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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Brouwerij van Hoegaarden visit their website

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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Reviews: 1,682 | Hads: 4,697
Photo of hotstuff
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This Belgian White poured a large invigorating white creamy head with fine-small bubbles. The lacing was sparse on the sides of my glass. The body was a cloudy yellow. The aroma was fruity in my opinion and it had a slight bitter taste to it. I truly enjoyed drinking this brew while it lasted, right thedm?? This brew went down way too smooth!! (345 characters)

Photo of TheDM
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured an envigorated head of creamy fine white bubbles and a carbonated cloudy light yellow body. It had a mild banana-hop aroma. It started fizzy and buttery then finshed smoothly in a banana floral flavor. Indeed, this was another very nice brew. (259 characters)

Photo of ipogios
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautifull pale yellow(almost white) colour. What's worth mentiong about this beer is that it is very smooth and goes down loke water.An impressive Belgian Style Wheat/White beer. A nice choice when you are lookinfg for a beer to compliment your steak or any other food. (278 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A true Belgian classic that is very easy to find,pours an extremely pale/hazy yellow with usually a nice big fluffy head.Smell is tart with a spicey background,the taste is alot like the aroma but a little more spiciness comes thru along with a tart citruis flavor.Incredibly easy to drink,still a classic. (306 characters)

Photo of jcalabre
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally sampled on 28 June 2002. This is the definition of a white beer. Nice aroma, beautiful aroma, great flavor. The cripsness that wheat adds to a beer along w/ the spices, makes Hoegaarden the perfect beer on a hot summer day. I realzie that this style may not be for everyone, but I'll take one anytime. (312 characters)

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First, I've don't believe I've ever seen a paler color of beer before. Second, this is an exquisitely delicate beer flavorfest. The pour created a very, very pale and cloudy yellow body - lighter than lemonade, I do believe. The great white head was gorgeous, but it was gone almost instantly leaving a small residue for spotty, light lacing. The nose is clovish and citrusy, very delicate and clean. The taste does not disappoint, following through with a very clean clove taste and great mouthfeel - again, very clean and very delicate. This is one of the best wheats I've ever had and as it is far from my favorite style, it is nice to discover one that I consider drinkable and enjoyable. Cheers Hoegaarden! (711 characters)

Photo of Stubbie1
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow; a large white head sat at the top of the glass. Unfortunately, the head faded fast and left no lace. The aroma is of fresh cut grass, lemon, and wheat. The taste matches the aroma but in reverse. Easy to drink and this beer doesn’t fill you up fast. I was a bit bummed out by this beer. I was expecting more flavors to this beer than I had. It was good, not great. Pretty average, (402 characters)

Photo of goz
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very cloudy yellow, huge white head that sticks around and sticks to the glass on the way down. Aroma is a little malty (bread), some citrus (lemon), and spicy (mainly coriander). Flavor is a refreshing mix of citrus and spices. Body is medium, ends acidic and slightly dry. Perfect beer for the summer. (311 characters)

Photo of Admiraldinty
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this before in the bottle. Had this on-tap at Orleans in Davis Square. They served it with a lemon wedge, which I was a bit pissed about. On tap the taste and aroma seem much stronger. There is a much clearer lemon-citrus taste, unless it was tainted by the lemon wedge. All in all much better on tap. (310 characters)

Photo of Loki
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, pale yellow with a small white head that fades fairly quickly. Aromas of coriander, orange, citrus, and faint pepper. The nose follows through to the tastes of orange, coriander, wheat with a light sweetness that pairs with the slight peppery spice. Finishes slightly dry with a mild bitterness. Great Hefeweizen. My fiancee's favorite and everyday beer. Even better on draft. (392 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been enjoying witbiers since I've been aware of their existence, and yet this is my first time sampling "the original".Color: a cloudy, almost opaque pale yellow/bright white. Head: thick, lacey, white, fluffy as a cloud, slowly tumbling down. Aroma: uplifting, light and lovely! Full of citrus, spice, lemon/orange...wide open, spacious, airy, friendly and hospitable. All that in an aroma? Yes, Indeed!
A great big barrage of hops charges the palate at first, along with the gritty, grainy wheat texture. After that attack, very smooth and mellow. Light in body,and feeling, but rich in flavor, character, and soul. An utter delight every time it touches the tongue! An overall honey flavor dominates the remainder of the drink, and the delicious hops, the texture, the spice, continue to dance on the palate and provide for a richly rewarding refreshment.
When other folks talk of "nothing beating a Bud Light/Corona/generic yellowy water" on a hot summer's day, they would be wiser to wrap their lips around a glass of Hoegaarden. Wiser, happier, more improved in all aspects as a human being!
What a beautiful beer! (1,129 characters)

Photo of 86MonteSS
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I never really understood wheat beer till I tried this one. Hoegaarden does it so subtly and so well. Light, cloudy, and yellow in color with a tall pure white head. The grainy tastes begs for you to add the fruit but it's better without it. A solid beer, and the first bottled wheat I'd buy again (yeah, I realize I ought to try a few more). (342 characters)

