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I must admit I am not a huge beer drinker and when I do drink it I usually always stick to the main brands such as carling, Fosters and carlsberg. This is more to do with availability than anything else and I generally drink beers in a pub. On a recent drinking session with friends I were introduced to Hoegaarden White. I had heard of the Hoegaarden brand before but had never tried their beers.
Hoegaarden White is the result of a slightly different brewing process than that of traditional beers. Instead of using hops, wheat is used along with a lot more yeast. This gives the light colour and with an ABV of 4.8% it shouldn't be mistaken for a 'light' beer.
Hoegaarden are the makers of this wonderful Belgian Beer and the brand name was brought about by the name of the small Belgian town that the beer is brewed. The taste is obviously the main selling point, and the unique flavour is certainly either going to be loved or hated by most. At first I were hit with a fruity apricot taste and also orange. Orange peel is one of the ingredients used in the brewing of this beer, although the recipe is a closely guarded secret. The recipe goes back some 600 years, something that really sells this beer due to its history. Along with the fruity taste (also some citrus notes), there are hints of herbs taking some part in this beer.
The beer has no fizz, but this white beer is wonderfully light in colour. This beer is quite sickly and after a couple I did have to switch to my usual drinks which include spirits. If you like this drink then I advise you drink other beers between pints of Hoegaarden White as the sweet fruity taste should be drunk in moderation. This is probably the only downside to this fantastic and unique Belgian beer.
The drink is available in a 330ml bottle and can cost anything from £1 to £2.50 per bottle depending on where you shop. I had never seen this drink in my local supermarket before, but I found it in the specialist beers section.
Hoegaarden is a delicious Belgian "Weiss Bier", meaning "White Beer", which refers to the pale cloudy colour. This is due to the use of wheat as a key ingredient, which gives a distinct taste as well as the unique appearance.
I first tried "white beer" in Austria quite a few years ago. As a lager drinker I found the wheaty aroma and taste very strange to get used to at first, however I've now developed quite a taste for it over the past couple of years, and Hoegaarden is probably my favourite brand.
It's widely available in UK supermarkets, and if you're lucky, you can now find it in several bars and pubs, although not nearly often enough for my liking. It's usually served in a huge, thick octagonal glass, which really makes a difference too.
I've found that many wheat beers can be pretty strong in alcohol terms (often between 6% and 8%) but fortunately Hoegaarden is a little more tame. It is brewed at 4.8%, meaning its a lot more pallatable and easy to drink, without knocking your socks off!
In my opinion, it tastes best with lemon. Specifically a nice big slice of lemon, not a wedge! This cuts through the creaminess of the beer and gives it a great, crisp refreshing taste.
To summarise, it's a different kind of taste, but well worth stepping out of your comfort zone to try it. It's crisp and refreshing, making it great for the summer.
Maybe it was because of the big defrost and a day or two of skies where a little bit of sun peeped through the clouds this January that I picked up a pack of Hoegaarden. Or maybe it was because a pack of 4 bottles was in ASDA for £4. But lets dwell on the little bit of sun because in truth this isn't a drink I normally consider in the dark of winter but something I more associate with enjoying outside on a hot summers day. Or at least a British summers day.
In my previous reviews on beer I think I have been quite honest in my lack of senses when it comes to smelling, drinking and even describing the beer. I have to be honest and say that if you put a thousand glasses of beer in front of me and I had to wear a blindfold but could smell the beer I would get none - bar one. That would be Hoegaarden which I can only describe as having a distinctly "fruity" smell which seems unique to this beer. Whatever I pick up in its smell I don't really pick up in any other wheat beers.
