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Incorrigible | New Holland Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Sammy on 06-09-2013

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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 401
Photo of cryptichead
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was pretty close to a Goze than a Berliner Weissbier by my taste. Generally, it was way too tart and sour for my liking. But still an interesting beer to try, especially if you like sours.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a clear golden color. The head is about a finger high, with a white shade. Retention flat-out sucks, and there isn't much lacing left on the glass. It looks like a flat, cheap lager basically.

S: I'm a bit surprised by the acetic presence here. Some notes of lacto and cheesy funk can be found, but given how tart it smells, it could pass for a decent sour ale at times. But it's not perfect - I'm not sure where this faint meaty presence is coming from. Still, though, a pleasant surprise coming from a Berliner.

T: Oh wow, that is tart! As expected, the tart attack is front loaded on the palate (primarily acetic/vinegary, but there's still some lacto in there). Once it fades, though, the flavor transforms into mostly diacetyl. Awww maaan. And really, this is all it brings - tartness and some lesser buttered popcorn. No subtle fruitiness, no perceptible wheat, no nothing. Even worse, it doesn't seem to integrate that well - if it did, I might just be singing its praises right now.

M: The feel is pretty rough/tannic, as expected from a sour. Because of the diacetyl, though, it doesn't really go down that easily. There's a lot of carbonation as well.

O: I'll give it credit - it's both sour AND cheap ($5/bomber). It just doesn't seem to have much balance, though. Sure, the sourness is nice, but it's devoid of the lesser subtleties that make sour ales great. Since it's so cheap for a sour, I still think it's worth trying if one needs a cheap tart fix.

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Photo of cavedave
3.16/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

With bare head, almost clear appearance, and light red color it looks like a sparkling rose' wine. Even taking fruit addition into kind consideration, and the pretty color it shows, it does not have a great look for a Berliner.

Nose is sharp lacto notes, also softer tart notes, light and sweet berry, floral in background, with some tannic and earthy hints to balance.

Berry flavor is prominent in the taste, with the sharper lacto notes winning the day from the more rounded yeasty flavors. Much less earthy funk than in the aroma, but more tannic notes to end the sip.

Medijum bodied, very low carb., not as clean a finish as would be optimal, with some clingy berry resin that doesn't work well.

Adding fruit to a Berliner often doesn't work because it ends up too sweetart tasting. Such is the case here, this just isn't a very good Berliner Worth a shot if you are a fruited sour freak, but if you are looking for traditional Berliner Weissebier look elsewhere.

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Photo of zachary80
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Applejuice, or more accurately apfelwein. Not much head, what is there is white and doesn't last much.
S: Sour and Aceitic, but pleasant. Fruity. Nothing amazing.
T: Pretty simple, with high sourness that overstays. Oak influence is minor.
F: A little thin.
O: Enjoyable but needs more complexity

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Golden colored with excellent clarity. No head is present whatsoever. I smell pale wheat with a candy sweet tart tartness. The taste is much better than the appearance and aroma would suggest. There's a sour acidic dark grape and blackberry tartness present. I also get a touch of salt and a prominent pale wheat at the back of the palate. The mouth is smooth,dry and highly carbonated.

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Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

On draft, pours a clear, super pale yellow. The carbonation looks a little off, with zero head, very still. It looks like pale apple juice

The nose is pear, white grape, a little bit of oak, with bread dough and yeast. There is a little bit of sweet funk coming through too. The flavor is slightly tart, more pear and apples, grape skins, a bit dry. I get lots of wood on the backend of this. Mouthfeel is fine, this is very drinkable, but the dry and tart don't go together well. This isn't my favorite from them.

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Photo of dwren89
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: golden yellow with thin fizzy residual head. Great clarity

Aroma: sour lactic aroma, a little cidery, not a strong aroma overall,

Taste: moderately lactic, very cider like but with a little less apple character and more of a wheaty taste

Mouthfeel: spritzy and light,

Overall: Not bad, very light and spritzy. Wheat and lactic sour flavors are prominent. It does taste a little cidery though.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle.

A: Pours a light bronzish gold color with a two-finger white head. Minimal retention and lacing. Lots of bubbly carbonation.

S: Apples, white grapes, citrus, pear, white pepper, subtle notes of oak, diacetyl, malt vinegar, saltine cracker, and some subtle notes of earthy hops and a distinct funkiness.

T: Green apple, orange, pear, hints of oak, cracker, diacetyl, and malt vinegar. Sour and tart with a solid malt yeast driven backbone.

M: Light bodied, champagne like carbonation, nice easy drinking with a tart finish.

