Neustadt 10w30 - Neustadt Springs Brewery

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Reviews: 82
Hads: 114
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Neustadt Springs Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-11-2004

A traditional dark English Mild. The term mild meaning “not bitter” does not refer to strength. Using pure natural spring water, New Zealand hops and imported specialty malts. Giving rich malt and light nut aromas and mellow malt and good hop notes to the palate. A smooth and easy drinkable ale.
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Photo of mintjellie
4.27/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark reddish brown. The red really shows when held to the light. A very intense ruby. Its a beautiful colour. It's topped by a finger of light tan head that quickly faded to a thin cap, leaving no lace behind.

A deep, intense fruit aroma. Toffee. A little bit nutty. Brown sugar in the background. No discernable hop aromas, it's all about malt here.

Fruit up front on the palate quickly joined by nut flavours. Toffee is in the background. There's a roasted bitterness the whole way through, providing good balance for this fairly sweet brew. There's a mild acidity in the finish.

Medium body and fairly low carbonation makes this a pretty smooth beer. Delicious and very drinkable. This beer keeps me coming back. (718 characters)

Photo of bendale
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from an attractive 473ml Tallboy, with a freshness date stamped on it. Poured into a trusty Guinness tulip pint glass stolen from the Winters in Newtownards, NI. Moderate head which dissapates into a ring of bubbles pretty quickly. Dark mahogeny brown with a hint of red, and a good carbonation. The aroma is heavily grainy, with a little hit of yeast; it reminds me of a baker's shop. Maybe a touch of an earthy hop, but the malt is forefront in the aroma. The taste is full and grainy, barley and maybe even a bit of rye? Some dark malts to be sure. Bready and wonderful, not too sweet, still like being in a baker's shop. The hop is still a bit earthy, but acts much more as a balance to the malts, and to provide a nice clean dry finish. Mouthfeel is smooth with a nice carbonation, but it's not over the top. I could drink this beer all night (or day, which is a more fitting description of the current time). I had forgotten just how much I like this beer. (969 characters)

Photo of Druncle_C
4.11/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A proper dark session. Malty and chocolatey, with a very light and crisp mouthfeel for a dark. Incredibly easy to drink.
I have them deliver 20L kegs to my house. (164 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I like the label and name of this beer. It pours a deep brown with plenty of ruby glints. The head exceptionally long lasting and leaves dense sheets of tan lace of the glass. The aroma is The taste is richly malty with caramel, cookie dough and chocolate flavors in the front. Theres a mildly astringent grain bitterness as well. Hops are always present and build to a crescendo in the finish. The mouthfeel is full and creamy with tiny carbonation bubbles.

This beer isnt as thick as the name would have you believe, but its still a very full flavored, full bodied brown ale. Im surprised it has such low reviews, its definitely worth trying. (648 characters)

Photo of TheHammer
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one at the LCBO at Sauble Beach. The Scottish ale was good, so here is hoping this one works out as well.

Appearance: Pours with half a finger of head, which doesn't sustain well but laces somewhat. As stated on the can, this beer is dark, like borderline stout dark as it is mostly black with some brown highlights. However it still manages to exhibit some signs of carbonation.

Smell: It didn't take much in the way of warming to have this one come out. Sweeter toasted malts and a definite mixed nut scent dominate the experience. I'm also catching slight undertones of chocolate and cherry as well as a slight pine and floral hop touch.

Taste: Very nice, strong but the bitterness is subdued which I like. Starts with very rich on toasted malts with a slight caramel hint however the downside is a touch of that mineral/acidic quality that a lot of English ales tend to exhibit, which I'm not that big a fan of. It then turns to a big mixed nut flavor of which chestnut seems dominant with a somewhat chocolate and fruit backing. Ends very smoothly with the barest touch of floral hops and malt that cleanse the bitterness but not the rich flavor of the beer, but could come off as a bit watered down.

