1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Newcastle Werewolf - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

Newcastle WerewolfNewcastle Werewolf

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

688 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 688
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Zorro on 07-17-2011)
View: Beers (27) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
Ratings: 688 | Reviews: 159 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of JamesMN


3.48/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Translucent dark brown/maroon. Bubbly eggshell white head.

Aroma: A clean bready smell. Pretty sweet in the nose with caramal/crystal malts, assuming this will be a very malty palate. Smells very similar to a Scotch or 90 Schilling Ale.

Taste: Lots of that sweet malt and breadyness from the nose here. Nothing mind-blowing but a decent example of the style. There's a moment in the finish where you almost get a roasted quality, but that feeling disappears too quickly. No hop presence or bitterness here(unless you count the dryness in the finish), however there is a peppery spice that lingers on your tongue that I think is evidence of the rye malt used in this one.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent but pretty smooth. Average drinkability. The peppery spice starts to get a little cloying after a while. Between light and medium in body.

Final Thoughts: For the style, Werewolf beats Killian's in my book. Newcastle has definitely put some work into this brew. Having said that, I don't think this is a beer worth seeking out or getting overly excited about. It's just an interesting seasonal release that pairs well with a cool autumn night.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 00:10:35 | More by JamesMN
Photo of Zorro


3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle: "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 color. Unlike the mythical wolf-like creature said to roam the bleak moorland surrounding Newcastle, this is real, so consider yourself warned!"

Despite what the bottle says we have clear light brown colored ale with a healthy white colored head. It isn't "Blood Red" by any measure of the color red and or bloody. You might be able to call this color red but there is no such thing as "English Red Ale."

Smell is strongly malty with a hefty aroma of yeast and bread. Lesser scents of butter and grass with a fairly strong Rye aroma. Very mild herbal hop aroma but this is a malt beer not a hop beer.

Starts out malty with a strong berries and yeast flavor. Quite a bit fruitier than Newcastle Brown Ale, strong flavor of BPA yeast. Mildly sweet with medium bitterness level, this might fit the classification of a Bitter a little bit. Taste fairly buttery near the end of the glass.

Mouthfeel is Medium with a high level of carbonation.

Overall this is a nicely drinkable ale. One thing I would change is back the carbonation level down a notch.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 01:18:03 | More by Zorro
Photo of DarthKostrizer


3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: Reddish brown not quite sure it's blook red like it says it is but maybe. 1/4 inch head and no retention

Smell: Very funky caramel and roasted malts has a bit of dark red fruit smell to it

Taste: Um am I missing something here?? Oh yeah the taste there is the slightest traces of caramel berries and honey

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with high carbonation

Overall: Boring taste and too much carbonation, dont think I need to say anymore

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 22:18:30 | More by DarthKostrizer
Photo of zaphodchak


3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thin whide head, amber brown body.

Malty nose, some tartness, some nut.

Slightly tart taste, lots of nutty, roasty malt. A bit acrid. Pretty standard.

Mouthfeel a bit prickly and foamy.

Decent, not a letdown, but by no means extraordinary. Little to say overall.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2011 01:33:10 | More by zaphodchak
Photo of mrfrancis


3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a ruby-tinged amber with a puffy white head.

S: The aroma is decidedly malty, and with an emphasis on rye malt. So, the expected aromas of black pepper and rye bread are here in abundance, joining subtle scents of tobacco, moist earth, and caramel.

T: Notes of black pepper, caramel, toffee, rye bread, tobacco, leather, lemon zest, minerals, earth, moss, and roasted barley. The finish is grainy with an impressive caramel, earth, leather, and black pepper kick.

M: On the lighter side of medium in body, prickly, and dry. Carbonation is very active. Filling, but very drinkable.

O: I've always been partial to Newcastle products and some of the other mainstream U.K. brews, so I don't find Newcastle Werewolf to be disappointing. For what it is, it is a good, solid ale that would be perfect with a basic dinner of roasted meats and vegetables. Classifying this as an Irish red ale, though, is a bit misleading in my opinion. This ale doesn't have enough of a caramel malt sweetness to be an authentic Irish red, and so, it is likely best to view this ale as a bitter. Reviewed as an Irish red ale, Werewolf is lacking, but taken as a bottled bitter, it is a pretty good effort for a mainstream commercial brewer.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 20:49:00 | More by mrfrancis
Photo of davecavemaster


3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It is marketed as a "blood red ale," due to the Rye Malt that is used in its brewing. In reality, it is more of a orange/brown with maybe a bit of red highlight if you hold it up to a light.

It pours with a decent beige head that sticks around while you drink it. There is minimal lacing, but some.

