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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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3,800 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,800
Reviews: 1,617
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 59
Gots: 225 | 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 Mistofminn


4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle

A - Pale yellow color, vigorous carbonation and a decent 1/2 finger head. Definitely has more clarity than other Witbier's. This one isn't as cloudy.

S - Citrus, orange peel and coriander. Light hops heavy malts.

T - Tastes how it smells. Predictable. But you know what? Thats what I wanted. Citrus and orange peel. Faint coriander. Great tasting overall.

M - Medium body balances well with good carbonation. Very smooth.

D - Definitely drinkable. I really enjoy this brew, one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 23:21:23 | More by Mistofminn
Photo of UDbeernut

New York

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle poured into pint glass

a: pale yellow color with foamy 1/4" head, noticable carbonation. Not as hazy as other witbiers.

s: citrus and yeast, very appealing

t: similar to smell, notes of carriander added and sweat malt

m&d: very nice mouthfeel, very sessionable beer.

Solid Beer


Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 21:10:46 | More by UDbeernut
Photo of drxandy


4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz to standard pint, pours a hazy pale lemony yellow, foamy white head hangs around

smells of skunky hops, malty, wheaty, yeasty

taste is of malty wheat fading to yeastly goodness, dry, sweet, complex, hops hide out, citrus peel, creaminess, great unique flavors, everything pops, one of my favorite wheat beers!

mouthfeel is of good carbonation, great taste, easy to drink/session, dry, wheat creaminess/yeast.. yum :D

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 21:34:21 | More by drxandy
Photo of lbkornlb14

New York

4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I love hoegaarden, I was never a big fan of wheat beers and still am not except for this and the 312 by gooseisland. This beer is excellent with a slice of orange. I love the exceptional clove taste and the fact that its actually brewed in belgium, very very easy to drink but too much of the clove taste starts to wear thin. Id recommend if you need a break from IPA's like I do sometimes, slip this in here and there.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 03:14:37 | More by lbkornlb14
Photo of kflorence


4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This is a truly beautiful beer, I could stare at it for hours (but of course I'd rather drink it). Pours a gorgeous hazy, straw yellow color with beautiful white head and plenty of yeast particulates.

S: The aroma is very fresh and zesty; citrus and coriander, yeast and wheat. Very appealing.

T: The taste is very similar to the smell. Lots of citrus, yeast, and coriander... there's even almost a minty flavor in there somewhere. The taste is far superior on tap, so get it there if you can. However, if you get a bottle, make sure you pour it right!

M: This beer is exceptional on the tongue; it's light, but still has some substance. The yeast really lends this beer some extra character, very happy to see they didn't clean filter it.

D: This is honestly one of the more drinkable beers for me, especially on tap. I would not pass this up anywhere, and if it wasn't for the price this would be my defacto fridge beer during the summer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2008 07:06:11 | More by kflorence
Photo of colts9016


3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A light cloudy golden yellow with hues of orange. There is a two finger head that has some retention.
Nose: Wheat with malt there is an orange citrus with spices, and honey.
Taste: A good wheat malt complex with citrus, esters, and spices.
Overall: This is a good wheat beer, there are some sweet and sour notes while drinking this beer. This has to be one of my go to witbier beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 00:16:54 | More by colts9016
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Translucent pale straw pour with thick (2 fingers) light head, fading to a thin layer. Swirled the bottle late in the pour as suggested in the instructions on the bottle. Very cloudy, lots of pieces of yeast floating around. Quite appealing.
Smells yeasty/doughy as well as a strong wheat aroma. A somewhat herbal smell (from coriander one would suspect). Hint of citric oils/orange.
Doughy taste, again with a hit of tangy orange, which makes for an interesting experience. For some reason boiled vegetables came to mind while drink this beer, which was a little off-putting.
Flows round the mouth smoothly with notifiable carbonation.
After a few sips I found it starts to feel a bit watery, but coming back to it after a minute or so the citrus and coriander refreshes the taste buds.
Could drink many of these fast, but it'd get a bit boring.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 08:41:24 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of magictrokini


3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yellow pour with a massvie white head. Definite sweet aroma and taste, with the orange peel and coriander strong up front. Some vanilla and wheatiness in the middle, mixed with clove and yeast. No real sourness to speak of. Wasn't really expecting such a good wit from a widely distributed beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 20:03:07 | More by magictrokini
Photo of stcules


2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Greenish yellow color, lightly opalescent. White foam, creamy, beautiful.
Fresh smell, good citrus fruit, orange peel and coriander.
The classic notes, but well done.
The taste is less interesting, but still on the style. A bit more citric and lemon, without much variety of notes.
Coriander in the end, in the short aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 17:21:08 | More by stcules
Photo of brouwer


