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Newcastle Brown Ale - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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BA SCORE
76
okay

1,534 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 1,534
Hads: 4,742
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 17.42%
Wants: 59
Gots: 757 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Heineken Nederland B.V. visit their website
Netherlands

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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Reviews: 1,534 | Hads: 4,742
Photo of slusk
3.49/5  rDev +4.8%
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 -11.4%
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 +24.9%
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 -26.1%
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 +7.8%
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 +2.1%
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 -6.3%
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 -5.7%
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 +6.9%
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)

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (183 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
2.93/5  rDev -12%
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. (224 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.03/5  rDev -9%
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. (330 characters)

Photo of pat61
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (329 characters)

Photo of Antc2382
3.02/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (200 characters)

Photo of Hardsell
4.23/5  rDev +27%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of Cure_Tap
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (990 characters)

Photo of Nickcal
1.91/5  rDev -42.6%
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. (222 characters)

Photo of kbrase
3.66/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (680 characters)

Photo of ravisingh
3.91/5  rDev +17.4%
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. (1,191 characters)

Photo of berkeleymaw
4.15/5  rDev +24.6%
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. (226 characters)

Photo of Dana_Campbell
4.35/5  rDev +30.6%
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! (161 characters)

Photo of cujocon
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of ThannyRooCrew
4.76/5  rDev +42.9%
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. (241 characters)

Photo of Bunman3
3.36/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (463 characters)

Photo of moonboogie_n8
3.12/5  rDev -6.3%
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 (237 characters)

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Newcastle Brown Ale from Heineken Nederland B.V.
76 out of 100 based on 1,534 ratings.