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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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3,801 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,801
Reviews: 1,617
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 59
Gots: 227 | FT: 0
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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 dgilks


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

Pours a hazy, pale straw colour with a tight, white head. Decent head retention.

Aromas of orange, lemon and coriander dominate with a light hint of wheat in the background.

Nice, light wheat flavour is in the forefront with hints of lemon, orange and spice. A slight yeast mustiness is present. Quite sweet with a light tartness.

Medium body with average carbonation.

Witbiers are a light, easy drinking style. Hoegaarden fits into this mould but it a little dull.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 04:57:50 | More by dgilks
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice pale yellow with soft white highlights and a nice medium haze with a good swirl of the bottle on the pour. A minimal white head quickly turns to a light skim over the surface and a ring around the glass and leaves minimal lacing.

Nose is alot of spice profile and that classic belgian wheat yeast aroma. Coriander and orange peel like spices are prominent.

A nice soft classic witbier. Belgian yeast and citrus zest are the clear center of attention. A nice soft wheat flavor. The finish is crisp and provides some slight green apple and soft peach notes. Zest and yeast linger in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is slightly higher in carbonation than most belgian brews, but it works very well here, as it would in a hef.

Drinkability is quite solid. Could easily put down a sixer or more of these on a hot day, or just whenever.

Overall really a classic example of the witbier. As typical and common as it is, it really is nice for a drinkable wit. Nothing mind-blowing or crazy exciting, but just a solid, flavorful session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 00:27:45 | More by AKBelgianBeast
Photo of Evil_Pidde


4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This looks like murky watered milk (very faint yellow). The head is rather large, white thick - looks great. Some lace on the glass and some sediment in the bottle.

S: Very refreshing smell. There is obvious citric notes (orange and faint lemon), lots of spicyness (coriander), the wheat is also present in the smell. Some floral hops.

T: Very refreshing. The coriander is complemented with a nice pepper tone. The citric notes from the smell are also present in the taste. Yeast is noticable as well as the wheat.

M: The aftertaste is rather short, some sweetness though. Medium body and a tickeling sencation from the small bubbles.

D: Nice, really nice refreshing summer beer. I've got a friend that told me he had this beer with craw-fish (swedish style) and it was the best thing ever - I'm going to try that next fall.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 17:18:43 | More by Evil_Pidde
Photo of PBoegel

New York

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Simply what a Witbier should be.

There a dozens of American made (particularly at brewpubs) which hit to style as near 5.0 across the board, two versions from across the pond are considerably near perfect, the InBev controlled Hoegaarden and the Pierre Celis Signature White for St. Bernardus.

Not coincidentally Celis had his hand resurrecting Hoegaarden from certain extinction.

The style and this particular breweries version a perfect for quaffing on a warm summer day or as an aperitif for a fine meal.

The aromas are lemon and tangerine citrus with mild peppery notes from the fine yeast strain. Occasionally one can pick up some DMS characteristics, but they are slight and usually in my opinion a confused sense with the other spices and yeast character from the wheat and oats in the grist.

Refreshing and extremely drinkable this is a world classic that has not been beaten down by the bean counters quite yet. As a wit should an nice silky smooth mouthfeel. Delicious, if you don't like Witbiers, get into practice they are a great style.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 16:20:47 | More by PBoegel
Photo of UndeniableMalt


4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light, cloudy amber with a small amount of head formation when it was poured into the glass.
Aroma: it has a slightly wheat aroma however other aromatics may have been citrus. I found it hard to distinguish between aromatics and particular taste notes in this beer.
Taste: it has a mild, melon flavor with lingering, light sweetness .
Whatever it was, it was very drinkable and perfect for a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 00:43:45 | More by UndeniableMalt
Photo of flagmantho


4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a wine goblet.

Appearance: light, pale, opaque, creamy ... very much white in appearance. Relatively thin head.

