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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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BA SCORE
85
very good

3,900 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 3,900
Reviews: 1,621
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 61
Gots: 265 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden visit their website
Belgium

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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Groomsy

Kentucky

3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with "best before" date of December 2011, poured into a tall pilsner/wheat beer glass. Picked this up as a single in a mix-six pack. Review taken from brief notes.

Appearance: One of the palest beers I've seen - nearly yellow/bright straw body - hints of bright orange - with some haze and sediment in suspension. Topped by a large frothy head of bone-white foam which recedes fairly quickly to a small cap of foam. No lacing at all. The glass was clean as a whistle when I finished.

Smell: This may be an old bottle, so this review is by no means objective. (I may get a fresh batch and re-review.) All of the standard witbier smells are there: Spices, citrus, and fresh wheat; but this beer also has some hefeweizen-esque notes of banana and herbs. Pretty refreshing overall, but there's a slight note of skunk lingering in the background. (Old bottle?)

Taste: Not as much as I expected; maybe Sierra Nevada's Hefeweizen spoiled me, or maybe I need to find a fresher six-pack. It follows the nose in the most linear way possible. Fresh wheat sweetness hits the tongue at first, melting into a note of spices and citrus in the middle, followed by a snappy finish of banana and some fruity tartness. Very little hop bitterness to be found here. Not bad, but not great. The flavors overall are rather dull and somewhat watery. Fairly average witbier.

Mouthfeel: A little thinner than I expected, but still refreshing. Snappy carbonation makes it go down smooth and there's not a lot of flavor in the finish, so if you don't want to really think about what you're drinking, you might enjoy this.

Overall: Good place to start for wits, but maybe not the be-all end-all. Again, maybe I need to find a fresher batch and re-review, but I wasn't terribly impressed by this. Or maybe wheat beers just aren't my thing, as I'm discovering. It's worth a try, but it's not fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 04:28:32 | More by Groomsy
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superspak

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into pint glass, best before 8/11/2014. Pours hazy golden straw color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, orange peel, light banana, coriander, clove, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spice, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, orange peel, light banana, coriander, clove, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, pear, orange peel, light banana, coriander, clove, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spice, and pale malt notes; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish as expected of 4.9%, Overall this is a damn nice witbier. All around well balanced and robust flavors of fruity/earthy yeast, spice, and pale malt; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
85 out of 100 based on 3,900 ratings.