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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
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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 hwwty4
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Boulevard Smokestack goblet. This beer pours a hazy, mellow straw with a 2 inch head that lacks in the retention arena. Very, very little lacing occurs as the beer recedes. Just a thin circle of head sticks around the inside of the glass. The aroma is slightly grainy, with fruity esters giving away notes of ripe apples and sweet berries. Just a hint of floral hops comes through in the tail of the aroma. The flavor is just as straight forward as the nose. A slight grainy appeal comes through up front with strawberries (weird I know) and apples, a bit of grass and just a wee bit of yeasty biscuits. The mouthfeel is light and leaves just a faint sweetness on the palate. Kolsch's are the Craft beer industry's answer to light, crisp, American Macro Lagers. I wish more people would really appreciate a good Kolsch when they see one.

Photo of mtstatebeer
2.92/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. Pours a golden-yellow color with a small and quickly diminishing head, no lacing. Aroma is mainly pale malts, straw, bread, and a hint of hops. Flavor is crisp, similar to aroma, caramel malts, bread, and a touch of spicy hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light, smooth, crisp, and finishes with a twinge of bitterness. Good for the style, but not much substance. Still a decent beer.

Photo of cooncat
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving from a bottle in the 12 pk. sampler. My bottle's label is different from the one shown .. newer, I suppose.

On the pour you get a light straw colored brew, with a smallish head that is not long lasting. Not much lacing left on the glass as you drink.

The nose is barely detectible. Light aroma's of lemon grass and bread are just perceptible.

Taste is similar, with a light hop note to keep things interesting. Hops are lightly floral and spicy. Mouthfeel is kind of thin, and the light carbonation doesn't rescue the thin feel.

Very light and quaffable, and this would make a great "lawnmower beer". Not at all filling, and low enough in abv to be a session brew. Keeping in mind the style, this is a decent beer, and one you should try.

Na Zdravje!

Photo of Getinthevan
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of this about a week ago. I had never heard of it nor the brewery so I took a chance on it. Needless to say, I'm now a fan of Kolsch style beers because of this one.

Appearance was a striking yellow/gold color with good head retention. Right away this proved to be a special treat to behold, as this certainly carried a lot of physical character to it.

Smell was high in malts and possessed a strong yeasty smell. Also, hints of citrus seemed to come with the other smells as well. This definitely was a full-bodied and enriching smelling brew.

Taste was great. All the flavors came together with harmony and provided a sweet, yet strongly bitter taste with a nice bite at the end. Certainly a crispy beer and one of the smoothest I've ever had.

Mouthfeel was very good. All the flavors retained themselves and went down with each sip. This is a good beer to drink if you want something filling with your dinner and want to experiment.

Drinkability is top notch. While this stuff is a bit pricey, it's certainly worth it to grab a few and drink amongst your friends. This is another awesome New Holland brew and I'm looking forward to more in the future.

Photo of russpowell
3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours an effervescent straw color with 1 finger of dirty beige head. No head retention & some lacing

S: Grassy & perfumy hops, plus grainyness

T: Grassy & lemony hops, crackery notes, slight hints of red delicious apples. More crackery notes, lemons & orchard fruit as this warms. Finishes very crisp with nice citric & peach notes. Almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Light, crisp, with medium carbonation & great balance

This is a great summer quencher that will be in the rotation as long as I can get it. True to style & the ABV is well hidden

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess they changed the bottle b/c I asked the bartender to surprise me w/ something no one picks but is good and he handed me this beer w/ a purple label and the ying yang symbol.
Poured into a glass for a tad cloudy yellow with good carbonation and a quality head. Picked up some hoppy notes that were less citric and more akin to figs/grape and some caramel and syrupy malts in there (bittersweetness). This beer is light-bodied and easy drinking but damn enjoyable. It is smooth and slightly creamy with a tea-like hop bitterness on the tongue that belies a sweet, fruity taste on the backend and yet still finishes dry and slightly smoke from some roasted malts. A quality beer and a big shout out to that bartender for that recommendation.

Photo of atsprings
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served a crisp straw yellow with a thin off-white head that diminishes to a thin layer and leaves slight lacing. Aroma was a bit of sweet malts and earthy hops. The taste is a surprising blend of crisp Earthy hops, sweet malts and sweet fruits, I'm not the biggest fan of the style, but this one is very enjoyable. The beer quite light and crisp with just enough carbonation to provide nice refreshment. This one was surprising, one I would definitely have again.