Smell: very pleasing full-bodied wheat aroma with a slight hint of citrus and spice.

Taste: really delicious wheat taste with just the right amount of citrus tang. Not sure if they used coriander in this, but if they did, they limited it enough to not get that fruity Pebbles thing going on. Just spot-on for me.

Mouthfeel: relatively light body but the right amount of carbonation so it is very creamy. Love it!

Drinkability: I just bought one bottle of this but now I wish I'd bought a sixpack. At 4.9%, it would make a great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 23:07:36 | More by flagmantho
Photo of drcarver


3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Due to it's availability and history this is the witbier I use to compare other witbiers. Basically a baseline beer.

A - Light straw color and cloudy... when it tells you to swill the bottle its going to be cloudy. Small white puffy head that leaves decent lacing.

S - Heavy in the spice aroma. Assuming it is brewed in true style with coriander and bitter orange they steeped the coriander longer then I prefer.

T - The coriander is complimented well by the peppery yeast flavors and the light hops help balance it out.

M - Smooth and light with little aftertaste

D - Nice summer brew. Great lawnmower beer or outside on a deck.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 22:51:35 | More by drcarver
Photo of dbals


4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Grote Market in Brussels while watching the light show. It was truly a delightful beer with it's cloudy yellow color and Moderate head-some lacing.

The smell of this wheat is what I love; a sweet smell with citrus and dancing notes of coriander.

The taste is different for first sip and all the rest. At first I always notice an earthy taste (and smell) followed by citrus. Every sip after I fist taste the citrus, touch of coriander then the earthy taste.

Easy to drink several glasses even 125cl especially on hot days without getting that feeling of having too much sweet!

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2009 18:55:16 | More by dbals
Photo of BruceAJones


4.95/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As a macro-brew lager drinker in my early days the Hoegaarden color and initial taste immediately had me thinking about what I had been missing.

Odd color and initial taste but from there it has been a long wonderful relationship.

This is the one beer always on tap in my house. And yes, I prefer it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2009 22:24:14 | More by BruceAJones
Photo of buschbeer


3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured into a pint glass to two inches of white head. It is a hazy, pale yellow. It has a spicy citrus smell. I also get a grass smell. It tastes spicy with some yeast mixed in there. I get some citrus and maybe some banana. It is crisp and refreshing after a long day of work. I will have a few, but this one will not make it into my regular rotation.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 02:43:39 | More by buschbeer
Photo of TLove

District of Columbia

3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

(From Notes)

On tap in CT.

This is a go-to, often available witbier that is both supremely drinkable and a refreshing summer beer.

Pale yellow, with cloudy body and white head with a touch of creaminess. Some wheat and citrus in the smell and the taste envelops some spice and orange peel with a well-balanced yeastiness and decent carbonation. Light to medium body and very soft, balanced finish that really goes down well. Absolutely going for another.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 14:50:58 | More by TLove
Photo of laituegonflable


3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours surprisingly fizzy, comes out very sparkling from the bottle, like a vaseline model's teeth. Champagne-coloured with a pleasant dusty haze through it, minimal but steady bead, but the notable exception here is the head. None. Very little lacing as well, quite a letdown for the Belgian team. Thank God for the cloud.

Nose is tangy, with a lot of citrus and a strong phenolic alcohol character, almost Cointreau-esque, really. Odd saltiness as well lingers at the back as well as a candy sweetness. Light herbal notes pepper the back, very grassy and coriander-blessed. Pleasant nose, seems different every time I sniff.

Taste is very citrusy, a lot of orange, mandarin and cumquat flavours, blending with a fresh organic funk and notes of a light herbal character - pleasant coriander with a slight capsicum touch to it. Taste is predominantly fruity, with the tart citrus notes dominating the front and more phenolic, juicy notes on the back. Does verge on too sweet. Light phenolic lick as it goes down, probably from the yeast - quite cagey and pleasant.

