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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

Hoegaarden Original White AleHoegaarden Original White Ale

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very good

3,576 Ratings

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Ratings: 3576
Reviews: 1601
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%

Brewed by:
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 Mises85


4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap albeit probably not served in the right glass.

Appearance: hefe like look. Light and hazy

Smell: very effervescent, lemony, grains of paradise, orange, spice.

Taste: seltzer, lemony, cracker finish. Quite refreshing and smooth.

Probably one of the better witbier's I have had although I need to try more.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2014 02:22:38 | More by Mises85
Photo of WhiteHillsStore


3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm not one who usually goes for lighter beers but I really enjoyed this one. A simple style that was elegantly executed. It pours a light but hazy yellow with a nice white head. The smell is full of citrus and Belgian wheat. The taste is light with a bunch of citrus flavors like lemon, orange peel, and a hint of banana that add to the wheat flavor and give it a nice crisp finish. The mouthfeel is the only problem for me as it was a little too light for the winter but I can see this being a staple of the summer. Very much enjoyed and would definitely recommend to any blue moon fans looking to step it up.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2014 16:45:15 | More by WhiteHillsStore
Photo of eastpt

New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

By far, my favorite beer. I keep it on tap at home and enjoy it year round. A perfect summer wit bier that still refreshes in the cold winter months. I have had the pleasure of visiting the brewery in Hoegaarden, Belgium twice. If only I could get the american bartenders to pronounce the name correctly. They insisit on Hoe instead of Hoo. Nevertheless, this Belgian wheat has set the standard for all the american rip-offs like Blue Moon.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2014 12:03:31 | More by eastpt
Photo of Roughster


4.8/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Honestly, what is there too complain about with Hoegaarden? One smell and if you are a wit drinker you will know you will love it! I think this is high in the Wit list of must haves to ensure you know the high end of the spectrum.

The clovey-bannana tones linger through the finish but do not over power. I could drink it all day

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2013 20:22:36 | More by Roughster
Photo of CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap for the purpose of this review. This was a grad school staple however and I am quite familiar with this classic witbier in the bottle as well. A hazy banana yellow beer with a decent amount of white head and ample carbonation, Hoegaarden smells of fruity yeast esters first and foremost, along with some dry bread and phenolic spice notes like allspice or dilute clove. I remember this beer being hugely fruity and fairly sour as well, less spicy, and my memory was indeed pretty accurate. A little dry popcorn malt and lots of bubble gum/tutti fruity esters along with some banana, the spicy phenols take a back seat but there is a sour backdrop that evokes a little raw pineapple or maybe unripe apples or pears that prevents the sweetness from being cloying. The coriander spice shows up in the finish along with a pleasant lemony sourness but is fairly downplayed, to the betterment of the beer itself (drink this and then try a Rickards White or another mainstream US or Canadian wit and you'll see what I mean ... The Europeans use this spice more strategically and do not carpet bomb the taste buds). Mouthfeel is a bit chewy and there is some residual sweetness but the body is still fairly thin and watery, I guess its a witbier after all. If there is a standout flaw, said flaw is too much carbonation that masks the fruit and spice flavors more than is necessary. Still, any wit fan should know this icon.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2013 05:03:34 | More by CalgaryFMC
Photo of Amish_Ambush


4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was much better on tap.

When: August 2nd, 2006

Where: Winking Lizard with my beautiful wife.

Taste/Mouthfeel: medium intensity of Yeast and citrus orange. Medium Bodied and sweet in flavor. Good carbination with a fruity character. Good aftertaste that reminded me of a light hard candy.

Smell: Yeast and orange peel. Nothing too intense.

Appearance: Color of a whole lemon squeezed into water. Small head with minimal lacing. Cloudy

Drinkability/Notes: As Isaid above.... superior on tap than in the bottle. One of the better wit's out there. Enjoyable on a hot summer day.

Serving type: on-tap

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2013 18:13:00 | More by Amish_Ambush
Photo of rtrasr


4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

smells of spice, coriander a soft citrusy taste. Almost sweet like a carbonated soft drink. Very pleasing on the pallette. This is the beer I would sip at a cafe on a warm pleasant summers day. My first Belgian Beer. Brings back lots of good memories. Always a favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2013 16:44:39 | More by rtrasr
Photo of JohnG190

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy pale straw yellow with one-finger white head that dissipates quickly to a froth cap. Decent lacing. Typical witbier aroma, orange zest and coriander. Taste is spicy with a faint malt sweetness. Goes down dry and finishes slightly bitter. Light bodied with effervescent carbonation make this one great summer session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2013 18:55:02 | More by JohnG190
Photo of fallenshadow


4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - If poured from tap into the official Hoegaarden glass it looks magnificent. Cloudy light golden with a decent head. The head of the beer dissipates quickly enough but the initial appearance is outstanding.

