Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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4,335 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,335
Reviews: 1,653
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 83
Gots: 486 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: purplehops on 07-08-2001)
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Photo of bagpiper2005
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: Hazy white-gold color iwth the classic big wheat beer head. Decent head retention, no lacing on the glass though.

Smell: Lemon, yeast, and wheat. Nothing bad, but not super exciting either.

Taste: Yeasty and malty. Notes of lemon as well. Spicy finish with a small lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly creamy. Substantial amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Refreshing and smooth. Good beer for a hot day by the beach or after doing yardwork.

Final Notes: A solid wheat beer. I'll be returning to it in the future.

Photo of wcintula
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A start in my study to better understand/appreciate the Witbier.

Poured into a Radeberger glass with a very hazy pale yellow and a big head that recedes to a small corner molding where the beer meets the glass. Smells a little sour, with lemon-y hop character and a phenolic yeast smell. Seems to be a little less character in the taste than the smell, just a grainy addition with a little dryness. Very easy drinking.

Photo of atlason
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 33cl bottle into Jever flute. Enjoyed with Hoegaarden steamed mussels.

Straw color with full head and good retention but minimal lacing.

Nose: Bright citrus with slight yeastiness

Mouthfeel is medium, neither dry nor sweet

Taste is a watery citrus and wheat.

Highly drinkable when you need a thirstquencher. Should be a good summer drink.

Note: scores are given after tasting by memory

Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into chimay chalice from bottle received in shipment today, woohoo freshness! (best before feb 21 2012)
a: Cloudy pale yellow color with a fluffy white head that reduced within a couple minutes, but about 1mm of foam remains on the surface. Little bits of foamy lacing here and there.

s: Smells of coriander, yeast, and lemon zest. Nothing too fancy or unexpected, but that's not why we buy Hoegaarden after all.

t/m: Pale malt with coriander and mild citrus flavors up front. Finishes with a spicier clove taste. Very creamy texture and mouthfeel that still manages to have a bite to it, incredibly refreshing.

o: I have been a fan of Hoegaarden a long time, it's nothing too crazy, but is absolutely delicious, refreshing, and easy to drink. If someone asked what my go-to summer beer was, I'd probably tell them Hoegaarden. It's not the best witbier, but it's simple, kinda cheap, and readily available.

Photo of Macca
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy lemon colour with a fluffy white head. Drops quickly.

The nose is clove and pepper. A touch of lemon.

More of the lemon on the palate. Not as much of the spices as I would like. Bit of sweetness.

Medium bodied.

When I first tried this a few years ago it really blew me away but these days not so much. Not sure if it's me or the brew that has changed.

Photo of mjurney
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright pale straw color, cloudy. Lots of fine carbonation. Head looks bright and foamy.

Yeast, spices, a little hint of banana.

Fresh yeast along with mild spices, cloves and pepper. Dry clean malts in the middle. I've notice there's some hint of tropical fruit along with zesty lemon peel. Almost creamy texture, yet it's very refreshing.

Dry yeasty finish, very crisp.

It's not as flavorful as I expected. It's pretty good beer, highly drinkable, very refreshing and it's a nice warm weather beer.

Photo of CHADMC3
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy golden yellow with vigorous, large bubbles of carbonation and a fluffy pure white head that leaves a constant ring of lacing atop the beer.

Pleasant aroma of pepper, clove, yeast, and citrus.

The flavor is very similar, with more pronounced citrus flavors, perhaps a touch of straw or grass, and again the yeast, clove, and pepper flavors.

A crisp and pleasant light body with medium carbonation with just a hint of zest and yeast left to coat the palate.

Quite a nice witbier with good flavors and character.

Photo of ActualAir
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy and golden yellow in appearance, with a foamy white head and minimal lacing.

S - Doughy and earthy smell.

T - Bright and crisp. Muted citrus and pine nuts over biscuity/bready notes.

M - Light-turning-to-watery mouthfeel with fine carbonation.

Overall - Unique and refreshing, I could really get into a couple of these on a hot summer night.

Photo of shaunivan
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A buddy recommended I try this instead of Blue Moon, so I had a pint following the pint of Blue Moon:

Nice cloudy beer, decent enough head, slightly lighter than I had anticipated.

Smells like what I felt was ginger, I was corrected and told those are the spices, which makes plenty of sense.

I was expecting something similar to a Blue Moon, lots of orange and such, turned out to have far more spices than anticipated, highly pleasant. The orange was subtle, mostly it was spices and yeast.

Decent beer, decent drinkability. I'm personally undecided on how much I like the spices, but far from an unpleasant beer. Rather good in fact.

Photo of ant5431
2.08/5  rDev -45%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

After reading the other reviews I see Im in the minority NOT A FAN! Had seen this beer around forever finally gave it a try seeing as its on the list in my beer club all I can say is it was a challenge to drink the whole glass! Was my first and can say last!
Its appearance was unimpressive.
The taste was just bad & left unplesent taste in mouth.
The smell was the nicest thing I can say about this beer and even that didnt jump out at me!

