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New Holland Full Circle | New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by inebrius on 11-11-2002

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Photo of Suds
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I love a good Kolsch. Light gold in color with a fruity aroma...a touch of malt is present in the smell as well. Delicate in flavor, light and refreshing. A hint of hops in the taste. A bit more malt than is normal in the style, but very nice.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.27/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: crystal clear; light gold in color; 1 finger moussy white head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: pale malt and citrus;

T: bready up front; then it's pale malt and noble hops through the mildly bitter finish;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: style-wise, it hits all the right notes for me;

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Photo of SometimesIfart
2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

New Holland Full Circle Kölsch

New Holland used to be one of my favorite breweries back in the day when I was still new to this craft beer game. Overall I still enjoy a lot of their beers but there are usually better ones out there in the respective style. Found a single bottle of this for $1.79 at my local Meijer and figured why the hell not. Let's drink it.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle hard poured into a pint glass. Beer pours rather murky, not exactly typical for a Kölsch but hopefully means there will be some more in the flavor profile. Head is about a finger in height and quickly dies down to a moderately thick ring around the edges and starts leaving small amounts of immediate stick. Carbonation appears to be on about moderate.

Smell - Starts off with a lot of pilsener like malts. Smells more like a German Pilsener than any type of Kölsch. Bit of creamed corn and a touch of skunk which is surprising as the beer is rather fresh and in a dark bottle. Not a massive nose, and seemingly not much to style.

Taste - This beer is definitely skunky to high hell. Lots of corn like flavors that are rather creamy but it certainly isn't anything to write home about. Not a very Kölsch like flavor based on past experiences with the style.

Feel - The feel on this brew fits what it should. Medium thickness in terms of the body with a creamy feel overall thanks to the remaining cap. Carbonation is about moderate and the beer is skunky as hell on the tongue. Swallows with skunk bitterness.

Overall - A brown bottle beer from a few dozen miles North of me brewed about a month ago that tastes like a green bottled beer brewed a year ago from overseas. If that is what you're looking for, pick it up. Otherwise, pass for sure in the future ...

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

this should be better than it is, these guys can really make some killer beer, so oddly let down by what should be a rather basic beer for a brewer to assemble. maybe its old, but i cant read the date on the bottle. smells a little oxidized, but it seems like there are some weird properties to this that dont belong in a kolsch style at all. i get notes of wild blueberry, you know, the little tiny ones that grow in the mountains, and then some almost belgian tasting yeast. nothing german at all about this beer, these flavors arent bad, they just seem out of place. what is entirely inappropriate here is the acidity in the finish and the lingering metallic notes. where do those come from and why are they here? to me these are off flavors in a style that should be light and easy drinking and simple. i like the soft malt texture, but i cant get past this acidic tangy finish. way off for me, and it hurts the overall enjoyment of the beer. new holland can make some wonderful beer, but this doesnt appear to be one of them. perhaps i will try it fresh on tap one day and have a different opinion, but as it stands, there is a lot to be desired here...

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Photo of leadpaint76
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Carbonation is good. Color is nice. The aroma reminds me of wet hay. To be honest this is not a style that I enjoy. A co-worker gave it to me to try. Its great to have people share beer with you. That being said I do think it represents the style very well. If you like this style it would be a nice beer to pick up. Cheers all have a great day.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in November 2015.

Appearance: Light golden with white head. Beer is clear and not cloudy. Head is thick, and sticks to the glass.

Smell: Aroma is sweet like a lager. I do not smell much hops.

Taste: There is a little bit of an edge and bite to the flavor, but is is also sweet like a lager.

Mouthfeel: Light, creamy bodied. Soft alcohol.

This is a smooth light-bodies beer. Easy to drink with some variety of flavors.

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Photo of Gear54
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle into a pint glass.

Smell is typical for the style. Crisp clean and strong aromas of wheat and malt. Nice

Taste follows exactly with nice wheat flavores and clean crisp cirrus behind it. Bread yeast helps with balance.

Classic for the style. New holland turns out another solid brew.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Onto another Kolsch!

A : Pours a pale gold color with about 5% opacity. The head is 1 finger tall, recedes a bit, but sticks around at 1/2 finger indefinitely. Some hilly lace is left on the sides.

S : A typical American-style Kolsch aroma, with peach, plum, and straw. A faint hint of pear and apple as well. Largely wet and beery after that.

