Hoegaarden Original White Ale | Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

very good
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Hoegaarden Original White AleHoegaarden Original White Ale

Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by purplehops on 07-08-2001

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a hazy, pale straw and our vigorous pour provides a pillowy head of white foam. Wheat and coriander, and orange peel dominate the nose, with hints of lemongrass and spice. The lemony aromas take charge on the palate. The initial zestfulness gives way to wheat and bready malt flavors on the way to a spicy finish that showcases coriander, clove, and orange zest. Lively carbonation and a lighter body

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its hard to complain with this beer. For the price and ubiquity, this beer has few faults. Sure there may be better examples of the style, Ommegang and St Bernardus spring to mind, but hoegaarden can go toe to toe with the best wits and it will hold up well in my opinion. Sometimes you just want a quick refreshing beer that you can share with anyone, for those days hoegaarden will always be near. Great beer to start people on as well.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 2/21/13

Appearance: A uniquely odd color - extremely pale yellow, with some pale gold - almost white when held up to the light - very hazy (as it should be) - decent, white head, leaves a ton of spotty lacing - classic, with a nice head, but it is an ugly color

Smell: Belgian yeast, wheat, and spices - yeast funk, with a hint of lemony sourness/tartness - bananas and more lemons - touch of clove and a bunch of coriander - wheaty, but not excessive - interesting overall

Taste: Very light but still interesting - lemon juice, with some tart lemon - lightly sweet overall, with some banana candy - lightly yeasty and spicy, not as much as the smell suggested - light wheat - some seltzer water, very fizzy finish

Mouthfeel: Light body, high carbonation

Overall: Who gardens?

The first time I encountered this (probably early 2008), I thought it smelled like a complete disaster. The times have changed. This is a classic, and it is certainly has its charms. It's extremely light, but it works. It's not top tier (thanks a lot, Allagash White, for demolishing the competition), but it's certainly way better than Blue Moon.

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
3.83 out of 5 based on 5,262 ratings.
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