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New Holland Full Circle - New Holland Brewing Company

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249 Reviews
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Reviews: 249
Hads: 632
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 21.82%
Wants: 15
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Photo of scott
4.85/5  rDev +34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy apricot with nice head which quickly disappears, leaving a little lacing.
Smells "sharp", almost medicinal/ tart-but very pleasant.
A very light/juicy/round/lemon citrus sour, but suprisingly crisp and very refreshing. Dances on the tongue, and the tongue just begs for more.
Great stuff.

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Photo of tigg924
4.57/5  rDev +26.2%
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.

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Photo of dfillius
4.57/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed this one on a very hot sunny day - perfect!
A: Gentle pour yields 1/4 finger of white head with middling retention, just a ring remains shortly after pour - I'd like this to be better. Crystal clear golden straw yellow liquid.
S: Clean malt with some toffee and biscuit. Grassy herbal hops spice it up. Slight phenolic character. Very nice.
T: Very clean malt with a finish that ends mildly bitter with a spicy noble quality. Slightly spicy. Very nice and balanced. Great lawnmower beer.
M: Balanced and a bit prickly. Pleasantly diverse.
D: Perfect session beer. What a treat for a nice warm day. I'd order another2 and I'll buy again.

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Photo of nortmand
4.55/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours straw gold with plenty of chill haze and white head.

Liquor smells dominate the nose.Some grassiness from the hops as well, a bit piney.

Slight bitterness on the tip of the tongue is followed by a full flowery flavor mid tongue. Quite nice and refreshing.

A simple beer, with plenty of flavor, yet made to drink plenty of in the height of summer.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.53/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

3.0 A: Lightly hazed golden wheat color. Less than one finger of frothy white head that fell quickly and left no lacing.

5.0 S: Perfect! Dank grainy earthiness, hay, grassy hops, and an almost spiciness. Big, beautiful aroma.

4.5 T: Almost exactly what I want from the style. Lots of graininess, dank grassy hops, hay and earth, with a touch of peppery spiciness. Super clean.

4.5 M: Lighter body. Good almost spritzy carbonation. Super smooth and easy to drink.

4.5 D: I used to think very little of the style. This beer is changing my views.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden with a big white head of foam, that lasts and leaves nice lacing. Aromas of fresh saaz hops, and some simple malts. The taste is bready and a bit malty with super fresh, sharp hops as well. The aftertaste is reminiscent of biscuits and crisps. The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing and the drinkability is awesome! A fine, fine pils!

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Photo of kimbo33
4.48/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Only had one other Kolsch and that was just at a tasting from Beaver Brewing Company so wasn't sure what to expect. I really enjoyed this one. Very easy drinking, reminded me or a full-bodied pilsner with a bit more of maltiness to it.

A little cloudy, maybe the glass?, but otherwise nice and easy to drink. Would grab again this summer.

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Photo of gmfessen
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a very clear golden-orange with a huge pillowy head that leaves nice bits of lacing around the glass. Smell is primarily of hops; grapefruit, pine and juniper. Taste is like the nose, with a smooth malty finish and slightly bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very light with velvety carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer, given its light body and smooth character I could drink more than a few of these! Best Pils I've ever had, nice job New Holland.

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Photo of ngandhi
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The spicy Saaz nose, also herbal with a touch of fruit, namely kiwi, lacks the metallic twang that the new Pilsner Urquell has made that hop notorious for. This is perhaps what a steam beer would have tasted like if it were a Moravian, instead of a California, Common. The malts, er, malt is velvety, accented by the buttery diacetyl nose, and provides the slightest sweetness to balance the Saaz and is best when cold but allows lemon to bleed from the Saaz when warmed. Subtle, but crisp notes of green citrus, apricot stones, maybe a little melon, and grass. The bittering is a spokesman for its style.

If anything brings this beer full circle it is the round, lightly fruity (read: Bell's) yeast that cuts the bitters and spice and adds body to the pilsener malt. There's absolutely no graininess, astringency, or any of the other annoyances that most pilseners try so hard (and fail) to avoid (funny considering they lager the beer precisely to suppress these characteristics).

