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 Onenote81
2.49/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dark tawny brown with a decent head. No retention or lacing whatsoever. Smells of toffee, nuts, sweet smelling.

Yikes! This is one of the sweetest beers I've ever had. It gets worse as I drink. Taste of brown sugar, syrup, toffee, pecans. This is like a pecan pie in a bottle. I love the pie, but this brew is not good. This is a sugary, syrupy mess. Not a winter warmer at all. Great dessert brew, if you're into that sort of thing. Personally, I wouldn't get this again.

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Photo of emerge077
2.35/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Tried this at a holiday party. Light brownish amber body, a small amount of foam. Sweet candy smell, reminds me of coffee or hazelnut hard candy. First taste is all hazelnut syrup, overly sweet, like something you'd add to mediocre coffee. "Natural flavor"... how is that an ingredient? Well carbonated, and for the style it doesn't work so well. A nutty caramel cola flavor, with muddled malt in the back, not very well defined. Tastes artificially flavored with extract, much like their Apple Spice beer. A novelty and not something i'd buy.

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Photo of Schwarz04
4.04/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium dark brown, nice looking in color. However head dissipates very quickly,No lacing..

Smell: I absolutely loved the smell of this beer, very potent presence of caramel and chocolate, a bit of a roasty aroma too.

Taste: Follows right away with the smell, very good balance of caramel and chocolate. Hints of coffee a bit after the initial caramel and chocolate blast (I'll change this word) Explosion?!. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: A slight bitterness becomes present as you let the beer wander. Malty roastyness is dominant.

Drinkability: Very pleasant tasting, would drink many more of these! I would advise?! everyone to at least give this one a try.

Edit: Changed some words around so not to offend anyone who thinks I'm copying someone else's review. (Don't mean to offend anyone...)

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Photo of spacholl
1.88/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

First off, this is not an ale, it is a flavored beer. I like ale. I like beer. Flavored beer is another thing. I think the name lead me to believe this was an ale.
The beer poured an amber color that would be apropriate for a nut brown. there was very thin head and no lacing what so ever. Looked flat.
The smell is sweet with a bit of chocolate, carmel, light brown sugar, and a bit of roast nut. I think this is what they were looking for.
It tasted sweet like a bit of brown sugar was added to a light american lager. maybe the slightest hint of roast grain.
In the mouth I feel a small tingly fizz. Not much but a little lingering of hops on the sides of my tongue.
If you normally drink a light beer you might like this one. I bought a 12 pk of this and it will get drank over the weakend (guests, samples, etc...) but will not get it again. You can get better beer for the same money.
Another disappointment from a once great brewery.

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Photo of gabe23
3.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear brown with a quickly fading white head.

S - Malt, nuts, toffee and caramel sweetness. Very nice.

T - Raw nuts, burnt grain, sugary sweetness. Nothing to write home about, but then the unnatural hazelnut flavor hits you. It just tastes weird, and fades into bitterness at the finish. Whatever flavorings they dumped into the beer should have been reduced by about 75%.

M - Thin and well-carbonated.

D - If you're a fan of the added flavors, this is a very drinkable beer. One was enough for me though. This isn't a winter warmer as far as I'm concerned. It's a standard ale with some nut flavoring thrown in. It could have been good had Leine not gone overboard with the extracts.

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Photo of Metalmonk
2.98/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nut brown color (go figure!) with reddish highlights. Sports a fairly creamy off-white head, which settles to a thin layer and stays for the duration.

Aroma is hazelnut, caramel, plastic, and more nutty nuttiness. Too bad about the plastic-y element, it's kind of nice otherwise.

The front of the sip is good, at first, but I found it so cloying and artificial tasting. It goes downhill, and fast. Big nut sweetness, creamy, somewhat toffee-like, buttery in flavor and texture. Some cola, some root beer. So they used "natural flavors," usually less wholesome than it's supposed to sound. If it's for the greater good, fantastic, but I can't help but think the plastic character at the end of the sip and finish is due to these "natural flavors."

