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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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4,322 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,322
Reviews: 1,650
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 81
Gots: 469 | FT: 1
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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 waltaburge
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love Hoegaarden. This is truly a great beer. Way better than most wheat beers. There is a depth to the flavor like a good bottle of wine has. There are traces of cinnamon, orange peel, and white chocolate almost. Speaking of which, I have tried this beer with a slice of orange or lemon in it, which seems to bring out the sweet citrus taste in the beer even more. In a bottle, poured into a Hoegaarden hexagonal glass, produces a beautiful head, and on tap is even better, although very difficult to locate a place in Australia that has it on tap. Try it with a slice of lemon or orange. Beautiful!

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

I had this one on tap at Shallo's

A: Nice transluccent straw color with white stirred in. Atop this a nice one finger head with good lacing.

S: Lemon grass spiciness. Clove-like and a bit of bubblegum.

T: Wheaty and bubble gum with a bit of an almost green pepper spice.

M: Medium light feel, works well with this brew,

D: A very drinkable, refreshing beer.

Photo of Colleen219
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This isn't a bad beer but I think I expected more because its so popular. It tasted more like a lager than any of the other Belgian Whites that I've tried. Its still a good choice on a hot summer day but honestly I'd rather drink a Goose Island Matilda or a Blue Moon White Ale.

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

A- an extremely white yellow cloudy color is poured. Reminds me of white cranberry juice. Spects of what seems to be orange peel sit on the head.

S- it is filled with spicy tones. Orange peel or even grapefruit notes are very present. Coriander is the most predominant spice with some wheat and malty undertones.

T- Its soft and malty with some spiciness coming from the orange peel and coriander. A somewhat lemony bite at the end of a sip makes me wanting more.

M- Its not very thick but easy to drink

O- Its enjoyable and crafty. Everything from the color to the spects of orange peel that lace the head make me want to like this beer. It might take time to warm up to this beer, but its somehow intriguing and makes you want to grab another.

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

This is one of my favorite beers for summer or just for light drinking. If its hot out and this is on tap, it will be in my hand as fast as they can pour it.

It pours a cloudy pale yellow, much like a real lemonade. Very little orange in it, nothing like Blue Moon.

It smells wonderful, kind of like a lemon scented candle or something but with a little spice to it.

Served with a lemon which always enhances the citrusy notes that come with this beer. Had it without lemon as well and still tastes like it has lemon in it. I dont get the orange peel that others do. Lemon and orange definitely have different characters and I catch the lemon. I agree with the corriander and wheat malts that come with this unfiltered beer.

This beer is very light, clean, and easy to drink. Not much carbonation, so it doesnt fill you up. Be careful as its easy to drink this like lemonade, rather than beer.

Photo of popery
2.88/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle, home. Extremely ho-hum. The beer pours a pale shade of yellow with a tinge of orange. The head is large and pillowy, though it dissipates a bit quickly. The aroma is muted with a sour grain off note, citric acidity, light wheat spice and some spicing. The flavor is quite boring. It's a bit too acidic and the grain doesn't have a good flavor. Some grassiness and spice. There's just not a ton going on. Mouthfeel is fine. Not bad but not something that I'd care to order again.

Photo of jovy1097
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Medium pure white head that dissipated after a couple of minutes. Opaque liquid the color of pear juice.

S: Citrus zest and wheat malts. Spicy smell with coriander edges. I love the smell of nearly all witbiers.

T: Nicely sweet, wheat malt with spices in the background. Not as citrussy as I thought it would be and that's good. No bitterness at all, though it is a tad tangy. Leaves a fruity taste in the mouth.

M: Fairly creamy with a bite of carbonation. Just right.

D: Much better than I expected from such a popular and mainstream brew. Really a nice beer for the price. Very refreshing. This is an all around good beer for the price. I think it easily beats out Blue Moon.

Photo of philphilphil
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very noice. i'm not generally a fan of ales but this one along with leffe blonde are very good. Poured into 330 ml glass.

A - cloudy colour, light head with good retention.
S - corriander and orange peel, what youd expect.
T - same as the smell, alot going on but lightly, would be too much if it wasnt lightly.
M - lighter end of good carbonation.
D - medium to high. Goood flavour, not as good as leffe but still good. Price tag is a little restrictive to drinkabilty.

Photo of jester27lax
4.9/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is and has been my favorite Belgian White for many years and now that it's available almost everywhere and still has the same great smell and taste, I'll always keep a 12er in the beer fridge. I have the original Hoegaarden glasses and this beer looks great in them. Great aroma and taste to match. It's a shame that Bud bought the company, but as long as they don't change the original recipe, I can live with it. There is a small amount of white head after the pour that only adds to the deliciousness of the beer.

Photo of scott451
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poued according to the instructions on the bottle, into a 35cl IKEA Pokal glass (almost the same as a genuine Hoegaarden one). A white two finger head which rapidly dissapears into a thin layer. Cloudy pale yellow. Minor lacing. Smells of citrus and spice. Tast is similar. Very drinklable and very good on a hot day. A weak imitation of the on tap version, but still worthy.

