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New Holland Pilgrim's Dole - New Holland Brewing Company

New Holland Pilgrim's DoleNew Holland Pilgrim's Dole

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very good

537 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 537
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
A barleywine-style ale made with 50% wheat malt (a wheatwine) aged in bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-19-2003)
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Photo of Pizzawingsbeer


4.78/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An incredible Bourbon Barrel aged barlerwine. The flavor of bananas and some yeast bread are over powering but the cloying "collapsing mouthfeel "when you are swallowing a huge beer. It is definitely the best barley wine I have ever had. I am going to assume I didn't get the bourbon aged. My keg is yeast and barley and mush and stuff! It is awfully good though.


Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2013 07:51:44 | More by Pizzawingsbeer
Photo of Alextricity


3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Hop Cat... $3 for a tulip during Happy Hour? What a steal. I didn't order this one myself, but had a few sips of it... a few very memorable sips.

Appearance: A ruby sort of color with a surprising little head on it with some patchy lacing. Looks good, but not the beer's greatest attribute.

Smell: Phew! Bourbon and vanilla. Caramel. Wow, that is potent. Dark fruits, perhaps, but the bourbon, vanilla, and caramel are most prominent, for sure.

Taste/feel: Backwoods Bastard, in a sense... but this is a bit more harsh with the alcohol/not quite as smooth. Pretty significant bourbon character with a pretty hot finish. Vanilla, caramel, and dark fruits throughout the sip. This is actually a pretty excellent beer, though it definitely could have used a bit more time in the barrel, yet a bit less of a bourbon character. Needs some mellowing. Not as well crafted as Backwoods in my opinion, but still pretty awesome. Obviously, being different styles, this beer does have a VERY slight tartness to it.. by slight, I mean slight. It's not like the other Wheatwines I've had before for the most part, but then again, those weren't poured into a bourbon barrel.

I don't generally jump up and down about New Holland, but they impressed me quite a lot with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2013 00:40:22 | More by Alextricity
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New York

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bunkers Sports Bar & Grill, Vandalia, OH

A: The beer is clear light reddish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high light beige head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Bits of sweetness are present in the nose along with notes of oaky vanilla aromas.
T: The taste is a little sweet and has flavors of toffee with notes of vanilla towards the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite interesting for a wheatwine and isn't overly difficult to drink because the alcohol isn't that noticeable in the taste. It also has nice vanilla and toffee flavors without tasting exactly like bourbon or alcohol.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2013 11:37:17 | More by metter98
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4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


Pours reddish brown with a white sudsy head.

Smells of caramel and tart apples.

Flavor is vanilla, apples, cinnamon, caramel and bourbon. Bit of hop bitterness.

Full body with light carbonation and boozy warmth.

Really tasty and powerful ale. Good sipper and great flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2013 00:00:24 | More by Cylinsier
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4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first wheatwine. It pours a luscious caramel color with very thin lacing. There’s a very present booziness that runs throughout—the aroma, the taste, and the finish. But when drinking it’s balanced (or or complimented) by a sweetness and a real wheated smoothness. There’s a definite bourbon/barrel-aged spirits note to this as well, but it’s not the dominating presence. In three words: Smooth, sweet, strong.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2011 17:16:35 | More by elNopalero
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4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 version on tap at the Hopcat. A cute pour into a cute glass, a golden shine with aromas of caramelized sugars and herbal leather.

Tastes lightly of some oxidation, one might say a nice noble oxidation though. Fried breads, soil, browned sugars and warm butter come out, a great taste.

For a big wheatwine, the drinkability was great. If I had time, money, and a bigger liver I could of sat and consumed this guy for hours.

New Holland- I am reminded of your ability to shine.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2011 16:36:44 | More by olympuszymurgus
Photo of Tone


4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy, dark red color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, alcohol, dough, hint of hops, and a hint of citrus. Fits the style of a wheatwine. Mouth feel is slightly smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, wood, sweet malt, slight hops, slight yeast, hint of citrus, and wheat. Overall, great appearance, aroma, blend, and body.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2010 21:27:45 | More by Tone
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3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The deep, clear red belies this beer's strength. Wow. The aroma is of candy. Sweet, yes, maybe like sour worms? I'm a few years past my trick-or-treating days. The taste is not quite as sugary as the nose leads you to expect - which is a relief - but still pretty sweet. It's balanced by a bit of sourness and a good bit of heat. You will not for a moment think this is a low-gravity beer!

