New Holland Full Circle | New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland Full CircleNew Holland Full Circle

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New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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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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Photo of smakawhat
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Gaffel Kolsch stange.

A fairly decent pour yields and almost dull light orange body, a bit hazy with some nice tiny rising bubbles. Head is kind of creamy and tiny shampoo fluffy, with a good size but settles fairly slowly.

Nose is interesting. Slight bile, but mostly a real nice clean and floral effervescence. Some bread action, a little bit of crisp. Not too bad for a Kolsch.

Hitting the palate everything gets toned down. Mild bread notes but finishes with a faint metallic tinge. Crispness slightly but mixed with a thick malt also. Feel is not too bad, there's a bit of depth on the finish which add some play. Wetness character a bit, with the flavors not sticking around long.

Overall it's an ok beer, but for a fav style of mine this isn't really anything memorable. I wish it had more of a bready tasty to it.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have a new strategy to back fill my reviews one brewery at a time. I picked New Holland first because they are a pretty good brewery that I would consider visting some day.

This kolsch is somewhat average. It could be more aromatic. There is now a lot of foreign matter in the bottom of mine, so I'm about done.

It had a reasonably good taste, not too sweet. The head and lace were pretty much non-existent. I hate to dump all of the rest of this but I don't know if that foreign matter we supposed to be there or just landed in my glass. I really don't need to drink this again.

Amendment - I had the opportunity to have one again after a real German one and it really was poor in comparison.

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Photo of TurboBrew
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy yellow with minimal head..

S: Smokey campfire smell... smells like carmel and bread sorta.

T: Has a bitter bite, then fades to a carmel-biscuit-ish flavor.. Kinda a grassy flavor. interesting indeed.

M: Medium malty flavor with a strange smokey carmel taste

O: worth trying, but not for me. Definitly a solid brew though that is very drinkable

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass, color is straw with an off white that dissipates quickly.

Smell grainy, i get some husks of grains and light wheat, maybe biscuit.

Taste is pretty clean, a light lingering stickiness and maybe even some saltiness - hop presence is a little grassy with just enough bittnerness to clean up the light wheat and malt flavors.

Mouthfeel is pretty neutral, nice carbonation and lingering flavors.

Overall, this has a good backbone in malty and grainy/bready flavors and its nicely carbonated - just not a head turner but solid.

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, this is a bright golden color and slightly fizzy. Smells sweet and grainy with hints of white grape juice and honey. Taste leans on the sweet side, with more white grape juice and only a very light hoppiness in the background. Very mild, drinkable, and refreshing.

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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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Photo of jkrich
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this at the brewery with some excellent food. Poured a clear, light-golden with a small, foamy white-head.

The aroma was very clean and refreshing as one would expect - our pretty waitress stated the keg had just been tapped.

This is a delicate style and one you can truly appreciate when fresh. Sweet, cracker-like flavors intermingle with a subtle and refreshing hoppiness. The crisp finish is very inviting; almost lager-like but better.

Light bodied with a sweet, refreshing mouthfeel, the ale is delightful from start to finish.

Nothing like a pint of fresh kolsch right from the source. One of my favorites of this style but, then again, I have rarely had this style on tap.

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Photo of soulfly1492
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Lots of pils malt, which puts this out of style. Yeast smells of pears. Mild European hop aroma. The excessive pils malt and yeasty pear leads me to wonder about the age and/or light exposure of this bottle.

Appearance: Light gold. Mild cloudiness, not much of an authentic Kolsch. Head is pale white and dissolves rather quickly. Some foam remains around the edges. Mild lacing.

Taste: Lots of wheat, which I didn't catch in the aroma. Bittersweet fruit, pear and I'm actually tasting lime, again with the my concern with the light exposure or age. Mild European hops. Some pils and pale malt.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Finishes dry. Moderate to high attenuation. Mild to medium carbonation.

Overall: Nice flavor, although a bit on the tart side. I'll spare a bit of criticism in case this bottle is old. A born on date would have helped out. Nonetheless, this brew is certainly out of style with the high pilsner content/taste.

