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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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3,800 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,800
Reviews: 1,617
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 59
Gots: 225 | 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 Hatch


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

12oz brown bottle with pry-off cap. Freshness date located on label.

Pours a cloudy, very pale yellow. Hazy from the unfiltered yeast. Forms a fluffy, off-white head, decent retention. Not much lace going on here, but it's appropriate.

Smells of light sweet spice, some sourness from the yeast, and sometimes you can pick up some hints of banana. Not very aromatic, but for what you can detect, it smells good.

Notes of sweet and sour in the taste. The sourness coming from the yeast, but it's not "sour" in terms you normally think. Taste of mild spiciness, some hints of lemon zest and banana. Light citrusy hop taste, with some faint bitterness coming through in the end.

This brew is mild and easy to drink, as are most witbiers. Mouthfeel isn't thin, as some people might suspect, but isn't thick; it falls somewhere in the middle, and is somewhat chewy. Good amount of carbonation; would call it crisp but not a sharp crisp.

Notes: A great witbier that's easy to drink, and pretty delicious if you enjoy the style. The only drawback is that it cost a little more than it should. I also hear that if you drink it in Belgium that it has more of a flavor kick that in does here. I guess it loses a little something on the plane ride over here. Nonetheless it's an enjoyable witbier.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 09:35:36 | More by Hatch
Photo of CortexBomb


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

Hoegaarden pours out murky yellow, opaque, not a lot of head, but some. The smell is lightly wheaty with a skosh of banana, not a lot going on.

The taste is a simple, smooth yet enjoyable wheaty malted tone with hints of lemon and some spiciness. This is not aggressive by any stretch of the imagination, but it is a nice, pleasant Belgian white.

The mouthfeel on this, modestly good. Some fullness, some tingles, but not a lot. The drinkability is also a shade above average, a smooth beer, but a bit more expensive because it's imported.

The bottom line: I have Hoegaarden on occasion because bars which are slightly upscale tend to carry it. It's not one of my favourites in the style, and it won't shock you in any way, but it's a perfectly tasty, and serviceable example of its style. Just be sure that you get the lemon out of the beer ASAP if it's served that way.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2008 00:12:26 | More by CortexBomb
Photo of stimy


4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this at a "The Belgian Beer Diaspora" beer tasting hosted by the late Michael Jackson at the National Geographic. The tasting involved pairing a number of Belgian beer styles with a Belgian and American interpretation of the style.

These are my tasting notes:
White color. Nice spicy flavor. The spiciness fades as you drink leaving a crisp wheat flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 18:22:48 | More by stimy
Photo of Dodo2step


4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I purchased this beer from Market Cross Pub in Carlisle, PA.

This is one of my favorite beers that i enjoy drinking. The appearance was a little cloudy but that taste ever so makes up for it.

Smell was very wheaty and when i first had one of these beers i knew i was going to enjoy it.

I prefer to have this beer on tap because it makes it that much better and drinkable but a case is also nice. A good price as well.

It feels like an explosion of wheat and malted barley once inside ones mouth.

Did i mention that i love this beer?

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 21:32:45 | More by Dodo2step
Photo of therica


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

I've already reviewed this on-tap from Belgium. This is bottled, purchased at Wooden Keg in Hagerstown Maryland USA.

Better than my experience with the on-tap, oddly.

A= pale-lemonade, nice modest head, stays around for a while, some lacing.

S= bubblegum banana, refreshing whiff with a little grandma-perfume in there

T= much like the scent but more enjoyable. Compared to the on-tap that I had in Belgium, this is much more enjoyable, and less carbonated (which may be the hidden key, here since some on-tap places over-carbonate). Less lemon-esque than the on-tap, however (unless the Belgian placw was adding a touch of lemon).

M= nice, not bad, a little slight dryness

D= probably very drinkable if it hits your fancy at the moment-- very popular in Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 02:44:35 | More by therica
Photo of mltobin


4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at a airport bar.
A - A inviting honey color with a medium sized head.

S - A light, floral aroma.

T - A little sweet, light, and easy, great example of a witbier, and awesome in the summer.

M- A refreshing beer that just leaves you the desire to order a couple more before catching the flight west.

D- Good, a very solid beer. Actually, the first beer that I ever had in a pitcher ( what a treat).

