Thirsty Thursday: Leinenkugel’s

Leinenkugel’s beer isn’t exactly a household name in the Eastern U.S. Well, Internet, I am here to school you in the ways of the Midwest.

I have had most, if not all,of the Leinenkugel’s lineup. Most are good, some are bad.

Today, we’re going to look at both extremes as I introduce you to a recognizable Midwestern brand name.

Honey Weiss

Honey Weiss

Fireside Nut Brown

Fireside Nut Brown

Leinenkugel’s, a product of Chippewa Falls, Wis., has a roster of about a dozen brews at any given time. I wouldn’t classify them as a craft brewer. I would say they are more along the lines of a regional brewer.

I can’t quite say when I learned about Leinenkugel’s beer,  but the most memorable Leinenkugel scene is from the movie, Escanaba in da Moonlight, a Jeff Daniels flick. The movie is about everything Michigan and they drink nothin’ but sweet sap whiskey and Leinenkugel’s. If you’ve never seen it, Netflix it up. It’s good for a larf.

In that movie, you’ll see the actors drinkin’ original Leinenkugel. It’s good, but one of my favorites is their Honey Weiss. It’s an American Wheat ale. It’s pretty much what you might expect from the name, but with a touch of honey taste. Not so much that you notice, but a slight hint. It’s damn tasty on a hot summer day.

Now, I’m not saying this is the best beer in the world. It’s swill compared to these guys. But it goes down just as well as anything else.

But our next beer, goes down about as well as, say, peanut butter flavored beer. If you like hazelnut coffee, then you will love this. Fireside Nut Brown is an atrocious creation that should be banned from the face of the Earth. It advertises as an English nut ale, but it delivers nothing of the sort. There really is no beer flavor to this drink.

On paper it seems like something you might want to try. English, good. Ale, good, Nut, maybe. But Fireside Nut Brown, bad. Save yourself the $6, and pass on the Nut Brown. It’s Nut good.


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