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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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4,323 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,323
Reviews: 1,651
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 81
Gots: 470 | FT: 1
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 ccampo
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I buy bottles of Hoegaarden all the time and love it. Its definitely an old standby.

A - Cloudy yellow with a THICK head that forms quickly! Don't pour this beer too hard! Since its unfiltered, it is very cloudy and you can't usually see through the glass. Good head retention, with a beautiful sparkle-ly lace. Truly a sight!

S - Sharp with a definite citrus quality. Almost spicy, and pretty light. Not the strongest aroma, but still interesting and inviting.

T - Orange and coriander, right away. Well balanced. I have always said it had a slight root-beery flavor that is more prevalent in the aftertaste (licorice, sarsaparilla, birch).

M - Definitely has a tangy bite, but also a slight warming feel. The carbonation is pretty high.

D - VERY drinkable, and quite refreshing. Like some other reviewers, this was my first "good" beer, and lead me into a quest for better beers. Still one of my favorites.

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pear-white color; very nice two-finger head with abundant carbonation; very cloudy
S: a hint of yeasty pear, aroma characteristic of Belgian secondary bottle fermentation
T: very good for this style of beer (admittedly not one of my favorites); at less than 5% ABV it doesn't have much bite; the spices that are advertised are there, but, per this genre, are not overstated
D: this beer danced on my tongue; very lively and nice

Overall, a very good beer, especially for one where you want something toward the clarity of a nice glass of water

Photo of mikeg67
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy straw with a huge, foamy, white head. Aroma of orange fruit, bready yeast with hints of spices. Light, smooth, sweet body. Flavor of yeast, sweet malt, fruit and some spices. Finish is medium, sweet in the beginning, finally becomes dry. Just not my type of beverage.

Photo of Frothboss
4.8/5  rDev +27%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance is cloudy pale yellow-tan nice thich pure white head about 2 fingers tall. Smells scrumptious with yeast and breads. Tastes refreshing and fantastic! I cant get over the color of this beer and the pure white conistent froth at the top, it just doesnt go away. Fruity citrus sweet undertone taste. Beautiful well rounded wietbier. I can drink these all day long.

Photo of flyingpig
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A rather hazy yellow colour with a very large, white, foamy head that goes down but doesn't disappear.

S - An unusual smell with coriander, orange, citrus & various other furity type smells coming through.

T - Coriander, clove & orange seem to be the strongest flavours along with various herbs

M - Very easy to drink & smooth. It has a lot of carbonation.

D- A fantastic beer overall, one of the nicest I think I have ever tasted.

Photo of sfprint
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From a 25cl bottle bought in Belgium.

A: Lemonade in color (though somewhat dull, grey) with uneven but vibrant carbonation rushing to the top. 1" partially fluffy head, colony of bubbles sitting at the base.

S: The perfect witbier smell. Light, almost spicy citrus and mild lemon meringue pie yeast.

T: Taste is mediocre. Slightly metallic, vacuous, not particularly flavorful. It doesn't taste bad at all, just uninteresting. Watery. Maybe this is why Americans add lemon. It would make it nicer.

M: Light body with a warm sting.

D: It's fine, just relatively bland, but they got the smell just right.

It's worth noting that I've had both better Hoegaarden's and worse ones, both straight out of Belgium as well. What's up with that?

Photo of krasznaig
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

True Belgian one.
I bought it a fortnight ago in the Netherlands, but it's still amazing. (I haven't kept it in the fridge). I recommend it to everyone who wants to enjoy a great 'Witbier'. Perhaps it's worth trying it with a slice of orange as well.

Photo of mattgreger
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured a hazy yellow. It had a small frothy head. There was a small amount of lacing that formed as you drink through the brew

The aroma on this brew is very nice. The a bunch of flavors that hit you palate on this one. Cloves, oranges, lemons, a touch of bananas and wheat bread. There is a big push of spices at the end. It smells great.

The taste begins with a nice light, wheat sweetness. There was a orange bitterness. There is a touch of cloves, banana and lemons as well. There is a spicy kick at the end.

There was a nice carbonation. This brew has a nice little tanginess to it, that gives it a nice flavor. This representation of the brew is pretty good, not the best I have had, but always a good one to pick up at local bar.

This brew is very easy to drink. Easily a session for beer, for those who like wheat beers. It goes down smooth and creamy. Again, I have had better witbiers, but this is always a solid brew to have when available.

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

Ah yes, the standard-bearer of witbier. 330 ml bottle poured into a pint glass. A beautiful fluffy white two-finger head tops this beautifully cloudy, maize colored brew. Carbonation aggressively rises. The head slowly settles leaving no lacing. It looks spectacular.

The scent is heavy on wheat, though coriander is present as well. Alcohol is slightly noticeable. It's pretty straightforward on the nose, though perhaps a bit on the watery side.

