Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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Reviews: 1,694
Hads: 4,774
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 24.54%
Wants: 134
Gots: 900 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: purplehops on 07-08-2001

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Photo of JWU
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tumbler glass

A- cloudy straw yellow, with a huge creamy white head.

S- Very close to the aroma of a Hefe, but you can feintly detect the belgian yeast and peppery character that lies underneath.

T- sweety, mildly sugary, mild clove and banana, with a white pepper on the finish.

M- light side of medium. a tight medium-high level of carbonation.

O- The belgian witbier standard.

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Photo of MAFC_Trainer
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look - pours half finger head that hangs around. Body is a hazy gold

Smell - banana, Clove, citrus

Taste - banana, clove

Feel - low carbonation, smooth, full flavor when hits your palet

Overall - good wheat beer. Defiantly have a few more

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Photo of gmshedd
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hoegaarden--not even in the top 500 Belgian whites by rating! At least it's 35th on the "best" list for the style. Say what you will, this is the one to compare to when learning about witbiers. Better tasted in a European setting. Never been to Belgium, but I had my first in Amsterdam in 1989. I'll always remember the experience as the only customer at a restaurant where they wrote each evening's menus out by hand. Not much of a day trade, to be sure, but they made me a ham and cheese sandwich (no lunch menu) that was the best I've had, and I drank my first Hoegaarden along with it! Years later, a Swedish woman I worked with took me to a pub in Stockholm where I had another Hoegaarden in a large, octagonal glass. That one went down exceedingly well in congenial company and surroundings, as did the next one. It may not be anyone's "best" beer, but it has been part of two of my alltime favorite beerdrinking experiences, so I salute it here.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle purchased individually from Whole Foods and poured into a stemmed Spiegelau Pilsner glass. Pretty solid and a beer I'd drink again, but there are at least 3 others in the category I prefer to this (Allagash White, St. Bernardus Witbier and Dogfish Head Namaste). Close call between this and the Ommegang Witte.

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Photo of jucifer1818
4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a bottle into a hefewisen glass.

To make it simple, this was one hell of a better beer than the blue moon label that was printed on my glass.
It was a sweet, easy drinking brew. Most of its flavor came from the malt (a lot of wheat and pilsner malt) with a bit more coming from the spice. Classic spice dominates the aroma of the brew, which to me was its strongest positive characteristic.

My only regreat was that I didnt have a larger glass and more of this beer.

A classic that deserves its reputation. A great choice for dealing with the unforgiving summer heat.

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Photo of JetFeather22
4.74/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Some refer to this stile of beer and a lawn mower beer, Very good on a hot summer day, A nice white clowdy color, Make sure you always swuirl this style of beer to get the sedement at the bottom, It's always better with it

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Photo of Johnor3
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice fluffy white head upon pouring into my glass. It has a very light and pleasant aroma. I loved it from the second it hit my tongue. It has a very nice, light, good beer taste. I imagine it will be great with food. It seems to me as a great summer beer. I do like some red and dark beer, but this was a very good summer night thirst quencher. It was one of those beers that makes you want more from the first draught. I would enjoy this beer anywhere anytime, and will be buying it again. We are having a family cookout for Labor Day and I will bring some Hoegaarden to that for me and my mother in law to go with grilled Bratwurst, sausages, and hamburgers.

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Photo of drmeto
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

-typical big banana and clove upfront
-lemon and orange notes
-well carbonated
-light body
-finish is slightly bready and spicy

Bang-on example of a Witbier

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured in a hexagonal glass. Very good witbier, and the hint of coriander and orange peel is perfectly balanced. Too many other witbiers are over spiced.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light and refreshing beer. Has a citrus and banana taste to it . No bad after-taste. Carbonation on the high side. Overall a good beer for this style.

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Photo of Maltsandhops
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer taste good! Appearance may be clouded but I like the golden color of it. It does not have good lacing but great head retention till the end of the drink. It has a buttery taste but a bit citrusy at the end.

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Photo of Aharon
4.76/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I think it is the best beer in the world . I do not like orange and any hint in a beer for something that is related to sweetness ( even just aroma ). But But this beer thus beer is something special . It is full of quality. Taste is well balanced. Wow this is pro beer . Those who made this one knew what they were doing - a masterpeace of beer. The bedt beer outhere. Thank you.

