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New Holland Lucid - New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland LucidNew Holland Lucid

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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 5
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: aforbes10 on 04-10-2007)
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Photo of catalysis
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Lucid is a crystal clear, auriferous golden brew. The foamy, ebullient head recedes to a thin layer, leaving behind a few sticky white curtains clinging tentatively to the edges of the glass.

S- Grassy fields and lemon trees swirl around a bitter-sweet key. Hops are bold and assertive, lingering on the nose like a siren's call.

T- Citrus and spice first reach the palate, astringent with sweet notes of cinnamon dancing on the tongue. Finishes with a mild hoppy bitterness that beckons another sip.

M- Light in body with moderate carbonation.

D- Perfect for a warm autumn evening.

Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lexx picked this one while heading through Michigan. Shouldn't sit on it any longer.

Pours a clear yellow, gingerale colour, big fluffy white head forms, sticks pretty well, leaves nice lacing, pretty thick layer. Smell is sweet and grassy, caramel/honey, citrus kick, bit of floral, wheat, lemony, not bad. Taste is nice and dry, oats, wheat, citrus and floral, yeasty bread, little bit messy. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, smooth and easy to drink. Not as clean as a kolsch should be, but a damned drinkable beer. Thanks Alexa!

Photo of scott
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Pale gold, clear and minimally carbonated. A pleasant nose of bread & honey suck you in, and does it ever taste good. It's a great representation of the style, but done in such a way that you can't put it down. This is a guy you fill up the gullet and don't stop until the teeth tingle. I almost feel like I'm eating, as I want take it all in at once. This is a well constructed brew. Almost addictive, due to a balanced malt profile. So good. So recommended. Yet again, I find another low ABV brew that completely delivers. This is very welcomed, and will be become a local to my establishment.

Photo of MDekker
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Kurfurten Kolsch glass, obtained at a cafe in Bonn. It poured out with a pretty weak white head. Honey colored and clear. The aroma is sort of dry and sweet - it made me think of honey. The flavor is generically sweet - I couldn't put my finger on anything in particular. Hints of honey, again, and maybe a little caramel. Subtle pine finish that fades pretty quickly. Pretty smooth in the mouth, with fine bubbles of carbonation, but a little thin. Overall, it went down easy, but was quite unremarkable - maybe that's the point, right? I'm supposed to be feeling lucid, not enthralled or enraged, just...nice. I guess I am.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear and deep golden color. Frothy white head. No real aroma it is just sort of "there". Malty flavor with a very subtle, almost black pepper taste to it. Oily and full mouthfeel for the style-I was expecting something a bit thinner actually. Very enjoyable and drinkable. I have said it before and will say it again-New Hollands seasonals and specialty beers far outweigh their regular offerings.

Photo of jpkoch1962
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a brilliant gold with a nice three finger head and nice lacing. The aroma was sticky sweet with a tad of bitterness. Nice smooth front end -a bit sweet and malty maybe a hint of diacetyl. An astringent bitterness took over in the middle. The finish was a bit sweetish corn.

A not a bad beer, but a poor representation of the style. Lucid was refreshing, but it needs a little work on balance. I don't think German noble hops were used -and if they were used they were way under utilitzed. Also the alcohol content is a bit high for this style. The ones I drank in Cologne averaged between 3.8-4.5% with a OG of 12P

Photo of crookedhalo
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours up an almost translucent pale yellow color with a fluffy eggshell white head that last for a good while. A couple of chunks of protein coagulation left in-suspension. Light honeysuckle aroma with more notable pale malt and spelt aroma with a hint of citrus zest and a trace aroma of watermelon rind. Very crisp and soft, with some pale malt sweetness and a light, florally finish. Slight suggestions of lemongrass and spice, but very faint. Overall, very neutral between sweetness and bitterness. Moderately carbonated, which adds to it's crispness. I really like Kölsches, they're my "pilsener ales". It's just a shame that the style is'nt more sought after. I enjoyed this one, it's one of the better non-German Kölsches I've tried.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pale straw color with some chill haze - check that - that just may be the absolute torrent of bubbles coming up from the glass. Very active, like an Alka-Seltzer, easily sustains a half-finger of soft, creamy white foam. Some patchy chunks of lacing.

