Hoegaarden

Tonight we attended a BostonEco tweetup. This is the 4th time Janet (the organizer) has held four of these events and Melissa and I have been lucky enough to attend all four. Good people, and good networking. There are some “regulars” that we now recognize and can spark up immediate conversation with, which is also nice.

We bailed on the tweetup and hour before it ended – primary because I wanted to get home and review a beer. Priorities man…PRIORITIES!

And since I had nothing cooled, I’m going with an extra Hoegaarden I have hanging around from the weekend.

Hoegaarden is a Belgian white beer. It’s brewed out of Belgiumland.

Only 2 years ago I hated this stuff. Seriously…hated it like you hate it when you’re on the dumper and realize there is no TP left and end up having to take off your boxers, wipe with them, and then go commando the rest of the night. I swear that’s never happened to me. Really…I swear.

These days Hoegaarden is one of my favorites. It goes down like water, but in no way is watery. It’s incredibly light in color and could easily be mistaken for a Berlinerweise in color. Fizzy. Wheaty/yeasty. Strong citrus and coriander flavors.

One of my favorite places to drink a Hoegaarden is at a Boston Bruins hockey game. Beer options at the game are pretty decent, and if I have a choice to pay $8 for a cup of Bud or the exact same for a Hoegaarden…DUH!

4.9% ABV helps the brew go down quick. You could probably tear through a half dozen of these at a Bruins game. I don’t recommend it though. Bathroom lines get too long, and you’ll probably end up peeing yourself while you wait and have to throw out your boxers. Then what are you gonna do when you run out of TP?


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Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.

7 thoughts on “Hoegaarden”

  1. You know, I don't think I've ever had a Hoegaarden from the bottle – it's always been on tap. I'd write more, but I have to go to Costco. Thanks for reminding me that we're almost out of TP.

  2. Sharon:

    When I saw that you commented Sharon, I was hoping for come comedic value. You do not disappoint. Put a smile on my face on an otherwise stressful Friday morning at work. :)

    -Lost

  3. Sharon that was awesome. Also it looks like you're starting your own beer blog? That's exciting… the more the merrier eh?

    Love me some Hoegaarden. First of all the name is great. Who wouldn't want their very own garden of ho's (…what?). Second it's so drinkable, exactly like you say. Third even while it's quaffable it's also flavorful and delicious. It is a great session beer, great sipping beer, and great beer for newbies and especially girls not super into beer (unlike knowledgeable and tap-drinking Sharon above).

    This reminds me Lost, I have a question to ask. What are the best white beers?

    I am planning another FIWK tasting, this one attended by my gf and many girls, and we are focusing on white ales. I have a pretty solid list (including Hoegaarden) but wanted to get your thoughts on the matter?

  4. Royce:

    Your question reminds me that I have to get back to a project I'm working on which involves tagging all the beers I have reviewed with their style.

    I'll see about working on that!

    Doing a quick look through my beer catalog, I see that I liked the following:

    * Kiuchi Hitachino Nest While Ale
    * Allagash White
    * Flying Dog Woody Creek White (boring, but good)
    * Ommegang Witte
    * Avery White Rascal

    There are probably plenty more I liked, but until I get this categorization done I won't be able to figure it out! :)

    -Lost

  5. Thanks guys, I try.

    Yes, I'm starting a new beer blog… not quite up and running yet since I decided to do this during my busy work season. I'll let you know when it's a go.

    btw, Ommegang Witte is yummy.

  6. Okay so here's my list right now:

    Allagash White, Alaskan White, Hitachino Nest White, Lost Coast Great White, and Hoegaarden for the core white ales

    For some variety also bringing: Sam Adams Imperial White, Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca, and Dogfish Head Festina Peche

    I'm considering adding the Ommegang and the Avery above. Do you feel particularly strongly about either or both?

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