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New Holland Lucid | New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland LucidNew Holland Lucid

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by aforbes10 on 04-10-2007

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Reviews: 69 | Ratings: 82
Photo of Bighuge
1.84/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Appearacne is heavily hazed, tarnished and bronzed. No head. No lace. Grainy sweet aroma. Like a dusty, sweet wort. Carbonation?? Uh no. This beer has the carbonation level of a wort too. Not good. Flavor?? Believe it or not, a little "worty." Not as sickly sweet as wort, but grainy and husky. Wow. I'd have to say this is probably the worst Kolsch I've ever had. And I don't believe it's old. For one, I haven't seen it around this area for that long. And two, I see the numbers 7254 on the bottom of the bottle. I'll guess that means bottled on the 254th day of 2007, though I may be wrong.

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Photo of riboflavin88
2.33/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer poured a crisp golden, yellow color with a nice, white head that soon disappeared. Its nose wasn't impressive, not too much going on, maybe a little grain. The taste was even less impressive than the smell. This brew was watery and appeared almost tasteless to me at times. I question whether the beer may have been a little dated because others have commented on the complexities of its flavor, but I didn't get it. Mouthfeel was average, and felt low on the carbonation. Overall, I would suggest trying an alternate Kolsch.

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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 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 JDV
2.52/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thanks to ford9719 for this bottle
Light gold pour in a kolsch glass with a big lasting meringue like head. Smell is hay like, grassy, light malt. Taste is lightly crisp and sweet malt with barely the faintest hop finish. Thin body, and a bit sweeter than expected, but drinkable. I see this as a great beginner craft beer. Decent as kolsches go, but I've come to want a bit more hop presence in my beer.

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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 Dogbrick
2.8/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew is a clear golden color with a thin and steadily diminishing white head. Spotty lacing. Lager-ish aroma of grassy hops and musty malt. Light-bodied with grainy malt, light floral hops and a touch of citrus fruit. The finish is clean and malty with mild bitterness. Not much of an aftertaste other than a bit of grassy hops. Overall this is a fairly bland and below average Kölsch.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. This beer is pale golden colored, very clear, with a thin wet head. The smell is very neutral, even for a Kolsch. Actually I've enjoyed many different Kolsches, and this one is difficult to identify as part of the style. The aroma and taste are malty with just a hint of hops, actually very much like a lager. One of my least favorite Kolsches, disappointing in light of the good beers New Holland is capable of making (the Poet, Night Tripper, etc).

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Photo of avalon07
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle to mug. Has a light golden color and a thin, quickly evaporating head. Also has a thin consistency.

The smell had a cheeselike quality, but also some grains popping up. Not especially appealing.

Not exactly multi-dimensional in the taste department. Some hops and malt, but not much else. An okay taste; light and bubbly, but not substantial.

Not a particularly high amount of carbonation gives this an average mouthfeel.

Overall, this is an okay beer, but not exceptional. It has a light refreshing quality, but not much complexity.

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Photo of czfreeman
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lucid Kolsch
poured into my Trumer Pils stange glass, foams up quickly, very clear golden color. Head remains for a while in the slender glass. light sugary malts on the aroma. Light on the nose, brewed to be that way. Somewhat sweet, citrusy, kind of a gummy sugar residue left in your mouth. Actually too sweet for my liking. This beer was not light and tart like I was looking for in a Kolsch. Actually couldnt drink it all. Stick to Reissdorf!

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Photo of Mitchster
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

14 degrees plato OG, 5.8% ABV.

Pours to a sparkingly clear straw golden, forming a modest rocky white head with poor retention and absent lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The nost at first stands out with that very grassy Cascade hop quality, but then there are some distant floral hops in there, probably Saaz with a faint suggestion of sweet malt. The SNPA nose just throws me off for a Kolsch...the nose bothers me and is off-mark for style. The mouthfeel is VERY soft...this goes down like liquid velvet. The taste is very mild...a little bit of grassy (yuck) hops casually balanced by an underpinning of delicate pale malts. I'm getting a touch of diacetyl, corn and soap in here, which really hurts.

Not a good representation of the style. Now I'm gonna have to drink a pilsner to get this taste out of my mouth. Diacetyl, corn, and soap have no business being in a Kolsch. Nice mouthfeel, but I am not inclined to buy this again. With a different yeast strain and a better selection of hops, this could be a winner.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a thin, wispy ring of bubbles.

Smell: Light, sweet-smelling aroma of cereal grains and sour lemons with hints of grassiness.

