Neustadt 10w30 | Neustadt Springs Brewery

86 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Neustadt 10w30Neustadt 10w30

Brewed by:
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

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 86 | Ratings: 124
Photo of spinrsx
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Appearance - The beer pours a clear red/brown colour with an average size frothy beige head. There isn't much carbonation showing, and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - malts, toffee/caramel, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is a low to medium amount of carbonation, the beer comes across as slightly thin. I can taste malts and a smokey flavour. There is also a bit of a nuttiness and touch of hops. The beer finishes with a roasted/toasted malt aftertaste.

Overall - A nice well balanced flavour and it is highly drinkable. I enjoyed it on draft more than I did from the can.

 633 characters

Photo of bylerteck
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can from LCBO. From notes.

A - Really dark red pour. One finger beige head. Strong carbonation. Filmy retention and no lacing.

S - Charcoal, caramel, coffee grounds, strong caramel.

T - Coffee, chocolate, caramel, and dark sugary fruits. Malty and delicious.

M - Mild carbonation with a medium body and sweet finish.

O/D - Nice and malty. Rich and tasty. Very drinkable in the colder months, aka most of the year. A solid Ontario beer.

 440 characters

Photo of
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a very dark ruby-brown, red around the edges, thin tan head.
Aroma is fairly faint – cocoa, lightly roasted grain, and a bit of fruity hops.
Flavour is a bit thin for such a dark beer. Notes of chocolate, roasted grain, and not much else.
Very drinkable, but low on flavour.

 298 characters

Photo of papat444
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on a trip to Ottawa last month. Shared with my wife with our frozen Miked pizza.

Poured from a 473ml. can, best before 03-06-11.

Appearance: A light beige head (2-3 fingers) rests upon a brown-red body where i can sort of see the shape of my fingers through the glass. Great lacing and retention.

Smell: Grainy with some hops and slight roasted notes.

Taste: Roasted at first with some very slight bitterness and a tiny bit of charcoal.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and it screams smooth. Slightly thin in the finish though. Not a terribly strong body.

Drinkability: A nice smooth one that goes down easy. It could have used a bit more flavor though.

Overall: I liked it but i get the feeling that in a few months i won't remember it. Not a memorable wrong but a decent shot.

 791 characters

Photo of bryehn
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks somewhat like a synthetic motor oil, a deep ruby and nut brown colour. Poured with a finger of tan head that settles as a collared film.

Smells a lot like chocolate syrup with a thick malt backing, a dark fruit tone and a fatty, nutty accent.

I find the taste very chocolaty at first, with deep dark fruit tones bursting through as the beer warms a bit. It has a nice and unexpected hoppy spiciness in there as well.

The mouthfeel is slightly thin at first but gives of a prickly feeling as it crosses the tongue and it leaves a dry and slightly smoky, woody aftertaste.

This beer is definitely better after it warms. I've had at least two dozen of these in the past and when served cold it often smells of metal, along with leaving a plasticy or oily aftertaste; likely a result of the mineral water.

This particular can, ill-stored in an LCBO store despite a Keep Refrigerated label on the can and two days before its date turned out to be one of the best I've had because I forgot about it for half an hour.

 1,022 characters

Photo of liamt07
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can from the LCBO, 473ml into a pint glass.

Dark brown with some burgundy highlights, a couple fingers of beige head with a collar of retention and a light head. Nose is mostly cocoa/milk chocolate, very creamy and 'milky'; some nuttiness as well. Taste has more nuttiness and a light roast character. Medium carbonation with a bit of a metallic taste at points. Medium length finish. Good drinkability, but not overly exciting.

 430 characters

Photo of wcudwight
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

 258 characters

Photo of kjyost
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Can BB 25/06/10. Alas. Poured into a flared pint glass.

A: A head that lasts for an average time, that left no lacing nor foam at the edge atop a beer that's a red-brown? Red-brown? Is this not named after OIL and claims to be a DARK ale?

S: Notes of chocolate and sweetness with a bit of biscuit. Muted. Later gave way to notes of dried cherries and plums.

