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 hardy008
1.86/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cloudy lemon color with a 2 finger white head with decent retention and spotty lacing. The aroma has citrus, citrus zest, and coriander. The aroma is somewhat light.

The taste is mostly bitter and has lemon, lemon peel, coriander, pepper, bitter hops, aspirin, and insect repellant. At least it tastes like insect repellant smells. Not a good combination of flavors.

Light bodied with average carbonation, and a dry finish. I have liked the other beers in the Hatter series, but this one is not to my liking. Trying to merge a Belgian Pale Ale with a Witbier is a bad idea.

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Photo of TheMatthi
2.14/5  rDev -41.2%
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 OrestesMethuon
2.55/5  rDev -29.9%
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.

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Photo of benloho
2.81/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

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Photo of Louisville-Beer-Reviews
2.84/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Almost clear, dark straw color with a bubbly (large bubbles) head and heavy lacing.

Aroma: Aroma of wheat; subtle spice, like clove; light, spicy hop; and a synthetic smell akin to bubblegum/fluoride.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Very grainy/wheaty on the tongue, with a fairly thin, flat texture. A slight hop bite on the front of the finish is quickly overtaken by a full, grainy, wheaty flavor. The malts in the finish have a slight roastiness/smokiness to them. The bubblegum fluoride taste is there in the transition into the finish, and it has a synthetic character to it.

Final Word: Sorry folks, but I don’t recommend this one! I’m always reluctant to tell people not to try a beer, but this one just felt like New Holland needs a bit more time to perfect it. The hop and wheat flavors countered each other very well, but the sticking point with this beer was the bubblegum fluoride aroma and flavor. Some wheat beers have a bit of a bubblegum flavor in them, but the degree to which it’s present in this beer is completely out of balance with the other ingredients. It doesn’t complement nor mesh with the other flavors, and doesn’t seem to have a place in the brew. I don’t feel like this is a problem inherent to the fact that it’s a Belgian Style White Pale Ale, but instead that it’s a sub par batch or a recipe that needs perfection. If you’re the type that wants to try something new, I’d wait a year or two and see if this brew is still around, as by then I’d say they’ll have worked out the kinks or you have a chance of getting a better batch than I did, but otherwise I’d choose many other wheaty beers over this one if I wanted that fix. But hey, if you love bubblegum fluoride, have at it!

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Photo of maximum12
2.92/5  rDev -19.8%
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 ChainGangGuy
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
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 seedyone
3/5  rDev -17.6%

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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pale pastel yellow in color. Forms a moderate sized fluffy white head. Minimal lacing.

S: Smells of lemon, yeast, yeasty phenols, and a bit of spice.

T: Lightly sweetness and light maltiness on the front end, then some phenols, light lemon, and spice. Finishes watery, with more spice and a mild bitterness.

M: Lighter bodied with lower carbonation. A bit watery. Mild bitterness.

O: Really not much of a Belgian Pale with only a light amount of Belgian yeast characteristics and just not a whole lot of anything else in the mix. Simplistic, watery, and, in the end, just a fairly average beer.

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Photo of JohannBock
3.17/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of coolestmage
3.17/5  rDev -12.9%

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.

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Photo of BB1313
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
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 thlayli87
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
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 JLaw55
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
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

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Photo of Mikus
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my snifter. NOT a nice looking beer. Definitely unfiltered, light amber with very little head. Great carb bubbles though. Looked kind of like grapefruit juice. Some nice floral notes on the nose, also a bit of orange (and ironically grapefruit). Taste was v. nice... interesting yeasty and crisp malty notes (bit of biscuit?). Strong citrus punch. Much better than the aroma dictated. Rather light mouthfeel, with a clean aftertaste. Wasn't super excited to try his one, but there were some nice surprises anyways... unique and worth a go.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
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 TX-Badger
3.35/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of CarlosRuizsChauffeur
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

A: It looks like the usual Belgian White look, with a hazy orange and light brown hue
S: Smells more tropical than just straight up orange like you usually expect which is actually fairly nice
T: Pretty sweet with tropical notes, but lacking spice and any bite. Not enough carbonation and was almost like drinking a somewhat flat cider
M: The lack of effervescence makes it pretty unsatisfying. It's smooth, but almost too smooth and thin
O: I appreciate the grains of paradise and the more tropical notes for a Belgian; that made it very interesting. But, the lack of carbonation and any bite made it pretty mediocre.

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Photo of Thebrewman
3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
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 BEERchitect
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

If IPA is supposed to be the style where malt character is most suppressed in order to allow hop bitterness, aroma, and taste to become showcased best, then it makes absolute sense for a Belgian-style IPA to use the timid base style of witbier to display such hop character.

The appearance is spot-on for Belgian witbeirs: hazy straw in color, light enough in milky yellow to be called canary. The yeasty haze allows for a shy glow of light to emit. The higher carbonation and loose foam character yields modest head formation, low retention, and low lace. The head character of both Belgian style ales and hoppy ales should be better.

The quintessential aromas of witbier play out with a light doughy scent of baking breads and sugar cookies; and then the spicy/fruity balance of coriander, white pepper, and zested oranges offset the fruit of lemons and apples. But then the more brash aromas of hop introduce herbal, grassy, and grapefruity notes that quickly dominate the aroma profile.

Flavors follow similarly as the light fruity sweetness, cracker-like malts, and marmite provide a wobbly base for the soft coriander and orange peel and the sharper taste of hop derived grapefruit flavor, muddled herbs and grasses, hop vegital matter, and sassafras to dominate. With the modest malt taste, the beer leaves me wanting the support that I miss in American IPA with their firmly kilned 2-row barley.

Light in body, its thinness exposes the grain astringency of over-worked barley and wheat. It also doesn't allow for the disguise of the rougher edges of hops with sweetness or body. It's mid palate is light to the pace of becoming watery before falling to a flimsy fragrant and herbal finish.

But somehow I rather enjoyed this hastily stitched together beer. I still feel that witbier is a formidable base style to experiment with high hop character. Although it's alcohol is slight and and the support is sparse, I rather enjoy the complex complement of spice to hops and feel there's a lot of potential if the witbier part were more authentic.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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