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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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4,478 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,478
Reviews: 1,679
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 98
Gots: 602 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: purplehops on 07-08-2001

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of SkunkWorks
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured out a cloudy, straw color with an enormous head despite a very cautious pour though it dissipated quickly not leaving behind any lacing. Aroma wise, I get a hint of wheat. The taste is very bland and it reminds me of an American macro to be perfectly honest. I get a hint of orange but that's about all. Its very smooth and easy to drink, so that is a plus, but overall kind of a boring beer.

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of allboutbierge
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the first 'real beer' I tried. It remains one of my favorites to the date. The mouthfeel is marvelous, giving the drinker yet another quality to enjoy in addition to its taste. Its taste is a raw collection of mellow tastes of lemons and pepper. It is as the bottle proclaims a "perfect balance between sweet and sour". If you decide to try a Wit Beer, try this one then try the others; it is the standard.

Photo of SupaCelt
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour is a cloudy yellow. like urinary tract infection. small white head that dispatches into a ring a ding ding and leaves some spitty lace clingers.

the smell carries a bit of banana. corriander is listed on the label and is definitely detectable on the nose. very crispy.

the taste is light and spritely. the crispness works well with the banana and spice. light and wit. not overly interesting.

the mouthfeel is light and dances across the palate. it works well with the flavours. this is a compact unit.

overall, this is a decent run. repeatable qualities are perhaps not abundant, but a man might as well let this dance across his face once. you only live once, pour em in. love...

Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bought a bottle at odies big ten in lansing, michigan. ($2.65 for 12 oz)
pours a hazy straw with a pillowy head.
the aroma is wheaty, citrus, spicy, sulphur hint.
the flavor is soft, light, wheat, citrus, spice.
great summer beer, goes down easy and is not a heavy beer so it is very refreshing.

Photo of tikk
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy urine colour with a thick frothy white head that lasts until the end.

Smells of bananas, citrus, some coriander and other spices, I love this smell!

A nice spicy wit beer, some banana and orange peel is very present as well as some black pepper and spices.

A thin mouthfeel and a very refreshing beer!

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Apperance: A wonderful light golden color. Hazy from the suspended yeast, a fluffy white head that is just sticky enough to hang onto the glass.
Aroma: Citrus, wheat, yeast spices and phenols. Everything is in its place and nothing is overpowering. The citrus and spice grow stronger as the beer warms.

Taste: Blanced, sweet to start with a bitter and tangy finish. I pick up yeast phenols, a little citrus, a nice tangy wheat finish. A slight sourness.

Mouthfeel: Light without being thin.

Overall: World class. This is the Wit that all others try to emulate. The finish and the citrus are just out standing. It is so crisp and refreashing and a great summer beer.

Photo of jsisko01
4.7/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours a very cloudy pale yellow/white color with a half-inch thick head that dissipated quickly. Leaves nice lacing.

Smell - Coriander, wheat, orange peel, and banana.

Taste - Strong flavor of coriander and orange peel.. along with some clove, wheat, and malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - Somewhat of a spicy beer but it's a very good Belgian white ale. One of my favorites..

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of drizzam
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a cloudy pale straw that had a white haze throughout the body. The color mimics the color of your average witbier. Fluffy white head regresses to a foamy white cap that leaves spotty lacing down the inside of my glass.

S - When I first poured it, it seemed like a got a slight skunky odor. Once in the glass, I didn't smell that anymore. Smelled strongly of clove and coriander. Pretty potent nose on this one.

T & M - The taste mimics the nose with coriander and clove as the predominant flavors. I also get some lemon and a bit of a peppery finish toward the back end. Thin watery mouthfeel with low to moderate carbonation. This is your prototypical witbier.

D - The relatively low ABV lends to the drinkability, and if you're a fan of the style, this is easily quaffable. A decent brew, and surprisingly, my first foray into the world of Hoegaarden. I'll be interested to try their other brews.

Photo of elniko
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tall Weizen glass

A: Light, very murky coloring. Large two finger head that dissipated but left some lacing. Solid looking brew.

S: Exactly as I would expect. Corriander, cloves, and spices. I love the smell of witbiers.

T & M: A little pepper in the taste, the spice is definitely there. This is not as strong as some other witbiers that I've had and in my opinion is just slightly watery. Mouthfeel is solid with the spices lingering on the tongue.

D: Definitely drinkable on a hot summer day or a cold winter night. The Hoegaarden is one of the best example of a witbier on the market, I just wish it had just a little more flavor.

Photo of CortexBomb
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoegaarden pours out murky yellow, opaque, not a lot of head, but some. The smell is lightly wheaty with a skosh of banana, not a lot going on.

The taste is a simple, smooth yet enjoyable wheaty malted tone with hints of lemon and some spiciness. This is not aggressive by any stretch of the imagination, but it is a nice, pleasant Belgian white.

The mouthfeel on this, modestly good. Some fullness, some tingles, but not a lot. The drinkability is also a shade above average, a smooth beer, but a bit more expensive because it's imported.

The bottom line: I have Hoegaarden on occasion because bars which are slightly upscale tend to carry it. It's not one of my favourites in the style, and it won't shock you in any way, but it's a perfectly tasty, and serviceable example of its style. Just be sure that you get the lemon out of the beer ASAP if it's served that way.

Photo of Wisconsinality
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a Hoegaarden hexagon glass

A- Pours a hazy light yellow color with about an inch worth of head. The head is slow to fade and leaves nice lacing on the way down.
S- The typical wit here, yeast, banana, candy, and a hint of some spices. I never get tired of smelling this beer.
T- The bubble gummy candiness is pretty prevalent. Also there is some banana and a little bit of spice with some good yeasty background. This is my benchmark wit that I really compare all other to even though it is technically a macro.
M- It is a thin bodied beer and I think could be a little heavier but then again that is why this is a great thirst quenching summer beer.
D- This one goes down the same every time, great. This is a great beer for summer time and good when really thirsty.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of yen157
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my top favorite brews. The beer pours cloudy and straw colored. Immediately, banana and lemon can be smelled coming off of the perfectly white head. When sipped, the carbonation and sourness come first, then spiciness, and finally wheat. The hops come in with the coriander towards the end. The beer is modestly carbonated, and the bubbles are small and prickley. This is one great beer.

Photo of Beric
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle, from the bottle
Served: 5 January 2014

Appearance: Unfortunately had this one out of the bottle due to no glassware being available. Bottle looked good though. Lighter brown glass allows you to see the haziness in the beer from the suspended yeast as well as the head. I tried to drink this one pretty violently at first to stir up the yeast in the glass and it worked out okay, but almost volcanoed out of the top. Definitely going to use a glass next time I have this one.

Smell: Smells of banana. Not picking up any notes from the coriander or orange it says its brewed with. Smells a lot like a hefeweizen.

Taste: Tastes much like a hefeweizen (banana tastes) but with a little more edge.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and very refreshing mouthfeel.

Overall: I could drink this one by the gallon. Good, assertive taste from the wheat and yeast without being overly spiced like some wits. My favorite wit that I've had so far. Would make an excellent summer beer. I would rank Hoegaarden below most hefeweizens but above most American pale wheats. Exceedingly refreshing and a good change of pace from the boozy DIPAs and stouts common this time of year.

Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
85 out of 100 based on 4,478 ratings.