S - Citrus notes and a hint of spice coming through too.

T - Zesty orange flavour, a kick of spice from the coriander and a refreshing experience overall.

M - Smooth, not very carbonated and almost a creamy texture.

O - This was the first beer I ever liked and I still like it alot to this day. The orange peel and coriander provide a more unique flavour than most beers and it stands out from the crowd as different. The lack of carbonation actually works in its favour and this beer is best enjoyed from the official glass, which adds to the experience if you are already a fan. The Belgian monks that created this knew what they were doing!

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2013 17:47:29 | More by fallenshadow
Photo of MWolverines66

New York

3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had this beer on tap this past week at a local bar.

This beer had become a favorite of mine while living in London, but was not as happy with it this time. It tasted a little different, a little more a bitter grapefruit taste, definitely not as sweet.

The look was the same out of the tap, nice golden color garnished with a lemon. Smell was definitely not as strong as what I had been accustomed to in Europe.

Overall I was a little disappointed. It was a good beer, but something that I would grow tired of after two pints.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2013 02:12:18 | More by MWolverines66
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2013 00:50:57 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of khensley


3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Served very cold in 22 ounce mug. Bright yellow, and hazy in appearance, very appealing color, but poor head retention and zero lacing. Smells really interesting, even for a wit, with all the smells from a bowl of fruit loops. Taste was strangely spicy on the front end, and then refreshingly sweet and fruity on the finish. Thin in the mouth, but bubbly somehow. I was really thirsty, and this beer hit the spot. I loved it so much, I decided to brew my own version of it! Way better than the more widely available Coors version of the same style.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2013 06:51:30 | More by khensley
Photo of TrappistJohnMD


3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Golden straw color with nice white head in Hoegaarden glass at Jackson, MS airport bar.

Smell is light fruit with a hint of spice.

Taste is sweet malts, light ripe fruit and spice. Hints of clove.

Mouthfeel is light and prickly.

Overall this was good.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2013 23:57:07 | More by TrappistJohnMD
Photo of NovoAleMan


3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale yellow, one finger foam head. Almost lemonade like in appearance. I was not a big fan of it. 3.5/5

S: Lemony scent. Hoppy, but pleasant. Not bad. 4.25/5

Taste: Not a big fan of taste either. Up front, a bit watery, but hoppy. Lemon-y aftertaste however, which was decent. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Feels fizzy and foamy in mouth, but drinkable. Not swill, but not a rich, complex beer.

I feel this beer is a bit overrated.


Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2013 20:36:29 | More by NovoAleMan
Photo of NilocRellim


3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap.

This beer is a cloudy, yellow/light gold colour, with a very white head. The smell is very sweet and fruity, with a hint of malt. The taste is similar to the smell... sweet, fruity, light and not too carbonated. Very nice drink-ability, especially with a meal.

Would I buy it again? Yes.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2012 04:22:57 | More by NilocRellim
Photo of cfrances33


3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Gingerman in NYC, served in a Hoegaarden hex glass.

Pour: Hazy yellow straw with a finger and a half white head.

Smell: Belgian yeast, clove, cardamom, lemon rind

Taste: Follows the nose with Belgian yeast, wheat sweetness, lemon, and lots of spice. Clove to the max. Almost too much in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Really light and goes down smooth. Would say refreshing and very drinkable, but the spiciness makes this hard to drink quickly.

