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New Holland Zoomer Wit - New Holland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 2
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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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.

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!

Photo of redmosquito
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the many beers I sampled at the MI Summer Beer Fest. What a great summer beer. Hazy yellow color with a white head. Sweet spicey aroma. Flavor starts off sweet, then yeasty and finishes off dry and spicey. A true oasis on a day filled with big beers!!

Photo of lampkins
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Being a huge fan of the New Holland Brewing Company I could not wait to try their latest seasonal offering. Being a fan of the wit beers I thought that they would get this style perfect, but alas the beer comes up short.

While the beer has the traditional appearance of a wit beer (cloudy brew with a nice head) and smells like wheat and orange there was something missing about this beer. It reminded me more of a hefe weiss than a wit, while I could taste the wheat and zesty yeast there was not much of a coriandor/lemon/orange taste.

Being a fan of the brewery I will try this again next year.

Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color witha thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry wheat scent with a hint of orange zest. It is a bit weaker than most wits and the yeast doesn't really have much of an impact. The taste is good. It has a nice dry wheat flavor with a wonderful orange aftertaste. It goes down easy and refreshes. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent wit. It has good flavor, but lacks a bit on aroma and appearance; a good drinker.

Photo of ken3c
4.05/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

"Accented with Coriander and Orange Pool" Label suggested a squeeze of lemon.

Small head but nice layer of foam laces a little.

Smells a bit of ripe banana and berries.

Tastes nice and tart. Spicy. I can't taste the orange but I sure taste the coriander. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel is light and bubbly but a bit dry.

I really liked drinking this beer. Next time I'm getting a sixer. H*ll, maybe I'll take a road trip.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.08/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy, bright lemon-gold with an eggshell white head that's on the small side after a vigorous pour. The aroma is appropriately wheat malty with the unmistakable scent of Cascade hops. As a consequence, it smells more of lemon and grapefruit than it does of actual orange peel. Interesting choice of hops in a wit, but since I love Cascade, I approve.

This is one flavorful witbier. Again, the hops are right up-front, a position that they occupy without drowning out the other flavor elements. Orange is definitely evident on the palate, much more so than it was in the nose. Coriander is also present (naturally) and has been added in a 'just right' amount. The finish is mildy bitter with a refreshing cleanliness.

Zoomer Wit may not be a classic witbier by virtue of its unashamed use of Cascade hops, but as far as I'm concerned it's an excellent Americanized version of the style that runs neck and neck with Bell's Oberon for top honors in the great beer state of Michigan.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled at From The Vine beer tasting Jul 9th, 2004: This brew is a bright yellow color with simmering carbonation and a thin white head. Thin lacing as well. The aroma is lightly spiced with some citrus. Light-bodied and crisp, with spices, citrus and toasted malt flavors. The finish is mildly bitter hops and citrus again. Fairly easy to drink but it doesn't really stack up against the many exemplary beers of the style that are readily available.

Photo of Sixpack595
4.3/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale, cloudy yellow in color with a thin tan cap of bubly foam. Aroma was only faintly citrucy with a strong biscuity, toasty malt aroma. Flavor was very nice with a lemony orange taste and a citrucy hop bite. Very crisp flavor. Very nice nice wit, perfect summer drinkin beer.

Photo of Bighuge
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazed golden-white appearance. Thin and bubbly ivory white head leaves adequate lace. Really nice malt/wheat blend on the nose. The spices are subdued, but noticeable. Sweet orange. The body's pretty light and the carbonation just a tad low. Taste is solid. Nice belgian malt and wheat tones. Coarse corriander and a little pepper spice it up. And a little bitter orange as well. Nice lingering dryness begs more and more drinks. Now my beer is gone...quickly.

Photo of Winter
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy lemon yellow with a short lived white head that settles to a thin bubbly ring around the edge of the glass. Aroma consists of wheat malt and lemony citrus. Mouthfeel isn't quite thin but barely medium-bodied and very crisp. Wheat malt front. Some sourness from the hop bitterness peaks toward the back. A spiciness is noticed. Coriander. There's a lingering bitterness that carries easily into the crisp finish.

Decent enough for a witbier. It seems a little bit crisper than some of the other wits I've tried. I drank this both by itself and with a lemon. Say what you will about putting fruit in beer, but the lemon slice actually made this taste better and took some of the average blandness of flavor away. It just seemed better with it. Easy drinking and refreshing on a warm summer evening.

