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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

Hoegaarden Original White AleHoegaarden Original White Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

3,574 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 3574
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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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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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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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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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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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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

everyone tries to copy this white ale, but it still stands distinctly alone as the original for me. cloudy and citrusy smelling, with a big pillowy head. has notes of spice and orange cream as well as a mellow floral hop profile. lighter body makes it a really easy session, but only when its super cold. i find this one gets a little bitter and funky yeasty when it warms up, so best to guzzle it down well its still chilly. too expensive for what it is, but a great white!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 01:59:09 | More by StonedTrippin
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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

On tap at a mighty classy establishment: Our Beerbellies in Bethlehem, PA.

Compared to the bottled Hoegaarden, my draft didn't seem quite as crisp, still it was pretty tasty. There's a big sweet creamy flavor with notes of Belgian spice and lemon. I kept waiting for the flavor to really open up, but it never came.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2007 15:19:25 | More by tempest
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mdfb79

New York

3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into my Portsmouth 20th Anniversary pilsner glass.

a - Pours a murky pale straw yellow color with three fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing left on the glass and head lasts for a few minutes.

s - Smells of spices, oranges, coriander, wheat, Belgian yeast, and bready malts.

t - Tastes of spices, coriander, wheat, orange, citrus, bready malts, Belgian yeast, and some light pepper.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and very easy to drink.

o - Overall a decent witbier. The nose is pretty nice, though the taste isn't very flavorful and a bit bland. Very easy to drink. Not really something I would seek out again but something I would certainly drink again if I had a limited selection and was looking for a light beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 23:45:56 | More by mdfb79
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kojevergas

Texas

3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hoegaarden bottle into Hoegaarden pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland.

A: A three finger head of fair cream, thickness, and retention. Clear hazy yellow colour.

Sm: Lemony esters abound, backed by other fringe citrus notes.

T: Lemony body; maybe too much zest. The citrusy notes do come through on the climax, though not like they do in the draught version. Built simply but well. Kind of defines the style.

Mf: Fizzy but smooth, and wet and refreshing. I don't like the finish texture, which is sort of dryly irritating and almost choking. You'll taste what I mean.

Dr: Priced fairly by Irish standards, but not a fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 21:39:27 | More by kojevergas
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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

This is a 12 oz bottle of Hoegaarden poured into an Ommegang Witte glass. The ale is slightly chilled.

Appearance: The ale is a hazy orange-yellow color. The unfiltered nature of the ale is clear. There is a slight ring of lace around the glass.

Smell: The ale smells of orange peel, a sweet citrusy aroma (not a hop aroma, mind you).

Taste: The coriander and orange peel dominate the taste of the ale. I was hoping for a bit more of a wheat presence, but the spices are smooth and pleasant.

Mouthfeel: The ale is sweet and smooth, very pleasing on the palate.

Drinkability: I could easily drink this ale all summer long, although I'd like to see a bit more wheat.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2006 13:53:58 | More by akorsak
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

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

First had: on tap at Tuscan Tavern, Blackwood, NJ

A nice wit, that I guess is the standard for witbiers. If you're a Blue Moon drinker, try this instead, because it's better. Pour a hazy, pale yellow with a nice white head that retains rather well. Light wheat aroma with citrus notes. Light orange and lemon zest taste, with smooth bready malts that are somewhat overcome by the general wheat beer harshness; acidic, with a bitter aftertaste. Light body and easily drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2011 22:40:16 | More by Rifugium
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Billolick

New York

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle with best before dating of about a year from the date of this review. Pours a dull almost gray- lightest of straw tones, very cloudy. Lifting a world class white head and leaving top notch lacing. Nose is soft, lemon, sugar and soap. Creamy soft mouthfeel. Notes of, of course, lemons, vanilla, honey, melon and spice. Yeasty and pleasant. This stuff is great with anything you put on your plate during the warm months. Very drinkable, it tastes so good. A classic for good reason.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2004 03:19:17 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.95/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in a traditional Hoegaarden hexagonal glass, per instructions on the bottle)

A-nice pale straw yellow that is cloudy in body and a nice creamy thick head.

S- wonderful spicy wheat aroma with a bit of perfumy spiciness maybe coriander. a little hint of flower sweetness and a hint of yeastiness.

T- starts of with a nice mellow citrus sweetness but its still zesty. A nice faint herbal spiciness that might have a hint of hops but it is very much in the background. A dry finish with a very subtle tartness to it.

M- light body with a good strong carbonation and a very faint tartness.

D- This is a wonderful beer and very true to form maybe because this beer revived this style of beer not to long ago. This was near perfect but I would have liked to see just a bit more spiciness and a bit more tartness. And perhaps fresher samples have that? Overhaul an excellent beer that I will drink again and again.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2005 00:44:52 | More by rhoadsrage
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

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

Will pour a five+ white head. Just as expected for a wheat, pale straw and cloudy, good head, faint yeast and distinct wheat flavor but what else would you expect - this brewery has it down after 568 years. 330ml bottle from Gift Specialists Oceanside, California.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 22:19:08 | More by jdhilt
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.88/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance:
Gorgeous. Beautiful pale cloudy yellow body. Heady is frothy and pillowy, but light, and sinks to be just film after a while.

Nose:
Wonderful. Sweet citrus fragrance. Herbiness, traces of dried fruit. Some yeastiness, not very pronounced, but enough to give the nose a little lightness.

Taste:
Refreshing and clean. A beautiful balance between the sweet malted wheat and the coriander spiciness, with a beautiful lingering dryness. Better every sip. It's just so mellow and drinkable, but with enough subtleties to keep you interested. Mouthfeel is smooth, cleansing and refreshing.

A truly wonderful beer. If anything, it seems to gain a little something in bottled form. Refreshing and beautiful, and the yardstick by which to judge other wits.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2005 09:07:32 | More by lacqueredmouse
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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