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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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BA SCORE
85
very good

3,892 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 3,892
Reviews: 1,620
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 60
Gots: 262 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden visit their website
Belgium

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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pvsob

Pennsylvania

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

A- Cloudy, pale straw with a three finger head that lasts forever. It gradually fades, leaving a thin film and some lacing.

S- Orange, wheat, coriander, and some yeast.

T- Pretty much a mirror image of the aroma. Everything is quite balanced.

M- Medium feel with moderate carbonation.

D- The classic Belgian Wit. A very flavorful and refreshing summer beer. This six-pack didn't last very long. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 20:14:33 | More by pvsob
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wingman14

Ohio

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

Pours a light yellow with a frothy white head that sticks around. Leaves some lacing as you drink. The smell is sweet, I picked up some banana and clove probably from the style of yeast, which was also present. This one has a big flavor, sweet, light and yeasty. A great balance, very bubbly and lots of carbonation. This one is a light and enjoyable beer with great flavor, I recommend checking this one out.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2008 03:38:27 | More by wingman14
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tdawgydog

New York

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I first tried this beer many years ago on a weekend trip to Brussels. It has now become one of the staples of my beer fridge. There's nothing crazy about it, but I think that is why I like it. It pours a nice cloudy white (hence the style) The mouthfeel is enjoyable, you can taste the body in the beer. The taste of the coriander is one of the most enjoyable aspects of the drink. I always recommend this beer to my friends who are interested in taking a step up to some more enjoyable beers.

Serving type: can

06-29-2008 02:54:41 | More by tdawgydog
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orcasteve

North Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this was paler than i expected out of a belgian, i had onaly tryed darker belgians up to this point, this beer was very cloudey and had a fair amount of yeast that had to be swireld form the bottem of the bottle, the first sip was sweet and had me coming back for more, it left a great aftertaste that had me licking my lips,

after poring the second one i added a razberry lambick about 10% this was the purfict 1 2 combo

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 16:56:36 | More by orcasteve
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tctruffin

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ap--Poured a cloudy gold, just like a good witbier should.

S--Crisp, faint lemon with a hint of pepper

T--Definite wheat flavor, orange, lemon, and pepper.

M--Light but not watery. Refreshing.

D--Very drinkable. The combination of light body and citrus driness makes this a brew you don't mind sipping and sipping.

Overall, this classic example of a classic style holds up to its many imitators. A solid go-to brew when in a bar who thinks Killians is adventurous.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2008 02:09:02 | More by tctruffin
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Muted golden yellow... Pale... Hazy... Misty... Thin head leaves nice lacing...

S - Lemong and other citrus fruits... Malt... Wheat & grians...

T - Wheat and biscuit... Mild mild malt... Hints of citrus...

M - Light bodied... Crisp and refreshing... Fluffy... Fizzy...

D - Melow and drinkable... Great example of a wheat beer...

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 02:38:17 | More by philbe311
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fitzy84

Massachusetts

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

The drink poured with a really murky, pale gold color. Decent lacing but the head evaporated quickly. The aromas were predominately citrus in flavoring and was not too overpowering. The taste was very sweet with a great, earthy aftertaste. Carbonation was excellent and helped the drink be nice and crisp. Overall, pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 01:55:53 | More by fitzy84
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AlexLMS

Portugal

3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: non-filtered hazy with a very pale straw colour. The head is white, large and creamy. It presents a good retention rate but very little lacing.
Aroma: dominated by the fruity citrus aroma with yeast and banana notes.
Taste: citrus, banana, wheat, spices, yeast and some sweetness.
Mouthfeel: slightly dry, medium to low carbonation, low alcoholic strength and a medium body.
Finish: a lingering mix of wheat and slight bitterness.

Overall: very crisp, refreshing and really tasty. Great Witbier.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 14:56:32 | More by AlexLMS
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elniko

Texas

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

Poured from bottle into tall Weizen glass

A: Light, very murky coloring. Large two finger head that dissipated but left some lacing. Solid looking brew.

S: Exactly as I would expect. Corriander, cloves, and spices. I love the smell of witbiers.

T & M: A little pepper in the taste, the spice is definitely there. This is not as strong as some other witbiers that I've had and in my opinion is just slightly watery. Mouthfeel is solid with the spices lingering on the tongue.

