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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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very good

4,327 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,327
Reviews: 1,652
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 83
Gots: 474 | FT: 1
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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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Cloudy pale yellow. Head fades quickly and leaves some lacing.

S: Citrus, bananas, cloves.

T: Lemony tartness with some sweet bready malt. Very summery.

M: Light-bodied and slightly creamy.

D: Arguably the quintessential wit. Really easy to knock back several in a session, especially in summertime.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light cloudy yellow/straw with a mild white head.

Smells heavily of spices and pears with a touch of cereal grains.

Again, spicy pear with a touch of apple and some mild grains. A bit of sugar and a bit of other citric flavors finish it off.

Somewhat light with a lot of carbonation on the tongue.

Overall this is a fairly easy beer to drink. I've rarely had a problem ordering one when I'm looking for something lighter to drink, and it goes well with a fairly good amount of grub.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very yellow pale color, very hazy. Large head. Aroma is fruity and yeasty. Medium bodied wit beer. Fruity flavor, with oranges, coriander and ginger being the primary flavors. It a mildly sweet, lightly malty and slightly bitter beer. Clean, light and refreshing. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly swe

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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent hazy yellow with a tall three finger bubbly white head. Left sticky bits and pieces of lace down the glass.
Lemon spiked wheat aroma, some apple, orange (maybe curaco orange).
Lemon again in the taste, on top of the wheat, and oranges. Spicy (pepper, coriander) and a bit of spearmint.
Very light and refeshing, zesty feel, a little sour. Good in the winter, would be even better in the summer.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice cloudy light straw yellow with a gorgeous fine bubbled white head. A very very refreshing witbier. WOW! Im very happy with this because the coriander and orange peel are not overpowering the actual taste of the beer and the wheat is just right! Carbonation, i dont really notice it, its pretty weak but its perfect! nice lacing of course ( kinda expected from a big belgian beer ) and it goes down very very well. On a hot summer day pounding back a few of these would be amazing! I cant wait!

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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy pale yellow color with a huge, tall, fluffy, cloud like head. Slightly sweet, spicy, peppery, and citrusy nose and taste. Well balanced.

When I first saw how pale in color this beer was after pouring a glass I thought that this beer was going to tasteless. To my surprise this beer has a unique and good flavor.


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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
86 out of 100 based on 4,327 ratings.