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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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very good

4,000 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,000
Reviews: 1,627
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 68
Gots: 312 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden visit their website

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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4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-17-2012 21:25:37 | More by edwardkersh
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

06-12-2012 04:08:50 | More by dlin0sbb
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

08-19-2013 22:59:26 | More by Yoda22
Photo of beerprovedwright


4/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured this pale yellow, cloudy, and very active beer in my glass, and it produced the biggest head of any beer in my recollection. The head was better than three fingers of a very rich foam. I has taken about five minutes and there is still head. The beer color is a 3 on the SRM chart. Smells like lemon, wheat, and yeast. Tastes more like potatoes with garlic, lemon, pepper, and wet wheat. About a mouthful of mouthfeel. Heavy body, almost can chew it. Very different flavor, it grows on your taste buds. Will have to keep a look out for this on the beer menu.

10-28-2010 05:02:10 | More by beerprovedwright
Photo of Sachsenfreude


3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Unless it's the blue Chimay I usually avoid Belgian beers for thier head ache causing qualities but I decided to give this one a chance and experience the style.

appearance; quality head that quickly disapates, pale yellow color, a little bit cloudy but stil transparent.

smell; crisp hops and citrus, what one would expect from this style, only slightly above average.

taste; quite a good balance of coriander with the hops and malt. Maybe the malt could be stronger but it's a stretch to say that. Step above American versions of this style I have tried (Blue Moon)as they tend to be too heavy on the coriander and loose the flavor balance.

mouthfeel; nothing special, not watery and slightly thick but not too many complexities, just average.

drinkability; definatly a drinkable beer, tasty but not so good that it would be a disservice to the beer to drink in quantity and lose flavor.

09-23-2010 19:17:41 | More by Sachsenfreude
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

06-28-2014 04:41:37 | More by rypkr
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New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

07-05-2013 23:05:47 | More by Jacob007
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-04-2013 05:44:34 | More by xbrettfavrex
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

05-05-2014 17:56:53 | More by lzepplin01
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours a cloudy, pale yellow with a small white head that fades fairly quickly. Aromas of coriander, orange, citrus, and faint pepper. The nose follows through to the tastes of orange, coriander, wheat with a light sweetness that pairs with the slight peppery spice. Finishes slightly dry with a mild bitterness. Great Hefeweizen. My fiancee's favorite and everyday beer. Even better on draft.

05-08-2003 12:46:33 | More by Loki
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United Kingdom (England)

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%

330 mL bottle poured into a glass.

Smell is unusual (although this was my first witbier), with some slightly sour notes and some sweet grainy aroma as well.

Thick white head sits atop a very cloudy, very pale shade of beer, similar in color to the non-alcoholic beverage, ginger beer.

Taste is pleasant--a sweet/sour (only slightly) flavor, with mild hints of grapefruit bouncing off the grains.

Very nice.

03-07-2009 15:21:24 | More by fullsweep
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.5%

07-31-2012 01:27:25 | More by artemh
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

06-22-2013 01:27:47 | More by crownrl28
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

08-14-2013 06:54:17 | More by bouncepass
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District of Columbia

3.23/5  rDev -14.8%

(From Notes)

On tap in CT.

This is a go-to, often available witbier that is both supremely drinkable and a refreshing summer beer.

Pale yellow, with cloudy body and white head with a touch of creaminess. Some wheat and citrus in the smell and the taste envelops some spice and orange peel with a well-balanced yeastiness and decent carbonation. Light to medium body and very soft, balanced finish that really goes down well. Absolutely going for another.

08-19-2009 14:50:58 | More by TLove
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-17-2012 23:46:33 | More by bshiban
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

01-07-2014 15:41:24 | More by GratefulEdd
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-17-2013 08:26:56 | More by humulusphile
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -20.8%

05-08-2014 01:35:07 | More by WiserBud
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

OK. Went well with Chinese food

09-18-2001 17:12:10 | More by AaronRed
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New York

3.3/5  rDev -12.9%

A start in my study to better understand/appreciate the Witbier.

Poured into a Radeberger glass with a very hazy pale yellow and a big head that recedes to a small corner molding where the beer meets the glass. Smells a little sour, with lemon-y hop character and a phenolic yeast smell. Seems to be a little less character in the taste than the smell, just a grainy addition with a little dryness. Very easy drinking.

03-31-2011 17:28:58 | More by wcintula
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North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +3.7%

12oz bottle into goblet

Pale straw yellow, almost watery looking. Pours with a big head. Smell is that nice wit/weiss yeast smell with some wet wheat, all in all a bit dry smelling. Taste is yeast and a strong amount of coriander, a bit watery. Mouthfeel is prickly due to high carb and spices.

For me this is the benchmark wit: easy to find, no extremes, and quite good. Nothing I would turn my nose up at but certainly not a great wit. This beer smells and tastes quite good.

01-14-2012 03:46:28 | More by VaterRoss
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

08-05-2012 03:50:49 | More by Doyle
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4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

there is one word to explain this beer. DELICIOUS. I party a lot, So I typically won't buy something with such a price tag unless I am only treating myself to it. Which is exactly what happened. One sip of this and I wouldn't let anybody else near it. I am typically weary of trying foreign beer after I bought dirty bastard, Which had the opposite effect. Probably the best tasting beer I have ever had, And the drink-ability is only second best to American Badass. Treat your self to this!

06-14-2012 03:19:20 | More by SometimesIfart
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Quebec (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +14.8%

Hazy, pale yellow and lots of head. Aroma of spice and yeast esters. A great flavor of wheat malt and a slight bit of tangy sourness. Alot fair bit of spice and a wonderfull profile from the wheat malt.

Very drinkable, in fact I had 3 in about a hour. I blame the drinkability of the beer and the listening live to the "session" for The Brewing Network.


09-08-2008 04:59:05 | More by bloberglawp
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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