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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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4,509 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,509
Reviews: 1,687
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 104
Gots: 644 | 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 barczar
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden lemon with a huge frothy ivory head that leaves sheets of lacing as it slowly dissipates.

Hints of skunk are evident when the bottle opens. Soft coriander, wheat, lemon, and orange peel dominate the aroma. There's a grainy sweetness accompanying subtle floral hops.

Lemon, tangerine, wheat, and coriander open the flavor profile, becoming bready mid palate, and finishing with a hint of pepper. Orange zest and banana esters add complexity in the aftertaste.

Body is fairly full and creamy, with carbonation a touch low.

Great yeast esters, with more malt body than I recall. Not my favorite style, and the skunky notes are slightly offputting. Finished a little weak, but a good, classic beer.

Photo of finepaws
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale yellow, with a creamy white head that lasts pretty well. Foam clings to the side of the glass as you drink it. Bubbles from the bottom come to the top continously. Smells of pepper and citrus. Has a bite of wheat, pepper, and sour/sweet lemon taste. Very carbonated. Has a dry aftertaste. Lots of pepper flavor. This is a new style for me, and I like it. Reminds me of a hefeweisen. I will definetly get this one again. Now I know I can try it when I'm out and like it.

on a re-review, in comparing this to Flying Dog In-Heat-Wheat and Avery White Rascal, this has a more flowery taste. Should I campare, maybe not, but for my own notes, it helps.

Photo of ItMakesMeHappy
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this beer in a mix pack offered my whole foods.

A- Nice translucent golden yellow beer with a light foamy white head that stuck around for a few minutes after pouring.

S- Sweet orange peal and coriander with a hint of light fruityness.

T- The orange peal and coriander really stand out in this brew along with the sweetness of the malts. The hops are completely overshadowed with only a tad astringent bite at the very end. Its right on for the style.

M- A surprising dense mouth feel with tiny bubbles of carbonation.

D- This is an easy brew to drink but the spices added to beers like this prevent me from haveing more then one or two at a time.

Notes: This is a pretty good brew but South Hamptom Double White has really been the only Witbier that I think I have ever brought more then once.

Photo of Brew_42
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is becoming my go-to beer in Korea. It is surprisingly easy to find and in stock at most bars.

Appearance- Hazy pale yellow with a thin white head

Smells- Yeast and spice

Tastes- Some pleasant fruit flavor with spicy notes. A little bit of citrus.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and smooth. Very refreshing

Overall- A decent beer especially in the summer.

Photo of sleazo
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3 steps on tap. Hoegaarden.

A- Pale hazy yellow. Minimal head minimal lacing.

S-Bananas bubble gum and sugar.

T-Some definite spice, pepper and clove in the taste. Not bad. A tad too sweet perhaps but a good wit.

M- slightly thick medium low carbonation.

Drinkabilty is good though it might be a tad sweet. Not a bad option. I ended up having two before switching to Duvel and Chimay.

Photo of vtfan77
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Very light straw, cloudy, almost milky in appearance. Small, maybe 1/4 inch head dissipates quickly.

S- Dominant aromas of orange and coriander are backed by a light graininess and maybe a touch of clove. Classic witbier smell, and quite good.

T- More of the same in the taste. Tart orange upfront backed by cereal grains and a crisp, wheaty twang on the finish. Aftertaste is slightly chalky with very little bitterness.

M- Light and crisp with a good dose of carbonation.

Well, it's a classic. The flavors could be a little stronger and more complex, but there's little to complain about here. It's tasty and refreshing and great for a hot summer day. If you're not looking for much more than a solid, quenching beer, then look no further. Recommended.

Photo of CMW
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer has a pale yellow, cloudy appearance which you would expect from an unfiltered brew. There is a slight separation of color which is pleasing to the eyes. The beer had a slightly darker appearance at the bottom of the glass that became brighter as you moved toward the top. It has a medium level of carbonation and a bright white head of about an inch.

The aroma of Hoegaarden is quite strong. There is a distinctive smell of citrus which reminds me of lemon or orange peels. I also pick up spices, probably from the coriander and maybe pepper?

There is a definite kick of fruit in the taste. Now I can distinguish the orange peel. Hoegaarden gives you that acidity that I had expected with the citrus flavor. This is a balanced brew as with the sweetness of the fruit I am also catching some sourness as well. I also can feel the carbonation as it hits my mouth. It is a light-bodied beer that finishes dry with a slight bitterness in the aftertaste.

Photo of tbryan5
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of standardcherry
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle served into a Hoegaarden glass.

A: A pretty standard witbier I guess? Hazy golden color with a nice white head.
S: Traditional belgian yeastiness, wheat, spices. Smells a bit funky, with citrus sourness. Aroma is kinda faint though, but not bad.
T: Tastes a bit like grass (not in a bad way though). Clean wheat flavor with an added touch of fruitiness (banana and citrus). A bit of spicy yeast. Pretty refreshing.
M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Clean finish.
O: Not a big fan of witbiers but this is not bad. I'm not a fan of the traditional belgian spiciness but it's not too bad in this one. Light and refreshing, I'd gladly drink a few of these on a hot day.

Photo of OStrungT
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy very light yellow color. It looks like slightly tinted water. The head is very fluffy and white. It fades slow, leaving many thick laces.

This beer has a very spicy aroma. I detect citrus. It has a slightly grassy hop aroma. It is also slightly yeasty.

