Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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3.68/5 rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Appearance - 1.5 fingers of bright marshmallow white head. Very cloudy. The color of the white mud around a thermal vent. Visible clumps of yeast in the clouds, but even after time has passed the cloud color remains. Head clings to the glass well about 2 sec.
Smell - This is by far the greatest point of this beer. As soon as your bring the glass to your nose you notice strong combinations of many smells Lavender, rose, magnolia, tangerine peel, and a bit of fruity hand soap. Strong yeast aroma and a mild malt aroma.
Taste - Initially a sweet sour yeasty taste. A bit of crystal malt. The balance isn't quite as nice as I'd like. The impressive barrage of smells initially leaves you thinking you will get an equally complex taste. But the tastes are more simple. The aftertaste reminds me of sweet-tart candy and lime.
Mouthfeel - Crystalline, almost gritty at moments. Crispy, tingly, medium average viscosity.
Drinkability - Great for dessert. This beer makes me think of vanilla ice cream with a slice of cake. The sourness of the beer would offset well right before or after dessert.
Serving type: bottle
10-21-2009 12:38:00 | More by jeranbrews
4.25/5 rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Not a half bad beer, and one that aims more for simplicity than many similar ones I've seen. Cloudy yellow appearance, with a decent froth that quickly settles down to just a nice lacing. Scent is quite lemony.
The taste is a bit sweeter than I would have expected, with a lemon citric followup. Crisp, clean finish. Rather one of the more quaffable Belgian beers I've had in a while.
A nice, all around, easily drinkable whitbier. Nicely balanced, with no one part overwhelming the rest. Perhaps more a dinner beer than a session beer (tried it with some lemon pork chops, which went quite well), but enjoyable nonetheless.
Serving type: bottle
08-21-2005 23:34:31 | More by SetarconeX
3.65/5 rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5
This is another beer and wit in paticular thatI've been consuming for years and one of the first after moving beyond the mass produced stuff. For one reason or another, I have not reviewed until today. Poured into pint glass at Tracks in Penn Station Manhattan whilst waiting for my LIRR train to celebrate my Mothers birthday. After taking out the lemon the barkeep placed on the pint. Partially hazy golden with a half finger head and decent lacing that faded to a half cap very quickly. Bottom half is almost clear. Nose is mild yeast and lemon and estery dash. Taste is moderate yeasty with lemon accents. Mouthfeel has spiced crispness at the start but weakens much to my chagrin.0r more succintly, it gets watery. Kinda chewy to start and carbonation remains with the legs. Unless my pallet has matured vastly or as many others have mentioned, th taste and body are not what I remember. Do recall reading they went back to old brewry and recipe but not sure. Not to say this is not a fine brew by any means and would recommend to all geeks and neophytes alike.
Serving type: on-tap
07-15-2008 22:26:24 | More by Brianmerrilyn
3.63/5 rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
A- Large foamy white head lay atop a hazy dull yellow beer. Moderate head retention and minimal lacing.
S- Nice fruit aroma, bananas, lemon, orange, also some clove and other spices.
T- Nice citrus flavor up front, orange and lemons, then some banana and clove with a slight copper taste. Little bit of hop bite in the end.
M- Light and fruity, with some mild hop bite and dryness in the end.
This is one of the only witbiers I have had and enjoyed. That said this is a pretty good beer.
Serving type: can
06-15-2009 00:41:41 | More by br3wmeister
3.28/5 rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
To me, this is a largely overrated beer. Granted, I am not a big fan of wits, but I really don't think Hoegaarden has as much depth as some of the better beers in this style. It feels light, but that floral taste is just overwhelming. A little more lemon zest would be nice. Something.
Serving type: on-tap
07-28-2012 20:28:49 | More by TheRealBigC
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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