Newcastle Brown Ale
Heineken Nederland B.V.

Newcastle Brown AleNewcastle Brown Ale
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Style:
Brown Ale - English
Ranked #328
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
76
Ranked #48,756
Avg:
3.33 | pDev: 18.32%
Reviews:
1,660
Ratings:
5,392
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Year-round
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SCORE
76
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Tomlavaa from Louisiana

2/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is not Newcastle Brown. Have some respect for a brand that has been around since 1927. Awesome, you own it now, Langunitas. Free enterprise at it's finest but if you're going to completely change the recipe at least have the decency to change or at least alter the name to 2.0 or remix or something. To all of the basically kids that are giving the lol to people like me, you just don't get it. I've been drinking Newcastle since the early 90's. You may as well hand me a bud light and say "here's your newkey". NO IT'S NOT. This is not about whether or not this beer is any good. If you like it then fantastic. The point is you can't just fancy up the label and call it the same thing. Have some respect for the brand. I personally will not buy another Langunitas product again and that's my choice. Rant complete.

Sunday at 02:07 AM
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a deep ruby amber color that is dark, but some clarity. Moderate tan head. SRM of 20. (3.75)

Aroma: Moderate aromas of baked nuts, brown bread, with hints of caramel. A bit of A1 Steak Sauce on the aroma too. (3.75)

Flavor: The flavor follows with more brown bread, baked pecans, walnuts, cashews, lightly laced with caramel. Malty, but rather dry at the end. Has sort of a Roast Beef flavor too. (3.50)

Feel: Lighter bodied. Moderate carbonation. Finishes clean. (4.00)

Compared to Get Up Offa Dat Brown 1/18/21: Pours a similar color with a larger head. More brown bread, nuts, and ester flavors. More steak sauce and roast beef. Less malty. I'd say it leans a bit more English.

Overall: A pretty good brown ale. Has some hints of fruit esters that I percieved as A1 Steak Sauce. I also detect a bit of a roast beef flavor here. ... I call it how I see it.
But nevertheless, it has nice brown bread and baked nuts flavors. Also has a decent amount of carbonation to give it a nice body and keep it dry. Drinks quite nice and I would say pretty standard for an English Brown Ale. (Final Rating: 3.68)

Jan 18, 2021
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BubbleBobble from New York

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours from bottle a light mahogany, solid 2" inch head, lots of lacing left behind throughout the drink. Nose isn't too powerful, but notes of caramel and earthy hops. Taste tilts more towards those earthy hops than I remember from pre-Lagunitas bottles, but as it warms and on the finish, the maltier caramel elements poke through a bit more. Mouthfeel is full and creamy.

Dec 13, 2020
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jmbrill81 from Virginia

5/5  rDev +50.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yoooooo! Ever since Lagunitas started making this in the States, holy moly. It's so good now. I always liked it, but you know it was kind of like drinking beery apple juice? Now, it's just a hands-down, awesome brown ale. Try the new stuff!

Edit - I see there's a lot of hate for the Lagunitas version, and that the English version had charming off-flavors. Lol, okay! New version is much better, in my opinion. I'm sorry I can't bring myself to lament the demise of a cheaply-brewed, spoiled English beer.

Sep 23, 2020
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Paul-Langton-Rogers from England

5/5  rDev +50.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is proper beer and my favourite all-time beer. It has a unique character and tastee which is hard to put into words. It's a full bodied darker ale with a creamy head. There aren't many beers I've tried which come close to 'Newkie' (and I've tried a lot of ales!). It's probably the best English ale (and one of the best in the world in my opinion), if you like full body dark ale with a decent taste. Newcastle Brown Ale tastes better from a bottle than canned for some reason, so definitely get the bottle if you're trying it for the first time!

Aug 28, 2020
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BigGold from Mississippi

3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Have had Newcastle Brown more than a few times over the years, but until today, when had poured from 12-oz. bottle into nonic pint, have not had since 2012, when it went well with tacos, or since it has been brewed in the U.S. by Lagunitas.

This beer looks every bit a beautiful English brown, from amber-brown color to lovely light-tan head and lace. Aroma is Noble hops and mild malt, but there's not much of either. Both and even a little fruit are there on drinking, but barely.

Heineken and Lagunitas would seem to be bravely preserving the Newcastle Brown tradition.

