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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

Hoegaarden Original White AleHoegaarden Original White Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

3,576 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 3576
Reviews: 1601
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%


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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ebraun

Texas

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
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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
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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
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jester27lax

Wisconsin

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
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faroutadventure

Washington

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
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Mozz74

California

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
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jerradep

Indiana

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
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h4ximus

Virginia

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
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

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

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

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

Taste:
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
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Brad007

Vermont

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
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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
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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.

cheers!

Serving type: bottle

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

Virginia

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
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RBorsato

Virginia

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
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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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chOAKbarrell

Maryland

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2006 22:53:16 | More by chOAKbarrell
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hdofu

Maryland

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

Looks alot like a pulpy citrus drink with a thin white head. The smell is like spices, the taste is exceptionally spicy. no getting around that, a very pleasant taste. Has a bubbly feel on the tongue. So far this is easily the easiest drinkable white beer I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2008 23:27:55 | More by hdofu
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Mick

New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very good. Comparable to a Hefeweizen, as wits are. Cloudy appearance, looks like liquid golden yellow cotton candy. A thick head of creamy texture is prevalent unless poured badly. A spicy and fruity blend of aromas makes up the texture of the smell. Orange and apples are the two scents that come to mind. Light, but not at all gassy. Great tasting! Citrus and spice. A very refreshing and quenching ale. Full but not filling.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2002 10:41:37 | More by Mick
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bdjacoby

Ontario (Canada)

4.83/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my first ever review, for the record.


A - Brown bottle with a "bubble" in the neck. Pouring instructions are on the back of the bottle. Pours a beautiful yellow into my standard pint glass. Cloudy, but not completely opaque. Nice white head that slowly dissipates into a ring around the liquid, leaving sticky lacing.


S - Banana, lemon, somewhat spicy, definately fruity. A hint of clove, I think. Lots of different scents.


T - Beautiful. Everything I smelled, and more. Banana, a bit of lemon, even come pepper. No trace of alcohol flavour.


M - Again, excellent. Just enough carbonation to make it interesting, but not over-carbonated. Right on the border between thin and heavy.


D - One of the smoothest beers I've had. This is at least my tenth bottle of Hoegaarden, but I never reviewed it until now. I highly recommend it to anyone, especially those who want a stepping stone from the macros to something better. One of my favourite brews, and I will definately drink it consistently for years to come.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2006 02:25:59 | More by bdjacoby
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.83/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

To me this is damn near the perfect wit....so many now are overspiced and almost hard to drink in quantities. This has a tremendous flavor but also a very drinkable feel.

Looks the part with a bright yellow hazy color and big egg white head...coriander up front on then nose followed by lemon peel and orange peel.

The lemon/orange peel jumps to the front in the taste but the coriander is also present but not overpowering...crisp and slightly acidic....quite the thirst quencher...This tastes great on a cold winter night in February in northern Minnesota but would really taste great while taking in the scenery at a local beach in the summer....a keg of this would be great for a pool party..

fresh bottle...just showed up in the market...best by date of 4/28/09....it is 2/23/08

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 05:56:33 | More by ZAP
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.83/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Draft is less carbonated than bottle. Has more "sweet & sour" flavor. Overall, seems fresher.

Draft pour was a slightly "flourescent" yellow with gorgeously contrasting white head that remains meringue-like and retains well.

Nose is a soft mixture of lemon with other mixed citrus, and faint vanilla.

On the palate is a nice balance of wheaty malt sweetness with citrus, yeasty/estery flavours that are oh so good, and a suggestion of candied sweetness as well.

Finish is pleasingly tart and appetizing.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2008 04:56:36 | More by yemenmocha
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WhiteOak

Connecticut

4.83/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- A beer color to study: pearlescent yellowy-white/gray. Like antique marble or limestone with some age on it -- old, but glowing. Sort of like this old classic itself?

S- Beautiful aromas of soft banana, white pepper, sweet spices, Juicy Fruit gum. Lovely, refined, elegant, and alluring. There is a mysterious note which comes through nicely, like sweet smoky yeastiness.

T- Sweet banana, spices, honey-puffed wheat cereal grains. A masterful balance of sweetness and refreshment.

M, D- Looking for drinkability? This is the exemplar of drinkability. Don't start on these if you are too thirsty, or one may be likely to overindulge quite easily. Hoegaarden offers wonderful flavors and aromas for its weight, making for the perfect warm weather beer. It is a lightweight champ in that regard; but that description sounds masculine, and this beer really has a sweet, beautiful, feminine personality.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2011 18:57:39 | More by WhiteOak
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Frothboss

Kentucky

4.8/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance is cloudy pale yellow-tan nice thich pure white head about 2 fingers tall. Smells scrumptious with yeast and breads. Tastes refreshing and fantastic! I cant get over the color of this beer and the pure white conistent froth at the top, it just doesnt go away. Fruity citrus sweet undertone taste. Beautiful well rounded wietbier. I can drink these all day long.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 22:43:18 | More by Frothboss
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Roughster

California

4.8/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Honestly, what is there too complain about with Hoegaarden? One smell and if you are a wit drinker you will know you will love it! I think this is high in the Wit list of must haves to ensure you know the high end of the spectrum.

The clovey-bannana tones linger through the finish but do not over power. I could drink it all day

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2013 20:22:36 | More by Roughster
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eastpt

New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

By far, my favorite beer. I keep it on tap at home and enjoy it year round. A perfect summer wit bier that still refreshes in the cold winter months. I have had the pleasure of visiting the brewery in Hoegaarden, Belgium twice. If only I could get the american bartenders to pronounce the name correctly. They insisit on Hoe instead of Hoo. Nevertheless, this Belgian wheat has set the standard for all the american rip-offs like Blue Moon.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2014 12:03:31 | More by eastpt
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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