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New Holland Blue Goat - New Holland Brewing Company

New Holland Blue GoatNew Holland Blue Goat

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BA SCORE
82
good

88 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 88
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%


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

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: deejaydan on 05-01-2006)
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Ratings: 88 | Reviews: 78 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by silenius:
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silenius

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks a lot like a cola when poured into a glass. Thin tan head, no lacing, but very little carbonation (unlike a cola). The color is a red-hued brown when held up to the light.

Smell is hardly noticeable - a very light maple scent.

Taste is a clean malty flavor with a nice maple and vanilla aftertaste. Slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel is slightly drying and slick and thin.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2006 16:49:01 | More by silenius
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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Alabama

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

02-20-2012 20:53:25 | More by cynical1027
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mcallister

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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TasteTester

Ohio

4/5  rDev +11.1%

12-17-2011 00:41:04 | More by TasteTester
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.1%

12-01-2011 21:07:10 | More by imperialking
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jsh420

Illinois

2.08/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

bottle has the older style cap so this must be a couple years old

pours amber brown with 1/4 finger head that left some spotted lacing

smell is bad - almost macro bad watery malts that it

taste - watery sweet bready malts

mouthfeel is watery thin

drinkability - i didnt make it through half the bottle - rest down the drain

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 04:03:40 | More by jsh420
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sweemzander

Illinois

2.15/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a clear reddish mahogany color that produced a minimal off-white to tan head. Tiny bits of particles are floating in there.

(S)- Slightly smoky with plenty of rich sweetness & bread. Bits of raisins. Very Very bread-like.

(T)- Again, very bread-like. Rather thin and raisin-like too. Sort of malty, but just ridiculously sugary sweet. Way too sugary!

(M)- Good carbonation, but just way too much sugar! It lacks the richness & maltiness of a good dopplebock. Very thin body.

(D)- Once again, New Holland offerings continue to be way too sugary sweet! This one lacks the depth of a good dopplebock. Thin and watery body. Sorry, but this just does not impress me at all.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 13:57:33 | More by sweemzander
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

2.7/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Pilsner glass. No date or info.

Thanks to Sweemzander for sharing this brew.

A - Dark red amber and totally clear with a low tan head. Moderate retention with a thin layer and bits of lacing overlooking the loose bubbles.

S - Lots of sweet, lightly toasted malts on the nose with some honey. A good biscuity hint and some dark candi sugar. A decent dopplebock nose.

T - Thin flavor with a big sweetness that seems to come more from a dark candi sugar addition than from lots of malts, something a dopplebock should have and this one doesn't. A bit of a biscuity flavor too. Just not a whole lot there.

M - Thin and watery for a dopplebock with an artificial sweetness and a lightly dry finish.

D - It's an easy drinker because it's not rich like it should be. Thin flavor and mouthfeel...just, why would you want to have it? A poor example of a dopplebock.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 17:21:35 | More by BeerFMAndy
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baos

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 ounces into Pepe Le Pew glass.

A: Hazy dark iced tea color. Small head that dissapates to a wee little film with good lacing.

S: Toffe maltiness. Fresh roasted grains.

T: Toffe on top with a bit of dark chocolate. This beer has a very fresh zip to it under all the maltiness. Ends dry.

M: Medium almost creamy feel. Almost like chocolate milk. Nice.

D: Very good. This is a good one to let warm in your glass. Picked it up at Party Pak Liquors. And am Enjoying it in Gweendwood this fine August night.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 05:43:21 | More by baos
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Bung

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. Brown/amber pour, very minimal off white head. Some sweet aromas, malt, caramel. Taste is some sweet malt, caramel, toffee, yellow raisin. Body is a little thin, the flavors are a bit subdued from this also. Finish is a little lingering sweetness. Overall just a little wishy washy. Not bad but kind of average. I believe there is some age on this since the white caps as far as I know have been retired for a while now. A drinkable example of the style, but not outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 05:17:24 | More by Bung
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a slightly cloudy mahogany brown with three fingers of foamy tan head.

Big malty aroma along with caramel, and brown sugar.

The big malty aroma translates well into a big malty taste. Caramel, nuts, and raisins round out the taste.

Medium bodied, smooth and creamy, with light carbonation.

I found this to be a very drinkable and very enjoyable Doppelbock from New Holland. Maybe it's not the best, but it's pretty damn nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 21:39:36 | More by Monkeyknife
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auxiliary

Rhode Island

2/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

appearance - Odd looking color, like a watery- caramel color. No head, and no lace here.

smell - Big hit of alcohol here and dark fruit here.

taste - Strong, some malt is present but not alot like other dopplebocks. Alcohol mostly takes the taste here.

mouthfeel - Light and watery here.

drinkability - I don't know about this, not sure how old this is. Shouldn't matter because the site said it was 7% so it should hold up. I think i had this in a trade 2 years ago and cellared it. I compared notes with recent positng and seems that it is not bad, but I didn't like this and was a drain pour for me. Was a strong beer and was not very complex, not much going on here and I have had some of the best dopplebocks that dont taste like this.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 15:07:01 | More by auxiliary
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jpalarchio

Michigan

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red with nearly no head; even an aggressive pour has the head gone in no time.

