New Holland Lucid | New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland LucidNew Holland Lucid

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New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Spring

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Added by aforbes10 on 04-10-2007

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Ratings: 82 |  Reviews: 69
Reviews by sopor:
Photo of sopor
4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow, what a wonderful new offering from New Holland!

Lucid pours a light golden honey color with just a small and loose head forming and not sticking around too long, but leaving some film and very delicate lacing. Looks very inviting on a HOT Michigan June day.

Not a strong aroma, but just a whiff of dry malt and an almost corn-like aroma. A kiss of hops appears at the end, but it's light aroma-wise.

This beer tastes spectacular! Everything one could ask for in a beer of this style! Its clean, crisp, refreshing, NOT lacking on the full, dry, bready malty flavor! A well balanced finish of clean hops totally clears the palate and leaves one refreshed and wanting more.

Mouthfeel is right on, not heavy and very refreshing.

What an awesomely drinkable beer! Refreshing, great flavor, and highly quaffable. Almost too much so, as the biggest problem with this beer is how quickly it disappears!

On a side note, this beer has an interestingly low (in relation to other beers on this site) standard deviation among ratings, so we all generally agree about how good this beer is! Good job NHBC!

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Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a cylinder style glass a clear light to medium gold a lacy thinner white head atop,quite sprtitzy looking.A little bit of funk in the nose,almost like rotten apple along with a light toastiness and residual sweetness.Lemony flavors at the forefront along with some honey malt and toasty wheat,light but quite flavorful.I bought a six pack of this for cook outs and social gathering and I think this would do the trick although the aromas might turn the non beer novice off.

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Photo of merlin48
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed straw yellow body with a small white head. Some patchy lacing is left on the glass. Aroma is sweet fruity malt and floral hops. Light bodied with a lively medium carbonation. Taste is mostly sweet malt that has some crackery character. Light hopping lends a balancing floral bitterness. Pleasantly drinkable and a good execution of a style that generally lacks excitement.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz. long neck brown bottle with a crimped on cap the word "cool" was under the cap.

Golden color almost clean looked like a bit of chill haze. 1" white head dissapated quickly to a light foam ring. Very little carbination with a bit of slurry in the bottom of the bottle.

Very clean nose with a good moderate citrus aroma with some light carmell. Seemed a bit minty and just a bit peppery.Very pleasing and gentle aroma overall.

Clean taste with a nice pleasing citursy tangyness. A light carmell taste also had a very nice balance.

Light,juicy,extremely east to drink. Great summer beer,poundable. Just enough taste yet light feeling. A great Kolsh would like to try this on tap if avalible.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First off gotta love the label it depicts a ying and yang symbol with grains bordered with hops pretty creative. Appears a lightly hazed bright golden yellow in color of course the egg shell white head forms creamy and dwindles kinda rapidly leaves behind even bands of lacing with each sip pretty nice looking. Aromatics mellow lightly toasted cereal notes with fruity undertones herbal and citrus flows as well I'm guessing some noble hop varieties overall clean with a touch of cooked veggies. Flavor moderate hop bitterness comes of leafy herbal and mild citrus peels doesn't over power light toasted malts give a nice cereal toasted grain warmth to it finishes rather clean with a bit of hop finish really citrus in the end. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied with a crisp smooth level of carbonation coming across really seems to stay on the palate with a strange aftertatse. Drinkability is solid I'm not well schooled in the original Kolsch styles but this one seems to fit the bill have having some fruity character with a nice potential for drinkability.

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Photo of pwoods
4.4/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a pint.

A: Pours a straw yellow with pristine clarity and slow moving carbonation. Short head forms and dies to a fluffy skim. A decent patching.

S: Sweet and crisp. Very pils like. Even a touch of snappy Saaz.

T/M: Light and refreshing. Saaz are there but lightly in spice and bitterness helping to keep is easy. A very small touch of yeast in the back. Malts are light on the palate with just a bit of sweetness.

D: One of the easiest drinking beers I've ever had. Great for sessioning. I think this was my first of the style and it definitely makes we want to seek more out.

