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Neustadt 10w30 - Neustadt Springs Brewery

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Reviews: 83
Hads: 116
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 15.6%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 TerryW
2.18/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nice chesnut colour, quickly dimishing head, partial film and spotty lace.

Aroma is a two-headed sort of creature. At times fruity and malty, but often smelling harshly of alcohol or chemicals.

Quite thin and brutally metallic when first poured. Softens a bit once it's been in the glass a while. Vaugely fruity.

Overall, very disappointing. Not very many attractive characteristics and some real rough edges.

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Photo of jackorain
2.32/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Nice brown, clear color. Very fine bubbled tan head. Fell to a thin coatr and collar. Left a modicum of lace.

S-almost nothing, maybe a little caramel malt.

T-Caramel malt, alittle alcohol, a little non-desript hop flavor, no bitterness at all. Really an uneventful, near flavorless taste experience.

M-Very creamy medium body. very light carbonation.


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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can: Poured a light dark ale with a small foamy head with minimum retention and lacing. Aroma consists of lightly roasted malt with little else noticeable. Taste is also dominated by some light roasted malt with some even lighter caramel note. I thought this was way too watery and thin to be truly interesting.

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Photo of EtOHMD
2.63/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at c'est what. Pours a mahogany brown opaque in the middle and clear maroon edges. Minimal head and lacing. Looks somewhat watery and this impression carries throughout. Faint sweet smell but not much here. Taste is watery, mild sweetness with hints of caramel but pretty basic. Slightly better as it warms. Thin feel with moderate carbonation. Goes down easily but definitely sticking to one of these.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
2.65/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Reddish coca-cola (cherry cola?) Head completely gone in both my friend and my serving. Not very pretty. Second pour left a bit of khaki head.

S- Milk chocolate with a light fruitiness. A little bit of alcohol. Not impressed yet.

T- Better. With a name like 10w30 I was thinking it was going to be something big and rich. It's actually not. Should've read the rest of the can... Premium Dark Ale. It's a pretty good dark ale. A little roasty but still light. A bit of a metallic drywall taste which I don't like. Bitterness is kind of dirty.

M- A bit too thin but not too bad. Very dry, astringent even. Low carbonation.

O- Tastes wrong to me. Dirty chemical bitterness. A bit to thin In my opinion. Kind of refreshing though.
Don't think I'll ever buy it again.

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Photo of
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a very dark ruby-brown, red around the edges, thin tan head.
Aroma is fairly faint – cocoa, lightly roasted grain, and a bit of fruity hops.
Flavour is a bit thin for such a dark beer. Notes of chocolate, roasted grain, and not much else.
Very drinkable, but low on flavour.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

473 ml can to pint glass.

A - Medium to dark brown with a very slight ruby glow at some of the edges. A small amount of cream coloured head formed on the pour and disappeared rather quickly.

S - Sweet brown sugar and toffee up front. Some maple syrup aroma in the background. Fairly sweet overall.

T - Very sweet up front - molasses, maple syrup, brown sugar, toffee, dark caramel. Not much bittering at all. The flavour profile is nice but this is just too sweet for me.

M - Light to medium body; smooth. Light carbonation.

O - Good flavours but cloyingly sweet. Couldn't finish the pint.

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Photo of mrmanning
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sample on Draught at C'est What? in Toronto. Like others have stated, the name implies this will be a thick and dark beer. This is not so. Body is amber in colour, with some rouge hints in it. Head rests on the side of the glass. Aroma is malty and fruity. Taste is caramel, fruit, and a slight roasted malt. Suprisingly it is fairly mild, so it would make a good summer beer despite its name.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Flat cola appearance, although I can see my finger on the other side of the glass under a bright light. Tan head was fleeting. Low, steady carbonation looked good. I smelled a lot of burnt toast here, almost smoky. The taste seemed a bit uneven with a sweet molasses backdrop that didn't seem to blend well with burnt malt and mild bitterness. Mouthfeel was dry, adding to what seemed to me to be a lack of balance. The more I tasted it, the more I got a sense that there were layers of grainy malt here, most of it toasty, some of it burnt ... but all of it a bit out of synch. I'd like to try this again but on tap next time, as it was out of the can, I wasn't overly impressed.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour with a thin wispy head. Sweet grainy aroma. Flavor is a mix of caramel, mild chocolate and maybe a faint bit of coffee. Some mild bitterness in the finish. Taste kind of lager like. Thin body. Not a bad beer, I liked it but it's just average.