To start I should begin with an explanation of what Hoegaarden is. Firstly, and quite importantly, Hoegaarden is a small village in Flanders, Belgium. Its in an area known for growing barley and importantly wheat. In years gone by the village was also known for importing blue Curacao orange from (surprise) Curacao Island in the Dutch Caribbean. It was also because of historically been in an area of special tax breaks that breweries had typically flourished. Living on a farm in the village was a character called Pierre Celis. A dairyman and milkman Celis worked occasionally in the last brewery in the village that just so happen to make a wheat beer he was fond of before it finally closed down. Years later deciding to reestablish the villages tradition he experimented with various brews and flavours and came up with what is the Hoegaarden beer we know today. This is a wheat beer with the extra twist of the flavourings of coriander and the dry peel of Curacao oranges. Due to popularity of his beer he had to move his operations to what was a soft drinks factory in the village in the 80's. However by a twist of fate a factory fire in an uninsured building meant Celis had to borrow money from what is now the beer conglomerate InBev and eventually they took full ownership of the brand. However despite looking to relocate the production elsewhere the beer is still made in Hoegaarden and the bottle still bears the villages coat of arms on its label.
In amongst the spicy ingredients it may be easy to miss the key ingredient of wheat. You can often find confusion when the different terms Wheat Beer and "White" beer are used. However both are often the same thing with the latter name often being used because of the colour of the beer and head. In Germany its often called "Weissbier" again White Beer.
So onto the pouring and tasting. Firstly the bottle recommends you pour half, swirl then pour the rest. Who was I to argue. You need a good sized glass first of all. Like most wheat beers you get a large foamy head. As is often the case being a wheat beer it is quite cloudy and can be best descried as having the look of lemon barley water with the added fizz or perhaps better still homemade lemonade. And it does have a bit of fizz. Not overly so but refreshing. This isn't a cold winters day flat ale but rather something that does almost cry out to be drunk in Summer.
As well as in smell the taste can be described again as fruity with a touch of spice. I have to say I do like the taste of Hoegaarden but at the same time its not what I would describe as a session beer. Its certainly not sickly but its not a beer I could drink all afternoon or night. Anything more than a couple and I tend to have had enough but very much enjoyed the ones I have had. This must be the extra flavourings found in Belgian wheat beers in particular as mentioned earlier. I find I can drink German wheat beers for example as a session drink although I don't find them as initially tasty.
As I said I bought mine in bottles coming in at 4.9% but you will also see it on draught served in its classic six sided heavy duty glass. Unlike certain myths that suggest the glass is shaped because it would need to be wrenched from a persons hand with a spanner by the end of a night it was actually designed by Celis himself. Interestingly wheat beers had not traditionally been served in a clear glass as people didn't like the cloudiness.
Just as ouzo and pastis can taste better on a hot summers day in Greece and the south of France respectably I think their is something right about doing the same with this beer. It just doesn't taste the same on a dark night with the fire on.
If you haven't tried a fruity wheat beer before or aren't even normally a fan of lagers and ales in general then Hoegaarden is a good option for tasting a readily available mass produced version at a decent price. Just wait until our "Summer".
For too long now Ive been supping on your bog standard beers, the carlings and fosters of this world. Whille they have their place (namely as a cheap bland beer that I drink because I can't afford anything better) it's hard to get overly excited about a Carling no matter how Cold or a Fosters no matter how Fizzy.....enter Hoegaarden!!!
Hoegaarden is brewed in a small Belgian town known as Hoegaarden (Ta Da!!!!) by the 'De Kluis' Brewery, the beer has been brewed under the Hoegaarden banner since 1966 but the recipe goes back to 1445. It's always nice to be told a little about your beer and I love that people have been drinking this recipe for around 600 years. As for the bones of the recipe Hoegaarden are obviously reluctant to document it in full, but they do mention the use of Orange peel which brings me onto the best part of the review....The taste!!!
Before I researched this beer academically, when I was still doing some extensive taste testing ; P one of the first flavours to leap out at me was a fruity flavour, I tasted strong apricot notes (sorry about the ponsy word). While it was orange peel I was tasting the bottom line is the beer has a strong and beautiful fruity taste.
As this is a White beer there is no fizz and the beer has a slightly opaque look to it. An incredibly drinkable beer, perhaps the only small gripe I would have is that after 3 or 4 they may become a little sickly. Ive only ever had two in a row at a time but I could imagine after another two it may be time to switch to a more traditional lager (perhaps a nice Budvar) with a bolder, crisper taste.
