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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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Hoegaarden Original White AleHoegaarden Original White Ale

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very good

3,975 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,975
Reviews: 1,625
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 67
Gots: 302 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by wizo:
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Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

03-14-2013 23:26:15 | More by wizo
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

06-06-2003 05:29:30 | More by oberon
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Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +17.7%

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.

11-15-2002 13:16:17 | More by Popsinc
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

08-11-2003 02:44:49 | More by RoyalT
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Newfoundland (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

08-26-2013 00:50:03 | More by cam477
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3.63/5  rDev -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.

01-08-2006 01:58:39 | More by DaPeculierDane
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

03-19-2013 10:54:21 | More by beerhunter13
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

05-20-2013 01:28:27 | More by DanGeo
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4.14/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

03-09-2012 04:28:42 | More by Fear4Beer
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3.61/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

11-12-2012 01:43:00 | More by tectactoe
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3.88/5  rDev +2.6%

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...

07-31-2010 02:56:04 | More by brownbeer
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3.18/5  rDev -15.9%

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.

01-13-2006 20:38:50 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

06-07-2009 02:39:48 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

08-07-2014 00:33:29 | More by GameOfBeers
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-08-2012 16:11:29 | More by Shakerman
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-09-2012 20:13:23 | More by Frustraatio
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

12-13-2013 00:01:06 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
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4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

05-29-2006 16:14:38 | More by skybluewater
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4.22/5  rDev +11.6%

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.

05-04-2011 05:08:28 | More by Reznick
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

02-09-2013 21:32:42 | More by markallmon
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4.85/5  rDev +28.3%

A whitbier that truly looks white. Or, at least, this is the whitest whitbier I've ever laid eyes upon. Pouring out of the bottle, it kind of looked like a citrus soda. Fluffy dense WHITE head with tiny bubbles here & there.

Smells perfect. Lemon citrus, yeasty.

My first beer of the evening, and it is Delicious. A very full, filling beer, for being so light. The mouthfeel is well rounded and very satisfying.

This is the best whitbier I have had so far in my beer travels. Absolutely 100% drinkable. Wonderful.

01-26-2006 22:53:16 | More by chOAKbarrell
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

04-21-2012 20:03:25 | More by fmrl
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

09-17-2013 23:13:44 | More by FadetoBock
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

08-13-2012 19:18:34 | More by danthehopslamman
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

02-03-2013 17:24:54 | More by Satyr179
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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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