Newcastle Brown Ale
Heineken Nederland B.V.

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English Brown Ale
Ranked #331
Ranked #47,042
3.33 | pDev: 18.32%
Heineken Nederland B.V.
Newcastle Brown AleNewcastle Brown Ale
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Photo of James94
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

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Photo of SmokySignals
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

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Photo of lastmango
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.

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Photo of 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.

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Photo of 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.

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Photo of Amendm
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.

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Photo of kookiedoktor
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.

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Photo of Urtravel
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

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Photo of GregBlatz
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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
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...

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Photo of jmtriolo
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

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Photo of robed
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.

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Photo of Stoven5
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.

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Photo of Supe345
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!

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Photo of Nass
3.71/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

No date on the bottle but hey at least the bottle is brown & not clear. It certainly looks the part of an English Brown Ale. I'm getting rich roasted malts on the taste as well as some caramel, & a faint coffee note. The taste is a little watery for the style. I like this newly revamped Newcastle Brown Ale in a brown bottle. All brown ales belong in a brown bottle or can. Cheers! B

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
3.89/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Color is dark brown to almost garnet color with a 1/4" tan head that dissipates quickly to a line of foam on the glass. Roasted nuts and yeast dominate the smell. A pleasant roasted taste that is well blended with the yeast and malt, with almost no taste of hops. Feel is very light for an ale, with medium carbonation, with little aftertaste. Beer is a little dry however.

I enjoy this beer, it is light enough to be sessionable, the pleasant roasted taste is good, and most importantly Heineken did one awesome thing for this beer-- and put it into a brown beer bottle!!! Finally! No more skunked beer-- I used to get this beer frequently years ago but that damned clear bottle ended up skunking over half of the beers! Well the more I think about it, Heineken did another awesome thing, and gave Newcastle it's logistical supply chain-- I can now get a 12-pack for under $13 if I look hard enough.

I recommend this beer for someone looking for a dark beer to drink with a meal, or a sessionable dark ale. Could possibly be a refreshing summer beer too.

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Photo of Bito24
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown look kind of watery feel in the mouth. Taste isn’t bad, but there is a somewhat dry after taste. It’s a pretty easy ale to drink and because it’s not heavy, it goes down pretty easy. Don’t you wish........ ahh never mind. Buy the ale, drink the ale and enjoy the ale.

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed as part of BJCP training. 13B British Brown Ale. Best by Sept 2019. Never reviewed it as the clear bottle always scared me. Still have no idea why they keep it clear this day and age

Pours a decent fizzy bubbly smaller head with decent retention, mild lacing, very clear medium to lighter amber-brown almost ruby color

Nose thankfully no skunk, more sweet aromas, caramel, toffee, a little biscuity brown malt, a bit of chocolate, and light herbal earthy hops that blend nicely with the rest of the beer, and a hint of fruity esters in the background

Taste malt up front, a little toasty and biscuity but more in the caramel toffee range, seems to come on a little sweet but isn't actually sweet, mild mineral notes in the background, as well as a flash of fruity esters, hops come with a little earthy note and lighter bitterness, a light chocolate as well, finishes a bit on the sweeter side but more towards dry, a touch of mineral or maybe skunky note finally coming through

Mouth is med bod, a little soft creamy feel, with medium but creamy carbonation

Overall not bad, thankfully not skunky like I expected, so it must have been handled well. When not skunky it's a pretty decent British Brown.

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Photo of Beck_Hardy_UK
1.65/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Canned version purchased from a local shop. Don't recall the drink by date. Poured into a nonic pint glass. Dark brown with a beige head. I didn't notice much of an aroma. (Then again for some reason I usually can't). The taste was okay but not what I remember. If I didn't know any better I'd say that they changed something in the formula. I've always enjoyed brown ales and Newcastle but this just tasted odd. Very uninspired for a brown. I know some would argue that Newcastle is the same old beer as always. I usually suggest that with some brewers like Inbev they change the way the beer is brewed and thus it doesn't taste the way it should.

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Photo of Buckeye55
3.87/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I dig this beer alot, I have drank it for years, and will probably continue to mix it in every so often. It is a sweet tasting light bodied beer for the color. This is the beer that started me on the practice of looking for the production/ best by date, as I had on more than one occasion picked up a six pack that was passed it.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.39/5  rDev +1.8%
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 Tantonys
5/5  rDev +50.2%
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 HeyJude1963
3.24/5  rDev -2.7%
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 -17.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Cerveza de cuerpo medio y carbonatación 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 lúpulo.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.29/5  rDev -1.2%
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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Newcastle Brown Ale from Heineken Nederland B.V.
Beer rating: 76 out of 100 with 5352 ratings