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Newcastle Werewolf - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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Ratings: 687
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 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
Photo of Amalak

New York

3.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A. It has a big foamy white head which leaves some lacing behind. It has a dark mahogany color. It is just barely see-through. I don't see any bubbles.

S. A malty and caramel scent. Much like a regular Newcastle.

T/M. It has a strong grape malt taste. It is extremely smooth. A bit dry and light bodied. A hint of a celery taste underneath, but it is just mainly a malty beer.

O. It's a bit bland, but it is very easy to drink and is very smooth. Just meh, but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 01:05:23 | More by Amalak
Photo of phichifiji00


3.28/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip class

Appearance: Coppery red, clear, pours thick white head that slowly fades.

Smell: Malty, sweet, red berries.

Taste: Rye, maltly, somewhat sweet, minimaly bitterness, hints of berries.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, decent carbonation.

Overall: A decent beer, but not as good as the brown ale. A fun concept, but doesn't live up to the promises on the label.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 02:20:08 | More by phichifiji00
Photo of CMUbrew


3.28/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass

A: Pours with a decent white head, but it fades into a small ring very quickly. The body is a clear, dark copper color.

S: Earthy hoppiness is about all I get.

T: Some light earthy hops and tannic tea flavors. Seems like it sticks to style. Thin flavors overall though.

M: Light bodied and a little bit watery. Carbonation is fine. Slightly drying finish.

O: This beer seems to follow style, but in a pretty weak way.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 04:04:51 | More by CMUbrew
Photo of tajiandemello


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

I have always been a fan of Newcastle Brown Ale. It's one of those beers my dad always drank when I was growing up and actually one of the first beers I tried on my own. When I came across Newcastle Werewolf, I HAD to try it. I threw it in my shopping cart and drove home as fast as I could. Unfortunately, the store that I bought it at only had it out as a special, so it wasn't cold. I immediately threw it in my freezer when I got home so that it would get cold ASAP. after about fifteen minutes I couldn't take it anymore. I opened the freezer door and pulled a bottle out. I cracked it open and poured it into a glass. I took one long whiff of the smell and thought to myself, that isn't great, but I bet the beer is. So I poured it into my mouth and let it sit there for a second before swallowing it down and waiting for the aftertaste.

All in all? Meh. I was expecting a lot more, but it could have been a lot less.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 22:27:53 | More by tajiandemello
Photo of allforbetterbeer


3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up in a "mix-your-own" six pack.

Pours with a orange-amber body (nowhere near blood red, as the label states!) under a white head that quickly falls to a thin layer on the surface.

The nose is rather faint. I smell hints of generic malt and hops, but it is pretty sad.

The flavor actually surprises me with its complexity; this is a cut above the usual mass-produced lager. A rather generic tasting toasted malt flavor pervades everything about this taste, but additional slightly more roasty flavors come in as well making me think that some slightly more interesting malts were used in the production of this beer. Also some hop bitterness makes an appearance with a slight addition of hop flavor that is drying and pleasant. Reading the label I see this was brewed with rye, which explains the slightly more complex character (as opposed to regular Newcastle).

The mouthfeel is pretty much generic, but with slightly better smoothness than average. Forced carbonation is unremarkable.

Conclusion: This was better than I expected, and way better than the usual mass produced "fall beers" that clutter shelves this time of year.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 18:49:58 | More by allforbetterbeer
Photo of DrDemento456


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

I found this one for a dollar at my House of 1,000 beers. Poured into a pint glass.

A - A head that never seems to quick with pretty sweet lacing. Color is not of a "blood red" more of a dark amber brown.
S - Mild skunky lager yeast meets some sweet caramel malts and a touch of biscuit.
T - I get some sweeter malts pushing more toward the flavoring of vanilla or caramel and some mild skunked hops in a lager style finish with some toasted bread. Not bad for a "sessional"
M - Light to medium on par with the style.
Overall I have had better Irish Red ales but anything is worth trying for a buck.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 01:46:50 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of UnderPressure

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper colored with a diminishing creamy head. Some lacing.

Toasted malt upfront in the aroma. Grainy and sweet.

More of the same in the flavor, with a slightly metallic, bitterness. The bitterness lingers for a while, but the malty sweetness does not.

Light bodied. Almost to the point of emptiness. Carbonation is a little too sharp for my taste. An everlasting dry, bitter finish.

Nothing crazy here. A decent amber/red ale. I might buy some more next year, but it's not one I will highly anticipate.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 13:34:04 | More by UnderPressure
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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
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 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 ehammond1

3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3


Thanks for the gift, DarthKostrizer!

Clear amber and light brown with a very thin, nearly non-existent khaki colored head that eventually leaves lines of lacing down the glass.

The aroma consists of toast, perhaps slightly burned, table bread, and an earthy, grassy hop character.

The flavor follows the nose but is more bitter than I would have imagined. The hops are quite earthy, and there's just a bit of bready sweetness.

The biggest detractor to this beer its its mouthfeel--it's very thin with low carbonation and somewhat metallic. Watery.

Average, I suppose.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 01:32:17 | More by ehammond1
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Newcastle Werewolf has a medium, cream-colored head and a clear, bubbly, copper appearance with a decent amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is odd: slightly-turned brown bread and berries. The flavor is of brown bread, a little bit of sweetness, some bitterness, and pecan shell. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Newcastle Werewolf finishes easy-going, drinkable, and dull. There is not much too this beer, sadly. I rate it just average. Try it, and see what you think.


Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 14:46:38 | More by RonaldTheriot
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 Billolick

New York

3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, lacks bottling/freshness info

Pours clear, reddish amber. Larger and lasting medium tan head, film, collar and decent low sheeting and strands of higher lace.

Nose shouts SWEET, with vanilla, perfumed fruits and caramel malts.

Thin and watery, waves of caramel, honey and some vanilla. Ehh really not anything much going on here. I'd marinate chicken or pork in this stuff, of course cuz of the sweetness, but as far as drinking more then this one bottle? Not likely....

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 01:25:27 | More by Billolick
Photo of mikechance


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

Pours to a faint rust color, but not the deep red promised --- has about quarter inch head. Malts and berries in the nose. Definately pickup the berries in the taste --- slightly bitter and sour in the aftertaste. Overall a decent beer and easy to drink --- works well in Sacramento where the fall is mostly 90+ degrees.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 20:09:01 | More by mikechance
Photo of BryanCarey


3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Newcastle Werewolf Ale pours to a copper/red color with a subdued, earthy aroma that offers some hints of caramelized malt and a touch of chocolate and vanilla. There is a modest to low level of foam that dissipates to a thin layer in a short time.

Newcastle Werewolf Ale offers flavors of bread, caramel, grains, rye, nuts, some herbs, and a little bit of dark fruit. The tasting experience ends with a slight bitterness, but it doesn’t last long, returning quickly to the flavor of sweet malt.

Newcastle Werewolf is fall seasonal, limited edition beer brewed and sold with the cooler temperatures of fall in mind. It is classified as an Irish red ale and it is one of those beers that is very middle of the road, but in a mostly good way. I doubt anyone out there will find this beer offensive or turn it down, but I also doubt that many will be wowed by the experience. The flavor is a little too subdued to be taken completely seriously by the craft beer crowd, but at the same time, it has enough flavor going for it to make it worthy of a sample.

Newcastle’s brown ale is the beer that made it popular and like the brown ale, this one is very middle of the road overall. It isn’t anything amazing, but most who try it will find it good enough to recommend.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 02:06:47 | More by BryanCarey
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 dunit697


3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I actually liked this beer quite a bit more than my score may show. I enjoy the experience of different kinds of beer and Newcastle is a decent beer. Their Newcastle didn't disappoint me, but didn't knock my socks off either. The best thing about this beer was probably its appearance to me. I would recommend the beer to try out to others though if your looking for something new.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 19:23:12 | More by dunit697
Photo of Giggy


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

A lot of thought, cleverness, and marketing went into the appearance of this beer. They should have put a little bit more into developing the flavor of this beer. I bought it because of the whimsical label, because it is mid October, and because it is a limited release.

Appearance of the beer: Beautiful clear copper coloring with a sandy head which disapates to a thin layer.

Aroma: Sweet caramel malt

Taste: Very dry and slightly bitter. Mainly a malt and rye flavor. Could have used more development. Watery.

Overall: Very drinkable, novelty Hallowen beer. Nice change from all of the fall spice/pumpkin beers. Average

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 21:48:38 | More by Giggy
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 OtherShoe2


3.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours medium copper with a cream-colored skim of a head that does not last. Spotty lacing.

Really needs to have no head to get the aroma. Light sugars, caramel, some earthy notes. Lean here, but sugar dominates.

Slight sweetness leading to a boiled grain sourness and toasted malt. Slight caramel and light bitterness. Earth and slight cocoa touches. Has a bit of spice snap from the rye malt. Astringency cleans the palate too soon and you are left with with nothing but very light malt and bitterness on the palate.

Medium-bodied with alot of pucker. Good tingle on the tongue.

I'm on the fence about this one. Listed as an english brown, but this is clearly more of a rye brew. Dried out, spicy grain, bitter snap. But then they sugared it a bit. Just enough to affect it negatively. What's good works, what doesn't is a huge distraction.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 03:44:21 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ. I like the specialized tap handle with a werewolf on it.

The coloring on this beer was light brown with about one finger of foam. The foam might have been higher, but I wasn't there for the pull.

The smell and flavor is very reminiscent of a stock Newcastle. You get a decent amount of nuttiness in the nose and body. The difference seems to be from additional euro hopping.

This is a decent beer. Nothing exceptional going on here and nothing done wrong.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2012 18:50:55 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of pdoran10


3.08/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Newcastle Werewolf pours out a medium brown color into a pint glass. There is a half a finger of head that fades quickly and leaves no lacing.

Smell is slight earthy grain and a hint of chocolate malt.

The taste on this is a subdued chocolate note with light roasted bread flavor. Really not much going on here. A bit watered down on the palate. Solid but unimpressive.

Mouthfeel is thin with low carbonation. I suppose it's not far off on carbonation for style, but this beer is very watery.

Overall a decent offering. Solid, but unspectacular brown ale. The label is a bit misleading with its claims of a blood red ale, but oh well.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 06:41:49 | More by pdoran10
Photo of RoamingGnome


3.08/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Served chilled...

A) Nice red color, maybe a little brownish tone too. Good clarity... There was maybe a finger of soapy looking head to this, which settled quickly to a collar. No lacing...

S) Wine grapes and grape stems, light roast and grains. A pretty mild aroma overall.

T) Roasted malt, grains, light caramel sweetness. A bit of earthy/grassy hops on the close.

M) Lighter body with more carbonation than I would have liked. Pretty good drinkability from a mouthfeel standpoint.

O) Not bad, but not a Fall seasonal that I would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 18:19:10 | More by RoamingGnome
Newcastle Werewolf from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
74 out of 100 based on 687 ratings.