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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

Hoegaarden Original White AleHoegaarden Original White Ale

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very good

3,586 Ratings

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Ratings: 3586
Reviews: 1601
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden visit their website

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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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap for the purpose of this review. This was a grad school staple however and I am quite familiar with this classic witbier in the bottle as well. A hazy banana yellow beer with a decent amount of white head and ample carbonation, Hoegaarden smells of fruity yeast esters first and foremost, along with some dry bread and phenolic spice notes like allspice or dilute clove. I remember this beer being hugely fruity and fairly sour as well, less spicy, and my memory was indeed pretty accurate. A little dry popcorn malt and lots of bubble gum/tutti fruity esters along with some banana, the spicy phenols take a back seat but there is a sour backdrop that evokes a little raw pineapple or maybe unripe apples or pears that prevents the sweetness from being cloying. The coriander spice shows up in the finish along with a pleasant lemony sourness but is fairly downplayed, to the betterment of the beer itself (drink this and then try a Rickards White or another mainstream US or Canadian wit and you'll see what I mean ... The Europeans use this spice more strategically and do not carpet bomb the taste buds). Mouthfeel is a bit chewy and there is some residual sweetness but the body is still fairly thin and watery, I guess its a witbier after all. If there is a standout flaw, said flaw is too much carbonation that masks the fruit and spice flavors more than is necessary. Still, any wit fan should know this icon.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2013 05:03:34 | More by CalgaryFMC
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3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Coming back and reviewing this again after a few years. My palate has had time to develop and I can judge this beer a bit more objectively than before.

Poured from a chilled 11.2 oz bottle into a frosty faceted pint glass.

A = a hazy, almost milky light gold with a 2 finger head after an easy pour.

S = bready yeasts, coriander, wheat, a touch of banana and cloves, citrus

T = floral and spicy, peppery, crisp... there is a lingering sour note that is rather pleasant. not as sweet as some other wits I've had, but the spice and floral character is awesome in my opinion

M = medium carbonation accents the spiciness of this beer well, and there is a creaminess to the mouthfeel.

O = a solid, widely available wit, and a personal favorite.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 07:42:17 | More by Das_Reh
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New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Large white head leaves a nice lacing above a clearish light golden colored beer.

Light yeast and wheat grain aroma.

Classic wheat beer taste with light wheat, light yeasts coming through.

A lightly bitter dry aftertaste with a bit of the wheat beer tastes remaining with this light bodied ale.

This is the classic wheat beer taste, if that is what you are looking for look right here.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 23:45:36 | More by LXIXME
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5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Uniquely spicy, but not for everyone or every occasion. I enjoy it mostly by itself, although it goes very well with meals, especially heavy ones. I love the smoooth texture, light quality, cardamom and orange spice, and full-yet-manageable head. Right now, other beers simply are bland to me.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 23:44:07 | More by tastemeister
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3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 330 mL bottle with moderate hand into the closest thing I have to a Hoegaarden hexagonal glass. Best by 18/03/14 per the label. I used to be very into this beer, but haven't had it recently. Never reviewed, so here we go:

A: A sort of sickly tan-yellow with 2 fingers of coarse, white head. Rapidly fizzles to a thin film. Scant lacing. I remember a more vibrant yellow...

S: Coriander. Lemon. Citrus. Celery? Light spice. Trace of bubble gum.

T: Sweet, somewhat muddled opening that fades to a lingering tartness. Fairly dry finish. Lemon. Spice. Coriander. Citrus acidity.

M: High, prickly carbonation. Feel is reminiscent of club soda. Light body. Does improve as I let it sit. Better once the carb settles down.

O: What happened? Either my tastes have changed or this beer has declined. I'm not sure which... Certainly it has that coriander-heavy quality that I recall. Not a terrible beer by any means. Just not what I remember...