Photo of proc
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a bright, golden in the glass with a slight head. The aroma is that of citrus and light yeast. The taste starts off with a light citrus taste and is followed by a light spiciness. Refreshing and decent, but not as flavorful in the finish as Bell's Oberon or Arcadia's Whtisun.

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.

Photo of abents
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy yellow with nice bright white head and good lacing. Smells overwhelmingly of citrus fruits especially oranges and lemons. Taste is kinda vague though some hops in there along with the nice citrus finish, but the spices were lackluster and no real big great taste stands out. Nice carbonation however and it goes down real smooth. But the beer just kinda dies in my mouth and leaves me wanting something more...anything more.
Decent offering, but nothing spectacular.

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.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light yellow color with a slight amount of cloudiness.No real appreciable aroma that I could detect.Had a smooth,clean taste that was quite refreshing though I got no hints of the coriander or orange peel it was said to be flavored with.Pleasing on the palate though I couldnt find one overwhelming flavor.Good for a hot summer's day.

Photo of granger10
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy light yellow with a decent enough head that lasted longer than I thought it would. It had the taste of citrus and coriander mixed with just the right amount of hops. Summer beers can't be done much better than this one. Crisp and refreshing. Well done.

Photo of AudioGilz
3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's slightly cloudy yellow/burnt orange with a very small coating of a head. A pretty mellow yet enticing aroma of citrus and coriander greets you. I'm surprised by the pleasant hop presence here. It's very mellow and makes for a wonderful touch. This combined with citrus twang and orange peel make for one heluva refreshing brew. An awesome summer beer here.

Photo of Mitchster
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewed with Pilsen and Wheat Malts, Cascade & First Gold Hops, coriander and orange peel.

OG 1.050, 5.0% ABV, 22.19 IBU.

Even with a vigorous pour, this brilliantly clear, light orange-golden brew formed a tiny head atop small bubbles with sparse lacing. Retention is poor. Carbonation is medium-light. Aroma is full of that typical Cascade nose (which I don't really care for) with a subtle, bitter white celery note (is that the coriander?). Taste starts with a full Cascade hop flavor with characteristic New Holland huskiness, sweet feeling in the back of the throat when the crisp malts kick in. The orange peel is just barely noticeable in the finish, which is a well-balanced bitterness complementing the husky, sweet pilsen malts. Mouthfeel is very crisp and wet with a medium-light body. The finish is lightly astringent, secondary to the husky grains. Drinkability is OK, and I would prefer this over Oberon as a summer thirst-quencher, which tends to more bready, and limits it's drinkability. New Holland has some great, unique brews which have not disappointed.

This is an average wit, but it doesn't hold a candle to the better wits out there like Celis & Hoegarden. The cascade hops really ruin this one...the Sierra Nevada taste competely overpowers any subtlety. Replace those with some Saaz and lots more orange peel and it might be good.

5/31/04 "Orange Infused" version. Pours out to a pale, cloudy, straw lemon, forming a modest white head with a vigorous pour with poor retention and no lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Aroma of american standard wheat with lemon and orange citrus, and distant Saaz hops. Mouthfeel is tart and smooth with a light body. Taste is an echo of the aroma with a distant orange note towards the finish, preceded by a medium woody bitterness, and finishing with some grain husk and husk astringency. Nothing too exciting, and I can't say different from the previous version except for a slight orange note towards the finish.
A=3.5, S=4.0, T=4.0, MF=4.5, D=4.0

Photo of inebrius
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clouded coral with a few miscreant floaties when poured with yeast. Nose is heavy on orange peel and dough. Nicely bittered and a pleasant tang finish. An excellent Summer brew that approaches what a real Wit is all about.

Photo of Wildman
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ New Holland Brewery/Brewpub

This beer was a dark, cloudy yellow color that had a white head that left some lace. The aroma was slightly of coriander and citrus. The flavor was of hops and coriander with a bit of citrus. Had a light finish. This beer's elements weren't as strong as Lakefront's or Allagash's. Some people may be disappointed by this while other's may prefer this style that is not overpowering. Not a bad beer.

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New Holland Zoomer Wit from New Holland Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.