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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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4,244 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,244
Reviews: 1,646
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 77
Gots: 425 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden visit their website

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: purplehops on 07-08-2001)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Schooners Patio Grille in Santa Clarita, CA.

Pours a murky light orange with a 1/2 inch foamy white head that settles to a thin cap. Small chunks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, banana, spices, and some yeast aromas. Taste is of wheat, banana, and yeast. The spices come through on the aftertaste. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good witbier that is tasty and very easy drinking.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured cloudy light yellow in color with a bright white head. The head didn't last that long, but a high amount of carbonation is visible through the haze and preserves a thin layer of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are pleasant, light aromas of lemon and orange in the nose along with some hints of spices and sweetness.
T: The overall taste is well balanced between flavors of citrus and spices.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with lots of carbonation.
D: The beer is very refreshing and quite sessionable, particularly during the warm weather in the summer months.

metter98, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There seems to always be a distinct pleasure when drinking a beer that basically defined the style. As originator of today's witbiers, it's hardly arguable that there are any better.

With a soft glow of canary yellow color, the haze of wheat protiens and yeast are evident. The protiens allow for a froathy, cotton head of mousse-like proportions. A very elegant and initing appearance.

Citrus, spice, and floral aromas are a careful blend of corriander, sweet orange peel, and a soft peppery scent; all of which rests on a wheaty scent of light breads or bread dough. Lemony esters and mild malted milk scent give a sturdiness to the nose with zeal and zest.

Lemon flavor with curaco take the early command with an assertive citrus taste. Fresh winter wheat and pilsner malt flavors give a soft bread impression along with mild powdered sugar sweetness and crisp grain flavor follow up and easily govern the middle palate. Crisp lemony notes close the flavor along with a refreshing lactic tartness and malted milk whimsy.

Creamy and somewhat expansive early with a fleeting, spicy finish that reduces to near-watery feel with semi-dry character.

Hoegaarden is the opidome of refreshment with high character and quality. Where the flavor and aroma profiles carry enough complexity with effortless ease, the body might make too quick of a transition and surpasses refreshment into a slight empty or watering ending. Still, nearly an ideal session.

BEERchitect, Jun 29, 2005
Photo of Mlkluther
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Good when choices are limited.

Mlkluther, Today at 05:45 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

LarryAppleton, Today at 03:54 AM
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3.72/5  rDev -1.8%

sharkman0485, Yesterday at 09:44 PM
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Manohar, Yesterday at 06:38 PM
Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance: A cloudy, heavily tinted, yellow-gold with a one-finger white head, leaving some lacing on the edge of the glass.

Aroma: A strong wheat/citrus smell with just a bare hint of cloves on the back end.

Taste: Definitely a wheat beer with strong citrus tones and a nice, solid, yeasty crisp aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and even sultry, with a little carbonation on the tongue. Medium body.

Overall: I felt compelled to try this after a reviewer on this site claimed that once you've had one, you never go back. well, that might be overstating the case, but this beer is not bad. I really like Franziskaner, and therefore I think I admire the yeastiness of this one too. I am not sorry I bought it. I'll probably get it again: a good addition to the growing fridge collection.

Doctor_Bogenbroom, Friday at 08:33 PM
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Stigh, Thursday at 09:13 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Robbie_Fish, Thursday at 03:48 AM
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Luklaer, Tuesday at 07:59 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Techichi, Tuesday at 03:40 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

gregcordle, Tuesday at 02:37 PM
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Good beer nothing special

tony12hd, Monday at 11:24 PM
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

mwpatter77, Monday at 12:39 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.56/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.36/5  rDev +15%

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3.48/5  rDev -8.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
86 out of 100 based on 4,244 ratings.