White Hatter - New Holland Brewing Company

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Reviews: 89
Hads: 526
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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Reviews: 89 | Hads: 526
Photo of CMUbrew
3.55/5  rDev -3%
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. (1,101 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (490 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden with some minor sediment floating around; fluffy white head and leaves decent lacing. The aromas are what you would expect for a Belgian pale ale. Lots of funky yeast and bubblegum. There's some green apple and pear in the mix as well. The hop aroma is earthy and subtle. Flavors are crisp and refreshing, but nothing groundbreaking. There's a hop bite, but barely. I'm picking up some grass, lemon zest, orange peel. This has your typical herbs like coriander and chamomile, but they aren't aggressive, which is nice. Finishes dry for the most part. It's on the heavier side of light-bodied. Smooth and easy drinking. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

Decent BPA. Not bad, but nothing special. This would be nice for spring/summer/warm weather. (789 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy, gold body with a smallish, brief, white head.

Smell: Soft, faintly toasted wheat malt notes and a touch of yeasty dough with the range of spices utilized here atop the floral, citrusy (in addition to the citrus peelings in the spice repertoire) hops.

Taste: Malted wheat in the fore with a thin sliver of sweetness and slight dough accent before the blitz of spices, hop flavor, and bitterness crackled over the tongue. Feels like there are a few too many members of the spice blend, then, when added to the resiny, leafy, citric hops, the flavor ends up a bit muddled and a bit medicinal. Drying, bitter, spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation, modestly effervescent.

Overall: It's a hopped up, overly spiced witbier. (768 characters)

Photo of Dave_in_GR
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a pale, almost translucent orange - lots of visible carbonation and a small amount of white head that disperses quickly. Smell is very potent out of the bottle, dominated by coriander and citrus, but it fades almost as soon as it is poured into the glass. Taste is similar, some coriander, some orange and lemon flavors, and a lingering bitterness that is probably the hops and maybe the chamomile flavors mentioned on the bottle. Mouthfeel is pretty thin with heavy carbonation. Overall this is a pleasant Belgian White. (572 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of minterro
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
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 (667 characters)

Photo of smooth_aleing
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into Pilsner glass.

A: Nice amber, gaining richness and depth of color towards the head. Light head, with moderate lacing. Great condensation throughout the glass, never seeming to dissipate.

S: Combination citrus and floral notes. Orange, persimmon, tangerine, with light birch and root beer notes.

T: Melon, tangerine, birch. Citrus turns into floral taste, then dissolves right before sip is swallowed. Mild, not at all over-bearing, though the flavor could be a bit more sustained.

M: Great carbonation, no overall coating on tongue. Very light.

O: A great beer for a summer's eve, more complex than Hoegaarden and Blue Moon. Not too overwhelming, nice fruitful light beer. (702 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

To me, this seems to lean into Belgian IPA territory. The back label basically states as much, and there are definitely hop tones going on here. Somewhat earthy with spice tones on there and the typical Belgian characteristics. It works for me and I like it. (258 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (887 characters)

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

Poured from the bottle a hazy nectarine color with a single finger of off-white head. Minimal amounts of lacing left behind.

Delivered a very herbal aroma of coriander upfront with tangerine and mango notes along with Belgian yeast.

The herbalness from the aroma was definitely present in the taste. Hints of spice, black pepper, earthy notes and even a bit of vanilla found as well. Finished with a yeasty bite.

Medium bodied and dry with a moderate carbonation.

An interesting take on the Belgian PA from New Holland. I'm glad I had the opportunity to try it. (565 characters)

Photo of TheMatthi
2.14/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

The beer poured a golden brown with nice lacing. The head was white and quick to diminish

The aroma was floral, orange and hints or coriander

The taste initially matched the aroma but then just fell off - flat. Initially citrus and floral hop notes but then just disappearing into...almost nothing with a bit of yeasty taste.

