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Newcastle Werewolf - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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Ratings: 685
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 17.24%

Brewed by:
The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Zorro on 07-17-2011)
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Photo of snaotheus


2.94/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle at 41 F poured into a pilsner glass. Bottle code is 31 05 A L 126 59 14.

Pour is fairly nice looking. Rich amber copper, with a decent head, dissipates to a film fairly quickly. Almost no carbonation. Smell is lagery, yeasty, mild, slightly skunky.

Taste is mildly sweet and tea-like -- reminds me of normal Newcastle, but more caramelly. Watery.

Mouthfeel is watery. Overall, it's an OK beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 23:01:15 | More by snaotheus
Photo of Beejay


2.69/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

A: Medium to chestnut brown, very clear, nice amount of tan head.

S: Some toasted malts in there, almost a lager like aroma from somewhere... Heavy on the burnt sugar/caramel aromas, it almost comes off a little cloying. There is almost a hint of soy sauce in this.

T: Caramel and toasted malts, there is something a little odd about it. Perhaps a little smoky, but not in a great way, almost an ashtray thing. Odd.

M: Medium light in body, very high carbonation.

O: Overall an odd little beer, a little off. I could see it appealing to a broader audience, but this one just isn't for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 01:28:50 | More by Beejay
Photo of woodychandler


3.94/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Once again, my local, in-person trader, tone77, has dropped off some interesting bottles that I may not have picked up myself, but it keeps me honest instead of just CANtinuing with The CANQuest (TM).

From the bottle: "Escaped From Britain"; "From the One & Only [shredded as if by claws]"; "Blood Red Ale"; "Formidable Beast"; "What better way to toast the fall than to have a bottle of this formidable, dual character brew. At first smooth with mellow overtones of sweet berry fruit, a bite of bitterness suddenly cuts through, long, deep and lingering. Brewed with Rye Malt, it is naturally 'blood red' in colour. Unlike the mythical wolf-like creature said to roam the bleak moorland surrounding Newcastle, this is real, so consider yourself warned!"

Yo, thiz iz madd real, yo! As is my wont, I employed an aggro pour, allowing it to flow freely out of the bottle, which in turn began a pseudo-cascade that produced three fingers of dense, tawny head with great retention. I would put the color more as deep-copper (SRM = X), as opposed to "blood red", but neither am I going to quibble. Clarity was button-bright and I was ready to begin howling in response. Warren Zevon was doing "Werewolves of London" on YouTube and so begins the day. The nose had a strawberry/raspberry scent underlain by a bready maltiness. Mmmm. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was quite unexpected, even given the label's verbiage. It had an initial kiddie-candy like flavor that was overtaken fairly quickly by a tangy bitterness. Finish was semi-dry, with the rye giving it a slight bite at the end. This was an easily quaffable beer and disappeared more quickly than I realized.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 16:59:56 | More by woodychandler
Photo of BeerWithMike


2.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampling right now on 2/14/14. Found in the back of the beer cooler from last autumn. Still fresh of course. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a 16 ounce pilsner glass.

Pours reddish brown amber in color with a 1-finger foamy white head and settles down to just around the top and sides of the beer. Some spotty lacing is seen. The aroma is of dark roasted malts with a hint of caramel. The taste is about the same with a slight hoppy finish. Some dark fruits were also noted in the taste. A strange taste actually. Perfect carbonation though.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 23:28:51 | More by BeerWithMike
Photo of jadpsu


3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at daughter's in Laurel, MS.

Pours a clear amber (hardly blood red) with an abundant tan head that stays prominently throughout. appearance is superb.
Aroma: Burnt malts, some toffee and a little sweet caramel.
Taste is mor burnt malts, smokey and some dark cherries.
Dry and mildly bitter.
Interesting beer that has a bit going on, should go great with some Bar-B-Q ribs. Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 01:22:15 | More by jadpsu
Photo of ThomasMetal75


3.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Dark Ruby Red. 2 1/2 finger creamy looking head that did dissipate some. Head was tan/khaki colored, very rocky, with tight white bubbles (some large as well).

