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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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4,256 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,256
Reviews: 1,646
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 77
Gots: 433 | FT: 1
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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 bsp77
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit Scandia Witbier glass (RIP Scandia)

Appearance: Very pale cloudy yellow with nice stark white head and bubbly legs that rise and fall.

Smell: Orange peel, coriander, banana and cloves are all in full force. Wheat malt aroma is minimal.

Taste: Mostly orange peel and slightly sour wheat malt. There is just a touch of coriander before it turns more clove-like on the finish. While well made, a little more bland than other Witbiers I have had.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium body, dry tart finish.

Drinkability: Extremely refreshing Witbier that defines the style for me. Very balanced overall, which means that it has no aberrations, but also means that it does not quite reach the heights of which the style is capable. Once again, RIP Summit Scandia.

Considering the large distribution of this beer, this should be the Witbier that mainstream drinkers choose, not the sub-standard Blue Moon.

bsp77, May 16, 2010
Photo of chaz01
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft pint glass served in Hoegaarden glassware.

A: Cloudy yellow with a thin creamy head that sticks around a bit.

S: Lemony wheat, grass and hay aromas

T: Citrus lemon flavors with some spices -- coriander, pepper, cloves.

M: Crisp, clean light bodied, good carbonation, dry lemon yeasty finish.

D: Easy to drink, good summer session beer, although it wasn't as good as I remembered. Pair well with a lite summer dish on the patio.

chaz01, May 13, 2010
Photo of claminat420
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

says best before 01/01/2011 on bottle

A- looks like a homemade lemonade. thick white head with medium lacing.

S- has that belgian clove scent but not overpowering.

T- has a very light spice taste which is good. clove is undetectable. i wish the wheat and malt had more to do with this. just alil watery.

M- light bodied. nice carbonation.

D- can work a 6 pack no prob.

Overall- i'm not usually a belgian fan but this one isn't to shabby. i reviewed the beer as is but i find it alot better with squeezing some orange in it.

claminat420, May 13, 2010
Photo of CHickman
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw yellow color with sediment floating in it and a foamy 2 finger snow white head that lasts a while; decent lacing that sticks to the glass, with carbonation that sends bubbles racing up like champagne.

Smells of yeast, lemon, clove, light malt, grains and a slight funky penny like odor. The lemon and yeast stand out on the nose.

Tastes of yeast, lemon, grass, light clove, light malt, pepper, coriander, grains, faint citrus hops, orange peel, light spices and a slight funky metallic taste; this beer is good even though there is a little metallic taste.

It's light, very refreshing and leaves a dry finish with a slight pucker. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with very little carbonation and light body that gives a crisp feel while drinking it.

Malt comes out more as it warms and this is a highly drinkable beer that is an ideal summer beer. First had this beer in London back in 1999 and have enjoyed it ever since.

CHickman, May 13, 2010
Photo of EnVinoVeritas
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Unfiltered, so it shows a light yellow haze. One finger white head, light lacing, and good carbonation.

S- Wheat notes and strong orange/citrus and coriander but nothing overwhelming.

T- Noticeable coriander spice, but not overwhelming, with light wheat malt flavor profile. Nice fruit - orange with hints of lemon.

M- Medium carbonation, light and bubbly. Light-medium mouthfeel.

D- My favorite white ale and my favorite wheat beer. I can drink these all day long :) I would rather drink this than eat breakfast.

EnVinoVeritas, May 13, 2010
Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a cloudy light-yellow w/slightly milky haze, giving it a bit of a creamy look. One-finger white creamy head, repsectable retention and bits of lacing.

S-Soft and slightly sweet wheat profile, citrus, coriander, white pepper.

T-Spicy wheat w/light malt, very fruity w/hints of citrus and lemon, slightly dry and spicy finish w/a hint of lemon.

M-Light-bodied w/lively carbonation and good mouthfeel. Balanced and harmonious.

D-A great witbier and probably my favorite of the big ones.

BoitSansSoif, May 12, 2010
Photo of Shrews629
2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very cloudy pear, pineapple juice color. Very bright white 1 1/2 finger head that dissipates quickly to leave a thin ring.

