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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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4,095 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,095
Reviews: 1,633
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 69
Gots: 364 | 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 Daniell
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: nice and generous almost three-finger head initially. Nice yellowy pear skinny colour when held up to the light. 4

S: almost a bit of sulfur and sweet fruits. Can definitely detect pear- that seems dominant. Also get some malt and a bit of that typical "clove" flavor. 4

T: a nice unified fruit flavor- perhaps orange/lemon peels. Also some sweetness. Malt comes through to give it nice depth and balance.

M: carbonated but also decently creamy.

D: ostensibly very drinkable but I would probably tire of the flavor after one or two.

A nice peary beer. Cracked this open tonight because I just felt like one beer to help me get to sleep and refresh in the hot weather, it did its job very well. I think this is a very versatile beer which will probably appeal to non "beer snobs" while also retaining enough interest and refreshing characteristics to keep coming back to.

The fact it's been available so (relatively) cheaply recently also helps.

Daniell, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of franktheman
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good beer! Not the best, but it is good, and would order it in a bar! Nice glass bottle, the actual Hoegaarden glass is very impressive! Taste is good, I am satisfied! Nice head, decent color-blurry.-- I would recommend this beer to a friend!

franktheman, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of jwhawkins81
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - Aromatic hops, citrus zest, yeast and coriander spice

Appearance - Cloudy orangish yellow that poured a big fluffy white head that steady dissipates. Pretty big chucks of sediment floating in the glass as well as directed by the bottle's pouring instructions.

Taste - Pretty much follows the nose. Good level of spice with citrus and yeast contributing nicely to the flavor profile. Refreshing with a lingering smooth spice aftertaste complimenting the mellow wheat beer flavors.

Notes - Served at 46.5 degrees. The beer had an OK level of carbonation and I kind of wish it had a little more.

jwhawkins81, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of rwf08
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a St. Bernardous glass.

A: Hazy lite straw or white wheat color. Faint head with tightness on the edges. No lacing on the glass.

S: Spicy, yeasty, and a little funk. Similar to sour dough but with some fruity ester sweetness.

T: Sweet citrus fruits, earthy spices, and yeast.

M: Highly carbonated which lends it to have a seltzer water feel and taste. Dry on the finish and juicy on the tongue.

D: Sessionable beer nothing too crazy, not a most complex drink but would be good on a hot day.

I would call this a Belgian Lawnmower beer. Something to drink all day out in the sun or while watching baseball. I like it but I have had some Texas versions that I like just a bit more.

rwf08, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of donteatpoop
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale and cloudy lemon yellow with a nice cap of white head that retains amazingly well throughout the drink.

Smells are spice, orange rind, lemon, coriander and a sweet bread yeast.

The taste is excellent, a clean citrus and spice flavor that goes down smooth with a thin and somehow almost creamy texture; leaves a sweet taste in the finish.

donteatpoop, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of meeekyh
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 330ml bottle into a pint glass.

Very pale gold, slightly cloudy beer with a white head. Head is fluffy and dissipates quickly leaving no lacing.

Smells are spicy and Belgian. Strong orange peel dominates. Smells a bit like an orange creamsicle. There are also notes of coriander and lemon zest.

Tastes are tangy, a bit sweet and niclely spicy. Notes of clove in the finish seem to linger.

Mouthfeel is medium-light and crispy. Ample tiny bubbles carbonate the brew well and the finish is sweet and a bit lingering.

Very drinkable and pleasantly low on the ABV.

I like this beer for a session. I am pleased with the bit of complexity and the refreshing tertness and bubbles. I may have the chance to try this one on tap tomorrow, I hope so.

meeekyh, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Just picked up a couple bottles of this - can't believe it's almost been six months since my last Hoegaarden...too long...

Poured into a bottle-sized Hoegaarden bucket glass. An opaque, light yellow brew, almost like white grapefruit juice. Despite following the bottle's instructions for pouring - the ol' pour, shake and pour - the foamy head didn't last long, nor did it leave much lacing.

The nose is a milder version of the usual witbier suspects: orange, lemon, banana, a bit of spice. Something oddly 'medical' in there.

The taste is light and refreshing, absolutely perfect in the summer. Citrus, banana, light cloves and spices.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery, with low-medium carbonation.

It's definitely not the primo example of the style, nor is it my favorite, but nothing beats this brew in the summertime. Although it's a bit pricy, I'll have several of these on hand throughout the summer months. The perfect patio brew.

JohnnyBarman, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of WWWade
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to agree with most of the reviews. This is a great summer brew. Good with mexican food with a lot of guacamole and lime on a beautiful spring day.

A - looks like a cloudy natural lemonade with a quickly fading white head.

S - light hints of citrus

T - great sour lemon and orange with enough yeast and hops to balance the flavor.

M - good carbonation levels

D - Very drinkable. The flavors are not too strong, and it is not very filling

WWWade, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of far333
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale cloudy staw yellow with a low bright white head that settles out quickly.

