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Neustadt 10w30 - Neustadt Springs Brewery

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Reviews: 84
Hads: 117
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 15.88%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | 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 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 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 biboergosum
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of liamt07
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can from the LCBO, 473ml into a pint glass.

Dark brown with some burgundy highlights, a couple fingers of beige head with a collar of retention and a light head. Nose is mostly cocoa/milk chocolate, very creamy and 'milky'; some nuttiness as well. Taste has more nuttiness and a light roast character. Medium carbonation with a bit of a metallic taste at points. Medium length finish. Good drinkability, but not overly exciting.

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Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

10W30 doesn't look at all like motor oil; its dark chestnut colour and auburn blush make it far too pretty and clear for you to ever confuse what goes in your car with what goes in your mouth. My eyes have become fixated on it, then again I am partial to brunettes. Its head, porous but spongy where present, is tinted the colour of a macadamia nut.

10W30 doesn't smell like motor oil either, but rather more like a box of stale chocolates. It has a lightly smoky aura with bittersweet overtones. All sorts of flavours come to mind (roasted pecan, toffee brittle, caramel and marshmallow ice cream), including some rather unusual ones (shallots and sherry glazed pork). It's flinty and grainy too.

I'm starting to think that calling this an English Brown Ale, or simply a "premium dark ale" as the brewery saw fit to do, might be shortchanging the beer just a little bit. Sure, it has plenty of that characteristic nutty, toasty maltiness but it also has an added complexity and distinctiveness that most other offerings in the style do not.

A blend of singed and raw grains amounts to tastes of burnt pecans, roast almonds, chunks of whole cocoa bean and a spattering of raw coffee grinds. Not a drop of anything fruity or much of anything (lastingly) sweet can be found within feet of the beer. It is hunky, heavy, hearty - like an old, boxy, clunky, unbustable pick up truck from the 50s or 60s.

What I perceived to be a harsh, bitter vinous quality, stemming from what I assume must be the hops, adds an inescapably intense finish to the (already eventful) sips. What sticks the most, however, is neither sweetness nor bitterness, but rather, an lightly smoky peatiness, something akin to a fine Scottish single malt.

I often enjoy English-style brown ales but rarely for reasons of distinctiveness and eccentricity; normally this is a style that is serviceable and modest and enjoyable in a simple, familiar kind of way. Neustadt, however, seems to have turned that all on its head and taken things down a road less traveled - I sure enjoyed the ride!

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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 ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473ml can purchased as a single from the LCBO booth at the Toronto Royal Winter Fair.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head over the slightly cloudy reddish brown brew. Head recedes gradually, with average lacing. Aroma is worty with maybe a slight tartness.

Taste starts with ample grain character, a light fruitiness in the middle, closes soft and clean. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good. Could be a nice regular drinker.

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Photo of Derek
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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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 Viggo
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Appearance - The beer pours a clear red/brown colour with an average size frothy beige head. There isn't much carbonation showing, and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - malts, toffee/caramel, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is a low to medium amount of carbonation, the beer comes across as slightly thin. I can taste malts and a smokey flavour. There is also a bit of a nuttiness and touch of hops. The beer finishes with a roasted/toasted malt aftertaste.

Overall - A nice well balanced flavour and it is highly drinkable. I enjoyed it on draft more than I did from the can.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of papat444
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on a trip to Ottawa last month. Shared with my wife with our frozen Miked pizza.

Poured from a 473ml. can, best before 03-06-11.

Appearance: A light beige head (2-3 fingers) rests upon a brown-red body where i can sort of see the shape of my fingers through the glass. Great lacing and retention.

Smell: Grainy with some hops and slight roasted notes.

Taste: Roasted at first with some very slight bitterness and a tiny bit of charcoal.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and it screams smooth. Slightly thin in the finish though. Not a terribly strong body.

Drinkability: A nice smooth one that goes down easy. It could have used a bit more flavor though.

Overall: I liked it but i get the feeling that in a few months i won't remember it. Not a memorable wrong but a decent shot.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of kwjd
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of merlin48
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

473 ml can pours a dark chestnut body that reveals clarity and ruby tones when held to light. Creamy tan head is small and shortlived and deposits only some sparse spotty lacing.

Aroma is cocoa, earthy hops, and a hint of roasted coffee beans.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, light medium in body with a subtle moderate carbonation.

Taste is malty, with cocoa and brown sugar notes throughout. Dark chocolate and coffee hints provide a pleasant dark roasty character. Earthy hops help to balance.

Tasty enough but kind of pedestrian.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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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 SebD
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of pootz
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Pacific hotel in Wiarton after a great week playing with the salmon in the bay. Tapped a dark red-brown smallish off white head reduces to a full lace. Not much in the nose departement....very subtle..light wiffs of caramel, grains light fuggles hopping. Had a medium body with nice chewy sweet malt texture fairly rich right to the finish where the citrus from the hops are evident...a very nice well balanced draft brown ale

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tallboy can picked up at the LCBO; BB date January 2012. I'm always down for a new brown, and this is the first time I've seen 10W30 at my store. I let this one warm up a bit on the counter before pouring instead of serving it at fridge temperature.

Pours a dark mahogany brown with some reddish-copper highlights under the light. Atop this sits a robust, nearly two-finger light tan-coloured creamy head, which lasts a few minutes before dissipating to a creamy collar and film. Not a lot of lacing. The aroma is quite pleasing, with notes of molasses, cocoa, vague bits of coffee and dark fruit and plenty of dark roasted malts.

Now this is a brown ale. The taste is dominated by roasted malts, nuts and dark chocolate. Molasses and almond notes. Mostly sweet, but there is some noticeable cocoa and coffee grind drying bitterness in the finish to balance it out. Medium-bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel aided by the low carbonation.

Tasty stuff, tons of great malt flavour without going overboard and winding up in 'cloying' territory. Definitely worth a shot, and something I will likely pick up again as this is one of the better brown ales I've had in the last year or so.

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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 allergictomacros
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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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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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Neustadt 10w30 from Neustadt Springs Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.