Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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Reviews: 1,682
Hads: 4,697
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 123
Gots: 828 | FT: 1
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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 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 akdo
4.51/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Because I saw this beer on many list of top Belgian beers, I didn't mind buying a case of six bottles. Once I was home, I paired one bottle with an orange.

From the bottle came a pale golden beer with a head that stays on top for a while. If you follow the instructions on the bottle's label, gently shake your glass if the head starts to fade. The head will get a little bit of its vigor back. All in all, the beer has a nice visual identity.

Speaking about the taste, I initially took one sip without biting my orange. Because of the orange peels inside the Hoegaarden Original White Ale, the taste more or less like a lightly bitter homemade marmalade jam made with enough cups of sugar, a dashes of hops and some tweaks (coriander?), which is not a bad thing.

Once I kept a slice of orange meat as well as its juice in my mouth, I took another sip. The orange's juice merged with the beer and lightened the beer's bitterness. The orange juice did not overpower the beer in that the bitterness was not sacrificed. For a fleeting moment, I even was under the impression that the Hoegaarden came close to the taste of a dubbel, which is supposed to have a certain sweetness.

In short, to get the most out of the Hoegaarden, drink it with an orange. As for the pairing this beer with seafood, I will try it in the future. (1,327 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)

Photo of cmaloy
4.54/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. I will be getting more of this. Great lavender smell and unique color. Very easy to drink. The after taste went for days.

I guess I better fill the page up with text (cause they wont let me post my review until I have 250 characters).

Great beer. Belgium knows how to do it right. (294 characters)

Photo of chriskq
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was fantastic poured into a frosty glass as well.
A- This beer had a fantastic, bright, lemony flourescence through the glass. Very inviting.
S- Sweet, with smells of lemon, orange and others I couldn't quite put my finger on.
T- I was pleasently suprised. This beer is extremely light, though it packs tremendous flavor.
M- Light, with compliments of bitterness. The combination of sweet and bitter makes this beer an easy one to throw back.
I loved this beer. This beer belongs next to your steak grilled outdoors on a cool summer day. (548 characters)

Photo of Grayson
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Drunk from a Weizen glass.

A: Pale, very bubbly, very cloudy. One finger of foam. White, small, sticks to glass light good head.

S: Sweet, fruity (citrus?) but with small earth notes.

T: I tasted citrus above all else, but found a small nutty finish, which took me by surprise.

M: Very light, thin. Coarse due to heavy carbonation.

O: Pretty impressed. Not too memorable but a go-to when offered. (401 characters)

Photo of Azaitouna
4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The look was gold with a hints of yellow. The aroma was spicy and citrus. The taste was a mix of dark yet light. As it started out being a bit spicy then the after taste was refreshing. Overall, a good beer. (207 characters)

Photo of ArcTeryx
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale whitish-yellow with a very cloudy appearance. There is a tall, thick, slightly fizzy white head present. The cloudiness looks good (and inviting). The aroma is of bananas with a bit of citrus.

This beer has a very light citrusy taste with a hint of bananas. There is some maltiness in the first part of each sip. The aftertaste is classified by very light, citrusy hops.

This beer is very tasty and highly sessionable; it's a great light-tasting beer. Excellent choice for the hot summer months. (516 characters)

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

When you get the chance make sure you order this frothy libation in it's signature pint glass. On-Tap is always best, and with so much air to breathe this beer simply blossoms in it's ginormous glass.

A gorgeous lemony opaque beer that soothes the senses into submission. Presenting with a very strong citrus fragrance, it is followed by a spicy tingle on the tongue. The grains are so refined they nibble just enough to remind you that you're drinking a real import.

Just a simply brilliant drinkable experience. (517 characters)

Photo of dsmcva00
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance – short, frothy white head quickly dissipating to thin lacing and a climbing ring around the glass. Pours a foggy yellowish-white color.

Smell – Bread, coriander, and lemon peel.

Taste/mouthfeel – A refreshing pepper and lemony-sour taste finishes with a lemon-drop sweetness. Chewy mouthfeel; carbonation is a bit high though it doesn’t get in the way of the overall experience.

Overall – Crisp and clean, this refreshing beer is just begging for a barbecue to be enjoyed with. (554 characters)

Photo of FriarPrickly
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a hazy lemonade color with a pillowy white head with no lacing and moderate retention.
Smell of banana, cloves, and citrus.
Taste opens as bubblegum and develops with a taste of orange peel and finishes with a lemon pepper taste that does not linger. Creamy feel with low carbonation on the tongue.
Overall, I love this beer. It is a perfect example of the style with no pretense. I look forward to trying this beer on tap at on Milwaukees East side. (496 characters)

Photo of Joelj09
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of bottle into a wheat beer glass with a very frothy head containing very small bubbles.

Appearance-very light color as expected for a Belgian Wheat, but i was hoping for something with a little more color.

Smell-traditional wheat type smell, had a slightly sweeter smell than one would expect for a beer but overall satisfying.

Taste-a nice crisp wheat taste to begin with a very smooth middle that was quite satisfying, you get a small, light bit of orange and malt on the end into a very subtle aftertaste.

mouthfeel-tasted a little flat on the carbonation (probably due to the fact that that it was not a chilled glass) overall very full giving off the different types of flavors as it moves through the mouth and throat.

overall-very nice beer, extremely satisfied considering the price (paid about $8.50 for a six-pack) (841 characters)

Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
87 out of 100 based on 1,682 ratings.