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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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BA SCORE
85
very good

3,884 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 3,884
Reviews: 1,620
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 60
Gots: 261 | 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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BiereBlanche

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz. bottle from a 6-pack

Tipped most of the bottle into a working glass then rolled the bottle before pouring. The glass was filled with a very pale, hazy yellow and capped off with a foamy white head. The head could have stuck around longer for a wheat, but still nice, and left a ring and and small patches along the side. The aroma is citrusy, like lemongrass, and spicy/ bready. The taste follows similarly. Light, citrus sweetness hits the tongue first, followed by a very balanced and mild bitter bite. The finish is somewhat refreshing and the aftertaste is again a sweet, malty lemon flavor. The mouthfeel is light, but not watery and the carbonation is very fitting, not very heavy. Hoegaarden is very nicely balanced, light and refreshing enough to be easily drinkable. It's a good representation of the citrusy, wheaty characteristics of the Witbier style. Very nice, sessionable macro offering. A very good intro to wheat beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2007 06:29:17 | More by BiereBlanche
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atrus138

Kentucky

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

Followed the instructions printed on the label: poured the first 2/3 into the glass as normal, swirled the remainder, and poured the rest in. This made for a beautiful creamy head that lay atop a cloudy and extremely pale yellow. Very nearly white. Had some nice lacing, but had some trouble sticking. Delicious lemony smell with spices. Taste was excellent, lots of fruit and spices, most notably lemon, with a nice yeasty flavor. Medium bodied. Reminds me a bit of Delirium Tremens, though this would probably be much better suited for the summer and Delirium Tremens for winter, as this has far less alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2007 05:04:15 | More by atrus138
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largadeer

California

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

Appearance: Nice presentation - the bottles and six pack holder look awesome. The beer itself is pale yellow and slightly hazy, though not as cloudy as many wits out there. Head retention could be better.

Smell: A mild aroma of coriander, wheat and citrus.

Taste: Dry and (very) lightly hopped, this beer has very little bitterness. A subtle malty sweetness is present amongst stronger flavors of orange peel and coriander. The spices give some character to what would otherwise be a rather ordinary and bland beer. It finishes clean, without lingering on the tongue too long.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, crisp, very easy on the palate.

Drinkability: A solid beer, and very sessionable. There are better wits around, but this is easy to find and it's really quite decent.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2007 00:07:17 | More by largadeer
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TimWeizen1

California

4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Original of the species. I've enjoyed this beer for over 15 years. Light yellow color, white head, and smells of spice and orange. I originaly found this beer at Trader Joes for cheap and very pleasantly surprised with the quality. Tastes like it smells and is very drinkable. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 18:11:21 | More by TimWeizen1
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Gehrig

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I first had this beer while on vacation and in a hot tub, and it did not disappoint. A nice light golden beer with a white foamy head, Hoegaarden is very tasty, with a nice melange of flavors and mild spices. Orange was most prominent. It is decidedly less spicy than other Belgian-style ales I've had, but also more accessible too. Its taste is smooth yet somewhat bubbly, nice and crisp. It is very refreshing, a terrific way to beat the heat, or to kick back with a few on a porch. Terrific in warm weather and great tasting. A really good find.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 01:28:52 | More by Gehrig
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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this numerous times bottled but saw it recently on tap and thought i better review it.

A: Straw cloudy blonde appearance with a thin white creamy head layer sitting on top, dissapates quickly to leave only the crown

S: Lots of citrus, fresh hops and some grapefruit. Also a lot more sweeter i think than when poured from the bottle

T: Tart with the citrus but also a delicate sweetness, i found it hard to distinguish what the sweetness was in the smell but in the taste i feel its very much spice, well balanced which makes it light and refreshing

M: Light and spritzy on the tongue, fluffy almost!

D: A nice summer refresher, nothing too complex but a nice change from when your sick of pale ales!

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2007 17:24:23 | More by seanyfo
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thierrynantes

France

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

Beer bottle (25, 33cl), tasted in 1999.

