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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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very good

4,082 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,082
Reviews: 1,631
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 69
Gots: 354 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 +5.5%

dave8910, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of scoobybrew
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a wiezen glass from from the bottle. The yeast was swirled and poured as well. It is cloudy with a golden color. The head is decent and is well retained. The aroma is dominated by wheat malt, but corriander and orange are definately there. As with the aroma, the wheat malt prevails in the flavor, while there are hints of corriander and orange. It has a medium-light body with moderately high carbonation.

Overall, this is an excellent Belgian white; one of the classics. It's quite nice on a warm or hot day, very refreshing and tasty. The last half I enjoyed with a small quarter slice of orange, as is traditional in Belgium.

scoobybrew, May 15, 2007
Photo of gwydno
4/5  rDev +5.5%

gwydno, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of Darkhnum
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Darkhnum, Aug 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Thehuntmaster, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

wdf210, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of NeverSettle
4/5  rDev +5.5%

NeverSettle, Jun 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

paxchristi, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of hilgart1
4/5  rDev +5.5%

hilgart1, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of CraigH84
4/5  rDev +5.5%

CraigH84, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of FinchSCF
4/5  rDev +5.5%

FinchSCF, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of TxZemer
4/5  rDev +5.5%

TxZemer, Nov 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

alemiester, May 25, 2013
Photo of Matthew607
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Matthew607, Mar 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

pjbfromkc, Jul 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

AJ01923, May 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

kjb32812, Jan 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

thegrifter, Aug 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

olympicgatorade, May 04, 2012
Photo of IPhantom
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type- 12 oz. brown classic bottle poured inexpertly in to some kind of glass. First beer cracked after a long finals week, might I add.

Appearance- Pale yellow with effervescent highlights, like a Notre Dame helmet under the lights. Pristine white head a full 3 fingers thick at first pour, diminishing to about half a finger with a nice landscape of lacing.

Smell- Wit-s aren't really my thing, aroma-wise, but this one is nice. Kinda like grandma's bread dough before she has you knead it because of her arthritis...but maybe that's just me. Lemonade-y citrus highlights in the background.

Taste- Again, not a big wit guy, but I like it. Slightly sweet/sour with the wheat to back it up, like chasing a bite of toast with orange juice. Nice amount of dry hoppiness (with something like a raisin subtly suggested) on the end keeps it fresh.

Mouthfeel- Light, bubbly, champagne-like, very refreshing.

Drinkability- Hell, I'll drink another one right now.

Overall, a very nice introduction to wheat beers (and beer reviews). Looking forward to pairing this one with a nice slab of grilled salmon over the summer.

IPhantom, May 04, 2006
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

edwardkersh, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite beers, although I will admit it is probably a tad bit overrated (by me and others). For the review I even did the little twirl at the end of the pour (like it instructs on the label) and actually had a octagonal pint glass. This left a two finger head and a very clody yellow/white body, but the head desisted quickly. The smell is one of cirtus fruits, most notable an orange (note: I do NOT and will NOT have an orange w/ my wit beer).
The taste is citrusy w/ hints orange and peach, and the wheat sediments make it very smooth, although it is not a complex flavor at all and the spices, which overpower the wheat, are still barely noticable. Because of this you can just sit back and keep pouring it down your gullet. For the price (almost $10 for a six pack where I live) and its easy drinkability I love this beer and, believe it or not, this is one of my most favorable reviews.

clayrock81, Dec 17, 2007
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Viceroy, Sep 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Jayamefu, Aug 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

hockeyfighter19, Feb 09, 2013
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
85 out of 100 based on 4,082 ratings.