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New Holland Full Circle - New Holland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 546
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.57%
Wants: 13
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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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Photo of DoppleJock
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 once bottle into a Pilsner Urquell pokal.

Pours a light straw, smallish head dies to a cap immediately. Laces nicely for the small amount of head.

Aroma is floral and perfume, strange and chemical, but not unpleasant. Pils malt and noble hop aromas dominate past the chemical aroma. Smells like a pils, I get none of the usual dusty malt aromas I get from a good Kolsch.

Flavor is pils malt and noble hops. Very clean, there is a slightly vinous flavor, but not as upfront as most Kolsch. I think the hop flavor overpowers the grape and chardonnay type flavors I usually associate with a Kolsch.

Mouthfeel is bubbly and lively. There is enough body for the style and the carbonation cuts the sweetness just as much as the hops.

Not bad, but I think there are some vital yeast flavors missing.

Photo of buschbeer
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured into a pint glass to a couple inches of white head. It is yellow and clear. It looks a lot like a BMC. It smells like cooked vegetables. The smell is not the highlight of this beer. The taste is reminiscent of a German pilsner or a dortmunder, which makes sense. I get some malt. It finishes very clean. It's not a bad drinking beer. It is actually quite refreshing.


Photo of tatoodkelt
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up while I was in Michigan in July for a wedding. Just found the note sheet on my desk, apparently never entered it in so here we go.

Consumed 7/25/2009- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a shaker glass.

A- Bright gold with a finger and a half white bubbly head that settled to a patchy skim pretty quick.

S- A little grassy with a little citrus sweetness. Kind of muted but from what I can see that normal for the style.

T- A barley/oat flavor with some of the sweetness from the nose mixed in. Seems pretty well balanced.

M- Light to medium, pretty smooth and not too much carbination.

D- All in all not high on my list of favorite styles but I could see this being a geat warm weather session brew.

Photo of adamette
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery during my visit there within the past week into a clean, clear pint glass.

A Light yellow body, little head which forms a ring around the top of the glass (a full circle, no doubt!). 3.0

S Not much smell really, some barley malt is about it. 3.0

T Barley malt, light sweetness, very light hops. Just fine and consistent with style. 3.0

M Thin feel. Appropriate to style but underwhelming. 3.0

D Good but this beer does not provide enough interest to me to return. 4.0

Photo of fropones
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden yellow with minimal white head. Smell is some light fruit and hops. Smells a little skunk but also with some wine-y grape flavors to it. Taste is some citrus with a very mild heineken skunky taste to it. Some muscat in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and creamy but a little light in body. Very dry beer, but all in all pretty good.

Photo of aaronh
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice rich gold body topped by a frothy head that eventually settles to a thin but solid layer of foam. Aroma is just a touch of grain sweetness - very clean. Flavor has a smooth malt note well balanced by a restrained bitterness. FInishes very clean. Although not an assualt of flavors, this beer is very clean, well balanced, and enjoyable - exactly what a kolsch should be. I've enjioyed this beer immensly all summer long.

Photo of guntherhophead
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good beer. Don't let the urine color fool you! This pours a nice yellow gold with a little head which disapates quickly. It smells of citrus, hops and a bit dandelion. The taste is light and crisp with some honey and a little hops in the back. Good mouthfeel and decent drinkability.

Photo of TLove
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lets be honest. Kolsch beer just don't have a lot of taste. I feel that I've had enough of them (7 or 8 so far) to draw this generalization. This is a typical beer of the Kolsch style, but unlike many others it shows a lot of poise and exemplary balance between the light macro lager and tasty craft pale lager.

Not much in the color, but head is explosive and retains well throughout. Has a Duvel-like smell with a thin body and hop structure, but hints of herbs, carrots, and yeast. Nicely balanced, carries that distinct blend of corn and floral scents that comprise the kolsch style.

