New Holland Blue Goat | New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland Blue GoatNew Holland Blue Goat

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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 bigman147
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a light orangish amber. A slight head that doesn't last. Minimal lacing. Good color for a dopplebock.

Aroma: Slight malty with a minimal estery hop aroma.

Taste: Taste is very light with a slight nutty malt character. Bitterness it sharp but not overpowering. Slight lingering malt.

Mouthfeel: Appropriate for style. Very crisp and light with good body. Not heavy at all

Drinkability: Very drinkable. FInished the 22oz bottle without any major issues. This beer is not very distinguished so its easy to forget it is a doppelbock. Its a part of the High Gravity series so I would assume it is somewhat high in alcohol.

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Photo of expatsteve
2.79/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Ruby/copper, with orange highlights. Great color. Light lacing following a virtually non-existent head. Medium clarity and medium viscosity.

Aroma: Chocolate and cocoa nibs, but not particular aromatic. Good roasted malt notes.

Taste: This has an odd and distracting grassy taste, with little initial malt development and not much by way of finish; as it warms, there is more chocolate, but the grassy flavor has developed into a cigar-like finish. While it gets better, the pine taste and the lack of complicating malts leaves this feeling flat.

Mouthfeel: The body is perfect for a doppelbock - only a little thicker than a lager, with light carbonation. Despite the taste, smooth on the way down.

Drinkability: I think that starting this beer out at room temperature might help develop the taste more, as the pine resin finish had built up to the point where even my last mouthfuls were funky. Seems to want to be a Troegenator, but fails to capture the smoother aspects of the style. I'll hope it's a bad bottle, and return to it if some passes my way in the future.

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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 scruffwhor
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a wafer thin head with under-average retention and quickly goes to nothingness after a couple sips. The color is a deep russet amber with highlights of merlot in the middle of the brew. There was some alright bubbling in this deep red brew. But this was a sunpar appearance for a Dopplebock.

Smell- Very bland compared to all other dopplebocks I've had up to this one. There were a few fruity/malty hints. But those were very muted and hard to discern.

Taste- Starts out with some muted plums then moves to a blended dark fruit with carbonation and light hopping. The finish is a very muted roasted malt.

Mouthfeel- A little watery and slightly adjunct-like with the first sips of this beer. But still that overall sweet dopplebock feel was retained throughout 50% of the brew. The carbonation earned some brownie points.

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

This one grew on me as I drank. The Goat poured dark and translucent, with a thin, fading head. It smelled faintly sweet with perhaps a hint of berries. Up front the taste was less sweet than the nose suggested (almost sharp and a bit sour), with that sweetness coming midway followed by an earthy aftertaste. The feel was fairly thin with some noticeable carbonation that vanished as the beer aired out. All in all it went down easy and I learned to appreciate it’s subtly shifting tastes the more I consumed. Not a beer to ignore, but it wouldn't be my first choice given some options.

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Photo of karst
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If your not a big fan of Chrystal malts in your beer let the "Blue Goat" pass on by.
I am afraid that is my situation - we only put 2 oz of C-60 in five gall batch of pale ale.

I enjoyed talking to one of the owners about how the Doppelbock was named after their old blue delivery truck that has served New Holland B.C. long and well. I like this style and was shopping for a couple of growlers to take back to Kalamazoo. A clear rich mahogany with a brief light tan head and minor lace. Initial aroma of toasted malt and sweet caramel. Lightly hopped (tettanger?) the sweet malty finish outs lasts the hops and becomes cloying by the end of the glass. Some diacetyl offers a minor butterscotch note. This may have been near the end of a cask.

I found it a little dissappointing. Looking for more complexity and less caramel flavor.

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Photo of silenius
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks a lot like a cola when poured into a glass. Thin tan head, no lacing, but very little carbonation (unlike a cola). The color is a red-hued brown when held up to the light.

Smell is hardly noticeable - a very light maple scent.

Taste is a clean malty flavor with a nice maple and vanilla aftertaste. Slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel is slightly drying and slick and thin.

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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 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 Dogbrick
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a maroon tint around the edges. Thick tan head and nice lacing. Aroma of earthy malt and caramel. Medium-bodied with a toasted grain and malt flavor. Some nuts and dark fruit as well. The taste is pretty good but doesn’t have a lot of legs. Sweet, malty finish with a touch of hops, and again it falls off pretty quickly. Not really a bad Doppelbock but I was a little let down.

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Photo of frazbri
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blue Goat Doppelbock from New Holland poured a clear copper body with a short, off-white head sustained by a constant teem of carbonation. Honey and orange marmalade aromas were present. Sweet flavors, slightly fruity and a touch of hazelnut with a clean bitterness. Medium body and highly carbonated.

Blue Goat is a well balanced, clean bock. It isn't shocking or overpowering, it's just a nice beer.

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Photo of ypsifly
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Painted bomber with no dates but it does sport a goat face that looks frickn' evil. Purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn and poured into a pilsner.

Dark crimson to brown under a finger of light tan that falls rather quickly to a thin layer of foam and then a faint ring. No lace but a few specks here and there.

Sweet caramel makes up most of the nose. Slight nuttiness and a tiny bit of butterscotch. Not very complex and rather weak overall.

Body is moderate but a little flat. More carbonation would make this so much better.

Lots of malt upfront. Initially sweet and nutty but with a growing bitterness that gets spicy and then bitter towards the end. Lingering hop dryness. Nice change in flavors. So much more balance than the nose.

Drinkable but nothing to get excited about. Not worth the $6.99.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was purchased at the Dilly Deli for $6.99. The beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a chestnut coloration. The beer has a creamy off white colored head. The head was about two fingers high. There was absolutely no head retention on this beer.

Smell: The beer has a sweetened nutty malty breadyness. The beer has a spicy yeast and alcohol combo.

Taste: The beer has a bready nutty caramel taste. There is a nice spicyness vaguely peppery. The alcohol joins to help create a further zing.

Mouthfeel: The beer has a creamy medium body. The taste has a pleasant nutty aftertaste. This is a nice dopplebock. I enjoyed the beer and would definately not hesitate to drink this on again.

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

Sampled on 4/29/06 at the brewpub.

Poured a medium to dark brown with not much head.

Smell was somewhat sweet with hints of fruit. Taste was similar. with little alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel was moderately thin for this style of beer but the drinkability made up for it.

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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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New Holland Blue Goat from New Holland Brewing Company
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