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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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1,694 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,694
Hads: 4,772
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 24.54%
Wants: 132
Gots: 898 | 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 euskera
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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 +3.1%
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 +20.9%
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 +10.4%
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 +4.4%
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 +7%
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 +19.3%
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 +7%
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 -5.2%
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 -20.4%
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 -6.5%
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 +5.7%
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 +12.3%
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 -1.8%
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.

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Photo of ipogios
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
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 +3.9%
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 +4.4%
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.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

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Photo of Stubbie1
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
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,

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Photo of goz
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of Admiraldinty
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of Loki
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
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!

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Photo of 86MonteSS
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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).

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Photo of BierReise
2.86/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
86 out of 100 based on 1,694 ratings.