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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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lwillitz

Florida

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
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a Sam Adams lager glass.

A: Reddish mahogany color with a very durable tan head that leaves a nice coat on the glass when tilted: Not “blood red” but still a fine looking pour.

S: A rather earthy and slightly musty aroma, suggestive of dark breads, is a somewhat poor preview of the flavor. Tasting reveals a clear presence of some earthy hops, but these are also spicy and overlay a solid, roasted malt base with some nice rye flavor. Decent aftertaste with a nice notes of spicy rye and dark roasted malts.

M: crisp and lively with rather aggressive carbonation. Medium body. Semi-dry finish

O: good session beer: it has some complexity, no annoying off-flavors, decent mouthfeel, limited ABV, and relatively low price. The most interesting and appealing Newcastle beer in my experience.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 00:41:57 | More by chinchill
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Hex

Kentucky

3.65/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Right off the bat, this beer is a beautiful reddish brown... but has no real head. maybe a quarter finger, practically no real lacing either. It just falls down.

S - doesn't smell like newcastle... actually smells like an Irish Red, one thats really far away. They scents are so faint it is hard for me to tell any of them apart but that just may be me.

T - Nice flavor of berries, and just maybe some plum or prune.This beer's flavors really save its butt. Also has a bitterness that reminds me of Guinness. Here you may fall in love.

M - Also an amazing aspect of this beer is its mouthfeel. For flavors this bold the beer is remarkably light bodied, with a medium carbonation. Goes down dangerously easy.

O - over all this is a seasonal beer that i personaly am glad to have tried. If it never went away it wouldnt be as good so get while you can this fall.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 02:52:14 | More by Hex
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Aaron_Ramson

California

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
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justinjj1280

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this as a single at my local liquor store today. Newcastle Brown was a gateway beer for me, and a go-to beer before I got heavily into craft. My last few experiences with it have been mediocre, but I was intrigued to see a new offering from them on the shelf, so I had to pick it up.

Pours a deep, transparent amber to red with an off-white somewhat creamy head that retains well. Fair amount of lacing.

Right away, it smells of berries and bready malt, nothing that blows you away, but it is pleasant.

Rye malt and berries are prevalent in the flavor. There isn't as much bitterness as the bottle said to expect, just enough to make it balanced.

It's smooth in the mouth, starts off creamy, then seems to dry a bit and finish more crisp. Very drinkable.

Enjoyed this one. It's a bit of a nostalgia trip that takes me back to a time when Newcastle tasted (to me) like a top-notch beer. I would welcome this every fall (it's a fall beer I'm drinking in late summer) or even year-round, and would be happy to buy a sixer.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 01:00:24 | More by justinjj1280
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 12-pack of bottles at a local bottle shop, and poured into a tumbler pint. The beer pours a ruby highlighted, copper coloring that is bright and vibrant, with a slow bubbling of carbonation. The head starts out pretty massive, as the beer pours with a ton of foam. An early three inches of foaming, frothy, off-white colored head eventually settles out into a dense, thin film. Good cling along the glass as the beer goes down. Supersweet nose of malt, nut, and plum/raisin. The beer has a smooth, rich flavor profile that comes through initially with hazelnut sweetness and a slight roasted coffee bitter to blend. Dark fruit highlights throughout the brew's flavors, with a wine-like character, as well. The aftertaste is mostly the wine and dark fruit characteristics from the end of the taste spectrum, and the finish is slow to clear, but clears completely. Interesting brew, and not too shabby. I'm not crazy about it, but it's something I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 03:26:43 | More by GarthDanielson
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TheSixthRing

California

3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a beautifully deep reddish copper with a white, frothy 2-finger head. Great retention. Resulting lace is thick and sticky as all hell. Fantastic looking beer.

Smell - Aroma is a nice deep caramel, a touch roasty, and some european dry hops, not uncommon in Newcastle beers.

Taste - Follows the nose. Light caramel and lightly roasted malts, hints at toffee, and a touch of metallic twang. Slightly earthy and nutty. Finishes with a nice, smooth and caramel sendoff.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied. Slightly undercarbonated. It's smooth, in the very least. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall - On second go around, this is a decent release, especially from Newcastle. Drinks close to a brown, and is significantly better than the more popular Newcastle offering.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 07:00:18 | More by TheSixthRing
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palma

New York

3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice aroma on this beer. Caramel, burnt sugar, melted butter, rye bread, strong English hops. Very complex aroma.