D: Definitely drinkable on a hot summer day or a cold winter night. The Hoegaarden is one of the best example of a witbier on the market, I just wish it had just a little more flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2008 21:42:47 | More by elniko
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tfrench8985

Connecticut

1.38/5  rDev -63.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

i think this beer was very bad with a chemical aftertaste... my friend brought it over and was sayin how good it was, he brought over hoegaarden and i bought bodingtons iand i thought the bodington ale was much much better. this beer should not have this high of a rating on here, its even higher ten bass, come on now

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2008 21:14:24 | More by tfrench8985
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Clydesdale

District of Columbia

3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy yellow, with just a hint of orange or perhaps copper color. A very clean bit of head.

S: An inviting aroma of wheat and lemon, with a vaguely dusty pepper-like character present.

T: Fairly sweet and wheaty, with unimposing lemon flavor and the same slightly dusty pepper nature there as well.

M: Very smooth and somewhat creamy, with a slightly dry finish and aftertaste.

D: This is reliable and tasty, but it's not that exciting. Honestly, it can be a bit underwhelming at times.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2008 17:56:43 | More by Clydesdale
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AlesALot

Tennessee

3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yellowish off white with no clarity when poured with the yeast stirred in as recomended on the label. Thick white Belgian head with decent retention and some lacing.

Smells slightly citrusy from orange peal not hops with some spicyness coming through from the corriander.

The taste is spicy and dry. Some malty sweetness, but the wheat drys it out quickly. So ness with corriander in the finish.

Some what thick in the mouth. Some puckerage from the wheat dryness and the sour orange peal.

This is any easy drinker. Could be a session beer, but I'd only consider one in the mix of a session.

I liked this one a lot more when I didn't like beer. It realy blew me away my first time. I couldn't get this here in Tenn. untill recently and I grabed it the first time I saw it. I wish I had only bought a single.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 00:11:27 | More by AlesALot
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

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

33 cl bottle poured, swirled, then poured into a weizen glass yields a hazy lemonade-colored body with a fat, creamy crown of Cool-Whip white foam with excellent retention that leaves big fat rings of smooth, puffy lacing and a savory chunk of edible foam at the bottom of the glass that refuses to be shook into my mouth at the end.

Smell is zesty wheat with a twist of orange and coriander with a peppery zip.

Rich wheat flavors, sweet and mellow, dry and toasty, greet the tastebuds, followed by a nice fruity orange note with a nutty, dry finish featuring just a kiss of earthy hops.

Really outstanding drinkability and incredibly smooth and refreshing, this is an excellent wit I'll definitely try again.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 22:10:10 | More by cvstrickland
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bort11

Missouri

3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle poured into a hefe glass. Tall white head with stickage. Spots of lace. Color is a light hazy lemon yellow with mild carbonation streamers.

Smell is a dry husky grain. Mild grassy and lemon notes. Taste is dry, strong coriander and spices. Lemon zest. A little salty.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, very dry finish. That seems to be the theme with this beer. Dry. Not too bad, though I've had better wits before.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 02:38:52 | More by bort11
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CaptainIPA

Wisconsin

3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Served on-tap in a 500 ml Hoegaarden glass at Cafe Hollander Grand Cafe, on Milwaukee's Belgian east side.

A: Pours a cloudy, pale straw color with a generous two-finger head with outstanding retention.

S: Tart pear and spicy in the nose with hints of coriander, orange peel, apple, and band-aid.

T: Opens with an overwhelmingly strong band-aid flavor, followed by a solid wheat foundation, and balancing notes of coriander and orange zest. Extremely dry with a slightly bitter finish. Pairs awfully well with mussels & pommes frites.

M: Light-bodied, crisp and refreshing. Well carbonated.

D: Good.

Note: A band-aid off-flavor is often indicative of infected yeast. I think that's what's happening here. I'll review this benchmark Belgian Wit again at a later date.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2008 15:49:24 | More by CaptainIPA
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Bowdoinbeerboy

Maine

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours with a substantial head, beer itself is rather on the light side though.

Smell- A bit on the hefty side of lemon smell. Good yeasty aromas.

Taste- Again, a bit on the weak side but with some wheaty undertones. Slight hints of lemon.

Mouthfeel- Sufficently covers the palate, not too bad.

Drinkability- A very drinkable beer, most refreshing and delightful on a warm summer day.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 01:38:14 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
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Getinthevan

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like most wheat beers that followed afterwards, Hoegaarden is top notch stuff. The color off the bat is a strong, cloudy yellow which gives way to a great bubbly head. The beer alone is a pleasant view to look at as the bubble rise to the top along with the cloudiness.

The smell is very pleasant and possesses a strong aroma that almost acts like an air freshener, as the smell lingers in the air far after the beer's been consumed.

Taste is great, with a nice punch of bitterness right in the aftertaste. It goes down exceptionally smooth, and is very nice and filling as well. Definitely a "go to" beer any given time.

