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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Reviews: 78 | Ratings: 89
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 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 lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Holland's web site says this is 7.5%. Nice chestnut color. Small tan head on top. Mellow roasted malt and caramel aroma-a sweetness with a touch of bready character. Good malty flavor-again a nice caramel sweetness with a bready flavor to it. Nice, slight "bite" in the finish. Good soft body-maybe a tad thin for what I would look for in a dobblebock but still enjoyable. Very nice beer. I keep saying that New Hollands seasonals and high gravity beers are better then their mainstays. Enjoy!

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

This is my first legal HG review since SC popped the cap. Great time to be a beer drinker here in SC!!!

Poured from a 22 ounce screen printed bomber with no date.

A. Clear dark brown with a creamy head that fades quickly. Light lacing.

S. Hmm...malt, brown sugar, some alcohol warmness noted.

T. Sweet and malty with no hop bite. Brown sugar and maybe maple.

M. Light carbonation and light creamy taste with just a hint of alcohol coming through.

D. Definitely a good beer although wouldn't drink too many.

This is one of my first Doppelbocks here in SC> I am sure I will return to this as my options and experience widens. Prosit!

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Photo of khiasmus
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Dark amber, looks almost like an ESB. Cream colored head that settles to a ring and leaves a small amount of lacing and a few legs.

S- Sweet malt, some dark fruits, caramel, honey, and molasses. no alcohol... surprising.

T- Slightly sweet up front and a bit yeasty. A little weak for a doppelbock, though. Finishes long, but not very strong... a very faint hint of honey and molasses.

M- A little thin, with low carbonation.

D- Not what I've come to expect from New Holland, or a doppelbock, but it's weak and thin, so you could probably drink a few of them.

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Photo of Winter
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle. Blue Goat pours a clear dark brown with hints of copper. The head is light tan in color. Malty aroma with hints of caramel and brown sugar. Soft, full-bodied mouthfeel. Rich malty flavor upfront merges with a toasted malt middle. Hints of raisin, caramel and nut are detected midway. Toward the back some tobacco appear, in addition to a slight smokiness. Not sure what the alcohol content is, but it is not detectable in the taste.

Overall, I would have to say I was a little underwhelmed. This was good but was lacking a little oomph for a doppelbock. Flavor could've exhibited a little more tradition doppelbock flavors. Blue Goat was alright, but nothing special.

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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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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 BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark orange-bronze with an infusion of candy apple red. I hate to make assumptions based on color, but I don't think Blue Goat will be overly roasted or chocolate malty. The compact cap is the color of brown sugar mousse and, unfortunately, deposits no more than a short collar of lace. The beautiful color of the beer, especially when backlit with late afternoon sunshine, is enough to make me pleased with the appearance.

The nose isn't very doppelbock-like. First of all, it isn't powerful enough. I pick up a meager amount of earthy, nutty malt (Munich) and very little else. As long as this goat comes through for me on the palate, though, we'll be best pals. Note: warming expands and amplifies the nose enough for me to grant the next highest score.

I've had New Holland beer. I like (most) New Holland beer. New Holland can do better than this. As expected, Blue Goat is more of a big bock than it is a doppelbock. I'm probably in the minority in making this distinction, but I think doppelbocks ought to be more dark malty than a plain ol' bock. I want the flavors that are produced when barley is roasted, dammit!

The flavor profile is centered on dark caramel and oven-roasted nuts more than on chocolate. Actually, as the beer warms a few degrees (to an estimated 60) I'm finding a little more to like. At least my palate is no longer butting heads with this little bugger. Ultimately, this is an overly simple version that cries out for a recipe change. More malt, darker malt, more types of malt, more hops... how the hell should I know? Maybe all of the above.

Dark caramel shares the stage with dark fruit, something that I didn't really notice until the past few ounces. I'll say figs and dates since it isn't dark enough for raisins to be a valid comparison. Good job on the alcohol masking. My palate can't locate it, but my brain is beginning to feel its presence.

I like the mouthfeel. I've had bigger doppels and I've had more silky smooth doppels, but this one seems to match up well with the rest of the beer's attributes. The increasingly viscous finish is nice and I don't mind the subdued carbonation. In fact, I prefer it.