T : Graham cracker, honey, peach pie filling, and some cracker malts. A bit of straw comes in afterwards, followed by a touch of crisp apple, and it waves goodbye with the same grace as it enters - with golden graham cracker crust. The flavors are somewhat subdued in the favor of drinkability.

F : A soft dense creaminess accompanies an electric carbonation and a semi dry finish.

O : A pretty decent Kolsch with some weak points here and there. It's a soft beer for sure, but a little haze would be nice in the appearance. The nose was nice but fairly weak, and the flavor was unique but too quiet. I'm sure there are better Kolsches out there, but this isn't a terrible one by any stretch.

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Photo of sjdevel
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is a decent head when I poured this one out of a 12oz. bottle (1-2 finger). The head quickly fades and streams of bubbles rise up to replenish the lacing that continues. Pale golden yellow and quite cloudy for a Kolsch.

Smells slightly crisp, clean, fruity, and wheaty. Not much on the aromatic side (hops or otherwise).

First flavors are bready and wheaty. Some fruity flavors start to show through (as if there was a touch of white grace juice in the mix).

Light bodied without much fizz on tongue. A touch on the dry side.

This is a pretty decent Kolsch styled beer. It is cloudier than I expected as the other Kolsches that I have had (and made) have been very clear. There was only a hint of white grape and fruitiness. I was hoping for that strong white grape/wine flavor that I have had in others. It is decent though, but not my favorite. I will buy a Fruh Kolsch instead in the future.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pilsner glass at Pacific Rim in Ann Arbor.

A: pours a deep,slightly hazy gold with a mild white head. Nice retention, little lacing to speak of. Little visible carb.

S: smells ale-y, with a generL beery smell. Ale esters definitely coming through. Would not mistake this for a lager.

T: slightly sweet, quite fruity, malty. Hops are noticeable; not quite the noble hop taste I associate with Kolsch style.

M: lighter side of mid-bodied; more carbonation on the palate than the appearance would suggest.

O: a fuller-bodied, sweeter, estery-er Kolsch, not as light or clean as say, Sierra Nevada, but with more "oomph." Great beer for dinner.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with white head. Cereal grains, floral hop aromas, and light grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes clean and crisp.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Pig & fiddle. Pours pale straw color with a 1” lacy white foam collar. Aroma almost like wet grain, low hops, very tart, almost astringent, dry, crisp, light, above average carbonation.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled this past Saturday, though I only a few sips since somebody got in my beer cooler during our annual Memorial Day Weekend BBQ and drank it which was off my shelve that was for me only. Wasn't a happy camper. LOL! :/

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Photo of GRPunk
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle from Copper Vine ($9.99 sixer) poured into a tall, pils glass.

A- 1-1/2 finger, foamy white head settles into a well sustained 1/4 finger. Clean golden body exhibits heavy carbonation. Good stick.

S- Really clean. A little fruity (berry-like) with cracker malts and grassy hops. Classic, maybe a little light, though some warmth amps it up a bit.

T- Bready/Ritz cracker malts. Berry sweet and tart flavors. Clean, grassy and slightly floral hops make for a slightly tea-like flavor. Hopping gets a little spicy and black-peppery, making for a dry finish.

M- Crisp, clean, and refreshing. Nicely dry.

O- A thirst quencher and great session beer. Love to down a couple of these after some yard work. It's been a couple of years since my last one, but it stands the test of time. Still tasty.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a pint glass. The beer is bright gold in the glass and several streams of carbonation rise to the surface. There is a fizzy bleached white head of 2 cm that fades rapidly to a surface layer. Aroma is malty with a bit of caramel and some grainy notes. Very mild spicy hop notes, but otherwise the nose is pretty mild.
First sip is a lighter body with crisp texture and very fine carbonation that tingles across my palate.
Flavor is grainy and sweet with just a bit of caramel but otherwise fairly clean. Maybe a hint of citrus but in general the flavor is mild just as the nose.
The finish dries out my palate and makes me thirsty for the next sip.
The beer is very easy to drink and refreshing. WOuld be nice on a hot summer day.

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Photo of 303beer
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow blond in color. Doesn't have a lot of carbonation going on. Kind of smells of goldings. Taste is balanced between malt and hops. Not a lot on the backend. Not bad. I am not disappointed with my purchase but I will try other beers of this style before I come back to it.

