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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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3,798 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,798
Reviews: 1,617
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 59
Gots: 225 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij van Hoegaarden visit their website

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 Ch1mpy


3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow cloudy colour. White head that leaves a little lacing.

Smell is yeasty with some hints of fruit.

Tastes of and citrus and cloves. Pretty mild actually. Not very much carbonation.

Very Smooth mouthfeel.

This would appear to be the obvious wheat alternative to the Eurolagers. An OK wheat beer for those on a tight budget.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 20:09:55 | More by Ch1mpy
Photo of connecticutpoet


3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was cloudy and turbid, pale yellow off the pour with a one finger head that had some retention.

Aroma was of white bread, light citrus fruits, and light hops. Well balanced.

Taste was mainly wheat malts, with an interesting hint of orange. Unusual, but not bad.

Mouthfeel was smooth, and carbonated to an appropriate level. Didn't feel too fizzy.

Drinkability gets good ratings. A good example of a witbier.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 02:29:44 | More by connecticutpoet
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

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

A: Pours a pale straw hazy lemon color with a thin white head.

S: Spicy aroma full of orange peels and coriander and a funky yeast sourness.

T: sour with great complexity of spices providing a sweet and sour palate that tingers the tongue. Crisp, acidic, lemon bread, coriander, with a tart funky finish. Flavor is loaded with citrus, lemongrass, and some bananas along with spicy hops. Great sour finish refreshing.

M: nice mouthful and carbonation, tart, acidic and lemony

D: very good drinkability. prime example per style.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 23:11:57 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of daythree16


3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Hazy yellow color with a two finger head that leaves a little bit of lace on the glass as it fades. It looks like a cloudy lemonade.

The smell is sweet citrus with that typical phenolic hefeweizen aroma. The taste is very similar. The sweetness is refreshing, not cloying. The flavor is a little underwhelming.

The mouthfeel is very light and smooth, and the refreshing quality makes this a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 05:41:40 | More by daythree16
Photo of kzoobrew


3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy white pear color, bright white cap.

Many scents come through. Hints of banana and pear again. Citric spice smells as well.

The spiciness is dominate at first. Little sour twinge in the tongue, lemony flavor. Slight bitterness.

Crisp brew lively carbonation, too much for my likings. However the crispness and carbonation lends itself well to the flavor and style.

Fairly drinkable, however the lively carbonation is too much for me. I'll stop at one.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 01:35:36 | More by kzoobrew
Photo of aubuc1


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

12 oz bottle into glass. Pours a carbonated hazy yellow with a quickly diminishing white head. Smells earthy and spicy with some banana also. Tastes like it smells. Very light mouthfeel and very easy to drink. This is a very refreshing beer that has mass appeal.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 18:10:35 | More by aubuc1
Photo of Durge


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

The pint pours a dull cloudy yellow color with a big smooth white head and thick lacing. The aroma is a clean and strong lemon and nutmeg, really a bright and unique masterpiece for the nose. The flavor is wheat and light citrus, fairly aqueous and very drinkable, but it also has a great creamy quality, like milk. Very fine carbonation. This seemed so much better than the recent version I had from a bottle. That was OK but this was really a tastey treat to me, and I don't typically go for witbiers particularly. I could have consumed many more had I not had an early morning schedule to contend with. A very nice surprise. Look for this on tap and enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2008 03:12:57 | More by Durge
Photo of orangemoustache


3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy very pale golden color with a soft looking snow white head that leaves some patchy lacing as it falls.The nose is fresh and clean with just a touch of spice and yeast.Reminds me of tropical fruit bubble gum flavors with an assertive amount of hops and spicy yeast.The lightness of body and subtle dryness are enjoyable from start to finish.A highly drinkable Whitbier that is full of complexity and character.Good stuff!

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2008 21:54:19 | More by orangemoustache
Photo of Taffle


3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very resiliant bright gold pour illuminates the glass. A lot of action going on in this brew.

Very citric, lemon-zest like aromas.

Flavor follows up consistent with the scent. Sweet and fruity up front tapering off wheatly savory smooth.

Carbonation spices up on the palate nicely and balances really good with the acidity from the fruit. A favorite for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2008 00:28:50 | More by Taffle
Photo of KiltedCulinarian


3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in American pint glass, according to directions. Very pale yellow color, appropriately similar to wheat, but almost foggy; like the liquid left over after cooking seafood. Disappointing head that disappeared immediately, though it had nice coloration. Creamy in texture, though not very full bodied. Clean flavour, sweet and well-rounded, with a hint of faint bitterness in the middle. Finishes well without leaving an aftertaste; cleanses the palate. Wouldn't reccommend for heavier foods, but excellent to pair with lighter fare

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 04:04:20 | More by KiltedCulinarian
Photo of everetends


3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Get this too at the Grub Mart in J'ville. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint.

