Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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4,668 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,668
Reviews: 1,749
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 120
Gots: 806 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: purplehops on 07-08-2001

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Photo of basica
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one's my staple beer; the kind I have once in 1 or 2 weeks... Not that frequent but the
Hoegaarden Wit is like the easy to get beer that I really enjoy drinking. This is in fact the
beer that led me into the world of craft beers but I am posting a very late review on this one.
The Hoegaarden pours out murky golden with a generous head retaining pretty well. Good
carbonation's also visible through the walls of the hexagonal glass. The smell is wheaty,
citrusy and spicey (coriander). The taste was a nifty blend of the citrus and spices with a firm
wheat backing; some orange and banana on the nose. A very smooth entry for the taste with a nice
refreshing finish constantly with a good and strong wheat backing and aromatic spices on the
nose. The mouthfeel was about medium bodied and carbonation was tuned aptly to create a very
slick mouthfeel; very smooth and ever so refreshing to drink. Thirst quenching is going to be
quite an understatement for this Witbier. The after taste starts of spicey and the wheat quickly
kicks in with subtle banana aromas on the nose. The after tastes finishes off orange and citrusy
and lingers for a while before slowling fading off. A great yet simple beer that I could really
enjoy and the great thing is, this one's as easy to get as the Heineken and Tiger (popular local
macros). It is no wonder the Witbier is literally the beer I drink the most often but would not
get sick of it. Bro Keith introduced this beer to me about a year ago and that started my foray
into the world of great tasting craft beers. I prefer it in the bottle than on the tap.

Photo of FriarPrickly
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a hazy lemonade color with a pillowy white head with no lacing and moderate retention.
Smell of banana, cloves, and citrus.
Taste opens as bubblegum and develops with a taste of orange peel and finishes with a lemon pepper taste that does not linger. Creamy feel with low carbonation on the tongue.
Overall, I love this beer. It is a perfect example of the style with no pretense. I look forward to trying this beer on tap at on Milwaukees East side.

Photo of waltaburge
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love Hoegaarden. This is truly a great beer. Way better than most wheat beers. There is a depth to the flavor like a good bottle of wine has. There are traces of cinnamon, orange peel, and white chocolate almost. Speaking of which, I have tried this beer with a slice of orange or lemon in it, which seems to bring out the sweet citrus taste in the beer even more. In a bottle, poured into a Hoegaarden hexagonal glass, produces a beautiful head, and on tap is even better, although very difficult to locate a place in Australia that has it on tap. Try it with a slice of lemon or orange. Beautiful!

Photo of juju7
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Far from the first time I've had this but it deserves a rave-up. Still one of the best wits going round. The balance is what I find other makers can't quite seem to match. The light fruity esters and that spicy nose don't luck out and fall away on the palate like many imitators. All componenets working together to make a smooth, very drinkable beer with plenty of flavour and loads of character. Yum.

Photo of dansm
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice, cloudy pale yellow, with a decent fluffy head.

Smell: Very light citrus with a faint hint of wheat.

Taste: This beer tastes great from start to finish. Nice balance of sweet and sour. Slight citrusy after taste with just a little nip.

Mouthfeel: Not much carbonation to report. Nice light medium body.

Drinkability: This is a very smooth drinker. Tastes great start to finish.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Clean white 2 finger head with visible bubbles. The hoegaarden bottle recommends swirling the final 1/3rd of the bottle before pouring it. This helps give it a denser aromatic head. Soon dissolves into a lasting paper thin head.

S - Lightly complex with subdued spices and hints of orange.

T - Could be a little more complex, but the subtly increases the drinkability for more unsophisticated AAL palates.

M - Very creamy with very hidden alcohol.

D - Drinkability is where this beer really shines. It's a great starter beer for people who are used to drinking American Adjuncts. It offers complexity without being overwhelming to unexperienced drinkers.

Photo of flagmantho
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a wine goblet.

Appearance: light, pale, opaque, creamy ... very much white in appearance. Relatively thin head.

Smell: very pleasing full-bodied wheat aroma with a slight hint of citrus and spice.

Taste: really delicious wheat taste with just the right amount of citrus tang. Not sure if they used coriander in this, but if they did, they limited it enough to not get that fruity Pebbles thing going on. Just spot-on for me.

Mouthfeel: relatively light body but the right amount of carbonation so it is very creamy. Love it!

Drinkability: I just bought one bottle of this but now I wish I'd bought a sixpack. At 4.9%, it would make a great session beer.

Photo of ghostmech007
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Original White Ale.

12oz Euro-style brown bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Pale yellow and cloudy, true to this style. A nice creamy white head but a little thin.

Smells of citrus and spices, again true to it's style.

A wonderful taste to behold. Semi-sweet and chewy. Pepper flavors and nice hop create harmony on your taste buds. A real twist to this one is a slightly sour pucker you get which is odd. A dry finish and it stays hoppy throughout the whole brew.

Honest to goodness one of my favorites. I just love this beer.

Photo of BierManVA
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I aquired quite a taste for this recently while traveling though London and Paris this last year. The quality remains the same either from the tap or cans or bottles.

