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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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1,686 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,686
Hads: 4,725
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 126
Gots: 854 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij van Hoegaarden visit their website

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 Orrshow
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Pours a very hazy yellow reminding me of lemon meringue pie. The head is not very present and is off white.

Smell – Smells tart, sweet, grassy, and of citrus. Not bad but a little on the weak side even when I let it warm.

Taste – The taste is semi sweet with a bit of grass flavor. I don’t sense much wheat but it is there. I also taste some citrus flavors. There is a sweet tart aftertaste with a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel – Barely any carbonation at all. Almost flat. The beer was thin too but I wasn’t expecting a lot.

Drinkability – Goes down easy but it’s not one to savor as its lacking in flavor (that rhymes).

I wasn’t overly impressed here, but not disappointed either. It’s an average beer that would work for a sunny day. (775 characters)

Photo of waldoiverson
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle to US Tumbler

a: pillowy white head that dissipated quickly. Very little lacing, lots of tiny bubbles.

s: slight bubblegum smell with very little hop presence

t: fits the style but a bit of a cardboard taste in the back. bubblegum flavor about as strong as the odor...not bad but not rocking me

m: smooth at first but feels thin and dry on the finish

d: it's fine on a summer day and the ABV is certainly reasonable, but i would like a bit more adventure. (473 characters)

Photo of wcintula
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A start in my study to better understand/appreciate the Witbier.

Poured into a Radeberger glass with a very hazy pale yellow and a big head that recedes to a small corner molding where the beer meets the glass. Smells a little sour, with lemon-y hop character and a phenolic yeast smell. Seems to be a little less character in the taste than the smell, just a grainy addition with a little dryness. Very easy drinking. (420 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.32/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have had plenty of these, even in official glasses so I might as well review it.

Pours a grey/yellow with cloudy consistency. Some retention on the 1 finger head but mostly medium sized bubbles that have some staying power, but not completely. There is virtually no lacing on this beer.

Smell is a dominant fake lemon almost bottled lemon juice, with some orange citrus. Faint weak bread characteristics masked by the fruit. Somewhat actually sour but for the most part nothing offensive.

Taste is of a spring time lemonade, and orange juice quality, with some chewey texture but mostly wet mouthfeel. A little bite to the finish which is kind of surprising.

I could have another but I'd probably want something better. This is a good introductory beer for this style I think. (782 characters)

Photo of oracle
3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had two pints of this at the company x-mas gathering yesterday. The difference in appearance between the two pints was dramatic. The first arrived with about 1/2 inch of head so dense and creamy that I suspect it was a nitro pour (although I've never heard of a belgian wit using nitro). It left pretty decent lacing. The second arrived with a faint wisp of a head and left no lacing.

In all other aspects, these two pints were the same. Beer was light yellow and very cloudy, as typical of unfiltered wheat beers.

Smell was average. Mild ripe bananas and sweetness.

Taste was crisp and clean. Again, a hint of banana and lemons over a mildly sweet malt.

Mouthfeel was light. Low carbonation and minimal aftertaste.

Very drinkable. Probably would have had another if the boss hadn't been sitting there. (820 characters)

Photo of joecast
3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

cloudy banana yellow in color, but no almost no head at all. very few bubbles dancing around the top of the beer.
very nice nose. full, fruity, spicy (clove/corriander?) aroma.
heavily yeasty in the taste with some of the fruity/spicyness as well. very much like most german hefes i've had.
being bottle conditioned, it gave a rather full mouthfeel which, after consulting with Mr. BJCP, is correct for the style. though, i didnt think it worked that well for the beer.
overall a fairly good beer. didnt seem to work as well as a hefeweizen. but thats just my opinion. (573 characters)

Photo of jjkatter
3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a Trappistes Rochefort goblet...

A- pale blonde in color with a whit pillowey head that seems to hang around. Very nice in appearance.

S- hard sugar candy and yeast with freshly mown hay.

T- yeast and wheat with fresh straw. Lacks substantial body, but fairly refreshing.

MF- fairly effervescent with a somewhat dry finish.

O- While I prefer more depth in my beer, this is not to bad as wheat beers go. (436 characters)

Photo of phantomwyse
3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, light honey color. 2 finger head. Lacing droops down and forms icecicle patterns.

S: Orange, dry yeast, banana, mild spice.

T: Crisp orange, light hay quality, just a bit of subdued peppery spice.

M: Half watery, mild carbonation, just a touch dry.

