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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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4,239 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,239
Reviews: 1,644
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 77
Gots: 425 | FT: 1
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 alleykatking
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

alleykatking, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of Taera
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Nice bright cloudy but I felt it just looks better from on tap.

S - Great Citrus

T - Big Citrus taste. The bottle version has a bolder taste which for me make the beer feel better

M - Bolder feeling from bottle than tap

D - Well i felt alright with this one if anyone offer me this as a drink

Taera, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of markjanderson86
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Poured a cloudy pale yellow with a foamy white head.

Smell - Smell is mostly coriander with some citral and malt undertones.

Taste - The beer taste on this one is very light. You can definitely taste the coriander with a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel - It is extremely light. Not overly carbonated.

Drinkability - I think I could have another, but I definitely would need a break after a while.

Overall, a good beer to have with a light meal.

markjanderson86, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of SassyBootblack
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served without an orange, thank God.

Appearance is luminous, with a slightly hazy gold color. Somewhat thin body. The flavor is a bold Juicy Fruit gum flavor with some slight herbal element. Aroma much of the same.

I've had a lot of wit beers lately and it's interesting how none of them are much like this, the original. A very interesting brew with big flavor and easy to drink.

SassyBootblack, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a very light straw, and cloudy. Almost looks like a glass of lemonade. Pours with a thick and very pure-white head. Very little lacing is left on the glass while drinking. I'll give it an extra half-point on appearance for the unique shape of the bottle and classy label. Tastes of orange, lemon, and coriander are present but subtle, with a touch of hop bitterness at the end. Very crisp and refreshing. I really enjoyed this one.

DeltaGolfSierra, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of ElijahCSkuggs
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my 50cl Hoegaarden glass.

Possibly the catalyst into myself becoming interested in other beers besides the mainstream piss. My friend brought it over, I thanked him then asked him what kind of beer it was. He said a Belgian White, and I said huh. End of story.

The trademark color for a Witbier. Nice n' foggy lemonade looking beer that pours a big white head with moderate retention and lacing.

Quite pungent in it's soapy/coriander area, with some twang of lemon and citrus notes. Tis nice to sniff.

Tis just as nice to sip. For myself, Witbiers tend to smell and taste almost exactly the same. And this is no different. A tasty mouthful of citrus and fresh soapy goodness hit me like a slap. Has a soft bite and lays surprisingly heavy in the mouth. Has a great aftertaste, and a beautiful smelling belch that asks you for more.

Hoegaarden is in my opinion the number 1 go to beer to persuade people to start trying different beer. It's foreign, tasty, nice to look at, and readily available. With it's all season taste and look, sexy lookin' bottle and funny name, this has become a favorite of mine, and a beer I'll be drinking till the day I die.

ElijahCSkuggs, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of emmasdad
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one for the first time at a friend's house yesterday. Poured a hazy, cloudy pale yellow color, with a generous, rocky white head. Aromas of lemon zest, fresh citrus and bread dough. Crisp, light bodied and refreshing, with more citrus and bread dough on the palate.

emmasdad, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy pale yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. I can't tell how much carbonation is there due to the haziness and there seems to be a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - cloves, breads/grains, lemons, coriander

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a lot of carbonation and it feels very light and lively on the tongue. I can taste lots of breads/grains, cloves, and lemon juice. Also some notes of coriander. It finishes with a bready clove/coriander aftertaste.

Drink - This was a really refreshing beer that would be ideal for the summer months. It is very clean and crisp and would make an ideal session beer.

spinrsx, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of leedorham
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a fizzy yellow with a bit of haze and a fluffy white head.

S - Aroma is very acidic with a hit of citrus. Not very much to the aroma and it dissipates quickly.

T - Taste is dominated by spice and citrus character. Spice is a bit much for my taste. Not very deep. Strikes me more as a spiced Pilsner than a wit.

M - Thin and highly carbonated. Acidity lingers on the palate.

D - This is a refreshing beverage with a little more character than your typical light-bodied beer.

leedorham, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of Mancer
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Belgian style bottle poured out a hazy lemonade colored brew with a three finger high white head. The head dissipated moderately and eventually formed into a thin halo of lace. The initial aromas were of Belgian yeast, citrus, and varied light fruits. The initial flavors were yeast, fruits, lemon and some breadiness. This brew had a light body with light to medium carbonation.

Overall, this was a nice light beer. I was definitely not expecting this beer to be that great and I have to say that I'm impressed. I'll be buying this one again.

Mancer, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Clean white 2 finger head with visible bubbles. The hoegaarden bottle recommends swirling the final 1/3rd of the bottle before pouring it. This helps give it a denser aromatic head. Soon dissolves into a lasting paper thin head.

S - Lightly complex with subdued spices and hints of orange.

T - Could be a little more complex, but the subtly increases the drinkability for more unsophisticated AAL palates.

M - Very creamy with very hidden alcohol.