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Photo of 57md
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellowish copper in color. Crisp on the palate with a very mild malty sweetness in the background. The finish is fairly dry.

This seems to be rather true to style and quite sessionable for the summer months.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: A hazy golden body with lots of rising bubbles sits under a white head that recedes to a choppy wisp. Very light, watery lacing remains.

Aroma: Sweet malts, grains, tart, lemon.

Taste: Very light and sweet with malts but balanced with tanginess from citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated, but light enough to be a good warm weather brew outdoors.

Overall: It pains me to say this but: good but forgettable.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, hazy, yellow color, highlighted with some specks of orange and light reddish hues and a quarter of a finger of white head that immediately dissolved into practically nothing at all except for an almost invisible halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Pretty nice aromas of toasted malt, which imparts notes of biscuits and English muffins. I get some honey as well, and a slight hint of orange peel. Finally, I get some grassy notes of clover, and dandelion.

Taste: Very, very, nice! Lots of toasted malt up front, accented very nicely with some honey-like sweetness, black pepper, coriander, a touch of orange-like citrus, finished with some nicely balanced, subtle hops. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very crisp. With an ABV of only 4.9%, there is no alcohol on the palate at all.

Overall: This is a very, very, good beer. Perfect for summer! I’m definitely getting a few more bottles of this!

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Photo of KYGunner
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%

The label reads that it has a soft malt character and a low hop profile and it's spot on. The label is certainly evidenced by the aroma as it has an near indecipherable maltiness. The flavor has a nice bran, grain and malt flavor that lends to an exceptionally crisp, dry and satisfying experience. It is what it is...a Kolsch.

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Photo of dryfly24
3.19/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Grainy and grassy, it finishes with a slight sweet malty kick. Not much flavor but refreshing and sessionable if you are n the mood for something uncomplicated. I used to like it a lot more when I first rated it but now I find it pretty bland. Not bad but not outstanding either.

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Photo of seedyone
2.75/5  rDev -24%

09/26/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. More hops than I expected for what was billed as a Kolsch. Gives it a fuller texture. My preferences is for crispness so this is not top o' the list. If hops is your thing give it a go.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%

12oz bottle, date stamp A164 10:00. Served in a 20cl Bitburger Pils Rastel pokal glass.

Appearance: Hazy gold-straw color. Thin white skin across the top with a solid ring of foam. Strands of persistent lacing noted.

Smell: Light aroma. A bit floral with a hint of honey to it. Maybe just a hint of white grapes.

Taste: Crisp malt with some definite tastes of honey, very much a sweet beer. Noble hops completely missing from this. There is a light bitterness at the end, but it’s muted. There is a hint at noble hops and German-style bitterness as the beer warms up, but even then it’s just a hint.

Mouthfeel: Dry at first, with some lingering stickiness on the teeth. Good carbonation – not fizzy.

Overall / Drinkability: Overall, it’s an okay beer. Nothing amazing, but it’s not a Kölsch. I know it even says on the label that it is in the style of this beer, but no, it’s not. Maybe an American Blond Ale or even a Lager, but it is not a Kölsch. Easily drinkable, but I would want something different for my second glass.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours with a straw yellow color with some darker accents of orange. Finger worth of clean white head on the pour which was regenerated by the bright active carbonation.

Smell: Bread and bright sugary malts jump out on the front. Cereal and touches of hops show up on the body. Grains with accents of barley and toasted malts are all over the back end.

Taste: Wow loads of cereal and sweet toasted malts blast all over the palate first. Dried grains and some airy hops are able to shine through on the palate. More saturated sweet malts finish on the palate with a touch of nuttiness lingering.

Mouthfeel: That sweetness is a little over the top here. Doesn't have that signature creamy texture I look for in a kolsch. Dried notes don't really seem to fit either.

Overall: This isn't something I would try again or recommend if you were looking for an American "kolsch". Cereal sweetness is over the top. Not really that drinkable, especially for the style. I'm usually a fan of New Holland but this one is a miss.

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Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- has a nice aroma of grass and corn Appearance- A great clear golden color, when poured a thick white head forms and stays for a while Taste- great Kolsch flavor of grain and hops very good Palate- This is a light bodied beer with some well balanced carbonation Overall- I love Kolsch style beer and this a great example. if you haven’t tried it I highly recommend it.

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