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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Zorro on 07-17-2011)
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whynot44

Missouri

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
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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
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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
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Zorro

California

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
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DarthKostrizer

California

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
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zaphodchak

Virginia

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
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

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
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davecavemaster

Ohio

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
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lilnardey

California

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

Poured a dark amber color. Not really red as the label suggests. Decent looking head with a good amount of lacing.

Really earthy aroma from this one. Also smells a bit roasted.

Tastes similar to the smell. Toasted nuts, earthy hops, and a little bite.

A decent beer, but once is probably enough for me unless its free.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 01:16:20 | More by lilnardey
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JamesMN

Minnesota

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
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Pegasus

Texas

3.49/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear medium amber in color, with a modest white head, which soon fades to a dusting of foam. Thin, fine-beaded lacing is scattered in patches on the glass walls.

Aroma:Rich toasted malt and caramel dominate the aroma. There is also a strong nutty aroma.

Taste: Opens with abundant toasted malts. As the taste progresses, some roasted flavors become evident. AS the taste progresses, slightly burnt flavors are evident. Later in the taste, there are hints of dark fruit. Finishes with mild, lingering burnt notes.

Mouth feel: Soft, and a bit thin, with slight carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Pleasant and drinkable, a decent session beer.

Presentation: Packaged in a short twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 16:34:27 | More by Pegasus
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shand

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic.

Newcastle Werewolf pours a brown-red color with a finger of head. Wet grain and earthy malts come through on the nose, with a touch of fruitiness. The taste is pretty good, it's got some fruitiness until the rye starts to cut through. The finish brings back the fruity flavor with a touch of the rye and some grain. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and drying, and the drinkability is good. Overall, this is pretty much the definition of good. There's nothing wrong with this beer, it tastes good, but there's absolutely no wow aspect here.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 00:14:46 | More by shand
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tone77

Pennsylvania

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
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a stein glass.

Look – red/coppery color, clear, with about a finger and a half’s worth of off-white colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – fairly malty. I can somewhat smell the rye, but I can’t pick out the other smells. But the aroma is fairly nice and floral.

Taste – well-textured taste, and again, the rye taste is noticeable but mostly because it tastes different. There’s a hint of bitterness in the finish and aftertaste, but mostly it’s fairly sweet.

Mouthfeel – pretty well-balanced, but leans just a little more toward the watery side.

Overall – very good brew, with an interesting taste and easily acceptable/approachable quality.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 16:04:22 | More by Nerudamann
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JayQue

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Much better than regular Newcastle. Not as sweet and cloying. Poured a clear copper color with a reddish tint into a pint glass. Nice size white head, good retention (all the way to the end of the drink) and good lacing. A good looking beer. Aroma is mild maltiness.

Taste is malty, some caramel, some earthy tones and a little floral aspect. Some balancing grassy hops. Mouthfeel is crisp, no annoying sweetness or weird aftertastes. Goes down easy, a nice mild malty beer with most of the flavor coming out as the beer warms.

Would be a nice session beer, would like to try it on cask or on tap sometime. A big improvement over the more well known Newcastle.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 00:24:31 | More by JayQue
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kylehay2004

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 00:59:14 | More by kylehay2004
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear reddish brown with a 2 inch puffy light tan head that settles to a small cap. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of a dark bread that is baked with berries in the dough. Taste is of malt, slight berries, and a bitter hop flavor on the finish. The bitterness is fleeting on the tongue. A lower level of carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel and a slight crispness. Overall, this is a pretty good brown ale from the Newcastle brand. I had never seen this one before so I picked up a single to try but I wouldn't get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 00:05:27 | More by UCLABrewN84
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GregBlatz

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Very clear copper red with a tan head. Head is fluffy and has big bubbles.

S - Butter, toffee, sweet grain and a faint whiff of earthy hops.

T - Buttery, metallic and somewhat bitter. It finishes very clean and maybe a bit astringent. The rye adds a nice touch of spice to a pretty sessionable ale.

M - Thin with light carbonation.

