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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

Hoegaarden Original White AleHoegaarden Original White Ale

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very good

3,576 Ratings

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Ratings: 3576
Reviews: 1601
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden visit their website

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: purplehops on 07-08-2001)
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Photo of shacawgo24


4.56/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy straw colored body. Bit brighter, pale gold in light. Creamy two finger head. Spotty lacing.

S-Grains of wheat. Yeasty. Faint banana. Faint soap. Orange. Pear. Cider. Garden herbs: Basil, oregano.

T-Fresh squeezed orange. Wheat. Straw. Dark breads. Other unknown grains. Herbal.

M-Medium body. Medium carbonation. Love the herbal cool-spiciness of coriander. Sip starts slightly sweet & tart, continues with a smooth wheat-grain middle and ends with a bitter cinnamon/clove like drying, (most likely the yeast). Nice examples of sweet and bitter in the feels. Well rounded.

O-Classic witbier. Memorable. While not the pinnacle witbier, it does justice and delivers on all categories of what makes a beer good. Refreshing without compromising on flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 11:42:42 | More by shacawgo24
Photo of Flounder57


3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass at Estelle's.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger head that reduced to a thin puffy layer. It is a slightly hazy golden straw yellow with vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Bready, vanilla, yeasty, spices, and orange.

Taste: Nice bready wheat, vanilla, coriander, yeasty, and orange peel.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, chewy, refreshing, a little bready tart, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty nice witbier that I have enjoyed a bunch over the years. Delicious and tasty stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 22:32:47 | More by Flounder57
Photo of Mises85


4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap albeit probably not served in the right glass.

Appearance: hefe like look. Light and hazy

Smell: very effervescent, lemony, grains of paradise, orange, spice.

Taste: seltzer, lemony, cracker finish. Quite refreshing and smooth.

Probably one of the better witbier's I have had although I need to try more.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2014 02:22:38 | More by Mises85
Photo of nicholas2121


3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hoegaarden Original White Ale brewed Brouwerij van Hoegaarden. This brew pours out a cloudy amber color with a small white head. The smell is ok nothing bad. You can smell the citrus in this beer. The taste is nice and crisp with some citrus. This brew goes down smooth. There is nothing bad about this brew. I would get this brew again. Over all, I'm giving this brew a 3.75 out 5.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 03:09:05 | More by nicholas2121
Photo of utopiajane

New York

3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy and the color of light straw. When held to the light in the room it's a lemony yellow. head is fat white and lasts. Nose was mild. Lemon a bit of pepper and some wheat like a light cracker. Taste follows the nose all the way. Lemon on light cracker with a bit of tartness on the back end. Watery and thin body. It finishes very dry and leaves a light sweetness in the aftertaste. Refreshing and very mild.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 17:29:28 | More by utopiajane
Photo of WhiteHillsStore


3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm not one who usually goes for lighter beers but I really enjoyed this one. A simple style that was elegantly executed. It pours a light but hazy yellow with a nice white head. The smell is full of citrus and Belgian wheat. The taste is light with a bunch of citrus flavors like lemon, orange peel, and a hint of banana that add to the wheat flavor and give it a nice crisp finish. The mouthfeel is the only problem for me as it was a little too light for the winter but I can see this being a staple of the summer. Very much enjoyed and would definitely recommend to any blue moon fans looking to step it up.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2014 16:45:15 | More by WhiteHillsStore
Photo of Bosoxfan20


3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a hazy lemon with a 2 finger white head. Solid retention and outstanding lacing. The true look of a Wit.

S- Clove, coriander, orange peel and lemon zest.

T- Probably not best suited for the time of year when there is 6 inches on the ground, but still solid none the less. Doesn't bombard you with coriander, but rather a more fruit forward wit. Orange and lemon. Very smooth.

M- easy drinking, clean start, slightly creamy.

O- Nothing really blows me away, but an example that is true to the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 03:48:09 | More by Bosoxfan20
Photo of Godfather50

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- vey light straw with a two finger pale head
S- feint yeast smell with aniseed note
T- very distinctive toothpaste, dental mouthwash, aniseed but pleasant with wheats depth. Stayed interesting throughout.
F - well but not overly carbonated
O - a great tasting wheat beer that I will revisit.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 19:45:30 | More by Godfather50
Photo of BeerWithMike


4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled tonight on 2/28/14. 330ml (11.2 oz.) bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy golden 'lemon' in color with a 2-finger white fizzy head that stays around for a while. Some spotty lacing is seen with each sip. The aroma is of wheat, grains, lemon with orange peel and spice. The taste is about the same with the mix of orange and lemon coming through first with some spice at the end. Semi-sweet with perfect carbonation. Actually not a bad 'white ale' that doesn't have a harsh or bitter aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 04:31:46 | More by BeerWithMike
Photo of eastpt

New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

By far, my favorite beer. I keep it on tap at home and enjoy it year round. A perfect summer wit bier that still refreshes in the cold winter months. I have had the pleasure of visiting the brewery in Hoegaarden, Belgium twice. If only I could get the american bartenders to pronounce the name correctly. They insisit on Hoe instead of Hoo. Nevertheless, this Belgian wheat has set the standard for all the american rip-offs like Blue Moon.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2014 12:03:31 | More by eastpt
Photo of barczar


3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden lemon with a huge frothy ivory head that leaves sheets of lacing as it slowly dissipates.