Aug 15, 2020
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andypeters1971 from Georgia

3.84/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

One of the classic, iconic packaging in breweriana, they've ruined it with their new boring, derivative brown-colored glass bottle and with the equally dull new labelling. I don't care that rays of sunlight might lead to degradation of the beer itself the clear glass was iconic and now it's gone

Apr 02, 2020
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hottenot from North Carolina

3.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Well if you can get it on tap,
Malty and mild bitterness.
Smells like malt and wet cardboard.
Tastes better than it smells.
The clear glass is puzzling.
No protection from the skunk.
On tap is no problem.

Mar 15, 2020
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HopMaester from Canada (ON)

4.27/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Old love so i am bit partial to it.
Mild malty flavor, Good alcing
I do taste( i think the food flavoring) but i choose to ignore because this beer reminds of an earlier time

Mar 15, 2020
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

See through ruby brown yet bubbly look to this beer with a thin light tan head, this beer looks decent. Weak notes of caramel malt, chocolate and coffee. Nothing offensive about the flavor, there just not much there. It’s got a gentle malty flavor that must have been great before the craft beer craze. Just thinking about all the junk I drank as a kid, this is about as good as you got back then along with Guinness and Yuenglings Black and Tan. This beer might be a bit better than the rating I gave. On Edit: It’s gotta be a 3.5.

Feb 23, 2020
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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.81/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a ruddy, ruby transparency when held against the light. Finger of white foam with poor retention. Aroma is nutty, caramely and bready malts with toffee, raisins and molasses to add a little touch of sweetness and depth. Flavor profile is caramely, bready and nutty with light molasses, raisins and toffee. It's unoffensive and easy-going with a hint of sweetness. Mouth feel is lightly creamy with a very fine grit to it. Thickness is medium. Overall, soft toffee makes it a chewy, sweet candy bar within an unoffensive, mild brown ale.

Bottle. Reviewed from notes.

Feb 07, 2020
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James94 from England

3.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Dark reddish orange, good lacing, initial one-finger of head
S: Spices, dark fruits, skunkiness
T: Brown sugar, sweet malts, dark fruits
F: Quite watery and light-bodied, but somewhat refreshing

O: 3.5

Jan 20, 2020
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SmokySignals from North Carolina

3.34/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2020 Brown bottle Heinegitas brown ale poured into pub stange glass.

Super clarified, deep orange brown, nice head, leaves delicate lacing and
Smells faintly of toasty grain malt, and its a fine smell, just too faint
Tastes very lightly toasty caramel malt and surprisingly dry or hoppy or both,
plus it's pretty light and carbonated in the feels, making it seem like Heiny brown lager without sweetness =
overall a very light crisp feeling brown that aint bad but not good enough to get any more
with faint enough flavor to be called light beer

Jan 13, 2020
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.04/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured brown with one finger white head. Heavy lacing. Nondescript aroma. Bland one dimensional malt flavor. Medium body and carbonation. Not worth the money.

Dec 01, 2019
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Nofoba

2.94/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

It pours a clear, dark brown body with a small off-white head.

The aroma is mild, with roasted malts, dried fruit, plum, chocolate, toffee and minerals.

It has an earthy but light taste of roasted malts, chocolate and minerals. No bitterness. The aftertaste is watery.

The aroma promises a lot, but the taste doesn't live up to it.

Oct 30, 2019
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josh2415

1.6/5  rDev -52%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I don't know much about beer, other than to say that Newcastle Brown Ale USED TO BE my favorite beer. I understand that now it's brewed in Chicago by Lagunitas Brewery, rather than in the Netherlands. So now it tastes like every other brown ale brewed in the U.S. I'll NEVER buy it again. So sad. Please bring back the original formulation, Heineken.

Oct 28, 2019
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Amendm from Rhode Island

3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A moderate pour from a 12-oz. bottle creates a finger of light beige creamy foam with long retention. Clear dark amber-brown color with red-amber highlights.

The smell is hop forward with bread, toasted malt and a coffee-like bitterness.

The taste is between semi-sweet and neutral with medium-low bitterness. Caramel and toasted malt are well balanced. Earthy hops with a lager-like attenuation. The finish is quick and clean, the taste drops right off. The aftertaste is short with a mild hop bitterness.

Light body with average carbonation, alcohol is barely noticeable. Light on malt and body yet balanced and true to style. Session-able with no surprises. Light overall character except for the looks.