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2008 00:44:44 | More by mltobin
Photo of genog


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

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a copious amount of ultra white head. Smell is banana, yeasty, and some light fruity aromas, but mostly this one is about spice and clove dominates. Taste is crisp, and fresh with a limited amount of carbonation for this style. A good beer for the style, but overall it did not wow me.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 22:58:24 | More by genog
Photo of Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours straw hazy with a huge white head that lasts a while.

Smell: Citrusy smell. Yeasty/bready aroma as well

Taste: Spice dominates the flavor with some bread and yeast flavors. The yeast flavor combines well with the spices in this beer. Very to style, just not my favorite style in the beer. Tastes better than a hefe.

Mouthfeel: Nothing special here

Drinkability: Not a bad beer, but nothing special. Wouldn't buy it again as I'm not keen to the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 02:09:21 | More by Squelch
Photo of AlXalone


3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This classic wittbier has a broken yellow straw colour and the lovely fuzzy cloudy quality of an unfiltered ale. Head is medium high, thick and placid. Lacing covers entire surface and sticks to glass sides.

S: Distinct lemony fruitness with some yestiness and possibly leather.

T: A refreshing combination of yeast and lemon, sporting a nice thickish mouthfeel. Taste is not particularly strong, carbonation is medium and bitterness low. All together a straightforward tasting beer.

OA: A very drinkable non-offending beer that will serve as a great wittbeer for the masses. Refreshing as a summer breeze.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2008 03:40:13 | More by AlXalone
Photo of cswhitehorse


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

The Hoe pours a murky white yellowish color with no foam head and zero lacing. It has a born on date so that is nice.

It has a classic Belgian yeasty smell to me. The taste has a faint citrus to it and coriander in the finish of the drink. In the mouth it is crisp and clean and light. It is a very easy drinking beer and it has a well in the middle where the bubble rise from the bottom to the top to release their carbonation. Cool.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2008 03:32:40 | More by cswhitehorse
Photo of pirates

South Africa

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pretty good witbier and easy drinking.

A - Murky/milky organge/yellow. Poured a very weak head that didn't lace all that well, but overall appearance is good.

S - A bit bland but hints of citrus.

T - A very pleasant beer to savor, not overwhelming, nor does any attribute dominate. Very good balance.

M - Perfect carbonation with soft citrus tones.

D - In terms of drinkability this beer's a winner. Goes down extremely well.

Overall, an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 16:49:28 | More by pirates
Photo of dyingwrist

New York

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After poured into a glass, it developed a large foamy head that went down relatively quickly. It had a nice light smell of a fruit, I would say banana. It had a nice crisp, refreshing taste. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste. It reminded of sponge cake for some reason. The beer itself didn't feel too heavy nor too light. All of this made it surprisingly easy to drink. A great beer, that I would definitely pick up again.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2008 17:58:36 | More by dyingwrist
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I used to view this as the perfect Summer beer, but then I began to explore more beers, and its status has paled somewhat. I'm sure most people have tried hoegaarden because of its ready availability, but here are a few notes. Typical clouded gold wheat beer appearance in the ridiculously big glass. Large bubbly white head leaves some lacing. Aroma of spice (coriander) and lemon. Crisp grainy taste with citrus accents, packaged in a fairly light body with moderate carbonation. Refreshing, but far from spectacular.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2008 21:51:44 | More by bobsy
Photo of jenbys2001


3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good, but not my favorite beer. The color is a very pale yellow and was served with slices of lemon in it. A little too light for my tastes but very popular among my friends. It's quite nice and drinkable but I probably wouldn't buy it for myself.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2008 03:23:35 | More by jenbys2001
Photo of Slynger


3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hoegaarden pours a cloudy light white-lemon color with a fluffy milk white head. It smells of sweet lemon zest and vanilla along with some spicy yeast. It is light, creamy, and refreshingly carbonated as it goes down. The taste is lightly sweet vanilla and lemon. The wheat and yeast are also light, and it finishes with a bit of spice. Quite refreshing and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 05:20:51 | More by Slynger
Photo of SaintsFan


3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy banana yellow into a Chimay glass. Medium frothy head recedes to a ring around the glass, and there's a bit of lacing.

