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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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Hoegaarden Original White AleHoegaarden Original White Ale

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very good

4,440 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,440
Reviews: 1,671
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 95
Gots: 561 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: purplehops on 07-08-2001

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3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a hazy straw colored brew with a two finger white head. The head had a moderately good level of retention, fading over time to give decent lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of wheat and citrus with the citrus being of lemon and grapefruit. Mixed with these aromas are some lighter spicier aromas of a coriander and some lemongrass, producing overall a classic wit aroma

Taste –The taste begins with a wheaty and lemon flavor upfront. The taste sweetens quickly as flavors of tangerine and banana come to the tongue. Along with these sweeter flavors, so to comes a light spice flavor of coriander. These tastes take the taste to its end, leaving a sweet citrus flavor of orange and sweet white grapefruit as well as some wheat flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly lighter side with a carbonation level that is a tad on the higher side. The overall feel is rather nice of the style as it makes it quite easy to drink and suits the sweeter and citrus flavors quite well.

Overall – Quite an easy drinking and refreshing wheat and sweet citrus brew.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 330 ml bottle (best by November 22, 2013) into a nonic.

A-The brew pours like soda-pop with a short-lived, thin white head and light body. The brew is murky, as you would expect, and light yellowish, golden, straw in color. No bubbles were visible.

S-The smell is a pleasant lemon-forward affair with some spice, some grassy wheat, and a touch of sweetness. Pretty true to style.

T-The taste is slightly more tart than the smell, and still full of lemon. The grassy wheat and spice are present, but play somewhat muted roles. It is simple, but again, pretty true to style.

M-The feel is a little too fizzy, with a lighter body that you would expect. Still, this is refreshing and drinkable for a summer's day.

O-Compared against great wit beers, the grand-daddy that is Hoegaarden falls a little short in the complexity and strength departments. The looks are pretty weak, too. Nevertheless, this beer is quaffable and a good fit for a hot summer's day.

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3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle served in a pilsner glass
Cloudy pale gold with a huge white head comprised of tiny bubbles that takes a while to settle and laces nicely. The smell is clean wheat maltiness with lemon and orange citrus combined with some peppery spice pretty much spot on for a Wit. When it comes to the taste the spices come out in the front with the citrus moving to the background, a background well framed in by the wheat. Also perceivable is some yeast character but overall everything is a bit overshadowed by the coriander spiciness. The mouthfeel is acceptable with high levels of carbonation combined with a light body however I would have preferred it to be a bit crisper with a cleaner finish. Overall this is a very commendable example of the style and as one of the most easily recognized and available witbeirs it is doing the style justice

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
85 out of 100 based on 4,440 ratings.