It's a simple nutty-sweet beer with roundness and carbonation. Is it a Winter Warmer? I very much doubt it. In the end it's just another Leinie's offering--right smack dab in the middle of the road. I wish Bell's and Founders were as well-distributed as Leinenkugel's, when it comes to upper midwest breweries. This is likable in some twisted way, but I'll forget all about it once it's gone. And I had to knock down the drinkability after a few days, because getting through the 6-pack has been a chore.

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Photo of Vendetta
2.22/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours deep bronze, almost a purplish tone to the overall hue. Thin head with no lacing. Carbonation immediately apparent. Hue is nice but the head and lacing hurt the score.

Caramel body, strong chocolate presence with a surrounding nutty smokiness on the aroma. Good nose on this one, incredibly strong.

Taste... Nutty, chocolaty blast followed by caramel, finishes sweet with some malt. Too overpowering, too soft-drinkish. This tastes fake -- I want to taste a beer when I drink a beer, not a carbonated alcoholic nut drink.

The carbonation is a tad much, but the overall mouthfeel is passable. No alcoholic bite. The taste makes this drinkable, but the more sips that I take the more I despise the carbonation. It alone keeps the beer from reaching a much higher score, which is very disappointing considering that the taste and aroma are both spectacular.

The strong smell and taste on this makes me question its genuineness. After having a few of these it made me almost sick to my stomach. Way too sweet, not enough actual beer taste in here. Something's fishy with this brew (not literally).

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.93/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Holy cow! When I took my first sip I thought I was drinking a bottle of liquid caramel. This brew is SO sweet that it makes a dessert on it's own.

It poured an amber-brown with moderate fiz. The dark white head lasted only a few seconds and left only a bit of lacing as my enjoyment progressed. The aroma was a faint hit of caramel/chocolate, nothing impressive. The taste was something else. My tongue was hit with caramel, and it was great. It was super smooth and very enjoyable. I have a sweet tooth, and this beer definately satisfied it.

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Photo of Guzzler78
3.45/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color with very little head. No lacing.
Smells of caramel, nuts.
Initial taste is of caramel and hint of nuttiness. Taste lingers and aftertaste is of roasted chestnuts. Good, but a notable artificial nut flavor.
Somewhat thin mouthfeel, would have been better with more body.
An OK beer. Good brown ale flavor, the "nut" flavors do taste somewhat artificial.

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Photo of BellsBum
1.26/5  rDev -58.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Without breaking the rules, it is hard not to slam this beer, especially after reading the description on their Website.

At least on the bottle it claims that it is "beer with natural flavors." I did not read that before I bought it.

My first sniff told me that this was unreal. The beer contained more flavor than could possibly be contained in its thin fizzy body. It is is way too chocolaty to simply come from chocolate malt, and, in my opinion, too sweet not to be sugared; it tastes of brown sugar. That's when I looked closer and saw the "natural flavor" claim. Went to the Website and there was no mention of this in the description.

I just think this is a dishonest beer. Fireside Nut Brown should be categorized as a "malt beverage."

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.86/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - good dark caramel color, a scant finger of beige foam up top.

Aroma - toasted caramel, light nuttiness, pretty much par for the style. 3.0

Taste - nice, even blend of caramelly grain, toastiness, and light nutty flavor. The swallow allows more roastiness through. The finish has a very light abv warmth that should really be more present. A nice complement to some roasted chestnuts, dare I say even a shade better.

Mouthfeel - medium body and carbonation. Good for the style.

Drinkability - very sessionable stuff; ideal for the holidays, with chestnuts or without! Kick up the abv for a *real* example of the style, but this would appeal to crossover palates of, like me, the sweeter-toothed BAs.

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Photo of thain709
3.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - A very deep amber color...the head is a tan color and sticks around from all the carbonation...no lacing though

S - A nice smell...chocolate and nutty

T - Not a bad taste...very sweet...there is a balance of malts, chocolate, caramel, toffee, and nuts

M - A lot of carbonation...light

D - I'm not quite sold on this one...I can see why people would like it but I'm just not a fan...a little too sweet with all those flavors mixed together

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Photo of flaminghomer
2.71/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I hear this one advertised on the way to work all the time while listening to Steve Czaban. He claims to like it.

