Neustadt 10w30 | Neustadt Springs Brewery

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Neustadt Springs Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-11-2004

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Ratings: 127 |  Reviews: 87
Reviews by Seanont:
Photo of Seanont
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer last year out of the can but had it again last night on tap. I really enjoyed it allot more on tap.

Pours almost a root beer color with a nice malty layer of head.

The taste is malty and coco. Smooth light tasting brown ale that is very enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Good name. Poured an very clear and flat looking amber. The nose was mild and subtle for the most part, light malts. The taste was somewhat interesting but yet bland. Only small hints of roasted malt. Some lighty woody notes and a definite fruitiness of dark plum and semi sweet pears. Overall the body was extremely light if not watery. Flavours fade quickly and leave for a below average experience.

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Photo of merlin48
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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 JohnnyBarman
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic glass. Dark brown, with a fluffy white head that kept up its vanguard as a pronounced ring. Patches of lacing as well.

Nose is uninspired: malts, a bit of caramel, earthy tones and a bit of bacterial or chemical skunk.

Not a bad tasting brew, however. Starts off malty, with biscuits and caramel. Notes of fruit and chocolate. Earthy and slightly bitter to the finish, but generally I found the ending to this brew to be lacking. A bit hollow, but still goes down well.

A bit on the thin side, but with a creamy consistancy as well. Carbonation is mild.

Not bad, I'll probably drink it again. Went down fairly smooth, nothing offensive, but needs work to be considered one of the better Ontario brown ales.

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Photo of SurpriseTruck
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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 mintjellie
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark reddish brown. The red really shows when held to the light. A very intense ruby. Its a beautiful colour. It's topped by a finger of light tan head that quickly faded to a thin cap, leaving no lace behind.

A deep, intense fruit aroma. Toffee. A little bit nutty. Brown sugar in the background. No discernable hop aromas, it's all about malt here.

Fruit up front on the palate quickly joined by nut flavours. Toffee is in the background. There's a roasted bitterness the whole way through, providing good balance for this fairly sweet brew. There's a mild acidity in the finish.

Medium body and fairly low carbonation makes this a pretty smooth beer. Delicious and very drinkable. This beer keeps me coming back.

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Photo of Sammy
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
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 CanuckRover
3.72/5  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.

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Photo of Druncle_C
4.11/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A proper dark session. Malty and chocolatey, with a very light and crisp mouthfeel for a dark. Incredibly easy to drink.
I have them deliver 20L kegs to my house.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
2.65/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Reddish coca-cola (cherry cola?) Head completely gone in both my friend and my serving. Not very pretty. Second pour left a bit of khaki head.

S- Milk chocolate with a light fruitiness. A little bit of alcohol. Not impressed yet.

T- Better. With a name like 10w30 I was thinking it was going to be something big and rich. It's actually not. Should've read the rest of the can... Premium Dark Ale. It's a pretty good dark ale. A little roasty but still light. A bit of a metallic drywall taste which I don't like. Bitterness is kind of dirty.

M- A bit too thin but not too bad. Very dry, astringent even. Low carbonation.

O- Tastes wrong to me. Dirty chemical bitterness. A bit to thin In my opinion. Kind of refreshing though.
Don't think I'll ever buy it again.

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Photo of eat
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, transparent against light where red highlights shine though. A thin covering of cream-coloured head rests on top, which recedes to a thin ring around the glass. No lacing.

Sweet caramel malt, some cooked vegetable. Not much else. There's something artificial about the smell.

Sweet malt...that's about it. The faintest trace of hops on the finish. It doesn't taste bad but doesn't really have much going for it.

The feel is not too bad. Medium body with light carbonation.

It's drinkable but not something I'll be buying again. I've had this on tap a few times and remembering it being quite a bit better than this. Maybe cans are not the right way to buy this one. I'd be interested in reviewing the tap version sometime, I'm positive that it's better than what I'm drinking right now.

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Photo of MichaelGennings
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Neustadt Brewery’s 10W30 Malty Grain Premium Dark Ale. 5.5% alc.

The beer has a beige head that is quite frothy. The colour of the beer is dark brown. The smell is toasted malt, a sweetness, some brown bread, too. The taste is similar to the aroma and there is a slight nut character at play, as well as some bitterness.

The body is medium and the finish is wet and smooth.

This is a delicious beer. Perfect for a fall or winter afternoon. It would pair well with stews or grilled steak.

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Photo of DaveBar
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO after seeing it for years. Just under $3.00 for a 473ml can like usual. Served at 7deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a nice head that dissipates in a minute. Dark for sure

S- Not the best but nice caramel and malt.

T- Malt bomb pure and simple

M- Good considering it's a single minded beer

O- Pretty good. Won't buy again though

Food Pairing

This ok beer went well with... Pork Ribs. Seasoned and braised in the oven

Decided to try one more time. Raised everything up a quarter point. It is a good beer and I will buy again.

