside Nut Brown
Notes: "Natural Flavor" is added to this beer.
Reviews: 367 | Ratings: 805 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by poorbanker:
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2/5  rDev -32.7%

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Photo of jsprain1
1.91/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A- Chestnut brown is a nice color, but the thin white head doesnt last or leave lacing.
S- Smell is brown bread and a strange abstract artifical nut aroma.
T- Some caramel and nut flavors. All the flavors taste... not quite real.
M- Excessively light weight, carbonation is initally decent but falls apart in the finish.
D- Just not a great beer. Flavors are too artifical and mouthfeel falls apart.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into dimpled mug as part of my winter brew tasting 2010: Pours a clear light brown with a full inch of white head that died down to a thin ring. Aroma is roasted nuts and caramel malt with just a hint of smoke. Palate is to the thin side with lively carbonation. Taste is roasted caramel malts with a big presence of hazelnut. Little or no hops. Same hint of sweetness as in the smell. Disappointing beer for me as I preferred it's Oktoberfest.

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3.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of beer2day
2.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours copper with a nice 1-finger head. Little retention. Some carbonation. No lacing.

Nose is cloying. Sweet caramel dominates, with maple tones. Just too much for me.

Very, very sweet in the mouth. Literally gives me a headache to drink this one. Big maple syrup taste and feel. Body, even with the syrupy feel, is still on the thin side.

Will not get this one again.

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4/5  rDev +34.7%

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3/5  rDev +1%

Photo of donteatpoop
3.73/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear amber-brown with a cap of cream colored head that retained well but left very little lacing.

Smell was not so much present, smoke, light hop character, and some sweet malt.

The taste is excellent, the smoke hits the palate first followed by a dry bitter hop thats balanced nicely with some sweet malt. Taste of peanuts and maybe cashews; very good taste.

Easy to drink. This is the third thing I've had from this brewery, and I was really pleased with the brew. Like my experience with their Vienna lager, I'm surprised at the relatively low reviews. Oh well, different strokes for different folks I suppose.

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2.25/5  rDev -24.2%

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1/5  rDev -66.3%

Photo of DmanGTR
3.21/5  rDev +8.1%
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

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3/5  rDev +1%

Photo of HalfFull
2.31/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear orange/light amber in color into a pint glass. Half inch of off white head is short lived.

Smell has a nutty coffee aroma. Surely syrup based as this doesn't have a natural feel to it that one might get from some malts. A sweet hazelnut/almond aroma somewhat like Amaretto. And some lager yeast and a bit of smoke as well. This is surely a lager and not a brown ale or a winter warmer.

Taste continues with the added sweetness and nutty flavors shown on the nose. Carbonation diminishes quickly and I fear for the bottom half of the glass, perhaps should have left it in the bottle for better carb. retention. Smoke is more prevalent later and has a bit of an undesirable charred quality to it. Feel is OK, nut finish is weird but brief. Drink is limited, lot of weird things going on here get tiring fast. Unless you like Dr. Pepper 'cause it does remind me a bit of that.

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2/5  rDev -32.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of ne0m00re
1.97/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Live review of a 12 oz bottle.
A: Clear copper with a small cream head with lacing.
S: Buttery caramel walnuts with a cloying strange artificial sugar sweetness. I'm not a fan.
T: The taste is more subdued than the aroma, but an overly buttery biscuit and toffee with a creamy artificial sugar sweetness are key players. The whole malt character is odd.
M: Creamy smooth, but with a strange lack of body.
D: All right, it's drinkable, if there were very few other options.

It is way too... artificial. Sometimes Southern Tier comes off like this as well, but at least their malt profile is authentic. This seems like it was flavored to get that nuttiness.

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Photo of KajII
3.1/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in a Dimpled mug]

The Pour was a crystal clear medium brown with a slight red hue and a thin (less than 1 finger) fizzy white head that was fully diminishing in a matter of seconds with virtually no lacing to speak of.

The aroma was of a roasted biscuit malt and a sweet earthy yeast with notes of caramel, a light dose of roasted coffee and a mild nutty presence (hazelnut I think).

The taste was lightly sweet and very malty with a note of caramel from the onset then became a tad bitterer with a nice note of coffee and some mild nutty overtones at the end. The flavor stuck around for a little while letting the coffee and malts work on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was just a bit more than medium in body with the texture being nice and creamy and having a medium carbonation.

Overall a decent Brown Ale, a little lighter in taste than most but most definitely quite drinkable. This is a brew that has an ABV and a great drinkability, which would allow it to be a great session beer.

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2.5/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.08/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- A deep reddish-brown hue coated with a finger of slightly flizzy white head that disappears very quickly. Aboslutely no lacing

S- Nutty and very sugary. The smell was very unique just because of how sweet it smelled. Also, a bit of cereal/grainy smell, probably fromt he sweetness.

T- Alright, this beer reminded me of Lucky Charms for some reason. Along with this, malts and nuts. Different, but not real pleasing.

M- This beer was a little too carbonated, relatively smooth, light-medium body.

D- If I liked the taste of this beer it would probably be drinkable just because of the lighter body and seemingly low ABV. I didn't even get a buzz from this beer and I consider myself a lightweight. The best thing about this beer is probably the affordability.

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2.5/5  rDev -15.8%

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3/5  rDev +1%

Photo of chinchill
3.11/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Leinenkugel's Fireside Nut Brown from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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