T: First sip was a 2.5 MAX. Thin and dominated by molasses... As time went on though this really grew on me. Chocolate and a nice residual sweetness plays for a while then gives way to plum-like flavours, then returns to a bit of a thin beer. At its best it was a 4-4.5. Averages out to a 3.5

M: Too thin at times. Nice low carbonation.

D: For all the low grades, I would have this again...

 754 characters

Photo of MattyV
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cola colour with ruby highlights around the edges. A puffy light-beige head leaves a few spots of lacing before receding to a thin bubbly ring.

The nose is very subdued, slightly sour, with the dark malts giving off a roasty and nutty aroma.

The taste is thankfully not lacking as much as the nose, showing an emphasis on the dark and toasted malts giving off hints of coffee and cocoa with just a touch of earthy hops also coming through and providing a dry finish.

Light to medium-bodied with a pretty creamy mouthfeel without feeling heavy. While this lacked much aroma at the outset, this is an enjoyable quaff with provides some nice rich malty flavours while finishing on the dry side, which I prefer.

 718 characters

Photo of BBP
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A dark cherry brown with a fair head which held alright for the duration of the drink. Very nice carbonation. Some good lacing as well.

S- Very sweet with noticable caramel. Dark malts for the most part. A bit light.

T- Sweetness hits you immediately. Notes of cocoa seem to stick for the first 30 seconds and is slowly subdued by caramel.

M- Medium body. Feels pretty right on the tongue. A bit sticky. Pretty creamy.

D- Easy to down, and a pretty good drink. Better than I expected from a brew with it's name.

The first time I had this I didn't like it, and strangely I'm enjoying it this time, and it's 4 months past it's best before date. I'm thinking maybe age helps it out, but it's hard to know. May pick it up again to find out.

 746 characters

Photo of decimator
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

473ml can poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a dark amber brown with a 1cm tan head. Head reduced to a thin layer of tiny bubbles and some lacing is produced.

S - Toasted grains and earth. Aroma is on the lighter side.

T - Toasted grains, caramel, honey, hint of cocoa and a rather mild hop bitterness in the finish. Balance is definitely on the malty side.

M - Light to moderate carbonation, smooth, creamy, oily and a slick finish.

D - Decent brown Ale. Easy to drink.

 478 characters

Photo of StephenRich
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

 3,957 characters

Photo of merlin48
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

 537 characters

Photo of IllNate
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aquired this from liamt07, cheers!

A - Pours a very nice brown with a definitive red hue. Head is a full creamy off white, almost brown. Stood for the entire glass with a good finger left at the end.

S - Roasty smell, definitely doesn't smell like 10W30, haha.

T - Very Malty. Good chocolate, roasty and even a hint of smoke I think. Pleasant over all.

M - Very smooth and creamy. Good mouth feel, lighter that it would appear.

D - Pretty good. Not as good as a lighter variety, but the pint went down quick and I could have ordered another, but alas, I only had 1.

 572 characters

Photo of AJacob81
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired this from liamt07. Cheers!

A - Pours a very dark brown, with a finger of off-white, creamy head on top. Decent retention, but minimal lacing as beer drinks.

S - Basic roasted malt, maybe a bit of toffee, nothing overwhelming or particularly memorable.

T - Much better than the nose. Toffee is pronounced, some chocolate and dark fruits/bread in there as well. Little or no hop bitterness, but that seems to be intentional. A very pleasant drink.

M - Thicker than expected, but creamy rather than chewy. Low-to-medium carbonation makes this a velvety-smooth pleaser.

D - Very easy to drink. No alcohol burn, finish not too dry, just a charmer in every way.

 669 characters

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

 731 characters

Photo of EtOHMD
2.63/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at c'est what. Pours a mahogany brown opaque in the middle and clear maroon edges. Minimal head and lacing. Looks somewhat watery and this impression carries throughout. Faint sweet smell but not much here. Taste is watery, mild sweetness with hints of caramel but pretty basic. Slightly better as it warms. Thin feel with moderate carbonation. Goes down easily but definitely sticking to one of these.