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Photo of Sammy
2.43/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cheesy aroma, pale yellow with minimal foaming head. Rather light mouthfeel, with a bit of creamy grainess, secondary,and weak dry finish. Unfinishable. Fizzy carbonation and a tad of lemon. Some apple juice.A summer beer at best, though before expirey. Just as unimpressed with a bottle 5 months later.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Brassy gold with a hint of mustard yellow. This one's head is a creamy two fingers of white foam, but recedes quickly to a nice foamy cap. Some wet lace is clinging to the glass.

S - Like the appearance, the nose is brassy and tight, with a good whiff of hops. Sweet butterscotch is there, but only just. And the hops are tangy to my nose.

T - Butterscotch, creamy butter, and bitter green hops. This is spicy, tangy, and sweet all at the same time! nice.

M - This is much more full in body than I expected it to be. It's not heavy, but it is slick and half and half in my mouth. Carnbonation is smooth, creamy, and round and that only adds to the slick and smooth body. Outstanding.

D - Killer. I'll be buying more of this this summer for sure! This is a major league session brew!

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Photo of scott
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Pale gold, clear and minimally carbonated. A pleasant nose of bread & honey suck you in, and does it ever taste good. It's a great representation of the style, but done in such a way that you can't put it down. This is a guy you fill up the gullet and don't stop until the teeth tingle. I almost feel like I'm eating, as I want take it all in at once. This is a well constructed brew. Almost addictive, due to a balanced malt profile. So good. So recommended. Yet again, I find another low ABV brew that completely delivers. This is very welcomed, and will be become a local to my establishment.

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Photo of prototypic
2.38/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: It's a hazy, straw color with a foamy one finger head. Retention was very short and lacing was minimal.

Smell: It's extremely light on the nose. It's got a somewhat grainy smell. Light citrus notes are noticeable. It also has a somewhat offensive metallic aroma to it.

Taste: Very similar to its smell actually. The metallic taste is again a bit offensive. It really is distracting. Other than that there is a bit of citrus sweetness and a grainy, earthy taste to it. Pretty bland.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. Carbonation is okay. It goes down relatively easy. But, drinkability is severely limited by its bland taste. Overall, it's not impressive. I wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of Joshuafzylatra
4.29/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.58/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Originally reviewed August 15 2007. 12 Oz Bottle. Tangy malt aroma, with bits of algae and grass seeping in. Light old lemon juice. Pours in pale clearish yellow, with thin white head. Flavor develops light fruits, but mostly a dominating musty, lemon chalk, with edges of sour grain and biting hops. Seems to have appropriate body for the style, but there’s nips of corn sneaking in and I just don’t dig the flavor much. Smacks out on lemongrass, quietly.

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is light yellow with a thin head. Nice yeast heavy nose, sweet, biscuits...grass, almost tangy. I dig it.

The taste starts off light, sweet, grainy with a very mild earthy tone and the grass from the nose also present in the flavour. Decent.

The mouth is thin, but not surprising for the style. The drinkability is average, nothing special in terms of the style, or price, not a particularly likely candidate for rebuying.

The bottom line: A fairly run of the mill offering by New Holland. I like the nose on this one, but that's the only real highlight.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 09/30/2010:

12 oz bottle served at 42* in a pint glass.

A: The pour is a mostly clear, golden-bronze color with a small, fizzy, short-living head.

S: It smells like pale malts, light citrus flavors, and some clove perhaps.

T: It's light and refreshing with pale malts, lemon, banana, and some grass.

M: It is light on the palate and sports a fair amount of carbonation.

D: This isn't the tastiest beer I've ever had but it's very sessionable.

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Photo of emerge077
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Not a bad take on the style. I've only had Gaffel & Reissdorf Kölsch for comparison.

Pours a clear yellow, with a slight haze. Suspended particles and a small amount of sediment suggest that it's unfiltered. Light apple in the taste confirms the yeast presence. Smell is mild grain, slight sweet corn.

