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Newcastle Brown Ale - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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Newcastle Brown AleNewcastle Brown Ale

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1,545 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,545
Hads: 4,820
Avg: 3.31
pDev: 32.63%
Wants: 62
Gots: 821 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-29-2000

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
2.92/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of EricLiverpool
4.27/5  rDev +29%
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

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
2.58/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.46/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | 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.

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Photo of mak83
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.02/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of Beertsipper
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of slusk
3.49/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of EricVonStein
2.95/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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4.16/5  rDev +25.7%
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.

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Photo of WoodButcher
2.46/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

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Photo of breardon1776
3.59/5  rDev +8.5%
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

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Photo of CMG-PSU
3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of CantankerousCaveBear
3.12/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of kevofficiel
3.14/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.56/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear red colour with a pale beige head. Malty aroma with a bit of caramel. Somewhat dry taste with fruity notes and medium bitterness. Light body. Average carbonation. Bitter finish.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.19/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint chilled pint glass. Orangish-brown color with a small tan head that leaves no lacing. Aroma of yeast and roasted malts. Taste is dominated by a roasted malt barley with subtle notes of toffee. Medium body with light carbonation and no aftertastes.
It's a boring but reliable brown ale that's drinkable year round. Nothing stands out about this beer, either positively or negatively.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
2.93/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish brown with a thin white head that lasts for a bit. The smell was nutty and had some earth to it, but the taste was a bit more subtle with not a lot going on. Good feel to it but overall not my favorite brown.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Chestnut brown color with great clarity. A fingernail of bright white surrounds the rim and half of the top. Light lacing. Aroma is caramel and light malt. The taste is a gentle dose of German bittering hops and light malt. The hops are a bit forward for a brown ale. The body is so light that it leaves me wishing for more.

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Photo of pat61
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours bright dark amber to brown under a persistent 2” light tan foam collar. At least a third of the bottles I have had are skunky. The ones that are not have a nice nutty, caramel aroma that also comes out in the flavor. Not a lot of hop bitterness or flavor. Medium low body, medium carbonation and moderate creaminess. Meh.

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Photo of Antc2382
3.02/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's a passable beer. Slight skunkiness on the nose and palate. It's redeemed by the nuttiness taste that is a little too faint. It's drinkable and a better alternative than many domestic light beers.

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Photo of Hardsell
4.23/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Not much to speak of for a head. The smell was a tad funky. I couldn't find a date on the bottle but it's possible that oxidation was the culprit there. The taste is surprising. Very mild, but at the same time very different. Not very much hop presence, but the remaining ingredients combine in a way that creates a somewhat dessert-like flavor. Somehow, it is simultaneously light and heavy. I might even have to call this a very effective use of corn. In general, I like it. It's unique, if unchallenging.

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Photo of Cure_Tap
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growing up, this was my parents go to beer, and it's easy to see why. It's real easy drinking, but that doesn't come at the expense of flavor. It's like drinking a walnut studded leather belt that's been painted with a thin layer of caramel, but y'know, in liquid form. Real simple flavor, no "notes" or "touches" of anything in this beer. The drinkability does come at the expense of body though, because this is honestly a bit watery and drinks more like a lager than anything. If you're looking for something more hearty, I'd go elsewhere, but it's a decent and simple beer, and it's easy to find for relatively cheap.

Being a clear bottled beer, you need to take care to keep it out of any direct light when you're storing it, because these things will skunk up fast. Always buy a case if you can help it, because Heineken doesn't print date information on these, which means you really have no idea how long those singles or six packs have been sitting on the shelf, soaking in light.

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Newcastle Brown Ale from Heineken Nederland B.V.
76 out of 100 based on 1,545 ratings.