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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 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
Photo of Thelonious_Mahler_Crate


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
Photo of alphagnome


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
Photo of becktone


3.9/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Eye: As the label suggests it pours red. This one pours with a nice creamy off white bordering tan head which unfortunately falls to a thin sheet over the top of the beer. Carbonation looks active enough.

Nose: Malty, nutty, bready, toasty, biscuity. Extremely light roast in there as well. Some malt sweetness in there too helping to give some backbone to all the toasty aromas.

Tongue: Sweetness form the malt upfront. Depth of character is provided by some light roast in the finish as well as some bitterness from dark grains, which is nice in this beer...the roast actually tastes bigger than it is as this beer finishes dry. Toasty, bready, nutty, biscuit-like, all these describe this beer. I really like this beer, and to me it seems most of the balance comes from the bitterness of the roasted dark malts. This is one that I will definitely be buying more of. This really would be a nice one to cook with. Body is medium with carbonation that is almost borderline too high, it works but it might just be a bit to prickly.

Drinkability: This is one that I'll gladly be drinking again. It is definitely worth the money. It's not one of those "Gotta try it beers" but it is definitely something that is worth getting for your "I want to drink a good beer" everyday kind of beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 23:47:26 | More by becktone
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 TMoney2591


2.45/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I missed out on Werewolf last year, mostly 'cause I couldn't find any singles. This year is different. Boom. This stuff pours a clear sunrise copper-amber topped by a half-finger of relatively short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises toast, mild toffee, and a layer of dank dark greens pervading the background. The taste brings in more of the same, but this same is relegated to near-obscurity. What replaces it is an all-encompassing melange of extremely hard water and old-ass vegetables. Great. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty slick feel. Overall, this is just a bad mess of a beer, one that makes me wonder what the hell has happened to the Newcastle line.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 20:10:05 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of kojevergas


2.51/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Picked up a 6er at my local Vons grocery store earlier tonight. 4.5% ABV confirmed. I love a good Irish Red Ale, so I'm excited to try this in spite of its current low ratings (3.2 rAvg) and my dislike for Caledonian. "Blood red ale." Brewed with Rye Malt. It doesn't actually self-identify as an Irish Red Ale, but I think it's safe to say it's either an Irish Red or an American Red (Amber). 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with fun label art and branded pry-off cap served into a flared stem-snifter in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger wide head of light khaki colour. Decent creaminess and thickness.
Average to above average retention - about 2-3 minutes. A bit of lacing as the head recedes. No "legs" per se.

Body colour is a dark caramel; somewhat dull. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Semitransparent. Translucent.

Not much to look at, and if it's supposed to be an Irish or American Red it's missing the mark.

Sm: Sweet caramalt. Very English in character. Nutty and toasty. Rye, but no accompanying spiciness. Light moist cardboard but no traces of oxidation; definitely an off flavour. Clean barley. Biscuit malt. English malts. Some brown malt. No yeast character, hop character, or alcohol comes through. Very narrow. Not real appealing, to be honest. A mild strength aroma.

T: Hm. Definitely English in character, with biscuit malt, heavy caramalt, some toffee, brown malts, and light toast. The rye is hardly noticeable; no spiciness at all. Vague nuts, but I can't discern which. Too sweet. Third act and finish is all cardboard. Generic. Hop profile is barely noticeable, but I guess it's generic and grassy. I get some artificial berry syrup of some sort about the climax. Tastes like a homebrew extract beer. No real artful balance. No subtlety or complexity.

Average flavour duration and intensity. Low depth of flavour.

I don't get any yeast character or alcohol. It does have the aforementioned cardboard off flavour. I'm not a big fan of this stuff.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Too thick and syrupy for the lack of flavour depth or diversity. Overcarbonated. Not gushed, hot, or biting. Suits the flavour profile in a generic sense.

Dr: This is by no means an Irish Red, so it's currently misclassified. It's an English style of some sort - maybe a shitty English Mild? ABV is barely hidden even though it's low. Quality is fairly low so it's a biteen hard to drink. I'm not looking forward to the other five bottles. Another subpar offering from Caledonian/Newcastle. I wouldn't touch this again. Certainly a below average brew.

Low C-

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 05:07:10 | More by kojevergas
Photo of Samp01

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a rusty red with an off white lasting frothy head with some lacing. Aroma and Taste of toasted caramel malt and grains, some fruity and grassy notes, a bit of chocolate malt and some mild bitterness. A medium body on the palates, some moderate carbonation and slightly crisp. Finish with some toasted caramel malt, fruity and grassy notes and mild hops bitterness. Aroma and flavor are a bit light. Overall an ok brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 01:18:25 | More by Samp01
Photo of tone77


3.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong with caramel and malts. Taste is mild compared to the smell. Some malts and caramel, a hint of hops are present, kind of light. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 12:25:43 | More by tone77
Photo of bourbonbock

New York

3.08/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a 12 oz bottle of this beast into a clean pint glass.

A. Perfectly clear with a deep garnet red body topped with a finger or two of fluffy white head.

S. Funky magic hat like yeast aroma and when smelled more closely gently floral hop bouquet.

T. The flavor on this is very earthy and mineral-ly with a nuttiness and sweet background.

M. Light but tangy on the sides of the tongue. Very prominent aftertaste.

I'm glad I tried this but I don't think I will ever buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 20:58:28 | More by bourbonbock
Photo of hustlesworth


2.65/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

A- definitely not blood red like the label states, but a clear dirty copper color with a puffy beige head. Foam becomes wispy as it settles and leaves fine threads of lace.

S- mineral water and chocolate with some toasty hazelnut toffee and caramel as well. Tea like hops. Cashew brittle.

T- sweet and nutty with a sense of hazelnut. Not really picking up any of the rye malt. Toasted grains and caramel with a hint of soil, stone, and red berries. Mild chocolate and grassy hops in the finish.

MF- medium bodied and slick. Leaves a strange "artificial" feeling on the cheeks. Carbonation is tame and felt mostly on the tip of the tongue.

D- this is an odd one. Probably my least favorite out of newcastle's seasonal line.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 01:55:32 | More by hustlesworth
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
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
Newcastle Werewolf from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
74 out of 100 based on 687 ratings.