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Incorrigible - New Holland Brewing Company

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45 Reviews
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Reviews: 45
Hads: 353
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 13
Gots: 62 | FT: 5
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New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
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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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16%

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. (201 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.5/5  rDev +16%

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. (365 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep ruby amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of off white head that settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A sour, tart, and juicy aroma with a scent of lacto yeast and fruits. Upfront scent of funky Brett and lacto yeast giving some vinegar like and acidic hints. Spice hints of white pepper. Big mix of fruit aromas with hints of sour cherries, white grapes, berries, green apples, pear, lemon, and orange. Also some good hints of oak and wood. Malt hints of grains, straw, and wheat. A really nice aroma.

Taste: Like the smell hints at, a nicely tart, sour, and juicy Wild taste with notes of funky yeast, fruits, and oak. Upfront presence of lacto Brett yeast with funky notes of vinegar along with some white pepper and farmhouse funk. Good notes of oak and wood. Fruit notes of sour cherries, berries, white grape, green apple, lemon, pear, and orange. Backing malt notes of wheat, grains, and straw. A really nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. Acidic, juicy, puckering, and fairly drying on the finish.

Overall: A really good take on a Sour. Nice mix of funky yeast, fruit, and spice. Really nicely priced too. (1,249 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light yellow color with a white fiercely crackly head that dies down to a solid half inch. The aroma is funky, sour and lactic with some aceto going on too. The flavor carries and intense lemon rind sour, small oaky dryness, biscuit, dry saltine cracker, and a kiss of herbal hops show up in the finish. Really near puckering and complex sourness that does not want to let go. Well carbonated, nearly dry, but very drinkable and refreshing. Overall, this is a standout version of the style and quite worth picking up. (530 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: straw yellow color. perfect clarity. small amount of head that fades pretty quickly and leaves nothing behind. pretty fair amount and consistent bubbling

Smell: granny smith apples with a hint of wheatiness. some sour and acidity

Taste: opens up with granny smith skins. good sourness to it. gives way to a wheaty flavor. not complex or anything different but pretty spot on

Mouthfeel: light and wheat feel. sour but pretty refreshing at the same time. not quite puckering sourness

Overall: Easily the best beer I have had from new holland. a tasty sessionable berliner. good sour character and balance. (619 characters)

Photo of justinp444
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (347 characters)

Photo of siege06nd
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (1,437 characters)

Photo of GRPunk
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (884 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/3/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin spotty cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of sour green apple, lemon, lime, pear, white wine, wheat, hay, straw, vinegar, musty funk, oak, light leather, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity of fruity/funky yeast ester, oak, and light-moderate malt notes; with good strength. Taste of sour green apple, lemon, lime, pear, white wine, wheat, hay, straw, vinegar, musty funk, oak, light leather, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour green apple, lemon, pear, white wine, wheat, hay, straw, vinegar, musty funk, oak, light leather, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast, oak, and light-moderate malt flavors; with a great malt/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is an excellent Berliner weisse! All around great complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, oak, and light-moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. I enjoyed this one a lot. (1,555 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
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! (529 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Tampa Bay Brewing Company snifter.

A: Bright, clear gold - almost looks like sparkling apple juice. Modest amount of visible carbonation, with a thin white head that fades fairly quickly.

S: Tart, with sour apples, vinous and some barrel character, and lightly funky.

T: Follows the nose - tartness up front, big apple flavor, natural fruitiness, light barrel woody dryness, white wine, and a touch of funk. Finishes tart and very attenuated.

M: Light body, medium carbonation sensation, and minimal alcohol presence.

O: Tasty, enjoyable, refreshing, and easy to drink. It's not terribly complex or anything, but it is very refreshing. I enjoyed this one. (707 characters)

Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%

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 (605 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%

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. (634 characters)

Photo of Mikus
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (1,187 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (379 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (488 characters)

Photo of AnchorDrops
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured in a Spiegelau Tulip Glass. Bottled on 10/3/2013

A-Translucent golden hued, moderate white head dissipates quickly with little or no lacing

S-Apple cider, sour grapes, funk

T-Follows the smell with a dry oak finish, not overly sour with hints of sour apple and grapes.

M-Thin with fine carbonation, somewhat champagne-like.

O-A very easy to drink sour. Hard to beat at the price-point. Will definitely continue to buy this one until its not available. (470 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%

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! (691 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I would like to thank the cleaver marketing of Giant Eagle for this purchase. They marked this bottle at an affordable 6 bucks next to a 2011 New Holland Envious for 12 dollars. Very similar labels and for half the price I thought it was the same beer for half the price. Seeing the higher review makes it an even better buy.

A - Pour is very fizzy giving me an inch of head that fades quickly like champagne. The color is a mild orange yellow bright and clear.
S - Sour grapes and muskiness mostly from the oak I guess. Very remnant of a Flanders Red.
T - White wine and grape skin sourness not like a "sour" but for a second I did get some apple vinegar that caught me off by surprise. Repeated sips give me the same sour blast followed by mind oak and fading to a bit of fruity yeasts. Tasty stuff.
M - Light to medium it borders session ability and isn't too sourly offensive to have a bomber or two.

Overall I am impressed with this one not too sour, mild oaky finish, and wild yeasts balance out the finish. I may get a second bomber if it's still around since this beer is reasonably price at just 6 bucks. (1,115 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, gold yellow in color, clear

Smell: light apple, sour mix

Taste: big lemon, slight sourness, and a touch of apple

Mouthfeel: light body, sour with prickly sourness, high carbonation

Overall: A solid Berliner Weiss beer. Nice lemony taste to it. I have had better in the style, but would not pass this up if I could find bottles of it. (382 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is just what one is looking for in the world of funky, sour beer. Super easy to drink, right amount of taste and just the right amount of tangy sour funk.

The nose is light with notes of sour tangy wheat. The wheat is very noticeable and has a fresh outdoor smell. The sour tang is more lemon rind and vinegar.

The flavor is set with an undercurrent of wheat malt but the pithy lemon rind and balsamic properties are more prevalent. A bit of Apple and pear surface briefly and add to the character.

The feel is low on pucker factor, high on drinkability but a touch watery. Otherwise this is a great summer beer or overall change of pace. (646 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.92/5  rDev +1%
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. (631 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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
3.85/5.00 (4,094 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice light abv beer with big flavor. Pours a clear, light copper/burnished gold color with a very small highly carbonated head that dissipates fast. Very little lacing on the Chimay goblet.

The aroma is mostly tart sour apple, fairly strong. Flavor is good. tart sour apple, a fair amount of oak and a little wheat bitterness.

Mouthfeel is tart, the sourness is just right, not a heavy-duty vinegar experience. I drank the whole bottle and enjoyed it all the way!!! (473 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear pale honey color with a modest head that descends somewhat quickly; not much lacing

Smell: A little bready, a little tart and a little funky

Taste: Acetic and fruity, with a hint of lemon and strawberry tartness; crisp and dry, oaky finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Easy to drink and a bit of a Berliner on training wheels; quite enjoyable (402 characters)

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Incorrigible from New Holland Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.