Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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4,668 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,668
Reviews: 1,749
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 120
Gots: 806 | 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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Photo of Kicksmile67
4.62/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Merky and light gold. The large glass covered in condensation looked amazing with a piece of orange hanging from the side. The head didnt stay long but some light lacey remains camped around the edge of the glass.

S - Fruity citrus with an amazing grainy finish. Light odors of the culture.

T - Wonderfully light, yet full. No bitter finish and lacking in the over hopping thats everywhere today. The orange might turn off some but I found it added great character and accented several of the natural notes in the brew.

M - Rich and creamy. The large amounts of grain protein made it feel almost like a nitro.

D - Very drinkable, even my beer hating Girlfriend will order a few. Serius sign of ease to indulge.

Overall, this is a staple in my line of beers. I have gone back many times since my first and love this brew. A must try, hell try it twice in one of thier giant bucket sized glasses.

Photo of Fitzgerald
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 11.2 oz. bottle into a pint glass, not a hard pour giving it a thin white head, that gradually turned to a foam ring. The beer is a cloudy light golden color.

A funky scent of wheat and orange very spring like.

I love the taste of this beer very refreshing with spicy fruit flavor, orange I would say stands out the most.

Mouthfeel is dry but not real hoppy maybe a little thin at the end.

A very drinkable beer, a nice session beer that would quench your thirst on warm summer day.

Photo of AnswerInQuestion
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy pale yellow body with a finger's width of head that dissolves into a thin layer of carbonation.

S: Grass, lemon, and orange.

T: Rather bland, weak lemon flavors, sweet and slightly sour.

M: Smooth and nicely carbonated. The feel compensates for the taste.

D: A decent beer, but simple and with an almost pilsner-like taste. Compared to other Belgian beers out there, I was underwhelmed.

Photo of stoutmasterjames
4.67/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I don't normally swoon like this over a "light-flavor" beer, but this stuff is really damn good! The bottle, dressed as a monk, exudes the pleasant tastefulness of the Belgian white within. Pepper-taste, soft, non-intrusive. The spices really add a lot to this beer. It is highly drinkable, and I couldn't imagine a single beer-drinker who would dislike this masterpiece. If you ain't tried it, go get a six pack... TODAY!

Photo of Perrumpo
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite Witbier. Drinkability on-tap is amazing with this one.

This beer has just the right amount of spice for a witbier. The light, somewhat-cloudy appearance and the wheat & citrus aroma are appealing during the hot summer days. The taste and mouthfeel are even more satisfying. The spice and citrus are prevalent enough to give this beer a mouthful of flavor, but not too strong to take away from the wheat and yeast. Smooth as can be, patricularly on-tap, Hoegaarden has the perfect balance for summer - or anytime you want a witbier.

If you like this style beer and come across this beer on tap, do give it a try.

Photo of KF_MSU
4.57/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy look. Smells of spices with a little bit of citrus. Smooth and refreshing taste. I really like this Belgian beer, especially on draft.

Photo of rbjorkman
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

- Hazey yellow color
- fruity/citrus smell
- crisp mild flavor
- refreshing and yummy to drink

Photo of Chrissythebeerlover
4.67/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smells citrusy and spicy. Big fan of imported beers and I loved this one. The flavors were a mouthful and extremely complex. Great beer anytime of the year.

Photo of AlesALot
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yellowish off white with no clarity when poured with the yeast stirred in as recomended on the label. Thick white Belgian head with decent retention and some lacing.

Smells slightly citrusy from orange peal not hops with some spicyness coming through from the corriander.

The taste is spicy and dry. Some malty sweetness, but the wheat drys it out quickly. So ness with corriander in the finish.

Some what thick in the mouth. Some puckerage from the wheat dryness and the sour orange peal.

This is any easy drinker. Could be a session beer, but I'd only consider one in the mix of a session.

I liked this one a lot more when I didn't like beer. It realy blew me away my first time. I couldn't get this here in Tenn. untill recently and I grabed it the first time I saw it. I wish I had only bought a single.

