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Newcastle Brown Ale - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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Newcastle Brown AleNewcastle Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
76
okay

4,628 Ratings
THE BROS
67
poor

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Ratings: 4,628
Reviews: 1,564
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 18.67%
Wants: 52
Gots: 630 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Heineken Nederland B.V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-29-2000

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Ratings: 4,628 | Reviews: 1,564
Photo of goodonyamate
4.35/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Even the Brits get right once in awile - cheers mate!

Photo of ThannyRooCrew
4.76/5  rDev +43.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When drinking Newcastle, you hardly realize that you're drinking actually drinking beer. It's that different and unique. Absolutely love the flavor and definitely one of, if not my favorite beer to drink when i'm just drinking a beer or two.

Photo of Spence26
4.13/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smooth brown ale with good simple flavors

Photo of Bunman3
3.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Ah. Newcastle. This was one of my Brown Ales and I used to think it was the flagship of the style. Time has not been overly kind to this beer. I've heard and read plenty of things that make me avoid Newcastle, but I decided to give it another go during a recent pub visit. Really, this beer is much like I remember it - fizzy, thin, with a bit of chocolate and malt. There are so many other great Browns out there - this is not one I will be actively seeking out.

Photo of Runthetableandy
5/5  rDev +50.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One two three four five

Photo of Beeeeeerman
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice English ale but still love my Fullers ESB better

Photo of EnriqueVC
4.12/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great taste and after taste

Photo of Oziel
3.99/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice, tasty, delicious, cool, hipster

Photo of mjstern70
2.68/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

'Eh it's alright. It's a little watery and I'm sure it was much better before they put it on heavy distro around the globe.

Photo of jesusfgcadiz
3.93/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Good brown ale. Buen sabor, refrecante

Photo of moonboogie_n8
3.12/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

usually what I go for at a restaurant that has no other (better) option available. a toss up between Killians & this when shopping for a beer that my wife & I can drink together.
a decent drinkable ale that's usually cheap on tap or pack

Photo of ljbonadonna92
2.02/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Just ok. Not much there as far as complexity and bland.

Photo of dukeandduke
3.31/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

4/2/15 Draft (Finley Dunnes Chicago) - Nice black pour, minimal carbonation and whit head. Malt aroma and taste, very smooth beer to drink. Roasted malt and chocolate taste but not strong. Overall good beer offering.

Photo of ckornmannn
3.74/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle, pours a transparent dark mahogany brown. Very smooth and silky. Malt forward for sure, very little hops coming through. It is a brown ale after all. Its good for the style.

Photo of UPBrewer92
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've come across rumors that this supposedly goes extremely well with chocolate cake. The combination was ok, but nothing special. By itself, though, this is a decent drink that's worth having again.

Photo of kyle2159
3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a Mahogany color with 3/4 inch of light bubbly head. Smell is quite sweet with heavy hints of caramel and the small of roasted malt. Carbonation in moderate and feels quite bubbly on the tongue. Not quite as smooth as id expected.Tastes much like it smells. Roasted malt, caramel, and a slight bitterness of coffee.Lacing is quite nice. Head dissipates rather quickly.Overall its a delightful refreshing dark ale. Not too heavy on the belly.

Photo of robbb
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

One of the better mass production beers out there. Rather neutral malty taste but goes down smooth.

Photo of Elaineblo
5/5  rDev +50.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a dark beer with out the nasty after taste. This beer is one of my favorite kinds of beers,most people will not drink them because they are scared of dark beers, but this dark beer is yummy, plus because most people will not drink it when they see the dark there will be more for you.

Photo of willyburz
4.41/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Love me some New Castle, great beer...solid, and different in flavor. Good stuff!

Photo of loubar
2.1/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle from Trader Joe’s. I don’t mind a brown ale, even a mass produced one. Unfortunately this one has a metallic bubble gum sort of sweet taste that I find nauseating. They could not have possibly planned this so it must be from the brewing process. Oh well!

Photo of miribus
4.67/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer and the one that really let me know I could actually enjoy beer. I'm very late to the game, starting in my late 30s. I usually drank hard liquor. Eventually I decided to try something (Steel Reserve 211) and it kindled a bit but eventually I found this and grew.

It is sortof like the semisweet chocolate of beer. I can usually find it on sale for about $1 a bottle, and it is tremendously drinkable.

I love almost everything about this beer, the bottles are clear, which is distinctive but the label quality is terrible, they should screen print.

This is not a very bitter dark ale at all, in fact many would say it is too sweet. There is sort of a burnt semi-sweet chocolate/caramel malt thing happening, but to those with the right palate they'll find some bitter.

A great aspect of this beer is that it is even drinkable warm, if you've had it for a while, say while you're working on something else, and it warms up, it adapts to that taste.

It is my Budweiser.

Photo of 1Camel2Humps
3.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great brown ale. Drink ice cold!

Photo of Capt_Pete
4.7/5  rDev +41.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On Draught poured into a Geordie Schooner at my local village British pub. Has a dark-brown body, and a slightly caramel-colored head. Smell is a roasted "burnt" (I tend to like the burnt, smokey aroma in all mt alcoholic drinks) with a sweet malt aroma and it tastes how it smells with very little hoppiness. A perfect feel with a medium body, not too heavy or light. Overall, this is my go-to beer at most eateries and pubs if they have it, very drinkable, and I'll sometimes do a "BlackCastle" when transitioning to a stout. I used to put the bottles in my bilge when sailing long distances as it can be drunk at a higher temp than American ales (seawater is close to 55-60F and my cast-iron keel moderates the bilge temp).

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Deep amber (15) with beige top and good lacing. Smells like a Strohs. Watery malt and lite mouthfeel. Good lite beer to start the day.

Photo of Myotus
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25

Pours with a small, white head. Is reddish brown in color. Initial taste is of malts combined with sweet, floral flavors. Malts and floral flavors persist through final taste as a nutty flavor enters. Sweetness from the floral flavors are a bit high and throw the beer off balance. Overall, a slightly better than average brown ale.

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Newcastle Brown Ale from Heineken Nederland B.V.
76 out of 100 based on 4,628 ratings.