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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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4,243 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,243
Reviews: 1,645
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 77
Gots: 425 | FT: 1
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 StevenBilodeau
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a staple for white beer, otherwise known as Witbier to the Belgian, which the wheat beer, white beer style. This beer is clearly what Harppon, Bluemoon, and others try to copy. I have found very few legitimate Belgian whites like Hoegaarden. I liked this beer. This beer is cloudy, the appearance is somewhat intimidating, but intriguing. This beer is lighter than I thought it would be for its cloudiness. Hoegaarden is very good, it has hints of citrus, and or coriander. Excellent with cheese of any variety. This drink is highly drinkable. Drink it.

StevenBilodeau, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of froggiestomp13
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle marked 30/07/10

(A) Golden, Cloudy, 1.5 inch white foamy head that slowly fades over a minute or so.

(S) Sweet, Spicey = coriander, Citrus = orangey, Hint of bread dough

(T) Taste is close to smell...more dough taste. Aftertaste metallic copper.

(M) Medium body, finishes sharp.

(D) Highly drinkable...multiple in one session would be easy.

froggiestomp13, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in their famous giant 50cl glass, with an orange slice - immediately removed and set aside on a napkin to eat later...

A-Very cloudy yelllow. White head settles to a nice looking 2mm layer. Runny lacing (might be because of the glass?)
S- Orange peel, wheat. Faint clove as it warms up. Having a hard time picking up anything else.
T- Wheat. Clove. Citrus. A bit of hops.
M- Great mouthfeel. Full while being real light. Perfect tingly feeling. Mouthfeel may very well be this beers strong point.
D- You can easily drink/want to drink this all night. I don't think I would since I'm not that much of a fan.

I think this would go great with some gravlax and capers.

Tons of people drink this beer here in Montreal either bottled or on tap as its widely available.

Yoonisaykul, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of drizzam
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a cloudy pale straw that had a white haze throughout the body. The color mimics the color of your average witbier. Fluffy white head regresses to a foamy white cap that leaves spotty lacing down the inside of my glass.

S - When I first poured it, it seemed like a got a slight skunky odor. Once in the glass, I didn't smell that anymore. Smelled strongly of clove and coriander. Pretty potent nose on this one.

T & M - The taste mimics the nose with coriander and clove as the predominant flavors. I also get some lemon and a bit of a peppery finish toward the back end. Thin watery mouthfeel with low to moderate carbonation. This is your prototypical witbier.

D - The relatively low ABV lends to the drinkability, and if you're a fan of the style, this is easily quaffable. A decent brew, and surprisingly, my first foray into the world of Hoegaarden. I'll be interested to try their other brews.

drizzam, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of Jesstyr
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tinted Hoegaarden into the traditional heavy Hoegaarden pint chalice.

I first experienced Hoegaarden on a cold early spring night in Montreal in 2003. The first beer I ever truly enjoyed, but now a bit of an afterthought in my beer passion. Still a great choice with a light meal, particularly sushi.

A: Cloudy yellow with a thick and heavily foamy white head which dissipates quickly.

S: Not as strong as Blue Moon, but noticeable citrus - a nice compliment to the flavor.

T: Very creamy for a wheat beer, with subtle hints of citrus, particularly lemon.

M: Very smooth, probably the smoothest beer I've had. Not full or thick, like traditional belgians, but substantially better than the average wheat beer.

D: Tremendous drinkable, truly refreshing. The kind of thing you could drink after exercising, and not feel weird about it.

Jesstyr, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of wolfpack87
4.7/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My favorite wheat beer yet. Fantastic taste. The smell was probably not quite as good as Blue Moon but the taste was untouchable compared to any other white ales I have had. Smooth pour, and very smooth drink all and all. Price was a little high, but well worth it in the end.

wolfpack87, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of ThaCreep
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Yellow very pale, her smell like coriander, citrus peel and apples. It feels even touches honey, as from a honey cake. The nose is sour and the beer is acidic in the mouth but round and soft. Little bitterness but a finish quite spicy. A very refreshing white that arises as a standard, despite the lower quality products from the brewery AB InBev.

ThaCreep, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of jhtipton
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Its a decent session beer and readily available. Nice cloudy beer with a citrus wheat aftertaste. Pours decent in a glass with some minor lacing and moderate head.

Appearance: partly cloudy with a chance of pain

Smell: citrus, nice nose

Taste: Fine, a little sweet, I'll drink it without complaining.

Mouthfeel: feels good in my mouth and after it hits the blood stream

Drinkability: Could handle one or two but then I got to find my hops

jhtipton, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of seand
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the branded Hoegaarden glass that came with the taster pack.

A: Pours a very pale cloudy yellow, with a thin white head. Most of the head dissipates, but it does leave a thin layer on the surface.