This beer has a spicy flavor. It tastes slightly of pepper. Also, I taste citrus. A little lemon and a slight orange peal flavor. It has a faint hint of cloves.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a spicy aroma. It is crisp and refreshing. It is highly carbonated. The carbonation fits the style.

I think that this beer would be a decent session beer. It is mild enough to not get overbearing. Also, the alcohol content is low enough to allow you to enjoy a few. While not my favorite beer, this beer is good and worthy of buying an other bottle in the future.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a mug, VERY active. MUCHO bubbles, it's a very pale straw color, mildly cloudy.BIG thick creamy, frothy white head. Impressive head.

Smells wheaty and yeasty with a slight citrus nose.

A decent wheat and citrus combo, it's simple ingredients of malted barley and wheat allows the hearty wheat and malt to stand out.

Very nice medium body. The thick frothy white head gave it a very smooth feel, yet this is very light going down and very easy to drink in hot weather. THe impressive head left a lacing that was pretty thick until the LAST SIP.

Good n' refreshing on hot days!

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at a mighty classy establishment: Our Beerbellies in Bethlehem, PA.

Compared to the bottled Hoegaarden, my draft didn't seem quite as crisp, still it was pretty tasty. There's a big sweet creamy flavor with notes of Belgian spice and lemon. I kept waiting for the flavor to really open up, but it never came.

Photo of nicholas2121
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hoegaarden Original White Ale brewed Brouwerij van Hoegaarden. This brew pours out a cloudy amber color with a small white head. The smell is ok nothing bad. You can smell the citrus in this beer. The taste is nice and crisp with some citrus. This brew goes down smooth. There is nothing bad about this brew. I would get this brew again. Over all, I'm giving this brew a 3.75 out 5.

Photo of beveritt
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a uniquely-shaped 12 oz brown bottle into a hexagonal Hoegaarden style glass. The label says best before 06/01/08. I am hoping that is June 2008 and not August 2006.

Appearance: Pouring by the directions in the label (pour 2/3 of beer, swirl bottle, pour the rest for a head) this beer has about an inch of pure white creamy head. This sticks around for most of the glass, finally fading into a ring around the glass. The beer itself is a strong yellow color and cloudy enough that I cannot see through it. A little bit of sediment in the glass.

Smell: Spicy and yeasty. Smells of orange/citrus with a distinctive sour wheat tang to it.

Taste: The sour wheat tang from the smell is more upfront in the taste. Citrusy bite afterwards withjust a small but of bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Feels smooth and creamy like drinking velvet.

Drinkability: An easy drinking classic.

Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 12 oz bottle of Hoegaarden poured into an Ommegang Witte glass. The ale is slightly chilled.

Appearance: The ale is a hazy orange-yellow color. The unfiltered nature of the ale is clear. There is a slight ring of lace around the glass.

Smell: The ale smells of orange peel, a sweet citrusy aroma (not a hop aroma, mind you).

Taste: The coriander and orange peel dominate the taste of the ale. I was hoping for a bit more of a wheat presence, but the spices are smooth and pleasant.

Mouthfeel: The ale is sweet and smooth, very pleasing on the palate.

Drinkability: I could easily drink this ale all summer long, although I'd like to see a bit more wheat.

Photo of dolzan
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A classical Witbier.

It looks just like pineapple juice with some carbonation, and the smell is also fruity - pineapples, apples, oranges, ... The head goes away instantly, so the resemblance to a juice is even stronger.

The taste is sour-sweet, like a lemonade with some hops and some spices. All in all, it has good, complex flavours, but it will never be one of my all time favourite beers. By some margin.

Photo of wedge
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pale yellow / white color and cloudy with a billowing, fluffy pure white head. The aroma is lightly spicy wheat and zesty lemon...herbal. Sweet and peppery flavor, similar to the smell. Soft mouthfeel and not too thin - very refreshing.

I'll probably be picking more of these up when the weather gets hot.

Photo of timus19
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into chilled pint glass,great summer brew,refreshing,appearance beautifullight golden color,nice banana,spice, nose;taste is refreshing &satisfying,belgian beers are always top notch in quality,for the style(witbier) definitley above avg. recommended...

Photo of Proteus93
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rather pale yellow with some slight olive notes to the hue. A white head, as I would expect, rather creamy and rich, but retention is somewhat poor. Leaves a spotty lacing behind, but nothing too extraordinary.

S: The standard scent of breakfast cereal stands out... Fruit Loops is the smell, I believe, on this one. The grainy, all-in-one fruitiness that comes from the box in general with no real focus on any particular 'Loop'

T: Flavour is not so strong on the 'breakfast cereal' front, which is kinda fortunate. A definite citrus note stands out, but a bit of it is a dry citrus note, which is alright. A soft maltiness backs it up.

M + D: It's crisp, but not overdone. Dry, but not 'parching.' A decent body, but the flavour profiles are just not quite there. This beer has plenty of potential to be something very great... I hope to see that happen!

Photo of IronDjinn
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this is definitely a white beer, pours out cloudy, the colour of diluted alfalfa honey. Smell is more subdued than I recall, a light peppery citrus. Sweetish flavour, that peppered citrus once again. This is very drinkable stuff and goes down very easy, I think I just might make it a session beer one night the next decent place I find it on tap. It beats Stella anytime for having a Belgian for a regular.

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.

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