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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

Hoegaarden Original White AleHoegaarden Original White Ale

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3,578 Ratings

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Ratings: 3578
Reviews: 1601
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden visit their website

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: purplehops on 07-08-2001)
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Photo of janubio


5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very pale colour, really almost white. A good head that lives long enough.
Aroma is mainly citrus, with coriander and floral notes. Flavour has some acidity, but silky. Taste of citrus, floral notes, coriander, a bit hot.
One of the best anod more refreshing beers, wonderful as an aperitif or just alone in hot days.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2007 14:51:05 | More by janubio
Photo of kshankar

District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers. I have tried numerous wits after this one, and always use this one as the standard of judging.

Appearance: Hazy yellow with fluffy head...amazing retention. It looks extremely appetizing.

Smell: Soft citrus notes, coriander and wheat.

Taste: Goes down very smooth. Its creamy and the citrus is rather gentle, balancing well with the coriander spices and the wheat. Light and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, I usually swirl this around in my mouth for a little bit to get all the flavors.

Overall a very drinkable beer, but its much more than that. The mouth feel and taste are excellent and it goes down very smooth. I know some bars put a wedge of lemon in it, but I usually have mine straight up. And if you get it in a bottle, pour it. Drinking it from a bottle is just not as good.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2008 02:38:09 | More by kshankar
Photo of Perrumpo


5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite Witbier. Drinkability on-tap is amazing with this one.

This beer has just the right amount of spice for a witbier. The light, somewhat-cloudy appearance and the wheat & citrus aroma are appealing during the hot summer days. The taste and mouthfeel are even more satisfying. The spice and citrus are prevalent enough to give this beer a mouthful of flavor, but not too strong to take away from the wheat and yeast. Smooth as can be, patricularly on-tap, Hoegaarden has the perfect balance for summer - or anytime you want a witbier.

If you like this style beer and come across this beer on tap, do give it a try.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2010 21:57:09 | More by Perrumpo
Photo of baddogrudy


5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is the standard of all wit beers. smooth, taste is great, and no lingering bitterness. perfect. Its not extreem in flavor or alcohol content, so many will under rate this brew. If you want a witbeer that has drinkability unmatched, flavor so smooth, taste so perfect, this is the beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 00:34:56 | More by baddogrudy
Photo of tastemeister


5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Uniquely spicy, but not for everyone or every occasion. I enjoy it mostly by itself, although it goes very well with meals, especially heavy ones. I love the smoooth texture, light quality, cardamom and orange spice, and full-yet-manageable head. Right now, other beers simply are bland to me.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 23:44:07 | More by tastemeister
Photo of JMSDUN


4.99/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured slowly into a cold frosty glass, Naturally cloudy golden appearance with a thick foamy head. A nice amount of lacing, Extremely smooth taste, hints of citrus and orange peel, very full bodied and easy to drink. My personal favourite witbier. I would recommend this beer to anyone, especially for a first witbier.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 22:28:17 | More by JMSDUN
Photo of Kemmerlin


4.97/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a straw yellow color with cloudy appearance. Personally I am a fan of the cloudy look and was excited to take my first sip.
S: Exciting aromas of citrus maybe orange or lemon and hops. I have not smelled a beer like it yet.
T: Just like it smelled, there was an orange taste but complimented with a black pepper/clove type of taste that I presume is the corriander that was dexcribed on the bottle. I have never had corriander so I ma unsure iof this taste but do plan on going out and buying some after this beer.
M: The carbonation felt like what you would find drinking a carbonated water. The rest of the feel was smooth and delicious.
D: I could not have been happier to be drinking this beer and it went down easy and smooth with plenty of strong flavors to savor.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2007 01:57:19 | More by Kemmerlin
Photo of SpencerSauce


4.97/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bought on tap in a bar when i was 18 in paris france. Served in a huge hexagonal hoegaarden glass. The bartender asked me in french what i wanted. I couldnt understand him so i pointed and said Hoegaarden referring to the tap handle. He asked in english small or large and of course i said large. It cost me 7.00(euro) which is about 10 bucks. Kinda steep but it was worth it i was worth it. I fell in love with craft beers then.

A- not as pristine as a perfectly poured hoegaarden, but extra cloudy. Thick white head that didnt seem to go away the whole way down.

S- wheaty yeasty smell, maybe the corriander scent is what gives it its defferent aroma. Non comparable to a bottle.

T- awsome almost thicker. can deff taste the coriander but not sure of the curucao orange peel. One of my favorite beer tastes ever.

M- light and very bubbly, lots of burps with a foam head like that.

D- i could drink these great things all day long. No better beer for warm weather.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2009 13:24:01 | More by SpencerSauce
Photo of rhoadsrage


4.95/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in a traditional Hoegaarden hexagonal glass, per instructions on the bottle)

A-nice pale straw yellow that is cloudy in body and a nice creamy thick head.

S- wonderful spicy wheat aroma with a bit of perfumy spiciness maybe coriander. a little hint of flower sweetness and a hint of yeastiness.

T- starts of with a nice mellow citrus sweetness but its still zesty. A nice faint herbal spiciness that might have a hint of hops but it is very much in the background. A dry finish with a very subtle tartness to it.