 409 characters

Photo of kwjd
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown colour that I can almost see through. A little bit of head without too much lacing. It has a nice sweet smell of raisins, faint chocolate and caramel. The taste is very sweet and malty with some graininess. It is very smooth and I can drink several of them in one sitting.

This may be the beer that got me into craft beer because I had it my first time at C'est What and it made me keep going back. It was a perfect stepping stone from the more flavourful macros, such as Rickard's Red, that I used to drink. This made me realize that there was something other than amber ales or Guiness if I wanted a beer with flavour. I still always have a can or two in my fridge.

 682 characters

Photo of bendale
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from an attractive 473ml Tallboy, with a freshness date stamped on it. Poured into a trusty Guinness tulip pint glass stolen from the Winters in Newtownards, NI. Moderate head which dissapates into a ring of bubbles pretty quickly. Dark mahogeny brown with a hint of red, and a good carbonation. The aroma is heavily grainy, with a little hit of yeast; it reminds me of a baker's shop. Maybe a touch of an earthy hop, but the malt is forefront in the aroma. The taste is full and grainy, barley and maybe even a bit of rye? Some dark malts to be sure. Bready and wonderful, not too sweet, still like being in a baker's shop. The hop is still a bit earthy, but acts much more as a balance to the malts, and to provide a nice clean dry finish. Mouthfeel is smooth with a nice carbonation, but it's not over the top. I could drink this beer all night (or day, which is a more fitting description of the current time). I had forgotten just how much I like this beer.

 969 characters

Photo of eat
3.15/5  rDev -13%
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.

 819 characters

Photo of bartle
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a can. Pours a deep dark mahogany brown with a rich red hue. "Clear. Thick, thin bubble cream head. Quickly dissipates, but laces down the sides to the bottom. Loads of sweet malt on the nose, roasted, chocolate, a little lactose, caramel, slight diacetyl, stewed prunes, and a little herbal licorice. Malt forward a little floral nobel hop presences. Balanced for what it should be. The flavour is of a vanilla spiked chocolate, some caramel sugars, a little astringent in it's mildly dry finish. Currents and prunes, with licorice, roast, malt sweetness and herbs. Very rich coffee spiked with honey and rich cream. A little bready from the yeast. The mouthfeel is full, grainy, creamy, full and indeed rich. The carbonation is moderate- medium, and just beautifully attenuated. Subtle dryness with a touch of residual sugars. This is a fantastic beer that does not get enough credit for what it is. A regular tap selection at my regular pub and to see it fends just as well as fresh in cans is a great thing. Cheers!

 1,024 characters

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with thin fizzy tan head, fades to a thin layer, almost looks like coke.

Smells of sweet malty grains, nutty with a strange citrus hop aroma, almost smells like a light milk stout.

What a tasty brown ale, very malty, nutty caramel, somewhat buttery and a very nice hop finish to finish it off, very nice.

The mouthfeel is somewhat weak, could be a bit thicker or fuller, but it is a very drinkable beer. This is a highly underrated beer IMO.

 468 characters

Photo of uno99
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: very nice mahogony deep deep red. minimal head and lacing.

S: fruit foward. plums. dates. cherries. all malt. roasted quality. metallic alchohol finish

T: MALT BOMB! huge roasted malts very powerful and fruity. bitterness comes from the malts - and boy is it bitter! alchohol very present as well on the finish. slightly vinigary/sour which i actually dont mind too much.

M: Id say feel on this is average for the style. medium/full with moderate/low carbontation.

D: a point taken off here for the bitterness and alchohol presence.

Gotta agree with a previous reviewer - this beer could be tweeked a little to be a world class brown ale.

 646 characters

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

 766 characters

Photo of mrmanning
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sample on Draught at C'est What? in Toronto. Like others have stated, the name implies this will be a thick and dark beer. This is not so. Body is amber in colour, with some rouge hints in it. Head rests on the side of the glass. Aroma is malty and fruity. Taste is caramel, fruit, and a slight roasted malt. Suprisingly it is fairly mild, so it would make a good summer beer despite its name.

 393 characters

Neustadt 10w30 from Neustadt Springs Brewery
3.62 out of 5 based on 124 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.