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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 3980   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Unfiltered Belgian White, flavored with coriander and orange peel, creating a sweet & sour taste.

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3.5
AndrewGeoff (27) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 20, 2005
Cloudy, very pale straw-coloured beer with a good frothy white head. Very nice lacing and doesn’t overdo the carbonation. I was a bit worried to try this one after reading some of the descriptions since I normally don’t like overly spiced beers – (How many of you ratebeerians really go in the kitchen often enough to know what coriander smells like?) – but the citrus and spice isn’t overplayed at all. Very soft mouth feel and nice tangy aftertaste. Overall it certainly refreshes but it does lack enough character to really be one of the greats.

3.2
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - JAN 20, 2005
Bottled. 750 ml. Cloudy, pale yellow colour. Huge frothy head. Lemony, coriander aroma, yeasty with something like lactic acid. Citric, spicy, slightly tart with, again, strong notes of coriander and lemon. A nice mouthfeel, goes down easily. But if this is, supposedly, the best this style has to offer, I don´t know what´s the point of it. The dominating aromas and flavours are added to the beer. Good hefeweizens have much more character than this and if you substract the artifcially added flavours from wit you are left with a yeasty, bland sub-par weizen.

4.2
mooser42 (2) - Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2005 does not count
Great beer.... definetlley one of my favorites. Great taste, color, and flavor!

3.7
Lubiere (14182) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2005
250 mL bottle from Switzerland. Really hazy pale yellow Wit with thick creamy lacing white head. Nice lemon and light spices in aroma. Lemon comes out too in mouth, with fresh wheat and coriander notes. This is so classic! I like the 250 mL format. a good dieter’s portion...hehehe

3.7
beastdog75 (364) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2005
A very good Belgian witbier. It was bit more "subtle," or perhaps more dulled than expected but it was still a lovely beverage. Nice spicy smell, with a fruity and citric flavor to it. The corriander seems to play a big part in the flavor. Beautiful to look at, with a pale cloudy yellow color and creamy head.

3.6
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - JAN 17, 2005
On tap @Papago. Finally back in Arizona. Pours a nice cloudy light yellowish, almost grainy, color. Light sweet orange citrus aroma. Mellow in the flavor but nicely balanced, very thirst quenching. Has some wheat notes but not overbearing. It’s one of those beers that dont wow you but you cant put it down.

3.9
osmg95 (44) - Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2005
I’m happy with this beer. I don’t normally like fruity flavors but the whole package just sits well with me. Nothing stands out on it’’s own here. Everything is balanced and combind to produce a very good beer. I like this a bit on the cold side. I have nothing negative to say about this beer. It’s not my first choice but it certainly will quench your thirst.

3.4
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2005
I never have Hoegaarden by the bottle, but it’s one of the Belgian trio on tap at my local, so I have it several times a week. This could dull the novelty of it, and perhaps it does, but I still enjoy it immensely. It has a wonderfully cloudy appearance, that is complimented by the citrusy, herbal flavour that is so incredibly quenching and refreshing. For a major, mass-produced beer, this is outstanding.

3.5
heemer77 (5360) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 15, 2005
Finally, I get around to trying the classic. Pours a cloudy gold with a medium sized white head. The aroma is the expected lemon peels and corriander. The taste is a nice lemon and orange. The finish is fairly bready. Slightly sour and this adds to the interesting character. A great wit, but not the best.

3.3
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2005
Okay for its style. If you let it linger in the mouth for a minute it shows some successful orange and lemony citrus blended in. Also, the aftertaste is largely citrus and not very "wheaty". In general I don’t like wheat beers but this is ok.


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