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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Ratings: 806 |  Reviews: 368
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.23/5  rDev +9.5%
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 MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +27.1%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at Old Chicago.

This guy helped me finish my Winter Tour. It pours a clear russet amber topped by a finger of light cream micro-foam. The nose comprises deep toffee, walnuts, brown sugar, and rich chocolate. The taste runs along pretty much the same lines, with the chocolate running through the back end pretty nicely. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a surprisingly tasty little brew, a fitting end to this mini-tour. Free T-shirt, baby!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.27/5  rDev -23.1%
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 rolltide8425
3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of smartassboiler
2/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.3/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not good...and I rarely start off a review by stating that outright, but this was a beast to drink. Not in a good, challenging way, either. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer had a decent appearance. The beer has an almost barn-red/brown color, with a decent (2") head. It got a little shaky from here. The smell has a blending of hazelnut, malt, and hops. When you first drink this brew, you get a mouthful of confusion clumsily barreling around your tastebuds. The hazelnut and hops are present, but the sweetness is thrown off by the increased and overcarbonation and the lightness of the body. The beer doesn't have the substance to balance or compliment the flavors it is trying to pull off. It ends up having a sharp and unpleasant finish, and was not overly enjoyable to choke down. I'm going to give myself a bit of time before trying this brewery's other offers to attempt an unbiased sample.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.13/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium to dark red brown amber. Thin off-white head that dissipates quickly to a ring around the glass. Aroma of sweet malt and nuts with a faint vegetable element; faint but pleasant. Flavor very mild, faint roasted malt and lightly nutty, finish abrupt with slight maltiness. Tastes like the flavor elements are all there, but extremely subdued or watered down. No off flavors, but completely underwhelming in flavor. Light bodied. Would be satisfactory with more robustness in the flavors that are present.

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Photo of jwc215
3.15/5  rDev +6.8%
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 tone77
3.83/5  rDev +29.8%
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 drabmuh
3.37/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Digging deep, my parents left 3 of these in the fridge so I figured, why not. Poured into a Delirium tulip. Beer is amber and clear with a pathetic head (even after a hard pour) with minimal carbonation and lacing.

Aroma is nutty and sulfury with an almost tobacco quality to it...interesting.

Well, it's not horrible. It's bland with a surprising finish. It's medium bodied and blank on the front and midpalate....finishes with a tobacco and nut flavor. Eh...

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.73/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Nice clarity for a dark auburn colored beer. Gives you a beige head of over a half an inch, even if it does not yield the desired lace or retention thereof. Aroma was mildly sweet and nutty I guess. Sure.

Even more mild tastewise. Thin body. Not much roasting of said malt backbone, which is kinda lacking. Its a smooth brown lager. Oktoberfestish.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
2/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of flagmantho
3.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium-brown hue with a completely haze-free body and a nice effervescence. Head is a thin layer of pillowy ivory foam. Not bad.

Smell: slightly sweet and very biscuity malt aroma with a nutty component, possibly hazelnut. It's not bad, per se, but biscuit plus hazelnut is not among my favorite combinations.

Taste: sweetish malt with a lot less biscuit and hazelnut than the aroma. I'm also getting some mild tones of coriander in the mix; it's interesting. I would never call this a "Euro dark lager", as it is classified here, but it makes a tasty-enough nut brown ale.

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-light body with a good carbonation and a frankly surprising creaminess. Definitely the best thing about this beer!

Overall: this is a bizarre beer that I find growing on me somewhat. The aroma is a touch off-putting to my personal taste, but the sweet, hazelnutty, brown ale flavor is just weird enough to appeal.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From bottle no. 01031-B22113. Sampled on December 20, 2010. I must say that I enjoyed looking at its amber-red pour, busy carbonation, and soft off-white head. The aroma had a varied mix of smoked nuts, maple, and barley grains. The body was smooth and in the medium range. The taste had an odd mixture of hazelnut, maple, and ended tart. Kind of different.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of BillRoth
3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of WesWes
3.18/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a translucent light brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a dry, malty scent that's light with a slight nutty caramel aroma. There is a foreign extract aroma in here as well. The taste is average as well. It has a little in the way of malt complexity. It seems as though the only malt used in a medium lovibond crystal malt for some color and mediocre caramel flavor. There is a nut flavoring added or something. There doesn't appear to be any Victory malt in this one. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This beer is easy drinking, but it's just not very good.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.36/5  rDev +13.9%
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 tigg924
4.48/5  rDev +51.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: big head, clear, leather brown, high carbonation

Smell: sweet toasted caramel malt

Taste: sweet caramel malt, a bit of hazelnut, and toffee

Mouthfeel: smooth and sweet

Drinkability: I know the brand is not popular here, but this is my guilty pleasure beer...I love the caramel malt...I love that this still tastes like beer and has some bite...I could session this and session it some more. This is one of my favorite beers and is Leinenkugel's best--There I am out.

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Photo of petermethot
2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Latarnik
2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of sweemzander
3.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours clear brown copper to amber color that produced a large off-white to light tan foamy head with decent retention.

(S)- When it was super cold, I didnt smell anything?! As it warms up I just get a little sugary sweetness with a hint of nuts and brown sugar.

(T)- Nuttiness of almond, walnut, and pecan with a sweet caramel & brown sugar malt background.

(M)- Good carbonation level with a good balance of nutty & sweet flavors.

(D)- A fun beer that I remember being much better last year when it was first released. It had a nice rich maple malt profile. This years just tastes more sugary sweet to me. Did they change it? Let this warm up cause it was really closed when it was cold.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
2.78/5  rDev -5.8%
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 Haybeerman
3.31/5  rDev +12.2%
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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Leinenkugel's Fireside Nut Brown from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.95 out of 5 with 806 ratings