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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 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 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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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 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 SaCkErZ9
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks go out to hoppymeal for this one.

Pours from the bottle into a cylindrical glass. Clear, and dark straw in color. Small, white head forms on top of the beer. Head slowly falls to a thick film on top of the glass and a white ring around the edges.

Aroma was a little lacking. Lightly hoppy and light on the malts. I guess that is the style profile of this beer, but I think it could be a little better.

Very fruity on the palate immediately. Raisins and/or craisins seem to be the mainstay in the flavor profile of this one. I really dont taste any hops. I assume the hoppiness is supposed to be quite subdued, and it certainly is in this version.

Mouthfeel is nearly medium bodied. Sticky on the tongue and teeth. Decent drinkability here with this one. I hardly ever drink any Kolsch style beers, but this was a pleasant surprise. I imagine in the summer this would be a definite thirst quencher. Maybe I will give the style a chance next summer, based on this beer anyway.

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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 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 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 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 malcontent
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A paler than pale straw color is dead-on for the style. However, the total lack of head with haphazard bubbles strewn across the liquid's surface is not.

Hints of clove, lemon and strawberries flit in and out of detection with a straw-like wheat scent. Understated is good for a Kolsch in my book.

Clean, lightly fruity malt comes through right away with just a kiss of noble hops on the finish. However, there is a lingering herbal/chemical aftertaste that just doesn't sit right with me. A pleasant yeast-derived soft fruit flavor (Anjou pear?) reappears after the off-taste has subsided, thus redeeming the overall experience.

Not as crisp as I'd like with a tendency towards wateriness. Still, this would probably be a most welcome brew in the middle of summer and I could have a few more without much protest. An unexpected offering form New Holland; I'd just like to see more American breweries try their hand at this style.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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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