A: A pale yellow, hazy and cloudy with particles. Good creamy head on this one.

S: Bananas, wheat, and citrus.

T: Bananas, clove, wheat, spices, citrus (orange and lemon zest).

M: Got a nice clean crisp feeling. Good amount of carbonation. A little thin.

D: This is a good Witbier. Very drinkable because it has some good flavors that go along with the summer. I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 02:31:19 | More by everetends
Photo of nickynick


3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a pale straw color, cloudy as it is unfiltered. It had a nice white head. The smell had a very strong citrus sent. The taste matched the smell with citrus and a hint of sweetness. Mouthfeel was good. Overall the drinkability of this beer was good. It is crisp and refreshing. But it also has good flavor. It is a good summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 13:05:57 | More by nickynick
Photo of Exner83


3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A generously heady pour: Cottony foam abounds! Looks like cloudy apple cider. I suppose the smell's true-blue to the style--MUSKY coriander notes with peppery aroma. Interesting, to say the least.

Taste is nearly identical to the smell, and Boy Howdy - what'm I to make of this complexity? It's like the Fifth Element girl when she absorbed the world's collective experience: WHAT just happened? Pepper, citrus, yeast, and clove--oh my! This is unfiltered heartiness, for sure.

The true highlight is a luxuriously creamy mouthfeel. Finish is a real sleight of hand--a stealthy and un-bitter close.

I'm being mean, but throw some brewer's yeast on a rusty boat anchor, and you're close! Truth is, Hoegaarden's is spot-on for what it is... love it or scratch your head about it.

*Scratch, scratch*

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 11:35:08 | More by Exner83
Photo of Bamabrew22


3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy bright yellow straight out of 12 oz bottle. Served with a wedge of orange. Smell was mildy effervescent with notes of clove an banana. Taste was really good; mild-mannered and sweet, with clove, banana and citrus notes. Overall, just a good, tasty wheat beer. I definitely recommend.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 03:32:20 | More by Bamabrew22
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North Carolina

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

A: Golden, pale, and hazy yellow with a large, frothy white head that settled to a decent film and left small amounts of think, yet wavelike lacing on the glass.

S: Pale wheat, toned-down banana, spices--clove and coriander. Smell is strong and vibrant, but could be more complex or robust.

T&M: It's got a tame flavor for a witbier. The spice and orange are there, but not prominent. The overwhelming taste is that of pale wheat and sweet yeastiness that adds a mellow-banana flavor (similar to Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, to me at least). The finish is dry, but barely so. There's a good bit of carbonation here, as well. It's light bodied and crisp.

D: Very drinkable because of the light body, well-balanced and smooth flavor, and pleasant aroma. It's sessionable, too. This style isn't one of my favorites, but I'll probably be picking up some Hoegaarden again.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 05:51:37 | More by BamaBeerBuff
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3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoegaarden is one of my favorite Belgian white ale's. I first was introduced to it while visiting Jacksonville, Fl. at the European Street Cafe and now it is available here in little ole Tn. Pours a nice head. Smell is fruity with the coriander coming through. Apperance is cloudy white after all it is a white ale. Taste is very good no bitterness or aftertaste just the coriander and citrus like flavors coming through with slight hop undertones.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 01:40:29 | More by beerindulger
Photo of ClashmoreMike

District of Columbia

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

Poured into a pilsner glass from bottle with an April 15, 2009 "best before" date.

A = Creamy, whitish yellow color. Very cloudy, but can still see a lot of tiny carbonation bubbles rising on the edges. Huge, chunky white head that lingers for a long while before dropping down to a solid 1/8th inch head.

S = A mixture of sweet cloves and coriander. Peppery. Very clean smell.

T = Sweet cloves and coriander; lemony; faint hints of ripe bananas. A bit of malt noticeable in the finish. Just enough bitterness in there to balance things out.

M = Light to medium body. Pretty smooth. Medium-high carbonation covers the tongue.

D = Very refreshing. Great beer for the hot Summer days. Highly drinkable (almost a 5).

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 00:44:08 | More by ClashmoreMike
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New Hampshire

4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a great example of an original Belgian staple beer. One of the best Belgians available in the US! Great head, with a fruity and balanced body. Crisp coriander finish. There seems to be a hint of orange or citrus intermingled in the body some where in the middle as well.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 03:19:45 | More by TwinSox33
Photo of AmishT


3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tumbler

A - Light straw-yellow colored. It says "bier blanche" on the bottle and they're not kidding. Hazy. Nice two-finger white head. Good retention.

