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New Holland Full Circle - New Holland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 504
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 12
Gots: 16 | 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 Strix


3.48/5  rDev -2.8%

Golden with a head that quickly dissipates.

Nose is a bit grainy and biscuity. Sort of faint.

Taste is bready and grainy. Reminds me a bit of a pilsner and a bit like cheerios. Not too much this side of your average macro though.

Mouthfeel crisp, not much carbonation.

Washed down food just fine, but doesn't really stand out.

08-29-2008 03:49:04 | More by Strix
Photo of birchstick


3.58/5  rDev 0%

A - looks pretty good, clear yellow
S - grainy and malty with a scent of lemon; reminds me a lot of a pilsner smell
T - crisp lemon and wheat, with a grainy taste as well; nothing too strong or overpowering
MF - a bit thin and hard to notice
D - this was a refreshing kolsch summer beer. Glad I was able to try this.

08-26-2008 00:09:58 | More by birchstick
Photo of oelergud


3.48/5  rDev -2.8%

Long neck brown 12oz glass bottle, pry-off cap.
Yeng and yang symbol on the label.
Cloudy golden body with a low white head that dissipates quickly and leaves very little lace.
Fresh grain and grass scent, some hop and nut notes as well.
Sweet grassy malt up front well balanced by an initially mild hop flavor that grows stronger as it enters the aftertaste. Some root and earth notes and a bit of spicy vegetable.
Medium body with a little coating and a mildly dry finish.
Good drinkabiliy.


08-19-2008 20:12:28 | More by oelergud
Photo of ajmoody76


3.23/5  rDev -9.8%

bought at the local beer store. 12 ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. straw yellow. not quite clear. thin white head.

hoppy nose. no off odors.

earthy hop flavor. some sweetness but not a great deal. dry bitter aftertaste.

light to mid body. enough carbonation. good warm weather beer. could do session. might drink again.

08-16-2008 02:52:41 | More by ajmoody76
Photo of BeerSox


3.28/5  rDev -8.4%

12oz bottle into nonic.

Hazy golden hue with a thin white head that slowly fizzles to almost nothing.

Biscuity malts with with light and sweet sugary fruit, grape-like.

Slightly tart grains with a slightly acidic taste, not sure what from. Light candy fruit flavors. Lightbodied with good carbonation. The finish is clean with a little bit of lingering malt.

An okay beer. I feel this one didn't have the smoothless that I like in a Kolsch, and it seemed a bit acerbic.

08-15-2008 00:58:06 | More by BeerSox
Photo of becktone


4.33/5  rDev +20.9%

Done Horizontally with Pyramid Curve Ball From notes: 7-26-08

New Holland Full Circle

Eye: A small white film covers this beer, I wouldn't really call it a head. However, it could also be the glass. Lacing is spotty and inconsistent. Color is pale gold with some serious chill haze problems.

Nose: Overall light character. Subdued sweet malt and floral hops, smells quite like a garden of roses and other beautiful flowers. Delicate, crisp, and dry. Flowery and herbal with just enough malt to support.

Tongue: Nice floral and rosy on the tongue, there is a huge difference between this beer and Cuve Ball. The hop character in this beer is so delicate. The flavor of this beer is very subtle that it took me a horizontal tasting to realize that I prefer this kolsch over curveball. The hops are so much more authentic, much more noble, giving semblance to what would be an authentic kolsch from Koln. The label has it right, the yin-yang symbolizing perfect balance and harmony. This beer is perfectly balanced and in harmony. This beer is much more herbal than the Curve Ball.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This is one I'll definitely come back to. I'll take it over any other kolsch I've drank to date. Light in body and very refreshing this one is one that goes down very easily. Semi-dry finish, not quite as dry as the Curve Ball.

08-11-2008 19:22:56 | More by becktone
Photo of drunkmonk

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

During the dog days of Summer in NC, I enjoy this style. Purchased at Sam's Quick Mart $9.99/sixer.

Pale straw, with some slight haze. Nice thick creamy head, dissapates quickly. Thin lace circles glass. Pale biscuit malts, herbal hops and slight citrus aromas. Sweet dry buscuity malts dominate upfront, some light grassy hops mingle and it finishes with a slight citrus note. The hops come more to forefront as this warms. Liking this with less chill. Carbonation is somewhat subdued. Light and crisp on the palate. Very easy drinking, perfect for this evening after mowing the lawn. Nicely done Kolsch.