Overall: A good classic, but I prefer other wits

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2012 12:42:25 | More by cfrances33
Photo of darkstar12


3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on draft into a 22-ounce "pint"-style glass at the Tilted Kilt, Atlanta

A: Very light straw color that remained cloudy after pour. No head to speak of, but good moderate lacing

S: Smelled like your typical Belgian witbier with cardamom and other spices

T: Spices, a little lemon, mild hops with some light sweetness in the aftertaste

M: Good feel to it with the right level of carbonation

O: Good witbier with the classic Belgian smell and taste to it. Worth having a few.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2012 02:23:57 | More by darkstar12
Photo of TheRealBigC


3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

To me, this is a largely overrated beer. Granted, I am not a big fan of wits, but I really don't think Hoegaarden has as much depth as some of the better beers in this style. It feels light, but that floral taste is just overwhelming. A little more lemon zest would be nice. Something.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2012 20:28:49 | More by TheRealBigC
Photo of estlinska


4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kreegans. Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a hazy straw color with little head (more of a bad pour than a characteristic of the beer). Also served with a lemon that I discarded The nose was a pleasant lemony, zesty coriander. Very nice, quite spicy. The taste followed suit with lots of lemon peel and spiciness; coriander and kind of white pepper. The mouthfeel was a little thin but finished quite crisp and refreshing. The spiciness really makes the beer and complements the fruit well. Great beer for the summertime

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2012 23:35:07 | More by estlinska
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in Hoegaarden hexagonal pint.

Appearance: Light gold, head thick in texture not in frame, maybe 1/8 off the body

Smell: light citrus, little lemon and real light on the hops

Taste: light lemon, little off sweet if that makes sense,  not very complex but easy and I do mean easy to drink

Mouth: bubbly texture with a medium to heavy carbonation simply smooth.

Overall: this is your serious hot weather beer, I like it a lot but don't love it. I mean to each their own, Salud!

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2012 05:54:08 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Photo of FlemingVSKing


4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5


The strength here more than any other brew I've ever had us in its texture. It's just creamy and delicious with a wonderful cloudy appearance, richly smooth and subtle flavors of zest and corriander, and a refreshing light aroma to match. Great for any occasion.

There are stronger more bold witbiers but this one serves as being generally strong in every category, and would be an excellent step for anybody who isn't looking for intensity but who would like to find something more interesting and more satisfying than the mass produced water beers.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2012 19:40:56 | More by FlemingVSKing
Photo of Reaper16


3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

served on-tap @ The Grey Lady, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a pint glass

Pours a super-pale yellow color. Cloudy yet pale, like my own skin tone. There's a fairly frothy looking 1.25 fingers of white head, and they stick around for a while. Pretty nice looking beer.

Hoegaarden doesn't do anything wrong. It just does the bare minimum of what witbiers are supposed to do. There's some light coriander here, maybe a trace amount of white pepper. The citrus presents itself not so much like orange zest as it does lemon zest. There's light crackery malt too. It's pretty average for the style, and I don't mean that negatively. You can say the same things about Hoegaarden's flavor profile. It's very light and refreshing and not particularly impressive.

Nice carbonation level plays well with the light body and lighter flavors. Overall, again, this is a very average witbier. A true benchmark for the style: if you brew a better wit than this, then your beet is above average.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2012 21:03:07 | More by Reaper16
Photo of mndlssphlsphr


3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

People tell me to never trust a Belgian. I can believe it now as I have a foggy yellow glass, chilled yet I still think the bartender got this from a guy who visited the mens room while a bit dehydrated. The head is a pure white, like the clouds that takes a bit of time to dissipate. The flavor is smooth yet overwhelming. I taste sausage, sausage, and more sausage. Now that you mention it I have not had a traditional European breakfast for an extended period that very much out stretches the length of my own sausage. Its almost salty, which is not a bad thing, but very much would go with my garlic seasoned sunny side up eggs. And perhaps a piece of the toast, with the real butter from next door and not the grocery. There is a medium carbonation, and the lace is still apparent. It would be much more pleasurable if it was the morning, as it should be waiting for me whenever I roll out of bed. From now on I will only trust a German...

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2012 22:23:21 | More by mndlssphlsphr
Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

2.73/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap in a pint glass.

A- vey hazy pale yellow color with minimal head
and lacing. It really looks fizzy.

S- sour lemon-drop aroma that reminded me nothing of a beer.

T- lemonade beer, I guess.

M-tart and fizzy, with suprising body and feel, thick.

O-obviously this beer is not for me. I honestly would prefer an AAL - with a lime. OUCH.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2012 00:51:06 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Schooners Patio Grille in Santa Clarita, CA.

Pours a murky light orange with a 1/2 inch foamy white head that settles to a thin cap. Small chunks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, banana, spices, and some yeast aromas. Taste is of wheat, banana, and yeast. The spices come through on the aftertaste. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good witbier that is tasty and very easy drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2012 06:53:31 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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