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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
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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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Ratings: 805 |  Reviews: 368
Photo of Chugmonkey
3.12/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orangish amber color, miminal head & lacing. Pleasant hazelnut aroma.

Taste is a quite synthetic sweet hazelnut finishing with a metallic annoying aftertaste.

Watery feel and cloying finish makes me want a differenet brew ASAP to wash out the taste. Not as nasty as their O-fest, but it's one and done with this guy for me.

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Photo of babaracas
2.38/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear copper with amber edges, head quickly fades to a thin layer, spotty lacing for the first couple of inches. Smell: toasted malt, nuttiness - hazelnut + imitation maple? sort of an extract thing going on here, vegetative character in the background. Taste: toasted, slight caramel malt, artificial candy-like hazelnut taste with a funky nutty / veggie finish. Thin and fizzy. Not a good choice, this is actually quite bad.

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Photo of AgingWarrior
2.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark medium dark brown in my tulip glass, yielding a very thin tan head. The head dissipated rather quickly and provided a small amount of lacing.

Smells like maple, nuts and sweet malt.

Tastes sweet and nutty.

Mouth feel is thin and a little fizzy. Light body with medium carbonation.

It's light and easy to drink, but after trying this one, I don't want another.

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Photo of tburkhart
4.2/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an very nice caramel color. 2 fingers worth of head that disappears quickly leaving a thin layer across the top of the glass.

Nice simple smell. Nutty. Slight chocolate, but mostly nuts.

Very smooth. Taste of chocolate and nuts. Very similar to the smell.

Another solid brew from Leinenkugel's, quite tasty am very pleased.

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Photo of skrib09
3.85/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

nice clear nut brown appearance. good forming, foamy head.

smells nutty, as the name suggests. not too complex. simple in a good way.

tastes roasty and nutty. i think in this example it's ok to connect the appearance of a nut brown brew with the taste.

i like the mouthfeel. smooth at first with a touch of carbination towards the end. makes it a drinkable beer.

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Photo of mynie
3.21/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There's no way this is a winter warmer, BTW.

Very nice pour, for a brown. It's brown (duh), wonderfully lively sparkly red brown with big, tight, retentive head.

Smells much more like a brown than a warmer. Lots of soft, chocoately malts along with a very firm, very sweet hazelnut flavor.

Tastes--woah. Almost fake. I don't know about this. You got your standard brown ale malts in there, your standard little teeny tiny dose of hops. Light cascade, I think. Maybe cluster. But then on top of that you got a really strong dose of just straight-up milk chocolate and hazelnut. It's like Ferrero Roche, or however you spell it. There's no way that flavor's derived from malt and hops alone. It tastes good. It tastes damn good, actually. But it kind of feels synthetic, like it's cheating me.

Honestly I have nothing else to say but "hmm..."


It's got flavor adulterants added to it. That's cheating. Score has been lowered.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear dark amber with light brown hues. 3 fingers of foamy off-white head has some good retention and leaves spotty lacing. Smells of chocolate nibs, toffee, nuts, cinnamon, and vanilla. Tastes of maple syrup, hazelnuts, milk chocolate, wintery spices, grain, and a really sweet vanilla extract finish. Thin in body, very watery with moderate to high carbonation. Tastes very artificial, like melting a Toblerone in a light beer. Not something I'd pick up again, low in alcohol, but not easy to drink, too sweet and artificial.

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Photo of bboven
2.19/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A thin ring of head with no lacing, very dark brown, pretty clear.

HUGE toffee aroma, that's almost all you can smell until you search for a faint hint of grain. Smells like they dry-hopped with a Heath bar.

Again, candy-like sweet toffee flavor; there has to be some kind of extract in here. Nothing wrong with it, but unless you like really sweet beer...

A bit thin, highly carbonated.

Interesting is about all I can say. With beers like Berryweiss from Leine's I should have excpected this. A winter warmer? At 4.9% you can't really call it that. This is a winter beer for people who drink fruity beers in the summer.

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Photo of mwa423
2.64/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Some of the best comments of this beer among friends who shared the six pack:

"Tastes like licking my spice rack"

"It's like somebody left a pumpkin pie out for a month, liquefied and bottled it"

"Dead on instant french vanilla mix"

As a whole, I am not sure I agree with this being a "winter warmer" because it seems like it is a nut brown with Leinenkugel's usual excessive flavor additions to make it acceptable to the mass non-beer drinking population.

The color was a beautiful clear dark brown, the smell was strong spice and vanilla. The taste was far too much spice and no real beer flavor at all. Mouthfeel was thick on the tongue, but in no way particularly impressive. This is definitely a beer I could only drink one of. I highly doubt I would buy this again, there are far better nut browns and extremely better winter warmers.

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Photo of robbyc1
3.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice milky head with a clear dark wood look.