07-19-2008 01:27:27 | More by drunkmonk
Photo of Applesauce1


4.2/5  rDev +17.3%

I picked a sixer of Full Circle at the Westover Market in Arlington, VA (the best beer store in the DC area). Kolsch style beer is great in the summer!

Appearance: gold with a slight haze and a 1/4" white head on the pour....looks OK

Smell: hops and lemon

Taste: hops, lemon, pale malt

Mouthfeel: light body....but goes real nice with the taste

Drinkability: could drink a sixer in a night easity....doesn't wear out the palate and doesn't fill you up

07-18-2008 02:38:52 | More by Applesauce1
Photo of asabreed

New York

3.58/5  rDev 0%

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Lighter straw-colored body with a billowing head from a raucous pour, though it dies quickly without leaving much lacing. Not much carbonation floating around either.

Smell: Herbal and grassy aromas mixed with some sweeter malt flavors and earthy citrus. Light hints of grains and bread also.

Taste: Sweeter and earthier malt flavors with herbal hops and mild citrus bite near the end. Also some diacetyl and bread in the finish with some lighter hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and slightly full feeling with the less than moderate carbonation, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Drinkability: A pretty flavorful version of the style overall, which gets a bit hoppier as it warms, interestingly enough. I only got a bottle of this, but I could see myself buying it again.

07-15-2008 03:35:04 | More by asabreed
Photo of morimech


3.53/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours a hazy golden with little to no head. Very little lacing is left on the glass. The aroma has floral hops and a grainy quality. Has a light taste of pale malt, crackers, with a faint bitterness. The carbonation seems flat with my sample. Light body with a crisp flavor. It is easy drinking and refreshing. Not a great Kolsch but a respectable effort.

07-12-2008 19:22:37 | More by morimech
Photo of brewandbbq

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%

Bottle with new label.

Pours light copper/hazy gold with a slight chill haze. A stretch-pour allowed two inches of pure white foam to rise up.
Retention duration was of several minutes, and a few streaks of lacework remained as well as coverage on most of the surface.

Aromatics laced with light malt, flaked corn, honey, and a light floralness.
Sweetish and mildly earthy.

Medium to light bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel and slightly crisp.

Fresh, sweet malt on the pallet, along with hints of toasted corn and cereal grains.
Hopping is low, but bitterness is firm and smooth.

Finishes quite dry with fading light malt.

I'm not a big fan of the style, and this beer doesn't change that. Pretty mediocre.

07-11-2008 00:38:32 | More by brewandbbq
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

New Holland- Full Circle

A- Hazy yellow with a small non lacing head after a hard pour.
S- Very light touch of sunflower seeds, honey, wheat, and yeast.
T- Again, light grains sunflower seed most dominate. A touch of honey wheat appears but otherwise watery.
M- Very watery with little flavor. Slight sweetness up front.

Overall- A big letdown from a brewery that usually doesn't disappoint. This 1 just has little to no flavor or bite, avoid.

07-07-2008 15:56:08 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of Winter


3.45/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours hazy golden in color with a creamy white head. Fairly clean aroma consisting of bready malt and a floral hoppiness. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and soft with a pleasant carbonation. Like the nose, the first sip offers a nice bread-like maltiness. Moderate bitterness from the hops. There also seems to be a light spiciness present. Overall, pretty clean and easy to drink.

07-01-2008 02:00:32 | More by Winter
Photo of scruffwhor


3.3/5  rDev -7.8%

Pours a very light, thin, and somewhat spongey head with a very clear golden yellow, almost pilsner like hue. The aroma is pilsner like malt and grassy hop mix. Very light arom overall. The taste is a bit bland, with some very dry pilsner malts and a few very faint earthy hops. Very light on the palate with a brisk hop profile. Just the right thing for Summer.

06-22-2008 01:51:11 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of tavernjef


4/5  rDev +11.7%

Medium lemon yellow color thats casts a brightness of a stop light, yet looks dullish in a lower light. The head of foam is brief, starchy, crunchy, and white, lasting in a smallish thin patch before fading to an always present whisp and lots of collaring bubbles. Tattered sheeting and loose threads of thick, short stubby lacing hang across the glass well.