Me? Well, I was blown away by the caramel tastes of the first swig but it does subside. It now tastes like vanilla cream soda. Maltiness on this one is HUGE which helps with the lacing. The wife will spend some time cleaning this glass. It could almost classify as a desert beer. This won't be my most elaborate review because the only thing that comes to mind is , Damn! this is a sweet beer. So there you go, buy a sixer and get your own sugar high.

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Photo of drxandy
3.8/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz to standard pint, pours a deep amber brown, thin off white head fades.

smells malty, light, slight vegetable aroma, roasty nutty chocolate

taste is thin and roasty, super nuttiness, hazelnut/almond, toffee, slight bitterness fades to a chocolaty finish, lightly sweet, balance leans toward malt and follows with the synthetic flavors added in.

mouthfeel is light, leiney signature elements prevail, high carbonation

not bad, but kinda alcopop in it's elements

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Photo of cjgator3
3.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Twist-off bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a

S- The aroma features hints of chocolate and nuts (not surprising considering the name) with very little hops. Not bad so far.

T- The taste follows the aroma with a smooth semi-sweet malty backbone with a very nutty aftertaste.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation creating a nice texture on the palate.

D- Overall, Fireside Nut Brown is a decent ale that is worth a try but is nothing I would purchase again.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.49/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Pint Glass

A: Clear brown w/ about a fingers worth of head that disappears quickly with no lacing.

S: Smells of chocolate and nuts... Smells great.

T: Has a sweet chocolate milk taste right up front with a nutty aftertaste.... Very straight forward, and very pleasant.

M: Mouthfeel is very light.... not at all what I was thinking it would be... A lot of carbonation in this one... and oddly crisp.

D: I was expecting a little more from this one... More complex like most "Browns".... but this one was very straight forward, chocolate and nutty, crisp and very pleasant... I could drink many of these in a sitting.... I

Over all not a bad beer, but not your normal "Brown"

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear brown with garnet highlights. A finger of light tan head rises and falls fairly quickly leaving some minimal lace.

S - The nose on this is absolutely wonderful; very layered. Roasted hazelnuts and walnuts mingle with a delectable chocolate aroma. A hot peanut butter cookie comes to mind. Toffee, butterscotch, and small hints of coffee hide in the corners. Still, a wonderful toasted nut aroma prevails...pralines maybe?

T - As incredible as the nose is, sadly the taste does not measure up at all. Slight sweetness mingles with a brief milk chocolate sort of flavor; something one might find in a sweet stout. The roasted nut flavor comes on pleasantly mid palate but gets tangled up with burnt and grainy flavors. Late palate the brew is a little earthy and bitter; aftertaste is simple bitterness. Overall everything is sort of muted and mixed up; the beer doesn't really have any clear sense of direction.

M - Fireside Nut Brown tries to be medium bodied but can't quite get there. Most disappointing is the absolute over-abundance of carbonation which no doubt interferes somewhat with the taste. A beer like this should not be focusing on crispness. The carbonation leaves no room for this beer to linger on the tongue.

D - Despite the issues with this beer, it actually is fairly drinkable if you're looking for something light and crisp. While the flavor is decent, there isn't enough of it and the carbonation really gets in the way. Still, it goes down easy without any major unpleasantness. I might pick up a sixer or two of this when it goes on sale at the end of the season. Worth a try at the very least.

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Photo of jwc215
3.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours light brown with an off-white head. I expected a bit darker brown, but it does have a nice head retention.

The smell is grainy, a bit husky, some vague nuttiness, some chocolate.

The taste is of chocolate (in a bit of an "artificial" way) and some yeast. It has an odd husky underlying flavor. There's some hazelnut which saves it to a degree, and the chocolate becomes less "artificial" as it progresses. Sweet, though not overly considering the lack of any noticeable hop flavor or earthiness (or roastiness).

A bit overcarbonated and thin. The smoothness saves it somewhat, but nothing really "winter" here.

Not a "winter" brew. Not a "fireside" brew. I didn't have a problem finishing it off. But, I didn't mind having only one bottle, and wouldn't get again. Much better winter beers (and brown ales) out there.

