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Incorrigible - New Holland Brewing Company

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very good

46 Reviews
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Reviews: 46
Hads: 368
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 28.79%
Wants: 14
Gots: 68 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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 cryptichead
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was pretty close to a Goze than a Berliner Weissbier by my taste. Generally, it was way too tart and sour for my liking. But still an interesting beer to try, especially if you like sours.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a clear golden color. The head is about a finger high, with a white shade. Retention flat-out sucks, and there isn't much lacing left on the glass. It looks like a flat, cheap lager basically.

S: I'm a bit surprised by the acetic presence here. Some notes of lacto and cheesy funk can be found, but given how tart it smells, it could pass for a decent sour ale at times. But it's not perfect - I'm not sure where this faint meaty presence is coming from. Still, though, a pleasant surprise coming from a Berliner.

T: Oh wow, that is tart! As expected, the tart attack is front loaded on the palate (primarily acetic/vinegary, but there's still some lacto in there). Once it fades, though, the flavor transforms into mostly diacetyl. Awww maaan. And really, this is all it brings - tartness and some lesser buttered popcorn. No subtle fruitiness, no perceptible wheat, no nothing. Even worse, it doesn't seem to integrate that well - if it did, I might just be singing its praises right now.

M: The feel is pretty rough/tannic, as expected from a sour. Because of the diacetyl, though, it doesn't really go down that easily. There's a lot of carbonation as well.

O: I'll give it credit - it's both sour AND cheap ($5/bomber). It just doesn't seem to have much balance, though. Sure, the sourness is nice, but it's devoid of the lesser subtleties that make sour ales great. Since it's so cheap for a sour, I still think it's worth trying if one needs a cheap tart fix.

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Photo of zachary80
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
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

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Golden colored with excellent clarity. No head is present whatsoever. I smell pale wheat with a candy sweet tart tartness. The taste is much better than the appearance and aroma would suggest. There's a sour acidic dark grape and blackberry tartness present. I also get a touch of salt and a prominent pale wheat at the back of the palate. The mouth is smooth,dry and highly carbonated.

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Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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.

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Photo of dwren89
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: golden yellow with thin fizzy residual head. Great clarity

Aroma: sour lactic aroma, a little cidery, not a strong aroma overall,

Taste: moderately lactic, very cider like but with a little less apple character and more of a wheaty taste

Mouthfeel: spritzy and light,

Overall: Not bad, very light and spritzy. Wheat and lactic sour flavors are prominent. It does taste a little cidery though.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle.

A: Pours a light bronzish gold color with a two-finger white head. Minimal retention and lacing. Lots of bubbly carbonation.

S: Apples, white grapes, citrus, pear, white pepper, subtle notes of oak, diacetyl, malt vinegar, saltine cracker, and some subtle notes of earthy hops and a distinct funkiness.

T: Green apple, orange, pear, hints of oak, cracker, diacetyl, and malt vinegar. Sour and tart with a solid malt yeast driven backbone.

M: Light bodied, champagne like carbonation, nice easy drinking with a tart finish.

O: A solid and enjoyable sour. Nothing spectacular but at its very reasonable price it is worth the buy if your craving a sour at the time.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I saw this bottle for 4.99 and couldn't believe it. I asked the store clerk if it wsa a mistake and meant to say 14.99 (the price point for other New Holland sours), I was assured that the 4.99 was correct, how could I pass it up?? Pours a clear golden with no head. The nose features a heavy waves of lactobacillus along with notes of corn, wheat, and lemon. A touch of white wine and oak makes an appearance as well. The taste is plenty tart with wheat, grain, lemon, grape, and oak all present. It picks up in tartness as it goes and has a nice crisp finish. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and very light in body. Overall, not a bad Berliner at all. There is a nice wave of sourness and a high level of drinkability. Worth a try!

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Photo of Sammy
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mondial 2013 one-off. Average mouthfeel. Hits the style, but not as sour as others I have had in the style. No head on pale yellow body. Bretty Sugary residual flavour. Simplistic but Nice changeup at the fest. Good drinkability and I would try it again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, grain, fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Admittedly, I had to look up "incorrigible" simply to see why the term would be used in the naming of this "White Sour". Incorrigible seems to apply to corruptible children. So I'm thinking that this a juvenile delinquent of a beer.

Pouring not-so-white, the sour pours with a peachy gold hue with a still and mild haze. A dainty white lace forms on the surface and breaks apart halfway through the session. Looking much like rose wine thereafter, the sour ale escapes any need for lace or long-lasting retention.

Sharp aromas pierce right through the nose with dry white wine, tart cider, apple vinegar and the distinct mustiness of dried lemons and limes. Its mild pungency is dusty, straw and hay-like but without crossing over to barnyard character.

