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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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Reviews: 69 | Ratings: 82
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First off, I am not a fan of kölsch. I don't get it. I think kölsch means lager in swahili.

Pours a nice gold. At first a good sized head comes up and then falls. Nose is metallic and earthy. Feel has a good carbonation to it. Overall this is a decent brew. Nothing crazy.

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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 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 scruffwhor
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a faintly pale staw with a little haze in the middle of the glass. Not much of a head that quickly recedes to nothing and very little lacing. The aroma is a pilsner malt with a touch of yeast in the nose and some soft, grassy hops.
The taste is a citric hop and some tart malt at the start tht follows all the way through. Maybe some herbs thrown in at the very ened. Long malt linger. Very drinkable, but a bit watery palate.

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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 Viggo
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lexx picked this one while heading through Michigan. Shouldn't sit on it any longer.

Pours a clear yellow, gingerale colour, big fluffy white head forms, sticks pretty well, leaves nice lacing, pretty thick layer. Smell is sweet and grassy, caramel/honey, citrus kick, bit of floral, wheat, lemony, not bad. Taste is nice and dry, oats, wheat, citrus and floral, yeasty bread, little bit messy. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, smooth and easy to drink. Not as clean as a kolsch should be, but a damned drinkable beer. Thanks Alexa!

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 PittBeerGirl
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nearly transparent light golden yellow color with a 2 finger white foamy head. Head slowly fades to a nice, thick collar and leaves behind some lacing in the glass.

S- Strong musty pale malt smell with hints of refreshing hops.

T- Lots of sweet pale malt upfront. Finish is more complex than the initial taste with refreshing hop flavor making its presence with hints of citrus and a good pale malt backing. What lingers on the palate is lots of bready sweet pale malt and hints of refreshing hop bitterness. Taste is crisp and light all around.

M- Medium carbonation and light body.

D- Decent beer overall and one I will probably revisit. Kolsch is a great, refreshing summer style of beer and this one is available year round.

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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 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 mcallister
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A unrinesqe look with a small white head that fades quickly and leaves no lacing.

Nice toasty malt aromas with hints of toffee. Bits of grass and lemon with a nice aroma of spritzy carbonation.

Very easy going easy drinking mellow kolsch. Same hints of lemon with a lime squeeze. Very toasty and malty bit of caramel, but mainly toffee. Slightly bitter hop on the finish. Very drinkable with a refreshing carbonation.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear and deep golden color. Frothy white head. No real aroma it is just sort of "there". Malty flavor with a very subtle, almost black pepper taste to it. Oily and full mouthfeel for the style-I was expecting something a bit thinner actually. Very enjoyable and drinkable. I have said it before and will say it again-New Hollands seasonals and specialty beers far outweigh their regular offerings.

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