Mouthfeel: This beer leaves a very nice rich but not bitter aftertaste, which stays around for just the right amount. It transitions between flavors very well and all in all I'm a fan. The only downside of this one however is that the carbonation is a bit lax, as evidenced by the lack of head and that it went a bit flat at the 3/4 mark.

Drinkability: This beer isn't as heavy as the appearance would leave you to believe. It's smooth going down, refreshing, has little in the way of unpleasant aftertaste. It also isn't that gassy and doesn't bloat the gut and it is surprisingly refreshing. It's a bit rich in flavor which I can see taking a bit away from it, but other then that quite exceptional.

Final Thoughts: Another solid offering from Neustadt Springs, which I will hope to frequent again. There is of course room for improvement, (specifically in the head/carbonation department) but I would definitely have this beer again. This would be a great beer for a BBQ, for drinking at the pub or even as a session ale. Good stuff. (2,257 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sampled this beer on tap at a bar around the corner from Neustadt Brewing. The beer is in an english pint glass and cold. A thin off white surface and edge layer of foam floats on the surface. Aroma is grainy and some caramel and brown sugar but mild overall.
Color is deep mahogany with ruby tints on edges of the glass when held to a light. Very fine fizzy carbonation.
Body is average with smooth texture, easy drinker.
Flavor is fairly roasty with some baker's chocolate as well. Very malt dominant no hops or abv detectable. A nice brew if you expect a mild. (565 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the can - reminds me of my Dad's workshop, old oil containers, engine parts, neon and black...

This beer pours a deep, dark reddish cola colour, with a few fingers of creamy beige head, which leaves pretty solid curtain lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of powdered hot chocolate, lightly roasted caramel malt, and muted, dry orchard fruit. The taste is dry chocolate milk, trail mix - mostly dry, dark, bitter fruits and a blend of nuts - and very mild earthy hops. The carbonation is fairly soft, the body smooth, full (but not quite 10w30, maybe a 5w20...), and nicely round, and it finishes dry, with bitter fruit dangling out there for a while.

Not usually a style I'm very much into, this is a pretty solid, and drinkable, representation. (766 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO after seeing it for years. Just under $3.00 for a 473ml can like usual. Served at 7deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a nice head that dissipates in a minute. Dark for sure

S- Not the best but nice caramel and malt.

T- Malt bomb pure and simple

M- Good considering it's a single minded beer

O- Pretty good. Won't buy again though

Food Pairing

This ok beer went well with... Pork Ribs. Seasoned and braised in the oven

Enjoy
Decided to try one more time. Raised everything up a quarter point. It is a good beer and I will buy again. (576 characters)

Photo of crwills
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beerbistro, Toronto.

I was surprised at some of the low reviews for this, and honestly a bit hesitant to try it after reading them. In fact, I only picked this because they were out of my first choice (Scotch Silly), so I decided to stick with local brews.

To my surprise, it was really good, and one of the better brown ales I've had recently. Smell is quite malty, a little fruity, with some grassy or grainy elements.

Taste is very, very well-balanced. Nice, heavy mouthfeel and malty upfront, with a good bitter kick and a pleasant, not-too-strong aftertaste. No specific flavours stand out, but overall a very drinkable and enjoyable beer. I'd definitely order it again, although I still thing Hockley Dark might have an edge on it for locally brewed English Browns. (790 characters)

Photo of kwjd
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown colour that I can almost see through. A little bit of head without too much lacing. It has a nice sweet smell of raisins, faint chocolate and caramel. The taste is very sweet and malty with some graininess. It is very smooth and I can drink several of them in one sitting.

This may be the beer that got me into craft beer because I had it my first time at C'est What and it made me keep going back. It was a perfect stepping stone from the more flavourful macros, such as Rickard's Red, that I used to drink. This made me realize that there was something other than amber ales or Guiness if I wanted a beer with flavour. I still always have a can or two in my fridge. (682 characters)

Photo of Kartoffeln
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep, reddish chocolate brown with a small, frothy tan head. Gradually dissipates to a ring of foam, and leaves spotty lacing.