As I say thats only a very small problem with an otherwise class act beer, if you havent already go out and pick up a few bottles post haste. At my local offy they can be snapped up for £1 a 330ml bottle, well worth the price.
And while this afterthought contributes nothing to the review of the beer I thought it was a nice story. Hoegaarden has it's own glass to enjoy it's beer in, a six sided vessel which apparently is shaped as such so the glass can be literally wrenched out of the drunken patrons hands at the end of the night, those belgians think of everything ; )
Hoegaarden is a lovely fruity beer, which I enjoy drinking at home, but more so when out with friends. This is partly due to its scarcity where I live, which justs adds to its appeal by being a little more 'exclusive'! This is probably the main bad point about this beer - that not that many pubs serve it compared to other, more mainstream beers. Also, it can be a little more expensive (of course, this depends where you live - it's usually about £3 a pint or slightly more up north, but I've seen it for £4.50 a pint in London! I bet that's not the most expensive, either).
It's usually available from most supermarkets, either in a pack of four 330ml bottles, or as one giant 750ml bottle. It's usually better value for the 750ml bottle, but it might be a bit much if you're the only one in the house who like Hoegaarden! I personally prefer the smaller bottles, but don't like paying extra for the priviledge - sometimes Tesco has them on special offer (2 packs for £6 or similar), which helps solve the problem.
The beer is light in colour, a nice pale yellow, and has a frothy head straight after pouring. It has a light, sweet fruity flavour - it doesn't taste of one particular fruit, but it's quite citrus-y. It's slightly fizzy, a little more so than a lot of other beers, and does have a tendency to fizz up and overflow from the bottle if you're not careful. The flavour is the best thing, because it is distinctive, and just really great tasting! It's a nice light beer that is easy to drink.
Hoegaarden is a white beer which I really love, the only thing being that it does give me a headache, unlike some of the other white beers around and I dont mean after i have drunk loads either...anyway
The bottles look very european in appearance, brown glass bottle with a white and silver label, the writing almost looks like 1600's pirate writing. the beer itself when poured into a glass is like a lighter coloured cloudy lager, not too many bubbles like say a lager has.
Four 330ml bottles for £4.75, on offer at asda and sainsburys at the moment £4.00 for four bottles
About the Taste?
This is refreshing and crisp and has a medicinal taste to it with a lovely after taste also. Not too fizzy either, a real winner for me
A 330 ml bottle carries 1.7 units of alcohol
Great for drinking in bars if you can find it, it come in a massive glass too if you manage to get one. Great for having a couple of bottles for a change. Great white beer. They have recently upped the alcohol from 4.8% to 4.9%, but you wont notice that much difference
With so many different beers and lagers on the market, trying to find one which goes a step beyond and delivers a more refined taste for a more4 discerning pallette is difficult. Thank goodness then for this rather special beer, which is a fine find!
Hoegaarden is a white beer brewed in the Belgium town of Hoegaarden (shock horror!) Its usual strength is 5% vol, and has a very distinctive flavour. It has an amazingly impactive citrus flavour, which makes this beer the perfect summer refreshment. The very recognisable flavour is down to different ingredients being added in the brewing process. These being orange peels, coriander and curacao. These additions to the typical beer ingredients result in the most magical mouth bursting combination.
Hoegaarden is a white beer. This means that obviously, it is white. It has a natural cloudy white appearance, and needs to be poured with extra care, as it is also a rather lively beer and easily creates a foaming bubbly head.
This beer is usually served in a wonderfully collectable pint glass. It is a very chunky beer, with 6 severely straight cut sides, starting about halfway down the glass. The glass also has a quirky little story attached to it which only enhances my romance with this drink. Apparently the pint glass is shaped with 6 cut sides so that the glass can be wrenched out of the drinkers hands with a spanner at the end of the night!
Hoegaarden is by far and away my favourite lager currently on the market. It is absolutely perfect for a summer BBQ, or enjoyed whilst lazing about in the sun. A definite must try.
In the words of the great songwriter Tom T. Hall...
'I like beer. it makes me a jolly good fellow
I like beer. it helps me unwind and sometimes it makes me feel mellow
Whiskey's too rough, champagne costs too much, vodka puts my mouth in gear
This little refrain should help me explain as a matter of fact i like beer..'