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

Lightly cloudy appearance with a mild smell. Smooth intake - Spicy flavor. Mouthfeel is sharp with significant carbonation. Aftertaste is pleasant and short lasting. Easy to repeat. Overall pleasant - memorable. I have had this once from the tap - memory better than from the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 03:30:47 | More by brouwer
Photo of droomyster


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

The original of its class, Hoegaarden is one of my all time favorites. Little flecks of yeast churn at the bottom of its cloudy yellow pour. The creamy white head has delicious aromas of cloves, bananas, and lemon citrus. It tastes initially tart and then sweetens to light grains, citrus fruit, and spices. Its light body is extremely refreshing and finishes on a lingering sweet note. Hoegaarden is quite possibly the most drinkable, summer thirst quenching beer I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 06:45:13 | More by droomyster
Photo of stockingcpl


3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Upon pouring, there is a hesitant yet thick head. Not much height, but fairly thick and frothy. Head retention was quite good. Minimal lacing. The color of the ber is light/pale straw. There is a faint cloudiness that is typical of Belgian White beers. Overall quite interesting, if not a little light in color.

Smell: The odor has a typical wheaty fullness. Perhaps a little "bready" but not over powering. From the aroma, one expects a flavor light on hops but heavy on grain.

Taste: Wheaty white beer fullness. There is perhaps a faint banana or light citrus touch. The flavor curve is a little sharp on the front end and tapers fairly quickly. The overall presence if not forceful but there is a little initial zing. This is an easy brew to drink.

Mouthfeel: Very pleasant taste. The bready/wheaty presence is soft but not delicate. I liked this brew.

Drinkability: Overall this is a quite pleasant beer. It would go well with pork or just about any white meat. Alone, this is an "easy" beer and is quite acceptable for serving to guests. It sits light on the stomache and leaves the drinker wanting another. :-) And isn't that the whole goal of a brewer?

Well done Hoegaarden!


Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 00:05:22 | More by stockingcpl
Photo of pseudo

New York

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

Poured into a pint glass

Pours a foamy white 2 finger head with a good amount of lacing. Very white (obviously) and cloudy looking. Some people might not like how cloudy it is but i think it looks pretty cool

The spices and citrus mostly overpower the nose. I detect some pepper and coriander.
It tastes much like it smells i feel, but the first sip is very interesting as you don't expect that orange peel or whatever it is in the finish. It's pretty peppery overall. Pretty great tasting brew (also considering it was 18 bucks for a 12 pack, nice deal).

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and not offensive at all, good amount of carbonation for this kind of beer i feel.
I could drink many of these in a night. Not overpowering alcohol, and i enjoy the taste. Some people might find the taste tiresome after a while though.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 19:08:21 | More by pseudo
Photo of tai4ji2x


3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on-tap at bar pepper, in wudaokou, beijing, china.

served in large 50cl branded angular tumbler.

color of pale lemon juice. cloudy. sudsy head soon fades to thin layer. minimal splotches of lace, with a small but broad single patch halfway down the glass.

smells of orange and lemon zest, with hints of bread and yeast, and overall fresh fruit quality and and herbal grassiness. all a bit subdued overall though.

orangey fruitiness in the flavor too. hints of parsley behind the mild malt character. herbal hop note, moderately to lightly bitter. fruity, semi-dry, but relatively clean finish. seems a touch watered down however.

smooth, but a bit watery. lively carbonation.

hmm... the tap here might be watered down slightly. i've had it on tap elsewhere here in beijing, and had a much better impression.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2008 18:23:52 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of 6stringfunk


3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours the color of apple juice with a two finger head that has good retention and lacing. The smell is fantastic - sweet, fruity. The taste does not match the smell. I was expecting more taste given the smell. The taste is light, but what is there is good. A nice acidic flavor with the addition of something resembling apple. Would be great on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 06:10:46 | More by 6stringfunk
Photo of tanzaniakate


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

Pretty easy-to-get, which is good in our current locality. Overall, not bad.

Fruity and light, but not as full a beer as I'd normally like. We did a blind taste-test with Blue Moon (designed after it), but could tell almost no difference besides color. Great with whatever you're eating, and with almost all company, besides the super beer-snobs and the super-anti-beer-snob.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 03:32:41 | More by tanzaniakate
Photo of corby112


3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Grey Lodge in Northeast Philadelphia.

Pours a golden yellow color with thick foamy white head. Citrus aroma consisiting of lemon and orange peel, zest and other spices. Flavor very similar to aroma with a balance of peppery spice and citrusy lemon peel.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2008 08:30:12 | More by corby112
Photo of jujubeast6000


2.7/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 12/10/2005 (On tap @ Fox & Hound):

I squeezed an orange slice over the beer. Pale cloudy pale yellow translucent color, big white head head, lasting. Flora aroma, hops, citrus. Lively taste, dry, smooth, a little bland, citrus taste-grapefruit, watered down taste.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2008 18:22:20 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of Mosstrooper


4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into 19oz unbranded pilsner tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale, cloudy gold color with a very large white head. Leaves behind lots and lots of lace.

