White Hatter - New Holland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 494
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 7
Gots: 76 | 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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Ratings: 494 | Reviews: 90
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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a small tulip glass a slightly orange tinged lemony yellow with a half finger white head that left a few broken chunks of lace as it settled pretty quickly.Spiced phenols and tropical citrusy fruits really stand out in the nose over top of toasted grain.Very citrusy on the palate,I mean the citrus really jumps out at ya,mild phenols and again toasted grain underneath.Not bad with it's big citrusy flavors but not real overly complex.

Photo of tigg924
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of NilocRellim
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a nice golden color from the bottle. It formed a nice foamy head that gradually settled down. The aroma was a crisp, citrus smell. It tasted like a nice wit beer; there was a light fruit taste that was light on the palate and felt clean in the mouth. Wheaty. Very good overall.

Would I buy this beer again? yes.

Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet glass.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of white head that quickly fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A fruity and spicy wheat malt forward aroma with hints of orange, coriander, and straw. Belgian yeast with big hints of coriander as well as some clove, white pepper, and chamomile. Wheat malt with hints of straw, grains, cracker, and slight caramel. Big citrus fruit presence with hints of orange peel, lemon zest, pineapple, and melon. Also some fruit hints of banana and apple. Subtle earthy hop presence with hints of grass. Pretty solid.

Taste: Like it smells, a yeasty, fruity, and spicy wheat driven taste with notes of orange, coriander, and straw. Belgian yeast with a mix of spices including coriander, white pepper, clove, grains of paradise, and chamomile. Wheat malt with notes of straw, grains, caramel, and cracker. Citrus fruit notes of orange peel, lemon zest, grapefruit, pineapple, and melon. Also fruit notes of dried banana and apple. Background earthy hop notes of grass. A pretty nice wheat taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and very smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a Wheat beer. Good mix of spices and fruit esters with a nice hop kick.

Photo of dwren89
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great hoppy flavor that is quite earthy with a little pine. Definite pale malt character and a little earthy yeast character as well. An interesting blend of a white ale's starchy/estery/spiciness and an IPAs sharp bitterness and pine/citrus hop character. Definitely refreshing and earthy overall.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a tall Prima Pils glass with a turbid glowing orange amber hue with a bright light off white head forming thick, you can see proteins and yeast sediment suspended in the body. Aroma is full of citrus, spice, and orange peel notes. A nice bready yeast/malt combo going on, almost like a Sam Adams Summer Ale I also notice grains of paradise on the ingredients listed on the bottle. Flavors are really combined into a spice mix pack with a mediocre IPA with citrus forward hops. Very dry presentation the bitterness comes from the spices, orange peel, and hop additions. Somewhere in the mad mix of adjuncts you have a drinkable beer, medium bodied spritzy carbonation, dry bitter finish. Overall not a bad beer and much better than some of the other White IPAs I have tangoed with.

Photo of chinchill
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thin top coat is very durable. Light golden body.

Flowery, hoppy aroma. Distinct but appealing.
T: taste is also quite flowery.enjoyed but couldn't drink a lot of this. Lightly bitter.
Good medium carbonation. Soft and smooth.

O: A distinct and unusual flowery PA.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a nonic)
A- This beer pours a light hazy pale yellow body with a sticky snow white head that makes a bit of lacing with each sip. The second pour creates a dense hazy in the body. There is a relaxed swirling carbonation

S- The floral green pineapple weed hops take on a lemon joy soap aroma as it warms and a peppery finish. During the pour there is a wheat dough aroma but it takes on more of a hair perm smell as the beer opens.

T The dry papery green hops have some dried pineapple hop taste with some spicy hop notes in the finish. There is a watery taste in the finish that is a bit dry. A papery hop bitterness lingers for a moment.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel and a slightly chalky texture with a gentle fizz in the finish.

O- This beer starts of pretty tasty but it falls off quickly to a harsh odd hop flavor and the yeast character disappears as well.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - light clear golden orange with a thin lacing of white head

S - Belgian yeast, spice, tea, herbal

T - herbal hops, citrus, orange peel, some funk

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a pretty nice, well balanced, drinkable white IPA. It has a nice herbal hop character as well as an enjoyable citrus note. The nose was tremendous. Overall, very enjoyable. It's definitely worth a try though it won't appease those looking for something dominantly hoppy or dominantly belgian-y.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The New Holland White Hatter is very nice. I am trying a 2012 vintage. I poured the beer in a tulip glass and it is light copper with thin white head that is leaving a slight lace. The smell provides coriander and slight pine tones. The taste has the scent plus some peppery kicks. The mouthfeel is light in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a good beer and certainly worth a try.

