White Hatter - New Holland Brewing Company

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Reviews: 89
Hads: 527
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 8
Gots: 88 | FT: 0
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New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: WastingFreetime on 06-03-2012

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Photo of justinp444
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a orange yellow with a thick 2 and a half inch foamy white head. Smell of orange, clean biscuit malt, spices, and a bit of floral. Taste is very crisp (a bit harder to drink) with big orange and spice notes. Tons of citrus notes and a bit of biscuit-y malt. It has a medium body and mouth feel. (300 characters)

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours hazy gold to amber under a 1” persistent, clingy white foam collar.
S: White bread, light orange, spice.
T: Starts with orange, coriander and wheat with more malty wheat emerging in the middle followed by a burst of bitter, drying out in the end with a light grain and spice overlay.
F: Starts smooth with medium high carbonation and medium body with a little tang and bite from the carbonation on the finish.
O: Full flavored hybrid of an IPA and a Wit. (469 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Dark amber/caramel color. Cloudy with some sediment in suspension. Head sputters into nothing. Wide but delicate rings of lacing.

S: Notes of peppery, citrusy coriander are forward. Chamomile in a big way. Floral hops. Sweet orange peel. Toast and caramel malt. Overall it kind of smells like a fancy bar of soap.

T: Coriander, chamomile, and orange peel mashed together hit the palate first. Floral and mild citrus ring hop flavors, growing rind-like bitterness. Yeasty. Some toasty and caramel malt flavors. Orange peel finish.

M: Medium-thick body. Some sense of weight, moderate frothy/airy feel. Mild hop grittiness. Firm scrubbing carbonation.

O: It just has this overall soapy quality that's tough to shake. Like a fancy bar of bath soap. I'm admittedly sensitive to chamomile, but this was still just not a good beer. Overly spiced and rough. (893 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy golden amber color with white head. Belgian yeast, fruits, and a bit of grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with Belgian yeast flavor. (166 characters)

Photo of mchegash
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.5/5
Pours a medium-clear golden orange, with lots of very slightly-off-white head.

Smell - 3.75/5
Citrus, grains of paradise (citrusy, peppery spice), floral hops.

Taste - 4/5
Citrus, grains of paradise, strong lemon, floral hops. Slight notes of berry fruit. Very refreshing taste. Some Belgian breadiness.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Slightly more than medium body. In between crisp and creamy. Very low bitterness, a slightly less than medium amount of slightly higher than average intensity carbonation.

Overall - 4/5
Overall this is a great beer. It really is about about halfway between a Belgian and an IPA. Would definitely recommend trying. (656 characters)

Photo of Dikfour
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Short white head quickly dissipates. Super pale tan, Super Cloudy, Super carbonation. Very enticing for a Belgian.

Smell: Light wheat and lemon is pronounced. Yeast is subtle spicy and pretty nice.

Taste: Lemon rind and Orange rind and more wheat. Yeast is much more pronounced but not very Belgian. Alcohol is present but not very hot or unpleasent. Just surprising for a 5.5% beer. Nice dry finish. Very little hop presence. Creates a mild bittering effect.

Feel: Medium body. Carbonation creates a wonderfully bubbly sensation. Definitely a very dry finish.

Overall: Fairly indicative of the style minus the hop presence and higher alcohol content. I really want to like this more but its more Midwest beer than anything Belgian. (742 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White Hatter brewed by New Holland Brewing Company, an has an ABV of 5.50% This brew pours out a cloudy amber color, with a small white head. There is a lot going on in this brew. The smell is sweet, grains, and malts. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavor. You pick up on some citrus, malts, and hops. This is a nice drinking brew. The mouthfeel is bold , but clean, and relishing. Overall I'm giving White Hatter a 4 out 5. I would buy this brew again. New Holland Brewing Company did a nice job with this one. There is also some things floating in this brew, but it a nice drinking brew. (597 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, citrus, Belgian yeast and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a good burst of hops bitterness that is quickly followed by some mildly sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then some tartness comes in along with some breadiness from flavors of Belgian yeast and a thin malt character. There’s a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while. (803 characters)

Photo of Dana_Campbell
4.48/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Way under rated on this site. Great tasting beer with great body and very drinkable. This beer has won several awards for good reason......Great job New Holland! (163 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: The body is burnt orange, cannot see through, and it sits under a beautiful creamy cap that is vanilla ice cream colored. Excellent head retention and massive sheets of lacing.

