Hoegaarden Rosé - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 2.86
pDev: 25.87%
Wants: 9
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: Absumaster on 05-03-2007

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Reviews by biboergosum:
Photo of biboergosum
2.68/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

250ml can, 3% ABV, a single (dubbed 'Rosée' here) procured for a twoonie and a loonie (how could I pass that up?) at the best new liquor store in my formerly remote-seeming home town. Oh, and only 90 calories for all you concerned with your overindulgence over the past month. Me, I'm still at it.

This beer pours a cloudy, muddled pinkish-orange colour, with one finger of limply foamy dishwater beige head, which leaves a few instances of bleeding sandbar lace around the glass as it hastily fades away.

It smells predominantly of semi-sweet green raspberries, some musty leafiness, a further blended, tart fruity character, a very soft wheaty graininess, and flinty, plastic, sugary notes. The taste is rather sweet raspberry, strawberry, and apple puree, another sort of alien metallic sugar essence, faint grainy wheat malt, some untethered acidic citrus, and very little, if any, hop offset.

The bubbles are rather sedate, the body a sugar-enhanced medium weight, and kind of pithy, but smooth enough, I suppose. It finishes still sweet - mixed-berry fruit, fake sugar - and little else.

While not all that offensive - it's really just a slightly malty fruit beverage- it's the various soda-pop manufacturing tactics so evident in the list of ingredients that put me off the most. A patently unnecessary dumbing down of a more or less venerable witbier name.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ricke
2.19/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Dark pink color with reddish hues, quite cloudy. The head is about 2 cm and has a light pink color. It settles fast and leaves small lacings. Of course, this looks kind of weird judged as a witbier, but it's actually quite good looking and since it's brewed with fruit juice, I assume that the pink color is ok.

S: A weak smell completely dominated by candy-like raspberry aromas. Faint notes of wheat, yeast and vanilla sugar. A boring smell, not very pleasant.

T: The taste is actually just bad. It's weak and one-sided. It's very very sweet, and I mean like sugar, with almost nothing else than cloying candy-like artificial raspberry flavors. No tartness what so ever that could balance the sweetness. Some notes of banana, wheat, faint spices, yeast and perhaps some malts. The finish is short and just has some faint notes of raspberries to it.

M: This is actually the worst part of this beer. It's sticky and it clings onto the mouth in a very unpleasant manner. After a while, it gets really disturbing. Medium body, low levels of carbonation.

D: This is simply just a really bad beer. I had trouble finishing a glass of it, and I can't come up with a single reason to drink it again. Not recommended.

Photo of ggaughan
2.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle sampled on 6 April, 2008.

The beer poured a cloudy brownish-red color, almost iced tea looking. The head was about half inch, off white head that quickly receeds to a nice ring and island in the middle. The nose was very floral, big grapefruit and citrus. The taste was refreshing and berry but not overly syrupy as I was expecting. Other than that, there is not much else in the taste worth noting. More like a fruit drink. I think I dumped the rest.

Photo of Flemingpt
4.31/5  rDev +50.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Colorful and very tasty. Recommended for those who appreciate fruit flavours.

Photo of trappistlover
4.1/5  rDev +43.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(bottle courtesy of Fata2683!!). Pours a cloudy apricot color with off-white head. Aroma is loaded with tart raspberries, hard candy and some wheat. Taste is sweet from the raspberry and malts. Thin bodied with a smooth fruity finish. I know its not cool to like this but I think this is a super-easy drinking beer and it tastes great. Heaven forbid a fruit beer is ranked highly.

Photo of Squelch
2.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Cloudy rose colored. Nice lacing. White head

Smell: fruity smell here. Very nice

Taste: Way too sweet. Not appetizing. Tastes like a bad cherry pie.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy. Heavy bodied.

Overall: Not a great beer. I would not drink it again.

Photo of metter98
3.16/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle at Meneer Nilsson, Amsterdam, Netherlands

A: The beer is hazy rosé in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin whit head that died down and left a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of sweet raspberries are present in the nose.
T: Lie the smell, the taste is rather sweet and has flavors of raspberries-but of the artificial syrup type.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and somewhat refreshing but the sweetness prevents it from being thirst quenching.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.65/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

25cl brown bottle drank 5 days before its Best before Date, 17th Aug 2008.

Poured into a 'Mort Subite' flute.

Cloudy, murky blood orange colour with a head that has a hint of redness in its makeup. A lot of carbonisation rising through the cloud to the head.

Raspberry aroma, mixed with other red berries and sweet grapefruit. A fairly sweet smell, but not overally sickly.

