Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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4,662 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,662
Reviews: 1,747
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 120
Gots: 796 | FT: 1
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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 axeman9182
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle served at the Cloverleaf Tavern with a six sided Hoegaarden pint glass.

Hoegaarden pours a hazy straw color. My first thought was that it looked like a very cloudy glass of lemonade. A solid three fingers of frothy white foam top the beer and come up to the rim of the glass, before slowly creeping back down towards the body of the beer. Lacing is a bit spotty. The nose is surprisingly coriander forward, but has a solid orange-citrus presence as well. Finally there's a touch of sweetness from the wheat to complete the picture. Everything that should be here is, but for my money the proportions and ratios are just a little bit off. If the nose is just a little bit out of whack, the flavor takes that imbalance a little bit further. It's not quite like what I'd imagine downing a bag of crushed coriander would be like, but it's approaching that territory. It takes me a few sips to make it past that and enjoy the small citrus flourish that's present as well. There's no real support from wheat or any other malt to rein things in either. The unquestioned bright spot here is the picturesque light body and active carbonation full of small, precise bubbles. I don't recall the draft pours of Hoegaarden I've had seeming so aggressively coriander dominant, but I don't think I'll be reaching for a bottle of this any time soon.

Photo of futaboots
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out of the bottle a hazy straw color with an impressive light and foamy marshmallowy head. Head dies down to a thin layer of suds with lacing going down the glass as I drink. Hard to detect much of a scent, it's there just pretty faint.

Spicing is evident up front, followed by a mix of fruity esters and yeast. Goes down crisp and easy, very quaffable, I could drink many of these and not get sick of them or regret it the next morning.

I like the way this beer tastes, but I also find it to be very bland. At 5% abv I don't expect this beer to be a powerhouse of flavor, however judging this against the best witbiers that I've had leads me to the conclusion that this beer is just lacking in the flavor department. Hence I can only rate it as average for taste. I do like the way it looks though. This is the first time I've had a wit in a while, and I forgot just how pale these things are. Kind of cool that something so pale can taste good, can actually have some taste at all.

Photo of Ryanm1
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The appearance of this beer is bar none. It is the typical cloudy wheat yellow beer. The smell of this beer is great with orange peel and corriander stereortypical of most other wheat beers. This beer usually comes with the perfect mount of head. If pouring this from a bottle use the instructions found on the side of the bottle stating how to pour the last 1/8 of the bottle into your glass after rolling it on its side. The mouthfeel is descent. Incredible drinkability. In Rome my friends and I used to have a bar in Campo De Fiori that we called the Hoegarrden Bar as it would serve incredibly sized drafts of this delicious nector for only five euros. This was a steal at the time in 2005 as most other drafts, including american imports were at least 5 euros as well.

Photo of socon67
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours hazy yellow with a thick white foam that settles out quickly. Very cloudy and leaves some lacing in the glass.

S - Smells of citrus and spice. Has a funky bit of a musty smell the longer it settles.

T - Its well.... okay. What I don't like about Hoegaarden is the watered down taste. The citrus flavors go nice with a spicy bite at the end. But nothing tangible of wheat, malt, or hops. Would like a little more substance.

M - It is thin but the lingering spice is kinda nice.

O - If its available it is certainly worth drinking. But would like more from a belgian beer, and not my preferred witbier.

Photo of sirpsycho
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a straw yellow. Aroma is subdued coriander. Flavor is the same, some spices come out that aren't apparent in the aroma. Light, refreshing, goes well with several foods, from a great steak to a pizza. Good choice after a round of golf in the hot sun.

Photo of Givemebeer
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Light golden, hazy, luxurious white head

S: orange, lemon, pepper

T: Starts off with a mix of orange and tart lemon followed by some pepperiness. A tad watered down and a tiny bit spicy.

M: Medium bodied and semi sweet.

O: Not a big witbier fan but the flavor profile is pretty nice. Just wish it wasn't so toned down. Seems like its made to appeal to a wide variety of people that aren't all craft beer drinkers. Still not bad and quite refreshing.

