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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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very good

3,976 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,976
Reviews: 1,625
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 68
Gots: 302 | 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 hosehead83


3.83/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured into a Sam Adams "bubble" glass
Big rocky head that hangs out for a while-Color of cloudy lemonade
Aroma-Subtle coriander and wheat
Taste-Wheat, subtle lemon citrus
Overall, very refreshing and drinkable(dare I say "gulpable") Certainly sessionable at 4.9ABV
An excellent hot weather beer

07-27-2009 16:55:29 | More by hosehead83
Photo of BeerSingh


4.3/5  rDev +13.8%

Definitely one of my favourites and definitely a beer to start off when you're moving from macros to styled or craft beers.
Pours with a thin head into the chunky Hoegaarden glass that dissipates as you chug along. Looks resplendent with condensation and cloudy pale when you hold the glass against light. Smells of hot spices like clove, tastes like what it smells like, spicy with citrus undertones. Mouthfeeel is chunky, specially when you warm it up while twirling in your mouth. Carbonation is optimum. Drinkable throughout the year. The beer needs to be savoured - drink slowly and let it warm up in your hands.

07-27-2009 05:03:33 | More by BeerSingh
Photo of malmquna


4.15/5  rDev +9.8%

Bought this at the local supermarket, where they sell 50cl tallboys of various tasty beers.

Pours with a nice thick head that becomes a ring of carbonation around edge of the glass until the beer is gone. Aroma is citrusy, with hints of orange peel, wheat, and a certain consistent strain of yeast. Color is homogeneously cloudy yellow/white with no sediment, just cloudy throughout. Wheat malt pervades the flavor profile, along with the estery yeast profile. More pear than apple, and more banana that either of those. The palate is almost bubblegummy, but refreshing nonetheless. This is a good entry-level blanche/wit. If you like it, try some of the harder to find examples of the style.

07-25-2009 21:58:17 | More by malmquna
Photo of rvdoorn


3.95/5  rDev +4.5%

Hoegaarden wit is the most popular white beer available in the Netherlands, and maybe even worldwide. 33 cl bottle bought at the local supermarket. The beer should be served cold, preferably on a warm summer day, with or without a piece of lemon. Poured into a Hoegaarden glass. The beer pours a nice cloudy (the beer is not filtered) golden yellow colour with a large thick, creamy white head.

Scent; citrus, spices, wheat (grainy) and yeast

The taste is good, similar to the scent, although the nose is slightly stronger than the taste. Tastes like sweet citrus, more wheat and it has a light spicy aftertaste. Not too deep. This white beer is one of the more sweeter ones currently available.

Mouthfeel: Light and drinkable, very refreshing, a bit high carbonation

In general, a nice and refreshing beer for a hot summer day. A bit sweet, a classic, but still one of the better white beers out there.

07-24-2009 21:36:30 | More by rvdoorn
Photo of DeepSix


3.85/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured into a pint glass. A cloudy pale yellow color. An average head, with a tiny present ring head. I intentionally did not pour in the yeast (pretty sure there was some anyway...) which resulted in a much clearer pour, if rather little on other parts.

Not much of smell, but some is there. Hint of lemon, some yeast and wheat, and touch of spices.

More of that lemon, actually a bit more then in the smell. I note some other fruits as well, but I can't put my finger on them. Not much as wheat as I assumed (not huge on wheat beers), its there though, but in good ways.

Low to med body, with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Someone recommended this to me for a good summer beer, and I was highly impressed, since I'm more of a dark beer fan. This is one of the best lighter beers I've ran into in my small amount of beer exprience. On the more of drinkability, pretty good, while a too high for a sessionbeer, I could drink this during a long summer day.

07-24-2009 03:28:28 | More by DeepSix
Photo of smudgewhat

New York

4.55/5  rDev +20.4%

A really sturdy white wheat. An easy go-to beer for summer along with one of my other fave wheats Franziskaner.

