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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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very good

3,865 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,865
Reviews: 1,620
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 60
Gots: 249 | 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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4/5  rDev +5.5%

05-27-2014 13:25:17 | More by Metaltildeath
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

01-05-2013 02:11:28 | More by mattyrubes
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New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2013 18:55:02 | More by JohnG190
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3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours with a substantial head, beer itself is rather on the light side though.

Smell- A bit on the hefty side of lemon smell. Good yeasty aromas.

Taste- Again, a bit on the weak side but with some wheaty undertones. Slight hints of lemon.

Mouthfeel- Sufficently covers the palate, not too bad.

Drinkability- A very drinkable beer, most refreshing and delightful on a warm summer day.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 01:38:14 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
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3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

330 ml into Duvel tulip.

Cloudy pale golden underlying up to an inch thick white head with good retention.

Wheat bread and yeast with addition of coriander.

Label with ingredients listed says it all. Flavors of wheat bread and yeast with coriander and touch of sweet citrus. A very mild brew.

Well carbonated yet smooth, not really thin but very light one, almost watery with corresponding drinkability. Great summer companion.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 21:52:05 | More by crnipeter
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3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra in a recent trade. Had many of these in the past, so I thought I'd finally toss up a review on this bottle.

Appearance- Pours a very pale shade of slightly hazy straw yellow with lots of effervescent beading in the body. Pour yields a surprisingly

Smell- Lots of fruity esters and yeast on the nose. Smells particularly of bananas. Some spices, particularly coriander make themselves known as well. Smells nice and is no way offensive.

Taste- Again, fruity esters and yeast dominate the flavor profile. Some slight banana fruitiness again and a fairly strong bubblegum-esque yeastiness come through. What seems to be coriander evident again as well.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel was at best average for the style. The finish on the palate is rather watery and just a touch overcarbonated it seemed. Drinkability remained pretty solid however and the beer went down easy. Not hard to put a couple of these down on a hot day.

Overall, a very decent witbier and, of course, the flagship for the style. I've had other witbiers I liked better but would be hard pressed to find one that is so readily available and as decent.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 00:07:11 | More by boatshoes
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3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Sans Orange. Pours out a hazy orange and heads up about one finger of white. Beautiful carbonation just dances in the glass.

Smells exactly how it should with orange and coriander in the nose.

Tastes of yeast orange peel, coriander, wheat and a little pepper. Basically what they advertise is what you get. Only problem for me is that the flavor did not evolve, it just sort of stopped, I don't know why with such low alc it isn't a palate killer.

Mouthfeel is slightly watery lacking a bit of body, carbonation is nice but makes you wish the rest of the feel was on par.

Great drinkability, low alcohol not filling, a beer lover could do a few easy and a college boy could do a few more.

Very cheap, only eight for a sixer and twice that for a twelve. Add an orange and throw one to your old lady because its that easy to like. Sláinte.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 17:39:41 | More by JoeAmerican77
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-31-2011 01:10:31 | More by pheelingIt
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-08-2012 01:43:17 | More by mmmaaattt
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North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this right after having a Blanche de Chambly, and was able to compare the two beers.

This beer had a creamier head and very nice appearance. Pale, lemony yellow, cloudy, nice fluffy head.

Stronger aromas of orange, coriander and yeast.

Flavor also had more hints of orange and coriander. Very light and thirst quenching.

An excellent beer. I think that I like the Blanche de Chambly just a little more, but this was a worth opponent and I would certainly dirnk more of these. Extremely drinkable brew and hightly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2006 01:04:17 | More by doppelmeup
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Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a cloudy pale yellow with a 3cm frothy head. Head reduced to a thin long lasting cap. Some lacing is produced.

S - Coriander, cloves, bananas, oranges, lemons and wheat bread. Spices are quite apparent in the aroma. Smells good.

T - Light wheat sweetness, citrus sourness, orange peel bitterness and a good spicy kick in the finish.

M - Lively carbonation, tangy and a bit watery.

