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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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4,116 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,116
Reviews: 1,634
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 70
Gots: 370 | 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 buschbeer
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured into a pint glass to two inches of white head. It is a hazy, pale yellow. It has a spicy citrus smell. I also get a grass smell. It tastes spicy with some yeast mixed in there. I get some citrus and maybe some banana. It is crisp and refreshing after a long day of work. I will have a few, but this one will not make it into my regular rotation.

buschbeer, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of TLove
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

(From Notes)

On tap in CT.

This is a go-to, often available witbier that is both supremely drinkable and a refreshing summer beer.

Pale yellow, with cloudy body and white head with a touch of creaminess. Some wheat and citrus in the smell and the taste envelops some spice and orange peel with a well-balanced yeastiness and decent carbonation. Light to medium body and very soft, balanced finish that really goes down well. Absolutely going for another.

TLove, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of laituegonflable
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours surprisingly fizzy, comes out very sparkling from the bottle, like a vaseline model's teeth. Champagne-coloured with a pleasant dusty haze through it, minimal but steady bead, but the notable exception here is the head. None. Very little lacing as well, quite a letdown for the Belgian team. Thank God for the cloud.

Nose is tangy, with a lot of citrus and a strong phenolic alcohol character, almost Cointreau-esque, really. Odd saltiness as well lingers at the back as well as a candy sweetness. Light herbal notes pepper the back, very grassy and coriander-blessed. Pleasant nose, seems different every time I sniff.

Taste is very citrusy, a lot of orange, mandarin and cumquat flavours, blending with a fresh organic funk and notes of a light herbal character - pleasant coriander with a slight capsicum touch to it. Taste is predominantly fruity, with the tart citrus notes dominating the front and more phenolic, juicy notes on the back. Does verge on too sweet. Light phenolic lick as it goes down, probably from the yeast - quite cagey and pleasant.

Mouthfeel is quite hot, as in spicy on the tongue, but with a nick slick body behind it.

I've always considered this the master of the wit, but it feels someone subdued, like I've been exposed to wild, untamed examples and this here seems too polite and mild. I can't mark it down though because it's well balanced and unpretentious, and very drinkable.

laituegonflable, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of Lolli1315
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- The yellow that is familiar with some witbiers. Moderate head with some lacing. Pretty average.

S- Smell of wheat and malts along with a sweet smell and citrus.

T- The citrus comes through the most. The taste almost reminds me of a hefe, but not quite there.

M- Light with carbonation.

D- Easy to get through this beer while still enjoying it. Seems like a good beer for someone who is just starting to explore different beers.

Lolli1315, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of morebeergood
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Emmet's Pub near Park Street. Served in a Hoegaarden 0.33l octagon glass. Love that shape. Quick white head that disappears immediately. Opaque yellow color. Thin and a bit watery looking. Smell was a bit citrus like, with a floral hint. Taste is quintessential witbier. Fruity and spicy, orange peel and coriander all layered on top of each other. Low in abv and one of the most smooth beers you'll ever have. I know that it's one of those Belgians that is so widespread that it's almost too well know, but I think that this beer is the pinnacle of the style. When served in the right glass and from a fresh tap, you just can't beat it. It's a classic.

morebeergood, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of MisterClean
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A homebrewer shared his bottle with me.

A - Poured a very clear straw yellow with 1 finger of white head. Dissipated immediately and left little lacing. Isn't a witbier supposed to be hazy!!??

S - Lots of belgian funk, notes of citrus, and some cinnamon.

T - Lots of belgian funk, notes of citrus, bittering hops which I presume are styrians and some cinnamon.

M - Moderate in body, well-balanced, and a tangy, slightly cloying sweet.

D - A well built, great drink. Though it could benefit from tweaks to the appearance.

MisterClean, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of Flightoficarus
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type - 330 ml bottle

Appearance - Cloudy, hazy, almost white/orange color. Pretty expected of this style.

Smell - Faint orange and coriander, wheat.

Taste - A great balance of orange peel, coriander, and yeast. Flavorful and refreshing.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth, nothing offensive whatsoever.

Drinkability - Goes down quite easily, yet still has plenty of flavor.

Overall, a fantastic beer by any standard. Great anytime, but especially on a nice summer day. Fans of this style who haven't given this one a try yet should do so!

Flightoficarus, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of isjohnder
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

it looks like a cloudy lemonade or cloudy apple juice. not much head no lacing.

it smells like coriander, slight lemon citrusy wheaty. i like to say it smells a but veggie but people say you cant use that word.

flavour wheat, coriander, citrus turns slightly bitter. it tastes quite yeasty.

carbonation is present in small bubbles.

isjohnder, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of goblue3509
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy bright yellow color with a nice one finger head to it. The smell is very weak and faint and smells of wheat grains. The taste is of wheat with hints of citrus, however, not just your standard artificial taste that sometimes plaques the class. The taste is smooth and natural. The mouthfeel is slight carbonation and is creamy. Overall it is a very drinkable beer, very smooth and it doesn't give off an artificial over the top taste like other wits.