S: Loads of roasted and chocolate malts, with brown sugar, caramel, and cocoa notes. Strongly nutty and fruity, reminiscent of candied figs and plums, and just a whiff of floral hops.

T: Sweet brown and caramel malts give way to roasted malt with an earthy, nutty character and bitter cocoa undertones, mingling with candied fruits and brown spice notes. Hint of woody, slightly floral hops in the finish.

M: Body on the light end of medium with faint and smooth carbonation, slightly sticky and a bit heavy. The roasty bitterness of the finish balances out the sweet malt and slightly syrupy body, lingering just long enough before fading.

D: Although it won its accolades in competitions back in 2004, 10W30 is still a strong, to-style English brown ale well worth trying. It isn't very sessionable, but great for a cold day. Other reviewers have already noted this, but I'll say it again: you must let it warm a bit, even just 15 minutes, to get the full flavour. (1,108 characters)

Photo of kevinlater
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

473ml can into goblet. best before 27 08 2015. enjoyed on may 19, 2015

a: a nice chestnut-ruby colour topped with a finger of quickly-dissipating tan head

s: milk chocolate-covered raisins, plums/prunes, figs, slight cherry and caramel, a touch of vanilla. dominant fruity sweetness. smells good!

t: up front are figs and cherries mingling well with sweet but light chocolatey caramel. mid-palate has a subdued nutty toasted bread character, and a note of vanilla. finishes with a mild bitterness

m: light but not watery. medium-minus carbonation

o: malt and not much else in this beer, but it's really tasty (619 characters)

Photo of Ralphus
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I picked this up I didn't even realize it was an OCB brew and I was equally surprised to find that it reminds me so much of Rogue's Hazelnut Brown.

From the pour it's not a great looking beer.. just a dark brownish ruby red with next to no foam on top. Appearances can be deceiving though so keep reading. The smell is also fairly muted but there is some hints of what's in store.. nuts and toasted malts. The taste though is where it's at. BIG nutty flavour, roasted malts and a very tasty dark chocolate finish. This is really enjoyable in the taste department and goes down in gulps. This would make a really good fall beer and is a great alternative to Rogue's Hazelnut Brown in the taste dept.

Mouthfeel is decent.. smooth and lightly carbonated. Drinkability is good. Having another is definitely in the cards. (824 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at the Black Tomato in Ottawa, Ontario. Poured into pint glass, a deep brown with very little head. Nice slightly sweet malty aroma. Taste is of sweet but roasted malts and toffee. Also a bit of dried fruit, but very slight...its a bit thin, but no big deal.
Overall, a really nice Ale. Much more complex than I thought it would be. Worth a try for sure. (370 characters)

Photo of SebD
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown/amber colour to it. It has a nice beige head that dies down moderatly and has a bit of lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of caramel, roasted malts, chocolat and fruit.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a very malty taste. Very roasty malts with chocolaty and caramely notes with a slight fruitiness and a bit of grassy hops that add a slight bitterness .

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice balance of malts.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas. Good Brown Ale. (580 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can from LCBO. From notes.

A - Really dark red pour. One finger beige head. Strong carbonation. Filmy retention and no lacing.

S - Charcoal, caramel, coffee grounds, strong caramel.

T - Coffee, chocolate, caramel, and dark sugary fruits. Malty and delicious.

M - Mild carbonation with a medium body and sweet finish.

O/D - Nice and malty. Rich and tasty. Very drinkable in the colder months, aka most of the year. A solid Ontario beer. (440 characters)

Photo of cyrenaica
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

473ml can
5.50% ABV

I tried this beer on May 10, 2008 after purchasing from the Queen's Quay LCBO outlet in Toronto. The beer poured a slightly translucent dark brown (when held to the light) with a thin tan head that quickly dissipated. The aroma was heavily roasted malt, some sweet malt, and some grass. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly creamy, and a little bit of carbonation. The flavour has some roasted malt flavours, some sourness, and some sweet tones. (470 characters)

Photo of cratez
3.89/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For my 50th beer review, I figured why not do a favourite. Let me start by saying that this brew is underrated by both Beer Advocates and RateBeer.com. I first encountered it at the Beer Bistro (on tap) and have since come to love it. Poured out of a 473ml can into a Murphy's pint glass.

