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New Holland Zoomer Wit - New Holland Brewing Company

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121 Ratings
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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Mitchster on 08-28-2002)
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Reviews by CoSMoSYS:
Photo of CoSMoSYS
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a huge, cloudy white head with barely half of the bottle poured. As the head simmered down the color of the beer was a golden straw color that seemed to turn peachy as it warmed up. As the head dissipated it left a decent amount of lacing.

For the smell, I picked up a lot of wheat (of course). Yeast was there as it really smelled like a fresh loaf of white bread. I picked up a clove smell also.

This is a light bodied beer with a somewhat harsh after taste. I did not expect this from a witbier. As soon as you take a sip, you feel like you have bitten into a peel of something citrus. I can also detect some sweetness of the malt, however, I can also detect the hint of pepper that other describe.

I feel the carbonation as it goes down and it leaves that hops aftertaste. Kind fop watery.

I didn't expect that taste I got from from this particular Witbier. But I realize that it is yet another person's influence on the Type. Not my favorite but I would drink it again it offered.

CoSMoSYS, Oct 20, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor over the weekend,poured a hazed straw color with hint of peach hue a thin white head atop.Mild toasted wheat malt in the nose very light citric orange as well,dryer flavors with toasty wheat being in the forefront there is a citric hop presence in the finish though that you dont see in many beers of the style that others have noticed on their reviews.All in all a little boring a summer no brainer I guess here.

oberon, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Looks and smells like typical macro pee-pee pilsner with just a dash of orange.

Taste is far from it. The first thing that grabs me is a bracing bitterness and acidity with a quick twang on the backend and a weirdly smokey finish. This all mellows out alot as the beer warms, or I get used to it, I'm not sure which. It becomes a far more drinkable beverage, with that twang coming around to a fuller citrus flavor. I get lemon more than orange. Spicing is apparent but very hard to characterize, it gets burried under the bitterness. This doesn't taste much like my idea of wit, but makes an interesting APWA.

Mouthfeel is thin and dominated by the acidity. Unless I was having it with the right food, I don't see having more than one.

JudgeRoughneck, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of jakester
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this at Union Jack's Inn on the Manatawny as a single.

Pours a cloudy banana colored gold with a huge 4 finger rocky white head. Extremely effervescent. Thought it might jump out of my (pilsner) glass. Great lacing.

Main aroma is wheat bread, with orange and coriander and banana there as well. The aromas last quite a while.

The beer tastes like it smells. Pretty strong wheat, orange, coriander and other spices, bananas. Lemony tart, very light malts. Clean and refreshing. I've had better tasting wits, but this is good.

Mouthfeel is tart, clean, crisp, effervescent, but feels surprisingly soft. Long tart finish.

As a summer beer, this is quite good. As a true Belgian wit, I wouldn't mind a little more. Still, I would recommend it.

jakester, Jul 07, 2005
Photo of jcdiflorio
2.63/5  rDev -21%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a larged bowled wheat glass from a 12oz. long neck brown bottle with a crimped on cap.

Hazy,straw/yellowy/lt. golden color looked different from top to bottom of glass.A slight white head dissapated very quickly to almost nothing. Very little carbination just some spotty lacing from swirling the glass.

Very clean aroma,slight citrus with very light doughyness and very slight wheat aromas.

Very clean taste,watery with a good crisp citrus peel finish. The finish was the best part of the beer, very bland overall.

Light and tangy mouthfeel. Refreshing easy to drink,lacking in taste, not enough here to make me want to keep drinking it.

jcdiflorio, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of iparules
3/5  rDev -9.9%

iparules, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sporting a newer label than what's pictured here, the new one has a summer deck chair soaked in sun okay crack this baby. Appears a clouded hazy lemonade yellow golden hue forms a large soapy white head bubbles rise above the glass with good retention leaves thin uneven lacing behind. Aroma contains bread like mildly spiced yeast profile mild citrus peel low grade herbal hop bouqet, prett much the yeast breadiness stands out here with some sharp wheat accents arising as well. Flavor contains some sharp citrus bitter zest with spciy corainder offerings blended nice together while their bready yeast chalky aspect doesn't accomplish what other wits do for me with authentic Belgian yeast strains, really bready spiciness with a finishing herbal hop character. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied some yeasty protein dregs are noted in teh texture here carbonation is a bit spritzy like the style usually is so this works. Drinkability great for summer I was refreshed after my portion it didn't over do the coriander my complaint with many American brewed wits but my gripe with the yeast strain here made this offering much more powdered yeast cake flavor than should come through but I was able to overlook this and give it a try.

