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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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BA SCORE
85
very good

4,435 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 4,435
Reviews: 1,669
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 94
Gots: 555 | 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 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 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 danielharper
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

Pours a white-yellow body with a thick, thick, thick white head. I'm having to use two or three separate pours in order to get all the beer into the glass at one time. Body is very cloudy, so much so that the beer isn't even really translucent -- I can't see objects on the other side of the glass. Still, no visible yeast -- it appears to be all in suspension.

The aroma is decent. A very strong dose of a bland "wheat" nose at first, with a top level of various spices and compounds that I can't quite place. Reminds me more of a dessert than a beer.

Taste is interesting -- a bit of tart up-front to assault the taste buds, with a soothing spiciness at the back end. Leaves a touch of astringency on the palate, but nothing too severe. When consumed fairly warm, an interesting Belgian funk becomes present.

Thin, watery mouthfeel. No real presence to speak of, and nothing to coat the palate.

This was one of the first craft beers I ever tried, and I haven't had it since then. This is a reasonably decent beer, one that I'll have from time to time but can't call a personal favorite.

Photo of jmartinger
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of mcdevster
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

hoegaarden...
first thoughts-
very light color.. i guess that is why it is a white ale.. white head fizzled out pretty quickly.. but it poured very nicely..
smells very pleasant - i get many notes - creamy, pineapple, maybe some kind of nut, tropical fruit juice.
taste is interesting very nice fruit clove combo.. a little on the watery side -i would like the full promise of the flavor to be realized in the body.. but nice overall- it starts out big but finishes rather thin.. i guess that makes it highly drinkable.. in fact it is very refreshing.

Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at one of the local 'see and be seen pretty people' places, the very same one at which I first sampled this beer many years ago. Appropriate, and consistent, at least.

This beer arrives on the bar in a monstrously solid broad rimmed 'pint' glass, the kind I would want in any kind of bar/street fight, for sho. The cute and earnest bartendress noted its heftiness by proclaiming that 'you know it's a German beer, when the glass is so big!' Anyways, it appears a rather cloudy medium golden yellow hue, with one finger (easily two on a standard vessel) of puffy, and pleasantly creamy dirty white head, which leaves no lacing as it recedes.

It smells of grainy pale malt, light unripe banana esters, mild muddled citrus, white pepper, and yeast. The taste is more gritty bananas, sort of marshmallow-esque in their bearing, plain pale wheat malt, aerosol creamy citrus, a hint of indistinct clove/coriander spice, and earthy, dry yeast.

The carbonation is quite soft and frothy, the body a decent medium weight, perhaps a touch mealy, but generally smooth. It finishes off-dry, moderately fruity, and yeasty, as ever was.

Quite refreshing, overall, and decently balanced for your summer drinking needs. Maybe more than a tad overpriced, but that may be more a function of the environment, than anything.

Photo of mattfancett
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of AaronRed
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK. Went well with Chinese food

Photo of gatorguy
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this beer many times before, and is a favorite of mine in the summer, but never reviewed it until having some at Brewfest tonight. Pours a hazy yellow color with a nice finger head that fizzes to leave little lacing. Smell is wheaty, with some hints of lemon and banana. Taste is a nice mix of malts, some hops, wheat, lemon, and banana. Banana and a nice malty backbone prevail in the finish and serve to give a nice finish. Mouthfeel is light overall. This is one of my favorite witbiers, and a great summer brew.

Photo of StinkyD
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. The beer had a healthy foamy, soft head that seemed light and airy on my lips. Yellow, straw, hazy appearance, however translucent enough to see the foggy outline of my fingers on the other side of the glass.

Smell was definitely Belgian yeast, and at the same time lemony, coriander, and maybe a little spicy.

Taste is light and refreshing. Mouth feel is carbonated and a little watery. I get some coriander notes here a long with a definite wheat characteristic. Finish is dry that fades into a slight tartness.

Overall definitely a refreshing drinkable beer and lately it has been on sale at one of the local package stores, so I have been drinking more of it. Probably more appropriate for a hot summer day though.

Photo of marcellaproust
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pale lemon sorbet color - very pretty with a huge head that slowly dissipates to a 1/4 inch head that stays the course with you. smells like a bread box no longer used but remembers its salad days. taste is so refreshing that it's hard to attend to flavor: a good beer's job, no? does carry a tang of lemon, but for the most part, the great carbonation balances that bread-dough, yeasty wheat taste that in lesser witbiers weighs down the drink. rather than profile, i guess you can say that the flavors function as a silhouette of the *beer* in se. i especially enjoy the bitter - smoothly bitter - kick at the start.

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a hazy lemon with a 2 finger white head. Solid retention and outstanding lacing. The true look of a Wit.

S- Clove, coriander, orange peel and lemon zest.

T- Probably not best suited for the time of year when there is 6 inches on the ground, but still solid none the less. Doesn't bombard you with coriander, but rather a more fruit forward wit. Orange and lemon. Very smooth.

M- easy drinking, clean start, slightly creamy.

O- Nothing really blows me away, but an example that is true to the style.

Photo of smcolw
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Starts with a decent head but it dies to a single layer of minute bubbles. Leaves some modest, streaky lace. Not as cloudy as most wits. Green-yellow color.

Classic wheat smell.

Spicy and peppery upfront flavor. Smooth feel but thin. I'm not a fan of wheats, but this one seems to fit the profile very well.

Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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