Incorrigible - New Holland Brewing Company

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315 Ratings
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Ratings: 315
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 12
Gots: 57 | FT: 5
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: Sammy on 06-09-2013

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Ratings: 315 | Reviews: 47
Photo of Jadjunk
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"Incorrigible celebrates the beauty of mischief, wild yeasts and bacteria run free in our sour-aging cellar, the house of funk, creating vibrant sour and acidic character in this delicate, yet complex wheat beer. The refreshingly tart session beer will tease your palate with a subtle, layered nuance." Brewed in the style of a Berliner Weissbier aged in oak. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft. Annual release in the Cellar Series. Vertical notes provided comparing a recently brewed 2015 batch with a bottle from 2014.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp frothy head of a very pale straw white complexion over a pale yellow body with little sporadic and fast-acting carbonation. Retention is above average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.25

(Smell) Considerable funk and some mild sourness in the aroma with other subtleties that set it apart from traditional Berliners. A noticeable aroma of white pepper and barnyard yeast seems to accentuate the otherwise standard level of funk that this beer has. The oak quality is fairly mild, but dries the beer a touch for a more vinous, champagne-like aroma. Fruit qualities of grape are most notable. Potency is medium. 3.75

(Taste) A strikingly tart and boastfully funky sour profile up front, simple but enjoyable, with light champagne accents, modest vinegar character, faint pale and wheat characters and a high cleanliness, finishing on a note of white pepper and cereal with a lingering punch of sour funkiness on the tail end, a level of acidity and sourness that I can admire. 4

(Mouthfeel) The texture is silky, tart and moderately dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a medium crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style and light/medium overall. Balance is tart and acidic sourness over sweet or bitter. Alcohol presence is low and there are no off characters. 4

(Overall) This ale stands out against other Berliner Weissbier examples for its increasingly high level of acidity and funk over a lightened malt profile, which is equally pale but is nearly overshadowed by the funk and tartness this beer generates. I didn't pick up much on oak in the flavor but was looking forward to see how it impacts this beer. Overall I really enjoyed it and would most likely seek it out next time around. Very tasty stuff. 3.75

Vertical Notes:
2014 (1 Year+ Aged):
This batch of Incorrigible has a bit foamier and more substantial head quality and some soft haziness to the body, setting itself apart from the much clearer fresh vintage. Carbonation is slightly better defined, with subtle and small but consistent carbonation bubbles. This vintage presents a more straight-laced impression of a sour, with a moderate acidity and funk, and a slightly more pronounced sourness, with less barnyard and pepper, and a notably enhanced drying and aromatic oak character emerges through this order. The flavor does generate a considerable amount of untoasted oak flavor over the fresher vintage, stealing some of the attention from the sour qualities. There is a lesser level of acidity and funk versus the fresh batch, as the flavor is not as punctuated on the finish from acidity. The oak aging really stands out vibrantly against the simplicity of the malt profile and does a good job in distinguishing this beer. The texture is slightly smoother, slicker and chewier than the 2015 batch, although the carbonation is softer, generating a moderate frothiness and a softly crisp finish. Alcohol profile is equally low and the balance is slightly funky and tart over sweet, although the gap is much closer. This vintage comes closer to what I believe the brewery intended for this ale, although I found that the sourness doesn't match that of the fresh vintage, the oak creates a whole new angle and adds a lot of enjoyable character to this ale. This was a worthwhile vertical to try, and I recommend giving it a shot if you've got the resources and patience.

New Holland Brewing Company's
Incorrigible White Sour Ale
/5.00

Photo of dradair
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not a huge sour fan. But this beer wasn't terrible.

Photo of cryptichead
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Way too tart and sour for my liking.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Short Review. This is a nice Sour Ale, it's pretty standard for the style and I think it had just the right amount of sourness to it without being too acidic. It had a nice citrus flavor with some lemons seeming to stick out the most and the mouthfeel seemed to be the aspect that was truest to style. I enjoyed it and I would drink it again.

Photo of justinp444
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A super clear golden yellow beer poured into a tulip glass with a quickly dissipating foam when poured but otherwise non existent head. Smell of oak, sour apple, pear, grape, citrus, earth, and chemical. Taste is of sour apple/fruit, lemon, grape background notes, some woody oak, and tons of funk. It is dry acidic and has a nice crispness to it.

Photo of montesown
2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I think I have not had enough sour's to really appreciate them - or this beer just really was that bad.

Photo of pvo
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Little to no head, but a very nice, well balanced beer. Served out of a bomber.

