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 SkeeterHawk
2.67/5  rDev -25.8%
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 0%
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 +6.4%
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 -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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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 bobbyc881
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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 -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 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 DrJay
3.42/5  rDev -5%
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 +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 letsgopens
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Photo of BeardedSquash
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Medium to dark amber with a quickly retreating tan head. A calm looking beer in the glass.

S: Subdued malt and figs. Brings around a candied sugar smell as it warms. Not as pungent as I'm used to with dopples.

T: Tame for this style, but not watery. Fruits such as cherries and grapes with a bitter chocolate bite at the swallow. Caramel and nuts come into the mix halfway through as well. Many different flavors screaming for attention rather than one medley. Interesting.

M: Lively. I like it. The drier, thinner mouthfeel goes well with the assortment of flavors. Makes it feel like more refreshing than warming.

D: All thing considered, I really like this beer. It strays from the usual dopplebock in that it drinks easier and quenches the thirst more than it does warm the body and relax the soul. A great spring or fall time beer.

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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 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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