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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

Hoegaarden Original White AleHoegaarden Original White Ale

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very good

3,579 Ratings

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Ratings: 3579
Reviews: 1601
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%

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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Photo of Murrhey


3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Two finger white head, fluffy with quick retention diminishing. Very pale orange color with little clarity. Minimal lacing.

S- Wheat and citrus esters. Not a bad smell at all. Has some of the same attributes as weizen beers.

T- Bready flavor with citrus distinctly in play. Average.

M- Very carbonated and it lends itself to chewiness.

O- Before I got into beer, I thought this was a very good one. Nope, just an average one.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 07:30:13 | More by Murrhey
Photo of Dogbrick


3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On draught at The Claddagh in Columbus, OH. It might be blasphemy to say so, but I like Blue Moon more than this. Pours a light gold color with a thin white head. Bubbly with very thin lacing. Aroma is very bready and yeasty and clean. Light-bodied and slightly sour flavor under the wheat. I could not detect much spice or citrus which usually makes Wits more tolerable to me. The finish is a little watery, with more yeast and a little banana.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2003 06:31:53 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of mclanem


3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: this is a great looking beer. I just love the look of an unfiltered beer, it just screams good.

Smell: This beer has a strange smell to me very flowery, one person mentioned lemon which I do notice. unique but not great.

Taste: the smell fits the taste very well very unique and I can taste lemon. this beer is very spiced up with extras not to appealing to me.

Mouthfeel: it feals refreshing, good carbonation and smooth.

Drinkability: drinkability suffered due to the strange taste, but it was refreshing as a drink so I think it is good over all.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2006 02:31:44 | More by mclanem
Photo of robocrouch


3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured into my pint glass after following the pour directions on the bottle. Has a very light hazy pale yellow color with a bright white head that leaves good lacing. Brown bits are present.

S: Has a crisp spice smell. With a floral fruit finish in the nose.

T: A crisp yet flavorful Witbier that starts of spicy with the coriander and ends with a light orange taste. Very refreshing and an easy going beer. A good example of the style.

D: Overall a good beer that stays true to the style. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2007 03:29:17 | More by robocrouch
Photo of scottfrie


3.04/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from a six-pack.

A: Pours a slightly hazy chalky lemon gold with a couple fingers of fluffy bone white head that faded into a thick film.
S: Chalky wheat, mildly spicy yeast, and a hint of lemon citrus and pepper.
T: Crisp wheat, chalk, pepper, and faint clove, coriander and banana. Light and mild overall. Slight mineral water.
M: Foamy yet soft carbonation, medium-light body, crisp, clean, soft and smooth mouthfeel.
O: Solid and very drinkable but overall pretty plain.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 02:28:48 | More by scottfrie
Photo of billshmeinke


3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz poured into a pint glass.

Hazy straw golden body with half an inch of frothy white head on top. A bit of foam hangs around. Not much lace left behind.

Smells of wheat and some cloves (phenols?). The slightest hint of fruity esters that don't resemble any actual fruit.

Tastes follows smell. Some wheat, cloves and white pepper, and perhaps a hint of banana esters, but i think that's a stretch.

Mouthfeel is super light. Well carbonated and some spice.

Goes down way easy, but not in a good way.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 07:50:24 | More by billshmeinke
Photo of GreenCard


3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: like lemonade with a sudsy layer of snow-white head, a few bubbles rising, hazy

Aroma: wheaty, lemony, a bit yeasty, some coriander

Flavor: a gentle malt sweetness followed by a fruity tartness; yeast, orange peel, some coriander, a faint sprinkling of hop flavor, finish is dry but there is a saccharine-lie flavor that emerges in the aftertaste at the back and sides of the tongue; also soem bitterness from the orange peel

Mouthfeel: soft and light bodied, gently prickly carbonation

Overall Impression: Since it is considered the "hallmark" of this style in many circles, I was compelled to give it a 3.0 across the board. It's good. It was better before Interbrew, though (at the risk of sounding trite). I just think there are some other far superior wits out there. Two that readily come to mind are Blanche de Chambly and Wittekerke.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2003 16:53:39 | More by GreenCard
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This review is of a 33ml tin, obtained in Brussels, 4.9% on the tin.

First time I have ever had Hoegaarden out of a can. I have had many a bottle or draught one, before I joined this site, but haven't reviewed them.

