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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by purplehops on 07-08-2001

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

O: A great beer to have with lettuce, fish or other light meals. Good to have outside, too, especially on sunny days.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.12/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a decent beer. The taste is not that bad. It was an ok beer. I enjoyed it, but it was not my favorite beer that I have had. But I still would recomend it to frends and family. It just was not my favprite type of beer. I still would recommend it to friends that I drink with.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased from one of the local cigar lounges.

A: Cloudy, straw gold with decent head and retention.

S: Wheat, spice and citrus. Nice.

T: Same as the smell. Clean but complex.

M: Refreshing and smooth.

O: This is a very nice warm weather beer. Possibly my favorite wit.

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3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-Cloudy pale yellow, but very consistent, one of the best heads, pours big, stays big, with a lot of lacing.

Smell-Clean yeast background, with a hint of wheat notes…your nose tells you this has a belgian nose

Taste-just the right hint of cloves, some say coriander, I am not sure if that is what I get, very light on the citrus, which is what I like…all three of these should be background notes…to let the grains and malt come through. I like this more and more each time I drink it.

Mouthfeel- smooth at the front, with a little alcohol hit at the back. Finishes crisp. Refreshing. Just a little bitter, like right at the start of ales transition from pilsner

Overall-A really nice beer, use a pint glass and really let the head out.

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
3.83 out of 5 based on 5,249 ratings.
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