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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: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy yellow with frosty white highlights and a creamy white mousse. Though the head retention could be better, Hoegaarden's appearance is unique among witbiers.

S: Gentle on the nose with aromas of orange, lemon, wheat, cream, and pepper. The spiciness is noticeable, but not over-the-top.

T: More complex than I initially expected. Notes of cream, vanilla, wheat toast, orange peel, coriander, banana, and white peppercorn swirl across the palate. I also detected faint traces of nutmeg and clove, though the beer does not contain these spices. The finish is spicy and quenching with notes of pepper, coriander, and orange peel.

M: This is my only real complaint with this beer. Light bodied, dry, and gently carbonated, it comes off as being a bit watery. It's not awful, but it needs a little more heft.

O: Though the quality of the bottled product can be variable, I still think Hoegaarden is an excellent Belgian witbier. I've been drinking it for several years and have not been able to detect the so-called loss of character that other reviewers have claimed to notice. I would love to have this in Belgium to see if it's better over there.

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11.2 fl oz bottle served in a weizen glass:

A - Pours a pale, hazy straw golden color with a soapy white head of three fingers. Appears well carbonated.

S - Yeasty esters of coriander and fruit, with some interesting floral notes. Distinct wheat foundation on the nose. Quite mild but appealing.

T - The yeast dominate the taste, but with less distinct notes. Banana, faint citrus and a crisp wheat bite. Extremely watery on the climax through finish, though, which is a bit disappointing.

M - Crisp and light on the open, but finishes entirely too smooth and slick.

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 5,301 ratings
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