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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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BA SCORE
85
very good

4,168 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 4,168
Reviews: 1,641
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 72
Gots: 397 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden visit their website
Belgium

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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Photo of jeanphony
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

jeanphony, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of Popsinc
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This cloudy white/yellowish brew appears just as the beers itself tastes. A fruity & floral nose, Hoegaarden goes down extra smooth and is especially refreshing with its fruity-citrus hints and perfect acidity. On a hot day when 1 beer just won't do, Hoegaarden Wit will quench your thirst and leave you with rrom for more.

Popsinc, Nov 15, 2002
Photo of mobyfann
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Paid 250 Hungarian Ft for a 330mL bottle in Budapest.

*Reviewed on 25.07.2005

The beer pours a cloudy white base, medium-large fluffy white head, excellent retention and a nice lacing along the glass. The beer has a very refreshing floral smell to it.

Key note on taste is the pleasant aftertaste, a pretty flavorful beer, noting slight hops and a mix of fruits, undistinguishable. The beer is light in the mouth, the floral notes with the head retention make it a pleasure. This is hands down the session Witbier, and maybe one of the best overall session beers on the market, this stuff is so refreshing.

Final Thought: Belgium just keeps on rocking it in my beer journal, their ales kick ass and this beer kicks some ass too, what a beer!

mobyfann, Jul 26, 2005
Photo of wvbrewcrew
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

wvbrewcrew, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of LouDogg114
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

LouDogg114, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of Dweedlebug
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Dweedlebug, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of longisland1983
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

longisland1983, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of CaptainIPA
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Served on-tap in a 500 ml Hoegaarden glass at Cafe Hollander Grand Cafe, on Milwaukee's Belgian east side.

A: Pours a cloudy, pale straw color with a generous two-finger head with outstanding retention.

S: Tart pear and spicy in the nose with hints of coriander, orange peel, apple, and band-aid.

T: Opens with an overwhelmingly strong band-aid flavor, followed by a solid wheat foundation, and balancing notes of coriander and orange zest. Extremely dry with a slightly bitter finish. Pairs awfully well with mussels & pommes frites.

M: Light-bodied, crisp and refreshing. Well carbonated.

D: Good.

Note: A band-aid off-flavor is often indicative of infected yeast. I think that's what's happening here. I'll review this benchmark Belgian Wit again at a later date.

CaptainIPA, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of weerezboy
4/5  rDev +5.5%

weerezboy, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of Chrixsus
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Chrixsus, May 21, 2012
Photo of berkshire413
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

berkshire413, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of bushbeer75
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoegaarden White Ale poured [into my mug] a cloudy yellow color that produced a beautiful white thick and pillowy head that left behind nice lacing.

The aroma is mainly of lemons and a little spice in the background. The taste is a little sweet and of light coriander, and orange peel. Mouth feel is crisp, a little "tangy" and has a lively level of carbonation.

This is a true Belgian classic - easy to drink making it a summer time choice or for that matter anytime.

bushbeer75, Jan 11, 2010
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

StoicBeast, May 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

shoretaxi, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of Corson
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Corson, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of KoG
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very pale and cloudy. More offwhite than pale yellow with the whitest head I have ever seen, thick and foamy.

Smell is grainy with some must and citric notes. Not a strong aroma but pleasant none the less.

Taste is pretty mellow. Not overly sour and very well balanced with a very slight bitterness along side the grainy base. Very clean. Slight spice, possibly corriander.

Goes down very nice and refreshes the senses. With no off flavors and a light flavor, this brew is very drinkable and would be great on a hot summer day.

KoG, May 14, 2005
Photo of AmericanGothic
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Peace Tree pint.

A: Pours a cloudy, medium straw color. One finger of barely off-white head with excellent retention and nice lace. Fierce carbonation.

S: Yeast, bread and fruity esters. Citrus/spice are faint.

T: Nice wheat flavor, little bit of banana and clove. Finish is somewhat short. Some sweetness emerges as the beer warms, and the finish lengthens a bit along with it.

M: Light and smooth, with a hint of oil and cream.

O: A nice beer. Nothing earth-shaking, but quite pleasant, refreshing and reasonably priced. Will buy it again.

RIP Pierre, thank you for keeping this beer and the style alive.

AmericanGothic, Apr 12, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

jrempel, Apr 24, 2012
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2/5  rDev -47.2%

Marius, Jun 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

IDABEERGUY, Jun 25, 2013
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3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with a 12.01.08 drink by date. The color is a nice golden honey that is cloudy and topped by a nice one finger white head. The head sticks around very well. The aroma is fairly week but has mostly a banana smell. There is also some bread with honey aromas in the glass too. The taste has some mild spiciness to it. There is also a hint of orange that is described on the label. The mouthfeel is refreshing and light.

abcsofbeer, Dec 09, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Milkysunshine, Jan 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

dlin0sbb, Jun 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

HopGrazer, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of zapahoppa
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

zapahoppa, Apr 29, 2012
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
85 out of 100 based on 4,168 ratings.