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White Hatter - New Holland Brewing Company

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Reviews: 93
Hads: 534
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 8
Gots: 90 | 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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Reviews: 93 | Hads: 534
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)

Photo of Zach136
4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Deep gold body, with a nice white head and excellent lacing.

S - Big fruity notes, im guessing a combination of yeast/hops. I get a good bit of pineapple and kiwi.

T - More piney hops come out on the palate, good bit of the pineapple-kiwi fruit as well. Low bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, milky mouthfeel.

O - A good example of the style, not my favorite but an awesome summer time brew I'm happy to drink any time. (424 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (1,394 characters)

Photo of benloho
2.81/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

My first beer form New Holland.
A: Cloudy pale orange color. Looks like a Belgian Wit in the glass. Minimal head. There's some good lacing and lot's of bubbles streaming up from the bottom.
S: Citrus. Orange. Coriander. Maybe a little pineapple. Lots of sweet orange peel on the nose which is inviting.
T: Not very pleasant to me. A lot of orange up front with a little hop character. But at the end a stale bitterness like I'm sucking on orange peel.
MF: Not as creamy as I'd expect from a type of witbier. Doesn't seem like an IPA at all. Good carb on it, but no balance and weird overall.
O: I see what they're trying to do here. A WPA - blending a Belgian wit and an IPA. Seems more like a Belgian pale to me. No IPA characteristics at all. The orange peel overwhelms the hop character. (790 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

2012 vintage bottle at 45 degrees F into standard pint glass
Aroma weak, no coriander or other spice odors, just smells wet
Head average (3 cm), white, creamy with rocks, rapidly diminishing to 2 cm layer
No lacing
Body medium yellow, clear, a few bubbles rising, but not enough to be considered sparkling
Flavor also weak – no spiciness or yeasty phenolic overtones usually associated with a Belgium style anything – no alcohol, no malt, no hops, no diacetyl, no aftertaste
Palate light, watery, soft carbonation

I’m not quite sure what the reason was to brew this beer – as it warmed up, still no flavor or aroma, just developed a more lively carbonation. For me, this beer has to be described in null terms. It was cellared by a six-pack store in Erie under low light conditions at about 29 degrees C. At least it was not offensive, kind of like drinking a weak sparkling water. (890 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is most definitely an intresting ale.

It pours with some sediment a nearly clear golden color. The aroma is crisp and interesting.

The taste is also crisp and bitter with abit of yeasty funkiness. The afterfaste is less yeasty than you would expect.

Perhaps I should have been more careful about sediment, but it is still an interesting brew. (352 characters)

Photo of mhaugo
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle decanted into an oversized snifter. 5.5% ABV.
Appearance: Fogged in amber with a light dusting of foam on top (3/5).
Aroma: Cider and orange peel. Black pepper and burned marshmallows. Maybe a bit of stewed vegetables. Very interesting. Not sure the vegetables are intentional, but everything else is nice (3.5/5).
Taste: Very dry. Dark tea, toasted malt, plums, and rich citrus. Finishes with a very faint suggestion of honey. Unless New Holland intentionally oxidizes this beer, I’m guessing this bottle is a little past its prime (3.5/5).
Mouthfeel: Medium body, light carbonation. There is a nice creaminess throughout (3.75/5).
Overall: I applaud this beer for being highly unique. The interesting combination of flavors and smells, along with that distinctive mouthfeel, make for a very memorable experience. It is listed here as a Belgian Pale Ale, which it is not, but I honestly don’t know what else to call it. I’m guessing that’s what the brewers had in mind. I wish that my bottle had been a little fresher as I would really like to like it more. I’ve tried to neutralize the aging flaws in my rating (3.5/5). (1,147 characters)

Photo of dwren89
3.77/5  rDev +3%
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. (298 characters)

Photo of Mrappinin
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at Public House in Norfolk. Poor's a light lemony golden color with a thin white head that sticks to the glass as you drink. Smell of slight lemon grass and wheat, citrus hop aroma fallows. Taste of slight malty wheat and lemon peel. The hops have a very piney quality at the end. I enjoyed this beer, very drinkable especially for the summer months. A fairly overlooked brew with a unique quality. (414 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up recently, having never tried this before and intrigued by the idea of a Belgian White mixed with an IPA. This felt stronger than it really was and had there been more wheat and Witbier-like flavors in this, this could have been a great beer. On it's own, it's easily enjoyable and unlike anything else that I could find on a shelf at the moment!

