Neustadt Lager - Neustadt Springs Brewery

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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Neustadt Springs Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JustinBathurst on 05-26-2004

Brewed in the Belgium country style, which means it is not as harsh on the back of the throat as a Pilsner beer. It is a little fuller in flavour and colour than average Canadian beers. Using pure natural spring water, New Zealand hops and Canadian malts. This combination gives it a clean, fresh mouth feel, smooth and very creamy.
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Reviews by DoctorStrangiato:
Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 473-ml can into a draught glass.

Appearance - pale gold colour with no head and only a ring of lace.

Smell - faint notes of soft cereal. Honestly. Smells like a sweet cereal after you add the milk.

Taste - smooth and balanced flavour with a subtle sweet maltiness. Gives way to a more adjunct flavour on the tail.

Mouthfeel - smooth. Really decent and even.

Drinkability - putting a few of these away is not a problem. Taste and character is not over the top, but interesting and inoffensive.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
1.46/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

If there was a smell, it was killed off by C'est What cleaning fluid. No taste or appearance either. Also little carbonation. This brewery has something in their mediocre lineup better than this. Thin-medium mouthfeel. A tad of lemon, spice, malt, grassy. All together does not work.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a darker straw. Loads of carbonation and a nice head to start things off. Spotty lacings

Not too much on the nose. Slightly sweet, little bit of a metallic note, not particularly appetizing.

Quite good. Grainy malt with a slightly citrus fruitiness to it. Noble hops take over pretty quickly, moderately hopped for the style. Hops leave a resiny, tongue coating bitterness.

This is my favourite of the Neustadt offerings I think. Would be one of my sessions if it was available in these parts.

Photo of eat
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can number five from the OCB Discovery Pack. So far I've "discovered" what I already knew: most Ontario craft brews are boring as hell.

Pours almost clear, golden-honey coloured and with a blanket of bright white head. Bits of lace but not much retention; it's not long before the head leaves only a trace around the edge of the glass.

Smells like yeast, candied citrus rind, bitter earthy hops, wheat, astringency. A little musty. Pretty decent actually, if a little weak.

More flavour than I was anticipating. I was expecting this weak, light little lager but this stuff actually tastes like something. Wheat, honey, caramel and a good dose of bittering hops. Dry finish. I'm pretty into the honey/candy-like sweetness actually. I find it to be fresh-tasting and refreshing. Is this really an adjunct lager? It doesn't say anything about what went into it on the can besides "the finest ingredients" and "natural ingredients". Maybe it's brewed with "the finest, natural Chinese rice"?

Light-medium body and medium-high carbonation. I can't say I'm a big fan of the feel.

I kind of like it actually, as a lager; which is not a style of beer I usually purchase. This is not the greatest beer for the winter but I could see myself enjoying a pint on a sunny day, should I ever find it to be the highlight of a given drinking establishment's beer list on such an occasion.

Photo of DaveBar
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO for around $2.30 for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a tiny head that is gone in seconds. Dark gold and clear color

S- Touch of bubble gum scent here. Good hops!

T- Touch of fruit. A hit of greenery at the beginning..... coriander. Nice blend.

M- Dry and good

O- Nice brew. Overall a fruity blend. Good break from the everyday

Food Pairing

This pretty nice brew went well with..... Pad Thai. Nice peanut overtone goes well together


Photo of Stocean1
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One finger head with some retention and lace, straw yellow colour, faint malt and grassy hops nose, taste follows but opens up to a caramel almost faint chocolate note which surprised me, hint of lemon, light to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation it is mildly bitter but certainly refreshing. I expected shite and was surprised by the mediocre quality of this one.

Photo of spinrsx
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml can poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a slightly cloudy gold colour with a nice size frothy and fizzy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing. There is also some decent lacing and the head lasted for a minute.

Smell - I can smell corn syrup, some hops, and a grassiness.

Taste & Mouth - the beer has a nice mouthfeel, smooth and creamy with a nice amount of carbonation. I can taste corn syrup and hops and some citrus notes. Also just noticed that my can says 'best before august 2010' on it - and I just bought it the other day.. damn lcbo. So maybe my beer isn't as good as it should be.

Drink - A so so beer.. reminds me of those euro-lagers that are running rampant.. Heineken, Becks etc.. I don't think I'd buy it again.

Photo of liamt07
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can from the LCBO, 473ml into a tulip. Best before June 22, 2012.

