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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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1,688 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,688
Hads: 4,730
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 127
Gots: 857 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij van Hoegaarden visit their website

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: purplehops on 07-08-2001

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Photo of khensley
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Served very cold in 22 ounce mug. Bright yellow, and hazy in appearance, very appealing color, but poor head retention and zero lacing. Smells really interesting, even for a wit, with all the smells from a bowl of fruit loops. Taste was strangely spicy on the front end, and then refreshingly sweet and fruity on the finish. Thin in the mouth, but bubbly somehow. I was really thirsty, and this beer hit the spot. I loved it so much, I decided to brew my own version of it! Way better than the more widely available Coors version of the same style. (548 characters)

Photo of Markiboy
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Had in a 75cl bottle (on numerous occasions recently):

It's easy to look for ways to mark this beer down because you kind of want to because it's so well known and common but, being totally fair and honest, it is an excellent wheat beer. The head is fluffy white, the colour is exactly what you would like to see in a wheat beer - cloudy and golden with streams of bubbles - and the smell and taste is smooth, inviting and rewarding. I imagine I could sit and drink this one after another until I fell over and enjoy every minute of it. It's a really delicious and enjoyable beer that's accessible for almost everyone. It's both an easy entry beer and a beer you'll want to return to. (686 characters)

Photo of FireEmt37
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Light golden color, fairly cloudy, nice head

S- Fruity with hits of citrus and banana

T- Fits the style, nice tastes of fruits with the banana taste coming through

M- Crisp, yet smooth with a nice amount of carbonation

D- Easliy could drink many of these (261 characters)

Photo of Bergenboy1981
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoegaarden in the bottle is the first beer I've ever had that I liked, and was my introduction to Belgian Style Whites and wheat beer in general.
This beer poured very nice with a cloudy color and a very thick head, and was clearly unfiltered.
The taste is very creamy and heavy wheat flavor, somewhat bitter and spicy at the first sip, but sweet and citrus flavored once I got used to it. I grew a big love for this brew after I had it on tap, which I have only found available at Fox Sports Grill.
Hoegaarden is a great beer for its flavor and experience, altho it is very heavy and I have a hard time drinking it with food or on a day when the weather is too hot or muggy.

This beer was a very unique and view changing experience for me that I will always remember as the brew that turned me into a beer drinker and I highly recoment it. It brought me into the world of beer and every new beer I taste is always compared to this one in my mind as a factor on how I like it. With the exception of Blue Moon....if a beer isnt cloudy and full of sediment like Hoegaarden is...I put it right back on the shelf. (1,111 characters)

Photo of bcolflesh
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my work beer trade - drank with pizza.

I will refer to this in the future as the Juicyfruit beer - it tastes like that gum to me - and I mean that in a good way. This is really good - I wish I would have traded for a couple more.

You need to try this one. (262 characters)

Photo of nd5282
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light and citrusy white beer with a hefty amount of spice mainly apparent in the after taste. This beer was very easy to drink and came in a thoughtfully designed bottle and six pack holder. The bulb at the neck of the bottle helped to ensure a better pour and the top of the six pack holder provided the phonetic spelling of Hoegaarden to help with pronunciation. The attention to detail and thought put into this beer is top notch. (435 characters)

Photo of Philipp
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 0,7l bottle into a pint glass.

A- Beautiful looking beer in my opinion, light yellow color, hazy with a foamy, long lasting head.

S- Strong banana aroma with some clove, very appealing.

T- Orange and lemon flavors with banana and very strong clove aftertaste. Really good except for the aftertaste, just not my cup of tea.

M- Perhaps a bit watery, but pleasant overall.

D- Extremely drinkable due to the low ABV and non-offensive taste.

Really nice beer, but nothing for everyday drinking. (511 characters)

Photo of scottchesterhall
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beautiful classic pale wit look on the pour.

Smell is brimming with yeast esters, bananna and clove dominate. Smell may be the best part of this beer, and are much better on tap than in bottle.

Taste is nice, clean, mildly sweet with medium fruit.

Mouthfeel is neutral, neither dry nor full. Balanced, but nothing amazing.