Mouthfeel is quite hot, as in spicy on the tongue, but with a nick slick body behind it.

I've always considered this the master of the wit, but it feels someone subdued, like I've been exposed to wild, untamed examples and this here seems too polite and mild. I can't mark it down though because it's well balanced and unpretentious, and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 03:12:56 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of Lolli1315


3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- The yellow that is familiar with some witbiers. Moderate head with some lacing. Pretty average.

S- Smell of wheat and malts along with a sweet smell and citrus.

T- The citrus comes through the most. The taste almost reminds me of a hefe, but not quite there.

M- Light with carbonation.

D- Easy to get through this beer while still enjoying it. Seems like a good beer for someone who is just starting to explore different beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 22:18:02 | More by Lolli1315
Photo of morebeergood


4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Emmet's Pub near Park Street. Served in a Hoegaarden 0.33l octagon glass. Love that shape. Quick white head that disappears immediately. Opaque yellow color. Thin and a bit watery looking. Smell was a bit citrus like, with a floral hint. Taste is quintessential witbier. Fruity and spicy, orange peel and coriander all layered on top of each other. Low in abv and one of the most smooth beers you'll ever have. I know that it's one of those Belgians that is so widespread that it's almost too well know, but I think that this beer is the pinnacle of the style. When served in the right glass and from a fresh tap, you just can't beat it. It's a classic.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2009 18:20:44 | More by morebeergood
Photo of MisterClean


4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A homebrewer shared his bottle with me.

A - Poured a very clear straw yellow with 1 finger of white head. Dissipated immediately and left little lacing. Isn't a witbier supposed to be hazy!!??

S - Lots of belgian funk, notes of citrus, and some cinnamon.

T - Lots of belgian funk, notes of citrus, bittering hops which I presume are styrians and some cinnamon.

M - Moderate in body, well-balanced, and a tangy, slightly cloying sweet.

D - A well built, great drink. Though it could benefit from tweaks to the appearance.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 15:35:56 | More by MisterClean
Photo of Flightoficarus


4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type - 330 ml bottle

Appearance - Cloudy, hazy, almost white/orange color. Pretty expected of this style.

Smell - Faint orange and coriander, wheat.

Taste - A great balance of orange peel, coriander, and yeast. Flavorful and refreshing.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth, nothing offensive whatsoever.

Drinkability - Goes down quite easily, yet still has plenty of flavor.

Overall, a fantastic beer by any standard. Great anytime, but especially on a nice summer day. Fans of this style who haven't given this one a try yet should do so!

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 06:57:51 | More by Flightoficarus
Photo of isjohnder

United Kingdom (England)

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

it looks like a cloudy lemonade or cloudy apple juice. not much head no lacing.

it smells like coriander, slight lemon citrusy wheaty. i like to say it smells a but veggie but people say you cant use that word.

flavour wheat, coriander, citrus turns slightly bitter. it tastes quite yeasty.

carbonation is present in small bubbles.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 19:39:31 | More by isjohnder
Photo of goblue3509


3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy bright yellow color with a nice one finger head to it. The smell is very weak and faint and smells of wheat grains. The taste is of wheat with hints of citrus, however, not just your standard artificial taste that sometimes plaques the class. The taste is smooth and natural. The mouthfeel is slight carbonation and is creamy. Overall it is a very drinkable beer, very smooth and it doesn't give off an artificial over the top taste like other wits.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 19:21:35 | More by goblue3509
Photo of treehugger02010


3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Flip and Bailey's in Rosemont, PA. It came in a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a cloudy neon yellow color. The head is bright white, 2 fingers tall, poor retention, poor lacing, small bubbles.
Smell: The aromas are completely absent. There are hints of wheat.
Taste: The flavors are wheat, a bit of citrus and some spice.
Mouthfeel: The body is thin to medium bodied and crisp.
Drinkabily: This beer isn't awesome but it hits the spot.
Don't drink and review.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2009 01:47:01 | More by treehugger02010
Photo of jjayjaye

New York

3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy lemonade color with a shallow foamy white head that fades fairly quicky leaving spotty patterns of Belgian lacing. The smell is earthy with a spicy note of corriander. Nicely carbonated, the mouth feel is light bodied and refreshing. Full flavored, the taste of earthy yeast dominates and is complimented nicely by the notes of corriander. A fine drinker by any standards.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 20:09:35 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of crnipeter


3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

330 ml into Duvel tulip.

