1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

New Holland Full Circle - New Holland Brewing Company

Not Rated.
New Holland Full CircleNew Holland Full Circle

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

512 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 512
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 13
Gots: 18 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 512 | Reviews: 232 | Display Reviews Only:
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.

Slynger, Jun 09, 2008
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.

GreenWBush, Aug 07, 2007
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.

livin4jc, Jul 01, 2007
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.

Frozensoul327, Apr 28, 2007
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...

BuckSpin, Feb 14, 2007
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.

gmfessen, Jan 10, 2007
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.

ndekke39, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of CharlesDarwin
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.

CharlesDarwin, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%

Appears a cloudy copper golden hue with a large heavily carbonated off white hed leves nice even lacing iwth eacch sip. Aroma...this beer utilizes a single malt and hop I'm getting alot of citrus notes iwth some bisucuit malt sweetness sharp acidity. Taste has some raw unrefined bitterness going on with subtle malt sweetness as well as some grainy off flavors. Mild biscuit and heavy grassy citrus peel roughness as it warms more sweetness balances out the harsh bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied highly carbonated definitely some bottling issues on this one. Drinkability is rough overall decently flavorful but lacks cohesiveness overall not a beer I would drink regularly.

WVbeergeek, Oct 25, 2006
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%

Poured into pilsner glass,nice golden color,dense white head,slightly cloudy.Grassy,slight sweet smell,not much hpo aroma.Has a grainy,bready,taste. Lots of carbination.a sharp bitter finish that creeps up on you A light to medium body, don't think I could drink a lot of these.

jcdiflorio, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of scott
4.88/5  rDev +36.3%

Pours a hazy apricot with nice head which quickly disappears, leaving a little lacing.
Smells "sharp", almost medicinal/ tart-but very pleasant.
A very light/juicy/round/lemon citrus sour, but suprisingly crisp and very refreshing. Dances on the tongue, and the tongue just begs for more.
Great stuff.

scott, Aug 01, 2006
Photo of nortmand
4.6/5  rDev +28.5%

Pours straw gold with plenty of chill haze and white head.

Liquor smells dominate the nose.Some grassiness from the hops as well, a bit piney.

Slight bitterness on the tip of the tongue is followed by a full flowery flavor mid tongue. Quite nice and refreshing.

A simple beer, with plenty of flavor, yet made to drink plenty of in the height of summer.

nortmand, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%

A great beer to drink after a round of frisbee golf on a great spring day in Michigan,poured a dull light golden with a well formed one finger white head that was gone pretty fast.Lighter lemon aromas along with some toasted grain pretty standard of a good lager,flavors were ice with a sturdy mouthfeel pretty grainy with notes of lightly toasted grain and even light lemon pith finishing with just a hint of peppery hop.Hey a no frills "sturdy" American lager some of my buddies who are learning the way of craft beer were really digging this brew and I found it refreshing and not dull,a nice local made beer.

oberon, May 03, 2006
Photo of jimbotrost
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Sampled 12 oz bottle 11-02-05. The pour was of a nice gold to light copper color capped with a white head head that is of medium thickness but leaves a beautiful lace on the side of the glass as it disipates. Nose is nice, slight fruit backed up by straight forward malt. Mouthfeel is dry almost instantly, flavor is of malt and slight grass with balanced hop. Very crisp, clean and leaves a nice aftertaste.

jimbotrost, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of sopor
2.33/5  rDev -34.9%

I wanted to review this again, because when I reviewed it first it did not taste like I remembered it tasting. I don't think it did any better this time.

Pale gold with slight haze of almost not distinguishable sediment. Rocky sticky head is seperating to a river of beer splitting two riverbanks of foam. Smells of dry Pils and lemony citrus.

Delicate peppery bitterness and citrusy hop. Malt is hidden, almost undetectable. Light but refreshing mouthfeel.

This used to be much better. I need to stop buying it, but I remeber such a wonderfully dry pils flavor!

sopor, Oct 13, 2005
Photo of ypsifly
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%

Undated 12oz poured into a pilsner.

Clear yellow with a tall white head that grows a cm or so over the rim. Good retention and sheets of lace.

Smells grassy with grains and some leafy hop. Slight fruitiness.

The taste is malty with some grass and slight lemon notes followed by enough hop bite to give it balance. Not very crisp but it does finish clean with some lingering bitterness. The mouth is a tad thin. Good session brew.

ypsifly, Sep 25, 2005
Photo of bahumutx
4.28/5  rDev +19.6%

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Light golden in color with a small head that is dissipating slowly.

Smell: Hops is the first thing that hits my nose with a small grassy smell in the background.