Has the smooth drinkability and consistency of a macro pale, but doesnt have that shit beer mouthfeel. Crisp and refreshing. One of the best of the style that I've had. Too bad I don't care for the style all that much.

Photo of spointon
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This kolsch poured a very pale and slightly hazed yellow color. With an aggressive pour the pure white head rose about 1/2" and then quickly settled to a broken skim. No lace.

S= A bit "kolschy" smelling but it could be more, much more. Lots of grain sweetness and faint grassy hops in there too.

T= Sweet grain flavors up front give way to the grassy hops and an odd but pleasant hint of fruitiness near the end. Finish was short and faintly dry.

MF= Lighter side of medium bodied with a modest carbonation feel.

D= Highly drinkable despite this not being one of the better kolsch beers out there. Not bad, just not very inspired. Would make a good hot day - lawnmower beer though.

Photo of sensorglitch
2.33/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint Glass, the beer doesn't really have a great color. I don't see anything about it which really stands out. I don't think I could find any reason to differentiate this beer from a Mass Market beer.

T- Not really interesting, not really even average. I didn't like it. Tastes a little skunky

S - Not a really good taste, wasn't really interesting. I can't say it has any characteristics which would bring me back to it. Has a vaguely skunky smell.

D - I wouldn't want to drink it again

Photo of rowew
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, label has changed since the picture on here. Cryptic date code on the neck.

Appearance: Light yellow color, just a bit of haze, Thin head, fades slowly.

Smell: Clean grain aroma, just a bit of floral hop aroma.

Taste: Lots of grain flavor here too - it isn't the most complex, but it is a nice solid "beer" flavor, just a hint of a wine like flavor, finishes very dry.

Overall impression: Not the most exciting beer out there, but its highly drinkable and has some nice flavors.

Photo of BierFan
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Thin white head shows decent staying power. Hazy light golden body. Lacing is rather nice looking.

Smell: Not a big aroma to this beer. Kind of smells like a pale wheat ale, or a witbier without the spices.

Taste: White grapes, finishes with a mild hop bitterness.

Photo of cnjohn19
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

part 2 of my new holland sample pack from sam's...note that the bottle label is different than what is shown...

pours a slightly cloudy dark yellow...slight carbonation...appears to be nonfiltered

not much to the nose but did get orange zest possibly from the hops...also getting some wheat (or grainy) smells...

very delicious and consistent taste...the hops are there but not dominating...the grains give a distinct aftertaste...very crisp, carbonated, and slightly dry...very light body and drinkable...

overall, very impressed once i started to drink this beer...

Photo of ibbjamin
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Paid $1.99 for a 12oz bottle from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. Poured into a stange to review.

Large fizzy white head of about 2.5 inches. Light yellow corn color. Slightly cloudy with some rising carbonation bubbles. Good head retention. Some lacing.

Smells of mild lemon citrus hops and adjunct grain. Some wheatiness detected as well.

Taste is light and refreshing. Mild citrus hops. Not as grainy as the nose suggested.

Mouth is rather carbonated and fizzy. On the lighter side with a quick, crisp finish. Goes down pretty easy.

Photo of giblet
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured with about three eights inch of head. settles quickly. slow steady carbonation, pale yeller in color. this is a nice light crisp clean summer beer. very good on a hot day. refreshing but not strong on flava!

becoming more familiar with the kolsch style. so this one is good based on others that i can compare. very drinkable.

suckem up and movem out!


Photo of mcbSTL
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Last of a 6x (bought on sale for $7-9 at WC)

A: Pale yellow, with the slightest green tint. Foam disappeared quickly.

S: Some sour fruit, in a not-so-good way.

T: Pretty crisp, pretty simple. Certainly better than the smell would let on.

M: The small amount of flavor checks in, checks out.

D: Fitting for anything outside in the sun. You could probably get back from a 2-4 mile run and still be refreshed by this beer.

Pretty one-dimensional. A PBR could do the same trick at less than 1/2 the price.

