Newcastle Werewolf - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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Ratings: 949
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 18.81%
Wants: 32
Gots: 138 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Zorro on 07-17-2011

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, clear, deep, dark, mahogany color, speckled with reddish highlights and a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic with bready, toasted malt aromas, as well as some funky, spicy rye, which impart notes of freshly baked Jewish rye bread. I also get some aromas of black pepper, caramel and a touch of piney, resin-like hops.

Taste: Interesting. Lots of woody, earthy, slightly sour, rye flavors up front, followed by some toasted malt, caramel-like sweetness and some floral, grassy, piney, slightly bitter hops at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty smooth as there is very little in the way of carbonation. With an ABV of 4.5%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: As stated above, this is an interesting beer. It has lots of woody, earthy, spicy, slightly sour rye flavors which is almost overpowering. While I much rather prefer a regular Newcastle Brown Ale, this isn’t bad. It’s better than the Newcastle Bombshell, that’s for sure.

Photo of MrMeerbill
4.19/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Love this beer better than regular Newcastle

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Comes out of the tap a nice clear golden amber. Head was a bit thin, but that must be an artifact of the pour. Aroma is malty, hoppy and dusty, rather pleasing. Flavor is somewhat bitter, malty and a little fruity with a hoppy undertone, bitter but not too much so. Firm texture is smooth and has plenty of fizz. Overall, one to make you howl!

Photo of Elaineblo
3.22/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

So I love regular new castle but this werewolf was horrible, I had to chase it with other drinks to get it down and struggled to pawn it off. It reminded me of old coffee grounds mixed with old beer and dark hops just horrible.

Photo of mchegash
3.64/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 3/5
Not 'blood red' like the bottle says. Rather a orange-brown-red. Quite clear, although the color is darker so it's not like you can see through it super well. About 1 finger of head upon initial pour, dissipates almost immediately to no head at all. Carbonation rising through the beer is sparse.

Smell - 4/5
The aroma is like a red wine. Perhaps a Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon (I don't know anything about wines so don't quote me on that). There is a bit of sweet malt smell, the aroma is slightly berry-like. I don't remember smelling any beer that smells this close to wine before. I always love interesting aspects of beer like this, so bonus points here.

Taste - 3.5/5
The flavor is hard to discern, rather bland actually. A bit of slightly sweet, fruity (cherry?) malts, some alcohol, a tiny bit of hop bitterness near the latter part of the sip. Not a terrible flavor, just not strong enough.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
Medium bodied, crisp, light to medium carbonation.

Overall - 3.75/5
This was an interesting beer, and while I would have liked some more flavor, overall I have no major complaints.

Photo of Capt_Pete
3.92/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle in their branded glass. Appearance is a translucent reddish-brown with a hefty head. Slightly fruity smell and starts with a sweet taste eventually going to bitter (which saves it since I don't like sweet brews). Feels medium-light bodied with a bit of hoppy bite. (I usually don't like strong aftertastes but it's not bad here.) Overall pretty good for a seasonal and a nice change from Newcastle Brown which I like alot.

Photo of ArkyVaughan
2.25/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Very poor beer; not a good effort.

Photo of Geoffq
4.21/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a nice surprise for me, a little darker than Newcastle brown

Photo of mbrando33
1.36/5  rDev -57.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I don't think I've ever had a less enjoyable experience drinking a beer. The aroma was a tad on the earthy side for me with a distinct hint of dirt. However, the real fireworks arrived upon the first sip with a powerful initial burst of flavor. I generally try to be more flowery in my descriptions but the taste of this beer can only be compared to that of saddle sweat. I would suggest trying it, if only for the novelty of experiencing the worst beer you've ever tasted.

Photo of sneth019
1.12/5  rDev -64.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I try and find something I like about every beer. This one was hard to do that.

Photo of kfawku123
1.03/5  rDev -67.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This was one of worst things or ever put in my mouth. Two drinks was all I could get down before pouring the rest down the sink. Terrible.

Photo of Petty61
2.68/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Does not stand out above other Newcastles'. Definitely a Halloween beer!

Photo of hojjisan
2/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not something I will get again

Photo of BucannonXC5
2.77/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as correct as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 2.79 overall rating is correct.

