tsp (113) - DENMARK - OCT 21, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours hazy pale yellow, with white stable head. Notes of citrus (primarily oranges) and coriander. Definately one of the better Belgian Witbeers..
MissK (20) - Cleveland Heights, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells fresh on opening. Looks great in a glass - pale yellow color, white frothy head, and lightly cloudy. Light bread smell (yummy). Somewhat fizzy with very little aftertaste, which wasnít bad at all - itís exactly what I was looking for in this type. I had this one with angel hair nests and vodka-tomato sauce covered in sun-dried tomatos. It went surprisingly well. Overall this is a great witbier.
smeltfisher (45) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 18, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautifully cloudy-white with a distinctive refreshing after-taste. My first Belgian wheat, so I compare it to all others.
radagast83 (7079) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent. Creamy head, yellowish body. Distant citrus flavor. A very light, refreshing drink
mawty (2) - San Francisco, USA - OCT 12, 2005 does not count
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet, very light tasting, citrusy.
much better cold since the flavour changes with temperatiure.
really nice except that its pretty pricey here in the States.
larsga (7219) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 12, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Creamy, white head with a spattering of large darkish bubbles, over opaque dirty yellow body. Aroma is pretty faint, but citrusy and spicy. Taste is light, mouthfeel marked by carbonation hiding most of what is initially going on, leaving a light citrusy taste with notes of something else (probably coriander). Overall, a light, clean, refreshing beer, but ot the greatest of beer experiences, perhaps. It feels strange to criticize such an established world classic, but the fact is that there are better witbiers around (the other Hoegaardens being the prime examples of this).
iammadeofjelly (194) - Liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2005
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sitting with a bottle right now, good aroma and a very very nice taste, can definately taste the coriander, i had a pint in a bar once, but it wasnít as good as this (i think i was drunk) love how it looks. White beer is good. If it was more commercial like bud and stuff, the world would be a better place.
PapillonPO (6) - Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2005 does not count
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nice fluffy pure white head, yellow body and a tad bit sour. I wasnít expecting a sour taste of the beer, however it quickly goes away. Light and cloudy w/orannge and bananas...good for rainy days?
GarrettB (1410) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2007 Grace is a hard skill to acquire. It needs just enough force to perform, but enough silence to impress. Hoegaarden, like its personified equivalent the gymnast, accomplishes that task. It is a graceful beer with a graceful touch, and like an accomplished spy it makes its presence known and leaves before anybody can question its intent. So, for a simple beer, the Hoegaarden is difficult to touch. The visual appearance is a straightforward cloudy yellow. The shade reminds me of faded 1970ís lawn furniture, but donít let that discourage you from drinking it. The foam is thin and white and, sadly, unengaging, but I donít expect a heavy blanket on top of something like a witbier. The aroma gave me shivers at first, but that may be because my earlier experience with this type of beer was extremely disappointing. Inside the smell is the obvious wheat, a complement of lemon and a slightly distracting modicum of soap. If I really stretch it I can smell sour dough bread, but I think that may be my fondness for San Francisco and clam chowder speaking. Most surprising to me is the duration of Hoegaardenís taste. Like I mentioned before, it slips in and out before I can really grasp it and pick it apart. What I do know about this sly beer, is itís an excellent drink after some exercise or a hard day of pushing papers or furniture or whatever it is you do. Also, best served at colder temperatures. Unlike Belgian Ales the taste does not improve with warmth. Overall Iíd describe this beer as being very mild mannered and ethereal. There one moment and gone another. Itís not even missed once it escapes down my esophagus, yet I canít help but come back for another sip. Wily brew, this one.
jdjuice (496) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - OCT 1, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nice appearance with fluffy pure white head and pale yellow body. I didnít really like the sour taste characteristic of the beer, not my style maybe. First taste is good, but the sour taste quickly develops and dominates the finish.