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New Holland Full Circle - New Holland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 533
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.57%
Wants: 14
Gots: 23 | 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 jeffmonarch
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Bright yellow, slightly cloudy with a thin white head.

S - Light smell but slightly fruity and sweet.

T - Crisp and clean and a little sweet. Very light.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good beer but nothing special. It's hard to measure a good Kolsch because it is such a simple beer.

jeffmonarch, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of allergictomacros
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear light gold with a head of rocky white foam and good lacing.

S - Floral, lemony, with notes of pale malt and metal.

T - Solid malt and hops in this despite the lighter appearance. Hops are grassy and finish is quite bitter. Moderate maltiness with noted husky grain.

M - Light-medium body with a spritzy carbonation.

D - Fairly well balanced in flavour but maybe a touch on the bitter side. Easy drinking.

allergictomacros, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of argock
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass.

A: Clear golden with white-bubbly head with scant lacing.

S: Soft graininess with an estery quality that I like.

T: A very pleasant surprise. Grainy, typical light lager flavors up front are met with a light yeast and green grape flavor followed by pretty aggressive leafy hops for a kolsch. Unique and very refreshing even with the more prominent hops hit.

M: Very even and smooth for a lighter style that tends to be overcarbonated. Very clean feel and aftertaste.

D: An exceedingly drinkable kolsch lager that was a very good accompaniment to the pepperoni and green pepper pizza. I like the -on-tap version better than the bottle version -- possibly because of the coldness of the service.

argock, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of jdmorgan
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Kolsch poured a golden straw color with a one-finger lacy white head.

The smell had a slightly grapey malt aroma with a bit of hops. The taste came on with the hops first. The bitterness was light/medium and faded nicely into a warm medium malt body. Full of flavor, yet nice and crisp. A bit of grape and biscuit flavor in there too. Consistency was medium/light and carbonation was medium/light as well.

A crisp and refreshing beer that is simple and satisfying. Good all-around balance and taste.

jdmorgan, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of Strix
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Strix, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of birchstick
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

birchstick, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of oelergud
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.


oelergud, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of ajmoody76
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

ajmoody76, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of BeerSox
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

BeerSox, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of becktone
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

becktone, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of drunkmonk
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

drunkmonk, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of Applesauce1
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

Applesauce1, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of asabreed
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

asabreed, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of morimech
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

morimech, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of brewandbbq
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

brewandbbq, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
2.5/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

NJpadreFan, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of Winter
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Winter, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of scruffwhor
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

scruffwhor, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of tavernjef
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

tavernjef, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of beerkittycat
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

beerkittycat, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of Rootdog316
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Rootdog316, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of Slynger
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Slynger, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of GreenWBush
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

GreenWBush, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of livin4jc
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

livin4jc, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Frozensoul327, Apr 28, 2007
New Holland Full Circle from New Holland Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 533 ratings.