Hoegaarden Original White Ale | Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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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

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Added by purplehops on 07-08-2001

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured from the bottle into a decahedral mug (closest to the special hexagonal Hoegaarden glass suggested)

A - Poured as directed. Pours a hazy pale gold with tons of lively carbonation. Head is a huge, 4-finger, frothing white mass. Head stays intact to nearly the bottom of the glass, leaves behind a few blotches of lacing.

S - A generous amount of wheat malt and musty yeast with a dose of orange peel and coriander. The spices come out even more in the glass. Very inviting.

T - A little bit of wheat and almost watery upfront. The body has some light wheat malt notes mixed in with slightly sour yeast and lemony hops. Orange peel and coriander spices round out the flavor profile. A flash of yeast flavor as the beer passes over the pack of the tongue leads to a slightly sour and musty orange finish.

M - Very thin bodied and with plenty of carbonation. Could stand to be thicker and maybe more carbonated.

Finally picked this up to complete a 6-pack in San Diego. Although this is probably the quintessential benchmark of the style, I feel many U.S. brewers have passed them up. Although the appearance and nose are pretty well nailed on this brew, the flavor was marginal at best. At times I was vividly reminded of those Emergen-C powder packets that you mix with water. Not worth the price by any stretch of the imagination.

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The hazed slightly yellow beer pours out into a nonic pint glass with a thick white head that visibly recedes. Sipping creates patches of lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aromas are citric, spicy and floral with a background of wheat and malt.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with both citrus and spices showing all backed up by the wheat and malt. The citrus includes the orange zest and a bit of lemon. The spices show coriander and light pepper.

The mouthfeel is smooth but slightly prickly with gentle persistent carbonation.

Overall a very well made beer and one that is both worth trying and worth having again.

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Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy straw yellow with a two finger of bone white head. Head recedes somewhat quickly leaving big chunks of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is corriander, yeast, orange peel, lmemon citrus.

T: Taste starts with a light corriader flavoring, with a large dose of yeast and breadiness. Orange peel comes in and mongles nicely with the breadiness. Finish has a touch of spicing with some lemon zest.

M: Medium, body, medium carbonation, slick feel.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, not filling, mild kick, nice representation of style. The PHP is in summer season and this was a nice refreshing beer on a hot afternoon.

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 5,334 ratings
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