Aroma: Cedar and spices dominate. Black pepper on the back end.

Taste: Just like the aroma, spices take over early and often. The black pepper is present and blends with the grapefruit citrus in the finish. Lots of cedar notes throughout.

Mouthfeel: Fairly dry, yet creamy as well.

Overall: Pretty tasty, better than I expected. (546 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer is served a very hazy golden yellow color with a one finger head of white foam floating atop the brew. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading to leave a good level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a grapefruit citrus hop mixed with a moderately strong showing of a grassy and herbal smell. Along with these smells, comes some aromas of a more yeasty nature, a little bit of a hay and grainy smell, as well as some hints of apple and peach fruits.

Taste – The taste begins with a lighter and crisp cracker taste with a bit of a fruity flavor of peach, apple, and tangerine and a decent showing of a grassy and grapefruit tastes. As the taste advances the fruit that was present up front fades all while the grass and grapefruit get stronger, all while with these flavors being accompanied by some yeasty and hay-like flavor. Some lighter notes of lemon and some spice later come to the tongue and with a little bit more grain, and grass coming to the tongue at the very end, one is left with a rather crisp and moderately hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. For the moderately hopped and drier flavors of the brew the feel was rather nice and helped accentuate the more refreshing and sharp tastes of the beer.

Overall – A decent Belgian IPA. Not bad overall, but nothing super exceptional. (1,557 characters)

Photo of coolestmage
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%

I picked up a case of this for just under $10 at my local go to (something about distributors changing hands). For that price I had to jump, and I'm happy to report that I'll probably be going back before they run out to buy another case or two for that price.

Appearance: Pours a nice goldish red, an average colour for a pale ale. The head is off white, large bubbles, and falls pretty quickly leaving next to no lacing.

Aroma: Definitely different than anything I've ever smelled before. I guess I'd say it smells like it should, like a cross between a wheat beer and a pale ale. Lots of citrus, a bit of clove spiciness like you get in something like blue moon, and the tiniest bit of hops.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Tastes like you poured a blue moon into a pale ale. A decent bit of spiced wheat, some nice malt, very little hops. Feels like a low/medium carbonation with a bit of a creamy feel to it. Nothing offensive, but nothing special either.

Overall: Definitely an interesting combination. I think if the wheat flavour had been toned down, and the hops bumped up, this would have been a pretty damn good beer. As it is it is only a decent beer. For the price though, I'll drink it and be happy. (1,202 characters)

Photo of seedyone
3/5  rDev -18%

12/04/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC.

First taste was...for wont of a better word..."funky".

Everything gets where it's going at the same time. After a few sips the tastes get where they're going but I'm still left with a few questions. Like where does all that lemony citrus go between the nose & the tongue? Must be that deceptive ole lemongrass hiding in the weeds. Was that coriander I thought I tasted?

Here's the best I can do: this is distinctly indistinct...but not in a bad way. I said it...hope that helps. (522 characters)

Photo of simplejj81
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Tasty and more malt than any belgian white, but this is a belgian style pale ale so maybe i shouldnt compare. Refreshing citrusy a bit of orange and grapefruit. (161 characters)

Photo of OrestesMethuon
2.55/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Cloying, poorly balanced, and not nearly hoppy enough, this seemingly intriguing experiment is more busy with its multiple styles than a successful blending of them.