S- Dark roasted/toasted malts. Sweet. Grainy. No hops. A little bit earthy. Smells like a darker Newcastle Brown, but sweeter.

T- Very sweet. Dark roasted/toasted notes from the malts come out. As the bottle suggests, there is a sweet berry fruit taste here. But that is light! Again, no hop presence. There is an overall grainy taste here. It's that wet cardboard grainy taste you get from American Macro Lagers actually. But overall this is very sweet, malty, and grainy.

M- Medium body. This is way to carbonated. It's overly crisp! The head does have a nice creamy richness to it, but that's it. Super sweet. The sweet taste mixed with the carbination doesn't make this very pleasant to me.

Overall, I don't think I'd ever be tempted to buy this. My brother had gotten some when his band was on tour recently, so that's how I acquired this. But it's way too sweet and overly carbonated to be something I'd be seeking out again. But in general, I'd rather have this than a Bud Light for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 03:42:02 | More by ThomasMetal75
Photo of jawlessbody


3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into an american shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear orange tinted amber with a 3 finger tan colored head.

Smell: This is the part about the beer that really throws me for a loop. While there are moderate amounts of toasty malts, there is a deeply and overwhelming fruity aroma full of black cherry, plum, dates and a lot of medicinal scents. It almost reminds me of cherry cough syrup. Not a good way to start.

Taste: I'm really glad the taste of this beer didn't follow the nose. There's a prominent grassiness from the hops, but that is soon followed by a caramel toffee sweetness that balances it out nicely. Once you swallow is when those darker flavors start to show themselves in the taste, and the beer definitely finishes well with a pleasantly deep fruity aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy.

Overall: In it's entirety it would be hard to call this a bad beer. The flavors a deep and complex, but it's also very sessionable and easy to drink. The flavors present aren't really my thing, but I know some people who might be into a brew like this. Probably for someone who is just getting into craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 05:20:20 | More by jawlessbody
Photo of Pegasus


3.49/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear medium amber in color, with a modest white head, which soon fades to a dusting of foam. Thin, fine-beaded lacing is scattered in patches on the glass walls.

Aroma:Rich toasted malt and caramel dominate the aroma. There is also a strong nutty aroma.

Taste: Opens with abundant toasted malts. As the taste progresses, some roasted flavors become evident. AS the taste progresses, slightly burnt flavors are evident. Later in the taste, there are hints of dark fruit. Finishes with mild, lingering burnt notes.

Mouth feel: Soft, and a bit thin, with slight carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Pleasant and drinkable, a decent session beer.

Presentation: Packaged in a short twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 16:34:27 | More by Pegasus
Photo of hosehead83


3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a "half-liter" bottle into a "balloon" glass.
Dark amber in color, with a moderate head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Sweet toasted malt
Taste-Toasted malt, mineral note, faint sweetness in the finish. A sessionable, pleasant, if rather ordinary brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 21:22:05 | More by hosehead83
Photo of lwillitz


3.61/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into nonic pub glass

A - 4 fingers of khaki foam over a transparent body of orange amber; a few rising carbonation bubbles

S - roasted malts, coffee, slight fruity sweetness, bitter/grassy hop notes

T - big roast malt flavor, coffee, touch of toffee sweetness, touch of fruitiness, grassy and herbal hops, hops combine with a smoky burnt flavor for a bitter finish

M - light/medium body, medium carbonation, pretty dry

O - Werewolf has tons of rich burnt malt flavor and tons of bitterness, but also some fruity sweetness to keep things interesting. It's a decent brew overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 17:57:41 | More by lwillitz
Photo of Jeffwildcat


3.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Color is a perfect amber. Very little head that did disapate quite quickly but is normal for an English ale. Very little aroma but the taste does compensate for that. There is the Carmel malts and some roastyness. A good session beer for the fall as the days shorten.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 23:08:07 | More by Jeffwildcat
Photo of tjsdomer2


4.3/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Solid brown with heavy tan foam and a hint of red; like vampire blood, excellent for the season.