Big fat phenolic nose of band aid and clove and yeast. Flavors match the aroma, with the addition of some bready notes, hints of biscuit and toffee, plus a peppery spice in the finish. Marshmallow lingers. Dry and crisp moutfeel, semi full, finishes tingly.

far333, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of zimm421
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light yellow, almost lemonade color, with a white head that dissipates quickly, leaving almost no lacing.

S - Lots of citrus: Lemon and orange dominate, just how the bottle describes it.

T - Matches the smell very closely. Lot's of citrus flavors going on. Not too sweet however, and the taste definitely starts out with a tart taste.

M - Light to medium carbonation and on the thin side.

D - Refreshing, easy to drink and won't make you feel too full/bloated after a few.

zimm421, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of AnswerInQuestion
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy pale yellow body with a finger's width of head that dissolves into a thin layer of carbonation.

S: Grass, lemon, and orange.

T: Rather bland, weak lemon flavors, sweet and slightly sour.

M: Smooth and nicely carbonated. The feel compensates for the taste.

D: A decent beer, but simple and with an almost pilsner-like taste. Compared to other Belgian beers out there, I was underwhelmed.

AnswerInQuestion, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a tumbler.

Pours a fairly clear gold (bit of a faint haze to it) with a finger of bright-white head. Retains with a thin layer of creamy froth, leaving a foamy cascade of lacing behind, which quickly slides the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of sweet grains, a smack of lemon and orange, and a dusty yeast presence. A good bit of coriander and clove float along the back, giving this a strong spicy character.

The taste is a combo of wheat, fruit, clove, and coriander, combining to give this a lightly toasted sweet tang. Lower bitterness to this, with plenty of spice and dryness lingering on the palate for a good long while. The mouthfeel is light bodied, with a very smooth and easygoing nature to it, yet this still stays fairly crisp and lively in the mouth. That sub 5% ABV works just perfectly here.

It's no wonder that this is a popular summertime quaff. Flavorful, crisp, and very easy drinking, this is some refreshing stuff!

Kegatron, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of Tee76
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy pale yellow, with a thin white head.

S: Smells of numerous spices and some sweetness.

T: light tasting, sweet and fruity with a bit of spice.They flavors all come together though and are nicely balanced.

M: Light body,with nice carbonation.

D: It's a light but good beer, a little to sweet for my liking but i could still easily put aback a few of these.Great beer for a warm day.

Tee76, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of gthornton
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Overal: A steady beer to have around for not too much money, also a good potential gateway beer for when your less beer-inclined friends are over.

A: Golden Yellow, hazy, with a fizzy head that lingers for the whole drink.

S: Spicy/sweet citrus forward. Hints of coriander spice, cinnamon, cloves, grapefruit and orange.

T: The citrus/grapefruit comes forward a little bit more when it hits the taste-buds, but it is still well balanced by the spices.

M: mild to heavy carbonation makes for a refreshing mouthfeel, clean from beginning to finish.

D: An easy, and refreshing drink that offers a bit more in the flavor category than many beers in its availability & price range. Definitely something that can be consumed all night, and to good effect.

I used to have this more often, but have been too delightfully distracted by the many other (tasty) choices in this style range. I had one today because I wanted to wait a bit before cracking open our more special brews... good to have around for moments like this.

gthornton, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of Fitzgerald
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 11.2 oz. bottle into a pint glass, not a hard pour giving it a thin white head, that gradually turned to a foam ring. The beer is a cloudy light golden color.

A funky scent of wheat and orange very spring like.

I love the taste of this beer very refreshing with spicy fruit flavor, orange I would say stands out the most.

Mouthfeel is dry but not real hoppy maybe a little thin at the end.

A very drinkable beer, a nice session beer that would quench your thirst on warm summer day.

Fitzgerald, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of rhinos00
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Hoegaarden stein.

A- Pours a pale, straw-colored yellow. Semi-hazy. Produced a fingers width of white head. Surprisingly had great head retention.

S- Spices and cloves. Picking up a bubble gum, banana aroma in the background. Very nice aroma for such a light beer.

T- Much like aroma...actually exactly like the aroma. Spices, cloves, bubble gum, banana all in one. Had a nice sweet finish.

M- Light bodied and well carbonated. Crisp, clean and very refreshing.

D- Awesome session beer. I could drink jugs of this beer...dead serious.

Why haven't I had this sooner? From now on if I need a session beer, this will be it. All that needs to be said about this one.

rhinos00, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of fastsrt
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle to flute glass
A: opaque, golden, hazy, awesome fluffy head that billows over the rim of the glass looks gorgeous, 1/8 inch head all the way till the beer was gone as well as lacing form top to bottom of the glass.
S: coriander jumps out first thing, citrus, orange, smells fresh.
T: rather light and refreshing a perfect summertime beer hands down. the yeasts are delicious,
M: it is thin with very prickly carbonation, sweet yet finishes surprisingly dry given the fact that it is so lightly hoped. the carbonation carries the brew form start to finish perfectly balancing all the flavors,
D highly drinkable, extremely smooth and tasty. the perfect companion to light meals, (salads and mild fish.) this beer also would be perfect prior to a meal it does a great job at cleansing the pallet.

fastsrt, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of medic25
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in an Ommegang Witte glass; pale golden color, hazy due to the yeast, with a thick white head. Lemony aroma, "Belgian" aroma for lack of a better description. Taste is a delicate wheat flavor, a little spicy with a bit of citrus. Mouthfeel is clean and fairly dry. Incredibly drinkable beer; not overpowering like some of the "big" beers, which is exactly how it is supposed to taste!

medic25, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of letzgo86
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The bottle shape and label design is instantly attractive, and lets face it: Before you taste it, that's all you have to go on! When poured into a glass, the beer produces a decent creamy/foamy head. The beer itself is a translucent cloudy Wit that gives an attractive pale yellow/vanilla color; it visually invites you to drink it.