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Stone Ruination IPA pint glass
From: Albertsons in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $1.67 ($9.99 for a mix 6-pack)
Purchased: Jan. 2, 2015
Consumed: Jan. 3, 2015
Misc.: N/A

Poured an auburn, clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of off-white head. A few bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Minimal lacing on the sides. Minimal retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 3.13)

Definitely a Newcastle beer with the first whiff. Rye malts, toffee, caramel, nuts, roasty, butter malts, hazelnut, light espresso, vanilla and mixed berries. (Smell - 2.63)

Tasted a tad better than the nose. More berries than the nose. Buttery toffee, slightly boozy, hazelnut, caramel, nutty roasty malts and faint vanilla. (Taste - 2.88)

Medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, rather bitter finish. (Feel - 2.63)

Not a good Irish Red Ale, especially after having Alpine’s McIlhenney’s Irish Red the other night. Would not have it again. (Overall - 2.75)

2.79 | 65 | C

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.02/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Reddish caramel pour, thin light tan head with quite a bit of sticky lacing.
Faint caramel smell.
Caramel malt, nice toasty support.
A little flat but okay. Average body.
Decent session brew, albeit a bit watery.

Photo of HardTarget
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Deep red amber glass holds a modest cover of foam that leaves some lacing.

Aroma: Fruity, some classic British Pint yeast notes, a flash of adjunct, corm maybe?

Taste: Caramel toffee sweetness fades too quickly into a somewhat musty damp malt base. A slight solvent in the finish goes a bit airplane glue.

Feel: Medium body, medium carbonation, some oil in the finish.

Overall: The solvent aspect takes a lot away from a beer that had potential.

Photo of CIBoy10
2.92/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice red brown color with an off-white head that doesn't last long but leaves nice lacing. Taste is somewhat like a light caramel that hints at something darker and richer, but never shows its face. Disappointing. Smell is typical of most British ales. Has a lighter mouthfeel and is relatively refreshing. Overall this is something I'd drink without complaint but wouldn't go out and buy myself. Cheers!

Photo of drwatson32
3.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I miss the old beer advocate

Photo of Spikester
3.52/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown with two fingers of off white head that lasts about five minutes but leaves a fine amount of lace. Smell is bready with some noble hop aroma. Taste is mineral water sweet bready malt and just a touch of noble hop herbal bitterness.
Mouthfeel is light to medium and carbonation is fairly low but to be expected for the style.
Very much a British beer style. Very tasty beer and one I would have again.

Photo of are_doubleyou
2.64/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

L: Pours a rich blood red with a fair amount of head that becomes a very thin lace. The beer is clear with a couple carbonation bubbles. Good color and clarity, but lacking a bit in head and carbonation.

S: Very sweet caramel malt and raspberry notes jump out at you. It is quite fragrant, but overwhelmingly sweet and I find that off-putting. There are some raisin and bready malt notes underneath, but it smells more like an idiosyncratic fruit beer than an Irish Red.

T: Light and bready up front. Fruit and caramel notes coming in on the body to mix in with some slightly roasted notes. The bready flavor remains surprisingly prominent all the way through the finish. As it goes down it leaves one unsatisfied with a finish of watery bread and some lingering caramel raspberry on the palate. There is some good complexity in the body, but overall disappointing.

F: Zesty and bready, but very light and watery. I'd like a bit more thickness in an Irish Red.

O: Overall, this really doesn't have what I want from an Irish Red or a fruit beer. It's much too watered down to really enjoy a blend of raspberry and classical red ale notes. There is some good flavor on the tongue and a brief moment where you can taste raspberry and caramel notes coming together to make a good beer, but it isn't sufficient to make this beer worthwhile for the mediocrity and wateriness that makes up the majority of your drinking experience.

This beer was poured from a 12oz bottle into a Blind Pig mug and enjoyed at apx. 55F.

Photo of GregJ
2.49/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Tastes of sweet malt, copper, a little spicy and soapy. Watery on the palate with copper aftertaste.

Photo of freakspank
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

Crazy red brown look and decent head. Starts very smooth with a very slight berry taste. Half way though you get a almost tart bite.

Photo of gonzo000
3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was not impressed by this rather plain offering. Nothing really jumped out at me, but nothing offensive. Just OK. Will not revisit.

Photo of AdrianAltine
3/5  rDev -6%

nice clean taste of a darker ale can taste a bread and caramel taste in the finish. I was a good beer and I would drink it around my mid beer snob friends and family.

Photo of ricp215
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

A bit let down. Some carmel notes, but not much else.

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Newcastle Werewolf from Heineken Nederland B.V.
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