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: 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
Reviews by ADR:
Photo of ADR
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick deep tawny brown color, small yellowish head of short staying-power. Just a few trace marks for lace. Malty sweet aroma, biscuits and just a touch of fruity brightness. Mouthfeel is medium, just slighty sticky, with very low carbonation. Smooth consistant flavor,slight maple and a dusty cocoa tone from start to finish. Some of the tang from the smell transitions to the taste, almost a pineapple impression. No appreciable hops, as expected. Pretty enjoyable,not complex but without a deep smooth maltiness that I like in my favorite Doppelbocks, but there is a slight nutiness that's interesting here, especially noticeable on warming.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JIMTRK16
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a large snifter)

A- This beer has a chestnut brown body with a bubbly thick head of light tan foam. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles racing through the clear body.

S- The smell of caramel malt is sweet with a slight alcohol smell in the finish.

T- The taste of pot caramel with some dark roasted malt has a strong sweetness with a dark toffee note in the background. There is a faint tang to the malt flavor and a soft warmth from hops in the finish.

M- The beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a slight creamy texture and a soft fizz at the finish. There is a very slight alcohol warmth that helps give depth to the shy hop bitterness.

D- This beer is ok but not very exciting. It is a bit too sweet and the malt flavors are a bit odd. The hops were very subtle but still had a nice resents.

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Photo of cynical1027
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of IntriqKen
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mahogany amber with a very small off white head that melts very quickly leaving a sticky map in it's wake.

Aromas are toasted sweet malt and dark caramels.

Taste is sweet toasted malt and sweet buttery caramel. Just a slight bitterness on the swallow.

Mouthfeel is creamy but not thick...nice.

Aftertaste is surprisingly very cloying or sticky aftertaste at all.

Overall...a wonderfull Dopplebock

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bomber shared with expatsteve while viewing a battle of attrition between Switzerland and Ukraine.

Pours an attractive dark copper-orange with a khaki head that I struggled to pour and fades quickly. Nose has notes of choco-grain roasted malt and a borderline funky grassy finish. Taste starts off, for the briefest moment, with that kind of yummy choco-malt but crashes down to earth with a flat, grass-malt, ephemeral, Bud-Select-like hollow finish. Mouthfeel is thin and without the body a dopplebock should exert. A rather disappointing effort here from New Holland. Not particularly to style and not particularly great on its own. Kind of drinkable, but for $7 a bomber we're reaching Three Floyds "for Christ's sake" overpriced territory.

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Photo of jpalarchio
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 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 Windigstadt
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
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 akorsak
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
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 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 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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Photo of BeerFMAndy
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 peabody
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours out like a reddish brown rich tea with a small amount of just off white suds. No lacing.
Smell is caramel and fruit like raisin or plum. Also a hint of chocolate and coffee.
Taste is a little sweet at first but the hops soon hit you and the flavor gets a little dirty. Caramel and coffee and alcohol with hops that fade in and out throughout the aftertaste.
You can really feel the alcohol here whatever the ABV is.
Mouthfeel is warm and hoppy with sweet alcohol coming through.
I could drink one or two at a setting but no more.

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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 carln26
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark amber to mahogany with a thin tan head the fizzled quickly into the glass. No discernable lace left. The aroma is dominated by malt as expected. Lots of dark caramel, figs, dates. No hop presence I can discern. The flavor has all of the same from the malt. Dates, figs, caramel. It’s not overly sweet which is nice, but boy does the alcohol come on strong on the finish. This stuff almost burns. The mouth feel is a touch thin. Drinkability is OK. Sorry folks, I want a dopple with a bit more body, and a lot less burn

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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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Photo of trep
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle.

An elegant ruby body with a bubbly off-white head. Hardly any visible carbonation.

Sweet, rich, caramel malts and some over-ripe fruit. Not terribly complex but pleasant nonetheless.

Very very drinkable. Bittersweet malt hits you initially and gives way to the silky smooth finish. Kind of a thin mouthfeel, but this one is still quite good. Faint hints of bittering hops but everything melds together so well. Sweet sugary raisin aftertaste.

Medium bodied, appropriate carbonation. Very easy drinking and I think this one is somewhere in the 8+% ABV.

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Photo of Phatz
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a crimson red color with an off white tan head.

Smell: Caramel and nuts with a touch of grain and even some dark fruit. Excellent.

Taste: Sweet smooth caramel, fruits, Pineapple and vanilla flavors with some toffee and a bit of toasted sweet grain.

Mouthfeel: Amazingly soft across the tongue.

Drinkability. This is a very nice easy drinking Dopplebock.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm suprised at the rather low rating this beer is receiving.
Then again, I've been less-than impressed with some of New Holland's bottles (especially of Dragonsmilk) so I can understand why there might be some variation in reviews.
Anyways, I had this on tap at the brewery. It poured a dark ruby red/mahogany color. Unfortunatley there wasn't much of a head on the beer. The smell is what you'd expect and hope for in a doppelbock. Sweet, caramelly, a bit of alcohol warmth and malty sweet roastyness. Very nice. The taste was impressive. Sweet and inviting. Oh so creamy. A bit of alcohol warmth to balance things out. Medium mouthfeel with a bit of stickyness. A nice brew!

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Photo of meathookjones
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Body is reddish brown with a small covering of tan bubbles that disappear fairly quickly. No lacing left on the glass either. Lots of sweet caramel notes in the aroma with some fruit lurking in the back. Very little roast or anything else to balance out the big sweetness. The flavor was very similar with strong caramel sweet notes and ripe dark fruits mainly. Very light roastiness in there around the finish but overall a bit too sweet with not much going on it in. A bit on the thin side and easy drinking until it gets to be boring. A 12oz of this would have worked better for me.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into a large glass chalice, formed little to no head over the clear burgundy copper brew. Just swirls on the surface and a few bubbles around the rim almost from the get-go, and lacing is more or less non-existent. Aroma is syrupy malts and cherry fruitiness. Taste is nutty sweetness upfront, some fruitiness in the middle, and a slickery slightly warming close. Mouthfeel and drinkability are okay, but no real excitement with this one. Not a bad brew, just nothing that gets me jumping out of my seat to look for more either.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of neenerzig
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

To my knowledge this is the first Doppelbock I have ver tried and certainly the first Doppelbock I have reviewed here. I bought at 22 oz. bomber of this last night. It pours a dark amber brown color with a tan head about one or two fingers thick. The head is all but gone about 3 minutes after being poured. Leaves some ok lacing. Aromas of malt, spice, caramel, dark fruit, hints of bread and maple or brown sugar are all present here. Has a sweet malty taste with hints of caramel, nuts, dark fruit, bread and spice. Has a medium body and a nice smooth and crisp mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Easy to drink in a good way. An excellent beer! I certainly enjoyed my first Bock.


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Photo of joekfsu
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
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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