Photo of Shikitohno
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hoegaarden was my first foray into Belgian white ales, and I rather like it. It's a wee bit light for my tastes, but still manages to be a flavourful drink. It pours out with a moderate head, most of which goes away fairly quickly. Some remains for most of the time you drink, however.

Upon sniffing it, there's definitely a note of citrus in the odour. There's also this vague scent I find somewhat characteristic of white ales. It has a sweet taste, with a hint of spice. Unfortunately, the citrus seems to be more prominent in the scent than the taste, as I notice it only very occasionally.

Hoegaarden is also a very light beer. It's not very filling, so it doesn't take much to knock a couple back, unless you've got some food around. Even though I haven't got one of the Hoegaarden glass, I must say that it's key to have some sort of glass, otherwise the sediment makes the last sip gross. Of course, I know someone who enjoys the taste, but it makes me cringe every time I forget about it and drink a bottle without thinking.

Photo of facundoCNB
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a cloudy light yellow pour, half inch of head.
smells like your typical wheat beer - coriander, orange peel, bready yeast tones.
tastes just like it smells with a slight hint of sourness. nothing really special about this one.

light body, high carbonation makes this very refreshing.

it's hard to honestly be impressed by a beer that's taken me so long to actually try. my brother in law left half a 12pk here, so i figured why not! not very unique, and not that different from most witbiers.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Sans Orange. Pours out a hazy orange and heads up about one finger of white. Beautiful carbonation just dances in the glass.

Smells exactly how it should with orange and coriander in the nose.

Tastes of yeast orange peel, coriander, wheat and a little pepper. Basically what they advertise is what you get. Only problem for me is that the flavor did not evolve, it just sort of stopped, I don't know why with such low alc it isn't a palate killer.

Mouthfeel is slightly watery lacking a bit of body, carbonation is nice but makes you wish the rest of the feel was on par.

Great drinkability, low alcohol not filling, a beer lover could do a few easy and a college boy could do a few more.

Very cheap, only eight for a sixer and twice that for a twelve. Add an orange and throw one to your old lady because its that easy to like. Sláinte.

Photo of shand
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very light hazy straw color, almost white at the top. It pours with a pretty massive head that settles down to just wisps.

Smell: Coriander, wheat, and yeast dominate here.

Taste: I must be very sensitive to coriander because this is mostly what I taste here. There's some wheat and yeast for sure, but coriander is the star of the show. The back-end has a little more of the yeast, wheat and just a hint of sweet malts to balance things out. It's a good witbier, but I fell the coriander stands out a little too much.

Mouthfeel: Feels very good in the mouth, nicely carbonated.

Drinkability: I have a hard time putting this down for some reason, there might be just a bit too much coriander to make this very drinkable, it hits all the right tickmarks otherwise.

Photo of chodinheaven
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks nice as a golden cloudy haze of a beer with a nice head. Smell is nothing spectacular but ok, smelling of wheat and not much else.

Taste is clean and on the crisper, more refreshing side for a wheat beer. Definitely not very hoppy or malty, just clean and full of wheat taste. Fizzy in the finish. It's not a great beer but definitely better than your average beer found at your average bar, and it's definitely refreshing. Availability also lifts this beer up in my mind since not a whole lot of beers like this are extremely popular. The fact that it can be found in a lot of bars and nearly always on liquor beer shelves is good for those looking to broaden their beer horizons.

Photo of cnozzy
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy yellow, with creamy white head. The best part of the beer, I think.
Smell: Mild malty aroma, with some fruit flavor (banana, vanilla)
Taste: A little bit of banana with yeast and wheat. The aftertaste is too sweet for me.
Mouthfeel/Drink: Thin body, the mouthfeel is slight carbonation. Drink at 3℃, too cold for winter time, but this beer would be very thirst-quenching in the summer.

Photo of henrysunset
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

cloudy yellow/straw with white lacing. Looks great.

Scent is sweet and wheaty, with a sulfiric tone to it.

