Leinenkugel's Fireside Nut Brown | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's Fireside Nut BrownLeinenkugel's Fireside Nut Brown

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

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.

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

I pour from bottle to a glass. The head was thin tan colored at it's strongest point and faded fast with light hints of lacing. The color of the beer is dark red-brown, a bit darker than tea. The aroma was faint, with malt being it's strong point and no sigh of hops. The flavor comes off with malt and some pecan flavor. The mouthfeel is light and watery. Overall it's not a bad beer. As it stands it's a decent winter beer, but Leinie's can stand to accent the flavor and aroma with more malt and nuttiness. While I suffer from being a hop addict, adding to the hops would offset the potential strengths.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a red brown body with a lot of carbonation to the body. It has average head and lace.

Smell: I hate compare it to another beer but it smells a lot like Abita Pecan Ale. There is a little bit of adjunct smell at the tail end.

Taste: Malty but also a bit adjunct. Maybe corn sugar. It has an almond, pecan like flavor.

Mouthfeel: It is a little too off in the taste for me. I can’t put my finger on what it is though.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
1.56/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Im starting off the year of BMC reviews with Leinie's Fireside Nut Brown.

The bottle produces a brown liquid. Decent carbonation, but nothing really special.

Smell is very BMC-like, plus load of dry nuts. Very nutty to the point of being off-putting.

The taste is awful. Very dry and nutty, like dried cashews and peanuts. The malt feels dry and kind of like dirt. Well mud to be exact. Ends slick and sweet.

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Photo of CTownDrinker
2.76/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Fireside Nut Brown
Appearance-Pours deep Maple Color, foamy yet thin head

Smell- Very Earthy smell, no real discernible smell to point out, other than slight coffee/ nuttiness

Taste –Very Toasty nutty taste. Almost peanut like. Very thin bitter aftertaste. Kind of a simple beer, just nuttiness, no other complex flavors.

Mouth –Feels a lot thinner than it looks, almost watery

Overall – Not a bad beer, but almost to overpowering with the nutt flavor and not enough else going on.

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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

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Photo of cbutova
2.9/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Poured with a brown body into a pint glass. One finger light tan head forms with decent retention and a silky texture. Small foamy ring leaves no lace.

S- Caramel, nutty malt, buttery and lager yeast hints mostly. Has some dark fruit and a bit of an adjunct feel.

T- Onone hand there are nice toasty nutty malt, caramel, raisin and roast hints. On the other hand this is sort of brought down by a diluted macro yeast and adjunct flavor. Some Euro hop notes, grassy and herbal.

MF- Slightly watery feel with foamy high carbonation. Slight bitterness left on the palate.

Brings some pretty good malt and yeast flavors but it ends up feeling diluted and made with adjuncts.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
2.88/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 1/2" off-white head. Clear walnut brown color. Very little smell to it, only a hint of malt. Taste gives you some toasted malt but it's really a very simple toasted brown and comes across more like a glass of tea. There is a crisp lager finish to it. I expected much more from this sample, but I guess I don't know why, because it's still just cheap mainstream stuff.

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Photo of phenomenologian
4.25/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Upon opening a good amount of smoke comes out. I poured it into a good beer glass. It gives a two finger head that laces and retains not too great but dissipates into 1/2 finger head. The color is white to offwhite. The body is amberish brown. Nice look to the Fireside Nut Brown.

It smells pretty sweet and nutty. I love the nutty smell to this. I can smell the malt too. I love the sweetness. It is possible that I am giving positive reviews to sweeter beers like this because I am coming off a three month craving of IPA's. Maybe Im jaded. I love the sweet smell though.

This tastes very very very nutty. Its not a taste I have really encountered before. I like it as its complimented with some nice sweet malt taste.

The mouthfeel is good and its not anything I could as more of in a beer like this.

Overall, its a nice winter beer. I don't know what people have against the Leinie's.
I love the nuttiness and sweetness of all this.

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Photo of tvv375ia
3.06/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-nice chestnut brown with a 2 finger head that faded slowly

S-light carmel smell but I can also smell a hint of the alcohol which is a little surprising for 4.90%

T-a little of the carmel malt comes through but not a lot of flavor

M-carbonation is ok but still a little thin and watery

O-not a bad introruction for someone to a darker beer but not a lot of dark beer flavors

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

an interesting nut brown. smells fairly standard a lighter than normal aromatic complexion. taste very nutty and a little sweet. i think its almost identical in taste to those old school bit-o-honey peanut butter taffy candies. not unpleasant at all, but weird in beer form. also rather textured like almond butter, granular like. not at all a bad beer, but usually these are ales, not lagers, so its a bit different. solid fall beer, im sure not many others taste like it.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
2.87/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear amber with two-finger, off-white, fizzy head that lasted about a minute. Not much lacing.

S: Slightly roasted and nutty. Mild.