Poured a pale yellow with a full white head.

Aroma of nothing at first, but as the beer warmed up, citrus, mostly grapefruit smells came through.

The taste was slightly sour and grapefruit from the start, with other citrus flavours joining in as the beer warmed and the head reduced in size.

A summers day drink, not for winter nights.

Serving type: can

10-28-2006 17:03:38 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of MrVisegrips


3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The pour is a cloudy Pale yellow with a creamy white head that leaves a lot of lace. The aroma is peppery coupled with the sweet notes of orange and lemon zest. Quite nice actually. Flavors start out sweet with noticeable wheat flavors (of course). There is a presence of coriander that is interested and might catch you a little off guard with the first few sips. The finish is a bit flat and watery in my opinion. Mouthfeel is lightly chewy. Drinkability is average, better if your a devote follower of the white ales. Overall, I must say that is brew did not impress me with the first glass. It might have been the present mood affecting my objectivity. However, by the end of the session, I did find it and enjoyable brew. Best to buy and try for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2006 02:11:41 | More by MrVisegrips
Photo of Colleen219


3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This isn't a bad beer but I think I expected more because its so popular. It tasted more like a lager than any of the other Belgian Whites that I've tried. Its still a good choice on a hot summer day but honestly I'd rather drink a Goose Island Matilda or a Blue Moon White Ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 02:17:29 | More by Colleen219
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy straw with a huge, foamy, white head. Aroma of orange fruit, bready yeast with hints of spices. Light, smooth, sweet body. Flavor of yeast, sweet malt, fruit and some spices. Finish is medium, sweet in the beginning, finally becomes dry. Just not my type of beverage.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 21:35:56 | More by mikeg67
Photo of chefhatt


3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer has a pale color body with a small fizzy head that lays down quickly. The smell is a little of wheat, not much else. The taste is a little citrus with a tab bit of spice, i think it is coriander. The mouth feel is easy drinking and overall a ok beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 01:58:50 | More by chefhatt
Photo of Tresha

3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Absolutely delicious! With a delicious fruity aromas this beer has a definite citrus and tangy flavour that cannot be missed. It is a great summer quencher and looks cloudy on appearance. I thought it was supposed to be drunk with a slice of lime, but it tasted nice even without it. Definitely would try it again!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 11:52:14 | More by Tresha
Photo of muddyriverduck


2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I puchased this brew as a last resort at a new "beverage" center owned by a guy who had a camel double-parked out front. I say last resort because it was the best offering at this locale and I've always been suspect of beers that Bud Light drinkers consider "good". When Bud Light drinkers here in Toledo talk about getting a good beer, they almost always seem to be talking about Hoegaarden or Blue Moon.

First off, there is very little I can can say that hasn't already been said in the 717 previous reviews. Being a big Belgian fan, I didn't find this beer all that complex. In fact, at this moment I would liken it to a Budweiser with a twist of lemon and some orange flavoring added. This view may be skewed at this moment because I just finished a plate of Bangkok Spicy and a bowl of Thai soup, but nevertheless, not impressed or "wowed".

Do I find Hoegaarden objectionable? No. Would I buy it again? No. I paid $7.49 and I'd much rather spend that much on a 4-pack of Duvel or a couple bombers of Ommegang.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2007 02:05:31 | More by muddyriverduck
Photo of Shrews629


2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very cloudy pear, pineapple juice color. Very bright white 1 1/2 finger head that dissipates quickly to leave a thin ring.

Smell - Citrus, sweet, fruity with a slight wheat and lemon hint.

Taste - Not as strong a flavor as I was expecting. Very sweet and fruity, but almost tastes like a flat lemonade.

Mouthfeel - Thin/medium mouthfeel that was kind of watery but smooth.

Drinkability - Very easy to drink. More of a summer beer of course. This beer definitely not horrible, but just not my first choice when choosing a wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 22:45:06 | More by Shrews629


2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle. Snifter glass. Enjoyed once again. Light pale yellow in color, foggy appearance. White, close & dense froth. Orange zest & lemon aromas. Bitter upfront, sour lemony hints. Slightly maltiness backbone. Light body, high carbonation. Watery, citric finish & aftertaste. Quite bland overall. (Nowadays available at most Supermarkets)

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 20:44:31 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Photo of stouty1


2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice mild yellow with a small half inch head. Smells of bananna and citrus fruits. Some hint of wheat too.
Taste is very mild with suttle hints of bananna and wheat but very limited. Not a very tasteful beer and kind mild on the pallette. Still enjoyable once in a while, but not one of my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2006 18:03:36 | More by stouty1
Photo of burtonbe


2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very yellow color. A faint gold almost. Cloudy. One-finger fluffy white head. Looks good.