Pours a pale gold, almost completely clear. A good bit of carbonation evident in the body, and a bright white head loosely composed of larger bubbles. Light sweet malts in the nose, a bit of graininess. Some mild hop notes in a bit of a grassy vein. A bit of a mineral character in the water. Grainy, lightly vegetal and a bit fruity in character. Again, some grassy/herbal like hopping, and a some what drying finish. Medium light feel, a bit bitter and medium carbonation. Good, not really and AAL but something a bit more flavourful and English in style.

Photo of BigBry
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recently acquired 473 ml can from a trade. Green label, Brewed with Pure Spring Water, Natural Ingredients, No Preservatives.
Pours a deep gold color, a bit darker than other lagers. Small white head that bubbles up, then shrinks away. Slightly hoppy smell, more than expected. The flavor has a nice hoppy kick, slightly spicy, finishes with a malt sweetness. Average mouthfeel and carbonation, crisp finish. Very good, I guess I have had too many bad canned beers lately and wasn't expecting much, but this was a great suprise. Thanks bobsy

Photo of thehyperduck
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tallboy can from the LCBO; best before August 17th of this year.

Pours a translucent golden-amber colour, topped with about a finger of fizzy white head. Like a lot of beers in this style, head retention is poor, with much of it fizzling away within a minute's time. Not much lacing either. The aroma is a bit weak, but otherwise ok - dominated by grainy, bready malts with maybe a few hints of lemony citrus zest or wet hay. If adjuncts have really been used in this, the aroma doesn't really make their presence known.

This is a pretty tasty lager, but not a particularly creative or interesting one. Relatively malty flavour, bready and cracker-like with a touch of honey sweetness. A twinge of corny adjunct becomes apparent during the sip, but manages to mostly avoid the limelight and remain a minor factor in the flavour. Slightly herbal, grassy bitterness toward the finish from the hops, with some lingering dryness in the aftertaste. Thin-bodied and rather watery, with less carbonation than I tend to expect from pale lagers. Very smooth, and a pleasure to drink.

Final Grade: 3.47, on the high end of a B-. This is easily an above-average pale lager, and objectively (especially given the style) I really can't find much to complain about. Subjectively, however - it isn't that difficult to find something of only slightly lower quality for considerably less money.

Neustadt Lager isn't anything out of the ordinary, but at least it's still better than anything you'll find in a macro outfit. Pale lager enthusiasts should consider this one worth a try, but beer geeks with no interest in the style are probably better off saving their money.

Photo of OttoBomb
3.92/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 473 ml can into a Dogfish Head signature glass (February 23, 2010). "Best Before 18 02 2010" is stamped on the lower rim of the can. Received this in a collection of beers from my bother as a Christmas gift, thanks Roger!

Eyes: Pours a darkish amber color, a bit darker and a shade hazier than a regular macro adjunct lager.

Nose: Smells a bit yeasty, with a hint of melon. Many adjunct lagers tend to smell off-putting, but this one is actually somewhat interesting. Even some hop aspects detectable in there.

Tongue: It follows the nose profile, which is a nice surprise. A hint of a noble hop is in there somewhere, which I think would be more evident if there were a bit more carbonation. Some of than melon taste, and some grains also.

Mouth: I like the smoothness, but a bit more carbonation would be nice.

Libation: A very good drinkable and even tasty beer for the style. A bit more on the savory side due to low carbonation, but quite good. This is most certainly on of the top few adjunct lagers I've had. In a category nearly full of beers that are truly horrifying, this one shines as a beacon of hope.

Photo of tfinn
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

sampled at the holiday inn in Kitchener, ON.

pours deep brilliant gold. dissipating head with active surface movement. (the pre-chilled glass probably killed the head...)

scent is faint grainy sweet hay.

taste is slightly grainy but primarily well-rounded pilsner malt. well-balanced with malt forward, but not overtly so. slight mineral character to the water.

mouthfeel is full juicy malt and is taken down deftly by bittering (saaz?) hops. there is a slight hop spice -- it would be stronger if it were fresh.

a great drinker. reminds me a lot of Full Sail's Session, and evokes a pre-prohibition lager. I would get it again if given the opportunity.

Photo of funkengruven
3.51/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a pretty copper/amber with some slight head that subsided quicky. Smell is very sweet and syrup-like, wasn't terrible but wasn't particularly inviting either. Taste contains those same syrupy notes, but what saves it is that it also contains some hop character as well, a slight bitterness in the finish makes it somewhat enjoyable. Mouthfeel was not bad, level of carbonation is adequate, and balances the syrup-like aroma well making this brew surprisingly drinkable.