Smell is quite good very malty and nutty.

Taste is somewhat syrupy although it has a very light or thin feel to it.

Alcohol is very hidden; their website says 7.5% which is not at all evident.

Not sure the status of this beer. Is it retired? New Holland lists it on their site as in "The Vault". The cap seems to be an older logo in comparison to Dragon's Milk and Existential.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 04:26:35 | More by jpalarchio
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BierFan

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served room temperature. Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black. Light tan head.

Smell: Dark and malty. Licorice and alcohol spiciness.

Taste: Smooth tasting roasted malts. Also pretty sweet. Tastes less sweet when drank from the bottle.

Mouthfeel: Slightly syrupy. Not much carbonation.

Drinkability: The most drinkable doppelbock I've ever had. Drinkability is helped by the incredible smoothness of this beer.

I've drank this beer a few ways and I believe it's best when served chilled and enjoyed from the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 04:51:02 | More by BierFan
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JToad

Indiana

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split a bomber with Fuzzy65. Poured into my Duvel chalice.

Pours a dark cloudy amber. Caramel, almost looks like cola or iced tea.

Smells of chocolate, dark fruit. Molasses is very present.

Tastes sweet but not syrupy like most other dopplebocks. Very light.

Light and crisp. Nothing like most dopplebocks, which isnt a bad thing. This is a sessionable double bock, if there is such a thing.

New Holland has never dissapointed me, and this is no different. I wish I knew what the alchohol was in this, but I should be able to tell you soon. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2008 23:54:13 | More by JToad
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notafood

Kentucky

2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured into a pilsner glass, dark brown at the top of the glass tapering into dark orange at the bottom. Thin, thin, tan head that dissolved within seconds. Very cloudy. With light behind it, I can quite a bit of sediment floating around with the help of the carbonation.

S - Roasted malts and alcohol hit me up front. Probably some caramel, maybe a bit of chocolate. Kind of tame.

T - Caramel, raisins, sweet toasty maltyness. No hops in this one, of course. I haven't had too much New Holland, but I was expecting a bigger beer. This is a bit on the mediocre side.

M - A nice carbonation level that goes down sweet and smooth. The malts leave a pleasant dryness after a bit.

D - This isn't bad, and I think its a fine session beer, but I honestly would sooner look to the German breweries when i wanted a a good bock, and drinking this right now, I want a good bock.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 23:59:22 | More by notafood
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Gehrig

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big, cloudy mahogany body with a thin layer of tan foam that recedes all too fast, leaving little lacing. Moderately malty aroma with molasses, caramel, chocolate, and caramel--all of which could be more prominent. The taste is an improvement over the smell, and the caramel and chocolate are richer in the flavor. The mouthfeel is a big downer for me--very thin, sour, and flat. Sam Adams, Optimator, and Celebrator this is not.

On the whole, fairly good, but there are many superior versions of the style, so this is one I'll avoid. Not the best offering from New Holland that I've had, that's for sure. It's not awful but, at slightly above average, won't be one I'll grab again, certainly not for $7/bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 03:15:38 | More by Gehrig
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

2.65/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I have had this beer for a little while, and it sure seems like a good time to review it.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy burnt orange color with a very small head (1/*") of tan bubbles that faded back into the beer pretty quickly. There are quite a few bubbles rising, but they don't maintain the head. It doesn't have that characteristic clear Garnet color that Bocks have.

Aroma: My first impression was of dark cherry like an Old Ale gets after it has been "seasoned". The malt and alcohol are the predominant aromas, and I can even pick up a rather pronounced hop bouquet. It smells like Northern Brewer to me.

Taste: Well, the flavor is even more fruity than the aroma suggested. It really does come across to me more like an Old Ale than a Bock. The body is quite thin though giving the finish a rather bland and watery impression to linger until the alcohol sets in to warm you up for some time into the finish.

Opinion: Well, I am pretty critical of Bock beers, and this one falls short in a number of ways. It isn't a bad beer, and if I was told that this was an Old Ale or some such, it would get a lot higher marks. As it is, it is OK to drink. I am not sure that I am going to finish the bottle, though.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 00:43:55 | More by SkeeterHawk
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klewis

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a reddish-brown with nearly no head - just a few bubbles. No lacing.

S: Intensely sweet-smelling caramel and molasses aromas.

T: Like the smell, quite sweet with a strong caramel taste. An odd, medicinal twang gets in the way, but the alcohol is well-hidden.

M: Thick and full-bodied with light carbonation. Sticky and extra syrupy.

D: Decent and drinkable, but there are plenty of better doppelbocks that are readily available.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2008 03:47:16 | More by klewis
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