S: Very mild Belgian style spices, light sweetness.

T: Light, slightly sweet and mildly spiced, finishing with light hops. Mild from start to finish, but pleasant enough.

M: Light body, medium carbonation.

D: It's light and tastes decent, so drinks very easily.

seand, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of Evocatus
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale cloudy yellow with a thin white head. Smells of sweet citrus, some wheat, and spices. The taste follows up on the aroma, but with more of a punch on the tastebuds. One can taste all the flavors in this beer. The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Not too much carbonation, but enough. Overall an awesome witbier and anytime beer.

Evocatus, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of Kylito87
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I finally got the chance to try one of these. One of my roommates loves this stuff so I got to finally get one for a review.

Appearance- Pours a cloudy yellow with a puffy whiteish head that is a little weak in the knees. It falls into a slick almost instantly. Very minimal lacing.

Smell- Smells like a proper witbier should. I am getting that wheaty, citrusy, and coriander blend.

Taste- For slightly light brew this packs a bunch of flavor. It packs all that witbier essence into a very drinkable concoction. The coriander and citrus notes are very prevelent.

Mouthfeel- Very clean and refreshing. It has a medium high to high carbonation to it which in the case of this beer works in it's favor. Not too heavy on the stomach either, Perfectly balanced

Overall- This has been a very enjoyable beer experience.

Kylito87, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of taigor
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a small pint glass.

A - Cloudy golden color with big head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing.

S - Very citrusy with hints of bready yeast towards finish.

T - Bready and citrusy at the same time with slight bitterness towards the end.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

D - Very drinkable and good session beer overall.

taigor, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of heissebier
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer at a Christmas party, so unfortunately it's a bottle review.

Appearance- Pale and cloudy with a small head but nothing extreme.

Smell- Has that distinctly Belgian complex peppery smell complemented by lemony citrus notes. Surprisingly complex but not mind-blowing

Taste- This is one of this beer's strongest suits. Excellent depth of flavor for this style. Has a nice peppery flavor throughout, well balanced and slightly sweet with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Heavy for a witbier but not bad.

Drinkability- Not as drinkable as I'd expect based on the ABV and style. I could see myself having more than one but it'd be easy to get tired of it.

Overall an interesting, well thought-out beer. Nothing spectacular but give it a try!

heissebier, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of roddwolff
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The label has instructions for serving it in hexagonal glasses "hoegaarden" but i don't have, so i drink it in a glass for whisky.

A: Whitish-yellow, slightly cloudy, with a compact and creamy foamy head, excellent retention;

S: Strong citrus, essences of orange peel, lemon and parsley;

T: Spicy, remnants of wheat and parsley, the end have sweet malt and lemon;

M: Fairly dry, bittersweet, high carbonation and medium body;

D: Excellent white wheat beer but i prefer the bitterness of german wheat beers.

roddwolff, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of irishking1977
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh, Hoegaarden. The original witbier. I remember first trying this years ago after I had one of the copycats, Blue Moon. While Blue Moon is pretty good, it doesn't compare to Hoegaarden.

A: Pours a hazy, cloudy gold with a decent head. I haven't had this in so long that I forgot to swish the remaining 1/3 of the remains in the bottle, so I did not get the head I was expecting. Still an unique and appetizing brew.

S: Lemons and wheat with a peppery background with some hints of coriander. For such a light beer this has a relatively complex scent.

T: Such a refreshing brew. Citrus and wheat with a slight pepper background. The flavors are balanced admirably. For a relatively light beer with a complex taste, this is still quite a quaffable brew.

M: Moderate carbonation with a somewhat weak but creamy finish. This is definitely a beer that can be drank during a hot summer's day and be quite refreshing. Ironically, I'm drinking this during the beginning of winter. Go figure.

D: A beer that can be sessioned, but even without a high ABV, the somewhat complex taste might wear thin after awhile. Still, the average ABV allows one to finish off a six pack and not necessarily have to worry about the ramifications the next day.

irishking1977, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of johnwarne
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beer haiku for you:

On a boat I'm nice;
With heavy food I suffice:
Good but not delight.

An old standby in the Witbier family: after two tonight, however, this simply seems a little "thin" [like too little butter over too much bread]. Certainly respectable, just not "Best of Breed" in either the Witbier or [natch] the Belgian family of beer goodness.


johnwarne, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of tjd112
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation - Poured into Chimay glass

Appearance - Murky golden-white with pale white half-finger head with some lacing

Smell - Bready, yeasty, and wheaty

Taste - Mixture of banana, citrus, and clove

Mouthfeel - Full bodied and creamy

Drinkability - Very

Overall - One of the best mainstream wits

tjd112, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of sprucetip
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not particularly attractive. Pours murky pale white-ish yellow, minimal head, no retention, spotty lacing. SMELL is wheaty, yeasty banana and clove, hint of lemon. Pretty impressive for such a light beer. TASTE banana, clove like spiciness, modest malty sweetness, and light balancing bitterness. FEEL strong carbonation, thin and clean. OVERALL goes down like water, but with robust flavors. Seriously sessionable lawnmower beer.

sprucetip, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of stakem
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml brown bottle with instructions for the perfect pour into a Hoegaarden hexagonal glass. I don't own a hoegaarden hexagonal glass so my standard wheat glass will have to suffice as the desginated beverage receiver here.

