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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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 mynie
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Dirty Nellie's in Palatine, Illinois.

Bartender put a head on it! Very dark gold, very clear with thick cascades of champaign bubbles. Good head retention, great lacing.

The hops are European and surprisingly strong for the style, coming out tart, spicey, and bitter, while the malt is wonderfully mellow and weedy with a good kick of fruit esters.

Tastes very much like it smells. Hugely refreshing. Flowery Kolsch malt starts things off, very soft, delicate, and lightly sweet and moving very nicely into a light, spicy hop and a finish of wonderful fruit esters.

Perfectly balanced, is all I can say.

New Holland has always been capable of making above average examples of common beer styles, but they've never really knocked a style out of the park like they do here. The limitations of the style prevent it from being a must-try beer, but it's really, very good. Probably the best Kolsch I've ever had.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light yellowy straw color with a touch of haziness. Medium level of carbonation, mild lacing inside the glass.

S: Fresh and inviting aroma of wheat, malt, grain and light hops. A floral sweetness seemed to seep through and gave the brew a nice added demention in the aroma category.

T: Yep, New Holland has done it again. Fresh flavors of light citrusy sweet fruit, wheat, mild malt, earthy grass notes, light dry hops.. Totally on the ball. I dig it.

M: Light, crisp, refreshing. Not overpowering or too bubbly. Right on for the hot summer days.

D: Yep. This is likely gonna see my fridge a few more times this summer. An exceptionally good Kölsch, and a worthy addition to NHBC's line. Highly Recommended.

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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 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 montageman
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Lucid is a misnomer as this is definitely not clear - pale, cloudy yellow in color with zero head to speak of. Smell is sweet with notes of grass and lemon. Taste is very nice - crisp, refreshing, and slightly sweet citrus taste. Mouthfeel is thin and highly carbonated. Adds to the crispness, but not my style. However, this is very drinkable. A highly enjoyable brew that could be sessioned easily. Recommended.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is the best American Kolsch I've yet had, not that I've had that many. It is light and refreshing, yet still pretty flavorful and not boring. I think there is a lot to like about this beer. Definitely recommended.

Appearance is a clear light gold color with lots of white head with great retention (like a good Belgian Strong Ale, like Duvel). Aroma is substantial for a Kolsch, and is a light pleasant fruitiness, like an Italian white wine I once had (called Caprizio, if anyone cares). Flavor is very light and refreshing, and unlike most European Kolsch's I've had, this beer really seems to benefit from freshness. I must say that compared to other American Kolsch's I've had (Goose Island's summer beer comes to mind), this is the best-in-style I've had. Mouthfeel is soft and a bit white wine-like...not bad.

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

new holland's new beer lucid is a splendid kolsch with a distinct honey aroma.
pours a brilliant deep golden with a finger thick fluffy white head that falls into a few stray bubbles.
the aroma malty, light honey, biscuits.
the flavor is malty, biscuits, hop spice, dropping off to a more mellow spicy flavor.
i can tell right now this is going to be very nice this summer.

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Photo of alexgash
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New beer from New Holland. Glad to see a new local kolsch-style option for sessions. Yin and yang label: nice. Chalky pale yellow body with a small, cottony-white head. Nose full of honey malts, biscuit, and light fruitiness. Backed by snappy, cat-pee and sea air hops. Nice Saaz-ish funk to it. Lightly sweet honey biscuit malt flavors up front. Hints of caramel. Vegetal, spicy, herbal hops follow with medium, refreshing bitterness. Finish stays bitter and appetizing with flashes of honeyish malt sweetness. Moderate body with nice carbonation levels. Very drinkable and will make a nice session beer this spring/summer here in Michigan.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium gold with a suggestion of orange when backlit. I don't see any particles floating about, so Lucid lives up to its name. A tight cap that is the color of barely toasted marshmallow gives a good accounting of itself in terms of longevity. Unfortunately, it's a letdown in the lace department.

The nose is on the subtle side, but then kolsch is a subtle style. In spite of that, I definitely like what I'm smelling. A fresh, untoasted cereal grain aroma mingles with a refreshing lemon zestiness that should translate well to the palate.

Lucid is good beer because it's balanced beer and because it tastes like quality ingredients were used. Subtle is still the operative word. That isn't a problem since I'm pretty sure this offering is meant to be a summertime refresher. My only quibble is that I'd like to see the ABV knocked back at least one percentage point so that sessioning is a more reasonable option.

I might have guessed Czech pilsener if blinded. Pale malt is still holding down the bottom end, while a surprising amount of bittergrassy, lemony hops zing this way and that on the top end. Gotta be Saaz and/or Tettnang. This is a wonderfully crisp, clean beer that... have I said this yet?... is incredibly well-balanced. I guess that's what the malt and hops 'yin and yang' on the label is meant to represent.

The mouthfeel isn't as light as your average kolsch. More malt will do that. It doesn't come close to giving up on the finish and has a perfect, sparkling amount of carbonation during the first half of the bottle. I'd like to see a few more bubbles hang around longer, but I'm venturing into nitpicking now.

It's been quite a long time since I've had a New Holland beer. I love Dragon's Milk, Mad Hatter and The Poet, so it's no surprise that Lucid is one of the best domestic kolsches in recent memory. The secret is a hefty amount of malt and an even heftier amount of noble hops. Gentlemen... start your lawnmowers.

