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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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1,701 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,701
Hads: 4,818
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 24.74%
Wants: 135
Gots: 938 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden visit their website

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 clvand0
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy yellow (straw) color with a thick white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. It was served on tap at the local pub with an orange slice on the rim of the glass. The aroma was very spicy with some fruityness backing it up. The flavor was not as spicy as the aroma would have predicted, but still just spicy enough to make for an interesting drink. There is also a very strong orange taste to notice. I really liked this beer and will have it again many times in the future -- if only it weren't so expensive.

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Photo of chaduvel
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured according to the instructions on the bottle. Nice pale yellow color with fizzy white lasting head, with bubbles snaking their way up from the bottom of the glass. Smell is of orange peel and some lemon zesty-ness with a light yeast aroma. Taste is lively with nice spiciness that you would expect from a great Witbier. Not the same amount of flavour as the top beers in this category, however. Has a nice citrus, orange peel bite on the finish. Very drinkable. This is a great beer especially considering its mass produced nature. I'd love to try this in Belgium!

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I finally broke down and bought a six pack of Hoegaarden. I had too. It poured a light, cloudy, almost void of what I consider beer color. A nice white lacey head though. My impressions were two fold as I will explain. The first beer was great. Nice hops, almost a wheat like taste. It went down great. I wanted more. Now the rub. It seemed to "weaken" as I drank on, almost begging for a lemon wedge. No, I thought, don't give in to the evil citris wedge. I fought the impulse and paid the price: a bland beer.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Super light, cloudy yellow body with a monster head typical of the style, although it went down quick and didn’t lace at all.

Smell – Yes, there’s yeast in that glass. There’s also a nice malt touch and some light fruit (watermelon, lemon), but mostly bread.

Taste – Nice, light, yeasty taste with some spices that I can’t identify. You won’t need to plop a lemon in this one – it’s already there.

Mouthfeel – Very typical of the style. Moderate to big carbonation on the cheeks, a smooth yeasty feel on the tongue, and a swallow that says, “You just ate dinner.”

Drinkability – Good, sipping bier that you’d find at any gasthause in Germany.

Comments – I know the style is supposed to be light, but this was just a little bit TOO light for me.

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Photo of vitesse
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served on tap at "the paragon" restaurant in providence.

this one tasted much different on tap than in bottles. much more carbonated and crispy mouthfeel this time. also, no yeast residue, so it was slightly less spicy. still plenty of great coriander flavor, so no complaints here. a very versatile summer beer that is becoming a staple in trendy restaurants. an all around cool beer.

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Photo of PatandDavid
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad. Pours a cloudy faint yellow. Not a big head, but it's there.

Has a spicy aroma, which is rather pleasant. The taste is also slightly spicy, but this time with some citrus and coriander.

Very refreshing. I would say I like the Allagash White more than this one (maybe due to the freshness of it on tap at the GLB). However, this beer is good, and thankfully available at many places, so I will definitely seek it out again. pat

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Photo of edchicma
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appeared like lemonade with a nice head. Got this offering as a 4 pack for my birthday. The smell was citrusy which gave a hint of what the brew would taste like. I admit that drinking this brew on the same night as an IPA was different, so I had to be open minded. The nicely carbonated brew was light and fruity in taste. I had to remember to half pour, swirl the yeast. then pour the rest. The resulting mouthfeel was smooth and light. Drinkability was excellent. One of the best in this category that I have sampled to date.

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Photo of euskera
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap last week. Pours out a cloudy yellow with a nice head. Smell is fruity with some malt character in there. Taste is good, but not that complex or well-defined. Some fruit in there along with yeast and malt with almost no hop bitterness. A nice quaffable beer that is refreshing...

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Photo of pezoids
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out a cloudy and very pale yellow color. The thin foamy head faded quick. Nice citrus spiciness that comes with the style. Also got a strong sourness and some sweet yeast flavors. Very flavorful, highly drinkable, especially on a hot summer day.
Very enjoyable overall.

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Photo of ALEBOY
4.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Once again truly delightful Belgian ale. A white beer and white it is with a big soft head and a very light and hazy appearance. The nose is one of citrus and coriander with a slight sharpness to it. Taste wise Hoegaarden is in some ways slightly reminiscent of a cider, the citrus that could be smelled is still evident as is a slight tartness (perhaps from the particular yeasts used). It is very soft in the mouth and definitely a beer that I could drink all night. Hoegaarden goes well with many foods, last night I enjoyed it with camembert and lime, a combination that truly enhanced the sharp citrus flavours it contains.

