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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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4,016 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,016
Reviews: 1,629
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 70
Gots: 329 | FT: 0
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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Photo of rundocrun


3.93/5  rDev +3.7%

A - Pours a nice golden straw yellow with the typical cloudy hue of a witbier. Nice white head that sticks around for quite a while.

S - Spicy, bready notes come up to meet the nose, immediately followed by a zesty citrus peel aroma.

T - Tangy, fruitiness from somewhere. Not entirely sure if that's a character inherent in wheat beers or the spices they use. Also has a warming quality. Nice spiciness on the side of the tongue.

M - Extremely drinkable and perfectly carbonated. Just a little thin for my tastes.

04-11-2011 03:06:17 | More by rundocrun
Photo of flyingspatula


3.78/5  rDev -0.3%

OK, I've tried Hoegaarden a few times and this bottle is not the best. I don't know if it's old or what, but I'm going to skew this review slightly because usually it's great. It has a really different color than most beers, kind of like a cream soda life saver, white with some yellow for those who haven't had that particular lifesaver. Anyway, it is hazy which is befitting of it's style. The smell is very original too, kind of fruity, but I couldn't tell you the fruit. Maybe grapefruit, or some kind of grapes. I think the taste is great! It's got alot of body from the wheat, with a tart finish on the tongue. Just the right amount of carbonation too.

04-11-2011 03:04:34 | More by flyingspatula
Photo of chodinheaven


3.43/5  rDev -9.5%

Looks nice as a golden cloudy haze of a beer with a nice head. Smell is nothing spectacular but ok, smelling of wheat and not much else.

Taste is clean and on the crisper, more refreshing side for a wheat beer. Definitely not very hoppy or malty, just clean and full of wheat taste. Fizzy in the finish. It's not a great beer but definitely better than your average beer found at your average bar, and it's definitely refreshing. Availability also lifts this beer up in my mind since not a whole lot of beers like this are extremely popular. The fact that it can be found in a lot of bars and nearly always on liquor beer shelves is good for those looking to broaden their beer horizons.

04-09-2011 04:17:23 | More by chodinheaven
Photo of Knapp85


3.08/5  rDev -18.7%

This beer was one of the first Wit beers I ever had. Purchased a bottle of it at the Laystone Pub in Bethlehem PA back in 2007. This beer was a hazy yellow with a bright white head. The beer smells very refreshing and citrusy. The beer was served with a lemon which I tried it without it first. It wasn't much better with or without. The mouthfeel is light and the beer is great for sometime.

04-04-2011 03:53:38 | More by Knapp85
Photo of BeerBoss

Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev +11.3%

Served into a glass

A: A very attractive staw colored beer with noticable haze. Nice frothy head.

S: Not much with the whitbiers...subtle citrusy notes

T: Very smooth. I nice progressivly citrus taste with a super clean finish.

O: Once of my favortie whitbiers for its crisp cleanliness.

04-03-2011 00:21:31 | More by BeerBoss
Photo of bagpiper2005


3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

Pour: Hazy white-gold color iwth the classic big wheat beer head. Decent head retention, no lacing on the glass though.

Smell: Lemon, yeast, and wheat. Nothing bad, but not super exciting either.

Taste: Yeasty and malty. Notes of lemon as well. Spicy finish with a small lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly creamy. Substantial amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Refreshing and smooth. Good beer for a hot day by the beach or after doing yardwork.

Final Notes: A solid wheat beer. I'll be returning to it in the future.

04-01-2011 01:59:00 | More by bagpiper2005
Photo of wcintula

New York

3.3/5  rDev -12.9%

A start in my study to better understand/appreciate the Witbier.

Poured into a Radeberger glass with a very hazy pale yellow and a big head that recedes to a small corner molding where the beer meets the glass. Smells a little sour, with lemon-y hop character and a phenolic yeast smell. Seems to be a little less character in the taste than the smell, just a grainy addition with a little dryness. Very easy drinking.