Photo of UDbeernut
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle, poured into pint glass

a: light straw yellow, translucent, small head with fair retention

s: noble hop, slighty grassy, otherwise clean

t: clean malt crispness, balanced well with noble hops. slight yeast taste

m&d: light bodied, slight carbonation. Good beer with decent drinkablility


Photo of Vancer
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

New label - a ying/yang thingy. A slightly hazed golden yellow poured into the Sammy Adams freebie glass. Small white head popped up a lays a restrained ring of lace.

Typical hint of lager malt in the aroma. Light and delicate, like the quaff. Just a bit of hops to balance it out and remove any sweetness in the finish. A decent brew, this would be a nice session brew in the summer heat. The kolsch's are the kissing cousin of the pilsner lager, but with more body and hop bite - drink up.

Photo of drpimento
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a smallish white head and no lace until I tipped the glass to drink - and then not a lot. Beery, grainy, grassy, aroma. Taste is similar, but I also picked up at different points bitter and sweet. A little malt. Body's a tad soft. Very easy drinking; decent finish. Could be a session brew. Not great; not bad. Eh.

Photo of chunkyboy
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light amber color with little white head. There was not much lacing.I thought is had somewhat of a malt smell, also maybe a little grainy. Noat a very overpowering tasting beer. It goes down smooth. Crisp with a lot of carbonation Not a bad tasting beer. Would drink again.

Photo of Brenden
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm surprised there aren't more reviews for this one; it seems readily available. Of course, I do live in the bordering state.

The color is a clear amber. The head isn't huge, but it retains well. Some light patches of lacing stick to the glass.
The smell isn't particularly strong, but it's not bad. Hops have a presence with some clean grains. I can just detect some light fruits in the nose as well as a mild earthy tone.
Taste is a little stronger. Hops bitterness is light to moderate but pure and earthy. There's a little bit of fruity malt playing in the back and some clean grains as in the smell. Perhaps some light spices in there as well?
This one is pretty dry and incredibly crisp. The body is fairly light but everything plays well together. Carbonation is playful but gentle.
This is very quaffable. An admirable effort in brewing and well worth a try.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I cannot believe I had never tried this beer. Needless to say as soon as I realized that I just had to give it a go. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 03/31/2009.

The pour was nice enough. Light yellow in color with a nice head of white on top that faded gently into a thin veil that left the top bare after just a few minutes. Light bready notes and some grains in the smell, a bit light for me, without that top notch banana aroma you would see in a really good version of the style. Smooth mellow flavor, albeit light. Even and well balaned with a light bready note and a touch of light grassy notes towards the end. Smooth and easy drinking as this one went down effortlessly into the night. I would have no issue at all with trying this one again any day. Solid beer for the hot weather i would imagine.

Photo of mobyfann
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $14.49 for a seasonal 12-pack from The Party Source...

Pours clear and golden, thin white head lasts for about 20 minutes, minimal lacing. Aroma is a bit weak to note much of anything, minor tones of floral spices; cardamom, ginger?

The taste plays savior to the aromatic tease. Light bodied, tastes like an experimental... twangy yeast, cardamom and ginger, a touch of hops and lemon. Smooth in the mouth and after the third brew something else would be in better order.

Final Thought: Reminds me of Avery's 15th Anniversary Ale (American Wild Ale) but a little lighter; creative effort nonetheless!

Photo of bort11
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a ying-yang label, poured into tall hefe glass. Tall white head, slow to recede. Chunks of head sticks to the glass. Clear, light straw yellow, with very active carbonation.

Smell is slightly musty yeast. Light grassy flavor. A little bit of coriander.

Smooth light mouthfeel. A little too dry, but not too bad.

Blipped "Width of a Circle" by David Bowie

Photo of pmcadamis
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly hazy golden brew with a solid finger of crisp white foam. There is a lot of crisp lace on the glass, and the head shows good retention.

S - Spicy noble hop notes, and crisp clean malt. This is nice and tangy with those German hops, but it doesn't smell very complex or deep. Just pleasant and crisp.

T - Spicy hops, clean malts, and a hint of mustiness that I actually really like. Again, not overly complex or interesting, but nice enough.

M - Light bodied, crisp carbonation, and an easy slighlty hoppy and bitter finish.

D - A good session brew for warmer weather. Good stuff for putting out hot-wing fires in the mouth too.

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
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
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
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
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
3.89/5  rDev +9%
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
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
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
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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