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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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BA SCORE
85
very good

4,487 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 4,487
Reviews: 1,682
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 99
Gots: 608 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden visit their website
Belgium

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 tempest
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at a mighty classy establishment: Our Beerbellies in Bethlehem, PA.

Compared to the bottled Hoegaarden, my draft didn't seem quite as crisp, still it was pretty tasty. There's a big sweet creamy flavor with notes of Belgian spice and lemon. I kept waiting for the flavor to really open up, but it never came.

Photo of nicholas2121
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hoegaarden Original White Ale brewed Brouwerij van Hoegaarden. This brew pours out a cloudy amber color with a small white head. The smell is ok nothing bad. You can smell the citrus in this beer. The taste is nice and crisp with some citrus. This brew goes down smooth. There is nothing bad about this brew. I would get this brew again. Over all, I'm giving this brew a 3.75 out 5.

Photo of beveritt
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a uniquely-shaped 12 oz brown bottle into a hexagonal Hoegaarden style glass. The label says best before 06/01/08. I am hoping that is June 2008 and not August 2006.

Appearance: Pouring by the directions in the label (pour 2/3 of beer, swirl bottle, pour the rest for a head) this beer has about an inch of pure white creamy head. This sticks around for most of the glass, finally fading into a ring around the glass. The beer itself is a strong yellow color and cloudy enough that I cannot see through it. A little bit of sediment in the glass.

Smell: Spicy and yeasty. Smells of orange/citrus with a distinctive sour wheat tang to it.

Taste: The sour wheat tang from the smell is more upfront in the taste. Citrusy bite afterwards withjust a small but of bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Feels smooth and creamy like drinking velvet.

Drinkability: An easy drinking classic.

Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 12 oz bottle of Hoegaarden poured into an Ommegang Witte glass. The ale is slightly chilled.

Appearance: The ale is a hazy orange-yellow color. The unfiltered nature of the ale is clear. There is a slight ring of lace around the glass.

Smell: The ale smells of orange peel, a sweet citrusy aroma (not a hop aroma, mind you).

Taste: The coriander and orange peel dominate the taste of the ale. I was hoping for a bit more of a wheat presence, but the spices are smooth and pleasant.

Mouthfeel: The ale is sweet and smooth, very pleasing on the palate.

Drinkability: I could easily drink this ale all summer long, although I'd like to see a bit more wheat.

Photo of dolzan
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A classical Witbier.

It looks just like pineapple juice with some carbonation, and the smell is also fruity - pineapples, apples, oranges, ... The head goes away instantly, so the resemblance to a juice is even stronger.

The taste is sour-sweet, like a lemonade with some hops and some spices. All in all, it has good, complex flavours, but it will never be one of my all time favourite beers. By some margin.

Photo of wedge
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pale yellow / white color and cloudy with a billowing, fluffy pure white head. The aroma is lightly spicy wheat and zesty lemon...herbal. Sweet and peppery flavor, similar to the smell. Soft mouthfeel and not too thin - very refreshing.

I'll probably be picking more of these up when the weather gets hot.

Photo of timus19
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into chilled pint glass,great summer brew,refreshing,appearance beautifullight golden color,nice banana,spice, nose;taste is refreshing &satisfying,belgian beers are always top notch in quality,for the style(witbier) definitley above avg. recommended...

Photo of Proteus93
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rather pale yellow with some slight olive notes to the hue. A white head, as I would expect, rather creamy and rich, but retention is somewhat poor. Leaves a spotty lacing behind, but nothing too extraordinary.

S: The standard scent of breakfast cereal stands out... Fruit Loops is the smell, I believe, on this one. The grainy, all-in-one fruitiness that comes from the box in general with no real focus on any particular 'Loop'

T: Flavour is not so strong on the 'breakfast cereal' front, which is kinda fortunate. A definite citrus note stands out, but a bit of it is a dry citrus note, which is alright. A soft maltiness backs it up.

M + D: It's crisp, but not overdone. Dry, but not 'parching.' A decent body, but the flavour profiles are just not quite there. This beer has plenty of potential to be something very great... I hope to see that happen!

Photo of IronDjinn
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this is definitely a white beer, pours out cloudy, the colour of diluted alfalfa honey. Smell is more subdued than I recall, a light peppery citrus. Sweetish flavour, that peppered citrus once again. This is very drinkable stuff and goes down very easy, I think I just might make it a session beer one night the next decent place I find it on tap. It beats Stella anytime for having a Belgian for a regular.

Photo of biggred1
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy,hazy almost white blonde.Good fine head has beautiful lacing,leaves rings on the glass.

S-Citrusy,lemon and coriander.Slight grassy notes.

T/M-Very refreshing,good on a hot day.Sweet and sour lemons and cloves,clean finish.Nice smooth mouthfeel.

THE classic white ale that spawned just about every summer beer in the U.S.

Photo of TheDeuce
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-nice golden color with an active white head, the bar serves an orange with it, which I promptly get rid of.

Smell-fruity aroma, alcohol is very pronounced.