Appearance: deep, dark brown body with murky amber hues and a razor thin off-white head. The head dissipates after a while and this is when the beer adopts its "motor oil" look.

Smell: toasted nut aroma with hints of brown sugar and pecan. Lightly floral hops are also evident. A highly appealing aroma.

Taste: nutty chocolate malt followed by a subtle, bitter hop flavour that's rounded out with some caramel sweetness. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with a healthy dose of carbonation and a dry, toasty finish.

Drinkability: this is exactly what a brown ale should smell and taste like. Gorgeous nut aromas and flavours with plenty of sweetness. The appearance is slightly underwhelming, but with a name like 10w30, you can't say you weren't warned. A session brown ale. (1,076 characters)

Photo of BBP
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A dark cherry brown with a fair head which held alright for the duration of the drink. Very nice carbonation. Some good lacing as well.

S- Very sweet with noticable caramel. Dark malts for the most part. A bit light.

T- Sweetness hits you immediately. Notes of cocoa seem to stick for the first 30 seconds and is slowly subdued by caramel.

M- Medium body. Feels pretty right on the tongue. A bit sticky. Pretty creamy.

D- Easy to down, and a pretty good drink. Better than I expected from a brew with it's name.

The first time I had this I didn't like it, and strangely I'm enjoying it this time, and it's 4 months past it's best before date. I'm thinking maybe age helps it out, but it's hard to know. May pick it up again to find out. (746 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark, ruby red. Full sticky head.

S - Tons of malt and fruit are forefront, with an underlying sweet tone.

T - Rich, malty flavours - nutty, fruity, and tons of roasted goodness. Slight tartness that seems to go with high levels of roastedness, and a solid bracing bitterness finishes it off.

M - This ain't no light lager. Solid thick body sticks around in the mouth. Carbonation is moderate.

D - Overall, quite good. A nice sessionable beer if you like something with a solid flavour. (502 characters)

Photo of CaledonCountryBoy
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%

Malty is the word used by Neustadt that highlights this offering. And its low carbonation is a distinguishing trait. Mild, not risky, is how its taste strikes me. As a brown ale, it's worth a try. (196 characters)

Photo of ludachris
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one courtesy of TheHammer. Thanks a lot pal. Had this one before but I'm glad I got a chance to review it.
Pours a deep chestnut brown with ruby red highlights. Got one finger of quickly dissipating tan head after an aggressive pour that leaves virtually zero lacing.
This is where the beer starts to pick up. Toasted malts, nuts, raison and fruity esters with a hints of caramel and chocolate. Very sweet. Kind of reminded me a bit of their scottish ale.
Sweet buttery toasted malts up front followed by some raison, grape and a tamed nutty hop finish. Not as sweet as the nose makes you think.
Smooth and well balanced in the mouth but a little bit too watered down and thin for me, which also makes it that much more refreshing and quaffable. But I would swap that in any day for a fuller body.

Overall, a decent beer from Neustadt. Didn't like it as much as their scottish ale but would prefer it over their lager. Highlights were its sweetness and balance but its downfalls were its lacking, thin watery head as well as its light watery body. It's not one of those beers I'd go out and buy again but would be happy to accept another. (1,148 characters)

Photo of StephenRich
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Yes the 10W30 is also a beer, not just a high viscosity engine oil. But when you pour the Neustadt version you may get confused as to which is which. Well, not really - there is quite a big difference between a dark brown ale and engine oil. But the point is that the 10W30 was designed to be a dark, malty, rich and creamy brown ale that would resemble the depth of engine oil. Point taken.

