1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

Not Rated.
Hoegaarden Original White AleHoegaarden Original White Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

3,976 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,976
Reviews: 1,625
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 68
Gots: 302 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden visit their website
Belgium

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Hoegaarden Original White Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,976 | Reviews: 1,625 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of xbrettfavrex
xbrettfavrex

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

12-04-2013 05:44:34 | More by xbrettfavrex
Photo of Loki
Loki

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.8%

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
fullsweep

United Kingdom (England)

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

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
Photo of mtnwesdew
mtnwesdew

New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

10-15-2012 01:34:58 | More by mtnwesdew
Photo of lzepplin01
lzepplin01

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

05-05-2014 17:56:53 | More by lzepplin01
Photo of TLove
TLove

District of Columbia

3.23/5  rDev -14.6%

(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
Photo of crownrl28
crownrl28

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

01-07-2014 15:41:24 | More by GratefulEdd
Photo of humulusphile
humulusphile

California

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-17-2013 08:26:56 | More by humulusphile
Photo of WiserBud
WiserBud

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -20.6%

05-08-2014 01:35:07 | More by WiserBud
Photo of AaronRed
AaronRed

New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

OK. Went well with Chinese food

09-18-2001 17:12:10 | More by AaronRed
Photo of wcintula
wcintula

New York

3.3/5  rDev -12.7%

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
Photo of VaterRoss
VaterRoss

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +4%

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
Photo of Doyle
Doyle

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

08-05-2012 03:50:49 | More by Doyle
Photo of SometimesIfart
SometimesIfart

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

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
Photo of artemh
artemh

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5.8%

07-31-2012 01:27:25 | More by artemh
Photo of bshiban
bshiban

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

12-17-2012 23:46:33 | More by bshiban
Photo of bloberglawp
bloberglawp

Quebec (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +15.1%

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.

Enjoy!

09-08-2008 04:59:05 | More by bloberglawp
Photo of BeerDocT
BeerDocT

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -5.3%

Poured into ye old chilled tulip.

Appearance 4.0: Pours out a hazy, opaque, whitish yellow. Large head (1/2") quickly fizzed down to pleasing foaminess on top.

Smell 3.75: Very nice bouquet. Yeasty, light with honey undertones and also some pleasing malt.

-Taste 3.5: Front is very slightly sweet with a middle that is washed out but strangely refreshing. Finish is juicy and refreshing, but almost has no real taste. Strange, but good.

-Mouthfeel 3.5: Complementary carbonation to the style and the taste.

-Overall 3.5: Good witbier. Nothing fantastic, but absolutely nothing wrong. This is a classic, and rightly so, but there are bigger and better wits and wheats out there to be had. Watch the price, though. A friend of mine picked up a six-pack of these at Publix and paid almost $10 for them, which is insane; you could buy a "brew your own" kit for wheats for $25 and make 50 or so beers that would taste as good as this Hoe.

01-10-2013 05:22:31 | More by BeerDocT
Photo of olbubba
olbubba

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

06-25-2012 01:31:13 | More by olbubba
Photo of mattyrubes
mattyrubes

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

01-05-2013 02:11:28 | More by mattyrubes
Photo of jrempel
jrempel

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

04-24-2012 05:11:25 | More by jrempel
Photo of Southernbrew
Southernbrew

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%

Very good head, nice cloudy appearance, definitely an appealing looking beer. Strong floral scent, with some fruit. I think I smell cinnamon apples as well as a definite banana scent. Nice mouthfeel, assertive but not overpowering. Definite fruit flavors, slight citrus flavors. Definitely a nice brew that I could drink several of.

02-26-2004 05:05:13 | More by Southernbrew
Photo of Yoda22
Yoda22

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%

06-28-2014 04:41:37 | More by rypkr
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
85 out of 100 based on 3,976 ratings.