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New Holland Full Circle - New Holland Brewing Company

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546 Ratings
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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 donteatpoop
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden beer with a thin white head that retains well, pretty clear but a vague hazy presence can be made out when you try to look through the glass.

Smells earthy, like straw and yeast and some wheatyness. Vague funk.

The taste is pleasant enough, semi-sweet funky yeast and wheat, vague and almost non-existant hop presence.

Nice refreshing beer, great drinkability. Not a bad beer at all, certainly one I wouldn't turn away from.

Photo of tempest
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a variety case from Shangy's. This beer is incredibly drinkable, and it can disappear quickly if you're not paying attention. The issue with it, however, is that its a bit too plain. I might wonder if the brewers used a too-clean American yeast strain instead of the proper German one. There's just a light layer of whole-grain bready malts with a hit of peppery/earthy hops at the end. Not a lot going on, but still satisfying and drinkable. A decent summer session ale I suppose.

Photo of droomyster
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light gold with a small white head. Subdued aromas of honey, flowers, a faint grassy hoppiness. Light on the palate, leaves a very small footprint, nothings offends. Lightly sweet hops are well balanced by a light zestiness. It's remarkably bright and crisp and goes down very easy. This beer is very simple and yet verges on perfection: with simple styles like kolsch, even one minor flaw will stick out like a sore thumb. Nicely done. This would be an excellent warm weather beach beer.

Photo of zeff80
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a very bubbly, clear, pale yellow with a small, white, foamy head. It left a little thin lacing.

S - It smelled of grains, light caramel malt and some yeast aromas.

T - This was sweet and spicy with some nice grain and caramel flavors.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A light bodied ale.

D - Like most Kolsch style ales, this is very easy drinking. It'd be great on a warm summer night.

Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of tart malt, grass, and some slight nut flavor. Fits the style of a Kolsch. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of grass up front, then some tart malt, the hop bitterness is in the background, and a strong dryness is associated with each drink. Overall, a fairly typical Kolsch.

Photo of PirateUlf73
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my cylindrical Spaten glass.

A: Pale golden straw colored with a lively white head. Ever so slightly hazy. Beautiful.

S: Not a whole lot on the nose. A little bit of pale malt (with perhaps a dash of wheat?), some faint hop aroma, as well as a sublime, almost ale-like fruitiness. Wish it was stronger, but what IS there is quite pleasant.

T: Graininess is initially punched forward, probably due to its lively carbonation. Hop presence is faint, yet still noticeable. Mild fruit notes as well as a hint of bready yeast.

M: Light bodied and (as before) quite generously carbonated. Dries nicely in the finish with a faint aftertaste.

D: As is the case with almost ALL Kölsch beers, this one is very drinkable and almost the definition of an ideal session brew, particularly in the warmer months.

A very pleasant, inoffensive and downright drinkable brew. A sixer of this on a hot day is a no-brainer. Not the best Kölsch I've had, but I would certainly never turn one down. I'll have to get some more when the weather warms up.

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

12 oz. bottle into a beer mug.

I have a soft spot for Kölsch's...such an underrated style and, when done well, so delicious.

An aggressive pour produces a brazenly clear, hay-golden hue with a sluggish carbonation level. However, the bone-white head retains quite well as a concentric ring of bubbles slaps webs of lacing against the inside of the glass. Aromatically, this Kolsch holds its own, presenting notes of clover honey and wheat with a touch of earthy grain husks lingering in the background. The hops are grassy, yet underwhelming.

Flavor starts with a bubbly, semi-bland profile before giving way to pleasant notes of honey-biscuit malts, bitter hops, and spiced wheat. Fairly accurate for the style, but some of the flavors could come across as more pronounced, in my opinion. Spritzy and clean, the mouthfeel delivers a crisp body that finishes with a kiss of hops and metal, but ultimately smooths things out. Don't get me wrong--I like this beer--but there are a few things that could stand to be hammered out to allow this brew to come "full circle" (couldn't resist).

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A-Golden, crystal clear beer topped with a thick white head. Moderate retention, slowly reduced to a thin bubble layer.

S-Primarily a spiciness, attributable to subtle hop aromas. Minimal, if imperceptible, malt aromas. Clean.

T-A light maltiness, mostly biscuity and bready, not sweet. Some spicy hoppiness lingering over it all, with a balancing bitter character keeping everything in line. Finishes clean, with a very crisp and refreshing afterthought.

M-Medium-high carbonation. This beer is able to achieve much with its moderate body.