Cloudy pale golden underlying up to an inch thick white head with good retention.

Wheat bread and yeast with addition of coriander.

Label with ingredients listed says it all. Flavors of wheat bread and yeast with coriander and touch of sweet citrus. A very mild brew.

Well carbonated yet smooth, not really thin but very light one, almost watery with corresponding drinkability. Great summer companion.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 21:52:05 | More by crnipeter
Photo of jdg204


3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out on the town in Easton at the River Grille and they had this classic on hand. This was one of gateway beers that got me into great beer so I was excited to finally review.

A: Cloudy pale yellow color with a frothy marshmallow head; some lacing

S: Wheat and lemon with a touch of coriander and banana

T: Wheat flavor starts with various citrus esters and spices filling in the gaps and a tart finish.

M: Very light bodied with plenty of carbonation

D: A very refershing summer brew, though I probably should've tossed the lemon slice that came along with it. This is a great wheat brew that is pretty widely distributed, a fantastic safety brew. The makers deserve props for making such a good beer so widely available, it has it's place in the beer world and it does a great job!

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2009 17:59:02 | More by jdg204
Photo of argock


4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass at Mellow Mushroom (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Glowing, hazy lemon yellow with thin white cap of head which leaves nice trails of lace.

S: Straight orange peel, lemon, coriander, and some wheaty tanginess.

T: The wheatiness of this brew is bolder than most in the style, almost to the point that it could qualify as a hefe-wit. I like the tanginess as it glides together cohesively with the lemon zest and orange peel flavors which coexist cleanly and distinctly. The coriander note is also more prominent than many other highly-regarded wits (see Allagash White, Southamptom Double White), but I like the more heavy-handed flavoring in this brew. Clean aftertaste of citrus and coriander. More wheaty but still possesses the ethereal, estery quality of a good witbier.

M: The feel is exceedingly crisp and body is firm medium. Carbonation is right on par, right in the middle, and the sum is very quenching.

D: A really, really good witbier that brings more flavor to the table, mainly in the vein of wheaty tanginess, which seems to not do as well with BAs. I really like it, but I'm not a huge wit fan and tend to like hefes more. That being said, I think this is underrated here, but maybe the bottle suffers for the trip over. I enjoyed this a lot and will go back again over the summer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2009 03:31:46 | More by argock
Photo of tj4288

New York

4.88/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured from 12oz into tulip glass

this beer is a VERY flavorful VERY interesting belgian wit. typical cloudy apperance but the color is beautiful, almost a peach/ apricot color. nice head cap that hangs around till the end. random spotty lacing. smells of lemon/ grapefruit with belgian strain yeast on the tail end. all together very fresh and clean. taste is also slightly citrus, and mostly yeast. body is med with lots of crisp shap carbonation. refreshing. thirst quenching. this is an amazing beer at a great price. if you see it BUY IT. it will not let you down. drinkablity is impressive, i opened a second bottle while reviewing.


Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 03:12:09 | More by tj4288
Photo of jgasparine


3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy yellow, with a nice thick head

S- Yeast is the most prominent feature to the nose. If I concentrate, I can pick-up some lemon and coriander notes.

T- A sweet yeasty concoction lasted with notes of bubblegum, orange, and corriander.

M- Light body, and highly carbonated.

D- Nice refreshing beer, ideal for summertime. I don't really get the sliced fruit thing.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 02:40:09 | More by jgasparine
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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