New Holland Full Circle | New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland Full CircleNew Holland Full Circle

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by inebrius on 11-11-2002

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Photo of Jesse13713
1.6/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - A cloudy, musty sewer brown. Almost a sickly green. Lots of yeast floating around in the class after pouring. A finger and a half of head. Low carbonation.

Smell - An average, watery smell. Nothing specific stands out here.

Taste - Nothing special here. Tastes worse than a traditional American adjunct lager but with a slight spice on the finish. Slightly malty. Almost a fish-like aftertaste. It says to pair it with seafood on the bottle. I think this is an accurate suggestion, but also that the beer itself tastes slightly like seafood.

Mouthfeel - Very bland, no specific notes sticking out.

Drinkability. Easily drinkable. I didn't really want to finish the entire thing. It was just sort of there after I poured it and i said 'Eh, might as well.' Easily forgettable and very skunked.

Verdict - Disappointing in just about every aspect after the worker at my local shop hyped it up. Perhaps I got an older bottle that didn't age well. Very bland and dull.

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Photo of jrallen34
1.9/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

On-tap at Goose Island... The body is an ugly pee gold, clear mostly, a little cloudy. The head is terrible, no retention or lacing at all. The aroma is light pilsner malt sweetness with some corn, floral finish. The right components just not executed right or enjoyable... The taste is utter garbage, reminds me of budweiser. Totally skunky from start to finish, bitter hops, light mouthfeel. No redeeming quality at all.

This needs to be avoided, horrible.

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Photo of granger10
2.18/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is heralded as a single malt beer like that's something special. It sounded like a novel idea. But now I know why more breweries don't do this. This beer was flat out not that good. Very simple taste with a light body. Malt is too weak but so are the hops and they're not that good either. Finsihes with an oily sickness. Slightly better than macro lagers, but only slightly.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.26/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a clear, bold yellow with a fluffy white head and no lacing. The aroma is lemony with hints of grass and wheat. The flavor has a mildly bitter beginning followed through with typical kolsch notes of lemon, cake, and grass. There's a bit os sweet malt ih there but not much. It has a light mouthfeel and a dry finish. New Holland Full Circle is a decent beer, a little different, but typical kolsch. Recommended.

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Photo of sensorglitch
2.3/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint Glass, the beer doesn't really have a great color. I don't see anything about it which really stands out. I don't think I could find any reason to differentiate this beer from a Mass Market beer.

T- Not really interesting, not really even average. I didn't like it. Tastes a little skunky

S - Not a really good taste, wasn't really interesting. I can't say it has any characteristics which would bring me back to it. Has a vaguely skunky smell.

D - I wouldn't want to drink it again

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Photo of sopor
2.33/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I wanted to review this again, because when I reviewed it first it did not taste like I remembered it tasting. I don't think it did any better this time.

Pale gold with slight haze of almost not distinguishable sediment. Rocky sticky head is seperating to a river of beer splitting two riverbanks of foam. Smells of dry Pils and lemony citrus.

Delicate peppery bitterness and citrusy hop. Malt is hidden, almost undetectable. Light but refreshing mouthfeel.

This used to be much better. I need to stop buying it, but I remeber such a wonderfully dry pils flavor!

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.4/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Originally reviewed on August 7, 2006. 12 Oz Bottle. Gusher! Pours with a clear yellow pallor, quite thin. Six inches of rocky off-white head climb my glass and streak the sides with broken panes of lace. Aroma is an almost wrenching waft of sickly sour malt and aged grains. Hay and lemons left in the bottom of corona bottles are elicted. On the tongue, a surprising whack of heavy sweetness and certain sourness, but staying within the lager spectrum. I have to give them points for providing flavor in a beer this shade and style. Honestly, this is reminiscent of a Berliner Weisse, somehow. The Sour Patch kid tang draws a breath of lemon and light grain. There are no infected tones, or off-flavors. Just a potent sweet-sour attack. Hops are too laid back, this should have a gentle hopping bite to balance. All that’s left on my tongue is a distant green apple skin. Okay, in some level of retrospect, there’s definately some errant Brett in here.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

New Holland- Full Circle

A- Hazy yellow with a small non lacing head after a hard pour.
S- Very light touch of sunflower seeds, honey, wheat, and yeast.
T- Again, light grains sunflower seed most dominate. A touch of honey wheat appears but otherwise watery.
M- Very watery with little flavor. Slight sweetness up front.