Aroma - clean, grainy, a wisp of sourness, maybe lemon.

Taste - soft grain, a bit pilsner like. The swallow brings about some nice citrusy balance. This is enhanced even more by taking a casual drink and holding it in the mouth for 10 to 15 seconds. Let it sink into every part of the palate. The eventual swallow brings out those hop flavors. There is a touch of metal at times. Finishes cleanly, on the dryer side, with some residual fruitiness.

Mouthfeel - smooth, lightly crisp, medium-light body.

Drinkability -a fine summer sessionable. Nothing over the top. but it's tasty.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz. long neck brown bottle with a crimped on cap the word "cool" was under the cap.

Golden color almost clean looked like a bit of chill haze. 1" white head dissapated quickly to a light foam ring. Very little carbination with a bit of slurry in the bottom of the bottle.

Very clean nose with a good moderate citrus aroma with some light carmell. Seemed a bit minty and just a bit peppery.Very pleasing and gentle aroma overall.

Clean taste with a nice pleasing citursy tangyness. A light carmell taste also had a very nice balance.

Light,juicy,extremely east to drink. Great summer beer,poundable. Just enough taste yet light feeling. A great Kolsh would like to try this on tap if avalible.

Photo of bruachan
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ahh, the summer kolsch. i developed an early love affair with the style when my beer adventures were nascent. it's a clear gold—not particularly pale, but certainly not near amber—the head was lively at first but went the way of the dodo. a sudsy collar is all that remains (some lacing). i will at first address the malt aroma, since it will require more effort. clean. ever so sweet. subtle. a thin support for the hops, which are floral and a little spicy

a gentle, soft mouthfeel sports mild flavors of pils malts (with a slight sulfur) and woody hops. the carbonation levels are not high, but the finish still manages to be relatively crisp

5.8% according to the nhbc website

Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a cylinder style glass a clear light to medium gold a lacy thinner white head atop,quite sprtitzy looking.A little bit of funk in the nose,almost like rotten apple along with a light toastiness and residual sweetness.Lemony flavors at the forefront along with some honey malt and toasty wheat,light but quite flavorful.I bought a six pack of this for cook outs and social gathering and I think this would do the trick although the aromas might turn the non beer novice off.

Photo of Applesauce1
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at the Party Source in Bellevue, KY.

Let's give it a whirl....

Appearance: light, golden color with sight haze and a 1" head on the pour; looks pretty nice
Smell: not much here, maybe some citrus and some wheat
Taste: nice flavor; wheat, lemon, slight hoppiness
Mouthfeel: pretty good for one of these summer-spring releases; i say a medium bodied beer
Drinkability: could do two or three in a night

I'm really impressed with this beer. It could be because I've been disappointed with a lot of other spring and summer releases. I'll try this one again while it's still available.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear gold color, with a white rocky head. Decent head retention. A good looking beer for this time of year.

Pale malt aroma, a bit of grain in the nose, followed by a bit of floral hops. Not much else, pretty simple in the nose.

Pale malty flavor, with some cereal grain, and caramel sweetness. Not very crisp or clean. Some soft floral notes fall out in the background. Seems to dry out near the end.

Light body, with appropriate carbonation. Easy to drink, but again lacks the crispness and clean flavor of a great Kolsch.

Photo of Mitchster
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

14 degrees plato OG, 5.8% ABV.

Pours to a sparkingly clear straw golden, forming a modest rocky white head with poor retention and absent lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The nost at first stands out with that very grassy Cascade hop quality, but then there are some distant floral hops in there, probably Saaz with a faint suggestion of sweet malt. The SNPA nose just throws me off for a Kolsch...the nose bothers me and is off-mark for style. The mouthfeel is VERY soft...this goes down like liquid velvet. The taste is very mild...a little bit of grassy (yuck) hops casually balanced by an underpinning of delicate pale malts. I'm getting a touch of diacetyl, corn and soap in here, which really hurts.

