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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3940   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OOKPIKABLE (193) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 21, 2014
Pours golden with thin white head. Aroma of banana, yeast, orange peel. Tastes of bananas, orange peel is prominent (perhaps a little too prominent),aalong with cloves, yeast and citrus. Nice beer, though maybe a little watery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GuideDogSaint (869) - Xiamen, CHINA - JUL 4, 2014
330ml bottle from Carrefour, Xintiandi, Changchun. Pours cloudy pale yellow with a white head. Aroma of yeast and spice. Initial taste is of a German weiss with a lemon edge. Refreshing on a hot evening.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mommchil (13) - - JUL 8, 2014
A 330 ml from a Sofia supermarket. Very light but hazy in colour with big and steady head and well carbonated. The aroma is citrus-y. The taste is sweet and refreshing with a bit of an exotic nuance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
s_hartshorne (2531) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2014
Draught tap room batley. Hazy yellow. Slight citrus yeasty aroma. Taste is orange yeast some spice. Medium body. Ok whit beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zlotta (579) - Amstelveen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2014
0,3 l bottle from Gall & Gall in Hattem, NL. Hazy, pale yellow beer with white hasty foam. Aroma of wheat, vanilla and lemon. Taste is light sour but all in all it is quite smooth. Light to medium body, oily texture, average carbonation. I like the Blanche de Namur better because it has a stronger aroma. Looking at the ratings, I expected a bit more from the Hoegaarden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alengrin (3684) - 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...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pricey290483 (729) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2014
have had this a few times not a massive fan of belgian beers but this one is ok its very easy to get hold of you get a taste of orange through the beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GenDV138 (4122) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Overpriced 12 oz bottle at some pub across the street from Nagasaki Station. Hazy yellow with off-white head. Aromas of wheat, citrus, herbs, light banana. Tastes of citrus, lemon, herbs, light yeast and banana. Medium-light body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
loco_gallego (217) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 11, 2014
Blanche hazy, voilée. Mousse blanche peu persistante. Peu de lacings. Aromatique plutôt sucrée et levures. Puis orange et citron un peu acide. Epicé coriandre. Houblonnage pas perceptible. En bouche relativement sucrée avec levures bien présentes. Le côté citrus-orange moins perceptible qu’au nez, petite acidité. Pas ou peu d’amertume. Fin plutôt sucrée. Bonne carbonatation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TychoJames (742) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2015
Flaska systembolaget. Ljust ljusgul disig vätska. Fluffigt vitt skum. Karaktäristisk vetedoft. Fruktig och brödig med citron och kryddor. Uppfriskande brödig smak med unga äpplen, citron och hö. Len och fin i munnen

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