S - Primarily wheat, with some orange and malts to a lesser degree. I took a couple of whiffs of this one; detected wheat most of the time, but every once in awhile, got a good whiff of the malted barley

T - Strong wheat character with a hint of orange and lemon. Malts aren't very distinct. Very crisp

M - Very light bodied, just as one would think from the color. Good carbonation. Very clean finish. The flavor of the beer isn't very bold when kept on the tongue

D - Very light + Crisp, refreshing flavor + Clean finish = a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 02:32:03 | More by AmishT
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Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a Belgian (read: InBev) gift pack in December 2007. Hid the bottles in a closet and just found them again. Fridge temp. 4.90% abv. Poured into a branded Hoegaarden glass.

A pure yellow, almost greenish cloudy body. Streaming bubbles. Smallish rocky white head, with low retention: goes to a cloud and collar quickly.

Aromas of grass, spice, orange peel, sourdough, banana. Yeasty.

Palate is sweetish and airy. Very smooth. Vinegar, citrus, mineral water, spice, with a warming finish.

Could be a bit off from the age: I proclaim it a decent wit.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 22:33:47 | More by Antilochus
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4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a six-pack of Hoegaarden White Ale at a grocery store. $10. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a dull yellow color and is cloudy. Looks a lot like pineapple juice. A frothy 2 fingre white head tops the beer briefly, then disintegrates to a thin film.

Smell is sweet and fruity. Soft fruit aromans like melons, pears, perhaps a hint of banana.

Taste is sweet spices, banana, some coriander, with a very mild bitter finish. There is a little bread wheat presence, but the fruit flavors dominate.

Mouthfeel is light, moderately carbonated, with a dryness about it.

All in alla drinkable brew, b ut overpriced, even as an import at $10 a six-pack. It's a good beer, but not a real good value.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 22:44:33 | More by RJLarse
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3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz brown bottle with best before date. Funky, unique pour neck, like a bubbler.

A: A pale yellow, straw, hazy beer. It is an unfiltered so hazy is an understatement. Looks a bit like a urine sample, until you get the 1.5 finger head. Then all is good. The head fades as the beer ages but a little lacing remains.

S: Lots of spice, especially coriander. A bit of pepper, some hints of citrus, and the wheat from the mash.

T: Coriander up front with a dash of pepper, white pepper. Citrus and malts in the back with a lingering sourness in the finish.

M: A light and crisp beer with lots of carbonation.

D: A session brew if you like these flavors. I know they can be offensive to some, but I enjoy it on occasion.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 00:54:36 | More by FleeVT
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

A - Hazy, very pale straw color, almost white. I can understand why these are considered "white" beers. Two finger head that dies down to white cap with some decent lacing.

S - Some faint citrus notes, but overall I smell the coriander and wheat malt. Very inviting.

T - The coriander is immediately noticable, though it is quickly balanced by the somewhat sour wheat malt and citrus aspects. Finishes with grain that perfectly compliments the flavors.

M- Light bodied, and a little prickly. I could use a little less of the carbonation.

D - Not hard to put back quite a few of these (as I have done on occasion) but after the beer warms and after repeated bottles the grainy taste is more evident.

I really like this beer and it remains one of my favorite session ales as well as a good beer to pass on to those guests wanting something a little different. While it is on the pricey side, ultimately it's a decent value considering the product. By far my favorite witbier.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2008 08:33:00 | More by PatrickJR
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3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

ours a cloudy gold with a good sized white head that fades a bit.
the aroma is quite lemony with a good amount of yeasty cracker smell. you also find ripe banana, vanilla and corriander in varying degrees.
the taste brings what's expected from the aroma: banana, citrus, yeast, hints of spice. the banana is a little more unripe that in the aroma.
the mouthfeel is a little thinner than i'd like. it could use a little more body to go with it's moderate carbonation.
very good drinkability, it maintains a crisp quenching quality with it's slight dryness.
a good respectable beer, but honestly it seems watered down. needs to be dialed up a notch. in anycase though it's a very drinkable tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 23:23:18 | More by kmo1030
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Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful lemon yellow colour in the glass. Cloudy with very little head. Lavender and orange nose. Crisp dry finish. Spicey with hints of orange taste. Good hops. Good mouthfeel. A great summer beer to quench the thirst with. Well worth having regularly.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 19:09:52 | More by jaz58
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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