M- light body with a good strong carbonation and a very faint tartness.

D- This is a wonderful beer and very true to form maybe because this beer revived this style of beer not to long ago. This was near perfect but I would have liked to see just a bit more spiciness and a bit more tartness. And perhaps fresher samples have that? Overhaul an excellent beer that I will drink again and again.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2005 00:44:52 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of BruceAJones


4.95/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As a macro-brew lager drinker in my early days the Hoegaarden color and initial taste immediately had me thinking about what I had been missing.

Odd color and initial taste but from there it has been a long wonderful relationship.

This is the one beer always on tap in my house. And yes, I prefer it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2009 22:24:14 | More by BruceAJones
Photo of ebraun


4.93/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After the rat bastards at Miller sank Celis, I tried to seek out a replacement for their Wit. Well, it took me far too long to get around to it, but I finally bucked up and grabbed a bottle of Hoegaarden (Pierre Celis is the former brewer). Golden in color, sticky glorious head, the aroma immediately tells you that this is something special. The coriander and orange peel hit you followed by the mellow sweetness of the wheat. Its mouthfeel is smooth and velvety with a little zip on the end. The blending of the spices with the highest quality wheat make for an over-the-top experience. To me, this is really the benchmark for other Belgian whites. It's probably to rich to have too many at one sitting, so probably not the greatest session beer ever.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2002 12:05:12 | More by ebraun
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

4.9/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Of the many white beers out there on the market, this is definitely one of the best I've ever had. Great blend of orange and coriander make this one of the most drinkable and enjoyable beers. I enjoy it with an orange peel, which helps bring out and accentuate the citrus-like taste, although drinking it alone really helps you appreciate the exceptional taste. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is a fan of white beers. From what I've heard - and not like this makes much of a difference - it has won the beer cup in its category many times - a consistent winner. Although $8.99 for a sixer is a little pricey, this is worth it without a doubt... one of my favorite of all time...

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 18:16:18 | More by dsa7783
Photo of orcasteve

North Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this was paler than i expected out of a belgian, i had onaly tryed darker belgians up to this point, this beer was very cloudey and had a fair amount of yeast that had to be swireld form the bottem of the bottle, the first sip was sweet and had me coming back for more, it left a great aftertaste that had me licking my lips,

after poring the second one i added a razberry lambick about 10% this was the purfict 1 2 combo

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 16:56:36 | More by orcasteve
Photo of jester27lax


4.9/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is and has been my favorite Belgian White for many years and now that it's available almost everywhere and still has the same great smell and taste, I'll always keep a 12er in the beer fridge. I have the original Hoegaarden glasses and this beer looks great in them. Great aroma and taste to match. It's a shame that Bud bought the company, but as long as they don't change the original recipe, I can live with it. There is a small amount of white head after the pour that only adds to the deliciousness of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 23:18:05 | More by jester27lax
Photo of faroutadventure


4.9/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A= Pure white head, looks like fresh snow, light colored, slightly cloudy. Very clean looking.

S= Lemony, citrusy, sour, invites a sip.

T= Super taste of light lemons, fresh wheat, clean , clean finish, brilliant after taste

M= Light on the mouth, a little thin, but with even notes of carbonation

D= Super drinkable. Good for a hot day.

Wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 23:14:01 | More by faroutadventure
Photo of Mozz74


4.9/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I don't really have beers i won't rate exceptional. I need to be more picky on my reviews.
Love Hoegaarden ( Found it in Sweden). It is a great for an afternoon beer. A beer that is light, smooth. Almost as if you can take huge swigs.
Citrus, a great value to this beer.
It can be heav if you drink enough of them. They will creep on you.
A beer for everyone!

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2011 23:56:19 | More by Mozz74
Photo of jerradep


4.9/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really enjoyed this beer. One of my favorites. It is a lighter beer. The beer had a very nice blend of spices that you can definetly tell are present, but not too over-powering. They give the beer a great flavor, and help it to finish nice and crisp with no unpleasant aftertast whatsoever. Also tried in a bottle. The spices in the bottle are a little more prominent, but still a great drink. I'd would say the beer is slightly better on tap when compared to the bottle version.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2011 00:23:31 | More by jerradep
Photo of h4ximus


4.9/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

While Hoegaarden represents a style that's clearly not for everyone, this is a classic for those who prefer their beers unfiltered and less bitter.

A: Cloudy, pale yellow/white which fades into a lingering head when poured.
S: While typically served with a lemon (or orange) slice in some locations when it's on draught, banana can sometimes be more prominent. Near total lack of hops helps bring out the fruity, almost "smoothie" scents.
T: Hints of several spices, but not as prominently as comparable Witbiers (particularly domestics). Easily paired with most foods as the palate isn't overpowered. Try it with hummus that's received a light squeeze of lemon juice for an interesting appetizer.
M: Smooth but not especially crisp, however it breaks down if held on the tongue for too long.
O: The beer that will convince almost anyone who "hates beer" that there's more than light beers and IPAs to choose from. A good summer beer best enjoyed neither too cold nor too warm. The bottle is a bit small at 11.2 ounces, however that's not entirely uncommon for imports.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 21:07:13 | More by h4ximus
Photo of lacqueredmouse


4.88/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gorgeous. Beautiful pale cloudy yellow body. Heady is frothy and pillowy, but light, and sinks to be just film after a while.

