Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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4,337 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,337
Reviews: 1,654
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 83
Gots: 488 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij van Hoegaarden visit their website

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: purplehops on 07-08-2001)
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Photo of sleazo
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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 Act25
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I'm not going to ding this beer review because it's common. This beer is reliable.

A; As a wit beer should, big pillow, lasting, lacing head, translucent, sunny, straw body.
S: Offers up the witbier essentials. Sweet, small orange zest, spicy coriander and tangy Wheat. Big Cream of Wheat.
T: It's all there, following that reliable aroma. Between smell and taste, I give smell the edge.. Tame, with orange peel being the long note on top of creamy wheat seasoned with pepper and coriander. Balanced.
MF: too thin, well carbonated, feels a bit mass produced. Not memorable like better belgians.
Overall: Steady eddie. Peppery, spicey in the finish.

Photo of FireEmt37
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Light golden color, fairly cloudy, nice head

S- Fruity with hits of citrus and banana

T- Fits the style, nice tastes of fruits with the banana taste coming through

M- Crisp, yet smooth with a nice amount of carbonation

D- Easliy could drink many of these

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

A - Pours a murky yellow with a creamy head.

S - Smells of banana, yeast, and wheat.

T - Banana like fruitiness with a yeast twang. A bit of balancing spices, but it could use a bit more in my opinion. It's also maybe a tad too sweet.

M - Light bodied and moderately carbonated.

D - Very tasty and quaffable, I could drink this all day long!

Photo of noproduction
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%

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

Appearance is a hazy yellow color with a beautiful white head. Smells of wheat, coriander and a slight citrus/lemon scent. Tastes like a classic Belgian White, very smooth and refreshing with a slight tartiness in the finish. Mouthfeel is good, and this is an easy drinking beer. Its a great beer to enjoy on a hot summer day or while you're griling some food. One of my favorite Belgian beers.

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

Pours a hazy, pale straw colour with a tight, white head. Decent head retention.

Aromas of orange, lemon and coriander dominate with a light hint of wheat in the background.

Nice, light wheat flavour is in the forefront with hints of lemon, orange and spice. A slight yeast mustiness is present. Quite sweet with a light tartness.

Medium body with average carbonation.

Witbiers are a light, easy drinking style. Hoegaarden fits into this mould but it a little dull.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a hazy straw colored brew with a two finger white head. The head had a moderately good level of retention, fading over time to give decent lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of wheat and citrus with the citrus being of lemon and grapefruit. Mixed with these aromas are some lighter spicier aromas of a coriander and some lemongrass, producing overall a classic wit aroma

Taste –The taste begins with a wheaty and lemon flavor upfront. The taste sweetens quickly as flavors of tangerine and banana come to the tongue. Along with these sweeter flavors, so to comes a light spice flavor of coriander. These tastes take the taste to its end, leaving a sweet citrus flavor of orange and sweet white grapefruit as well as some wheat flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly lighter side with a carbonation level that is a tad on the higher side. The overall feel is rather nice of the style as it makes it quite easy to drink and suits the sweeter and citrus flavors quite well.

Overall – Quite an easy drinking and refreshing wheat and sweet citrus brew.

Photo of FLima
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy pale yellow color. Made a nice thick head with medium retention.
Nice banana yeasty aroma and notes of herbs, wheat and citrus.
Zesty flavor with hints of coriander and orange peel. A bit dry, sour and condimented aftertaste.
Light body and good carbonation.
Reliable beer. I always like the fact that this beer is not overly sweet, flavorful and still refreshing. And now it is easily available in Brazil at a decent price given Ambev distribution.

Photo of OldSmaug
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of sharkman0485
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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 theghost3
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very light, hazy golden with a frothy 1-2 finger head. Minimal lacing, but some head stays throughout.

The smell is made up of yeast, flowers, lemon, wheat, and even almond extract. The taste is rather lacking--mainly wheat & citrus. Mouthfeel is very carbonated, crisp.

This is a very sessionable beer with its rather low ABV at 4.9 percent.

Photo of pBRale
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From tasting notes 9-3-11

Appearance: Clear, pale straw color with a foamy white head that settles quickly and leaves a delicate lacing.

Smell: Wheat, spices, yeasty, almost piney.

Taste: Wheat and spice hit the palate, followed by a crisp, refreshing finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and extremely smooth and drinkable.

Overall: Good beer that is tasty and drinkable. Fits the style well and is quite tasty.

Photo of daythree16
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Hazy yellow color with a two finger head that leaves a little bit of lace on the glass as it fades. It looks like a cloudy lemonade.