O - This seems like it might be best categorized as an English Mild. It is a very drinkable beer with some nice flavor. I'll try it again for a change of pace. This would really excel if you are having a good afternoon session at the pub.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 22:33:37 | More by GregBlatz
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zeff80

Missouri

3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, dark burgundy color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled malty and slightly earthy/grassy.

T - It tasted fairly malty with caramel and toffee flavors. Some slightly grassy bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is an okay Irish red ale. Fairly typical for a Newcastle brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 02:23:04 | More by zeff80
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socon67

New York

3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a rusty brown with a reddish tint. White foam is highly carbonated and settles fast.

S - Scent of english malt is present. Very strong wood smell; like varnish. A subtle smell of plums is in the background.

T - A considerably malt-foward flavor. Has some flavor of caramel. Finish has a dry-hop flavor. Slight bitterness is balanced by the malt.

M - I didn't find this all that sessionable. The malty notes gave this a chalky feel that I felt was stuck in my mouth before I finished the bottle.

O - Interesting though not noteworthy beer. I'm more of a fan of a good ole' Newcastle Brown than this.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 01:52:07 | More by socon67
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jadpsu

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at daughter's in Laurel, MS.

Pours a clear amber (hardly blood red) with an abundant tan head that stays prominently throughout. appearance is superb.
Aroma: Burnt malts, some toffee and a little sweet caramel.
Taste is mor burnt malts, smokey and some dark cherries.
Dry and mildly bitter.
Interesting beer that has a bit going on, should go great with some Bar-B-Q ribs. Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 01:22:15 | More by jadpsu
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AgentMunky

California

3.58/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass. No date, but this one is probably pretty old...I bought it for $5/6-pack about three months ago.

A: Substantial, bubbly head (three fingers). The beer is not quite blood-red, but is red-gold. Clear, with good lacing.

S: Bright berries and bready malts. Lightly sour, lightly dry.

T: Much the same as the smell, but with the addition of chocolatey dryness at the endtaste. Berry sweetness combined with the relatively thin body and understated carbonation makes this taste a little bit like raspberry lemonade. Then the drying malt and subtle hops remind me that this is definitely an ale, and a pretty good one at that.

O: I like it, especially for the price. Nothing that's going to knock your socks off, but a solid beer, and a damn sight preferable to Newcastle Brown.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 04:30:47 | More by AgentMunky
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 00:48:41 | More by Darkmagus82
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Megahertz

Missouri

3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2z bottle dated May 31, 2012.

A - Impressive deep red pour, crystal clear with high carbonation. Moderate very light colored head forms and falls quickly. Very good, as described.

S - Caramel. Lots of caramel. English ale esters - traditional dark fruits. Mild funky english hop note - fuggles?

T - High carb hits hard with the english hops up front. Mild toasted bread and caramel in the mid, followed by a nice english hop flavor. Old-style bitter hops in the end help balance the sweet finish.

M - Light body with high carbonation. Spritzy. Helps to enjoy at english temperatures.

O - What a nice fall beer. A different take than an octoberfest or pumpkin. I like it. It is hard to find here in St. Peters.

Edit, July 24 2013: 2013 vintage is bottled 5-31-13, much less spritzy than 2012. Flavor profile is similar but with more chocolate in the finish. Subtle roasted hints.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 20:16:29 | More by Megahertz
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this at Anthony's served chilled in a nonic.
The color is deep bronze/garnet with a translucent clarity and thin white cap.

The smell is very fruity with a plum aroma and currant vinous odor with slight spice and gentle dark grape acidity apparent in the nose

The feel is good w/ toasty texture and moderately carbonated with slight tinge of spice with mild earthy dry and moderate bitter finish. The taste is good with some roasted coffee nuttiness and light spice tinges with mild earthy notes and light woody aspect with yeasty flavor and mild tinge of pepper. The overall impression was a nice mix of flavors, but basic red ale with drinkable overall quality

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2012 17:19:34 | More by Slatetank
Newcastle Werewolf from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
74 out of 100 based on 687 ratings.