Its vinous character also shows in taste as the sharp acidity of sour grapes play out on the early palate. With is very slight sweetness, and terse malt character is of dry grain and a hint of thin honey and powdered sugar that gives the sourness a "Sweetheart" floral candy taste. But the middle invites a rounded salty tone to heighten the sense of citrusy sourness in much the same that margaritas do. Only in the finish does an aftertaste of wheat pose a bready taste long after its palate-stripping sourness subsides.

Thin to taste, its the clean sour taste that's celebrated. Its mild creaminess is short-lived as the light candy sweetness also falls to the wayside. What's left is a palate cleansing middle with strong lactic acidity. Its finish is clean, fruity and somewhat seltzer water-like.

This Berlinerweiss is hardly unruly. Its sourness is as comfortable as it is challenged as some of these "white sours" can be much more sour than this. But not as full or sweet as others, Incorrigible is a formidable German-style Sour Ale that makes me crave pairings of clams or oily fish.

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Photo of kris_n
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Has a nice clear light gold color. Slight fruity grape smell, noticed it more as it poured and seemed to disipate somewhat. Some head when poured, little lacing if any. Not a lot of visible carbination, but it is there in taste. Very light, clean and refreshing taste and feel. Nice white grape champagne like flavor. Easy to drink and went down pretty quick. Shared bottle in a small taster glass. Good beer. Would buy again, especially for the price.

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Photo of Ri0
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured 22oz bottle into teku.

A - Urine yellow in color with a 2 finger white fizzy head that rapidly fades into oblivion. No lacing.

S - Aroma is kind of funky, almost like overripe apples, grapes, musty wood with hints of vinegar. Definitely has a sour scent to it.

F - Yes it is far more sour than any Berliner I have had. Notes of vinegar, lemon, tart apple, sour grape all collide on the palate. Not quite sure what the finish is, but it has a distinct taste. The flavors work very well together.

M - Light, well carbonated and prickly. A touch of dryness on the finish.

O - A nice beginner sour that is different than the Berliners I have had in the past. I like this and given the sun $5 price it is nice to kick back and drink on a hot day.

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Photo of emerge077
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of JRdaSconnie
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Just found at local Trig's. Bomber from fridge, poured cold into Spiegelau tulip. Second glass allowed to warm.

S: Tangy, lemons, wheaty, funk and barn, mineral water.

A: Honey to gold. Slim head that drops fast. Crystal clear.

T: Similar to smell. Lemony, minerally. Nice funk. Not too sour but represents well. Acidic finish. No hop, no ethanol.

M: Little under attenuated, more full than I'd like. Wheat and Brett gives it a slick and silky feel.

O: Nice Berlinner. Better than the Bell's Oarsman that I just had. Might try letting one sit a bit longer but suspect its inert as there was zero sediment. Totally worth $4.99.

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Photo of coriswrasse
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured into a small taster glass. appears crystal clear amber. a little bit of head after a vigorous pour dissipates quickly. little lacing is left after sipping. smell is very mild but what is there has nice sour hints. taste on the front end has hints of white grapes and slight sourness. some acidity and the flavor lingers for a while on the tongue. overall for this was a good beer. for the price I paid (5.99+tax) I would definitely buy it again. of the two New Holland beers I have had where they dabble in the sour style this is my favortie.

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Photo of Jack_Malts
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crystal clear pale yellow, strange for a barrel aged sour; although I think they might have filtered it, which is sort of disappointing. Smells of lemon juice, lime rinds, and unripe peach skins. Also a bit of apple cider vinegar. Taste follows the nose with a good acetic acid presence, unsweetened lemon water, some lime juice, and Granny Smith apple skins. There is a light beer graininess and a bit of wheat flavor on the finish and in the aftertaste. The only really bad thing is that the mouthfeel is a bit watery, but it is nicely carbonated.

This beer is tart, refreshing, and bubbly. A perfect summer sour to enjoy on a hot day. At 3.50$ a bomber, this beer is a steal. So go ahead, grab three and have a day of it.

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Photo of barczar
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brilliantly clear as water, with a head that dissipates, literally, to nothing.

Grainy aroma, slightly sour, with a bit of floral hops.

Flavor is far more sour. Very acetic, a touch lactic. Given the blue Sunday, I didn't expect such sour notes.

Wow. Surprised. Not much character there, other than the tart/sour notes. Great for a palate refresher! A little more acetic than most Berliners I've had.

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Photo of AmericanPaleMale666
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of JayQue
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
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!!!

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Photo of brentk56
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
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

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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

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Photo of Pencible
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.93/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Incorrigible from New Holland Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.