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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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BA SCORE
85
very good

4,001 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 4,001
Reviews: 1,627
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 68
Gots: 314 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden visit their website
Belgium

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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Smells like a White beer, looks like it. Taste is some carbonation and some of that fruit. Also honey and citrus. Could be apple, grapefruit, even spearmint. Couldn't finish so it was good that it was popular with my mates. Would be refreshing summer ale. Had on-tap in March 2005 and was terrible, again in May 2005 and was marginal again.

02-08-2004 03:02:54 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

09-08-2012 23:55:07 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

02-18-2012 06:53:31 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-28-2013 22:33:51 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -10.3%

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very cloudy yellow color with a nice white head and quite a bit of lacing. Nose brings forward some citrus and a bit of wheat. The taste is orange, citrus, slight spice, wheat, and a bit of grain. Definitely a fairly light mouthfeel with a bit of creaminess. Drinks fairly well, although not super flavorful.

10-20-2010 01:58:38 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-14-2011 17:06:51 | More by nmann08
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metter98

New York

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%

A: It poured cloudy light yellow in color with a bright white head. The head didn't last that long, but a high amount of carbonation is visible through the haze and preserves a thin layer of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are pleasant, light aromas of lemon and orange in the nose along with some hints of spices and sweetness.
T: The overall taste is well balanced between flavors of citrus and spices.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with lots of carbonation.
D: The beer is very refreshing and quite sessionable, particularly during the warm weather in the summer months.

06-02-2010 01:45:25 | More by metter98
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.98/5  rDev +5%

Blurry, almost milky, pale straw that is as clear as a bell when viewed through direct sunlight. Indirect light truly does give it a 'white' look. The head is white as well: bright, bleached white devoid of even a hint of color. It's also impressively large after the pour, although its inherent softness keeps it from maintaining its size for long. It also prevents much lace from sticking to the glass.

The nose is wonderful, with all of the witbier essentials. You have your sweet orange zestiness, your spicy coriander and your tangy wheatiness that holds it all together and binds it up into a neat little package. It could be a mite stronger, but it's still pretty snazzy.

Hoegaarden is a good wit, not a great one. As in the nose, everything that should be present is present (more or less), but nothing really stands out and demands to be noticed. Coriander is probably the most prominent. Orange peel is now in the background, despite the fact that I'd prefer it to be in the foreground. Subtle is the operative word here.

The beer isn't all that sweet, it isn't hoppy bitter and it isn't wheaty sour. I guess that means it's balanced. The finish leans toward dry without even approaching arid. The same spunky carbonation that created the massive head keeps the mouthfeel hoppin' and is a good fit for the beer as a whole.

Hoegaarden ('The Original Belgian White Beer' according to the label) isn't the best of this style that I've ever tasted, but it's pretty good all the same. While it's a little too laid back for me, I did enjoy all twelve ounces.

06-13-2005 23:23:35 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale yellow color with a frothy marshmallow head; some lacing

Smell: Wheat and lemon with a touch of coriander and banana

Taste: Starts out with a wheaty flavor on top of which various fruity esters and spices perform a tap dance; tart finish that doesn't linger as the flavor returns to its bready origin

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: Refreshing and enjoyable, even if this is not my favorite style

05-13-2006 22:43:47 | More by brentk56
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

08-01-2013 22:03:27 | More by zestar
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

01-17-2012 19:46:15 | More by acurtis
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -18.2%

Bottle - Hazy white brew with a nice white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of coriander is strong but pleasant. Body is medium and good have been a bit stronger. Very refreshing beer for those hot summer days. Wow, this is a good beer but I wouldn't have expected people to rate this one that high!

12-22-2003 17:43:20 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.45/5  rDev +17.4%

There seems to always be a distinct pleasure when drinking a beer that basically defined the style. As originator of today's witbiers, it's hardly arguable that there are any better.