The taste is light and refreshing. Wheat character comes through without dominating. The coriander is very noticeable, as is the mild orange citrus. Hoegaarden is not my favorite example of this style, but it's pretty much the standard. It's not going to throw you any curveballs but it is always a solid and enjoyable brew.

The mouthfeel is pleasant. It's deceptively heavy but you don't really notice. The carbonation still looks like it's going crazy, but it's actually quite in check in the mouth and maintains a counterbalance with the weight of the brew.

This is a tasty brew for sure and at 4.9% ABV, the alcohol is fairly in check. Personally the coriander is a bit overbearing for me to want to put more than a couple of these back in a sitting. However, these are quite refreshing and full flavored and worth treating yourself to from time to time.

Photo of decimator
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a cloudy pale yellow with a 3cm frothy head. Head reduced to a thin long lasting cap. Some lacing is produced.

S - Coriander, cloves, bananas, oranges, lemons and wheat bread. Spices are quite apparent in the aroma. Smells good.

T - Light wheat sweetness, citrus sourness, orange peel bitterness and a good spicy kick in the finish.

M - Lively carbonation, tangy and a bit watery.

D - Very drinkable. First had this beer five years ago. This is the beer that made me discover better beer. It was so different than any else I'd drank at that time. It's among my favourite wheat beers today.

Photo of mariposafan
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks almost like used dishwater - very murky and not much color. Probably fair since it's billed as a white ale. Nice one finger of creamy foam stays around as lacing throughout.

The smell is citrusy with plenty of coriander and some banana/clove character.

The taste is a little watery but there's the coriander again, along with some citrus fruit and cloves. A little bitterness on the backend that I wasn't expecting.

Light mouthfeel with very prickly carbonation - we're talking 7-up type carbonation here.

Easy drinking, though it would probably be better on a summer day rather than looking out at bare trees with threatening clouds overhead.

Photo of kentawan
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance :
Cool bottle. Cloudy yellow and pretty good head. Very gassy.

Best of all. Can smell it as I poured it into glass. Smells hints of hop, very citrus and has a coriander smell to it.

Unique and refreshing. A great character to it. Herby, and lots of coriander taste. The taste of the orange peel is definitely there. Very Obvious. There's no bitterness at all. You can taste the yeast too ! Definitely a great beer for those special occasions. Best drank among family members as it's a beer and makes you feel comfortable.

Too gassy sometimes. Though these bottle fermented beers are always gassy.

YES ! Good beer. One of my favourite beer here in Singapore and I guess you can find it everywhere in the world since InBev bought the company years ago. Best wheat beer, even better than Erdinger in my opinion.

Photo of benfons
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: very pale hazy blond, almost no head, no lacing

S: Lemon , spices, ok but a bit boring

T: orange coriander ginger

M/D Good mouthfeel, lots of carbonation but it needs it, alcohol is there i the right amount, very easy drink.

This is an ok beer, but personally i find it a bit dull

Photo of JizackFH
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy pale yellow color with a 2-finger white head that had decent retention. The head fell down to a nice little ring at the top of the beer, and left no lacing. Smelled spicy, and of citrus, oranges, and wheat. Tastes of spicy notes from the yeast, citrus, orange zest, wheat, and a little hop presence. Mouthfeel is good. Good carbonation, a light-medium body, and goes down smooth. Sort of feels bubbly. Its a very drinkable beer. Goes down very easy and leaves you wanting another. Good thing I have a few more. Cheers.

Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my favorite beer drinking glass -

best by date was 17/05/11 ?or 02217:4235

Poured a light cloudy gold - Two finger head with lots of carbonation hardly any lace -

Smell was real light - Wheat and mild malts .

Taste was pleasant light coriander hints, slight hues of orange peels, barley malts - A very tasty brew -

It would be real easy to pound a six'r of these -

extremely drinkable -

Photo of sommersb
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass. Best before date was listed as 10-06-11.

Appearance was a light straw cloudy/unfiltered beer, with lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. The head was 3-4 fingers and white.

Smell was of various spices and a low level of hops. The coriander spice was the most prevalent as a lemon-citrus aroma.

The taste was crisp and a bit tart, with coriander and orange spices coming through. Very low to no bitterness present. Mouthfeel was smooth and lightly carbonated. It left very little aftertaste. Very refreshing

Overall, a solid beer and a pleasure to drink.

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

Poured a pale, hazy gold into a tulip with two fingers of fluffy, bright white head that slowly receded to a thin film. Mild aroma of lemon citrus and grass with a slow-emerging orange zest sweetness.

Moderately high carbonation and a light, dry mouthfeel. Very clean taste with lemon and creamy wheat followed by a lingering and slightly bitter finish with a hint of peppery yeast.

No bold flavors here; subtle, balanced, and very refreshing.

