Neustadt 10w30 | Neustadt Springs Brewery

Neustadt 10w30Neustadt 10w30
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46.4%
Liked This Beer
3.63 w/ 125 Ratings
Neustadt 10w30Neustadt 10w30
BEER INFO

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
Ranking:
#33,389
Reviews:
86
Ratings:
125
Liked:
58
Avg:
3.63/5
pDev:
13.22%
Alströms:
-
 
 
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Ratings: 125 |  Reviews: 86
Photo of scott451
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass mug. A bid light tan head on a clear brownish ruby. Lots of foamy lacing. Good head retention.

Bright malt smells. Mild toasted malt in the taste.. Dead leaved. A sour overtone. Toasty malts bring up the rear with a hop twist at the end.

Medium body and carbonation. Not bad overall. Some unusual flavours. A little strong to be a session beer.

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Photo of ThinkAgain
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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 JOaikido
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

473 ml can. BBF 17-12-2011

A- Big frothy head. Dark reddish brown.

S- Malty caramel. A little one-dimensional.

T- Malty, of a sweet caramel type. A little too mild and watery overall. Faint flash of bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste and that seems to build as I drink.

MF- Medium bodied. Leabes the mouth wet. With the sweetness, it reminds a bit of a softdrink.

D- Easy to drink. Nothing off-putting. But a little bland and unbalanced towards the sweet side.

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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 bigox420
5/5  rDev +37.7%

Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tallboy can picked up at the LCBO; BB date January 2012. I'm always down for a new brown, and this is the first time I've seen 10W30 at my store. I let this one warm up a bit on the counter before pouring instead of serving it at fridge temperature.

Pours a dark mahogany brown with some reddish-copper highlights under the light. Atop this sits a robust, nearly two-finger light tan-coloured creamy head, which lasts a few minutes before dissipating to a creamy collar and film. Not a lot of lacing. The aroma is quite pleasing, with notes of molasses, cocoa, vague bits of coffee and dark fruit and plenty of dark roasted malts.

Now this is a brown ale. The taste is dominated by roasted malts, nuts and dark chocolate. Molasses and almond notes. Mostly sweet, but there is some noticeable cocoa and coffee grind drying bitterness in the finish to balance it out. Medium-bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel aided by the low carbonation.

[Updated Apr 20 2016]

Another can; best before Aug 11 2016. I have re-visited this only a handful of times since my initial review, and to be honest my opinion seems to go down with each sampling. I don't know if that's just my palate adjusting, or if there have been refinements to 10w30's recipe over time, or both. Regardless, I think I overrated it originally, and I know the can isn't stale. It is very sweet, and I am not sure I would consider it much of a mild either - more of a brown ale, and an unbalanced one, at that. The brown ale/mild situation is sparse in ON, and this is not one of the better ones available these days. That reminds me, I need to re-visit Stone Hammer Dark, too...

Final Grade: 3.53, a B.

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Photo of aletale
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've been wanting to try this for quite some time now, after enjoying their Scottish ale.

The beer pours a dark copper colour, revealing a small, quickly diminished head and little to no lacing.

The smell is...wow...malty! There is a strong blast of roasted malts, primarily chocolate, with no hop balance to speak of. Very tasty smelling.

Taste is odd. The chocolate-y malts are most evident, but it is lacking in just about everything else. The beer finishes awkwardly, lacking any kind of hop bite, and features an odd aftertaste. Nevertheless, I did enjoy it. The light carbonation and light mouthfeel make this very easy-drinking.

Fans of Newcastle Brown, Old Speckled hen and the like will enjoy. It's not excellent, but true to the style and tasty.

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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 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 SebD
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown/amber colour to it. It has a nice beige head that dies down moderatly and has a bit of lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of caramel, roasted malts, chocolat and fruit.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a very malty taste. Very roasty malts with chocolaty and caramely notes with a slight fruitiness and a bit of grassy hops that add a slight bitterness .

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice balance of malts.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas. Good Brown Ale.

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Photo of Kartoffeln
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep, reddish chocolate brown with a small, frothy tan head. Gradually dissipates to a ring of foam, and leaves spotty lacing.

S: Loads of roasted and chocolate malts, with brown sugar, caramel, and cocoa notes. Strongly nutty and fruity, reminiscent of candied figs and plums, and just a whiff of floral hops.

T: Sweet brown and caramel malts give way to roasted malt with an earthy, nutty character and bitter cocoa undertones, mingling with candied fruits and brown spice notes. Hint of woody, slightly floral hops in the finish.

M: Body on the light end of medium with faint and smooth carbonation, slightly sticky and a bit heavy. The roasty bitterness of the finish balances out the sweet malt and slightly syrupy body, lingering just long enough before fading.

D: Although it won its accolades in competitions back in 2004, 10W30 is still a strong, to-style English brown ale well worth trying. It isn't very sessionable, but great for a cold day. Other reviewers have already noted this, but I'll say it again: you must let it warm a bit, even just 15 minutes, to get the full flavour.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft

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.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.92/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of
2.83/5  rDev -22%
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.

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Photo of papat444
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of bryehn
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of liamt07
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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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 kjyost
3.34/5  rDev -8%
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...

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Photo of MattyV
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of BBP
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of decimator
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Neustadt 10w30 from Neustadt Springs Brewery
Beer rating: 46.4% out of 100 with 125 ratings
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