With a soft glow of canary yellow color, the haze of wheat protiens and yeast are evident. The protiens allow for a froathy, cotton head of mousse-like proportions. A very elegant and initing appearance.

Citrus, spice, and floral aromas are a careful blend of corriander, sweet orange peel, and a soft peppery scent; all of which rests on a wheaty scent of light breads or bread dough. Lemony esters and mild malted milk scent give a sturdiness to the nose with zeal and zest.

Lemon flavor with curaco take the early command with an assertive citrus taste. Fresh winter wheat and pilsner malt flavors give a soft bread impression along with mild powdered sugar sweetness and crisp grain flavor follow up and easily govern the middle palate. Crisp lemony notes close the flavor along with a refreshing lactic tartness and malted milk whimsy.

Creamy and somewhat expansive early with a fleeting, spicy finish that reduces to near-watery feel with semi-dry character.

Hoegaarden is the opidome of refreshment with high character and quality. Where the flavor and aroma profiles carry enough complexity with effortless ease, the body might make too quick of a transition and surpasses refreshment into a slight empty or watering ending. Still, nearly an ideal session.

06-29-2005 20:09:26 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

3.3/5  rDev -12.9%

A: The pour is an extremely pale yellow color with an intense haze to it. The head is medium in size and white in color.

S: Big time coriander aroma to this beer. The wheat and other malts provide a moderate amount of sweetness to the nose, and there is a minimal citrus note.

T: Again, a heavy hand on the spice component. Lots of coriander and wheat with a distinct lemony tartness. Where am I, BJ's?

M: The body is quite light and the carbonation is quite high and lively.

D: Another one of those really well known beers that everybody sort of has to try somewhere along the way. I haven't had this beer for a long time, but I did not find it did much for me on this occasion.

10-18-2010 22:01:32 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-19-2011 21:20:56 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-12-2013 00:38:01 | More by Texasfan549
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

02-20-2012 06:40:19 | More by ygtbsm94
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-11-2013 04:31:44 | More by spycow
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

04-18-2013 23:47:10 | More by kylehay2004
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.33/5  rDev -12.1%

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, pale yellow body with a fizzy, short-lived white head.

Smell: Fairly reserved aroma of malted wheat, lemon juice, coriander, and a faint, far-off yeastiness.

Taste: Doughy wheat flavor with a subtle sweetness. Sour lemons. Hint of coriander and a pinch of celery salt. There’s a light acidity on the quick finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Light, fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: A suitable witbier, but the flavors are so light as to bypass refreshing and wind up being bland.

12-10-2007 21:03:47 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

11-28-2013 16:58:40 | More by jaydoc
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -18.7%

This beer was one of the first Wit beers I ever had. Purchased a bottle of it at the Laystone Pub in Bethlehem PA back in 2007. This beer was a hazy yellow with a bright white head. The beer smells very refreshing and citrusy. The beer was served with a lemon which I tried it without it first. It wasn't much better with or without. The mouthfeel is light and the beer is great for sometime.

04-04-2011 03:53:38 | More by Knapp85
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oberon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.5%

A true Belgian classic that is very easy to find,pours an extremely pale/hazy yellow with usually a nice big fluffy head.Smell is tart with a spicey background,the taste is alot like the aroma but a little more spiciness comes thru along with a tart citruis flavor.Incredibly easy to drink,still a classic.

06-06-2003 05:29:30 | More by oberon
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

2.25/5  rDev -40.6%

01-10-2013 23:50:48 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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zeff80

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +3.7%

A - Poured out a pale, golden color with a fluffy, white, one-finger head. Left very small amounts of lacing.

S - It smelled strongly of yeast and wheat. Also, a good bit of citrus aromas.

T - It tasted of clove and wheat. The citrusy flavors reminded me of corriander.

M - It was relatively crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice wit. Good wheat and citrus flavors.

12-11-2007 05:03:56 | More by zeff80
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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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