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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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4,081 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,081
Reviews: 1,631
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 69
Gots: 352 | 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 beerprovedwright
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

beerprovedwright, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of Fatehunter
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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?

Fatehunter, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of velosuds
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

velosuds, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of HalfFull
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

HalfFull, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of Dave128
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Dave128, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of fourplayed
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

fourplayed, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Thorpe429, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of TheKingofWichita
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

TheKingofWichita, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

womencantsail, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of TaekwonDylan
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

TaekwonDylan, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

JoeAmerican77, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of exodus1369
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

exodus1369, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of shand
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

shand, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of SPThirtyThree
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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.)

SPThirtyThree, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of yankiac
2.78/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Very light in color, almost clear. Deeper in color towards the top of the glass. Very hazy.

S - Some coriander and yeast

T - Overwhelmingly yeasty and with strong notes of coriander.

M - very light and watery

D - Low Abv makes it a decent session beer.

Notes: I've given this beer so many chances and really want to like it but it just isn't that good. It is very watery and has no real backbone to it. The malt character is completely overpowered by the yeast leaving it very empty tasting.

yankiac, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of A380
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice cloudy light straw yellow with a gorgeous fine bubbled white head. A very very refreshing witbier. WOW! Im very happy with this because the coriander and orange peel are not overpowering the actual taste of the beer and the wheat is just right! Carbonation, i dont really notice it, its pretty weak but its perfect! nice lacing of course ( kinda expected from a big belgian beer ) and it goes down very very well. On a hot summer day pounding back a few of these would be amazing! I cant wait!

A380, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of billshmeinke
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz poured into a pint glass.

Hazy straw golden body with half an inch of frothy white head on top. A bit of foam hangs around. Not much lace left behind.

Smells of wheat and some cloves (phenols?). The slightest hint of fruity esters that don't resemble any actual fruit.

Tastes follows smell. Some wheat, cloves and white pepper, and perhaps a hint of banana esters, but i think that's a stretch.

Mouthfeel is super light. Well carbonated and some spice.

Goes down way easy, but not in a good way.

billshmeinke, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of andrenaline
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this one at the pub in the classic oversized Hoegaarden glass.

A - Pours a light hazy straw colour, generous thumb of head with solid retention (3-4 minutes) and no real lacing.

S - Cloves and lemon, slightly metallic, grassy straw wheat and a bit of pepper on the finish.

T - Bitter pineapple off the top, cloves and a bit of citrus. Wheaty flavours linger on the tongue on the finish.

M - A tad on the watery side, light body with less carbonation than I was expecting. Finish is a little dry, but nothing overly offensive.

D - Easy to drink, flavours are nicely balanced with a good mix of sweet and tart.

andrenaline, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of mbusster88
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent beer with a distinct taste. Appears banana yellow in color with a two finger head. Smells of spice and clove. Taste is unique with clove and spice, crisp and easy on the palate. Not the best of its kind, but a good showing. Would drink as a session or with a meal.

mbusster88, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of vette2006c5r
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hoegaarden poured a bright yellow color wth a large head. Strong wheat smell, with a strong spicey note. The taste was very traditional of this style, a bit stronger wheat taste, weaker spicey; a blue moon with flavor. Very easy to drink; not the stongest flavors. Overall pretty good not the best very refresing for an unusally very hot autumn day.

vette2006c5r, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of DovaliHops
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a completely cloudy straw color with a HUGE white head. Scent is extremely bold with tons of spices, clove, and banana. This beer is so unique. The perfect "white beer". Scent is just so lovely....it makes you wonder why beers like Blue Moon and Shock Top even exist. The taste is so well balanced...this beer is a perfect session beer. Great fruitiness along with sweet spices...as well as nice yeasty notes that just make this beer an amazing brew. Mouthfeel is great and drinkability is incredible.

DovaliHops, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of foil4you
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A rare treat for many drinkers, I first tried this beer on a whim in a bar in downtown Grand Rapids. At first sip, I knew it was my favorite beer. To this day, on the rare occasion that I can actually find it in the store, it is a must buy.
It pores an odd hazy yellow, but the second it reaches your nose, the smell of wheat and citrus takes over.

PS, Whole Foods caries cases!!!

foil4you, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of ChrisCage
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured this into my Rickard's beer glass and was delighted to be welcomed with a puffy, pillow like super white colored head....it retains very well, settling to a nice sturdy layer over the brew. The color is yellowish and very hazy. Good lacing initially but kind of gets thin quickly. Decent look overall.

S- Typical witbier aromas of citrus, spiciness, particularly of cloves and coriander, sweet malts and fresh crispiness. Strong smelling and well balanced aroma overall.

T- More of the same here....the spices really hit the palate first, followed by mellow orange and/or grapefruit rind. The refreshing sweetness of the wheat malt balances out the tartness/earthiness of the aforementioned qualities. Finishes crisp and with just a slight hop presence.

M- I find this medium to full bodied for a wheat beer, as it is very smooth. The carbonation is subtle and doesn't scrub the palate either. At the same time, the finish leaves a clean and crisp feeling beer.

D- At first, this comes across as a potent flavored brew and might be hard to want a bunch, but after getting about halfway through my sampling here, it gets much mellower as it warms up a bit. It is refreshing and would really cut through a spicy Asian dish well. On it's own this makes a really nice hot weather brew.

ChrisCage, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Unless it's the blue Chimay I usually avoid Belgian beers for thier head ache causing qualities but I decided to give this one a chance and experience the style.

appearance; quality head that quickly disapates, pale yellow color, a little bit cloudy but stil transparent.

smell; crisp hops and citrus, what one would expect from this style, only slightly above average.

taste; quite a good balance of coriander with the hops and malt. Maybe the malt could be stronger but it's a stretch to say that. Step above American versions of this style I have tried (Blue Moon)as they tend to be too heavy on the coriander and loose the flavor balance.

mouthfeel; nothing special, not watery and slightly thick but not too many complexities, just average.

drinkability; definatly a drinkable beer, tasty but not so good that it would be a disservice to the beer to drink in quantity and lose flavor.

Sachsenfreude, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of mvanaskie13
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass, presented with very nice thick white head, color is pale straw light efferevescence.

Smell is feint, but brings a bit of biscuity yeast, slight malt hints and bit of fruit. very feint hop presence as well.

Taste is very light, refereshing. Similar to the scent, not strong but a bit spicier notes from the yeast flavors, feint bit of citrusy notes and hint of wheat malt flavors.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, mostly balanced, but the carbonataion bites the cheeks and tongue, somewhat expected for a light wheat beer.

Drinkability is ok, on the side of wheat beers where I don't really like to have more than one. Overall well done, just not my beer.

mvanaskie13, Sep 21, 2010
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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