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2010 03:10:09 | More by djmitche
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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

09/05/10- Had this one on-tap at the New Holland brewpub.
A: Dark reddish brown, nice cream collar and lacing.
S: Caramel alcohol, cinnamon molasses, musty earthy hops character.
T: Sweet with warming alcohol, roasted finish, caramel red wine. Good.
M: Frothy, slightly heavy.
D: Pretty good for a wheat wine.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2010 17:22:31 | More by ne0m00re
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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at New Holland.

A dark golden brown color. Smells a sweet mixture of fruits and spices. Hints of caramel and vanilla. Taste is heavy on alcohol, and is a highly sweet combination of cloves, vanilla, raisins, bananas, and other fruits it is hard to put a finger around. This was a pretty interesting beer that I'd like to try again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2010 02:29:38 | More by webmanspidey
Photo of Auspice


3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Buckeye Beer Engine in Lakewood Ohio earlier this week while a NH rep was there. This was aged from 2007.

Arrived in a NH tulip glass and was dark copper in color with 1/2" head. Had a fruity sweet nose that reminds me plums and figs with a slight spiciness.Maybe I'm not that experienced but this tastes a lot like a barleywine to me. Scarily drinkable for being 10%.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2009 06:59:56 | More by Auspice
Photo of GRPunk


4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap poured into a tulip glass.

A- It had an slightly hazy, red/brown/amber body with a thinnish head that dropped to a light lace.

S- The aroma was very sweet and a bit on the caramel side with some light, biscuity malts.

T- The flavor was again, malty with caramel and wheat characteristics along with some alcohol flavor.

M- A little tingly, mostly from carbonation and a bit of an alcohol bite.

D- Pretty decent for the ABV. It's a decent sipper. It makes for a good nightcap.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2009 15:10:15 | More by GRPunk
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the New Holland extravaganza at UJ's on the Manatawny last weekend.

The beer pours a copper amber color with fair head retention and minimal lacing. While the beer doesn't look to be anything special, the nose on this bad boy immediately got my attention. There is a nice interplay of vanilla, bourbon, butterscotch and burnt sugar, leading one to expect a pretty rich beer. This beer does not diappoint on the palate, and is absolute delicious. Barrel aging is quite apparent in this beer, giving this beer a dry flavor panoply of butterscotch, bitter chocolate, and light vanilla chocolate. The beer also has a very nice mouthfeel, coming across as very smooth, soft and long. Drinkability is really pretty good in this high abv. beer, though I'm not sure I'd ever want to have more then one at a sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2009 19:54:17 | More by johnmichaelsen
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4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at brewpub.

Poured a dark amber color with average frothy white head that lasted with good lacing.

Complex aroma and flavor of malt, caramel, raisin and apple.

Medium body with creamy texture.

Above average and one of the top rated beers for style.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2009 18:07:14 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of edbeered


3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a tulip glass, this pours a clear amber color, with a small white head that somehow leaves substantial lacing on the glass. The smell is slightly sweet. The taste is interesting, and not what I expected. Primary flavors are toffee and vanilla, along with a noticeable alcohol flavor. I don't really taste any hops, but there is a slight graininess(from the wheat?). The flavor profile is quite intense, yet the mouthfeel is lighter than I expected as well. This is an interesting beer, but not one that I'd have more than one of in a sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2008 02:23:40 | More by edbeered
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4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Teresa's Next Door.

A-Pours a clear amber with a minimal, quickly dissipating white head.

S-Malty with lots of caramel and toffee notes.

T-Lots of malty sweetness throughout with a bit of hops in the finish and a very light amount of alcohol warmth.

M-Moderately creamy and rich.

D-Well hidden alcohol is a big plus for this beer. I would have more than one at home.


Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2008 18:21:55 | More by sholland119
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4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from Notes although it was only a few weeks ago. This was an 06 version poured at Crunchy's in East Lansing.

A - Poured a hazy amber color with some cloudiness and sediment visible. Head was decent, Lacing was minimal.

S - A sweetness and maltiness.

T - Strong taste of alcohol with roasted malts standing out also acting a a balancing act. Very pleasant taste, especially with such a high ABV.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation.

D - If you take out the fact that its alcohol content is high this is definately one that went down well. I could do another on taste for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2008 17:32:37 | More by Baileyuk
Photo of drxandy


4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Starting this review, i must state that this is a comparison of '06 pilgrim's dole served on 7/8/08, to fresh on tap dole that i had a couple months back.

