New Holland Full Circle - New Holland Brewing Company

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Reviews: 243
Hads: 609
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 15
Gots: 55 | 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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Reviews: 243 | Hads: 609
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.53/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

3.0 A: Lightly hazed golden wheat color. Less than one finger of frothy white head that fell quickly and left no lacing.

5.0 S: Perfect! Dank grainy earthiness, hay, grassy hops, and an almost spiciness. Big, beautiful aroma.

4.5 T: Almost exactly what I want from the style. Lots of graininess, dank grassy hops, hay and earth, with a touch of peppery spiciness. Super clean.

4.5 M: Lighter body. Good almost spritzy carbonation. Super smooth and easy to drink.

4.5 D: I used to think very little of the style. This beer is changing my views. (578 characters)

Photo of KenC
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear gold with zero head after an aggress pour. Zero lacing. Noted sediment in the glass, quite heavy.

S- Light bread malt aroma with grass and lemon.

T- Smooth bready malt and a no note of hops anywhere. Kolsch yeast can be noted.

M- As expected, thin feel, light, crisp, clean.

O- Spot on taste, feel and carbonation. True to style while the brew master still made it his own. (387 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Almost missed my chance to try this guy this year. Close call. It pours a hazy pale straw topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, orange peel, cracked wheat, cardamom, and light biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, with the fruit coming out a lot stronger, and the cardamom joining in to ensure that balance is maintained. Hell, it even seems like some black pepper was thrown in there as well. The body is fairly light, with a moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, a nice kolsch, something I could easily see drinking during a hot Summer day, but not necessarily something to go searching for. (691 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with an impressive head; decent retention with just a few clumps left behind

Smell: A touch bready, with a hint of grain but very little hop character

Taste: Bready, up front, with a grassy bitterness that develops by mid-palate; grainy, after the swallow, with a hint of biscuity sweetness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A decent beer, though I would have prefered it to be crisper and drier (485 characters)

Photo of paperbackfoster
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Full Circle pours a very pale golden color with moderately high carbonation, coming up on a half-finger head that quickly falls back into the beer. No lacing. While the color is richer, this one does look like that average big brewer's lager when poured into the pint glass.

The smell is a low profile, a subtle nose of base malts and crisp, neutral hops. It's a fresh smell, but almost a nonexistent one.

A grassy, sour taste is enough to set it apart from the pilsner taste it, for a moment, masquerades as. I want to say this beer is set apart by the hops coming out more in the body than anywhere else, an almost winey, resinous bit between the drink and the finish. Unexpected, I'll say.

This is a very dry beer. A little watery, but more full bodied than some kölsch styles I've had. A good carbonation. Refreshing.

Kölsch has been mentioned more than once as being the German’s lawnmower beer. While America cracks open that standard, ice cold adjunct lager, ze Germans go for this refresher. That said, this is a good take on that style - it fills the criteria I’d want from a yard beer, but it has character. I like the minimal usage of everything here - like a blank slate for just a bit of hop to surface on. Otherwise, a light beer with a yeasty note. While I won’t sing its praises in the streets, I’ll definitely continue to choose this beer. (1,371 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was hazy gold with what seemed to be low carbonation. The nose consisted of fresh bread and lemon.

Very light, slightly sweet fruit flavor with a mild finish. I did detect a bit of spiciness to it, as well as some apple and pear. A nice, refreshing, good-tasting beer, but for a beer of this style I look for a bit more ``winey- and grapey-ness''. (358 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this before and it was good. Now got another bottle for a review.

A - A nice hazy yellow with some sediment throughout mild sediment. A light head that turns to a slightly sticky lace ring.

S - mmm very nice biscuit malt on this one. Slight bit of grain and honey too.

T - Sweet honey moving onto a nice bit of biscuit like gram cracker malt and finishing sweet with a mild twang of hops. Pretty nice for the style.

M - Light and very session able.

Overall I really like this beer. Simple, sweet, and has a nice bit of grain and hops. This might be the best beer I had from the brewery. (596 characters)

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at WL Independence in a pint glass. As usual, WL poured it a little cold, but given that it's a Kolsch, it didn't take long to get to the optimal temp.

Pours a clearish amber gold, with minimal white head. Decent lacing adorns the sides as the beer is consumed.

Smell is light, with grainy malt and hints of lemon.

Taste is crisp and clean, malty yet not heavy. Up front grassiness, smooth, almost sweet malt that hits mid-tongue, finishing with mild hop bitterness. Very simple, as is typical of the style.

Light-bodied, with an ever-so-subtle dry finish. Easy drinking.

As I try more Kolsch- style brews, I'm finding they're as varied in appearance and flavor as any other style. While this may sound obvious, until recently my Kolsch experiences had been singularly uninspired. I'm glad to find better examples such as this, even if it is not as traditional as others. (897 characters)

Photo of balzern
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden colored with almost no head when poured aggressively. No lacing.

S- Light malt scents, a small amount of grassy undertones and a lemony touch.

T- bready, and surprisingly hoppy at the end of the taste. Most german Kolsch that I have had are not this hoppy but the Kolsch yeast flavor is spot on.