Smell is of banana, some spices, maybe a bit of lemon. Nice but unremarkable.

Fairly mild flavor wise -- it has some Belgian funky yeastiness, followed up by tart fruit and a tiny bit of hops. Alcohol is nearly completely hidden.

Mouthfeel is light, perhaps a tad too light. Has a spritzer-like quality to it. The lightness, and the mild flavors, make this highly drinkable.

All in all, a solid wit. This is a GREAT beer to suggest to those who are new to good beer, as it is a solid first step into what Belgian beer can be like.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2008 02:09:40 | More by SaintsFan
Photo of cbleary

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a 11.2oz bottle into a nonic glass.

The beer looks good with a pale, cloudy body and a wonderful dense snow white head. The smell is great, fresh wheat with a touch of orange zest. The taste is surprisingly mild mannered and easygoing with light carbonation. There is just a hint of coriander and orange on the finish that is really pleasurable. It's exceptionally easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 18:59:24 | More by cbleary
Photo of jneiswender


3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a brown 12oz bottle into a Belgian beer glass.

A--pale yellow (like an incandescent light bulb) color. Pure white, fluffy head. (definitely pour it with the yeast, you will get the best head {follow the instructions on the bottle}).

S--Clove smell, overall reminds me of a pastry shop

T--Nice clove in the front, then orange peel, then a black pepper like finish.

M--Light but wet

D--Very nice beer if you are in the mood. I might get tired of it. I don't find anything about it that makes me want to come back and have more of it. Maybe if I had it in Belgium it would be different (freshness of this would certainly matter and make these flavors more pronounced).

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 15:51:47 | More by jneiswender
Photo of DrainBamage


3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale slightly cloudy yellow color with a decent lace of head. Smell is all wheat and not much else. Taste is that of other wheat beers, lots of phenol flavor .mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and crisp with a slight dryness toward the end. I'm not a fan of wheat beers, because of the phenol flavors, but I tried to be impartial and so this beer comes out a tad above average for me. If I had to drink a wheat beer this would a decent choice.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2008 05:44:34 | More by DrainBamage
Photo of armock

New York

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

A - Poured a hazy golden color with a white head that leaves lacing

S - Is citrus with some hops backing it up

T - Mostly citrus flavor but not too much

M - Medium carbonation beer coats mouth

D - This is a very easy to drink beer I could easily drink this all night a true session beer

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2007 23:04:34 | More by armock
Photo of FireEmt37


3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Light golden color, fairly cloudy, nice head

S- Fruity with hits of citrus and banana

T- Fits the style, nice tastes of fruits with the banana taste coming through

M- Crisp, yet smooth with a nice amount of carbonation

D- Easliy could drink many of these

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 19:57:25 | More by FireEmt37
Photo of JamesS


2.85/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice light straw color, more pale than golden, with a great head but little lacing. Has a nice clean scent, hints of wheat and citrus. The flavor is overwhelmed by citrus, though. It's very light and refreshing, but tastes like a couple of orange peels were squeezed right into it before drinking. Goes down smooth. I'd drink another if bought for me, but I wouldn't get it on my own.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2007 03:36:13 | More by JamesS
Photo of dmk139

New York

4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The "mouthfeel" is what makes this beer for me. SO GOOD! my only beef with this beer is that it is grossly overpriced, but all for the better as i feel i must treat myself to it on special occasions. It is a very full bodied Witbier. Very tasty, but not too fruity. Smooth as silk. If the allure of gold could be transferred into a taste, it would be very similar to Hoegaarden, i am certain.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2007 16:05:49 | More by dmk139
Photo of DoubleJ


4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled again, this time on-draft at Dundee's. The lace sticks to the glass, and it remains good all around IMO, although not as good as I remembered when I reviewed the bottle about eight months ago. Still, I had a hard day and wanted to mellow out on a light fruity beer. At Dundee's, I thought it was cool to see it served in it's hexagonal glass.

Serving type: on-tap

12-26-2007 06:34:51 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

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

If you like witbiers, this is one for you. It has a nice, cloudy appearance and a decent and not overwhelming aroma. It has that orangey flavor typical of most witbiers. It's very refreshing and tasty. This isn't one of the most impressive beers ever brewed. but nonetheless worth your time.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 16:43:09 | More by avalon07
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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