WVbeergeek, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of cokes
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Murk-filled golden straw, but more-or-less beige with the sediment added. The head is short and lacy.
Nose full of lemon cookies, grain, and oranges.
Taste begins with a full doughiness. Some abrupt grains poke through. Continually doughball-esque throughout, brightened in the close with coriander spiciness, orange rind bitterness and lemon cleanser.
Light bodied and quaffable.
Fairly decent Witbier, if a bit on the bland side.

cokes, May 19, 2004
Photo of pmcadamis
3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light shade of hazy gold with a 1/2 finger head with an astonishing amount of lacing going on. These arches of lace are seemingly glued to my pint glass and make a sort of honey comb pattern. Decent head retention.

This one smells of lemon rind, seltzer water, and hard crackers.

Tastes dusty and salty. Lemon, a bit of sugar, then bitter citric hops. This one has a firm wheat cracker snap that is supported by a bready malt sweetness. The finish is peppery, dry, and bitter but not puckering. I would call it tart. Mothfeel is watery and thin, but that contributes to the refreshing nature of this beer, and adds somewhat to it's drinkability in the summer.

Overall, this lemony whit is very refreshing but otherwise uninteresting. Some qualities of this whit seem a little off balance, and I feel like there is something missing. Also, the saltiness gets a little strong towards the bottom of the glass and the bitter aftertaste is a little overdone. That said, I would not refuse one of these on a hot summer day, but I probably wouldn't buy this again.

pmcadamis, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of sullysbeer
3.93/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Coriander Spice, Lemon Zest, Orange Peel, Soapy. Not much wheat at all.

Appearance: Bright Neon Yellow or Straw Color, Clear. White head retention.

Flavor: Malty sweet with a lemony, orange peel flavor and finishes with a little more citrus flavor and hop bitterness than I thought there would be, but good.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body with medium carbonation

Overall Impression: Closing off the summer of 2006. I've known Jason Spaulding of New Holland since they opened. Very impressed with these guys. I remember when this beer was Zoomer Wit - Summer White Beer. The label showed the sun shining. Each six pack label was a little different, ie. the sun would have sunglasses, tilted sunglasses, or no sunglasses. Now Zoomer is a wheat ale and the label is an adirondack chair chillin' in the sand. Pretty cool how I noticed this. This beer is overall a very good summer ale. Not much wheat flavor. Very refreshing. Below is the first label and the label now.

sullysbeer, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With the yeast roused from the bottom of the bottle, New Holland's Zoomer Wit delivers the typical hazy light-golden-orange appearance that's excpected of the style. The head retention is a bit limited, however, and it drops quickly to a narrow collar of bright white. The nose is bright and exciting with distinctly wheat-ish malt that's peppered with swirling notes of coriander and orange peel. The body is light-medium, and its very fine carbonation leaves a gentle zest on the tongue. Coriander dominates the flavor right from the get go, with orange peel taking a solid stance behind it right in front of the malt. As expected the bitterness is kept to a minimum allowing the spice to balance it; and it finishes with a distinct coriander flavor and spicy (mildly chalky) dryness. It's not a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination, and it might be one of New Holland's best, but it doesn't quite stack up to the finest examples from Belgium. Still, it's fresh, domestically made, and cheaper - so I say load up for your next summer party or just grab a case for yourself during the hot summer months!

NeroFiddled, Oct 09, 2004
Photo of tempest
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Abe's and this one's a bit of a foamer.

This shows possible signs of age, but I can't tell since New Holland doesn't date their bottles. It appears a hazy straw yellow with an almost overwhelming fluffy white head. The aroma is a mix of mild Belgian candy spice with doughy bread. The flavor follows up on those notes with a little more emphasis on wheat and ending on a sour note. No really, it gets quite sour at the end. The body is appropriately light, and the sour is interesting, but I don't know if I'd go back to this one with so many good wit's available.

tempest, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of rolandboy
3/5  rDev -9.9%

rolandboy, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy, medium yellow gold with a 1/2 finger of fizzy brite-white head. Fizzles down pretty quickly into just some wisps of retention that leave a small smattering of lace behind. The aroma is mostly floral hops, citrus, and some undelying notes of wheat and yeast.

The taste is a firm base of wheat and bread set against some citrus character and a moderately tingling hop profile. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a prickly carbonation and slightly oily feel at times.

Not bad for an American Pale Wheat Ale. It wasn't overly assertive or anything and the oiliness in the body was interesting but it didn't detract from the drinkibility too much.

