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Newcastle Brown Ale - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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BA SCORE
76
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4,655 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,655
Reviews: 1,574
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 18.67%
Wants: 55
Gots: 658 | 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: 4,655 | Reviews: 1,574
Photo of BackyardCheers
4.41/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Our session beer. Always a 12 pack in the fridge.

Photo of LennyBound
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a distinctive Heineken aftertaste.

Photo of Kon_Doc-08
3.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Really enjoy this beer myself. Used to drink it alot

Photo of ravisingh
3.91/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Newcastle is about a 15-17 on the SRM chart. Three inch head that dissipates to about a quarter of an inch or more with good lacing. It is a beige color and thick. It has a clear deep dark pretty brown color like an Andradite gem stone.

S: It has a pleasant aroma with floral hints and earthy tones like rotting leaves at the end of the fall, but very mild and not overpowering. The aroma is actually very mild.

T: It has a bitter taste that is strong with some pine and even cedar notes. Though it it strong it is not off-putting and almost invites you to take another swig. There is definite orange and nutmeg in there too with some cinnamon and maybe raisin - all subtle and well blended. Very complex. Some breadiness there too, but light. Definitely a dark beer flavor.

F: The body is thick and sexy like a hip hop video vixen. I would say on the heavier end of medium.

O: Newcastle was one of the first beers I really recognized as a "better beer" just before I got into microbrews, etc. It has good memories for me and more than a "good beer" it was the beer you brought to a party that said you cared - and had the money to spend. Great beer from England. Cheers.

Photo of MrMeerbill
3.98/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hard to find a better beer

Photo of berkeleymaw
4.15/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Not so bad, my go-to beer if I'm drinking somewhere that doesn't sell microbrews, porters, stouts, IPA's, etc. when I'm not in the mood for Guiness. Preferable to the other beers you can usually find typical chain restaurants.

Photo of Dana_Campbell
4.35/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I just re-discovered This Classic! Love it! Tasty easiest drinking beer ever! I will start buying this regularly again for sure. Beer snobs better recognize!

Photo of RABaxter
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Drinkable. Nice one to have around the dorm now and again. Refreshing, flavorful, and frequently available. Heard it was better back in the day.

Photo of cujocon
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

04302015
Newcastle Brown Ale
4.7% ABV
1 pint 2.6 oz clear glass bottle with crown $2.50 State Street Northampton MA
Appearance: light brown, root beer color, soda carbonation, little to no head
Smell: all malt with a touch of hops, smells like a lager, a small whiff of ganja
Flavor: very light and mild, sort of watery. No hop bitterness
Overall: 3.75/5 If this is what all beer tasted like, then I'd be a beer drinker for sure.
There is certainly a ton of room to pack in more body and richness...but for summer this is great.

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.

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Newcastle Brown Ale from Heineken Nederland B.V.
76 out of 100 based on 4,655 ratings.