Hoegaarden Original White Ale | Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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86
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5,262 Ratings
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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:
5,262
Reviews:
1,791
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
14.62%
 
 
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Smooth tasty beer when you're not in a hop mood? Look no further. Taste is great, not to sweet, just right..

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DATE REVIEWED: May 22, 2014... GLASSWARE: Hoegaarden tumbler... OCCASION: freshman baseball--officially over, and marking the day with the official wit... APPEARANCE: pours a pale, golden yellow, unfiltered and misty with bubbles; white uneven head rings the glass; attractive... AROMA: profound yeast and lemon zest; a suggestion of citrus, but not enough to overpower... PALATE: bubbly, refreshing almost medium-bodied; a bit fizzy too; unlike most wits, it supplies a lingering aftertaste... TASTE: tart--banana! lemon is secondary, and some citric, slightly acidic elements in the aftertaste--this is what warm nights were made for...OVERALLL: I recall being really turned on to this beer in 2003, when traveling through Europe in record-breaking heat drove Shan and I toward sidewalk cafes and alcohol that refreshed; cutting through the sentiment, Hoegaarden does indeed refresh with enough character to be sought after among the myriad of summer ales....

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Well, a nice Belgian wit on a sunny summer day. Here goes:

A: I like it. If you pour the beer in the manner indicated by the directions, you'll get a nice foamy head. Belgian witbiers are poured in a manner identical to German "hefe" (i.e., yeast) beers. You pour three-fourths of the bottle normally, swirl the last fourth to activate the yeast and stimulate CO2 production, then dump it in the glass to produce a nice head. Works for me.

S: OK. There's not that much going here, but that's to be expected given the zero hop characteristic and light malts (wheat and Vienna malts). Slight banana and orange-peel smells apparent.

T: Lovely. Perfect for a nice summer day. Light tastes: banana, orange, bready Belgian yeast, coriander, white pepper and light spices. Good protein content, too, given the yeasty presence.

M: Nice and bready, like all Belgian bottle-conditioned beers. Thick mouthfeel owing to the presence of Belgian yeast and excess proteins.

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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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