Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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Reviews: 1,682
Hads: 4,703
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 124
Gots: 829 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij van Hoegaarden visit their website

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 Naerhu
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
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. (337 characters)

Photo of tonistruth
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
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 (380 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
4.41/5  rDev +14%
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. (644 characters)

Photo of Anonmatel
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
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. (278 characters)

Photo of krasznaig
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
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. (250 characters)

Photo of tone77
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
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. (298 characters)

Photo of rdub
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite styles. Poured into a pint glass. Cloudy, light tan color. I like the look of this. Nice citrus smell. Citrus taste also. Very refreshing. Drinkability is good - goes down easily. Great for a hot summer day or when you want something crisp. One of my go-to beers when I want a "good" beer out somewhere. (330 characters)

Photo of Getinthevan
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like most wheat beers that followed afterwards, Hoegaarden is top notch stuff. The color off the bat is a strong, cloudy yellow which gives way to a great bubbly head. The beer alone is a pleasant view to look at as the bubble rise to the top along with the cloudiness.

The smell is very pleasant and possesses a strong aroma that almost acts like an air freshener, as the smell lingers in the air far after the beer's been consumed.

Taste is great, with a nice punch of bitterness right in the aftertaste. It goes down exceptionally smooth, and is very nice and filling as well. Definitely a "go to" beer any given time.

Mouthfeel feels well satisfied and the overall flavor is highly complex, mixed with orange and yeast flavors. Definitely worth savoring a few seconds before it travels down the gullet.

Drinkability is a must. Hoegaarden is a great beer to quench thirst with, but also a fun beer to drink at dinner and at live concerts. There's certainly nothing but fun that comes from this stuff. (1,007 characters)

Photo of dauss
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz oddly shaped bottle. Has a bulge in the neck, with a couple raised glass logo of the Hoegaarden symbol. Also at the base of the bottle is "Hoegaarden" but it is upside downs and backwards. Best before date stamped, August 16, 2005. Also has instructions on how to pour it.
1. Use Hoegaarden hexagonal glass
2. pour 2/3 into glass
3. swirl bottle
4. Pour out to form head

Appearance: Served almost to instructions, didn't have the glass. A very light straw yellow, very cloudy and hazy. Large bone white head forms is inside the bottle that I had to shake to get out, good retention.

Smell: Sweet wheat smell, a nice lemon aroma remains in the background while the coriander takes center stage. I also detect a tiny bit of alcohol too.

Taste: Sweet malty wheatiness in the start with tons of coriander, and a little lemon in the background. The coriander almost gives it a minty quality. Has a yeasty wheaty finish.

Mouthfeel: Strong piercing carbonation makes this beer seems light. Body is a little thin.

Notes: Very good Belgian Wit. (1,077 characters)

Photo of yen157
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my top favorite brews. The beer pours cloudy and straw colored. Immediately, banana and lemon can be smelled coming off of the perfectly white head. When sipped, the carbonation and sourness come first, then spiciness, and finally wheat. The hops come in with the coriander towards the end. The beer is modestly carbonated, and the bubbles are small and prickley. This is one great beer. (403 characters)

Photo of vancurly
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour a hazy, pale yellow, white heads that sinks to a ring.
Aromas of citrus, spice, a light dill/gerkhin note, perfumy wheat malt.
Flavour of sweetish wheat malt, citrus tang, noticable coriander seed.
Gives me a tart tingle in the lips & tongue. Good body, very refreshing and not bitter. (293 characters)

Photo of doubleipa
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is rapidly becoming my favorite Belgian Witbier. Aroma is really great. Lots of citrus, lemon, pepper, and banana, and orange. Cloudy golden apearance with a thin head. Taste is light, dry, crisp, and thirst quenching and with not as much malt or breadeness. This is exactly what I like about Witbiers vs hefeweizens. (322 characters)

Photo of kunzbrew
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hoegaarden is one of the best Wits i have ever tasted. It is so smooth tasting with out a bitter after taste. I found no matter how many you drink you will never get a hangover. We all should plan a trip to this brewery to find the secret of Wit. Happy drinking (264 characters)

Photo of foil4you
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A rare treat for many drinkers, I first tried this beer on a whim in a bar in downtown Grand Rapids. At first sip, I knew it was my favorite beer. To this day, on the rare occasion that I can actually find it in the store, it is a must buy.
It pores an odd hazy yellow, but the second it reaches your nose, the smell of wheat and citrus takes over.

PS, Whole Foods caries cases!!! (382 characters)

Photo of Opethsprite
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beast pours a foggy wheat color with a white head that diminished substantially, but didn't completely evaporate. The bottle denotes that this cloudiness is to be expected, as it is unfiltered. The nose is strong in grains with a bit of acidity and fruits. It tastes of yeast, hops, and a modest sweetness on the end. This is a gem, in my book anyway. Enjoyable year-round! (378 characters)

Photo of littlebibs
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A friend brought this over for me to try and this is my favorite
of these white ales I've tried. Yes, its a light ale in some ways but it has a powerful taste
thats not so easy to explain. I've tried tasting bananas and clove
but it works best for me just laying an orange slice or two on
the bottom of a frosty glass and pouring this cloudy brew slowly and its best
for this beer to be really cold, the citrus combination lets the flavor grow as the beer slightly warms over several mins. I let it settle and wow,
this one is hard to beat on a hot summer day. (566 characters)

Photo of TheGarvenator
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours very dark and murky

S - Smells very fruity; blueberry was the first that came to mind...

