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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: purplehops on 07-08-2001)
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Photo of IPA35


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

A 33cl can from a sampler box. Poured in a chalice (I know, I know).
Drinking this fridge cold.

A pale yellowish, hazy beer with a white head. Bad retention (because of the glass).

Smells like a wheatbeer that is for certain. Less intense than a German hefeweizen though. Still, wheat, some citrus and a tiny hint of spices.

Tastes pleasant. A nice fruity, hoppy flavour with a nice light grainy malt (wheat) profile.
Not a flavourbomb of course but that's not the purpose of this beer.

Nicely carbonated and it has a thin to medium mouthfeel.

This is a true summer's beer. At the moment it is not summer but it is nice regardless. Would love to have this ice cold on a terrace outside when it is really hot though.

Serving type: can

12-15-2012 19:43:45 | More by IPA35
Photo of Hoppsbabo

United Kingdom (England)

1.35/5  rDev -64.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Despite my real aversion to this beer I've actually drank quite a lot of it over the years.

A: Pale gold semi opaque. Pours a one finger head which disappears. Slightly bubbly body.

S: Vanilla.

T: I normally like coriander in beer but in Hoegaarden it tastes of overwhelming, sickly vanilla. It's watery, bitter, fizzy and reminds me a lot of Alka-Seltzer, or at best an unpleasant ice cream soda. Incredibly ill-balanced and no depth of character. Leaves a sour, yeasty flavour on my palate - not the hallmark of a good beer.

O: I try not to talk dirty of beers I don't like but I'm not exactly kicking a dead puppy by scorning this multi award winning macro travesty. Along with Stella Artois I think it's one of the most overrated beers in the world, and it's really expensive so I make no apologies for saying it's genuinely one of the worst beers I've ever had.

Serving type: can

02-26-2012 14:28:45 | More by Hoppsbabo
Photo of ticklechicken

Korea (South)

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - light cloudy creme yellow, 1 finger head that levelled quickly
Smell - Sweet banana and citrus
Taste - citrus, banana, honey, yeast
Mouthfeel - only slightly thick, fairly flat
Drinkability - easy drinking, but not as complex as similar beers

Note: from the can this seemed somewhat flatter and weaker in taste than the Hoegaarden I'd had on tap before.

Serving type: can

01-12-2011 13:09:42 | More by ticklechicken
Photo of malmquna


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

Bought this at the local supermarket, where they sell 50cl tallboys of various tasty beers.

Pours with a nice thick head that becomes a ring of carbonation around edge of the glass until the beer is gone. Aroma is citrusy, with hints of orange peel, wheat, and a certain consistent strain of yeast. Color is homogeneously cloudy yellow/white with no sediment, just cloudy throughout. Wheat malt pervades the flavor profile, along with the estery yeast profile. More pear than apple, and more banana that either of those. The palate is almost bubblegummy, but refreshing nonetheless. This is a good entry-level blanche/wit. If you like it, try some of the harder to find examples of the style.

Serving type: can

07-25-2009 21:58:17 | More by malmquna
Photo of br3wmeister


3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Large foamy white head lay atop a hazy dull yellow beer. Moderate head retention and minimal lacing.

S- Nice fruit aroma, bananas, lemon, orange, also some clove and other spices.

T- Nice citrus flavor up front, orange and lemons, then some banana and clove with a slight copper taste. Little bit of hop bite in the end.

M- Light and fruity, with some mild hop bite and dryness in the end.

This is one of the only witbiers I have had and enjoyed. That said this is a pretty good beer.

Serving type: can

06-15-2009 00:41:41 | More by br3wmeister
Photo of tdawgydog

New York

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I first tried this beer many years ago on a weekend trip to Brussels. It has now become one of the staples of my beer fridge. There's nothing crazy about it, but I think that is why I like it. It pours a nice cloudy white (hence the style) The mouthfeel is enjoyable, you can taste the body in the beer. The taste of the coriander is one of the most enjoyable aspects of the drink. I always recommend this beer to my friends who are interested in taking a step up to some more enjoyable beers.

Serving type: can

06-29-2008 02:54:41 | More by tdawgydog
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This review is of a 33ml tin, obtained in Brussels, 4.9% on the tin.

First time I have ever had Hoegaarden out of a can. I have had many a bottle or draught one, before I joined this site, but haven't reviewed them.

Poured a pale yellow with a full white head.