There is a berry, fruit smell to this beer. You can also smell the malt and European hops (this is after all an ale.) Some earthy traces as well.

I got a deep fruity taste from this beer first. It is quickly followed by the toasty malt and then a slightly bitter finish.

The beer has low carbonation, and a refreshing mouthfeel to it.

At the end of the day, I found this to be a pretty tasty beer. I think I would have enjoyed a bit stronger of a taste..maybe more hops, or maybe just have one of the flavor profiles be more pronounced. But overall, a good beer. It won't be at the top of any of my lists, but I can see buying another six of this somewhere down the line.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 22:49:19 | More by davecavemaster
Photo of enoerew

3.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

- A: White head at 1", ring lacing, orange body, orange-red by light; advertised as blood red, not quite

- S: Floral, berry, menthol

- T: Fruity, lingering hoppiness after swallowing, bitter orange

- M: Light body, clean but bitter, feeling of alcohol vapor remains

- O: Curious color and hoppiness. Better than the average beer, and more interesting than Killian's.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 01:23:09 | More by enoerew
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark rudy tan with red tint, nice creamy 2 inch head and plenty of lacing.

Smell - Malts, sugars, a little caramel and very light hop profile. Not much else.

Taste - Very malt forward, almost a smoked flavor mixed with caramel, butter and grain. A little rye mixed with some hops at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Malts coat mouth with the caramel and smoked flavors. Palate gets the spices and minor hops. Aftertaste is malty, bitter and buttery.

Overall - Not to bad, lots of malts and a little rye kick. Low alcohol makes this easy to enjoy a few. Worth a drink in the fall.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 23:36:01 | More by wvsabbath
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 bump8628


3.4/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up two 12oz bottles just because sometimes it's nice to fill up my Imperial pint with something from across the Atlantic. There is a serious dearth of British beers here. Pours copper red, thin khaki head. Lightly toasted with a metallic caramel note. Minimal herbal hop flavor. Dry and clean, lacks the supporting fruity yeast notes of better British beers. Eh, it's okay. More reasonably priced English beers, please!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 16:35:47 | More by bump8628
Photo of flagmantho


3.4/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug. ABV is 4.5% according to the label.

Appearance: medium amber-brown hue with a haze-free body and a thin layer of frothy white foam atop. Not bad.

Smell: sweet malt aroma which is caramelly, nutty and a little bit toasty. Good, but unfortunately there's a bit of a plasticy aroma here which detracts a bit from the otherwise stylistically-accurate bouquet.

Taste: nutty, toasty and biscuity malt with a mild bitterness and no hop flavor. Not bad, but I don't love it.

Mouthfeel: light body with a decent carbonation. It's a bit more prickly than creamy, but that is OK.

Overall: not a bad beer, but the brewers went a direction that I don't love. That said, it's a very drinkable beer. It appears I rated this beer high above the average; I think that has to do with rating to style. For the style it is not bad; for my own palate, I don't love it.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 19:53:09 | More by flagmantho
Photo of Vashtar


3.4/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Caramelized malt, chocolate and vanilla. It tastes like a nice dessert beer.

Clear medium-dark brown. Not much lacing or head retention

Smells really sweet and vanilla. A bit offensive for a beer.

The mouthfeel is thick and slow

Overall, it's a nice beer for a casual/fun party

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 23:27:56 | More by Vashtar
Photo of soju6


3.4/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear dark amber color with a nominal head and with just a trace of lacing.

S: Aroma is fairly mild with some malt, caramel and just a bit of fruit.

T: Taste of malt and caramel sweetness, with just a bit of fruit and nut. Has a mild bitterness that lingers just a bit.

F: Fairly moderate body and smooth with a bit of character.

O: A decent beer that goes well with a casual social gathering.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 14:43:34 | More by soju6
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 Beerbuddha


3.35/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Beer poured a ruby red with a huge, frothy off white head. Lacing present throughout the life of the beer.

Smell: Nice malty aroma with the sweet hint of berries and a nice slight grassiness. Dominate aroma of bread and yeast.

Taste: Strong malty flavor with hints of berry, bread and yeast. Slight metallic hint which disappears as the beer warms up. Slight bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium high carbonation.

Overall: Not a bad brew. Great for those crisp falls. I wish it hadn't released so early(July) and wished we would see it here in New Orleans but I don't think we will.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 17:47:42 | More by Beerbuddha
Photo of clemtig76

South Carolina

3.35/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six at Total Wine in Columbia, SC. Pours a clear coppery color with some ruby highlights. Thick rocky head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is classic English, malty, caramel,with just a faint aroma of English hops. This beer kinda reminded me of the old Bass before InBev moved the brewing location and ruined it. Well balanced with a fruity slightly malty flavour with a little twang in the finish.I would definitely buy it again. Aaahoo!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 21:13:17 | More by clemtig76
Photo of imasloth


3.35/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- An amber beer with a surprisingly white , foamy thin head. Light carbonation and sparse lacing.