T: Moderate sweetness and light hop bitterness. Caramel malt and nutty. Bland though.

M: Light bodied with fizzy carbonation. Watery and thin.

O: Nothing special here. Not a good winter seasonal in my opinion.

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Photo of BierStein711
3.65/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in pint glass

This was an ok beer, I smelled malts, very little hop character.

Taste was ok, just sweet malts.

Mouthfeel: average

Overall: Not something I'd have again. If there was a little more bite it would be a good beer. It was just very smooth and soda pop like. I'd serve this at a holiday party where there wouldn't be any true beer lovers.

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Photo of raznug
2.9/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: This beer pours a deep reddish copper color that is topped with is topped with a ½” of white head that dissipates quickly to a thin layer that lasts almost to the end of the pint.
Smell: It smells of malt and a nutty aroma, no hop presence the aroma is just as I expected.
Taste: There isn’t much flavor presence other than a little malt flavor and some carbonation bubbles. Rather disappointing flavor from Leinies.
Mouthfeel: This is rather thin for a brown ale in my opinion but with as disappointing as the taste was I wasn’t expecting much on this side of sip.

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Photo of AleWatcher
1.54/5  rDev -49%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Damn you winter sampler packs! I should have gone with the Sam Adams one instead!

Dark rusty orange color. Two fingers of beige head. No lacing. Pretty poor retention.
Smells... Very faint... And I'm noticing this is a trend in the beer's by the brewery! The nose hints at caramel, cocoa powder, and the slightest touch of roasted malt.
The flavor is much the same-- light sweetness up front followed by an odd little chalky nutty character. As it warms, a little coffee note comes through that is actually a little enjoyable-- not enough to redeem the beer, but it improved the experience nonetheless.

Way too thin and overcarbonated (yet another trend I've noticed in this sampler pack!). Just poor.

Overall-- don't bother with this one. It is not good.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.53/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a 12oz glass of this on-tap at Wedges in Janesville, WI in Fall 2011 for $3.

Pours a clear medium amber color with a slight fluffy head. Scent is malty with some hints of hazelnut. Has a bold roasted nut flavor that really hints the taste buds. Overall is very smooth and has a very decent volume to it. Probably one of the more flavorful Leinenkugel's beers available but compared to other nut brown ale beers, this one is slightly better than average.

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Photo of akorsak
3.2/5  rDev +6%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Goliath
2.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear nut brown color with an inch and a half light tan head. There is minimal head retention and no lacing left behind as it receeds.

The aroma is ok, but basic. The malt profile is decent providing notes of caramel, as well as a combination of raw and toasted grain.

The taste is not great. Again some notes of caramel and raw grain are dominant. There's a light bite of bitterness as well. Also, I always find that red wheat has a very distinct taste which is evident here.

The mouthfeel is thin and watery. This is a major issue of mine.

Overall it's pretty poor. I hate the mouthfeel. The nose and taste are phoned. Just not quite right from start to finish.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.5/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a clear copper color. With a hard pours, a nice thick light cream head sits on top but dissipates quickly to a thin layer of bubbles, then nothing. No lacing. The beer smells malty. The taste is almost as vague as the smell. It's malty, and there are notes of sweet caramel with a dry finish. The mouthfeel is maybe a tad watery. Overall, I'm not impressed. Add this to the rest of the Leinenkugel family of beers that don't inspire me. Since it's called "Fireside Nut Brown" I would expect something more stronger, bolder perhaps?

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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.

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Photo of tjacobs610
2.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Very dark red color, also very clear. Thick head that doesn’t last very long with minimal amounts of lacing

Smell: Very malty smell, obvious hints of nuts sort of has a fiery sweetness to it as well

Taste: Much like the taste, very malty taste, also prominent is the nut and sweet flavors

Mouthfeel: Small bits of carbonation, very thin feel but also very smooth and easy to drink

Overall: Not a great beer, not bad for the price but I’ve had better beers. Only bright spot is the easy drinkability

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Photo of Crundy
3.84/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear ruby red/mahogany color with a thin cream colored foamy head.

Smell: Roasted malt, nut smell, some faint hops, a little sweetness

Taste: Follows the nose with the roasted malt and nut flavor it had a nice balance of sweet and bitter and left a very feint bitter aftertaste.

Mouth Feel: Nice bite from the carbonation, it was smooth and medium bodied

Overall: Good beer, good example of a Brown Ale.. better than some others i've tasted. very drinkable.

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Photo of TippySelenoid
2.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

This beer is a clear brown with a thin cream colored lace. It's bubbly.

It smells sweet with little hop character. A bit roasted.

It tastes roasted, but not in a deep fulfilling way. This beer seems shallow. Not much hops.

It's watery and bubbly.

I no likey. It's not bad but it's not good.

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Leinenkugel's Fireside Nut Brown from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
3.02 out of 5 based on 805 ratings.
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