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 BeerdedEric
3.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper color body. Off white almost beige head that fades away quickly. No lacing.

I really don't get much of a aroma.

Caramel, hazelnut, toffee. Not bitter at all. Nice tasting, I get a roasty and a slight smokey taste.

Light to medium body, Carbonation is quite high for a nut brown ale.

This is definitely a easier drinking nut brown ale for the macro drinkers. Not a bad attempt.

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Photo of jhp40219
2.13/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Pours a thin copper color with a thin white head that dissipated quickly into a small white ring around the glass. Leaves very thin lacing with each drink that is quick to slide back into the drink.

S - Strong dough/bread smell with hazelnut and roasted malts and what I can only describe as processed vanilla and caramel substitute bordering on medicine-ish smell.

T - Roasted malts and a nutty taste (although I wouldn't call it hazelnut) right up front with very watered down caramel, vanilla and a processed dark fruit-flavored medicine taste to finish it off. Chocolate is promised in the description, but it’s honestly not there in any way, shape or form. Leaves an unpleasant bitter, dull, dry, smoky taste in my mouth after each drink.

M - Body is light with a creamy texture and low carbonation.

Overall definitely too light, watered down and processed tasting in comparison to other nut brown ales on the market.

This used to be one of my favorite beers a few years back, though it seems a couple of years ago they changed the recipe and cut back on the flavor or just really watered it down. The vanilla, caramel and chocolate that I used to love with this beer have been pretty much wiped out. And what was once a great beer is now average at best.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear, goldish brown with a thin head and a little fine lacing. It's aroma is of roasted nuts and toast with a hint of toffee. The flavor is roasted nuts, toast, mild coffee, and a bit of root beer in the background. The mouthfeel is light. Leinenkugels Fireside Nut Brown is a good beer, good for fall and as a session beer. Recommended.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.41/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Scotty's Brehouse at Purdue tonight, $5 pitcher.

Overall impression, not too bad. I have not had a lot of browns, but it gives me hope for the style. A pretty pour. My pitcher was fairly translucent, still a dark copper brown with a red hint in the light. Little bit of a foamy head, decent lacing, head doesn't stick around a long time.

Really light and fairly carbonated for the style. Not bad, but a little more weight would have been nice.

I might go get some more of this for the winter, it's a good change of pace.

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Photo of pBRale
3.38/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From tasting notes 9-27-11
Poured into a snifter

Appearance: Clear deep amber with and enormous light tan head that settles fast and leaves very little lacing.

Smell: Deep toasted malts, and a nice roasted nut aroma. The down side is it also has a dull smell reminiscent of a cheap light lager.

Taste: Very nice toast flavor along with a strong nutty taste (perhaps walnut or hazelnut) that lingers well after each sip. The cheap beer smell is not perceptible in the taste, which is a huge plus.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation, and very drinkable due to its crisp and inviting finish.

Overall: A surprisingly decent beer, especially in the aftertaste, which is quite delicious.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.4/5  rDev +45.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown. Notes of hazelnut and smoke, rich caramel. The mouthfeel was thick and full. There was a late, light sweet finish and after it warmed even some background cinnamon and clove. I thought it was delicious! Apparently, I'm one of the few who does.

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Photo of Herrbrokt
2.42/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle to American pint

Pours a transparent amber with a fluffy carbonated white head

Puts out an aroma of grain, nut, and toffee

Holds a heavy caramel and nut flavor that is not terribly intricate. After taste is sweet and mildly smoky.

This beer is fairly thin. Bit of a sweet residue left. Carbonation is a bit high.

Certainly not the most exceptional nut brown. But, it's one of the better beers I've had from this brewer. Easy to drink.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep reddish brown color with a decent sized head that fades to a ring. Not much lacing.

S- Strong caramel malts and toffee aromas are most noticeable. Maybe a touch of chocolate but not much in the hops department.

T- Really nice caramel flavor upfront with a slight bitterness in the finish. Chocolate malt, toffee, caramel, and roasted nuts come through as it warms. Overall a touch sweet but quite flavorful.

