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: 806 |  Reviews: 368
Photo of fizzyted
1/5  rDev -66.1%

Photo of bboven
2.19/5  rDev -25.8%
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 SamN
2.87/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Heavy handed pour, nice fluffy, barely-tan head. Rose to about two fingers thick, and actually lasts a little bit. Color isn't great, can't decide whether it's brown or amber colored-- a little of both, I suppose. Very clear, with limited carbonation visible. Strong smell of slightly artificial hazelnut with a clean finish of adjunct grains. Less nuttiness is taste than in smell, this is a straightforward, slightly nutty brown ale. Relaxed cereal grains complimented pretty well by the natural nut flavor (whatever it may be), clean finish. Dunno what else to say, it's a nutty brown ale, nothing more. Mouthfeel is too thin, needs more body than this to be a fireside beer. And less carbonation, too.

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Photo of Magpie14
1.88/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Why is it that I have a predisposition about some beers and Leinenkugel's is always at the top. Alright, I have to put that aside and rate for what it is!

A: dark copper with some reddish hues. Thin sudsy head, just a tinge off-white. Not really any lace to make note of, a small dab around and about the glass

S: malts and barley and unnatural sweetness, reminds me of almond paste?

T: Oh my stars! I usually like a little more water and cardboard with my malts. I sense spices, maybe some chocolate and not really anything else. Everything just seems prefabricated about this beer...not much genuine about it

M: carbonation is alright...but how can you comment if the taste is this bad, really? In any regards, I would deem this mouthfeel weak and thin

D: Fireside Nut Brown is a scam...I would never curl up fireside with a beer like this. I would rather perform ritual killings

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Photo of bbeane
3.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Poured into a 16oz nucleated tumbler... Nice finger thick part creamy part fizzy head that lingers some from the nucleated glass sits on top of a clear reddish amber colored beer

S- The smell isn't real strong, but after some swirls in the glass you get a mostly bready type smell with some a little hint of sweet malt

D- Not super complex, but I guess most brown ales aren't. Starts out with a tiny bit of caramely sweetness and finishes with a doughy bread taste and maybe a hint of nuttiness

M- Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation

D- Honestly, not all that bad. I would never go out looking for it, but depending where I might be (maybe a party) and what options I have to drink, I wouldn't say that I'll never drink it again


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Photo of mds1101
2/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of danielharper
3.87/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Okay, I call shenanigans. I'm usually on board with BeerAdvocate's style listings even when they don't quite match my experience, but there's no way this is a Winter Warmer. Reviewing as a Brown Ale.

Appearance: Dark brown/orange, clear but opaque due to coloration, with a thick khaki-colored head that sticks around and leaves some lacing.

Smell: Rich with sweet roasted malts, syrupy. Very nutty, of course, with hints of dark hops and yeast. It's within the guidelines for a nut brown, but it's almost more like a dopplebock in aroma than a brown.

Taste: Strong sweet hazelnut flavors, slightly astringent, dry but cloying on the finish. A bit more complexity than you usually get from a brown, but not exactly the most pleasant complexity, if you get my drift.

Mouthfeel: Thicker than expected, goes down smooth.

Drinkability: This is a bit sweet and syrupy for my taste, but it's a decent brown ale and the price is usually right.

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Photo of harrylee773
5/5  rDev +69.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of wahhmaster
3.15/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent light brown color with a thick pillowly head that dissipates quickly leaving almost no lacing.

Smell: Has a strong nutty smell backed by robust sweet maltiness. A tiny hint of graininess in there too.

Taste: This is quite a sweet beer. The sweet malts hint you up front while the beer finishes with a bit of nuttiness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing but a little thin.

Drinkability: This is a highly drinkable beer and pretty refreshing as well. I don't really understand it as a winter seasonal though. It doesn't have the body or warmth to be a good winter beer. Still not bad.

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Photo of ej285701
3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of mwa423
2.64/5  rDev -10.5%
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 BigRedN
3.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass, the beer is a light brown. Pour produces a nice fluffy white head at least 1 inch in height. Head fades to a full cover and leaves some lacing.