Drinkability is the biggest weakness, as it becomes a little heavy on the fruit and esters by the end of the pint. (441 characters)

Photo of kazmaniac
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured two thirds of bottle into a pint glass, swirled bottle, then finished the pour. Generated about a 1 finger head with small tight bubbles that dissipated quickly. Cloudy pale yellow appearance.

Smell - Smells of orange and coriander.

Taste - Slightly sour with light spice and citrusy hops and maybe some malt. Finish disappears quickly.

Mouthfeel - Balanced with a light body with some carbonation.

Drinkability - Easy to drink and a good light beer for the summer. A good session beer. (511 characters)

Photo of TheIronHammer
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a beer glass. Has a hazy, very light yellow appearance. In line with what's expected from this style.

S: First smell that registers is coriander, then citrus notes. Some of the wheat comes through as well. It is well balanced and enjoyable.

T: Mirrors the smell. Coriander and pleasant citrus tones. Well balanced. Very easy to drink and enjoy.

MF: The mouth feel is a little thin. Doesn't detract from the beer really though. Moderate carbonation blends well with the taste. Overall, enjoyable and refreshing.

Overall Impression: It is a nice summer time beer. Light and refreshing. Had this after working in the yard and it hit the spot. Will definitely keep in the fridge during summers from now on. (723 characters)

Photo of stan66
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice translucid color (yellow) poured in a pint glass. Medium white head with good retention thru the whole test. It has an aroma mixed of spices, citrus and wheat. taste is not of my preferences but I enjoyed the experience. Maybe I am not going to drink this regularly. (271 characters)

Photo of dyingwrist
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After poured into a glass, it developed a large foamy head that went down relatively quickly. It had a nice light smell of a fruit, I would say banana. It had a nice crisp, refreshing taste. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste. It reminded of sponge cake for some reason. The beer itself didn't feel too heavy nor too light. All of this made it surprisingly easy to drink. A great beer, that I would definitely pick up again. (418 characters)

Photo of codyw
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Staw colored with small head that dissipates. Looks like cloudy urine. Not much lacing.

S: Nice complex smell. Not too overpowering. Smells of slight banana and clove.

T: Nice complex taste that isnt too bold. More interesting and smoother than a more common blue moon.

M: Nice feel. Quiet carbonation that adds the perfect touch.

D: A great drink for a sunny afternoon outside. (385 characters)

Photo of 6stringfunk
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours the color of apple juice with a two finger head that has good retention and lacing. The smell is fantastic - sweet, fruity. The taste does not match the smell. I was expecting more taste given the smell. The taste is light, but what is there is good. A nice acidic flavor with the addition of something resembling apple. Would be great on a hot day. (355 characters)

Photo of DeliciousSeeker
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- lemony and blondish coloring, a good amount of carbonation. Head stays put for quite a while.

S- very strong smells from this beer. Nice full aroma, and should be a consideration for Glade as a new candle smell.

T- surprisingly not much taste initially, but then you're hit with a really nice after taste. In all honesty, there's more after taste than anything else, but it's a good one. Nice flavors throughout.

M- Kinda watery actually. Was expecting a bit more body to this, but it's not terrible.

D- this is a drinkable beer, and could see myself having a few of these. There are better Witbiers out there, but this is a nice basis. (644 characters)

Photo of Godfather50
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- vey light straw with a two finger pale head
S- feint yeast smell with aniseed note
T- very distinctive toothpaste, dental mouthwash, aniseed but pleasant with wheats depth. Stayed interesting throughout.
F - well but not overly carbonated
O - a great tasting wheat beer that I will revisit. (293 characters)

Photo of ewurm
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer into a pint glass. It has a great light orange/yellow color, but with minimal head. It smells like your typical unfiltered wheat beer, tasty! The taste is excellent, although I am a bit biased because I really enjoy this style. I served it with a slice of lemon, orange is a bit too sweet for me. It has a plain mouthfeel, but it is smooth and delectable. I highly recommend to fans of this style. (416 characters)

Photo of jimboween
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

hello: i'm told it is pronounced WHO-garden. charming, but lacks the evocative imagery that my usual overly american pronunciation of the word conjures.

appearance: the palest straw-gold, border on platinum blonde. and resplendent in its unfiltered opacity. something about its hue refreshes me before i've even taken a sip.

smell: well i do smell cloves. but not sharp cloves. cloves and wheat. maybe unripened banana?