Not a good representation of the style. Now I'm gonna have to drink a pilsner to get this taste out of my mouth. Diacetyl, corn, and soap have no business being in a Kolsch. Nice mouthfeel, but I am not inclined to buy this again. With a different yeast strain and a better selection of hops, this could be a winner.

Photo of mcallister
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A unrinesqe look with a small white head that fades quickly and leaves no lacing.

Nice toasty malt aromas with hints of toffee. Bits of grass and lemon with a nice aroma of spritzy carbonation.

Very easy going easy drinking mellow kolsch. Same hints of lemon with a lime squeeze. Very toasty and malty bit of caramel, but mainly toffee. Slightly bitter hop on the finish. Very drinkable with a refreshing carbonation.

Photo of mynie
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Dirty Nellie's in Palatine, Illinois.

Bartender put a head on it! Very dark gold, very clear with thick cascades of champaign bubbles. Good head retention, great lacing.

The hops are European and surprisingly strong for the style, coming out tart, spicey, and bitter, while the malt is wonderfully mellow and weedy with a good kick of fruit esters.

Tastes very much like it smells. Hugely refreshing. Flowery Kolsch malt starts things off, very soft, delicate, and lightly sweet and moving very nicely into a light, spicy hop and a finish of wonderful fruit esters.

Perfectly balanced, is all I can say.

New Holland has always been capable of making above average examples of common beer styles, but they've never really knocked a style out of the park like they do here. The limitations of the style prevent it from being a must-try beer, but it's really, very good. Probably the best Kolsch I've ever had.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First off gotta love the label it depicts a ying and yang symbol with grains bordered with hops pretty creative. Appears a lightly hazed bright golden yellow in color of course the egg shell white head forms creamy and dwindles kinda rapidly leaves behind even bands of lacing with each sip pretty nice looking. Aromatics mellow lightly toasted cereal notes with fruity undertones herbal and citrus flows as well I'm guessing some noble hop varieties overall clean with a touch of cooked veggies. Flavor moderate hop bitterness comes of leafy herbal and mild citrus peels doesn't over power light toasted malts give a nice cereal toasted grain warmth to it finishes rather clean with a bit of hop finish really citrus in the end. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied with a crisp smooth level of carbonation coming across really seems to stay on the palate with a strange aftertatse. Drinkability is solid I'm not well schooled in the original Kolsch styles but this one seems to fit the bill have having some fruity character with a nice potential for drinkability.

Photo of sopor
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow, what a wonderful new offering from New Holland!

Lucid pours a light golden honey color with just a small and loose head forming and not sticking around too long, but leaving some film and very delicate lacing. Looks very inviting on a HOT Michigan June day.

Not a strong aroma, but just a whiff of dry malt and an almost corn-like aroma. A kiss of hops appears at the end, but it's light aroma-wise.

This beer tastes spectacular! Everything one could ask for in a beer of this style! Its clean, crisp, refreshing, NOT lacking on the full, dry, bready malty flavor! A well balanced finish of clean hops totally clears the palate and leaves one refreshed and wanting more.

Mouthfeel is right on, not heavy and very refreshing.

What an awesomely drinkable beer! Refreshing, great flavor, and highly quaffable. Almost too much so, as the biggest problem with this beer is how quickly it disappears!

On a side note, this beer has an interestingly low (in relation to other beers on this site) standard deviation among ratings, so we all generally agree about how good this beer is! Good job NHBC!

Photo of bahumutx
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours golden yellow with a small head.

Smell: Malt, slight hops and a very fruity aroma including slight grapes and apples.

Taste: Malt, some fruit and slight hop flavor. A honey sweetness lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Just the right amount of carbonation. Ends somewhat dry.

