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Brewed by Brouwerij Hoegaarden (InBev)
Style: Belgian White (Witbier)
Hoegaarden, Belgium
Serve in Tumbler, Weizen

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3787   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Unfiltered Belgian White, flavored with coriander and orange peel, creating a sweet & sour taste.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bouclier (12) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - SEP 13, 2004
Sour and sweet, light and complex. I havenít found any better example of Witbier yet. One of my favourites.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gorbalev (2992) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2004
Finally getting around to rating this after just having it on tap recently. Nice cloudy yellow pour, huge frothy head. Coriander in aroma. Taste is what you would expect from the style - coriander, hint of banana, but very dry and altogether too watered down. Finish is very short and crisp. For a macro, not bad, but there are far better examples of the style.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - SEP 10, 2004
330ml bottle, room temp, bought in UK supermarket. Small, fizzy, white diminishing head, over uniformly cloudy light yellow. Aroma of oranges, coriander root, clove, digestive biscuit and yeast - no obvious hops. Medium body, fizzy (added CO2?) and chalky. Flavour has notes of coriander and orange, but really quite bland. Hard to believe this is the same beer you get on draught in Belgium (if it is). Avoid on draught in the UK - itís served much too cold (Interbrew recommend 4C!)

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - SEP 8, 2004
black licorice, spices, bitter, and creamy. good witbeer. small head.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 6, 2004
Wow, this was a good one. Complex subtle flavors, interesting aromas. Very distinctive and good

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 4, 2004
Pours extremely pale color, murky white. This is a good measuring stick for comparing witbiers. Not any flaws in this beer but nothing about it really stands out either. Aroma is of citrus and vanilla. Flavor and mouthfeel are dry like champagne. Nice and easy to drink.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Belly Full O Beer (57) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 31, 2004
Love the subtle tastes that exist under this beer. The orange really makes it quite unique. This is the best beer that Iíve found for people who donít like beer. Itís a great tasting beer that doesnít taste "like beer". It is unfortunate that so many people think that all beer tastes the same. This is a great beer to taech them otherwise. Only off putting thing is the cloudy look to it, but thatís where the flavour comes from so ya gotta live with it.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
vanvenlo (1396) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 31, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2014 17 Aug 2004 Aroma: Earthy, banana & apple hop complexity. Appear: Too grey, cloudy light yellow, you can?t get much lighter colour. low retention, some suds lacing. Flovour: Bubblegum, bannana with some spice. Palate: Watery but too fizzy.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - AUG 30, 2004
Perfect example of the style. I have tried, unsuccessfully, to clone this beer but cannot attain the subtle nuances and depth of this beer. I imagine this beer gets lower marks from other raters because of its mass market availability. If it were homebrewed in some garage and bottled by the brewers daughter I bet it would be much more received. What a shame, this beer is perfect.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 24, 2004
The precious drink of one of my Tory friends in Britain. Light tasting, best with an infused lemon, some of the whitest beer Iíve seen for this style. Overall, very enjoyable, though slightly lacking the a certain bite or dimension you would desire. Would like to have it in a normal pint glass though; the special octo-style(?) Hoegaarden glass is rather clumsy.


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