Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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BA SCORE
85
very good

4,337 Ratings
THE BROS
82
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Ratings: 4,337
Reviews: 1,654
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 83
Gots: 488 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden visit their website
Belgium

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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Reviews by Stavage:
Photo of Stavage
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Hoegaarden tumbler, nice thick white head on top of a very hazy yellow body of liquid. Average retention and lacing.

Quite a light smell, a fresh citric smell and a lot of grain. The combination is quite refreshing.

Taste again is quite light but not in a watery way. A little bit of a citric zing, a sourness (more a grain sourness than a citric sourness) and a wheaty edge. Has that slight phenolic aftertaste any kind of wheat beer seems to have.

Mouthfeel is where I'm really impressed. Very smooth refreshing mouthfeel. Theres a certain thickness to it, giving it a very full body but theres also a sparkling lightness to it.

Very drinkable beer. Nothing special as far as it tastes but it works perfectly as a general purpose refreshment beer. Works on a hot day, works with a cold meal or a hot meal. Just a really good all purpose brew, which I think is what it wants to be.

More User Reviews:
Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass at approximately 45 degrees F.

A: Pours a pale straw, and is amazingly cloudy, to the point that I can scarcely see the shadow of my fingers on the opposite side of the glass. Formed an immense head of white foam, that quickly fell away to a ring and several patchy islands of cap. No lacing to speak of, alas.

S: Fruit and wheat spring out of the glass at first whiff, laden with nigh hefeweizen levels of banana and coriander spice. There's a tang of citrus underlying the primary aromas, and an overall sweetness that beckons to my hop-averse palate.

T: The flavor profile has a definite core of sweet wheat, around which the fruit and spice notes are wrapped. Citrus notes abound through the beer, ranging from orange to mandarin and clementine, and the spice tones include coriander and just a hint of clove. Tinges of white pepper waft through the background, and a faint whisper of banana skulks about the shadows of the ester flavors.

M: Rather thin and watery, moreso than expected for the level of cloudiness in the glass. While I'd expect most any wheat beer to be light-bodied, this beer lends itself to a quick flash of flavor across the palate, and then a lingering watery aftertime.

O: For a witbier available at my local grocery store for a reasonable price, this is quite tasty. A little more strength in the body, and I'd call it a regular.

Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A true Belgian classic that is very easy to find,pours an extremely pale/hazy yellow with usually a nice big fluffy head.Smell is tart with a spicey background,the taste is alot like the aroma but a little more spiciness comes thru along with a tart citruis flavor.Incredibly easy to drink,still a classic.

Photo of Popsinc
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This cloudy white/yellowish brew appears just as the beers itself tastes. A fruity & floral nose, Hoegaarden goes down extra smooth and is especially refreshing with its fruity-citrus hints and perfect acidity. On a hot day when 1 beer just won't do, Hoegaarden Wit will quench your thirst and leave you with rrom for more.

Photo of RoyalT
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Super light, cloudy yellow body with a monster head typical of the style, although it went down quick and didn’t lace at all.

Smell – Yes, there’s yeast in that glass. There’s also a nice malt touch and some light fruit (watermelon, lemon), but mostly bread.

Taste – Nice, light, yeasty taste with some spices that I can’t identify. You won’t need to plop a lemon in this one – it’s already there.

Mouthfeel – Very typical of the style. Moderate to big carbonation on the cheeks, a smooth yeasty feel on the tongue, and a swallow that says, “You just ate dinner.”

Drinkability – Good, sipping bier that you’d find at any gasthause in Germany.

Comments – I know the style is supposed to be light, but this was just a little bit TOO light for me.

Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick white clouds with a creamy white head. Slightly yellow.

Smell: Slightly peppery with loads of lemon, a bit of coriander, and a little farm odor.

Taste/MF: Sweet and chewy with a little bitternes at the finnish. Citrusy. Clementines and lemon prevail.

Drinkability: Super high and easy to drink.

Photo of beerhunter13
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Fear4Beer
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm not a connoisseur of beer but this beer is so darn pleasant to drink. It goes down so smoothly and the taste is very easy going... it is not a bitter beer. I love the coriander spice that you get while it goes down. I can't say anything bad about the beer, it just works for me. It has all the flavor I want without being overpowering. I drank the beer exactly as the bottle says: pour it into a frozen hexagonal glass and wait until the head dissipates.
LOVE IT!