M- Light bodied with slightly high carbonation.

O- Overall this was a very surprising brew. Not the best beer around by any means but I wouldn't shy away from having another.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.27/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Fireside Nut Brown pours out similar to most Brown Ales out there. It's dark but yet transparent enough to see through the glass. The head is a tan color that isn't too big. It doesn't leave a whole lot of lacing on the glass. The smell is pretty nice. It's got a sweet nutty aroma coming off of it. The taste is sweet as well, perhaps too sweet for me. It's got a mix of the brown sugars, some roasted nuts and some malts and hops in there too. The mouthfeel could be a little heavier I think for a Winter Ale. The overall take that I had on this beer is that I'll drink it if it's offered to me, but I don't see myself buying it again anytime soon.

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Photo of tone77
3.83/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a amberish/brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by malts. Taste is good, malty and sweet up front, a bit nutty, some hops kicking in at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Typically I avoid Leiny's as I hold a deep rooted animosity toward those responsible for the monstrosity known as Berry Weiss. But since a few of these guys were abandoned in my fridge, why not?

A: Light amber brown with a decent white head.

S: Light bready malt, coffee and a huge roasted nut smell.

T: Lots of whatever they use to give it that "nut" flavor, light maltyness, and some bitter roasted coffee-like flavor. Other than the strong roasted "nut" character, it's pretty thin on the malt side, though it is a lager.

M: Light body with prickly carbonation. Pretty similar to a macro lager actually. Not sure what they're going for, but it doesn't work well with the flavor.

Looks like 3 of my 4 descriptions start with light - not a coincidence. Overall, this isn't bad relative to the rest of their lineup but there are much better options, even with price as a consideration.

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Photo of KajII
3.1/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Photo of Looneybiz
3.45/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass has a dark amber color with about an inch of head that doesnt stick around long and doesnt leave lace.

The smell was fient but you could pick out the nutty aroma.

Upon tasting I was a bit shocked at how much I liked it. I like a lot of variety and this is definitely different. Has a subtle nutty flavor that almost reminds me of hazelnut flavored coffee.

Light mouthfeel but thats pretty normal for this style.

I would buy it again because its nice to get different flavors out of your beer and this one was a decent nut brown.

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Photo of beerman207
3.52/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a 12 pack of this for $5.99. Can't beat that price for 12 beers!

A: Light brown pour with a good light tan head that leaves lace on the glass after about 1-2 fingers of head.

S: Malt/skunk - a bit weak in the nose

T: Wow - nuttiness comes through then some malt, and hops - combination works well - nose doesn't do the beer justice. My suggestion - don't pour this in a glass

M: Carbonation is mild - beer is smooth

D: Could drink more of these but won't pour them.

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Photo of garuda
2.37/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A - Pours a clear amber brown, with a one inch off white head that recedes quickly and leaves no lace.

S - Grain husk up front, with caramel malts and a bit of nuttiness, but seems a bit artificial.

T/M - Thin body, very high carbonation rips across the palate and makes it a little difficult to take in much flavoring. As the carbonation subsides, a nuttiness and caramel sweetness linger around.

D - Mouthfeel kills it for me. The nutty features do seem a bit artificial, but nothing offensive. Maybe it would be better if it wasn't so carbed up.

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Photo of TheGarvenator
2.06/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A - enters the glass with a dark amber color with a limited head that sticks only to the rim of the glass...

S - smells like a stout with a coffee or caramel scent to it....kinda nutty smell too

T - tastes like theres coffee or caramel in it and its not a great combination

M - carbonated which doesnt save it from the acidic sting it contains...

D - its a chore to finish this....

I got this particular failure from a micro brewery gift box and this is the only one so far that Im not impressed with...It tastes like it was meant to be a darker beer like a stout but it didnt make it. Im guessing through the name that its made with fire roasted nuts which sounds intriguing but they didnt seem to follow through....I wouldnt recommend this beer....onwards through my gift box...

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
1.33/5  rDev -56%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Picked this one up on a whim to finish off a build-your-own 6 pack. I won''t make that mistake again.

