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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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1,700 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,700
Hads: 4,815
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 24.74%
Wants: 135
Gots: 932 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden visit their website

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: purplehops on 07-08-2001

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pretty good looking Witbier. Cloudy bright bright yellow in color. Retention is fantastic. Lacing is just patchy and random.

S - Wheat, clove spice, and lemon zest are right up front. Theres a nice lingering candy type sweetness in the middle with some peppery undertones. Pretty classic.

T - Very peppery. I dig it. Wheat lightens it up a bit and the lemon gives it a little kick. The candy like sweetness I was picking up in the nose is almost completely absent. Almost the complete opposite of the smell.

M - Medium bodied over all. Could use a little more carbonation. Border flat almost. Not horrible though.

O - Ive had this one on several occasions. I think the tulip glass really helped this one out. I don't remember this beer being this good.

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Photo of mothman
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into my New Belgium Globe Glass. Best before 6-12-09.

Color is a really hazy dull yellow. Thin white head that fizzles down quickly. Little lace observed.

Smell is very fruit. Main smell is bananas. Taste is similiar, but there is more of a hoppy taste involved.

Mouthfeel isn't very pleasent. Starts out bitter and then eventually ends smooth after a while.

Overall, it is a decent brew for something so popular. I could probably enjoy this at a bar or have this for a session beer.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yellow pour with a massvie white head. Definite sweet aroma and taste, with the orange peel and coriander strong up front. Some vanilla and wheatiness in the middle, mixed with clove and yeast. No real sourness to speak of. Wasn't really expecting such a good wit from a widely distributed beer.

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Photo of bashiba
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a such a light cloudy shade of yellow the beer was almost truly white in appearance, with a huge white head and tons of lacing.

Smell was a very light bit of wheat and orange.

Taste was a very subdued crips citrus flavors with just a touch of light hops.

Mouthfeel was crisp with a nice carbonation feel.

A decent beer, with a nice drinkability, but I fully admit to liking several American versions of this belgian classic better.

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Photo of hooligan
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beer pours a uniformly hazy white-gold with a stark white tightly bubbled head.

Smell of spices and citrus upfront, strawlike yeast and astringency.

Orange peel and coriander upfront with a lingering astringency from a combination of the orange and hop. Light and clean malt character with the straw and bread-dough yeast characters common with Belgian suds.

Easygoing mouthfeel with a gentle carbonation, soft viscosity, and slight fizz at the end.

Popular beer for good reason; really not one of my favorite styles but definitely quaffable and the well-known benchmark for the Witbier style.

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Photo of seanyfo
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this numerous times bottled but saw it recently on tap and thought i better review it.

A: Straw cloudy blonde appearance with a thin white creamy head layer sitting on top, dissapates quickly to leave only the crown

S: Lots of citrus, fresh hops and some grapefruit. Also a lot more sweeter i think than when poured from the bottle

T: Tart with the citrus but also a delicate sweetness, i found it hard to distinguish what the sweetness was in the smell but in the taste i feel its very much spice, well balanced which makes it light and refreshing

M: Light and spritzy on the tongue, fluffy almost!

D: A nice summer refresher, nothing too complex but a nice change from when your sick of pale ales!

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Photo of Crosling
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy light blonde in color. Moderately aromatic, full of fruit and spice, giving a scent of curacao and coriander, along with a light hint of hay. Flavor is light and airy, coating with a butter toffee blanket and loaded with light spice; coriander and curacao. A pleasant, yet unexciting witbier. Boy I wish I could have tried this 20 years ago.

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Photo of Bockrules
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured from the bottle into a decahedral mug (closest to the special hexagonal Hoegaarden glass suggested)

A - Poured as directed. Pours a hazy pale gold with tons of lively carbonation. Head is a huge, 4-finger, frothing white mass. Head stays intact to nearly the bottom of the glass, leaves behind a few blotches of lacing.

S - A generous amount of wheat malt and musty yeast with a dose of orange peel and coriander. The spices come out even more in the glass. Very inviting.

T - A little bit of wheat and almost watery upfront. The body has some light wheat malt notes mixed in with slightly sour yeast and lemony hops. Orange peel and coriander spices round out the flavor profile. A flash of yeast flavor as the beer passes over the pack of the tongue leads to a slightly sour and musty orange finish.

M - Very thin bodied and with plenty of carbonation. Could stand to be thicker and maybe more carbonated.