Mouthfeel feels well satisfied and the overall flavor is highly complex, mixed with orange and yeast flavors. Definitely worth savoring a few seconds before it travels down the gullet.

Drinkability is a must. Hoegaarden is a great beer to quench thirst with, but also a fun beer to drink at dinner and at live concerts. There's certainly nothing but fun that comes from this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2008 21:04:58 | More by Getinthevan
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Vixie

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle, has a nice thick white head. Very cloudy, yellow in color.

Smell is very yeasty, reminded me a bit of the smell of warm bread. Also a touch of citrus scent there.

Taste was a good example of why they call beer liquid bread. Very strong yeast notes, and then the citrus and spices hit you. Not an overly complex taste, but one I quite enjoyed.

Mouthfeel was ok, was a touch thin, the taste did not linger long. The carbonation made its presence known, but a bit on the light side.

I did find this one very drinkable. It's not a heavyweight beer, so easy to drink more than one at a sitting. I find it a good beer for just enjoying and not having to worry much about high alcohol content, or being so heavy it feels you up. This is the kind of beer you drink with friends just for fun, and want something better than a mass market brand.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 18:31:10 | More by Vixie
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DmanGTR

Florida

3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - golden light yellow with 1" white head in my pint glass. Good head retention and little lace. Cloudy

S - you know, the very first thing I thought of when I smelled it was bologna! Then citrusy orange peels, nutmeg, coriander, yeast, and wheat appeared.

T - apricots, oranges, light hops, a touch of malts, breadiness, and a tangy aftertaste

M - light bodied, medium/heavy carbonation. Somewhat watery

D - very drinkable, a good session beer

Overall - a decent buy. This was on sale for 7.99/6 pack at Wegmans. It's a bit lacking in body and somewhat in taste (although the smell was pretty nifty) but it is an ok beer nonetheless and I may buy it again on occasion if I'm in the mood for a cheap Belgian wheat.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 16:16:36 | More by DmanGTR
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Ch1mpy

Sweden

3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow cloudy colour. White head that leaves a little lacing.

Smell is yeasty with some hints of fruit.

Tastes of and citrus and cloves. Pretty mild actually. Not very much carbonation.

Very Smooth mouthfeel.

This would appear to be the obvious wheat alternative to the Eurolagers. An OK wheat beer for those on a tight budget.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 20:09:55 | More by Ch1mpy
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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

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

This beer was cloudy and turbid, pale yellow off the pour with a one finger head that had some retention.

Aroma was of white bread, light citrus fruits, and light hops. Well balanced.

Taste was mainly wheat malts, with an interesting hint of orange. Unusual, but not bad.

Mouthfeel was smooth, and carbonated to an appropriate level. Didn't feel too fizzy.

Drinkability gets good ratings. A good example of a witbier.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 02:29:44 | More by connecticutpoet
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

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

A: Pours a pale straw hazy lemon color with a thin white head.

S: Spicy aroma full of orange peels and coriander and a funky yeast sourness.

T: sour with great complexity of spices providing a sweet and sour palate that tingers the tongue. Crisp, acidic, lemon bread, coriander, with a tart funky finish. Flavor is loaded with citrus, lemongrass, and some bananas along with spicy hops. Great sour finish refreshing.

M: nice mouthful and carbonation, tart, acidic and lemony

D: very good drinkability. prime example per style.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 23:11:57 | More by beerthulhu
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daythree16

Tennessee

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Hazy yellow color with a two finger head that leaves a little bit of lace on the glass as it fades. It looks like a cloudy lemonade.

The smell is sweet citrus with that typical phenolic hefeweizen aroma. The taste is very similar. The sweetness is refreshing, not cloying. The flavor is a little underwhelming.

The mouthfeel is very light and smooth, and the refreshing quality makes this a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 05:41:40 | More by daythree16
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kzoobrew

Michigan

3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy white pear color, bright white cap.

Many scents come through. Hints of banana and pear again. Citric spice smells as well.

The spiciness is dominate at first. Little sour twinge in the tongue, lemony flavor. Slight bitterness.

Crisp brew lively carbonation, too much for my likings. However the crispness and carbonation lends itself well to the flavor and style.

Fairly drinkable, however the lively carbonation is too much for me. I'll stop at one.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 01:35:36 | More by kzoobrew
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aubuc1

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into glass. Pours a carbonated hazy yellow with a quickly diminishing white head. Smells earthy and spicy with some banana also. Tastes like it smells. Very light mouthfeel and very easy to drink. This is a very refreshing beer that has mass appeal.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 18:10:35 | More by aubuc1
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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