Aroma of nothing at first, but as the beer warmed up, citrus, mostly grapefruit smells came through.

The taste was slightly sour and grapefruit from the start, with other citrus flavours joining in as the beer warmed and the head reduced in size.

A summers day drink, not for winter nights.

Serving type: can

10-28-2006 17:03:38 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of Bierschenker


4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

*Can: 33cl
*Alcohol: 4,9%
*Place beer was reviewed: Op kot, Lange Ridderstraat 19/3, B-2800 Mechelen

Hoegaarden is one of my favourite beers. It is a very drinkable beer (read: I can have a lot of them before getting pissed! Because come on, there is a time of reviewing and a time of drinking). You will see that though it is available throughout the year, most Hoegaarden will be sold during the summer. On very hot summer days you will see a lot of people enjoying an ice cold Hoegaarden with some lemon and ice cubes floating in the beer.

Hoegaarden is a classical Witbier, but nevertheless one of my favourites because of it’s richness in flavours. When you pour it in the real Hexagonal glass it will give you a very wild and foggy white-yellowish beer. Even with al the sparkling activity of this beer, the true art is getting a beautiful head. The odour gives you a very warming and fulfilling feeling. It has some spices and lemon in it.
Your first taste gives you a storm on the tip of your tongue, it’s a very carbonated beer. Then a refreshing flavour of citrus, hop and spices follows. It also gives the feeling of being creamy. This is also caused by the fact that the beer contains yeast.
I personally find this beer most enjoyable. I have had a lot of them in the past and more is yet to come. On-tap this beer is enjoyed at it’s best. But the can’s and bottles are ok. The problem with the Witbier on-tap is that it has to flow very regularly. In summer this not really a problem. The yeast is still active, and it works at the end of the installation. When the beer is left in the system for several hours, it can give you a foul tasting brownish beer. That’s why when you pour in a Hoegaarden on-tap, you should let the first beer flow away. A lot of bartenders don’t do this. Money above the love for the beer.

Ut vivat, crescat, floreat!

Serving type: can

03-03-2005 16:31:15 | More by Bierschenker
Photo of francisweizen


3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very nice brew. In a can in Brussels!:-) The appearance and aroma are each docked a notch, as this canned version lacks in those two departments. This beer smells wonderfully like lemons, spices, and wheat and the taste is more of the same, unfortunately the aromas and flavors are subdued in the canned version of this brew. However, this stuff is still immensely refreshing on the pallet, and a good summer-time quaffer if ever there was one. This has a creamy mouth feel as well and a very high drinkability(especially in those warm summer months....or on a cold winters day, perhaps....)A classic white ale, and one hell of a brew.
I just wish that I could have tried this a long time ago before Interbrew changed it. I have heard that it was once even better than this.

Serving type: can

11-06-2003 17:33:23 | More by francisweizen
Photo of Andreji


3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oooh well this is a beer that doesnt really do much for anything really....

Pours an extremely pale golden cloudy tone that almost blends with its perfect white foam head.

The smell, weak and short lasting is rather wheaty but has no special notes to it and doesnt really embrace when tasting.

The taste makes things no different either. The weakness ruins it because it appears as though the pale tone of the beer is caused by someone adding too much water to it and making it less tasteful. But, oh, well, a decent beer anyways.

Serving type: can

10-23-2003 14:39:38 | More by Andreji
Photo of Mitchster


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

Bought and drank this one in Cannes, France. Cloudy, white, straw-golden brew forms a large whipped white head atop small bubbles with excellent retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate, despite the huge head. Aroma is immediately yeasty with clove and very faint banana notes. I don't notice the orange peel or spices. Mouthfeel is soft with a light body. Taste begins with spicy phenols, a light rubbery note, crisp wheat malt with very little bitterness and no discernable hop flavor or aroma. Orange is just barely perceptable in the flavor. Alcohol is not discernable. Finish is lightly astringent just on the back of the tongue. A good, delicate, light, easy to drink beer, but not overly distinct or exciting.

Serving type: can

04-27-2003 16:13:03 | More by Mitchster
Photo of shacawgo24


4.56/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy straw colored body. Bit brighter, pale gold in light. Creamy two finger head. Spotty lacing.

S-Grains of wheat. Yeasty. Faint banana. Faint soap. Orange. Pear. Cider. Garden herbs: Basil, oregano.