Photo of Mikus
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm really becoming a fan of the Berliner style. Session strength, great platform for flavors, diggin' the sour... this was an interesting take. Compliments of my buddy Jens4212 and enjoyed while we transferred our own homebrewed sour, this poured a clear orange/amber into the tulip with just a bit of head that quickly dissipated. Cider-like look with a tiny ring of bubbles remaining. Very mild funky aromas, a nice whiff of lactic sourness, and most enjoyably a rich pear/white grape undertone. Up front funkiness from the Brett (a bit of a leathery funk), ample lactic sourness as well. Terrific balance between picking up both sides of the funky character of this brew. Big overripe fruit on the back end (and as Jens identified with laser-like precision, some buttered popcorn)... vast changes with a little bit of time highlighted the complexity of this beer. Delicious. Slightly dry with a really nice lingering aftertaste. Solid brew overall, and I would definitely have it again. Best New Holland I have tried. Brett and Lacto balance in this was a true winner. If I am a bit conservative on the #s, it is only because the sky is the limit with sours for me right now. Cheers.

Photo of Dr_Bahmbay13
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The price is right!!!!! Beeeyotch!

Photo of Beachrat
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really nice sour. Light almost like champagne. Added a fresh strawberry. Wished I'd bought more.

Photo of zachary80
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Applejuice, or more accurately apfelwein. Not much head, what is there is white and doesn't last much.
S: Sour and Aceitic, but pleasant. Fruity. Nothing amazing.
T: Pretty simple, with high sourness that overstays. Oak influence is minor.
F: A little thin.
O: Enjoyable but needs more complexity

Photo of schoolboy
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I saved a bottle of this to pair with my Christmas turkey this year. I am not sure how old it was and it only sat in my basement for a few months, but it seemed pretty much where it should be.

It was a clear yellow with lots of bubbles and did not smell like beer. The sour taste was huge and up front - maybe not like a big Flemish sours, but closer to that than any beer. I think the style listed here is a compromise.

It is easier drinking than truer sours, but it is still huge. The bite keeps on biting. I wish I had more!

Photo of Pencible
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear light gold with quickly dissipating white head.
S: It smelled like sour apples and tart vinegar, with some funky oak and white grapes.
T: It tasted like puckering apple cider vinegar and funky oak, with some sour white grapes and a little mellow wheat. It had a clean and lasting sour aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Light body.
D: This was a very sour wheat ale, with bold and complex scent and taste. The body was a little flatter than I would prefer, and the finish was a little harsh, so it needed to be sipped. Age may improve, but this is already a really enjoyable drink fresh.

Photo of cjgiant
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%

Bottle (code F054):
Pours crystal clear light golden. Head is bubbly and fleeting. Nose is herbal tinged sour apple, wine grape, and a bit of lemon. I get a hint of oak as the beer warms.

Taste is crisp sour milk and lemon up front. This does mellow to a mostly sour apple flavor by mid-taste. Carbonation is tickling, but almost an afterthought. Body is light, and the sour flavors make the beer, like them or not. I also get a hint of oakon the palate, but it seems like it is only evident because I am searching for it.

The light tingling carbonation with the decent sour bite work well for me. Would enjoy another glass.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Beer has a big lemony tart nose, pours hazy straw under a quickly diminishing 1” off-white foam cap. Has a funky, tart, sour, lemony, refreshing palate with light wheat notes. Light and effervescent.

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

A 22oz bomber received for my Birthday in August 2014 from my awesome wife

A - Light yellow with clarity. No lace or head.

A - Funk and tart! Dominates

T - Like the smell, its funky and finishes like a sweet tart. Awesome.

M - Well carbonated.

O - Hard to believe a beer can be this tasty and so low abc? (4.9%). Well done. Grab it if you can find it.

Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

22-oz bottle to snifter

A: (3.5) very clear gold yellow. almost no head, which dissipates immediately regardless. an uninspiring appearance, from which it is almost impossible to tell there's wheat in the grain bill
S: (4.25) true to the words on the bottle, there's an immediate sour funk, with the oak hovering in the background. acetic acid, sour apple, champagne
T: (4) this follows the nose, with the tart qualities dominating
M: (4) very crisp, spritzy. the taste lingers on the palate, likely due to the wheat and the strength of the acetic acid qualities. acid reflux finish

.175 .85 1.8 0.4 0.8

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear gold with a two-finger fizzy head. The head dissapates quickly leaving no lacing.

S - Aroma of green apple, vinegar, white grapes, and yeast.

T - The taste follows the aroma. The taste is very tart upfront with a taste of vinegar. The tartness mellows out mid palate with green apple and white grape showing up.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Very crisp mouthfeel with dry finish.

O - This was a very refreshing beer. Perfect for a warm summer of fall day.