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 23:08:41 | More by fourstringer
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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As the standard for Wit Bier, Hoegaarden pours as one would imagine with a cloudy golden hue and a big head that lingers around just long enough. Coriander is persistent throughout the nose and flavor. This is backed up by zesty orange lemon and some spicier pepper notes . A light body and aggressive carbonation is is balance with a slight creaminess in the mouth feel that lends itself to an enjoyable and easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 06:23:42 | More by TheBullsHorn
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light yellow color with a large white head that recedes very quickly leaving some lacing.

Smell: Wheat, lemon, yellow, and pepper. A little bit floral and a little bit spicey.

Taste: Aside from the wheat and coriander flavors, there's quite a bit of lemon and pepper. There isn't much as far as complexity, but it's a clean taste with a pretty good balance between the wheat, citrus, and spice.

Mouthfeel: Very thin but somehow just creamy enough to not taste too thin. The carbonation is quite high, complimenting the pepper flavor in the taste with its crispness. This goes down very, very easy, making it a safe choice for a summer day.

Overall: It's hard to complain about this since it is often considered to be the standard witiber, although it's certainly not the best. It's a refreshing beer with good flavor, but it's also not that interesting either. Without a doubt the best witiber that's widely available (I can find it at any grocery store and many gas stations) but it's not complex enough to be intriguing.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 03:00:06 | More by DeFaz
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3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - very pale, hazy, yellowish body, tons of carbonation, towering white head holds pretty good retention
S - fruity, yeasty, orange rind, coriander, juicy fruit gum
T - spicy coriander, orange, juicy fruit gum, yeast, wheat
M - lighter body, higher carbonation
O - refreshing with decent flavors, but too heavy on the coriander in my opinion

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 03:26:39 | More by barnzy78
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New York

3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Wheat beers are like grilled cheese sandwhiches, since they are all pretty decent its very hard to find one that stands out. This one does in its unique, floral taste. Hoegaarden is tasty and refreshing, the flavor is floral with some citrus and spice. Quite light and smooth, bit creamy

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 09:29:58 | More by SteveB24
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4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Apperance: A wonderful light golden color. Hazy from the suspended yeast, a fluffy white head that is just sticky enough to hang onto the glass.
Aroma: Citrus, wheat, yeast spices and phenols. Everything is in its place and nothing is overpowering. The citrus and spice grow stronger as the beer warms.

Taste: Blanced, sweet to start with a bitter and tangy finish. I pick up yeast phenols, a little citrus, a nice tangy wheat finish. A slight sourness.

Mouthfeel: Light without being thin.

Overall: World class. This is the Wit that all others try to emulate. The finish and the citrus are just out standing. It is so crisp and refreashing and a great summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 20:11:44 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
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3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

0.25l bottle.

A - Unclear,yellow color,bottle carbonated beer,medium carbonation. White foam,one cm high.

S - Fresh aroma of honey,wheat mostly.

T/M - Drinkable,very pleasant,spices,honey,malt. Refreshing finish,sweet taste.

O - I think this is very good,balanced Wit.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 18:03:50 | More by djura
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4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was much better on tap.

When: August 2nd, 2006

Where: Winking Lizard with my beautiful wife.

Taste/Mouthfeel: medium intensity of Yeast and citrus orange. Medium Bodied and sweet in flavor. Good carbination with a fruity character. Good aftertaste that reminded me of a light hard candy.

Smell: Yeast and orange peel. Nothing too intense.

Appearance: Color of a whole lemon squeezed into water. Small head with minimal lacing. Cloudy

Drinkability/Notes: As Isaid above.... superior on tap than in the bottle. One of the better wit's out there. Enjoyable on a hot summer day.

