New Holland Full Circle - New Holland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 599
Reviews: 247
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 14
Gots: 53 | FT: 0
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New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: inebrius on 11-11-2002

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Reviews by Jables:
Photo of Jables
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold with a white head that dissipates down to thin sheet.

Aroma is strong and full and I can't quite name everything that I can pick out in it. It's got definite notes of fresh grain and lemon, with spices. There is a creamy sweetness to it also. Like literal cream, or whipped cream. Just a little touch of sweet also.

Flavor is spicy, hoppy--definitely Saaz, one of the few hops I can pick out by name--with some elagantly smooth maltiness.

This brewery had irritated me in the paste with some pretty cocky labels. Some of their beers live up to their labels but others don't. This one lives up to billing. I have yet to have a Pilsener style beer that has near the depth of this one. It has the spicy hoppiness that Victory's Prima Pils does, but it really has a much better maltiness to it. I highly recommend.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great beer to drink after a round of frisbee golf on a great spring day in Michigan,poured a dull light golden with a well formed one finger white head that was gone pretty fast.Lighter lemon aromas along with some toasted grain pretty standard of a good lager,flavors were ice with a sturdy mouthfeel pretty grainy with notes of lightly toasted grain and even light lemon pith finishing with just a hint of peppery hop.Hey a no frills "sturdy" American lager some of my buddies who are learning the way of craft beer were really digging this brew and I found it refreshing and not dull,a nice local made beer.

Photo of blackearth
2.96/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased from Three Cellars in Franklin, WI. This beer pours a light and hazy straw color with a thin white head. I noticed some brown yeast chunks floating around; not very appealing. Lemony tea-like aroma. Light bodied, not much malt character, hops detectable in the finish. This really reminds me of Heineken. No bonus points there.

Photo of shapudding
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This single malt beer pours a dark golden with a frothy head that quickly dissapates into a light ring with some large bubbles in it. The aroma is that of a standard american brew, but the deeper and longer you smell it, I get the scent of fruit cup. Little hoppy but very balanced in general. Smooth taste, but yet very carbinated in your mouth. Not heavy or cloying. Fairly dry, great as a session beer. The label says everyone can enjoy it, well, I totally agree with them.

Photo of tigg924
4.57/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: high carbonation, 1 inch head, gold in color, clear

Smell: bread and wheat

Taste: florals dominate, with a touch of bread, honey, and wheat

Mouthfeel: sweet but not overly so, medium-high carbonation, very light body

Overall: Kolsch is rarely a style that blows me away. However, New Holland's enry is perhaps my favorite example of the style I have had to date. The beer is very floral and there is a distinct breadiness. The lightness makes this an excellet beer to have several of on a hot summer's day. Nothing overly complex, but very flavorful. This would be close to a 4.0 if I was not trying to grade to style.

Photo of Mora2000
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cavie for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is wheat, fruit and some pepper. The flavor is wheat, oranges and some grassy hops. The fruit is the most dominant flavor. I don't really get any of the pepper from the aroma in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very happy bright and sunny yellow in color with a fizzy and all-too-short white head that barely manages to live at the edges of the glass. Expected grain-like aroma and flavor. The single malt and single hop ingredients dance together nicely and make for a well-balanced flavor. Somewhat dry at the finish. Surprisingly full mouthfeel and hugely drinkable. For "fizzy yellow beer", this is damn good.

Photo of bsp77
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy pale yellow. Not much head or lacing.

Smell: Very dry grainy aroma with spicy hops, straw, hay and lemon.

Taste: Very bready and straw-like, with nice lemon accents. Finishes with spicy and peppery noble hops. Some light fruitiness.

Feel: Crisp carbonation, light to medium body, extremely dry finish. Great mouthfeel for the style.