Kegatron, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of jackndan
2.53/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Zoomer Wit: Pours an extremely cloudy, dirty yellow. Vigorous pouring does little to produce a head. Very sweet, citrus aromas of oranges and lemons. The taste is sharply bitter, not hops bitter, more like lemon peel bitter. Very citrus-y, not completely unpleasant, but not a beer one would normally enjoy in November. Spicy bubbles, not very smooth. Feh.

jackndan, Nov 22, 2003
Photo of CharlesDarwin
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Originally reviewed on August 15, 2006. 12 Oz Bottle. Aroma of light green apples and tart metallic lemon water. Hints of grass and grain. Pour of hazed lemon yellow. Head of rocky white. Flavor is a rich and incredibly sweet malt sugar. Attenuation? Carbonation seems a little light. Phenolic edges over sweet alcohols in a corn syrup solution. Wheat character seems low for this beer. Smacks with grainy hop edges in old grassy fields, maybe a little parching and strong. Sickly flavor in the end. Smacks too sweet. Overall, mediocre. This is classified as a Wit? Wow, it really missed the boat on that.

CharlesDarwin, Dec 13, 2006
Photo of nortmand
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice, cloudy yellow, wit (haha) a bit of yeast clinging to the sides of the glass.
Extremely citrusy smell masks a faint wheaty yeast smell.
Citrus is quite strong with the flavor of this beer. Also see: rich wheat taste and thickening yeastiness, although not as extreme as Oberon.
Rich mouthfeel, extraordinarily so for a wit.
Good, drinkable summer beer. As far as Michigan wheats go, from best to worst: Whitsun, MBC, Zoomer Wit, Oberon. With a halfhearted apology to the Oberon fans.

nortmand, Oct 21, 2004
Photo of marcobrau
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy and yellow with a burst of carbonation that forms about a half-inch of head then quickly falls to a collar of bubbles. Smells of ciitrus. Fairly thick body. Surprising amount of bitterness. Peppery towards the finish. Not sure of this in production anymore, but it tasted relatively fresh. A good spring beer.

marcobrau, May 20, 2010
Photo of Bung
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Bung, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of emerge077
3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Charleston...

Pours like pulpy, peach-orange juice. A shade lighter than real OJ. A few spots of lacing linger after the glass sits for a minute. The small amount of head fades to a ring around the glass. When swirled, there's a big coriander spice aroma. Muted wheat and citrus in the background.

Wheaty and smooth feel, pale malts, coriander, with a sort of dull earthiness. It feels a little too heavy on the palate, and dries out in the finish. One pint was easy to consume, two maybe on a hot day. Not my favorite Wit though...

emerge077, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of BierFan
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a weizen glass. No "bottled on" date or abv is to be found on the label.

Appearance: Nice sized white head shows decent staying power. Bright hazy yellow body.

Smell: Not alot going on in the aroma. Sweet and "wheaty".

Taste: Very refreshing beer for the summer. Hops are in the background, almost undetectable. Has a little bit of an acidic twang to it.

BierFan, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of BeerSox
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pale yellow hay hue with a white thin head that quickly turns into almost nothing.

Very light malt aromas with a touch of orange citrusy fruit.

Light biscuity malts with a slight amount of citrus flavor. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The finish is some light lingering grain.

A very mildly flavored witbier, but rather refreshing. Great for the summer.

BeerSox, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of matjack85
3/5  rDev -9.9%

matjack85, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of blackie
3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: into this new Allagash wit glass, low white head leaves a nice coat atop a very hazy golden-wheat colored beer

s: full, soft wheaty aroma, big clean yeasts, light crisp lemon, gently spicy noble hops

m: delicate low-medium carbonation with a light body

t: doughy yeasts carried on a big wheat base, a little lemony in the finish, light bitterness, a good wit but a little one dimensional

d: easy

blackie, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A nice pour into a Brooklyn footed pilsner. A hazy blonde with a two and a half finger white and foamy head. Nice latticing of lace all around the glass.

S: Kind of unusual spiciness that I can't place a finger on. Yeasty/bready, some of the wheat grains stand out.

T: Not a whole lot going on at all. Almost a bit herbal in some way, some citrus notes, wheaty, and a little bitter post-finish.

M: A fine little nip of carbonation without being too sharp or fizzing. Almost wants to finish a little dry, but can't seem to decide.

D: Nothing much above average. It wouldn't be a first selection, likely wouldn't come to my mind to suggest. Drinkable, but it ends there.

Proteus93, May 25, 2008
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New Holland Zoomer Wit from New Holland Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.