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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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4,070 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,070
Reviews: 1,631
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 69
Gots: 350 | 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 Shikitohno
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%

Hoegaarden was my first foray into Belgian white ales, and I rather like it. It's a wee bit light for my tastes, but still manages to be a flavourful drink. It pours out with a moderate head, most of which goes away fairly quickly. Some remains for most of the time you drink, however.

Upon sniffing it, there's definitely a note of citrus in the odour. There's also this vague scent I find somewhat characteristic of white ales. It has a sweet taste, with a hint of spice. Unfortunately, the citrus seems to be more prominent in the scent than the taste, as I notice it only very occasionally.

Hoegaarden is also a very light beer. It's not very filling, so it doesn't take much to knock a couple back, unless you've got some food around. Even though I haven't got one of the Hoegaarden glass, I must say that it's key to have some sort of glass, otherwise the sediment makes the last sip gross. Of course, I know someone who enjoys the taste, but it makes me cringe every time I forget about it and drink a bottle without thinking.

Shikitohno, May 06, 2009
Photo of ILikeGoodCider
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%

Enjoyed on 05.02.09 from a slim, euro-style 12oz bottle. Poured into a 14oz pint glass.

A: Cloudy, pale yellow. Very small lacing. Unfiltered

S: Fruity & spicy aroma. Pineapple?

T: Fruity, sweet bread before the spiciness steps up. Slightly sour taste at the end with a faint alcohol bite.

M: light, smooth and crisp. Dry and refreshing.

D: Similar to a German hefe except Hoegaarden is not as heavy. This beer's low %ABV and smoothness make it a wonderful summertime refresher. Very easy to slam.

ILikeGoodCider, May 03, 2009
Photo of Offa
4/5  rDev +5.5%

This is a good witbiers, but it's a style which I often find tiresome and this beer, too can get very tiresome.

Gold, slightly hazy, it has a medium white head that dissipates steadily to a thin, permanent foamy top.

The aroma is pleasant and interesting, among the better witbier aromas out there: wheat, grass, banana, hints of citrus zest, flowers, orange juice, and banana. It is stronger in the grain and wheat than many witbiers.

The taste is also good, dry but not overly dry, a bit fruity or perfumy without being overly so, very light citrus or banana qualities, with a hint of 7-up. The feel is a bit zesty and tingly. It's crisp as well.

Offa, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of nasty15108
3.98/5  rDev +5%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Hoegaarden glass.

A - Poured a cloudy/murky yellow color. The pour produced a thick head of creamy white foam.

S - Earthy and herbal, with hints of clove, banana and citrus.

T - More of the same. Slightly sour with a bitter lemony hop finish.

MF&D - Light and refreshing. A nice warm weather choice.

nasty15108, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of GrimGuzzler
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%

Poured out of a bottle into a properly cleaned pint glass.

A: Pours a not very attractive murky yellow (Keep in mind this is unfiltered) with a lovely, solid, white head which rapidly dissipates into a thin but ever present foam. Mild lacing.

S: Sweet citrus and pale wheat hit the nose first. Coriander, white wine, and apples make their way up after stirring the beer a bit and exciting the volatiles. Lastly a hint of alcohol wafts around the glass.

T: It has a yeasty unfiltered taste with zest and wheat first. This soon turns into a slightly spicey/herby taste (Brewed with coriander) with a sublte hop bitterness then ending with dry, tart, apples.

M: Effervescent, however not crisp. A gentle amount of carbonation, but I wouldn't mind more to keep the beer interesting.

Overall a well balanced beer, very drinkable, perfect to cool off but lacks body and intensity. However i suppose this is typical of the style. Certainly a beer I would buy again, but only if the weather called for it.

GrimGuzzler, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%

Pours cloudy pale yellow with a big fizzy white head.

Aroma is lemony, hint of coriander, zest yeast. Sharp and dry.

Flavor is citrus zest, crisp wheat body, and a spicy, somewhat bitter and balancing coriander on the finish. Yeast is somewhat understated for the style, and the mouthfeel is a bit watery at times. Refreshing and light, good beer.

