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
Photo of blakesell
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
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 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 deejaydan
4.37/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours dark amber, good head for a cask. Bready, and yeasty up front in aroma. Flavor comes through very bready as well. Mouthfeel is nice, a good change of pace with the cask for a lager. It's full and lush. Drinkablity? Goes down very smooth... like Red Tulip, and the alcohol is well masked.

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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 BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fine selection for my 1000th review. And, always a sucker for a Dopplebock. Never a disapointment with New Holland. Blue Goat starts off, and reamains, very malty sweet and tons of rich ripe fruit flavors. Deep ruby colored with good head retention and lacing. Strong fruitcake flavors of figs, dates, nuts, and a hint of cherries. Moderately viscous and very sweet with caramel, toffee, and molassas. Hopped for a solid bittering balance and a earty, dirty flavor and musky aroma. Sweet and thick with the texture and a silky, nearly oily feel. Finishes with a, you guessed it, sweet / malt lingering. Really liked this beer.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
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 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 ZimZamZoom
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a goblet. No date or ABV on the bottle.

Pours a deep amber with a rather thin head. The head is short-lived and lacing is minimal.

Aroma is of dark malt, prune, raisin and light spicy hops. A nice deep tantalizing aroma. A promise of even better things to come? We shall see.

Taste is similar. Malty with hints of prune, with a bitter hop and alcohol finish. As the beer warms in my glass the aroma and flavor become more complex.

Medium bodied and smooth, this is a nice drinkable big beer. I'm looking forward to pouring the rest.

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Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a warm burnt caramel scent with some nutty hints. The taste is good also. It has a smooth malty flavor that goes down silky smooth and finishes dry with some residual sweetness. It's rich and flavorful, but not too strong. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine brew and another fine offering from New Holland. It's easy drinking and full of malt flavor.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried some from a bottle brought to beer club. Very dark red, small brownish white head. looks good. Nose is a lot of dark fruits (plums). Also smells sweet like plum syrup. Delicious taste. sweet at first but then very fruity and malty. very smooth. I could go for a whole bottle of this. Good job, New Holland.

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Photo of mentor
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by deejaydan as part of BIF33. One of my favorite styles...thanks for the opportunity! Pours a thin layer of dark tan head over a crystal clear gorgeous dark amber liquid. Smells caramel sweet with some grassy tettnanger hop quality. Fresh and earthy.

Tastes chocolate, nutty, and light-colored caramel. A touch of sour and a touch of vanilla. Definitely has tettnanger character, but not too strong. Perhaps a hybrid that has one parent as tettnanger. While the dark character of the tettnanger is a nice counter to the light caramel, it also contributes a perceived thickness to the nearly syrupy body...almost putting the mouthfeel over the edge. Quite sweet and thick hanging on the tongue aftertaste. Decent. Simple. Balanced.

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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 Bierman9
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a 22oz bomber bottle... Pours out an enticing deep-chestnut hue, with some twinkles of garnet near the edges. Was clear within, and the head was tan, creamy and fine, though thin - about 1/8". Lasts basically as surface cover, with a touch of lacing. This Goat was quite aromatic, with solid malty-toffee notes wafting out. Smells like when entering a confectionary... quite yummy! Body was a medium-plus, almost bordering on being chewy. It was quite smooth traversing the palate; a solid mouthfeel.

Flavor was rich and malty right from the get-go, with good sweetness without being cloying at all. Leaves a tasty coating in the mouth, with caramel all over. The hops are restrained, though some bitterness does sneak through and appear in the background. Hops in the Goat are more in a cameo role, just to keep things honest. Overall, this DB could possibly be bolder and maltier, though it is still a solid Bier.

I had some of this at the June ABF, plus another bottle a few weeks back. In both cases I was a bit less than impressed, but this one left a good impression.


overall: 4.05
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - a warm, brownish-red amber pour. A thin head of light tan bubbles reduces to some stray action across the surface.

Aroma - a caramel, raisiny, fruity nose. Reminds me a bit of bread crusts, too. A bit light but inviting.

Taste - much like the aroma - nutty, caramel, malty sweetness. A nice roasty finish.

Mouthfeel - smooth and well-bodied, right on for the style.

Drinkability - a good fireside brew, smooth and drinkable.

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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 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 TasteTester
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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

Deep, dark crimson hued, under a tight, ring of cocoa-tinged foam...looks nice..

Caramelly nose, toffeeish, too, sweet and luscious. Nice, again.

Taste: A bit blunt. No, I meant bland. Sweet, and fruity. Dark, malty, thick toffee...a bit flat, this one, though. Nice body, fairly full, but lacking a certain zing. Tasty, but doesn't feel like a true doppelbock. Close, though.

Not bad, I did say "yummy, yum", right? If not, here you go..."yummy, yum"...but needs more, sorry to say. Just not really grabbing me.

Although, it grows on ya...really does...

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Is it a sad goat? The beer isn’t blue, that’s why I ask. Instead the pours is a mostly a cloudy amber color with twinges of red. A decent head but hides to the edges and ok lacing.

The smell has a great sweet malty aroma atypical of bocks. A syrupy essence with a touch of maple touch and a bit caramel and toffee. Some notes of breadness and a bit of yeasty under tones.

The taste is a good example of a bock. Sweet malty flavors with no bitterness to bounce back. The malt has a light caramel taste with some creamy after flavors. In the background there were some figs and fruity notes. A light plum flavor that comes out more as you drink the beer. I would have thought more yeast flavors but blended really well.

The body is light on this one with a somewhat wispy but not quiet watery feel. A decent body though. The creamy flavor helps support the body. I wouldn’t be sad for this blue goat.

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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 tapman
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A special treat for me and my friends, I hope we are not disappointed.

Pours and glass that starts cherry-brown at the bottom and grows to a dark brown at the top with a 1.5-2 finger head that dissipates quicker than I wish it would. At least the lacing seems to be standing its ground.

Munich and chocolate malts sum up the character of the aromas in this beer, and I'll fathom a guess that that rings true for the taste as well but we'll see. Bit of a metallic back due to increased alcohol.

Caramel, Munich, and chocolate malts melt together to create a buttery, toast-like flavor combination that is excellent. Hops are quite mild, but what do you expect, eh? If your a Malt Mouth like I am then you'll appreciate this brew.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, but not too thick as to impair drinkability.

I haven't had too much experience with Doppelbocks as of yet, but there have been a few that were just obnoxious with their ingredients and used either tangy malts in an attempt to balance out the flavors ruining the essence of the style, or use over-roasted malts to win the imaginary "strongest beer" competition. I'm digging this brew and i think you will, too.

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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 BMoney575
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 3-8-07

Pours a rich red color with a thin head that quickly bubbles away.

Smell is very pleasant. Very sweet with hints of caramelized sugars and dark fruits.

Tastes of malty sugars, with a balanced amount of hops. A dry, slightly smoky finish.

Mouthfeel is good, well carbonated, about what you'd expect from a doppel.

Drinkability is good, the ABV isn't listed, but there is no discernible alcohol taste.

Overall a very full-bodied lager, that if you-re a fan of the style, you'll like a lot. It's a limited release, so try it if you can.

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