As far as lagers go this one is certainly unique. It definitely fits the bill if you want something different but don't feel like going crazy on some wild brew. It's decent, worth a try.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.19/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

473 ml can from LCBO for $2.75 CDN into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear golden color, semi-aggressive pour yielded minimal head that dissipated immediately. Some bubbles present and beer is transparent.

Smell - Bready and biscuity scents, smells like a bakery. Quite yeasty as well. Nice nose on this. Something floral is lurking just behind the bakery smells but is a bit hard to pick up.

Taste - Very bready up front, evolving into a quite a bitter beer. Hop presence is minimal, a bit mineral flavored as well.

Mouthfeel - Lowish carbonation, despite the effervescence at the start. Dry finish that is a bit sharp and a bit too much. this is despite the beer being watery and a bit thin.

Overall - OK beer with big tasty nose, that doesn't quite translate in the taste and especially the mouthfeel. Probably wouldn't purchase another, but if offered one wouldn't turn it down.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.79/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 341ml brown glass bottle with a plain brass twist off cap, thankfully I spotted the screw threads in the cap before I tried to prize it off. Just the single main dark green label with some gold, purple and white colored accents. Comes in a sealed Six-Pack cardboard box with a descriptive text “Only the finest ingredients and our own Natural Spring Water are used to Craft-brew this Award Winning Premium Lager”. Established in 1859, Neustadt proclaims to be the Oldest Operating Brewery Building in Ontario. The Lager is listed at 5% alc./vol. Best Before ‘Dec 11 2006’ on the Box.

Appearance: Once again my high quality plastic cup allows me to see the streamers in this highly carbonated fizzy clear golden body. Decent white head, lasts too, no complaints with the looks at all.

Nose: Hmmmm, this has a funky smell, I can only describe it as “at piss on roses”. Some grain and malt with a very distant hop polish. That funky skunk is ever present and whilst it is not intense it is off-putting.

Taste: The malts have a gentle floral sweetness but the hops are deftly hidden. The finish exhibits a tangy “funny” taste that is hard to describe. Soft sweetness and barley grain scour the back end.

Mouthfeel: Decent conditioning but the carbonation cannot tackle the raw grain feel and rather skanky sweetness that lingers in the finish.

Drinkability: Two bottles was more than enough.

Overall: I wasn’t sure what to make of this one, I picked up a Six-Pack of this along with the J.R.Brickman Pilsner. I preferred the former, for all its low strengths and bready feel, it wasn’t half bad. Despite the fact that this is advertised as “Natural Ingredients and No Preservatives”, the sickly nose and a muddled taste with the funky finish just doesn’t work for me.

Photo of Viggo
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden, thin white head, some lace spots, thin ring, nothing special. Smell is sweet, caramel, citrus/floral hopping, bit of corn/adjunct. Taste is wheat, some citrus, honey, grass, grainy, pretty basic lager. Mouthfeel is light bodied, medium carbonation, goes down easy. Mediocre lager, good to turn people onto craft beer.

Photo of BBP
3.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- clear copper color with mid to high carbonation and a decent head.

S- Cereal hops with a bit of a metallic tinge. Corn syrup as well. The smell really didn't make me look forward to this one.

T- Slight lemon, slight cereal grains. A bit of melon (cantaloupe to be specific) flavor without all the sweetness. A slight bit of corn flavor towards the end of it. Some background hops that really don't get into the spotlight, but balance the drink and act as a foundation.

M- Watery with the carbonation just being a bit off.

D- Easy to down, and it has a fairly sweet melony flavor. Pretty unique. Pretty average drink with a not so average flavor.

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark murky gold with a thin soapy head, no lacing, very flat beer.

Smells kind of sweet, grainy like a typical lager, somewhat floury, maybe some melon also.

Tastes sweet upfront, sort of citrusy with a nice slight hop aftertaste. I can also taste some kind of melon..

Very thin mouthfeel, not very carbonated. A decent lager from neustadt. Better than many other macro and some craft lagers out there.

Photo of TwilightTavern
3.72/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Served from a 473mm can in to a weizen glass.

When pouring the beer into the glass, my first impression was how nice the bright white, inch tall head looked that retained for almost ten minutes in the weizen glass. What was even more eye catching, was the bright orange colour radiating from the glass. It is quite dark considering its a pale lager and also mildly cloudy.

Initially the smell is very grainy and grassy, but sweet malts are also present.