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

On draft, pours a clear, super pale yellow. The carbonation looks a little off, with zero head, very still. It looks like pale apple juice

The nose is pear, white grape, a little bit of oak, with bread dough and yeast. There is a little bit of sweet funk coming through too. The flavor is slightly tart, more pear and apples, grape skins, a bit dry. I get lots of wood on the backend of this. Mouthfeel is fine, this is very drinkable, but the dry and tart don't go together well. This isn't my favorite from them.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%

22 ounce bottle. Served in a Prairie Teku glass, the beer pours a mostly clear gold color with an inch white head that stuck around a while. There isn't much lacing. The brew smells mostly like wheat/grainy malt, and some green apples and grape skins. Aroma is nice, but doesn't seem very tart. Luckily, the tartness really comes out in the flavor of this brew. It tastes like green apples, vinegar, white grapes, lemons/lemon peel, wood, earthiness and wheat/grainy malt. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's a bit slick and has low/moderate carbonation. I thought this was a good brew, it's certainly nice and refreshing. And at $5.99 a bottle, it's definitely worth a try at that price!

Photo of emerge077
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bottle of this after trying it and remembering it wasn't bad, also $5 a bomber. Well, we have "white" IPAs and stouts, now a" white sour" whatever that means.

Pours a pale gold with rapidly rising trails of champagne carbonation. Head fades away rapidly to nothing, which also resembles champagne, but kind of a visual bummer.

Aroma is nice, crisp tart crabapple and very light traces of barrel funk.

Taste is bracing at first, moderately sour with a lasting dry puckering finish. Lactobacillus, crabapple, white grape, vague water cracker malt. Very clean and pretty acidic. Could use a little more complexity, but for the price I'm not really complaining. Light and effervescent feel, works well with fatty foods like cheese and charcuterie. Good palate cleanser.

Photo of AmericanPaleMale666
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours an opaque but visibly see through golden copper body. Head is very thin upon pouring and quickly dissipates leaving barely visible bubbles around the edge of the glass.

N - Two words: Sour apple. A bready yeast aroma can also be detected. I'm usually not enamored with the bready/biscuity/yeast tones in a beers nose but I'm really digging this one paired with the sourness.

M - Very light with lots of carbonation. Reminds me of sparkling wine.

T - Tart bitterness up front followed by a smooth, strong sour flavor.

O - Extremely drinkable brew and a tasty treat for anyone with a sour oriented palate. Those who dont like sour anything best stay away from this one. I judged quickly on the first glass but the flavor and aromas really came out with the second slightly warmer glass. Overall for the price this is a quality sour ale with a cool label design to boot.

Photo of GRPunk
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A- A normal pour creates a 1-finger head that drops quickly to the lightest foam at the edges. A slight chill haze gives way to a clean, deep golden body. A steady, narrow stream of carbonation makes its way to the surface.

S- A mix of sweet and tart apples. Some funky funky aroma too, maybe bubble gum and a little champagne-like. A little vinegar acidity too. Bandaid, I seriously got bandaid with some warmth.

T- A solid dose of sweet apple and lactic funk in the beginning and middle. Tart white grap skin in the finish that ends quite cleanly. Lightest hint of vinegar-like qualities.

M- Near puckering tartness in a light-medium body with moderate-heavy carbonation that provides a light bite. Dry.

O- That's a tasty treat on a hot summer evening. At less than $5 for the bottle, I'm in. Though I think it may have been mis-priced.

Photo of siege06nd
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A. Pours a clear straw gold, maybe light honey gold towards the center. Minimal head that quickly burns away. No lacing of which to speak.

S. A nice, dry wine-like quality dominates the nose...bright grapes, some barn must, hay, and a little funk. Not that dissimilar from a pinot grigio.

T. Quite tart, more sour than expected, but that's a good thing. Bright vinous notes with a bracing acidity that is tempered by subtle grape fruitiness. The wheat isn't particularly pronounced here and if there's a fault in this beer, it's probably the absence of a strong wheat presence to even out the acidity. With that minor complaint, though, this is really excellent. At $5.00 a bottle, I am very pleased by the quality that New Holland has put into this.

M. Light bodied and crisp, but very much a sour. Slightly unbalanced acidity, which isn't what I would expect from a Berliner style but as a light drinking wild ale, this is quite good.

O. Wow, this was unexpected. I'm used to being underwhelmed by widely available and low cost sour beers, but this impresses me almost as much as The Bruery's Hottenroth. New Holland has made a delightful Berliner Weissbier that straddles the line into a true, full blown American Wild with its potent pucker and undeniable fruitiness. I really really enjoyed this. At half the cost of Hottenroth, this has to be the best Berliner deal out there for a good chunk of the country.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by RussianDragon. Beer and music. ¿Que hora es?

The beer is light golden and clear with nary a trace of head. Aromas of white wine, subtle peach character, apple, grape skin, oak, brett. Apple juice and white wine. Like communion...sorta. Light acetic character. White grape juice. Light in body with some prickly carbonation in the back end. Let's go for a walk.

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Incorrigible from New Holland Brewing Company
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