Finally picked this up to complete a 6-pack in San Diego. Although this is probably the quintessential benchmark of the style, I feel many U.S. brewers have passed them up. Although the appearance and nose are pretty well nailed on this brew, the flavor was marginal at best. At times I was vividly reminded of those Emergen-C powder packets that you mix with water. Not worth the price by any stretch of the imagination.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy pale yellow. Large white head with scant lace and retention--poor performance for a wit if I do say so myself.

Yeast, wheaty spice, orange zest and lemony coriander aroma. Taste is fairly tart with some wheat spice. Not as snappy as I remember.

Along with Harpoon IPA this was one of my gateway beers and I could have sworn it used to be better. Still, I feel like I'm drinking a piece of brewing history, thank you Peter Celis.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The pour is an extremely pale yellow color with an intense haze to it. The head is medium in size and white in color.

S: Big time coriander aroma to this beer. The wheat and other malts provide a moderate amount of sweetness to the nose, and there is a minimal citrus note.

T: Again, a heavy hand on the spice component. Lots of coriander and wheat with a distinct lemony tartness. Where am I, BJ's?

M: The body is quite light and the carbonation is quite high and lively.

D: Another one of those really well known beers that everybody sort of has to try somewhere along the way. I haven't had this beer for a long time, but I did not find it did much for me on this occasion.

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Photo of crayolahalls
3.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass at Winking Lizard tavern in Akron. A slice of orange was mounted on the side of the glass. Was a follow up to a Three Philosophers and accompanied a spicy chicken sandwich with fries. This was certainly not the right way to enjoy this beer, but it was the first Belgian White I have tried and was not sure what to expect.

Appearance - Sunny yellow. Cloudy. Very think white head formed from tiny bubbles. Looked almost like a smidge of meringue on top.

Smell - Not really strong. Couldn't pick up much of anything. Better than Bud, but hard to describe. I think the taste of the hot sauce was strong enough to diminish the main smell.

Taste - Was very light, slightly tart. Kind of refreshing. The orange served in the glass almost overpowered whatever was there to discover. I did notice a slight alcohol flavor. NOT a good pairing with hot sauce.

Mouthfeel - Combo with hot sauce made me pucker. Was very light in consistency.

DRinkability - Actually had a hard time drinking it. This is one I would like to try again while outdoor in the dead heat of summer. Everything about it screamed light and highly drinkable, but not appropriate with spicy food.

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Photo of PartyBear
3.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a chilled 330ml bottle into a traditional half-pint Hoegaarden glass.

A - Cloudy lemony yellow in colour, with a good head. Not the prettiest beer, it has to be said.

S - Very complex spicy aroma, with a cutting citrus.

T - Powerfully fruity, but more complex than a PhD in quantum physics. There is a sweetness in the mist of the fruit, maybe honey?

M - There is a sharp lemon bitterness in the back of the mouth, along with a clear carbonic liveliness.

D - I have been drinking this beer regularly since I was in college, and never really stopped to think properly about what I was drinking. It is not the best beer I have ever tasted but it is one of the most interesting.

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 0.33l bottle into an unbranded 0.5l nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Pale yellow color with a fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Cloudy, like most wheat beers.

Smell: Smells wheaty and grassy with definite citrus fruit notes. Basically smells like a wheat beer should.

Taste: Citrus notes with a definite wheaty, grassy taste.

Mouthfeel: Kind of thin with noticeable carbonation.

Drinkability: A good wheat beer, maybe not for the price. There are other better choices.

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Photo of tdm168
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, cloudy, bright yellow with a mountain of soft, white head that fizzes away after a few minutes. The nose has notes of straw, lemon, faint spices - pepper and coriander, and yeast. The flavor is very light and has faint straw and lemon notes with some orange zest and extremely faint spices in the finish. The mouthfeel is very light and smooth with some fizzy, soda-like carbonation.

This is a quaffable beer, but light and ultimately not flavorful. I'll pass in the future.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a faint, pale, opaque yellow-gold, with a rich and immaculate white head. No lace, though, oddly.

Nose is spicy sweet and lager grainy, with hints of orange and a little spice.

I get plenty of light citrus/orange hints among a little spice and a little wheat maltiness. Not a bad beer, but just somewhat thin on both body and taste.

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Photo of Orrshow
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of waldoiverson
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of wcintula
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of oracle
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of joecast
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of jjkatter
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of phantomwyse
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of thain709
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of kennylopez
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
86 out of 100 based on 1,700 ratings.