I can see why twelve-packs of this were deeply discounted at the liquor store—and, while this beer is just drinkable enough to be worth it at a price-cut, moving through all twelve won't be an especially enjoyable experience. The mouthfeel is a bit too rich, the flavor is much too sweet, and the hops are so muted I couldn't say why—except for the fairly pleasant nose—New Holland got the idea to extol the “hoppy citrus notes of an IPA” in the back-bottle patter. The malt seems hardly “soft”, the spicing decidedly not “delicate”, and the “tropical fruit” notes do not frame the “orange peel, chamomile, coriander, and grains of paradise”, but instead amplify them substantially.

Maybe—just maybe—I'd like this a bit better on a beach in ninety-degree heat, but I really doubt even that, since the grain-bill and mouthfeel is altogether too rich to imagine the spicy, tropical qualities could ever really be refreshing.

New Holland makes some good beers; this is not one of them. (1,183 characters)

Photo of Mikus
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my snifter. NOT a nice looking beer. Definitely unfiltered, light amber with very little head. Great carb bubbles though. Looked kind of like grapefruit juice. Some nice floral notes on the nose, also a bit of orange (and ironically grapefruit). Taste was v. nice... interesting yeasty and crisp malty notes (bit of biscuit?). Strong citrus punch. Much better than the aroma dictated. Rather light mouthfeel, with a clean aftertaste. Wasn't super excited to try his one, but there were some nice surprises anyways... unique and worth a go. (570 characters)

Photo of CarlosRuizsChauffeur
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

A: It looks like the usual Belgian White look, with a hazy orange and light brown hue
S: Smells more tropical than just straight up orange like you usually expect which is actually fairly nice
T: Pretty sweet with tropical notes, but lacking spice and any bite. Not enough carbonation and was almost like drinking a somewhat flat cider
M: The lack of effervescence makes it pretty unsatisfying. It's smooth, but almost too smooth and thin
O: I appreciate the grains of paradise and the more tropical notes for a Belgian; that made it very interesting. But, the lack of carbonation and any bite made it pretty mediocre. (618 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, moderate carbonation, gold in color, hazy

Smell: grains of paradise, cardamom, and coriander

Taste: lemon, orange, peach, grains of paradise, clove, and other Belgian spices, slight other hops

Mouthfeel: medium body, sweet with a slight bitter end, low carbonation

Overall: A nice and flavorful citrusy wit. The bitterness is not as pronounced here as it has been in other examples of the style I have had. This is a beer I would reach for if I wanted this style. (494 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Hatter comes in many iterations these days, but today, he is like me - an old White guy and in a bottle from The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop, no less.

From the bottle: "Flavorfully blends the soft malt, fruity esters and delicate spcing of a Belgian White with hoppy citrus notes of an IPA. Pleasant hints of tropical fruit are framed with orange peel, chamomile, coriander and grains of paradise."; "Pairings: fish, grilled chicken, hard cheeses."

I agitated the beer prior to my usual aggro pour and as such, I stirred things up real good. It came rushing out, filling the glass with a pseudo-cascade and producing two fingers of mountainous, fluffy, bone-white head that slowly fell, leaving great lacing in its wake. Color was a VERY cloudy orangish-yellow (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose had a musty citrusiness, kind of lemony, but also very dry and dusty like newspapers in an attic. Mouthfeel was soft, caressing my poor, bruised tongue like an old friend. This was like hops tea! It was really mellow, with loads of flavor, like lemon zest, mango, peach, pear, garden flowers and some black pepper. i felt like I was being lulled into a nap. The finish was quite dry, thanks to the spices, but on a hot, humid afternoon, I really enjoyed it. (1,253 characters)

Photo of MarkQ617
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is my first review of a New Holland beer on here. Had this poured into a weizen glass. Pale golden color, clearer than I would have expected. Subtle malt and spice flavors, neither of which were as strong as I expected, not a lot of the flavors you'd expect to get from a wheat come through. Soft mouthfeel, didn't have a ton of head on this one. It was decent, just a little ho-hum. (392 characters)

Photo of Louisville-Beer-Reviews
2.84/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Almost clear, dark straw color with a bubbly (large bubbles) head and heavy lacing.

