Neustadt Lager | Neustadt Springs Brewery

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Neustadt LagerNeustadt Lager

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Neustadt Springs Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed in the Belgium country style, which means it is not as harsh on the back of the throat as a Pilsner beer. It is a little fuller in flavour and colour than average Canadian beers. Using pure natural spring water, New Zealand hops and Canadian malts. This combination gives it a clean, fresh mouth feel, smooth and very creamy.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO for around $2.30 for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a tiny head that is gone in seconds. Dark gold and clear color

S- Touch of bubble gum scent here. Good hops!

T- Touch of fruit. A hit of greenery at the beginning..... coriander. Nice blend.

M- Dry and good

O- Nice brew. Overall a fruity blend. Good break from the everyday

Food Pairing

This pretty nice brew went well with..... Pad Thai. Nice peanut overtone goes well together


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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.19/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

473 ml can from LCBO for $2.75 CDN into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear golden color, semi-aggressive pour yielded minimal head that dissipated immediately. Some bubbles present and beer is transparent.

Smell - Bready and biscuity scents, smells like a bakery. Quite yeasty as well. Nice nose on this. Something floral is lurking just behind the bakery smells but is a bit hard to pick up.

Taste - Very bready up front, evolving into a quite a bitter beer. Hop presence is minimal, a bit mineral flavored as well.

Mouthfeel - Lowish carbonation, despite the effervescence at the start. Dry finish that is a bit sharp and a bit too much. this is despite the beer being watery and a bit thin.

Overall - OK beer with big tasty nose, that doesn't quite translate in the taste and especially the mouthfeel. Probably wouldn't purchase another, but if offered one wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of TwilightTavern
3.72/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Served from a 473mm can in to a weizen glass.

When pouring the beer into the glass, my first impression was how nice the bright white, inch tall head looked that retained for almost ten minutes in the weizen glass. What was even more eye catching, was the bright orange colour radiating from the glass. It is quite dark considering its a pale lager and also mildly cloudy.

Initially the smell is very grainy and grassy, but sweet malts are also present.

The taste is slightly more hoppy then it is sweet and malty, yet the taste is not harsh what-so-ever.

It is very smooth, and extremely full bodied for a lager. Its thickness and smoothness along with the slight bite from the hops separate it from most beers in its style.

Neustadt Lager is a great euro-lager that is both incredibly intriguing in aesthetics with it's flaring orange colour and medium volume long lasting head, as well as it is in taste with its interesting mix of darker malt flavours complemented by its smooth thick body.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tallboy can from the LCBO; best before August 17th of this year.

Pours a translucent golden-amber colour, topped with about a finger of fizzy white head. Like a lot of beers in this style, head retention is poor, with much of it fizzling away within a minute's time. Not much lacing either. The aroma is a bit weak, but otherwise ok - dominated by grainy, bready malts with maybe a few hints of lemony citrus zest or wet hay. If adjuncts have really been used in this, the aroma doesn't really make their presence known.

This is a pretty tasty lager, but not a particularly creative or interesting one. Relatively malty flavour, bready and cracker-like with a touch of honey sweetness. A twinge of corny adjunct becomes apparent during the sip, but manages to mostly avoid the limelight and remain a minor factor in the flavour. Slightly herbal, grassy bitterness toward the finish from the hops, with some lingering dryness in the aftertaste. Thin-bodied and rather watery, with less carbonation than I tend to expect from pale lagers. Very smooth, and a pleasure to drink.

Final Grade: 3.47, on the high end of a B-. This is easily an above-average pale lager, and objectively (especially given the style) I really can't find much to complain about. Subjectively, however - it isn't that difficult to find something of only slightly lower quality for considerably less money.

Neustadt Lager isn't anything out of the ordinary, but at least it's still better than anything you'll find in a macro outfit. Pale lager enthusiasts should consider this one worth a try, but beer geeks with no interest in the style are probably better off saving their money.

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Photo of Stocean1
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One finger head with some retention and lace, straw yellow colour, faint malt and grassy hops nose, taste follows but opens up to a caramel almost faint chocolate note which surprised me, hint of lemon, light to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation it is mildly bitter but certainly refreshing. I expected shite and was surprised by the mediocre quality of this one.

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Photo of liamt07
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can from the LCBO, 473ml into a tulip. Best before June 22, 2012.