S - I smell german yeast. Yeastyness. Cloves. Very very slight banana. Some bubble-gum. Better than average.

T - Very nice. It tastes more inline with a bavarian hefe-weisen than than a belgian wit though. Cloves overpower the taste. Not very bitter. Wheaty and yeasty. I like it, but it just doesn't scream "wit"....

M - Mouthfeel is right where it should be. Light, with the carbonation spot on.

D - This beer is drinkable. Don't have much more to say other than that.

Overall this is a very nice beer, but this wit just doesn't do it for me. There is very little to absolutely no honey, vanilla, coriander, or orange-fruityness aroma or taste. I was expecting a lot more.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 20:06:04 | More by burtonbe
Photo of JamesBerry


2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Even taking into account the natural pallor of white beers, Hoegaarden's appearance was disappointing. It was nearly impossible to pick up on any subtlety or nuance in its light-straw color through the thick wheat haze. This beer had a hoppy, clean smell with just a hint of hops and citrus. Bubbly and crisp, its mouthfeel overpowered the almost candy-like textures of the beer. Oddly, though, the aftertaste is much maltier than expected, with a fading bitterness. All in all, a fairly decent beer, though probably not worth the hype.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2004 00:43:54 | More by JamesBerry
Photo of stcules


2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Greenish yellow color, lightly opalescent. White foam, creamy, beautiful.
Fresh smell, good citrus fruit, orange peel and coriander.
The classic notes, but well done.
The taste is less interesting, but still on the style. A bit more citric and lemon, without much variety of notes.
Coriander in the end, in the short aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 17:21:08 | More by stcules
Photo of BierReise


2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First off, I have to say that I'm rating a bottle and not a draught Hoegaarden. They're almost like two different animals. The draught is far superior and I don't understand why. At any rate, the beer pours nicely and looks beautiful in the glass. The problem is that it doesn't live up to it's reputation in my opinion. The flavors that come out in the draught are hardly present. It tastes to me like a pale wheat beer. The draught is far superior for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2003 17:02:51 | More by BierReise
Photo of ski271


2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very pale, lemonade-like, hazy yellow with a medium-sized, white, frothy, slowly diminishing head. Very good lacing. It has a mild fruity wheat aroma and mild typical wheat flavors. Banana, light clove, strawberry, lemon. The finish is short and weak. It has a light body, watery texture and low carbonation. It’s refreshing but very one-dimensional and weak.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2006 18:57:35 | More by ski271
Photo of jeffaz02t


2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Unfiltered pale yellow. Creamy white head. Laced the entire class with its pure white foam.

S- lemons, spices.

T- Sweet, but it does go a little dry at the end. The lemon is balanced with spices so it does not have too muh of one flavor. Very refreshing.

M- Goes down easy, kind of thick, but not in a bad way.

D- This beer was great! I could drink it all day if it was not so filling. There is really nothing I can say about this beer that is bad.

*On tap in Europe*

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2006 09:31:38 | More by jeffaz02t
Photo of dippy


2.88/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy pale yellow with a tight knit head of bubbles that dropped off quickly.

Smell was lacking, a little clovey.

Taste was cloves and pepper. Maybe a little orange zest.

Went down smooth, not a lot of carbonation. Felt watery

Good beer. Not my fav. But I wouldn't kick many blondes out of bed and this one is no different.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 15:16:27 | More by dippy
Photo of Rsobotka

New York

2.88/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ive tasted the Hoe many a times from the bottle but gave it a shot from the tap.
A: cloudy, yellowy with a slight lacy head
S: like a sweet loaf of citrus banana bread
T: Like a watered down version of a good wheat beer. Unfortunately ive thought that this beer is missing a littel umph.
M: feels superb as it passes over the tounge and down the goose
D: Could easily drink a 12er on a warm summers night but would rather pound a Pulaner or German Blonde.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2008 00:45:34 | More by Rsobotka
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