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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Reviews: 69 | Ratings: 82
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 bahumutx
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours golden yellow with a small head.

Smell: Malt, slight hops and a very fruity aroma including slight grapes and apples.

Taste: Malt, some fruit and slight hop flavor. A honey sweetness lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Just the right amount of carbonation. Ends somewhat dry.

Drinkability: I could have one or two of these in a sitting.

This is my first try of this style and another good selection from New Holland.

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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 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 xav33
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New Holland Lucid
12 oz bottle
Moderate pour in a shaker
Recent brewing, enjoyed 05/07

Poured a clear gold with an average fizzy somewhat diminishing white head.

Smelt of moderate sour oranges and light white bread. Tasty bread though.

Taste was upfront moderate sweet bread, sour oranges and bitter perfume hops followed by a moderate bitter light dough and light sweet oranges on an average finish.

Palate was light bodied, lively carbonated, and lightly astringent.

Overall, this is a good refreshing Kolsch with good sour bite. Excellent in its refreshing and soothing qualities, but not spectacular.

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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 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 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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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 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 BMoney575
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 4-13-07

Pours a very pale and clear gold, followed by a quickly fading head with good retention.

Smell is very clean, with a definite hop spiciness.

Taste is good, same qualities as the smell, with more distinct grassy and slightly piney hops.

Mouthfeel is surprising, much thicker than you might expect.

Drinkability is also good, extremely well balanced hop flavors.

Overall an interesting style, my first Kolsch. Tastes much like an ESB or milder IPA. Easy to drink and good for warmer weather.

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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 aforbes10
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought just a single bottle of this at Merchant's in Dearborn, MI because i'd never seen it before (i guess it's new...first review on BA!) Pours hazy and straw colored with a puffy marshmallow head. Odor is slightly malty laced with some orange zest. Taste is at first very understated and has a refreshing clean flavor that's not watery, exactly, but kind of like drinking a glass of water. The finish though is where the real meat of this beer is....a nice dry tangy maltiness, with a little hoppy bitterness too and some yeasty flavors mixed in as well. soft and light and quite drinkable. Well done, i think, with respect to the style. I'll drink it again, for sure. especially on a warm summer's day.

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