Taste is like a very mild rye ipa. Malty, medium hops profile, semi dry to dry in the end. Complex enough flavor and the dryness keeps you coming back. Becomes somewhat astringent. A good beer. Better than expected. Impressive.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 16:39:39 | More by palma
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mjurney

Texas

3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber. Clear. Good amount of rising carbonation. Small frothy head.

Malty and fruity aroma. Just a slight hint caramel and earthy.

Light on flavor. Malty, slight toasted caramel, fruity, grassy, just a dash of earthy. Medium-bodied. Clean-dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 02:47:34 | More by mjurney
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tronester

Oklahoma

3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear burnt orange with a thin creamy tan head. Hardly the "blood red" described on the package. Aroma of lightly toasted bread. The flavor starts with a spicy rye bread flavor, followed by some plums, then a hint of citrus fruit. An earthy, nutty finish. Clean bitterness to round things out. Mouthfeel is good, low carbonation. Overall quite a bit better than I expected, though the description on the bottle of the appearance was quite a bit off ;-)

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 23:01:38 | More by tronester
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Offa

California

3.69/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a fairly straightforward but very enjoyable red ale with some nicely balanced character.

Brownish red, it has a medium pale tan head steadily shrinking.

Aroma is pleasant, simple toasty barley, caramelised bread crust, hint of cherry and wood.

Taste is slightly winy toasty bread crust, barley, hints of wood, caramelised bread, lightly on the sweet side with light spicy-peppery wood bitterness and a dryish finish. It has a simple quality to it, but it is reasonably well-rounded and quite enjoyable, a good solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 00:34:02 | More by Offa
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ozer. into a Bear Republic pint and the brew is a reddish amber, with a nice 2 finger off white head and nice layered lacing on the glass.

The aroma is rye, malts, and a touch of sweetness.

The flavor follows the nose although it is more sweet than the spicey rye that I was expecting. The toastiness is here, but it isn't a strong presence.

The mouthfeel is medium light with light carbination and a dry finish. This one hits alot of points per beer style, but of the few Irish Red's I've tryed it tends to be a hair to sweet of a style for me.

An easy drinker for sure, it needs a bit more hops to make this style one that I would gravitate towards. Per style description this to me is a B brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 13:51:45 | More by RedneckBeerz
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Brad007

Vermont

3.73/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Corny name. Not what I expected from Newcastle. Still, gotta try it!

Pours a color that's more brown than read. There's only a touch of red anywhere. The head is nice though.

Somewhat sweeter malt profile but otherwise, not much to go by aroma-wise.

Caramel is a prominent texture here. Chewy. Definitely not the brown ale.

Ditto on mouthfeel. Nothing special.

What was the point? It's not tasty enough.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 02:18:48 | More by Brad007
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber/light brown body with a fizzy off-white head. I hate when a beer has a soda pop fizz. Too much carbonation. The nose holds loads of crusty malt (kind of reminds of the crusty bread malt from Ta Henket). Definitely a more roasty Newcastle Brown. Roasted and toasted malt dominate, almost making it dry. Theres even more dry crusty bread through the finish. I like how its different from the malt, but they just dont pull it off.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 01:09:30 | More by VncentLIFE
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown (close, but not quite the color of coagulated blood) with two healthy fingers of head that retained for quite some time. There is definitely a wine nose to this offering. The wine in the nose comes through in the taste as well and the finish is dry. I am not sure if this is a red ale. In fact, I am not sure how this should be classified, but it is interesting nonetheless.

Had this at a Halloween party and it paired well with the superbly marinated grilled steak and chicken.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 05:23:09 | More by 57md
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oberon

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A new fall offering from Newcastle that I hadnt heard of or saw before.Poured a brilliant deep ruby infused brown with a thick creamy off white head atop,the head settles slowly leaving multiple rings of lace as it did.Big fruity esters along with caramel biscuit malt,the rye doesnt seem to come thru but the aromas are deeply malty and somewhat complex.Full on English malt flavors with fruit and biscuit flavors,the rye adds a little acidic zing in the finish.I admit Iam surprised at how good this beer was,the malt complexity really stands out.