Ah Tom, my sentiments exactly.
I hope to review more beer over the coming weeks but I'm going to start with this one because it's the first one I thought of. Famous for being hugely expensive and for all the students across the country having their glasses in their kitchens from stealing them from pubs, this is the king of the Wheat Beer or Witbier as they say in Belgium.
It has a very citrusy flavour and also a hint of coriander so the advertisement says, although I found this hard to recognise. It is traditionally served with a slice of lemon in a hexagonal glass (yes, we all have them in our kitchens).
It is a pale straw like colour and when poured gets a big head. It's an acquired bold taste and can be quite spicy and sour and very wheaty in flavour. It is very unlike 'lager' in its taste.
Hoegaarden can be found in many bars and pubs nowadays and is no longer an exclusive beer although the price would suggest otherwise. It'll set you back £4+ in a bar and perhaps isn't really worth the money unless you particularly like the unique flavour. It's interesting but I can live without it.
Hoegaarden is a beer that has been around in British pubs for quite a few years now, appearing in pubs across the country during the 90s. It is a cloudy wheat beer originating from Belgium, meaning that it is spiced with coriander and orange peel. Recently, I have noticed a lot of pubs offering a slice of lime with the beer, and I have to say, it does add an extra dimension to the beer!
Traditionally served in its famous hexagonal glass, Hoegaarden is extremely refreshing, with hints of citrus, and a smooth, sweet taste. It is quite a heavy beer, or fizzy even, which makes it more of a sipping beer than a 'chugging' beer. You need to, and will want to, take your time with it.
It really is one of my favourite beers, and tastes great. It is not too strong, in both alcohol content and taste, and the appearance is a light golden, but cloudy colour, with a nice thick head on it. The hexagonal glass helps to insulate the beer, which means it stays cold right to the end. It is quite a hefty glass too!
I've seen Hoegaarden for sale in the shops, and there are different sizes available, ranging from packs of six Budweiser style bottles, up to big 1 litre bottles, which most supermarkets have offers on for 2 for £5.
I'd heartily recommend Hoegaarden, especially as a once in a while beer. It has a fantastic taste, with no aftertaste, but too much of a good thing is never good, so space them out!
Hoegaarden is a white beer from Belgium yet it's definitely up there with my favourite German beers!
White beers are white because the fermenting process is different to pilsner beer and white beers use a lot more yeast and are fermented from wheat rather than hops.
There are some great and reasonably priced wheat beers out there from Germany like Erdinger, but Belgium is on a par if not the king of all white beers!
Ok. So Hoegaarden (you may have noticed) isn't cheap; We are talking on around £1.80 per pint in Tescos (but there are sometimes deals). It weighs in at a pleasant 4.8% volume.
But would you really want to settle for something as acrid as Carling when if you spend that little but more you are getting something that is truly a pleasure to drink!? Think of it this way; You're still paying around half what you'd pay in the pub right?
Smell: The multitude of flavours include strong aromas of citrus fruits, coriander (yes, coriander!) and other subtle 'herby' aromas.
Taste: It's a whirlpool of flavours (it mainly tastes much like how it smells!) and your tastebuds are in for a treat! The subtle citrus/herby flavours are underlined by the distinctive yeast taste of wheat beers. One thing is for sure, Hoegaarden is distinctive and quite unique, the flavours are wonderfully balanced together and are never overwhlming. Thus, it's surprisingly drinkable for a wheat beer.
The price is about the only flaw with this beer; If it were more affordable then i'm sure it would be my all-time favourite!
That said, i'll happily splash out the 1.81.90 per pint on this in Tesco from time to time, as a treat...The rest of the time i'm more inclined to stick with the less 'herby/fruity' but much more economical Erdinger beer from Germany, a brilliant drinkable white beer at only £1.44 per bottle...
It's another great introduction to decent wheat/white beers!
Hoegaarden is fit for royalty in my opinion and is probably in my all-time top 3 beers.
Worth the money! Treat yourself!