Notes: Drank on 3/20/2012.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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 StoutHunter
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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 buyBinboaVodka
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
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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Photo of kimbo33
4.48/5  rDev +23.8%
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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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.53/5  rDev +25.1%
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 KenC
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear gold with zero head after an aggress pour. Zero lacing. Noted sediment in the glass, quite heavy.

S- Light bread malt aroma with grass and lemon.

T- Smooth bready malt and a no note of hops anywhere. Kolsch yeast can be noted.

M- As expected, thin feel, light, crisp, clean.

O- Spot on taste, feel and carbonation. True to style while the brew master still made it his own.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Almost missed my chance to try this guy this year. Close call. It pours a hazy pale straw topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, orange peel, cracked wheat, cardamom, and light biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, with the fruit coming out a lot stronger, and the cardamom joining in to ensure that balance is maintained. Hell, it even seems like some black pepper was thrown in there as well. The body is fairly light, with a moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, a nice kolsch, something I could easily see drinking during a hot Summer day, but not necessarily something to go searching for.

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Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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 paperbackfoster
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Full Circle pours a very pale golden color with moderately high carbonation, coming up on a half-finger head that quickly falls back into the beer. No lacing. While the color is richer, this one does look like that average big brewer's lager when poured into the pint glass.

The smell is a low profile, a subtle nose of base malts and crisp, neutral hops. It's a fresh smell, but almost a nonexistent one.

A grassy, sour taste is enough to set it apart from the pilsner taste it, for a moment, masquerades as. I want to say this beer is set apart by the hops coming out more in the body than anywhere else, an almost winey, resinous bit between the drink and the finish. Unexpected, I'll say.

This is a very dry beer. A little watery, but more full bodied than some kölsch styles I've had. A good carbonation. Refreshing.

Kölsch has been mentioned more than once as being the German’s lawnmower beer. While America cracks open that standard, ice cold adjunct lager, ze Germans go for this refresher. That said, this is a good take on that style - it fills the criteria I’d want from a yard beer, but it has character. I like the minimal usage of everything here - like a blank slate for just a bit of hop to surface on. Otherwise, a light beer with a yeasty note. While I won’t sing its praises in the streets, I’ll definitely continue to choose this beer.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was hazy gold with what seemed to be low carbonation. The nose consisted of fresh bread and lemon.

Very light, slightly sweet fruit flavor with a mild finish. I did detect a bit of spiciness to it, as well as some apple and pear. A nice, refreshing, good-tasting beer, but for a beer of this style I look for a bit more ``winey- and grapey-ness''.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this before and it was good. Now got another bottle for a review.

A - A nice hazy yellow with some sediment throughout mild sediment. A light head that turns to a slightly sticky lace ring.

S - mmm very nice biscuit malt on this one. Slight bit of grain and honey too.

T - Sweet honey moving onto a nice bit of biscuit like gram cracker malt and finishing sweet with a mild twang of hops. Pretty nice for the style.

M - Light and very session able.

Overall I really like this beer. Simple, sweet, and has a nice bit of grain and hops. This might be the best beer I had from the brewery.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at WL Independence in a pint glass. As usual, WL poured it a little cold, but given that it's a Kolsch, it didn't take long to get to the optimal temp.

Pours a clearish amber gold, with minimal white head. Decent lacing adorns the sides as the beer is consumed.

Smell is light, with grainy malt and hints of lemon.

Taste is crisp and clean, malty yet not heavy. Up front grassiness, smooth, almost sweet malt that hits mid-tongue, finishing with mild hop bitterness. Very simple, as is typical of the style.

Light-bodied, with an ever-so-subtle dry finish. Easy drinking.

As I try more Kolsch- style brews, I'm finding they're as varied in appearance and flavor as any other style. While this may sound obvious, until recently my Kolsch experiences had been singularly uninspired. I'm glad to find better examples such as this, even if it is not as traditional as others.

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New Holland Full Circle from New Holland Brewing Company
3.62 out of 5 based on 665 ratings.
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