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


on tap

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RATINGS: 4222   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
Unfiltered Belgian White, flavored with coriander and orange peel, creating a sweet & sour taste.

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Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 8, 2006
Draft. Nice straw colored haze, with pure white head. Yeast, citrus and coriander nose. Full bodied lemony taste....but very refreshing. Nice beer.

tennisjoel (1460) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - APR 5, 2006
Bottle at Old Chicago. Aroma is of orange, lemon, and honey. Incredible white head long lasting and slow to disappate. Body looks like lemondade. I found this to be somewhat light in flavor. The whole witbier style seems a little uninteresting to me, although I think some in this style can be butchered. That is not the case with this one. Comparable but IMO slightly worse than the Victory Whirlwind or Bells Winter White. Still decent.

FlacoAlto (4182) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2006
This beer pours quite hazy with a straw color that almost has a tint of green to it. The head is initially three-fingers thick and is a pale, almost white color that sticks around for a fair amount of time. The aroma is almost bready with a yeasty note and there is a tart, green apple note here as well. As I delve in deeper that characteristic, earthy coriander spice note asserts itself, as well as some soft citrus notes.

The taste has a certain fullness to it, though overall it is quite light and refreshing. There is lots of spiciness here as well; definite notes of coriander, and citrus peel, as well as other notes of ginger, pepper, and clove. There is a fair amount of sweetness here as well, it just hides or sort of melds with the spicy notes. The citrus character, in combination with the light tartness, reminds me most of lemons. There is a nice, light tartness here that keeps this beer quite light on the palate. There is a certain, almost chewy grain character here that is only accentuated by the impact on the palate of the slight body fullness from this beer.

I am a sucker for Wits, especially on warm days (it hit 90*F here for the first time this year here), where I find them refreshing and invigorating. I have not had this in a long time, but I am quite happy to drink this beer, it is certainly much better than quite a few American interpretations of this brew (of course a lot of the American interpretations are better than this), which is a pleasant experience from this once only example of the style.

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chicagobears (473) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2007 Hazy yellow white color. Smells spicy of coriander. Zesty taste of ripe orange peels with a generous portion of coriander, and a perfect blend of wheat. A real unique beer. This is very complex for a wheat beer.

bmxutos (161) - Lisboa, PORTUGAL - MAR 31, 2006
Bottle, 33cl. Hmmm, what can i say about this beer that hasn’t already been said? This is a wonderful beer! All macrobrews should have a beer as good as this one. Very pale and hazy yellow with a good yet collapsing white head. Very characterist aroma, with notes of citrus and coriander. Flavour is very refreshing, fruity and yeasty and with some bitterness in the end. Perfect balance between the sour notes from the wheat and the sweetness from the fruits. This one is a must!

Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2006
Bottle. Lemonade colored beer with a thick white head. Absolutely perfect looking. One of the most mouth watering appearances on the face of this earth. Pleasing lemony aroma with slight bready notes. Coriander comes through along with a nice citrus flavor. An enjoyable light and refreshing beer. Good for warm days.

PopeGelasius3 (54) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAR 31, 2006
Very good beer, has a distinct taste that you will love or hate. Worth a try if you like white beers.

cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2006
Appropriately enough, it’s whitish yellow in color, as name would suggest. Small, thin white head that diminished quickly. Smells of some citrus and wheat and tastes much the same. Not overpowering, but good none the less.

jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2007 Witbier’s tend to be all the same. But with hoegaarden that is not the case. Seet aroma with a mild spice taste to it. Great appearence with a frosty head. Very drinkable and delightful beer. I don’t know anybody who can’t enjoy this.Cheers!

vyvvy (6478) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 28, 2006
Pours an appealing pale hazy yellow. Nice white head. Nice citrus nose mixed with coriander and a light amount of sweetness - very natural smell. Nice crisp flavor - lots of spice and citrus. Pleasant lingering finish. This is a classic that consistantly lives up to its hype.

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