New Holland Full Circle | New Holland Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly New Holland Lucid

Added by inebrius on 11-11-2002

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Ratings: 725 |  Reviews: 308
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5/5  rDev +39.3%

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5/5  rDev +39.3%

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5/5  rDev +39.3%

Photo of scott
4.85/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy apricot with nice head which quickly disappears, leaving a little lacing.
Smells "sharp", almost medicinal/ tart-but very pleasant.
A very light/juicy/round/lemon citrus sour, but suprisingly crisp and very refreshing. Dances on the tongue, and the tongue just begs for more.
Great stuff.

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Photo of Kevin55
4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of LuckyLemans
4.74/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this Kolsh! Yum!!

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Photo of tigg924
4.57/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: high carbonation, 1 inch head, gold in color, clear

Smell: bread and wheat

Taste: florals dominate, with a touch of bread, honey, and wheat

Mouthfeel: sweet but not overly so, medium-high carbonation, very light body

Overall: Kolsch is rarely a style that blows me away. However, New Holland's enry is perhaps my favorite example of the style I have had to date. The beer is very floral and there is a distinct breadiness. The lightness makes this an excellet beer to have several of on a hot summer's day. Nothing overly complex, but very flavorful. This would be close to a 4.0 if I was not trying to grade to style.

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Photo of dfillius
4.57/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed this one on a very hot sunny day - perfect!
A: Gentle pour yields 1/4 finger of white head with middling retention, just a ring remains shortly after pour - I'd like this to be better. Crystal clear golden straw yellow liquid.
S: Clean malt with some toffee and biscuit. Grassy herbal hops spice it up. Slight phenolic character. Very nice.
T: Very clean malt with a finish that ends mildly bitter with a spicy noble quality. Slightly spicy. Very nice and balanced. Great lawnmower beer.
M: Balanced and a bit prickly. Pleasantly diverse.
D: Perfect session beer. What a treat for a nice warm day. I'd order another2 and I'll buy again.

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Photo of nortmand
4.55/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours straw gold with plenty of chill haze and white head.

Liquor smells dominate the nose.Some grassiness from the hops as well, a bit piney.

Slight bitterness on the tip of the tongue is followed by a full flowery flavor mid tongue. Quite nice and refreshing.

A simple beer, with plenty of flavor, yet made to drink plenty of in the height of summer.

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4.53/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.53/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

3.0 A: Lightly hazed golden wheat color. Less than one finger of frothy white head that fell quickly and left no lacing.

5.0 S: Perfect! Dank grainy earthiness, hay, grassy hops, and an almost spiciness. Big, beautiful aroma.

4.5 T: Almost exactly what I want from the style. Lots of graininess, dank grassy hops, hay and earth, with a touch of peppery spiciness. Super clean.

4.5 M: Lighter body. Good almost spritzy carbonation. Super smooth and easy to drink.

4.5 D: I used to think very little of the style. This beer is changing my views.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden with a big white head of foam, that lasts and leaves nice lacing. Aromas of fresh saaz hops, and some simple malts. The taste is bready and a bit malty with super fresh, sharp hops as well. The aftertaste is reminiscent of biscuits and crisps. The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing and the drinkability is awesome! A fine, fine pils!

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of kimbo33
4.48/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Only had one other Kolsch and that was just at a tasting from Beaver Brewing Company so wasn't sure what to expect. I really enjoyed this one. Very easy drinking, reminded me or a full-bodied pilsner with a bit more of maltiness to it.

A little cloudy, maybe the glass?, but otherwise nice and easy to drink. Would grab again this summer.

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4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a very clear golden-orange with a huge pillowy head that leaves nice bits of lacing around the glass. Smell is primarily of hops; grapefruit, pine and juniper. Taste is like the nose, with a smooth malty finish and slightly bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very light with velvety carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer, given its light body and smooth character I could drink more than a few of these! Best Pils I've ever had, nice job New Holland.

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Photo of JimKzoo
4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

refreshing summer beer that is available all year

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Photo of ngandhi
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The spicy Saaz nose, also herbal with a touch of fruit, namely kiwi, lacks the metallic twang that the new Pilsner Urquell has made that hop notorious for. This is perhaps what a steam beer would have tasted like if it were a Moravian, instead of a California, Common. The malts, er, malt is velvety, accented by the buttery diacetyl nose, and provides the slightest sweetness to balance the Saaz and is best when cold but allows lemon to bleed from the Saaz when warmed. Subtle, but crisp notes of green citrus, apricot stones, maybe a little melon, and grass. The bittering is a spokesman for its style.

If anything brings this beer full circle it is the round, lightly fruity (read: Bell's) yeast that cuts the bitters and spice and adds body to the pilsener malt. There's absolutely no graininess, astringency, or any of the other annoyances that most pilseners try so hard (and fail) to avoid (funny considering they lager the beer precisely to suppress these characteristics).

I know it's an ale -- I know, I know -- but this is better than most light German pilseners I've had. At last, the overfruited, grapefruit American pale ale is dead -- New Holland has recognized the calmer citrus of the Saaz (which, here, evokes huge pineapple on the aftertaste). Someone buy these guys an ad campaign -- this beer can bring an end to macrobrews.

New Holland Full Circle is America's official beer.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of pwoods
4.4/5  rDev +22.6%
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 moodles
4.4/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cokes
4.37/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Smoky golden under vanishing white.
Saaz nose. Dried, brittle lemon-grass.
Begins with a dessicated pils malt base. Unleavened bread. Saltines minus the salt. Dry and cracking. Honey exists way in the background. Hopping is blissful in its simplistic force. Saaz, and nothing else. Evoking westward travels, and seas of grass. This is nothing but mouth-parching and beautifully desolate.
Light bodied with streaming carbonation.
This is rewarding in its narrow focus and straight-forwardness.
New Holland makes some good stuff and some questionable product. This is absolutely in the former catagory.
I will session this shit next time. That is a promise.
Call this a pils-ale, and blonde ale, or whatever you must.
I'm impressed.

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Photo of Waveoff
4.36/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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