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New Holland Full Circle - New Holland Brewing Company

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Reviews: 246
Hads: 618
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 15
Gots: 56 | 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: 246 | Hads: 618
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (420 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (255 characters)

Photo of Bitter_Echo
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (251 characters)

Photo of TastyAdventure
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of buck1futter
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
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. (697 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (459 characters)

Photo of DrinkinBoy
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (400 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (444 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (353 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (378 characters)

Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.26/5  rDev -37.7%
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. (427 characters)

Photo of Dave1999
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
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. (346 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4.57/5  rDev +25.9%
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. (634 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (1,051 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.23/5  rDev -11%
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. (856 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (699 characters)

Photo of Drk93TT
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
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 (367 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of webmanspidey
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (290 characters)

Photo of TheSarge
3.05/5  rDev -16%
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. (537 characters)

Photo of jkrich
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (692 characters)

Photo of soulfly1492
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (965 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (865 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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! (1,547 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked a bottle of New Holland's Full Circle a few days ago for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I have had this beer before and I thought it was a pretty good and true to it's style Kolsch, so I thought I should pick up a bottle and give it a formal review, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- I am not a big fan of the label on this beer, I'm not digging the yin yang, but to each his own. It poured a clear pale golden yellow color with two fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left a little bit of spotty lacing. This is a slightly above average looking Kolsch.

S- The aroma is pretty robust for the style. It starts off with a good amount of malts that impart a bready and earthy grainy aroma. There was a pretty prominent hay aroma along with a little bit of spiciness. The hops showed up nicely and were pretty grassy and slightly earthy smelling. The aroma is good and unique, but it kind of smells more like a Farmhouse Ale then a Kolsch.

T- The taste of this beer is a little different from the aroma. It starts off with loads of malts that have a low amount of sweetness and impart a pretty dominating grainy and bready flavor that gives this beer a bread and biscuit like taste that shows up the most. Next comes some hay and a mild amount of spiciness. Last comes the hops that impart a good amount of grassy flavors that help balance out all the malts and go very well with the biscuit and hay flavors. The finish is grainy with some grassy hops, it had hardly any bitterness and the aftertaste had a grainy and biscuit like flavor that really stayed in my mouth. This beer had nice clean and unique flavor.

M- Smooth, crisp, medium dryness, it was on the medium side of being light bodied and it had a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel suited this beer nicely, no complaints here.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer, it was a nice and unique Kolsch, I don't have a ton of experience with this style so I really don't know how true to the style this beer is but the bottom line is that that beer was light but still had a good amount of flavor to it that made for a pretty nice beer to drink with a meal. This beer had great drinkability, it was very smooth and seems like this would be a nice refreshing beer to have on a hot summer day, this could make for a good session beer and I wouldn't rule out taking out a six pack throughout the day. What I liked most about this beer was that is was smooth and light but it still had a good amount of nice flavors going on that I really enjoyed, and the combination of biscuit malts, hay, and grassy hops really worked well in the flavor of this beer. There wasn't really anything that I didn't like about this beer, it could have had better head retention but that isn't that big of a deal and it doesn't warrant a drop in points. I would for sure buy this beer again, especially in the summer, it would go nice along with Oberon for a good refreshing beer to quench my thirst and cool me down in the summer. I recommend this beer for someone looking for a light beer that still retains a good amount of flavor and if Kolsch's are your thing then this beer should hit the spot. This beer was just as good as I remembered it, I tend to overlook this style when there are so many other interesting styles on the shelf but I think I should give this style more attention, it is simple, clean, light, and great tasting. New Holland did a great job with this beer and I see why this is one of their main beers, you don't have to have in your face flavors to be a great beer and this beer does a great job in proving that. (3,725 characters)

New Holland Full Circle from New Holland Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.