Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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4.15/5 rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
A: Pours a hazy yellow with frosty white highlights and a creamy white mousse. Though the head retention could be better, Hoegaarden's appearance is unique among witbiers.
S: Gentle on the nose with aromas of orange, lemon, wheat, cream, and pepper. The spiciness is noticeable, but not over-the-top.
T: More complex than I initially expected. Notes of cream, vanilla, wheat toast, orange peel, coriander, banana, and white peppercorn swirl across the palate. I also detected faint traces of nutmeg and clove, though the beer does not contain these spices. The finish is spicy and quenching with notes of pepper, coriander, and orange peel.
M: This is my only real complaint with this beer. Light bodied, dry, and gently carbonated, it comes off as being a bit watery. It's not awful, but it needs a little more heft.
O: Though the quality of the bottled product can be variable, I still think Hoegaarden is an excellent Belgian witbier. I've been drinking it for several years and have not been able to detect the so-called loss of character that other reviewers have claimed to notice. I would love to have this in Belgium to see if it's better over there.
Serving type: bottle
11-17-2011 14:33:02 | More by mrfrancis
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