Overall disappointing on two fronts; firstly my brother who got me a few hatters said it was his favorite; secondly compared to the Farm House Hatter (consumed the previous night) it was a let down (527 characters)

Photo of NilocRellim
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (328 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
3.33/5  rDev -9%
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. (262 characters)

Photo of dfillius
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint. My first white IPA.
A: 1/2 finger of white head with okay retention. Hazy straw gold. Natural flavors listed on label. :-( Which one? Natural wild flavor?
S: Citra, centennial, coriander, orange. Very nice man candy with slight Belgian flair. Slight estery bite.
T: Tart and slight funky kind of candy overtone detracts. Nice hoppy finish that is kind of savory. I wish the hops were more apparent in the flavor. A little sweeter than BIPAs, but very similar. Breathy alcohol is part of fruitiness at the start. Weird, but pleasant overall. With the yeast added at end, it really mellows out.
M: Sweet, full, mildly bitter.
O: Enjoyable and mildly memorable. Would order another, only possibly will buy again. I think a white IPA would be less funky and more hoppy and coriander-y. (801 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
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 (591 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (1,145 characters)

Photo of maximum12
2.92/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a trio of Hatters as soon as they appeared, always a good beer to swill on a warm summer night, & this may be the last of them. Every night might be the last of them in the North Country. 22 oz. bomber split with my wife.

Pour is a radioactive orange - all it lacks is the skull & lightning bolt. Nose is orange & yeast & something odd...menthol? Citrus & grapefruit are quieter. Odd, but nice.

White Hatter doesn't tilt the pinball machine, even with a good whack. It really doesn't taste like much: slight citrus, drop of yeast, a little sweet, pretty high on the carbonation. Orange juice is the only thing that really comes through. It is clean. I'll give it that. And easy to drink, since there's not much to it.

Disappointing. I've enjoyed the Hatters over the years, & this one is by far the weakest of the bunch. Not bad by any measure just kind of...there. There Hatter. Present Hatter. Mediocre Hatter. There you go. (942 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2012 vintage(June release). Pours hazy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big lemon, orange peel, grapefruit, pepper, wheat, coriander, herbal, and yeast spiciness. Fantastic aromas with great strength and balance. Taste of lemon, pepper, clove, orange zest, herbal, wheat, earth, floral, coriander, grapefruit, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of citrus, pepper, coriander, wheat, clove, earth, floral, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Medium high carbonation and medium body; with a slightly sticky and quite crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed after the finish as expected. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian White. Awesome balance of hops flavor, spices, and yeast character; and extremely crisp and smooth to drink. Fantastic, and I really did not expect it to be as good as it was. A welcomed surprise. (1,058 characters)

Photo of Carolvs
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1pt, 6 oz bottle into a tall pint glass.

A - Very bubbly, seltzer-like half-inch of foam that dissipated quickly, but did leave lines of lacing..

Smell - Probably the most notable characteristic of this beer: Strong, unmistakable notes of grape-fruit and citrus.

Taste - Noticeable but not overpowering hoppiness along with a zesty citrus presence.

Overall - Refreshing is the word. Great for a sunny summer day; only draw-back being that it's not really a sipping beer -- you could down this stuff like gatorade (at four times the price and alcohol). Very much a seasonal beer, but an overachiever in its own right: Strongly recommend. (654 characters)

Photo of pt_
4.8/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yes, very good indeed. Couldn't quite put my finger on the unique flavor... but on reading other review, yes I think it is grapefruit rind. Good summer brew. Only problem is that its hit or miss on whether stores have in stock. (The remainder of this review is to bump me up to the 250 character minimum.) (305 characters)

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

Serve on tap in a tulip glass

This beer pours hazy orange with an underwhelming white head. The beer has a ligt fruity aroma from the hops. This beer is all about the hops. The hop profile is really mid country, there is a lot of pineapple, orange, and lemons zestas well as a lot of other fruity notes. I did not get much of the "white" aspect of this beer but I bet it would be easier to differentiate by doing a side by side with the classic mad hatter. Drinks really easy and quite refreshing. A great white IPA, if my memory serves me right I like this more then the original but I didn't have the original fresh from the tap. (632 characters)

Photo of ChrisPratz
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice light and cloudy golden amber coloring that pours to about a half a fingers worth of head that quickly dissipates to a very thin cloud across the top.

S: Very aromatic from the get go. Spicyness hits the nose, with some clove and wheat esters. Also getting some nice apricot and peach flavors with an ever so slight hint of citurs.

T: Spices at the start of the nose, coupled with some nice citrus and tart. Grassy wheat grains are noticeable along with the spice as well as a other flavor I couldn't put my finger on until I read a previous review. Def. hint of coconut or something similar. Really makes the brew stand out. I really enjoyed it!

M: Moderate carbonation with little bubbles makes the thin veil of head stick around for awhile. Slight dry feeling left on the palette on the after taste.

O: Very enjoyable Belgian Pale Ale. Really enjoyed the aromatics and flavors and the slight hint of coconut makes this brew different from most others and I found it very enjoyable. Would love to try it on tap to compare. (1,037 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (782 characters)

White Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.