M- Crisp and clean. Refreshing in the summer.

O- A solid attempt of replicating a German favorite of mine. I still prefer the German Kolsch of Koln. However, this is worth a try and is an interesting U.S. take on a classic style. (539 characters)

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As i opened the bottle, I immediately smelled skunk...let's hope that's not a bad sign.

A - A nice bold, bright yellow/golden body with a quickly dissipating two-finger white head.

S - kind of a sensation of marshmallows here; a touch of vanilla, some light roasted sweet malt notes. touch of lemon peel.

T - light, crisp, malty, somewhat sweet, with a dry finish. A bit of spice. This part is good. slight vegetal sweetness to the sides, along with a slight hint of salt. This part isn't good.

M - lively, light, crisp. Not lingering.

O (D) - an interesting, and acceptable Kölsch. Not great, not bad. Worth a try, though. (629 characters)

Photo of bsp77
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy pale yellow. Not much head or lacing.

Smell: Very dry grainy aroma with spicy hops, straw, hay and lemon.

Taste: Very bready and straw-like, with nice lemon accents. Finishes with spicy and peppery noble hops. Some light fruitiness.

Feel: Crisp carbonation, light to medium body, extremely dry finish. Great mouthfeel for the style.

Overall: Very refreshing Kolsch that is among the best I have had. Great summer beer. (500 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a very light yellow color. The head was fizzy and thinned out really fast. There wasn't much of a lacing from this one. The smell of the beer is mostly grainy, not a whole lot else going on here. The taste of the beer has a very subtle flavor in general. Mouthfeel is very light as well with some decent carbonation to it. Overall this beer does fit the style I feel. These are good summer beers. (420 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From chicken scratch at bier baron in dc.

A: straw, little white soapy head. Excellent clarity. No lacing.

S: grain, grass, noble hops are slight if anything.

T: very light and crisp with grains, some lemon tones.

M: light body and low carb. Would like a bit more carb. Finish is insignificant.

O: this has a good base, but my favorite kolsch's have a nice dry hop to them. (383 characters)

Photo of bbkd3b
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy straw-color pour that comes with a white 1-finger head, free-of-charge. It retains decently, though there's not much lacing gripping the side of the glass. Aroma is a bit hard to pick up on. On one hand, it's got a great balance between the grassy hops and biscuit malts, but at the same time, it's a bit weak and simple.

Easy body carries the Kölsch on to the tongue. Noble hops are immediately obvious, with a dash of something like avocado appearing for a brief instant. Floats in the mouth, with a nice amount of carbonation revealing the bready tastes underneath the noble hops. Like most beers of this style, it has a very crisp finish and makes for a great summertime beer.

Overall/notes - Solid Kölsch ale from New Holland. Doesn't try to be complex and leaves a satisfying impression. Perfect for a hot Missouri summer... I think I'll have another! (866 characters)

Photo of Jayli
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Consumed 5/29
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a slightly hazy ale yellow color with a one finger of bone white foamy head. Head disappears quickly leavnig very little lacing to speak of.

S: Nose is grain, slightly bready, and grassy.

T: Taste starts with a bit of grassy, graininess. A good deal of breadiness comes through in the middle. A bit of sweetness comes in ... not quite caramel malt, but I can't put my finger on exactly what. More grassy, and far more prominent biscuit notes finish this out.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation, nice crisp body.

O: Goes down easy, somewhat tasty, not filling, not much of a kick, ok representation of style. I've become a big fan of the kolsch style... this is a decent kolsch but there are far better options out there. (786 characters)

Photo of dfillius
4.57/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed this one on a very hot sunny day - perfect!
A: Gentle pour yields 1/4 finger of white head with middling retention, just a ring remains shortly after pour - I'd like this to be better. Crystal clear golden straw yellow liquid.
S: Clean malt with some toffee and biscuit. Grassy herbal hops spice it up. Slight phenolic character. Very nice.
T: Very clean malt with a finish that ends mildly bitter with a spicy noble quality. Slightly spicy. Very nice and balanced. Great lawnmower beer.
M: Balanced and a bit prickly. Pleasantly diverse.
D: Perfect session beer. What a treat for a nice warm day. I'd order another2 and I'll buy again. (645 characters)

Photo of Natural510
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no dating

Pours a pale straw-gold with respectable amount of head. Looks like a kolsch.

Scent a subtle breaded malt with grain and husk.

Fresh husk and grass, sweet, cane-sugar malt and fresh barley make up the flavor. Light kiss of hops to the finish without masking the flavor. Very tasty.

Body, mouthfeel in-line with the style; clean and refreshing.

Very good kolsch-style beer. Alot of depth to the flavor and well-rounded refreshment. I'll definitely be drinking this again. (499 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
2.65/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale yellow gold body, slight haze, plenty of carbonation streams, topped by two fingers (maybe) of snow white micro-bubbles.

Lemon aroma, with a bit of fresh hay/grass in the background.

Lemon splash on the tongue, followed by a mild hop nip at the swallow. Little malt backbone. Nothing to really hang on to here.

Sloppy light mouthfeel, a little too whimpy.

