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 StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i am quite surprised to see this beer rather so low on here. i find it delightful, and different from the rest. the belgian yeast isnt nearly so ester laden, not so fruity and dominating, its just drying and complimentary to everything else going on. wheat base is a little darker than most, with a bronze hue to it and a nose propelled primarily by the orange. seems like more than just orange peel, but flesh too, especially in the flavor, like it was just fresh squeezed right in. the chamomile is subtle in this, but adds another layer thats accentuated by the yeast. more green tea bitterness than anything else, herbal, fun, bright. its hopped more like an american pale ale than an ipa to me, not subtle, but not huge and oily and bitter either. its in the middle somewhere, with hops that balance and add backbone to the citrus of the orange. the finish is clean and light, and thats where i taste the belgian yeast the most. great carbonation, thicker body for the style too, which makes it rather satisfying. a very cool take on the style, and i think this beer deserves a little more credit than it currently has. not the best white ipa out there, but one of the more interesting ive had lately.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
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 zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, pale gold color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus and grains. Some caramel and fruitiness.

T - It tasted very citrusy with some candy-like flavors. Good blend of grains and caramel with a touch of spicy bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a fairly dry finish.

O - This is an interesting ale. It definitely blurs style boundaries.

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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a small tulip glass a slightly orange tinged lemony yellow with a half finger white head that left a few broken chunks of lace as it settled pretty quickly.Spiced phenols and tropical citrusy fruits really stand out in the nose over top of toasted grain.Very citrusy on the palate,I mean the citrus really jumps out at ya,mild phenols and again toasted grain underneath.Not bad with it's big citrusy flavors but not real overly complex.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
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 chinchill
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thin top coat is very durable. Light golden body.

Flowery, hoppy aroma. Distinct but appealing.
T: taste is also quite flowery.enjoyed but couldn't drink a lot of this. Lightly bitter.
Good medium carbonation. Soft and smooth.

O: A distinct and unusual flowery PA.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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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 russpowell
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours am effervescent gold/bronze with a thumb of ivory colored head. Hazes a bit with abovee average head retention & lacing

S: Pears, lemons & grassyness

T: Grassyness & pears up front, plus a touch of grapefruit rind. Orange rind & grapefruit as this warms, some crackery notes & some white pepper. Finishes with orange rind, orchard fruit & coriander

MF: Medium bodied with light carbonation

Drinks easy, not a great BPA, but not too bad

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Photo of woodychandler
4.03/5  rDev +11%
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 WVbeergeek
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a tall Prima Pils glass with a turbid glowing orange amber hue with a bright light off white head forming thick, you can see proteins and yeast sediment suspended in the body. Aroma is full of citrus, spice, and orange peel notes. A nice bready yeast/malt combo going on, almost like a Sam Adams Summer Ale I also notice grains of paradise on the ingredients listed on the bottle. Flavors are really combined into a spice mix pack with a mediocre IPA with citrus forward hops. Very dry presentation the bitterness comes from the spices, orange peel, and hop additions. Somewhere in the mad mix of adjuncts you have a drinkable beer, medium bodied spritzy carbonation, dry bitter finish. Overall not a bad beer and much better than some of the other White IPAs I have tangoed with.

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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 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 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 feloniousmonk
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to stop agreeing with people who say the "black IPA" is the latest hip trendy style. Keep forgetting that the new cliche everyone is dying to try is this one, the White IPA. Take an existing style, hop it up, and give it a new name. Is that how we do things? Hm.

Anyway, let's try this out, one of the Hatter series, the White Hatter Belgian-style White Pale Ale, which I presume is a witbier with extra hops. "Ale brewed with natural flavors, brewed and bottled by New Holland Brewing Company, LLC, Holland, MI. 1 pint, 6 fl.oz." No word on alcohol content.

Clear, pale golden appearance, slim, soon gone head.

Aroma: sweet, floral, & fruity. Every bit a wit. Love it, citrus notes, orange and coriander. Very airy, and lively, and pretty, with a hoppy undercurrent.

Taste: there it is, the marriage of wit and IPA, high hopping mixed with wheat, citrus zest and spice. Smooth, sweet and sessional, for sure. But I'm not sure those hops work well in this blend. Let's keep drinking and find out for sure….

While we drink, let's read" "White Hatter flavorfully blends wheat, oats, & barley with hops & spices; artfully sewn together with delicious notes from fermentation. Pairings: seafood, fennel, mushrooms." "delicious notes from fermentation"? That's odd, never heard that before. A new way to say "yeast"?

Everything is fine with this ale except that no matter how artfully sewn together they might seem,
I don't think they work well together at all. Are going to have more of this, hoppy wheat ales, will there be India Weizens and such? I hope not. Some things are classics for a reason, and don't need tinkering.

Here comes the celery, here comes the pepper. Smooth wheat, and then just a smack of bitterness on the tongue. I still don't think the parts mesh well. A hoppy witbier is never on my wish list of beers, it's not a style that needs improvement by adding more hops.

Can I be pegged as a traditionalist? Perhaps. I'm still against imperializing everything under the sun. Wheat IPAs, India Wits, which ever way you paint it, it's just not working for me.

But not a bad experiment, in the least. And, actually, what do you know, but halfway in, the best of it's parts outshine the least. Liking it more.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

White Hatter

Pours a hazed white-yellow with a white sizzling, crackling head that forms a pillowy foam. Laces the glass expertly and looks like a good looking Witbier. Smell of citrus, herbs, lemongrass, bread. In the taste, some lemony citrus, green banana, coriander, orange peel and pine all join together. Strongly bitter, which works well with the citrus peel and lemony wheat notes. Medium bodied feel, well carbonated and finishes with citrus and hop. Overall, this was a very good beer. I would certainly have it again sometime, as White Hatter makes for a refreshing drink.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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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 barczar
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden apricot color with a half inch ivory head that dissipates into a pool of foam, leaving sheets of lacing.

Belgian yeast, esters of apple, pear, lemon, and peach complement a backbone of wheat and coriander to form a fairly complex aroma.

Citrus, wheat, and belgian yeast dominate the flavor. Notes of pineapple, orange, grapefruit, and coriander lead into a fairly bitter finish, which becomes peppery in the aftertaste. Phenols become evident as it warms.

Body is moderately light, with fairly high carbonation. It finishes pretty dry.

Overall, a good belgian-influenced wheat beer with substantial complexity. Finish was a bit short and dry.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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 TX-Badger
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
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 tigg924
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
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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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 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 barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Rigorous pour reveals a hazy, golden/pale rust colored ale with a bubbly, white head that holds decent retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. Aromas are fruity grapefruit zest, wheat, biscuit, orange zest, Belgian yeast. Tastes are orange peel, orange pith, grapefruit, chalk, wheat, coriander, pine, acetylsalicylic acid. Body is medium with higher carbonation, finishes bitter and astringent. Overall, it's good, but the aspirin notes coupled with its dry finish takes away from it.

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White Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
3.63 out of 5 based on 589 ratings.
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