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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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very good

4,327 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,327
Reviews: 1,652
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 82
Gots: 474 | FT: 1
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 GRUUMSH
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of SStein
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of Rootdog316
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is perfumey with an instantly enticing spice and pepperiness from the Saaz hops. Hints of lemon zest and orange are also noticeable.The palate is smooth, medium bodied with a mild sparkling sharpness and refreshing bite. It has a tart citrusy quality to the flavor, with a peppery spice to it. There is an orange and a mild honey taste that provides a smooth relaxing sweetness. There’s some acidity and a mild bitterness in the finish.

Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my favorite beer drinking glass -

best by date was 17/05/11 ?or 02217:4235

Poured a light cloudy gold - Two finger head with lots of carbonation hardly any lace -

Smell was real light - Wheat and mild malts .

Taste was pleasant light coriander hints, slight hues of orange peels, barley malts - A very tasty brew -

It would be real easy to pound a six'r of these -

extremely drinkable -

Photo of Kingcurio
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of sacfly
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz
Pours a cloudy light golden/yellow color with a thick head of large white bubbles. Frothy. Aroma is spice. Coriander comes out with a bit of orange citrus. Taste follows suit. Not too overdone. Very well balanced flavors. Light bitterness and dry aftertaste. Great easy drinking brew. A staple of the summer months.

Photo of ac22rush
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of beb86
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of jeffthecheff
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in the clunky hoegaarden glass, this beer has an opaque yellow haze color. Every time I was served this beer, the head was very small and thin, and would die down to almost nothing in short time.

Aroma is a delicate yeasty aroma, the first thing that comes to mind is bubblegum.The taste also carries the nice yeasty bubblegum notes. It's not a very complex taste, but it is still very good.

Mouthfeel is nice and silky, with a creamy body that is also light bodied and refreshing. This beer was on tap at a restaurant below my hotel room when I went to on vacation, and it was all I had for the 4-5 times I went there. Never got tired of this beer, and it was very versatile with the food served there.

Photo of plinythederek
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of hermit990
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Liverocks
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of mattyrubes
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of dlin0sbb
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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

I admit, when I first saw this beer I called it like everyone else does hoe-garden when it is really who-garden. The brewers even put a handy phonetic spelling on the six-pack handle. Anyway, for a mass produced wit, this one has some decent flavor. Pours a bright canary yellow with a slight haze. Aroma is of fresh orange peel, a little floral, some coriander. Taste is smooth and bursting with citrus and zest. Great as a apertif and a good summer quencher, you can find it at most local grocers.

Photo of mquinn919
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of Givemebeer
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Light golden, hazy, luxurious white head

S: orange, lemon, pepper

T: Starts off with a mix of orange and tart lemon followed by some pepperiness. A tad watered down and a tiny bit spicy.

M: Medium bodied and semi sweet.

O: Not a big witbier fan but the flavor profile is pretty nice. Just wish it wasn't so toned down. Seems like its made to appeal to a wide variety of people that aren't all craft beer drinkers. Still not bad and quite refreshing.

Photo of SteveB24
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Wheat beers are like grilled cheese sandwhiches, since they are all pretty decent its very hard to find one that stands out. This one does in its unique, floral taste. Hoegaarden is tasty and refreshing, the flavor is floral with some citrus and spice. Quite light and smooth, bit creamy

Photo of depechemode1983
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pretty good looking Witbier. Cloudy bright bright yellow in color. Retention is fantastic. Lacing is just patchy and random.

S - Wheat, clove spice, and lemon zest are right up front. Theres a nice lingering candy type sweetness in the middle with some peppery undertones. Pretty classic.

T - Very peppery. I dig it. Wheat lightens it up a bit and the lemon gives it a little kick. The candy like sweetness I was picking up in the nose is almost completely absent. Almost the complete opposite of the smell.

M - Medium bodied over all. Could use a little more carbonation. Border flat almost. Not horrible though.

O - Ive had this one on several occasions. I think the tulip glass really helped this one out. I don't remember this beer being this good.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden, pale, and hazy yellow with a large, frothy white head that settled to a decent film and left small amounts of think, yet wavelike lacing on the glass.

S: Pale wheat, toned-down banana, spices--clove and coriander. Smell is strong and vibrant, but could be more complex or robust.

T&M: It's got a tame flavor for a witbier. The spice and orange are there, but not prominent. The overwhelming taste is that of pale wheat and sweet yeastiness that adds a mellow-banana flavor (similar to Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, to me at least). The finish is dry, but barely so. There's a good bit of carbonation here, as well. It's light bodied and crisp.

D: Very drinkable because of the light body, well-balanced and smooth flavor, and pleasant aroma. It's sessionable, too. This style isn't one of my favorites, but I'll probably be picking up some Hoegaarden again.

Photo of hawkmage
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of C_S
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Brian700
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very cloudy blonde with a nice fluffy white head. There is some decent lacing going on.

The aroma is very estery and spicey. I pick up on coriander, clove, banana, orange.

The flavor is very refreshing. There are a lot of fruity esters along with some spiciness like clove and coriander. There seems to be that spiciness you get from Ardennes Yeast strains.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer. It is very refreshing and not to much for the pallate to handle. I will definately revisit this beer.

Photo of chugamugofsud
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hoegaarden was my favorite beer before I got heavily into beer tasting. This beer is an unfiltered wheat that is combined with orange peel and a little bit of a peppery taste to make an excellent white ale. This is essentially the grandpa of that style. It drinks easily, pouring with a medium thickness white head and hiding its biterness until the very end thanks to the citrus flavors. Most anyone who has had Hoegaarden enjoys it and it comes recommended. It does seem to have less to it when you drink this beer on tap, though, so I recommend the bottles. (odd, isn't it?)

Photo of TheyCallMeYukon
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
86 out of 100 based on 4,327 ratings.