Taste has the light apple upfront, dry hop is slightly bitter in the aftertaste. Some light malt is there in the middle, and makes the brew less delicate than other Kölsches. Mouthfeel is average, it's not as super light as it could be. Kind of slick and oily on the palate for some reason. Still it's a great summertime lager, just not my first choice.

Purchased a six for $8 at Armanetti's Beverage Mart in Chicago today.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear gold color, with a white rocky head. Decent head retention. A good looking beer for this time of year.

Pale malt aroma, a bit of grain in the nose, followed by a bit of floral hops. Not much else, pretty simple in the nose.

Pale malty flavor, with some cereal grain, and caramel sweetness. Not very crisp or clean. Some soft floral notes fall out in the background. Seems to dry out near the end.

Light body, with appropriate carbonation. Easy to drink, but again lacks the crispness and clean flavor of a great Kolsch.

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Photo of jpkoch1962
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a brilliant gold with a nice three finger head and nice lacing. The aroma was sticky sweet with a tad of bitterness. Nice smooth front end -a bit sweet and malty maybe a hint of diacetyl. An astringent bitterness took over in the middle. The finish was a bit sweetish corn.

A not a bad beer, but a poor representation of the style. Lucid was refreshing, but it needs a little work on balance. I don't think German noble hops were used -and if they were used they were way under utilitzed. Also the alcohol content is a bit high for this style. The ones I drank in Cologne averaged between 3.8-4.5% with a OG of 12P

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Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of plaid75
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy medium straw hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured light cereal grains and a smattering of grassy hops.

The taste was rather well balanced with a light, but solid doughy cereal grain. The hops added a bit of a floral element which further lightened the flavor. A bit of hop spice at the finish.

The mouthfeel was average for the style. I woul dhave like to have seen a bit more carbonation.

Overall a tasty and easy drinking kolsch. Thanks to unclejedi.

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Photo of Cresant
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Reissdorf Stange. No freshness date. The body was golden with active beads of carbonation. The crisp white head started large and settled to a ring and light lace.

Smell was clean and malty. Bready with a slight metallic aroma.

Taste was balanced. Slight tartness and mild sweetness. Bready flavor mirrored the aroma.

Mouthfeel was smooth and medium bodied. Nice summer beer.

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Photo of mdm46410
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle and served in a shaker. This beer poured a slightly hazed golden/amber with a short-lived head of off-white foam. No lace. The aroma of the beer was made up of sweet malt, mild lemony citrus, grass, and hay. The flavor included crisp lemon and hay, finished off with a quick hop bite. The mouthfeel was crisp and light-bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice and refreshing. The lemony character in the flavor was a bit strong at times, but other than that, pretty decent.

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Photo of happygnome
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a light golden color with aboutan eigth inch of head that dissapears fast leaving no trace of lace in the glass
s: citrusy aroma as well as a biscuity aroma
t: biscuity malts in the begginnning followed by citrusy (mainly a lemony) flavor
m: light to medium bodied beer with good carbonation

overall, i enjoyed this brew a good hot day beer

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Photo of MillRat
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice label with the yin/yang in pale and dark malt. Seems odd, though, t show dark malt on the label of a kolsch. Anyway, pour a nice golden color with a head that is not quite pre white. at first it seemed a little thin and bland, but once I let it warm up a bit it really blossomed. Solid pale malt body with some lemony flavors that didn't seem so much a left coast hop as more of a yeast ester. Remains quite light on the palate and is certainly a good session brew. especially on warmer days.

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Photo of cameraman
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A medium goldencolor, with touches of straw along the side of the glass. An inch high white head forms and that dissolves away to a thin film on top. Alot is going on in the aroma, biscuit and bread fragrances, followed by lemon and grassy scents at the end. The taste starts with a bread flavor, followed by a mild hop bitterness, with a bit of lemon citrus flavors at the back. A very light and crisp mouthfeel, as it reaches the back of the palate it feel slightly thicker. A very easy to drink beer, particularly on a very hot day, plus it quickly quenches ones thirst. A very good Kolsch, with solid flavor, followed with a solid mouthfeel, makes this a very easy to drink.

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Photo of Goldfoot
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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New Holland Lucid from New Holland Brewing Company
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