Drinkability: I could have one or two of these in a sitting.

This is my first try of this style and another good selection from New Holland.

Photo of rockwell
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale honey color, with mild hazing.

The nose is mildly grainy, with hints of green apple and orange.

Very light in the mouth with a mild, dry hop finish. Some, light, sweet fruits mid-palate. Flavors of fresh-cut green grass and honey are also in the background. Very light in the mouth, not as crisp as some Euro kolsch's, but damn nice in it's own right.

Overall a very interesting take on the style and one that if it were available in these parts I'd definately search out again.

Photo of emerge077
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Not a bad take on the style. I've only had Gaffel & Reissdorf Kölsch for comparison.

Pours a clear yellow, with a slight haze. Suspended particles and a small amount of sediment suggest that it's unfiltered. Light apple in the taste confirms the yeast presence. Smell is mild grain, slight sweet corn.

Taste has the light apple upfront, dry hop is slightly bitter in the aftertaste. Some light malt is there in the middle, and makes the brew less delicate than other Kölsches. Mouthfeel is average, it's not as super light as it could be. Kind of slick and oily on the palate for some reason. Still it's a great summertime lager, just not my first choice.

Purchased a six for $8 at Armanetti's Beverage Mart in Chicago today.

Photo of xav33
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New Holland Lucid
12 oz bottle
Moderate pour in a shaker
Recent brewing, enjoyed 05/07

Poured a clear gold with an average fizzy somewhat diminishing white head.

Smelt of moderate sour oranges and light white bread. Tasty bread though.

Taste was upfront moderate sweet bread, sour oranges and bitter perfume hops followed by a moderate bitter light dough and light sweet oranges on an average finish.

Palate was light bodied, lively carbonated, and lightly astringent.

Overall, this is a good refreshing Kolsch with good sour bite. Excellent in its refreshing and soothing qualities, but not spectacular.

Photo of BeerBelcher
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is the best American Kolsch I've yet had, not that I've had that many. It is light and refreshing, yet still pretty flavorful and not boring. I think there is a lot to like about this beer. Definitely recommended.

Appearance is a clear light gold color with lots of white head with great retention (like a good Belgian Strong Ale, like Duvel). Aroma is substantial for a Kolsch, and is a light pleasant fruitiness, like an Italian white wine I once had (called Caprizio, if anyone cares). Flavor is very light and refreshing, and unlike most European Kolsch's I've had, this beer really seems to benefit from freshness. I must say that compared to other American Kolsch's I've had (Goose Island's summer beer comes to mind), this is the best-in-style I've had. Mouthfeel is soft and a bit white wine-like...not bad.

Photo of Frozensoul327
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light yellowy straw color with a touch of haziness. Medium level of carbonation, mild lacing inside the glass.

S: Fresh and inviting aroma of wheat, malt, grain and light hops. A floral sweetness seemed to seep through and gave the brew a nice added demention in the aroma category.

T: Yep, New Holland has done it again. Fresh flavors of light citrusy sweet fruit, wheat, mild malt, earthy grass notes, light dry hops.. Totally on the ball. I dig it.

M: Light, crisp, refreshing. Not overpowering or too bubbly. Right on for the hot summer days.

D: Yep. This is likely gonna see my fridge a few more times this summer. An exceptionally good Kölsch, and a worthy addition to NHBC's line. Highly Recommended.

Photo of MtnBikingandBeer
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A "new" New Holland offering, yeah! Straw colored, very clear, poured with very little head. Smell was a mix of hop crispness and very earthy/dirt-like tones, nothing overpowering. Immediate mouthfeel picked up malty/earth like feel and finished with subtle hop bite. Subtle flavors overall, very, very drinkable. For me, earth-like flavors and very refreshing are the two big thoughts on this beer.
Very nice offering from New Holland and one I plan on enjoying soon and often over the next couple of months. I think it will be a nice beer to persuade some of the Bud/Miller/Coors lovers in your life to try.

New Holland Lucid from New Holland Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.