Taste/Mouthfeel-light flavor, decent smoothness as well maltiness is now more prevalent than before. Hops are there, good flavor.

Drinkability-Solid flavor, enjoyable to drink, I had no issues.

Overall-a fine white ale, I've had better but this is one of the best you will find on tap in most areas. Solid job.

Photo of slt
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A little better than okay, for the light wheat beers. Strong taste of cloves, light cloudy white in appearance. A little bite when going down, another attribute. In the family of Belgian beers, my favorite so far is Stella. This one rates a close second.

Photo of mbusster88
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent beer with a distinct taste. Appears banana yellow in color with a two finger head. Smells of spice and clove. Taste is unique with clove and spice, crisp and easy on the palate. Not the best of its kind, but a good showing. Would drink as a session or with a meal.

Photo of AmishT
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tumbler

A - Light straw-yellow colored. It says "bier blanche" on the bottle and they're not kidding. Hazy. Nice two-finger white head. Good retention.

S - Primarily wheat, with some orange and malts to a lesser degree. I took a couple of whiffs of this one; detected wheat most of the time, but every once in awhile, got a good whiff of the malted barley

T - Strong wheat character with a hint of orange and lemon. Malts aren't very distinct. Very crisp

M - Very light bodied, just as one would think from the color. Good carbonation. Very clean finish. The flavor of the beer isn't very bold when kept on the tongue

D - Very light + Crisp, refreshing flavor + Clean finish = a very drinkable beer.

Photo of ndekke39
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Entering this from notes... Drank a large bottle of this by myself in England. Pours a hazy straw color, small white head. Decent retention. Smells of sharp bread and yeast, some wheat, citrus like oranges. Tastes much of the same. Fine example of a Witbier or White Ale - very spicy and yeasty. Medium mouthfeel, very easily drinkable beer.

Photo of euskera
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap last week. Pours out a cloudy yellow with a nice head. Smell is fruity with some malt character in there. Taste is good, but not that complex or well-defined. Some fruit in there along with yeast and malt with almost no hop bitterness. A nice quaffable beer that is refreshing...

Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow with a thin, disappearing head.

The nose has some lemon and wheat, but it's overwhelmed by yeast. I like the smell of yeast, and I still think it's a tad excessive.

More of the same on the palate; orange peel and spice are lurking there somewhere, but the wheat and yeast are so prominent as to take on an almost soapy character. The tart and dry lingering aftertaste of orange peel is superb. This tastes a lot different than I remembered it, and the carbonation is somewhat less zippy than I thought (which is a good thing).

All in all, an acceptable wit that would be easy to session.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this at a now-defunct french bistro and thankfully out of the two (TWO!) taps this was one of the beers available. served in a hoegaarden glass (kinda small glass), this was pale yellow and so cloudy it seemed whitish to me. big snow white head. bouqet was subtle but i detected clove or coriander, white bread/biscuits, and even bubblegum. yeasty aromas. taste is of lightly sweet malt balanced by a creamy carbonation and almost indiscernable floral hop background. somehow manages to finish clean. light bodied and creamy. i had a few of these no problem.

Photo of AllanPatchin1016
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of phishsihq
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a hazy, pale straw and our vigorous pour provides a pillowy head of white foam. Wheat and coriander, and orange peel dominate the nose, with hints of lemongrass and spice. The lemony aromas take charge on the palate. The initial zestfulness gives way to wheat and bready malt flavors on the way to a spicy finish that showcases coriander, clove, and orange zest. Lively carbonation and a lighter body

Photo of kendollkaff
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of genog
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a copious amount of ultra white head. Smell is banana, yeasty, and some light fruity aromas, but mostly this one is about spice and clove dominates. Taste is crisp, and fresh with a limited amount of carbonation for this style. A good beer for the style, but overall it did not wow me.

Photo of Jcdolan
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle with a "create your own six pack" deal. Sometimes deals like this just mean the store is trying to get rid of old beer that might not be good anymore. Seemed to be alright however.

Appearance was a cloudy yellow with a build up of yeast on the bottom of the bottle that was swirled and poured into the rest of the glass. The yeast at the the bottom didn't seem to dissolve fully into the last 2/3 of the beer and I received a few noticable lumps or small chunks in my glass. Could this indicate that the beer was indeed old?

Smell was very intersting. Sents of delicious spice and orange citrus can be detected. Reminded me and got me in the mood for some fall pumpkin brews.

Taste was very unique and unlike anything I have ever come across. Citrus and sweet with a perfect undertone of spice sweeping across the tounge.

This beer has taken me off guard and I am very pleased with my purchase. The taste is natural and mild when compared to a Blue Moon and I would recommend this over a Blue Moon any time.

Photo of beermanbrian
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow in color. Cloudy with a fluffy white head. Head dissipates slowly and leaves nice lacing. Smell is yeasty with fruit (maybe lemon) overtones. Taste is very mild and not overpowering. Slight bitter aftertaste. Not a bad beer for nice spring day.

Photo of Krey213
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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