Aimed at the young/female side of the market, I am not sure the old brewery owners would have made such an obvious 'alco-pop' style beer. The sweetness of the aroma carries on through to the taste, but this time it is a bit sickly and one small bottle is enough for me. The other three in the pack were given to Ladies to try and they all enjoyed them.

Mouthfeel is fine, if you like sugared fruit juice with bubbles. I didn't really take to it.

Different and sweet, not my 'Cup of Tea'.

Photo of ThaCreep
2.71/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Nose of raspberry that is still quite pronounced with a mouth slightly acid and sweet. The taste of beer is not present but we feel certain keys wheat specific Witbier. There is a little bitter, somewhat weak in the finish. And although no noticeable saturation excessive sugar or syrup, beer is too much to think of grenadine to be significant.

Photo of spinrsx
2.68/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Hazy pink/red colour with an average size slightly pink and white head. I can't see much carbonation and there is some fairly decent lacing. The head lasted 3-4 minutes.

Smell - raspberries, sugar

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and a of course most of the taste is made up of raspberries. I've had some other raspberry beers before and this one tasted less artificial. There is also lots of sweet sugar taste and some tart citrus notes. It finishes with a sweet raspberry aftertaste.

Overall - Another bottle that was a gift to me. Not something I would normally buy for sure. It's not great but it was better than their Citron beer.

Photo of Douberd
2.03/5  rDev -29%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 300 ml bottle.
Colour is hazy deep pink (or light red? I don't know, I'm a man) with medium head that disappears fast. Aroma is fruity.

Taste followes aroma, quite artificial though. Lightly carbonated, as much as an carbonated Ice-Tea, or lemonade

Nothing special but if it's too early in the morning or another occasion where you shouldn't drink beer, that can save you the troubles

Photo of Absumaster
2.9/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A new trendy witbier from Hoegaarden, what are they thinking? Let's review: appearance is right, a orange pink beer which is very murky and has a big, stable head.

Smell is very fruity with raspberries and roses, a bit like a lemonade syrup. It appears to be kind of sweet.

Taste is sweet and sticky, the raspberries appear a little artificial and like lemonade. This looks more like a sweet juice of some sort of fruit, sweet and not very quincing. On the label wheat and coriander is mentioned, but the overly sweet body overrules this completely. I has very little to do with a regular witbier. Mouthfeel is sticky.

Photo of Rivoire
1.58/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

No taste of beer, only for refreshing the mouth...

Photo of Everydayoff
3.48/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap served in a Hoegaarden pint glass at the Belgian Beer Fest @ K Village, Bangkok, Thailand.

Pink in color blends with some ruddy, orange hues, natural cloudy showcase with thick velvety head withal excellent retention, a head is not totally white but slight tinges with raspberry hue. Many clusters of lacing patch left once it dissipated.

Raspberries dominant mingle with fruity esters, some spice from clove and coriander, a bit citrus.

Also dominant by raspberries sweetness with aid from fruit estery, citrus zesty. Hop bitterness is almost unnoticeable.

The body is medium, smooth with proper crispness but not as refreshing as its original wheat beer.

Like attenuating version of the original Hoegaarden that rarefies some characters and bring the added fruit portion upfront. Anyway, still an easy and enjoyable drink.

Photo of janubio
3.03/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

250 ml. bottle. A fruit beer made not with lambic, but with white beer.Pink salmon thick head, with a pinksih foam that doesn´t hold much. Smell of raspberries, with a hint of corainder and spices. Too sugary in the palate, though one can feel some sourness, taste is esentially raspberry. I can't say I find it interesting, give the real Hoegaarden anyday.

Photo of bark
2.14/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The colour is brown-red, the liquid is cloudy. The finger thick head sinks slowly into a thin pinkish layer leaving some lacing.

The smell is frowsy with some sour notes of raspberries and cherries plus a hint of yeast.

The taste is terribly sweet in an artificial cheap-soda way. Some notes of fruit flavouring - raspberries, cherries, red apples. There are some notes of sour wheat beer in the background, as some bitter yeasty flavours. The aftertaste is dominated by sweet fruit candy, raspberry syrup and sweeteners.

The carbonation is very strong with lots of small sharp bubbles. The liquid is a bit thin.

I won't have this again.

Photo of Bradthoc
3.75/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served this in my Hoegaarden Rose tulip glass.

Beer pours a vibrant pink to light red with a creamy/frothy white head, and hold nicely.

The smell is that of strong fruits, slight wheat, and sugar.

Tasting the beer was an experience. It is not a kriek, but my mind was only expecting that result. The flavors are gentle, at least at first, and coat the palate with the taste of raspberries, other light berries, sugars, and a simpleness of the wheat.

The beer left my mouth feeling dry, similar to that of an original Hoegaarden, and after a single bottle almost felt like the flavors of the beer took over and sat heavily. A little too sweet to drink more than one.

