Dismiss Notice
Get 12 monthly issues of BeerAdvocate magazine and save $5 when you select "auto-renew."

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join our email list →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.

Newcastle Brown Ale - Heineken Nederland B.V.

Not Rated.
Newcastle Brown AleNewcastle Brown Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
76
okay

1,553 Reviews
THE BROS
67
poor

(Read More)
Reviews: 1,553
Hads: 4,876
Avg: 3.3
pDev: 32.73%
Wants: 62
Gots: 867 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Heineken Nederland B.V.
Netherlands | website

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale | 4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (35) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Newcastle Brown Ale Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 1,553 | Hads: 4,876
Photo of dgmirelli
2.4/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

had this at a work event (limited selection) and was just simply underwhelmed remember it being much better, a formula change for sure, just tasted so plastic and fake. very thin and chemically is this a by-product of the huger merger? another classic gone by the wayside of macro brews looking for market share.

 312 characters

Photo of PhillyB
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Just after opening it, I was regretting my purchase. After tasting it I was less so.

Look: A decent dark ale. Reddish brown.

Smell: Initial skunk. Eventual malty nut ale.

Taste: Actually quite good. Malty, not much else.

Feel: Smooth, not extraordinary.

Overall: A tasty basic dark ale that I wish smelled better.

 318 characters

Photo of DAlba97
3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Good beer. Way more flavor than any cheap beer but in all honesty a Modelo would be a way better decision, especially if you've already decided to spend about $10 on a good 6-pack.

 180 characters

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The party beer last night, and a return to something that was a go-to when I drank beer in the late 90s or early 2000s. As I learned more about sun damage, I figured out why the beer could be so pleasant sometimes and swill another. Last nights had very little skunking, though, so was an example of why I drank the beer. The nose is still a bit harsh, with off notes, but the malt does shine, and carries through in the taste, where the hint of hop is just enough to keep this from tasting sweet. Light, and easy on the tongue, if this beer is in good shape it makes a rock solid drinker. Glad to revisit.

 611 characters

Photo of T-34-85
3.46/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed from tap, in a traditional nonic pint glass to complete the overall classic experience.

Not my typical beer style here, but wanted something relatively mild and malty. This beer fit the bill well.

A dark brown, mostly clear beer with a thin white head. This beer has minimal aroma, but what is there, consists of a subtle biscuity malt sweetness. The taste contains the same malt/biscuit essence with mild sweetness.

Decent beer on tap.

 451 characters

Photo of AfricanPete14
3.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a great casual beer to drink. It has a quite a sweet almost syrupy taste. The level of sweetness is a bit too high for me, however it is extremely smooth.

 163 characters

Photo of EmperorBevis
2.38/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bevis Maun is drinking a Newcastle Brown Ale

Brought by craft hating gift bearing relatives, still have a soft spot for it though, it used to being only half decent beer in metal clubs

 185 characters

Photo of JakeMegabyte
1.36/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

The fatal flaw with the Newcastle Brown Ale is it's clear bottle. Unless you're drinking it on tap, or drinking it right out of the box from England, its often properly skunked. It's a beer that is meant to taste smooth that's given a smokey skunked smell and flavour. If I hadn't had the beer at several different venues I wouldn't have said anything, but it's a real problem, especially when you're buying a beer. Put your beer in amber bottles, you don't know how they're stored in other places or how they'll be perceived, because otherwise, the beer is actually good. I wouldn't recommend this beer to even my worst enemies until this problem has been attended to, come on guys.

 683 characters

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, clear glass with no freshness date or information present. Finally getting around to trying this beer, acquired a single bottle as part of a mixed six pack at the local Jewel Osco. 'The one and only' 'Imported from England' 'Brewed at the Tadcaster Brewery, Tadcaster'.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours the same as it appears through the clear glass, maybe a bit more of a dark ruby body when collected glass-wise, as opposed to looking more like a cream soda in a glass bottle. One finger of thin frothy off-white head that leaves some decent scattered spotty lacing. Doesn't look bad.

