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Leinenkugel's Fireside Nut Brown | Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Leinenkugel's Fireside Nut BrownLeinenkugel's Fireside Nut Brown
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
leinie.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
368
Ratings:
805
pDev:
25.85%
Bros Score:
2.05
 
 
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Ratings: 805 |  Reviews: 368
Photo of colts9016
2.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark reddish amber hue lots of carbonation half finger head that dissipated quickly.

Caramelized roasted malt, hints of a nutty sweet aroma with hints of esters.

Heavy sweet caramel roasted malt there is hops bittering it slightly. Heavy fake carbonation and yeast a bit water with a n acidic finish.

Overall it is an okay nut brown the nuttiness is there but the backbone is lacking a bit.

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Photo of BeerCheese
2.83/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color was about the same shade of brown as the bottle, and about the same clarity. Tan head that dissipated very quickly. Slight citrus aroma. Taste reminded me of something, but I couldn't place it. It wasn't beer, that much I know. Took several drinks and swished it around hoping to figure it out, but never did. Medium carbonation with medium body. Fairly drinkable other than the strange flavor. It wasn't BAD, but I won't be buying it again or recommending it to friends.

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Photo of Drew966
3.15/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Leinenkugel's Fireside Nut Brown pours a reddish brown with a tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is a bit nutty, some caramel is noticeable as well. The flavor is very sweet, caramel hits me first, then a nutty flavor. Too sweet for my taste, and the flavors seem artificial.

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Photo of Redrover
3.45/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my SA pint glass, the beer is a translucent gold & brown. There is a off-white head.

The aroma is of something sweet like caramel backed with a faint nuttiness.

The nut taste is much more prominent in the taste. The hazelnuts jump out at you and they are backed by caramelized sugars and malts.

The mouth is on thin side for a winter beer and I would like to see them ratchet down the carbonation a notch.

Still, this is fairly drinkable in small quantities. It will be a good crossover beer for folks willing to venture a tiny step outside of their BMC comfort zone.

Note that I like hazelnut in beers. The Rouge version is very good and Berghoffs old winter beer was also a more than passable offering. Glad to see Leines trying some new beers. This is an upgrade over their apple spice offering of winters past!

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Photo of Gmann
2.11/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a crystal clear amber brown color with an airy tan head that quickly settles into a sparse cap. The aroma has an artifical smell to it. It is like a cream soda and honey syrup, with a touch of grains; unnaturally sweet. The taste is quite artficial as well. Very syrupy diet cream soda with a rusty metallic toasted grain taste. The feel is fizzy and quite light, club soda like. Not very good; toasted macro with artifical cream soda flavoring, bleh.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.4/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Ooh come on Leinenkugel! Make a good beer. Here's your chance to climb into the frey of good craft beers and you blew it! All you have to do is to make a decent brown ale. How difficult is it? We homebrewers do it all the time! I love this style, but without the bastardized gimmics, and stiginess that you have thrusted into the beer.

I was seduced by the opening aromas of cocoa, toffee, butterscotch, and cashew notes but quickly learned that these potenially winning aromas were plastic-ey and fake as I took my first taste. A malty note of barley was well detected and I thought I had a good beer on my hands.

That first sip took my back by an overly astringent, grainy malt profile that later led to harsh, astringent textures. The caramel, nutty, cocoa, toffee notes that I liked in the nose hardly came through in the flavor and had an artificial character that is just a shaddow of what it should be. No substance, no weight, no staying power of any of the character that rounded out the nose. Sour taste of tannins and grains bring up the rear.

Astringent, acidic textures rob the beer of any creaminess, firmness, or maltinesss. The beer finishes thin and harsh, rendering it nearly undrinkable.

I cannot realistically recommend this beer to anyone, especially a Brown Ale fan.

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Photo of FatheadBrew
1.32/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This is one of the most awful beers I have ever tried. It sounds nice on the packaging and looks pretty nice in the glass. The smell is almost indescribable. The taste was a combination of old cream soda and gas station cappuccino. We used it as a 'punishment' beer in a drinking game we were playing.

Avoid this beer.

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Photo of russpowell
3.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours chestnut with a pinky of cream colored head. Minimal lacing & head retention

S: Corny, some toasty malt, a bit of caramel

T: Toasty malt, grainyness & chalky dryness up front. A touch of hazelnut, more dryness & more toasted malt as this warms. Finishes dry, with some fakey nuttyness & a bit of juicy grain

MF: Light/medium bodied, low carbonation. Balances okay

Drinks alright, kind of a training wheels type of brown, not a winter warmer at all, not even close

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Photo of kickapoodude
2.61/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is not an ale, this is a lager, and nut browns do not get their name from the nutty flavor, they get thier name from the color of the beer. This beer is offensive in many ways. The filbert flavor is obviously from a syrup and it masks any other beer flavor. No hops, no malts, just filbert. And can this be considered a warmer at less than 5 %?