Aroma is semi sweet and starchy with a pale maltness that tends to bring out a slimming idea of bread crusts, pretzeled bread, crackers, and hints to sea salt and high pitched dry floral grasses.

Flavors are crisp and fairly lasting with a light tone upfront of easy going, smooth and sweetish malt. Midway stays concurrently the same and shortly it grows into one nice finsihing realm of all sorts of twisted, salted bread notes. Again, much like the aroma, its got this blended attribute of crackers, pretzeled bread dough, and other salty aspects along with a fine little noting to some floral grass notes.

Feel is smooth, crisp, nearing a mediumish body that awakens a more active impression as it floats into the finish.

A pretty decent Kolsch that drinks well enough for what it is and benefits the summer weather.

06-17-2008 00:08:16 | More by tavernjef
Photo of beerkittycat


4.08/5  rDev +14%

Appearance is slightly hazy straw-gold with a rocky off-white head that dissipates quickly but lingers on the edge of the glass. Aroma has some awesome noble hop but German malt dominates the glass. Same for the taste but the hop and malt seem to dance with each other nicely. There's some mineral quality to the water here that leaves a bit of a carbonic bite on the tongue but it's not overcarbonated. This beer goes down smooth and is quite refreshing. I definately will seek this one out again.

06-15-2008 17:32:48 | More by beerkittycat
Photo of Rootdog316


3.38/5  rDev -5.6%

Aroma: Grainy, bready maltiness. Light herbal and floral hops with a slight hop spiciness.

Appearance: Light golden in color and clear. Bright white head was huge and foamy with ridiculous retention. Great lacing.

Flavor: Grainy maltiness, light citrus, floral, and spicy hops. Light bitterness and a clean finish.

Palate: Light bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Not bad. Drinkable with some nice hop flavor and bitterness. I'd drink this again if it were available.

06-13-2008 22:21:56 | More by Rootdog316
Photo of Slynger


3.55/5  rDev -0.8%

Full Circle is a lightly hazy, lightly peachy, lemon color with a creamy cap of white.

Light nose of sweet pale malts and toasted grains with some sweet lemony fruitiness.

Pretty much the same in the flavor but a more pronounced earthy spicy hopiness to it. Body is pretty light with nice creaminess to the soft carbonation.

Full Circle is a nice spring/summer sessioner.

06-09-2008 02:58:27 | More by Slynger
Photo of GreenWBush


3.8/5  rDev +6.1%

Rather deceptive labeling – I saw “single malt beer” and instantly thought Scotch. Instead, this appears to be some sort of German pilsener or single-varietal pale ale.

Great indefatigable head, with abstract formations a full 2” above the rim of the glass. Light peach when the mess all calms down.

Nose is strongly lemon zest and green apple impressions. Cloves. Spicy hop character that rides up to a near-skunky zenith.

Lemon flavor comes through to flavor, not surprisingly. Not too much else. What’s going on here? Its as if Saison Dupont and Heineken had a weird love child.

Could be refreshing on a hot day, especially with its poundable thinness of being. Seems quintessentially Summery.

08-07-2007 08:21:06 | More by GreenWBush
Photo of livin4jc


3.73/5  rDev +4.2%

This beer is supposed to have a very simple recipe (single malt, single hop), which gave me the expectation of a very light beer flavor. I was very wrong. This is my first try of a beer from New Holland Brewing.

I obtained the bottle from a friend, and I am not sure of the age. Sampled June 24, 2007 from a bottle somewhere in Muskegon, Michigan. I am told this was a 2006 bottling.

Appearance: It had a bright golden amber color. There was a little cloudiness, but it remained clear. The beer had a large head of foam, which laced nicely in the glass. There was some carbonation. Overall, I thought it was a very pretty presentation.

Smell: The aroma was quite complex, but not overpowering. There was a citrus smell, along with an almost grassy characteristic. You could just make out the smell of hops.

Taste: My response to my first sip was wow. The flavors, while mild, were quite diverse. Starting off with almost a grainy flavor, it quickly turned to a lemon citrus flavor, and then to a wheaty flavor.