A very refeshing light taste that reminds me a little of carbonated grapefruit juice. The appearance is quite similar to that as well. Fully effervescent and light. Quite fruity in both aroma and taste.

An excellent morning beverage or after a hot days activity.


Photo of Grayson
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Drunk from a Weizen glass.

A: Pale, very bubbly, very cloudy. One finger of foam. White, small, sticks to glass light good head.

S: Sweet, fruity (citrus?) but with small earth notes.

T: I tasted citrus above all else, but found a small nutty finish, which took me by surprise.

M: Very light, thin. Coarse due to heavy carbonation.

O: Pretty impressed. Not too memorable but a go-to when offered.

Photo of mithrascruor
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: A whitish-peachy, semi-cloudy color. Very unique looking. Foamy, creamy white head, about 1 inch.

Smell: Some bits of citrus, yeast, spices, etc. I'm very impressed by it, though it might be because I'm new to the smell.

Taste: Lightly sweet, with yeast, mild citrus, spices (including mild pepper) and maybe something like banana bread. Fairly refreshing. The flavor isn't too strong, though possibly it would be overkill if it were stronger.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a feel not unlike a hefeweizen. Smooth with low carbonation.

Drinkability: A very drinkable beer, fairly low feel of alcohol. However, the unique flavor may be a bit of a hinderance to drinking more than a couple.

I've never had a white ale before, so this was something new. I was quite impressed. I like the look and the flavor, but I'm not sure how likely it would be for me to get this again. Something about it's look/feel/taste make it seem a bit like a novelty. Would have this again with friends who like to try new and unique beers for sure, but on my own I think I'd get a hefeweizen instead. But definitely something to be checked out!

Photo of droomyster
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The original of its class, Hoegaarden is one of my all time favorites. Little flecks of yeast churn at the bottom of its cloudy yellow pour. The creamy white head has delicious aromas of cloves, bananas, and lemon citrus. It tastes initially tart and then sweetens to light grains, citrus fruit, and spices. Its light body is extremely refreshing and finishes on a lingering sweet note. Hoegaarden is quite possibly the most drinkable, summer thirst quenching beer I've ever had.

Photo of OskarL
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Hazy yellow with quite a lot of carbonation and a head with some big bubbles that dissipates. Leaves very little lacing.

Smell - Fresh citrus, coriander and a bit sweet.

Taste - Wheat, a bit sweet, spices, citrus and some hops.

Mouthfeel - Light body with full taste, medium carbonation.

I love this beer on a hot summer day or after exercising, it's so refreshing!

Photo of mwrseeley
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brouwerij van Hoegaarden should be recognised for the role it has played in introducing many beer drinkers to a world far removed from the familiar confines inhabited by Miller, Molson or Fosters. Hoegaarden Original White Beer is not the pinnacle of greatness, of course, but it does stand as a doorway, or as an introduction, to more adventurous brews.

The unfiltered orangey paleness of the beer is quite attractive; an initially large head soon gives way to a persistant ring and there isn't a lot of lacing. Some people might find the appearance a little off-putting, say, like greasy dishwater, but I rather liked it.

Hoegaarden's aroma is a kind of peppery yeast mingled with citrus fruitiness. I would have preferred the aroma to be just a bit stronger.

The yeastiness comes through with the first taste. Cloves and bananas. If you enjoy Hefe-Wiessenbier you will know what I am talking about. The aftertaste is gentle and slighty dry. Very nice.

Hoegaarden is very soft and smooth on the palate; it couldn't get much better. The brewers got the carbonation level just right. Good job.

What a refreshing beer! This is something that goes down extremely easily and complements food better than most beers I have had.

Photo of RollingRocker
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice gold cloudy color, with faint smell of citrus. Very light lemony flavor with fairly clean finish though a little lighter than i thought it would be . Has very nice slight creamy texture. Overall a very drinkable thirst quenching brew, good during those hot months it's one of those beers worth trying.


Photo of washburnkid
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I find very little wrong with this beer. I can have it all the time, every day...but I won't. This beer pours well on tap (and with an orange slice, if that's your thing) at Burgers and Brew in Davis, CA. The following is from my notes on a bottle.

Cloudy, unfiltered, golden-yellow appearance with a bit of white foam. Refreshing aromas of citrus and coriander. The taste is momentary sweetness balanced with the dark spice of coriander, wheat and citrus. Heavy carbonation but not enough to mask the spices. Hoegaarden's flavor and refreshing qualities make this beer so drinkable that I can never, ever stop after one. I look forward to someday tasting it in Belgium.

Photo of spikemoves
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap in London last month and it was divine. It is served with a lemon which accents the spicey and citrus tastes. The smell is of spices and lemon or orange peels. It came in the Hoegaarden Hexagonal serving glass which accentuates the experience. In the glass it is cloudy white with a little bit of yellow mixed in. The smell is of spices. If poured correctly (a technique which I have since mastered with my own Hexagonal glass and the Hoegaarden bottles I get at my liqour store) the head just hits the tips of the glass adding about half an inch to and inch at the top. Highly Recommended. This is my favorite Witbier.