JohnQVegas, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of juju7
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%

Far from the first time I've had this but it deserves a rave-up. Still one of the best wits going round. The balance is what I find other makers can't quite seem to match. The light fruity esters and that spicy nose don't luck out and fall away on the palate like many imitators. All componenets working together to make a smooth, very drinkable beer with plenty of flavour and loads of character. Yum.

juju7, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%

Can't believe I've never reviewed this, this was the first wit I ever had & had the pleasure of of having this in Brussels, ah the memories

Pours a semi-hazed straw with 2 fingers of foamy pearl colored head. Good head retention & above average lacing

S: Lemons & coriander, faint wheat tartness

T: White pepper, lemons, coriander & wheat tartness up front. Juicy fruit, grainyness & slight phenols as this warms. Finishes grainy with coriander, lemons, orange peel & juicy fruit, almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Light bodied, grainy with moderate carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, a little more drinkable on draft, a little more gassy, so some complexity is lost. A benchmark for the style when fresh/not stale. There are ones I like better, but would always recommend this one as your first wit

russpowell, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of rugerj
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%

Beer pours a pale yellow color with a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly, decent lacing in glass. Beer is cloudy and carbonation is good. Smell is of orange citrus with some peppery notes, beer is light in aroma. Taste is a good balance of bitter orange and coriander, nothing too sweet. Mouth feel is a bit light but still good for the style.

Overall a good beer and one that can easily be enjoyed, especially on a warm day.

rugerj, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of aschwab
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Have had it served on tap, in bottles, and bottles into glasses.

When pouring from bottle, comes out hazy, with good color. A slight head on top.

The aroma is what is to be expected from a Belgian Wit, slightly fruity smell but not overwhelming.

Tastes refreshing, a solid Belgian Wit. I prefer no extra citrus flavor is needed (no fruits added).

Goes down smoothly, carbonated well.

Easy drinkability.

aschwab, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of bonsreeb85
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%

pint glass from 12 oz. bottle

Pale yellow and cloudy color w/ lots of carbonation. I nice 1/2 inch head and this bad boy looked pretty damn inviting.

At first smell i get a lemon-peppery fragrance right in the sniffer. i also sense a bit of clove and banana?(similar to a hefe)

the first few swallows were not only refreshing, but filled with more of the lemon-peppery goodness. The warmer the beer for, the sweeter the taste was, overall pretty well rounded brew, an excellent thirst quencher. I suspect i could session these quite easily.

bonsreeb85, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of bskrtz
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

Served on tap in Chicago, at "Bulls & Bears". Served a nice cold temperature to a pint glass

A) Hazy, pale golden yellow. Light, small white head with streaks of carbonation rizing around the glass

S) Citrus and light spice

T) After a few sipps, an orange slice was added which served to add sweetness and increase the citrus taste. Very refreshing.

M) Soda like fizz, a slight alcohol back of the throat burn going down

D) A great beer to have when your having more than one. A great specimen of the style despite its mass production

bskrtz, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of froghop
2.53/5  rDev -33.2%

on tap at the orchard parade hotel in Singapore.

pours a cloudy pale yellow/white with a large white head, and good lacing.

smell is of wheat, and citrus.

taste is as it smells, wheat, and lemon.

overall an average brew, a little too much on the lemon side for me.

froghop, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of RollingRocker
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%

Pours a nice gold cloudy color, with faint smell of citrus. Very light lemony flavor with fairly clean finish though a little lighter than i thought it would be . Has very nice slight creamy texture. Overall a very drinkable thirst quenching brew, good during those hot months it's one of those beers worth trying.


RollingRocker, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of lhaqq
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%

A: Thin white head and cloudy straw-orange body.
S: Lemon (there was a lemon wedge in it), wheat, cream, spices, some pepper.
T: Pretty standard for a solid witbier. The lemon and wheat mix well, and the peppery finish also blends in.
M: Clean and refreshing.
D: Probably one of my favorite witbiers; generally enjoyable anytime, but especially in the spring and summer.

lhaqq, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of mattffrost
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%

Bottle poured into glass

Beer is a yellow light amber color. its cloudy with white head. Good retention. Smell is nice and simple of spices, citrus, cloves and hint of banana. Taste is nice and mild perhaps just a little to watery for me. Nice banana, citrus taste nothing overpowering. Nice and simple. Very mild carbonation beer that is easy to drink.

mattffrost, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours a very hazy, dull light yellow color with a light and fluffy white head that has good retention.

Nose is citric lemony orange with a nice wheat tang. Does not go overboard on the coriander, it's there a bit in the background along with a slight touch of clove and banana.

While this beer is refreshing when it is refrigerator cold, the subtle nuances of the coriander and orange peel are not as appreciated as when it warms to about 50 degrees. A pretty tame wit that appeals to a broad audience, but there is little doubt this is a finely crafted brew.

twiggamortis420, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of CAP1868
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A-a pale orangish color with minimal head

S- Smells of coriander and orange peel...typical of most witbiers. It smelled very inviting

T-Tasted almost like a pumpkin ale to me...which was awesome because I truly enjoy the style. It had some fruity flavors on the front end but washed down with a tad of spice, just like some pumpkin ales tedn to do. Very good though

M-Light, crisp, refreshing

D- Very light so I had the ability of drinking quite a few.