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Photo of kitch
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 2nd March 2016 and poured into a Hoegaarden pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a hazy straw yellow with a one finger white head that dissipates slowly into a thin creamy layer with nice curtain like lacing.

Aroma: Starts with wheat bready malt aromas before leading into some banana, honey, spice and bubblegum.

Taste: Some breadiness at the beginning followed by banana, honey sweetness and a tinge or citrus orange and clove to finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

Overall: A good beer that is refreshing and quite tasty. In Hong Kong its price is very competitive as most good craft is at least double the price.

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Photo of Cure_Tap
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is like drinking a lightly spiced banana. VERY mellow flavor, spice is almost non-existent. The overriding flavor is that yeasty banana sort of taste typical of a lot of beers in this style, but real smooth and mild. Not overly yeasty at all. Silky feel, real easy to drink. Almost drinks like a lager, if it weren't for the body. My only complaint is that it's almost TOO mellow. If you want more of a prominent flavor, there are better witbier offerings, but if you're looking for something that isn't too complex and is easy drinking, this hits the spot nicely.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy yellow with decent head and bubbly lace. Sweet fruity aroma with a strong orange content, some sweet malts and spices. Wheat taste, orange zest, herbs and spices in the flavor. Light, good carbonation, crisp, refreshing and drinkable. A nice light and uncomplicated brew.

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Photo of apokatastasis
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a hefeweizen glass.

Appearance: Opaque light yellow / straw colour with a billowy white head. Lacing throughout.

Aroma: Yeast and wheat with a slight bubblegum tinge.

Taste: Predominately bready and yeasty, with spices such as cloves permeating the experience.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium carbonation; very drinkable. This wheat beer slides down the throat with no effort.

Overall: This is deserving of having the title of the 'original' Belgian witbier. The colour is beautiful, and the flavour is enticing but not overpowering. This beer is very easygoing, but doesn't sacrifice flavour or character to achieve that. This is a top-notch European ale, and drinking it transports you to another time. Simply sublime.

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Photo of B_U_D_A
4.69/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a light yellow/orange hazy color with a beautiful white head. The bottle has instructions on how to pour it. Pretty cool. The smell is lightly floral fragrance. Taste is amazing. First time having it by draft and I fell in love. It has a familiar taste that all witbiers have (orange peel and coriander) but this is unique on its own. It has a crisp ginger taste. Feel is a little watery but very carbonated. ABV is on point. 3 of these and I'm feeling goood. If you find a twelve pack or on draft, it's worth the try definitely!!

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pours a hazy light yellow with a good, white, lasting head. Nose is mild yeast, fresh citrus and zingy, gingery spice.taste follows, mild oranges, slight lemon kick and a bit of rounded, mild spice. Mouth feel is great, quite watery but really refreshing and the flavours carry all the way through. Long fruity finish with a nice touch of spice.

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Photo of Savaseri
4.9/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

33ml in bottle. It looks hazy blonde. Two finger white head but it disappears in a five minutes. No carbonation. It smells like a orange and a banana. And also you can feel fresh cloves and all the citrus thing. It taste smooth and full body. At the end you can't feel the alchol. Finally in my opinion it's a Legendary(wait for it) Belgian Witbier. You should try it.

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Photo of Weixiaobao
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer expanded my mind back when I was 20 yrs old studying abroad in the Netherlands. It's a great gateway into the more serious fare that Belgian brews have to offer. Doesn't get much better than sipping on one of these on a hot summer afternoon or evening.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is not a style that is amongst my favorites but this is a nice starter Wit for those emerging into craft. Light peppercorn and even lighter clove mingle with bubblegum, banana and Apple. Easy to drink.

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Photo of Zet
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

The mother of all witbieren. Looked nice, smelled nice, felt nice and had a nice aftertaste, but strangely, the taste in the mouth was lacking a little.

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Photo of NatsnSkinsDC
2.9/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

White gold color. Cloudy with some carbonation. Good head. Citrus buttery aroma. Citrus orange flavor. Light flavor and light body. Definitely gotten over this beer.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of akdo
4.51/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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