S - A skunky aroma, reminds me a bit of Heineken, tinged with a bit of dirty dusty dark bread malts

T - Taste isn't awful either, compared to the stark difference associate with typical American adjunct lagers and craft lagers. Notes of bread crust, brown bread, caramel, dusty cocoa / chocolate malts are all apparent. All qualities of a halfway decent brown ale are present. Bit of a spritzy grainy adjunct / cardboard type watery flavor on the finish.

M - The feel is crisp, fluid, & clean. Lightly bready / grainy on the finish. Semi-dry cardboard type finish, beckons the palate for another sip. Light-bodied & easy-drinking.

Overall, not half-bad considering it's makers, much better than typical BMC / adjunct laden swill. Not the greatest example of the style, especially when pitted against better craft examples, but considering it's wide availability, this is a good beer for those looking to explore the style.

Newcastle Brown Ale -----3.5/5

 1,577 characters

Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
2.92/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I would not consider this a poor beer as I would chose it over most big and small name lagers any day, but I don't really drink lagers and this beer feels to be somewhere between a lager and a brown ale.

 203 characters

Photo of EricLiverpool
4.27/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A good, middle of the road brown ale. It may not rank up with some of the great brown ales of England, but it defines the beer well. Good "go to" beer

 152 characters

Photo of PlutonowyManiek
2.58/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color of dark amber, brown, clear. Fine and medium foam bubble, off-white, nicely adorned the walls of glass.
The aroma is malt, caramel and honey. As heating there is also a slight hint of peach.
Taste: here very poorly and average. Malt, caramel later, the beer is sweet, a little hard candy - a positive feeling, everything is gently broken citrus sourness.
Gentian slight, short. Saturation high. Alcohol is not perceptible.

 432 characters

Photo of superspak
3.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

440 ml can into pint glass, canned on 1/31/2014. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy ruby red/brownish color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, light nuttiness, light plum/apple, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Okay aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light earthy hops/fruity yeast ester notes; with poor strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, light nuttiness, light plum/apple, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Minimal herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, light nuttiness, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good balance, complexity, and solid robustness of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Fair amount of dryness after the finish as well. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a solid Northern English brown ale style. All around good balance, complexity, and solid robustness of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

 1,564 characters

Photo of mak83
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is my local brew, though people don't drink this alot in Newcastle at all. I can't believe how popular it is worldwide! I have very fond memories of Newcastle breweries which is no longer in the city. This is now brewed in Tadcaster Yorkshire so maybe slightly different to what most people here are drinking. Very dark brown colour which is obvious from clear bottle, 1 finger head which fades quickly but some remains throughout, enjoyable nice amount of carbonation,no overwhelming flavour but very moreish and easy drinking! I would say taste was nutty, barely any smell at all. I can't help but love this beer, maybe because of my connection to it, alot better than similar beers of this style.

 704 characters

Photo of Libeertarian
3.02/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Dark copper, extremely clear. Light tannish head of weaker retention. Strong, but light roast/toast aroma. A bit bready-sweet and a bit nutty. Faint banana and pear esters as well. Tastes like a decent beer, but not so much a brown ale. Very malty, but not the 'darker,' more robust flavor qualities one should expect from the style. In short, more comparable to a number of under-hopped macro lagers (Miller Fortune comes to mind, more so than say, a Budweiser), than to any ale. There is a very light, basic, hop bitterness to the finish. Feels about medium in body, maybe a bit too thin. Its plenty smooth though, and neither too prickly nor too sudsy when it comes to its moderate level of carbonation. Fairly dry finish, leaving a stickiness on the teeth.

 761 characters

Photo of Beertsipper
3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had this on tap at BWW. No head. Average brown ale. On a warm day, you can definitely crush several of these quite rapidly. On tap is much better than cans or bottles.