D - Very drinkable. First had this beer five years ago. This is the beer that made me discover better beer. It was so different than any else I'd drank at that time. It's among my favourite wheat beers today.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 03:28:11 | More by decimator
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New York

3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at O'Donoghue's in Nyack. Served in a pint glass with a wedge of lemon (which was promptly evicted with great prejudice).

Cloudy and unfiltered, as is on par for the style. Minimal frothy white head that leaves trace amounts of lacing clinging to the inside of the glass. Smell has a prevalent amount of citrus notes, along with hints of coriander and other spices. Definite wheat component to it as well, along with an almost palpable breadiness in the nose. Mild and sweet malt notes round out the end.

Taste has the same essences as in the nose, just a little bit more subdued, which is both surprising and a little disappointing. I guess I was expecting a certain level of robustness and I didn't get it. Still, there are notes of citrus and spice to provide the major components of flavor, along with a twangy, slightly sweet wheatiness. A little bit of an acidic kick in the finish. Mouthfeel is pleasing, with a reasonably medium body and a finish that leans a bit to the dry side, but not all the way. Some zingy carbonation provides a bit of a tart pop at the end.

Not a bad witbier at all, and certainly better than the other offerings on tap. I would have preferred more of a flavorful experience, but Hoegaarden is a perfectly serviceable brew and still miles and miles ahead of that adjunct dross that passes for beer at most bars today.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2011 02:36:21 | More by r0nyn
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

07-30-2013 19:16:36 | More by TwoTrees
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-16-2013 21:55:11 | More by berlinabb
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New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw gold with an immense cloudbank of bright white foam.

Scent is lemon, banana, cloves, tangy yeast

Taste is lemon first, then bananas and spices (clove, pepper) then tangy yeast and wheat flavors. Finally a peppery finish, white pepper. Tangy sourness. A hint of orange peel bitterness.

Mouth is crisp and nicely carbonated with a pleasantly sour puckering finish.

Drinkability is excellent. Could drink this all day. Nice session beer.

This is a classic witbier and I never tire of it.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 20:16:46 | More by sethmeister
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

04-14-2012 04:58:20 | More by Josiah2729
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-29-2012 01:42:58 | More by Wally1912
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

05-24-2012 05:45:39 | More by Rudy
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

12-28-2011 20:02:14 | More by supermeniscus
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United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

03-30-2014 14:36:13 | More by MisledTitan
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-22-2011 04:40:54 | More by logicalparadox
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Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

04-24-2012 05:11:25 | More by jrempel
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

07-14-2014 23:37:06 | More by cdog707yo
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

05-05-2014 17:56:53 | More by lzepplin01
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3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I got this one on tap because I was curious about how it would be different. It came to the table extremely cloudy and that did not change as I drank. It was a translucent but bright yellow to white color, bar was kinda dark. I basically felt like I was looking at a lemon-sorbet or frozen lemonade in the process of melting. There were a few mottled spots floating on the surface but otherwise no head and no lacing. Possibly because it was served with an orange wedge? Thats a new one.

The nose was fragrant and fruity, but slightly artificial. My friend said it reminded him of a "freshly waxed floor". I agree. The strong yeastyness no doubt contributes to this affect.

Though this pint is somewhat lacking in other areas, it more or less has it where it counts, taste. First few sips were overpoweringly yeasty, but soon I was getting citrusy orange and lemon with a slight zest. This gave way to more rich bananna taste with a little mango, strawberry, or orange sliding in before that yeast comes back to finish the job.

Mouthfeel was thick, a tad waxy, and grainy even at times.

What makes this beer fun is that almost no two sips were really the same. Unfortunately it also left the palate rather exhausted after one which is definately going to hurt drinkability. Normally I would suspect this beer was spoiled, but I've had it from the bottle a few times and its not that far off, just a bit old maybe, but I chalk it up to the great and mysterious difference between bottles and draft. Its definately unique and different.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2006 20:38:50 | More by JudgeRoughneck
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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