The pour to this was quite good, as the dark goldenrod hue and fluffy heat meshed well together. There was a bit of sediment at the bottom of the bottle as well, which had to be swirled out and poured in to top this off. Lots of yeast, sour funk, grass, and herbal notes to this but mostly in the taste, as the aroma was fair but could have been more noticeable. The mouthfeel was good with a fair amount of carbonation but a bit more wheat and banana could have been present here to enhance the flavor profile of this beer. The aftertaste was a bit medicinal but the funk faded nicely and the hops tasted quite European as a lingering bitterness and strength were almost not to be found here.

Although this wasn't strong, it felt a bit more potent than it was in actuality. This was pretty unique but only because I've never had a Belgian IPA that was supposedly brewed like this. The bottle says that there were notes of coriander and grains of paradise here, along the lines of a Sam Adams Summer offering. While they could be detected to some extent, the citrus bite faded quickly after the initial kick. Had they endured longer, it would have rounded out this beer nicely and complemented the Belgian aspects of this. Take it for what it is - it's a fun style that served as a steppingstone for what else is possible and still went down relatively easily. (1,724 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (805 characters)

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

My pour got a finger and a half of nearly white head. The dirty straw yellow body is rather murky.

I get grass, gardeny hops and hint of citrus.

This beer is interesting. I get garden, herb, grass, a hint of pine and lemon, with a little banana on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied. Slightly dry finish. (323 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.77/5  rDev +3%
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. (791 characters)

Photo of JohannBock
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my 21st birthday mug

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head that is white and pillowy and settles into a nice consistent foam on top. Hazy golden brown color in the middle fading to just golden on the outside.

S: Grassy, herbal, and slightly floral nose to it.

T: Hop bite right off the bat followed by sweet grains and some belgian yeast character. Follows up with the herbal hop flavor that was in the nose.

M: Medium mouthfeel with lots of scrubbing carbonation

O: Ok beer, not the best example of the style I've had but definitely not a bad beer. It seemed like they didn't commit to which of the two characteristics they want to feature. It wasn't very IPA like nor belgian like. Sort of a bland mashup of the two. Easy drinking and not a bad beer but probably won't seek it out again. (796 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (266 characters)

Photo of McNealc31
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (468 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (511 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

White Hatter

Pours a hazed white-yellow with a white sizzling, crackling head that forms a pillowy foam. Laces the glass expertly and looks like a good looking Witbier. Smell of citrus, herbs, lemongrass, bread. In the taste, some lemony citrus, green banana, coriander, orange peel and pine all join together. Strongly bitter, which works well with the citrus peel and lemony wheat notes. Medium bodied feel, well carbonated and finishes with citrus and hop. Overall, this was a very good beer. I would certainly have it again sometime, as White Hatter makes for a refreshing drink. (584 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (448 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy and strangely dark yellow. Nice cut of foam on top.

Smells of banana and cream. Some clemrntine and wheat and hints of bubblegum and coriander.

Tastes creamy with artificial banana, pina colada, orange, citric hops, wheatiness, flamboyant yeast, and some bubble gum. Lightly hoppy. Strange. Semi-sweet. Almost tropical.

Smooth drinking. Carb has nice bite. Body is filled out, too.

A BPA? That's a stretch. I'll say it was fun. (436 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle painted with C043, meaning this was bottled March 4th 2013. Poured into a shaker pint on May 29th.

Appearance: A super hazy orange color with a good amount of chunkification. Two finger head doesn't last long, even with an aggressive pour. Lacing is okay.

Smell: I almost pick nothing out of this. A very slight trace of coriander, clove, pale malts, and the Belgian-y yeast, but it's hard to pick up. Doesn't smell bad, but not much going on.

Taste: Eh... I don't know. I wasn't thinking that I'd love this one because I was told it tasted a good bit like a Witbier, which I'm not a big fan of, and I was pretty much right. I do like that it's not too heavy on the banana/clove/coriander notes that are typical in a Witbier, but I'm still not loving it. It drinks like a light Wit or even a Hefe, but with the same amount of ABV. Just not much going on here. The light banana and malt flavor almost gives this beer a Play Doh sort of taste, but it manages to stay drinkable. Aftertaste has Belgian yeasty tastes, and the burps taste of hops.

I haven't had anything that I've truly *REALLY* enjoyed from New Holland, and White Hatter is no different. It's a decent beer, but it's not all that interesting or memorable. (1,229 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (2,792 characters)

White Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.