Newcastle Brown Ale
Heineken Nederland B.V.

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Heineken Nederland B.V.
Brown Ale - English
Ranked #144
Ranked #28,899
3.32 | pDev: 18.37%
Thursday at 01:29 PM
Oct 29, 2000
Newcastle Brown AleNewcastle Brown Ale
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Photo of AzfromOz
1.22/5  rDev -63.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1
by AzfromOz from Australia

This is an incredibly disappointing beer. I could end there but will keep going...

Purchased at Purvis Beer in Richmond, a suburb of Melbourne, in Australia in November 2021.

The beer looks more like a soft drink in the glass than a beer. Its clarity is astounding for a brown beer; it's a burnished copper with light brown highlights where the light reflects from the glass. But that is as good as this beer gets.

Aroma-wise, there's a sweet, syrupy cola/Dr.Pepper mix that brought to the fore thoughts of fly spray and even citronella. There was nothing appealing at all about the smell, in fact quite the opposite.

Taste is no improvement on the smell. It's as sweet as the aroma hints, and there's that cola/Dr.Pepper thing going on. It's clearly a light struck beer as evidenced by the skunky, metallic taste that overrides everything else.

In the mouth it's thin and light, just like a soft drink.

Overall this is a disappointing shell of a beer. I understand it's now brewed under licence, and can only presume it's been bastardised in the name of fiscal efficiency. Well, I can't imagine ever paying to drink this beer again, so I suppose it will help with my fiscal efficiency, so mission accomplished?


Thursday at 01:29 PM
Photo of Emichaelbray
1.63/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5
by Emichaelbray from Pennsylvania

Gave the look a four because it looks like a Newcastle Brown Ale. However, my understanding is that this is now a Lagunitas product. Combined with the recipe change five or six years ago, the firm’s obstinate refusal to do away with the clear glass that ruins the beer and selling out to macro garbage like Lagunitas, this is undrinkable swill. One of the admonishments from BA is that we’re supposed to be respectful of the brewer. That statement is obviously ridiculous, taken out of context. I understand the idea behind it though. As such, I didn’t give it straight ones.
I have had Newcastle Brown Ale in not a few pubs across the pond, as far back as 1997. Reviewing that beer would be a wonderful time. Drinking this (er, taking two swallows and pouring out the rest) was such a departure from those halcyon days, I may have unconsciously used this beer as a stand in for my deep regret of having returned to the Disneyland Freakshow States of Oligopoly.
Whatever the case, this is tragic. No, this was never the finest beer. But it was relatively inexpensive and decent (out of a keg) - pretty much the opposite of whatever this is.

Mar 15, 2022
Photo of tekstr1der
3.91/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by tekstr1der from New Hampshire

Drank this so much and so often in the 90s I certainly tried, and failed, to replicate it when I took up brewing. Wasn't even close, enjoy one very now and again, but of course there's better browns about these days.

Mar 02, 2022
Photo of TheMatts
3.31/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by TheMatts

Dark brown look with a nice foamy beige head that recedes to a ring. Ruby look in light. Malty smell, rye bread smell, New York bagel hints. Low bitterness taste with a bready, malty, low low hip taste. Pretty bland. Watery but still vicious feel in your mouth. No super creamy, but not super citrusy. Middle of the road beer.

Feb 24, 2022
1 by jf29egan from Massachusetts on Jan 11, 2022
4.38 by JLBarley1 from West Virginia on Jan 03, 2022
Photo of jimmah120
2.35/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2
by jimmah120 from Minnesota

I still remmeber stealing a few of these out of my dad's minifridge to bring to a neighbor girl's house, swigging it while grimacing, pretending to like it...

It's a supremely bland take on the brown ale, with tons of budweiser flavor and none of the savory goodness a true brown ale should have. Gutter tripe

Dec 09, 2021
1.66 by WCKDVBZ from South Carolina on Nov 09, 2021
2.62 by slimntubbs from Pennsylvania on Oct 31, 2021
Photo of dadsalebeer
5/5  rDev +50.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by dadsalebeer

My Favorite Brown.

Oct 16, 2021
Photo of WaterBoar
2.83/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by WaterBoar from Pennsylvania

They can do better. The first time I made my own beer for a youtube video, I made a kit called "back to basics beer" It was nothing fancy, 6.6 pounds of DME, some copper colored grain in a bag some hops and Nottingham yeast packet. My beer, with mistakes I made like squeezing the bag, stirring the wort, not mixing the priming sugar with hot water and some other rookie mistakes, my beer came out tasting better than a New Castle Brown Ale. NCBA is good with making beer bread with it, but not drinking it. This is just okay I prefer Bass Ale over NCBA.

