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 Halcyondays
3.29/5  rDev +11.5%
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 beerthulhu
3.42/5  rDev +15.9%
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 cjgator3
3.21/5  rDev +8.8%
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 pathman
3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Kelp
2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of DucksFan16
2.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of DrDemento456
3.34/5  rDev +13.2%
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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3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of akorsak
3.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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 StJamesGate
3.25/5  rDev +10.2%
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 barnzy78
2/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
3.5/5  rDev +18.6%

Photo of cbutova
2.9/5  rDev -1.7%
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 Hellpop65
1.75/5  rDev -40.7%

Photo of bubseymour
3.81/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Brown and clear with 1 finger soap sudsy head that dissappeared in 30 seconds. No lacing and looks quite watery.

Smell - A really nice roasted malt and bready smell. Nice nut brown presence.

Taste - A pleasant nut brown roasted flavor. Nice malty brew with a good taste to it. Some crispness in the finish but nothing bitter at all.

Mouthfeel - Here's the problem with it. Extremely watery and lacking in body.

Overall - If you don't mind the watery lightness and low ABV to this beer, its actual very pleasant in both smell and taste. I'm not sure why its bashed as bad as it is. I think its quite respectable and sessionable.

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Photo of ZAP
3.75/5  rDev +27.1%
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 MattyG85
3.75/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Date on bottle says January 23, 2012.

Appearance: Pours a brownish amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big five finger off white head with good retention. Lacing is light.

Smell: Bready and slightly roasted caramel and toffee malts. Wheat grains. A good presence of nuts throughout. Some hints of grassy hops in the background. Fairly sweet and roasty.

Taste: Sweet and bready caramel and toffee malts that are lightly roasted. A pretty good taste of roasted nuts throughout. Light hints of chocolate, coffee, and grassy hops. Tasty.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied. Way too thin for this style. Carbonation is also on the higher side. Crisp and smooth.

Overall: A nice tasting roasty brown. The body is way to thin for a winter beer of this style.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.79/5  rDev -5.4%
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 Gotti311
1.5/5  rDev -49.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.75/5  rDev +27.1%
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 mynie
3.21/5  rDev +8.8%
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 Beerandraiderfan
2.72/5  rDev -7.8%
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 -6.4%
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 cdwil
2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Leinenkugel's Fireside Nut Brown from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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