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.15/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Out of a bottle this beer was a dark copper color with a tan head. Modest retention and lacing. The aroma was layered, very nutty atop toasted and sweet malt with hints of hop bitterness underneath the first two. The flavors were much sweeter than the aroma suggested, almost like biting into a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup! I was first hit by the sweet caramel and chocolate malt up front which was followed by the peanut flavors and some hints of wet grains. Not what I was expecting. The body was medium, the carbonation a little high and the mouthfeel a bit rough. OK, but odd, and too sweet to go through more than one.

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Photo of Matthewislee
2.4/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I'm not sure why I bought this, as Leinenkugel has failed to deliver in the past. Poured a warm (phoney) brown color with a thin head that sort of held on, but it was minute. Smells of warm nutty, almost over-the-top, but not terrible. I give the smell a 3.0 because it's deceiving. It smells a little bit better than it tastes and it tastes terrible. Ever had Reese Pieces? Well that's about the same flavor you can expect from this beer. The mouthfeel is thin and watery. The nutty flavor (read: Reeses Pieces) is so artificial you'd think you were in the beer section of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. What a joke. I regret buying six of these and poured one down the drain.

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Photo of loffbomb
2.29/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I poured the beer from the bottle into a pint glass. The beer had absolutely zero head, on top of that the color was a very translucent brown; watery.

The beer smelled very much like hazelnut iced coffee. No evidence of hops or malt, just the smell of hazelnuts.

The taste displayed very high carbonation with no finish except for the artificial hazelnut flavor which was slightly present. Malt and hops are non-existant. The taste can most easily be described as hazelnut iced coffee mixed with seltzer water. No complexity what-so-ever.

This beer did not have any of the characteristics of a nut-brown ale, but the beer also did not say “ale” on the label. My expectations were for a nut-brown ale and I was disappointed.

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Photo of drpimento
2.68/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maybe the best of Leiny's current book. Poured with some head, a bit of lace. Head mostly dissipates. Color is an orangeish, slightly pinkish browniish amber. Aroma is malty, maple, scotch, nutty, and some phenols. Flavor's about the same, but much more instense. Body's not bad. Finish reeeal long. Heavy on the maple. Not a session beer.

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Photo of hustlesworth
1.96/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A- clear orangish brown and golden around the edges. foam is thick as a light batter and leaves a few spots of lace.

S- hazelnut and milk chocolate artificial aromas with an underlying yucky generic beer smell.a little toasty and caramel but all is really dominated by fake stuff. which i don't like.

T- slightly metallic, and a mild, though not unpleasant fried fish flavor. still weird. hazelnut and milk chocolate flavor kick in right away similar to nutella but not so sweet. the actual beer base is generic and bland and im sure it was intended to be covered up by the flavorings. a little dry bitterness at the end.

MF- under medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a kind of half astringent-half yucky feeling.

D- mildly flavored, everyone likes hazelnuts and chocolate but the flavoring is transparent and the beer beneath isn't all that great.

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Photo of moreplease
3.65/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very good. Over carbonated, but arroma and taste are very good. Sharp over tones play well with hops. It was part of a multipact my father-in-law picked up. He is usually a fan of Icehouse, so this was a surprise.

I would say tha the beer has a fairly good beer, worth a 6 pack.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.15/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a six-pack of Leine's Fireside Nut Brown Ale at a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a shiny brown color and is clear. A few bubbles rise in the glass. Fizzy eggshell white head is not very sticky and breaks down fast.

Smell is somewhat faint and a sweet nutty aroma. Hazelnut and vanilla.

Taste is a bitter roasted nutty flavor, with some vanilla and coconut along side.

Mouthfeel is thin and clean. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkable enough I guess if you are in to the nut flavors. It's not cloying or particularly filling. If you like those General Foods International Coffees you'll probably like this. For me I think it's a once in lifetime. I'd have it again, but I won't seek it out.

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Photo of morimech
2.21/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a pleasant brown color with a sizable white head that had decent retention. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. Things quickly fall apart after the pour. The aroma at first is full of nuts, but as it settles a rather unpleasant stale lager comes through. What can I say about the taste...? It tastes like someone poured Hazlenut CoffeeMate into Leiney's Original. Does not taste natural to me. The body is thin and watery. It could of used some of the body from the CoffeeMate. This is a bit of a bad beer. The hazlenut and vanilla flavors are a bit harsh and overbearing. Nothing subtle about the "Natural Flavor".