At a summer party past weekend I brought a 6-pack of this for myself while other folks drank the usual swill - Molson, Miller, Bud. Got pretty good and hammered off the 6-pack and only found myself tiring of the taste on the very last one. Thus the reliability/drinkability I mentioned. This beer is especially great with an orange slice, not the usual lemon. If you like orange of course.

07-22-2009 02:33:05 | More by smudgewhat
Photo of MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

Pours a pale, opaque yellow with a generous head that settles down leaving some pretty impressive head retention.

Aroma is barnyard yeast and wheat, a bit of spice and lemon zest.

Taste is sweet lemony wheat with bitter orange and light coriander, with a dry spicy finish. It's a really nuanced taste, with subtle depth of character yet at the same time--or maybe because of--it remains an imminently approachable beer.

Mouthfeel is medium and creamy.

Highly drinkable.

Yeah. With over 1000 reviews here I'm hardly likely to say anything new so I'll leave it at that.

07-22-2009 02:20:37 | More by MeisterBurger
Photo of berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

Poured with a good-sized, white head with not much lacing. Body is a very pale yellow, and extremely cloudy - completely opaque. Great aroma of citrus, coriander, and spices - especially black pepper. Light to medium-bodied on the palate, with soft carbonation. Nice taste of citrus and pepper, with a medium-lasting finish. Overall, one of the classic whites... very nice, but it may actually be a little TOO spicey.

07-21-2009 21:07:09 | More by berley31
Photo of PartyBear

United Kingdom (England)

3.35/5  rDev -11.4%

Poured from a chilled 330ml bottle into a traditional half-pint Hoegaarden glass.

A - Cloudy lemony yellow in colour, with a good head. Not the prettiest beer, it has to be said.

S - Very complex spicy aroma, with a cutting citrus.

T - Powerfully fruity, but more complex than a PhD in quantum physics. There is a sweetness in the mist of the fruit, maybe honey?

M - There is a sharp lemon bitterness in the back of the mouth, along with a clear carbonic liveliness.

D - I have been drinking this beer regularly since I was in college, and never really stopped to think properly about what I was drinking. It is not the best beer I have ever tasted but it is one of the most interesting.

07-21-2009 20:45:34 | More by PartyBear
Photo of ujsplace


4.2/5  rDev +11.1%

Poured directly from the bottle with the obligatory swirl...

A: Pale whitish yellow-golden...almost a white gold color, with a thick, billowy, head that is reminiscent of lemon merangue pie.

S: As advertised - fresh oranges, coriander, mild cloves and spices...

T: Citrusy hops, coriander, spices and mild malt

M: Light and crisp, nicely carbonated, excellent balance...

D: Brouwerij van Hoegaarden has done an excellent job with their take on the Witbier. Honestly, I have just gotten around to revieiwing this white ale, and I can honestly say that you would be hard-pressed to find a more agreeable brew for your summertime (really anytime) crowd pleasing brew...

07-20-2009 21:59:59 | More by ujsplace
Photo of jeffthecheff


4.2/5  rDev +11.1%

Served in the clunky hoegaarden glass, this beer has an opaque yellow haze color. Every time I was served this beer, the head was very small and thin, and would die down to almost nothing in short time.

Aroma is a delicate yeasty aroma, the first thing that comes to mind is bubblegum.The taste also carries the nice yeasty bubblegum notes. It's not a very complex taste, but it is still very good.

Mouthfeel is nice and silky, with a creamy body that is also light bodied and refreshing. This beer was on tap at a restaurant below my hotel room when I went to on vacation, and it was all I had for the 4-5 times I went there. Never got tired of this beer, and it was very versatile with the food served there.

07-20-2009 16:36:40 | More by jeffthecheff
Photo of secondtooth


3.35/5  rDev -11.4%

Pours a faint, pale, opaque yellow-gold, with a rich and immaculate white head. No lace, though, oddly.

Nose is spicy sweet and lager grainy, with hints of orange and a little spice.

I get plenty of light citrus/orange hints among a little spice and a little wheat maltiness. Not a bad beer, but just somewhat thin on both body and taste.