Sep 18, 2021
3.25 by blackcloud from Alaska on Sep 16, 2021
4 by Wilkolaczek94 from Connecticut on Sep 10, 2021
Photo of Redlectroid44
1.35/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25
by Redlectroid44

What could they possibly have been thinking when Lagunitas turned Newcastle into this syrupy brown pablum of an excuse for a beer? This was a unique ale in almost every way, but foremost in flavor and texture. Now it is entirely unremarkable. Avoid this like the plague if you are expecting anything like what this justly famous ale was known for.

Sep 10, 2021
3.13 by Chocolatefreak from Tennessee on Jul 23, 2021
3.76 by HarlotBronte from District of Columbia on Jul 03, 2021
Photo of md3kcn
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by md3kcn from North Carolina

Purchased as a six-pack from Wal-Mart for $9.99. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

L - Clear brown, with a red tinge. Two-finger quick-to-dissipate tan head.
S - Bready, nutty. Some biscuit and toast notes. Slight pepper on the back.
T - Caramel. Toast. Pumpernickel bread. A slight sweetness, but not sweet overall.
F - Extremely carbonated. Refreshing. Despite the color, it's light in body.
O - I would say this beer sets a certain bar for a certain type of beer that's cheap, satisfying to drink, and goes well with every meal. Not a bad beer in the slightest, but I wish it had more of a bitterness to it. On the pricier end of the spectrum for a macrobrew, but I wouldn't mind getting this every so often. Would recommend trying at least once.

Jun 16, 2021
3.41 by BrewsOverHoes from Georgia on Jun 10, 2021
Photo of Sigmund
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Sigmund from Norway

(Bottle). A good but somewhat overrated beer. Aggressively carbonated. Better in the Good Old Days when it was stronger.

Rerate, draught in Newcastle: I found the colour to be darker brown than the bottled version (can that be?), and the flavour was fuller and richer - even though the pub tried to ruin it by serving it ice cold.

May 31, 2021
Photo of German-Helles
3.47/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5
by German-Helles from Wisconsin

Newcastle, 12oz. bottle poured into my weizen glass(20oz.) starts with a nice three finger head of a light tan foam. After several minutes it did settle back to a thin cap with a bit of lacing left behind. This ale is a dark brown that is somewhat orange when held up to the light. This beer is clear, so I can observe the moderate carbonation cascade up.
The aroma is light bready malts.
The flavor starts with a crispness up front, the light hops, giving way to sweet caramel malt flavor.
The feel is light, a bit thin.
This is an easy one to drink, the flavor is ok, the feel is light. I wish I would have one of the originals to see what all the fuss is about! !

May 31, 2021
3.41 by BEZMEZ on May 29, 2021
4.07 by Daneve76 from Australia on May 26, 2021
3.49 by Burg from New Hampshire on May 05, 2021
3.25 by jeschaefer from Texas on Apr 18, 2021
3.4 by evostudios12 from Florida on Apr 16, 2021
4.1 by joe12pk from Michigan on Apr 10, 2021
Photo of Marksbur
2.54/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1
by Marksbur from Kentucky

This is not Newcastle brown! Please alter the name as you have completely altered and ruined my favorite brown ale! Because you have done this I will not be drinking Brown Sugga,Pilsner, lil Sumpthin, or any beer offered as a Lagunitas product. Thanks for somewhat destroying a part of my beer experience!

Mar 20, 2021
Photo of Tomlavaa
2/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by Tomlavaa from Louisiana

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.

Feb 21, 2021
3.96 by thebeard99 from Canada (BC) on Feb 20, 2021
Photo of crazyspicychef
3.74/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

Another beer thrown to the wolves.

Feb 17, 2021
3.55 by GRhoads from Ohio on Feb 01, 2021
3.44 by GaryM6 from New York on Jan 28, 2021
Photo of Zapsincl
1.71/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75
by Zapsincl from England

Really gone downhill since John Smith's started breing it.
I used to love a pint of "dog" but won't touch it now.

Jan 28, 2021
Photo of defunksta
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by defunksta from North Dakota

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
3.77 by Rlabar1288 from New Jersey on Jan 17, 2021
3 by vladn from England on Dec 20, 2020
Photo of BubbleBobble
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by BubbleBobble from New York

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
3 by JohnG190 from New York on Dec 08, 2020
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