O: A solid and enjoyable sour. Nothing spectacular but at its very reasonable price it is worth the buy if your craving a sour at the time.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I saw this bottle for 4.99 and couldn't believe it. I asked the store clerk if it wsa a mistake and meant to say 14.99 (the price point for other New Holland sours), I was assured that the 4.99 was correct, how could I pass it up?? Pours a clear golden with no head. The nose features a heavy waves of lactobacillus along with notes of corn, wheat, and lemon. A touch of white wine and oak makes an appearance as well. The taste is plenty tart with wheat, grain, lemon, grape, and oak all present. It picks up in tartness as it goes and has a nice crisp finish. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and very light in body. Overall, not a bad Berliner at all. There is a nice wave of sourness and a high level of drinkability. Worth a try!

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Photo of Sammy
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mondial 2013 one-off. Average mouthfeel. Hits the style, but not as sour as others I have had in the style. No head on pale yellow body. Bretty Sugary residual flavour. Simplistic but Nice changeup at the fest. Good drinkability and I would try it again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, grain, fruit, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden yellow with a kinda fizzy white head that dissipates pretty quickly.

S: Sweet fruity notes, green grapes, lactic tartness, a little yeasty funk, and a touch of wheat.

T: Plenty of lemony lactic tartness, fruity white wine, white grapes, stone fruit, maybe a hint of berry, a touch of wheat, and faint oak on the back end.

M: Medium body, lively carbonation.

O: A little fruity for my taste in Berliners, but not bad.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Admittedly, I had to look up "incorrigible" simply to see why the term would be used in the naming of this "White Sour". Incorrigible seems to apply to corruptible children. So I'm thinking that this a juvenile delinquent of a beer.

Pouring not-so-white, the sour pours with a peachy gold hue with a still and mild haze. A dainty white lace forms on the surface and breaks apart halfway through the session. Looking much like rose wine thereafter, the sour ale escapes any need for lace or long-lasting retention.

Sharp aromas pierce right through the nose with dry white wine, tart cider, apple vinegar and the distinct mustiness of dried lemons and limes. Its mild pungency is dusty, straw and hay-like but without crossing over to barnyard character.

Its vinous character also shows in taste as the sharp acidity of sour grapes play out on the early palate. With is very slight sweetness, and terse malt character is of dry grain and a hint of thin honey and powdered sugar that gives the sourness a "Sweetheart" floral candy taste. But the middle invites a rounded salty tone to heighten the sense of citrusy sourness in much the same that margaritas do. Only in the finish does an aftertaste of wheat pose a bready taste long after its palate-stripping sourness subsides.

Thin to taste, its the clean sour taste that's celebrated. Its mild creaminess is short-lived as the light candy sweetness also falls to the wayside. What's left is a palate cleansing middle with strong lactic acidity. Its finish is clean, fruity and somewhat seltzer water-like.

This Berlinerweiss is hardly unruly. Its sourness is as comfortable as it is challenged as some of these "white sours" can be much more sour than this. But not as full or sweet as others, Incorrigible is a formidable German-style Sour Ale that makes me crave pairings of clams or oily fish.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 4/18/2015 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, esters, some citrus and light malts.

T: The taste starts out with a big sour bite that dominates followed by some mild citrus flavor. The malt and wheat characters are thin and the hops presence is extremely mild as you would expect in this type of beer. The after-taste is sour.

M: Very crisp and a little smooth, light body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent sour beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of kris_n
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Has a nice clear light gold color. Slight fruity grape smell, noticed it more as it poured and seemed to disipate somewhat. Some head when poured, little lacing if any. Not a lot of visible carbination, but it is there in taste. Very light, clean and refreshing taste and feel. Nice white grape champagne like flavor. Easy to drink and went down pretty quick. Shared bottle in a small taster glass. Good beer. Would buy again, especially for the price.

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Photo of Ri0
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured 22oz bottle into teku.

A - Urine yellow in color with a 2 finger white fizzy head that rapidly fades into oblivion. No lacing.

S - Aroma is kind of funky, almost like overripe apples, grapes, musty wood with hints of vinegar. Definitely has a sour scent to it.

F - Yes it is far more sour than any Berliner I have had. Notes of vinegar, lemon, tart apple, sour grape all collide on the palate. Not quite sure what the finish is, but it has a distinct taste. The flavors work very well together.

M - Light, well carbonated and prickly. A touch of dryness on the finish.

O - A nice beginner sour that is different than the Berliners I have had in the past. I like this and given the sun $5 price it is nice to kick back and drink on a hot day.

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Photo of emerge077
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bottle of this after trying it and remembering it wasn't bad, also $5 a bomber. Well, we have "white" IPAs and stouts, now a" white sour" whatever that means.

Pours a pale gold with rapidly rising trails of champagne carbonation. Head fades away rapidly to nothing, which also resembles champagne, but kind of a visual bummer.