This is a classic English Style Premium Dark Mild Beer. What does that mean? Its very malty, only lightly bitter, has creamy and nutty flavors with a smooth, and just lightly carbonated texture. I like these, especially when done well. They can be so satisfying and delicious, and make the perfect pairing with a huge range of foods, deserts and cheeses.

This version was brewed in Neustadt Ontario, pretty much in the middle of nowhere right between Kitchener and Owen Sound. But if you are ever lost in that area of Ontario, the brewery is absolutely worth the visit. It shouts craft beer a million miles away, as does the 10W30. The 10W30 is widely available in Ontario at practically all well stocked LCBO locations. It comes in a 473ml can at 5.5% abv, and is best enjoyed fresh, and should not be cellared. I have come back to this beer so many times and am always superbly satisfied. If you ever see it on draught, and it does make its way around, you have to try it. The draught version accentuates the creamy and smooth mouthfeel to a level of sheer perfection.

I poured the 10W30 cool around 10C (50F) into an English Tulip Pint Glass. It poured smoothly building huge life the second it hit the glass. A large fluffy and airy tan to light mocha brown head was formed a good 2 inches on top the beer forming a creamy and mountainous cap. The beer glowed a transparent dark amber brown leaning on red brick. Into the light ruby reds and golden brown peered through with a glow of mahogany and oak always lingering in the back.

The nose is lightly sweet but very malty. It is soft and not overly powerful, but very apparent roast malts and grains float into your olfactory sensors. A touch of whiskey-like sweetness shows up on the end with a hint of peat and mossy earth. Little if any hops are noticeable, but the beer comes off as very clean and rather subtle.

Letting in a large gulp brings a big round wave of juicy malt flavors that initially favor browned butter and caramel, but smoothly fade into brown sugar, molasses, vanilla bean, and roasted walnuts. The malt is wide and flowing touching your tongue, cheeks and throat with elegantly smooth, but richly flavorful grain-like flavors. Here again, from the grain, comes a touch of the whiskey and mossy peat flavor. It adds a nice layer of complexity and also a some bitterness to balance a malt focused beer.

Theres no hiding it though, this is a malty beer, and it was designed to be. As the beer warms bigger nut flavors develop, as does a creamy and mellow toffee sweetness and smoother flavors of prunes and bread dough. Hops are only lightly floral, and can't really play a role here with the strength of the malt. There is a light bitter cocoa flavor that hides in at the end, and another round soft nutty flavor that I can't quite pin.

The mouthfeel is very soft and silky - the beer has very little carbonation to speak of, and does work brilliantly with the flavors found here. This was a well constructed beer and leaves me with a sweetly malty flavor in my mouth wanting more.

This all makes it a very versatile beer. It is not aggressive or potent, it just has big round and lush flavors that sooth the palate in a mellow sweet, and slightly warming manner. I would start with cheese, aiming for melty brie, smoked cheeses, old white cheddar or gouda. This beer will also fit anything roasted or anything with char marks. It may have been designed for the pub, and as such try anything fried or smoked as well. It would even do well with cheesecake or rich chocolate deserts. (3,957 characters)

Photo of Derek
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

According to the brewer, this is between a North & South Brown Ale, which uses New Zealand hops.

I'm not sure if this has improved over the years, or if it's actually better in the can?

A: Ruby-black with a light tan head, good retention, excellent lacing.

S: Dark caramel, earth, bread & nuts.

T: Bready, dark caramel, nuts, earthy, good bitterness.

M: Well-attenuated moderate body has an off-dry finish. Moderate carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable. (454 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't know why the reviews on this are so low, I think this is a good pint of beer. Pours a dark red/brown with a small head but lacing. Smells like sweet malts, some bitterness from the hops. Tastes like sweet malts with a bitter finish, but theres some chocolate malt presence in this one, a little roasty. Smooth, medium carbonated ale, I don't know why people don't like this one. (386 characters)

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Neustadt 10w30 from Neustadt Springs Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.