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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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very good

3,860 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,860
Reviews: 1,620
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 60
Gots: 245 | 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 SaintsFan


3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy banana yellow into a Chimay glass. Medium frothy head recedes to a ring around the glass, and there's a bit of lacing.

Smell is of banana, some spices, maybe a bit of lemon. Nice but unremarkable.

Fairly mild flavor wise -- it has some Belgian funky yeastiness, followed up by tart fruit and a tiny bit of hops. Alcohol is nearly completely hidden.

Mouthfeel is light, perhaps a tad too light. Has a spritzer-like quality to it. The lightness, and the mild flavors, make this highly drinkable.

All in all, a solid wit. This is a GREAT beer to suggest to those who are new to good beer, as it is a solid first step into what Belgian beer can be like.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2008 02:09:40 | More by SaintsFan
Photo of cbleary

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a 11.2oz bottle into a nonic glass.

The beer looks good with a pale, cloudy body and a wonderful dense snow white head. The smell is great, fresh wheat with a touch of orange zest. The taste is surprisingly mild mannered and easygoing with light carbonation. There is just a hint of coriander and orange on the finish that is really pleasurable. It's exceptionally easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 18:59:24 | More by cbleary
Photo of jneiswender


3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a brown 12oz bottle into a Belgian beer glass.

A--pale yellow (like an incandescent light bulb) color. Pure white, fluffy head. (definitely pour it with the yeast, you will get the best head {follow the instructions on the bottle}).

S--Clove smell, overall reminds me of a pastry shop

T--Nice clove in the front, then orange peel, then a black pepper like finish.

M--Light but wet

D--Very nice beer if you are in the mood. I might get tired of it. I don't find anything about it that makes me want to come back and have more of it. Maybe if I had it in Belgium it would be different (freshness of this would certainly matter and make these flavors more pronounced).

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 15:51:47 | More by jneiswender
Photo of DrainBamage


3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale slightly cloudy yellow color with a decent lace of head. Smell is all wheat and not much else. Taste is that of other wheat beers, lots of phenol flavor .mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and crisp with a slight dryness toward the end. I'm not a fan of wheat beers, because of the phenol flavors, but I tried to be impartial and so this beer comes out a tad above average for me. If I had to drink a wheat beer this would a decent choice.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2008 05:44:34 | More by DrainBamage
Photo of armock

New York

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

A - Poured a hazy golden color with a white head that leaves lacing

S - Is citrus with some hops backing it up

T - Mostly citrus flavor but not too much

M - Medium carbonation beer coats mouth

D - This is a very easy to drink beer I could easily drink this all night a true session beer

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2007 23:04:34 | More by armock
Photo of FireEmt37


3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Light golden color, fairly cloudy, nice head

S- Fruity with hits of citrus and banana

T- Fits the style, nice tastes of fruits with the banana taste coming through

M- Crisp, yet smooth with a nice amount of carbonation

D- Easliy could drink many of these

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 19:57:25 | More by FireEmt37
Photo of JamesS


2.85/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice light straw color, more pale than golden, with a great head but little lacing. Has a nice clean scent, hints of wheat and citrus. The flavor is overwhelmed by citrus, though. It's very light and refreshing, but tastes like a couple of orange peels were squeezed right into it before drinking. Goes down smooth. I'd drink another if bought for me, but I wouldn't get it on my own.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2007 03:36:13 | More by JamesS
Photo of dmk139

New York

4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The "mouthfeel" is what makes this beer for me. SO GOOD! my only beef with this beer is that it is grossly overpriced, but all for the better as i feel i must treat myself to it on special occasions. It is a very full bodied Witbier. Very tasty, but not too fruity. Smooth as silk. If the allure of gold could be transferred into a taste, it would be very similar to Hoegaarden, i am certain.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2007 16:05:49 | More by dmk139
Photo of DoubleJ


4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled again, this time on-draft at Dundee's. The lace sticks to the glass, and it remains good all around IMO, although not as good as I remembered when I reviewed the bottle about eight months ago. Still, I had a hard day and wanted to mellow out on a light fruity beer. At Dundee's, I thought it was cool to see it served in it's hexagonal glass.