Aroma is nice, crisp tart crabapple and very light traces of barrel funk.

Taste is bracing at first, moderately sour with a lasting dry puckering finish. Lactobacillus, crabapple, white grape, vague water cracker malt. Very clean and pretty acidic. Could use a little more complexity, but for the price I'm not really complaining. Light and effervescent feel, works well with fatty foods like cheese and charcuterie. Good palate cleanser.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Short Review. This is a nice Sour Ale, it's pretty standard for the style and I think it had just the right amount of sourness to it without being too acidic. It had a nice citrus flavor with some lemons seeming to stick out the most and the mouthfeel seemed to be the aspect that was truest to style. I enjoyed it and I would drink it again.

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Photo of JRdaSconnie
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Just found at local Trig's. Bomber from fridge, poured cold into Spiegelau tulip. Second glass allowed to warm.

S: Tangy, lemons, wheaty, funk and barn, mineral water.

A: Honey to gold. Slim head that drops fast. Crystal clear.

T: Similar to smell. Lemony, minerally. Nice funk. Not too sour but represents well. Acidic finish. No hop, no ethanol.

M: Little under attenuated, more full than I'd like. Wheat and Brett gives it a slick and silky feel.

O: Nice Berlinner. Better than the Bell's Oarsman that I just had. Might try letting one sit a bit longer but suspect its inert as there was zero sediment. Totally worth $4.99.

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Photo of coriswrasse
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured into a small taster glass. appears crystal clear amber. a little bit of head after a vigorous pour dissipates quickly. little lacing is left after sipping. smell is very mild but what is there has nice sour hints. taste on the front end has hints of white grapes and slight sourness. some acidity and the flavor lingers for a while on the tongue. overall for this was a good beer. for the price I paid (5.99+tax) I would definitely buy it again. of the two New Holland beers I have had where they dabble in the sour style this is my favortie.

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Photo of Jack_Malts
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crystal clear pale yellow, strange for a barrel aged sour; although I think they might have filtered it, which is sort of disappointing. Smells of lemon juice, lime rinds, and unripe peach skins. Also a bit of apple cider vinegar. Taste follows the nose with a good acetic acid presence, unsweetened lemon water, some lime juice, and Granny Smith apple skins. There is a light beer graininess and a bit of wheat flavor on the finish and in the aftertaste. The only really bad thing is that the mouthfeel is a bit watery, but it is nicely carbonated.

This beer is tart, refreshing, and bubbly. A perfect summer sour to enjoy on a hot day. At 3.50$ a bomber, this beer is a steal. So go ahead, grab three and have a day of it.

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Photo of barczar
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brilliantly clear as water, with a head that dissipates, literally, to nothing.

Grainy aroma, slightly sour, with a bit of floral hops.

Flavor is far more sour. Very acetic, a touch lactic. Given the blue Sunday, I didn't expect such sour notes.

Wow. Surprised. Not much character there, other than the tart/sour notes. Great for a palate refresher! A little more acetic than most Berliners I've had.

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Photo of AmericanPaleMale666
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours an opaque but visibly see through golden copper body. Head is very thin upon pouring and quickly dissipates leaving barely visible bubbles around the edge of the glass.

N - Two words: Sour apple. A bready yeast aroma can also be detected. I'm usually not enamored with the bready/biscuity/yeast tones in a beers nose but I'm really digging this one paired with the sourness.

M - Very light with lots of carbonation. Reminds me of sparkling wine.

T - Tart bitterness up front followed by a smooth, strong sour flavor.

O - Extremely drinkable brew and a tasty treat for anyone with a sour oriented palate. Those who dont like sour anything best stay away from this one. I judged quickly on the first glass but the flavor and aromas really came out with the second slightly warmer glass. Overall for the price this is a quality sour ale with a cool label design to boot.

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Photo of JayQue
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice light abv beer with big flavor. Pours a clear, light copper/burnished gold color with a very small highly carbonated head that dissipates fast. Very little lacing on the Chimay goblet.

The aroma is mostly tart sour apple, fairly strong. Flavor is good. tart sour apple, a fair amount of oak and a little wheat bitterness.

Mouthfeel is tart, the sourness is just right, not a heavy-duty vinegar experience. I drank the whole bottle and enjoyed it all the way!!!

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Photo of brentk56
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear pale honey color with a modest head that descends somewhat quickly; not much lacing

Smell: A little bready, a little tart and a little funky

Taste: Acetic and fruity, with a hint of lemon and strawberry tartness; crisp and dry, oaky finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Easy to drink and a bit of a Berliner on training wheels; quite enjoyable

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Incorrigible from New Holland Brewing Company
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