Newcastle Werewolf - The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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3.4/5 rDev +6.6%
Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug. ABV is 4.5% according to the label.
Appearance: medium amber-brown hue with a haze-free body and a thin layer of frothy white foam atop. Not bad.
Smell: sweet malt aroma which is caramelly, nutty and a little bit toasty. Good, but unfortunately there's a bit of a plasticy aroma here which detracts a bit from the otherwise stylistically-accurate bouquet.
Taste: nutty, toasty and biscuity malt with a mild bitterness and no hop flavor. Not bad, but I don't love it.
Mouthfeel: light body with a decent carbonation. It's a bit more prickly than creamy, but that is OK.
Overall: not a bad beer, but the brewers went a direction that I don't love. That said, it's a very drinkable beer. It appears I rated this beer high above the average; I think that has to do with rating to style. For the style it is not bad; for my own palate, I don't love it.
09-23-2012 19:53:09 | More by flagmantho
3.25/5 rDev +1.9%
I found this one for a dollar at my House of 1,000 beers. Poured into a pint glass.
A - A head that never seems to quick with pretty sweet lacing. Color is not of a "blood red" more of a dark amber brown.
S - Mild skunky lager yeast meets some sweet caramel malts and a touch of biscuit.
T - I get some sweeter malts pushing more toward the flavoring of vanilla or caramel and some mild skunked hops in a lager style finish with some toasted bread. Not bad for a "sessional"
M - Light to medium on par with the style.
Overall I have had better Irish Red ales but anything is worth trying for a buck.
02-07-2013 01:46:50 | More by DrDemento456
3.51/5 rDev +10%
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.
04-27-2013 12:25:43 | More by tone77
3.45/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
07-23-2012 20:49:00 | More by mrfrancis
2.9/5 rDev -9.1%
From a 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 30-06-L158-59-2I.Sampled on August 17, 2012.
It becomes a reddish amber in the glass with reasonable clarity and a small off-white head that sticks together as a ring.
Caramel malts are noted at first followed by a strange peanut butter character and slightly crisp hop note.
The body was thin and astringent.
The taste begins with a weak caramel malt note and then it becomes peanut butter again with a low to moderate bitterness capping it off.
08-18-2012 00:03:42 | More by puboflyons
3.08/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
10-07-2012 20:08:11 | More by woosterbill
3/5 rDev -6%
This beer pours a clear amber color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into thin lacing. The aroma is of caramel and toffee, but is quite faint. The taste is similar to the aroma, but a little less faint. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer. However, it is on the weaker side for the style, and lacks any sort of complexity.
09-28-2011 00:44:42 | More by KarlHungus
3.58/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
09-05-2012 00:48:41 | More by Darkmagus82
3.58/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
01-11-2012 04:30:47 | More by AgentMunky
3.2/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
11-22-2011 01:32:17 | More by ehammond1
2.48/5 rDev -22.3%
12oz bottle into Portsmouth snifter.
A: Pours a deep wooden amber with a couple fingers of greasy dark tan head that took its time fading into a thick film that left a sheet of fuzzy lacing down the glass.
S: Not sure what to make of this one. It smells like a bunch of old leaves and sticks tossed together with something sour.
T: There’s a strange caramel-like sweetness mixed in with a bunch of sticks and spices. There is also a bit of bitter hops and bready crust malt. I get a splash of cherry juice in the finish as well. Finish is watery, and the aftertaste is sour.
M: Medium-thin body with fuzzy carbonation and a slick mouthfeel that finishes dry.
O: Definitely not a fan of this one. Not that the original is a great beer, but I would take that over this anyday.
08-21-2011 19:51:19 | More by scottfrie
3.05/5 rDev -4.4%
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...
08-22-2011 20:53:11 | More by flexabull
Newcastle Werewolf from The Caledonian Brewery Company Limited
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