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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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very good

4,078 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,078
Reviews: 1,631
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 69
Gots: 351 | 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 Dweedlebug
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Dweedlebug, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of plinythederek
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

plinythederek, May 10, 2013
Photo of palliko
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a lovely hazy gold with an ecru head of foam and not much lacing. My least favorite aroma is pepper (in a Zin or beer!) but here it is in my beer, with an unidentifyable odor plus some lemon peel. The initial taste has notes of corn sugar, thick, syrupy, nasty something or other, lemon pepper, and sour mash. Finish has a raw grain taste that leaves a bitter taste in ones mouth.

palliko, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not much to add that I didn't mention in my review of the bottled version, but the Hoegaarden arrived from the tap a light, cloudy yellow with a thin head but a nice lace on the side of the glass. Like the bottled version, it was light and bubbly, with mellow tones of wheat, citrus, and coriander. Again, not much to add, except that the draught version is slightly superior all-around to the bottled (though neither in the U.S. can touch the draughts in Belgium).

Again, I love this beer, so forgive me for my gushing.

RockyTopHeel, Sep 08, 2003
Photo of bouncepass
4/5  rDev +5.5%

bouncepass, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of orangemoustache
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy very pale golden color with a soft looking snow white head that leaves some patchy lacing as it falls.The nose is fresh and clean with just a touch of spice and yeast.Reminds me of tropical fruit bubble gum flavors with an assertive amount of hops and spicy yeast.The lightness of body and subtle dryness are enjoyable from start to finish.A highly drinkable Whitbier that is full of complexity and character.Good stuff!

orangemoustache, May 22, 2008
Photo of Nutwood
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Nutwood, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of Johnroby
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Johnroby, Dec 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

pastramionrye7, Aug 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Yoda22, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of mattyrubes
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

mattyrubes, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of JohnG190
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy pale straw yellow with one-finger white head that dissipates quickly to a froth cap. Decent lacing. Typical witbier aroma, orange zest and coriander. Taste is spicy with a faint malt sweetness. Goes down dry and finishes slightly bitter. Light bodied with effervescent carbonation make this one great summer session beer.

JohnG190, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of fisherbray
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

fisherbray, Apr 24, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

MaineMike, Dec 18, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -34%

bca115, Mar 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

TwoTrees, Jul 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

lzepplin01, May 05, 2014
Photo of hmmmbeer10
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

hmmmbeer10, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of goz
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very cloudy yellow, huge white head that sticks around and sticks to the glass on the way down. Aroma is a little malty (bread), some citrus (lemon), and spicy (mainly coriander). Flavor is a refreshing mix of citrus and spices. Body is medium, ends acidic and slightly dry. Perfect beer for the summer.

goz, May 15, 2003
Photo of Buggies
4.7/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My favorite beer. Pours a very cool cloudy yellow. Following the directions on the bottle... hehe (2/3 empty... give a swirl and pour) with give you a nice head. It doesn't last long, but it smells awesome... very fruity and sweet.

Taste is great. Orange and coriander is not too over powering. Carbonation isn't as such that it takes away from the taste. I could drink this all day. Though a single pour is great. It's more of a desert beer for me since I enjoy the flavors so much.

Served from a bottle poured into an official Hoegaarden glass.

Buggies, Aug 07, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

mtnwesdew, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of Spineypanda
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Has a light color to it that is unfiltered, and a white head.

Smells of the wheat/pepper smell with a bit of citrus and some of the yeasts are prominent.

Tastes like a Belgian White :). Has the undertone taste of the Belgian yeasts and the peppery taste of the wheat. A little citrus but not a lot.

Unfiltered makes it a little heavier in the stomach but even more tasty.

I like this beer.

Spineypanda, Nov 10, 2009
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

artemh, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of Toddv29424
4.72/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my all time fav's: Pours a hazy light yellow color with a large head depending on how it is poured. The smell is a little sour with nothing really taking precedence over anything else, its all well balanced. Initial taste is like a crisp Pilsner again with no forward taste. When you begin to swallow is when the texture really comes out. The lemons are definitely at the forefront of the taste, with carbonation taking it all down. There is just a touch of wheat at the end, but for the most part it stays really sweet like candy.

Toddv29424, Apr 09, 2005
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2.5/5  rDev -34%

Jim_DemonDeacon, Sep 30, 2012
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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