An extremely popular beer style, it was almost lost as it faded away in the 1940s, partly due to the Lager Revolution of the early 19th century, and partly due to the World Wars. The style, however, was revived in the 1960s and many versions of this beer have been brewed ever since.
The most famous of these versions is the Hoegaarden, named after the village near Brussels where the beer style originated. Made from Pilsner malt, and the Indian unmalted wheat, this cheery ale is infused with local coriander and fresh orange peel, giving it a spicy-sweet, citrusy taste, making it not only refreshing but also easy on the palate.
Contains a pleasant sweetness along with an orangey-citrusy fruitiness, and a hint of coriander.
Ranges from a very pale straw to a very light gold in colour. The beer appears very cloudy due to starch haze and/or yeast, which gives it a milky, whitish-yellow appearance.
Primarily has a moderate coriander aroma, with a zesty, orangey fruitiness to it.
Has a medium-light to medium body, with a smooth and light creaminess.
Hoegaarden Wit, St. Bernardus Blanche, Celis White, Vuuve 5, Bluemoon.
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