Hoegaarden is a wheat beer from Belgium that is widely available to buy from most supermarkets, including Sainsbury's. It's only relatively recently when I first tried it, not having had wheat beer before, and immediately became a fan of the beer.
The beer has a pale cloudy appearance that is almost opaque, but at the same time it almost seems to trap light to give it a strange but rather attractive look in the glass. The beer froths up nicely to give a decent sized head.
I haven't the best sense of smell in the world, but the beer has a pleasant, almost citrusy scent.
The important one then: The wheat in Hoegaarden lends to it a very light and refreshing taste, satisfying the palate and almost disguising the alcoholic content of the beer altogether - you could quite happily sip a few of these and be surprised if you started to become a bit light headed! As with the aroma, there is a hint of citrus that comes through in the mouth and tends to linger for a few seconds in the after taste.
This is a lovely and refreshing beer that is absolutely perfect for a hot summer's day, and having tried a couple of different wheat beers since, this still remains my favourite.
Hoegaarden - This is my favourite Belgian Beer, on first taste it can divide opinions greatly, with many people finding the aniseed flavour beguiling, while others can find it tastes like cough medicine and never touch the stuff again. But persist and let your taste buds get used to this really interesting flavour and you'll be rewarded with a gorgeous white beer.
When served in bars, the beer is presented in a really interesting hexagonal shaped glass, with its distinctive colour.
While a pint of Hoegaarden can be around £3.95 in bars a 4 pack of bottles (330ml) can cost as little as £4.99 in some supermarkets. A great drink it is quite heavy and I find it only takes a couple of pints to make me feel quite light headed as opposed to some other drinks.
This is a real beer fan's beer, flavours, interesting colours and a really intense after taste. Its the marmite of beers.
When Pierre Celis re-invented Belgian "white" beers in 1966, with his Oud Hoegaerds beer, the town of Hoegaarden was placed on the world map of beer.
When InBev, the biggest beer maker in the world, announced the closure of the brewery in 2006, it was taken off.
It is mostly made in the Jupiler lager factory near Liege nowadays, with some of InBev's other breweries in Russia and places also known to be in production.
White beers are made by substituting about a third of a beer's malted barley with unmalted wheat, which makes the beer cloudy due to wheat protein remaining in the brew.
Belgian white beers tend to have dried peel and coriander added to the mash to give it a spicy flavour.
Sadly, over the years, the production process for Hoegaarden has become impersonal and large scale with the usual shortcuts slipped in to improve productivity at the expense of the beer's character.
Hoegaarden is still an unusual mainstream beer, in the same way that Guinness is, but a world-beater it ain't. There is no passion in its production any more.
A Marketing Man's Dream! Yep that's me! Offer me a box of beers with a branded glass and I'll rip your arm off. Never mind that I don't really know what I'm buying, magpie instincts take over and it's in the trolley and I'm legging it to the till. To be fair to me I had read a couple of reviews of this beer before and thought it sounded different to my usual so decided to experiment so it wasn't quite the usual impulse but the 'heading for the till' speed was still impressive. Homeward Bound, all excited (sad isn't it) So I gets it home and stick some in the fridge and settle back to read the info on the remaining bottles and box. Yes, this particular offer comes in a neat box with four 330ml bottles and a nice branded glass, which helps release the flavour of the beer. At least that's what it claims, at £4.45 (a whole quid dearer than Asda when I left it on the shelf, damn fool) it had better work. It's a Belgian Beer from the Brabant Province where white beer has been brewed since 1445. That?s over 550 years so they ought to have their act together by now eh? What's it like then? Get on with it! SO how do we go about describing this then? I've never tried to review a beer before which is odd, considering my quest to rid the world of as much as possible by myself! (Is it my fault the brewers work faster than I can drink?) Here goes?.. Pouring it. The bottle has a handy pouring guide for the novice Belgian Beer pourer (me) which tells you to pour it down the glass as you would for a normal beer BUT when you get to the last third, swill it around and dump it in there to form a head, which it does very nicely, and to get all the yeast out of the bottle. The head dies off a little but not too much but if you're really thirsty it won't die off at all will it! Cloudy and Flowery? The first thing you notice is the cloudiness of the b