goblue3509, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of treehugger02010
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Flip and Bailey's in Rosemont, PA. It came in a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a cloudy neon yellow color. The head is bright white, 2 fingers tall, poor retention, poor lacing, small bubbles.
Smell: The aromas are completely absent. There are hints of wheat.
Taste: The flavors are wheat, a bit of citrus and some spice.
Mouthfeel: The body is thin to medium bodied and crisp.
Drinkabily: This beer isn't awesome but it hits the spot.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of jjayjaye
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy lemonade color with a shallow foamy white head that fades fairly quicky leaving spotty patterns of Belgian lacing. The smell is earthy with a spicy note of corriander. Nicely carbonated, the mouth feel is light bodied and refreshing. Full flavored, the taste of earthy yeast dominates and is complimented nicely by the notes of corriander. A fine drinker by any standards.

jjayjaye, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of crnipeter
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

330 ml into Duvel tulip.

Cloudy pale golden underlying up to an inch thick white head with good retention.

Wheat bread and yeast with addition of coriander.

Label with ingredients listed says it all. Flavors of wheat bread and yeast with coriander and touch of sweet citrus. A very mild brew.

Well carbonated yet smooth, not really thin but very light one, almost watery with corresponding drinkability. Great summer companion.

crnipeter, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of jdg204
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out on the town in Easton at the River Grille and they had this classic on hand. This was one of gateway beers that got me into great beer so I was excited to finally review.

A: Cloudy pale yellow color with a frothy marshmallow head; some lacing

S: Wheat and lemon with a touch of coriander and banana

T: Wheat flavor starts with various citrus esters and spices filling in the gaps and a tart finish.

M: Very light bodied with plenty of carbonation

D: A very refershing summer brew, though I probably should've tossed the lemon slice that came along with it. This is a great wheat brew that is pretty widely distributed, a fantastic safety brew. The makers deserve props for making such a good beer so widely available, it has it's place in the beer world and it does a great job!

jdg204, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of argock
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass at Mellow Mushroom (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Glowing, hazy lemon yellow with thin white cap of head which leaves nice trails of lace.

S: Straight orange peel, lemon, coriander, and some wheaty tanginess.

T: The wheatiness of this brew is bolder than most in the style, almost to the point that it could qualify as a hefe-wit. I like the tanginess as it glides together cohesively with the lemon zest and orange peel flavors which coexist cleanly and distinctly. The coriander note is also more prominent than many other highly-regarded wits (see Allagash White, Southamptom Double White), but I like the more heavy-handed flavoring in this brew. Clean aftertaste of citrus and coriander. More wheaty but still possesses the ethereal, estery quality of a good witbier.

M: The feel is exceedingly crisp and body is firm medium. Carbonation is right on par, right in the middle, and the sum is very quenching.

D: A really, really good witbier that brings more flavor to the table, mainly in the vein of wheaty tanginess, which seems to not do as well with BAs. I really like it, but I'm not a huge wit fan and tend to like hefes more. That being said, I think this is underrated here, but maybe the bottle suffers for the trip over. I enjoyed this a lot and will go back again over the summer.

argock, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of tj4288
4.88/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured from 12oz into tulip glass

this beer is a VERY flavorful VERY interesting belgian wit. typical cloudy apperance but the color is beautiful, almost a peach/ apricot color. nice head cap that hangs around till the end. random spotty lacing. smells of lemon/ grapefruit with belgian strain yeast on the tail end. all together very fresh and clean. taste is also slightly citrus, and mostly yeast. body is med with lots of crisp shap carbonation. refreshing. thirst quenching. this is an amazing beer at a great price. if you see it BUY IT. it will not let you down. drinkablity is impressive, i opened a second bottle while reviewing.


tj4288, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of jgasparine
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy yellow, with a nice thick head

S- Yeast is the most prominent feature to the nose. If I concentrate, I can pick-up some lemon and coriander notes.

T- A sweet yeasty concoction lasted with notes of bubblegum, orange, and corriander.

M- Light body, and highly carbonated.

D- Nice refreshing beer, ideal for summertime. I don't really get the sliced fruit thing.

jgasparine, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of hosehead83
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams "bubble" glass
Big rocky head that hangs out for a while-Color of cloudy lemonade
Aroma-Subtle coriander and wheat
Taste-Wheat, subtle lemon citrus
Overall, very refreshing and drinkable(dare I say "gulpable") Certainly sessionable at 4.9ABV
An excellent hot weather beer

hosehead83, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of BeerSingh
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Definitely one of my favourites and definitely a beer to start off when you're moving from macros to styled or craft beers.
Pours with a thin head into the chunky Hoegaarden glass that dissipates as you chug along. Looks resplendent with condensation and cloudy pale when you hold the glass against light. Smells of hot spices like clove, tastes like what it smells like, spicy with citrus undertones. Mouthfeeel is chunky, specially when you warm it up while twirling in your mouth. Carbonation is optimum. Drinkable throughout the year. The beer needs to be savoured - drink slowly and let it warm up in your hands.

BeerSingh, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of malmquna
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
85 out of 100 based on 4,116 ratings.