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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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BA SCORE
85
very good

3,573 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 3573
Reviews: 1601
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%


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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2004 03:02:54 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 22:01:32 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2006 22:43:47 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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!

Serving type: bottle

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

Kentucky

4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2005 20:09:26 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2010 01:58:38 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Georgia

3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, yellowish in color with a thick and foamy, bright white head that holds well and leaves some nice lace. Very nice, and somewhat unique, in appearance. The aroma is quite lemony with some gentle spice in the background. The body is light with a zesty carbonation that gives a pillowy soft mouthfeel. The flavor is sweetly malty and gently clovey. Very well balanced. It finishes gently, semi-dry, with a lightly mouth-coating malt and spice that leaves a tingle on the tongue. An exceptional, somewhat delicate, beer with alot of character that's refreshing and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2002 17:11:59 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at one of the local 'see and be seen pretty people' places, the very same one at which I first sampled this beer many years ago. Appropriate, and consistent, at least.

This beer arrives on the bar in a monstrously solid broad rimmed 'pint' glass, the kind I would want in any kind of bar/street fight, for sho. The cute and earnest bartendress noted its heftiness by proclaiming that 'you know it's a German beer, when the glass is so big!' Anyways, it appears a rather cloudy medium golden yellow hue, with one finger (easily two on a standard vessel) of puffy, and pleasantly creamy dirty white head, which leaves no lacing as it recedes.

It smells of grainy pale malt, light unripe banana esters, mild muddled citrus, white pepper, and yeast. The taste is more gritty bananas, sort of marshmallow-esque in their bearing, plain pale wheat malt, aerosol creamy citrus, a hint of indistinct clove/coriander spice, and earthy, dry yeast.

The carbonation is quite soft and frothy, the body a decent medium weight, perhaps a touch mealy, but generally smooth. It finishes off-dry, moderately fruity, and yeasty, as ever was.

Quite refreshing, overall, and decently balanced for your summer drinking needs. Maybe more than a tad overpriced, but that may be more a function of the environment, than anything.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2009 07:34:11 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been enjoying witbiers since I've been aware of their existence, and yet this is my first time sampling "the original".Color: a cloudy, almost opaque pale yellow/bright white. Head: thick, lacey, white, fluffy as a cloud, slowly tumbling down. Aroma: uplifting, light and lovely! Full of citrus, spice, lemon/orange...wide open, spacious, airy, friendly and hospitable. All that in an aroma? Yes, Indeed!
A great big barrage of hops charges the palate at first, along with the gritty, grainy wheat texture. After that attack, very smooth and mellow. Light in body,and feeling, but rich in flavor, character, and soul. An utter delight every time it touches the tongue! An overall honey flavor dominates the remainder of the drink, and the delicious hops, the texture, the spice, continue to dance on the palate and provide for a richly rewarding refreshment.
When other folks talk of "nothing beating a Bud Light/Corona/generic yellowy water" on a hot summer's day, they would be wiser to wrap their lips around a glass of Hoegaarden. Wiser, happier, more improved in all aspects as a human being!
What a beautiful beer!

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2003 02:15:48 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 2/8/07 at Cattail's Restaurant in East Providence, RI, served in a Becker pint glass.

A: The beer is a slightly cloudy and very light yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very lemony along with some wheat and a little bit of hops and spice.

T: Flavors of lemon and wheat dominate the taste, but the flavors are not over powering. There is some clove spice mixed in and a faint bit of hops in the background. After-taste is mildly bready with a touch of sweetness.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not very filling at all, nice representation of style, I was at the restaurant for only about an hour and put away 3 pints. The only thing that would keep me from sticking with this beer for an evening would be that I might drink it too quickly.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2007 17:57:11 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

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

Can't believe I've never reviewed this, this was the first wit I ever had & had the pleasure of of having this in Brussels, ah the memories

Pours a semi-hazed straw with 2 fingers of foamy pearl colored head. Good head retention & above average lacing

S: Lemons & coriander, faint wheat tartness

T: White pepper, lemons, coriander & wheat tartness up front. Juicy fruit, grainyness & slight phenols as this warms. Finishes grainy with coriander, lemons, orange peel & juicy fruit, almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Light bodied, grainy with moderate carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, a little more drinkable on draft, a little more gassy, so some complexity is lost. A benchmark for the style when fresh/not stale. There are ones I like better, but would always recommend this one as your first wit

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 00:54:00 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Stone IPA flute glass. Beer is light yellow and has a white haze to it that obstructs all light through the beer. Carbonation is moderate to high and a thick white head forms made of small bubbles that falls away leaving no lacing on the glass.