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

Here's a good example of a kolsch, and an exceptional gateway beer. Nice light color, minimal head and low on carbonation. Light smell, light taste (yet flavorfull), and light mouthfeel. Not bad traits at all for a kolsch. Some hints of peaches in the taste. Overall an exceptional session beer, and one I wouldn't mind having more of.

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another batch of Kolsch for a hot month is grand. The light golden brew has a thin but somewhat creamy white head. Aroma is green grape vines with a small splash of lemon, very earthy and malty like a pilsner, but lacking the hoppiness, as it should. Taste is perfectly clean and malty, grape seeds and fresh green grapes are the dominant taste, some hops at the end lend a citrusy kick, but not the bitterness.

A perfect beer for this time of year and climate. With so much focus on hoppiness, it's nice to be surprised by a malty brew.

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Photo of Applesauce1
4.01/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at the Party Source in Bellevue, KY.

Let's give it a whirl....

Appearance: light, golden color with sight haze and a 1" head on the pour; looks pretty nice
Smell: not much here, maybe some citrus and some wheat
Taste: nice flavor; wheat, lemon, slight hoppiness
Mouthfeel: pretty good for one of these summer-spring releases; i say a medium bodied beer
Drinkability: could do two or three in a night

I'm really impressed with this beer. It could be because I've been disappointed with a lot of other spring and summer releases. I'll try this one again while it's still available.

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Photo of kboett77
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a tasty beer, quite bubbly and refreshing, which seems to be my thing lately. It has a pleasant smell, although not over-powering which again speaks for the beer, pleasant, but not to full flavored. It is refreshing, but not the most refreshing. Drinkable, but not the most. I like it, but I don't know that I would buy it again.

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Photo of baos
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12 oz into favorite glass.

A: Pale golden color thats a bit cloudy, but not much it's almost clear. Not much head here, poured a half a finger then it went down to just some big bubbles scattered here and there.

S: Faint hops, lemon grass. Not much there and whats there is very fresh smelling.

T: My first kolsch, that I'm aware of. A very balanced beer to the point its almost neutral. I get a hint of hops and clover at the get go, and then maybe a bit of malt and raw grains. Finishes with a nice dry hoppy bitterness. This beer is really refreshing. There are some citrus notes in there as well.

M: Nice and creamy.

D: Very good. Where was this beer when I was drinking Coors light and pitching bundles of wheat up to be stacked in the wagon. a good summer work beer for sure.

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Photo of Drew966
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Holland Lucid pours a golden yellow with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is very mild, perhaps a bit grainy and a bit citrusy. The taste is very nice, a bit citrusy, a little hop flavor and a bit grainy. A very tasty, very easy drinking kolsch.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a light head. It has a strong, bright, malty aroma. The flavor is sweet and light with an almost honey-like character. There is a slight hop bitterness on the back end. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing. This is a good, refreshing session beer.

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Photo of bruachan
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ahh, the summer kolsch. i developed an early love affair with the style when my beer adventures were nascent. it's a clear gold—not particularly pale, but certainly not near amber—the head was lively at first but went the way of the dodo. a sudsy collar is all that remains (some lacing). i will at first address the malt aroma, since it will require more effort. clean. ever so sweet. subtle. a thin support for the hops, which are floral and a little spicy

a gentle, soft mouthfeel sports mild flavors of pils malts (with a slight sulfur) and woody hops. the carbonation levels are not high, but the finish still manages to be relatively crisp

5.8% according to the nhbc website

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours up an almost translucent pale yellow color with a fluffy eggshell white head that last for a good while. A couple of chunks of protein coagulation left in-suspension. Light honeysuckle aroma with more notable pale malt and spelt aroma with a hint of citrus zest and a trace aroma of watermelon rind. Very crisp and soft, with some pale malt sweetness and a light, florally finish. Slight suggestions of lemongrass and spice, but very faint. Overall, very neutral between sweetness and bitterness. Moderately carbonated, which adds to it's crispness. I really like Kölsches, they're my "pilsener ales". It's just a shame that the style is'nt more sought after. I enjoyed this one, it's one of the better non-German Kölsches I've tried.

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Photo of rockwell
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale honey color, with mild hazing.

The nose is mildly grainy, with hints of green apple and orange.

Very light in the mouth with a mild, dry hop finish. Some, light, sweet fruits mid-palate. Flavors of fresh-cut green grass and honey are also in the background. Very light in the mouth, not as crisp as some Euro kolsch's, but damn nice in it's own right.

Overall a very interesting take on the style and one that if it were available in these parts I'd definately search out again.

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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 MtnBikingandBeer
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A "new" New Holland offering, yeah! Straw colored, very clear, poured with very little head. Smell was a mix of hop crispness and very earthy/dirt-like tones, nothing overpowering. Immediate mouthfeel picked up malty/earth like feel and finished with subtle hop bite. Subtle flavors overall, very, very drinkable. For me, earth-like flavors and very refreshing are the two big thoughts on this beer.
Very nice offering from New Holland and one I plan on enjoying soon and often over the next couple of months. I think it will be a nice beer to persuade some of the Bud/Miller/Coors lovers in your life to try.

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