rew. It 9; ;s supposed to be like that though, made from blended wheat and malted barley which adds to the 'distinctively refreshing taste' all of which I agree with. It is refreshing and very distinctive, not unlike Earl Grey Tea (flowery smell?) but beery! Now I'm no Oz Clarke or Jilly Goolden when it comes to booze, I'm afraid when I drink wine or beer I just don't get transported to a Finnish pine wood smelling of burnt tarmac and camel dung, but to my palate it tasted of cinnamon, apples and lemon. The box claims that it has subtle hints of orange and coriander so you can tell that Oz's job is fairly safe here, as I didn't get coriander at all but it is VERY different, VERY nice indeed and I can only recommend you give it a try. That Glass The unique hexagonal (fairly ugly actually) glass does release the flavour of the beer, but in the spirit of further enquiry ;-) I tried some more in a different glass and it wasn't any worse, maybe I was getting worse (for wear) but it's a chunky strong glass that could stand being dropped, if you like to drink so much that you can?t hold on to it any longer. Not that I'd ever do that, my hand is like a birds foot when it comes to holding a beer glass, the relaxed position is a death grip! Available from I bought this from Morrisons as I said at £4.45 for 4 bottles and the glass, whereas Asda had the same at £3.45, but I can't vouch for it still being available. There are also some 75cl bottles at £2.99, which is comparable to a bottle of plonk, and although it's not as alcoholic at just 5% vol. it's a little expensive but well worth it, and anyway I deserve it!! It is apparently available on draught at a premium price but I have never encountered it. Then again I've never looked, you know what it's like you see one and you suddenly see ?em everywhere so I'll probably find it in every pub I visit from today on! L
et's go look! Thanks for reading Chris
Well Hoegaarden, what can i say about Hoegaarden? Its from Belgium, erm anything else??? Well i first encoutered this beer in Asda, which is where i seem to be encountering alot of my fave beers lately as they are all on great offers and i like to sample what the world has to offer instead of boring old Carling, or Fosters. My friend told me that this was quite a fruity little number plus it was also a strong one. The 4 pack came with a unique branded glass so i thought what the hell lets give it a test run. It was £4.50 for 4 330ml bottles and the branded glass, which perfectly hold a 330ml bottle if poured just nice! On reading the box it said that it was naturally cloudy, so i thought you no it will be almost like a sorta beer, with a bit of darkness but no. Upon pouring a bottle into my brand new lovely unique branded glass (don't forget branded and unique) it seemed to resemble a pint of fosters with some lard or shall i say love juice mixed into it or something. I thought it looked horrible, on first taste i though mmmmmmm luvly, crisp, refreshing, light, different, then after a little while the after taste kicked in which for me brought the thought 'CIDER'. Which is a bad thing and a good thing. When i first started drinking at a young age everyone was into cider, white cider i may add, cheap cheerful and fairly strong. So this drink brought some small memories back, which was good, but it was also bad. As i do remember the gringing horrible after taste of cider in my mouth to this day, its makes me wanna choke on my own vomit, ala Jimi Hendrix, only by drinking cider instead :(. Other than this very slight after taste its a very nice drink if you liek that sorta of thing, i must admit its not my cup of tea, but it makes a lovely refreshing change to bog standard bevvy. Its one of those that you could have a few and enjoy, or i could, then the taste gets a bit annoying. I suppose this ciderish taste may come from the u
nfiltered methods the brewers use, which basically gives it its cloudyness. This beers unfiltered natural cloudyness reminds me of something the Vikings wouldh ave drunk, you know good old traditional medievel ale. Buts its its bottles instead of barrels and big metal tankards. Its a traditional beer for those people who like traditional thigns that are a little different from the norm. By all means this is a beer that you must try, but be warned you may hate it you may love it. Its either one of the best lagers you'll try or the worst simple as, some of you will not so much like it, but certainly appreciate its differentness from the rest of the lagers and beers out there like me!
Wheat, 4.8 percent Alcohol. Brewed in Belgium since 1966.