Smell - Citrus, sweet, fruity with a slight wheat and lemon hint.

Taste - Not as strong a flavor as I was expecting. Very sweet and fruity, but almost tastes like a flat lemonade.

Mouthfeel - Thin/medium mouthfeel that was kind of watery but smooth.

Drinkability - Very easy to drink. More of a summer beer of course. This beer definitely not horrible, but just not my first choice when choosing a wheat beer.

Shrews629, May 11, 2010
Photo of tjsdomer2
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very unique milky white color. Good, thick carbonation with a good amount of head retention. Not much lacing.

Smell: Some lemon and especially pepper. Good hoppiness to it as well. Very very good.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, dry. Nice peppery bite as well as smooth creamy texture. Great combination.

Drinkability: Kind of heavy, but very drinkable.

Overall: Delicious beer. Nothing to complain about.

tjsdomer2, May 09, 2010
Photo of lamergod
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into a Hobgoblin pint glass.

Poured by pouring down to 1/3 of the bottle and swirl while pouring to make the head.

App: Very nice colour and head. A 4 finger fluffy head and a lemon yellow translucent body. Probably one of the best beer I've ever seen. Still second to Duvel. There is lacing but it doesn't stick long

Smell: A very strong lemon smell upfront with some citrus hops. Followed by a strong smell of cinnamon which was utterly pleasent. There was a weak but prominent smell of bubblegums and some cloves

Taste: Was disapointed with the taste as I was expecting a lot based on the experience of the smell. There was a strong taste of lemon and cinnamon. A slight hint of cloves but bubblegum taste was not present

Mouthfeel: Very nice. Lightly carbonated. Balance was pretty much bang on. A great beer for a hot day of 35 degree celcius. But not so nice when you are left with a few sips when it's warm. It is utter rubbish when it is warm

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Nicely carbonated a very light body. Would make a pretty good session beer.

lamergod, May 08, 2010
Photo of NA1NSXR
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Nice and white with a lot of carbonation with a medium size fluffy head.

Smell - Nice and citrusy, with some spice and grass in there.

Taste - Nice citrus flavor with light spice on it. I'd prefer a touch more sweetness and a more wheat-specific malt finish. For those who have had the Allagash White, it tastes like that except with less flavor. Its a little drier, grassier, and less complex but the overall character is similar, which means its still good.

Mouthfeel - Slightly sparkly but crisp which is fitting. Its a bit more watery than what I'd prefer.

Drinkability - This beer is very drinkable, and still better than most whites I've had even though I have a few issues with it.

NA1NSXR, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of waltaburge
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love Hoegaarden. This is truly a great beer. Way better than most wheat beers. There is a depth to the flavor like a good bottle of wine has. There are traces of cinnamon, orange peel, and white chocolate almost. Speaking of which, I have tried this beer with a slice of orange or lemon in it, which seems to bring out the sweet citrus taste in the beer even more. In a bottle, poured into a Hoegaarden hexagonal glass, produces a beautiful head, and on tap is even better, although very difficult to locate a place in Australia that has it on tap. Try it with a slice of lemon or orange. Beautiful!

waltaburge, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of baos
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at Shallo's

A: Nice transluccent straw color with white stirred in. Atop this a nice one finger head with good lacing.

S: Lemon grass spiciness. Clove-like and a bit of bubblegum.

T: Wheaty and bubble gum with a bit of an almost green pepper spice.

M: Medium light feel, works well with this brew,

D: A very drinkable, refreshing beer.

baos, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of Colleen219
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This isn't a bad beer but I think I expected more because its so popular. It tasted more like a lager than any of the other Belgian Whites that I've tried. Its still a good choice on a hot summer day but honestly I'd rather drink a Goose Island Matilda or a Blue Moon White Ale.

Colleen219, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of vazy
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- an extremely white yellow cloudy color is poured. Reminds me of white cranberry juice. Spects of what seems to be orange peel sit on the head.

