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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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4,018 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,018
Reviews: 1,629
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 70
Gots: 328 | 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 krasznaig


4.43/5  rDev +16.9%

True Belgian one.
I bought it a fortnight ago in the Netherlands, but it's still amazing. (I haven't kept it in the fridge). I recommend it to everyone who wants to enjoy a great 'Witbier'. Perhaps it's worth trying it with a slice of orange as well.

11-26-2010 19:50:42 | More by krasznaig
Photo of mattgreger


3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

This brew poured a hazy yellow. It had a small frothy head. There was a small amount of lacing that formed as you drink through the brew

The aroma on this brew is very nice. The a bunch of flavors that hit you palate on this one. Cloves, oranges, lemons, a touch of bananas and wheat bread. There is a big push of spices at the end. It smells great.

The taste begins with a nice light, wheat sweetness. There was a orange bitterness. There is a touch of cloves, banana and lemons as well. There is a spicy kick at the end.

There was a nice carbonation. This brew has a nice little tanginess to it, that gives it a nice flavor. This representation of the brew is pretty good, not the best I have had, but always a good one to pick up at local bar.

This brew is very easy to drink. Easily a session for beer, for those who like wheat beers. It goes down smooth and creamy. Again, I have had better witbiers, but this is always a solid brew to have when available.

11-21-2010 14:37:12 | More by mattgreger
Photo of weizenbob


3.83/5  rDev +1.1%

Ah yes, the standard-bearer of witbier. 330 ml bottle poured into a pint glass. A beautiful fluffy white two-finger head tops this beautifully cloudy, maize colored brew. Carbonation aggressively rises. The head slowly settles leaving no lacing. It looks spectacular.

The scent is heavy on wheat, though coriander is present as well. Alcohol is slightly noticeable. It's pretty straightforward on the nose, though perhaps a bit on the watery side.

The taste is light and refreshing. Wheat character comes through without dominating. The coriander is very noticeable, as is the mild orange citrus. Hoegaarden is not my favorite example of this style, but it's pretty much the standard. It's not going to throw you any curveballs but it is always a solid and enjoyable brew.

The mouthfeel is pleasant. It's deceptively heavy but you don't really notice. The carbonation still looks like it's going crazy, but it's actually quite in check in the mouth and maintains a counterbalance with the weight of the brew.

This is a tasty brew for sure and at 4.9% ABV, the alcohol is fairly in check. Personally the coriander is a bit overbearing for me to want to put more than a couple of these back in a sitting. However, these are quite refreshing and full flavored and worth treating yourself to from time to time.

11-19-2010 20:31:48 | More by weizenbob
Photo of decimator

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +6.9%

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a cloudy pale yellow with a 3cm frothy head. Head reduced to a thin long lasting cap. Some lacing is produced.

S - Coriander, cloves, bananas, oranges, lemons and wheat bread. Spices are quite apparent in the aroma. Smells good.

T - Light wheat sweetness, citrus sourness, orange peel bitterness and a good spicy kick in the finish.

M - Lively carbonation, tangy and a bit watery.

D - Very drinkable. First had this beer five years ago. This is the beer that made me discover better beer. It was so different than any else I'd drank at that time. It's among my favourite wheat beers today.

11-15-2010 03:28:11 | More by decimator
Photo of mariposafan


4.13/5  rDev +9%

Looks almost like used dishwater - very murky and not much color. Probably fair since it's billed as a white ale. Nice one finger of creamy foam stays around as lacing throughout.

The smell is citrusy with plenty of coriander and some banana/clove character.

The taste is a little watery but there's the coriander again, along with some citrus fruit and cloves. A little bitterness on the backend that I wasn't expecting.

Light mouthfeel with very prickly carbonation - we're talking 7-up type carbonation here.

Easy drinking, though it would probably be better on a summer day rather than looking out at bare trees with threatening clouds overhead.

11-14-2010 20:24:57 | More by mariposafan
Photo of kentawan


4.08/5  rDev +7.7%

Appearance :
Cool bottle. Cloudy yellow and pretty good head. Very gassy.

Best of all. Can smell it as I poured it into glass. Smells hints of hop, very citrus and has a coriander smell to it.

Unique and refreshing. A great character to it. Herby, and lots of coriander taste. The taste of the orange peel is definitely there. Very Obvious. There's no bitterness at all. You can taste the yeast too ! Definitely a great beer for those special occasions. Best drank among family members as it's a beer and makes you feel comfortable.

