Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Hoegaarden (2017 re-review to BJCP specs)

BBD: 2/5/18

2015 BJCP Category: 24A Witbier

AROMA: Clean, refreshing nose of orangepeel, banana-like esters and slight coriander spiciness. Slight vanilla or bubblegum scent. The spices and esters override the base malt, but nose is still nice. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Extremely hazy yellow hue (2-4 SRM). Large white frothy foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: General wheaty malt base, though not especially sweet. Orange zest is evident throughout. Coriander emerges briefly on the second half. Lightly sweet banana/bubblegum esters are present in the background. No hop flavor or bitterness. Faint lemonade-like flavor and tartness is detectable right as it finishes. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; medium-high carbonation. Texture is very smooth and comfortable - no carbonic bite. Aftertaste is quite clean. Refreshing. High quaffable. Sessionable in the summer at 4.9% ABV. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: A globally-accessible example of the style. Probably outstanding when fresh. Surprisingly good with some age. 8/10

TOTAL SCORE: 38/50

NOTE: See my 2009 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2009/03/hoegaarden-witbier-chadz-beer-reviews.html