D: Definitely drinkable.

Obviously there's a flood of Belgian wits or styled wits out there. This is not the best, nor is it the worst. There are far batter American made variations (there are also far worse). But, if you want one that satisfies all wit requirements with the added bonus of actually being from Belgium, Hoegaarden is your guy. (608 characters)

Photo of thain709
3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale yellow, head disappears quickly

S - Spicy and oranges

T - You really get what you smell. Very strong spice flavor with a hint of fruit in the background.

M - Light and smooth

D - The mouthfeel makes you want more, but the overdose on the spices keeps me away. I'm good with one of these, then it's on to something else. (332 characters)

Photo of kennylopez
3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a small goblet style glass.

Appearance: a frothy white head with a clear light yellow wheat beer. The head lasts but there is almost no sticky residue from the head as you drink it.

Smells: a nice lemon and wheat nose. not really anything sticking out to much in the smell besides a really good smell of straw like wheat.

Tastes: a citrus and fairly unfiltered wheat taste. a crise and light taste.

Mouthfeel: well carbonated and a super easy drinking beer. great for hot days in the sun or a trip to the beach.

Overall: I got a six pack as a gift and boy it was nice. I will pick up some more in the future, most likely in the summer time. (677 characters)

Photo of Exner83
3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A generously heady pour: Cottony foam abounds! Looks like cloudy apple cider. I suppose the smell's true-blue to the style--MUSKY coriander notes with peppery aroma. Interesting, to say the least.

Taste is nearly identical to the smell, and Boy Howdy - what'm I to make of this complexity? It's like the Fifth Element girl when she absorbed the world's collective experience: WHAT just happened? Pepper, citrus, yeast, and clove--oh my! This is unfiltered heartiness, for sure.

The true highlight is a luxuriously creamy mouthfeel. Finish is a real sleight of hand--a stealthy and un-bitter close.

I'm being mean, but throw some brewer's yeast on a rusty boat anchor, and you're close! Truth is, Hoegaarden's is spot-on for what it is... love it or scratch your head about it.

*Scratch, scratch* (800 characters)

Photo of Bcant
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy pale yellow with a bit white head of tiny bubbles. Decent example of what the style should look like.

S - Spicy aroma with a bit of lemon underneath.

T - Pretty straightforward, spiciness does not add much complexity, sweet with a thin citrus hop fell.

M/D - Smooth with some viscosity, parching finish compromises drink ability, especially for a white beer. (379 characters)

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I finally broke down and bought a six pack of Hoegaarden. I had too. It poured a light, cloudy, almost void of what I consider beer color. A nice white lacey head though. My impressions were two fold as I will explain. The first beer was great. Nice hops, almost a wheat like taste. It went down great. I wanted more. Now the rub. It seemed to "weaken" as I drank on, almost begging for a lemon wedge. No, I thought, don't give in to the evil citris wedge. I fought the impulse and paid the price: a bland beer. (511 characters)

Photo of crookedhalo
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed lemony yellow color into a traditional 6-sided Hoegaarden tumbler with a white head that dies pretty quickly. Some banana-like esters, toasted coriander, bubblegum like wheaty sweetness, and citrus notes in the aroma. Watery and slightly acidic upfront, then floral maltiness and traditional witbier spices kick in. A little heavier on the coriander than typifies the style. Hops are kept to a minimum, other than some Hersbrucker or other low alpha hop. Carbonation is good and keeps it drinkable, but it seems to lack something that I can't put my finger on even though I've had this beer numerous times. Maybe a touch more body and depth... (657 characters)

Photo of abcsofbeer
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with a 12.01.08 drink by date. The color is a nice golden honey that is cloudy and topped by a nice one finger white head. The head sticks around very well. The aroma is fairly week but has mostly a banana smell. There is also some bread with honey aromas in the glass too. The taste has some mild spiciness to it. There is also a hint of orange that is described on the label. The mouthfeel is refreshing and light. (437 characters)

Photo of momoagogo14
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: poured from bottle into weizen glass
Appearance: Medium thick, white head, not a lot of retention, minimal lacing, foggy straw color
Smell: Not super aromatic, some light lemon and orange scents, slightest bit of banana, wheat
Taste: More lemon and orange with a slightly spicy finish, a bit of malt
Mouthfeel: light body and medium carbonation
Overall: Not bad for a wit, I’d take this over Blue Moon any day (not that that’s any great feat!) (462 characters)

Photo of Jagcorps
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured light yellow with white cloudy color throughout. Head dissipated quickly.