Pours a pale gold, almost completely clear. A good bit of carbonation evident in the body, and a bright white head loosely composed of larger bubbles. Light sweet malts in the nose, a bit of graininess. Some mild hop notes in a bit of a grassy vein. A bit of a mineral character in the water. Grainy, lightly vegetal and a bit fruity in character. Again, some grassy/herbal like hopping, and a some what drying finish. Medium light feel, a bit bitter and medium carbonation. Good, not really and AAL but something a bit more flavourful and English in style.

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Photo of peensteen
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale golden yellow, one finger of creamy white head, light lace spots at the top of the glass. Smell is of sweet biscuity malt, some light hoppy notes, lemon and fresh cut grass, grainy, fairly simple but quite pleasant actually. Taste is quite malty, cracker and sweet caramel like flavours, less hop in flavour than in the nose, some earthy grass flavours come through, quick dryness comes toward the middle of the palate, some fruity flavours in the finish. Medium carbonation, creamy feel, light-medium body. This is absolutely mis-categorized and is no adjunct lager and is actually not half bad, not something that I will pick up again I don't think but I would drink this if someone else is buying.

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Photo of kwjd
3.39/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw yellow with thin white head and no lacing. Smells of faint grassy hops with a lot of grain. There isn't too much to the flavour. Is this actually an adjunct lager or was this misclassified? It tastes fine, just a little bit bland, but I don't think this has adjuncts in it (though from their website it doesn't specifically say either way).

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Photo of BBP
3.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- clear copper color with mid to high carbonation and a decent head.

S- Cereal hops with a bit of a metallic tinge. Corn syrup as well. The smell really didn't make me look forward to this one.

T- Slight lemon, slight cereal grains. A bit of melon (cantaloupe to be specific) flavor without all the sweetness. A slight bit of corn flavor towards the end of it. Some background hops that really don't get into the spotlight, but balance the drink and act as a foundation.

M- Watery with the carbonation just being a bit off.

D- Easy to down, and it has a fairly sweet melony flavor. Pretty unique. Pretty average drink with a not so average flavor.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml can poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a slightly cloudy gold colour with a nice size frothy and fizzy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing. There is also some decent lacing and the head lasted for a minute.

Smell - I can smell corn syrup, some hops, and a grassiness.

Taste & Mouth - the beer has a nice mouthfeel, smooth and creamy with a nice amount of carbonation. I can taste corn syrup and hops and some citrus notes. Also just noticed that my can says 'best before august 2010' on it - and I just bought it the other day.. damn lcbo. So maybe my beer isn't as good as it should be.

Drink - A so so beer.. reminds me of those euro-lagers that are running rampant.. Heineken, Becks etc.. I don't think I'd buy it again.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.22/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The last of my OCB mix pack #3. I can't believe #5 is here already.

Appearance: Produced a finger of head that did not stick around, in either the lacing or head departments despite good carbonation in the body. The beer has a bit of a cloudy look to it, and is quite a bit darker then the standard Lager gold.

Smell: Hints of fruits and grain dominate a very simple nose. It didn't really need much warming which is good but honestly nothing too special here.

Taste: Starts off with a very nice fruity taste to it, of which I think Cantaloupe is dominant. That taste lightens up a bit to introduce some cereal grains that remind me of oat flakes and finishes off with a kick of earthy hops that seems a bit out of place to be honest, but they do mellow out quite a bit as the beer warms. I'd give it a 3.25 if I could.

Mouthfeel: I will say this, the carbonation is done exceptionally well as it does help all the aspects of the beer. This is one of the rare times I will forgive the lack of head. The thing that stops this beer is the hops, their transition seems out of place and they leave a bit of a dry taste in the mouth.

Drinkability: Well it goes down well but the carbonation is still going on in my stomach quite a bit. I dunno, it's not quite refreshing enough for my liking but it goes down easy and if not for the gas I could easily put back a couple.

Final Thoughts: I'd say probably not one of Neustadt's better offerings. It isn't quite refreshing enough to be a summer beer, and doesn't have quite the flavor for an autumn drinker. It's better then average, but only just. I'd drink it if it was offered but I wouldn't go out and buy it again.

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Photo of eat
3.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can number five from the OCB Discovery Pack. So far I've "discovered" what I already knew: most Ontario craft brews are boring as hell.

Pours almost clear, golden-honey coloured and with a blanket of bright white head. Bits of lace but not much retention; it's not long before the head leaves only a trace around the edge of the glass.

Smells like yeast, candied citrus rind, bitter earthy hops, wheat, astringency. A little musty. Pretty decent actually, if a little weak.