Smell: Grassy with citrus and wheat tones. Banana comes through more as it warms.

Taste: Wheaty and sweet, with hints of banana and citrus.

Mouthfeel: Thin, but not watery. Balanced carbonation and finished crips and refreshing.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable and very refreshing. This is a beer I would love to have around during those hot Houston summer days, but on my budget I don't have the means to get this beer that much. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 05:48:17 | More by Mosstrooper
Photo of RickS95


3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once you get past the way this beer looks, it's actually pretty good.

Poured a huge white head. The beer looks like cloudy, watered-down lemonade. The coriander is obvious in the nose.

Mouthfeel was very refreshing, reminded me of a summer shandy because of the looks and how crisp it felt.

The beer goes down really smoothly and has good lacing as you approach the bottom of the glass.

The finish is pretty complex. It tries to be sweet, but the wheat is balanced nicely by the various spices. Only in the finish did I notice the orange peel.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 17:33:24 | More by RickS95
Photo of krunchie


4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Murky yellow, with a foamy crispy white head. Head dissappears quickly.

S: Citrus, definately orange peel. Sweet. Maybe even coriander?

T: Wheaty, VERY light and smooth. Sweet, no bitterness at all. Citrus again. Tastes the way it smells. Perfect!

M: Almost like soda. Good carbonation. I can really imagine this with a nice shrimp paella or something similiar!

D: Very drinkable. This is a definite summer brew! Served well chilled, perhaps even with a slice of orange it's the perfect summer beer!

Hoegaarden is definitely on my top five list! It doesn't look like much, but it's REALLY good.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 14:42:16 | More by krunchie
Photo of Greggy


4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours a big bright white head, 2.5 fingers in height. The body is white/yellow and very hazy. There is no doubt that this is a wit.

S- Very fresh banana notes, yeasty clove, orange, some pepper, hints of apricot.

T- Starts out with a round sweet yeastiness with notes of banana, honey graham crackers, orange and hints of lemon.

M- Very light carbonation. Nice feel

D- I could easily drink this anytime. I look forward to pairing this with breakfast foods (@ night, of course).

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 04:16:01 | More by Greggy
Photo of superdedooperboy


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

Served up on-tap at The Pizza Joint in Evans, GA.

Pale, hazy straw yellow in color with no head (thanks to the tender pulling this one; though, luckily, they served it without the accursed lemon slice) but leaving behind some faint spots of white lace.

Lemon and other light citrus notes present themselves in the nose.

Light in mouthfeel with a light-medium body and a nice spritziness. Spicy, citrus flavors play well with a mild middling yeasty nature of clove and banana, finishing long and dry.

Overall a nicely light and refreshing Wit and a staple of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2008 04:11:50 | More by superdedooperboy
Photo of DannyS

New York

4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Popped it open for some refreshment along with some leftover barbecue. In retrospect, not the best pairing in the world, but I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, even while eating such strongly flavored food.

It Had a fresh, citrus and coriander aroma to start off, along with an appropriately pale color. The taste was delectably spiced with notes of wheat and citrus, and was smooth going down, even smoother than those macrobrews that advertise their 'drinkability.' Could drink several of these in one sitting without adverse guttural response. Definitely a good choice for the price.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 19:49:39 | More by DannyS
Photo of josiahschlender


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

Hoegaarden was introduced to me by a good friend that shared a love for beer and shared his knowledge of beer with me. That was even before I found about BA and started to become a beer geek. Now on to review an old favorite...

Poured from a classy bottle... I love the silver logos and multiple "coat of arms" logos, even imprinted in the glass. Color is a very pale yellow that seems clear up close but cloudy from an arms length. I don't know what causes that. Lively carbonation bubbles rise continuously. Don't pour this one too fast, an extremely white head starts out tall, but falls fairly fast and leaves just traces of lacing.

Aromas are strong and unique. Lots of coriander and spice, with some citrus and maybe just a bit of wheat grains in there. Also noticing some fruity/spicy/funky yeast aromas that are also there in the flavors.

I like complexity in flavors of beer, and this one does that well, without going overboard on any one. I think the malts could be beefed up a little bit, but I still detect some wholesome grains along wiith the abundant spice, citrus and yeast flavors going on.

Carbonation is lively and matches the light, airy flavors very well. Makes this a very refreshing beer with a pleasing, lingering coriander aftertaste.

Way drinkable, especially on hot days. Today was cold and rainy, but I still enjoyed it. My local grocery store has this beer for only $7.99 for a sixer, which seems like a great deal to me. Nearby on the shelf is Corona for $8.69. What a messed up world we live in. I shudder to think of the magnitudes more Corona sells over the cheaper Hoegaarden. Oh well, more for me!

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 03:23:18 | More by josiahschlender
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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