White Hatter - New Holland Brewing Company

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Reviews: 94
Hads: 541
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 31.68%
Wants: 8
Gots: 92 | 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 StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of thlayli87
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer pours a cloudy golden color with two fingers of coarse soapy white head. Good lacing on the glass. Very yeasty nose. The flavor profile doesn't really work. Yeasty funk overwhelms and doesn't allow the more nuanced flavors and spices typical of a wheat beer to shine through. Not terrible, but it clearly misses the mark. Wont be getting this again.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color. A smaller white head sits on top fading to a collar.
Aroma is hoppy and spicy. Some clove perhaps from yeasty esters and fruits.
Taste is dry and tart. Hops give a slight citrus taste along with some spices and chalomile.
Finihes a bit dry and washed out.
Not a bad beer with a desent depth of flavor.

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Photo of BennyThon
4.99/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours light orange small white head good lacing

S - Grapefruit and Hops mostly with a little citrus

T - Delicious, very hoppy but the grapefruit and citrus flavors balance out the bitterness while
keeping the hoppy flavor.

M - Well carbonated, very easy to drink goes down almost as smooth as a shandy

O - Would definitely recommend. If you like Mad Hatter you will enjoy White Hatter. Really hits the spot if you want some hops in your life but arn't feeling the bitterness of an ipa.

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Photo of patpbr
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - pours a ruby to orange color with a quick to dissipate head
S - Fruit, hops and a little sweetness
T - Like the smell, fruit is first noticed. Citrus hops, grapefruit and easy to drink
M - Medium body and high carbination.
O - Good American made BPA.

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Photo of CMUbrew
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of BB1313
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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Photo of Dave_in_GR
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of minterro
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
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

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Photo of smooth_aleing
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of TheMatthi
2.14/5  rDev -41%
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

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of dfillius
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
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

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
2.92/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

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White Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
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