Photo of BierReise
2.86/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First off, I have to say that I'm rating a bottle and not a draught Hoegaarden. They're almost like two different animals. The draught is far superior and I don't understand why. At any rate, the beer pours nicely and looks beautiful in the glass. The problem is that it doesn't live up to it's reputation in my opinion. The flavors that come out in the draught are hardly present. It tastes to me like a pale wheat beer. The draught is far superior for sure. (459 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought and drank this one in Cannes, France. Cloudy, white, straw-golden brew forms a large whipped white head atop small bubbles with excellent retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate, despite the huge head. Aroma is immediately yeasty with clove and very faint banana notes. I don't notice the orange peel or spices. Mouthfeel is soft with a light body. Taste begins with spicy phenols, a light rubbery note, crisp wheat malt with very little bitterness and no discernable hop flavor or aroma. Orange is just barely perceptable in the flavor. Alcohol is not discernable. Finish is lightly astringent just on the back of the tongue. A good, delicate, light, easy to drink beer, but not overly distinct or exciting. (721 characters)

Photo of mickeymac
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It looks a bit like a cloudy glass of yellow lemonade. The smell is on the light side but slightly peppery. The taste is not unpleasant but nothing really distinguishes as being much above average. It is very drinkable and would make a good all day beer. (254 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first glance you wonder if the waitress accidentally brought a tulip-shaped glass of milky dishwater to your table. Then, oh yeah! This is the White Ale I ordered. It just looks the way it's supposed to!The cloudy pale, off white, tinted yellow color reveals a light body. Clove and hop aroma with a trace of alcohol. High in complex bitter hops with citrus undertones. Extra Dry. Fine Carbonation with a fizzy head and fine lace. Very sharp and spicy. (455 characters)

Photo of dwarbi
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a perfectly white, thick, light head which settles to a thin layer. very cloudy. Pale in color, like white corn. Smells of spices and lemon and wheat. Tastes light and very well-rounded. smooth. so refreshing and clean, I would drink it all night in the summer if my budget would allow for it. (299 characters)

Photo of BeerBuilder
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, straw color with a thick white head. The aroma is fruity; orange peel and coriander aromas. The flavor is fruity with orange peel flavors that flow to a smooth, subtle dryness. It is a light-bodied beer that is smooth, refreshing and easy drinking. The best wit I have yet sampled. (289 characters)

Photo of dmarch
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I always wonder about having Belgian Wits on tap. I thought it was important to swirl the rest of the yeast and pour it in the bottle. Still, it was rather good. Pale cloudy yellow in color with a dense creamy white head. Strong lemony aroma, which is probably mostly due to the lemon they served it with. I would have turned down the lemon, but it seemed to compliment the beer well. Taste is citrusy and coriander. The perfect beer after cutting the grass on a hot summer day, (478 characters)

Photo of EmoBeerGuy
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank a ton of this on tap during my semester spent in London. This was my introduction to White Beer, but really it was my introduction to real beer, that is non-Lager. Loved this from the first time I tried it and though it was considered a "girly" beer by some of my American friends (yeah, but that Carlsberg isn't?) I loved it and it opened the door for so many other Belgiums.

This one was a bottle though. Pours with slight head. Apperance is white on top to a honey gold on the bottom. Don't forget to swill!

Taste: Classic White Beer flavor. I still like this one better than Allagash altough I may be alone on this one. One tap it, overseas especially, its even better, but this one is all citrus, clove, and coreander. Nice zing. Don't let them give you any lemon though, this has all the citrus I need Brewed Into the Beer. Great on a summer day, or, as a treat tonight, to ring in spring! (908 characters)

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

On tap baby, oh yeah..... poured out into the glass very hazy yellow, lots of mixing of whites and yellows, like watching watery latex paint mix. A huge creamy, thick, foamy head grew over and beyond and was quite a thrill to see. Smells right away of the orange and lemon, extremely citrusy. Nothing out of the ordinary for this Belgian beauty, but good non the less. Tastes of a citrus brew, very citrusy with orange and lemon strongly presented and felt, with a hint of spice, coriander I believe. Quite the drinker this was, I drank it to fast and gave me a buzz. (567 characters)

Photo of marburg
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hoegaarden was the first wit I ever had, and it definitely turned me on to the style. I've had a couple (Celis, Blance de Namur) that I like better for sure, but this is still just a great beer. It's certainly not as complex as something like Hitachino's white, but it simply fills the niche of a refreshing, spritzy, tasty beer. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.

Pours dish water yellow -- hazed and alive-looking -- with a rocky, poofy, yet creamy-looking head. Aroma of orange peel can hit you from its resting position on the table let alone as you drink it. All the usual suspects are there in the taste: lemon, coriander, orange, etc. Total citrus brew.

And it's easy to drink. It's very light and simple, nothing too brain-bending about this one. I've made this a summertime session beer before, and I'll probably do it again. (837 characters)

Photo of ellman
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer Pours a cloudy, fizzy, pale yellow with a thin white head. A nose of lemon, bananas and slightly peppery. The lemon comes through in the taste also a pear taste is present. Quite a citrus taste. A light body good for a cool down in the summer beer. (258 characters)

Photo of tang214
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an excellent wheat brew. It pours bright cloudy yellow with very little head. Served with a lemon. The beer in itself was quite citrussy. It had a fruity flavor that did not overpower the wheat malts. Cirtrussy in the mouth but very drinkable. Very good. (262 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Redbones.

This wheat ale poured a very cloudy yellow color with modest white foam. The smell was lightly fruity (bananas). The taste was fruity (bananas), with the flavors of wheat, pears, apples, musty grapes, and some citrus-like tartness. The mouthfeel was smooth and clean with low carbonation and light to medium body. The drinkability was good. This was a light and refreshing ale, probably better suited to warmer weather. (450 characters)

Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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