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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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BA SCORE
85
very good

4,073 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 4,073
Reviews: 1,631
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 69
Gots: 351 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden visit their website
Belgium

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 malmquna
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

malmquna, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of rvdoorn
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

rvdoorn, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of DeepSix
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

DeepSix, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of smudgewhat
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%

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.

smudgewhat, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of MeisterBurger
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

MeisterBurger, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of berley31
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

berley31, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of PartyBear
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%

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.

PartyBear, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of ujsplace
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%

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...

ujsplace, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of jeffthecheff
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

jeffthecheff, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of secondtooth
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%

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.

secondtooth, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of solstarr
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

solstarr, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of mintjellie
3.98/5  rDev +5%

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.

mintjellie, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of sweemzander
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

sweemzander, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of lweaver18240
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

lweaver18240, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%

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.

jrallen34, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of BigBen61
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%

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.

BigBen61, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of gabe1989
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%

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.

gabe1989, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%

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

jeffjeff1, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of PsychoJedi
3.6/5  rDev -5%

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.

PsychoJedi, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of jsh420
2.35/5  rDev -38%

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

jsh420, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of gatornation
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%

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

gatornation, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of sophisticated
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

sophisticated, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of tone77
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%

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.

tone77, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%

Appearance: Poured a cloudy, lemonade yellow. A finger of white head developed and dissipated to a thin film and dense ring.

Smell: Much more aromatic than I was expecting. I was thinking it would be Blue Moon dull, but this is impressive. Pleasant yeast/wheat smell with invigorating lemon citrus. The banana is missing, which I always like in a wheat brew, but coriander adds spice.

Taste: Again, more than what I was expecting. The wheat is prominent, and the lemon citrus from the smell is replaced with a slightly tart orange. The coriander spice also comes through in the tail.

Drinkability: The drinkability is high. This is a decent wheat, though I prefer German style hefes.

TheQuietMan22, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%

How is it possible that I've been rating beer this long, but I've yet to rate this beer? I know Pierre Celis is some sort of beer luminary who revived the witbier style. But, now there's so much more to the story...Pierre Celis's Texas brewery sort of sucked, now that beer is brewed in Michigan (it still sort of sucks), Pierre is in his mid-80's, and now the witbier is a style that has been sort of over-done into an entry-level craft beer targeting light beer drinkers and a female palate by the likes of Blue Moon and Spotted Cow. So where does that leave Hoegaarden?

It's pretty good! Definitely not over-done, it is superlative in some pretty subtle ways. It isn't overly sweet like some American imitators, it is brightly yellow with a nice meringue head. Aroma and flavor is slightly sweet with a pleasing amount of Coriander and I dare say offer something that I think is wheatiness. Pretty good, but probably better a generation ago...the same way the first DIPA must've been revolutionary...now that every craft brewer has one, I'm a little less impressed.

BeerBelcher, Jun 20, 2009
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
85 out of 100 based on 4,073 ratings.