Taste: First thing that hits that tongue is a slight malt taste and then the hops take over. It finishes out with a somewhat grassy taste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Definitely a session beer.

Yet another fine brew from the folks at New Holland Brewing Company. Keep up the great work!!

bahumutx, Sep 21, 2005
Photo of Ricochet
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%

When I'm out at microbrews, usually the "yellow" beer does not get sampled unless it's a part of a sampler. I drink cheapies when I want a yellow beer and that's that. There have been some good yellows, but I don't get a full glass. When I saw this in the store, the label intrigued me. "Single Malt Beer" so I bought it just for that to sample it. It's a very good pilsner...

Smell was excellent. Buttery, alchohol, hops, smells like a micro and it welcomed. The appearence is what a pils should be. Good foam, good carbonation, a little bit darker, if only the cheap americans would have this appearence. Mouth was rich, not as foamy, and left with a non-grainy feel.

Taste? Good. Not quite as strong as some of the better pils I have sampled but that may be the difference between a fresh beverage and bottled beverage. Nice hoppy flavor, a little buttery sensation, a bit sour more than bitter in the end, a raisin note, all in all, a good beverage.

If you like this style, this is a very decent effort and closest to the pils that I've had in microbrews, but for me personally, I'd get a pale.

Ricochet, Aug 23, 2005
Photo of battlekow
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours a pale golden color , not much head, but good lacing. Smells of malt and grassy hops. Taste--holy hops, Batman! This beer's flavor is pretty unbalanced in favor of the hops. There's some malt there at the beginning, but is quickly vanquished. If you like hops--more than I do, anyway--and are looking for a pilsner, this here is your horse. Reminds me of the Goose Island Summertime Kolsch I had a few days ago.

Thanks to sopor for the bottle.

battlekow, Jul 28, 2005
Photo of SupaCelt
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%

Golden yellow "straw" beverage with a nice white head off the pour. A fair amount of small bubbles keep blasting off throughout the drinking process.

Smells are grassy and herbal. Just pilsey I guess.

Taste is light and pils malty of course with a decent amount of bittering. Tastes good as a representation of this less than powerhouse style. Refreshing. Uncomplex as intended by the single malt grain bill. It works.

Mouthfeel is thin but appropriate. Light and fresh on the palate.

Drinkability is very good. The light appeal makes this utterly drinkable and the taste is good enough to justify another. This could be sessioned on by most. Mass appeal potential given the current big market brews of the day.

SupaCelt, Jul 18, 2005
Photo of beermanbrian
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%

Poured with a huge billowing white head that dissipated quickly to leave a nice film. A ton of cabonation bubbles in this clear yellow brew. Smell is simple malt with a little bit of hay. Taste is also very simple but not bland. I believe this is the first single malt i've ever had. Pretty much what you would expect, nothing spectacular but also no flaws. Mounthfeel is light and drinkability is good. Certainly dosnt' live up to pils like Prima but also not a bad beer.

beermanbrian, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of Brian700
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

This beer poured a clear golden with a white head that disappeared fairly fast. The aroma is grainy with some saaz-like hop notes. The taste is crisp with a perfect hop addition to a light malt flavor. Good mouthfeel. Light to medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. A good drinkable beer.

Brian700, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of thechaacster
3.65/5  rDev +2%

Pours a clear gold with a small head that left a very nice lace. Sweet and citric nose. The flavor has a big snap from the hops, with a nice carmel malty sweetness to back it up. Very citric, grapefruity hop character lasts into the finish. Nice, flavorful pils, but the bitter citrus becomes cloying if I have more than a few.

thechaacster, Jul 09, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Thanks Chris.

This beer pours a nice clear straw color with a finger head that falls to a light coating over the brew. The nose is pretty nice. There is a light malty sweetness, but what prevails is the spicey and crisp hop. I like it. The flavor is not too bad either. Very spicey from the hop. I really like this hop. I'll have to find out what it is. There is a slight graineyness on the finish. I enjoy this beer. The feel is moderate with a moderatea carbonation. I could see myself sitting down to this brew after a hot day in the sun. It would quench and nice. Well above average on this one.

kmpitz2, Jun 12, 2005
Photo of clvand0
3.83/5  rDev +7%

Pours a very clear yellow color with a small head that is gone before you can blink. Leaves very little lacing on the glass. The aroma is slightly grainy with a little spice from the hop. Smells like a lager. Flavor has a solid caramel taste with a little bit of hop character, but very basic. The body is light but not really light and the drinkability is pretty good. This beer is pretty good for a single malt, single hop beer, but it's just run of the mill overall.

clvand0, Jun 12, 2005
New Holland Full Circle from New Holland Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 512 ratings.