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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: 3639   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brewsoc99 (29) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 12, 2002
The classic Witbier. Coriander and curacao spices added. All other witbiers imitate this one. Must be tried.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - AUG 12, 2002
An opaque beige color. A good íWití with orange peel flavors, needs a touch more spice. Similar to Schniederweiss.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (5185) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 8, 2002
Perfect wheat, very fresh and most enjoyed in the summertimes, when the weather is hot.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Radek Kliber (6495) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 5, 2002
Last night I had few of these. I know much more about white beers since my last rating of Hoegaarden I had to re-rate accordingly. This beer is more delicate, less aggressive then many white beers. Still it kept its special character with nice complexity, smooth and so drinkable. In fact is so drinkable that I did not even realized that I had a bit to much last night (Right Doug?).

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2002

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebaron99 (110) - Royston Park SA, AUSTRALIA - JUL 26, 2002
Sweet ní sour it is; disappointed in depth of spices discernable. Clean tasting beer, but was hoping it would have more flavour. Must try again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Joeh (2040) - 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" ?


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