03-31-2011 17:28:58 | More by wcintula
Photo of atlason

New York

3.45/5  rDev -9%

Poured from 33cl bottle into Jever flute. Enjoyed with Hoegaarden steamed mussels.

Straw color with full head and good retention but minimal lacing.

Nose: Bright citrus with slight yeastiness

Mouthfeel is medium, neither dry nor sweet

Taste is a watery citrus and wheat.

Highly drinkable when you need a thirstquencher. Should be a good summer drink.

Note: scores are given after tasting by memory

03-31-2011 01:58:53 | More by atlason
Photo of ReelBigwigFish

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured into chimay chalice from bottle received in shipment today, woohoo freshness! (best before feb 21 2012)
a: Cloudy pale yellow color with a fluffy white head that reduced within a couple minutes, but about 1mm of foam remains on the surface. Little bits of foamy lacing here and there.

s: Smells of coriander, yeast, and lemon zest. Nothing too fancy or unexpected, but that's not why we buy Hoegaarden after all.

t/m: Pale malt with coriander and mild citrus flavors up front. Finishes with a spicier clove taste. Very creamy texture and mouthfeel that still manages to have a bite to it, incredibly refreshing.

o: I have been a fan of Hoegaarden a long time, it's nothing too crazy, but is absolutely delicious, refreshing, and easy to drink. If someone asked what my go-to summer beer was, I'd probably tell them Hoegaarden. It's not the best witbier, but it's simple, kinda cheap, and readily available.

03-29-2011 22:12:35 | More by ReelBigwigFish
Photo of Macca


3.18/5  rDev -16.1%

Pours a cloudy lemon colour with a fluffy white head. Drops quickly.

The nose is clove and pepper. A touch of lemon.

More of the lemon on the palate. Not as much of the spices as I would like. Bit of sweetness.

Medium bodied.

When I first tried this a few years ago it really blew me away but these days not so much. Not sure if it's me or the brew that has changed.

03-28-2011 07:25:24 | More by Macca
Photo of mjurney


3.83/5  rDev +1.1%

Bright pale straw color, cloudy. Lots of fine carbonation. Head looks bright and foamy.

Yeast, spices, a little hint of banana.

Fresh yeast along with mild spices, cloves and pepper. Dry clean malts in the middle. I've notice there's some hint of tropical fruit along with zesty lemon peel. Almost creamy texture, yet it's very refreshing.

Dry yeasty finish, very crisp.

It's not as flavorful as I expected. It's pretty good beer, highly drinkable, very refreshing and it's a nice warm weather beer.

03-26-2011 22:16:59 | More by mjurney
Photo of CHADMC3


3.6/5  rDev -5%

Pours a very cloudy golden yellow with vigorous, large bubbles of carbonation and a fluffy pure white head that leaves a constant ring of lacing atop the beer.

Pleasant aroma of pepper, clove, yeast, and citrus.

The flavor is very similar, with more pronounced citrus flavors, perhaps a touch of straw or grass, and again the yeast, clove, and pepper flavors.

A crisp and pleasant light body with medium carbonation with just a hint of zest and yeast left to coat the palate.

Quite a nice witbier with good flavors and character.

03-25-2011 01:19:40 | More by CHADMC3
Photo of ActualAir


3.08/5  rDev -18.7%

A - Cloudy and golden yellow in appearance, with a foamy white head and minimal lacing.

S - Doughy and earthy smell.

T - Bright and crisp. Muted citrus and pine nuts over biscuity/bready notes.

M - Light-turning-to-watery mouthfeel with fine carbonation.

Overall - Unique and refreshing, I could really get into a couple of these on a hot summer night.

03-23-2011 22:35:55 | More by ActualAir
Photo of shaunivan


3.58/5  rDev -5.5%

A buddy recommended I try this instead of Blue Moon, so I had a pint following the pint of Blue Moon:

Nice cloudy beer, decent enough head, slightly lighter than I had anticipated.

