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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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1,690 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,690
Hads: 4,740
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 129
Gots: 862 | 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 brewdlyhooked13
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of the collateral goals I'm trying to accomplish by sampling lots of different beers is to try and expand the horizons of my wife, who, as of a few years ago, was woefully hooked on American lagers. Not a slam on Bud or Miller, but with the Hoegaarden she had a breakthrough. Maybe it's because this beer is unfiltered and closer to 'raw' beer, I thought she'd wince or make a face and proclaim how awful it tasted. Happily, I was surprised when her face lit up at the first taste.

This really is an ideal Belgian to start out with, if you're new to this area. A creamy, smooth head, an unintimidating and inviting aroma. A wonderful slightly lemony sourish flavor, but not anywhere near pucker-invoking. There's just enough sweetness to balance it out. How do they *do* that?!?!

This beer feels so good in the mouth, so smooth, you could salt away 4 or 5 with little effort. We rarely have a tasting where we will drink 2 of the same thing, but I swear if I'd had a 2nd bottle of this, we would have done just that. She made a statement about Genessee Cream Ale, but it's been ages since I had that beer. Genessee may compare in mouthfeel and overall zero likelihood of having any offensive components, but I don't think it could reach Hoegaarden's taste at all. As Marty Brennaman says when a baseball player swings at a pitch waaaay out of the strike zone, 'He couldn't havef hit that with an ironing board'. That's Genessee's chance of out-flavoring this ale. If you haven't had one, have one. If you've had one, have two. :-) (1,540 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very cloudy yellowish color with a fluffy off-white head. Smells like pepper and lemons. Taste is well balanced with the pepper flavors neutralizing the sourness of the lemon flavors. Mouthfell is thick and chewy due to it being an unfiltered beer. This beer is very drinkable year round, but best in the summer. (312 characters)

Photo of biokid23
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oddly enough, Hoegaarden has somewhat convinced me to move from IPA and start drinking wheat-ier beers. Bottle is appealing, has a tart and spicy taste, is quite refreshing, and very easy to drink. I could drink it every day. It stands alone or is good with food, and has the benefit of being easy to find in grocery stores. Even Trader Joes has it, and it is cheap. Well worth it. (381 characters)

Photo of archyquaffer
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a bit of a nostalgic beer for me. I first tried this a few years ago in, of all places, Colstrip, Montana- to my daughter- a synonym for the hottest driest place on earth (though it is far from that it IS sultry in the summer). Anyhow, this stuff was available at the local gas station of all places, and represented a welcome diversion from PBR, Busch and Coors...

A moderate pour into a schooner produces a short, but creamy-looking head overlying a hazy, pale straw with swirling carbonation. Beautiful stuff, really. A definite barnyard funk in the aroma, along with sweet and sour malt flavors, with hops in there somewhere...Crispy finish, velvety mouth feel of froth....lovely on a summer night or almost anytime....Spice characters show themselves, but do not overpower...no soap...no skunk...A little peppery spice, understated lemon and orange, and banana esters...How could you not like this? The texture is awesome with plenty of flavor to keep it interesting. Funky but not REAL funky.

A lovely beer, as far as I'm concerned, and one of those that opened my eyes to the possibilities of a wheat beer. Excellent stuff all around. (1,158 characters)

Photo of thefenst
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow, almost like hazy lemonade, with a fluffy pure white head.
Smells of citrus, coriander, and Halletauer hops (in other words, it smells good).
Malts, lemon, and coriander are the first things evident when tasting this brew, with the hops bringing up the back.
The mouthfeel is interesting, dry and refreshing. Just enough carbonation.
I highly recommend this beer, it is one of my favorites. (414 characters)

Photo of AyeMito
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Its light, fizzy, fluffy, creamy and I love it! The first time I ever had this beer I fell in love with it and ever since then I compare most wheat beers I try to it. It pours light and cloudy with a soft gold color and has a very thick foamy head. Tastes very smooth and thin, yet it has a rich citrus and vanilla finish which rounds the beer off wonderfully. I'd recommend this one to anyone who wants to try Belgium beers! (425 characters)

Photo of Naerhu
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

S - Nose of pineapple, clove and banana. Bubbles are the tiniest I have ever seen on a beautiful 1 finger head. Beautiful lace.
A - Brilliant muted yellow color.
T - No bitterness. Lemony acidity
M - smooth palate with no lingering aftertaste. Silky!
D - Very refreshing but not at all complex on the palate as it is on the aroma. (337 characters)

Photo of tonistruth
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- cloudy translucent faded yellow color (seriously likes clear when you pour it), 1 finger bubbly white head, that holds decently

S- wheat, coriander, and some orange

T- wheat flavor provides a backbone throughout, orange citrus up front comes to a dry bittersweet finish

M- light and dry body

D- refreshing and tasty,fits style to perfection, very enjoyable and recommended (380 characters)

Photo of jucifer1818
4.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a bottle into a hefewisen glass.

