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 JohnGalt1
2.78/5  rDev -7.9%
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 puboflyons
2.95/5  rDev -2.3%
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 Halcyondays
3.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, brought back by my sister from AZ,

A: Pours a dark amber with a mild white head, solid retention, no lace.

S: Nice nose of coffee, malt, maple and hazelnuts.

T: Some nutty malt flavour is enjoyable, but it's just very light. Needs more power.

M: Light-bodied, macro lager finish, fizzy.

D: Could have been so much more. It has a nice base flavour, but does nothing with it. A macro winter beer in the truest sense.

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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 Bitterbill
3.36/5  rDev +11.3%
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 beerthulhu
3.42/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured a cranberry ice tea color with a brilliant clarity and a fizzy flat tan colored head that was quick to dissipate. Visible effervesce was medium, the coloring a few shades lighter redder then expected and the head disappointing with an overall average appeal.

S: The nose was promising, with a bit of fresh smoky nature or rich dried toffee with a finishing fade of dried apple and cherry skins. While not particularly nutty as advertised it was sweet with a dried fruity nature with shades above average regards.

T: The flavor was sweet, highlighted by a fresh fruitiness of apple peels and cherries. A light sense of toasted caramel and warm, moist nutbread also comes through. The finish is bright and fruity of apple skins with a fairly clean fade. Again lacking a good deal of nuttiness but there is a faint underappreciated smokiness that I found soothering and woodsy. Not particularly known for their ample bodies of flavor this one came across fairly decent to me.

M: The mouthful had a nice tightly bubbly sensation with a medium consistency and a syrupy feel. A dry fruity fade ensures on the swallow.

D: Decent drinkability , a bit sweet but certainly manageable at 2-3. Delivers a fair amount of flavor and probably one of their better beers. Worthy of single purchase, but a six pack probably wont go to waste either.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.04/5  rDev +0.7%
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 Haybeerman
3.31/5  rDev +9.6%
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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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.73/5  rDev -9.6%
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 akorsak
3.2/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 12 oz bottle, leftover from Turkey Day.

A: The beer is a brighter orange copper color, brilliant in its radiance. Transparent although without head.

S: Nutty, a firm aroma coming out of this one. Lightly toasted grains and caramel follow. The sweetness is palpable, a little much.

T: Quite sweet, the natural flavors lend a near-cloying syrupy nature to the beer. Nuts and toast are apparent, even over the intense sweetness. The aftertaste brings back a flourish of nuttiness. Mid-sip, hops add just a bit of diversion. The natural flavors are, well, unnatural.

M: The mouthfeel is sweet, too sweet for its own good. One and done.

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Photo of tigg924
4.48/5  rDev +48.3%
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 DrDemento456
3.34/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured a nice "nut" brown color and I even got a half inch of head to boot. Little lacing.

S - Smell pretty much sold me. Full of nuts, roasted malts and a bit of bitter.

T - Taste kind of let me down. Started off pretty great but it was a kind of skunk taste in the roast malt. Gave off a sort of bad peanut taste (old nuts) but after a while it gets pretty smooth. Still I shouldn't have too "get used to it"

M - Comes off pretty light. Drank it pretty slow.

D - In the end I wished it was a bit more sweet. That may have sold me but overall just an average beer.

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Photo of cbutova
2.9/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Poured with a brown body into a pint glass. One finger light tan head forms with decent retention and a silky texture. Small foamy ring leaves no lace.

S- Caramel, nutty malt, buttery and lager yeast hints mostly. Has some dark fruit and a bit of an adjunct feel.

T- Onone hand there are nice toasty nutty malt, caramel, raisin and roast hints. On the other hand this is sort of brought down by a diluted macro yeast and adjunct flavor. Some Euro hop notes, grassy and herbal.

MF- Slightly watery feel with foamy high carbonation. Slight bitterness left on the palate.

Brings some pretty good malt and yeast flavors but it ends up feeling diluted and made with adjuncts.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear auburn body. Thin off white head. Lacing is sporadic. Sweet aroma. Confectionery sweet. Artificial kind of sweet. Not really that appealing. The taste follows suit. Something artificial tasting here. The label says "Beer with Natural Flavor." What's "Natural Flavor"? What type of extract did they add?? This is not a genuine tasting brown ale. Maybe it was hazelnut extract or something. It's too sweet and lacks the nice brown malt roast flavors I like in nut brown ales. This is drinkable, just not something I'd return to. Glad I got a single.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours palest russet with a egg white head that leaves trailers - stiff foam, but definitely not brown. Nose is brown sliced pan and slight spice. Caramel and toasted chestnut malts forward with mild kola and orange hops marred by a sour dry finish. Thin and too fizzy.