Aroma: Aroma of wheat; subtle spice, like clove; light, spicy hop; and a synthetic smell akin to bubblegum/fluoride.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Very grainy/wheaty on the tongue, with a fairly thin, flat texture. A slight hop bite on the front of the finish is quickly overtaken by a full, grainy, wheaty flavor. The malts in the finish have a slight roastiness/smokiness to them. The bubblegum fluoride taste is there in the transition into the finish, and it has a synthetic character to it.

Final Word: Sorry folks, but I don’t recommend this one! I’m always reluctant to tell people not to try a beer, but this one just felt like New Holland needs a bit more time to perfect it. The hop and wheat flavors countered each other very well, but the sticking point with this beer was the bubblegum fluoride aroma and flavor. Some wheat beers have a bit of a bubblegum flavor in them, but the degree to which it’s present in this beer is completely out of balance with the other ingredients. It doesn’t complement nor mesh with the other flavors, and doesn’t seem to have a place in the brew. I don’t feel like this is a problem inherent to the fact that it’s a Belgian Style White Pale Ale, but instead that it’s a sub par batch or a recipe that needs perfection. If you’re the type that wants to try something new, I’d wait a year or two and see if this brew is still around, as by then I’d say they’ll have worked out the kinks or you have a chance of getting a better batch than I did, but otherwise I’d choose many other wheaty beers over this one if I wanted that fix. But hey, if you love bubblegum fluoride, have at it! (1,743 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a cloudy light golden brown color with a half finger of head that dissipated quickly. The nose is pleasantly hoppy. The flavor profile is mild with light malt and a dry slightly hoppy finish.

This offering makes for a nice smooth session beer on a warm summer day but there is nothing extraordinary here. (320 characters)

Photo of raznug
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: This white pale ale pours a hazy pale orange color and is topped with ½”of white colored head that tends to linger.
Smell: This pale ale smell just like the style name suggests with Belgian spices and hops that balance each other nicely.
Taste: The flavor goes nicely with the aroma that allows the hops and spices to blend together for a nice representation of a style that I have never had before but kind of hope to find again.
Mouthfeel: This is a medium bodied beer with good flavor and great body. (520 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i am quite surprised to see this beer rather so low on here. i find it delightful, and different from the rest. the belgian yeast isnt nearly so ester laden, not so fruity and dominating, its just drying and complimentary to everything else going on. wheat base is a little darker than most, with a bronze hue to it and a nose propelled primarily by the orange. seems like more than just orange peel, but flesh too, especially in the flavor, like it was just fresh squeezed right in. the chamomile is subtle in this, but adds another layer thats accentuated by the yeast. more green tea bitterness than anything else, herbal, fun, bright. its hopped more like an american pale ale than an ipa to me, not subtle, but not huge and oily and bitter either. its in the middle somewhere, with hops that balance and add backbone to the citrus of the orange. the finish is clean and light, and thats where i taste the belgian yeast the most. great carbonation, thicker body for the style too, which makes it rather satisfying. a very cool take on the style, and i think this beer deserves a little more credit than it currently has. not the best white ipa out there, but one of the more interesting ive had lately. (1,206 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep, cloudy gold with a thin, creamy white mousse that lasts much longer than expected, lacing deep into the glass.

S: Gentle, yet distinctive aromas of caramel, cream, grass, mango, papaya, lemon, orange, and herbs express themselves on the nose.

T: Layered notes of caramel, cream, biscuit, wheat bread, lemon, lime, pine, orange, herbs, mango, papaya, carambola, grass, and fresh flowers fill the mouth. The finish is smooth and silky with notes of orange, grass, herbs, caramel, cream, and wheat bread lingering.

M: Light-to-medium in body, milky, creamy, and exceptionally smooth. Carbonation is airy and supple. Superbly easy to drink.

O: A near incredible Belgian IPA that, judging from previous reviews, does not get the credit it deserves. Really well executed with an exceptional malt body and unique hopping (I love the combination of Brewer's Gold, Glacier, Motueka, and Crystal), this one is definitely worth a try. (944 characters)

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