Smell: Light roasted malts. Not getting anything realy nutty; seems like a weak brown ale.

Taste: The roasted malts come through right away. No hops bitterness anywhere. I'm not really getting much of the "nut" in the nut brown ale either.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied (trying to push to medium bodied anyway). Well carbonated, keeps this light and lively.

Drinkability: A very drinkable, sessionable brown ale. However, I think the high drinkability is the beers downfall as it seems this beer is a bit "dumbed down" to keep it simple and drinkable. Nothing memorable or envelope pushing here.

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Photo of nukem5
2.75/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Warm dark amber color with very little head.

S: Smells of roasty grains and light grassy aroma.

T: Nutty and full of malt with a slight hoppiness .

M: Thin and a bit of akaline taste with hint of metal.

D: Dont look for this one again from me but if you like it , good for you, a big surprise from Leinies.

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Photo of aqualung23
1.75/5  rDev -40.7%

Photo of Blueribbon666
2/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of ne0m00re
1.97/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Live review of a 12 oz bottle.
A: Clear copper with a small cream head with lacing.
S: Buttery caramel walnuts with a cloying strange artificial sugar sweetness. I'm not a fan.
T: The taste is more subdued than the aroma, but an overly buttery biscuit and toffee with a creamy artificial sugar sweetness are key players. The whole malt character is odd.
M: Creamy smooth, but with a strange lack of body.
D: All right, it's drinkable, if there were very few other options.

It is way too... artificial. Sometimes Southern Tier comes off like this as well, but at least their malt profile is authentic. This seems like it was flavored to get that nuttiness.

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Photo of robbyc1
3.38/5  rDev +14.6%
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 fivetime
1.5/5  rDev -49.2%

Photo of bound4er
2.68/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this tonight at a local restaurant. Poured up fairly nice - reddish brown look with a very light tan head of about one inch. Faded pretty fast though. Smells lightly of grains and heavy on a butterscotch chocolate chip note. Strange smell - not off-putting but nothing I want in a beer. Taste is fairly bland with decent carbonation and drinkability.

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Photo of kshankar
3.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown with a tiny head. Carbonation is borderline fizzing..what is this, soda?

Malts, nuts, some sweeter notes, caramel...

Taste is a bit sweet for my liking, but otherwise it isn't bad. There is some of the malt/nut profile coming through as well.

Mouthfeel? Ehh, the carbonation is a bit sharp..more than I'm used to. Still drinkable though. Could have a few

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Photo of blakesell
3.72/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12oz twist off bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance- Beer pours clear and brown with a large three finger head of small cream colored bubbles that quickly fades to a ring around the sides. Lacing is thin and unimpressive.

Smell- Honey and nutty brown malts. Vanilla and caramelizations. There was an unpleasant metallic smell when it was poured too cold, but I let it warm and I'm glad I did. The scent gets much better as it warms and is likely the most redeeming thing about the beer. Hops are nearly nonexistent, but are there.

Taste- So thin, but still flavorful. Sweet browned caramel malts and some rich nutty flavors come through. A very twangy extract taste comes in at the end and it's not quite pleasant. Very strange yeast character as well, different. Metallic hops as well that could stand to be toned down on this nut brown. A light lambic bacterial taste on the back end of the tongue as well.

Mouthfeel- Mildly creamy, a very lactic twang present making it somewhat cloying. Medium thin bodied, and thinly carbonated.

Drinkability- Drinkable but I won't be revisiting it. It is very nice for the swilling needs, but not so much for me.

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4.5/5  rDev +52.5%

Photo of BDIMike
3.72/5  rDev +26.1%
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 WJVII
3.18/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass this had a light brown semi transparent color. It has a decent cream head that left minimal lacing. The smell was, well warm, like a fireside. It has some sweet scents like syrup and caramel, with some hints of savory clove. The taste was off to me. Not what I expected. A little too sweet and not enough malts. It was thin and had an odd after taste, almost like a sarsaparilla or something? Not my favorite Leinies, but I salute the effort.

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Leinenkugel's Fireside Nut Brown from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.95 out of 5 with 806 ratings