Blue Goat Doppelbock grew on me over the course of the bomber. It's a better than decent version of a style that varies widely from caramel malty to dark malty. I've tried not to let the fact that I prefer the latter sway me too much. In the end, I'll give it a tepid thumbs up.

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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 orsulacp
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was dark copper with no head and a little cloudy. The nose had roasted malt, a little spiciness, maybe some nutmeg. The taste is malty, a little bit of caramel and some spiciness. Low carbonation giving a smooth body, fairly drinkable with a clean finish. There just isn't enough in the taste department.

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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 gmfessen
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this in a double duce for $6.99 plus tax and deposit. Initial reaction - this better be a good beer.

Poured into a pint glass, beer is amber in color with a fizzy off-white head that dissipates quickly. Smell is malty sweet, amber malt and figs. Taste is also sweet, amberish, slight citrus tone, with a nice balance of hops that leaves a slight bitter taste. The mouthfeel is pretty light for a doppelbock, and the beer is highly carbonated. Overall this beer is very drinkable, but it doesn't drink like a doppelbock. I'd be interested to see what the alcohol content is.

Afterthought - Definitely not worth the $6.99

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Photo of adammills
2.51/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Honestly I expecting more from this beer. I have sampled others from New Hollands High Gravity series and this was just lacking. Malty and grainy, almost husky in that aspect, not very pleasing. Sweet chewy yet very little punch when it comes to flavor. There are other microbrews in Michigan that are making better doppelbocks, go in another direction.

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Photo of ZAP
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty average doppel....orangeish brown color...toffee and caramel notes on the nose..

Low carbonation...body is about medium..a little syruppy tasting...

Sweet flavor..caramel and toffee with a slight off flavor of sweet apples..some bready notes as well.

Overall this is OK...that's about it...kind of a muddled sweet syruppy concoction..drinkable but not seekable...

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Photo of Callenak
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber when I was in Painesville, OH for work.

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a deep reddish brown color with a small head and light carbonation. A very attractive beer. Smell is all malt. Sweet caramel a little roastiness and maybe a hint of vanilla. A very think and malty taste. A slight alcohol hit, but just warming not overpowering. Not sure what the percentage is on the beer, but if it's a dopple, probably in the 8% range. Dopples are one of my favorite German styles, and this was no let down. A very enjoyable and drinkable beer. Doubt it's sold out here in CA though, so probably going to be a one time beer 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 BeerBuilder
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours to a reddish-brown color with a tan head that diminishes to a ring. It leaves spotty lacing. The aroma is sweet, caramel malts, bready, and a bit fruity.

The flavor is very sweet and somewhat tangy. It has the sweet caramel malt flavor throughout, with a bit of breadiness and fruitiness. It is low in carbonation and syrupy. It is too sweet and syrupy for me; I'll pass on this one again.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.97/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear mahogany. Absence of CO2 visible. Thin light brown head. Virtually no lace.

Aroma: Sweet malts, bready malts, molasses.

Flavor: Light qualitites. Nothing stands out. Some sweet malts. A titch of vinegar. A little vegetal. Just something not quite right. Plus, all the thick, rich properties that I look for in a dopple just aren't there.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Syrupy. Very low carbonation.

Drinkability: I don't need another one of these. Too many good/great dopples out there to waste my time and liver on this.

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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 Derek
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, deep, amber-brown. Pours with a light tan head, no retention, hints of leg/lace.

S: Spicy hops (a little more than most), dark fruit, dark bread, nutty, brown sugar.

T: Brown sugar; dark/caramelized raisins; prune; nutshell-like bitterness; The bitterness seems to come from the malt, but there's plenty of spicy, noble hop flavour. Warming finish.

M: Moderately full body is a little chewier than some Bavarian versions, but it's not at all sweet or cloying. Moderate carbonation.

D: It's a meal, but it's the alcohol warmth that inhibits the sessionability.

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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 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 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 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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New Holland Blue Goat from New Holland Brewing Company
3.6 out of 5 based on 89 ratings.
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