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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

Hoegaarden Original White AleHoegaarden Original White Ale

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very good

3,578 Ratings

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Ratings: 3578
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: purplehops on 07-08-2001)
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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
Photo of johnmichaelsen


3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a lot of options at the local Buffalo wildwings, but at least they did have this on offer.

The beer pours a light gold color with a slightly hazy, somewhat whitish overlay. The beer has pretty good head retention and lacing, especially for the abv. The smell is attractive enough, though it's clearly dominated by clove, but with some light underlying coriandor and orange peel as well. The flavor profile replicatest the nose pretty closely, though I was a bit surprised by the level of sweetness I picked up. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and the beer finishes well, with some noticeable clove and sweetness.

Hadn't had this beer in a while, but there's nothing wrong with it, and I wouldn't hesitate to order it again the next time I'm confronted by the likes of what I saw at a BWW.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2012 18:33:33 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of KimenTshom


3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The first time I ever had Hoegaarden was while the band I sang for was on tour in Europe. We were added at the last minute to a music festival in Belgium, and our compensation was all the beer we could drink at the beer tent. Luckily we played first, leaving the entire rest of the festival for us to drink and drink and drink and... you get the picture. At the time (some time in the early '00's), Hoegaarden was a revelation. I had never had a witbier before. That, coupled with the unique setting in which I first tried it, created an almost mystical aura around this beer for me. I had it again a few years later in a small pub in Oxford, England and again was quite taken with it.

Unfortunately, since those experiences my affection for Hoegaarden has steadily deteriorated. I don't know if it is due to loss of character and flavor because of the transport from Belgium to the U.S. or because I have now had several other excellent witbiers. Regardless, Hoegaarden no longer impresses me the same way. Sure, it still stands as the hallmark of the style and I'm not sure I've ever seen such a beautiful, pale white glow in any other beer... but now when I drink it the beer seems to be too watery and thin and the unique flavors seem to be far too muted. Still a good beer, but not a great one.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2012 00:52:44 | More by KimenTshom
Photo of mdaschaf


3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Slightly hazy yellow/orange color with a foamy white head. Quick dissipation leaving little lacing.

S: Coriander, wheat, and some pale malt. There is a little bit of citrus - orange and lemon.

T: Similar to the aroma with coriander, lemon and orange. There is a good bit of pale malt on the finish.

M: Light bodied with lively carbonation.

O: Not bad, but not a beer I will reach for unless I have to.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2011 20:28:57 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of Pintofbrown


4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App- This beer is a pale straw yellow, with a very airy one and a half finger head. It is an almost unbelievable white, only some lace as it degrades.

Smell- Tons of clove, coriander and some sweet musty fruit notes are present in the nose. It is pretty good, and definitely makes one think of a witbier.

Taste- It is a light drink when it comes to flavor. Not as pronounced as the nose, although most smells are now in the glass. There is certainly the clove and maybe a little of the coriander. It is citrusier in the drink, maybe some orange in the finish, and there is wheat there too. It could have been bigger, but still not bad all the same.

Mouth feel- It is borderline light in the mouth. The carbonation keeps it this way. The finish is just a little dry, but not too bad. I was honestly expecting it to be more medium bodied, but how it is does fit better than I would have thought.

Overall- Witbiers aren’t my favorite style, and this one certainly is subdued. It smells great, as most Belgians do, but it doesn’t transfer to the taste very well. Would I get it again? Maybe, but I think I will be more inclined to try more witbiers from here on out.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2011 13:05:21 | More by Pintofbrown
Photo of BucannonXC5


3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a tap into a pintish-type glass at Rí Rá in Las Vegas, Nev. Just a touch of head. Color had a lemon look. Slight film/lacing.

First smell was banana. Also some other fruits - lemon mainly - and some cloves? Very refreshing smell.

Refreshing first sip with lots of flavors. Wheat and grain seemed to dominate. Also a light spice of something. Maybe pepper? Could have been the cloves. Ending taste had some kind of blood taste. But I like my blood, so it worked out.

Really great mouthfeel. It stayed good throughout and was much better out of the tap then out of the bottle (like I’ve had before). Average carbonation.

I’ve had this before, but I really enjoy this beer. It was even better out of the tap. Perfect for the summer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2011 05:09:40 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of r0nyn

New York

3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at O'Donoghue's in Nyack. Served in a pint glass with a wedge of lemon (which was promptly evicted with great prejudice).

Cloudy and unfiltered, as is on par for the style. Minimal frothy white head that leaves trace amounts of lacing clinging to the inside of the glass. Smell has a prevalent amount of citrus notes, along with hints of coriander and other spices. Definite wheat component to it as well, along with an almost palpable breadiness in the nose. Mild and sweet malt notes round out the end.

Taste has the same essences as in the nose, just a little bit more subdued, which is both surprising and a little disappointing. I guess I was expecting a certain level of robustness and I didn't get it. Still, there are notes of citrus and spice to provide the major components of flavor, along with a twangy, slightly sweet wheatiness. A little bit of an acidic kick in the finish. Mouthfeel is pleasing, with a reasonably medium body and a finish that leans a bit to the dry side, but not all the way. Some zingy carbonation provides a bit of a tart pop at the end.

Not a bad witbier at all, and certainly better than the other offerings on tap. I would have preferred more of a flavorful experience, but Hoegaarden is a perfectly serviceable brew and still miles and miles ahead of that adjunct dross that passes for beer at most bars today.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2011 02:36:21 | More by r0nyn
Photo of CountJustinian

New York

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tap pour into *shudder* a plastic cup...

Hard to evaluate the appearance of a beer in a plastic cup, but it looked run of the mill pale orange with some cloudiness and a decent head. Lemony smell was evident. Beer was crisp and very drinkable with powerful lemony/citrusy flavor for a white beer. I don't generally like to associate beers with seasons -- if it's good, it's good -- but there was something very clearly summery about this one. Would drink it again on a hot day. Very good for its style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2011 19:04:19 | More by CountJustinian
Photo of Francepants06


3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a hazy light yellow beer with a large snow white head which dissipated slowly. Lots of carbonation.
It smell like bread, wheat, with citrus.
it tasted exactly like one of my least favorite styles, but overall it tasted great, it tasted of lemon grass, citrus, wheat, malt, bread, grainy. the mouthfeel was light to medium which definetely confirmed that this is a summer beer. I have tasted the bottle and on tap and I feel that on tap the beer has less of that wit taste, which i prefer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2011 15:20:58 | More by Francepants06
Photo of Slatetank


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

I enjoyed this on draft at Maewyn's in York -served chilled in a Hoegaarden glass.

The color is very hazy, cloudy golden with a thick 2 finger white cap the lace sticks ok and bead is very fine. The smell is good there is gentle wheat aroma with mild yeast esters, not forceful aromas, but not the style for that either. The feel is good, lots of creamy yeast and wheat smoothness with subtle spice and tanginess from the yeast which also works with the high carbonation level. I like how the sweetness is gentle and balanced by the spice with a semi-dry finish.

The taste is mild with some good flavors from the wheat which is cereal like -toasted and lightly sweet. There is a mild citrus tinge and hint of pepper from the yeast but overall this is flavored primarily from the wheat which has a nice fresh, clean flavor. The yeast adds to the beer without being to full to make it feel bready which I like. This is a good wit, not the best but it is an originator it has lost some footing to others in this style which I prefer like Allagash. I would not hesitate to drink this, since it is pretty widely available.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2011 14:11:32 | More by Slatetank
Photo of gatorguy


3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2011 02:05:36 | More by gatorguy
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
85 out of 100 based on 3,578 ratings.