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Photo of bobsy
3.07/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reasonable expectations for this after trying their porter and pale ale.

Pours a clear brown colour, tinged with red, and topped by a medium sized creamy white head, which leaves good lacing on the glass. The aroma is very muted, but shows signs of malt and caramel. The flavour, which is pleasant, but not outstanding, contains a mix of sweet malts, fresh berries and roasted nuts. This is ruined somewhat by the finish, which shows a harsh alcohol taste despite the standard abv. Fortunately, this became muted as the drink warmed up. The mouthfeel is fairly light, and neither boosts nor drags down the beer. I could drink another, but I probably would reach for something else first.

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Photo of JOaikido
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

473 ml can. BBF 17-12-2011

A- Big frothy head. Dark reddish brown.

S- Malty caramel. A little one-dimensional.

T- Malty, of a sweet caramel type. A little too mild and watery overall. Faint flash of bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste and that seems to build as I drink.

MF- Medium bodied. Leabes the mouth wet. With the sweetness, it reminds a bit of a softdrink.

D- Easy to drink. Nothing off-putting. But a little bland and unbalanced towards the sweet side.

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Photo of baiser
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep brown colour, with a smallish head. Faint malt aroma, slightly fruity, a little toffee/caramel. Taste was a bit disappointing. Not too strong on any flavours. Mild caramel, malt, some fruitiness. Otherwise, quite average. Moderate body, easy drinking. Not something I'd have again though.

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Photo of eat
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, transparent against light where red highlights shine though. A thin covering of cream-coloured head rests on top, which recedes to a thin ring around the glass. No lacing.

Sweet caramel malt, some cooked vegetable. Not much else. There's something artificial about the smell.

Sweet malt...that's about it. The faintest trace of hops on the finish. It doesn't taste bad but doesn't really have much going for it.

The feel is not too bad. Medium body with light carbonation.

It's drinkable but not something I'll be buying again. I've had this on tap a few times and remembering it being quite a bit better than this. Maybe cans are not the right way to buy this one. I'd be interested in reviewing the tap version sometime, I'm positive that it's better than what I'm drinking right now.

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Photo of DrJay
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer has a great name and excellent marketing -- the tap handle looks like an oil can. With an obvious oil theme, I was expecting something with a lot more body and flavour, and was somewhat disappointed. The beer is a deep reddish brown and had a thin cream head. The aroma was quite mild, with delicate floral hops and a faint nuttiness. Nuttiness carried through into the flavour and was replaced by strong bitterness at the finish. It was surprisingly light bodied, with nothing lingering on the palate.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Good name. Poured an very clear and flat looking amber. The nose was mild and subtle for the most part, light malts. The taste was somewhat interesting but yet bland. Only small hints of roasted malt. Some lighty woody notes and a definite fruitiness of dark plum and semi sweet pears. Overall the body was extremely light if not watery. Flavours fade quickly and leave for a below average experience.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic glass. Dark brown, with a fluffy white head that kept up its vanguard as a pronounced ring. Patches of lacing as well.

Nose is uninspired: malts, a bit of caramel, earthy tones and a bit of bacterial or chemical skunk.

Not a bad tasting brew, however. Starts off malty, with biscuits and caramel. Notes of fruit and chocolate. Earthy and slightly bitter to the finish, but generally I found the ending to this brew to be lacking. A bit hollow, but still goes down well.

A bit on the thin side, but with a creamy consistancy as well. Carbonation is mild.

Not bad, I'll probably drink it again. Went down fairly smooth, nothing offensive, but needs work to be considered one of the better Ontario brown ales.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The can says best before 21 05 2009
The date is currently 28 05 2009

Let's see what difference a week makes.

Pours a deep, dark dark dark ruby, much like a porter. Has a thick, 1/4" head. There's some notable lacing and decent head retention going on.

Smells like malt and candied sugars, caramel, subsequent sniffs give me hints of when I was a kid and I would take bread and butter and sprinkle sugar on it and eat that in the mornings (what can I say, I'm Dutch, and the Dutch perfected the fine art of tooth decay at breakfast). It seems odd that at only 5.5% I can smell some solventy alcohol.

Taste is malty, in a way that is really malty. The fact that the can says "malty grain" doesn't surprise me because it's also grainy and malty. It's slightly boozy as well. There's mild leafy hops but they're so far in the background as to not be worth mentioning. Kind of has a weird plasticy taste as it warms up.

