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Old 04-20-2009, 12:06 AM   #1
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Default What is Hoegaarden?

Is this a wit, hefewizen, or what? Is it the same kind of beer as Franszikaner?

Who is a fan of that beer? I am just wondering if that beer is a good representation of that style, if that makes any sense. I had it on draft a week ago and that coriander taste is so strong, it just dominates the beer. It said it was a white ale, but is it wheat based? I just did not like that beer but granted it was my first one, the Franziskaner I had a few weeks ago and I liked it better but I am still not big on this style.

Just wondering if someone can explain the difference between these kinds of beer (if they even are the same) and a regular lager or ale....thanks!



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Old 04-20-2009, 12:48 AM   #2
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It is a Witbier. Its pretty commonly held as a good example of the style. Franziskaner is not the same. It is a Hefeweizen.


Here are the BJCP guidelines for each style:
Witbier

Weizen/Weissbier



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it is a classic Belgian White (or wit). it is a 60/40 wheat with the addition of rolled oats for body. the hops are minimal as the bitter orange and coriander imply bitterness and flavor/aroma. the Belgian Wit yeast, however, is the main player here. you cannot make the style without it. i agree that the coriander is a bit prominent. try using a small amount of cardamom and cumin in place of half of the coriander.

the difference between fransiskaner and hoogarden is the wit yeast versus the weizen yeast. wit is clean and dry with the herbs prevolent. the weizen is clove and bananna/estery and tends to ferment a bit sweeter. they are both about 60/40% wheat to 2 row.

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I love me some Hoegaarden. I've tried to brew wits twice with no success (various reasons) but I need to get back in the saddle and try a simple one again soon.

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i have a pretty good wit recipe if you want to try it.

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I love me some Hoegaarden. I've tried to brew wits twice with no success (various reasons) but I need to get back in the saddle and try a simple one again soon.
I've never made one, but I've heard it is a pretty difficult style to do well.
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Thanks for the info guys...I will keep trying those beers when I get the chance and hopefully they will grow on me.

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I believe that not only is Hoegaarden a good example of the Wit style but it is the original Wit (in the way that anchor steam beer is the original steam beer). Also, I've heard that the secret ingredient to Hoegaarden is chamomile along with orange peel, lemon peel, et cetera. Go here and download this MP3 for a lot of great specific info:

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i have a pretty good wit recipe if you want to try it.
Lay it on us, brother. I need to feed the brew addiction again soon.

My GF loves the stuff. She also loves IPA and tripels which is partially why I love her so much.......
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Also, I've heard that the secret ingredient to Hoegaarden is chamomile along with orange peel, lemon peel, et cetera.
I would think we've also got to be considering what "Hoegaarden" we're talking about!! Hoegaarden is a town and brewery. The brewery has the "original" Hoegaarden Belgian wit that everyone equates it with (IE like Guiness draught is to St James or Anchor Steam is to California Common)....but Hoegaarden brewery also has a Rose, Citron, barley beer, higher gravity seasonal witbier, grand cru, and Verboden Vrucht (forbidden fruit).

But actually, the most interesting tidbit is if the most traditional Hoegaarden recipe excists with Hoegaarden brand or Celis Brewing...something tells me neither makes it as they've both been bought out by commercial breweries:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoegaarden_Brewery


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