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Newcastle Werewolf - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited

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Ratings: 894
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 18.81%
Wants: 29
Gots: 91 | FT: 0
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 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.

JamesMN, Sep 10, 2012
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.

RoamingGnome, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of JuicesFlowing
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.

JuicesFlowing, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of Freshlikeugh
3/5  rDev -6%

Freshlikeugh, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head with some lacing on a clear amber body.

S: strong cola presence, caramel and some mild dark fruit, mostly plum, raisin and fig.

T: definitly pick up on the caramel malt base familiar to standard newcastle brown. Some chcoolate, mostly late in the flavor

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: its different from the standard, mostly sweeter. wouldnt rush out to buy this one though.

kylehay2004, Sep 07, 2012
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.

acevenom, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of JohnF51
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

JohnF51, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

djrn2, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.58/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance –Pours a light brown color with a billowy two finger off white head. The head has very nice retention but fades over time to give a good level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is sweet and roasted. It has a nice dark fruit aroma of cherry and some caramel as well as a roasted malt smell.

Taste – The taste starts roasty. There is a lighter sweetness associated with the front of the taste. The sweetness is mainly of a caramel nature. As the taste advances some roasty and bitter hop flavors come to the tongue and diminish some of the sweetness. While the sweetness is overall lessened, some light dark fruit flavors come to the tongue. In the end a rather smooth and moderately roasty flavor is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather average. A bit of a heavier body may have suited the flavor profile a bit better, but for the abv at 4.5% and the moderate carbonation it did make it more refreshing.

Overall – A very nice affordable and good session brown ale. It had a good flavor as well being rather refreshing.

Darkmagus82, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of SolipsismalCat
2.73/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear brown with one-finger, off-white head that lasted a minute or two. Very little lacing.

S: Mild caramel malt.

T: Light sweetness and light bitterness. Not much taste.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Watery.

O: Not much to look at, nothing interesting in the smell or taste, and watered down. Not a fan.

SolipsismalCat, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of ikantspel
3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

pours a clear reddish-amber color with a robust creamy head

smokey malts, caramel, and some slight dark fruits

pretty much mostly malts in the taste. some sweet caramel

mouthfeel is really light. taste like a light beer but in a good way

not bad. not good. but not bad

ikantspel, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of buckyp
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

buckyp, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of ckk527
3/5  rDev -6%

ckk527, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of BrewCaveDweller
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

BrewCaveDweller, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of djaeon
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

djaeon, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

generallee, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of xdtfx
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

xdtfx, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of wvsabbath
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.

wvsabbath, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of TonyTalon
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

TonyTalon, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of leansean88
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

leansean88, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of Hex
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.

Hex, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of Amp
3/5  rDev -6%

Amp, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of emceecue
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

emceecue, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of Onemic
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Onemic, Aug 29, 2012
Newcastle Werewolf from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
74 out of 100 based on 894 ratings.