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Photo of StormAles
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stocean1
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 1/2 finger with a creamy beige head - colour of motor oil - s - sweet dark malt - T - sweet dark malt, caramel, a little cloying but not unpleasant, dark fruit and peppery spice - M - decent carbonation and medium bodied, slightly bitter - O - very decent brew that was much better than I expected

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%
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 TheSevenDuffs
3/5  rDev -17.4%
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 ThinkAgain
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of WillAndSarah
1.25/5  rDev -65.6%

Photo of wcudwight
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour with a thin wispy head. Sweet grainy aroma. Flavor is a mix of caramel, mild chocolate and maybe a faint bit of coffee. Some mild bitterness in the finish. Taste kind of lager like. Thin body. Not a bad beer, I liked it but it's just average.

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Photo of PeerlessMark
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$2.70 for a 473ml can from the LCBO.

Thick frothy cream coloured head that dissipates at a reasonable speed. A nice fine head lingers. A deep amber mahogany coloured beer that turns white light red when held up.

I get a lot of nuttiness in the aroma and a bit of roasted caramel.

The taste for me is quite metallic and a bit salty. I keep getting nuts and maltiness too. It's a very satisfying mouthfeel, refreshing and warming all at once. Quite creamy the whole way through. The carbonation is quite subtle.

Very easy to drink and smooth, actually almost a tad watery. Very good brown ale from Neustadt Brewery in Ontario and I'm glad we get to have this on shelves year round.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.63/5  rDev 0%
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).

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Photo of StephenRich
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Yes the 10W30 is also a beer, not just a high viscosity engine oil. But when you pour the Neustadt version you may get confused as to which is which. Well, not really - there is quite a big difference between a dark brown ale and engine oil. But the point is that the 10W30 was designed to be a dark, malty, rich and creamy brown ale that would resemble the depth of engine oil. Point taken.

This is a classic English Style Premium Dark Mild Beer. What does that mean? Its very malty, only lightly bitter, has creamy and nutty flavors with a smooth, and just lightly carbonated texture. I like these, especially when done well. They can be so satisfying and delicious, and make the perfect pairing with a huge range of foods, deserts and cheeses.

This version was brewed in Neustadt Ontario, pretty much in the middle of nowhere right between Kitchener and Owen Sound. But if you are ever lost in that area of Ontario, the brewery is absolutely worth the visit. It shouts craft beer a million miles away, as does the 10W30. The 10W30 is widely available in Ontario at practically all well stocked LCBO locations. It comes in a 473ml can at 5.5% abv, and is best enjoyed fresh, and should not be cellared. I have come back to this beer so many times and am always superbly satisfied. If you ever see it on draught, and it does make its way around, you have to try it. The draught version accentuates the creamy and smooth mouthfeel to a level of sheer perfection.

I poured the 10W30 cool around 10C (50F) into an English Tulip Pint Glass. It poured smoothly building huge life the second it hit the glass. A large fluffy and airy tan to light mocha brown head was formed a good 2 inches on top the beer forming a creamy and mountainous cap. The beer glowed a transparent dark amber brown leaning on red brick. Into the light ruby reds and golden brown peered through with a glow of mahogany and oak always lingering in the back.

The nose is lightly sweet but very malty. It is soft and not overly powerful, but very apparent roast malts and grains float into your olfactory sensors. A touch of whiskey-like sweetness shows up on the end with a hint of peat and mossy earth. Little if any hops are noticeable, but the beer comes off as very clean and rather subtle.

Letting in a large gulp brings a big round wave of juicy malt flavors that initially favor browned butter and caramel, but smoothly fade into brown sugar, molasses, vanilla bean, and roasted walnuts. The malt is wide and flowing touching your tongue, cheeks and throat with elegantly smooth, but richly flavorful grain-like flavors. Here again, from the grain, comes a touch of the whiskey and mossy peat flavor. It adds a nice layer of complexity and also a some bitterness to balance a malt focused beer.

Theres no hiding it though, this is a malty beer, and it was designed to be. As the beer warms bigger nut flavors develop, as does a creamy and mellow toffee sweetness and smoother flavors of prunes and bread dough. Hops are only lightly floral, and can't really play a role here with the strength of the malt. There is a light bitter cocoa flavor that hides in at the end, and another round soft nutty flavor that I can't quite pin.

The mouthfeel is very soft and silky - the beer has very little carbonation to speak of, and does work brilliantly with the flavors found here. This was a well constructed beer and leaves me with a sweetly malty flavor in my mouth wanting more.

This all makes it a very versatile beer. It is not aggressive or potent, it just has big round and lush flavors that sooth the palate in a mellow sweet, and slightly warming manner. I would start with cheese, aiming for melty brie, smoked cheeses, old white cheddar or gouda. This beer will also fit anything roasted or anything with char marks. It may have been designed for the pub, and as such try anything fried or smoked as well. It would even do well with cheesecake or rich chocolate deserts.

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Photo of ikidunot
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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