Overall- A big letdown from a brewery that usually doesn't disappoint. This 1 just has little to no flavor or bite, avoid.

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Photo of lackenhauser
2.53/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours your average slightly amber yellow.Theres not a lot of aroma malt or hops.Says it uses a single malt and a single hop.I dont get much of either.Pretty standard taste with neither malt or hops dominating.I have had the Saranac single malt which is a big improvement.Nothing special here.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.65/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear light golden color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into no lacing. The aroma is of pale malt with a slight sweetness. The taste is similar to the aroma, but milder. Both the taste, and the aroma lack anything in the way of complexity. The mouthfeel is thin, and watery even for a Kolsch. I like that Kolschs are light in bodied, but this beer is lighter than light. Overall, this beer is lacking in all departments. I will not be drinking it again.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.65/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale yellow gold body, slight haze, plenty of carbonation streams, topped by two fingers (maybe) of snow white micro-bubbles.

Lemon aroma, with a bit of fresh hay/grass in the background.

Lemon splash on the tongue, followed by a mild hop nip at the swallow. Little malt backbone. Nothing to really hang on to here.

Sloppy light mouthfeel, a little too whimpy.

A kolsch should be light, but needs more character than this. Better examples out there this summer.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
2.74/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I havent't had a lot of Kolsch style ales, but so far they seem pretty lackluster. They taste like a typical macro lager with a bit more body. Lets see what New Holland can do with the style.

A: Pours a hazy golden straw color. Head is nice and foamy. Lacing is minimal. A little bit of sediment is floating around in the brew.

S: Hmm...smell like a typical macro lager. Lots of grain with a touch of citrus.

T: Again, it does taste quite a bit like a typical macro lager. Seems a bit more flat though. Taste of grain, and maybe a touch of banana. There is also some type of vegetal flavor in there. Not a good tasting beer at all. I actually prefer the macro lagers to this. Not very tasty.

M: Medium bodied. Pretty flat in the mouth. Again, it tastes like a macro lager, but it feels much more flat and heavy in the mouth.

D: Well...this isn't a good tasting beer, and it does have a heavier body, making the beer less drinkable. Not something I could drink more than one of. Very bland.

I am not going to lie, I don't care for New Holland or Kolsch beers. But, my low marks arn't based on those two facts alone. This is just a marginal beer overall. Has a bit more flavor than the typical marco lagers, but is much more flat and has a bigger body, making this a less desireable option in the summer heat. Not the best.

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Photo of seedyone
2.75/5  rDev -24%

09/26/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. More hops than I expected for what was billed as a Kolsch. Gives it a fuller texture. My preferences is for crispness so this is not top o' the list. If hops is your thing give it a go.

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Photo of DrainBamage
2.79/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a very pale color with half inch head. Smells a lot like a adjunct lager. Goes down quite dry and minimum bitterness, but maltiness is definitely apparent. Not sure if it's the style or if it's just this beer, but this one is not for me.

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Photo of Dave1999
2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light golden colour with a small white head.

The smell was pretty weak but I could get some sweet grains and bread.

The taste was much like the smell, there was some hop bitterness and a little grassiness.

The mouth feel was medium with medium carbonation.

Overall a pretty boring beer with a weak flavour and smell, won't buy again.

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Photo of civilizedpsycho
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Has a very pale gold color that is crystal clear. Has a small head that doesn't retain very well.

Smell: Has a slightly malty aroma, but in all honesty, it's a little bland.

Taste: Smooth and crisp with a decent hop bite at the very end. It reminds me a lot of a pilsner.

Mouthfeel: It's a little thin and watery.

Drinkability: It's okay. It works really well in the summer as being a drinkable, refreshing beer; but it's not knocking my socks off.

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Photo of BuckSpin
2.86/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: a tall pilsner, which, much to my amasement, literally filled with puffy, cloudlike, marshmallow white foam...the craziest head on any beer I've tried to date.

Pours almost champagne like with lots of carbonation and noise. The color is a pale, dull warm yellow, like straw in the summer. Nose is light, some floral qualities, a little dull, like wet hot pavement.

Initially taste is surprisingly sharp, crisp, peppery, well hopped for a pilsner. There is actually a tingle on the teeth & lips as if I were imbided in something spicy...odd yet enjoyable. Pehaps a little apple quallity, but it dulls quickly and finishes rather dry and filmy, watery, not very pleasant.

A peculiar beer, but I've had better pilsners. I'll pass on going "Full Circle" with this one. Move along, people...

