This is a beer with lots of malt flavor and deserves a heavy, sturdy glass mug, preferably with dimples.
There's a reassuring feeling seeing the medium-bodied brown beers appear in the fall. Just like the leaves change, so do my tastes in beer, as I look for slightly heavier and sweeter brews. It's comforting to find long-standing Wisconsin brewing icon Fireside Nut Brown from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company in Chippewa Falls.
Style: Fireside Nut Brown is brewed as a bottom fermenting lager by Leinenkugel's. The company says it was inspired by the English-style nut brown, which is more commonly brewed as an ale. Overall, the style is known for its maltiness with little or no hop aroma. The malty tones and light sweetness may also have hints of nuttiness or toasted flavor. These brews offer a reddish-brown to dark-brown color. Brewing the nut brown as a lager may suggest the brewery is hoping for more balance and cleaner flavors.
Background: Leinenkugel's unveiled this brew this fall, specifically for the holiday season, and should stay around through December. Fireside Nut Brown offers big robust maltiness. It's made with English two-row barley and American Cluster hops with 4.9% alcohol by volume. You'll find it locally in six-packs (~$7) and 12-packs (~$13). By the way, the brewery says it'll be offering another new brew, Leinenkugel's 1888 Bock, around the first of the year.
- Aroma: Strong maltiness, hints of maple syrup.
- Appearance: Deep bronze color with a thick, bubbly tan head.
- Texture: Medium to full bodied and very round.
- Taste: Assertive, even aggressive caramel maltiness.
- Finish/Aftertaste: Lingering maltiness.
Glassware: This is a beer with lots of malt flavor and deserves a heavy, sturdy glass mug, preferably with dimples to show off the brilliant copper hues of this beer.
Pairs well with: The assertive sweet caramel tones go well with the warm comfort foods of fall. This is a beer to try with roasted meats or long-simmering stews.
Rating: Two Bottle Openers (out of four).
The Consensus: B (good) from Beer Advocate and a 50 from