Newcastle Brown Ale | Heineken Nederland B.V.

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Newcastle Brown AleNewcastle Brown Ale

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Heineken Nederland B.V.

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 5,292 |  Reviews: 1,628
Reviews by Bang34:
Photo of Bang34
3.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many of my friends' favorite beer and used to be one of mine before I developed my palate. The color is a copper to brown color with a small head for an English Ale. The only thing that describes the taste is nutty, a little sweet, probaby why most non beer drinkers like it. Lacks sophistication, maybe I have enjoyed to many hoppy brews to enjoy the nutty maltiness of this one. It's wide availability has made it a mainstay at the college bars and parties I have frequeted for the past 4 years. It's a shame, those that think this is a great beer do ot know what they are missing. It is good, but just that.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of stokegolding
3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am really surprised by the poor reviews on this beer. It really makes me question the "expert's" expertise. By no means is this the best beer I have ever drank, but it is a really good all purpose beer. It goes well with food, relaxation, refreshment, and just to fill that beer craving.

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Photo of Todd
2.16/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 FL OZ custom clear bottle.

Appearance: Tawny/leathery brown. Nice and rich in colour with a bit of a creamy, bubbly lace of a head. Semi-sticky and seems to retain well.

Smell: Medicinal, astringent aromas. Smells crisp and clean. Most of the smells come from the funky ass Ringwood yeast.

Taste: Sweet (but not very malty) and light bodied in the begining. Toasted notes. A crispness creeps up pretty quickly followed by corn sweetness and a definite alcohol taste distinctly from the added maize grits. DMS (cooked vegetables) is also on the palate. Hop notes are leafy, a bit oily. They meld with the prominent yeast profile, that seems to dominate, to create a dryness. Brew gets a bit tea-like, then the tongue then gets coated with a light hop oil/astringent dose of residual flavours from the yeast. Finishes odd.

Notes: This brew uses corn grits, added liquid sugar and is pasteurised. Hardly a "real ale" from England. It's very much a commercial beer these days, and long gone is the age old "goodness." It's now another brew victim to global fame and demand. Despite this, it's drinkable. Not the best brew, or Brown Ale even. In fact, some might find its claimed "special flavour" hard to swallow. Newky Brown uses the tag line "The One and Only" ... let's hope so.

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Photo of Ranger337
3.86/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My favorite brown ale. As I read the previous ratings, and reviews I am wondering if I am doing something wrong. I absolutely love this beer. It is best on tap though, tons better then from the bottle but isn't that the way it is for most beers?

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Photo of DavidHarvey
4.84/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

All around easy beer to drink being a malt beer every beer guy would enjoy this everyday after a long day at work

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

This was my brown ale of choice a while back that I would get in 12 packs before I got into all the dark brown ales, stouts, porters etc. Actually a decent beer if you are quaffing a few and doing stuff outside in the summer. It's not the sort of beer you really want to sit down with to analyze all the subtle complexities and richness.

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Photo of Jasonboerner
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My go to beer at Buffalo Wild Wings.

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Photo of Nine_Tails
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very easy drinking beer with a sweet taste and pleasant

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Photo of berkeleymaw
4.15/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Not so bad, my go-to beer if I'm drinking somewhere that doesn't sell microbrews, porters, stouts, IPA's, etc. when I'm not in the mood for Guiness. Preferable to the other beers you can usually find typical chain restaurants.

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Photo of UPBrewer92
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've come across rumors that this supposedly goes extremely well with chocolate cake. The combination was ok, but nothing special. By itself, though, this is a decent drink that's worth having again.

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Photo of SirHopsHoppington
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours golden brown with a quick dwindling off white head. Smooth crisp taste. Light on the pallet. Not my first choice... Although enjoyable.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.47/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my first beers that was not a light beer. Enjoyable and easy to drink, will always enjoy them just not so complex as the stuff I have now but a fine beer overall.

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Photo of ckornmannn
3.74/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle, pours a transparent dark mahogany brown. Very smooth and silky. Malt forward for sure, very little hops coming through. It is a brown ale after all. Its good for the style.

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

4/2/15 Draft (Finley Dunnes Chicago) - Nice black pour, minimal carbonation and whit head. Malt aroma and taste, very smooth beer to drink. Roasted malt and chocolate taste but not strong. Overall good beer offering.

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Photo of Geoffq
4.01/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

its changed over the years but still a good beer doesn't have the red dye colour in it any more

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Photo of robbb
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

One of the better mass production beers out there. Rather neutral malty taste but goes down smooth.

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Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Easy drinking but boring, sessionable brown ale.

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Photo of jonatanlauritzen
1.21/5  rDev -63.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

It's a boring cemical tasting joke of an ale. Never worth to buy

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.74/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep amber (15) with beige top and good lacing. Smells like a Strohs. Watery malt and lite mouthfeel. Good lite beer to start the day. Revisited 10/3/16, this time from a can. Same appearance and same lite body. Picking up lite bitterness, caramel and biscuit flavors. Big difference flavor wise can vs. clear bottle. Upped my ratings accordingly.

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Photo of thommo_nk
2.55/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

No complexity at all, easy drinking, reasonably enjoyable.

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Photo of willyburz
4.41/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Love me some New Castle, great beer...solid, and different in flavor. Good stuff!

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Photo of miribus
4.67/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer and the one that really let me know I could actually enjoy beer. I'm very late to the game, starting in my late 30s. I usually drank hard liquor. Eventually I decided to try something (Steel Reserve 211) and it kindled a bit but eventually I found this and grew.

It is sortof like the semisweet chocolate of beer. I can usually find it on sale for about $1 a bottle, and it is tremendously drinkable.

I love almost everything about this beer, the bottles are clear, which is distinctive but the label quality is terrible, they should screen print.

This is not a very bitter dark ale at all, in fact many would say it is too sweet. There is sort of a burnt semi-sweet chocolate/caramel malt thing happening, but to those with the right palate they'll find some bitter.

A great aspect of this beer is that it is even drinkable warm, if you've had it for a while, say while you're working on something else, and it warms up, it adapts to that taste.

It is my Budweiser.

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Photo of cdclark81
2.56/5  rDev -22.9%
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 mjstern70
2.68/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

'Eh it's alright. It's a little watery and I'm sure it was much better before they put it on heavy distro around the globe.

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Photo of Capt_Pete
4.7/5  rDev +41.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On Draught poured into a Geordie Schooner at my local village British pub. Has a dark-brown body, and a slightly caramel-colored head. Smell is a roasted "burnt" (I tend to like the burnt, smokey aroma in all mt alcoholic drinks) with a sweet malt aroma and it tastes how it smells with very little hoppiness. A perfect feel with a medium body, not too heavy or light. Overall, this is my go-to beer at most eateries and pubs if they have it, very drinkable, and I'll sometimes do a "BlackCastle" when transitioning to a stout. I used to put the bottles in my bilge when sailing long distances as it can be drunk at a higher temp than American ales (seawater is close to 55-60F and my cast-iron keel moderates the bilge temp).

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Newcastle Brown Ale from Heineken Nederland B.V.
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