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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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very good

4,115 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,115
Reviews: 1,634
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 70
Gots: 370 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden visit their website

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: purplehops on 07-08-2001)
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4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There seems to always be a distinct pleasure when drinking a beer that basically defined the style. As originator of today's witbiers, it's hardly arguable that there are any better.

With a soft glow of canary yellow color, the haze of wheat protiens and yeast are evident. The protiens allow for a froathy, cotton head of mousse-like proportions. A very elegant and initing appearance.

Citrus, spice, and floral aromas are a careful blend of corriander, sweet orange peel, and a soft peppery scent; all of which rests on a wheaty scent of light breads or bread dough. Lemony esters and mild malted milk scent give a sturdiness to the nose with zeal and zest.

Lemon flavor with curaco take the early command with an assertive citrus taste. Fresh winter wheat and pilsner malt flavors give a soft bread impression along with mild powdered sugar sweetness and crisp grain flavor follow up and easily govern the middle palate. Crisp lemony notes close the flavor along with a refreshing lactic tartness and malted milk whimsy.

Creamy and somewhat expansive early with a fleeting, spicy finish that reduces to near-watery feel with semi-dry character.

Hoegaarden is the opidome of refreshment with high character and quality. Where the flavor and aroma profiles carry enough complexity with effortless ease, the body might make too quick of a transition and surpasses refreshment into a slight empty or watering ending. Still, nearly an ideal session.

BEERchitect, Jun 29, 2005
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Hoegaarden does some good Belgian beers for a large-scale brewery, and this is the most common one you'll find in bars and restaurants. It's a witbier, and it's pretty middle of the road for its kind, though certainly many have tried to copy it over the years because of its success. I think some of the local craft brews in the US have improved upon the original though.

dcscientist, Monday at 08:19 PM
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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
85 out of 100 based on 4,115 ratings.