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

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly New Holland Lucid

Added by inebrius on 11-11-2002

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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2/5  rDev -44.3%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Lemon-brass color with a very slight haze. A mixture of micro and macro bubbles rise at varying rates. A thin spongy covering dissipates quickly after the pour offering minimal lace.

S: The nose is light and fruity, fresh cantelope, green melon with some cereal grains. Very soft orange peels come on the trail.

T: Fruity flavor, soft dry lemony herbal hops compliment the fresh pale grains. Soft orange flavors, with a lemony kiss of wet hops. Lightly acidic, fresh grapefruit juice, with a farewell of fresh graininess and a light tart nature.

M: lightly tart with a sharp crisp effervesce. Light bodied with a lingering tart lemon graininess on the swallow.

O: fresh and fruity nature, nice grain base. Good session material, easy going down, pronounced with a sharp clarity of flavor. Nice hop addition and solid by example makes this six pack worthy.

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +39.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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 StoutHunter
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked a bottle of New Holland's Full Circle a few days ago for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I have had this beer before and I thought it was a pretty good and true to it's style Kolsch, so I thought I should pick up a bottle and give it a formal review, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- I am not a big fan of the label on this beer, I'm not digging the yin yang, but to each his own. It poured a clear pale golden yellow color with two fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left a little bit of spotty lacing. This is a slightly above average looking Kolsch.

S- The aroma is pretty robust for the style. It starts off with a good amount of malts that impart a bready and earthy grainy aroma. There was a pretty prominent hay aroma along with a little bit of spiciness. The hops showed up nicely and were pretty grassy and slightly earthy smelling. The aroma is good and unique, but it kind of smells more like a Farmhouse Ale then a Kolsch.

T- The taste of this beer is a little different from the aroma. It starts off with loads of malts that have a low amount of sweetness and impart a pretty dominating grainy and bready flavor that gives this beer a bread and biscuit like taste that shows up the most. Next comes some hay and a mild amount of spiciness. Last comes the hops that impart a good amount of grassy flavors that help balance out all the malts and go very well with the biscuit and hay flavors. The finish is grainy with some grassy hops, it had hardly any bitterness and the aftertaste had a grainy and biscuit like flavor that really stayed in my mouth. This beer had nice clean and unique flavor.

M- Smooth, crisp, medium dryness, it was on the medium side of being light bodied and it had a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel suited this beer nicely, no complaints here.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer, it was a nice and unique Kolsch, I don't have a ton of experience with this style so I really don't know how true to the style this beer is but the bottom line is that that beer was light but still had a good amount of flavor to it that made for a pretty nice beer to drink with a meal. This beer had great drinkability, it was very smooth and seems like this would be a nice refreshing beer to have on a hot summer day, this could make for a good session beer and I wouldn't rule out taking out a six pack throughout the day. What I liked most about this beer was that is was smooth and light but it still had a good amount of nice flavors going on that I really enjoyed, and the combination of biscuit malts, hay, and grassy hops really worked well in the flavor of this beer. There wasn't really anything that I didn't like about this beer, it could have had better head retention but that isn't that big of a deal and it doesn't warrant a drop in points. I would for sure buy this beer again, especially in the summer, it would go nice along with Oberon for a good refreshing beer to quench my thirst and cool me down in the summer. I recommend this beer for someone looking for a light beer that still retains a good amount of flavor and if Kolsch's are your thing then this beer should hit the spot. This beer was just as good as I remembered it, I tend to overlook this style when there are so many other interesting styles on the shelf but I think I should give this style more attention, it is simple, clean, light, and great tasting. New Holland did a great job with this beer and I see why this is one of their main beers, you don't have to have in your face flavors to be a great beer and this beer does a great job in proving that.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

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3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a 12oz bottle in a goblet. The color is golden amber with very little head that left almost no lacing around the glass.

S - Crisp citrus notes such as lemon and orange with earthy undertones and a bit of malt showing through.

T - Subtle grassiness up front with sweet malty bread flavor followed by a more subdued light hoppy finish.

M - Light bodied with a crisp slean finish, very clean tasting.

O - I really enjoy this beer. It's not something I would go out of the way for, but on a hot summer day its worth having.

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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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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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New Holland Full Circle from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 725 ratings