Taste comes across too sulfiric to me. I also sense a bittersweet apricot taste,

It does feel good in the mouth though; very smooth with fine carbonation.

Overall, okay, and rasonably drinkable; i'd just prefer a flavor not clouded wit a sulfiric tone.

Photo of blatherbeard
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am drinking this beer for the first time today. Very light color with a cloudy look, almost hefewisen looking, almost. A bit of a tangy aroma not much different than any avg beer. Mouthfeel is a bit thick, almost too thick for as light as it drinks. Smooth going down, i dont really taste much but the wheat and hops. A bit of an aftertaste but not unpleasant, just a bit bitter.

Photo of Phatz
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is not just 'called' white beer it literally is a WHITE beer. It pours a slightly off white color and has white head with a very short retention. Quite heavy lacing.

Smell: Very potent! Yeast, Lemon, citrus rinds and wheat fill your nose with lots of strong pleasant aromas.

Taste: The taste is similar to the smell. It is very active. There is a significant spicy hop character creating the flavor of cloves lemon peels and pepper. It is not overly bitey though, because the cool watery center carries a light yeasty sweet whit bread character through your mouth washing the tart citrus away as quickly as it developed. Mildly interesting but overall average for the style.

Mouthfeel: Something about the mouthfeel creates a strange stall for me. This beer is somewhat smooth but just before swallowing it stalls for a moment. Basically it does not slide down easily. I am not sure if it is the peppery character of the beer or the hops but it tickles my throat causing me to need to think about swallowing it. Strange.

Drinkability: This beer feels cool and refreshing in the mouth but did not seem to finish smoothly. It may have just been me today so I will try it again. For now I will say it is a fine Witbier and suitable for a hot day.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of CaptainIPA
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Served on-tap in a 500 ml Hoegaarden glass at Cafe Hollander Grand Cafe, on Milwaukee's Belgian east side.

A: Pours a cloudy, pale straw color with a generous two-finger head with outstanding retention.

S: Tart pear and spicy in the nose with hints of coriander, orange peel, apple, and band-aid.

T: Opens with an overwhelmingly strong band-aid flavor, followed by a solid wheat foundation, and balancing notes of coriander and orange zest. Extremely dry with a slightly bitter finish. Pairs awfully well with mussels & pommes frites.

M: Light-bodied, crisp and refreshing. Well carbonated.

D: Good.

Note: A band-aid off-flavor is often indicative of infected yeast. I think that's what's happening here. I'll review this benchmark Belgian Wit again at a later date.

Photo of SkunkWorks
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured out a cloudy, straw color with an enormous head despite a very cautious pour though it dissipated quickly not leaving behind any lacing. Aroma wise, I get a hint of wheat. The taste is very bland and it reminds me of an American macro to be perfectly honest. I get a hint of orange but that's about all. Its very smooth and easy to drink, so that is a plus, but overall kind of a boring beer.

Photo of GrimGuzzler
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bottle into a properly cleaned pint glass.

A: Pours a not very attractive murky yellow (Keep in mind this is unfiltered) with a lovely, solid, white head which rapidly dissipates into a thin but ever present foam. Mild lacing.

S: Sweet citrus and pale wheat hit the nose first. Coriander, white wine, and apples make their way up after stirring the beer a bit and exciting the volatiles. Lastly a hint of alcohol wafts around the glass.

T: It has a yeasty unfiltered taste with zest and wheat first. This soon turns into a slightly spicey/herby taste (Brewed with coriander) with a sublte hop bitterness then ending with dry, tart, apples.

M: Effervescent, however not crisp. A gentle amount of carbonation, but I wouldn't mind more to keep the beer interesting.

Overall a well balanced beer, very drinkable, perfect to cool off but lacks body and intensity. However i suppose this is typical of the style. Certainly a beer I would buy again, but only if the weather called for it.

Photo of Jessearellano
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Its very cloudy and looks whitish yellow.


It doesn't smell very good at all but you can defiantly smell the wheat.


Defiantly some clove with a hint of pineapple and citrus.


Very watery with a wet finish.