To make it simple, this was one hell of a better beer than the blue moon label that was printed on my glass.
It was a sweet, easy drinking brew. Most of its flavor came from the malt (a lot of wheat and pilsner malt) with a bit more coming from the spice. Classic spice dominates the aroma of the brew, which to me was its strongest positive characteristic.

My only regreat was that I didnt have a larger glass and more of this beer.

A classic that deserves its reputation. A great choice for dealing with the unforgiving summer heat. (583 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
4.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy pale straw. A rich foamy 1 inch head that retains well. Slight lacing.

S - Belgian yeast-banana , herbal bouquet, wet straw, vanilla orange, a faint wet honey oat.

T/M - Belgian yeast with coriander, tart apples, sweet perfect wheat, spiced pears, dry Belgian yeast finish.

This beer is a leader in this style. It's unmatched in balance and spice. Don't pass this beer up. I've had this beer in Europe (not Belgium) and it's just as good as I tasted it it in America. I drank alot of Hoegaarden in Europe. The beer that I did this review with is from a Oklahoma Liquor store. It's just as good as the beer I had in Europe. (644 characters)

Photo of Anonmatel
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very Refreshing, citrus taste is very prominent, but not overbearing, Champagne like, it's more of a beer to have with a meal than a session beer. And at $8.50 a bottle for it down here thats probably good it is not a session beer. Probably the best Wheat beer i've had to date. (278 characters)

Photo of krasznaig
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

True Belgian one.
I bought it a fortnight ago in the Netherlands, but it's still amazing. (I haven't kept it in the fridge). I recommend it to everyone who wants to enjoy a great 'Witbier'. Perhaps it's worth trying it with a slice of orange as well. (250 characters)

Photo of tone77
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pale white/golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Somewhat cloudy and a delicious spicy smell, lots of citrus. Very flavorfull taste with citrus and spices very pronounced and quite delicious. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall this is a top notch beer. (298 characters)

Photo of rdub
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite styles. Poured into a pint glass. Cloudy, light tan color. I like the look of this. Nice citrus smell. Citrus taste also. Very refreshing. Drinkability is good - goes down easily. Great for a hot summer day or when you want something crisp. One of my go-to beers when I want a "good" beer out somewhere. (330 characters)

Photo of Getinthevan
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like most wheat beers that followed afterwards, Hoegaarden is top notch stuff. The color off the bat is a strong, cloudy yellow which gives way to a great bubbly head. The beer alone is a pleasant view to look at as the bubble rise to the top along with the cloudiness.

The smell is very pleasant and possesses a strong aroma that almost acts like an air freshener, as the smell lingers in the air far after the beer's been consumed.

Taste is great, with a nice punch of bitterness right in the aftertaste. It goes down exceptionally smooth, and is very nice and filling as well. Definitely a "go to" beer any given time.

Mouthfeel feels well satisfied and the overall flavor is highly complex, mixed with orange and yeast flavors. Definitely worth savoring a few seconds before it travels down the gullet.

Drinkability is a must. Hoegaarden is a great beer to quench thirst with, but also a fun beer to drink at dinner and at live concerts. There's certainly nothing but fun that comes from this stuff. (1,007 characters)

Photo of dauss
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz oddly shaped bottle. Has a bulge in the neck, with a couple raised glass logo of the Hoegaarden symbol. Also at the base of the bottle is "Hoegaarden" but it is upside downs and backwards. Best before date stamped, August 16, 2005. Also has instructions on how to pour it.
1. Use Hoegaarden hexagonal glass
2. pour 2/3 into glass
3. swirl bottle
4. Pour out to form head

Appearance: Served almost to instructions, didn't have the glass. A very light straw yellow, very cloudy and hazy. Large bone white head forms is inside the bottle that I had to shake to get out, good retention.