D - Drinkability is where this beer really shines. It's a great starter beer for people who are used to drinking American Adjuncts. It offers complexity without being overwhelming to unexperienced drinkers.

ZenAgnostic, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of TheBrewo
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

We pour a hazy, straw colored brew which holds a white head of two fingers. The head rumbles actively and disappears rather quickly, leaving no lace as it goes. The carbonation looks to be quite active. The brew is hazy throughout, but no yeasty aggregates are visible. The aroma is rich with wheat and malts. The remainer of the nose is taken up by clovey phenols, soft fruity esters, and orange and lemon citrus. As we sip, the flavor starts lightly, with wheat, a floury grain, and bitter citrus rind taking center stage. Phenols promptly take over through the middle, which continues the front's theme of being reserved in flavor. Esters also appear here, affording faint sweetness. The middle sings through right to the end, without any abrupt revival of other ingredients, or inclusions of stronger ones. The aftertaste breaths with a bit of clove, but mostly clean malts and an obvious wheat shine through. The body is on the lighter side, and the carbonation is fairly significant. The mouth is left wet, but not satiated. This is, in part, due to the watery feel and lack of any general creaminess to the sip. The abv is standard, and the brew drinks with simplicity.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its roundedness. The pour revealed a simplistic looking brew, with a straightforward aroma, and a light, and crisp taste. While it is not exemplary for the style, this brew served its purpose and quenched our thirst.

TheBrewo, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of bventure
2.25/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Very pale somewhere between lemon and grey

S- Not a lot, but what there is was floral, some herb & citrus.

T- Almost none really. Maybe it tasted of something before InBev got their hands on it?

M- Soapy water, medium carbonation.

D- OK with a curry where taste is irrelevant.

Notes - Don't know if it's the same in the US, but it crowds every supermarket shelf here in the UK, it would be nice to have a decent Belgian witbier available. I'm sure I remember this being OK in the past, but it's day seems to have passed.


bventure, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of TheGarvenator
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours very dark and murky

S - Smells very fruity; blueberry was the first that came to mind...

T - Tasted exactly like it smells, fruity and very tart

M - carbonated and light and a small sting because of the tart taste

D - drinkable, very suitable for the summer

A good witbier that would be best enjoyed on a hot day...goes down easily and has an agreeable aftertaste. I will definately have this beer again..

TheGarvenator, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of iSip
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The best place to experience a Hoegaarden is on the Grand-Place in Brussels, served in the Hoegaarden glass, of course, as is the custom in Belgian bars. One look at this unique fluid, and you will understand why it is called a "white beer". Hoegaarden has a unique head, and translucent whiteness to its coloration. The flavor is another worldly experience as well. Very light, smooth and refreshing. Be warned, it is less like beer than a drink all its own. A must try beverage.

iSip, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of crayolahalls
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass at Winking Lizard tavern in Akron. A slice of orange was mounted on the side of the glass. Was a follow up to a Three Philosophers and accompanied a spicy chicken sandwich with fries. This was certainly not the right way to enjoy this beer, but it was the first Belgian White I have tried and was not sure what to expect.

Appearance - Sunny yellow. Cloudy. Very think white head formed from tiny bubbles. Looked almost like a smidge of meringue on top.

Smell - Not really strong. Couldn't pick up much of anything. Better than Bud, but hard to describe. I think the taste of the hot sauce was strong enough to diminish the main smell.

Taste - Was very light, slightly tart. Kind of refreshing. The orange served in the glass almost overpowered whatever was there to discover. I did notice a slight alcohol flavor. NOT a good pairing with hot sauce.

Mouthfeel - Combo with hot sauce made me pucker. Was very light in consistency.

DRinkability - Actually had a hard time drinking it. This is one I would like to try again while outdoor in the dead heat of summer. Everything about it screamed light and highly drinkable, but not appropriate with spicy food.

crayolahalls, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of bubseymour
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Partially cloudy very pale yellow. Almost glows up to a light. 1 finger head. Small bubble carbonation flowing from bottom to top.

Smell - Very mild. Not really picking up much.

Taste - Honestly this beer seems somewhat absent of flavor. It hints of wheat and white beer qualities but very little comes through. Some slight straw/Euro hints but again, very subtle.

Mouthfeel - Fairly smooth and silky in mouth.

Drinkability - Low alcohol and mild flavorings make this somewhat drinkable.

Overall - I'm not a big fan of Belgian Whites. I mistakenly bought a single of this to sample in haste without reading the style (I thought I grabbed a Belgian Pale Ale). If you like easy to drink Belgian White's I'm sure you'll enjoy this one. Just ok for me though, not being a big fan of this style.

bubseymour, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of dbaker61
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a nice 1 inch creamy head which leaves a bit of lacing down the glass upon drinking. Slightly cloudy full yellow color.

Smell: Banana-ester smells predominate, with citrus undertones. Its the yeast that kicks in the aroma, not really any hops.