Overall: Very refreshing Kolsch that is among the best I have had. Great summer beer.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pilsner glass,nice golden color,dense white head,slightly cloudy.Grassy,slight sweet smell,not much hpo aroma.Has a grainy,bready,taste. Lots of carbination.a sharp bitter finish that creeps up on you A light to medium body, don't think I could drink a lot of these.

Photo of beerkittycat
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is slightly hazy straw-gold with a rocky off-white head that dissipates quickly but lingers on the edge of the glass. Aroma has some awesome noble hop but German malt dominates the glass. Same for the taste but the hop and malt seem to dance with each other nicely. There's some mineral quality to the water here that leaves a bit of a carbonic bite on the tongue but it's not overcarbonated. This beer goes down smooth and is quite refreshing. I definately will seek this one out again.

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into stange. Golden straw color with a lively rocky white head and lots of effervescence. Leaves some slippery lacing. Smell is light malt with slight wine-like notes, and some light crisp hops. Taste is light leafy hop and yeasty bitterness moving into clean, light malt and finishing slightly dry and clean with a hint of wine-like aftertaste. Not the best I've had of the style, but a tasty kolsch nonetheless.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appears a cloudy copper golden hue with a large heavily carbonated off white hed leves nice even lacing iwth eacch sip. Aroma...this beer utilizes a single malt and hop I'm getting alot of citrus notes iwth some bisucuit malt sweetness sharp acidity. Taste has some raw unrefined bitterness going on with subtle malt sweetness as well as some grainy off flavors. Mild biscuit and heavy grassy citrus peel roughness as it warms more sweetness balances out the harsh bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied highly carbonated definitely some bottling issues on this one. Drinkability is rough overall decently flavorful but lacks cohesiveness overall not a beer I would drink regularly.

Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the NOC in Nantahala, NC.
Clean and refreshing with a bit more flavor than some other kolsch style beers. Mild aroma has more light malts than hops. Light bodied with medium+ carbonation.
O: simple but otherwise impeccable. Excellent for style.

Photo of guntherhophead
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good beer. Don't let the urine color fool you! This pours a nice yellow gold with a little head which disapates quickly. It smells of citrus, hops and a bit dandelion. The taste is light and crisp with some honey and a little hops in the back. Good mouthfeel and decent drinkability.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a strange)

A- This beer has a golden yellow crystal clear body with a strong carbonation of microbubbles and a thick creamy head of white. There were a few floaties swirling around in the beer which was a bit odd.

S- The slight sweet fieldcorn note has a light sweet sulfur note that increase as the beer warms.

T- This beer has a dry pale grain hint with a soft green noble hop finish. The hops have a very faint lemon mint quality to them that is interesting.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight little fizz finish.

D- This beer is light and smooth but has a nice balance to the sulfury notes and grain and hops. The hops have a nice little depth to them. This beer has that specific Kolsch quality that I can't really put into words but it is like a sweet sulfur note which most attemps are lacking.

Photo of Brenden
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm surprised there aren't more reviews for this one; it seems readily available. Of course, I do live in the bordering state.

The color is a clear amber. The head isn't huge, but it retains well. Some light patches of lacing stick to the glass.
The smell isn't particularly strong, but it's not bad. Hops have a presence with some clean grains. I can just detect some light fruits in the nose as well as a mild earthy tone.
Taste is a little stronger. Hops bitterness is light to moderate but pure and earthy. There's a little bit of fruity malt playing in the back and some clean grains as in the smell. Perhaps some light spices in there as well?
This one is pretty dry and incredibly crisp. The body is fairly light but everything plays well together. Carbonation is playful but gentle.
This is very quaffable. An admirable effort in brewing and well worth a try.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.5/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

New Holland- Full Circle

A- Hazy yellow with a small non lacing head after a hard pour.
S- Very light touch of sunflower seeds, honey, wheat, and yeast.
T- Again, light grains sunflower seed most dominate. A touch of honey wheat appears but otherwise watery.
M- Very watery with little flavor. Slight sweetness up front.

