Blue Goat
New Holland Brewing Company

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German Doppelbock
3.65 | pDev: 13.15%
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/12/2017. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy deep orange/copper color with a 1 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread dough/crust, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, golden raisin, plum, peach, pear, and red apple; with light notes of herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. A bit too fruity/yeasty aromas, but not overwhelming. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malts, fruitiness, and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, brown bread dough/crust, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, golden raisin, plum, peach, pear, and red apple; with light notes of herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal, floral, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread dough/crust, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, golden raisin, plum, peach, pear, red apple, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malts, light-moderate fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying flavors after the finish. Nicely clean on lager flavors, not overly fruity/yeasty. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Minimal warming alcohol for 6.9%. Overall this a very good doppelbock. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malts, light-moderate fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Nicely clean and rich dark/Munich malts; restrained fruity yeast, and mild earthy hops against sweetness. A very enjoyable offering, and well made style example. Just a bit too fruity and not as rich on malts as I hoped.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby red raspberry look with a malty boozy, slightly caramel aroma.

Taste is burnt caramel and malt with mild boozy bite. More I drink the more I like it.

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Photo of jsh420
2.09/5  rDev -42.7%
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

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Photo of sweemzander
2.18/5  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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.77/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

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Photo of baos
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of Bung
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of auxiliary
2.13/5  rDev -41.6%
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.

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Photo of jpalarchio
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of BierFan
4.37/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

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Photo of JToad
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of notafood
2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
2.67/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

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Photo of klewis
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of karengarys
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a nice rich dark mahogany. Leaves little head.

Smells nice and malty, raisins?

Tastes nice and tawny, as you would want a dopplebock to taste. Rich. There is a bit of a strange edge on this one, though.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, quite good.

Good rich body.

Clean finish.

Quite drinkable, but pounding a dozen in a row is not recommended! ...a bit filling... ...or.... ...strong...

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Photo of joekfsu
2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle. Pours rusty amber with 1 cm off white head that is mostly diminishing. Smells like a barleywine mixed with cherry cola. Aroma of sour fruits and cherry. Initial taste, like it smells, like cherry cola barleywine. Finishes much like it starts but with more balance from the hops. Minimal lacing, light carbonation, medium body, and alcohol was hidden. Overall not too impressive.

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Photo of blakesell
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Belgian style wine glass.

Appearance- A caramel brown with a lucious white head of froth that quickly dissapates to a fine foam across the top. Lacing is thick and clings to the glass.

Smell- More of the same caramel medium roasted bready goodness. Not a ton of hops in the scent. Grapes and a hint of chocolate malt also linger in the nose.

Taste- Sweet carmel malts with a bittersweet chocolate backbone. Little to no hop bitterness whatsoever. Grape fruitiness lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied and creamy, very little warming and smooth with not a hint of astringency.

Drinkability- Who knows what the ABV on this one is but I will call the drinkability as high. Very smooth, very sweet, and quite drinkable. I would do this one again if I had the opportunity on tap or otherwise.

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Photo of bobbyc881
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out with a thin tan head that quickly recedes. Very little carbonation. Aroma is caramelly, warm cereal, chocolate, and other delicious things. Increased aromas as it warms.

Taste begins sweet, with a slighy bit of sourness-- kinda grape-ish. Very little lingering tastes Not nearly as full-flavored and complex as other dopplebocks I've tried, but it's still a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is medium... very smooth and silky. Highly drinkable... extremely smooth -- no apparent alcohol.

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Photo of akorsak
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 650 mL bottle from Joseph's Beverage in Toledo, OH.

A: The doppelbock is a dark red-brown color, looking a brighter red at the narrower parts of my mud and darker red, near brown, at the wider parts. A finger's worth of head appeared on pour but it quickly drifted away.

S: The nose is nice and malty, thick with grainy notes that have a sweeter green grape aromas.

T: The flavor is thick with grains, full of cereal flavors that range from strong to stronger. Toast flavors, slightly burnt bread and tart alefruits swirl together to create a bid taste that isn't afraid to show its strength. There is an appreciable lack of alcohol, which assists the taste but also tells me that it is a little weak.

M: Graininess, lots of malts without much hop or alcohol kick.

D: This is not one of my favorite styles, so it is tough to judge the drinkability. I'd probably reach for a Celebrator or a Troegenator first.

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Photo of Windigstadt
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- A rich dark amber color, but not much head.
S- Sweet malty smell; hints of black tea and molasses; no hops at all. Appropriate for the style.
T- Thin, lightly caramelized malt flavor up front. Honey with a slight hint of citrus tang. Some nuttiness in the finish with just enough hop bitterness to balance out the sweetness. Slight alcohol warmth at the end. No perceived hop flavor.
M- A bit thin for a Doppelbock, but ample carbonation.
D- This is very much in the German tradition, meaning it walks the line between high ABV and drinkability. Unlike many American Doppelbocks, you can easily throw back a couple pints in a sitting. If you like Doppelbocks, that's a good thing.

Overall: A very good representation of the style, particularly for an American brewer. I'd like a hint of roastiness to temper the sweetness, but that's just my personal preference. While not in the upper echelon of American craft beers, definitely something I'd buy again if I want a break from the usual suspects of German -ators.

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Photo of DrJay
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received from Viggo as part of BC2. Thanks Eric!
Reddish brown with a slight haze, there was a bit of foam off the pour, but head retention wasn't that great and there wasn't much lacing. Very malty aroma, kind of nutty, but not much malt complexity. Fairly clean with just a little ripe fruit in the background. Low bitterness, lots of sweet malt, hint of caramel and fruit, light alcohol and hop bitterness towards the end. Medium bodied with very low carbonation, fine bubbles. Fairly average offering, not quite up to the standards I expect from New Holland.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tawny mahogany, hey that rhymes! More brown in the center and very thick and hazed in a wonderful deep glow. Soft slimmer capping of stained yellow foam sits atop to stay briefly leaving an always present skim and collaring. Only a few small splotches and globs of lace stick low in the glass.

Aroma is light but hefty of matly goodness carrying gooey thick caramel candy, molasses, nuts, and toffee notes mixing with a bit of figgy raisin paste fruityness.

Taste is quite solid if not more than that. Very substantial malting here. Favorably round, creamy and nearly full in the mouth. The finish is the only downfall as it petters out with a weakened pause of toffee and some gooey left over cloying of dark fruity jelly and caramel. Overall though this makes the cut for a good dopplebock with solid molasses, toffee, caramel, dark fruity, chewy, bready goodness. I quite like it.

Feel is smooth and semi chewy with one soft silky touch as it goes down. Again the only thing is a need for an extra boost in the finish and perhaps a bit more roasty/toasty aspects and notes to its character.

Solid and drinkable by many refills of the pint glass. Its kinda a bummer that its a bit pricey.

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Photo of letsgopens
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub, pours a deep ruby amber with a frothy off-white head that leaves some streaky lace. Awesome color. Very appetizing.

Lots of fruit in the nose; berry, cherry, apple, and a hint of citric acidity. Very unique. A nice malty backbone.

Sweet fruit and bread. More cherry, apple, and citrus as well as a buttery bread-like quality. Some honey and berries in the finish.

Moderate to high carbonation with a tangy acidic middle and a smooth juicy finish. Very nice on-tap.

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