Notes of nuts and chocolate malt on the smell, but no hops, a bit light, just OK.

Drinks better than it smells, can't make out the type of nut but gives it a good flavor, not sweet but a nice finish. Some hops here, not much.

Light mouthfeel, watery, could use more malt - would love to see it with this good flavor.

Easy to drink, a pleasureful winter warmer, needs more malt and abv to one to seek out, good flavor but needs lot more support to to be one to stock, but not a bad try.

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Photo of TommyBuckeye
2.84/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A little disappointed with this. I read about it in the Leinenkugel news letter and was excited to try it, but...
A - Very nice clear nut brown appearance with thin tan head.

S - This is where I started to get a little worried. At first I got a nutty, slight chocolate smell (that's good). I also got an artificial vanilla (not good).

T - I could taste the nutty chocolate, but again a harsh artificial taste came through.

M - Very thin with a little tingle at the front of the toungue and bitterness at the back.

D - This isn't a bad beer, but I wouldn't crave or want to try it again. The artificial smell and taste seems to take away from what could be a good beer.

Leinenkugel has much better offerings.

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Photo of Greggy
3.94/5  rDev +34%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a soapy 1.5 finger white head. The body is an amber/walnut color with no sediment. As the head recedes, it leaves small amounts of sparse lacing.

S- I get creamy notes of light chocolate, some nuttiness, hints of vanilla and maple nut. Deep down there is just a nuance of coffee.

T- Starts out with a nutty chocolate and maplenut note with some nice chocolate notes on the finish although suttle. This isn't terribly complex it has a nice balance between chocolate and nuttiness.

M- Carbonation is just a smidgen to high, and the body isn't terribly thick, but is good in my opinion. Read more in drinkability.

D- I had pretty low expectations for this brew but I was pleasantly surprised. This has a nice balance to it and although the body isn't huge, it works, especially given the 4.9%. I could see sessioning this. It doesn't anywhere near beat my favorite nut brown, goose island, but for the price, it's quite nice.

** As per the style, a winter warmer, I don't think so. It's more of a Nut Brown, although it's probably fermented with a lager yeast (the same as any other Leinies).

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Photo of illidurit
2.55/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. Light orange-brown color with a fizzy off-white head. Aroma is hazelnut extract and cheap milk chocolate. Very sweet and nutty. Literally tastes like washing down a Reeses peanut butter cup with Perrier. Slight mineral finish. Watery and artificial.

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Photo of Biscuit033
3.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear orange-brown with a small head that recede to almost nothing but leaves some lacing.

S: Earthy, nutty hop aroma with some sweet maltiness in the background.

T: Creamy almost marshmallow flavorswith a hint of nuts and spice. This is a strange brew.

M: Smooth and creamy with a crisp finish.

D: I think the sweetness would limit me to only one of these It is an odd flavored beer.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
2.78/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz picked up today at New Vintage for about $1.35.. poured into my shaped SA glass...

1/2 head went away almost instantaneously.. brew is not really brown at all.. more amber.. no lace.. no cap...

aroma is nutty extract.. I'm assuming hazelnut.. some caramel.. waaaay to much extract... sorta smells artificial..

flavor is the same but with the artificial extract from front to back.. leaving a lingering unappealing sorta chemical finish... caramel and watery bready notes in the middle.. lite body and very big carbonation.. yeck... not good.. doesn't seem natural at all.


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Photo of BDIMike
3.72/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper brown color. There is little carbonation that barely creates a thin white head before it immediately disappears.
Smell has a lot going on with it. It is predominated by a very strong nut smell. There is also a bit of a chocolate and other malt as well.
Taste is dominated by nut as well. It is a good nut taste with a bit of chocolate as well. The two tastes combine to taste a little like a Snickers bar.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin for my liking, but it has a nice feel going down.
Drinkability is nice. This beer has a nice bit of taste to it with a thin feel, easy to go down. An interesting beer, not much like anything else I have ever had. Definitely worth a drink...

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Off-white head with a clear amber/brown body. Only specks of lacing.

Smell: Not much besides caramel malts. Overall a very clean smell.

Taste: Caramel malts. The taste pleasantly lingers for a while.

The label implies that it's a nut brown ale but this is a dunkel lager in my opinion.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.36/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a dark amber brown with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell is on the sweet side with notes of sweet malt and hazelnuts.

The taste is prety good. I get lots of hazelnuts mixed with some vanilla and caramel malt and a very light bitterness that reminds me of hot cocoa. The flavours are fairly strong on the front end but they really fall near and through the finish to the point of being watery.

Mouthfeel is light and the carbonation is medium.

Head retention and lacing are very good.

Bottom line: This is an interesting brew that doesn't get me all excited or anything but it's easy enough to drink 1 maybe 2 bottles at a sitting.

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Photo of steveh
3.68/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -- Nice, deep reddish brown color with a long-lasting light tan head.

