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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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very good

4,485 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,485
Reviews: 1,682
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 99
Gots: 607 | FT: 1
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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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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured 2/3 into a frosted pint glass, swirled remainder in bottle and poured the rest. Definitely a sexy and refreshing looking beer. Pours a cloudy yellow with nice foamy white head. Lots of noticeable carbonation and unfiltered sediment! Sweet aroma of orange and coriander. The taste meets the nose with the orange and coriander. Very smooth and light. A touch sweet, but good. Refreshing! Great Summer beer no matter how you slice it. I'd have again on a hot Summer day!

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Murky straw yellow, with a decent head that disappears quickly.

Smell: Wheat, grass, lemon, spice.

Taste: Wheat, lemon, spice, grass.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp, with a slightly spicy aftertaste.

Overall: Good beer. Hoegaarden is a classic wit that manages to hold up well in this era of microbrews. Tasty and sessionable.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pale gold body, with a bit of cloudiness; huge head on pour

Aroma: Yeasty; spicy; hint of orange

Taste: Clean and tart; nice spicy finish; refreshing overall

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores

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4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought two 12packs of Long Trail Belgian White (LT) and Hoegaarden Wit (HW) and have been doing side-by-side and successive comparisons over the past several days. The result is a review that contrasts the two of them that I'll try to post under both (with the numbers being different, of course) until someone smacks me down for doing that.

Both beers claim to be made in the tradition of Belgian witbiers, with similar spicing and process. Hoegaarden is basically the prototype for the category, albeit clearly not the best one. LT states it is "modeled after the original Belgian Witbiers brewed in monasteries". As such, it is not a very good model.

Both beers were sampled from 12 oz bottles (HW is actually a slightly smaller 11.25 oz). Each day they were poured in different glassware, although both were poured in identical glasses on the same day. They were given the same amount of refrigeration as well.

HW pours cloudy with no through visibility. Head is white. substantial in some glasses, moderate in others, gradually reducing to a thin layer. Carbonation is moderate. Color is pale yellow, that of a long-whipped egg yolk, which the liquid resembles in appearance.

LT is cloudy, but less so, with very moderate and quickly disappearing head and slight but noticeable carbonation. Color is darker yellow, closer to commercial apple juice.

Both claim to have been brewed with orange peel (from a variety of oranges) and coriander, but the nose and flavor could not be more different.

HW has a characteristic winey yeast odor of a Belgian ale, with a faint coriander aroma along with some sweet citrus. LT has faint yeast smell with strong coriander overtone. If there are any hops present, they are not noticeable in either glass. There is some faint smell of roasted grain in LT.

Taste is radically different. Hoegaarden continues with the strong yeasty flavor, supplemented by malted and roasted grain, with notes of coriander, cloves and sweet orange, gradually transforming into a sweet Dutch licorice finish that lingers for a few minutes but eventually dissipates.

LT has an overwhelming coriander flavor, with sour, but not citrusy yeast notes and some roasted wheat undertone which quickly turns sour in the mouth. The sourness lingers for a while, even after a moderate consumption. Using sugary beverages to get rid of it did not help -- the sourness persisted even after a glass of Coke. A glass of water did eliminate the aftertaste, but it required some effort.

HW is better balanced, with no alcohol feel in the mouth. Although lacking balanced flavor, LT does not taste overly alcoholic, but there is more alcohol feel in it. Both are light and, under the right circumstances, refreshing. With right foods (e.g., Thai and Indonesian curries and Indian food that is not overly saucy) LT can be a very serviceable beer, but the strong coriander flavor and odor make it unsuitable for most occasions, including everyday drinking. HW is a perfectly reasonable everyday pour, especially in the summer. Original or not, it likely would not survive a comparison to some of the better American varieties, such as Allagash, but it can certainly hold its own. Long Trail, on the other hand, has a long learning curve ahead of it as a brewery. Even their best products (pale ale and IPA) seem to offer only a single taste note, where competitors offer a bouquet of flavors and aromas. Hoegaarden does pretty much only one thing but it does it rather well.

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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