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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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BA SCORE
85
very good

4,616 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 4,616
Reviews: 1,731
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 115
Gots: 742 | 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: 4,616 | Reviews: 1,731
Photo of RyanK252
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a Speakeasy Brewing Metropolis Lager Stange glass

A: Pours hazy pale straw with a frothy off white head that settles to a firm layer and laces well.

S: Yeasty, wheat, citrus, floral, slightly fruity, maybe a hint of peppery spice.

T: Light citrus, orange and a little lemon, coriander spice, bready wheat, and fruity yeasty notes.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Not a bad wit, but doesn't really blow you away either.

Photo of mlockman
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing disagreeable about it, but nothing phenomenal either

Photo of akdo
4.51/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Because I saw this beer on many list of top Belgian beers, I didn't mind buying a case of six bottles. Once I was home, I paired one bottle with an orange.

From the bottle came a pale golden beer with a head that stays on top for a while. If you follow the instructions on the bottle's label, gently shake your glass if the head starts to fade. The head will get a little bit of its vigor back. All in all, the beer has a nice visual identity.

Speaking about the taste, I initially took one sip without biting my orange. Because of the orange peels inside the Hoegaarden Original White Ale, the taste more or less like a lightly bitter homemade marmalade jam made with enough cups of sugar, a dashes of hops and some tweaks (coriander?), which is not a bad thing.

Once I kept a slice of orange meat as well as its juice in my mouth, I took another sip. The orange's juice merged with the beer and lightened the beer's bitterness. The orange juice did not overpower the beer in that the bitterness was not sacrificed. For a fleeting moment, I even was under the impression that the Hoegaarden came close to the taste of a dubbel, which is supposed to have a certain sweetness.

In short, to get the most out of the Hoegaarden, drink it with an orange. As for the pairing this beer with seafood, I will try it in the future.

Photo of pat61
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a wonderful creamy head (that disappears quickly) and a pale, cloudy straw color. It’s almost white. They add coriander and Curacao orange peel to it but these flavors are very subtle as is the clove from the yeast. The flavors of the orange peel, coriander and the wheat malt are a little more independent in the Hoegaarden and not as balanced. Some of this separateness of flavor, lack of creaminess, and thinness may come from AB InBev’s use of high gravity brewing to make Hoegaarden.

Photo of squezey
2.06/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Do not see what's so great about this beer, slightly below average in its class. Guess it's ok for a big name beer but it feels and tastes rather offensive going down.

Photo of blackett511
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I've always been a fan of Hoegaarden, but as I get older it loses its glamor. The taste has a coriander and orange kick to it, amazing citrus aroma, and its slightly heavier than its light color might attest. The aftertaste is a very good variant of dishwasher fluid (truly in the best way though). It is low in alcohol content but relatively high for a witbier, so kudos.
So while time keeps knocking this beer down for me, it'll always remain a consistent favorite among the drafts.

Photo of fuberwil
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love this beer, just basing it off "mass" produced beers. It obviously falls short of craft brews but would rate this a top super market beer.

Photo of BangkokBacchus
2.78/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

It's weak...needs more substance and less watery taste ...

Photo of dikebrewery
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A true wit. You can smell and taste the spices right away. While drinking this beer in may I kept thinking this would be the perfect beer for a Christmas night with all the nutmeg and coriander hints. Good beer no need to bitter this one up.

Photo of baile208
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy dark gold color with a tangy, citrus smell. The taste was malty with a slight hint of pumpkin and citrus. Mild flavor.

Photo of Chrissythebeerlover
4.67/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smells citrusy and spicy. Big fan of imported beers and I loved this one. The flavors were a mouthful and extremely complex. Great beer anytime of the year.

Photo of Azaitouna
4.7/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The look was gold with a hints of yellow. The aroma was spicy and citrus. The taste was a mix of dark yet light. As it started out being a bit spicy then the after taste was refreshing. Overall, a good beer.

Photo of DanielleHazard
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very good light summer beer

Photo of KatieS5643
2.33/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Not my favorite beer. It is a cloudy-goldish colored beer. I think it smells like coffee. I thought It is bitter tasting, and therefore its not my favorite.

Photo of Kirsten_Ann92
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer was really easy to drink. When poured it is a bright and crisp looking yellow. It smells like citrus and spices and has a wheaty taste. It has a mild spice after taste but overall is very refreshing.

Photo of rbjorkman
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

- Hazey yellow color
- fruity/citrus smell
- crisp mild flavor
- refreshing and yummy to drink

Photo of claudialeshok
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

light cloudy brown with very fruity taste.

Photo of partains
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: light, bright yellow
Smell: citrus and spices
Taste: wheat, refreshing
Overall: I enjoyed this beer, refreshing and mildly spicy

Photo of josanguapo
4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Compra: Hipercor de San Juan de Aznalfarache
Ingesta: Jugando a Kings Bounty Dark Side
Opinión: Cerveza de trigo muy correcta. Entra bien y se bebe muy rapida. Lastima que sea solo 33cl

Photo of CashChel
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cloudy straw orange body, smells of orange of coriander, taste soft wheat flavor.

Photo of carolynschaf
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy appearance. Brewed with orange peel and coriander. Goes well with dry rub ribs. You can taste the wheat all over your tongue. It is versatile and easy to drink.

Photo of Joseph01
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Color - Mild Yellow

Aroma - Floral, herbal spices

Palate - Refreshing, spicy

Overall - Great beer!

Photo of Stingraystripe
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I think it's a solid representation of the style. I'd love to try it fresher - every bottle I've had here seems a little old, but it does hold up exceptionally well, actually. I've had bottles of this in the fridge for a year and they compare to others from the same pack 12 months prior. Very crisp and enjoyable on a warm day.

Photo of whitephi
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bright golden crispy beer with citrus, feels like you're drinking a foreign beer.

Photo of Wookieboy1
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Still one of the best, the citrus and coriander explode in ones mouth!

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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