Serving type: on-tap

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2013 18:13:00 | More by Amish_Ambush
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4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

smells of spice, coriander a soft citrusy taste. Almost sweet like a carbonated soft drink. Very pleasing on the pallette. This is the beer I would sip at a cafe on a warm pleasant summers day. My first Belgian Beer. Brings back lots of good memories. Always a favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2013 16:44:39 | More by rtrasr
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4.99/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured slowly into a cold frosty glass, Naturally cloudy golden appearance with a thick foamy head. A nice amount of lacing, Extremely smooth taste, hints of citrus and orange peel, very full bodied and easy to drink. My personal favourite witbier. I would recommend this beer to anyone, especially for a first witbier.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 22:28:17 | More by JMSDUN
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New Jersey

3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

So this is a basic wit beer that is a summer classic. I really don't need to review much here, maybe over spiced which cheapens the taste but overall, you throw a lemon wedge in this on a hot summer day its quite enjoyable. The rating is really based on what it is, and that's a tasty beer to have in quantity during the summer.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 23:06:37 | More by sjones5045
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy pale straw yellow with one-finger white head that dissipates quickly to a froth cap. Decent lacing. Typical witbier aroma, orange zest and coriander. Taste is spicy with a faint malt sweetness. Goes down dry and finishes slightly bitter. Light bodied with effervescent carbonation make this one great summer session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2013 18:55:02 | More by JohnG190
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Alberta (Canada)

3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i'll preface this by saying that White beers are not really my bag. However, Hoegaarden is generally considered to be a pretty good one, so I'll keep an open mind.

It pours yellow-white with a really large amount of head - the standard sort of thing for wheat beers. It smells quite predominantly of orange and coriander as they advertise. The citrus thing just is not really what I enjoy in a beer, but it does smell a lot better than other crappy white beers I've had. The taste is citrusy and almost resembles a cream ale in terms of texture. It's definitely got some body to it and is definately a sippin' beer. The finish is VERY clean and there isn't any sort of negative aftertaste - well done.

I won't drink much of it because white ales are just not my thing, but damn is it a good example of one. Rickard's be damned.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 07:10:42 | More by Olek4374
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4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - If poured from tap into the official Hoegaarden glass it looks magnificent. Cloudy light golden with a decent head. The head of the beer dissipates quickly enough but the initial appearance is outstanding.

S - Citrus notes and a hint of spice coming through too.

T - Zesty orange flavour, a kick of spice from the coriander and a refreshing experience overall.

M - Smooth, not very carbonated and almost a creamy texture.

O - This was the first beer I ever liked and I still like it alot to this day. The orange peel and coriander provide a more unique flavour than most beers and it stands out from the crowd as different. The lack of carbonation actually works in its favour and this beer is best enjoyed from the official glass, which adds to the experience if you are already a fan. The Belgian monks that created this knew what they were doing!

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2013 17:47:29 | More by fallenshadow
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Costa Rica

3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very light turbid yellow white-ish, small head with lacing
Smell: spicy, citrus
Taste: clean taste, coriander, and orangy
Mouthfeel: light bodied
Overall: I love this beer is really refreshing in tropical weather like Costa Rica.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 23:15:11 | More by jcbogantes
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3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

AP: very pale straw color. Almost looks like lemon juice in a glass with barely any head.

SM: strong hints of its Belgian birth place. Some spicy notes.

M: very light but flavorful.

TA: The coriander & orange peel produce an almost clove-like spicy/bitterness. In my tasting notes I contrasted the bitterness that stays behind with the orange peel produced bitterness against a hop-produced bitterness. Orange peel bitterness is a great pairing with the coriander spiciness and it doesn't stick to your tongue like a hop bitterness does.

I must say I am a tried and true hop-head loving hop-noxious bitterness. I've even stated that I don't like wheat beers. Still-this is good stuff and I recommend it for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 19:39:41 | More by Hermanater
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3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Paid $9.06 for a six pack of this stuff. Was kinda let down a little bit. I've heard nothing but good about this beer and I'm not the one to be a rain cloud over someone's parade but man this beer just didn't do it for me. It taste just like juicy fruit bumble gum to me! Haha it's not a bad beer I've just had better in its class.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 17:37:35 | More by Arcman
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3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 2/3 into a frosted pint glass, swirled remainder in bottle and poured the rest. Definitely a sexy and refreshing looking beer. Pours a cloudy yellow with nice foamy white head. Lots of noticeable carbonation and unfiltered sediment! Sweet aroma of orange and coriander. The taste meets the nose with the orange and coriander. Very smooth and light. A touch sweet, but good. Refreshing! Great Summer beer no matter how you slice it. I'd have again on a hot Summer day!