Hints of skunk are evident when the bottle opens. Soft coriander, wheat, lemon, and orange peel dominate the aroma. There's a grainy sweetness accompanying subtle floral hops.

Lemon, tangerine, wheat, and coriander open the flavor profile, becoming bready mid palate, and finishing with a hint of pepper. Orange zest and banana esters add complexity in the aftertaste.

Body is fairly full and creamy, with carbonation a touch low.

Great yeast esters, with more malt body than I recall. Not my favorite style, and the skunky notes are slightly offputting. Finished a little weak, but a good, classic beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 01:39:07 | More by barczar
Photo of Givemebeer


3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Light golden, hazy, luxurious white head

S: orange, lemon, pepper

T: Starts off with a mix of orange and tart lemon followed by some pepperiness. A tad watered down and a tiny bit spicy.

M: Medium bodied and semi sweet.

O: Not a big witbier fan but the flavor profile is pretty nice. Just wish it wasn't so toned down. Seems like its made to appeal to a wide variety of people that aren't all craft beer drinkers. Still not bad and quite refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 16:45:30 | More by Givemebeer
Photo of biokid23


4.44/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oddly enough, Hoegaarden has somewhat convinced me to move from IPA and start drinking wheat-ier beers. Bottle is appealing, has a tart and spicy taste, is quite refreshing, and very easy to drink. I could drink it every day. It stands alone or is good with food, and has the benefit of being easy to find in grocery stores. Even Trader Joes has it, and it is cheap. Well worth it.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 06:57:51 | More by biokid23
Photo of dar482

New York

3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a super hazy bright yellow lemon drop color.

The aroma has Belgian breadiness and yeast. Banana, spices, some sweet orange.

The flavor follows with sweet banana, some orange, a hint of lemon, yeasty bread. The finish is clean and a bit of sweetness.

A fine beer and actually stood up very well blind against Allagash White.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 04:25:02 | More by dar482
Photo of Beric


3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle, from the bottle
Served: 5 January 2014

Appearance: Unfortunately had this one out of the bottle due to no glassware being available. Bottle looked good though. Lighter brown glass allows you to see the haziness in the beer from the suspended yeast as well as the head. I tried to drink this one pretty violently at first to stir up the yeast in the glass and it worked out okay, but almost volcanoed out of the top. Definitely going to use a glass next time I have this one.

Smell: Smells of banana. Not picking up any notes from the coriander or orange it says its brewed with. Smells a lot like a hefeweizen.

Taste: Tastes much like a hefeweizen (banana tastes) but with a little more edge.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and very refreshing mouthfeel.

Overall: I could drink this one by the gallon. Good, assertive taste from the wheat and yeast without being overly spiced like some wits. My favorite wit that I've had so far. Would make an excellent summer beer. I would rank Hoegaarden below most hefeweizens but above most American pale wheats. Exceedingly refreshing and a good change of pace from the boozy DIPAs and stouts common this time of year.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 02:59:15 | More by Beric
Photo of Fergyx825


3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: very cloudy, yellow hue. There is some foam on the top, it doesn't seem to go away. This sounds just like its supposed to.

Smell: it has the golden ale smell to it. A little bit of citrus.

Taste: Very crisp, very wheat oriented beer. A hint of some citrus fruit. It definitely has that twang to it described in witbier legend. Golden ale like taste in the background.

Mouthfeel: very high in carbonation, but a very thin beer. These two don't work well together.

Overall: i like this beer, its very crisp and high in carbonation. Almost has a bite to it. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 02:13:58 | More by Fergyx825
Photo of a0lbudman


4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pale color with a large white head that left little lace on the glass
S-sweet smell, yet some tartness to it, coriander, cloves, bready yeast, and the sweet is like a banana
T-banana mixed with a bready taste that goes to a tart citrus aftertaste that has some spice in there. Then it goes to a sweet banana finish.
M-creamy light body feel
O-great beer that smells like it taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 03:40:44 | More by a0lbudman
Photo of scottsbeerreview


3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

good beer I like and will have more. has a nice head and some lace . would be good at a BBQ or a high end eatery. I think a lot of ladies would like it. it is not so strong aromatically . served in a pint glass slightly warm but good. this is my time with this beer and I will share with my friends my thoughts.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 06:16:50 | More by scottsbeerreview
Photo of Roughster


4.8/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Honestly, what is there too complain about with Hoegaarden? One smell and if you are a wit drinker you will know you will love it! I think this is high in the Wit list of must haves to ensure you know the high end of the spectrum.

