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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: 3583   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2004 Original rating 26th July 2002. Nose of wheat, citrus fruit and a faint aroma of alcohol. Pours to a large, loose and white head. Flavours of spicy coriander, balanced with citrus, light and slightly watery. The alcohol is well hidden. Pleasant spicy aftertaste. Very Good. Re Rate: It has to have been 2 years since Iíve tried this world classic, and Iím glad Iíve reacquainted myself with this old favourite. More or less as before, I noticed slight malty flavours this time, and a pleasant aftertaste that keeps on the tongue. A very good wit, not the best Iíve tried but up there.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nesta13 (205) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 25, 2002
ReRate: This is certainly a nice beer to drink but I think of it more as the definition of an interesting style than anything else. Anyway, citrus is abundant below the wheatiness and the palate is quite crisp. Those of you saying that this is bland should try Malt Shovel Australian White Beer if you want to know what a watered-down wit tastes like. I would like to try Hoegaarden on tap.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
babycakes (24) - White Plans, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2002
Lots of bubble. Clear gold color. It is spicy in aroma. Sweet like honey and some kind of fruit. I canít really tell what it is. Great beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2003 Best of its style. I suspect that this beer gets lower marks from other raters than it should because it's so readily available. If it were only available in some remote Belgian village, we'd all be posting on the forum about how it rates a 4.6 and is 'vinous' with a 'coriander and curacao' note. But it's readily available, so it merits a 3.7, which is a crime, IMHO. Having tasted it head-to-head against both Victory's Whirlwind and Boulevard's Zon, I've got a newfound appreciation for this remarkable wit. The champ! Isn't there some 60's song that went "I beg your pardon / I never promised you a Hoegaarden" ?

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Colpitts (59) - Sussex, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 24, 2002
Mmmm good! This is probally the most refreshing beer going(in my opinion), real easy to drink, and a nice fruity flavor. A good BBQ beer!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2002
A good belgian white, but somewhat lacking that alcohol warmth. Good fruity taste, it just needs more kick.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jayb0 (1002) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2002
Nice head and a crisp palate. Good summer beer and widely available. But many better alternatives exist if you can get them.

2.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 20, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2004 (BB 30/07/03) Pretty fluffy head with lasting lase. The nose is overflowing with coriander. The palate is not expressive as some American Versions (Victory, Weyerbacher, & Dominion). The beer does seem to have been pasteurized, which is why I feel this beer does not live up to full potential.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
radiomgb (2227) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2002
A murky colour beer that poured with no head. Didnít pick up on the spices but noticed the orange peel.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2002
Thanks Pierre for reviving this style. Floral perfume and spice in aroma. Light fruity tastes. Dry honey finish. Great summer supernaculum and one of the tops in the upper half wits.


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