Mouthfeel: Full Circle was very smooth. The mild carbination gave this beer a refreshing feel. It was a beer that can be enjoyed during the warm summer months when you don't want anything heavy.

Drinkability: This beer is easily enjoyable when you want a refreshing, but not complex beer. It is refreshing, better than many, but not quite at the level of a true Germany pilsner. Either way, though, a definite beer to try from New Holland.

07-01-2007 22:49:33 | More by livin4jc
Photo of Frozensoul327


3.58/5  rDev 0%

A: Bright golden yellow color that's slightly foggy, with a large head of white, frothy foam. Medium level of carbonation. Nice lacing inside the glass.

S: Sharp notes of fresh, base and light malts. Mild, yet pronounced dry hop note. Woody and grassy characters make an appearance, with indications of lemony citrus sweetness. Nice.

T: Mild grainy malt flavor gives way to a lemony grass note, and a roasted wheat flavor. Hollowy dry hop bitterness toward the finish. Not overly complex, but still flavorful and enjoyable.

M: Medium bodied. Mild carbonation makes it's way to the palate. Slightly dulling mouthfeel. Average.

D: Not bad. A possible session brew from New Holland. Worth trying.

04-28-2007 00:11:28 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of BuckSpin


2.85/5  rDev -20.4%

Presentation: a tall pilsner, which, much to my amasement, literally filled with puffy, cloudlike, marshmallow white foam...the craziest head on any beer I've tried to date.

Pours almost champagne like with lots of carbonation and noise. The color is a pale, dull warm yellow, like straw in the summer. Nose is light, some floral qualities, a little dull, like wet hot pavement.

Initially taste is surprisingly sharp, crisp, peppery, well hopped for a pilsner. There is actually a tingle on the teeth & lips as if I were imbided in something spicy...odd yet enjoyable. Pehaps a little apple quallity, but it dulls quickly and finishes rather dry and filmy, watery, not very pleasant.

A peculiar beer, but I've had better pilsners. I'll pass on going "Full Circle" with this one. Move along, people...

02-14-2007 03:25:23 | More by BuckSpin
Photo of gmfessen


4.47/5  rDev +24.9%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a very clear golden-orange with a huge pillowy head that leaves nice bits of lacing around the glass. Smell is primarily of hops; grapefruit, pine and juniper. Taste is like the nose, with a smooth malty finish and slightly bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very light with velvety carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer, given its light body and smooth character I could drink more than a few of these! Best Pils I've ever had, nice job New Holland.

01-10-2007 03:53:48 | More by gmfessen
Photo of ndekke39


3.45/5  rDev -3.6%

Drank this from a 12 oz bottle with no freshness date on it. Pours a standard Pilsner look: golden straw color with a thin white head. Smells fresh and crisp: light barley, citrus and floral hops. Nice light-bodied taste with good hoppiness. The single malt and single hops really come through, and I like it. Fine example of the Pilsner style. Taste starts sweet and travels nicely to a good hoppy finish. Thin mouthfeel. Easily drinkable beer. If you love Pilsners, check this one out.

01-09-2007 04:08:29 | More by ndekke39
Photo of CharlesDarwin

Rhode Island

2.42/5  rDev -32.4%

Originally reviewed on August 7, 2006. 12 Oz Bottle. Gusher! Pours with a clear yellow pallor, quite thin. Six inches of rocky off-white head climb my glass and streak the sides with broken panes of lace. Aroma is an almost wrenching waft of sickly sour malt and aged grains. Hay and lemons left in the bottom of corona bottles are elicted. On the tongue, a surprising whack of heavy sweetness and certain sourness, but staying within the lager spectrum. I have to give them points for providing flavor in a beer this shade and style. Honestly, this is reminiscent of a Berliner Weisse, somehow. The Sour Patch kid tang draws a breath of lemon and light grain. There are no infected tones, or off-flavors. Just a potent sweet-sour attack. Hops are too laid back, this should have a gentle hopping bite to balance. All that’s left on my tongue is a distant green apple skin. Okay, in some level of retrospect, there’s definately some errant Brett in here.

12-11-2006 19:09:49 | More by CharlesDarwin
New Holland Full Circle from New Holland Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 504 ratings.