Newcastle Brown Ale | Heineken Nederland B.V.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Heineken Nederland B.V.
Netherlands
heineken.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-29-2000

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#43,079
Reviews:
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Ratings:
5,282
pDev:
18.37%
 
 
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Photo of wvsabbath
2.31/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Buckeye55
3.87/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MercInc
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Always in our fridge , while we lived in Scotland. Nice , rich flavored ale.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, deep, dark mahogany coloration with a medium, creamy head. Smells of toasted, bready, caramel malt and a distinct nuttiness, with a hint of brown sugar. Taste follows the nose, being dominated by toasted, bready, caramel malt, although there are some light floral, herbal hops in there somewhere as well, with notes of roasted nuts, brown sugar, corn and a mild diacetyl butteriness. Finishes bittersweet, with a light bitterness and slightly unpleasant diacetyl/corn aftertaste. Thin mouthfeel with a light body and medium carbonation. This has some decent toasted, caramel malt notes and a good nuttiness to it, but really suffers from mild diacetyl and corn notes as well as a rather light and watery body. It's drinkable enough, but certainly nothing special.

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Photo of grapeshops
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of aclarke3
2.96/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not the Newcastle Brown Ale that used to be one of my favorites. Watery, over carbed for the style and very little malt taste.

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Photo of uncleotis
3.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of zacckdaddy
4.27/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PartyBread
2.74/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of user785335
3.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Steven209805
3.81/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Krusader
3.44/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tantonys
5/5  rDev +50.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't recall my first Newcastle, but about 40 years ago. Always has been one of my favorites.
Excellent body, smooth roast malt balanced crisp floral hops. There have been some negative articles on the internet that New Castle used fish bladder. I remember old homebrew recipes for Brown Ale that recommended fish bladder for fining or filtering the final brew, but I doubt that Newcastle uses that process today. One of the few good English Brown Ales to reach America.

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Photo of jguzman718
3.71/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beertaker
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mclusal
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

M65

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Photo of KMcGrath
3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HeyJude1963
3.24/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ale is my absolute favorite craft beer, so I'm always on the hunt for a decent mass-produced brown/amber. Like others, the clear bottle nearly put me off buying it, but took the chance anyway.

The best part about this ale is the smell. Caramelly, warm, and toasty. I had higher hopes for the taste, but in the end, it was just average. I would certainly get it again if there wasn't anything else to try, but it's nothing to rave about.

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Photo of elnachooo
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Cerveza de cuerpo medio y carbonataci├│n media. Tiene aroma a caramelo, toffee y malta. En boca es levemente amarga, y destaca la malta muy por encima del caramelo, el toffee y el l├║pulo.

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Photo of Houston52
4.06/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mav221
3.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eamartin88
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of chiefz1
3.34/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mothmanscott
3.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From notes 2/8/13: Pours a clear cola brown producing only a single finger of off-white, flimsy, soap bubble, rapidly diminishing head that leaves minimal lacing. Aroma is weak and thin with toasted and caramel malts, roasted nuts and as expected little detectable hop profile. Taste is only a slightly more robust version of the nose with a little bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Some bottles have a hint of butter after mid-sip and it is not uncommon to get a hint of skunk. Mouthfeel is light to medium with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Alexc11
3.56/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Color: Brown with reddish hue mixed in. Decent lace. Overall a sweet, smooth, malt-based beer. No bitterness and light carbonation. Enjoyable overall.

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Newcastle Brown Ale from Heineken Nederland B.V.
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