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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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very good

4,435 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,435
Reviews: 1,669
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 94
Gots: 554 | 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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3.24/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of yen157
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my top favorite brews. The beer pours cloudy and straw colored. Immediately, banana and lemon can be smelled coming off of the perfectly white head. When sipped, the carbonation and sourness come first, then spiciness, and finally wheat. The hops come in with the coriander towards the end. The beer is modestly carbonated, and the bubbles are small and prickley. This is one great beer.

Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of cgrunin
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Jotora
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of BH712
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Eman17
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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

12 oz bottle into Ommegang tulip

A - Very light, pale yellow with a finger of white head. Cloudy, but not extremely so.

S - Citrus and clove/coriander notes, with a sweet wheat background.

T - Yum! Very light, easy, and refreshing, but with no sacrifice to flavor. Tastes of citrus and light clove/coriander spice. Sweetness provides a backbone for these flavors to build off of.

M - Light body with plenty of carbonation and a nice slightly dry finish. Fits the rest of the beer perfectly.

O - Overall this is a fine fine beer. I think I still prefer Allagash White, but this beer is a great Wit nonetheless. A wonderful beer to drink on a hot day, but I could drink it any time.

Photo of AaronBurr
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of baiser
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a cloudy, pale yellow colour, with a huge creamy white head. Served in a giant hoegaarden glass.

Aroma of lemon and some spices. Sorta like pepper.

Taste was very sweet and lemony. Some subtle spices. A dry after taste with a very slight hop bitterness. Overall, very smooth and extremely drinkable. A tasty treat on a hot summer's day. Mouthfeel was light, fluffy and smooth.

Extremely drinkable.

Photo of CrazyMike
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Creamy thick appearance, very pale. The smell is very fruity with a hint of wheat hops.

The taste is creamy and thick, very malty and tastes almost of orange or banana. Definatly a wide mixture of fruits. The aftertaste is very dry and a bit a bit light but nontheless very refreshing.

Very pricey beer but well worth it, one of the best Belgian Beers I've had, possible the entire Lower Counties. A great introduction to the White Beer style.

Photo of ajdemma
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Dapper_Dan_Man
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Redwood21
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a cloudy straw color, with a very frothy white head.

S: I pick up yeast more than anything else, there is a fruit sweetness and some spice but mostly yeast.

T: Once again yeast is dominate, there is also a sweetness a little hop and maybe some spice.

M: very creamy, feels good very crisp and smooth.

D: This beer is very drinkable, smooth flavor, creamy texture, and below 5% a good witbier, worth trying if you are interested in the style.

Photo of SickGnar
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Quite pale straw and hazy. Huge white cap of foam turns rocky as it settles. Alright retention. Lace is there, but insubstantial.

S: Floral orange. Coriander that is well rounded - herbal with just a touch of pepper and a soft lemony aspect. Pretty good amount of yeasty spiciness. Sweet and grainy wheat – just a hint bready.

T: Coriander is herbal mostly with just a touch of lemon. Orange is floral / fruity without hardly any rindy bitterness. Orange and coriander are very nicely balanced. Whole package has a soft flowery, even sweet, aspect to it that blends in great with the doughy, sweet wheat base. Softly spicy yeast phenolic note in background, but quite clean with minimal actual yeast flavor. Perhaps a ghost hint of leafy / herbal hops at the end.

M: A bit under medium body with soft , creamy, finely-textured carbonation. Very soft and smooth mouthfeel while still being notably refreshing. Despite sweetness in flavor it is quite well attenuated.

D: Balanced and seamless. Very approachable – soft and pleasant. Wits have been taken some interesting directions, but it is easy to see why the original remains a benchmark.

Photo of KGarrett
4/5  rDev +5.8%

4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Brown120
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of jrempel
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of genog
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a copious amount of ultra white head. Smell is banana, yeasty, and some light fruity aromas, but mostly this one is about spice and clove dominates. Taste is crisp, and fresh with a limited amount of carbonation for this style. A good beer for the style, but overall it did not wow me.

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

Hoegarden pours a cloudy light skin toned beer with a solid white two finger head. I got all the yeast in. The aroma is clean and crisp lemon, coriander, and yeasty goodness.

The taste is a really clean lemon/coriander and spice flavor with a yeasty quality.

The mouthfeel is light and crisp. This is an easy drinking beer and a quaffable one as well!

This beer is easy to find, easy to drink, and easy on the liver! A world better than Blue Moon.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I finally broke down and bought a six pack of Hoegaarden. I had too. It poured a light, cloudy, almost void of what I consider beer color. A nice white lacey head though. My impressions were two fold as I will explain. The first beer was great. Nice hops, almost a wheat like taste. It went down great. I wanted more. Now the rub. It seemed to "weaken" as I drank on, almost begging for a lemon wedge. No, I thought, don't give in to the evil citris wedge. I fought the impulse and paid the price: a bland beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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