White Hatter | New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Summer

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Photo of BennyThon
4.99/5  rDev +37.1%
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 pt_
4.8/5  rDev +31.9%
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.)

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.65/5  rDev +27.7%
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!

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Photo of Dana_Campbell
4.48/5  rDev +23.1%
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!

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.33/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of simplejj81
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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.

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Photo of Carolvs
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of Zach136
4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of raznug
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
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 MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle (vintage 2012) poured into a Duvel tulip

A- a moderate pour created a 1-1/2 finger, foamy, khaki head. The body is a hazy, golden-orange color with light carbonation. As it settles out, the head drops to a thin foam and the body clears up and lightens. Decent rings left on the glass. The second pour is quite cloudy with a more dense head, better sustain and stick. Even sediment atop head.

S- Quite hoppy at the crack of the cap. Even moreso with the pour where sweet, citrus, and spice aromas also creep in. It all comes together, working well. Makes me want to take a sip.

T- Oh, that's good. Something of a Belgian IPA, Wit, and Saison-like hybrid. Hoppy up front, sweet and spice through the middle, and another hoppy punch cleans the finish. Hops bring together grapefruit and herbal flavors. Sugary sweetness and crackers in the malt. Pepper and coriander, orange and lemon zest. Citrus gets a little pithy at points, nearly knocking the score half a point.

M- Moderate body and carbonation. Dry sensation from significant hopping. A bit of a hoppy and spicy bite. Mpretty pleasant.

O- it's really refreshing, hitting the spot, post-workout on this hot summer day. It's not a traditional anything, making it a little tough to rate. It doesn't seem to be getting a lot of love from previous reviews, but I'm digging it so I'm going to give some 4's.

I dig the artwork. It keeps in line with the labeling from the original Hatter.

Cap says, "cheese.". While I know the caps are pretty much random words, I'm thinking a mild flavored Havarti or Gouda might work here.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.04/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Hatter comes in many iterations these days, but today, he is like me - an old White guy and in a bottle from The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop, no less.

From the bottle: "Flavorfully blends the soft malt, fruity esters and delicate spcing of a Belgian White with hoppy citrus notes of an IPA. Pleasant hints of tropical fruit are framed with orange peel, chamomile, coriander and grains of paradise."; "Pairings: fish, grilled chicken, hard cheeses."

I agitated the beer prior to my usual aggro pour and as such, I stirred things up real good. It came rushing out, filling the glass with a pseudo-cascade and producing two fingers of mountainous, fluffy, bone-white head that slowly fell, leaving great lacing in its wake. Color was a VERY cloudy orangish-yellow (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose had a musty citrusiness, kind of lemony, but also very dry and dusty like newspapers in an attic. Mouthfeel was soft, caressing my poor, bruised tongue like an old friend. This was like hops tea! It was really mellow, with loads of flavor, like lemon zest, mango, peach, pear, garden flowers and some black pepper. i felt like I was being lulled into a nap. The finish was quite dry, thanks to the spices, but on a hot, humid afternoon, I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of Wookieboy1
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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 nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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 TwelveOunces
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of McNealc31
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle from The Wine Seller in A2. A nice light IPA. Pours a hazy light golden color with a massive frothy head when poured. Smells a bit funky, with definite pine hops and some lemon peel. Equal notes of IPA with the pine and light lemon, and spicy belgian Witbier with the hint of honey sweetness and clove. Light mouthfeel and plenty of carbonation. Not usually big on this style but though that this was nicely done.

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Photo of tigg924
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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