7/8 taster @ crunchy's - rich golden brown, shade got a little deeper, very nice, good clarity, light white head fades into lacing.

smells of alcohol heat, deep deep malts, the age improves it conciderably, tastes almost like a fine whiskey, lot of depth and sweetness, fresh comes off smelling way too hot

taste is of sweet malts, tastes AMAZING with age, heat is mellowed considerably and comes off much easier to drink, nice whiskey aspect that isn't present when fresh, maple syrup, alcohol is still present but muted, caramely, a beer i wouldn't guess that the flavor profile would change so positively with age - seek out and cellar!!!

mouthfeel is smooth, bitter, super malt bomb- delicious!

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2008 17:53:01 | More by drxandy
Photo of GbVDave


4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at New Holland BC 5/24/08. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Served the color of tarnished copper. Covering the slightly hazy body is an off-white head with whipped cream consistency. Lots of sticky lace left over.

S: Huge aromas of vanilla, toffee, caramel, oak, and piney hops.

T: See above. Some alcohol spice, but not hot. Some citrus and caramel apple in the finish.

M: Creamy! Goes down like velvet.

D: Very very good....damn admirable considering the heft of its' abv.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2008 01:19:57 | More by GbVDave
Photo of ATLbeerDog


4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap - Poured a beautiful golden orange yellow color with a thick ¼ inch head. This beer is fairly hazy. Smell: The aroma of honey and pears with a hint of hop bitterness. First sip is bittersweet. Then the fruity sweetness soon fades with the bitterness dominating the finish. Tastes of honey, malt, hops, wheat, pears are there, making this wheat wine complex and flavorful. Nice 10% ABV too! Very yummy.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2008 21:59:52 | More by ATLbeerDog
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4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Came to the table looking a clear amber orange with a one finger white head that left some of the heaviest lacing I have ever seen. Smelled like strong brandy. There was a very overpowering alcohol presence in this one. The taste was amazing though. There was a strong sweet syrup taste with hints of fruity esters. Somewhat like berries and cream and a little banana and honey. The alcohol was definitely present but only detered from the moutfeel a little. It was a thick syrupy consistency which was good but the strong alcohol made it less drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2008 03:03:25 | More by CrazyMacHarris99
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3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Town Hall in Minnesota, 1/15/08.

Clear, copper color. Light tan head. Legs, but no lacing.

Aroma was sweet, reminded me of vanilla and bourbon.

Taste was a malt bomb (excuse me, wheat). Much more sweet than bitter. Vanilla, raisins, bourbon notes. Herbal bitterness at finish in an effort to balance.

Low carbonation. Full body. Sweet.

Very nice change up, more like a port than a beer. I had a 6oz. serving, and that was just right.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2008 18:23:12 | More by
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3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very nice dark brown color, with a decent head and a bit of lacing. Not much of a scent for such a strong beer, beyond a mildly sweet wheat smell. Very alcoholic taste, even for such a high ABV beer. If it wasn't for the faint wheat (and raisin for some reason) taste, it wouldn't have evne been barely average. A little rough going down, but could be worse. I doubt I'll try again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2007 21:35:30 | More by JamesS
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4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled this at Zeno's in State College, PA in a standard pint.
A - Deep copper w/ a sliver of a white head that leaves small amounts of lace.

S - Vinous aromas w/ cedar and fruit. Similar in smell to a barleywine.

M - Thick, full strength warm booziness. Candy-like sweetness remains on the tongue after the swallow.

T - A deep, sweet burst of fermented wheat that comes of as slightly perfumey. Deep malt sweetness with hops adding to the flavor in a gentle blend. A big barleywine instensity with full wheat flavors that end in a sweet finish.

D - Big Beer. My first experience with a wheatwine. A new experience that was a great balance of potent wheat and barleywine strength. I love it. Worth having for sure, but 12 oz may be enough as it shows its strength and isn't shy.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2007 22:30:56 | More by Slatetank
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4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 version, on tap. Hazy golden/orange in color. Thin white head disappears very quickly, leaving no lace at all.

Citrusy hops and spices begin to heat up the nose. An array of fruity flavors follow close behind. Apples, apricots, pineapple, and bananas. Great amount of fruity aromas. Some alcohol present in the nose as well.

Caramel covered fruits seem to stand out, very intense and sweet. Maybe caramel covered fruit rolled in sugar. Good amount of citrusy bitterness. Lots of warming from the alcohol.

Good body, with lower carbonation. The alcohol is still very evident, even after a year. I loved the many fruity flavors, and the bready character as it warms. This is a gem.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2007 03:42:03 | More by Bierguy5
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New Holland Pilgrim's Dole from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 537 ratings.