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New Holland Full Circle - New Holland Brewing Company

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Reviews: 248
Hads: 624
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 21.82%
Wants: 15
Gots: 61 | 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: 248 | Hads: 624
Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: thin head with excellent lacing on a straw colored clear body.

S: musty grains, rice, hint of sweet corn and sweet lemon custard.

T: fairly crisp wheat, rice, grains, sweet lemon, sweet corn. follows the aroma well.

M: light body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: nice degree of sweetness and full flavored for the style. no off putting flavors.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at New Holland last week. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear light yellow color with a good white head and a nice bit of lacing. The nose carries some fairly light malt and a touch of straw. Very faint hops as well. Clean and crisp in the flavor with a bit of malt. Light body with crisp carbonation. Pretty good.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a very light yellow color. The head was fizzy and thinned out really fast. There wasn't much of a lacing from this one. The smell of the beer is mostly grainy, not a whole lot else going on here. The taste of the beer has a very subtle flavor in general. Mouthfeel is very light as well with some decent carbonation to it. Overall this beer does fit the style I feel. These are good summer beers.

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Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with an impressive head; decent retention with just a few clumps left behind

Smell: A touch bready, with a hint of grain but very little hop character

Taste: Bready, up front, with a grassy bitterness that develops by mid-palate; grainy, after the swallow, with a hint of biscuity sweetness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A decent beer, though I would have prefered it to be crisper and drier

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

With slightly greater flavor and body than the stalwart lager, New Holland's Kolsch delivers with a clean and robust pilsner flavor and floral hop finness in balance.

Opening with a bright light golden color, the beer forms a fluffed cottony head that retains nearly half the session before faltering. Low lying lace allows for intermitten static of foam. A nice looking light ale, but I was hoping for more foam character, retention, and lace.

Full pilsner aromas deliver a soft bready, cracker-like scent with hints of malty sweetness and cereal. Floral hop aromas carry a mild spicy scent and flowery, earthy character to balance the malt aromas and adds variety. Medium to light in intensity, the beer promises smoothness and drinkability.

Firm malty flavors bring about full bready taste with nearly a hint of butterscotch, fresh yeasty dough, raw barley and light bread crust. A blend of esters and hops contribute a full floral, fruity apple, almost honeysuckle flavors that decorate the light malt focus.

Medium bodied for lighter ale, the beer's soft and supple carbonation furthers the impression of creaminess until mid palate where the beer turns light, mildly grassy with bitterness, and with slight grainy astringency in finish. A light buttery compound creates a fuller effect and isn't nearly the deterrant that I expected. A short and fleeting finish leads to a relatively clean aftertaste.

I'm not sure that this light ale competes well with authentic German Kolsch, but compared to many Blonde or Golden Ales, I'm on board!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light yellow color beer with a medium pure white foamy head with OK retention. Aroma of lightly sweet malt with light fruity ester is OK. Taste is quiet light with some notes of lightly sweet malt and light fruity ester and not much else. Body is about average with good carbonation. OK with no brewing flaws but not something to go for very often.

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Photo of zeff80
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a very bubbly, clear, pale yellow with a small, white, foamy head. It left a little thin lacing.

S - It smelled of grains, light caramel malt and some yeast aromas.

T - This was sweet and spicy with some nice grain and caramel flavors.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A light bodied ale.

D - Like most Kolsch style ales, this is very easy drinking. It'd be great on a warm summer night.

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Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I cannot believe I had never tried this beer. Needless to say as soon as I realized that I just had to give it a go. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 03/31/2009.

The pour was nice enough. Light yellow in color with a nice head of white on top that faded gently into a thin veil that left the top bare after just a few minutes. Light bready notes and some grains in the smell, a bit light for me, without that top notch banana aroma you would see in a really good version of the style. Smooth mellow flavor, albeit light. Even and well balaned with a light bready note and a touch of light grassy notes towards the end. Smooth and easy drinking as this one went down effortlessly into the night. I would have no issue at all with trying this one again any day. Solid beer for the hot weather i would imagine.

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Photo of nickfl
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of white head ontop of a lightly hazy, straw colored body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves decent lame on the glass.

S - Bready malt and at ouch of herbal hops.