S- Earthy and vegetal. Maybe like beets ... Some sweetness and light malt, don't know if I get the rye the label mentioned.

T- A light maltiness and the earthy characteristic. A bit of fruitiness (hard to place and only slight rye in the finish. I'd be more into this flavor if it were just bigger in each component. It's all very subdued ...

M- Light to medium, a bit watery in the finish. Some dryness after swallow.

O- Meh ... after the Guinness Black Lager and this, I'm wondering what all the English complain about American beer for.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 23:50:16 | More by imasloth
Photo of The_1084

3.35/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice transparent amber color; a small head that dissipates rather quickly; some sticky lacing with high activity levels of carbonation.

S - Some mild hints of caramel and hops.

T - Presence of hops upfront, balanced nicely with a sweet taste of toffee/caramel.

M - Light-bodied with medium carbonation; has a dry finish with a mildly bitter aftertaste.

O - Not a bad red ale; has an easy drinkability with nice flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 22:40:21 | More by The_1084
Photo of acevenom


3.35/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours clear dark copper with a finger length light beige head that dissipates at a moderate pace. There are some tiny bubbles visible in the beer. The beer smells slightly bready and sweet from the malt with some grain husk type aroma I would expect from a cheaper beer. The beer does taste grainy with some sweetness from the malt. There are some hops on the back end, but not much. It's also a little watery. The body is light with moderate carbonation. The beer is smooth, but is not quite clean on the finish. The drinkability is solid. This is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 23:59:57 | More by acevenom
Photo of oldirtycaffrey


3.35/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a decent beer. Maybe best in small quantities. The appearance is very good -- sharp red color with a foamy inch and a half thick head that dissipates to a thin head over a normal amount of time. I can't tell if I like the smell or hate it honestly -- there's almost a nail polish aroma to it -- it's hard to smell the malt through the alcohol. The taste is solid -- a little bitter, malty, a bit of a bite to it, but nothing truly memorable in my opinion. I once tried a 2 oz. sample of it at a Total Wine & Beer and was impressed; 12 oz. though, a little less so.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 18:27:28 | More by oldirtycaffrey
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper brown with a half inch of foamy head. Smells of faint caramel and hops. Taste is smooth caramel malt and quite nutty. Mouthfeel is smooth, rich, and medium bodied.

This is soo much better than regular Newcastle. I'm glad I tried it, but I'm not sure I'd go back for more.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2011 03:38:22 | More by tdm168
Photo of DrJay


3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear coppery colour with a thin whitish cap, good head retention with a lot of streak lacing. The aroma was your basic English character, malty, caramel, earthy hops. Bitterness was balanced, fruity and malty flavour, slightly nutty and a bit buttery. Medium to light bodied with lowish carbonation, decent texture. Pretty easy drinking and worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2011 02:37:59 | More by DrJay
Photo of Knapp85


3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured out as a brownish red color with a cream colored head on top. The head settles and doesn't leave a lacing or much retention behind. The smell of the beer is malty with some grainy aromas. Not much in the way of hops in here. Earthy is one way to describe the smell. The taste had a light roasted note with some caramel sweetness. The mouthfeel of this beer is smooth, moderately carbonated and drinkable. Overall it's not a terrible beer but not te best either.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 02:11:09 | More by Knapp85
Photo of ianjsullivan


3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear, reddish-brown with a half-a-fingernail white, fluffy head.

S: Toasty malt and very nutty.

T: Nutty, malty, a touch of blackberry with a hint of bitterness and alcohol. It leaves a mellow nutty flavor in the average finish.

M: Medium

O: A fair ale. It is mellow and pleasant; it would be easy to drink a six pack. It is a solid beer, but it isn't much more than that.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 20:53:29 | More by ianjsullivan
Photo of KickbacksSteve


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

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Off-white head, high retention, suddsy lacing on a deep copper, clear body. Aroma includes caramel malts, slight hop bitterness, slight brown sugar sweetness note. Taste is also caramelly sweet and some hint of vanilla and brown sugar. Nothing off-putting, nothing too radical but a very tasty and easy to drink amber like ale.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2013 04:33:10 | More by KickbacksSteve
Newcastle Werewolf from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
74 out of 100 based on 688 ratings.