The fall seasonals are coming out way to early in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 01:08:22 | More by oberon
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daliandragon

North Carolina

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

Picked up a twelver while on vacation here in Duck. I was a little disappointed at first, as I found it similar but lacking compared to the classic Newcastle Brown. It has grown on me as the week has gone on.

The appearance is darker than their flagship, but familiar in many ways. The head is big and impressive but doesn't last very long. Nose is sweet caramel with toffee and molasses tones.

The taste is rich and finishes sweet and malty but evens out a bit in the aftertaste. Satisfying but not better than good. I do taste some mass produced qualities and the texture is a little watery.

I don't regret trying it but this isn't something that will be part of my regular rotation in the fall, not with a the fests and pumpkins that will be available.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 02:48:59 | More by daliandragon
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droomyster

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear mahogany body with three fingers of rich and frumpy foam with excellent lacing properties. Aromas are toasty but subdued and simplistic. Flavors are sweet up front before big toasty and earthy notes dominate the middle. A tea and toffee like bitterness linger long on the finish. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 19:29:01 | More by droomyster
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ConsumerOfBeer

Maryland

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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wolf1297

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought at the local grocery store.

Poured from bottle to standard pint glass.

A- Deep red to mild brown color. Nice head.

S - mild fruity notes

T - the bitter notes really jump out early in the taste. As the beer lingers on the tongue, the malty taste comes out. The rye was not as evident as I continued drinking the beer.

M - as other reviews have noted, the carbonation was rather high. Overall, a pleasant feel.

O - a good, low risk ale. The taste from the bottled version is good. I am certain that a draught version would be even better.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 02:01:21 | More by wolf1297
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Following a disappointing experience with Newcastle's Founder's Ale, I wasn't sure of what to expect from their "Werewolf Blood Red Ale", other than a gimmicky beer for Halloween. I'd bought an entire case of the Founder's Ale hoping for the best, but this time opted for a single serving to test the waters. Fortunately, I found the Werewolf to be a much better beer all around.

It was similar in a way to the Founder's, although darker in color, with a nice bit of caramel and toast, and some underlying roasted notes. Actually, now that I think about it, it was more like a variation of their Newcastle Brown! The hops were grassy and gently floral, with just enough to give it some character, and there was a pleasant berry-like fruitiness threaded through the bready maltiness that kept coming and going, but always lingering in the finish. Unlike their Founder's Ale, it wasn't an unbalanced assault of bitterness atop sweet maltiness, but rather a focused combination. That's not to say that it didn't have a bitter side, because it was quite firm, but it never stepped beyond the limitations that the malt could offer to balance it.

Overall it was a pleasant ale with enough character to keep it interesting beyond a single serving, but also accessible enough for most anyone accustomed to a fuller flavored ale with a bit of bite. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 14:46:30 | More by NeroFiddled
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becktone

Ohio

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
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mooseisloose

Florida

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
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

3.93/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

The beer is a deep ruby/mahogany color. A dark cream colored head dissipates rapidly to a layer of bubbles. Very light lacing is present.

The beer smells roasted, toasty, and malty with a faint spiciness.

The taste is clouded by a metallic, sharp note at first that gives way to some roasted malts. There's a nice rich spicy body in this that I enjoy. In the end, a muted hop presence occurs.

Mouthfeel is bright, carbonated.

Overall, I like this one, because I do love Irish Reds. It's got some metallic carbonation in here that reminds me that it's not from a tiny craft brewer, but that's fine. Enjoyable red ale for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 16:22:37 | More by JuicesFlowing
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Newcastle Werewolf

Look: Reddish copper colored ale. Excellent clarity and vibrant hue. White head forms and recedes to the edges.

Smell: Notes of barley, caramel, toffee and floral hops round out the nose.

Taste: Butterscotch, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, nuts and chocolate are all present on the palate; a testament of a finely malted brew. A touch of mildly acidic, grassy, lemony hop is also employed. Malt forward, with a fine balance.

Feel: Light to medium bodied, well carbonated, with malt and a kiss of hops lingering into the finish.

Overall: A fine malty session ale. Plenty of flavor and easily drinkable. This is the kind of brew you can drink for hours at a pub and not get into too much trouble. Would be a fine companion for a steak and potatoes type meal.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 00:37:17 | More by Stinkypuss
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