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


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
Unfiltered Belgian White, flavored with coriander and orange peel, creating a sweet & sour taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zeppelinsoul (20) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2004
A few smooth and satisfying beer. I had this for ther first time on tap at a local watering hole and was blown away. An EXCELLENT witbier. IF you want a more descriptive review, i have to say read tsarman’s review its classic. The best part about this beer is its ubiquity. It seems to be popping up everywhere, and this is a good thing, because it offers a decent alternative to the other piddle that is being served in gin mills across this country. SIt back, relax and let this smooth brew light your fire (smoothly).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2004
This is a pretty different beer… When you get the over-sized tumbler glass (especially designed for Hoegaarden) it looks like you just got a glass of over carbonated, fresh squeezed apple juice: A cloudy white-yellow liquid with white, half-thick, long-lasting foam. Then you smell the beer and discover a mix of sweet lemonade, apples, ladies perfume, paperhanger’s paste and soft soap. The taste is enormously fresh and the carbon dioxide sparkles in your mouth like it is going to explode, but then it just fades away leaving lots of tastes to explore: Sour apples, bitter almonds, hints of leather and white bread. The aftertaste is as complex and unexpected as the smell and taste: A taste of caraway and other spices used in dark bread is followed by a fresh and refreshing flavour of sour fruit-drops and almonds. Not like any other beer that I have came across, not even other white beer comes close. A break when you don’t want to have just another beer, and my first choice when I want to be refreshed a hot summer night. I think that all people with even a slight interested in beer should at least try a Hoegaarden once.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ohknaks (44) - USA - OCT 1, 2004
12 oz bottle: Pours a cloudy yellow with a thick white head. Aroma is that of a weissbier; fairly sharp with a hint of citrus. First taste is very different than I expected. Full of flavor, fairly spicy with a hint of orange. Not quite sure how much I like this one, but it grows on you the more you taste it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
apost8n8 (123) - USA - OCT 1, 2004
Very enjoyable and light. This is such a different beer. Citricy and Spicy, very lemony and served with lemon slice. The beverage is lemony yellow with a little white head. My first one seemed watery but my second packed lots of flavor. I look forward to having more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rentalman (103) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 1, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2004 (Draft) This beer grows on you. With it’s cloudy appearance and yeast laden chunkyness it’s a bit of a strech for someone who is new to this style. If you can get past that you will find a delicate lemony flavor that packs some nice spicyness. Full of flavor and great on a hot summer day with a wedge of lemmon and a stamper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
olmancd (2) - Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2004 does not count
One of my favorite beers. Found it in NYC be accident and had to wait years before it arrived in Ohio. I like Bell’s Winter Wheat better but I can get this beer in the summer. Very refreshing with a clean taste. A great light beer for any occasion w/ enough flavor to go with food from wings to lighter fare.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
arhythmt (69) - Alabama, USA - SEP 28, 2004
Watery flavor, too citrus-heavy (especially toward lemon scent), but it smells and looks nice. There are much better witbiers out there, such as Blanche de Brugges (sp?).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stew41 (1941) - Phuket, THAILAND - SEP 26, 2004
Very pale lemon in colour, a little cloudy. Spicey nose with excellent lift. VG palate feel, quite a full bodied style but not alcohol heavy. More spice and some medicinal notes. In my opinion the benchmark witbier in OZ for $3-$4.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2004
Bizarre glowing yellow color that looked awesome. The smell caught me way off guard, made me wonder what was up with the style. Yeasty and peppery sort of smell with some very faint fruitiness, almost smelled like musty dust. The mouth is where it’s at. Silky, smooth. Some bubblegum highlights in the taste, as well as the coriander. Some hidden cloves and citrus as well as the usually banana. All in all, superb.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2004
Bottle: Hazy very light yellow w/ ghostly white highlights around the edges. Coriander and orange abound in the aroma, but they’re light. Predominant, but not overwhelming. Wheat malt is right behind as is a hint of clovey spice. Flavor is well balanced, tart in the finish & aftertaste, and spicy citrus between. Spicy yeast and a light acidic sourness from start to finish. Light bodied, highly carbonated, and lightly acidic in the m/f. This is a very enjoyable Wit! I know it’s the stereotypical "Wit" but I’ve had much better in the aroma from Vuuve, but flavor is solid and refreshing.

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