07-20-2009 03:26:43 | More by secondtooth
Photo of solstarr


3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

The head of the beer wasn't very thick, and it dissipated rapidly. It consisted of very tight bubbles, and there was an effervescence of bubbles from the bottom of the glass similar to champagne. It is a cloudy, light amber color.

There is not a very pronounced smell to this Hoegaarden, but there are easily detectable smells of grain and yeast.

Upon sipping I get a burst of flavor on my lips, tip of my tongue and gums right behind the teeth. With slow, measured sips the Hoegaarden moves around my mouth, and I can feel the carbonation kick in and boost the flavor by sending smells up the back of my throat and into my nose. The beer finishes with a pleasant bitter flavor on the back of the palate/throat. There is a not unpleasant tingling left in the mouth after swallowing. If consumed more quickly the carbonation doesn't build and all that is experienced is a nice sip of beer with a bitter remnant on the back of the throat.

Hoegaarden has a very slick mouthfeel and it slides very easily around my mouth. If the beer is held in the mouth for a moment the carbonation really kicks in and gives the beer a totally different mouthfeel - it builds foam and tingles the tastebuds.

I think this beer is very drinkable - particularly when consumed quickly without pondering the taste. When enjoyed as most people enjoy beer, it is very crisp and clean with a nice beer flavor left in the mouth.

07-19-2009 15:33:49 | More by solstarr
Photo of mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%

Pours a hazy lemon yellow with two fingers of fluffy white head. Head recedes to a tight cap leaving no lace behind.

Aroma of lemon and bready yeast. Oranges and a hint of spice. A little bit sweet.

Sweet bread and tangy lemon continue on the palate. Slightly peppery. If this were a hefe instead of a wit, I'd swear I caught a little bit of banana in there. Very mild bitterness toward the finish. Orange comes forward as it warms up.

Light bodied and a little bit fizzy. Goes down like water on a hot day, or any day for that matter.

07-18-2009 22:59:48 | More by mintjellie
Photo of sweemzander


4.03/5  rDev +6.6%

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Best by 26/04/10.

(A)- Pours a cloudy lemon color. Big effervescent head formed but dissipated to a layer of thick white foam.

(S)- Crisp wheat and lemon/pineapple aromas. Yeasty finish.

(T)- Wheat, lemon, and even a light bananna flavors with ample yeast. Really light in body.

(M)- Very potent carbonation level, but works well. Damn refreshing and crisp. Light.

(D)- A great summer beer to quench your beer thirst. Simple and light, but memorable.

07-18-2009 21:08:43 | More by sweemzander
Photo of lweaver18240


3.95/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

A- Light head with minimal retention, almost golden hue.

S- Like a boque of flowers with a bit of orange peel. Sweetness is evident already.

T- Very sweet, and like many beers too sweet for my taste. Objecively however, I can't put this beer down. Sweetness, coriander, and citrus notes are very bold in this whitbier.

M- Very light carbonation, almost creamy. The best attribute of this brew in my opinion.

D- I could drink this beer all night, but would likely choose not to just because of the sweetness and floral sensation. Still a good beer to enjoy on occasion however.

07-17-2009 04:02:25 | More by lweaver18240
Photo of jrallen34


3.13/5  rDev -17.2%

Drank from bottle into a chalice in Luxembourg City.

This is pretty good for a widely available beer. Its light and you can drink a lot, not something i'd start the night with, but definetly have and will finish the night with it.

It is orange/gold in color with an average white head.

It smeels sweet with citrus dominating.

It tastse decent, sweet, a little too biter at the end.

07-15-2009 20:45:53 | More by jrallen34
Photo of BigBen61


3.15/5  rDev -16.7%

This may just not be my style of beer so I will review it as objectively as possible.
A-It is a beautiful looking beer with a bright golden color clouded by the white haze of the yeast.
S-This is where it became "interesting" for me. The scent was a bit like a pilsner but with notes of lemon, hay, and a heady dose of yeast.
T-For me the yeast just overpowered the malt and hops a bit too much. Not a bad beer in-fact quality was obviously good it's just too yeasty for me.
M-The mouthfeel was smooth with the acidity making it a refreshing "cutter" for the hot wings I started on halfway through the glass.

