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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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Reviews: 249 | Hads: 632
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 carlborch
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper with a modest white-off-white head. The nose is sweet with malty overtones. No evident hop. The palate is light, crisp, and sweet with suggestions of hoppy bitterness. Fresh. Forward. Pleasant lingering; dry finish. Modest carbonation and some light Belgian lace. Very nice.

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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 BurgeoningBrewhead
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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

New Holland Brewing Company. Pours clear, mild but deeper yellow, little lacing, low head. Clean flavors, not distinctly bready but wheat notes present, wet, light on hop bitterness. Floral and citrus notes midway. Good carbonation and follow-through.

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Photo of TastyAdventure
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - looks like any light beer, but has a small head

- S - i didnt try to hard on this one, didnt smell much

T - it is a clean beer, but still has some yeast character to it. Mild hops and a light but somewhat flavorful malt profile. A little dryer than the other few kolshs I've had.

M - average. good carb

Good for a hot summer day, but I'd still definitely go with Goose Island's Summertime! good kolsh right there.

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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 SerialTicker
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Twisted Rooster in Chesterfield, Michigan.

Meh. Honestly, I don't even go through the categories individually. It's a decent beer, but that's all it is. The aroma and flavor are floral with a bit of hops. The beer's pretty light and refreshing, but there's nothing about it that blows my mind. New Holland is supposed to be an OUTSTANDING brewery, but this beer's just... alright. Would have again. Definitely not bad for the $2 I spent for it.

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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 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 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 Lemke10
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this as part of an M&M 6pk from Woodman’s East in Madison, WI in summer 2012.

Pours a clear, pale amber color with not much of a head. Scent is slightly malty with hints of grains but that’s about it. The taste is uniquely malty. It starts out light, crisp with hints of citrus but finishes kind of dry and chalky. A pretty decent kolsch style brew from New Holland.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.26/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a clear, bold yellow with a fluffy white head and no lacing. The aroma is lemony with hints of grass and wheat. The flavor has a mildly bitter beginning followed through with typical kolsch notes of lemon, cake, and grass. There's a bit os sweet malt ih there but not much. It has a light mouthfeel and a dry finish. New Holland Full Circle is a decent beer, a little different, but typical kolsch. Recommended.

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Photo of Dave1999
2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light golden colour with a small white head.

The smell was pretty weak but I could get some sweet grains and bread.

The taste was much like the smell, there was some hop bitterness and a little grassiness.

The mouth feel was medium with medium carbonation.

Overall a pretty boring beer with a weak flavour and smell, won't buy again.

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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 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 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 schoolboy
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have a new strategy to back fill my reviews one brewery at a time. I picked New Holland first because they are a pretty good brewery that I would consider visting some day.

This kolsch is somewhat average. It could be more aromatic. There is now a lot of foreign matter in the bottom of mine, so I'm about done.

It had a reasonably good taste, not too sweet. The head and lace were pretty much non-existent. I hate to dump all of the rest of this but I don't know if that foreign matter we supposed to be there or just landed in my glass. I really don't need to drink this again.

Amendment - I had the opportunity to have one again after a real German one and it really was poor in comparison.

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Photo of Drk93TT
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy yellow with minimal head..

S: Smokey campfire smell... smells like carmel and bread sorta.

T: Has a bitter bite, then fades to a carmel-biscuit-ish flavor.. Kinda a grassy flavor. interesting indeed.

M: Medium malty flavor with a strange smokey carmel taste

O: worth trying, but not for me. Definitly a solid brew though that is very drinkable

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass, color is straw with an off white that dissipates quickly.

Smell grainy, i get some husks of grains and light wheat, maybe biscuit.

Taste is pretty clean, a light lingering stickiness and maybe even some saltiness - hop presence is a little grassy with just enough bittnerness to clean up the light wheat and malt flavors.

Mouthfeel is pretty neutral, nice carbonation and lingering flavors.

Overall, this has a good backbone in malty and grainy/bready flavors and its nicely carbonated - just not a head turner but solid.

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

Poured into a pint glass, this is a bright golden color and slightly fizzy. Smells sweet and grainy with hints of white grape juice and honey. Taste leans on the sweet side, with more white grape juice and only a very light hoppiness in the background. Very mild, drinkable, and refreshing.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this brew into a regular pint glass, and this brew makes a soft fluffy white head, of about two fingers thick, and the body is golden straw color, and has just a slight hint of haze.

The aroma is of lemon hops, grainy huskiness, honey, and a kind metallic quality too.

In the taste, I'm getting grainy huskiness, tobacco, honey, lemon grass, and I guess that pretty much sums it up. Pretty much the taste and aroma go hand in hand.

Feels well carbonated, wetting to the palate, and a little oily slick. Light to medium in body.

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Photo of jkrich
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this at the brewery with some excellent food. Poured a clear, light-golden with a small, foamy white-head.

The aroma was very clean and refreshing as one would expect - our pretty waitress stated the keg had just been tapped.

This is a delicate style and one you can truly appreciate when fresh. Sweet, cracker-like flavors intermingle with a subtle and refreshing hoppiness. The crisp finish is very inviting; almost lager-like but better.

Light bodied with a sweet, refreshing mouthfeel, the ale is delightful from start to finish.

Nothing like a pint of fresh kolsch right from the source. One of my favorites of this style but, then again, I have rarely had this style on tap.

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Photo of soulfly1492
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Lots of pils malt, which puts this out of style. Yeast smells of pears. Mild European hop aroma. The excessive pils malt and yeasty pear leads me to wonder about the age and/or light exposure of this bottle.

Appearance: Light gold. Mild cloudiness, not much of an authentic Kolsch. Head is pale white and dissolves rather quickly. Some foam remains around the edges. Mild lacing.

Taste: Lots of wheat, which I didn't catch in the aroma. Bittersweet fruit, pear and I'm actually tasting lime, again with the my concern with the light exposure or age. Mild European hops. Some pils and pale malt.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Finishes dry. Moderate to high attenuation. Mild to medium carbonation.

Overall: Nice flavor, although a bit on the tart side. I'll spare a bit of criticism in case this bottle is old. A born on date would have helped out. Nonetheless, this brew is certainly out of style with the high pilsner content/taste.

Notes: Drank on 3/20/2012.

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