White Hatter
New Holland Brewing Company

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IPA - Belgian
Ranked #276
Ranked #44,944
3.61 | pDev: 13.02%
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
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lic217 from Connecticut

4.06/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: clear yellow with hint of orange, some lacing
Smell and taste: light citrus fruit, ends slightly acidic with some dryness, and just a touch of vanilla
Feel; Very drinkable, prickly carbonation
Overall; an interesting and easy to drink beer

Jun 03, 2017
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

White Hatter pours exactly what it should be : an apricot/golden color with a tall, frothy, almost cappucino-like head. And it just stays. Forever.

Ripe stone fruits on the nose with canteloupe, coriander, pale malts, spring wheat, clove, candied honey-glazed carrots, and faint pine.

Hits hard with the bitterness of an IPA, but takes a soft curve treading gently ending with plush notes of wheat, coriander, banana, and bubblegum.

Delicate, yet plump with fruit and juices, soft as a feather on the palate, very polite and mild carbonation, and a sticky semi-dry finish.

Why hardly anyone else isn't raving about this beer is beyond me. This is a world class offering and totally worthy of merit.

Jul 13, 2016
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ordybill from Georgia

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a tulip glass. The appearance is a cloudy gold color with a small white head. The aroma is slight citrus with some spice and bread. The taste is orange and spice with some wheat tossed in. A good beer.

Jun 14, 2016
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superspak from North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 2/17/2016. Pours lightly hazy deep golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon peel, lime, peach, pear, apple, pepper, coriander, clove, wheat, cracker, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops, fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon peel, lime, peach, pear, apple, pepper, coriander, clove, wheat, cracker, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate herbal bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon peel, lime, peach, pear, apple, pepper, coriander, clove, wheat, cracker, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops, fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness/yeast spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp/sticky, and lightly creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5.2%. Overall this is an awesome Belgian IPA style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops, fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

Mar 06, 2016
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2/2....pours translucent copper with high white foam, over an inch. Wheat nose, soft grains, high fruits. Taste of wheat, sharp tart, citrus, grains, heavy bitter. The belgian twists up the witbier.

Feb 28, 2016
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JLaw55 from Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Kind of funky, not very bitter, very malty. Has a weird aftertaste too. This one comes across more like a belgian beer crossed with a saison. Not getting the IPA profile at all.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

Sep 09, 2015
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Raime from Greenland

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

New Holland White Hatter.

Saw this one sitting on the shelves a few hundred times and never actually picked it up until now. Let's see how it is. I've typically enjoyed the Hatter series out of New Holland so I'm hoping this one won't be much different from my expectations.

Look - Pours a very deep murky orange with a huge slightly off white head that turns into rock formations after about a minute of sitting. The murk somehow makes carbonation impossible to read despite the rather light color of the beer. Head retains very well altroughout the drink and leaves a pile of soapy suds sitting in the bottom of the glass. Lacing is soap bubble like and not very sticky.4.

Smell - Clove like and ripe with orange peel and high doses of citrus. Wheat and a touch of maltiness as expected. 3.75.

Taste - Flavors are very bright and vibrant starting off with a large dosage of lemon zests and wheat with a mixture of balanced citric acid. A touch clove like and quite juicy. Bit of a watery finish, but not much to complain about in this department. 4.

Feel - Mouth feel is pretty light with an exceptionally high dosage of carbonation that makes its present very apparent. As the beer sits it develops a slightly soap like feeling. 3.25.

Overall - Not too shabby. A fine beer for summer and quite sessionable. At $1.79 for a single 12 oz. I'd say I got my monies worth. Nothing that will knock your socks off, but certainly not offensive. 3.75.

Aug 27, 2015
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Thebrewman from Arkansas

3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Closing out the summer with a six pack of these which were on sale. Pours a hazy golden color with a lot of floaties. Lemon and orange scent on the nose. Taste is more tangy than hoppy for a pale ale. However, the finish is still pretty clean. Would enjoy on a hot sumer day.

Aug 18, 2015
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Wookieboy1 from Texas

4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good WPA. Similar to Deschutes Chain Breaker. The coriander spice and orange peel are evident but I'm not tasting the hops so m7ch. Iverall, a solid summer wit

Aug 13, 2015
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kirztenperry_ from Rhode Island

3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The White Hatter pours a light yellow-orangish color. It's flavor is extremely citrusy, acidic, and sweet with little malt flavor. The more I nursed it and the closer to room temperature the beer got I found I enjoyed the flavor more; the acid and citrus seemed more muffled.

Aug 11, 2015
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justinp444 from Michigan

3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Jul 16, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Jul 12, 2015
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Jul 11, 2015
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TX-Badger from Texas

3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Jul 06, 2015
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michiganmatt from California

3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Jun 11, 2015
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Dikfour from Colorado

3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

May 27, 2015
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Mar 29, 2015
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Jan 27, 2015
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Dana_Campbell from Michigan

4.48/5  rDev +24.1%
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!

Jan 25, 2015
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JuicesFlowing from Kansas

4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Dec 27, 2014
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Oct 16, 2014
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coolestmage from Missouri

3.17/5  rDev -12.2%

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.

Oct 07, 2014
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seedyone from New York

3/5  rDev -16.9%

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.

Sep 29, 2014
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simplejj81 from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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.

Sep 27, 2014
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OrestesMethuon from Montana

2.55/5  rDev -29.4%
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.

Sep 20, 2014
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