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New Holland Full Circle - New Holland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 562
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 13
Gots: 38 | 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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Photo of spointon
3.5/5  rDev -2%
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
2.3/5  rDev -35.6%
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
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
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
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
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
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
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
3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
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
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
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
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
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
3.22/5  rDev -9.8%
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
3.31/5  rDev -7.3%
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
3.77/5  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
2.74/5  rDev -23.2%
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
3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
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
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
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
3.72/5  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
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
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 -0.6%
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 +0.3%
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
3.12/5  rDev -12.6%
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
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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
2.96/5  rDev -17.1%
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 +3.6%
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
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

New Holland Full Circle from New Holland Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 562 ratings.