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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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very good

3,796 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,796
Reviews: 1,617
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 59
Gots: 223 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

02-02-2012 22:18:46 | More by jharkins07
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3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 1.5 fingers of bright marshmallow white head. Very cloudy. The color of the white mud around a thermal vent. Visible clumps of yeast in the clouds, but even after time has passed the cloud color remains. Head clings to the glass well about 2 sec.

Smell - This is by far the greatest point of this beer. As soon as your bring the glass to your nose you notice strong combinations of many smells Lavender, rose, magnolia, tangerine peel, and a bit of fruity hand soap. Strong yeast aroma and a mild malt aroma.

Taste - Initially a sweet sour yeasty taste. A bit of crystal malt. The balance isn't quite as nice as I'd like. The impressive barrage of smells initially leaves you thinking you will get an equally complex taste. But the tastes are more simple. The aftertaste reminds me of sweet-tart candy and lime.

Mouthfeel - Crystalline, almost gritty at moments. Crispy, tingly, medium average viscosity.

Drinkability - Great for dessert. This beer makes me think of vanilla ice cream with a slice of cake. The sourness of the beer would offset well right before or after dessert.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 12:38:00 | More by jeranbrews
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not a half bad beer, and one that aims more for simplicity than many similar ones I've seen. Cloudy yellow appearance, with a decent froth that quickly settles down to just a nice lacing. Scent is quite lemony.

The taste is a bit sweeter than I would have expected, with a lemon citric followup. Crisp, clean finish. Rather one of the more quaffable Belgian beers I've had in a while.

A nice, all around, easily drinkable whitbier. Nicely balanced, with no one part overwhelming the rest. Perhaps more a dinner beer than a session beer (tried it with some lemon pork chops, which went quite well), but enjoyable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2005 23:34:31 | More by SetarconeX
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New York

3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is another beer and wit in paticular thatI've been consuming for years and one of the first after moving beyond the mass produced stuff. For one reason or another, I have not reviewed until today. Poured into pint glass at Tracks in Penn Station Manhattan whilst waiting for my LIRR train to celebrate my Mothers birthday. After taking out the lemon the barkeep placed on the pint. Partially hazy golden with a half finger head and decent lacing that faded to a half cap very quickly. Bottom half is almost clear. Nose is mild yeast and lemon and estery dash. Taste is moderate yeasty with lemon accents. Mouthfeel has spiced crispness at the start but weakens much to my chagrin.0r more succintly, it gets watery. Kinda chewy to start and carbonation remains with the legs. Unless my pallet has matured vastly or as many others have mentioned, th taste and body are not what I remember. Do recall reading they went back to old brewry and recipe but not sure. Not to say this is not a fine brew by any means and would recommend to all geeks and neophytes alike.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2008 22:26:24 | More by Brianmerrilyn
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-29-2013 17:01:32 | More by RobDB
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-31-2011 01:10:31 | More by pheelingIt
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New York

2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

06-08-2012 13:39:57 | More by mcss
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Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

04-15-2014 04:31:56 | More by Beervana
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

10-12-2013 00:30:51 | More by blbarnett3
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5/5  rDev +31.9%

01-16-2012 16:14:09 | More by rocklibster
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

08-11-2013 13:11:57 | More by Shatter
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3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Large foamy white head lay atop a hazy dull yellow beer. Moderate head retention and minimal lacing.

S- Nice fruit aroma, bananas, lemon, orange, also some clove and other spices.

T- Nice citrus flavor up front, orange and lemons, then some banana and clove with a slight copper taste. Little bit of hop bite in the end.

M- Light and fruity, with some mild hop bite and dryness in the end.

This is one of the only witbiers I have had and enjoyed. That said this is a pretty good beer.

Serving type: can

06-15-2009 00:41:41 | More by br3wmeister
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

08-19-2013 22:59:26 | More by Yoda22
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

03-10-2012 15:44:39 | More by StaindProject86
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3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

To me, this is a largely overrated beer. Granted, I am not a big fan of wits, but I really don't think Hoegaarden has as much depth as some of the better beers in this style. It feels light, but that floral taste is just overwhelming. A little more lemon zest would be nice. Something.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2012 20:28:49 | More by TheRealBigC
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

05-05-2014 17:56:53 | More by lzepplin01
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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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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

06-29-2013 15:14:04 | More by NappyB
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

07-24-2013 15:58:50 | More by ohyayitstrey
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

05-30-2013 00:54:40 | More by zdeck37
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

12-24-2011 14:18:54 | More by Polasiuss
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

04-27-2012 12:53:44 | More by petluo
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South Dakota

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

03-08-2013 02:05:15 | More by Pacioli1445
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

05-10-2013 20:14:38 | More by rph97
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

12-30-2012 17:26:22 | More by Beerman1977
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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