Too gassy sometimes. Though these bottle fermented beers are always gassy.

YES ! Good beer. One of my favourite beer here in Singapore and I guess you can find it everywhere in the world since InBev bought the company years ago. Best wheat beer, even better than Erdinger in my opinion.

11-02-2010 20:52:38 | More by kentawan
Photo of benfons


3.78/5  rDev -0.3%

A: very pale hazy blond, almost no head, no lacing

S: Lemon , spices, ok but a bit boring

T: orange coriander ginger

M/D Good mouthfeel, lots of carbonation but it needs it, alcohol is there i the right amount, very easy drink.

This is an ok beer, but personally i find it a bit dull

11-01-2010 14:22:29 | More by benfons
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New York

4/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours a very hazy pale yellow color with a 2-finger white head that had decent retention. The head fell down to a nice little ring at the top of the beer, and left no lacing. Smelled spicy, and of citrus, oranges, and wheat. Tastes of spicy notes from the yeast, citrus, orange zest, wheat, and a little hop presence. Mouthfeel is good. Good carbonation, a light-medium body, and goes down smooth. Sort of feels bubbly. Its a very drinkable beer. Goes down very easy and leaves you wanting another. Good thing I have a few more. Cheers.

10-31-2010 00:40:38 | More by JizackFH
Photo of InebriatedJoker


4.45/5  rDev +17.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my favorite beer drinking glass -

best by date was 17/05/11 ?or 02217:4235

Poured a light cloudy gold - Two finger head with lots of carbonation hardly any lace -

Smell was real light - Wheat and mild malts .

Taste was pleasant light coriander hints, slight hues of orange peels, barley malts - A very tasty brew -

It would be real easy to pound a six'r of these -

extremely drinkable -

10-30-2010 18:39:32 | More by InebriatedJoker
Photo of sommersb


4/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass. Best before date was listed as 10-06-11.

Appearance was a light straw cloudy/unfiltered beer, with lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. The head was 3-4 fingers and white.

Smell was of various spices and a low level of hops. The coriander spice was the most prevalent as a lemon-citrus aroma.

The taste was crisp and a bit tart, with coriander and orange spices coming through. Very low to no bitterness present. Mouthfeel was smooth and lightly carbonated. It left very little aftertaste. Very refreshing

Overall, a solid beer and a pleasure to drink.

10-30-2010 04:54:56 | More by sommersb
Photo of grittybrews


4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

Poured a pale, hazy gold into a tulip with two fingers of fluffy, bright white head that slowly receded to a thin film. Mild aroma of lemon citrus and grass with a slow-emerging orange zest sweetness.

Moderately high carbonation and a light, dry mouthfeel. Very clean taste with lemon and creamy wheat followed by a lingering and slightly bitter finish with a hint of peppery yeast.

No bold flavors here; subtle, balanced, and very refreshing.

10-29-2010 01:27:41 | More by grittybrews
Photo of beerprovedwright


4/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured this pale yellow, cloudy, and very active beer in my glass, and it produced the biggest head of any beer in my recollection. The head was better than three fingers of a very rich foam. I has taken about five minutes and there is still head. The beer color is a 3 on the SRM chart. Smells like lemon, wheat, and yeast. Tastes more like potatoes with garlic, lemon, pepper, and wet wheat. About a mouthful of mouthfeel. Heavy body, almost can chew it. Very different flavor, it grows on your taste buds. Will have to keep a look out for this on the beer menu.

10-28-2010 05:02:10 | More by beerprovedwright
Photo of Fatehunter


3.88/5  rDev +2.4%

A - Poured from a bottle into a Belgium "satan" glass. It almost looked white during the pour, but then as it settled down it became a light yellow color but still not transparent. An inch and a half head of bigger foam bubbles formed. After a couple minutes the head broke down to just some lace around the edge.

S - It smells like a toned down wiezenbier. Ripe banana, peach and a hint of lemon. Very noticeable but by no means overpowering.

T - Tastes almost like it smells. But there is a sparkling water taste, which does not really have a taste to it.

M - Carbonation, crisp, light and refreshing.

D - A nice drink for the hot days. Subtle flavors. It is not a personal favorite of mine, but it is supposedly the "original Belgian Witbier". How can you not like the original?