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Photo of budgood1
2.31/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

pours out a dark amber colour with big foamy head which reduces to a thin, fine lace. grainy and grassy aroma with a big hazelnut kick. some vanilla and chocolate notes, also. the taste is full of the "natural flavor" advertised on the label. more hazelnut with a somewhat cloying malt sweetness that actually drys out quite quickly in the end. in fact it seems the essence of the beer just drops off the charts after you swallow. weird. no ale like characteristics at all...in fact it seems like a dressed up lager with lipstick and lots of makeup. there is some hoppy bitterness to balance out whatever residual sweetness lingers, but it gets lost in the mix. what kills this beer is the mouthfeel, with its carbonated, thin, watery feel and lageresque landscape. therefore the body of this brew is definitely lacking in substance, and does nothing to help hold up the flavour profile. drinkability suffers just because this is a mess of a beer.

leinies had a good idea for a winter warmer. too bad this offering fails miserably in achieving any sort of respect. the beer geeks will hate it for the extreme lack of substance and true craftmanship, and the macro swill crowd will shun it because it just plain tastes crappy.

not recommended.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.43/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle

A- pours a fire orange folor with minimal head and minimal lacing on the pint glass. Somewhat carbonated as well.

S- sweet malts and nuts. Peanut i would say. Very basic and calm aromas.

T- grainy and hazelnut come to the forefront. It is like hazelnut creamer mixed with grain alcohol. Some other spices are there as well.

M- Grainy and creamer like. Somewhat dry yet very moist.

D- Interesting taste notes in this makes it intriguing to try but the graininess is just too much to pound back more than one or two of these.

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Photo of chaunur
3.65/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An interesting beer, poured a rich dark brown with a light beige 1" head that left a nice cover with decent lacing. A pronounced aroma of nuts with a sweet note. Taste followed the smell, highlighted with a roasted flavor that while sweet was not overly so. Very little hop presence. The beer felt a little 'slippery' while drinking, couldn't quite figure that part out. Not something I'd drink a 6 pack of but a nice change of pace beer. Overall a pretty good brew.

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Photo of tugdriver7
3.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really wanted to like this one. The label ("beer with natural flavors") should have been a dead giveaway, however. Looked great in the glass, nice clear brown with red overtones... decent head. Not much initial smell, other than a faint nutty odor that was immediately evident in the first sip. The "natural" flavoring was way too much. What happened to a natural nuttiness from roasted malts? This one really disappointed. I'm still waiting for a Leinie's that really tastes good. I wish they'd bring some of their other varieties to the mid-Atlantic.

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Photo of Beerman3000
2.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Label says "beer with natural flavors" but provides no details. Clear, amber-brown color, with a large, buff-colored head. Roasted, smokey aroma with decidedly skunky tones (not like lightstruck hops, but like a real skunk!). Intense, burnt sugar aromas, like freshly-cooked kettle popcorn. Body light and lagerlike, tho quite cohesive. A first sip gives a big clue as to the "natural flavors" -- vanilla is right up front. Tastes like a really intense cream soda with some roasted grain thrown in. Leaves a nice clear line of lace with each sip. Rather lightly malted, like most of Leine's beers. An interesting concept, but not as well-executed as it could have been. God bless this family for outlasting the merger mania of the 1970s, but I wish they'd brew some more substantial beers, like Yueungling's does.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.6/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, 4.9% ABV. Pours a very clear chestnut color. Off white fluffy head holds together rather well.

Very nutty, toasty aroma. Seems like peanut, with a whiff of chocolate of cocoa in the back. Some caramel as well. Quite interesting.

Nice nutty and toasty flavor, although muted a bit. A better base here could really make this great.

A bit thin, with lower carbonation. Like many of the Leinie family, seems like a gateway beer. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Strix
3.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light brown with some head that eventually dissipates to a ring.

Interesting nose, spicy and nutty, yet sort of a grainy note in the background.

Initial taste of hazelnut and spice, but then sort of devolves into a grainy note. The flavors end up feeling sweet and artificial.

Mouthfeel a bit weak and undercarbonated.

Eh, as much as I wanted to like this, this was disappointing. Is this an artificial flavor additive, or does it just come out tasting like that? I wish Leine's would spend less time catering to the Bud light drinkers and more time making stuff like the absolutely phenomenal Big Eddy RIS.

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Photo of crenegar
2.23/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

How can anyone rate this beer more than a 3? Tastes like artificial hazelnut syrup (like the kind people who don't like coffee put in coffee to make it taste like something they like) was dumped into a regular light bodied ale. Even the smell is unnatural. This is neither a Nut Brown Ale nor a Winter Warmer, but more like something thats supposed to cater to the wine cooler crowd. Most of Leinie's other products are at least decent beers but this one needs a reworking - ax the adjuncts guys!

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Leinenkugel's Fireside Nut Brown from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.94 out of 5 with 805 ratings
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