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Neustadt 10w30 - Neustadt Springs Brewery

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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.19%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | 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:
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 ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Serving type: can

03-03-2009 01:20:51 | More by ThatWineGuy
Photo of cratez

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: can

02-12-2009 23:14:06 | More by cratez
Photo of atomicbolt

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

02-03-2009 01:35:22 | More by atomicbolt
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -30.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 18:22:29 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: can

12-15-2008 01:28:30 | More by Derek
Photo of EatsTacos

Yukon (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: can

10-30-2008 03:44:46 | More by EatsTacos
Photo of CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

09-05-2008 01:59:10 | More by CanuckRover
Photo of irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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).

Serving type: can

06-03-2008 00:26:39 | More by irishkyle21
Photo of cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: can

05-12-2008 23:18:19 | More by cyrenaica
Photo of funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

04-27-2008 20:32:56 | More by funkengruven
Photo of Antilochus

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

04-05-2008 21:31:50 | More by Antilochus
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: can

01-19-2008 17:50:25 | More by bobsy
Photo of jackorain


2.3/5  rDev -36.3%
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.


Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2007 17:54:39 | More by jackorain
Photo of sulldaddy


4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2007 02:46:11 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 04:16:17 | More by allergictomacros
Photo of BrewSomerville

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2007 22:01:19 | More by BrewSomerville
Photo of Frozensoul327


3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2007 00:20:31 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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!

Serving type: can

02-06-2007 03:50:26 | More by biegaman
Photo of goo

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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 it’s 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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2006 03:27:10 | More by goo
Photo of crwills

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2006 02:42:49 | More by crwills
Photo of CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2005 05:42:49 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2005 01:55:13 | More by Viggo
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2005 00:50:07 | More by Sammy
Photo of baiser


3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2005 18:43:59 | More by baiser
Photo of TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

2.15/5  rDev -40.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2004 23:36:55 | More by TerryW
Neustadt 10w30 from Neustadt Springs Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.