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Photo of frazbri
2.86/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Starts with a nice white billowing head. The lace remained throughout the whole glass. It had a slight haze in its straw colored body, not cloudy, but not crystal clear. Carbonation is plentiful and the body is light. I noticed a slight lemon zest flavor on first taste. The bitterness while not overwhelming was still almost puckering. It definately lingers. I might give this beer a second chance some time down the road.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
2.92/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. Pours a golden-yellow color with a small and quickly diminishing head, no lacing. Aroma is mainly pale malts, straw, bread, and a hint of hops. Flavor is crisp, similar to aroma, caramel malts, bread, and a touch of spicy hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light, smooth, crisp, and finishes with a twinge of bitterness. Good for the style, but not much substance. Still a decent beer.

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Photo of Raime
2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

New Holland Full Circle Kölsch

New Holland used to be one of my favorite breweries back in the day when I was still new to this craft beer game. Overall I still enjoy a lot of their beers but there are usually better ones out there in the respective style. Found a single bottle of this for $1.79 at my local Meijer and figured why the hell not. Let's drink it.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle hard poured into a pint glass. Beer pours rather murky, not exactly typical for a Kölsch but hopefully means there will be some more in the flavor profile. Head is about a finger in height and quickly dies down to a moderately thick ring around the edges and starts leaving small amounts of immediate stick. Carbonation appears to be on about moderate.

Smell - Starts off with a lot of pilsener like malts. Smells more like a German Pilsener than any type of Kölsch. Bit of creamed corn and a touch of skunk which is surprising as the beer is rather fresh and in a dark bottle. Not a massive nose, and seemingly not much to style.

Taste - This beer is definitely skunky to high hell. Lots of corn like flavors that are rather creamy but it certainly isn't anything to write home about. Not a very Kölsch like flavor based on past experiences with the style.

Feel - The feel on this brew fits what it should. Medium thickness in terms of the body with a creamy feel overall thanks to the remaining cap. Carbonation is about moderate and the beer is skunky as hell on the tongue. Swallows with skunk bitterness.

Overall - A brown bottle beer from a few dozen miles North of me brewed about a month ago that tastes like a green bottled beer brewed a year ago from overseas. If that is what you're looking for, pick it up. Otherwise, pass for sure in the future ...

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Photo of blackearth
2.96/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased from Three Cellars in Franklin, WI. This beer pours a light and hazy straw color with a thin white head. I noticed some brown yeast chunks floating around; not very appealing. Lemony tea-like aroma. Light bodied, not much malt character, hops detectable in the finish. This really reminds me of Heineken. No bonus points there.

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Photo of mcbSTL
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Last of a 6x (bought on sale for $7-9 at WC)

A: Pale yellow, with the slightest green tint. Foam disappeared quickly.

S: Some sour fruit, in a not-so-good way.

T: Pretty crisp, pretty simple. Certainly better than the smell would let on.

M: The small amount of flavor checks in, checks out.

D: Fitting for anything outside in the sun. You could probably get back from a 2-4 mile run and still be refreshed by this beer.

Pretty one-dimensional. A PBR could do the same trick at less than 1/2 the price.

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Photo of 303beer
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow blond in color. Doesn't have a lot of carbonation going on. Kind of smells of goldings. Taste is balanced between malt and hops. Not a lot on the backend. Not bad. I am not disappointed with my purchase but I will try other beers of this style before I come back to it.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A nice light straw settles into a milky light golden burnish. What little head was gone in a few seconds.

S: Sweet honey of malt dominates over subtle sulfuric notes of apple and pear. Honey thistles.

M: Generally smooth and soft on palate. Dryness and crispness tends to be more apparent on some swaths more than others. Not consistent nor as refreshing as hoped. with a lower carbonation level.

T: Sweet wheat right off the bat, approaching that of Coors too much. Virtually no Noble hops flavor. Slight sulfuric and mineral tones set it apart from Coors, and let's me know I'm drinking a 'craft' beer. Better examples exist. Not recommended, too sweet.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this brew into a regular pint glass, and this brew makes a soft fluffy white head, of about two fingers thick, and the body is golden straw color, and has just a slight hint of haze.

The aroma is of lemon hops, grainy huskiness, honey, and a kind metallic quality too.

In the taste, I'm getting grainy huskiness, tobacco, honey, lemon grass, and I guess that pretty much sums it up. Pretty much the taste and aroma go hand in hand.

Feels well carbonated, wetting to the palate, and a little oily slick. Light to medium in body.

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