Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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4,335 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,335
Reviews: 1,653
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 83
Gots: 486 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: purplehops on 07-08-2001)
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Photo of foil4you
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A rare treat for many drinkers, I first tried this beer on a whim in a bar in downtown Grand Rapids. At first sip, I knew it was my favorite beer. To this day, on the rare occasion that I can actually find it in the store, it is a must buy.
It pores an odd hazy yellow, but the second it reaches your nose, the smell of wheat and citrus takes over.

PS, Whole Foods caries cases!!!

Photo of ChrisCage
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured this into my Rickard's beer glass and was delighted to be welcomed with a puffy, pillow like super white colored head....it retains very well, settling to a nice sturdy layer over the brew. The color is yellowish and very hazy. Good lacing initially but kind of gets thin quickly. Decent look overall.

S- Typical witbier aromas of citrus, spiciness, particularly of cloves and coriander, sweet malts and fresh crispiness. Strong smelling and well balanced aroma overall.

T- More of the same here....the spices really hit the palate first, followed by mellow orange and/or grapefruit rind. The refreshing sweetness of the wheat malt balances out the tartness/earthiness of the aforementioned qualities. Finishes crisp and with just a slight hop presence.

M- I find this medium to full bodied for a wheat beer, as it is very smooth. The carbonation is subtle and doesn't scrub the palate either. At the same time, the finish leaves a clean and crisp feeling beer.

D- At first, this comes across as a potent flavored brew and might be hard to want a bunch, but after getting about halfway through my sampling here, it gets much mellower as it warms up a bit. It is refreshing and would really cut through a spicy Asian dish well. On it's own this makes a really nice hot weather brew.

Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Unless it's the blue Chimay I usually avoid Belgian beers for thier head ache causing qualities but I decided to give this one a chance and experience the style.

appearance; quality head that quickly disapates, pale yellow color, a little bit cloudy but stil transparent.

smell; crisp hops and citrus, what one would expect from this style, only slightly above average.

taste; quite a good balance of coriander with the hops and malt. Maybe the malt could be stronger but it's a stretch to say that. Step above American versions of this style I have tried (Blue Moon)as they tend to be too heavy on the coriander and loose the flavor balance.

mouthfeel; nothing special, not watery and slightly thick but not too many complexities, just average.

drinkability; definatly a drinkable beer, tasty but not so good that it would be a disservice to the beer to drink in quantity and lose flavor.

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass, presented with very nice thick white head, color is pale straw light efferevescence.

Smell is feint, but brings a bit of biscuity yeast, slight malt hints and bit of fruit. very feint hop presence as well.

Taste is very light, refereshing. Similar to the scent, not strong but a bit spicier notes from the yeast flavors, feint bit of citrusy notes and hint of wheat malt flavors.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, mostly balanced, but the carbonataion bites the cheeks and tongue, somewhat expected for a light wheat beer.

Drinkability is ok, on the side of wheat beers where I don't really like to have more than one. Overall well done, just not my beer.

Photo of blivingston1985
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hazy lemon/limeade. Clean white head tops this bier and settles to a thin creamy lace. Light and refreshing. Wheat and light corriander with slightest hind of citrus. A very nice faint tart at the finish is wonderful. Very drinkable/sessionsable.

Photo of BeerPhan86
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my all time favorite whites, with a funny name taboot!

A - This beer has an incredible appearance. Pours a hazy white/gold with a two finger foamy white head. The head has great retention and lacing. One of the few white ales that actually pours...white, not a sickly orange like Blue Moon.

S - Plenty of wheat, citrus zest, and Belgian yeast. A little funky and spicy with notes of pepper. Smells very similar to a saison ale.

T - Slightly spicy up front gives way to citrus, banana, and dry earthy hops. Very well balanced. I've always noticed the flavors in this beer sort of come alive as it warms up a bit.

M - Light bodied and well carbonated. Very smooth.

D - While I could see myself sessioning this, it is kind of pricey and therefore remains an occasional treat for me. Great sipping beer though, especially in the summer.

Overall, a great and authentic representation of a Belgian white. Not as good as St. Bernardus, but damn better than most American whites I have had.

Photo of Jef59
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice golden yellow color with a 1.5" white head.

Both the nose and taste are a little bland. A little wheat and a spicy witbier finish that tastes a little watered down.

The mouthfeel is on the thin side and it isn't very pleasant to drink. Good to try once but I won't be coming back.

