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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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Photo of StonedTrippin


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

palatable, but it kinda sucks. the pour is nice enough, presenting itself as a dusty amber to copper bodied beer, with more than an inch of huge bubbled airy head. the nose is weak street, extracty malts that dont quite fit the red or the amber ticket, and have a not natural sort of sweetness. the flavor agrees, sweet throughout, with more of an irish malt flavor makign a short appearance in the middle, but with brown and residual weird sugar occupyaing the rest of the taste spectrum. i liked its relaxed feel, but i thought the carbonation wasnt quite forward enough, and the body felt heavy without it, where it might have otherwise been a rounded medium. the packaging was gimmicky, the beer tasted past its prime, and frankly it just didnt taste that good, or like what it purporter to be. not god awful, but you cand find something better on the shelf or in the cooler, trust me.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 05:28:13 | More by StonedTrippin
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 flexabull


3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A bottle that my cousin offered me. I was hoping it would be better than the Newcastle Summer which I thought was not very good.

Pours a dark amber, almost brown color with a decent off white head.

Aromas are kind of grassy, caramel like, and bready. A little odd, but not offensive.

Taste is kind of sweet up front, with some brewed tea, creamy malts, and bread dough. Finish is fleeting, with subtle hints of mineral hops.

Mouthfeel is decent, fairly full, with pretty good carbonation.

Overall, this is OK. It's certainly better than the Newcastle Summer Beer, but that's not saying a whole lot...

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 20:53:11 | More by flexabull
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

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 04:51:44 | More by ikantspel
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big off white head eventually settles into a nice lacing above a clear reddish amber colored beer.

Sweet light caramel malts and some sort of Wylers fruit drink aroma.

Sweet, sweet caramel malts dominate with some light fruit juice taste coming through, not really sure if its grape or what but its there.

A dry almost puckering dry fruitish aftertaste on this medium light to medium bodied werewolf.

Seems to be a light washed out Chimay tasting drink, I really don't think I could drink a lot of these, well unless your buying.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 22:34:15 | More by LXIXME
Photo of jawlessbody


3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into an american shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear orange tinted amber with a 3 finger tan colored head.

Smell: This is the part about the beer that really throws me for a loop. While there are moderate amounts of toasty malts, there is a deeply and overwhelming fruity aroma full of black cherry, plum, dates and a lot of medicinal scents. It almost reminds me of cherry cough syrup. Not a good way to start.

Taste: I'm really glad the taste of this beer didn't follow the nose. There's a prominent grassiness from the hops, but that is soon followed by a caramel toffee sweetness that balances it out nicely. Once you swallow is when those darker flavors start to show themselves in the taste, and the beer definitely finishes well with a pleasantly deep fruity aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy.

Overall: In it's entirety it would be hard to call this a bad beer. The flavors a deep and complex, but it's also very sessionable and easy to drink. The flavors present aren't really my thing, but I know some people who might be into a brew like this. Probably for someone who is just getting into craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 05:20:20 | More by jawlessbody
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
Photo of woosterbill


3.08/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Buffalo Wild Wings into a Newcastle glass.

A: Clear, brilliant russet body under a fine cap of tan foam. Great lacing. Quite nice.

S: Stone fruits and crystal malts. Sweet and a bit boring.

T: Sweet, nutty malt dominates, with some assertively herbal hop bitterness on the finish.

M: Light body, lots of creamy carbonation. All right.

O: Tastes like extra-bitter Newcastle. I wasn't exactly clamoring for that.


Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2012 20:08:11 | More by woosterbill
Photo of dbossman


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

A: Reddish copper with a steady one-inch cream-colored head and okay lacing

S: Pretty subdued; grainy rye, and bready with a little bit of some grassy elements too with subtle toffee and caramel but pretty much a nondescript and simple smelling beer

T: The spicy rye is nice but everything else is a bit strange; some sweet fruity elements, some bready qualities, lots of grassy and grainy elements, but it doesn't quite mesh together and the finish has a subtle herbal quality that is slightly off putting

F: A touch thin but the finish is creamy enough to give body

O: Not overly impressed with this one; I tend to love rye forward beers but this one just didn't come together for me

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 03:22:23 | More by dbossman
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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