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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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Reviews: 257 | Ratings: 661
Photo of KFBR392
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours with a straw yellow color with some darker accents of orange. Finger worth of clean white head on the pour which was regenerated by the bright active carbonation.

Smell: Bread and bright sugary malts jump out on the front. Cereal and touches of hops show up on the body. Grains with accents of barley and toasted malts are all over the back end.

Taste: Wow loads of cereal and sweet toasted malts blast all over the palate first. Dried grains and some airy hops are able to shine through on the palate. More saturated sweet malts finish on the palate with a touch of nuttiness lingering.

Mouthfeel: That sweetness is a little over the top here. Doesn't have that signature creamy texture I look for in a kolsch. Dried notes don't really seem to fit either.

Overall: This isn't something I would try again or recommend if you were looking for an American "kolsch". Cereal sweetness is over the top. Not really that drinkable, especially for the style. I'm usually a fan of New Holland but this one is a miss.

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Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- has a nice aroma of grass and corn Appearance- A great clear golden color, when poured a thick white head forms and stays for a while Taste- great Kolsch flavor of grain and hops very good Palate- This is a light bodied beer with some well balanced carbonation Overall- I love Kolsch style beer and this a great example. if you haven’t tried it I highly recommend it.

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Photo of beergoot
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The body presents a light gold color with a foamy, fizzy white head; huge carbonation bubbles. Cereal grain aroma with a slightly toasted scent. Mild biscuit flavor with a decent hop bitterness throughout. Medium-light body with a coarse feel due to the huge carbonation bubbles; semi-dry finish.

A rather inconsistent beer as far as overall quality goes. The aroma and flavor are pretty decent, but the appearance suffers from the large, frothy bubbles in the head, and the head quickly fades to a bare wisp. The mouthfeel also comes across as rough and unrefined. Not bad overall, but far from being a go-to beer for the style.

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Photo of barczar
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Floral, crackery, slightly sweet. Very refreshing. There is a bit of diacetyl that creeps in as it warms. Floral and crackery comes out in the flavor profile, as well. It might be on the sweet side, but it's tough to nail this style. More attenuation would help.

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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 ferociouswalrus
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this out of a flute glass at the American Tap Room in Arlington, VA during the USA/Ghana World Cup match. Definitely hit the spot on a 90-plus degree day. Smooth and easy to drink, the flute glass emptied far quicker than I expected. Not very complex, but what it tries to do it does very effectively.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear gold with a mountainous white head that takes forever to settle.

S: Aromas of minerals, straw, biscuits, grass, grain, green apple, and pear are very noticeable on the nose.

T: Notes of minerals, grain, honey, biscuits, straw, herbs, grass, green apple, and pear are presented on the palate. The finish is typically clipped and fruity with noticeable grain, mineral, straw, grass, apple, and pear flavors.

M: Full in body and dry. Carbonation is crisp, yet slightly airy. A filling, yet endlessly quaffable ale.

O: A superb, authentically styled kolschbier. This one really nails the character of some of the German classics.

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Photo of Paincane
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Straw colored body with a creamy white head.
S: Grassy and fruity nose.
T: Light body is highlighted by presence of bread and sweet light malt flavors.
M: Smooth clean, dry and refreshing with light hop and light malt profiles.
O: A good Kölsch that is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of ctrousse
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full circle is an easy drinking full flavored kolsch. It is one of the best light beers that i have ever drank. I have had it on-tap and by the bottle, both are outstanding. If you are looking for a good cold beer on a hot summers day you need look no further.

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Photo of carlborch
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper with a modest white-off-white head. The nose is sweet with malty overtones. No evident hop. The palate is light, crisp, and sweet with suggestions of hoppy bitterness. Fresh. Forward. Pleasant lingering; dry finish. Modest carbonation and some light Belgian lace. Very nice.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.27/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a New Holland imperial pint
Pairings: Seafood, corn, veggies, and mild white cheeses.