 167 characters

Photo of slusk
3.49/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark amber with a short lived off white head. Has a typical English yeast aroma with minimal hop. Mostly caramel cookie up front.
Taste is malt forward, low hop. Malty and thin with a definitive Heineken character. It's like an amber Heine. The maltiness is somewhat one dimensional and a bit thin, lacking in a lot of character. Aftertaste is mild with a tiny bit of astringency. lower carbonation. Overall its a bit watery and thin but not terrible. I'm not beyond ordering a Newky brown when I'm in a restaurant that typically has an INBEV lineup.

 564 characters

Photo of EricVonStein
2.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

couple fingers of large bubbled light caramel coloured head. Super clear amber colouring

Sweet and malty aromas, malt vinegar, bready. Not too bold in any one scent, a bit weak.

Nice caramel malts up front, more bread and some toasty hits. Earthy hops come in toward the end with a mild bitterness that balances well. Finish is semi dry as many of the caramel sweets hang around but tasting more bunt now. Getting a sulphur like aftertaste as well.

For the flavour profile pretty light bodied with some creaminess. Carbonation is light and nice. However, the whole thing comes off watered down and washed out.

Overall some nice malt flavours balanced by the English style hops with earthy bitterness though pretty mild in body and depth of all of these flavours. Sulfur aftertaste is annoying. Nice but as many have said, plenty other better examples Im sure.

 864 characters

Photo of CMIKEHUNT
4.16/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Good place to start people into craft beer. .
Id like to consider this beer as beer purgatory.
Dark caramel. Semi sweet. Filling medium body.
Not bitter. Not sweet. Not the best but not the worst.
Middle of the road for anyone training their pallet to jump from mass production beer over to ipa style.

 304 characters

Photo of WoodButcher
2.46/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Many years ago I liked "Newky Brown". I bought a sampler with two of their other brews from Caledonian to give them a try, more than for this beer. I don't know if it has changed since being bought by a major brewery or if I'm more aware of bad beer. But this is just not a good beer.

Poured from a clear bottle (first problem) a bright copper (not a typical brown ale), with a fizzy head that quickly dissipated. Nose is almost nonexistent; little malt and no hops.

Taste is fairly thin like the nose; mostly malt, very little hops or bitterness, little flavor. A bit of nuttiness, some biscuit. Some pours have a significant metallic finish that isn't always present. It makes me think QC is lacking. This bottle isn't as pronounced in that respect but becomes more pronounced as it warms up.

Mouthfeel is thin and prickly like a soda.

Overall i just can't enjoy this much. It's drinkable, but not enjoyable.

 918 characters

Photo of breardon1776
3.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

To me this was always a classic. I can't believe when i searched it on BA it got such average/poor reviews. Don't drink a ton of brown ales but i like it. enuff said

 167 characters

Photo of CMG-PSU
3.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

my first brown ale and I liked it enough to move on to bigger better things (like Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale). Its good. I'll drink it again, but there are better options.

 175 characters

Photo of CantankerousCaveBear
3.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of my first beers. Dark amber with nominal carbonation. Malty taste, with a vague nutty flavor. Very much a diluted or more anemic version of an English brown. Caramel sweetness in the nose and taste. Again, the body is quite light. If I am in a small town in North America without craft beer on tap, I am likely to go for something like this. One dimensional and without nuance, but seems to have some character when compared to Canadian and American adjunct lagers.

 471 characters

Photo of kevofficiel
3.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Newcastle Brown Ale

So the look of it: Amber dark and brown with light carbonation.

The smell of it: Caramel, Grappe also I can notice

The taste of it: Caramel brown sugar. with a touch of grappe on the aftertaste. Very watery. Goes down quickly.

So overall would I recommend it? Sure why not, this is not bad, it is just ok. Nothing really great about that beer. But good refreshing beer.

 396 characters

Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.56/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My first brown ale! Smelled kind of skunky when I opened it, don't know if I got an older bottle or what. Pours a clear dark amber/medium brown with a decent head. Very little carbonation, kind of flat. Lacing is good. Initial taste is a little hoppy/nutty and then mellows out quickly with a slightly/dry bitter finish. Wouldn't mind having another now and then.

 367 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Newcastle Brown Ale from Heineken Nederland B.V.
76 out of 100 based on 1,553 ratings.