New Holland Blue Goat | New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland Blue GoatNew Holland Blue Goat

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: German Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by deejaydan on 05-01-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 78
Photo of Tracker83
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of JIMTRK16
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of BlissJunkie
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of cynical1027
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of mcallister
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of jsh420
2.09/5  rDev -41.9%
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 -39.4%
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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2.77/5  rDev -23.1%
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 +10.3%
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 +6.4%
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 +11.1%
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 -40.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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 +21.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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 -20%
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 +1.4%
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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New Holland Blue Goat from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 91 ratings