Photo of Ryanm1
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The appearance of this beer is bar none. It is the typical cloudy wheat yellow beer. The smell of this beer is great with orange peel and corriander stereortypical of most other wheat beers. This beer usually comes with the perfect mount of head. If pouring this from a bottle use the instructions found on the side of the bottle stating how to pour the last 1/8 of the bottle into your glass after rolling it on its side. The mouthfeel is descent. Incredible drinkability. In Rome my friends and I used to have a bar in Campo De Fiori that we called the Hoegarrden Bar as it would serve incredibly sized drafts of this delicious nector for only five euros. This was a steal at the time in 2005 as most other drafts, including american imports were at least 5 euros as well.

Photo of thatlongname
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice foam. Beautiful Pale Yellow. Cloudy all over.

Smell: Pleasant, smells like spice and yeast and maybe some fruit.

Taste: Pretty delicious. Has banana notes, maybe some orange. Yeast flavors are good.

Mouthfeel: Not much carbonation. Light, thin.

Drinkability: Pretty satisfying. Seems like a good summer afternoon beer to me.

Photo of KajII
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Tumbler or Weizen glass]

Poured a hazy pale yellow with an average sized white fizzy head that was mostly diminishing and had good lacing. The aroma was heavy with a leathery yeast scent, light flowery hops with notes of orange and allspice. It tasted quite yeasty with a mild acidic flavor at first and finished about the same except for the hints of orange on the tongue left , to linger for a nice while. Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and was suprisingly very creamy in texture. Overall a very tasty wheat beer, definitley worth drinking a few.

Photo of Kelly88
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap and was served in a nice large six sided wide mouth glass.

A- very light yellow appearance. Reminds me of lemonade. Cloudy and even cloudy enough so you can't see through the beer. Started with a white head that has settled to a thin foam covering the whole beer.

S- smell is faint But enjoyable. Typical Belgian yeast and fruity smells of mostly banana and pear.

T- taste is a direct clone of the nose. The fruits play the biggest role and the yeastiness is a good tasty distraction. Well balanced beer that is good for the style.

M- light to light medium bodied. Great feel. The only downside is whenever I drink Belgians the yeasty taste is almost a chore after the first beer. Weird, but it happens.

D- very light and tasty. This is going down easy but the banana could be a bit much after 3 or 4

Good Belgian beer. I know its widely available and that might make it seem to mainstream for many BA's but this is a good example of the style.

Photo of ferrari29
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into Hexagon shaped pint glass

A - Beer has a cloudy light off-yellow color body; poured with a frothy two finger foam, which held very well; good amount of lacing formed and had lots of carbonation

S - Fruit peels and spices; citrus notes; malt sweetness; yeasty and grainy; wheat

T - Lemon and orange peel; citrus and other fruit tastes come up; subtle hints of spices but most coriander; herbal notes are in there too

M - Effervescent on the tongue; the body of the beer was mostly thin and left a tangy feel in your mouth

D - Lacks a lot of bite; this was one of my first experiences with foreign-made Witbier many years ago; it was good for the time I had it until I came across beers from other craft brewers; with that being said, I still would not turn down this beer if it was offered to me and I would definitely have another

Photo of beerdown77
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a cloudy white with nice bubbly, foamy head. The smells is mild yeast, maybe some sweet banana like presence. The taste is sweet with mild banana, coriander, and wheat. The body is very smooth, making this very easy drinking. This is a pleasant change from the usual IPA. I could have another.

Photo of coalcracker
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy straw color with substantial fizzy head.
Smell: Aroma is a bit lemony and peppery with some definitive what also in the nose.
Taste: Quite wheaty with a touch of lemon and pepper (as reflected in aroma). The lemony twang strikes early with a slow descent into wheaty smoothness. Aftertaste persists for some time. These flavors are just a tad muted in comparison to other wits in its class.
Mouthfeel: Medium and smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Very drinkable and enjoyable in a session.

Overall- Pleasant summery drink. One of the first true imports I ever had.

Photo of Zimbo
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very light cloudy yellow this made a foamy head with no coaxing. A fair amount of beading too. Melony to taste and pretty soft. Quenching and refreshing but just too thin. A very slight fizziness and the body is fairly light.
There is a good beer trying to get out.

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

A- A very cloudy, but at the same time bright, yellow/orange colour. The head shows no signs of retention or lacing at all

S- Citrus, mostly lemon, tones are backed up by coriander and some pepper. Nice but too sweet

T- The wheat malts are actually very weak, and hence the body is thin but refreshing. Citrus is dominant again with some banana and pepper to back up. Not much, the taste is all on your tongue, the palate feels empty and demands some flavours

M- Yes, this is very refreshing, but it is so thin that flavours just do not hook up with the palate. Quite an empty mouthfeel actually

D- Really drinkable and sure a thirst quencher. The excessive sweetness gets a bit boring after a while

This is an average beer, a nice, pleasing and refreshing drink, but with not much to say

Photo of alleykatking
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of Taera
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
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

Photo of markjanderson86
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Photo of SassyBootblack
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of ElijahCSkuggs
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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