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 Haybeerman
3.31/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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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.

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Photo of sliverX
3.67/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

poored a brown/copper color with a small light tan head that vanished
smelled of vanilla, maple syrup and slightly of almonds and walnuts
tasted very similar to the smell the first sip was almost like a creme soda
was a bit thin but very drinkable and the whole 6'er probably won't be in the fridge very long

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

Pours a dark brown with a ruby tint to it. Off-white head falls to nothing.

Sweet vanilla and mocha aroma.

Smooth malts with flavors of vanilla and spice and a strong hazelnut taste. Sticky sweet, too much so.

Medium bodied and smooth with simple carbonation.

Too mocha sweet for me, a bit overpowering. It's tasty but more that a bottle is too much.

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Photo of association330
2.91/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a deep reddish-brown with a one-finger, off-white head. Diminishes to a cap and leaves light spots of lacing

S - Dominated by hazelnuts, maple syrup, and chocolate, with notes of brown sugar, molasses, and caramel present as well. It smells better than most of Leinie's brews, but the smell is really artificial. Additionally, as the glass empties, I begin to realize just how sweet this smells. It's like a glass full of melted brown sugar and maple syrup. Yuck.

T - Sweet, toasted malts up front, with a swallow of chocolate, hazelnuts, and barely a kiss of hop bitterness for some attempt at balance. The faint taste of hazelnuts and baker's chocolate lingers. So many brown ales out there are too sweet, and this is an example of one. I wish it was a little more complex, it seems like when they call it a "NUT brown", they really mean it. They might as well just buy a branding license and call this "Ferrero Rocher Brown Ale", because that's pretty much what it tastes like to me.

M - It almost drinks like water and the carbonation seems harsh, so a couple of points docked there.

D - Initially, I didn't think this would be too horrible, but I was eventually put off by the sweetness and one-dimensional aspect of this brew. Everything about it is just too fake.

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Photo of Wisconsin
3.36/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very rich brown color, but does not have a finger head that lasts more than a twenty seconds.

S - It smells like a sour old beer.

T - It tastes like a watered down iced coffee with a flavor of vanilla standing out towards the end.

M - The beer is very carbonated and needs some more thickness.

D - Like most Leinie's the beer is very easy to drink. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of crayphish
3.55/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This new seasonal poured a welcoming reddish brown liquid with a sparce off white head. No lacing to note. Smell was faint roasted malts. A tannin nuttiness as well. Taste is a sweet bready maltiness. Some bitter nuts, walnuts perhaps. Fairly pleasing, though a bit sweet over all. Mouthfeel, despite the sweetness was refreshing and dry. Over all I found this to be a very drinkable beer, one I plan to session soon.

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Photo of mugoogio
3.37/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Color and head looked about right for this type of beer. I definitely expected a toned down version of your typical brown ale, such as New Castle. The smell was pleasant and sweeter than anticipated. It does bring vanilla to mind. The taste was sweeter than expected, and, in my opinion, sweeter than it should be. The sweetness almost removes it from the style of beer. Far to thin for a brown ale. I definitely need something more substantial.

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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.

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Photo of Winter
3.26/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber in color with a medium brown head. Sweet, malty nose consists of maple syrup, cocoa and hazelnut. The mouthfeel seems a little thin for a nut brown ale. Flavor starts off with a rich roasted nuttiness. There's maple syrup, hazelnut and cocoa that follow. Odd mix of sweet and roasted malt settle on the tongue midway. Hops in this beer are very minimal. The overall taste has sort of an underlying familiar "Lenie's" flavor to it, that's hard to describe.

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Photo of cdkrenz
2.89/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hey William, Thanks Guy!

A - light tan head standing about a quarter inch tall. It fades away atop a nice brownish-amber, transparent body.

S - The scent is potent enough that I can smell it a couple feet away. It has a nice malty woodiness with a hint of hops.

T - There is a definite maple nut flavor present. This flavor rules the brew. However, I am able to make out a vanilla note.

M - The feel is coarse and abrasive from start to finish.

~ This brew isn't for me. I certainly enjoy trying brews like this because it reminds of of how much I enjoy a good Belgian, Stout or Porter.

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Photo of SiphonKing
2.56/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Aromas of sweet nutiness. A thin white head atop a clear, low carbonated light brown beer. The taste is very nutty and sweet to the point of being cloying. A decent beer, definitely not a classic brown ale style like Newcastle, but an ok seasonal from Leinie's.

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Photo of Riverwarrior
3.77/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S = There was some molassas and nuttiness.

T = A big roasted nutty flavor. Malty with hints of chocolate near the end. The finish was clean without any bitterness.

MF = Slightly thin with moderate carbonation. Crisp and smooth.

Overall, this is a decent brown that would make a nice session beer.

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Photo of ZAP
3.75/5  rDev +24.2%
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.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.88/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Reddish brown, half finger head.

S- Slight ester aroma with light hints of chocolate and roasted malts.

T- Thin semi-sweet malt up front quickly followed by a slight hop bite. Up until now this has been a stereotypical leines product. The finish is amazingly unique, mocha dominates and lends way to a very smooth balanced finish.

M- A little thin at first but very smooth.

D- The smooth finish helps alot here.

Quite a suprise. The finish is very unique for a brown. Be sure to give it a try.

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Photo of uwmgdman
3.23/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Leinie's Lodge after a tour!

The beer pours brilliantly clear, light brown with a nice thick off-white head. The aroma is moderate toasted malt with some roast/chocolate and a bit of sweetness. No hop aroma. The taste is low roast/chocolate malt, slightly dry, very thin body and watery mouthfeel. Carbonation is moderate. I could drink of few of these but wouldn't choose to as the lack of flavor and mouthfeel was greatly disappointing.

Worth trying, but I found this disappointing, I think an increase in the mouthfeel would go along way, I would agree this isn't a beer you want to chew, but give me something! Malt flavor increase would be very welcomed as well.

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Photo of WJVII
3.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass this had a light brown semi transparent color. It has a decent cream head that left minimal lacing. The smell was, well warm, like a fireside. It has some sweet scents like syrup and caramel, with some hints of savory clove. The taste was off to me. Not what I expected. A little too sweet and not enough malts. It was thin and had an odd after taste, almost like a sarsaparilla or something? Not my favorite Leinies, but I salute the effort.

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Photo of Corvato
4.6/5  rDev +52.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

was part of the Leinenkugel sample pack

1st time i have tried a brown ale
drank it right from the bottle.
tasted amazing
nutty & smoky, makes seance called fireside nut i guess.

no bitterness at all, just a slight smokey aftertaste
one of the few beers that i think i could keep drinking and drinking. amazing.

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