T - Tasted exactly like it smells, fruity and very tart

M - carbonated and light and a small sting because of the tart taste

D - drinkable, very suitable for the summer

A good witbier that would be best enjoyed on a hot day...goes down easily and has an agreeable aftertaste. I will definately have this beer again.. (420 characters)

Photo of Scooter77
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahh, Hoegaarden…My favorite white ale. This was the first beer that I sample when I was converting to the world of “better beer”. Pours a cloudy, pale yellow with small yeast particles dancing around in the heavy carbonation. A thick, fluffy white head presents itself upon pouring and slowly dies down leaving a beautiful lace on the glass. Aromas of lemon and coriander are very prominent. The flavors of yeast, citrus and spicy coriander engulf the taste buds all at once. Leaving you mouth begging for more. A clean and refreshing taste is left on the palate. This is an exceptionally smooth and easy drinking beer. This brew from Hoegaarden sets the standard for all other wits. (686 characters)

Photo of SaunaKing
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer. I was surprised to see the wedge of lemon in it when I was served but what the hell - pretty small lemon wedge in a massive mug.
The fist thing you notice is the cloudy appearenace of the beer and the thick dense white head. The head really lasts a long time and adds to the appearence of this beer.
A very different smell. Corriander and Orange is what i notice most and definetly not what I expected from a beer.
The smell really threw me off as what to expect from the taste. I was pleasantly surprised by how smooth and creamy it was. The taste was quite fruity and pleasant. I could drink these ma's indefinetly i think.
Cheers (659 characters)

Photo of Popsinc
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This cloudy white/yellowish brew appears just as the beers itself tastes. A fruity & floral nose, Hoegaarden goes down extra smooth and is especially refreshing with its fruity-citrus hints and perfect acidity. On a hot day when 1 beer just won't do, Hoegaarden Wit will quench your thirst and leave you with rrom for more. (325 characters)

Photo of jackndan
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hoegaarden: in the bottle (bottle conditioned). Pure white head, with a cloudy pale yellow body. The head dissipated very quickly, but the beer itself was highly carbonated. Very light and refreshing, with a classic Belgian/yeast taste, but with hints of lemon grass. I’ve had this on tap, and it was terrific; it was good in a bottle, but on tap it was great. (371 characters)

Photo of drotski
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a pale straw yellow color, foggy due to natural yeast priming. Pure white 1" head, with good retention and nice lacing.

Smells crisp with a hint of citrus...very mild aroma

Tastes clean and fresh. Fruity tones, and nice yeast character. Hints of lemon. Very refreshing, it was hard to put this one down. Mild hop flavor on the finish.

Feels thick in the mouth, though very clean.

This beer is a great thing to experience. Great for a hot day, or when you just want to relax. I am very impressed. (514 characters)

Photo of neonbrown82
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer was purchased at Family Beer & Liquor in East Dubuque and brought back to Iowa City courtesy of my friend & co-worker.

This is the original white ale indeed. It sets the bar for any witbier produced since, and if this were the standard of judging beers by, I wouldn't doubt this beer would be worthy of a perfect 5.

It pours to a glowing light yellow color that almost looks white through the light. It produces a nice delicate and crispy white head that settles to a millimeter. Carbonation is nice and active.

The smell is enticing. A great blend of unmalted wheat, coriander, and orange peel, with a bit of a clove ester. The bouqet isn't quite as strong as I would have liked, but it is quite delicious.

The taste is great. Light and malty with a little bit of a wheat bite. Orange peel and coriander have a strong showing in the initial taste as well as the finish. A bit of a bite in the finish, as well as a nice yeasty flavor.

A bit dry, but it serves to bring me back in for another quaff. Very highly drinkable witbier. (1,054 characters)

Photo of elmore
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330ml into a Saison Dupont pint glass. A brisk pour yielded a pale white 2 finger head which receded into a ring around the glass and left some foamy lace. Lots of active carbonation - tons of tiny bubbles rapidly making their way to the surface. Color is hazy yellow - reminds me of lemonade. Although this is an unfiltered beer there are no large peices of yeast - but it has a haziness - likely due to very fine suspended yeast. This really looks like a refreshing beer.

Smell is very light and subtle. Smell of funky yeast, lemon zest, light malts.

Very refreshing. Tastes of light malt. Citrus, particularly lemon zest with a little hops bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light. Carbonation is fine and champagne-like. This is one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had and is great on a hot summer day.

A fine beer. Just so drinkable and refreshing. The prototypical Witbier. (921 characters)

Photo of JISurfer
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is by far the best Belgian white I've ever had. Don't get too excited though, I haven't had too many of them. Has a good wheaty taste to it, big suprise. It's very distinctive in it's taste. Goes down nice and smooth and very nice after taste. I think the color is pretty cool, it's unusual. Goes down nice and smooth with no heavy after taste lingering around like a bad uncle. But, that's another story! (410 characters)

Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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