Newcastle Brown Ale | Heineken Nederland B.V.

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Newcastle Brown AleNewcastle Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Heineken Nederland B.V.

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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Reviews: 1,587 | Ratings: 5,076
Photo of dcotom
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

There isn't a whole lot not to like about this. Nice caramel-sauce color, with a decent off-white head and lots of lacing. The aroma and flavor are heavy with notes of caramel, dark bread, prunes, and raisins. The beer is rather light in body and mouthfeel and not overly sweet on the palate. The finish is clean, with a slightly bitter note. This is pleasant and drinkable, and would make a decent pairing with a variety of foods.

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Photo of Fogey
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I like this beer well enough, it is not among my favorites but as far as beers I can find at almost every gas station and store go its pretty good. The only thing I found lacking was the finish. Its hard to describe what about bothered me but it was weak.

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Photo of ScaryEd
2.28/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Pours a clear amber color with a half a finger of effervescent off-white head. Has some decent retention, but leaves very little in the way of lacing. Decent looking beer in a pint glass.

The aroma is very, very faint. There are notes of corn and roasted grains, with perhaps the slightest hint of toffee on the back end.

The taste is underwhelming, to say the least. Grainy, with some faint notes of caramel. There's a tinny, metallic taste that comes through in spades on the finish. Bitterness is low.

The feel is light bodied with relatively high carbonation. Carbonation is right for the style but the body is rather thin and watery.

Overall, a pretty damn poor example of an English Brown Ale. Granted, it's an easy drinker and perhaps a bit more flavorful than a Bud Light, which is probably what they're going for nowadays. Still not something I'd pick up on the regular.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.39/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It recently came to my attention that I have never reviewed Newcastle. Don't know how that happened but here it is.

Appearance - This beer was poured from a 500 ML Can into a pint glass. It pours a crystal clear redish brown in color with 1 finger of off white light head. Rentention is ok at best and carbonation appears moderate.

Aroma - It has a crisp/clean aroma which I'm not surprised to get given it comes from a company known for macro lagers. Behind that there is a caramel and toffee sweetness and some nut aromas. some very light leafy hops but that is literally about it.

Taste - Nuttyness up front along with a light earthy bitterness, The rear is brought up by some toffee and cracker like malts. it is definitely crisp and clean. This is just a basic run of the mill macro brown ale.

Feel - on the tongue this is a medium bodied beer but it feels water heavy and as it goes down it just feel watery. Really nothing special here.

Overall - What heineken have done here is create a just decent brown ale which they can mass market. That is what they are, a macro company and what they care is that the beer sells. This is definitely not a beer for somone who loves to explore rich flavors but one for someone who just wants to pound a few beers on a hot day and look different doing it lol. Cheers!

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Photo of BeckHardy
2.51/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a can into a glass. The appearance was dark brown with some streaming bubbles and a off white soapy head. The aroma was of bread crust and doughy (biscuits). The taste was interesting and hard to pin down. Slightly peppery at the back of the throat and some hop oil. It did not taste quite right or like I remember. I wonder if it is possible the recipe could have been tweaked. It wasn't bad and my over all opinion was this is an average brown ale.

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Photo of Holderness
2.76/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

L -- Pours a clear, medium brown with a one finger cream colored head that dissipates quickly, leaving some sudsy residue. Minimal lacing
S -- Mild pilsner malts, corn, grains. Not very dissimilar from Corona, oddly enough
T -- Bready malts, slight bitter hoppiness, brown sugar. Not much else
F -- Starts medium bodied, finishes watery. Heavy carbonation

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Photo of q33jeff
2.76/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

On Tap at the Cabin, Freehold, NJ
AROMA: Nutty Aroma, some vanilla
LOOK: Light brown. Very Small Head.
TASTE: Not bad. Nothing particular stands out
FEEL: A little flat.

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Photo of Zraly
3.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Classic English ale yeast nose. Copper penny color with a white head.

Crisp, clean finish. I'd like to taste more toffee and caramel. There is a touch of creamed corn flavor that seems out of place. Light bodied and short palate.

