New Holland Full Circle | New Holland Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
newhollandbrew.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
721
Reviews:
308
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
13.57%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
83
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 721 |  Reviews: 308
Photo of Sammy
2.43/5  rDev -32.7%
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 Texasfan549
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: thin head with excellent lacing on a straw colored clear body.

S: musty grains, rice, hint of sweet corn and sweet lemon custard.

T: fairly crisp wheat, rice, grains, sweet lemon, sweet corn. follows the aroma well.

M: light body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: nice degree of sweetness and full flavored for the style. no off putting flavors.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jaydoc
3.9/5  rDev +8%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

this should be better than it is, these guys can really make some killer beer, so oddly let down by what should be a rather basic beer for a brewer to assemble. maybe its old, but i cant read the date on the bottle. smells a little oxidized, but it seems like there are some weird properties to this that dont belong in a kolsch style at all. i get notes of wild blueberry, you know, the little tiny ones that grow in the mountains, and then some almost belgian tasting yeast. nothing german at all about this beer, these flavors arent bad, they just seem out of place. what is entirely inappropriate here is the acidity in the finish and the lingering metallic notes. where do those come from and why are they here? to me these are off flavors in a style that should be light and easy drinking and simple. i like the soft malt texture, but i cant get past this acidic tangy finish. way off for me, and it hurts the overall enjoyment of the beer. new holland can make some wonderful beer, but this doesnt appear to be one of them. perhaps i will try it fresh on tap one day and have a different opinion, but as it stands, there is a lot to be desired here...

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a very light yellow color. The head was fizzy and thinned out really fast. There wasn't much of a lacing from this one. The smell of the beer is mostly grainy, not a whole lot else going on here. The taste of the beer has a very subtle flavor in general. Mouthfeel is very light as well with some decent carbonation to it. Overall this beer does fit the style I feel. These are good summer beers.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that settled down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of apples and green grapes are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is very fruity, having flavors of green grapes along with hints of apples. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be a little thin on the palate and could use a bit more in the way of malts and hops.

Serving type: bottle

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

With slightly greater flavor and body than the stalwart lager, New Holland's Kolsch delivers with a clean and robust pilsner flavor and floral hop finness in balance.

Opening with a bright light golden color, the beer forms a fluffed cottony head that retains nearly half the session before faltering. Low lying lace allows for intermitten static of foam. A nice looking light ale, but I was hoping for more foam character, retention, and lace.

Full pilsner aromas deliver a soft bready, cracker-like scent with hints of malty sweetness and cereal. Floral hop aromas carry a mild spicy scent and flowery, earthy character to balance the malt aromas and adds variety. Medium to light in intensity, the beer promises smoothness and drinkability.

Firm malty flavors bring about full bready taste with nearly a hint of butterscotch, fresh yeasty dough, raw barley and light bread crust. A blend of esters and hops contribute a full floral, fruity apple, almost honeysuckle flavors that decorate the light malt focus.

Medium bodied for lighter ale, the beer's soft and supple carbonation furthers the impression of creaminess until mid palate where the beer turns light, mildly grassy with bitterness, and with slight grainy astringency in finish. A light buttery compound creates a fuller effect and isn't nearly the deterrant that I expected. A short and fleeting finish leads to a relatively clean aftertaste.

I'm not sure that this light ale competes well with authentic German Kolsch, but compared to many Blonde or Golden Ales, I'm on board!

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Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with an impressive head; decent retention with just a few clumps left behind

Smell: A touch bready, with a hint of grain but very little hop character

Taste: Bready, up front, with a grassy bitterness that develops by mid-palate; grainy, after the swallow, with a hint of biscuity sweetness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A decent beer, though I would have prefered it to be crisper and drier

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Photo of emerge077
3.32/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light yellow color beer with a medium pure white foamy head with OK retention. Aroma of lightly sweet malt with light fruity ester is OK. Taste is quiet light with some notes of lightly sweet malt and light fruity ester and not much else. Body is about average with good carbonation. OK with no brewing flaws but not something to go for very often.

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Photo of zeff80
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a very bubbly, clear, pale yellow with a small, white, foamy head. It left a little thin lacing.

S - It smelled of grains, light caramel malt and some yeast aromas.

T - This was sweet and spicy with some nice grain and caramel flavors.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A light bodied ale.

D - Like most Kolsch style ales, this is very easy drinking. It'd be great on a warm summer night.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 4/26/2012. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a nice 2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of lemon, pear, herbal, floral, cracker, bread, grass, earth, and light pepper. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good strength; spot on for a kolsch. Taste of lemon, grass, pear, pepper, herbal, biscuit, floral, earth, and light toast. Lingering notes of light fruits, grass, herbal, biscuit, earth, and light pepper on the finish for a short bit. Great flavor balance and good complexity; with a nice amount of flavor for being under 5%. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming noticed at all. Overall this is an excellent kolsch! Nice amount of flavor and great balance; extremely smooth and easy to drink as expected. Very well done, and spot on to style. Great choice for a session beer, plus it is year round.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at New Holland last week. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear light yellow color with a good white head and a nice bit of lacing. The nose carries some fairly light malt and a touch of straw. Very faint hops as well. Clean and crisp in the flavor with a bit of malt. Light body with crisp carbonation. Pretty good.

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Photo of nickfl
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of white head ontop of a lightly hazy, straw colored body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves decent lame on the glass.

S - Bready malt and at ouch of herbal hops.

T - lit malt up front with a touch of honey in the middle and a finish of dry bread and light, herbal hop flavors.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Not bad for what it is, well balanced and very drinkable.

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Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great beer to drink after a round of frisbee golf on a great spring day in Michigan,poured a dull light golden with a well formed one finger white head that was gone pretty fast.Lighter lemon aromas along with some toasted grain pretty standard of a good lager,flavors were ice with a sturdy mouthfeel pretty grainy with notes of lightly toasted grain and even light lemon pith finishing with just a hint of peppery hop.Hey a no frills "sturdy" American lager some of my buddies who are learning the way of craft beer were really digging this brew and I found it refreshing and not dull,a nice local made beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the NOC in Nantahala, NC.
Clean and refreshing with a bit more flavor than some other kolsch style beers. Mild aroma has more light malts than hops. Light bodied with medium+ carbonation.
O: simple but otherwise impeccable. Excellent for style.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Holland's Full Circle Single Malt Beer (is it an ale or a lager?) appears to be a moderate to low-gravity golden lager (ale?) with a decent splash of leafy and floral hops thrown in for ballast. Its clear golden body and thin white head are not particularly distinguishable from any American lager or European pilsner; nor is its aroma. It offers a generic "beer" aroma with a clean combination of grainy malt and sublime hops - no yeasty esters are found. It's crisp in the mouth with a light bordering on medium body and fine-bubbled, median carbonation. The flavor reveals that there IS some malt present, and apparently little to no adjunct. And hops are represented as well. Delicately spicy and mildly leafy/herbal in taste, the hops balance the malt exquisitely; and even replicate the flavor of some very decent European pilsners. I'm not sure why they went with the "single malt" branding, because it seems to be coinfusing. This is a very well done European-style beer. It's really well balanced with a good malt character and solid hop backbone. And again, New Holland delivers an excellent session beer!

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2/5  rDev -44.6%

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