New Holland Full Circle - New Holland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 551
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 13
Gots: 34 | 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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Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
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 -23.7%
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 +2.8%
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 -5.6%
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 +9.8%
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.

Photo of farrago
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thin white head of mixed bubble sizes, doesn't really matter since it's not around long, no lacing either. Very pale, washed out orange to yellow color, has just enough haze that the transparency is not of water, nothing special to look at. Bready with a little saltiness too but not like a pretzel, maybe peppery at times, then a hard caramel candy sweetness breezes through, no real presence of citrus nor fruit, light apricot or pear perhaps, it's not that it's absent in your nostrils, more that it's "not there." Medium-bodied, smooth and evenly balanced, no bumps in the road. But this could be attributable to the cleanliness of the hops, no bite nor grass, yeast or citric verve. The carbonation is consistent, more prickle than foam, lends itself to an airy feel. Rye bread comes through nicely. Nice stuff, high drinkability although you won't blow out any brain cells figuring it out.

Photo of Wheelinb
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good summer beer. We had this while sitting on the back patio enjoying some nice summer weather. Golden color with big malt aroma. I found the taste to be very malty and bread like. It is crisp and nicely carbonated. Very easy to drink this beer, especially with food and on a warmer day. Not a huge fan of Kolsch and have had a few I like better but this is good.

Photo of endincolorado
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- Clear, pale straw color with decent white head. Little lace.

Smell- Some pale malt aroma, accompanied by a fresh, light fruity scent- like green grapes.

Taste- Crisp and fairly dry. Pleasant, light fruitiness. Light, pale malt. Faint hops.

Mouthfeel- Light body with decent fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability- Another good summer brew. Would be a good session beer if it had a little more character.

Photo of roadhouse
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours a crystal clear golden color, except for a few random floaters. A two inch white head on top that retains quite well. Moderate lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is grainy overall, a very slight sulfur scent, very light fruit, and a touch of hops.

Taste is again pretty grainy and sweet up front with a bit of a breadiness to it. Again very slight fruit and a bit of hops in the end.

Mouthfeel is medium-light but has a nice creaminess to it. Quite easy drinking.

Not the best Kolsch out there but it's definitely not a bad beer either. Would be a good summer beer.

Photo of wnh
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a bright, clear straw with one finger of white, slightly fluffy head. Quite lively.

Nose is semi sweet cornbread on the nose, grainy and slightly wheaty. Small bit of funk in the background, though I can't put my finger on just what.

Taste is more grainy bread. Short, clean finish. Very light, without much going on. Again a bit of funk in the background, manifested in the finish. Somewhat astringent aftertaste.

Light bodied, with good carbonation. Soft and round on the palate; needs to be more crisp to be as refreshing as I'd expect and want it to be.

Drinkable enough as a style, but there's really not anything drawing me to this beer. It's easy to drink, but not interesting to any degree, and thus leaves in me no desire to continue drinking.

Photo of WakeandBake
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A light golden straw color pour with a HUGE white head,fizzy carbonation with some spotty lacing left. Aroma is of light hops,lightly toasted malt,and hints of white grape. Flavor is slightly fruity,a little more malt than expected,some fruity lightly spicy hops,faint white grapes,hints of honey,very good balance, clean mouthfeel,slightly dry finish, with a long viny,lightly bitter aftertaste, very sessionable and a good smooth drinker.

Photo of blackearth
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased from Three Cellars in Franklin, WI. This beer pours a light and hazy straw color with a thin white head. I noticed some brown yeast chunks floating around; not very appealing. Lemony tea-like aroma. Light bodied, not much malt character, hops detectable in the finish. This really reminds me of Heineken. No bonus points there.

Photo of Onenote81
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light gold with a thin white head on top. This retains pretty well though, but leaves little to no lacing. Smells of malts and biscuits. Wierd bitter scent in there, but decent nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is nice and crisp. Decent creaminess in there too. This is pleasant to drink. Flavor is malty with just a kiss of hop bitterness on the finish. Slightly watery which tames this a bit, but I'm really digging this style the more and more I have it.

Photo of KI9A
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: semi hazy straw yellow, smallish head, ok lace. 2 BB sizes chunks in bottom of bottle.

S: light hops, light bread. Typical of all Kolsch beers I have had.

T: Grainy, fruity, ( apples, pears), light hops. Great balance. Was afriad maybe this was old ass beer, but, turned out great.

M: Light.

D: Other than the chunks of shit ( not floaters, but 2 bb sized turds), was big time drinkable.

Photo of hwwty4
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Boulevard Smokestack goblet. This beer pours a hazy, mellow straw with a 2 inch head that lacks in the retention arena. Very, very little lacing occurs as the beer recedes. Just a thin circle of head sticks around the inside of the glass. The aroma is slightly grainy, with fruity esters giving away notes of ripe apples and sweet berries. Just a hint of floral hops comes through in the tail of the aroma. The flavor is just as straight forward as the nose. A slight grainy appeal comes through up front with strawberries (weird I know) and apples, a bit of grass and just a wee bit of yeasty biscuits. The mouthfeel is light and leaves just a faint sweetness on the palate. Kolsch's are the Craft beer industry's answer to light, crisp, American Macro Lagers. I wish more people would really appreciate a good Kolsch when they see one.