S -- Is that macadamia nut? Maple syrup? Little vanilla-ish, husky grains, some vague character that I often get in Berghoff beers -- swapping yeast here?

T -- More vanilla and nutiness with a touch of roasted malt bitterness in the finish, nutty aftertaste. The web site says that there are nothing but malts & hop in this beer -- I'd have guessed the vanilla and nut flavors were added.

M -- Very smooth with a good, medium body. Slightly syrupy.

D -- Hmm, In the winter months I might actually grow to like this -- moreso than the Sunset Wheat. More character than the Big Butt too.

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Photo of nasty15108
3.21/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A - Poured a clear copper color. The pour produced a head of slightly off-white foam and soapy lacing. Good carbonation.

S - Macro style aroma with slight hints of hazelnut and vanilla.

T - More of the same. Slight sweetness (caramel/hazelnut)combines with the macro taste (budweiser cans come to mind)up front then follows with a slightly bitter/dry finish.

MF&D - Thin bodied, but easily drinkable. This beer was a little bit of a let down, but overall it was drinkable enough.

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Photo of Shumista
2.78/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my pilsner glass.

A- The beer pours a dark, translucent red/brown with a good sized off white head that fades quickly. There is a decent amount of lacing left on the sides of the glass after each sip.
S- Sweet malts, hazelnut, and maple. Also, something in the smell that just smells like a macro beer.
T- Sweet caramelly/roasted malts make up the base flavor of the beer. There are hazelnut and maple flavors as well. Overall the beer definitely does have a nutty character to it. These flavors could have worked but they just taste really fake to me. The maple reminds me of cheap maple candy, and the hazelnut reminds me of the hazelnut syrup you put in coffee.
M- Not bad, medium bodied, decent carbonation. A little creamy.
D- These are too sweet and unbalanced, I don't want another one.

I keep trying different Leinenkugel's beers because they always look so interesting, and while they never fail to be, I am almost always let down by the flavor. I'm starting to realize how gimmicky a lot of their beers like Summer Shandy, Sunset Wheat (which I actually like), Berry Weiss, and Apple Spice really are. They are always different and never bad, but also are never particularly well crafted in my opinion.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a translucent red color with a decent white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

The aroma is mostly roasted nuts with a caramel malt aroma.

The taste is very similar to the aroma with some roasted nut flavor and roasted malts. Their is also a light citrus hop aftertaste to it.

Very highly carbonated beer that really doesn't fit the profile of a winter warmer but not a bad beer overall.

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Photo of KBomb
3.51/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Miller Brewery. Color is a dark brownish red. Dark, but mostly translucent. Small but dense head. The aroma is powerful of hazelnuts, sweet malt, and coffee. Its like a hazelnut espresso-- coffee and nuttiness is dominant. For as strong as these aromas are, they don't smell at all artificial-- good work. The taste is less interesting, a kind of plain brown ale with some notable bittersweetness (the tiniest bit of chocolate). Its not heavy. A little dry.

This beer can be admired for taking on the ambitious flavor pallet , but I still can't seem to like it very much. I feel like there are better options out there if you're looking for nutty/mocha flavors in winter beer. It could stand to have a little more alcohol warmth on the finish to compliment the other flavors. Its not bad, but I don't see myself having another.

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Photo of Tbn2
2.61/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into pint glass and watched two fingers worth of a white head settle to the top and dissipate to a light film and ring around the glass. The body is an amber red/brown.

The smell is a mix of sweet and toasted malt aromas as I expected, but I smell some yeast in their as well that isn't very complimenting. The beer has that massed produced smell which I was hoping not to get.

The smell is similar. Hits off the bat with a good mix of malt flavors I expected; caramel, burnt sugar, vanilla. At the finish though, I get that same aftertaste of a massed produced beer. Body of the beer feels good. I was looking for a somewhat dry finish that is characteristic of the English Nut Browns, but it wasn't there.Other than that, no complaints in that department.

A little disappointing in all honesty. I was excited to see this new offering of Leinenkugel but it came up a little short by my estimation.

I hate to say it, but I wouldn't recommend it.

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Photo of trafordboy
3.67/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz sample bottle. Pours a light brown color with a slight amber tint in the highlights. There is a cream colored head that lasted a bit longer than most Leinie's but failed to produce any real significant lacing. Aroma is very sweet and has hints of roasted hazelnut, cappuccino, and a soft touch of maple sugar. Smells wonderful. Taste is basically the same as the aroma. Very smooth, tasty notes of roasted hazelnut and vanilla with a hint of maple syrup. This is all malt, I don't get any sort of hop presence at all. The mouthfeel is a little light and thin. I would have preferred a little bit more hearty mouthfeel but hey, I didn't brew it. All in all nice beer and I like to see Leinie's branch out like this. Hopefully this is a first in a line of new brews from them...and it's not a wheat beer!

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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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