Wonderful. Sweet citrus fragrance. Herbiness, traces of dried fruit. Some yeastiness, not very pronounced, but enough to give the nose a little lightness.

Refreshing and clean. A beautiful balance between the sweet malted wheat and the coriander spiciness, with a beautiful lingering dryness. Better every sip. It's just so mellow and drinkable, but with enough subtleties to keep you interested. Mouthfeel is smooth, cleansing and refreshing.

A truly wonderful beer. If anything, it seems to gain a little something in bottled form. Refreshing and beautiful, and the yardstick by which to judge other wits.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2005 09:07:32 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of Brad007


4.88/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was pricey but since I love white ales anyway, I wanted to try. Pours a nice cloudy, straw-white color with a thin head. Aroma is delicate and spicy with hints of banana and clove. Taste is nice and tart with the base flavors giving way to a citrusy mouthfeel with clove and spice. Pretty well balanced for a white beer. I'd definitely say it's one of the best examples of this style that I have had. Love the bottle shape too.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 02:23:09 | More by Brad007
Photo of fingerlaker

New York

4.88/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

THere is a reason that for many years this won the World Beer Cup for best in it's category- it's one of the, if not the best biere blanche out there.

Compared to Allagash White this is thinner and has a MUCH more prominent fruit essence. I would drink this over AW any day; I noticed a weird iron flavor to the Maine brew.

Open it up, pour it into a hexagonal glass (remembering to do that "3/4-empty swirl" near the end) the beer is a white color made slightly strawlike from the malt. The head is pure virgin white.

Smell is a benchmark for European White ales. It's mainly the wheat malt plus a ton of oranges and lemons, but together it works so perfectly. I wish I could get it in a Yankee Candle CarJar.

I've drank well over 400 beers (so I guess that makes me a newbie, hahaha) and a lot of that was focusing on the wheat beers. I've drank them from Belgium, Germany, USA, France, England... and Hoegaarden is my favorite taste:-) The taste comprises of an intense sweetness that isn't syrupy whatsoever and clean as the driven snow, then *BAM* the lemon/orange flavors hit. Some complain of a lack of hops in this beer. Who the hell wants hops in a white ale? I love IPAs and barleywines but I understand that whites aren't supposed to be hoppy. Instead, the orange, coriander and lemon are the "spice" of Hoegaarden.

Drinkability is dangerous, because you can pound these for hours and get wasted- and fat- quite easily.

Hoegaarden is one of my top five favorites. Cannot stop singing it's praises.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 01:01:27 | More by fingerlaker
Photo of tj4288

New York

4.88/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured from 12oz into tulip glass

this beer is a VERY flavorful VERY interesting belgian wit. typical cloudy apperance but the color is beautiful, almost a peach/ apricot color. nice head cap that hangs around till the end. random spotty lacing. smells of lemon/ grapefruit with belgian strain yeast on the tail end. all together very fresh and clean. taste is also slightly citrus, and mostly yeast. body is med with lots of crisp shap carbonation. refreshing. thirst quenching. this is an amazing beer at a great price. if you see it BUY IT. it will not let you down. drinkablity is impressive, i opened a second bottle while reviewing.


Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 03:12:09 | More by tj4288
Photo of doerickson


4.85/5  rDev +28%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very pale, hazy/cloudy and little to no head. Fruity/citrusy aromas dominate the nose. Taste is sweet with some slightly tart overtones, with the classic orange/lemon peel citrusness (and acidity) and coriander spiciness. As all BAs know, beer drinking is its own reward, but this beer is extra rewarding. Simply outstanding.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2002 08:38:58 | More by doerickson
Photo of RBorsato


4.85/5  rDev +28%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale cloudy white color with a nice creamy white head, good carbonation, and sheets of lace. Perfect balanced aroma: cirtusy fruity, wheaty, and spicy. Wheat malt, spice and orange peel balance nicely for perfect refreshing flavor. Light-medium bodied, tart, dry, and acidic.

The classic ! Perfect wit to compare all other wits... Pricey but much more affordable now that they have moved from a 4-pack to a 6-pack.

Label States: "The Original Belgian White Beer" & "Anno 1445" & "Unfiltered"

Best Before: 12/10/04
Tasted: 10/26/03

($8.79 / 6-pack)

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2003 17:16:19 | More by RBorsato
Photo of funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

4.85/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has to be one of the best tasting and easy drinking beers i've ever had. I've had it on tap and in the bottle, and both make for a wonderful drinking experience. A nice cloudy yellow pours to a quick settling head. The smell is sweet and aromatic, kinda citrusy, not skunky in the least. Unparalleled in taste and drinkability, mouthfeel is very delicate, like a mildly carbonated soda, not aggravating in the least. This beer definitely ranks as among my favorites, and definitely one that will be in my fridge at all time.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2005 19:14:10 | More by funkengruven
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