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 02:28:15 | More by DenverHopHead
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Murky straw yellow, with a decent head that disappears quickly.

Smell: Wheat, grass, lemon, spice.

Taste: Wheat, lemon, spice, grass.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp, with a slightly spicy aftertaste.

Overall: Good beer. Hoegaarden is a classic wit that manages to hold up well in this era of microbrews. Tasty and sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 23:16:34 | More by TheMarkE
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pale gold body, with a bit of cloudiness; huge head on pour

Aroma: Yeasty; spicy; hint of orange

Taste: Clean and tart; nice spicy finish; refreshing overall

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 13:43:52 | More by IchLiebeBier
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4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought two 12packs of Long Trail Belgian White (LT) and Hoegaarden Wit (HW) and have been doing side-by-side and successive comparisons over the past several days. The result is a review that contrasts the two of them that I'll try to post under both (with the numbers being different, of course) until someone smacks me down for doing that.

Both beers claim to be made in the tradition of Belgian witbiers, with similar spicing and process. Hoegaarden is basically the prototype for the category, albeit clearly not the best one. LT states it is "modeled after the original Belgian Witbiers brewed in monasteries". As such, it is not a very good model.

Both beers were sampled from 12 oz bottles (HW is actually a slightly smaller 11.25 oz). Each day they were poured in different glassware, although both were poured in identical glasses on the same day. They were given the same amount of refrigeration as well.

HW pours cloudy with no through visibility. Head is white. substantial in some glasses, moderate in others, gradually reducing to a thin layer. Carbonation is moderate. Color is pale yellow, that of a long-whipped egg yolk, which the liquid resembles in appearance.

LT is cloudy, but less so, with very moderate and quickly disappearing head and slight but noticeable carbonation. Color is darker yellow, closer to commercial apple juice.

Both claim to have been brewed with orange peel (from a variety of oranges) and coriander, but the nose and flavor could not be more different.

HW has a characteristic winey yeast odor of a Belgian ale, with a faint coriander aroma along with some sweet citrus. LT has faint yeast smell with strong coriander overtone. If there are any hops present, they are not noticeable in either glass. There is some faint smell of roasted grain in LT.

Taste is radically different. Hoegaarden continues with the strong yeasty flavor, supplemented by malted and roasted grain, with notes of coriander, cloves and sweet orange, gradually transforming into a sweet Dutch licorice finish that lingers for a few minutes but eventually dissipates.

LT has an overwhelming coriander flavor, with sour, but not citrusy yeast notes and some roasted wheat undertone which quickly turns sour in the mouth. The sourness lingers for a while, even after a moderate consumption. Using sugary beverages to get rid of it did not help -- the sourness persisted even after a glass of Coke. A glass of water did eliminate the aftertaste, but it required some effort.

HW is better balanced, with no alcohol feel in the mouth. Although lacking balanced flavor, LT does not taste overly alcoholic, but there is more alcohol feel in it. Both are light and, under the right circumstances, refreshing. With right foods (e.g., Thai and Indonesian curries and Indian food that is not overly saucy) LT can be a very serviceable beer, but the strong coriander flavor and odor make it unsuitable for most occasions, including everyday drinking. HW is a perfectly reasonable everyday pour, especially in the summer. Original or not, it likely would not survive a comparison to some of the better American varieties, such as Allagash, but it can certainly hold its own. Long Trail, on the other hand, has a long learning curve ahead of it as a brewery. Even their best products (pale ale and IPA) seem to offer only a single taste note, where competitors offer a bouquet of flavors and aromas. Hoegaarden does pretty much only one thing but it does it rather well.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 07:45:24 | More by VictorWisc
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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