S- it is filled with spicy tones. Orange peel or even grapefruit notes are very present. Coriander is the most predominant spice with some wheat and malty undertones.

T- Its soft and malty with some spiciness coming from the orange peel and coriander. A somewhat lemony bite at the end of a sip makes me wanting more.

M- Its not very thick but easy to drink

O- Its enjoyable and crafty. Everything from the color to the spects of orange peel that lace the head make me want to like this beer. It might take time to warm up to this beer, but its somehow intriguing and makes you want to grab another.

vazy, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of phiberoptik
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite beers for summer or just for light drinking. If its hot out and this is on tap, it will be in my hand as fast as they can pour it.

It pours a cloudy pale yellow, much like a real lemonade. Very little orange in it, nothing like Blue Moon.

It smells wonderful, kind of like a lemon scented candle or something but with a little spice to it.

Served with a lemon which always enhances the citrusy notes that come with this beer. Had it without lemon as well and still tastes like it has lemon in it. I dont get the orange peel that others do. Lemon and orange definitely have different characters and I catch the lemon. I agree with the corriander and wheat malts that come with this unfiltered beer.

This beer is very light, clean, and easy to drink. Not much carbonation, so it doesnt fill you up. Be careful as its easy to drink this like lemonade, rather than beer.

phiberoptik, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of popery
2.88/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle, home. Extremely ho-hum. The beer pours a pale shade of yellow with a tinge of orange. The head is large and pillowy, though it dissipates a bit quickly. The aroma is muted with a sour grain off note, citric acidity, light wheat spice and some spicing. The flavor is quite boring. It's a bit too acidic and the grain doesn't have a good flavor. Some grassiness and spice. There's just not a ton going on. Mouthfeel is fine. Not bad but not something that I'd care to order again.

popery, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of jovy1097
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Medium pure white head that dissipated after a couple of minutes. Opaque liquid the color of pear juice.

S: Citrus zest and wheat malts. Spicy smell with coriander edges. I love the smell of nearly all witbiers.

T: Nicely sweet, wheat malt with spices in the background. Not as citrussy as I thought it would be and that's good. No bitterness at all, though it is a tad tangy. Leaves a fruity taste in the mouth.

M: Fairly creamy with a bite of carbonation. Just right.

D: Much better than I expected from such a popular and mainstream brew. Really a nice beer for the price. Very refreshing. This is an all around good beer for the price. I think it easily beats out Blue Moon.

jovy1097, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of philphilphil
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very noice. i'm not generally a fan of ales but this one along with leffe blonde are very good. Poured into 330 ml glass.

A - cloudy colour, light head with good retention.
S - corriander and orange peel, what youd expect.
T - same as the smell, alot going on but lightly, would be too much if it wasnt lightly.
M - lighter end of good carbonation.
D - medium to high. Goood flavour, not as good as leffe but still good. Price tag is a little restrictive to drinkabilty.

philphilphil, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of jester27lax
4.9/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is and has been my favorite Belgian White for many years and now that it's available almost everywhere and still has the same great smell and taste, I'll always keep a 12er in the beer fridge. I have the original Hoegaarden glasses and this beer looks great in them. Great aroma and taste to match. It's a shame that Bud bought the company, but as long as they don't change the original recipe, I can live with it. There is a small amount of white head after the pour that only adds to the deliciousness of the beer.

jester27lax, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of scott451
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poued according to the instructions on the bottle, into a 35cl IKEA Pokal glass (almost the same as a genuine Hoegaarden one). A white two finger head which rapidly dissapears into a thin layer. Cloudy pale yellow. Minor lacing. Smells of citrus and spice. Tast is similar. Very drinklable and very good on a hot day. A weak imitation of the on tap version, but still worthy.

scott451, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of dogfishandi
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours a whiteish yellow color, very cloudy, creamy looking big white head. lots of bubbles rushing to the top. good retention and a little lacing.

lots of lemony citrus in the aroma. some spice, some wheat, and some belgian yeast, bubblegum.

