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New Holland Full Circle - New Holland Brewing Company

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444 Ratings
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Ratings: 444
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.48%


Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: inebrius on 11-11-2002)
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2004 18:15:19 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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Wildman

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Betty's:

This beer poured a cloudy yellow color and formed a foamy white head that faded quickly coating the glass with circular lace. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of pils type of malt and some background hops with hints of grain. A sprite taste of malt, and grain. The finish is a touch astrigent with a slight salty aspect. Not a bad beer, but not one of their best.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2004 02:33:39 | More by Wildman
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As a full on beer geek, I am a little leery when a beer label brags about using a single solitary hop and just one malt. However this beer is not too bad at all, despite its simplicity. Pours a pale golden color with a miniscule off-white head. Thin lacing. Ther aroma is lightly hoppy with a pinch of citrus. Light-bodied and dry, with a back-to-basics hops and malt profile that is a refreshing flavor. There is also a tiny bit of fruitiness. The finish is crisp and dry. This beer won’t win any awards but I appreciate a straightforward easy-drinking beer that actually has flavor any day.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2004 17:05:19 | More by Dogbrick
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frazbri

Ohio

2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Starts with a nice white billowing head. The lace remained throughout the whole glass. It had a slight haze in its straw colored body, not cloudy, but not crystal clear. Carbonation is plentiful and the body is light. I noticed a slight lemon zest flavor on first taste. The bitterness while not overwhelming was still almost puckering. It definately lingers. I might give this beer a second chance some time down the road.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2004 04:45:37 | More by frazbri
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pheurton

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy golden color of apple-juice. small, bright white foam retreats to a small collar. small patches of lace here and there. toasted malt and european noble hop aroma. ever so slight hint of ale-ish fruitiness. lively carbonation, light to medium bodied...well put together. light fruit and grain flavor gives way to an assertive european hop bite. the pale fruit flavor comes out more as it warms. quenching and seriously quaffable if you're amenable to that pilsner hop bite. reminds me of a tame version of prima pils, which is not a bad thing. they all can't be number one.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2004 00:23:45 | More by pheurton
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HappyHourHero

Indiana

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice light, bright white, head sits atop a slightly hazy, golden sunshine colored beer. Mild aroma, a bit of grassy hops and some light malt. Easy drinking, light bodied, refreshing beer. Light grainy base, mostly light citrusy (lemon) and skunky bitter hops in the flavor. Not a whole lot going on with the beer, but there's enough and it's solid.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2004 01:49:56 | More by HappyHourHero
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shapudding

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2004 22:07:54 | More by shapudding
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2004 08:49:03 | More by feloniousmonk
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putnam

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2004 23:13:37 | More by putnam
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pezoids

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a clear and bright golden straw color and topped off with a this, but lively white head of foam. The aroma yields pleasing lemony and grassy grains. Smells crisp like a pilsner along with some fruity citrus hop notes. The taste is clean, plain and light without any harshness. Finishes somewhat crisp and has a light to medium grainy malt body. Overall, quite light, tasty and very easy to drink. Thanks to trbeer for this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2004 19:13:48 | More by pezoids
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PhantomVodoo

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

White head atop a clear, pale golden beer.
Aroma of grassy hops and pale malt.

Taste shows a pale, bready malt backbone. Grassy, earthy hops, Slightly crisp. Nice balance.

Above average mouthfeel and drinkability.

Overall, a solid lager that's brewed with a single malt and single hop variety. Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for the bottle!

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2004 03:56:22 | More by PhantomVodoo
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proc

Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2004 01:44:59 | More by proc
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2004 02:56:24 | More by beergeek279
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abents

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a golden hue with a white head and decent lacing.

Smell: Citrusy with definite lemon notes and a sweeter side too, malt coming through perhaps.

Taste: Very Spicy hops, but such so that it is still very smooth and drinkable. Maltiness to it that adds to the enjoyment.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with some carbonation. Feels great.

Drinkability: Could drink this all night long...easily.

