Newcastle Brown Ale | Heineken Nederland B.V.

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76
okay
5,118 Ratings
THE BROS
67
poor
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Newcastle Brown AleNewcastle Brown Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-29-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,118
Reviews:
1,598
Avg:
3.3
pDev:
18.48%
 
 
Wants:
72
Gots:
1,054
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Nace4
3.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gambyt20
1.62/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Photo of cdub70085
3.74/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

This has a nice nutty malt finish. A decent brown ale.

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Photo of cdclark81
2.56/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I don't love it, but I don't hate it either. Just a basic ale that will do when there's nothing else to drink. Pouring from the bottle, the head disappears almost instantly. Slight malty taste but nothing too memorable.

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Photo of EMH73
3.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear light brown with a half inch off white head that left no lacing to speak of. Smells and tastes of lightly roasted malts and tastes on the sweet side. A very simple beer, Lightly carbonated light mouth feel ( slightly watery), light bodied. Decent choice when the only other options are macro lagers.

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Photo of Stoutmaster9
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of mwvman
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jricharc
2.3/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of sposter4
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
2.68/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of npachl
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MoCuishle
1.68/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

L- Very watered down, looks like tea
S- slightly malty on the nose, nothing significant
T- Follows up with the looks of it, very watered down. Taste like carbonated water, can't get anything significant.
Feel- meh

Overall I don't see the appeal, didn't serve any purpose for me.

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Photo of Cycle69
3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of life_is_good
3.96/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight out of a 550ml bottle.
Great amber and brown coloring. Very light head. Slight hops smell and aftertaste which complements the otherwise basic ale. Feel is watery but I think that has more to do with the lack of head since it still feels substantial. Smooth and easy to drink while still pretty satisfying. The lack of any lasting head dings it a bit.
I've had this a few times before and I plan on buying it again soon.
4/5

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Photo of renstyle
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

First review on BA ever here... 20 years ago in college, Newcastle Brown Ale exposed me to beer that was not "macro adjunct". I did not like (and still do not) the pale lagers from any of the macro brewers in America, or anything similar (Labatt, Molson, Heinekin, etc).

To start with Newcastle Brown Ale is best enjoyed from a tap, direct from the keg/cask.

It is not complex at all. It is a an odd, sweet and surprisingly tasty ale for anybody that wants to try something different from the US macros.

That being said, to craft folks, it's considered swill. I understand this opinion. It does have a somewhat astringent taste, little or no lacing at all when poured into a glass.

Yet there is something about Newkie Brown that keeps me coming back, for 20+ years now. It's the most accessible session-type ale that is widely available in the US (IMHO). It has a unique flavor that, for whatever reason, I like and keep coming back to.

I can understand the 1920-1930s heritage of this ale being a "working mans brew". It is definitely drinkable, and widely accessible.

I make a point of getting a 12pk of Newcastle bottles whenever I pick up a 12pk of IPA or other more "exotic" beer. I like it. It is accessible. I enjoy drinking it.

Again, in the main points, it is at most "okay". If presented with a Miller Lite I'll defer to water (really), but I'll drink Newcastle Brown all night.

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Photo of fryeguy52
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of lupercmda
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dd53grif
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DaveCash
2.97/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dinglehacker
3.9/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into dimpled seidel. Nice head, but it quickly gives to bubbles and lace. Dark Reddish brown.

Malty nose with skunky undertones, a tinge of nut.

Malty taste for the most part, with underlying sweetness from brewer's caramel. Somewhat skunked by its clear bottle, it seems.

Feel is smooth and light, drinks a bit like Vienna or Dunkel lager.

Baby's first brown ale is about what you'd expect, a macro dark with only a little personality, but smooth and drinkable. Get it off the shelf quick, though, before the UV rays skunk it up.

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Photo of ScottyBongo
4.11/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of jbehlar
3.97/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joemochas
3.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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