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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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4,016 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,016
Reviews: 1,629
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 70
Gots: 329 | 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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Photo of Stubbie1


3.23/5  rDev -14.8%

Pours a pale yellow; a large white head sat at the top of the glass. Unfortunately, the head faded fast and left no lace. The aroma is of fresh cut grass, lemon, and wheat. The taste matches the aroma but in reverse. Easy to drink and this beer doesn’t fill you up fast. I was a bit bummed out by this beer. I was expecting more flavors to this beer than I had. It was good, not great. Pretty average,

05-16-2003 17:25:45 | More by Stubbie1
Photo of mjc410


1.98/5  rDev -47.8%

Presentation: big ol' weizen glass

Appearance: Pale yellow, really cloudy and near opaque, big fluffy white head coming above the top of the glass.

Smell: Citrusy, spicy, with a little of that horseblanket smell that I've heard of. Not very appealing.

Taste: Bitey wheat twang. It pretty much dominates the flavor. It's really tough to drink, even more so as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Really thick and chewy. This part would be enjoyable in a good-tasting brew.

Drinkability: Ugh! I tried my hardest to finish it, and I did (Only because it was pretty expensive). This beer has nearly scared me away from wheat beer. Fortunately, there are milder types out there.

04-04-2005 22:02:32 | More by mjc410
Photo of hiikeeba


3.85/5  rDev +1.6%

This doesn't show up too often around here, so whenever it does I grab it! It has been a while since I had it, and maybe I had too high expectations. It poured up light straw colored and cloudy with a thick white head. I smelled yeast and some fruitiness. It was very smooth, and the hops were a nice compliment to the wheat malt and spice. I thought it was a bit thin, but otherwise, I enjoyed it. But, I was disappointed. I had somehow expected more orange in the flavor.

08-11-2007 18:25:44 | More by hiikeeba
Photo of PartyBear

United Kingdom (England)

3.35/5  rDev -11.6%

Poured from a chilled 330ml bottle into a traditional half-pint Hoegaarden glass.

A - Cloudy lemony yellow in colour, with a good head. Not the prettiest beer, it has to be said.

S - Very complex spicy aroma, with a cutting citrus.

T - Powerfully fruity, but more complex than a PhD in quantum physics. There is a sweetness in the mist of the fruit, maybe honey?

M - There is a sharp lemon bitterness in the back of the mouth, along with a clear carbonic liveliness.

D - I have been drinking this beer regularly since I was in college, and never really stopped to think properly about what I was drinking. It is not the best beer I have ever tasted but it is one of the most interesting.

07-21-2009 20:45:34 | More by PartyBear
Photo of Harkrank


4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-23-2011 21:31:53 | More by Harkrank
Photo of moulefrite


4/5  rDev +5.5%

A classic no matter how you slice it. Perhaps the most widely known of the style here in the states and the best selling (ya want to not like it!) as well. But, the bottom line is this is a very nice beer! I love the pale pastel lemon/yellow color and the textbook snow white head. The aromatics are focused and distinctly fresh orange zest and coriander in a very nicely balanced package. The mouthfeel is at once refreshing and cleansing-light to medium bodied. Flavors are very much orange, especially orange zest, and malted wheat. Spice notes trail on the finish and add dimension. This is an amazingly drinkable wit that I will continue to enjoy and look forward to drinking.

09-28-2003 23:15:22 | More by moulefrite
Photo of bouncepass


4/5  rDev +5.5%

08-14-2013 06:54:17 | More by bouncepass
Photo of Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%

A - 2 finger fluffy white head on a pale banana almost white colour - huge head retention with gooey lacing which clings to the side of the glass for dear life

S - citrus orange lemon hint of banana and of course wheat malt - floral and some coriander - spectacular scent

T - similar to the scent except far more subdued although still very nice

M - creamy light bodied brew - slightly dry with medium carbonation - this is an incredibly sessionable beer

O - how have I not picked this up before??? This really is one of the best hot summer day brews on the planet - Easy drinking yet with plenty of flavor

07-08-2011 01:22:34 | More by Stocean1
Photo of Kulrak


3.93/5  rDev +3.7%

Pours a pale and very cloudy yellow color with no head at all. It looks very intriguing. The smell is yeasty and a little estery, like my own home-brewed ales. We're off to a good start. The taste is.. unusual, even for a witbier. I like the style, and I like this one, though I'm having trouble describing it. It just tastes like a nice yeasty ale. Mouthfeel is heavy, almost like drinking juice with a lot of carbonation. All in all, it's very drinkable, not really a session beer, but as a treat, it's a great beer.

12-26-2005 15:33:43 | More by Kulrak
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

05-05-2012 22:56:24 | More by MouthfulOfchris
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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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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%

12-17-2012 23:46:33 | More by bshiban
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

05-05-2014 17:56:53 | More by lzepplin01
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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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

02-18-2014 15:24:58 | More by MenardMa
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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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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
Photo of fullsweep

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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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

06-22-2013 01:27:47 | More by crownrl28
Photo of TLove

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%

01-07-2014 15:41:24 | More by GratefulEdd
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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