Smells like what I felt was ginger, I was corrected and told those are the spices, which makes plenty of sense.

I was expecting something similar to a Blue Moon, lots of orange and such, turned out to have far more spices than anticipated, highly pleasant. The orange was subtle, mostly it was spices and yeast.

Decent beer, decent drinkability. I'm personally undecided on how much I like the spices, but far from an unpleasant beer. Rather good in fact.

03-17-2011 08:35:13 | More by shaunivan
Photo of ant5431

Rhode Island

2.08/5  rDev -45.1%

After reading the other reviews I see Im in the minority NOT A FAN! Had seen this beer around forever finally gave it a try seeing as its on the list in my beer club all I can say is it was a challenge to drink the whole glass! Was my first and can say last!
Its appearance was unimpressive.
The taste was just bad & left unplesent taste in mouth.
The smell was the nicest thing I can say about this beer and even that didnt jump out at me!

03-16-2011 18:33:17 | More by ant5431
Photo of Ryanm1


3.43/5  rDev -9.5%

The appearance of this beer is bar none. It is the typical cloudy wheat yellow beer. The smell of this beer is great with orange peel and corriander stereortypical of most other wheat beers. This beer usually comes with the perfect mount of head. If pouring this from a bottle use the instructions found on the side of the bottle stating how to pour the last 1/8 of the bottle into your glass after rolling it on its side. The mouthfeel is descent. Incredible drinkability. In Rome my friends and I used to have a bar in Campo De Fiori that we called the Hoegarrden Bar as it would serve incredibly sized drafts of this delicious nector for only five euros. This was a steal at the time in 2005 as most other drafts, including american imports were at least 5 euros as well.

03-12-2011 01:53:16 | More by Ryanm1
Photo of thatlongname


3.83/5  rDev +1.1%

Appearance: Nice foam. Beautiful Pale Yellow. Cloudy all over.

Smell: Pleasant, smells like spice and yeast and maybe some fruit.

Taste: Pretty delicious. Has banana notes, maybe some orange. Yeast flavors are good.

Mouthfeel: Not much carbonation. Light, thin.

Drinkability: Pretty satisfying. Seems like a good summer afternoon beer to me.

03-11-2011 02:34:05 | More by thatlongname
Photo of KajII

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -3.7%

[Best served in a Tumbler or Weizen glass]

Poured a hazy pale yellow with an average sized white fizzy head that was mostly diminishing and had good lacing. The aroma was heavy with a leathery yeast scent, light flowery hops with notes of orange and allspice. It tasted quite yeasty with a mild acidic flavor at first and finished about the same except for the hints of orange on the tongue left , to linger for a nice while. Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and was suprisingly very creamy in texture. Overall a very tasty wheat beer, definitley worth drinking a few.

03-09-2011 18:11:49 | More by KajII
Photo of Kelly88


3.85/5  rDev +1.6%

Had on tap and was served in a nice large six sided wide mouth glass.

A- very light yellow appearance. Reminds me of lemonade. Cloudy and even cloudy enough so you can't see through the beer. Started with a white head that has settled to a thin foam covering the whole beer.

S- smell is faint But enjoyable. Typical Belgian yeast and fruity smells of mostly banana and pear.

T- taste is a direct clone of the nose. The fruits play the biggest role and the yeastiness is a good tasty distraction. Well balanced beer that is good for the style.

M- light to light medium bodied. Great feel. The only downside is whenever I drink Belgians the yeasty taste is almost a chore after the first beer. Weird, but it happens.

D- very light and tasty. This is going down easy but the banana could be a bit much after 3 or 4

Good Belgian beer. I know its widely available and that might make it seem to mainstream for many BA's but this is a good example of the style.

