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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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BA SCORE
85
very good

4,545 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 4,545
Reviews: 1,697
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 112
Gots: 681 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: purplehops on 07-08-2001

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Ratings: 4,545 | Reviews: 1,697
Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lovely clouds of foam in the Gulpener tulip. Golden and hazy. Sheets of lacing. Big creamy mouthfeel is much of the pleasure of this stuff.

This is really sweet. I suppose someone could be forgiven for thinking this was some kind of Hefeweizen. Moderately yeasty, but there is virtually none of the Belgian dry and bitter finish. Tangy and fragrant with spice.

As a Anheuser-Busch InBev product, this is well made, though I could not detect any sediment in the 12 oz bottle. Plenty drinkable, though I imagine the atmosphere of a tavern in Europe would do this a lot of good. Another oldie I"ve never managed to review. On sale for five bucks a sixer at a grocery store in northern Washington.

Photo of dbtossi
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A nice light beer with a lot of flavor of spices

Photo of kbernthal
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

light in color, very typical of a german beer

Photo of GregFromRI
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tried this beer last week. Tasted of lots of spices, was very tasty, especially if you enjoy this type of beer. While I do enjoy these types of beers, I wouldn't go out of my way to purchase this one again however I definitely wouldn't mind being offered one. It's smooth and spicey, definitely worth a try!

Photo of ChocolateLove
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewing all these beers at my buddy's house and catching up. This beer is so full and juicy, wheat filled and lots of spices. Best wheatbeer I've had

Photo of ruskatherine
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The love of my life.

My all time favorite hefe, don't judge. It is perfection.

Photo of sprat1960
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Light yellow in color; cloudy/opaque. Pours with a 2 finger creamy white head that dies own slowly. Lots of bubbles.

Smell: Grainy, wheaty slightly sweet aroma typical of a wheat beer.

Taste: Tastes similar to how it smells. Grassy, grainy and slightly sweet with a very mild dry finish. Very nice.

Feel: Medium body; smooth velvety feel. Nice carbonation.

Overall: A nice, straight-forward light wheat beer. While there are better, I found this beer to be very good and enjoyed it. I would gladly drink this again.

Photo of KF_MSU
4.57/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy look. Smells of spices with a little bit of citrus. Smooth and refreshing taste. I really like this Belgian beer, especially on draft.

Photo of redinge7
2.28/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Light/pale color, almost fruity in smell, but had a heavy malt flavor in taste.

Photo of PorterPro125
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 33 cL (330 mL) Bottle

A- Light Yellow and slightly hazy. Lots of small floaties visible. 2 finger white head.

S- Typical Witbier smell. Light Banana, cloves, and a hint of wheat malt.

T- Follows the aroma pretty tightly. Light wheat, banana, and cloves with a certain breadiness.

M- Medium-High Carbonation and light body. Lighter body and more carbonation than a typical Beligan Witbier.

O- A pretty good example of a Witbier as far as the Aroma and Taste goes but a weak body and oddly high carbonation for the style really damage this beer. Definitely not a bad beer, just not a great Witbier.

Photo of TopherBreski
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Very carbonated compared to most Belgians - something I didn't like. Smells and feels great but better tasting Belgians out there.

Photo of mchegash
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4/5
Bright yellow, very hazy, about 1 finger of head. Can see a slightly above average amount of carnonation rising up the beer.

Smell - 4/5
Classic belgian smell. Banana, spice, hops, light malt.

Taste - 4/5
Light wheat malt, banana, breadiness with a tiny bit of spiciness.

Mouthfeel - 4.25/5
Mediium body. Mediium amount of medium high intensity carbonation. Crisp.

Overall - 4/5
This was a great example of a near-perfect Witbier.

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer. Hazy look to it. Drinks very nice.

Photo of SimplySinister
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Cloudy light yellow, two finger head, lightly carbonated. Minimal lacing.

S - Typical Belgian- clove, spice, and mild banana. Definite orange notes here.

T - Great. Wonderfully mild. No banana bomb. Mellow mix of spice and clove. Departure from the norm with the citrus inclusion.

M - Clean, slightly tart/tangy. Minimal aftertaste.

D - Exceptional. This beer is a very good, widely available Belgian Wheat. Definitely worth one's time.

Photo of dukeandduke
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2/22 - Draft (Delilah's Chicago) - Very crisp white pour, with a decent body. Smelled pleasant with citrus and other fruits. Taste was very good, and I enjoyed both the feel and texture. Not very strong, but the flavour made up for it. I like this beer and look forward to future pours.

Photo of Csikic93
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite beer during the summer, refreshing and best with Orange.

Photo of TheCondor
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Side poured from the bottle on a freezing cold day where it is snowing hard. Poured into a tulip glass with standard vigor. Likely to be one of many beers today.

Appearance - Pours a hazy, golden yellow color with a one finger, soap bubble head that is retained for about a quarter of the drink. No lacing to speak of. Cool packaging, love the classic German/Belgian look. Little bit of carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass.

Smell - The nose is phenols, spices, a bit of orange peel, and some big wheats. Smells like a Continental European beer. Hopefully it tastes like one!

Taste - Exactly what I hoped for. Well balanced between the wheats, which come at the front of the drink, and just a touch of spice and bitterness in the back . In the meantime, there is a definite banana/phenol/orangepeel flavor in the middle. Very well balanced, quality.

Motuhfeel - Finishes clean, smooth, with a hint of funk. Low ABV makes it a good session brew if need be.

Overall - This is a very good beer, one I would highly recommend and certainly buy again, especially once the weather gets hotter. Give this one a shot, you will not be disappointed.

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.19/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Hazy peach and golden colors. White creamy 2 finger head, lasting 2 minutes, with average legs and tons of activity.

Aromas and flavors of lemony citrus, clove, and herbal spices. Faint sharp and crisp sour fruity and grainy taste. The citrus feel is too extreme.

Light body with excessive prickly carbonation, nice finish ending with well intensified sour fruity mouth coat.

Overall : An average white beer that is too bland and missing a little freshness.

Photo of Clarahope
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Such a good beer overall. Smell is strange at first, barn like. No hops in smell mostly citrus and coriander. The taste is mostly wheaty with subtle citrus and banana notes. Very crisp.

Photo of ENogueira
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My go-to beer. I prefer to pour it in a chalice. The color is always bright yellow with a perfect white head of foam. By far the best mass market wheat beer in existence. The true nectar of the gods. The best part about it is that it doesn't taste like wheat at all. Hoegaarden tastes like sweet citrus, with refreshing carbonation and a very smooth finish. If I were stranded on a deserted island and I could only take one lifetime supply of beer, this would be it.

Photo of DarkBeerSux
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fell in love with this beer visiting my brother in Belgium back in 1998. When it finally became available in the states, I was overjoyed. The Americanized version was not quite as good, but still outstanding. As I come from a family of wine snobs - this is my go to dinner beer, though it is great anytime.

Photo of derekgw123
2.26/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I don't really like Belgian White's, so that's really my only beef here other than a horrible after taste.

Photo of Shadow10185
4.55/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great tasting and crisp. A staple in my fridge.

Photo of Midejohn
4.54/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One of my favs. A non-bitter without being too fruity

Photo of SoulFroosh
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I had some Shock Top Belgian wheat last week (yes, that's how I'm starting this review)
and it inspired me to try the "original" of its style.

Errm, this tasted pretty much on par (or even more lifeless) than the Shock Top.
I was expecting much more from this beer.

None the less, I enjoyed the Shock Top, and I also enjoyed this. Still a good beer.

Did I mention that last week I drank Shock Top?

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
85 out of 100 based on 4,545 ratings.