I know it's an ale -- I know, I know -- but this is better than most light German pilseners I've had. At last, the overfruited, grapefruit American pale ale is dead -- New Holland has recognized the calmer citrus of the Saaz (which, here, evokes huge pineapple on the aftertaste). Someone buy these guys an ad campaign -- this beer can bring an end to macrobrews.

New Holland Full Circle is America's official beer.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of cokes
4.37/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

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Photo of buck1futter
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-clean yellow, bright yellow, almost no head, but its a kolsch.

S-very pleasant, smells sorta close to a garden salad, kinda like a taco salad.

t- clean, with a slight lingering bitterness. full of flavor. A mild corn, with squash after taste.

m-really light bodied, carbonated really well, slight dryness in the center of the tongue getting more wet are juicy to the sides.

0- and excellent kolsch style, one of my fav. in the stlye. Perfect labor job beer, or hot day moving around a lot beer. Perfect during a day of yard work. If you like the style pick it up, this would be a great beer to get people who drink macro a lot into the craft soon, really pleasant and dead on with the style.

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Photo of bahumutx
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Light golden in color with a small head that is dissipating slowly.

Smell: Hops is the first thing that hits my nose with a small grassy smell in the background.

Taste: First thing that hits that tongue is a slight malt taste and then the hops take over. It finishes out with a somewhat grassy taste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Definitely a session beer.

Yet another fine brew from the folks at New Holland Brewing Company. Keep up the great work!!

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Photo of ctrousse
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full circle is an easy drinking full flavored kolsch. It is one of the best light beers that i have ever drank. I have had it on-tap and by the bottle, both are outstanding. If you are looking for a good cold beer on a hot summers day you need look no further.

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Photo of becktone
4.29/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Done Horizontally with Pyramid Curve Ball From notes: 7-26-08

New Holland Full Circle

Eye: A small white film covers this beer, I wouldn't really call it a head. However, it could also be the glass. Lacing is spotty and inconsistent. Color is pale gold with some serious chill haze problems.

Nose: Overall light character. Subdued sweet malt and floral hops, smells quite like a garden of roses and other beautiful flowers. Delicate, crisp, and dry. Flowery and herbal with just enough malt to support.

Tongue: Nice floral and rosy on the tongue, there is a huge difference between this beer and Cuve Ball. The hop character in this beer is so delicate. The flavor of this beer is very subtle that it took me a horizontal tasting to realize that I prefer this kolsch over curveball. The hops are so much more authentic, much more noble, giving semblance to what would be an authentic kolsch from Koln. The label has it right, the yin-yang symbolizing perfect balance and harmony. This beer is perfectly balanced and in harmony. This beer is much more herbal than the Curve Ball.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This is one I'll definitely come back to. I'll take it over any other kolsch I've drank to date. Light in body and very refreshing this one is one that goes down very easily. Semi-dry finish, not quite as dry as the Curve Ball.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.27/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a New Holland imperial pint
Pairings: Seafood, corn, veggies, and mild white cheeses.

A - Clouded by suspended fine particles, this pale yellow beer is crowned by a firm white cap of bubbles, which leave lace covering the whole pint!

S - Crisp, dry pale malt provides minimal sweetness and remains unintrusive behind the hard mineral water-like aroma that's a staple for the style. Light floral hopping compliments the ever-so-slight white fruit suggestion on the back end.

T - Pale malt offers hard, grainy flavor that is complimentary of the mineral water flavor and balanced by soft floral hoppiness on the beer's finish.

M - Full Circle's soft entry leads to an increasingly harder finish but the beer remains classic; crisp, clean, and easily drinkable.

O - New Holland's lightest, easiest drinking beer isn't a cheapie; Full Circle wonderfully represents the classic German style. It's simple, crisp, and clean with lovely drinkability!

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Photo of proc
4.27/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer just screams out "session" and would be a great beer to take down during a warm, spring/summer evening.