lots going on for a such a simple style of beer. very refreshing and crisp clean mouthfeel. a crisp citrus lemon flavor attacks the palate. some orange peel, spices, mild wheat flavors. finishs with a very soft kind of belgian yeast flavor, no way could the yeast profile be offensive to any kind of beer drinker. some bubblegum, phenolics and maybe some light flouride flavors from the yeast.

light body, a little high carbonation, but appropriate for the style.

drinkability is so great. good anytime of year, but exspecially good on those hot summer days. this beer is a staple for me, i really love it for partys and weekend boozing, you can really pound these and still have a flavorfull good beer on your hands and not be wasted off of only a couple. if you want to get into belgians, but dont know where to start, this would be a great place.

dogfishandi, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of tubacharlie
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Subtle, fresh lemon aroma with a hint of spice.

Well formed, bright white two-finger head when poured according to bottle instructions (pour 2/3, swirl bottle, pour rest to form head). A light straw-colored brew emerges, enveloped in a whitish cloud, with good head retention but little lacing.

Smooth, orange-lemon citrus tea flavor with yeasty, French bread overtones and piquant spice in the back of the palate after the fizzy carbonation subsides. Solid wheat presence.

Not too intense at all considering the coriander and orange peel, but refreshing and tasty -- a perennial summer favorite with BBQ chicken and melons.

tubacharlie, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of GRPunk
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (best by 16/01/11 which seems a little long shelf life for the style) poured into a Hoegaarden Hexagonal glass. My wife loves this beer which is part of the reason I actually have the glass. I actually have a greater appreciation for the vessel. It has a nice heft and bulky shape.

A- A pour, swirl, and dump makes for a 1-1/2 finger, white head atop a cloudy, yellow body. There's moderate to heavy carbonation. The head falls to about a 1/2 finger before settling to thin, foamy film. There are awesome sticky spots and rings left on the glass.

S- Right away you get hit with the orange and corriander. It has plenty of the wheaty and yeasty characteristics that make for a pleasant, musty aroma. I'd call it a really "soft" scent, overall.

T- A great representation of the style. There's that wheaty/yeasty flavor that's quite refreshing. The spice gives a gentle jab throughout as the orange really comes through in the finish.

M- The moderate carbonation creates a slightly foamy feel. There's that chewy characteristic I expect from an unfiltered brew.

D- I haven't had one of these in a while. After finishing my first, I'm very tempted to crack another (and just might). It's a great warm/hot weather thirst quencher and works well as a morning/afternoon/session beer.

I consider this a benchmark for style. It's so hard to rate a beer that really defines the style (like Duvel's done for the Belgian Strong Pale). Are there things I might tweak? Sure. But what other beer jumps out at you when somebody says Witbeer?

GRPunk, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of rye726
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a white head. Nice lacing and retention.

Nose has wheat malts, citrus fruits and honey.

Taste has light wheaty malts and citrus.

Light body is crisp and refreshing. Well carbonated.

Decent wit, nothing special, but a nice classic example of the style. Easy to get and easy to drink, but there are so many better options for the price.

rye726, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of zoso493
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale yellow color that is just a little bit too pale for me, but still has the right gist. Atop the beer, is a two-finger head that's all foam and which dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing as it goes.

Smell: Wheat is the predominant smell in this one, with some clove and just a touch of banana to be found behind all the weisse scents. There is a touch of graininess and I think the scent could do with a little more.

Taste: This a good tasting beer and bears a strong resemblance to a hefeweizen. It's not going to blow you away with flavor, but it's nicely put together with some nice weisse flavors, clove and banana.

Mouthfeel: I know the style calls for a lighter body but the mouthfeel is maybe just a touch too thin for me. It's still highly carbonated, though, and it goes down pretty smoothly.

Drinkability: This is a very nicely drinkable and pretty refreshing beer. It's very low in ABV and would make a nice beer to drink on a hot summer's day.

Overall, this is a good example of the style, but It may be just a little too laid back, but it's still a nice beer that is definitely worth a try.

zoso493, Mar 26, 2010
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
86 out of 100 based on 4,256 ratings.