Smell: Berries (mainly raspberries) and caramel. Very sweet overall. The fruity smells definitely comes as a surprise.

Taste/Mouthfeel: More sweet fruit (berries and caramel again). Surprisingly enjoyable. Mouthfeel has a nice medium-bodied yeasty quality.

Overall Drinkability: I somewhat expected a tacky Halloween beer, especially given the fact that I don't particularly like regular Newcastle. This stuff hits the spot though. The candy flavors, color, and name are a perfect compliment to Halloween.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 20:01:07 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of mooseisloose


3.91/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a cartloads of this brew as it was on Halloween special price where a twelver was less than a typical sixer. So did my instinct pan out? Let's give a whirl. Popping the top I get a nice zesty roasted malt smell. Pours into a trusty pint to a deep bronze with a two finger foamy head. The taste starts with a nice hop bite the phases into a sweet yet tangy malt base then transitions to a gradually sweeter finish with a broad robust yet zesty bitterness fading in the background. A very tasty brew I will purchase again as well as Newcastles Brown Ale that is also tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 19:24:54 | More by mooseisloose
Photo of Premo88


3.94/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into mug

L: red ... 100% amber with some brown; holds a good thick off-white head, over 1/2 inch, pushing a full inch, and it didn't need a big pour to get it to percolate; a little bit of stick and lace, but more impressive -- one fantastic collar, almost looks like a Belgian

S: malty malt and malt goodness ... light and sweet, very nutty; just a hint of grain when it's cold

T: English malt ... reminds me of every good pale ale and brown ale I've had, sweet bready malts with just a pinch of spice bite from the hops; the rye might be in there but it's hard for me to distinguish, perhaps just a bit of a sour wheat note; malt sometimes gives a chocolate note

F: very strong, great carbonation, super drinkable

O: love it. it's much like the brown ale from Newcastle but with a definitive twist, I'm assuming from the rye

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 18:50:32 | More by Premo88
Photo of WVbeergeek


3.23/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Light amber hue with a khaki head forming thick forced carbonation is clearly here. The nose is muted to a dose of cereal grains, toasted caramel and faint herbal hops. Flavors bring out a light fruitiness candied ale sensation, light flavors fruity and easy to drink mild herbal hops in the finish again this may be ground breaking in flavor terms for a BMC drinker but for the core of this Beer Advocate community this is nothing more than a disappointment. Light toasted malts cereal grains hints of herbal hops is the flavor profile I'm getting, the body and carbonation are standard for this type of beer. I will accept this as a seasonal drinkable amber ale from the UK for Halloween other than that it doesn't have a rotation in my dedicated beer fridge.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 03:57:02 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of EagleTalon


3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours to a nice frothy beige head that falls to a permanent thin layer and some lacing. Color is brownish-red (more like dried or cooked blood) . Aroma is fruity, bready with caramel and toffee. Flavor is more of the same with a toasty, biscuity middle and a sharp, dry finish. The bitterness is almost medicinal. Mouthfeel is light, watery and limp. Overall, this is not bad but nothing special. "Cute" label and marketing image.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 23:26:28 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of ConsumerOfBeer


3.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Really enjoyed this brew. Had it at Tilted Kilt as their seasonal beer for the month of October.

A: It is red, no doubt an amber. You can still see through it, though. Decent head.

S: Smells of toasted barley.

T: Pleasant. Has an aftertaste almost identical to that of those Halloween blood capsules, which really reminds me of the season. Hints of vanilla and perhaps even cherry.

M: Moderately carbonated, somewhat dark, and bittersweet.

O: This is definitely a seasonal beer. When you drink it, you know what time of year it is and I really like that about this brew. Not sure if I'd enjoy it nearly as much at any other time of year, but that's why it's a seasonal!

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2013 06:25:23 | More by ConsumerOfBeer
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2.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear-ish amber with foamy off-white head that doesn't disappear.

Smell: Light malt. Not much going on here.