Photo of ctdfalconer
3.12/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was brought back to me by a friend who went to Europe. An interesting novelty, to be sure. I suppose she just got the most portable one she could find: the child-school-lunch size 15 cl can. The can itself looks like it would fit right in with a kid's school lunch, all shiny with pink swirly graphics and berries. The beer inside is just about as kid-friendly as can be too. It's sorta like fizzy Kool-aid. Syrupy raspberry aroma along with more of same in flavor. There's just a hint of witbier-ish tang to it, but the main character is raspberry punch through and through. Either kiddie-beer or very far down the chick-beer path. This is born out by my wife's instantly liking it at first sip. She's welcome to the other wee can of it.

Photo of interzen
1.15/5  rDev -59.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Oh dear Lord, what *were* they thinking?
Again with the horrible, artificial fruit flavours - it manages to be nastier than Leffe Ruby, which is a pretty impressive achievement in its own right.

Photo of biegaman
2.11/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Opened on a rainy Sunday afternoon in Brussels, enjoying the thunder and overlooking the city from my hotel room.

33cl bottle. Pours clouded, a murky pink colour. Resembles grapefruit juice. The colour might be attractive if it were cleared up a little. No head not even off a hard, nearly upright pour.

A torrid tomato paste smell, quite a long shot from the juicy raspberry depicted on the label! Hardly fruity. Artificial. The aroma is not appealing at all.

The mouthfeel is also quite unappealing, albeit peculiar. The texture is like cheap honey, sweet and cloying. Syrupy. The carbonation is absent. It doesn't seem like fruit - it seems like fruit concentrate, or fruit paste. Sweet without any redeeming character. This certainly doesn't drink like a beer, not even a juice, it is closest to paste. Artificial tasting.

The flavour isn't even that of raspberries! Passion fruit, maybe. Grapefruit, maybe. Even strawberry maybe... but not raspberry! It taste like someone lightly spiked a punch. It reminds me of frozen, concentrate fruit cocktails. Although I shouldn't even let on like it is all that fruity, nay, I mention it smelling like tomato paste and indeed, it strongly reminded me of the tomato soup I had earlier that day for lunch. All flavour (I should maybe say "any" flavour) is synthetic.

Ouch, a drainpour. I generally enjoy fruit beers and tend to be a little generous when reviewing them - I have a sweet tooth, what do you expect!? - but this was just simply poor. A surprisingly awful offering. Yikes...

Photo of corby112
2.52/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark cloudy maroon/ pinkish-red with a pink bubbly head. Arom consists of sour cherries and not much else. Smells kind of like a ludens cough drop. Flavor is a failed attempt to balance sweet fruit and sour lambic if you could call it that. Not very good at all.

Photo of Sebletitje
2.88/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I would say this beer is a failed attempt of Hoegaarden at mixing the wit bier and the taste of grapefruit. I would recommend the Pink Killer of Brasserie de Silly instead.

Drank it last summer in Belgium. Beer was available in packs of 6 at most stores.

A - Mix of wit bier and Rosé (grapefruity)

S - A little fruity but still with the Hoegaarden signature white.

T - After trying the Pink Killer, this Hoegaarden would not do it for me. It lacked much of the flavor that I was looking for.

Serving type: Hoegaarden glass.

Photo of Daredevil
2.63/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

color: light rose/pink

nose: reminds me strongly of rice pudding (which I used to like in my youth), my girlfriend (at the end this is a girly beer) calls it a rubber smell

taste: I would think a red bull dilated with water and paired with some lemon zest would taste close to this ... my gf's view is 'synthetic lemonade' ...

Photo of flyingpig
2.88/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Note: This was the 3% version available in the UK.

Strawberry pink in colour, with a small, pink head that has good retention. Raspberry smelling with hints of strawberries too although neither is particularly strong. Some spices in there too. Raspberry tasting & really quiet nice going by the initial sip at least until it becomes sickening, some strawberry too and finishes with a tiny bit of bitterness. Light bodied and containing a little fizz thanks to the high carbonation. This one is very nice to begin with although ends up tasting like a sugary syrup after a while, thus becoming quite sickening in such a large bottle.


Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.58/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The color is deep pink and the liquid is murky. The tall light pink creamy head dissipates slowly into rather nice lacings.

S: Rich fruityness; raspberries galore! Sweet wheat gives it a ripe banana smell.

T: Sweet malt and wheat, ripe bananas. The raspberries are overpowering everything else.

M: Sour aftertaste, but also a bit sweet. Body is light and carbonation moderate.

O: An interesting Wit with a lot of raspberries.

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Hoegaarden Rosé from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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