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Hoegaarden Original White Ale
Written by Britton
I had high expectations for this beer. I like wheat beers, I like Belgium, and I figured it must be good if the bottle gives specific instructions for how to pour this beer. It tells you to pour 2/3 into a Hoegaarden hexagonal glass (which of course I don’t have) then swirl bottle and pour the remaining beer into the glass. The swirling causes a nice head to form when poured. The look of this beer was the best part about it. It was a cloudy golden color which is typical for an unfiltered white wheat beer.
The smell was as if someone dropped some overly ripe bananas into a bowl of yeast and pepper. And that what it tasted like. I don’t put pepper on my bananas when I eat them so why would I enjoy the taste of peppery bananas in my beer? It is a little heavy on the carbonation which maybe is a good thing because it took some of the attention off the disappointing taste.
All I could think of drinking this beer is when I used eat Runt candy as a kid and leave the crappy banana ones to the end to be thrown out. The only thing nastier than banana Runts are a mouthful of banana Runts with a dash of pepper…no thanks. Needless to say, I won’t be drinking this beer again…unless I start liking banana Runts.
Grade: C-Hoegaarden Original White Ale,