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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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BA SCORE
85
very good

3,797 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 3,797
Reviews: 1,617
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 59
Gots: 223 | 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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falloutsnow

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3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Best by 06/10/2013
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Hoegaarden is unquestionably refreshing and enjoyable, and its aroma and taste are just below the threshold where a bit more presence from each would bring this to a much higher plane. That being said, this is a reliable, perpetually available, and affordable witbier to enjoy when desired.

Pours a substantial 3cm tall head of clean, white bubbles that are medium to small in size, creating a mass of foam that is a bit spongy-looking. Retention is above average, lasting over two minutes in its decline to a 0.5cm cap atop the body of the beer. Lacing is present, but minimal, a few thick blobs and splotches scattered across the insides of the glass. Body is an opaque, cold yellow hue, with light bringing out a very pale, cloudy yellow color. Carbonation is visible streaming along the sides of the glass, apparently numerous and modestly active.

Yeast, lemon citrus with faint tartness, coriander, and a mild herb potpurri. Altogether good, but somewhat wilting: could be bolder and benefit.

Front of palate is sweet with wheat malt flavor, citrus peel, coriander, and faint banana ester. Mid-palate has stronger citrus (lemon) peel flavor, coriander, creamy wheat malt sweetness, faint bitterness. Back of palate picks up sweet wheat-focused malts, coriander, and banana ester. Aftertaste of yeast, banana ester, faint citrus peel, coriander, and a wheat-centered malt base.

Beer is medium-light in body, with plentiful, but soft carbonation that results in a soft, foamy mouthfeel that is quite enjoyable. Closes semi-dry, with light stickiness lingering across the palate. Very drinkable, repeatedly, exceptionally inviting here.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 06:16:24 | More by falloutsnow
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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
85 out of 100 based on 3,797 ratings.