The bronze color with very little head makes this beer unappealing right from the start. It only gets worse with the scent, which is something of a fake hazelnut. The experience continues downhill with the taste; again a fake hazelnut, maybe a little maple syrup. Mouthfeel is very thin and watery. I couldn't bring myself to choke down the entire glass.

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Photo of PrivateEquity
2.16/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Head doesn't last long. Very little lacing. Brown to dark amber color.

S - Aroma is one of the most unpleasant off beers. Off Smoked, Nutty aroma. Smells like "fake nuts." Fake nuts is a term that shouldn't be used in any context.

T - Taste is best described as off. Feels manufactured, probably from extract. I let it warm a bit in the hopes it would get better ... Nope.

M - Best part of the beer is the mouthfeel, which is below average. Carbonation is okay. A little acidic.

D - Can barely finish the beer.

Overall - Avoid this beer. Not interesting and tastes like nothing I had before, but not in a good way. Struggling to finish the beer, never a good sign.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3/5  rDev -0.7%
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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Photo of Schneic8
3.45/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a mug.

Appearance: Dark amber color that doesn't appear to have a lot of carbonation. It poured a nice head that faded very quickly. Very little lacing.

Smell: Has a sweet nutty aroma that is not very strong. I also smell caramel/maple and it seems kind of artificial.

Taste: I was expecting more flavor. It has a slight maple taste but it is different than what is smells like. The taste lingers in your mouth after a drink.

Mouthfeel: Has a mild carbonation and is lighter than you would think. It is thin and more watery than expected.

Drinkability: This is an easy beer to drink. It goes down easy is pretty tasty. It seems to have a slight artificial taste that would make me not want to drink too many in a row. Would probably try again.

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Photo of kegger22
3.88/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Leinenkugel's Fireside Nut Brown Euro dark lager was a refreshing surprise. I have not been a big fan of the brewery's offerings, but the nut brown was on sale and I bought a sixer on a flyer.

The appearance was a copper color with a finger high, beige head that showed respectable retention. The aroma was a little elusive, as it seemed to come and go, but I'll go with a nutty smell. The taste was definitely temperature sensitive. Straight out of the fridge, there was little more than a slight copper taste. After warming, the caramel malt sweetness and the nuts became pronounced with a buttery taste rising out of it. The mouthfeel was light to medium and oily. There was sufficient carbonation, anything more would have just been distracting. Drinkability was good, I was glad for the six pack.

Don't get me wrong, this was not one of America's great beers, but an excellent bargain at the sale price and quite reasonable at the regular. I would happily enjoy a couple of cases at the reduced price. Best of the few Euro dark lagers that I have evaluated.

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Photo of chinchill
3.11/5  rDev +3%
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 Huhzubendah
3.23/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from drabmuh in an effort to help me review all 104 styles. Thanks Matt!

A: The beer is clear and light copper hued, with 1/4" of head.

S: The aroma is primarily of sweet malt, lager, subtle fruits.

T: The beer has some good flavors happening, but they are all very muted and mild. Subtle fruit and nut flavors are pleasant but could be brought out more.

M: Thin in body and perhaps a bit low in carbonation.

D: An OK offering. I had no problem finishing a pint, but likely would not go back for another.

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Photo of u2carew
2.94/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz long neck twist off.
A) Pours with a finger thick head. Slowly settles leaving a thin lacing at the edge of the glass. Clear body. Reddish brown in color. Lacing is thin and semi-sticky.
S) Chalky. Astringent. Musky. Slight nut aroma. Subtle hints of chocolate.
T) Smoky. Nutty. Caramel. Some chocolate in the finish. Slightly astringent in the aftertaste. Overall taste characteristics are up to par with a typical Nut Brown taste, although technically labeled a "dark lager".
M) Crisp and fizzy. Lighter side of medium body. Dry.
D) Beside the initial aroma, the taste and flavor profile are pleasant. I'd drink another.

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Photo of ne0m00re
1.97/5  rDev -34.8%
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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Leinenkugel's Fireside Nut Brown from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
3.02 out of 5 based on 805 ratings.
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