Photo of McNealc31
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy orange with a fluffy white head, as expected, that dissipates quickly. Orange, coriander, and chamomile in the aroma. Light, crisp, and very refreshing. Mostly citrus fruit flavor, but piney hops come in at the end. Especially noticeable in the bitter finish. This is a sacchariferous and subtle beer, with balance from the hops to keep it from getting cloying. Clocks in at just 5.5% ABV, so several of these on a warm summer night would do quite well.

Photo of russpowell
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours am effervescent gold/bronze with a thumb of ivory colored head. Hazes a bit with abovee average head retention & lacing

S: Pears, lemons & grassyness

T: Grassyness & pears up front, plus a touch of grapefruit rind. Orange rind & grapefruit as this warms, some crackery notes & some white pepper. Finishes with orange rind, orchard fruit & coriander

MF: Medium bodied with light carbonation

Drinks easy, not a great BPA, but not too bad

Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange with a huge fluffy white head.

Smells like orange and lemon peel.

The flavor is watered down. A little orange juice and corriander, but that's all.

Thin mouthfeel and heavy carbonation.

Meh, it's a pretty average beer that doesn't offer much.

Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed golden/orange glow with a thin white head. Initial spicy hoppiness on the nose with some yeast and belgian funk, fruity and hoppy.

Very similar to new holland's monkey king. Initial sweetness fades quickly to spicy yeast flavors and earthy and herbal hop flavor. The bitterness tends to mask some of the belgian flavors. Besides a lot of spicy yeast flavor. Very herbal, some faint fruit underneath it all, almost apple like. Bitterness lingers with an apple like sweetness lingering on the tip of the tongue. Medium bodied with prickly mouthfeel. Beer gets a bit better as it warms as your tongue grows accustomed to the bitterness as well. Let's some of the more subtle flavors come through and shows off the complexity of the beer. Flavors are a little muddled and some greatly overpower others.

Photo of Treyliff
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a small creamy white head with a bit of lace

S- herbal hop notes with some flowers notes as well. Peppery spice and clove

T- cracker-like maltiness, coriander spice, a bit of lemon and grass, herbal and vegetal.

M- medium body with a fizzy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- easy drinking Belgian pale, nothing extreme, but enjoyable on a warm day.

Photo of KYGunner
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very pretty pear color or glowing yellow. The head was bright white and bubbly with a lot of active carbonation.

The scent was interesting as it followed th label. Fruity esters, coriander, lemon, orange peel and yeast are stronger but unfortunately there's a medicinal phenolic aroma also.

The taste is light and crisp with banana, very subtle clove, piney hops, coriander, yeasts and light malt.

Overall, this is a nice easy drinking beer with enough complexity to make it interesting but not overwhelming.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark nectarine pour with a translucent clarity is topped off by a spongy-foam ivory colored head that was moderatly lasting. Good sense of micro-effervesce rises at a moderate pace in wavy line fashion.

S: Tangerine-orange, wheat, spicy bright hops are dominant with a bit of tropical fruitiness, mango, that finishes with a touch of tropical greenery.

T: Spicy bright hops for flavor, dry and tart of tangerines, wheat with a soft peppery touch. Tropical greenery upfront but finishes with a bitterness of lemon-citrus. Coconut indications come about upon warming.

M: Spicy mouthful, tart, light bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: Nice white ale, almost witbeer like malting with a pale ale bitterness that was smooth, tart but refreshing as a summer drink.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.65/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pouring very clear pale yellow straw, I imagine that towards the bottom, a little more sediment may make it in to the beer. A sturdy white hat of foam caps the inviting beer leaving patchy lace on the glass.

S - White Hatter exhibits a fresh hop aroma upon first whiff indicating something quite special to come... Bold citrus zest is first and foremost with lemon-lime and grapefruit leading the way followed by some orange peel, perhaps. Mild spices continue to the wit trend while delicately playing off the hops and soft wheat in the background. A pale malt base ties it all together for a great aroma!

T - Unique to say the least, pine resin and citrusy, biting lupulin gland from fresh hops jump out big here, just not in the conventional way. Plenty of spice aids in really creating a unique experience with lemongrass and coriander flavors blending together as the evolving taste incorporates soft wheat flavors and a tasty grainy pale malt.

M - Wheat and oats give the mouthfeel a creamy, smooth entry that lasts from the first splash on the tongue to the swallow but the light body and effervescent carbonation liven things up. Moderate hoppy bitterness and a dry bite finish out with great balance and a draw back for another sip.

O - New Holland's White Hatter is a harmonious masterpiece that could quite possibly be my favorite of their offerings! This delicious treat skillfully blends a moderately hopped IPA with the subtleties and drinkability of a witbier for a refreshing, super-tasty outcome! Hats off to you New Holland!

Photo of minterro
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought at Spartan Spirits. about 2 dollars for a single

A&S: off the bat it smelled really fantastic: banana, cloves, coriander, and orange peels. Its fades a pretty substantial amount but holds onto orange zestfulness, very faint hints of yeasty fruitness. Lively looking transparent pale yellow colored beer. White fizzy head that doesn't retain very well.