Photo of deebo
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Terrific, the original witbier, that's easy to get in US

A-cloudy, light straw colored

S-Wheat and yeast are very noticeable as is the coriander and lemon notes

T-Balanced flavor, wheat with the only complaint being that the lemon flavor can be a touch much

M-A touch thin but cleans up very nice

D-Can drink this stuff for hours on end

Photo of JAXSON
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've probably consumed about 150 bottles/glasses of this over the past 5-6 years. One of my favorite beer experiences ever was pounding like two cold bottles of this after playing tennis for two hours with no water. Spices, yeast, fresh wheat balanced very nicely here. Awesome hot weather beer. Fantastic for what it is and what it's supposed to be.

Photo of Philipp
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 0,7l bottle into a pint glass.

A- Beautiful looking beer in my opinion, light yellow color, hazy with a foamy, long lasting head.

S- Strong banana aroma with some clove, very appealing.

T- Orange and lemon flavors with banana and very strong clove aftertaste. Really good except for the aftertaste, just not my cup of tea.

M- Perhaps a bit watery, but pleasant overall.

D- Extremely drinkable due to the low ABV and non-offensive taste.

Really nice beer, but nothing for everyday drinking.

Photo of STEG
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Cloudy Straw color, one finger off white head that never really sticks around leaving no lacing.

Smell - Orange, wheat, bubblegum, cotton candy and lemon.

Taste - Light wheat and orange up front with cotton candy flavors in back, light lemon lime flavors are also present.

Mouthfeel - Light and watery with prickly carbonation throughout.

Drinkability - Due to the taste of this and its low abv I could drink these all night.

Photo of bckelso
4.78/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

very light in color beer. taste is exceptional hints of citrus and if poured correctly has a very white light foamy head. Wonderful beer on hot day as it is not a heavy beer but is heavy on flavor. Has become one of my favorite beers. Am looking forward to trying this on tap at the Alehouse here in New Braunfels.

Photo of faroutadventure
4.9/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A= Pure white head, looks like fresh snow, light colored, slightly cloudy. Very clean looking.

S= Lemony, citrusy, sour, invites a sip.

T= Super taste of light lemons, fresh wheat, clean , clean finish, brilliant after taste

M= Light on the mouth, a little thin, but with even notes of carbonation

D= Super drinkable. Good for a hot day.

Wonderful beer.

Photo of cmaloy
4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. I will be getting more of this. Great lavender smell and unique color. Very easy to drink. The after taste went for days.

I guess I better fill the page up with text (cause they wont let me post my review until I have 250 characters).

Great beer. Belgium knows how to do it right.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a pint jug.

A: Pours a cloudy yellow to white color with a nice white creamy head which does not disappears totally and leaves many lacings in the glass

S: Smell is a must! Point of strength. Complex. Very spicy. Coriander, citrus orange zest, vanilla, yeasts (ohhh yeah, damn good Belgium yeasts!), sweet grains, fruity esters and flowery hops

T: Complex as the nose. Very spicy beer. Notes of coriander (and perhaps some cinnamon), orange zest, vanilla, yeasts, fruity esters and sweet grains. Flowery hops in the end. Rich combination, the result is a delicious and completely refreshing beer

M: Medium and creamy body and medium carbonation. Perfect and balanced

O: Classic Belgium Witbier. The spicy and citrus smell and palate makes it a delicious and refreshing option for hot summer days...

Photo of Hoegaardener
4.7/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Delicate aroma; flavorful taste with a hint of coriander and orange. One of the few beers I enjoy ice-cold. I once found a recipe online to make Hoegaarden ice-cream, so I did. If you're a fan of this beer, I strongly suggest you try making it. You'll always find a six pack of Hoegaarden in my fridge.

Photo of Jhandy
4.68/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

my all time favorite beer I never get tired of enjoying a cold pint at my favorite spot. The color, taste and smell are excellent the subtle hint of orange and the floral noes really match perfectly. I enjoy this beer so much I can tell when the keg is almost empty or fresh!

Photo of sluggermatt15
2.6/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Poured a hazy, cloudy lemon color with an off-white head. Definitely a witbier.

S- Wheaty, some lemon zest.

T- There is a spiciness to it and the taste is mostly a sharp, bittery lemony wheat-like taste. A little difficult to explain. I wasn't impressed as the taste is a little overpowering.

M- Average, just average. This beer is a little thicker than expected and it is rather sticky in the mouthfeel. I didn't really care for it too much.