Drinkable, but why bother? There are so many better brown ales. As a "Euro Dark" it may do half a grade better, but that's still no reason to go get it.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Dark copper color, decent clarity, 1/2" of mild tan head on it, doesn't do much in terms of retention or lacing.

Aroma is nondescript sweet aroma and a mild nuttiness.

More mildness on the way in the palate. Sweet and nuts are minimal. Really thin body doesn't help the flavors settle, just makes it better in terms of 'drinkability' I'm guessing. Plastic flavors going on in the mouthfeel. Its digressing. Coming off as some weak campfire roasted nuts in a watery envelope. There doesn't seem to be much in the way of malt, not much in the way of roasting of that hint of malt.

Its just a thin, sweet beer with some nice color. Not quite oktoberfest, not quite brown ale. Not quite an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.76/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On tap into a pint glass...Pours an ugly watery light brown, looks like toilet water. Light watery tan head for a second then gone...The aroma is half ok, roasty and nutty, but then comes generic notes of sterile skunk and grains...Taste and feel is really light and watery. This is pretty bad.

Not worth trying.

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Photo of drpimento
2.68/5  rDev -11.3%
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 ZAP
3.75/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pretty clean looking for an ale...burnt orange color...head is no problem...a creamy, fluffy white head emerges immediately and coats the glass.

S-Sweeter aroma with some maple notes...

T-Sweet malts and sugars...hazelnuts and maple are very evident...also has a noticable chocolate/mocha touch on the finish.

M-Thin....if this had a bit more heft I would really like this...not a lot....just a bit more weight...a little sticky sweet texture...

D-I expected another bland Leinie brew but am pleasantly surprised. This beer will not be for everyone and it is far from a traditional nut brown ale. But it does have some interesting flavors that I find appealing.

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Photo of mynie
3.21/5  rDev +6.3%
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 StoutHunter
3.75/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 pack of this the other day, I drank a lot of these beers late last fall, so i decided to give this years release a go. Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- This beer poured a clear light brown with 2 fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed.

S- Roasted nuts and caramel malts. Smells sweet.

T- Lots of roasted caramel malts with a big presence of hazelnut. Very little hops are detected. The sweetness carries on through the smell.

M- A little on the thin side with the right amount of carbonation.

D- I find this beer to be pretty drinkable, if memory serves me correct there where several nights were I drank more then my fair share of this brew.

Overall i genuinely like this beer. I don't understand why a lot of people don't like this beer. but hey different strokes for different folks. I thought the flavors were balanced nicely and the extra nutty and hazelnut flavors were an nice added touch.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.4/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

10 (ish) tap pour into an American tumbler pint.

A - Pours from the tap clear bronze brown with a stout, off-white head. Low retention and no lace left over.

S - Cold, metallic nose with a nutty amber aroma. It's pretty bland. A huge departure from their first batch that was full of aroma and flavor, sadly.

T - Hints of nuttiness and amber malts. Cold and metallic in flavor with a hard mineral finish.

M - Very light-bodied and bland with a highly carbonated finish.

D - Total weaksauce. I hate to do this, but I'm just being honest; I'm glad I got this pint for free because my pour blew the keg but I didn't even end up drinking more than a few sips of this. The first year this was released, it was awesome. Apparently people complained it was too 'strong' or something, looking to have something with less flavor. Either way, this beer isn't good stand-alone. It's god-awful when compared to the first batch.

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Photo of Pencible
3.45/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a clear dark copper with some light tan head. It smelled like earthy caramel and nutty malt, with some roasted barley and coffee and toffee. It tasted like sweet caramel and nutty malt, followed by strong rusty copper hops. It was watery with mild carbonation, and had a bittersweet metallic aftertaste. Overall this had a nice smell, but the strange metallic aftertaste ruined the flavor. The body was good, and it was easy enough to drink. Generally a decent brown ale, but clearly not one of the best.

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Photo of papat444
3.65/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, best before Mar.12, 2012.

Appearance: Full of tiny bubbles racing up a dark amber body (semi-clear). Head is thick and lasts a decent amount of time. Some coating on the sides.

Smell: Lots of caramel malt as well as nuts and their shells with a bit of toasted nuts also.

Taste: Some caramel but what i really like is the flavor of chestnuts toasting on a wooden stove. The flavor is not necessarily intense but feels authentic. Some grilled sesame seeds in there as well.

Mouthfeel: Starts well with a big accent on the malt and good carbonation but suffers as it warms which makes it average.

Overall: Pleasantly surprised by this one. A decent offering worth trying.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.45/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear amber color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of faint caramel malt. The taste makes the the faint aroma seem strong. There is only a hint of caramel, and nothing else. The mouthfeel is thin and watery. Overall, this is probably the best beer I've had from Leinenkugel. Unfortunately, that is like being the smartest contestant in the Special Olympics. Really though, this is a very week brown ale. I will not be drinking this again.

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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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