If you have a chance, try it... but if you are a hopheaded malt loving maniac it may not float your boat. Thing is you'll never know till you try.

07-13-2009 15:57:39 | More by BigBen61
Photo of gabe1989


4.53/5  rDev +19.8%

Apperaance- Pale golden cloudy and unfiltered.

Smell- very bready and floral. slightly citrusy due to orange peel. very pleasant.

Taste- citrusy with the obvious coriander spice to it. finishes slightly sweet. very good combo. very balanced taste.

Mouthfeel- very velvety and creamy. not much carbonation but its not needed.

Drinkablity- For a beer with this much flavor it is really really drinkable. it doesnt sit too heavy and leaves you wanting more. can easily put away 8 of em with an ABv of 4.9%

Overall its a great witbier. just got it on sale for $14 a 12 pack at the supermarket. fell in love with this beer when i randomly tried a sixer of it months ago. one of my favs until i try another witbier thats better.

07-09-2009 04:55:04 | More by gabe1989
Photo of jeffjeff1


3.18/5  rDev -15.9%

This was ok. It was pretty good. My girlfriend said it was slightly bitter. We both thought it tasted kinda soapy too.

Appearance- cloudy, yellowish

Smell- malty

Taste- citrus, wheat, kinda soapy

Mouthfeel- light bodied

Drinkability- ok except for the soapy taste

07-05-2009 19:01:06 | More by jeffjeff1
Photo of PsychoJedi


3.6/5  rDev -4.8%

The looks are very pale and filmy. I can smell an interesting fruity smell that seems to have a combination of smells fighting to drown the other smell out. The taste is clean. I would not say weak, but there is that fighting for the dominate taste of the ingredients that ends up neutralizing each other. It goes down with a weak, but noticeable aftertaste.

Verdict: I would try another Belgium beer unless you have tried "many" (not just a few or none) Belgium beers then I would try it.

07-02-2009 02:16:49 | More by PsychoJedi
Photo of jsh420


2.35/5  rDev -37.8%

best by 2/28/10

pours a cloudy pale yellow but almost white with a 1/2 finger head that left no lacing

smells of lemon and wheat not much

taste is almost medicinal - some wheat and yeast - but very watered down - its been over a year since i have had this beer and i dont remember it being this bad

mouthfeel is so so - very thin and watered down with some carbonation

drinkability is not good since the taste is so bad but it is very light and could throw back many

07-02-2009 00:52:57 | More by jsh420
Photo of gatornation


3.88/5  rDev +2.6%

pours a cloudy straw color with a fluffy white head..the smell is coriander spices some clove and a little oats and wheat..taste is better then the look and smell its has a subtle spice clove taste that is not overpowering it finishes with a wheat slight oat taste ...its really a pretty good witbier this is one to try if you want to start sampling belgium beers it very easy to drink flavorful and low abv..its a good one for the summer and one that i enjoy having every so often..yes recommended

06-27-2009 20:22:26 | More by gatornation
Photo of sophisticated


3.48/5  rDev -7.9%

A) cloudy lemonade with a fluffy white head, decent retention

S and T) Banana and cloves, bubblegum (first time I've had a wit where the bubblegum-like smell/taste is so present), yeast, floral

MF) Crisp, medium, well carbonated

D) Good, a good summer's day ale. However, for me the sweetness and floral smell/taste was a little much. It's a strongly flavorful Wit, so it's great if that's what you are in the mood for.

06-24-2009 13:41:51 | More by sophisticated
Photo of tone77


4.43/5  rDev +17.2%

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pale white/golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Somewhat cloudy and a delicious spicy smell, lots of citrus. Very flavorfull taste with citrus and spices very pronounced and quite delicious. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall this is a top notch beer.

06-22-2009 23:06:36 | More by tone77
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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