Neustadt 10w30 | Neustadt Springs Brewery

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Brewed by:
Neustadt Springs Brewery
Ontario, Canada
neustadtsprings.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
125
Reviews:
86
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
13.26%
 
 
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Ratings: 125 |  Reviews: 86
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%
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 Derek
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of EatsTacos
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
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 irishkyle21
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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 cyrenaica
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of funkengruven
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of Antilochus
3.59/5  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.

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Photo of bobsy
3.07/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Photo of jackorain
2.32/5  rDev -35.9%
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.

D-no

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of BrewSomerville
3.62/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

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Photo of goo
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of crwills
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
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 baiser
3.11/5  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.

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Photo of TerryW
2.18/5  rDev -39.8%
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.

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Photo of pootz
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Pacific hotel in Wiarton after a great week playing with the salmon in the bay. Tapped a dark red-brown smallish off white head reduces to a full lace. Not much in the nose departement....very subtle..light wiffs of caramel, grains light fuggles hopping. Had a medium body with nice chewy sweet malt texture fairly rich right to the finish where the citrus from the hops are evident...a very nice well balanced draft brown ale

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Photo of Popsinc
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
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 DrJay
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer has a great name and excellent marketing -- the tap handle looks like an oil can. With an obvious oil theme, I was expecting something with a lot more body and flavour, and was somewhat disappointed. The beer is a deep reddish brown and had a thin cream head. The aroma was quite mild, with delicate floral hops and a faint nuttiness. Nuttiness carried through into the flavour and was replaced by strong bitterness at the finish. It was surprisingly light bodied, with nothing lingering on the palate.

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Neustadt 10w30 from Neustadt Springs Brewery
3.62 out of 5 based on 125 ratings.
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