Taste: More banana; now the citrus comes in more. Like a lemon/orange zest. Typical witbier yeastiness with wheat/cereal.

Mouthfeel: Feels great all the way through the bottle. Very clean, dry finish.

Drinkability: Goes down very easy, like a good witbier should. Would be good on a steamy summer afternoon.

dbaker61, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an interesting cloudy, banana yellow sort of colour with a one finger fluffy, white head and lot's of visible carbonation.

S - Tons of typical wit clove/sweet spice and citrus. I really like the citrus in this. I used to drink this alot before I really got into beer and never really noticed how spot on this is for the style which is very refreshing since it's so popular.

T - Lot's more of that sweet spice mingling with some great lemony/orangy citrus. Very refreshing and tasty. Citrus really comes out in the finish while the spice is sublte at the start while mixing with some crisp breadiness.

M - Good amount of carbonation with a light to medium body. Very smooth.

D - Very drinkable as all wheat beers should aim to be. A perfect session beer for the Summer. Perfect abv and great flavour.

tbeckett, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Eh, can't help but look to this as the benchmark of the style - had Blue Moon a few times in high school and thought it tasted like suntan lotion - hated it. Was hesitant to try this for a long while after hearing it was like said Luna Azul (hmm, like that name mejor). Anyway, once I finally tried this, I was surprised and delighted by its quality and its charms. I've come across a few examples of a wit more enjoyable and flavorful, but each random time I come back to this, I'm hardly disappointed.


Cloudy, moonlight yellow with an imaginary green tinge. The snow white head springs up about an inch, excellent retention (textbook), sits compact foamy and maintains a soft cap down to the last sip. Very nice.

I wouldn't say the smell is in any way "perfumy" - vaguely floral, maybe - but it sho' is kicking with coriander, bordering extreme. Bready? Yeasty? Grainy, for sure - a little musty, with a mellow creamy citrus zest.

A big flavor component is something quite herbal, almost a chamomile thing. The malt is doughy, biscuity, and lightly sweet. The citrus flavors fall somewhere in between orange and lemon, and a tiny tart tingle is found in the aftertaste. Not peppery or stinging - at all.

What really makes this drinkable is the fact that, while the body comes across slightly husky - above medium - in line for what I'd expect from wheat - it's just light enough, due in part to the way the foam bubbles collect and pop on the tongue, softly scrubbing it along and finishing a good bit dry.

Yeah, Hoo-gaarden is verrry drinkable. Excellent taste and balanced nicely in spite of the zealous infection of coriander. There are better - few more solid all-around.

Bouleboubier, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of McCrae
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a- very pale yellow, decent white head with little lacing on the glass

s- fruity with hints of wheat

t- one of the best witbier's that is easily accessible, very little hops but lots of good wheat flavors

m- light on the tongue, lots of carbonation

d- very easy to drink, one of my favorites to drink casually

McCrae, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of HotHands
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a cloudy white yellow with a nice white head.

S - banana predominates the smell with citrus and some coriander present as well.

T - taste is rather dry, and mostly follows the nose. Orange peel flavor comes out in the taste as well as the flavors present in the smell.

M - a bit thin but well carbonated.

D - wheat beers are almost always easy drinking and this is no exception.

This is a solid beer that you can find just about anywhere in bottles. There are some wits I like more but this is nice.

HotHands, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of nickthegun12
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance is cloudy white color....with a huge head....and frothy lacing...

smells of wheat....not really strong...

taste is wheat....not much if any hop presence....

feels very dry on the palate...

def. a session beer....i could drink these all summers day long

nickthegun12, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of ptykozoon
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Gorgeous cloudy color, not much lacing, large frothy head with a multitude of tiny bubbles.

Apple, pear, sugar, belgian floral notes, banana peel. Can't wait.

The aforementioned flavors all working in perfect balance. Some juicy pineapple in there as well.

Lots of carbonation. So much aroma, flavor so well rounded in such a small abv.

Awesome session beer - probably my favorite. A classic.

ptykozoon, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of WhiteOak
4.83/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- A beer color to study: pearlescent yellowy-white/gray. Like antique marble or limestone with some age on it -- old, but glowing. Sort of like this old classic itself?

S- Beautiful aromas of soft banana, white pepper, sweet spices, Juicy Fruit gum. Lovely, refined, elegant, and alluring. There is a mysterious note which comes through nicely, like sweet smoky yeastiness.

T- Sweet banana, spices, honey-puffed wheat cereal grains. A masterful balance of sweetness and refreshment.

M, D- Looking for drinkability? This is the exemplar of drinkability. Don't start on these if you are too thirsty, or one may be likely to overindulge quite easily. Hoegaarden offers wonderful flavors and aromas for its weight, making for the perfect warm weather beer. It is a lightweight champ in that regard; but that description sounds masculine, and this beer really has a sweet, beautiful, feminine personality.

WhiteOak, Jan 14, 2011
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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