Hoegaarden Original White Ale | Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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86
very good
5,276 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good
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Hoegaarden Original White AleHoegaarden Original White Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
Belgium
hoegaarden.com

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by purplehops on 07-08-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,276
Reviews:
1,795
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
14.58%
 
 
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Very drinkable beer. Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into glass. A nice golden cloudy appearance, with a large white head. Smells very bready. Very smooth mouthfeel, but doesn’t linger long. Very well balanced taste with points of light bitterness, sweetness, and a little sour in there as well. Overall a very enjoyable beer.

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330ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is a hazy light yellow with a thick, billowy head. No lacing.

Smells of coriander and orange along with some bready yeast. There is also a slightly sour note to the smell.

The flavor starts off orangey with coriander following close behind. There is not much sourness in the flavor but the bready yeast is there. Mouthfeel is creamy and coats the mouth.

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Despite my real aversion to this beer I've actually drank quite a lot of it over the years.

A: Pale gold semi opaque. Pours a one finger head which disappears. Slightly bubbly body.

S: Vanilla.

T: I normally like coriander in beer but in Hoegaarden it tastes of overwhelming, sickly vanilla. It's watery, bitter, fizzy and reminds me a lot of Alka-Seltzer, or at best an unpleasant ice cream soda. Incredibly ill-balanced and no depth of character. Leaves a sour, yeasty flavour on my palate - not the hallmark of a good beer.

O: I try not to talk dirty of beers I don't like but I'm not exactly kicking a dead puppy by scorning this multi award winning macro travesty. Along with Stella Artois I think it's one of the most overrated beers in the world, and it's really expensive so I make no apologies for saying it's genuinely one of the worst beers I've ever had.

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
3.84 out of 5 based on 5,276 ratings.
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