Beer smells a little bitter, perhaps some citrus in there, not much else, a slight lagerish beer smell. Perhaps a mild sulfur.

Eh, medium to thin body, not very effervesant in my mouth. Some bitterness, some citrus flavors, not a whole lot going on. I may be serving this a little too cold, who knows. Drinkability fine, mouthfeel average. I'm bored.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 04:16:11 | More by drabmuh
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zeff80

Missouri

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2007 05:03:56 | More by zeff80
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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

This beer pours quite hazy with a straw color that almost has a tint of green to it. The head is initially three-fingers thick and is a pale, almost white color that sticks around for a fair amount of time. The aroma is almost bready with a yeasty note and there is a tart, green apple note here as well. As I delve in deeper that characteristic, earthy coriander spice note asserts itself, as well as some soft citrus notes.

The taste has a certain fullness to it, though overall it is quite light and refreshing. There is lots of spiciness here as well; definite notes of coriander, and citrus peel, as well as other notes of ginger, pepper, and clove. There is a fair amount of sweetness here as well, it just hides or sort of melds with the spicy notes. The citrus character, in combination with the light tartness, reminds me most of lemons. There is a nice, light tartness here that keeps this beer quite light on the palate. There is a certain, almost chewy grain character here that is only accentuated by the impact on the palate of the slight body fullness from this beer.

I am a sucker for Wits, especially on warm days (it hit 90*F here for the first time this year here), where I find them refreshing and invigorating. I have not had this in a long time, but I am quite happy to drink this beer, it is certainly much better than quite a few American interpretations of this brew (of course a lot of the American interpretations are better than this), which is a pleasant experience from this once only example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2006 01:46:05 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 03:53:38 | More by Knapp85
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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
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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

Pours cloudy lemon yellow with a creamy white head that descends to a creamy covering. Some broken lacing is left.

The smell is of clove, spicy citrus, esp. lemon and a hint of banana.

The taste is like the smell. It's creamy and medium bodied. There is a mild fruity tang.

The creamy/fruity body holds up well in the mouth, though some thinness does come through a bit. It's refreshing.

It's drinkable, smooth and refreshing. This is one that I think is much better on tap than in the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2006 22:00:37 | More by jwc215
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

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

Came in the new bottles that have just been released by Hoegaarden. A staple for any true belgium beer drinkers, it pours a classic pale hazy unfiltered yellow with a superb white head carrying all of the yeasty goodness this beer has to offer. The aroma is clove and banana laced, with other spices and coriander what a treat. More refreshing than a lemonade, in my opinion. A lighter bodied beer that has citrusy tone to it and then mellows out to form a great yeasty finish. Full of so many flavors with out over doing it, this is an amazing beer that I will never grow tired of. Yes it is drinkable on every level for quantity and enjoyment.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2003 14:38:11 | More by WVbeergeek
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smcolw

Massachusetts

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

Starts with a decent head but it dies to a single layer of minute bubbles. Leaves some modest, streaky lace. Not as cloudy as most wits. Green-yellow color.

Classic wheat smell.

Spicy and peppery upfront flavor. Smooth feel but thin. I'm not a fan of wheats, but this one seems to fit the profile very well.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 20:16:29 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a hazy, light yellow, with a medium white head, with medium retention, into a Hoegaarden glass tumbler. Pretty much the classic wit look.

S: A perfume like mix of Belgian spices, soft citrus like orange and lemon, with a hint of lime.

T: Smooth citrus flavor, with some slight bitterness from the hops and coriander. A bit of wheat malt comes through, with a pasta-like consistency. A light, refreshing beer that is tasty and easy to drink, oustanding.

M: Smooth, spritzy, slightly acidic, just what you want from a witbier.

D: One of my favourite all-time wits, one of the classics, immensely drinkable, a great summer or brunch beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2007 03:33:52 | More by Halcyondays
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