Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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BA SCORE
85
very good

4,668 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 4,668
Reviews: 1,749
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 120
Gots: 805 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: purplehops on 07-08-2001

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Photo of B_U_D_A
4.69/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a light yellow/orange hazy color with a beautiful white head. The bottle has instructions on how to pour it. Pretty cool. The smell is lightly floral fragrance. Taste is amazing. First time having it by draft and I fell in love. It has a familiar taste that all witbiers have (orange peel and coriander) but this is unique on its own. It has a crisp ginger taste. Feel is a little watery but very carbonated. ABV is on point. 3 of these and I'm feeling goood. If you find a twelve pack or on draft, it's worth the try definitely!!

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pours a hazy light yellow with a good, white, lasting head. Nose is mild yeast, fresh citrus and zingy, gingery spice.taste follows, mild oranges, slight lemon kick and a bit of rounded, mild spice. Mouth feel is great, quite watery but really refreshing and the flavours carry all the way through. Long fruity finish with a nice touch of spice.

Photo of Gote
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Easy to drink except for what seems to be a bit of sweetness for some reason. Still, I'll drink it if you're offering.

Photo of Weisenbeer
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Come on! It's a Belgian wheat beer....from Belgium! Of course it's good!

Photo of BeerDork
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice light beer, a little heavy on the spice taste.

Photo of Savaseri
4.9/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

33ml in bottle. It looks hazy blonde. Two finger white head but it disappears in a five minutes. No carbonation. It smells like a orange and a banana. And also you can feel fresh cloves and all the citrus thing. It taste smooth and full body. At the end you can't feel the alchol. Finally in my opinion it's a Legendary(wait for it) Belgian Witbier. You should try it.

Photo of Weixiaobao
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer expanded my mind back when I was 20 yrs old studying abroad in the Netherlands. It's a great gateway into the more serious fare that Belgian brews have to offer. Doesn't get much better than sipping on one of these on a hot summer afternoon or evening.

Photo of KYGunner
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is not a style that is amongst my favorites but this is a nice starter Wit for those emerging into craft. Light peppercorn and even lighter clove mingle with bubblegum, banana and Apple. Easy to drink.

Photo of Ernie_The_Dude
3.04/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

great if it is on sale at your local market. good to cool off with

Photo of Zet
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

The mother of all witbieren. Looked nice, smelled nice, felt nice and had a nice aftertaste, but strangely, the taste in the mouth was lacking a little.

Photo of qrazvan
2.96/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice white gold colour. A bit of a citrus hint. pretty good overall

Photo of Pisshhead
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great summer beer..lots of oranges

Photo of g_lincoln
3.02/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Lots of citrus, no hoppy taste. Looking for a little more depth of flavor.

Photo of NatsnSkinsDC
2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

White gold color. Cloudy with some carbonation. Good head. Citrus buttery aroma. Citrus orange flavor. Light flavor and light body. Definitely gotten over this beer.

Photo of Rivoire
1.77/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Cheep beer without any interest, except than refreshing

Photo of DoubleL
4.98/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Smoot, thirst quenching brew with slight fruity flavor

Photo of RyanK252
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a Speakeasy Brewing Metropolis Lager Stange glass

A: Pours hazy pale straw with a frothy off white head that settles to a firm layer and laces well.

S: Yeasty, wheat, citrus, floral, slightly fruity, maybe a hint of peppery spice.

T: Light citrus, orange and a little lemon, coriander spice, bready wheat, and fruity yeasty notes.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Not a bad wit, but doesn't really blow you away either.

Photo of mlockman
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing disagreeable about it, but nothing phenomenal either

Photo of akdo
4.51/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Photo of pat61
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a wonderful creamy head (that disappears quickly) and a pale, cloudy straw color. It’s almost white. They add coriander and Curacao orange peel to it but these flavors are very subtle as is the clove from the yeast. The flavors of the orange peel, coriander and the wheat malt are a little more independent in the Hoegaarden and not as balanced. Some of this separateness of flavor, lack of creaminess, and thinness may come from AB InBev’s use of high gravity brewing to make Hoegaarden.

Photo of squezey
2.06/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Do not see what's so great about this beer, slightly below average in its class. Guess it's ok for a big name beer but it feels and tastes rather offensive going down.

Photo of blackett511
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I've always been a fan of Hoegaarden, but as I get older it loses its glamor. The taste has a coriander and orange kick to it, amazing citrus aroma, and its slightly heavier than its light color might attest. The aftertaste is a very good variant of dishwasher fluid (truly in the best way though). It is low in alcohol content but relatively high for a witbier, so kudos.
So while time keeps knocking this beer down for me, it'll always remain a consistent favorite among the drafts.

Photo of fuberwil
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love this beer, just basing it off "mass" produced beers. It obviously falls short of craft brews but would rate this a top super market beer.

Photo of BangkokBacchus
2.78/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

It's weak...needs more substance and less watery taste ...

Photo of dikebrewery
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A true wit. You can smell and taste the spices right away. While drinking this beer in may I kept thinking this would be the perfect beer for a Christmas night with all the nutmeg and coriander hints. Good beer no need to bitter this one up.

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
85 out of 100 based on 4,668 ratings.