A - Clouded by suspended fine particles, this pale yellow beer is crowned by a firm white cap of bubbles, which leave lace covering the whole pint!

S - Crisp, dry pale malt provides minimal sweetness and remains unintrusive behind the hard mineral water-like aroma that's a staple for the style. Light floral hopping compliments the ever-so-slight white fruit suggestion on the back end.

T - Pale malt offers hard, grainy flavor that is complimentary of the mineral water flavor and balanced by soft floral hoppiness on the beer's finish.

M - Full Circle's soft entry leads to an increasingly harder finish but the beer remains classic; crisp, clean, and easily drinkable.

O - New Holland's lightest, easiest drinking beer isn't a cheapie; Full Circle wonderfully represents the classic German style. It's simple, crisp, and clean with lovely drinkability!

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into stange. Golden straw color with a lively rocky white head and lots of effervescence. Leaves some slippery lacing. Smell is light malt with slight wine-like notes, and some light crisp hops. Taste is light leafy hop and yeasty bitterness moving into clean, light malt and finishing slightly dry and clean with a hint of wine-like aftertaste. Not the best I've had of the style, but a tasty kolsch nonetheless.

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Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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 Bitter_Echo
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

New Holland Brewing Company. Pours clear, mild but deeper yellow, little lacing, low head. Clean flavors, not distinctly bready but wheat notes present, wet, light on hop bitterness. Floral and citrus notes midway. Good carbonation and follow-through.

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Photo of TastyAdventure
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - looks like any light beer, but has a small head

- S - i didnt try to hard on this one, didnt smell much

T - it is a clean beer, but still has some yeast character to it. Mild hops and a light but somewhat flavorful malt profile. A little dryer than the other few kolshs I've had.

M - average. good carb

Good for a hot summer day, but I'd still definitely go with Goose Island's Summertime! good kolsh right there.

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Photo of buck1futter
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-clean yellow, bright yellow, almost no head, but its a kolsch.

S-very pleasant, smells sorta close to a garden salad, kinda like a taco salad.

t- clean, with a slight lingering bitterness. full of flavor. A mild corn, with squash after taste.

m-really light bodied, carbonated really well, slight dryness in the center of the tongue getting more wet are juicy to the sides.

0- and excellent kolsch style, one of my fav. in the stlye. Perfect labor job beer, or hot day moving around a lot beer. Perfect during a day of yard work. If you like the style pick it up, this would be a great beer to get people who drink macro a lot into the craft soon, really pleasant and dead on with the style.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Twisted Rooster in Chesterfield, Michigan.

Meh. Honestly, I don't even go through the categories individually. It's a decent beer, but that's all it is. The aroma and flavor are floral with a bit of hops. The beer's pretty light and refreshing, but there's nothing about it that blows my mind. New Holland is supposed to be an OUTSTANDING brewery, but this beer's just... alright. Would have again. Definitely not bad for the $2 I spent for it.

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Photo of DrinkinBoy
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a pale straw gold. Nice white head with decent retention.

S - Strong pale malt aroma with delicate floral hop nose.

T - Slight sweetness followed by pilsner like hop bitterness, but falls off quickly. Finish is very clean.

M - medium mouthfeel with slightly lacking carbonation for lighter beer.

O - A great example of this style. One of the best to come from American craft brewer.

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Photo of nickfl
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
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 kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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 Lemke10
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this as part of an M&M 6pk from Woodman’s East in Madison, WI in summer 2012.

Pours a clear, pale amber color with not much of a head. Scent is slightly malty with hints of grains but that’s about it. The taste is uniquely malty. It starts out light, crisp with hints of citrus but finishes kind of dry and chalky. A pretty decent kolsch style brew from New Holland.

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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 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 tigg924
4.57/5  rDev +26.2%
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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
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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New Holland Full Circle from New Holland Brewing Company
3.62 out of 5 based on 661 ratings.
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