More flavour than I was anticipating. I was expecting this weak, light little lager but this stuff actually tastes like something. Wheat, honey, caramel and a good dose of bittering hops. Dry finish. I'm pretty into the honey/candy-like sweetness actually. I find it to be fresh-tasting and refreshing. Is this really an adjunct lager? It doesn't say anything about what went into it on the can besides "the finest ingredients" and "natural ingredients". Maybe it's brewed with "the finest, natural Chinese rice"?

Light-medium body and medium-high carbonation. I can't say I'm a big fan of the feel.

I kind of like it actually, as a lager; which is not a style of beer I usually purchase. This is not the greatest beer for the winter but I could see myself enjoying a pint on a sunny day, should I ever find it to be the highlight of a given drinking establishment's beer list on such an occasion.

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Photo of OttoBomb
3.92/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 473 ml can into a Dogfish Head signature glass (February 23, 2010). "Best Before 18 02 2010" is stamped on the lower rim of the can. Received this in a collection of beers from my bother as a Christmas gift, thanks Roger!

Eyes: Pours a darkish amber color, a bit darker and a shade hazier than a regular macro adjunct lager.

Nose: Smells a bit yeasty, with a hint of melon. Many adjunct lagers tend to smell off-putting, but this one is actually somewhat interesting. Even some hop aspects detectable in there.

Tongue: It follows the nose profile, which is a nice surprise. A hint of a noble hop is in there somewhere, which I think would be more evident if there were a bit more carbonation. Some of than melon taste, and some grains also.

Mouth: I like the smoothness, but a bit more carbonation would be nice.

Libation: A very good drinkable and even tasty beer for the style. A bit more on the savory side due to low carbonation, but quite good. This is most certainly on of the top few adjunct lagers I've had. In a category nearly full of beers that are truly horrifying, this one shines as a beacon of hope.

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Photo of kjyost
2.34/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured strongly into a pint glass, where it gave a large head that laced heavily initially. Not too much else to report though. It had little on the nose, a bit of yeast and that 'beer' smell you get from Bud. The beer is nothing special is the taste department either, as it tasted like an adjunct lager, without any strong background flavours, hops or malt to differentiate it as a 'craft' brew. As I drank it a bitter kick developed, but in a harsh and surprising manner. It was almost like water in my mouth with really low carbonation, perhaps due to the strong pour. I wouldn't drink it again, but I know people who would drink it over and over again.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
2.49/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It looks almost like dark apple juice after the head dies down in that there's no head retention or lacing and next to no carbonation going on. Meh. Really I just find beers with no head retention or lacing highly depressing.

Smells sweet, a bit like a sugar cookie, and a little like cider with an earthy hops to it.

Taste is a sweet malt (not quite biscuity, not quite caramel...I don't know what to call it) with a strong, hoppy bitter finish almost bordering on astringent, but which gives the taste a nice bit of badly needed character.

The mouthfeel is thin and watery. This could really do well with more carbonation.

Yeah. But mostly no. It's an okay enough lager and I've had my fair share of them over the years whenever I visit that part of Ontario, but Neustadt can and has done so much better that it surprises me they don't take steps to improve this beer.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.49/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark murky gold with a thin soapy head, no lacing, very flat beer.

Smells kind of sweet, grainy like a typical lager, somewhat floury, maybe some melon also.

Tastes sweet upfront, sort of citrusy with a nice slight hop aftertaste. I can also taste some kind of melon..

Very thin mouthfeel, not very carbonated. A decent lager from neustadt. Better than many other macro and some craft lagers out there.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 473-ml can into a draught glass.

Appearance - pale gold colour with no head and only a ring of lace.

Smell - faint notes of soft cereal. Honestly. Smells like a sweet cereal after you add the milk.

Taste - smooth and balanced flavour with a subtle sweet maltiness. Gives way to a more adjunct flavour on the tail.

Mouthfeel - smooth. Really decent and even.

Drinkability - putting a few of these away is not a problem. Taste and character is not over the top, but interesting and inoffensive.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
2.79/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Relatively flat off the pour, no head, clear and featureless. There is the smell of lemon-lime and wet grass. Taste is also suggestive of a lemon lime base, low bitterness, no real hops to speak of. There is a cereal-like mouthfeel but the thin body and lack of an aftertaste detracts. Overall, not offensive and just might be good to serve to non-beer-drinkers but not interesting enough for a true beer lover, could be tweaked and stand to be a bit more inspiring. Average at best or just under that.

