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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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4,509 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,509
Reviews: 1,687
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 104
Gots: 644 | 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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Ratings: 4,509 | Reviews: 1,687
Photo of JohnG190
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Ajmorriso1
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of mintjellie
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy lemon yellow with two fingers of fluffy white head. Head recedes to a tight cap leaving no lace behind.

Aroma of lemon and bready yeast. Oranges and a hint of spice. A little bit sweet.

Sweet bread and tangy lemon continue on the palate. Slightly peppery. If this were a hefe instead of a wit, I'd swear I caught a little bit of banana in there. Very mild bitterness toward the finish. Orange comes forward as it warms up.

Light bodied and a little bit fizzy. Goes down like water on a hot day, or any day for that matter.

Photo of Buttermilk
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of jreitman
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pale gold with a pleasing aroma. Sweet flavors start off and finish with a slightly sour bitterness. Classic belgian yeast taste. A good beer, but not my favorite Wit.

Photo of pcsnyder
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Jmick28
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Berg77
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of KI9A
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy straw, big white head, OK retention, a little lace sheeting.

S: Wheat, citrus.

T: ALOT of citrus, obvious orange, some lemon, and lime. Corrinder, a little clove.

M: CLean, very refreshing, as are most Wits. Some sourness hangs around, like lemonade-ish.

D: Figured I'd try the "original" Belgian Wit, from 1445. Even though it is technically a macro ( ABInbev ). Decent enough, will most likely pick up a 6er to have around, but, with so many other decent Wits around...who knows.

Photo of jrempel
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Duvel
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of BH712
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of trevorwideman
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I have a long history with this beer, which makes it strange that I haven't reviewed it yet.

Poured into a goblet, very pale yellowish off-white unfiltered brew. Very lovely, nice carbonation, and great medium head that sticks around for a while, pretty lacing. I always liked the look of this beer, even when I knew nothing about beer and beer styles. Smell is of cloves, coriander, and lots of citrusy notes. Taste is a bit bready, with a refreshing lemony zestiness, very clean, but not too complex. Seems a bit weak in the mouthfeel, and I find it a little soft on the palate, but it sure slides down easily. This is a solid witbier, and still one of my perennial favorites.

Photo of vtfan77
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Very light straw, cloudy, almost milky in appearance. Small, maybe 1/4 inch head dissipates quickly.

S- Dominant aromas of orange and coriander are backed by a light graininess and maybe a touch of clove. Classic witbier smell, and quite good.

T- More of the same in the taste. Tart orange upfront backed by cereal grains and a crisp, wheaty twang on the finish. Aftertaste is slightly chalky with very little bitterness.

M- Light and crisp with a good dose of carbonation.

Well, it's a classic. The flavors could be a little stronger and more complex, but there's little to complain about here. It's tasty and refreshing and great for a hot summer day. If you're not looking for much more than a solid, quenching beer, then look no further. Recommended.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass from the tap; pours a cloudy yellowish/white with a medium head.

S - A citrus aroma fills the glass with a floral/spice hint lingering in the background.

T - Banana is the first discernable flavor, but it quickly gives way to a wonderful mix of fruit (almost like a blended-fruit beverage). Very slight taste of hops and no alcohol presence.

M - Light body that goes down very easily.

D - The light feel paired with a creamy-fruity taste adds up to a very drinkable witbier. The ultimate hot-summers-day selection.

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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