The smell is sweet citrus with that typical phenolic hefeweizen aroma. The taste is very similar. The sweetness is refreshing, not cloying. The flavor is a little underwhelming.

The mouthfeel is very light and smooth, and the refreshing quality makes this a very drinkable beer.

Photo of gatorguy
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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 mvanaskie13
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass, presented with very nice thick white head, color is pale straw light efferevescence.

Smell is feint, but brings a bit of biscuity yeast, slight malt hints and bit of fruit. very feint hop presence as well.

Taste is very light, refereshing. Similar to the scent, not strong but a bit spicier notes from the yeast flavors, feint bit of citrusy notes and hint of wheat malt flavors.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, mostly balanced, but the carbonataion bites the cheeks and tongue, somewhat expected for a light wheat beer.

Drinkability is ok, on the side of wheat beers where I don't really like to have more than one. Overall well done, just not my beer.

Photo of arturorg
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Hoegaarden hexagonal tumbler glass

A: Pours hazy pale yellow with a frothy white head that stays for a while thanks to carbonation forming a white foamy lace.

S: Lemon, banana and spices (later described by my wife as clove?).

T: Citrusy, fruity, lemon, banana, apples and some spice like clove with no bitterness at all in the way down.

Overall: Very nice beer for a hot summer afternoon very fruity in flavor that goes down very smooth and allow multiples intakes, the go to beer of my wife; a little watery for my taste. Will have again with no problem.

Photo of Duhast500
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is light yellow, a bit hazy, and has a white foamy.

The smell is a bit citrus with hints of orange and lemon. Good ammount of hops as well

The taste is crisp with hints of fruits, oranges and others. Slight hints of hops and is a small bit bitter.

This truely is my favorite white beer. It is one of the few white beers that I have had so far but it is the best. It's real good with guinnness as well.

Photo of JeremyBrews
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful light emerald color, like the sea after a storm has passed. Two fingers thick of head, retains nicely, making a complex surface like rolling hills.

S: Cloves, banana, lime, flowers. Fresh and complex!

T: Ginger, banana, initial hop pizazz. Instantly refreshing. Noticeable, balanced yeast flavor.

M: Like cream soda, so smooth.

D: High! Very refreshing summer beer. Must be excellent with chocolate.

Photo of bodybyadam
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had this at Shea's lounge, (downstairs offspring of great Chez Shea). Enjoyed many served in bottles, but my recent review was served on tap in Victoria, BC.

A: The goblet carried a 1/2" head fizzy white and dissipating into a cloudy pale liquid yellow in color.

S: Citrus aroma with mild hops in the nose.

T: The initial taste is a mild malt with light hop flavor blended with many citrus flavors to make almost a fruit basket blend. Notes of mild banana present.

M: This beer quenches with a smooth well balanced treat.

D: For someone to overlook this beer would be an utter mistake only later to regret, "Why haven't I tried this earlier?"

Elbows Up,

Photo of scottyb88
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Ommegang fluted type glass

A- pours a very pale yellow, almost "white" hazy color; two finger fluffy white head with plenty of carbonation bubbles

S-a nice spicy aroma of peppercorn, citrus peel; buttery wheat

T-a nice sharpness from the wheat and spices; not incredibly powerful flavors going on, but they are present and nicely balanced

M-very well carbonated, but could have been a bit smoother; aftertaste is incredibly flavorful and its sweet but not too sweet and semi-dry

D-after having St. Bern Wit it's hard to compare or judge higher, but Hoegaarden is a decent and classic version of this style; well-priced, widely available and super refreshing (especially in the past week in the Mid-Atlantic)

Photo of Hypersomnia
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Hoegaarden glass.

Pours a yellowish hue with a good close to 1 1/2 to 2 finger head. Good amount of carbonation / bubbles.

Smell is citrus and spiceness (coriander). Smell of crisp sweet apple, kind of like apple pie.

Taste is light and spicy with a bit of citrus(orange), maybe some hints of clove, some occasional hints of banana. Mild pepperiness, maybe white pepper. There is a bit of bready yeastiness in the taste as well. This is extremely drinkable, very light and refreshing, the perfect summer beer.

Mouthfeel is light but with some body (a little on the watery side though). There is a bit of liveliness from the carbonation.

Finish is long and tasty, nice clean spicy finish. Significantly better than Blue Moon Belgian White.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice hazy orange color with decent white head that laces nicely. Smell is typical, orange, wheat, some clove. Taste follows suit, with some nice orange peel, lemon, clove, and some bready/wheaty malt. Some off-metallic flavors too, though not very strong. MF is light and smooth, pretty good for the style, and drinkability is great, a nice beer to just relax with--not too much thinking needed.

Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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