Smell: Sweet wheat smell, a nice lemon aroma remains in the background while the coriander takes center stage. I also detect a tiny bit of alcohol too.

Taste: Sweet malty wheatiness in the start with tons of coriander, and a little lemon in the background. The coriander almost gives it a minty quality. Has a yeasty wheaty finish.

Mouthfeel: Strong piercing carbonation makes this beer seems light. Body is a little thin.

Notes: Very good Belgian Wit. (1,077 characters)

Photo of yen157
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my top favorite brews. The beer pours cloudy and straw colored. Immediately, banana and lemon can be smelled coming off of the perfectly white head. When sipped, the carbonation and sourness come first, then spiciness, and finally wheat. The hops come in with the coriander towards the end. The beer is modestly carbonated, and the bubbles are small and prickley. This is one great beer. (403 characters)

Photo of vancurly
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour a hazy, pale yellow, white heads that sinks to a ring.
Aromas of citrus, spice, a light dill/gerkhin note, perfumy wheat malt.
Flavour of sweetish wheat malt, citrus tang, noticable coriander seed.
Gives me a tart tingle in the lips & tongue. Good body, very refreshing and not bitter. (293 characters)

Photo of doubleipa
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is rapidly becoming my favorite Belgian Witbier. Aroma is really great. Lots of citrus, lemon, pepper, and banana, and orange. Cloudy golden apearance with a thin head. Taste is light, dry, crisp, and thirst quenching and with not as much malt or breadeness. This is exactly what I like about Witbiers vs hefeweizens. (322 characters)

Photo of kunzbrew
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hoegaarden is one of the best Wits i have ever tasted. It is so smooth tasting with out a bitter after taste. I found no matter how many you drink you will never get a hangover. We all should plan a trip to this brewery to find the secret of Wit. Happy drinking (264 characters)

Photo of foil4you
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A rare treat for many drinkers, I first tried this beer on a whim in a bar in downtown Grand Rapids. At first sip, I knew it was my favorite beer. To this day, on the rare occasion that I can actually find it in the store, it is a must buy.
It pores an odd hazy yellow, but the second it reaches your nose, the smell of wheat and citrus takes over.

PS, Whole Foods caries cases!!! (382 characters)

Photo of Opethsprite
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beast pours a foggy wheat color with a white head that diminished substantially, but didn't completely evaporate. The bottle denotes that this cloudiness is to be expected, as it is unfiltered. The nose is strong in grains with a bit of acidity and fruits. It tastes of yeast, hops, and a modest sweetness on the end. This is a gem, in my book anyway. Enjoyable year-round! (378 characters)

Photo of littlebibs
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A friend brought this over for me to try and this is my favorite
of these white ales I've tried. Yes, its a light ale in some ways but it has a powerful taste
thats not so easy to explain. I've tried tasting bananas and clove
but it works best for me just laying an orange slice or two on
the bottom of a frosty glass and pouring this cloudy brew slowly and its best
for this beer to be really cold, the citrus combination lets the flavor grow as the beer slightly warms over several mins. I let it settle and wow,
this one is hard to beat on a hot summer day. (566 characters)

Photo of TheGarvenator
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours very dark and murky

S - Smells very fruity; blueberry was the first that came to mind...

T - Tasted exactly like it smells, fruity and very tart

M - carbonated and light and a small sting because of the tart taste

D - drinkable, very suitable for the summer

A good witbier that would be best enjoyed on a hot day...goes down easily and has an agreeable aftertaste. I will definately have this beer again.. (420 characters)

Photo of Scooter77
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahh, Hoegaarden…My favorite white ale. This was the first beer that I sample when I was converting to the world of “better beer”. Pours a cloudy, pale yellow with small yeast particles dancing around in the heavy carbonation. A thick, fluffy white head presents itself upon pouring and slowly dies down leaving a beautiful lace on the glass. Aromas of lemon and coriander are very prominent. The flavors of yeast, citrus and spicy coriander engulf the taste buds all at once. Leaving you mouth begging for more. A clean and refreshing taste is left on the palate. This is an exceptionally smooth and easy drinking beer. This brew from Hoegaarden sets the standard for all other wits. (686 characters)

Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
87 out of 100 based on 1,690 ratings.