Neustadt 10w30 - Neustadt Springs Brewery
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4.08/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
05-29-2009 02:56:22 | More by TheHammer
3.23/5 rDev -10%
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?
05-29-2009 02:46:41 | More by MeisterBurger
4/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
04-29-2009 22:29:44 | More by Ralphus
3.03/5 rDev -15.6%
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.
03-03-2009 01:20:51 | More by ThatWineGuy
3.9/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
02-12-2009 23:14:06 | More by cratez
3.58/5 rDev -0.3%
Can calls it a "malty grain dark ale", and says that it picked up a silver for English brown ales at both the World Beer Cup and Canadian Brewing Awards. Alright, let's give it a shot.
Very dark brown with a creamy tan head that sticks around for a good while, looks good. Roasty, malty caramel smell up front, with some molasses and nutty scents.
Taste isn't as rich as I was hoping, but it's got nice roasted malts up front. Some dry bitterness kicks in, with some chocolate and nuttiness, the sweetness is well-balanced with the bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel's medium, not as thick or rich as I was hoping from a brand that makes itself look like motor oil from the packaging. Still, more enjoyable than, say, Newcastle. Quite drinkable, too.
Overall a solid brown ale, but they've left room for improvement.
02-03-2009 01:35:22 | More by atomicbolt
2.5/5 rDev -30.4%
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.
12-18-2008 18:22:29 | More by Phyl21ca
British Columbia (Canada)
3.85/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
12-15-2008 01:28:30 | More by Derek
3.63/5 rDev +1.1%
Dark amber to brown colour, lighter than I expected. A thumb's width of head
The smell was all maltiness. Molasses and caramel sweetness in the background and no hop presense up front
The taste is again dominated by the maltiness of this beer. Not too sweet. Flavours of nuttiness, sweet toffee and some chocolate. Nice amount of complexity I suppose. Mouthfeel was medium and somewhat oily but not full bodied as much as the name suggusts.
Overall a good session brown ale, good points for drinkability
10-30-2008 03:44:46 | More by EatsTacos
3.7/5 rDev +3.1%
Pours a very dark brown. Pretty thin, bubbly head. Webby lacings.
Slightly burnt caramel on the nose. Hint of alcohol.
All about malt. Fresh brown bread, loads of molasses. Tobacco. There's a real roast flavour to it that seems slightly off style. At times it comes across almost stout-like. Light alcohol finish.
Body is good. At first I thought there may be a little too much carbonation, but it ended up being quite smooth with a nice body.
A good beer, not your archetypical brown ale though.
09-05-2008 01:59:10 | More by CanuckRover
3.63/5 rDev +1.1%
Pours a dark brown. Fair amount of head and lacing. I really do enjoy this beer especially when its fresh.
Smells of caramel malts, rye bread, fruits and spicy/floral hops.
Tastes of toffee, biscuits, some bitterness but this beer is about malt (IMO).
06-03-2008 00:26:39 | More by irishkyle21
3.93/5 rDev +9.5%
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.
05-12-2008 23:18:19 | More by cyrenaica
3.58/5 rDev -0.3%
This pours a perfect brown, with some head that subsides to not much, smell is sweet and syrup-like, seems to be typical of this brewery. This brew's flavor however isn't all that bad. Malt is dominant and hops are in the finish, carbonation is just right making the mouthfeel quite pleasant, drinkability is also decent, the balance of this brew is quite good.
This beer seems to be made from malt and hop extracts rather than the genuine article. However even with that being the case the beer isn't bad at all. The brewer does a good job of making this work. Not bad, worth a try.
04-27-2008 20:32:56 | More by funkengruven
3.58/5 rDev -0.3%
5.5% abv, 475mL can. Poured into a Stella glass at fridge temp.
Dark brown body, a small greyish oily cloud and collar.
Nose is much nicer than Newcastle. Noted malt presence. Caramel, brown sugar, but in a grainy sense. A little grassiness.
Leafy hops, odd lager yeast finish. A little astringent. A little roast.
Beats Newcastle easily. A decent brown.
04-05-2008 21:31:50 | More by Antilochus
3.08/5 rDev -14.2%
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.
01-19-2008 17:50:25 | More by bobsy
2.3/5 rDev -35.9%
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.
12-14-2007 17:54:39 | More by jackorain
4.1/5 rDev +14.2%
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.
09-04-2007 02:46:11 | More by sulldaddy
3.9/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
07-22-2007 04:16:17 | More by allergictomacros
3.65/5 rDev +1.7%
The aroma is very malty. Roasted malts.
Colour is brown. Average size white head. Ok head retention.
It tastes malty sweet. Flavours of coffee, chocolate, and roasted pumpkin seeds.
Mouthfeel is ok. Medium bodied. Carbonation level is good (not too high).
Overall I like it, I will drink it again, and I reccommend it to any malt head.
05-07-2007 22:01:19 | More by BrewSomerville
3.48/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
03-28-2007 00:20:31 | More by Frozensoul327
3.73/5 rDev +3.9%
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!
02-06-2007 03:50:26 | More by biegaman
3.75/5 rDev +4.5%
340ml bottle no best before date.
Not quite motor oil but does pours a very dark not cloudy amber brown. The head fades to lacing fairly quickly. You can pick up on some interesting malt characteristics in the smell. The bottle wasn't joking when it said "malty grain premium dark ale". Taste is similar to the smell. The malt is a bit sweet. There is a bit of a coffee like finish to it although its derived from the malt as the ingredients would tell you no such ingredient exists. The carbonation is fairly mild which I tend to like and I could have a few. Pretty good beer.
09-25-2006 03:27:10 | More by goo
4/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
03-01-2006 02:42:49 | More by crwills
4.08/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
12-31-2005 05:42:49 | More by CAMRAhardliner
3.85/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
05-31-2005 01:55:13 | More by Viggo
Neustadt 10w30 from Neustadt Springs Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.