10-26-2010 23:36:00 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of velosuds


3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

Received an 18-pack Best of Belgium Beers as a Boss' Day gift. Included this, Stella Artois, and Leffe. Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Best before 12/07/11.

A-Pours a hazy pale yellow with a two finger creamy white head with good retention and lacing.

S-Aroma is spicy, citrusy like orange peel, and tangy from the wheat.

T-Caramel notes and some citric hoppiness. Spice is like anise and cloves.

M-Smooth and nicely carbonated. Refreshingly crisp and clean.

D-A good but not great "wheat" beer. Glad to have tried, but not something I will purchase in future.

10-24-2010 23:25:11 | More by velosuds
Photo of HalfFull


3.6/5  rDev -5%

Unimpressed with this offering on tap, I thought I'd give it a shot in the bottle after noting a huge difference in Shock Top. Poured into a ping glass from a 330 ml. bottle, Hoegaarden shows a hazy lemon pour, almost white in color. Half an inch of foam offers moderate retention.

Aroma is a major step up from the draft version and offers notes of lemony orange, yeast, and mixed spices along with a touch of sweetness. Touch of sourness after some exposure.

Flavor improves as well yet seems somewhat artificial. More orange than lemon, slightly sweet and viscous for the style. A good carbonation supports the feel reasonably well. A bit of a spin brings back a cap of foam and a myriad of smells. Finish is short with a bit of lemon bread. Decent drinkability though nothing special and the spices seem a bit overdone. These delicate beers seem best from the bottle indeed.

10-24-2010 01:41:31 | More by HalfFull
Photo of Dave128


4.05/5  rDev +6.9%

I decided to try this beer on tap at a local pizza pub since it was the daily pint special. I didn't know anything about what it was when I ordered. At first I thought I was given the wrong thing when I saw this cloudy fruity-lookin drink with a lemon wedge on the glass. I was far away from the bar in the pub and it was a busy night so the head was mostly faded by the time I received it.

A - Cloudy whitish yellow. It kinda looked like a nice glass of hazy lemonade. About a half a finger of white head when I received it which reduced to a lasting thin cover. Lacing was moderate but I wasn't really paying attention due to the next factor.

S - This is what really threw me off on this one. I LOVED the smell of this beer. Heavy coriander aroma with some pepper and citrus.

T - Its quite what I expected it to taste like given the smell. Pretty sweet from the citrus but the majority of the flavor and aftertaste comes from the spices. A unique experience in my beer-tasting thus far. I squeezed a few lemon drops in for the last few sips but made that pretty much made it more of a hard lemonade XD

M - The mouthfeel was kinda sticky and sweet but carbonation was about right enough to make it a wonderful thirst quencher.

D - The flavors in this beer are not such that I'd want to drink multiples at a time. The spices and citrus are strong and a little overbearing on the palate. But I'm sure this would be a great "by the pool" refreshment on a hot summer day!

10-22-2010 13:40:48 | More by Dave128
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3.83/5  rDev +1.1%

Tap to .33L hoegaarden octogon glass. 2 inch white head, cloudy pale yellow.

Smells of orange zest, coriander, some malt sweetness.

You Taste orange zest, mildly creamy malt sweetness, coriander, a bit of a bitter background. alcohol very, very mild.

Mouthfeel is med-lite, medium carbonation, mild smoothness from malts.

Easy drinking Wheat ale that would go down well on any warm summer day!

10-21-2010 23:02:58 | More by fourplayed
Photo of Thorpe429


3.4/5  rDev -10.3%

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very cloudy yellow color with a nice white head and quite a bit of lacing. Nose brings forward some citrus and a bit of wheat. The taste is orange, citrus, slight spice, wheat, and a bit of grain. Definitely a fairly light mouthfeel with a bit of creaminess. Drinks fairly well, although not super flavorful.

10-20-2010 01:58:38 | More by Thorpe429
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours a very hazy golden yellow with a thick white head and superb lacing. Smells of coriander, oranges, grapefruit, pepper and wheat. Tastes of coriander, orange peel, pepper, wheat, malts and tasty hops. Mouthfeel is medium with a nice carbonation. Drinkability is very good. The beer is an excellent selection.

10-19-2010 23:40:21 | More by TheKingofWichita
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3.3/5  rDev -12.9%

A: The pour is an extremely pale yellow color with an intense haze to it. The head is medium in size and white in color.