taste: more cloves, more banana. but i would like to reiterate: not ripe ones. green ones. when you just bought a bunch and can't wait to have one, and it snaps open rather than peeling smoothly. still tastes like a banana, yes, but like...banana and lawn.

mouthfeel: the carbonation is made of the tiniest little bubbles. it is not sticky whatsoever, but perfectly smooth. a cold, refreshing cashmere sweater in a pint glass.

overall: why yes, i am partial to wits. especially hoegaarden. yes i know there are better ones out there, but try and find alagash white in day-effing-tona. not gonna happen. hoegaarden, however, can be bought at publix as an afterthought to your grocery list, just when you've started to dread heading back out into the molten parking lot. yes it will be hot, but there will be a cold wit on the porch when you get home. (1,276 characters)

Photo of pirates
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pretty good witbier and easy drinking.

A - Murky/milky organge/yellow. Poured a very weak head that didn't lace all that well, but overall appearance is good.

S - A bit bland but hints of citrus.

T - A very pleasant beer to savor, not overwhelming, nor does any attribute dominate. Very good balance.

M - Perfect carbonation with soft citrus tones.

D - In terms of drinkability this beer's a winner. Goes down extremely well.

Overall, an enjoyable beer. (461 characters)

Photo of dmk139
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The "mouthfeel" is what makes this beer for me. SO GOOD! my only beef with this beer is that it is grossly overpriced, but all for the better as i feel i must treat myself to it on special occasions. It is a very full bodied Witbier. Very tasty, but not too fruity. Smooth as silk. If the allure of gold could be transferred into a taste, it would be very similar to Hoegaarden, i am certain. (392 characters)

Photo of OldGrowler
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As a reformed beer-hater, a result of realizing there's more than the mainstream gag-worthy carbonated-pee out there, this is only the second lager I've ever reviewed. Probably a good reference point for me, in venturing past my "safe zone" of dark craft beers. While there were no dominant flavours of citrus and or coriander, this subtle, refreshing, yet creamy beer is the smoothest and most drinkable of its type that I know of. Perfectly balanced. Not even a hint of sourness as many other white/pale/wheat ales go. The aroma was cologne-grade pretty, of subtle citrus, with no metallic or glassy smell. Cute, innocuous-looking label perfectly reflects the contents. Surprisingly filling! A must-try. (705 characters)

Photo of clayphilly
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in Brussels, Belgium with Steve Fatim Pepijn and Arnot. A light, not-overly flavored summer wheat. Simple complexity lets it be a great beer with a meal (preferable barbeque) and conversation. Add a slice of orange or orange peel in your glass for an added bonus.

-24 bottle case
-Beer distributor 15th and Federal, Philly PA (342 characters)

Photo of NovoAleMan
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale yellow, one finger foam head. Almost lemonade like in appearance. I was not a big fan of it. 3.5/5

S: Lemony scent. Hoppy, but pleasant. Not bad. 4.25/5

Taste: Not a big fan of taste either. Up front, a bit watery, but hoppy. Lemon-y aftertaste however, which was decent. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Feels fizzy and foamy in mouth, but drinkable. Not swill, but not a rich, complex beer.

I feel this beer is a bit overrated.

3.5/5 (432 characters)

Photo of Artisan-Korea
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tried the original whereas there is a locally made version which is a very good reproduction; but for same price as was when imported, I don't think so. When in Korea, you drink this because either there is no better option or you just don't know the taste of the real deal. (275 characters)

Photo of SaintsFan
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy banana yellow into a Chimay glass. Medium frothy head recedes to a ring around the glass, and there's a bit of lacing.

Smell is of banana, some spices, maybe a bit of lemon. Nice but unremarkable.

Fairly mild flavor wise -- it has some Belgian funky yeastiness, followed up by tart fruit and a tiny bit of hops. Alcohol is nearly completely hidden.

Mouthfeel is light, perhaps a tad too light. Has a spritzer-like quality to it. The lightness, and the mild flavors, make this highly drinkable.

All in all, a solid wit. This is a GREAT beer to suggest to those who are new to good beer, as it is a solid first step into what Belgian beer can be like. (668 characters)

Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
87 out of 100 based on 1,688 ratings.