Criticism aside, this is super easy to drink, super easy to find, and usually a decent price point. A nice "go to" for those folks who are not too picky and want a non hoppy session. Less than 140 calories a bottle. Some of us are fatties and we cannot drink DIPAs and imperial stouts every day. I've tried that: see fatty comment above.

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Photo of jrsqc7
2.87/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It's simultaneously skunky and good. It's skunky upfront with some rather subtly complex sweetness following. Smooth as can be. No head no lacing but a rather nice colour.

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Photo of erk0607
3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: Much like the Scotch Ale, this is a nice dark brown with a thick foamy head that lingers and leaves nice lacing. Light beige in color.
Smell: Roasty, toasty, and a sweet fruity aroma from time to time. Nothing too extraordinary
Taste: Sweet fruity and caramel notes come first, medium roastiness malt that isn't too noticeable, with very mild hop profile.
Feel: Smooth carbonation that provides a tingle, but nothing too extreme. Light-medium body.
Overall: Not a bad beer. 10x better than your average Bud Light but not something I'd actively seek out. A good "cheap" beer that won't offend anyone not used to them.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Pours amber, very clear with a very mild white foam head, almost no retention. aroma is mild of caramel and toffee, taste is also mild for an ale,, some caramel and low bitterness, very clean and crisp like a lager, it´s a much better amber lager than a brown ale.

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Photo of gandres
2.76/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

5 Liter Keg to wine glass
Sight: Brown dark amber color, a bit hazy, big foam that quickly goes away
Smell: not a lot
Taste: low bitterness, some sweetness
Feel: good carbonation
Overall: good beer, repeat: maybe, look for: No
Drank: 10/1/2016 6:30 PM

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Photo of drmeto
2.69/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

*not judging the colour because of added food colouring
-pours with a small,frothy head
-low to medium carbonation visible
-skunked to hell,caramel,plums,toffee,spicy,grassy,chocolate,cream
-spicy,grassy,caramel,nutty,astringent,slight coffee,plums
-finishes dry
-medium to high carbonation (overcarbonated)
-light body
The longer the Beer stays in the glass,the more it's consumed by it's skunkiness.
Why Breweries still don't use brown bottles is beyond me

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.52/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Clear bottle and thin brown pour make me think how weak. Aroma was not much, maybe some tea leaves, not enjoyable.

Taste is a thin but earthy experience, if you don't like hops maybe this is your cup of tea. Kind of has quite a bit in common with tea actually. There's a tad of sweetness, but as far as malt, hops and yeast, I really don't pick up much discernable stuff.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another maligned IMO legacy brew. A gateway for me along with some others that got me looking for something more than yellow macros.
Look: light, clear brown. Not much head to speak of.
Smell: light caramel, fruit and nuts. Not spectacular but a decent enough brew IMO.

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Photo of HefeweizenLover
2.98/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured 0.33l bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer is very clear and of dark amber to reddish brown color. Off-white head is one finger high, dissipates slowly but leaves very good lacing in the glass. Low carbonation is visible.

S: Smells of toasted bread and sweet malts. Some metallic smell is coming through from background.

T: Taste follows the nose: toasted bread and sweet malts flavors are prevalent. Finish is dry with some bitterness notes and metallic aftertaste.

M: Feels smooth, but light bodied and little bit watery. Moderate carbonation on the palate.

O: The beer is drinkable and goes down easily, but lacks more flavor and a fuller body. Overall it's pretty average brown ale.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Comes in a clear, reddish brown color with a thin white head that leaves spotty lacing.

The aroma offers toffee, caramel,cashews, and brown sugar.

Upfront you get semi-harsh graininess and minerality, and a touch of grass, and then darkly toasted brown bread, caramelized brown sugar, caramel candy, a nice cashew/pecan nuttiness, and a very lightly bitter earthy finish. Clean, with no aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is lightly, medium carbonated, moderately-high drinkability.

The most mainstream brown ale, yet somewhat quintessential. Satisfying, if not remarkable. Decent if not skunky. Worth drinking on occasion.

