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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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Hoegaarden Original White AleHoegaarden Original White Ale

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very good

4,252 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,252
Reviews: 1,646
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 77
Gots: 432 | FT: 1
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 Tschnab
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- a pale yellow body with a good fluffy white foam.

S- light wheaty yeastiness, banana, citrus peel, and subtle spice.

t- a very light and almost tart beer, extremely crisp and subtle, with just the right amount of banana and yeast.

o- not a showstopper, but it is an originator, which you should give props to. And it is pretty delicious in its simplicity.

Tschnab, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of Reagan1984
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a couple glasses last night. Traditionally this is a style that I would not enjoy. Over the past year I've learned top enjoy the light, spicy nature and the yeast like flavor... (at least I perceive it that way)

The beer was served in the classic Hoegaarden glass. No head at all... Cloudy light yellow in color.. with no lacing at all. Beer was too cloudy to detect visible carbonation.

Aroma was of clove, lemon, a bit earthy.. yeast like and some light fruit.

Flavor was coriander, light citrus..(lemon) slight white pepper, subtle sweetness and other fruits.. slight earthy/sour flavor from the yeast... obviously a Belgian flavor comes from the yeast used. I can see why this is popular in the summer. Of course, I'm drinking it on a January night.. Quite crisp and refreshing. Slightly tart/sour... but not too much...

Mouth feel is decidedly light bodied and delicate. Total summer session beer.

Very drinkable... I turned down the slice of fruit... Ugh...

I certainly appreciate this more now than I would have a year plus ago..

Not too bad.... Still not a favorite of mine.

Reagan1984, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of brewskifan55
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance: light yellow, a bit hazy, half finger head that sticks around; low lacing

Smell: lemony with hints of corinander

Taste: the lemons pop through along with orange and wheat. Very smooth and fresh tasting. A clean, solid finish

Mouthfeel: light with low carbonation

Overall: very sessionable, but I prefer heavier, more malty tasting beers. I can see why this does well on tap.

brewskifan55, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of icetraxx
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy orange with a slight brownish tint - parts of the beer are less cloudy than others because of the yeast. A big off-white head lasts less than half of the beer. No or minimal lacing is present.

S- A pleasant and fresh citrus nose. A wheat with an almost breadish character is noticeable. The spices are rather muted in the smell while the citrus and wheat dominate the nose.

T- The flavor of malted wheat dominates. Slight hints of citrus and orange are very noticeable. There is a hint of spice and hops in the beer, with it most noticeable on the finish. Bitterness is perfectly balanced with the sweetness of the beer.

M- A slightly creamy mouth feel with very low carbonation when poured into a glass.

D- Good carbonation results in a very drinkable beer. The synergy between this beer's attributes result in a very refreshing brew. These are extremely easy to drink, be careful!

Overall- This is a classic and defines the Witbier style that all others follow. The flavor is weak compared to Allagash White, but this beer is a good example of the style. This beer is better on-tap that in bottle, which I find to be extremely inconsistent.

icetraxx, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of RoyalT
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Super light, cloudy yellow body with a monster head typical of the style, although it went down quick and didn’t lace at all.

Smell – Yes, there’s yeast in that glass. There’s also a nice malt touch and some light fruit (watermelon, lemon), but mostly bread.

Taste – Nice, light, yeasty taste with some spices that I can’t identify. You won’t need to plop a lemon in this one – it’s already there.

Mouthfeel – Very typical of the style. Moderate to big carbonation on the cheeks, a smooth yeasty feel on the tongue, and a swallow that says, “You just ate dinner.”

Drinkability – Good, sipping bier that you’d find at any gasthause in Germany.

Comments – I know the style is supposed to be light, but this was just a little bit TOO light for me.

RoyalT, Aug 11, 2003
Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

cam477, Aug 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

DanGeo, May 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

TimoP, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of Doomcifer
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Doomcifer, Jul 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

petewheeler, Aug 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Jwhe, Jul 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

JC333, Jul 27, 2014
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

SINKTIPS_N_SUDS, Sep 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

jiffymon, Oct 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

stephenlee, Sep 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

bpfrush, Nov 16, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Hairrrrrrrr, Sep 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

GOBLIN, Mar 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

LDuke, Oct 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Dello, Jul 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

robthepenguin, Aug 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Trashcat, Sunday at 01:42 PM
Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Large white head leaves a nice lacing above a clearish light golden colored beer.

Light yeast and wheat grain aroma.

Classic wheat beer taste with light wheat, light yeasts coming through.

A lightly bitter dry aftertaste with a bit of the wheat beer tastes remaining with this light bodied ale.

This is the classic wheat beer taste, if that is what you are looking for look right here.

LXIXME, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

ste5venla, Nov 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

RDW, Jul 15, 2012
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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