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New Holland Zoomer Wit - New Holland Brewing Company

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104 Reviews
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Reviews: 104
Hads: 121
Avg: 3.32
pDev: 16.27%
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

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Beer added by: Mitchster on 08-28-2002

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Reviews: 104 | Hads: 121
Photo of MDekker
3.87/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The brew pouring forth at the opening of the bottle looked like lemon juice. In the glass it made for a very cloudy, pale straw color with not a lot of head, but what was there had decent retention. The aroma is sort of what I expected - wheat and citrus, especially lemon. Nice. The flavor is also wheaty, a little zesty, with a lingering dry finish that I tired of after awhile. For such a lighter brew the mouthfeel was satisfying, with just the right texture for this brew - not too thick, but not waifish either. Overall, it goes down quite easily and is quite suitable for the lounge chair on the label.

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Photo of Atron67
3.87/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- cloudy yellow hue with white head, a little thin, no lacing.
S- slightly sweet citrus smells, with the wheat present
T- smooth light flavor that flows well with a wheat sweetness. light citrusy flavor as expected from the nose.
M- light carbonation, everything is pretty light.
D- is a good wheat beer, flows smoothly over the tongue with a nice sweetness, that lets you go for more easily

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Photo of mcallister
2.68/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very pale unfiltered orange yellow blandness. Clean head with sporadic carbonation bubbles arising. Fluffy and white with good retention.

Light wheat aromas with a git of grassy lemon and hints of clove. Yeast forward esters.

Thin and not very flavorful. Yet easily drinkable on a 90 degree day like today. Highly carbonated with a prickly, acidic somewhat acrid aftertaste. Lemon, yeast, wheat and watery.

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Photo of Foxman
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a slightly hazy lemony straw yellow. Almost a finger of stark white head settles soon to scarce froth. Dashes of lacing hyphenate the inside of the glass.

The aroma brings mildly tangy wheat, crisp and dusky. A peppery noble hop presence joins a doughy yeast note. A light, underlying sweetness floats distantly.

Upon tasting, a husky wheat graininess never more than intimates at sweetness. A tangy, almost vinegary touch lay at the back of the tongue. The hops present chiefly as a crisp and clean bitterness, but finish really little more than a drop off from thin to thinner. Simply, it's short on identity and character.

Light bodied, it flows quickly, swirling away promptly, though a crisp sensation lingers briefly.

Sorry, but Zoomer strikes me as a misnomer. It's just too thin and too restless to have an decent sense of itself, though I'm not sure what it would find if it could. The clean ending is decently refreshing, and a nice respite from the patchwork reality of the rest of the beer. Zoom away, Zoomer, away with you now.

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Photo of SaucyA
3.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap as a guest-tap at the WAB.

Appearance is quite lacking. Little to no head, and zero lacing left me unsatisfied (could've been the glasses cleanliness, tho). Also the lack of cloudiness had me questioning the witbier properties of this one.

Smell was surprisingly hoppy and fruity. Not so much orangey as a definite grapefruit vibe was present.

Taste was also surprisingly hoppy, but not overdone. It's been a while since I've tried a (self-proclaimed) wit with this much taste. And it has far and away the biggest hop profile within all the wit's i've tasted. That being said, it's a great beer if you're in the mood for a different take on the style.

Mouthfeel was on point... not too thick, not too thin. No complaints here.

These are VERY easy to drink, but if I'm in the mood for a true witbier, this isn't one that I'd reach for first :)

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Photo of BMoney575
3.73/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 4-13-07

Pours as one of the lightest beers I've ever seen. Pale yellow and super cloudy, it looks very much like fruit juice. A big white head with good retention rounds out the top.

Smell is sweet and wheaty, with very citrusy hops coming through.

Taste is good, very light with a definite wheat character, and a distinct hop bitterness. Lots of grapefruit flavor.

Mouthfeel is thin, but it works well for the style.

Drinkability is good, although the hop bitterness drags on. Very light and unoffensive.

Overall a good witbier, made better by the fact that there is not the distinct Belgian yeast. A very good hot summer beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A fair beer that has little to complain about. However, difficult to find much praise with this one either. Estery, with a mild yeasty aromas, decorated with spiciness and citrus. Looks lightly murky and a neutral straw hue. Head retention was lacking. Tastes sorta Wit-like, but without the creamy, soft, delicate flavors expected. Mildly grain-like, citrusy, grassy, and spicy. The feel was a bit harsh for the style and the hop balance allowed for a bite. Not a bad beer, but certainly not my pick from the style.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of sullysbeer
3.91/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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Photo of laintringulis
3.17/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light golden yellow with small white head that thins quickly. Large amount of loose streaky lacing throughout drinking.

Smells primarily of wheat with citrus, lemon and grapefruit.

Tastes of mild wheat with a grapefruit, bitter finish. Not very extreme through. A very light note of lemon is present. I would have preferred more flavor presence. Just kind of bland, like a macro lager with some flavor as an afterthought. No real spice prence.

Light bodied, somewhat flat on the mouthfeel for a wit. More of a bitter finish than dryness.