Photo of mtstatebeer
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. Pours a golden-yellow color with a small and quickly diminishing head, no lacing. Aroma is mainly pale malts, straw, bread, and a hint of hops. Flavor is crisp, similar to aroma, caramel malts, bread, and a touch of spicy hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light, smooth, crisp, and finishes with a twinge of bitterness. Good for the style, but not much substance. Still a decent beer.

Photo of cooncat
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving from a bottle in the 12 pk. sampler. My bottle's label is different from the one shown .. newer, I suppose.

On the pour you get a light straw colored brew, with a smallish head that is not long lasting. Not much lacing left on the glass as you drink.

The nose is barely detectible. Light aroma's of lemon grass and bread are just perceptible.

Taste is similar, with a light hop note to keep things interesting. Hops are lightly floral and spicy. Mouthfeel is kind of thin, and the light carbonation doesn't rescue the thin feel.

Very light and quaffable, and this would make a great "lawnmower beer". Not at all filling, and low enough in abv to be a session brew. Keeping in mind the style, this is a decent beer, and one you should try.

Na Zdravje!

Photo of Getinthevan
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of this about a week ago. I had never heard of it nor the brewery so I took a chance on it. Needless to say, I'm now a fan of Kolsch style beers because of this one.

Appearance was a striking yellow/gold color with good head retention. Right away this proved to be a special treat to behold, as this certainly carried a lot of physical character to it.

Smell was high in malts and possessed a strong yeasty smell. Also, hints of citrus seemed to come with the other smells as well. This definitely was a full-bodied and enriching smelling brew.

Taste was great. All the flavors came together with harmony and provided a sweet, yet strongly bitter taste with a nice bite at the end. Certainly a crispy beer and one of the smoothest I've ever had.

Mouthfeel was very good. All the flavors retained themselves and went down with each sip. This is a good beer to drink if you want something filling with your dinner and want to experiment.

Drinkability is top notch. While this stuff is a bit pricey, it's certainly worth it to grab a few and drink amongst your friends. This is another awesome New Holland brew and I'm looking forward to more in the future.

Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
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

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess they changed the bottle b/c I asked the bartender to surprise me w/ something no one picks but is good and he handed me this beer w/ a purple label and the ying yang symbol.
Poured into a glass for a tad cloudy yellow with good carbonation and a quality head. Picked up some hoppy notes that were less citric and more akin to figs/grape and some caramel and syrupy malts in there (bittersweetness). This beer is light-bodied and easy drinking but damn enjoyable. It is smooth and slightly creamy with a tea-like hop bitterness on the tongue that belies a sweet, fruity taste on the backend and yet still finishes dry and slightly smoke from some roasted malts. A quality beer and a big shout out to that bartender for that recommendation.

Photo of atsprings
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served a crisp straw yellow with a thin off-white head that diminishes to a thin layer and leaves slight lacing. Aroma was a bit of sweet malts and earthy hops. The taste is a surprising blend of crisp Earthy hops, sweet malts and sweet fruits, I'm not the biggest fan of the style, but this one is very enjoyable. The beer quite light and crisp with just enough carbonation to provide nice refreshment. This one was surprising, one I would definitely have again.

Photo of UDbeernut
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle, poured into pint glass

a: light straw yellow, translucent, small head with fair retention

s: noble hop, slighty grassy, otherwise clean

t: clean malt crispness, balanced well with noble hops. slight yeast taste

m&d: light bodied, slight carbonation. Good beer with decent drinkablility


Photo of Vancer
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

New label - a ying/yang thingy. A slightly hazed golden yellow poured into the Sammy Adams freebie glass. Small white head popped up a lays a restrained ring of lace.

Typical hint of lager malt in the aroma. Light and delicate, like the quaff. Just a bit of hops to balance it out and remove any sweetness in the finish. A decent brew, this would be a nice session brew in the summer heat. The kolsch's are the kissing cousin of the pilsner lager, but with more body and hop bite - drink up.

Photo of drpimento
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a smallish white head and no lace until I tipped the glass to drink - and then not a lot. Beery, grainy, grassy, aroma. Taste is similar, but I also picked up at different points bitter and sweet. A little malt. Body's a tad soft. Very easy drinking; decent finish. Could be a session brew. Not great; not bad. Eh.

Photo of chunkyboy
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light amber color with little white head. There was not much lacing.I thought is had somewhat of a malt smell, also maybe a little grainy. Noat a very overpowering tasting beer. It goes down smooth. Crisp with a lot of carbonation Not a bad tasting beer. Would drink again.

New Holland Full Circle from New Holland Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 551 ratings.