D- I only had one with lunch and that's about all I would have. I don't think this is a session beer. I couldn't have another, mainly because of the taste and mouthfeel. Neither was appealing to me.

Overall, I didn't like this beer very much. I had higher expectations for it than what it turned out to be. Probably wouldn't go for another.

Photo of charlesbyrd
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

A: Pours a pale, lemon-yellow. A cloudy haze floats in suspension throughout the glass. The head is bright white and reminiscent of whipped egg whites.

S: The aroma is a funky mixture of lemon zest, a heavy amount of pepper, and farmhouse yeast. The smell approaches onto saison territory.

T: It's not as sweet in the taste as it is in the smell. Slightly spicy at the front, the overall profile is pretty mellow. Lemons and sweet citrus dominate the palate, with mild coriander spice and sour hop flavor cutting through occasionally. Very balanced, very good.

M: This beer is deceptively thick, though not really filling. It has a certain stickiness and fairly aggressive carbonation.

D: I can't argue with the name "orginal" white ale. This has all the components of a great witbier, even if it is lacking that special something. It's extremely refreshing and a great choice for craft beer beginners.

Photo of arturorg
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Hoegaarden hexagonal tumbler glass

A: Pours hazy pale yellow with a frothy white head that stays for a while thanks to carbonation forming a white foamy lace.

S: Lemon, banana and spices (later described by my wife as clove?).

T: Citrusy, fruity, lemon, banana, apples and some spice like clove with no bitterness at all in the way down.

Overall: Very nice beer for a hot summer afternoon very fruity in flavor that goes down very smooth and allow multiples intakes, the go to beer of my wife; a little watery for my taste. Will have again with no problem.

Photo of Long813
2.8/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From: Ale House

A: Pale yellow-green body with two fingers of white fluffy head. Retention is poor and leaves little lacing.

S: Faint hints of straw grains and citrus fruits.

T: Very mellow flavours of straw, citrus fruits and some notable yeast.

M: Light bodied and medium-high carbonation. Water like texture and leaves a dry citrus funk finish.

D: Meh. Not great, but not extremely off putting. One of the better option at the bar though.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Translucent yellow. Thin head.

S-Citrusy and spicy. Not very powerful.

T-stronger than the nose. Citrus with some pungent spice. I got a lot of clove taste.

M-Light and crisp.

D-Easy to drink yet with more flavor than expected. Low alcohol.

A good example of a Witbier. Easy to drink and flavorful.

Photo of azorie
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

While anyone who has drank good beer as long as me might remember this beer from long ago, anyway its be a strange road for this beer, while not as great as it once was it still its a very good white beer. i was lucky enough to have had sample in the 70's on draft and bottle.

the current version reviewed:

A: cloudy yellow with a yeast hard pour, reflects a nice 3 inche head and a off yellow lite color.

S: oranges, coriander of course, yeast, malt. no hops. Smells good and refreshing

T: delightful malt in the front giving you that great orange like flavor, with some spices, and the yeast back-end, hops so balanced one cannot tell they in there.

m: medium body, medium carbonation

d: easy to drink lots of these period

Photo of woosterbill
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into a wine glass

A: This is officially the lightest colored beer I've ever seen, hands down: pale straw with greenish glints - if it weren't for the inch of white foam on top, you'd think this was white wine. This really puts the wit in witbier.

S: Wheat and coriander, with the spice taking on a slightly artificial tone. The wheat is more prominent, though, and quite fresh and enjoyable.

T: Witbier light - lemon, coriander, and wheat are well balanced and intermingled, but the finish winds up grainy and watery. Inoffensive but not really enjoyable. Refreshing, though, to be sure.

M: Light bodied with sharp carbonation. About what I expected.

D: I've barely noticed this beer, and it's almost gone. Impressive.

Notes: This beer was precisely what I expected - very light but classic witbier flavors with a matching light body and correspondingly high drinkability. I could enjoy having several of these at a summer cookout, but there are more flavorful examples of the style that I'd prefer.


Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I did not expect to like this as I usually stay away from flavored or wheat beers, but I was quite pleasantly surprised. Hoegaarden has a very thick, white, frothy head and a hazy straw appearance. Aroma is of some sort of mild fruit and also something roasted, but I could not place the strong smell. The pronounced flavor is of roasted grain, bread, and a touch of orange peel. Mouth-feel is medium, and this ale finishes refreshing and round. I loved this beer and would certainly want to drink it again.


Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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