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Photo of 99bottles
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hoegaarden is a great beer. If not for the price, I would gladly never set down a pint of this from about May until September. It is refreshing, drinkable, and very tasty. I often get pitchers of this and sometimes I'll even garnish with the lemon slices that accompany it (though I hear people complain about it, I enojy the lemon at times, other times I just set it to the side-- no big deal. I see no reason to send it back or flip out about it. You can't expect every 20 something bartender to know the customs of serving a belgian beer. anyway) Ho pours the most unique looking pint of beer I've ever seen (sadly, the bar I frequent does not carry the right glass for it, so I take it in a pint glass). It has a lemon yellow body with a very hazy efferfescent look. Atop sits a tall fluffy head of white lace. Smells of citrus immeadiately predominate. The first taste is delicately sweet with a very refreshing mouthfeel. The aftertaste allows you to notice the spices used in flavoring the brew, most notably corriander and some clove. Orange, banana, and the taste of yeast all combine to make a very interesting taste, but one that is not strong at all. Essentially, this is a great beer to just sit back and enjoy, not to scrutinize over. The original Belgian wit is an experience all its own. Enjoy!

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Photo of Jarod
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came to me a lemony yellow color that had a cloudy haze to it. It produced a pure white head that was creamy but not lasting, it fell and stayed as a ring on the sides of the glass, which produced a small amount of lace in some areas. The aromas were of citrus fruits (oranges (light), lemons), big spices (pepper, clove), light malt (warmer), and wheat grain. The tastes were of wheat, citrus fruits (lemons), spice (pepper), and light hops. Finished and left a dry wheat feel in the mouth. Light bodied which is perfect for summer. This is a smooth beer that is nice and spicy, quenches the thirst. Clean, rich, tart and sour all can be said about each sip. Not too bad !

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy, very pale yellow color. Reminds me of pineapple juice but with a creamy white head that stayed throughout the drink. Minimal lace.

Smell: fruity/spicy aroma. Swear I smelled pineapple and light citrus. Very similar to German hefe-weizens.

Taste: Again, fruity/sweet up front with a underlying bready taste before the spiciness steps up. There is a slightly sour taste at the end with a faint alcohol bite.

Feel: light, smooth and crisp. Dry and refreshing.

Drinkability: this is strikingly similar to the German hefe's except Hoegaarden is not as heavy. This beer's low %ABV and smoothness make it a wonderful summertime refresher. Very easy to put away.

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Photo of jerseyemt
4.57/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly cloudy like-straw color. Bright white head, about 1/2" and fluffy. Sweet, yeasty smell with a touch of lemon.

Goes down very smooth, and very easy to drink. A bit of spice and hops on the finish.

Amazingly good brew for a hot summer day. Very refreshing and thirst quenching.

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Photo of Jon
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hoegaarden pours an incredibly pale yellow from the tap with a fizzy, retaining 1/4-inch head. Lacing is nice down the glass. The smell is a fresh melding of coriander, curacao, and earthy hops. Taste-wise is more of the same, with the spices and citrus notes playing major roles. This is a light-bodied brew which is lightly carbonated and refreshing. Due to its moderately low alcohol content and variety of flavors, this makes a perfect summertime choice. I prefer the tap version to that from the bottle. The classic Belgian wit.

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Photo of bierman2000
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The original white beer from Belgium.. I used to really love this beer but alas my taste buds changed and Belgian style White beers just seem to have that odd coriander and orange peel flavor along with the fizzy head that doesn't meaure up to German style Weizen's IMO.. It is an interesting beer and with its low ABV very drinkable and not as carbonated as a wheat so enjoy if you can find on tap.. which is not difficult these day.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On draught at The Claddagh in Columbus, OH. It might be blasphemy to say so, but I like Blue Moon more than this. Pours a light gold color with a thin white head. Bubbly with very thin lacing. Aroma is very bready and yeasty and clean. Light-bodied and slightly sour flavor under the wheat. I could not detect much spice or citrus which usually makes Wits more tolerable to me. The finish is a little watery, with more yeast and a little banana.

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Photo of canadianbarman
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

--Poured a cloudy, light-straw like in color.
--Nice head, that slightly remained throughout.
--Nice lacing.
--Smelled sweet, like lemons.

What can I say about this beer that has not already been said. This is a great summer ale. I tried it while sitting on the outdoor patio at the Bier Market in downtown Toronto after the Molson Indy. I liked it and would definetally drink it again.

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Photo of steelreign
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Man, this is the perfect summer brew. This is the cloudy white Belgian ale that involves a swirling motion of the last third of the bottle while pouring to produce the foamy white head. Light, crisp, and clean taste with citrus-y notes and a slightly sour tang that keeps you coming back for more! The carbonation bounces off your tongue and refreshes you instantly.

This brew would be best purchased by the case, as I did, to ensure you do not run out during those long, hot summer days. Drinkability is off the scale - truly refreshing!

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Photo of hotstuff
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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!!

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Photo of TheDM
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of ipogios
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of jcalabre
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
86 out of 100 based on 1,701 ratings.