Photo of ThaBobfather
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light straw with an inch and a half of bleached head.
Smell has some apple cider spice to it with some light grain.
Taste is lightly spiced with some small malted grain.
Finish is clean with a quickly disappating yeasted after-taste.
Drinks quickly, this style is definitely in the realm of sessionable.

Photo of mwa423
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours into a glass with a finger of head. The color is straw colored and it isn't too clear.

S - I get some corn, and not much else

T - German spice/yeast, corn, and a hint of malty sweetness at the end. Not bad for the style but just an average overall for beer.

M/D - thin but right on for the style

Photo of treehugger02010
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle out of the New Holland variety case and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a cloudy pale straw color. The head is nice and white, a finger and change tall, fine retention, no lacing and small bubbles.
Smell: The aromas are wheaty, a bit stale and pale malt.
Taste: The flavors are piney resin hops, long finish of pale malt and spargy as it warms up.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is dry and crisp with a medium body.
Drinkabily: This beer is very sessionish without much depth but let's you ask if there's more.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as part of a 12 pack of New Holland seasonals. A very tasty, easy to drink brew. Had very little carbonation when poured into a pint glass with only a few lingering bubbles. Mouthfeel is mostly smooth which in my opion make it very drinkable in warmer weather. Here again though a solid beer not one I would seek out to drink a lot of.

Photo of OldSchoolGamer
2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I havent't had a lot of Kolsch style ales, but so far they seem pretty lackluster. They taste like a typical macro lager with a bit more body. Lets see what New Holland can do with the style.

A: Pours a hazy golden straw color. Head is nice and foamy. Lacing is minimal. A little bit of sediment is floating around in the brew.

S: Hmm...smell like a typical macro lager. Lots of grain with a touch of citrus.

T: Again, it does taste quite a bit like a typical macro lager. Seems a bit more flat though. Taste of grain, and maybe a touch of banana. There is also some type of vegetal flavor in there. Not a good tasting beer at all. I actually prefer the macro lagers to this. Not very tasty.

M: Medium bodied. Pretty flat in the mouth. Again, it tastes like a macro lager, but it feels much more flat and heavy in the mouth.

D: Well...this isn't a good tasting beer, and it does have a heavier body, making the beer less drinkable. Not something I could drink more than one of. Very bland.

I am not going to lie, I don't care for New Holland or Kolsch beers. But, my low marks arn't based on those two facts alone. This is just a marginal beer overall. Has a bit more flavor than the typical marco lagers, but is much more flat and has a bigger body, making this a less desireable option in the summer heat. Not the best.

Photo of wingman14
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow with a small white head. A nice crisp clear color. Smell is light malt and some yeast notes. The taste is refreshing with some malt flavor and nice depth. A subtle aftertaste that encourages another sip. The mouthfeel is very smooth, nice flavor balance and great carbonation. This is a very enjoyable beer, easy to drink, refreshing for the summer.

Photo of weasbri
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fairly impressive head retention here (I let it sit for longer than intended), though a little on the small side. Clear pale lemon color, good looking one.
Very light aroma, a bit of malt and some grassiness.
The flavor struck me as somewhat soapy at one time, not as much this tasting. The hops are somewhat on the assertive side, nice bitter bite to it. The tiniest bit of malt tries to break through and lend something else - grapefruit? - but maybe comes up just short. A nice dry finish though, crisp and clean to the end.

Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass. Slightly dark golden color transparent with few sedimentary pieces hovering in random spots. The head starts nice and full then bubbles off quickly.

Smells like a craft lager. Comparable to a fizzy yellow with more aromas than my uninformed senses cannot pick up.

Tastes just as good as it smells, maybe a little better. There is a sweet taste that balances this from a simple beer to a slightly more complex drink.

Feels very light and thin.

This is a great craft version of the mass produced beers by the big three. Could easily drink this all night.

New Holland Full Circle from New Holland Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.