T&M: Crisp and refreshing. Mild tasting orangey, zesty, slightly spicy beer. With very little bitterness. carbonation is high and mouth feel is on the low side of medium.

Overall: Very drinkable. In my opinion a pretty typical new holland brew, nothing mind blowing, nothing awful, nothing shocking... ect

Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of New Holland's White Hatter last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I'm not a big fan of New Holland's Mad Hatter IPA, but I enjoyed the rye version so I thought I would take a chance on this one, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up recently so I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Weizen glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a good look to it and I like it more than the Mad Hatter label. It poured a hazy yellow color that took on a nice golden hue when held to the light with two fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin ring that left some nice rings of lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by some wheat, orange rinds, and spices with coriander seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a nice mixture of floral and citrus hops. This beer had a good aroma, it was nicely balanced, it starts off with some nice Belgian Witbier aromas with some nice IPA aromas towards the end, I liked it.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with medium amount of sweetness followed by some wheat, orange rinds, and a lighter amount of spices with coriander still sticking out the most. On the finish there's a medium amount of hops that impart a nice mixture of floral and citrus hop flavors with a medium amount of bitterness and a wheat, orange rind, and floral hop aftertaste. This a good tasting beer that did a great job at representing both styles and keeping them balanced.

M- Smooth, clean, crisp, refreshing, medium bodied, with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was good and it worked well with this beer, I have no complaints.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and it was a good example of the style, it had a nice combination of both styles that was kept very balanced which worked out nicely and I thought the hops complemented the base beer nicely. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, refreshing, and the flavors did a good job at holding my attention, I wouldn't mind drinking a few of these on a nice summer day, the taste keeps me coming back for more. What I liked the most about this beer was the balance, both styles were represented nicely, they worked well together and seemed to complement each other. There wasn't anything that I disliked about this beer, it was fine just the way it was. I would buy this beer again, I thought it was good and priced nicely and I would recommend it to just about anyone. All in all I was impressed with this beer and it turned out better than I expected and I like it much more than Mad Hatter. This was another good beer from New Holland, keep up the good work guys.

Photo of CMUbrew
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint

A: Straw yellow-golden in color with two fingers of bone white head forming on top. The beer has a chill haze, but is mostly clear. Surprisingly little carbonation is visible. Lacing is fairly abundant.

S: The nose is perhaps the best quality of this beer. Smells much like a witbier, with what I would guess is wheat malt being prominent (although I don't know if any wheat is used in this beer). It is most definitely spiced, with grains of paradise, peppercorn, and coriander being evident. Not particularly hoppy, with only minimal citrus peel tones. The spices were meant to shine here and they do.

T: Biscuity maltiness, peppercorns, coriander, wheat twang, yeasty notes, and very faint citrus all come together, but mostly fall flat. Not very high in flavor, though the flavors that are here work together and fall pretty on style.

M: Somewhat watery. Not anything particular really worth mentioning.

O: Nothing overly special here, although I am sure it could be used to great effect in getting Blue Moon fans to venture out into the beer world.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.5 A: Moderately hazed brownish dark yellow color. One finger of frothy white head. Retention is a touch below average and a short ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: I thought this was a witbier when I bought the bottle, but I couldn't have been more wrong (well, maybe if this was an imperial stout I would be more wrong). This is a Belgian IPA for sure. It's intensely hoppy, offering tons of resiny, floral, earthy, and citrusy aromas. Every sniff results in a different subset of the hop aromas coming out. Peppery yeastiness with hints of clove. Light breadiness, but otherwise clean. Bit of sugariness from the hops. Quite pleasant.

3.5 T: Like the nose there's a strong hoppiness in the taste though it doesn't pop as much. Citrusy, herbal, floral, and earthy in that order. Mild bitterness. Light peppery spiciness and even less clove. Bready maltiness that is enhanced by the yeast.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Only slightly creamy with a slight bite from the carbonation. Good enough.

3.0 D: Decent beer, but I was looking forward to drinking a wit. Oh well, I know now. Give it a try.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looks like a witbier with some mild yeast floaties and a mild orange yellow beer. Head is excellent with a 1/2 inch that pulls back to a mild lace ring. Lacing is minimal.

S - Smells like a witbier with orange peel and lemon zest. I like the citrus hops that clash with the whole deal. Pretty nice.

T - I quite like it. Taste more like a a Belgium pale ale with spices. Nice orange and lemon peel with equal balance of citrus hops. Malts and spices seem to be working well but minimal spices.

M - Light to medium body easy to drink.

Overall an easy drinking white IPA and I liked it

Photo of OrestesMethuon
2.55/5  rDev -29%
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.

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White Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 494 ratings.