03-08-2011 17:44:57 | More by Kelly88
Photo of ferrari29


3.53/5  rDev -6.9%

Beer poured from bottle into Hexagon shaped pint glass

A - Beer has a cloudy light off-yellow color body; poured with a frothy two finger foam, which held very well; good amount of lacing formed and had lots of carbonation

S - Fruit peels and spices; citrus notes; malt sweetness; yeasty and grainy; wheat

T - Lemon and orange peel; citrus and other fruit tastes come up; subtle hints of spices but most coriander; herbal notes are in there too

M - Effervescent on the tongue; the body of the beer was mostly thin and left a tangy feel in your mouth

D - Lacks a lot of bite; this was one of my first experiences with foreign-made Witbier many years ago; it was good for the time I had it until I came across beers from other craft brewers; with that being said, I still would not turn down this beer if it was offered to me and I would definitely have another

03-07-2011 04:01:03 | More by ferrari29
Photo of beerdown77

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%

This poured a cloudy white with nice bubbly, foamy head. The smells is mild yeast, maybe some sweet banana like presence. The taste is sweet with mild banana, coriander, and wheat. The body is very smooth, making this very easy drinking. This is a pleasant change from the usual IPA. I could have another.

03-05-2011 22:29:33 | More by beerdown77
Photo of coalcracker


4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

Appearance: Pours a cloudy straw color with substantial fizzy head.
Smell: Aroma is a bit lemony and peppery with some definitive what also in the nose.
Taste: Quite wheaty with a touch of lemon and pepper (as reflected in aroma). The lemony twang strikes early with a slow descent into wheaty smoothness. Aftertaste persists for some time. These flavors are just a tad muted in comparison to other wits in its class.
Mouthfeel: Medium and smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Very drinkable and enjoyable in a session.

Overall- Pleasant summery drink. One of the first true imports I ever had.

03-05-2011 02:05:05 | More by coalcracker
Photo of Zimbo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.6/5  rDev -5%

Very light cloudy yellow this made a foamy head with no coaxing. A fair amount of beading too. Melony to taste and pretty soft. Quenching and refreshing but just too thin. A very slight fizziness and the body is fairly light.
There is a good beer trying to get out.

02-26-2011 21:40:39 | More by Zimbo
Photo of Cozzatoad


3.15/5  rDev -16.9%

330ml bottle

A- A very cloudy, but at the same time bright, yellow/orange colour. The head shows no signs of retention or lacing at all

S- Citrus, mostly lemon, tones are backed up by coriander and some pepper. Nice but too sweet

T- The wheat malts are actually very weak, and hence the body is thin but refreshing. Citrus is dominant again with some banana and pepper to back up. Not much, the taste is all on your tongue, the palate feels empty and demands some flavours

M- Yes, this is very refreshing, but it is so thin that flavours just do not hook up with the palate. Quite an empty mouthfeel actually

D- Really drinkable and sure a thirst quencher. The excessive sweetness gets a bit boring after a while

This is an average beer, a nice, pleasing and refreshing drink, but with not much to say

02-25-2011 15:08:55 | More by Cozzatoad
Photo of alleykatking


3.83/5  rDev +1.1%

Had on tap...

A- Pours a medium hazed golden orange color. One finger white head shows medium retention. Nice streaky to web style lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Tons of citrus overtones on the front end of the beer. Light clove and banana in the middle of the beer shines over the bland beer base. Some peppery hints and a big bubblegum style aroma toward the back end with a hint of alcohol.

T- Banana and citrus comes in the front with a bitterness that comes from a light wheat undertone. Some peppery notes toward the middle of the beer help the wheat body base shine for a second. Bubblegum like flavor toward the backend with hints of clove and alcohol.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Banana, wheat, and citrus flavors left on the palate. Aftertaste is more alcohol forward, with hints of clove and wheat. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol. Flavors were well balanced for the stlye. No off flavors were present in the beer.

D- This beer is a wonderful example of the style. The ABV is low which helps add to the drinkability. Crisp and refreshing which helps invite you back into the pint.

02-23-2011 02:57:32 | More by alleykatking
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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