The taste is slightly more hoppy then it is sweet and malty, yet the taste is not harsh what-so-ever.

It is very smooth, and extremely full bodied for a lager. Its thickness and smoothness along with the slight bite from the hops separate it from most beers in its style.

Neustadt Lager is a great euro-lager that is both incredibly intriguing in aesthetics with it's flaring orange colour and medium volume long lasting head, as well as it is in taste with its interesting mix of darker malt flavours complemented by its smooth thick body.

Photo of pootz
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle... filled while I waited at the brewery. Cracked 8 hrs later...poured a pale gold with a 1 finger white closely pored cap that goes to a lace. Grassy-floral hop aroma some bready malts. Starts mellow mild with low carbonation and a light body, nice quality malt notes over standard hop balance, clean finish with bready aftertaste...very drinkable....nice micro lager but it swims against the stream trying to compete with Creemore and a dozen other local micro lagers....Neustadt has a great brewmaster I wish they would diversify and try to fill niches on some styles that are not so common in the mirco market. This is good lager but doesn’t really shine because there are so many good craft lagers here.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold color, a notch darker than Bud or Canadian. The head is negligeble and leaves no lace. Crackers and wet grains mix with light spicy hops in the nose. The taste is malty with a husky, raw feel. A good measure of noble hops strike a balance. The finish is lightly bitter. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and not overcarbonated like many mainstream lagers.

A tastey lager that would be a good lawnmower beer. Its not complex or bold but has a good malt flavor and you can actually taste hops. Worth a try.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
2.79/5  rDev -17%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Relatively flat off the pour, no head, clear and featureless. There is the smell of lemon-lime and wet grass. Taste is also suggestive of a lemon lime base, low bitterness, no real hops to speak of. There is a cereal-like mouthfeel but the thin body and lack of an aftertaste detracts. Overall, not offensive and just might be good to serve to non-beer-drinkers but not interesting enough for a true beer lover, could be tweaked and stand to be a bit more inspiring. Average at best or just under that.

Photo of DrJay
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear yellow colour with a hint of amber. The pint was poured with a thin, white head that displayed good retention and some stickage to the side of the glass.

Smell: Light malty sweetness accompanied by noble hop spice. No noticeable DMS is a big plus for me in a lager.

Taste: Overall, the balance is on the sweet side with a spicy hop flavour throughout. Bitterness is present, but subdued. The finish is medium dry with a delicate bitterness. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Crisp carbonation adds some depth to the medium-light body. A little on the dry side with a smooth texture that becomes evident after the carbonation fades.

Drinkability: Lagers aren't normally my preference, but this one has a nice balance of flavours and drinkability.

Photo of kwjd
3.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw yellow with thin white head and no lacing. Smells of faint grassy hops with a lot of grain. There isn't too much to the flavour. Is this actually an adjunct lager or was this misclassified? It tastes fine, just a little bit bland, but I don't think this has adjuncts in it (though from their website it doesn't specifically say either way).

Photo of biegaman
3.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tarnishing gold that seems to be maintaining most of its clarity despite having already sorrowfully lost its luster. It fails to showcase any shine even if held directly into a bright back lighting. There are zero signs of life - no brightness, no bubbles, no head. What a pitifully characterless, utterly uninspired appearance.

The aroma exposes fresh harvest cereal grains foremost. Peculiarly, the nose also has a splash of sour lemon that lightly resembles a wheat beer. I know this brewery has used Sorachi Ace hops in one-off releases, I wonder if this is what they use for their lager? It certainly would explain the unique lemony quality.

Truthfully, the taste is an odd one. There's unusual flavours of soured lemon and summer berry that impart a little resemblance to a witbier. There's more straw and grainy barley than soured fruit, but there is always some underlying. I'm still unsure what I make of this flavour but I'd be inclined to think it wouldn't be loved by most.

I don't know that Neustadt need to blow up the whole recipe but I would recommend some tinkering. The carbonation definitely needs to be upped if the beer stands to be refreshing. Also, I'd do something to scale back the gritty, scratchy texture; this seems to claw at the throat with each swallow. Plus, something just isn't sitting right in my belly...

I really like most Neustadt offerings but I'm not huge on this lager. To its credit, it's a much more malty and slightly more distinguishing beer than most mainstream offerings. That alone, however, wasn't enough to make it work for me. I was never expecting fireworks but I found the beer to be painfully mediocre by any definition.

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Neustadt Lager from Neustadt Springs Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.