Initially I didn't care for this beer, I thought it was going to be like a Blue Moon, so I drank it like one. I then came back and took it for what it was worth(which is an entity unto itself) and I absolutely loved it.

CAP1868, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of TubaManJack
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

Very Pleasant Belgian Witbier.

Appearance- Very Cloudy with very small suspended particles. Nothing floating. Cloudy yellow hue. Low carbonation and little head.
Smell- Belgian Yeast and Wheat. Fruity Easter Notes.
Taste-Just as the smell indicates, the flavors were above average and the amount of yeast taste was kept in check
Mouthfeel- Very Light and well carbonated, no really yeast aftertaste
Drinkability- Its really good, there little body or overwhelming complexity to this beer. It went went well with my Chicken Caesar salad. (Very Sessionable)

TubaManJack, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%

On tap in the brewery's glass.

A- A cloudy piss colored yellow with some clear spots here and there. Mild white head that bounced leaving no lace.

S- Nose consists of a lot of lemon zest with wheat and a yeast backing. A bit of spice

T- Like a wheat beer with lemon peels added in. The wheat is there but is drowned by the citrus flavors. Some yeast rounding things out.

M- This wheat beer is thin bodied with active carb and a light finish. A very refreshing beer.

D- Easy to drink and light alcohol makes this a go to in the spring/summer time. This actually goes down like water because of the feel and non offensiveness.

BARFLYB, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of Arbitrator
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a cloudy straw / light gold color with a finger of foamy white head. Continually refreshed by active carbonation up the glass. Leaves nice sheets of lacing down the glass as I drink.

S: Banana, orange rind, lemon, and slight coriander. A nice combination of sweet, sour, and spice.

T: Following the taste buds, lays down a nice ground flavor of straw and banana in the initial taste. Transitions to a sweet and sour blend of orange and lemon in the mid-taste. The finish sees an introduction of spicy coriander, with a little tingle into a sweet finish.

M: Light-bodied, with crisp and active carbonation that supports the style well.

D: Great light, crisp summer beer. Definitely want this white ale again. And at its price point, it's a very affordable brew.

Arbitrator, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of epicness
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%

Appearance - Cloudy and pale with a yellowish white color too. (Almost looks like pee.. Haha!) Pretty nice head on it that dissipates quickly after pour.

Smell - Citrus like with a lemon and orange smell, mixed with banana with hints of wheat in the back. A pretty pleasant smell for the most part.
Just the appearance and smell alone were enough to make me want to drive right in.

Taste - Smacks you in the face with some hops and wheat at first drink. Afterward you are left with a nice smooth mellow taste.

Mouthfeel - Aftertaste is practically non existent. It's a very smooth brew.

Drinkability - It goes down smoothly and is light on the stomach. I could definitely drink these all night.
Definitely going to try to always keep a few of these stashed away in the fridge.

epicness, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of ljbrisson
2.65/5  rDev -30.1%

Had on tap at Charlie Brown's steakhouse. Served in a pint glass a Crayola orange-yellow color with a half-finger of foamy white head which left sparse lacing. Aroma was banana, orange, cloves and lemon. Mouthfeel was much thinner than I thought it would be with little carbonation. Taste was like the nose, adding some along with hard sugar candy sweetness. Drinkability is low. Overall this is a mediocre beer which I did not particularly enjoy. I feel it does not exemplify the style. There was no crispness as there is in other wits I have tried, just a syrupy candy sweetness. Maybe it has something to do with it being on tap. I would only ever try this again from a bottle, in order to give it a fair shot.

ljbrisson, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of burnstar
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%

Pours a murky very pale whitish yellow. Nice sized fizzy head dissipates quickly. Aroma is wheaty; banana, cloves, lemons, and some yeasty earthiness. Taste has just a bit of underlying sweetness. Wheat tang with similar notes as in the aroma. Well carbonated and crisp mouthfeel, maybe a little watery. Quite drinkable. A nice summer beer.

burnstar, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours a cloudy yellow with a thin, disappearing head.

The nose has some lemon and wheat, but it's overwhelmed by yeast. I like the smell of yeast, and I still think it's a tad excessive.

More of the same on the palate; orange peel and spice are lurking there somewhere, but the wheat and yeast are so prominent as to take on an almost soapy character. The tart and dry lingering aftertaste of orange peel is superb. This tastes a lot different than I remembered it, and the carbonation is somewhat less zippy than I thought (which is a good thing).

All in all, an acceptable wit that would be easy to session.

IMincedTheKing, Mar 25, 2009
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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