Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Nesta13 (205) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 25, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
babycakes (24) - White Plans, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2002
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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" ?
Colpitts (59) - Sussex, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 24, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A good belgian white, but somewhat lacking that alcohol warmth. Good fruity taste, it just needs more kick.
Jayb0 (1002) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice head and a crisp palate. Good summer beer and widely available. But many better alternatives exist if you can get them.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 20, 2002
2.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
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.
radiomgb (2227) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A murky colour beer that poured with no head. Didnít pick up on the spices but noticed the orange peel.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.