Extremely easy to drink, not very much carbonation and its a bit watery which makes go it down very easy.

Decent beer but would not buy again, I don't like wheat beers very much..

Photo of beerphan
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> pilsner
no date

Pours a hazed muted pale yellow with a modest tight white head. Some fine rings of lace. Carbonation appears robust.

Nose: Banana, yeast, spice

Some light grains and a lemon tart finish. Not much in the spice/herbal flavors.

Light crisp mouth.

Easy enough to drink, but not very flavorful.

Photo of Thrasher
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a luscious refreshing white, good for a sunny Sunday brunch. Nothing extraordinary but decent, indicative of the style. Doesn't get superb marks from me because I inherently distrust Interbrew. Their beers suffer from the enormity of the company, and their costs are prohibitive. I once paid $9 ($10 with tip) for one of these in an annoying Manhattan bar/lounge, so I decided to keep the glass.

Photo of r0nyn
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at O'Donoghue's in Nyack. Served in a pint glass with a wedge of lemon (which was promptly evicted with great prejudice).

Cloudy and unfiltered, as is on par for the style. Minimal frothy white head that leaves trace amounts of lacing clinging to the inside of the glass. Smell has a prevalent amount of citrus notes, along with hints of coriander and other spices. Definite wheat component to it as well, along with an almost palpable breadiness in the nose. Mild and sweet malt notes round out the end.

Taste has the same essences as in the nose, just a little bit more subdued, which is both surprising and a little disappointing. I guess I was expecting a certain level of robustness and I didn't get it. Still, there are notes of citrus and spice to provide the major components of flavor, along with a twangy, slightly sweet wheatiness. A little bit of an acidic kick in the finish. Mouthfeel is pleasing, with a reasonably medium body and a finish that leans a bit to the dry side, but not all the way. Some zingy carbonation provides a bit of a tart pop at the end.

Not a bad witbier at all, and certainly better than the other offerings on tap. I would have preferred more of a flavorful experience, but Hoegaarden is a perfectly serviceable brew and still miles and miles ahead of that adjunct dross that passes for beer at most bars today.

Photo of ludachris
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one as part of my Belgian beer gift pack. I like how they made the shape of the bottle their own. Pours a hazy straw colour with about a finger and a half creamy white head. Decent retention and decent lacing. Some sediment is visible and rising with the carbonation. I'm not a big fan of that, but doesnt take away from the beer. Smell is a bit milder than I hoped; banana upfront, clove and spice backing it up. Taste identical to the smell with a bit of a buttery finish. Carbonation is really nice; nothing too offensive.

This mild, fairly watered down witbier makes it perfect for a large target audience. There was nothing bad about this beer, but at the same time, nothing really jumped out to distinguish it from others. On the other hand, it's very refreshing and definately sessionable. Overall, a decent brew that I wouldnt turn down if offered.

Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Tuscan Tavern, Blackwood, NJ

A nice wit, that I guess is the standard for witbiers. If you're a Blue Moon drinker, try this instead, because it's better. Pour a hazy, pale yellow with a nice white head that retains rather well. Light wheat aroma with citrus notes. Light orange and lemon zest taste, with smooth bready malts that are somewhat overcome by the general wheat beer harshness; acidic, with a bitter aftertaste. Light body and easily drinkable.

Photo of BelgiumBill
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a 1pt, 9.36 oz large bottle at Total Wine for $3.99.

I slowly poured the whole bottle into my dimpled 1 liter Paulaner seidel. It was a hazy pale straw yellow and a bit watery at the edges. A small bubbled thick foamy head crowned the top. My wife said it looks like meringue which seems appropriate given the lemony color of the beer and the citrus notes. Not a lot of lacing and the foam receded to a thin blanket.

The fragrances were as expected; citrus rinds, orange peel, spices lead by coriander.

The flavors were herbaceous, slightly spicy led by the coriander and maybe hints of nutmeg, Citrus rind was bright and up front.

In the mouth it was crisp, refreshing and cleansing.

All in all not bad for something made by Budweiser.

Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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