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

pours a whiteish yellow color, very cloudy, creamy looking big white head. lots of bubbles rushing to the top. good retention and a little lacing.

lots of lemony citrus in the aroma. some spice, some wheat, and some belgian yeast, bubblegum.

lots going on for a such a simple style of beer. very refreshing and crisp clean mouthfeel. a crisp citrus lemon flavor attacks the palate. some orange peel, spices, mild wheat flavors. finishs with a very soft kind of belgian yeast flavor, no way could the yeast profile be offensive to any kind of beer drinker. some bubblegum, phenolics and maybe some light flouride flavors from the yeast.

light body, a little high carbonation, but appropriate for the style.

drinkability is so great. good anytime of year, but exspecially good on those hot summer days. this beer is a staple for me, i really love it for partys and weekend boozing, you can really pound these and still have a flavorfull good beer on your hands and not be wasted off of only a couple. if you want to get into belgians, but dont know where to start, this would be a great place.

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

Subtle, fresh lemon aroma with a hint of spice.

Well formed, bright white two-finger head when poured according to bottle instructions (pour 2/3, swirl bottle, pour rest to form head). A light straw-colored brew emerges, enveloped in a whitish cloud, with good head retention but little lacing.

Smooth, orange-lemon citrus tea flavor with yeasty, French bread overtones and piquant spice in the back of the palate after the fizzy carbonation subsides. Solid wheat presence.

Not too intense at all considering the coriander and orange peel, but refreshing and tasty -- a perennial summer favorite with BBQ chicken and melons.

Photo of GRPunk
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (best by 16/01/11 which seems a little long shelf life for the style) poured into a Hoegaarden Hexagonal glass. My wife loves this beer which is part of the reason I actually have the glass. I actually have a greater appreciation for the vessel. It has a nice heft and bulky shape.

A- A pour, swirl, and dump makes for a 1-1/2 finger, white head atop a cloudy, yellow body. There's moderate to heavy carbonation. The head falls to about a 1/2 finger before settling to thin, foamy film. There are awesome sticky spots and rings left on the glass.

S- Right away you get hit with the orange and corriander. It has plenty of the wheaty and yeasty characteristics that make for a pleasant, musty aroma. I'd call it a really "soft" scent, overall.

T- A great representation of the style. There's that wheaty/yeasty flavor that's quite refreshing. The spice gives a gentle jab throughout as the orange really comes through in the finish.

M- The moderate carbonation creates a slightly foamy feel. There's that chewy characteristic I expect from an unfiltered brew.

D- I haven't had one of these in a while. After finishing my first, I'm very tempted to crack another (and just might). It's a great warm/hot weather thirst quencher and works well as a morning/afternoon/session beer.

I consider this a benchmark for style. It's so hard to rate a beer that really defines the style (like Duvel's done for the Belgian Strong Pale). Are there things I might tweak? Sure. But what other beer jumps out at you when somebody says Witbeer?

Photo of rye726
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a white head. Nice lacing and retention.

Nose has wheat malts, citrus fruits and honey.

Taste has light wheaty malts and citrus.

Light body is crisp and refreshing. Well carbonated.

Decent wit, nothing special, but a nice classic example of the style. Easy to get and easy to drink, but there are so many better options for the price.

Photo of zoso493
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: Pours a pale yellow color that is just a little bit too pale for me, but still has the right gist. Atop the beer, is a two-finger head that's all foam and which dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing as it goes.

Smell: Wheat is the predominant smell in this one, with some clove and just a touch of banana to be found behind all the weisse scents. There is a touch of graininess and I think the scent could do with a little more.

Taste: This a good tasting beer and bears a strong resemblance to a hefeweizen. It's not going to blow you away with flavor, but it's nicely put together with some nice weisse flavors, clove and banana.

Mouthfeel: I know the style calls for a lighter body but the mouthfeel is maybe just a touch too thin for me. It's still highly carbonated, though, and it goes down pretty smoothly.

Drinkability: This is a very nicely drinkable and pretty refreshing beer. It's very low in ABV and would make a nice beer to drink on a hot summer's day.

Overall, this is a good example of the style, but It may be just a little too laid back, but it's still a nice beer that is definitely worth a try.

Photo of scottchesterhall
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beautiful classic pale wit look on the pour.

Smell is brimming with yeast esters, bananna and clove dominate. Smell may be the best part of this beer, and are much better on tap than in bottle.

Taste is nice, clean, mildly sweet with medium fruit.

Mouthfeel is neutral, neither dry nor full. Balanced, but nothing amazing.

Drinkability is the biggest weakness, as it becomes a little heavy on the fruit and esters by the end of the pint.

Photo of klaybie
2.55/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Bought this as part of a mix-a-six pack. I was looking forward to trying this beer but was left dissapointed.

This beer pours a pale hazy yellow with light carbonation and looks like someone mixed lemonade with some soda water.

The nose is almost non existent but does have traces of lemon and some spices.