Serving type: on-tap

12-26-2007 06:34:51 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If you like witbiers, this is one for you. It has a nice, cloudy appearance and a decent and not overwhelming aroma. It has that orangey flavor typical of most witbiers. It's very refreshing and tasty. This isn't one of the most impressive beers ever brewed. but nonetheless worth your time.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 16:43:09 | More by avalon07
Photo of blatherbeard


3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am drinking this beer for the first time today. Very light color with a cloudy look, almost hefewisen looking, almost. A bit of a tangy aroma not much different than any avg beer. Mouthfeel is a bit thick, almost too thick for as light as it drinks. Smooth going down, i dont really taste much but the wheat and hops. A bit of an aftertaste but not unpleasant, just a bit bitter.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 00:43:08 | More by blatherbeard
Photo of tab021


3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy golden with fast dissapaiting head. One of the more unique looks to a beer when poured.

S: Yeast with light fruity notes

T: Wheat flavoring with a citrus and possibly clove flavorings.

M: 1st drink is moderately full in taste but finishes with little aftertaste. A light style beer

D: Light and refreshing, but I think it is a little overrated. It was good, don't get me wrong, but it was not as incredible as others. Very easy to drink, but I wouldnt go out of my way to spend the 8 or 9 bucks on a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2007 23:09:33 | More by tab021
Photo of Jagcorps


3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured light yellow with white cloudy color throughout. Head dissipated quickly.

S: Smells of yeast, wheat and citrus (as has been mentioned). Honestly, it reminded me a little of lemon dish detergent.

T: Different. It is its own beer. You either like it or not. I won't buy it again, because I don't really like this style (I have discovered), but I appreciate that it had flavor and did well what it was trying to do.

M: Crisp and clean. Good carbonation. No real after taste, perhaps because the citrus flavors were noticeable enough up front to render any after taste unnoticeable.

D: This beer is quite drinkable, if you like the style. I don't, but I won't hold that against a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2007 18:27:33 | More by Jagcorps
Photo of alexskovan

New York

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cloudy pale with a giant coarse-grained fluffy white head that was very stable and left a webwork lacing down the glass. Very pleasing light aroma of coriander and hefe. Taste is crisp and easygoing, but not at all watery. This is a very nice light witbier, with everything in balance, and a clean crisp finish.

You have to like this style (and a lot of people don't) but if you do, this one is a winner.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2007 22:13:17 | More by alexskovan
Photo of tonistruth


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

A- cloudy translucent faded yellow color (seriously likes clear when you pour it), 1 finger bubbly white head, that holds decently

S- wheat, coriander, and some orange

T- wheat flavor provides a backbone throughout, orange citrus up front comes to a dry bittersweet finish

M- light and dry body

D- refreshing and tasty,fits style to perfection, very enjoyable and recommended

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2007 01:25:32 | More by tonistruth
Photo of clayrock81


4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite beers, although I will admit it is probably a tad bit overrated (by me and others). For the review I even did the little twirl at the end of the pour (like it instructs on the label) and actually had a octagonal pint glass. This left a two finger head and a very clody yellow/white body, but the head desisted quickly. The smell is one of cirtus fruits, most notable an orange (note: I do NOT and will NOT have an orange w/ my wit beer).
The taste is citrusy w/ hints orange and peach, and the wheat sediments make it very smooth, although it is not a complex flavor at all and the spices, which overpower the wheat, are still barely noticable. Because of this you can just sit back and keep pouring it down your gullet. For the price (almost $10 for a six pack where I live) and its easy drinkability I love this beer and, believe it or not, this is one of my most favorable reviews.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2007 19:22:50 | More by clayrock81
Photo of gotweid


3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a pale white color with a touch of yellow. Head white as snow. Small amount of lacing. Smelled of citrus, banana and honey? Taste was that of banana with a citrus hint. Kind of refreshing and light. Almost a little bland though. Easy to drink in that there is nothing strong here at all. I didn't detect much aftertaste at all. Not highly recommended, but it's not bad either.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2007 03:49:44 | More by gotweid
Photo of zeff80


3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a pale, golden color with a fluffy, white, one-finger head. Left very small amounts of lacing.

S - It smelled strongly of yeast and wheat. Also, a good bit of citrus aromas.

T - It tasted of clove and wheat. The citrusy flavors reminded me of corriander.

