Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,682 Reviews
THE BROS
82
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Reviews: 1,682
Hads: 4,697
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 123
Gots: 828 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij van Hoegaarden visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: purplehops on 07-08-2001

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (1,574 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (1,317 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (306 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.34/5  rDev -13.7%
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. (683 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
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. (516 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +15%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a tumbler.

Pours a fairly clear gold (bit of a faint haze to it) with a finger of bright-white head. Retains with a thin layer of creamy froth, leaving a foamy cascade of lacing behind, which quickly slides the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of sweet grains, a smack of lemon and orange, and a dusty yeast presence. A good bit of coriander and clove float along the back, giving this a strong spicy character.

The taste is a combo of wheat, fruit, clove, and coriander, combining to give this a lightly toasted sweet tang. Lower bitterness to this, with plenty of spice and dryness lingering on the palate for a good long while. The mouthfeel is light bodied, with a very smooth and easygoing nature to it, yet this still stays fairly crisp and lively in the mouth. That sub 5% ABV works just perfectly here.

It's no wonder that this is a popular summertime quaff. Flavorful, crisp, and very easy drinking, this is some refreshing stuff! (967 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (920 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I always saw this at the store and saw it was one of the original "Belgian Wit's" so I thought I'd give it a try after having numerous of its American versions.

I was pleasantly surprised.. this is a great beer. Pours a nice cloudy yellow as expected but this taste of it is just. unique. Very full in body and has a nice spicy kick to it while going down smooth. Very easy to drink and enjoyable all the way thru... would buy a sixer of this in future for sure. (463 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lovely clouds of foam in the Gulpener tulip. Golden and hazy. Sheets of lacing. Big creamy mouthfeel is much of the pleasure of this stuff.

This is really sweet. I suppose someone could be forgiven for thinking this was some kind of Hefeweizen. Moderately yeasty, but there is virtually none of the Belgian dry and bitter finish. Tangy and fragrant with spice.

As a Anheuser-Busch InBev product, this is well made, though I could not detect any sediment in the 12 oz bottle. Plenty drinkable, though I imagine the atmosphere of a tavern in Europe would do this a lot of good. Another oldie I"ve never managed to review. On sale for five bucks a sixer at a grocery store in northern Washington. (695 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (1,122 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Large white head leaves a nice lacing above a clearish light golden colored beer.

Light yeast and wheat grain aroma.

Classic wheat beer taste with light wheat, light yeasts coming through.

A lightly bitter dry aftertaste with a bit of the wheat beer tastes remaining with this light bodied ale.

This is the classic wheat beer taste, if that is what you are looking for look right here. (389 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz slim Euro-style brown bottle.

Appearance: Pale yellow, cloudy (this is a non filtered brew), with a bitty cream pure white head.

Smell: Peppery, hints of lemon zest, with a mild horse aroma.

Taste: The brew is sweet, mildly dextrinous, with a smooth semi-chewy mouthfeel. The yeast creates a pepper flavour that complements the light hop (lemony), sour flavour -- unique to this style. The aftertaste dries, from the unmalted wheat, and a slight bitterness escapes at the very end.

Notes: The original White Ale, and grandfather to many a Summer-style white ale. Seems to have less character lately, though if you have it over in Belgium it is better. (682 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
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 (791 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (477 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (645 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
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. (647 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (311 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
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! (1,129 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.17/5  rDev -18.1%
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. (817 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
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. (625 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into pint glass, best before 8/11/2014. Pours hazy golden straw color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, orange peel, light banana, coriander, clove, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spice, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, orange peel, light banana, coriander, clove, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, pear, orange peel, light banana, coriander, clove, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spice, and pale malt notes; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish as expected of 4.9%, Overall this is a damn nice witbier. All around well balanced and robust flavors of fruity/earthy yeast, spice, and pale malt; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,375 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into my New Belgium Globe Glass. Best before 6-12-09.

Color is a really hazy dull yellow. Thin white head that fizzles down quickly. Little lace observed.

Smell is very fruit. Main smell is bananas. Taste is similiar, but there is more of a hoppy taste involved.

Mouthfeel isn't very pleasent. Starts out bitter and then eventually ends smooth after a while.

Overall, it is a decent brew for something so popular. I could probably enjoy this at a bar or have this for a session beer. (494 characters)

Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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