Taste: Very slight hop/malt presence with a slight nutty flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than I expected. Okay.

Overall: This is an average beer. I enjoy regular Newcastle more, even if it's a brown ale as opposed to this "red" one. They're somewhat similar, however. I wouldn't seek this out.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 21:37:34 | More by Thelonious_Mahler_Crate
Photo of Murrhey


3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12-oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a conic pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Quarter-finger brownish head atop a brown body.

S- Caramel and warm, reddish malts. Comforting aroma.

T- Sweet and light flavor. Caramel and warm.

M- Medium bodied and wet.

O- This is just an average beer. Not a lot to say about it.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 03:33:22 | More by Murrhey
Photo of I3eck

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle -> Wine Glass

A: Newcastle brown ale in color with a red hue, 3/4" khaki colored head which dissipates quickly, stringy lacing.
S: Musty, toasted malts, nutty.
T: Chocolate, roasted coffee, roasted nuts, smoky malts, caramel, slightly bitter finish.
M: Medium bodied, adequate CO2, little sticky.
O: Brown ale is a solid every day drinker, however, this edition seems a bit over done. The lingering flavor is smoky and overpowers the beer a bit. I do get a little creaminess but no berry fruit.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 02:57:48 | More by I3eck
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2.76/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Transparent brown colored body topped with a thin, bone-white head. Light lacing and carbonation. Red? Hardly.

Heavy biscuit aroma and a bit of musty grain. Light caramel notes. Yeasty.

Toasty grains and a bit of roasted almonds. Yeasty. A bitter finish provided by an earthy hop.

Medium-ish body. Good carbonation. Dry finish.

Not overly impressed with this one. It's worth a shot for someone looking for more character than a domestic lager.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 00:58:29 | More by alphagnome
Photo of whynot44


3.41/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not blood red, but a really nice copper/amber color with a decent head of tan foam that dissipates quickly to just a film but does manage a fair lacing.

The aroma is caramel, malt, a bit earthy with a touch of grassy hops.

The taste is malty and slightly sweet with slightly spicy rye overtone. Fairly smooth overall with a bit of dry metallic finish.

Light to medium body, very drinkable.

All together, a decent but not exceptional brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 03:00:37 | More by whynot44
Photo of jwc215


4.03/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours reddish copper with a nice head. A full sheet of lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel, brown sugar - smells like it will be a sweet one - then an earthy tone comes in.

The taste is of caramel/toffee with some brown sugar. Sweet, but with an earthy hop bitterness and touch of toast to balance it.

It is creamy and smooth.

A nice example of a traditional red ale. Sweet, but with an earthy undertone, especially in the finish. I would love to try this one on cask!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 14:38:32 | More by jwc215
Photo of Aaron_Ramson


3.66/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Color is a beautiful reddish amber with brilliant clarity and a tan head of white foam that quickly dissipates. The nose is bready malts, 12 grain bread, breakfast cereal, spicy-almost noble- herbal hop odors. Taste is subdued, soft nutty flavor, slightly muddy, not at all crisp; a charge of bitterness without any forward hop flavor. Very malty but not cleanly so. A drinkable session beer at 4.5% ABV, but muddled and dark tasting. A cleaner and clearer profile would go a long way in taking this from good to great.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 01:30:28 | More by Aaron_Ramson
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a clear crimson reddish amber in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some deep orangish amber highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy light beige head that reduces slowly to a couple of medium sized patches of thick film surrounded by thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts with some nuttiness and hints of grassy + earthy hops.

T: Moderate flavors of toasted bready malts with some lighter flavors of nuts and hints of light fruits. There are ver light flavors of grassy and earthy hops which imparts a light amount of bitterness which fades fairly quickly.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp and slightly thin/watery.

O: Tastes decidedly like a Newcastle beer (which is something that is fixed in my mind from drinking it during college in the mid-90s). Easy to drink and sessionable but not overly interesting.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 22:30:09 | More by dbrauneis
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Newcastle Werewolf from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
74 out of 100 based on 685 ratings.