Oct 22, 2019
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kookiedoktor from Connecticut

3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Hard to tell what you have without reading the back label. Drank first; read 2nd. Brewed in Holland. Weak aroma. Taste adequate, some malt, and just a hint of hops. Lightly carbonated. Enough body to cling the tongue, barely. Drinkable at a bar or with a quick meal. Would not recognize as a British Ale if blindfolded.

Sep 16, 2019
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Urtravel from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: a beautiful dark brown with very light transparency and light head and lace
S: Bert mild upfront hops with not too sweet maltiness
T: initial sweetness up front with then some happiness and then sweetness at the back
F: light mouth feel with tangy carbonation
O: pleasantly surprising overall in terms of look smell taste and feel

Sep 15, 2019
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GregBlatz from Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I'm super sad. Today I bought a twelver of Newcastle. Wife opened one up and I said, wow the bottles are brown now. No big deal, just new packaging I guess. So I popped one open and poured it into a glass. It looks darker and smells like roasted malt. The I tasted it and I realized the dream is now over.

So this is basically a pedestrian American brown ale. Gone is the surprisingly refreshing body and flavor. More important, gone is the English style flavors of diacetyl / butterscotch. This is just a plain old American brown ale.

So Lagunitas makes it now... I know it had been brewed in the Netherlands for a while before that but the flavor profile was always the same to me.

So I'm super bummed, new recipe, boring beer, nothing about this will make me want to buy it again.

Brittish style beers are becoming super hard to get these days. Some brewery needs to step up and specialize in true brittish style beers. Until then, we have lost a good friend.

Aug 03, 2019
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Gosh, how is this no longer brewed in the U.K.? I'm getting old and know it since I used to love this beer and it's dark, ruddy, sticky nature. This brew was nothing like that as it seemed as watered-down as any mass-market brew from here in the states. I know that my tastes have changed but please, it's a crime to alter a beer this much and keep the label the same!

Sure, this poured brown and clear but what else would you expect from an English Brown Ale? Not a lot of nuts or caramel in the aroma as it felt like herbal tea and not-so-dark bread. Hints of Yuengling (which is a lager) could be found here as this needed more nuts and malt to give it heft. Hints of apple and pear came through on the palate making this feel like a light Marzen or Octoberfest, with the caramel and roasted body being a distant memory to this longtime imbiber. Lightly carbonated and lacking in lacing, this felt like a weak beer that's seen better days, but lived off it's past glory that had faded long ago...

Sure, there's hardly any booze here but as I remember from my younger days "Where's the beef?" would be the appropriate catchphrase for this hallmark of a beer. Yes, the meat and bulk were not to be found here but you wouldn't know it based on it's reputation. Have this for old time's sake but also have it to realize how far we've come from this, and how bad corporate mergers have been for this industry...

Jul 22, 2019
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jmtriolo from New York

2.6/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I was a lifelong Newcastle lover. This beer has a cult following for those who want a great session English ale. Unfortunately, Heineken and Lagunita's combined to destroy an ICONIC beer and turn it into a boring American brown ale. Why not just create a new beer that tastes exactly like Brooklyn brown, instead of destroying the best session English ale on the market? DUMB! Heineken, thanks for buying the brand, just to destroy it.. What morons.. New Coke rings a bell.. If you like American brown ales, you might like it, it's now a hoppy brown that finishes dry as opposed to the clean, slightly sweet session beer they destroyed

Jul 16, 2019
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robed from California

4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not much of a dark beer fan but this has been my go to winter beer for many seasons. It's not flashy, won't win any awards, yet is remarkably consistent and delightful. It's the Honda/Toyota of beers, in the best sense.

Jul 15, 2019
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Stoven5 from Pennsylvania

1.71/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I just changed my review since now brewed in the USA not that's bad since many good beers brewed in the USA, but this just like Bass Ale was an ok beer when brewed in the UK. I gave it about 3.5 before now yuk wont be getting this again.

Jun 23, 2019
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Supe345 from Mississippi

1/5  rDev -70%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Almost 20 years after finding Newcastle Heineken has screwed it up. They take a world renowned classic that had a unique classy taste and made it into hoppy garbage that is lost in the hundreds of craft garbage. It was the only beer i would drink so i guess from on standpoint my liver thanks you from the other it was more than a beer for me as i enjoyed the incredible taste. Freakin idiots!

Jun 08, 2019
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