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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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BA SCORE
86
very good

4,322 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 4,322
Reviews: 1,650
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 81
Gots: 469 | FT: 1
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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3.04/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from a six-pack.

A: Pours a slightly hazy chalky lemon gold with a couple fingers of fluffy bone white head that faded into a thick film.
S: Chalky wheat, mildly spicy yeast, and a hint of lemon citrus and pepper.
T: Crisp wheat, chalk, pepper, and faint clove, coriander and banana. Light and mild overall. Slight mineral water.
M: Foamy yet soft carbonation, medium-light body, crisp, clean, soft and smooth mouthfeel.
O: Solid and very drinkable but overall pretty plain.

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3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #22 of the ones I've reviewed here.

I think it's neat that beer in America has gotten to the point where something like Hoegaarden is reasonably available, at least in cities. Heck, I know a strip bar that carries this, and they sell a fair amount of it, too.

Looks fantastic, just like this style should, a very pale yellow with a resistant head. Nose is light but evocative, sweet orange juice and spice. "The flavors are actually, I think, quite complex, the hops and spice are more into play and while there's still citrus, we've shifted to lemon peel/lemon oil. Finish is sort of a gentle wash of hops that is quietly assertive without getting out of hand, if that makes any sense at all.

I like this beer -- particularly in warm weather it's very nice indeed. As is often the case I could stand for the mouthfeel to be more assertive, to provide a better foundation for the flavors -- it's a little too light, I think, for my taste. But all in all a classic that deserves it's standing.

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3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Served very cold in 22 ounce mug. Bright yellow, and hazy in appearance, very appealing color, but poor head retention and zero lacing. Smells really interesting, even for a wit, with all the smells from a bowl of fruit loops. Taste was strangely spicy on the front end, and then refreshingly sweet and fruity on the finish. Thin in the mouth, but bubbly somehow. I was really thirsty, and this beer hit the spot. I loved it so much, I decided to brew my own version of it! Way better than the more widely available Coors version of the same style.

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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a frozen tumbler glass.

A - Pours a cloudy tan-yellow, with about two fingers of thick white head. Leaves some attractive clumpy lacing.

S - Boosh. Pretty heavy on the coriander, but it's the flagship ingredient. Some malts and hops, wheat, citrus.

T - Lots of coriander and wheat, not overly heavy on the citrus. A dab of banana and clove, maybe, but maybe I'm just imagining it due to what's typical for this style of beer. Strike the banana.

M - Pretty light, kind of a soapy feeling (but not taste, that would be bad). Bit of an odd aftertaste, but it's coriander-related, whatever it is.

O - This seems like a love-it-or-hate-it. The spicing is probably too bold for those who prefer more subtle flavorings, but those who like things up close and personal would probably love it. I can appreciate both depending on the beer, but I fall into the love it column on this one.

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
86 out of 100 based on 4,322 ratings.