S: Big time coriander aroma to this beer. The wheat and other malts provide a moderate amount of sweetness to the nose, and there is a minimal citrus note.

T: Again, a heavy hand on the spice component. Lots of coriander and wheat with a distinct lemony tartness. Where am I, BJ's?

M: The body is quite light and the carbonation is quite high and lively.

D: Another one of those really well known beers that everybody sort of has to try somewhere along the way. I haven't had this beer for a long time, but I did not find it did much for me on this occasion.

10-18-2010 22:01:32 | More by womencantsail
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3.48/5  rDev -8.2%

The Appearance was an unbelievably cloudy pale straw goodness, with a strong white foamy head.

The smell was okay, a bit too barnyard hay for my liking. Nothing a wedge of orange couldn't fix.

Taste was difffernt. Very mellow wheat and maybe some slight yeast notes. Not for the IPA and hops lovers!!! The most mellow belgian beer, possibly on the market. Tastes like a light beer to the taste buds, but feels like a loaf of bread in the belly. Beware.

Mouthfeel was pretty good, biscuits and wheat fill the palate. Not too carbonated, which I like.

Drinkability is great until you finish your first two pints. After that you need a nap. Definitley needs an orange slice.

10-18-2010 15:30:02 | More by TaekwonDylan
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3.43/5  rDev -9.5%

Sans Orange. Pours out a hazy orange and heads up about one finger of white. Beautiful carbonation just dances in the glass.

Smells exactly how it should with orange and coriander in the nose.

Tastes of yeast orange peel, coriander, wheat and a little pepper. Basically what they advertise is what you get. Only problem for me is that the flavor did not evolve, it just sort of stopped, I don't know why with such low alc it isn't a palate killer.

Mouthfeel is slightly watery lacking a bit of body, carbonation is nice but makes you wish the rest of the feel was on par.

Great drinkability, low alcohol not filling, a beer lover could do a few easy and a college boy could do a few more.

Very cheap, only eight for a sixer and twice that for a twelve. Add an orange and throw one to your old lady because its that easy to like. Sláinte.

10-16-2010 17:39:41 | More by JoeAmerican77
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3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

A:Very nice light orange/yellow cream color. Good head
S:Smells of sweet citrus
T:Rich with citrus, and a hint of sweetness, crisp and flavorful
M:Good carbonation, and goes down very easy.
D:Was a true enjoyment. Very recommended would love to try on tap.

10-16-2010 03:10:19 | More by exodus1369
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3.4/5  rDev -10.3%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very light hazy straw color, almost white at the top. It pours with a pretty massive head that settles down to just wisps.

Smell: Coriander, wheat, and yeast dominate here.

Taste: I must be very sensitive to coriander because this is mostly what I taste here. There's some wheat and yeast for sure, but coriander is the star of the show. The back-end has a little more of the yeast, wheat and just a hint of sweet malts to balance things out. It's a good witbier, but I fell the coriander stands out a little too much.

Mouthfeel: Feels very good in the mouth, nicely carbonated.

Drinkability: I have a hard time putting this down for some reason, there might be just a bit too much coriander to make this very drinkable, it hits all the right tickmarks otherwise.

10-12-2010 01:36:55 | More by shand
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3.85/5  rDev +1.6%

It's time i finally give Hoegaarden a proper review. It's always fun to drink the beer that defines the style, and Hoegaarden is no exception. I also have to give thanks to Pierre Celis for reviving the witbier style with this one.

A: Paler than straw yellow, and hazy (although more light and clear than I remember). A two-finger, ghost-white head rises to form the head. Little lacing is left from the foamy, moussy cap, but the retention is remarkable.

S: The aroma is crisp, tart, and grassy. Sour, zesty fruit notes emerge, like those of a fresh orange peel (shocker!) The nose is very well-balanced, and clean, with a just bit of a punch from the coriander.

T: The flavor is refreshing, delivering a light sweetness along with a touch of lactic sourness. No surprises, just a plain, straightforward beer. Orange peel and coriander subtly blend with the soft malt.

M: Light and effervescent, the carbonation is perfectly matched to the creaminess. Hoegaarden's mouthfeel is smooth and slick, with a sour tang that sticks your tongue to the roof of your mouth.

D: Medium drinkability. This could easily be a session beer, although after one or two, I recommend swapping for a more complex beer.

(Reviewed August 2, 2010.)

10-12-2010 01:34:55 | More by SPThirtyThree
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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