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Hoegaarden (3 of 1001)

Rating: 3.95

The third of the 1001 beers to feature is Hoegaarden brewed in Belgium since 1966 (despite the bottles label implying 1445), it is the first wheat beer to be reviewed here. It is a beer I am familiar with although have never tried it & don’t quite know what to expect. It looks good from the picture & comes in a big enough bottle (750ml). It is unfiltered making it cloudy & spiced with coriander and orange peel. I think this could be a real hit or a miss affair; only one way to find out though.

Appearance (4/5): A rather hazy yellow colour with a very large, white, foamy head that goes down but doesn’t disappear.
Aroma (7/10): An nice mix of coriander, orange, citrus & various other fruity type smells coming through.
Taste (8/10): Coriander, clove & orange seem to be the strongest flavours along with various herbs. A unique combination & surprisingly well-balanced & not to strong or heavy. Really quite nice.
Palate (4/5): Very easy to drink & smooth. It has a lot of carbonation but it works & isn’t overly fizzy.

Overall (17/20): A fantastic beer overall, one of the nicest I think I have ever tasted although there is plenty of beer I’ve still to try. Incredibly easy to drink, I will be stocking up on a few of these I think.

Brewed In: Hoegaarden, Belgium
Brewery: Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
Full Name: Hoegaarden Original White Beer
First Brewed: 1966
Type: Witbier (Wheat Beer)
Abv: 4.9%
Serving: Bottle (750ml)
Purchased: Aldi
Price: £1.99

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