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

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RATINGS: 3671   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.


hanabel's rating

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hanabel (14) - Stavanger, - MAR 13, 2011
Absolutely delicious! Love this belgian wheatbeer. Fruity, unclear and liht yellow colour.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bubblehouse (470) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 17, 2014
Very floral in both the noise and the taste. Comes off a little watery but still a good refreshing beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajnepple (2372) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2014
On tap at Brooks Place Tavern. Pale yellow-gold and hazy appearance with a white head. Aroma of orange peel, coriander, wheat malts, herbs, light spice and light Belgian yeast. Similar flavor, smooth, crisp and zesty with a nice balance. Light to medium body with a lingering orange finish. Refreshing and easy to drink.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cimbasso (183) - - NOV 16, 2014
Sampled from the bottle at O’Leary’s at Oslo Gardermoen airport. The colour is a hazy gold with a dense white head. Pleasant aromas of lemon, orange, vanilla and spices. The taste is a mixture of sweet and sour, with the sweetness of the malt contrasted with sharper citrus flavours. There also flavours of ripe banana, bubble gum, coriander and vanilla. A long finish, dominated by banana and coriander flavours. A classic witbier, this is a very pleasant ale, but not as complex as some artisanal beers of this kind.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Icedwarf (387) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - NOV 15, 2014
Lichtgeel, licht troebel bier met schuim. Smaak is fris zuur fruitig. Het meest gedronken witbier maar voor mij niet het beste. Gemiddeld bier.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (3647) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 11, 2014
330 ml. bottle. Pours a cloudy pale gold with a nice white head. Aroma of citrus, spice, yeast, and grain. Taste is lemon, orange, coriander, yeast, and grain. A true classic.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Diabobale (225) - ITALY - NOV 10, 2014
Una wit di discreta bevuta. Presenta notevoli aromi di coriandolo e buccia d’arancia candita, molto fresca e beverina, molto meglio alla spina che non in bottiglia

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopHeadMichael (6) - Gig Harbor, Alabama, USA - NOV 9, 2014 does not count
Great sipping beer...slight hoppiness, fruity sweet, moderate carbonation, and price is not too bad.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElManana (327) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - NOV 9, 2014
Drink this quite alot, noticed I didn’t rate it yet.lots of citrus, oranges and spices in the aroma. Very refreshing brew, more citrus and yeast.in the aroma. Coriander? Good stuff to just drink as a refreshing drink.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MSBrindbergs (403) - Solna, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2014
Fat på Olearys Norrtull. Dimmig gul vätska. Doftar jäst, syrligt och peppar. Smaken är i princip den samma. Len i munnen ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alengrin (2324) - BELGIUM - NOV 7, 2014
The famous Hoegaarden Witbier, created by the late Pierre Celis in the late sixties as Oud Hoegaards, then sold to then-Interbrew and nowadays still one of AB InBev’s great marketing successes. Time for an objective analysis, poured from a 25 cl can. Shows the typical moussy, dense and stable, creamy, off-white head leaving good lacing; colour is a pale lemony yellow blonde with a somewhat greenish hue, equally cloudy from the start. Aroma immediately recognizable as the thirst-quencher I had dozens of times from tap and from bottles: soap, coriander seed, raw white cabbage, sourish wheat, white bread, lime zest, fresh orange peel, white candi sugar, starch, ’industrial’ apple cake, vanilla pudding, allspice, moscadet wine, sweetened yoghurt but very clear iron as well; strangely for an AB InBev beer, I can detect no sign of pasteurization, so I assume it is a ’living’ beer. Taste starts with a sweetish, applish fruitiness, hint of apricot, minerally carbo, the sourishness of which is further enhanced by the wheat and a dried lemon peel effect, mellow and gentle, smooth mouthfeel, starch again as in potato mash, something sugary lingering on, thinnish and a bit metallic, finishing in a bready malt sweetness and lightly sourish ’wheatiness’, drying coriander and low but noticeable grassy hoppiness, leafy and lingering at the back of the tongue longer than expected. Anyone who knows me is familiar with my aversion against AB InBev, but I have to admit this is one of their better products; once again I would wish for a time machine to taste this back in the seventies, but in its current form, it is still very acceptable as the archetype of the witbier style. When InBev intended to move production of this from their Hoegaarden plant to Jupille for economical reasons, a storm of protest arose in Belgium, aptly illustrating the Belgians’ loyalty to their national brands; I was given the opportunity to taste two experimental preproduction brews of it made in Jupille and liked the spicier version of the two better, but eventually InBev had to give in and bring this iconic beer back to Hoegaarden. I have the impression they are ’afraid’ to tinker with it any further: this is a beacon of Belgian brewing art, something one does not compromize. A side-by-side tasting of this grandfather of witbiers and its many clones would prove interesting, I think. But no matter how loyal this is to its style: it still has a slight metallic, common, impersonal, industrial feel to it and to my taste, it is too sweet for the style. Still: AB InBev seems to keep a remarkably good quality standard towards this, so let’s argue it still remains the ultimate witbier, setting a standard of its own. I hate to admit it, but there is not much wrong with this - if seen in its context of style, of course. But let’s not compare with the dozens of artisanal, ’deviating’ takes on the style (especially Wallonian), though: that would be an unfair comparison...


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