Photo of MrSeth
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my second bottle of Hoegaarden Witbier. The first nose was citrusy, but now the yeast is more noticable (not in a bad way).

It forms a decent head, though it doesn't take long to settle.

I'm usually looking out for an off-taste in a white beer. That will make it one to avoid. But this beer taste like it should: a natural water source, wheat and yeast.

I can imagine this beer pairing well with a variety of foods. Perhaps the toughest being poultry. Hoegaarden Witbier would pass with flying colors.

Well worth a try.. and try again!

Photo of Skidz
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out the palest of all yellows, almost completely clear, but sits a cloudy, pale gold in the glass. Big fluffy white head achieved with almost no effort.

Smells of sweet wheat grains, citrus (lemon, orange), and a nice hoppy layer on top. Great smell overall.

Tastes bitter up front and is accompanied by sweet grains, mild peppery flavors, just the slightest dash of citrus and an over-ripened, starchy, sweet corn flavor that really keeps it all together. The yeast picks up near in the middle, but lingers on well after you swallow. Good amount of bitterness, but fairly mild.

Mouthfeel is smooth and rich, superb carbonation that tickles the tongue, but doesn't bite. Utterly delicious brew, a six pack would be a blast.

Photo of RuudJH
4.36/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I once spent an entire summer on terraces drinking this beer: I really loved it. It came in the original beautifull bulky glasses too.
It's a very old brewing tradition (since 1445, as on the bottle). Nice experience all over: I still love it today.

A: absolutely perfect pale lemon-yellow, cloudy but still visible carbonation, nice thin head, good lacing.
S: citrus, a range of spices, a bit of sweet bread.
T: it's slightly sour/tangy from the citrusfruits. Also it's malty and spicy. Plus there's a clear hop to it, which is great in such a fruity beer.
M: it's fresh and sweetbitter in aftertaste.
D: With an abv of 5% this is very drinkable, especially in the summer.

Photo of mzwolinski
4.36/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy pale yellow in color, with a thin, surprisingly persistant, pristine white head. The aroma is an invigorating wheaty, lemony scent. Taste is zesty, with a tart start, yielding to a somewhat spicy (corriander?) mid-palate, a finish of moderate floral hops, and a gently sweet aftertaste. Finish is slightly dry, body is medium-light, and the flavors are very well balanced and blend into each other oh-so-smoothly. Very refreshing and drinkable.

Photo of ikantspel
4.36/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25.36 fatty bottle served into sam adams glass

best before date of 8.26.12

pours a dirty lemonade color. super light in color. leaves a frothy finger head almost no lacing

citrus and coriander in the nose. mostly kinda herbal

herbal notes in the taste along with the coriander. some slight citrus but nothing to get hard over. oh wait, yeah there is.

this is amazing stuff. if you see it in your grocery store, get it

Photo of bertacular10
4.36/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Poured into THE famous Hoegaarden tumbler, unfortunately resulting in little to no head. Still, pours a beautiful cloudy straw color with the addition of the yeast from the bottom of the bottle. High carbonation with lots of little bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. This beer is alive!

S - Gave it a sniffy sniff, the most prevalent aspect of the nose is banana with the added nuttiness of pecans. Light on malt or hop notes, some Belgian yeast, with just the faintest note of lemon juice in the background.

T - Right off the bat this beer is pleasantly sweet. Then comes the banana in a BIG way. I also taste the nuttiness of pecans, and a pleasant warming of light alcohol. This beer tastes like banana bread.

M - Feels smooth and creamy yet thin and drinkable. I also feel lots of little bubbles on my tongue. Really balanced carbonation.

D - This is such a delicious and pleasant beer, if simple. Highly drinkable, one of my go-to favorites in the wit style. Session beer for sure.

Photo of norwichboy
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this on tap, I felt this was significantly better than my review of it in bottled form, so thought it deserved a re-review.

Hazy blonde. Head is much bigger, creamy, with good retention, and lacing which lines the glass. Highly aromatic (as in the bottle) with citrus, coriander and clove. On palate sweet and sour, with clove and banana on finish: perhaps more intensity of flavour than in the bottle. The lovely sweet-sour finish is lasting. Carbonation is more balanced on tap, creating a pleasant mouthfeel. Few beers could be called more refreshing. Superbly drinkable (particularly now that the weather is getting warmer in Australia). In spite of a good selection of other beers where I was drinking, I couldn't resist sticking with this.

Photo of NODAK
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is pretty sweet (bananas?) with an abundance of spice and orange...very nice! A very cloudy pale color...

The taste isn't overally sweet as I perhaps expected from the smell, it's actually a slight bit tart, but the overwhelming flavor profile is a mix of a lot of orange and spice character here. The finish has little hop presence at all and has a lingering of the oranges and spices on the tongue. This is definitely a wit that has chosen the oranges over tartness, that's for sure.

Despite the fact it isn't all that tart, it is very clean and gives no cloying sweeetness on the finish. If anything, a little spice seems to hang around a bit but not for long.

The ABV isn't too high, which is nice and improves drinkability. I'd definitely recommend this for a person on a hot day or just a session beer.

Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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