Photo of tectactoe
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw color, nearly clear with a haze and murkiness that makes it slightly opaque. Wispy white head forms and quickly dissipates into nothing but a small ring around the edge of the beer. Smell hits first with apple skins, wheat, peppery notes, VERY slight kitchen spices (oregano?), pears, lemons, and some earthy notes. The taste follows through with a heavy clove and banana taste which surprisingly went nearly undetected on the nose. The pepper is noticeable all the way through, and it finishes with some apple skins, lemon zest, and wheat. A bit watery and very light on the body. Lots of carbonation, with a refreshing, crisp finish.

Decent witbier, refreshing and easy on the palate, this is something that would be very sessionable. Surprising complexity on the nose with a nice finish.

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of brownbeer
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like pineapple juice with a solid two fingers of perfectly white head. Pretty much how I think a White Ale should look. Musty aroma with hints of sulfur and spice. Somewhat thin in the body department. The wheaty citrus notes and a hint of banana are better expressed in the taste. Hoegaarden is quite refreshing and with a quick finish, you are ready for more, unless you hate it...

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I got this one on tap because I was curious about how it would be different. It came to the table extremely cloudy and that did not change as I drank. It was a translucent but bright yellow to white color, bar was kinda dark. I basically felt like I was looking at a lemon-sorbet or frozen lemonade in the process of melting. There were a few mottled spots floating on the surface but otherwise no head and no lacing. Possibly because it was served with an orange wedge? Thats a new one.

The nose was fragrant and fruity, but slightly artificial. My friend said it reminded him of a "freshly waxed floor". I agree. The strong yeastyness no doubt contributes to this affect.

Though this pint is somewhat lacking in other areas, it more or less has it where it counts, taste. First few sips were overpoweringly yeasty, but soon I was getting citrusy orange and lemon with a slight zest. This gave way to more rich bananna taste with a little mango, strawberry, or orange sliding in before that yeast comes back to finish the job.

Mouthfeel was thick, a tad waxy, and grainy even at times.

What makes this beer fun is that almost no two sips were really the same. Unfortunately it also left the palate rather exhausted after one which is definately going to hurt drinkability. Normally I would suspect this beer was spoiled, but I've had it from the bottle a few times and its not that far off, just a bit old maybe, but I chalk it up to the great and mysterious difference between bottles and draft. Its definately unique and different.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from draft a cloudy lemonade.

S: Mild aromas of fruit/citrus

T: Nice fruity taste though a little heavy on
the bannanas as these brews may tend to be.
The hoegaarden is one of the sweeter witbiers
tasting almost of candy at times.

M: A thin brew with a crisp finish and
negligable aftertastes.

D: A very drinkable beer that is a good end to
a hot day.

Photo of GameOfBeers
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Shakerman
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Frustraatio
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of skybluewater
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky lemon color. Smells of lemon meringue pie. Tastes of lemon as well, very nice. Mouthfeel is just right, not weak, but not too full, either. Drinkability? I could down this beer by the gallon.

Overall, this is a very good beer, perfect for the hot humid days of summer (like today). Yeah, it's not cheap, but it's worth it.

Photo of Reznick
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hoegaarden has been my go-to for quality, commercial available whites.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, cloudy orange that is common for whites, but seemed to have a richer appearance than other whites I have encountered.

Smell: Definitely sweet, and the combination of coriander and orange peel come out, and the banana that is so prominent in the taste of the beer also seems to be present in the smell.

Taste: I find this beer to be delicious. The wheat flavor is present but not overpowering, and it is accompanied by a rich combination of coriander and orange that is the first part of the taste. This is followed by definite but not excessive banana notes, and follows with a pleasant and more subtle clove flavor. Finishes and lingers sweet.

Mouthfeel: Quite pleasant, somewhat creamy in a distinctly Witbier way (but obviously nowhere close to that found in quality stouts) yet balanced. Very smooth as well.

Overall: I have a soft spot for this beer. This is my favorite of the widely commercially available whites, and is an incredibly pleasant yet subtly flavorful drink. Well recommended.

Photo of mediumrare
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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