Easy to drink. As an uncomplicated lawn mower beer it work well, but if you are looking for a serious wit, look elsewhere.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.04/5  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.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.07/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy hay, banana peel yellow. Light to nonexistant bubbling and head retention. The aroma is a lightly spicey cuboard of lager like wit. The flavor is very lagery for a wheat ale. A little sweat sockey with some old yeast and real pale malts. Hints of herbs undefined to my palate. Refreshing, but not terribly flavorful.

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Photo of ypsifly
3.87/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Undated 12oz, but I know its fresh because it has the new label, purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn and poured into a pint glass.

Cloudy gold with lots of carbonation and over an inch of white foam that shows decent retention and leaves some rings of lace.

The nose has lots of malted wheat with some citric hops and a suggestion of spice.

Tastes mostly of malted wheat with some hop bitterness in the back. This could use some more hops and a dash more spice!

Moderate mouth with lots of carbonation and plenty of dryness.

A decent take on the style.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.03/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought a bottle at world market in lansing, michigan. ($1.49 for 12 oz)
pours straw with a gaint head that fell into a solid sheet, this is what i expect from a wit.
the aroma is spicy, citrus, wheaty.
the flavor is light, citrus, lemony, spicy, wheat, pepper.

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Photo of karst
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ New Holland Brewing Co. Somewhat hazy yellow with nice white head. Light citrus lemon aorma mixed with orange and corriander notes. Sweet. The wheat and yeast contributions are fairly light with a thin almost watery mouthfeel.
They have been struggling with this style the last couple of years. I prefer Bell's Oberon but this was refreshing with an average carbonation. Reminded me more of Goose Island 312 wheat. Interesting but I am not up to a growler of this one.

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Photo of hoppymeal
3.21/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light gold and straw colored, cloudy, with a white head. Smells are faint but include a wheat and clove aroma as well as some sweet fruity lemon. Sweet cereal sweetness up front in the taste followed quickly by a strong lemon flavor. Light in body with a slight tingle on the tongue. Finished with a hint of dry and peppery bitterness. Easy to drink and refreshing but nothing truly exceptional.

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

New Holland Zoomer Wheat (formerly Zoomer Wit) poured cloudy, straw colored body topped by a fairly short but dense, bright white head. Lacing was good. Smells of orange peel, clover, & coriander with a hint of pepper. Orange and grapefruit flavor followed by mild bitterness and a hint of clove. Medium-light body with fairly high carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Zoomer is a nice summer refreshment.

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Photo of deejaydan
3.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy and hazy with a decent head and respectalbe lacing. Very cloudy, not sure if that's intentional, but it's okay to me. Aroma is light, a hint of citrus brought most likely by american cascade hops. Taste is bland, not offensive, just not alot going on. Mouthfeel is nice and thick. Drinkabilty is high. I don't know if this is a witbier though. To me, it seems more like another ho-hum american wheat beer.

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Photo of Brian700
2.03/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I just flat out didn't like this beer. It poured a cloudy yellow with a white head.

The aroma smelled like a souped up pilsner with with a little bit of citrus aroma.

The flavor was light and lemony buy it is a very generic flavor and not very good. Mild spiciness.

The mouthfeel is light/medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

This is not a very drinkable beer. Maybe because I have been fed Oberon all these years.

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Photo of jj21
1.92/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle. New Labeling.
Cloudiest wheat beer I've seen. Murky yellow with quickley disappearing white head leaving little lace. Smell was not very good. Bready and skunky. Taste was sour wheat. Not at all what I expected for flavor or aroma. Mouthfeel was nt very good. Couldn't wait to finish this one.

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Photo of Crosling
2.02/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Yellow color with a white head. Strange smell, though vibrant aroma, with major hints of butter toffee (possibly diacetyl), with light spicing. Light body. Relatively no spice flavor, just overloaded with sour fruit. Poor yeast character. Blah, not good.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
1.33/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

12 ounce bottle. This beer pours out a pale yellow color. Terrible aroma of burnt plastic, citrus, and soap. One of the foulest odors I've ever experienced in a beer. The flavor is little better. A dishsoap lemon flavor that is quite bitter. Some spices too. I can't taste any beer flavors in this swill. I did my best, but this was a drain pour after about a third of the bottle. I would attribute this atrocity to a lack of freshness, but I've never had a problem with old beer at the store where I bought it. Avoid this beer.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad offering from New Holland. Poured out to a slighlty cloudy yellow sunshine color with some lace and a decent layer of foam for the head. Medium low carbonation. Odors of malt and lemony-citrus are present, as is somewhat of a decomposed hop like smell. May have been sitting too long perhaps. The taste is good, and quite refreshing. Flavors of citrus zing and sharp hops are in the front, with complexites of spice and pepper. Finished crisp. This could very well have been past it's prime, as it is now mid September, and this is a summer witbier. Will review again next year. From what is here, it's not bad, but if this is a bit old, a bet a fresher one would be really enjoyable.

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Photo of jakester
3.85/5  rDev +16%
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.

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New Holland Zoomer Wit from New Holland Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.