The clovey-bannana tones linger through the finish but do not over power. I could drink it all day

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2013 20:22:36 | More by Roughster
Photo of apu1


4.65/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my first time drinking Hoegaarden. Very smooth and easy to drink. Kind of tastes like alcoholic birch beer to me, which I find pretty interesting. Definitely in my top 5 favorite beers right now and worth the money. Big ups to Europe for their fine beer production.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 06:21:47 | More by apu1
Photo of CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap for the purpose of this review. This was a grad school staple however and I am quite familiar with this classic witbier in the bottle as well. A hazy banana yellow beer with a decent amount of white head and ample carbonation, Hoegaarden smells of fruity yeast esters first and foremost, along with some dry bread and phenolic spice notes like allspice or dilute clove. I remember this beer being hugely fruity and fairly sour as well, less spicy, and my memory was indeed pretty accurate. A little dry popcorn malt and lots of bubble gum/tutti fruity esters along with some banana, the spicy phenols take a back seat but there is a sour backdrop that evokes a little raw pineapple or maybe unripe apples or pears that prevents the sweetness from being cloying. The coriander spice shows up in the finish along with a pleasant lemony sourness but is fairly downplayed, to the betterment of the beer itself (drink this and then try a Rickards White or another mainstream US or Canadian wit and you'll see what I mean ... The Europeans use this spice more strategically and do not carpet bomb the taste buds). Mouthfeel is a bit chewy and there is some residual sweetness but the body is still fairly thin and watery, I guess its a witbier after all. If there is a standout flaw, said flaw is too much carbonation that masks the fruit and spice flavors more than is necessary. Still, any wit fan should know this icon.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2013 05:03:34 | More by CalgaryFMC
Photo of Das_Reh


3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Coming back and reviewing this again after a few years. My palate has had time to develop and I can judge this beer a bit more objectively than before.

Poured from a chilled 11.2 oz bottle into a frosty faceted pint glass.

A = a hazy, almost milky light gold with a 2 finger head after an easy pour.

S = bready yeasts, coriander, wheat, a touch of banana and cloves, citrus

T = floral and spicy, peppery, crisp... there is a lingering sour note that is rather pleasant. not as sweet as some other wits I've had, but the spice and floral character is awesome in my opinion

M = medium carbonation accents the spiciness of this beer well, and there is a creaminess to the mouthfeel.

O = a solid, widely available wit, and a personal favorite.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 07:42:17 | More by Das_Reh
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Large white head leaves a nice lacing above a clearish light golden colored beer.

Light yeast and wheat grain aroma.

Classic wheat beer taste with light wheat, light yeasts coming through.

A lightly bitter dry aftertaste with a bit of the wheat beer tastes remaining with this light bodied ale.

This is the classic wheat beer taste, if that is what you are looking for look right here.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 23:45:36 | More by LXIXME
Photo of tastemeister


5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Uniquely spicy, but not for everyone or every occasion. I enjoy it mostly by itself, although it goes very well with meals, especially heavy ones. I love the smoooth texture, light quality, cardamom and orange spice, and full-yet-manageable head. Right now, other beers simply are bland to me.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 23:44:07 | More by tastemeister
Photo of fourstringer


3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 330 mL bottle with moderate hand into the closest thing I have to a Hoegaarden hexagonal glass. Best by 18/03/14 per the label. I used to be very into this beer, but haven't had it recently. Never reviewed, so here we go:

A: A sort of sickly tan-yellow with 2 fingers of coarse, white head. Rapidly fizzles to a thin film. Scant lacing. I remember a more vibrant yellow...

S: Coriander. Lemon. Citrus. Celery? Light spice. Trace of bubble gum.

T: Sweet, somewhat muddled opening that fades to a lingering tartness. Fairly dry finish. Lemon. Spice. Coriander. Citrus acidity.

M: High, prickly carbonation. Feel is reminiscent of club soda. Light body. Does improve as I let it sit. Better once the carb settles down.

O: What happened? Either my tastes have changed or this beer has declined. I'm not sure which... Certainly it has that coriander-heavy quality that I recall. Not a terrible beer by any means. Just not what I remember...

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 23:08:41 | More by fourstringer
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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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