Pours out to a golden color in the glass with a slight head. The aroma is that of fresh, baked bread and yeast. The taste is crisp and flavorful, with hints of caramel, mingling in with the malt, leading to a finish with a light, but noticeable hop presence.

All in all, a wonderful domestic example of a German/Czech/Euro style pils. Very, very drinkable and well-crafted. Yum.

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Photo of putnam
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's a shame Pilsner is such a dirty word that these guys have to avoid putting it on the label! Clever use of a trendy category name though: "single malt" indeed.
The nose is an oscillating figure of stemmy, woody hops and cornbread. On the palate it is rich, buttery and loaded with crusty bread maltiness together with noble, polished bitterness. The finish is long with minty, overextracted herb astringency and a pleasant, sunny warmth. Big and chewy for a Pils, with a respectable counterbalance of bitterness. Think Baltic Pilsner meets Left Coast.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of Jables
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of DrinkinBoy
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a pale straw gold. Nice white head with decent retention.

S - Strong pale malt aroma with delicate floral hop nose.

T - Slight sweetness followed by pilsner like hop bitterness, but falls off quickly. Finish is very clean.

M - medium mouthfeel with slightly lacking carbonation for lighter beer.

O - A great example of this style. One of the best to come from American craft brewer.

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Photo of Applesauce1
4.19/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked a sixer of Full Circle at the Westover Market in Arlington, VA (the best beer store in the DC area). Kolsch style beer is great in the summer!

Appearance: gold with a slight haze and a 1/4" white head on the pour....looks OK

Smell: hops and lemon

Taste: hops, lemon, pale malt

Mouthfeel: light body....but goes real nice with the taste

Drinkability: could drink a sixer in a night easity....doesn't wear out the palate and doesn't fill you up

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Photo of DoppleJock
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a 30 cl Hirter stange.

A: Poured a pale straw color with 1-finger foamy head. Good carbonation and lacing.

S: Comes off as a slightly-fruity pilsener. Picked up some yeast and grains as well.

T: Tastes like a champagne-y pilsener. Good balance between malts and hops. Semi-dry finish.

M: Light, crisp, and refreshing, with a mild hoppy aftertaste.

D: Had one of these after a long bike ride. Hit the spot. A good spring/summer session beer.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - slightly clouded yellow color with a white head that left good lacing.

S - lemon zest and mild grassy hops.

T - lemon zest upfront with light bittering before becoming sweet on the finish.

F - light bodied with a crisp, clean feel.

D - very easy to drink.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. The color is golden, with a LOT of foamy head. The smell is a grapefruity hop. The taste is a good citrusy hop balanced with a good solid pale malt sweetness and a nice bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very well carbonated, perhaps a bit overcarbonated. As for drinkability, could have a few.

Thanks to trbeer for the sample. Well, certainly not one that lacks carbonation...took several pours to pour into the pint glass. Still, a good quality pilsner, comparable to Penn, and one that I'd have again.

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Photo of Getinthevan
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of this about a week ago. I had never heard of it nor the brewery so I took a chance on it. Needless to say, I'm now a fan of Kolsch style beers because of this one.

Appearance was a striking yellow/gold color with good head retention. Right away this proved to be a special treat to behold, as this certainly carried a lot of physical character to it.

Smell was high in malts and possessed a strong yeasty smell. Also, hints of citrus seemed to come with the other smells as well. This definitely was a full-bodied and enriching smelling brew.

Taste was great. All the flavors came together with harmony and provided a sweet, yet strongly bitter taste with a nice bite at the end. Certainly a crispy beer and one of the smoothest I've ever had.

Mouthfeel was very good. All the flavors retained themselves and went down with each sip. This is a good beer to drink if you want something filling with your dinner and want to experiment.

Drinkability is top notch. While this stuff is a bit pricey, it's certainly worth it to grab a few and drink amongst your friends. This is another awesome New Holland brew and I'm looking forward to more in the future.

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New Holland Full Circle from New Holland Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.