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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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1,705 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,705
Hads: 4,865
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 24.74%
Wants: 141
Gots: 990 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
Belgium | 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 usafboy
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer carries a very interesting story. One of the first beers I had after a VERY LONG deployment to Afghanistan.

I'm currently consuming this fine beverage at Manas Airfield in Kyrgyzstan. Poured from a bottle into a plastic cup, military is only allowed 2 alcoholic beverages for a 20 hr period... :( I'm happy with this choice.

Mild bitterness and very drinkable brew, a great decision for a low tolerance airman. Pours with a decent head that retains; typical for a wit even in a plastic cup!

Freshness date printed January 7th. Its March 24th so despite its average mouthfeel its still pretty damn good. I'll be having this one tomorrow.

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Photo of Johnor3
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice fluffy white head upon pouring into my glass. It has a very light and pleasant aroma. I loved it from the second it hit my tongue. It has a very nice, light, good beer taste. I imagine it will be great with food. It seems to me as a great summer beer. I do like some red and dark beer, but this was a very good summer night thirst quencher. It was one of those beers that makes you want more from the first draught. I would enjoy this beer anywhere anytime, and will be buying it again. We are having a family cookout for Labor Day and I will bring some Hoegaarden to that for me and my mother in law to go with grilled Bratwurst, sausages, and hamburgers.

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Photo of proc
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an enjoyable beer. Pours out to a very pale, hazy gold in the glass with a cloudlike, puffy, foamy head. Taste is that of wheat, yeast, citrus and very light clove. What a tasty beer!!!

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Photo of HogHill
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a six pack for $7.99.

Appearance: pale yellow, hazy and cloudy as it should be. Creamy one inch head on top.

Smell: belgian yeast and coriander are the two aromas that are most prominent, followed by some citrus.

Taste: faint lemon sweetness accompanied by some mellow pear flavors amongst the wheat. Initially a bit tart but the coriander and carbonation produce a dry crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: effervescent - crisp and dry, light bodied.

Drinkability: a great afternoon beer, my lawnmower beer of choice. An ideal ABV lends itself to making this a great session beer.

Overall: Hoegaarden makes one helluva wit. This is one of my favorite warm weather beers.

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Photo of ipogios
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautifull pale yellow(almost white) colour. What's worth mentiong about this beer is that it is very smooth and goes down loke water.An impressive Belgian Style Wheat/White beer. A nice choice when you are lookinfg for a beer to compliment your steak or any other food.

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Photo of JustinBathurst
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a pale yellow like a cloudy grapefruit juice. Has a full sudsy head that goes at a moderate pace.

The aroma is spiced citrus, with pieces of banana and bubblegum.

The mouthfeel is middle-ground carbonation and light.

The taste is close to the aroma--spiced citrus, banana, bubblegum--but the sweetness is nicely overcome by a spicy finish. I'm guessing I should thank the coriander [Extends hand]. Nicely done.

Twangy. Like a ginger beer, but better.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours a whiteish yellow color, very cloudy, creamy looking big white head. lots of bubbles rushing to the top. good retention and a little lacing.

lots of lemony citrus in the aroma. some spice, some wheat, and some belgian yeast, bubblegum.

lots going on for a such a simple style of beer. very refreshing and crisp clean mouthfeel. a crisp citrus lemon flavor attacks the palate. some orange peel, spices, mild wheat flavors. finishs with a very soft kind of belgian yeast flavor, no way could the yeast profile be offensive to any kind of beer drinker. some bubblegum, phenolics and maybe some light flouride flavors from the yeast.

light body, a little high carbonation, but appropriate for the style.

drinkability is so great. good anytime of year, but exspecially good on those hot summer days. this beer is a staple for me, i really love it for partys and weekend boozing, you can really pound these and still have a flavorfull good beer on your hands and not be wasted off of only a couple. if you want to get into belgians, but dont know where to start, this would be a great place.

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Photo of Bierschenker
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

*Can: 33cl
*Alcohol: 4,9%
*Place beer was reviewed: Op kot, Lange Ridderstraat 19/3, B-2800 Mechelen

Hoegaarden is one of my favourite beers. It is a very drinkable beer (read: I can have a lot of them before getting pissed! Because come on, there is a time of reviewing and a time of drinking). You will see that though it is available throughout the year, most Hoegaarden will be sold during the summer. On very hot summer days you will see a lot of people enjoying an ice cold Hoegaarden with some lemon and ice cubes floating in the beer.

Hoegaarden is a classical Witbier, but nevertheless one of my favourites because of it’s richness in flavours. When you pour it in the real Hexagonal glass it will give you a very wild and foggy white-yellowish beer. Even with al the sparkling activity of this beer, the true art is getting a beautiful head. The odour gives you a very warming and fulfilling feeling. It has some spices and lemon in it.
Your first taste gives you a storm on the tip of your tongue, it’s a very carbonated beer. Then a refreshing flavour of citrus, hop and spices follows. It also gives the feeling of being creamy. This is also caused by the fact that the beer contains yeast.
I personally find this beer most enjoyable. I have had a lot of them in the past and more is yet to come. On-tap this beer is enjoyed at it’s best. But the can’s and bottles are ok. The problem with the Witbier on-tap is that it has to flow very regularly. In summer this not really a problem. The yeast is still active, and it works at the end of the installation. When the beer is left in the system for several hours, it can give you a foul tasting brownish beer. That’s why when you pour in a Hoegaarden on-tap, you should let the first beer flow away. A lot of bartenders don’t do this. Money above the love for the beer.

Ut vivat, crescat, floreat!

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Photo of Trentonator
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this beer is silky smooth, has a great coriander/orange aroma and a wonderful mouthfeel, very soft and inviting. So much more subtle and tasty than any other Belgian White I have tried. Too many other beers of this genre overdo the spices, this one gets it just right. I could drink these all night, but I would probably fall off my barstool. I think this beer would go wonderfully with some spicy food, or with something that has hints of curry.

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Photo of mattmaples
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great citrisy flavor form the hops and orange peel. Nice head and wonderful wheaty flavor. I only put 2 other whites ahead of this one but Hoegaarden definately has the best value.

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Photo of arguemaniac
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very pale and quite hazy yellow with a creamy white that reduces, but never disappears. Citrus and clove in the nose. The palate also includes an acidic citrus bite and a peppery clove spiciness, but there is some mellow grain flavor as well. Light mouthfeel with a mild carbonation tang.

Almost universally regarded as the prime example of the style, and with good reason; it’s light, refreshing, and easygoing but it also features a spicy acidity that keeps it interesting. All in all, a very drinkable combination. Highly recommended.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Apperance: A wonderful light golden color. Hazy from the suspended yeast, a fluffy white head that is just sticky enough to hang onto the glass.
Aroma: Citrus, wheat, yeast spices and phenols. Everything is in its place and nothing is overpowering. The citrus and spice grow stronger as the beer warms.

Taste: Blanced, sweet to start with a bitter and tangy finish. I pick up yeast phenols, a little citrus, a nice tangy wheat finish. A slight sourness.

Mouthfeel: Light without being thin.

Overall: World class. This is the Wit that all others try to emulate. The finish and the citrus are just out standing. It is so crisp and refreashing and a great summer beer.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
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. :-)

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of biokid23
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of archyquaffer
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of thefenst
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of AyeMito
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
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!

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Photo of Naerhu
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of tonistruth
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
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

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Photo of jucifer1818
4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of Anonmatel
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of krasznaig
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of tone77
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
86 out of 100 based on 1,705 ratings.