Hoegaarden Original White Ale | Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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Hoegaarden Original White AleHoegaarden Original White Ale

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

On tap at Schooners Patio Grille in Santa Clarita, CA.

Pours a murky light orange with a 1/2 inch foamy white head that settles to a thin cap. Small chunks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, banana, spices, and some yeast aromas. Taste is of wheat, banana, and yeast. The spices come through on the aftertaste. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good witbier that is tasty and very easy drinking.

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The brain child of one Pierra Celis, innovator of the witbier revival. This truly is the original 20th century witbier even though the style began in the 15th century. Unfortunately Celis and his purchaser InBev had a falling out and though this beer may be less craft belgian it still maintains predominance in the global beer market.

The appearance is good. Hoegaarden pours a cloudy golden straw (100% unfiltered and mainly wheat malt). The head is thin creamy ivory white but too delicate to last and produce belgian lace. That's okay as this beer really is a hot weather refresher. Mild champagne bubbles keep the head afloat for nearly 15 minutes.

The aroma is of moderately funky barnyard wheat malt. Grainy and sour wheat interacts with Belgian yeast to back a bouquet of esters, lemon and definitely orange curucao rind. I don't detect coriander but I am not familiar enough with the spice's aroma. The hop profile is of delicate floral and fine perfume.

I taste a sour light creamy beer with faint dry grain texture. The fruit additions are the main player. Bitter orange rind and a light citric lemon bite gushing in my mouth. Distant white champagne grapes emerge in the back of my tongue.

The mouthfeel is light and delicate with a slight grainy coarseness the balance is nice but sacrifices hop character.

A good example of the witbier style but I plan on exploring more audacious offerings in the style as well as modern classics like St. Bernardus which has brewmaster Celis as an advisor.

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 5,378 ratings