T - lit malt up front with a touch of honey in the middle and a finish of dry bread and light, herbal hop flavors.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Not bad for what it is, well balanced and very drinkable.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Almost missed my chance to try this guy this year. Close call. It pours a hazy pale straw topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, orange peel, cracked wheat, cardamom, and light biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, with the fruit coming out a lot stronger, and the cardamom joining in to ensure that balance is maintained. Hell, it even seems like some black pepper was thrown in there as well. The body is fairly light, with a moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, a nice kolsch, something I could easily see drinking during a hot Summer day, but not necessarily something to go searching for.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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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Photo of russpowell
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours an effervescent straw color with 1 finger of dirty beige head. No head retention & some lacing

S: Grassy & perfumy hops, plus grainyness

T: Grassy & lemony hops, crackery notes, slight hints of red delicious apples. More crackery notes, lemons & orchard fruit as this warms. Finishes very crisp with nice citric & peach notes. Almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Light, crisp, with medium carbonation & great balance

This is a great summer quencher that will be in the rotation as long as I can get it. True to style & the ABV is well hidden

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 4/26/2012. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a nice 2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of lemon, pear, herbal, floral, cracker, bread, grass, earth, and light pepper. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good strength; spot on for a kolsch. Taste of lemon, grass, pear, pepper, herbal, biscuit, floral, earth, and light toast. Lingering notes of light fruits, grass, herbal, biscuit, earth, and light pepper on the finish for a short bit. Great flavor balance and good complexity; with a nice amount of flavor for being under 5%. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming noticed at all. Overall this is an excellent kolsch! Nice amount of flavor and great balance; extremely smooth and easy to drink as expected. Very well done, and spot on to style. Great choice for a session beer, plus it is year round.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, peachy, golden hue, slim, smallish, still fuzzy, creamy head.
Aroma is gorgeous, really, creamy, with flavors of light fruit, and lord help me, almonds.
Taste is creamy and smooth, light and silky, with a subtle sophisticated citric flavor that yields further fruits, pineapple, white grapes, and more. There's a brightness in the yeast, a fullness of flavor that can't be denied. Light in body, yet never wavering when it comes to flavor.
Damn, but this is one little great brewery that shows again and again what it can do! I'd slog these down by the barrel-full if I could!

big thanks to ngandhi for this one!

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Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very nice pale malt scent with a bitter hop aroma. The taste is decent. It has a basic, yet refreshing pale malt flavor and a citrus hop finish that tastes a bit like grapefruit. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good single malt. It's light and has decent flavor.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear golden yellow color with a 1" head that falls to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: light grass, citrus, and mild malt aromas are easy to detect but light overall.

Taste: slightly grainy malt profile with some grass, bits of lemon zest, a hint of a juicy overripe pear, and a light floral bitterness. Well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: lighter in body. Very crisp throughout. Nicely refreshing.

Drinkability: this beer was very easy to drink had refreshing qualities. If you are looking for the style, there are better ones but this will suffice.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Gaffel Kolsch stange.

A fairly decent pour yields and almost dull light orange body, a bit hazy with some nice tiny rising bubbles. Head is kind of creamy and tiny shampoo fluffy, with a good size but settles fairly slowly.

Nose is interesting. Slight bile, but mostly a real nice clean and floral effervescence. Some bread action, a little bit of crisp. Not too bad for a Kolsch.

Hitting the palate everything gets toned down. Mild bread notes but finishes with a faint metallic tinge. Crispness slightly but mixed with a thick malt also. Feel is not too bad, there's a bit of depth on the finish which add some play. Wetness character a bit, with the flavors not sticking around long.

Overall it's an ok beer, but for a fav style of mine this isn't really anything memorable. I wish it had more of a bready tasty to it.

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Photo of tempest
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a variety case from Shangy's. This beer is incredibly drinkable, and it can disappear quickly if you're not paying attention. The issue with it, however, is that its a bit too plain. I might wonder if the brewers used a too-clean American yeast strain instead of the proper German one. There's just a light layer of whole-grain bready malts with a hit of peppery/earthy hops at the end. Not a lot going on, but still satisfying and drinkable. A decent summer session ale I suppose.

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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 Tone
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of tart malt, grass, and some slight nut flavor. Fits the style of a Kolsch. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of grass up front, then some tart malt, the hop bitterness is in the background, and a strong dryness is associated with each drink. Overall, a fairly typical Kolsch.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Lemon-brass color with a very slight haze. A mixture of micro and macro bubbles rise at varying rates. A thin spongy covering dissipates quickly after the pour offering minimal lace.

S: The nose is light and fruity, fresh cantelope, green melon with some cereal grains. Very soft orange peels come on the trail.

T: Fruity flavor, soft dry lemony herbal hops compliment the fresh pale grains. Soft orange flavors, with a lemony kiss of wet hops. Lightly acidic, fresh grapefruit juice, with a farewell of fresh graininess and a light tart nature.

M: lightly tart with a sharp crisp effervesce. Light bodied with a lingering tart lemon graininess on the swallow.

O: fresh and fruity nature, nice grain base. Good session material, easy going down, pronounced with a sharp clarity of flavor. Nice hop addition and solid by example makes this six pack worthy.

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New Holland Full Circle from New Holland Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.