Photo of burtonbe
3.04/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very yellow color. A faint gold almost. Cloudy. One-finger fluffy white head. Looks good.

S - I smell german yeast. Yeastyness. Cloves. Very very slight banana. Some bubble-gum. Better than average.

T - Very nice. It tastes more inline with a bavarian hefe-weisen than than a belgian wit though. Cloves overpower the taste. Not very bitter. Wheaty and yeasty. I like it, but it just doesn't scream "wit"....

M - Mouthfeel is right where it should be. Light, with the carbonation spot on.

D - This beer is drinkable. Don't have much more to say other than that.

Overall this is a very nice beer, but this wit just doesn't do it for me. There is very little to absolutely no honey, vanilla, coriander, or orange-fruityness aroma or taste. I was expecting a lot more.

Photo of americanwolfdrea
4.56/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was served a nice tan color with a creamy head and an orange slice. It had a crisp and refreshing taste and very clean finish. I hade it paired with a whole wheat pasta dinner and the wheat in the beer came through very very well. I enjoyed this beer greatly

Photo of Rsobotka
2.86/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ive tasted the Hoe many a times from the bottle but gave it a shot from the tap.
A: cloudy, yellowy with a slight lacy head
S: like a sweet loaf of citrus banana bread
T: Like a watered down version of a good wheat beer. Unfortunately ive thought that this beer is missing a littel umph.
M: feels superb as it passes over the tounge and down the goose
D: Could easily drink a 12er on a warm summers night but would rather pound a Pulaner or German Blonde.

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

A: Beautiful light emerald color, like the sea after a storm has passed. Two fingers thick of head, retains nicely, making a complex surface like rolling hills.

S: Cloves, banana, lime, flowers. Fresh and complex!

T: Ginger, banana, initial hop pizazz. Instantly refreshing. Noticeable, balanced yeast flavor.

M: Like cream soda, so smooth.

D: High! Very refreshing summer beer. Must be excellent with chocolate.

Photo of turnerr79
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow pour, very cloudy. Full inch head, which hangs around for quite a while. Citrus yeasty nose, typical for the style. Bubbly. Initially light on the palate, but finishes strong with the same kickass wheat-yeast combo.

I tried lemon in my second glass, but it definitely stands on its own.

Not bad at all, but not sure if I'd pay the $10 Seattle retail price again.

Photo of MSUEmilie
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

This is a very light straw colored ale that has a slight haze to it. When poured there is a very fluffy one and a half finger head with very nice lacing.

The smell is a very light coriander lemon combination with a bit of sweet orange

The taste is a very crisp wheat flavor. I've heard some say they think it has a banana flavor to it but I believe there is a more citrus flavor to this beer.

This light thin beer is very drinkable but has a very high level of carbonation that make you sip it.

I've had this in bottles and on tap and would highly recommend it.

Photo of David121
4.5/5  rDev +19%

One of my favorite beers. Great flavor of orange peel and coriander. A little pricey, but worth the buy.

Photo of Limbo569
1/5  rDev -73.5%

Probably one of the worst, if not the worst beer I have ever had. Leaves a horrible taste in your mouth when you finish.

Photo of MaDeuce
2.32/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A week blue moon, orange zest flavor

Photo of redinge7
2.28/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Light/pale color, almost fruity in smell, but had a heavy malt flavor in taste.

Photo of MakenziMantey
2.23/5  rDev -41%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

The color of this beer is a cloudy medium yellow. The aroma you get is a spiciness smell and is kind of strong. Tasting this beer is another story at first it is tangy and sharp with an after taste that is not all that pleasant.

Photo of baile208
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy dark gold color with a tangy, citrus smell. The taste was malty with a slight hint of pumpkin and citrus. Mild flavor.

Photo of kbernthal
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

light in color, very typical of a german beer

Photo of dbtossi
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A nice light beer with a lot of flavor of spices

Photo of capilial
2.48/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very smooth and full of spices. A very nice light beer.

Photo of wilgenb1
3.17/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

very floral in aroma, light body and great texture. nice beer to sip on and enjoy

Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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