Newcastle Brown Ale - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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4,686 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,686
Reviews: 1,586
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 18.37%
Wants: 55
Gots: 687 | FT: 1
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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 Hardsell
4.23/5  rDev +27.4%
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.

Photo of drdiesel9483
3.05/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's alright but nothing compared to most us craft browns

Photo of Chad_z54
3.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer that got my away from American style light beers

Photo of Carrier4
2.88/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pretty starchy for trying to be ale, taste like a cheaper loger, not a good ale.

Photo of jebrew
2.31/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Skunky swill. Tried purely to rate.

Photo of Cure_Tap
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of Nickcal
1.91/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

Tried it for sh!ts and giggles. Smelled skunk probably due to the clear bottle and its journey through rays of sunshine. Just disappointing but I saw it coming. Hard to believe I actually use to drink beer similar to this.

Photo of Wolge92
4.03/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer! Great to have when out at pub.

Photo of kbrase
3.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark clear brown color. Very light carbonation. Excellent looking beer.

S: It smells of carmel, light fruitiness, and of roasted nuts.

T: Excellent first taste. The beer goes does smooth. You are really able to taste the mild complexity of carmel, hops, nuts, and leather. The beer tastes great from beginning to end leaving a nutty aftertaste with every sip.

M&D: Feels up the mouth with a nice chewy flavor. Excellent taste and feel and an extremely drinkable brown ale. One of the best examples of this style.

O: Overall I enjoyed this beer. I purchased it at a bowling alley and enjoyed sipping on it while I took my breaks. I enjoyed the light caramel taste.

Photo of MinuKim
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

흑맥과 라거의 중간정도.
맛은 좋으나 거품이 별로 없고,
먹다보면 물려서 많이 못마심.
A b c d e

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

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

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Newcastle Brown Ale from Heineken Nederland B.V.
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