Photo of beerprovedwright
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this pale yellow, cloudy, and very active beer in my glass, and it produced the biggest head of any beer in my recollection. The head was better than three fingers of a very rich foam. I has taken about five minutes and there is still head. The beer color is a 3 on the SRM chart. Smells like lemon, wheat, and yeast. Tastes more like potatoes with garlic, lemon, pepper, and wet wheat. About a mouthful of mouthfeel. Heavy body, almost can chew it. Very different flavor, it grows on your taste buds. Will have to keep a look out for this on the beer menu.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bottle into a Belgium "satan" glass. It almost looked white during the pour, but then as it settled down it became a light yellow color but still not transparent. An inch and a half head of bigger foam bubbles formed. After a couple minutes the head broke down to just some lace around the edge.

S - It smells like a toned down wiezenbier. Ripe banana, peach and a hint of lemon. Very noticeable but by no means overpowering.

T - Tastes almost like it smells. But there is a sparkling water taste, which does not really have a taste to it.

M - Carbonation, crisp, light and refreshing.

D - A nice drink for the hot days. Subtle flavors. It is not a personal favorite of mine, but it is supposedly the "original Belgian Witbier". How can you not like the original?

Photo of velosuds
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received an 18-pack Best of Belgium Beers as a Boss' Day gift. Included this, Stella Artois, and Leffe. Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Best before 12/07/11.

A-Pours a hazy pale yellow with a two finger creamy white head with good retention and lacing.

S-Aroma is spicy, citrusy like orange peel, and tangy from the wheat.

T-Caramel notes and some citric hoppiness. Spice is like anise and cloves.

M-Smooth and nicely carbonated. Refreshingly crisp and clean.

D-A good but not great "wheat" beer. Glad to have tried, but not something I will purchase in future.

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

Unimpressed with this offering on tap, I thought I'd give it a shot in the bottle after noting a huge difference in Shock Top. Poured into a ping glass from a 330 ml. bottle, Hoegaarden shows a hazy lemon pour, almost white in color. Half an inch of foam offers moderate retention.

Aroma is a major step up from the draft version and offers notes of lemony orange, yeast, and mixed spices along with a touch of sweetness. Touch of sourness after some exposure.

Flavor improves as well yet seems somewhat artificial. More orange than lemon, slightly sweet and viscous for the style. A good carbonation supports the feel reasonably well. A bit of a spin brings back a cap of foam and a myriad of smells. Finish is short with a bit of lemon bread. Decent drinkability though nothing special and the spices seem a bit overdone. These delicate beers seem best from the bottle indeed.

Photo of Dave128
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I decided to try this beer on tap at a local pizza pub since it was the daily pint special. I didn't know anything about what it was when I ordered. At first I thought I was given the wrong thing when I saw this cloudy fruity-lookin drink with a lemon wedge on the glass. I was far away from the bar in the pub and it was a busy night so the head was mostly faded by the time I received it.

A - Cloudy whitish yellow. It kinda looked like a nice glass of hazy lemonade. About a half a finger of white head when I received it which reduced to a lasting thin cover. Lacing was moderate but I wasn't really paying attention due to the next factor.

S - This is what really threw me off on this one. I LOVED the smell of this beer. Heavy coriander aroma with some pepper and citrus.

T - Its quite what I expected it to taste like given the smell. Pretty sweet from the citrus but the majority of the flavor and aftertaste comes from the spices. A unique experience in my beer-tasting thus far. I squeezed a few lemon drops in for the last few sips but made that pretty much made it more of a hard lemonade XD

M - The mouthfeel was kinda sticky and sweet but carbonation was about right enough to make it a wonderful thirst quencher.

D - The flavors in this beer are not such that I'd want to drink multiples at a time. The spices and citrus are strong and a little overbearing on the palate. But I'm sure this would be a great "by the pool" refreshment on a hot summer day!

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

Tap to .33L hoegaarden octogon glass. 2 inch white head, cloudy pale yellow.

Smells of orange zest, coriander, some malt sweetness.

You Taste orange zest, mildly creamy malt sweetness, coriander, a bit of a bitter background. alcohol very, very mild.

Mouthfeel is med-lite, medium carbonation, mild smoothness from malts.

Easy drinking Wheat ale that would go down well on any warm summer day!

Photo of Thorpe429
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very cloudy yellow color with a nice white head and quite a bit of lacing. Nose brings forward some citrus and a bit of wheat. The taste is orange, citrus, slight spice, wheat, and a bit of grain. Definitely a fairly light mouthfeel with a bit of creaminess. Drinks fairly well, although not super flavorful.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy golden yellow with a thick white head and superb lacing. Smells of coriander, oranges, grapefruit, pepper and wheat. Tastes of coriander, orange peel, pepper, wheat, malts and tasty hops. Mouthfeel is medium with a nice carbonation. Drinkability is very good. The beer is an excellent selection.

Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
86 out of 100 based on 4,323 ratings.