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
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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