S: Smells of yeast, wheat and citrus (as has been mentioned). Honestly, it reminded me a little of lemon dish detergent.

T: Different. It is its own beer. You either like it or not. I won't buy it again, because I don't really like this style (I have discovered), but I appreciate that it had flavor and did well what it was trying to do.

M: Crisp and clean. Good carbonation. No real after taste, perhaps because the citrus flavors were noticeable enough up front to render any after taste unnoticeable.

D: This beer is quite drinkable, if you like the style. I don't, but I won't hold that against a good beer. (700 characters)

Photo of TheRealBigC
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

To me, this is a largely overrated beer. Granted, I am not a big fan of wits, but I really don't think Hoegaarden has as much depth as some of the better beers in this style. It feels light, but that floral taste is just overwhelming. A little more lemon zest would be nice. Something. (285 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, pale yellow body with a fizzy, short-lived white head.

Smell: Fairly reserved aroma of malted wheat, lemon juice, coriander, and a faint, far-off yeastiness.

Taste: Doughy wheat flavor with a subtle sweetness. Sour lemons. Hint of coriander and a pinch of celery salt. There’s a light acidity on the quick finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Light, fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: A suitable witbier, but the flavors are so light as to bypass refreshing and wind up being bland. (516 characters)

Photo of Mojo
3.29/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours up a very weak looking straw color with a three finger head and some lacing. The nose is oranges, and some bready notes. Mouthfeel would be kind of watery except for the carbonation. Taste is very typical wheat beer with some citrus. There just aren't enough hops as the dominant flavor is sweet malt. Just kind of average all the way around. (358 characters)

Photo of Jef59
3.29/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice golden yellow color with a 1.5" white head.

Both the nose and taste are a little bland. A little wheat and a spicy witbier finish that tastes a little watered down.

The mouthfeel is on the thin side and it isn't very pleasant to drink. Good to try once but I won't be coming back. (287 characters)

Photo of BierFan
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a pint glass.

Nice white head sits on top of pale yellow body that is cloudy from the yeast. Almost no carbonation. Little bit of lemon in the aroma. More tame lemons in the taste. Juicey with a little bit of sourness. Pretty bland compared to other witbiers. (291 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Partially cloudy very pale yellow. Almost glows up to a light. 1 finger head. Small bubble carbonation flowing from bottom to top.

Smell - Very mild. Not really picking up much.

Taste - Honestly this beer seems somewhat absent of flavor. It hints of wheat and white beer qualities but very little comes through. Some slight straw/Euro hints but again, very subtle.

Mouthfeel - Fairly smooth and silky in mouth.

Drinkability - Low alcohol and mild flavorings make this somewhat drinkable.

Overall - I'm not a big fan of Belgian Whites. I mistakenly bought a single of this to sample in haste without reading the style (I thought I grabbed a Belgian Pale Ale). If you like easy to drink Belgian White's I'm sure you'll enjoy this one. Just ok for me though, not being a big fan of this style. (808 characters)

Photo of y2jrock60
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Very pale with a white haziness and pure white fizzy head which starts off strong then quickly fades.

S- Light wheat aroma with hints of fruit and spice.

T- Light sweet and tart with a spicy finishing note. I pick up hints of banana runts and light wheat.

M- Very light bodied and heavily carbonated.

D- It was hard for me to get through one. I don't care for wheat beers, especially Belgian Witbiers.

I'm not sure how accurate my review is. This is definitely one of my least favorite styles of beer. I'm just not a big fan of the sweetness, tartness, and lack of hops. If I had to drink a wheat beer I would probably choose one of a German Style. (659 characters)

Photo of zerofear13
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've recently had a different batch of Hoegaarden's famous witbier and must say that I am disappointed. Whereas the first batch (I presume brewed at an earlier date in time) had delicious citrus hints, comparable to Blue Moon, probably better, this batch (a fresher batch) lacks a lot. The citrus hints are almost completely gone. All that is left is a dull banana taste and rather offensive spices. I might be grading a bit harsher than I normally would, but I am aware of what this beer COULD be, so I am disappointed.

I have noticed that many beeradvocate members have noticed this reduction in quality, and I feel as time moves on and all the older batches are off the shelves, the less favorable reviews will start rolling. In the mean time, you're gambling on every Hoegaarden you pick up. (796 characters)

Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
87 out of 100 based on 1,686 ratings.