Overall- A big letdown from a brewery that usually doesn't disappoint. This 1 just has little to no flavor or bite, avoid.

Photo of weasbri
3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fairly impressive head retention here (I let it sit for longer than intended), though a little on the small side. Clear pale lemon color, good looking one.
Very light aroma, a bit of malt and some grassiness.
The flavor struck me as somewhat soapy at one time, not as much this tasting. The hops are somewhat on the assertive side, nice bitter bite to it. The tiniest bit of malt tries to break through and lend something else - grapefruit? - but maybe comes up just short. A nice dry finish though, crisp and clean to the end.

Photo of asabreed
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Lighter straw-colored body with a billowing head from a raucous pour, though it dies quickly without leaving much lacing. Not much carbonation floating around either.

Smell: Herbal and grassy aromas mixed with some sweeter malt flavors and earthy citrus. Light hints of grains and bread also.

Taste: Sweeter and earthier malt flavors with herbal hops and mild citrus bite near the end. Also some diacetyl and bread in the finish with some lighter hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and slightly full feeling with the less than moderate carbonation, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Drinkability: A pretty flavorful version of the style overall, which gets a bit hoppier as it warms, interestingly enough. I only got a bottle of this, but I could see myself buying it again.

Photo of KenC
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear gold with zero head after an aggress pour. Zero lacing. Noted sediment in the glass, quite heavy.

S- Light bread malt aroma with grass and lemon.

T- Smooth bready malt and a no note of hops anywhere. Kolsch yeast can be noted.

M- As expected, thin feel, light, crisp, clean.

O- Spot on taste, feel and carbonation. True to style while the brew master still made it his own.

Photo of cokes
4.37/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Smoky golden under vanishing white.
Saaz nose. Dried, brittle lemon-grass.
Begins with a dessicated pils malt base. Unleavened bread. Saltines minus the salt. Dry and cracking. Honey exists way in the background. Hopping is blissful in its simplistic force. Saaz, and nothing else. Evoking westward travels, and seas of grass. This is nothing but mouth-parching and beautifully desolate.
Light bodied with streaming carbonation.
This is rewarding in its narrow focus and straight-forwardness.
New Holland makes some good stuff and some questionable product. This is absolutely in the former catagory.
I will session this shit next time. That is a promise.
Call this a pils-ale, and blonde ale, or whatever you must.
I'm impressed.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly hazy golden brew with a solid finger of crisp white foam. There is a lot of crisp lace on the glass, and the head shows good retention.

S - Spicy noble hop notes, and crisp clean malt. This is nice and tangy with those German hops, but it doesn't smell very complex or deep. Just pleasant and crisp.

T - Spicy hops, clean malts, and a hint of mustiness that I actually really like. Again, not overly complex or interesting, but nice enough.

M - Light bodied, crisp carbonation, and an easy slighlty hoppy and bitter finish.

D - A good session brew for warmer weather. Good stuff for putting out hot-wing fires in the mouth too.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Holland's Full Circle Single Malt Beer (is it an ale or a lager?) appears to be a moderate to low-gravity golden lager (ale?) with a decent splash of leafy and floral hops thrown in for ballast. Its clear golden body and thin white head are not particularly distinguishable from any American lager or European pilsner; nor is its aroma. It offers a generic "beer" aroma with a clean combination of grainy malt and sublime hops - no yeasty esters are found. It's crisp in the mouth with a light bordering on medium body and fine-bubbled, median carbonation. The flavor reveals that there IS some malt present, and apparently little to no adjunct. And hops are represented as well. Delicately spicy and mildly leafy/herbal in taste, the hops balance the malt exquisitely; and even replicate the flavor of some very decent European pilsners. I'm not sure why they went with the "single malt" branding, because it seems to be coinfusing. This is a very well done European-style beer. It's really well balanced with a good malt character and solid hop backbone. And again, New Holland delivers an excellent session beer!

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New Holland Full Circle from New Holland Brewing Company
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