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Photo of Lewnanny
3.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A nice brown Ale.

Got this one from the local liquor store, saw that one for a long time on the shelf, but never took the time to try it.

The taste is not that bad. the foam stay for a long time, and the color of the foam is a nice brownish white.

This is an overall good beer. Nice product from england.

There is an expiration date at bottom of the bottle. Got it 30 days before the expiration date.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This mass produced brown ale pours a slightly reddish brown color with a thin white head. The smell is yeasty and slightly of molasses. The taste is of alcohol, toasted grain, a slight sugary sweetness and a slight bready molasses flavor at the end, which elevates it slightly above many mass produced ales in my opinion. The body is quite light for a brown ale and the malts don’t really have too much character, which is a hallmark of mass production. It’s nothing special, but not a bad choice for a mass produced beer. It’s certainly quite a bit better than the common American mass produced pale ale, though that isn’t saying much.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.11/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: [3.75] Really transparent brown colored beer. It is a light brown color and is easy to see through. The head is off white and clocks in at about 1 finger. The bottle lists the ABV at (4.7%). There is a date code that I am not able to translate.

S: [3.25] Hazelnuts, chocolate and some skunkiness. When I open the bottle I got a blast of skunk smell but it is much less in the glass.

T: [3.00] Brown bread, hazelnuts not much else.

M: [3.00] It is on the thin side. Lacking a lot of body. There are no lingering flavors or feel on the beer.

O: [3.00] I would rank this as pleasantly surprised. I had low expectations especially when I got hit with skunk smell when I opened this. However, the nose and the taste are serviceable. The flavor is in no way complex so it is not great but it is drinkable. I would buy more for myself but I would drink it if offered. [I never read reviews or info before drinking a beer. As I went to type this I discovered that this beer is brewed by Heineken. The skunk smell I got on this beer is EXACTLY the smell I get on every Heineken. Mystery solved]

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought a 19oz bottle from Don Quiojte $2.19
Clear brown amber color
Light carbonation
Slight malt smell
Medium-light mouthfeel
Sweet malt flavor, reminds me of drinking a flat cola
Overall ok to have once in a great while, just to remind you of what it is. It does have a distinct taste, just not my style

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
2.66/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

For a mass-produced blonde ale masquerading as a brown ale, this beer isn't that bad. The clear glass is silly, and almost assures a skunky aroma, and the color appears to be fake (caramel food coloring). The taste really isn't bad, however, and it tastes darker than it's body suggests. If forced to choose between mass-produced corporation-made beers, this might be your best bet.

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Photo of Squire123
3.31/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Color of dark amber (umber?) with small tan cap and lacing.

Sweetish toffee aroma with a hint of floral/spicy hops.

Flavor is approachably simple and pleasant. Touch of sweetness that accents the toffee. No roast malt bitterness apparent, flavors are the same from start through aftertaste. My BudLight friends like this and consider it richly flavored. My take is where's the rest of it. More a promise of flavor than real flavor (you know, malt, hops and stuff) but what's there is noticeable. It's like the clothier was going for Autumn Brown but took the cloth out of the dying vat too soon.

Relatively light texture.

Given the color and aroma I think this one could be improved with a step up in texture. Oats or other grains could beef it up and provide more to chew on but I'm not being consulted on the matter. I remember liking this in the past but that was a long time ago.

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Photo of GregoryP
2.36/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

Good beer has ruined me forever. Years ago I would have thought this was a good beer. Now it's just ok. It was best choice availble. Anyways it was too pale and clear for brown ale. To much carbonation. Oh well try of you must.

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Photo of spelingchampeon
2.4/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From 12 oz bottles.
I'm quite sure these were past their prime? Opening the bottle released a mixed bag of stale ale (almost skunk-like) and a slight hint of caramel...nothing else. Tasted like the smell, and I was unable to pull any of the oft-talked about flavors. The 2nd beer proved the 1st beer wasn't a fluke.

I tried to visit their website, but the link here, and from other search engines, sent me nowhere. Hmmph!

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