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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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Reviews: 46 | Hads: 368
Photo of macrosmatic
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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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 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 KYGunner
3.93/5  rDev +1%
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.

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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 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 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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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 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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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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 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 SportsandJorts
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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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 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 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 AnchorDrops
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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