Smell: The smell matches the description the bottle provides-You can instantly smell the orange, lemon, and corainder which is refreshing and quite pleasant. It isn't overpowering.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The taste very closely matches the smell, which is welcoming. Quite refreshing, and relatively low carbonation allows you to drink without feeling bloated; this beer goes down quite easily! The mouthfeel is also intriguing, as it gives you an initial tartness/bitterness, but finishes smoothly, and somewhat sweet.

Drinkability: As I mentioned before, high drinkability due to the low carbonation mixed with the pleasant flavors and balanced mouthfeel.

Overall: Very enjoyable and drinkable beer. Some may consider it a "summer" beer, but as I drink/review this it is currently 22 degrees, and it tastes great!

Note: Forget the orange/lemon that some people add. This beer is tasty and complex enough without it!

letzgo86, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of OldSchoolGamer
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is the classic White Ale. Lets see what makes this one so popular. Here is my review:

A: Pours a real light, straw yellow. Very hazy. Head is rather minimal with no lacing. Looks like a good Belgian Wit.

S/T: The aroma is pretty typical for a Belgian Wit. Spice, citrus, and yeast. Taste is also very traditional. Very light, clean, and refreshing. Extremely balanced with the citrus and spice upfront. The yeasty and bready notes intermingle on the palate as well. Not the best Belgian Wit I have had, but very nice and balanced.

M/D: Very light bodied and extremely refreshing. I could slug these down on a hot summer day. Probably the best session beer I have had to date.

Not much else to say about this classic. Its one of the better Belgian Wits out there as it has a very nice and balanced flavor while remaining light and refreshing throughout. Try it with an orange slice for added zestyness.

OldSchoolGamer, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of cudmud
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, very pale yellow color with a slight head and medium lacing.

Smell: The major aroma from this beer is yeast; in addition, this beer contains wonderful esters of cloves. Plus, other spice smells are detected such as cinnamon.

Taste: The main tastes is malt and yeast.

Mouthfeel: Nice level of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very enjoyable.

cudmud, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of HalenRush
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours ultra pale cloudy with a foamy pillowy head. Swirl the lees to get the full affect.

S - Phrenolic lemon apricot

T - Full wit flavor, very classic orange/lemon corriander

M - Could be a little more chewey for a wit, but I'm happy with it.

D - Gives up a fullness for a beer, typical for its style. I wouldn't want to drink a bunch of them, but I love busting out the Hoegaarden when I want to fulfill that wit need.

As far as I'm concerned, this is classic wit. Sure, there are better, but Hoegaarden has its place and its a gateway beer for Belgians, especially with the ladies. My go-to witbier.

HalenRush, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of Hypersomnia
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Hoegaarden glass.

Pours a yellowish hue with a good close to 1 1/2 to 2 finger head. Good amount of carbonation / bubbles.

Smell is citrus and spiceness (coriander). Smell of crisp sweet apple, kind of like apple pie.

Taste is light and spicy with a bit of citrus(orange), maybe some hints of clove, some occasional hints of banana. Mild pepperiness, maybe white pepper. There is a bit of bready yeastiness in the taste as well. This is extremely drinkable, very light and refreshing, the perfect summer beer.

Mouthfeel is light but with some body (a little on the watery side though). There is a bit of liveliness from the carbonation.

Finish is long and tasty, nice clean spicy finish. Significantly better than Blue Moon Belgian White.

Hypersomnia, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of bushbeer75
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoegaarden White Ale poured [into my mug] a cloudy yellow color that produced a beautiful white thick and pillowy head that left behind nice lacing.

The aroma is mainly of lemons and a little spice in the background. The taste is a little sweet and of light coriander, and orange peel. Mouth feel is crisp, a little "tangy" and has a lively level of carbonation.

This is a true Belgian classic - easy to drink making it a summer time choice or for that matter anytime.

bushbeer75, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of Augustiner719
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on Draft in a Pint Glass

Appearance: Milky yellow color with large foamy white head that leaves minimal lacing.

Smell:Lemony, grassy and slighty wheat aroma.

Taste: Tastes fresh, light and a bit watery. Citrus peel and corriander come through.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation. Solid mouthfeel, not too light, not too heavy.

Drinkability: Very nice. Much better than blue moon and I would have again for sure.

Augustiner719, Jan 11, 2010
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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