The taste is quite different than what I'm used to. It is quite fruity but with an artifical aftertaste that is pretty dry as well.

Hoegaarden has a nice mouthfeel with light carbonation but the taste just kind of kills the enjoyment overall for me.

All in all probably not bad on a really hot day but not one I will search for again.

Photo of stoutmasterjames
4.65/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I don't normally swoon like this over a "light-flavor" beer, but this stuff is really damn good! The bottle, dressed as a monk, exudes the pleasant tastefulness of the Belgian white within. Pepper-taste, soft, non-intrusive. The spices really add a lot to this beer. It is highly drinkable, and I couldn't imagine a single beer-drinker who would dislike this masterpiece. If you ain't tried it, go get a six pack... TODAY!

Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy, creamy looking pale yellow with a faint head to match, little lacing.

S: Has major notes of citrus and coriander.

T: Just like the nose, citrus and spice up front. Pretty sweet, no flavors are over-the-top. Boring as a whole.

M: Has a nice crispness to it, more carbonation than I expected.

D: Can drink a couple before getting bored with it.

Photo of minterro
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: the beer is a deep straw yellow color with a murky look. bubbles are vigorously coming up from the top in little streams even till the very end. the head is a egg shell white with a starry night effect left by the bubbles resting on the head. it leaves almost no lacying.

S: the aroma has earthy and citrus tones to it. its not super aramaic but it has a decent scent

T: sweet and bitter. has a lot of citrus like someone dropped a lemon or two into it. the lemon taste is a bit over powering but i could see it being a good spring or early fall beer. has a nice crisp and clean feel to it.

M: for the look for bubbles rising from the bottom i would have thought it would have more carbonation then it does but it still has a lot of carbonation. the lightish body goes well with the beer

D: really quite easy to drink. with a pretty light body and sweet taste i could get down a couple of these fast no problem.

overall: i liked it, its alright. probably would not buy a 6 pack of this unless i didn't have many options but it was a good loose beer and worth a try. Almost tastes like and has the similar color as Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy.

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

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Hoegaarden tumbler. 4.9% ABV, Pouring instructions, and Best Before 15/07/10.

A - Totally hazed-over pale straw yellow with a dense, cloud-white, one-finger head. Decent retention kept it around for a while but left no lace on the glass.

S - A pleasantly fresh lemon citrus zest floats out with a light yeast aroma and dry wheat. Crisp, clean, and refreshing smelling with a classic wit nose.

T - Crisp and smooth light dry wheat flavor with a delicate lemon citrus spritz and mild yeast balance. The nose hints at more flavor than the beer delivers.

M - Crisp but smooth and light-bodied with a mild, soft, dry finish. Fairly refreshing.

D - It could be a bit colder. It's a good wit that's available at most places that sell beer but it's not incredible. Definitely a refreshing summer beer but one I've had better bottles of.

Photo of BMWMommy
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ive just recently started investigating white beers so my review may not be as detailed as some may.

This beer had a strong clove flavor but not so overpowering that the delicate beer flavor was hidden. There is no bitter taste and the aftertaste is very pleasant. I was surprised at how pale in color it was. I tried it with both an orange and a lemon. The lemon was definitely more appropriate.

I really enjoyed this beer for it not being too sweet and for its spiciness. It is wonderfully unique that I will enjoy occasionally. Not an all the time beer.

Photo of JoKo
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Otter Creek world tour pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy bright yellow, cloudy with bright white head. Spices linger around. Lively carbonation.

Smell: Citrus up front, the aroma is very strong with this beer.

Taste: Spicy, coriander and other spices up front, some citrus notes lingering in the background.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp, smooth, light, everything that one would expect with a white ale.

Drinkability: Very easy drinkability, great brew for the spring/summer or whenever for that matter. Definitely a session beer if there ever was one. I would definitely drink this beer again.

Photo of Jessearellano
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Its very cloudy and looks whitish yellow.


It doesn't smell very good at all but you can defiantly smell the wheat.


Defiantly some clove with a hint of pineapple and citrus.


Very watery with a wet finish.


Extremely easy to drink, not very much carbonation and its a bit watery which makes go it down very easy.

Decent beer but would not buy again, I don't like wheat beers very much..

Photo of FreshHawk
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy, hazy pale yellow. Large white froathy and foamy head. Slowly decreases with little lacing left.

S - Malted wheat with coriander, clove and pepper spice. Also a good amount of lemon and orange.

T - Wheat and malt base provide a slightly sweet base. There is a good amount of spice (as mentioned above) and citrus, orange and lemon, provide a subtle tart flavor.

M - Pretty light with a bit more than average carbonation. A little creaminess and a little fizzy.

D - Really easy to drink. Wheat and malt sweetness provide the base and go down really easy. The other flavors make you want to drink more, but aren't heavy.

Notes: Seems like a very good example of the style. Wonderful summer, wheat beer. Would be a wonderful substitute for macros (I know, different style but same concept of easy drinking and refreshing aspects). Not amazing but easy to drink.

Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
86 out of 100 based on 4,322 ratings.