T-Fresh squeezed orange. Wheat. Straw. Dark breads. Other unknown grains. Herbal.

M-Medium body. Medium carbonation. Love the herbal cool-spiciness of coriander. Sip starts slightly sweet & tart, continues with a smooth wheat-grain middle and ends with a bitter cinnamon/clove like drying, (most likely the yeast). Nice examples of sweet and bitter in the feels. Well rounded.

O-Classic witbier. Memorable. While not the pinnacle witbier, it does justice and delivers on all categories of what makes a beer good. Refreshing without compromising on flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 11:42:42 | More by shacawgo24
Photo of Flounder57


3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass at Estelle's.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger head that reduced to a thin puffy layer. It is a slightly hazy golden straw yellow with vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Bready, vanilla, yeasty, spices, and orange.

Taste: Nice bready wheat, vanilla, coriander, yeasty, and orange peel.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, chewy, refreshing, a little bready tart, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty nice witbier that I have enjoyed a bunch over the years. Delicious and tasty stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 22:32:47 | More by Flounder57
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 nicholas2121


3.69/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 03:09:05 | More by nicholas2121
Photo of utopiajane

New York

3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy and the color of light straw. When held to the light in the room it's a lemony yellow. head is fat white and lasts. Nose was mild. Lemon a bit of pepper and some wheat like a light cracker. Taste follows the nose all the way. Lemon on light cracker with a bit of tartness on the back end. Watery and thin body. It finishes very dry and leaves a light sweetness in the aftertaste. Refreshing and very mild.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 17:29:28 | More by utopiajane
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 Bosoxfan20


3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a hazy lemon with a 2 finger white head. Solid retention and outstanding lacing. The true look of a Wit.

S- Clove, coriander, orange peel and lemon zest.

T- Probably not best suited for the time of year when there is 6 inches on the ground, but still solid none the less. Doesn't bombard you with coriander, but rather a more fruit forward wit. Orange and lemon. Very smooth.

M- easy drinking, clean start, slightly creamy.

O- Nothing really blows me away, but an example that is true to the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 03:48:09 | More by Bosoxfan20
Photo of Godfather50

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- vey light straw with a two finger pale head
S- feint yeast smell with aniseed note
T- very distinctive toothpaste, dental mouthwash, aniseed but pleasant with wheats depth. Stayed interesting throughout.
F - well but not overly carbonated
O - a great tasting wheat beer that I will revisit.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 19:45:30 | More by Godfather50
Photo of BeerWithMike


4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled tonight on 2/28/14. 330ml (11.2 oz.) bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy golden 'lemon' in color with a 2-finger white fizzy head that stays around for a while. Some spotty lacing is seen with each sip. The aroma is of wheat, grains, lemon with orange peel and spice. The taste is about the same with the mix of orange and lemon coming through first with some spice at the end. Semi-sweet with perfect carbonation. Actually not a bad 'white ale' that doesn't have a harsh or bitter aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 04:31:46 | More by BeerWithMike
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 barczar


3.68/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 01:39:07 | More by barczar
Photo of Givemebeer


3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Light golden, hazy, luxurious white head

S: orange, lemon, pepper

T: Starts off with a mix of orange and tart lemon followed by some pepperiness. A tad watered down and a tiny bit spicy.

M: Medium bodied and semi sweet.

O: Not a big witbier fan but the flavor profile is pretty nice. Just wish it wasn't so toned down. Seems like its made to appeal to a wide variety of people that aren't all craft beer drinkers. Still not bad and quite refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 16:45:30 | More by Givemebeer
Photo of biokid23


4.44/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oddly enough, Hoegaarden has somewhat convinced me to move from IPA and start drinking wheat-ier beers. Bottle is appealing, has a tart and spicy taste, is quite refreshing, and very easy to drink. I could drink it every day. It stands alone or is good with food, and has the benefit of being easy to find in grocery stores. Even Trader Joes has it, and it is cheap. Well worth it.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 06:57:51 | More by biokid23
Photo of dar482

New York

3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a super hazy bright yellow lemon drop color.

The aroma has Belgian breadiness and yeast. Banana, spices, some sweet orange.

The flavor follows with sweet banana, some orange, a hint of lemon, yeasty bread. The finish is clean and a bit of sweetness.

A fine beer and actually stood up very well blind against Allagash White.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 04:25:02 | More by dar482
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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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