Good beer, nothing spectacular, but a good quality drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2004 23:30:48 | More by abents
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2004 05:44:11 | More by cokes
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Jables

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2004 20:35:56 | More by Jables
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours crisp and clean very light golden color. Minimal head is formed despite vigorous pour.
Aroma has notes of grass, lemon and a background of crystal or pale malt.
Flavor is very clean with grass, pale and crystal malts. Bitterness is well developed as it starts subtley and builds through each sip. Slightly floral notes with the bittering.
Mouthfeel is smooth, clean, light and very refreshing.
Drinkability is very high, really made to be a good summer session beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2004 17:57:04 | More by CRJMellor
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pbrian

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not so sure about the catagorical listing on this one, seemed more of a blonde ale with saaz hoping to me. But I thought it was a solid beer for what it is: a light, refreshing, no-nonsense beer that would disappear quickly in the summer.

Poured blond with a long lasting white head. Nice spicy noble hop aroma and slightly sweet husky malts. Crisp, bitter beginning, well-rounded middle as the "malt" kicks in, falls a little thin at the end. Overall, though, it remeinded me of why I sought after Saaz-type beers before the "doulbe-this" and "extreme-that"s started hitting the shelf.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2004 02:47:47 | More by pbrian
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ngandhi

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +24%
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.
ng

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2003 02:24:53 | More by ngandhi
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lackenhauser

Maryland

2.53/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours your average slightly amber yellow.Theres not a lot of aroma malt or hops.Says it uses a single malt and a single hop.I dont get much of either.Pretty standard taste with neither malt or hops dominating.I have had the Saranac single malt which is a big improvement.Nothing special here.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2003 00:46:27 | More by lackenhauser
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granger10

Wisconsin

2.15/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is heralded as a single malt beer like that's something special. It sounded like a novel idea. But now I know why more breweries don't do this. This beer was flat out not that good. Very simple taste with a light body. Malt is too weak but so are the hops and they're not that good either. Finsihes with an oily sickness. Slightly better than macro lagers, but only slightly.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2003 01:52:01 | More by granger10
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jackndan

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Full Circle: A single malt beer. Apparently they used one single malt: Busy SOB (snort). Anyhow, a hazy golden color, under a white head that turns to skim fairly quickly. Sticky lace. Fruity/hop flavor, fruits first, hop later. Considerable hop profile in this beer, actually more than I had anticipated. Several sips do not overturn my initial taste. Oily, slick hop aftertaste. Hop heads, buy it.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2003 21:01:16 | More by jackndan
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brewed with only Pilsen malt and Saaz hops.
OG=10.55, ABV=5.@5, 30.06 IBU.

New Hollands's "Single-Malt" beer. The first thing I notice about this brew is the odd aroma...it's part pear brandy and absolutely, positively kiwi fruit...it's really striking and something I've not encountered elsewhere. At any rate, this brew pours out straw golden with lots of sediment and a thin white head atop small bubbles and sparse lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Mouthfeel is soft and pleasant, with a light to medium-body. Mmmm, this beer has a very signature husky, crystal-like malt taste to it. Starts with a wild-berry hop note, gives way to the predominate crystal malt, and then ends in an astringent, mild, soft bitterness that balances well with the husky, toasty malt notes. Other than described, the beer is very clean. Interestingly, the hops have more character in my belch than they do in the beer...the odd, mingling flavors tend to mess with my perception of what is going on here.

This is definitely a very unique brew...a beer that attests to the brew-masters skill, but not something I would seek out other than for show and tell.

01-23-05 (re-review): This time it pours out to a slightly hazy light golden, forming a rocky white head with excellent retention and lacing. The aroma now doesn't have the kiwi note, and is absolutely true to the Pilsner style with freshly mown hay and delicate Saaz hops. The mouthfeel is fresh and crisp with a light body. The taste is soft with pale malts nicely balanced with Saaz bitterness and floral notes in the finish. Cleanly fermented. Much better than the previous Full Circle I've had.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2003 18:06:25 | More by Mitchster
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inebrius

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fruit salad bouquet of lemons, oranges, strawberries, and kiwi on a wafer thin slice of pound cake. Subdued malt spine works hard to keep up with a sharp spread of citric hops. A nice golden, effervescent session brew when the mood calls. Always a pleasure to taste a blonde with a little character.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2002 07:35:11 | More by inebrius
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New Holland Full Circle from New Holland Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 444 ratings.