M - It was relatively crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice wit. Good wheat and citrus flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2007 05:03:56 | More by zeff80
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, pale yellow body with a fizzy, short-lived white head.

Smell: Fairly reserved aroma of malted wheat, lemon juice, coriander, and a faint, far-off yeastiness.

Taste: Doughy wheat flavor with a subtle sweetness. Sour lemons. Hint of coriander and a pinch of celery salt. There’s a light acidity on the quick finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Light, fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: A suitable witbier, but the flavors are so light as to bypass refreshing and wind up being bland.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 21:03:47 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of altgeeky1

New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle, 10 months ahead of best-by date 10/16/08. Pours very light golden honey, with white undertones and some swirling sediment. Head retention was light with trim around the glass, updated regularly by large carbonation bubbles. Yeasty and floral aroma, can't smell the citrus very much. Spices are supported by the carbonation and overpower the wheat. The carbonation fades, and the flavor left behind in your mouth is the citrus and banana. I find this beer to be a bit watery and high on the carbonation. A little less carbonation and more body would make for a more drinkable beer. Disclaimer: I haven't found a white that I really enjoy (although I do like all other types of wheat).

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2007 19:59:00 | More by altgeeky1
Photo of abcsofbeer


3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with a 12.01.08 drink by date. The color is a nice golden honey that is cloudy and topped by a nice one finger white head. The head sticks around very well. The aroma is fairly week but has mostly a banana smell. There is also some bread with honey aromas in the glass too. The taste has some mild spiciness to it. There is also a hint of orange that is described on the label. The mouthfeel is refreshing and light.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2007 00:06:24 | More by abcsofbeer
Photo of Overlord


3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strange looking beer. Pale white-ish yellow, pure white foam...kind of a hazy sickly color. Smells like yeast, citrus, and spices.

Taste is bannanas, yeast, and a bit of lemon/citrus zest. Interesting, quaffable, but nothing to write home and rave about. It's unique look is probably not a plus, but it's definitely weird.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2007 08:24:36 | More by Overlord
Photo of JBogan


2.85/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a sickly looking very pale and cloudy greenish yellow. Almost like water that's been sitting in a fishtank far too long. Zero head and lacing, and only the tiniest amount of carbonation. Maybe the worst looking beer I've ever seen. It almost made me not want to put the glass to my lips, but we're this far so...

Let's see what this smells like...ok, not nearly as bad as the appearance. Some orange, maybe a bit of banana. That's about it, and even those scents were not very prominent. Not a strong smelling beer.

Taste was slightly better. Again it was a very mild banana and orange flavor and that's all I could pick up. Bordered on watery.

Mouthfeel was acceptable. Not as thin as it appeared, and slightly more carbonation than appearances led me to believe.

Overall I wavered between a 2.5 and a 3 on drinkablity and I gave it the 3. I guess for the type beer it is, it's acceptable but not outstanding or very memorable. I won't be picking this up again, but for those who enjoy this style of beer it's probably worth at least a look.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2007 19:05:31 | More by JBogan
Photo of bluemoonswoon


3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass, no freshness date visible, but it does have a diagram on how to pour the beer.

A: Pours sort of a pale and cloudy straw yellow with a pure white half inch head. No lacing. Very very pale looking, almost the sickly sort if you get my drift.

S: Good deal of yeasty funk with hints of orange slices and bananna. Not much else though

T/MF: A bit watery but still has a good enough mellow orange bananna and bread yeast flavors in here but they all fell a bit watered down. There is a good deal of carbonation that leaves the mouth tingly but not overly dry.

D: Not a bad wit but there are better ones out there and for less.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 00:47:19 | More by bluemoonswoon
Photo of Cs1987


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

Appearance - Light, cloudy, 1 finger of head which reduced.

Smell - Quite difficult to detect the smell, but there are hints of banana and spices.

Taste - Spicy cinnamon/nutmeg taste, with hints of vanilla and summer fruits.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation, spicy aftertaste.

Drinkability - Very drinkable and quite refreshing, despite the spiciness.

Overall - I personally prefer Hefe Weizen to Witbier, so I can't help but rate this below my favourite Hefes. Hoegaarden is a good beer, but not the best Witbier I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 13:49:12 | More by Cs1987
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
85 out of 100 based on 3,860 ratings.