Taste: Lightly sweet pale malt taste with a more pronounced lemony sourness. Finish has a zesty bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent as a light, drinkable beer.

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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 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 BEERchitect
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bring on the Summer Ales! A new offering to the local scene, Lucid promises a breath of fresh air. The beer turns out nice, but with some flaws. Open up with a solid straw hue, just slight of clear. Well headed and airy. Aromas of stronger grains, malts, and fruits that I expected. Flavors of a pilsner malt, corn mix that contributed dull flavors of peach and pears. A mild detergent (soapy) flavor hangs up in the back of the throat that makes drinkability difficult. Finishes with a light buttery feel. A decent light beer, but lacks the crispness and cleanliness needed.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: clear, gold, straw yellow, small fading white head.

S: malt, hops, grain, mild citrus notes.

T: earthy, grain, grass, hint of malt, finish with tad bitter.

M: light/med, with lots of carbonation.

D: easy summer beer, but something about this one just doesn't hit for me, either it's the style or this particular representation. willing to try it again, but would love to have it next to the standards of this style.

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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 MDekker
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Kurfurten Kolsch glass, obtained at a cafe in Bonn. It poured out with a pretty weak white head. Honey colored and clear. The aroma is sort of dry and sweet - it made me think of honey. The flavor is generically sweet - I couldn't put my finger on anything in particular. Hints of honey, again, and maybe a little caramel. Subtle pine finish that fades pretty quickly. Pretty smooth in the mouth, with fine bubbles of carbonation, but a little thin. Overall, it went down easy, but was quite unremarkable - maybe that's the point, right? I'm supposed to be feeling lucid, not enthralled or enraged, just...nice. I guess I am.

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

A - Poured into a tall, thin mug. Pours bright and vibrant gold with an almost nonexistent white head that quickly gets outta town.

S - The smell has an earthy, strong dry grass character that is unique in my experiences. Bit of citrus fruit in the mix as well.

T - Again a sort of grassy quality is running things here with a green grape, not-quite-ripe fruit quality and a bit of malty pilsner taste followed up with a pleasant aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with mild carbonation.

Notes: The quality of the flavor was unusual and is an acquired taste. Well made, interesting, not my favorite from New Holland but good nonetheless.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty clear lightly golden color with a lot of fizzy-quickly dispersing head.
Smell is zesty-with some citrus elements.
Taste sort of resembles the candy hearts at Valentine's Day- some tart and sweet chalky quality.
Finish is dry-very limited after-taste of citrus.
Drinks ok-refreshing on a hot summer day-but a little not satisfying in February.

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

A- Lucid is a crystal clear, auriferous golden brew. The foamy, ebullient head recedes to a thin layer, leaving behind a few sticky white curtains clinging tentatively to the edges of the glass.

S- Grassy fields and lemon trees swirl around a bitter-sweet key. Hops are bold and assertive, lingering on the nose like a siren's call.

T- Citrus and spice first reach the palate, astringent with sweet notes of cinnamon dancing on the tongue. Finishes with a mild hoppy bitterness that beckons another sip.

M- Light in body with moderate carbonation.

D- Perfect for a warm autumn evening.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pale straw color with some chill haze - check that - that just may be the absolute torrent of bubbles coming up from the glass. Very active, like an Alka-Seltzer, easily sustains a half-finger of soft, creamy white foam. Some patchy chunks of lacing.

Aroma - clean, grainy, a wisp of sourness, maybe lemon.

Taste - soft grain, a bit pilsner like. The swallow brings about some nice citrusy balance. This is enhanced even more by taking a casual drink and holding it in the mouth for 10 to 15 seconds. Let it sink into every part of the palate. The eventual swallow brings out those hop flavors. There is a touch of metal at times. Finishes cleanly, on the dryer side, with some residual fruitiness.

Mouthfeel - smooth, lightly crisp, medium-light body.

Drinkability -a fine summer sessionable. Nothing over the top. but it's tasty.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow in color with no head to speak of. Thin halo of a ring surrounds the grass. Smell is very faint but i get a little lemon, grass and some musty notes. Taste is cereal grain sweetness with mild grassy hop notes. Light mouthfeel but that is probably appropriate for this style. I was surprised to see this clock in at 5.8%, i would have guessed 4% session beer. Nice mild beer that is pretty much what it should be. Don't come to this one if your looking for mind blowing taste or complexity but for an OK everyman beer it fits the bill.

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New Holland Lucid from New Holland Brewing Company
3.58 out of 5 based on 82 ratings.
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