I was expecting an oily mouthfeel what with the name and all, but no. It's actually oddly dry in the finish.

Overall I like it even if I'm not sure what style of beer it's meant to be. I like this brewery a lot...but overall and in general if I need a malt fix I'd much rather grab a can of their Scottish ale before this.

This is one of those funny instances where you think you really love a beer, but then you drink it critically for a review and suddenly you realize it's not without its flaws and might not be all that you thought it was. And doesn't that just suck?

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Photo of ecoastman
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a little too bitter in the finish for me to give it a high taste and drinkability. If they fine tune this aspect, they'll have a winner.

A - a good looking dark brown with a redish tone against the light. The head forms nice and has amazing retention through the majority of the drink. A little more lacing and I'd give it a 5.

S - sweet malty chocolate with berries and light roasted nuts. I'm looking forward to this one...

T - Hits the mouth and is great on the first impression. But then the finish comes along and disappoints me. I had high hopes but this seems a little acidic and leaves a lingering grapefruit-like bitterness in the finish. A little more than I'd expect for a brown ale. But then the can says "malty grain premium ale" Maybe this is why...

M - watery but smooth and creamy to start. Dry in that lingering bitter finish.

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Photo of scott451
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass mug. A bid light tan head on a clear brownish ruby. Lots of foamy lacing. Good head retention.

Bright malt smells. Mild toasted malt in the taste.. Dead leaved. A sour overtone. Toasty malts bring up the rear with a hop twist at the end.

Medium body and carbonation. Not bad overall. Some unusual flavours. A little strong to be a session beer.

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Photo of kjyost
3.34/5  rDev -7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Can BB 25/06/10. Alas. Poured into a flared pint glass.

A: A head that lasts for an average time, that left no lacing nor foam at the edge atop a beer that's a red-brown? Red-brown? Is this not named after OIL and claims to be a DARK ale?

S: Notes of chocolate and sweetness with a bit of biscuit. Muted. Later gave way to notes of dried cherries and plums.

T: First sip was a 2.5 MAX. Thin and dominated by molasses... As time went on though this really grew on me. Chocolate and a nice residual sweetness plays for a while then gives way to plum-like flavours, then returns to a bit of a thin beer. At its best it was a 4-4.5. Averages out to a 3.5

M: Too thin at times. Nice low carbonation.

D: For all the low grades, I would have this again...

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Photo of Sammy
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very creamy, not my cup of brown. Creamy head. Sharp hop bitterness in finish also good. Some sweet malt,caramel, some nuttiness. Easy drink but not special taste. Found it lager-like, my friend believes it may be the yeast. Believe C'est What nitrotapped without telling us.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Special thanks to cattersley for sending this brew out west.

A: Clear dark brown with slight ruby hue when held to the light. Minimal light tan head which dissipated rather quickly leaving traces of lacing.

S: Brown sugar together with caramel and molasses, dried figs and hints of toasted nuts.

T: Sweet syrups of molasses, caramel, toffee and maple syrup with background notes of dried figs, toasted nuts and yeast. Very subtle bitter notes of hops in the finish.

M: Smooth light to medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O: This is a very malt forward beer with great flavours of caramel, molasses and dark fruits. The lack of any noticeable hops leaves this somewhat unbalanced.

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Photo of decimator
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

473ml can poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a dark amber brown with a 1cm tan head. Head reduced to a thin layer of tiny bubbles and some lacing is produced.

S - Toasted grains and earth. Aroma is on the lighter side.

T - Toasted grains, caramel, honey, hint of cocoa and a rather mild hop bitterness in the finish. Balance is definitely on the malty side.

M - Light to moderate carbonation, smooth, creamy, oily and a slick finish.

D - Decent brown Ale. Easy to drink.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown color with hues of reddish cherry wood and bronze. Medium head of white foam remained consistant. Lower levels of carbonation.

S: Rich grain and buttery malts. Mild spice notes, with fresh sweet hay and grassy afterthoughts. Very nice.

T: Rich dark malty flavors blend with a burst of roasted nuts. A mild grain element is present, as is a dry wheat flavor. Light and dry molasses flavor toward the finish adds complexity, yet stays in line with the style.

M: A little on the light side, but still appropriate for the style. Mild carbonation noted on the palate.

D: Not bad. This would be an ideal brew for the fall months of the year.

Notes: Special thanks to biegaman for the 12 oz. sample.

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Neustadt 10w30 from Neustadt Springs Brewery
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