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Photo of biegaman
3.39/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tarnishing gold that seems to be maintaining most of its clarity despite having already sorrowfully lost its luster. It fails to showcase any shine even if held directly into a bright back lighting. There are zero signs of life - no brightness, no bubbles, no head. What a pitifully characterless, utterly uninspired appearance.

The aroma exposes fresh harvest cereal grains foremost. Peculiarly, the nose also has a splash of sour lemon that lightly resembles a wheat beer. I know this brewery has used Sorachi Ace hops in one-off releases, I wonder if this is what they use for their lager? It certainly would explain the unique lemony quality.

Truthfully, the taste is an odd one. There's unusual flavours of soured lemon and summer berry that impart a little resemblance to a witbier. There's more straw and grainy barley than soured fruit, but there is always some underlying. I'm still unsure what I make of this flavour but I'd be inclined to think it wouldn't be loved by most.

I don't know that Neustadt need to blow up the whole recipe but I would recommend some tinkering. The carbonation definitely needs to be upped if the beer stands to be refreshing. Also, I'd do something to scale back the gritty, scratchy texture; this seems to claw at the throat with each swallow. Plus, something just isn't sitting right in my belly...

I really like most Neustadt offerings but I'm not huge on this lager. To its credit, it's a much more malty and slightly more distinguishing beer than most mainstream offerings. That alone, however, wasn't enough to make it work for me. I was never expecting fireworks but I found the beer to be painfully mediocre by any definition.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a darker straw. Loads of carbonation and a nice head to start things off. Spotty lacings

Not too much on the nose. Slightly sweet, little bit of a metallic note, not particularly appetizing.

Quite good. Grainy malt with a slightly citrus fruitiness to it. Noble hops take over pretty quickly, moderately hopped for the style. Hops leave a resiny, tongue coating bitterness.

This is my favourite of the Neustadt offerings I think. Would be one of my sessions if it was available in these parts.

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Photo of BigBry
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recently acquired 473 ml can from a trade. Green label, Brewed with Pure Spring Water, Natural Ingredients, No Preservatives.
Pours a deep gold color, a bit darker than other lagers. Small white head that bubbles up, then shrinks away. Slightly hoppy smell, more than expected. The flavor has a nice hoppy kick, slightly spicy, finishes with a malt sweetness. Average mouthfeel and carbonation, crisp finish. Very good, I guess I have had too many bad canned beers lately and wasn't expecting much, but this was a great suprise. Thanks bobsy

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Photo of funkengruven
3.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a pretty copper/amber with some slight head that subsided quicky. Smell is very sweet and syrup-like, wasn't terrible but wasn't particularly inviting either. Taste contains those same syrupy notes, but what saves it is that it also contains some hop character as well, a slight bitterness in the finish makes it somewhat enjoyable. Mouthfeel was not bad, level of carbonation is adequate, and balances the syrup-like aroma well making this brew surprisingly drinkable.

As far as lagers go this one is certainly unique. It definitely fits the bill if you want something different but don't feel like going crazy on some wild brew. It's decent, worth a try.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours more than a few shades darker than a typical macro. I'd call it a solid light copper. Head is pretty decent but drops quickly.

S - A whiff of fruity aromas and some lightly toasted grain. Not a lot of hop aroma.

T/M - Soft, mild flavour. Again some fruitiness comes through. Some graininess, floral hops and mild bitterness round the flavours. Slightly astringent as well. A good deal more flavourful than your average macro - malt and hop flavours are fairly well defined.

D - Quite drinkable, and tasty given the "within the style" caveat

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Photo of bobsy
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I heard that the lager has recently been reformulated for the better, so I thought this was well worth the try. Pours a little darker than I expected - a very deep caramel, with a small white head the shrinks to next to nothing. Hoppy, slightly sharp aroma, with an underlying sweetness. The flavour is surprisingly hoppy with spicy notes, backed by a strong caramel sweetness. Fairly crisp, aggressive finish, and average body and carbonation for the style. Pretty decent.

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Photo of Viggo
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden, thin white head, some lace spots, thin ring, nothing special. Smell is sweet, caramel, citrus/floral hopping, bit of corn/adjunct. Taste is wheat, some citrus, honey, grass, grainy, pretty basic lager. Mouthfeel is light bodied, medium carbonation, goes down easy. Mediocre lager, good to turn people onto craft beer.

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