Pours a very light yellow color that is cloudy with less than a finger of white head that displays zero powers of retension. Using the specified swirl and pouring method displayed on the label, it presented a cap less than half a finger and was gone before I even took a sip... There is no lacing to be found at all. Even with an agitating swirl and slosh, nothing.

The aroma of this beer is a mixture of yeast, clove, slight banana and a little bit of citrus that is faint but I am guessing is the usual coriander and orange combo.

Taste includes all the aromas captured in the nose except the orange and coriander is a little more evident. Feel is light, carb is high and tingly on the tongue. Drinkability is great.

Overall I think it is a solid example for the style, the only thing worth being upset about is the lack of head. I appreciate the clove aroma and taste in this style and it is not overpowering at all, it blends well with the other scents and flavors.

stakem, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of BevMoAndrew
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served into a Bruery tulip glass at about 35 degrees.

Pours a hazy yellow with a thick white froth and decent lacing. Soft and pretty aromas of banana, cloves, coriander, lemon, grains, & biscuit-like yeastiness. Very pretty nose & the best part about this beer. The beer is crisp and lean on the mouthfeel with flavors of lemon, lime, coriander, wild flowers, and grains. Pretty straight forward in terms of flavor. Overall, this is a solid beer that is a bit watery on the mouthfeel, but smells very nice and is very sessionable.

BevMoAndrew, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of Carlton1964
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out horrible...very cloudy and a strange color resembling some nasty energy drink. About 1/2 inch of foam that disappears faster than ya can set the bottle down. Almost no lacing.

Now for the positive. This stuff is good!
Very mild yet pleasant aroma with hints of citrus and creamy feel to the palate. The mouth feel is VERY nice. Zero aftertaste. I found this to be a quality wheat beer with a very nice spice and citrus zest to it. Probably will buy this again.

Carlton1964, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of RppIII
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 12ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Poured a pale yellow with a bit of haze, the head was butter cream white. Aesthetically it appeared to be a bit thin, and head retention was mediocre at best.

There was no apparent aromas during the initial pouring process. After a swirl there is a peppery fragrance from the yeast that attacks the nostrils, the signature of a wheat beer. After the pepper starts to fade there is a hint of lemon, bringing back memories of Sam Adams Summer Ale.

The initial flavor of this beer is a pepper flavor that is common in this style of beer. This is followed up with an almost un-noticeable sour flavor that actually compliments the peppery tang of the yeast quite well. Several seconds after the initial mouthful there is a lingering bitter taste, reminding me of the taste after eating a sour patch kid.

Very pleasing mouthful, the carbonation is very typical of this style of beer and greatly balances the body, which is semi chewy, very much what I would expect of a wheat beer.

Overall a very drinkable beer for anyone, there is nothing harsh or flavor that stands out in this beer. There is a peppery flavor that is complimented by the texture and style of the beer. The slight after bite of sour is very distinguishing of this beer and is quite agreeable.

RppIII, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Really good wheat beer. Up there w/ my faves (Celis & SN). Cool to look at, drinks best. Sorry, I'm not too articulate at describing hefes, but this one feels a little heavier in its malt bill than a lot of lesser wheats. Its got a good amount of coriander.

The best part about the beer, is that about 1/4 of the way into it, it keeps growing on your palate and a good way. Each beer got better.

Sometimes you get a questionable bottle, as these things travel pretty far in God knows what condition and what freshness.

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of Tone
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, pale yellor color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and poor lacing. Smells of yeast, citrus (banana), slight sweet malt, and slight tart malt. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is smooth and sharp with an average carbonation level. The feel is also very watery. Tastes of yeast, pale malt, sweet malt, citrus (banana/orange), and slight tart malt. Overall, weak body and watery, but still a good blend.

Tone, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of deaconoflove
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ap. Cloudy brownish golden color...looks nicer than I described. Very short, very quick head and no lacing at all.
sm. Citris, hops, pine, lemon zest.
Ta. Lemony, zesty, crisp with some honey? coming in late. Fresh tart finish.
Mf. Well carbonated, fills the mouth, but is still light.
Dr. Easy going, crisp and drinkable.

deaconoflove, Nov 23, 2009
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
86 out of 100 based on 4,243 ratings.