A kolsch should be light, but needs more character than this. Better examples out there this summer. (465 characters)

Photo of Tballz420
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Umm...what? I poured about the neck's worth into the glass, and it eploded into a 98% head monster. I'll let it sit for a min and check that its not spiked with cyanide...

Ill assume this isnt the normal size of the head, but its nice and pillowy white, lots of little bubbles rising in a pale straw colored brew. There's a number of brown specs hanging out in the head, thats either the cyanide or possibly this is body conditioned. Nice light malt nose, with lemon and grass notes.

After waiting for a few hours, the head finally recedes enough to get at the beer. Definitely does have a noticeable yeast taste, not overwealming or anything. Nice light malt, just a kiss of hops.

Im not sure what to think of this. Between the huge head and the yeast (i hope) floating in the head, there were some anomalies. But its a nice light summer brew. (849 characters)

Photo of mrgrinch
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – good golden color, mild tiny carbonation. Modest head that fades quickly. Not cloudy, but not quite clear.

Smell – No dominant scents. Fresh, and light hint of malt and yeast.

Taste – Fresh and clean. Light flavor, no strong overtones of any kind. A bit of a sweet finish that is very pleasant.

Mouthfeel – Crispy and refreshing. Balanced texture, not thin.

Drinkability – Very refreshing and light. Good summer beer. Not heavy or complex. Easy drinker, not a sipper. (496 characters)

Photo of BrauKilR
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Some Sulfur. Strong Pilsner character. Subtle pome fruit: apples or pears Hints of bread or biscuit. Hint of earthiness. No diacetyl.

A: Straw yellow color. slight haze. Fine bubbles, short of creamy head which builds generously and fades rather quickly to rim the stange.

F: Bitter up front. Malt sweetness emergges. Subtle breadiness/graininess. Light hop spicy flavor and bitterness into a dry finish, which lasts for several seconds. No diacetyl.

M: Light bodied texture. Moderate carbonation zest. No astringency.

Overall: A drinkable beer which displays all the basic Kolsch qualities.I would have liked a more subtle aroma profile, and the clarity was less than in German examples. (695 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Kolsch Glass]

Poured a hazy yellow-amber in color with a small white fizzy head that was fully diminishing in a matter of seconds and virtually had no lacing to speak of.

The aroma was quite mild but I did sense a light grain malt, a mild dose of a piney hop and a light soapy yeast with a hint of citrus and a touch of apricot.

It tasted lightly hoppy and a little sour with a note of citrus in the beginning and finished with a nice mild hoppiness and had a hint of the apricot and citrus at the end. The flavor was left lingering on the taste buds for a nice long time after the swallow allowing for full enjoyment of this brew.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a nice lively carbonation.

Overall a nice light beer with a good fruity finish, definitely would be nice on a hot summer day after cutting the lawn. (859 characters)

Photo of Naugros
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have yet to have an American-brewed beer that claimed to be a kolsch that I've liked. I am admittedly spoiled by having Reissdorf readily available at a few liquor stores near me, but that only means I know what the style is supposed to look, taste and feel like...and it's not this. The appearance of the beer is not far off, but the head is pitiful. The smell is not light enough, but exhibits some great German-brewed characteristics, so they've done homework on the ingredients list. So kudos there. The taste and mouthfeel is too heavy-handed for a kolsch. This should be light and crisp with a subtle flavor featuring a nice balance between the malts and noble hops. This one has more malt character than hops, which is a bit backward. It should finish exceptionally clean and leaves behind some malt sweetness, but not a ton. If there were touted as a pilsner, I would have loved it.

If anyone who reads this knows of an American brewery that does a spot on kolsch, please let me know. (996 characters)

Photo of AwYeh
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy, goldenrod-peach color with a finger of white head which dissipates almost immediately with little lacing. The color is so good though, I'll give this one an above average score.

S: Light bready aroma; not much here to detect, aside from the bread and maybe a hint of malt sweetness. A light earthy, grassy smell comes through with warmth.

T/M: Light and sweet, but because of that, a very easy drinker. Not a whole lot to taste, but the light flavor is grassy, floral, and with a slightly sweet white grape flavor- this seems to me like a perfect summer beer, right up there with a good number of pilsners and hefeweizens. Along with the the taste, the body is quite light, with a dry, crisp finish. Lively carbonation, almost to the point where it could be bumped down a notch.

D: It goes down easy, even if I'm not too sure I could be persuaded to drink too many of these based on the somewhat unchanging, faintly sweet taste. Still, an interesting opportunity to try a somewhat obscure style, and definitely worth a glass. (1,047 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear golden yellow color with a 1" head that falls to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: light grass, citrus, and mild malt aromas are easy to detect but light overall.

Taste: slightly grainy malt profile with some grass, bits of lemon zest, a hint of a juicy overripe pear, and a light floral bitterness. Well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: lighter in body. Very crisp throughout. Nicely refreshing.

Drinkability: this beer was very easy to drink had refreshing qualities. If you are looking for the style, there are better ones but this will suffice. (568 characters)

New Holland Full Circle from New Holland Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.