D-This kolsch has a nice flavor profile, tasting great overall while being quite appropriate to style. Well balanced. Would make a great compliment to a hot afternoon sitting on my porch.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into the closest thing resembling a stange, a pilsener glass.

Pours a bright and clean straw yellow, could probably pass this off as an undercarbonated Bud to someone, though with a better looking head and long lasting retention, oh yeah but it smells a lot different. It smells nice an clean, slightest bit of mixed spices: coriander, heather and cinnamon are the most apparent, then comes the grainy bready goodness. Not really any hop character from what I can tell, though this changes slightly after the first few sips. Beer opens fresh and clean with a crisp, pale malt edging its way across my pallet, then the beer begins to open up, a nice complexity begins to develop. Noble hop bitterness tickles the tongue ever so slightly and leaves a strong vinious finsish that lasts until the next sip of beer washes it gently away. I think that this beer could be a little more filled out, has a bit of buttery apple taste that I could do without, but otherwise is a very drinkable beer, not to mention tasty, and could be enjoyed at any time of the year, not just in summer or on thanksgiving as it happens to be today.

Photo of younger35
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a mixed 12 pack of New Holland brews from Friar Tucks in Bloomington, IL. Going to try to review all 6 different beers that come in the mixed pack today while watching football. Drank from a generic mug while watching Michigan vs. Northwestern. LIVE under the cap.

Appearance- Okay, this is only the 2nd New Holland brew I've ever reviewed but what's the deal with there beers having ZERO head? Pours a super clear light yellowish orange with NO head, NO cap, and NO collar which obviously leads to NO lacing.
Smell- Lightly unassertive nose this is malty and slightly grainy. Raw and bready at times there isn't any of that specialty malt like sweetness. Some earthy Euro hops add a deep burnt grass hoppiness.
Taste- Lightly sweet from the start with a subtle caramel/toffee maltiness with a tiny bit of grainy rawness. A bit of yeast and the slightest tad of bitterness from the earthiness of the hops counter the sweetness. Finishes with a light touch of hops and some lingering yeast.
Mouthfeel- Very light body with crisp refreshing carbonation and a dry quenching finish.
Drinkability- Overall this is a very drinkable, sessionable beer. As for a Kölsh, it seems a bit "aggressive" (for lack of a better term to describe such a light brew) but is tasty none-the-less. Pretty good beer that I could drink on a regular basis.

Photo of SaucyA
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Served in a Reissdorf Kölsch stange. Beautiful golden yellow body with plenty of bubbles rising up to the 1 finger white, soapy head. Lacing present, but not ridiculous.

S - Floral, grassy, green hops. Light fruit affects. Spicey notes, as well.

T - Pale malt, euro-hops, clean water. Nothing off, nothing grabs you by the balls... it's just pure, easy-drinking goodness.

M - Light, crisp, rather sparkly.

D - Killer. So, so easy to drink and enjoy.

Notes: I always overlooked this brew, but when I was at the beer store stocking up, I decided to take the plunge and plop the $8 on a sixxer. One of the best chances I've ever taken.

I really enjoy this beer and plan on throwing it into the "regulars" lineup... Along with Two-Hearted, and Brooklyn Lager. THAT'S how much I like this.

Photo of jspruit
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with some carbonation and small head. Lacing is minor and doesn't really add much to the experience.

Light floral and hops in the smell. Nice but not too overpowering.

Just like you'd expect this beer has a light hops taste with a good balance of floral and a little malt. Nicely balanced and not overpowering.

Goes down easy overall but with some taste so it's very nice-a bit of dryness at the end but exactly as you would expect from a Kolsch.

I could drink more of these, although it wouldn't be something that I would really always look for since there are more 'exotic' beers out there-but it would definitely be something that I would recommend to others.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a strange)

A- This beer has a golden yellow crystal clear body with a strong carbonation of microbubbles and a thick creamy head of white. There were a few floaties swirling around in the beer which was a bit odd.

S- The slight sweet fieldcorn note has a light sweet sulfur note that increase as the beer warms.

T- This beer has a dry pale grain hint with a soft green noble hop finish. The hops have a very faint lemon mint quality to them that is interesting.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight little fizz finish.

D- This beer is light and smooth but has a nice balance to the sulfury notes and grain and hops. The hops have a nice little depth to them. This beer has that specific Kolsch quality that I can't really put into words but it is like a sweet sulfur note which most attemps are lacking.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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