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Photo of xfactor9600
4.07/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - An initial brown "muddy" pour that cleared as the beer settled in the glass. Very little lacing.

S - From the bottle a sort of metallic nutty flavor. Once in the glass, a faint roasted nut.

T - A nice experience with a taste that finishes with a tinge of roasted nut. This beer feels like a holiday dinner companion beer.

M - Not overly carbonated, though noticeable.

D - A pleasant experience, and one of my favorite Leine offerings.

I've secured about 24 bottles from a local retailer to keep. I may purchase more before the "seasonal" change.

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Photo of CityBoy1986
3.68/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a medium brown with a small beige head that's gone quickly. Very little lacing.

S - Nuts and sweetness

T - Still sweet with hazlenut with bitterness at the finish

M - Light and thin with plenty, or a bit much, carbonation

D - Goes down well, but I wouldn't want more than a few at a time

I'll finish the six pack, but I won't be coming back.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.27/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appears a chest nut brown hue with a large quickly fleeting khaki tan head, leaves behind specks of lacing. Aromatics offer up some metallic notes with a roasted malt character that is reminiscient of roasted nuts with some caramel drizzled over, not a bad smelling brew. Althought there's no real hop profile to speak of. Flavor has a sweet cloying thing going on with some residual sugar and extract "natural flavoring" issues going on. Ample roastiness from the actual malts used but there's no need to throw in the extract, again no real hops detectable especially among the sweetness. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a cloying finish from some light syrup textures from the extract flavoring used. Drinkability is pretty low just give me a Wild Goose or Sam Smith's nut brown they make the same flavor without adding the extracts.

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Photo of Zraly
1.71/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours brown with a shimmer of amber, off-white head. Nutty, malty smell --- a bit much though on the smell. Something is askew.

Carbonation is too much, and the artificial hazelnut & almond flavor is even more of a problem. Sweetness is overboard and the thin body makes the problem worse. No backbone or muscle, and any trace of hops is buried in the overbearing, fake flavor. This could use a bit more alcohol, body, and hoppiness, and less "natural flavor".

I'm all for experimenting with styles, but this one needs to be re-considered. For $8 a six pack, their are more approachable brown ales, especially for those who are trying new beers.

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Photo of mothman
3.03/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug. Little head that fizzles down quickly. No lacing. Color is a clear mahogany. Not dark at all.

Aroma is like a lager. Smell is much like grain. I wasn't expecting this at all.

The taste is also like a lager, but it has a unique touch. It tastes a lot like a cinnamon cereal. Very odd, but sort of appealing.

Mouthfeel is somewhat smooth. Heavy carbonation.

Overall, I was expecting more of a brown ale, but was way off. Not something I would ever purchase again.

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Photo of DukeofAle
2.98/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The name, Fireside Nut Brown, implies that this is an ale; it is not. Note that it is classified as a winter warmer - not a brown ale. Still not convinced? Check the Leinenkugel website - it clearly states that this is a lager. If you didn't catch this, go back to Beer 101. I'm not certain, but I am not aware that Leinenkugel's brews any ales.

Appears a very clear, medium brown. The taste is sweetish, and to me, implies maple syrup. It's not my ususal "cup of tea" but I was surprised how well it went down. The body is thin (again, suggestive of a typical US lager) and developes a thin head that quickly dissapates.

Leinies deserves some kudos for creating a unique brew, but I can't get too fussed - it's just OK.

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Photo of kosmoraios
3.62/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber-brown with a small half finger white head that goes away pretty fast and leaves hardly any lacing. Lots of medium-sized carbonation bubbles are evident in the glass.

Aroma is of toasted malts and sweet praline.

Taste is very nice, with lightly roasted malts, pecan and hazelnut, toasted honeybread. Pine/herbal hops give it some backbone. Flavorful, but pretty light for a brown ale.

Mouthfeel is a bit overcarbonated. Finish is nice, though, phenolic oils coating the back of the tongue. A very tasty and drinkable ale with a low ABV, but too light to be a brown/winter warmer.

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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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