Appearance : pale straw yellow color (veiled), with a white foam head.
Smell : citrus and coriander aroams.
Taste and mouthfeel : first acid and a little spicy. Very round in the mouth, bittersweet by the wheat.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian white

Review translated from french 5-26-2008.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 13:59:44 | More by thierrynantes
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skeetermoses

Oklahoma

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

I do enjoy this beer, I am a sucker for belgium whites. This beer has a good sense of spice to it, not bad, overall this is not my favorite but it does rank up there as far as good belgium beers go. I am looking forward to drinking the other selections they have to offer.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 07:49:44 | More by skeetermoses
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Kemmerlin

Colorado

4.97/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a straw yellow color with cloudy appearance. Personally I am a fan of the cloudy look and was excited to take my first sip.
S: Exciting aromas of citrus maybe orange or lemon and hops. I have not smelled a beer like it yet.
T: Just like it smelled, there was an orange taste but complimented with a black pepper/clove type of taste that I presume is the corriander that was dexcribed on the bottle. I have never had corriander so I ma unsure iof this taste but do plan on going out and buying some after this beer.
M: The carbonation felt like what you would find drinking a carbonated water. The rest of the feel was smooth and delicious.
D: I could not have been happier to be drinking this beer and it went down easy and smooth with plenty of strong flavors to savor.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2007 01:57:19 | More by Kemmerlin
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kenito799

New York

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass, despite the instructions on the label to use a hexagonal glass. Nice pouring instructions. Hopefully will deter the bottle-chuggers.

Cloudy pale starw colored beer raises a nice crisp foamy white head which recedes to a ring. Very nice look, perfect witbier appearance.

The aroma is very nice, lemon-orange with a hint of coriander, very fresh. On the palate the active fine bubbles convey the crisp, refreshing, clean wit taste well. There is a good balance of orangey and spicy notes, a clove-y tingle lingers in the finish. Very clean and refreashing, flavors could be a little less restrained...I got a little bored. But good for the sunny outdoors.

1000 light years better than Blue Moon, I wish this beer could supplant the ubiquity of that awful drek.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2007 23:20:17 | More by kenito799
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Spidey13

Kentucky

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

Had this one tap last night, served in a pint glass. A very light colored, cloudy beer. A small white head with a bit of lacing on the glass. Smell is light with a bit of lemon. The taste is also very light with lemon notes and a bit of sourness. Very smooth mouthfeel. The is a very drinkable beer due to the very light flavors. Very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2007 03:45:00 | More by Spidey13
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timmytootimes

Missouri

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

Out of respect for the original by which all other wit beers are judged i have given this beer high marks.

The appearance is slightly cloudy with fruity aromas of bannana and clove with a hint of spicy orange and coriander.

Clean crisp with definate tones of the bannana, coriander, orange and clove i mentioned above, nice malt wheat aftertaste, average mouthfeel but great, great drinkability!

A true classic worthy of its reputation.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2007 03:41:43 | More by timmytootimes
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.9/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Of the many white beers out there on the market, this is definitely one of the best I've ever had. Great blend of orange and coriander make this one of the most drinkable and enjoyable beers. I enjoy it with an orange peel, which helps bring out and accentuate the citrus-like taste, although drinking it alone really helps you appreciate the exceptional taste. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is a fan of white beers. From what I've heard - and not like this makes much of a difference - it has won the beer cup in its category many times - a consistent winner. Although $8.99 for a sixer is a little pricey, this is worth it without a doubt... one of my favorite of all time...

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 18:16:18 | More by dsa7783
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boothy443

Maryland

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

Was pleasantly supprised, considering this was my Belgian style, though it had come highly recommended by others to me. I would consider it more translucent that cloudy, being that i didn't see differences in the opacity of the beer while drinking. The head stared out as soapsuds and dissipated quickly but only to a ring around the collar that fell with the drink. Was supprised at the mildness, expecting a more robust and forceful taste, but was not under whelmed. The orange tone comes threw very well and mixes well with the taste of other botanicals. Smell was a bit lacking to me, though present. Would recommend this beer, would consider this as an introducer into beer for those who don’t drink beer often or at all, especially those who don’t like beer for the “bitter beer taste” that can be present which, in my opinion beer has a lack of.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 01:55:05 | More by boothy443
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Amalak

New York

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

A: Completely opaque and yellow/caramel in color. Light head, bubbly.

S: Cross of wheat and fruit. Came with an orange slice...which I don't care for. I think a beer should taste naturally without the help of a piece of fruit. Just my opinion though.

T: Milder than some, but a full bodied wheat beer. I really like its balance.

M: Slightly acidic, but gentle.

D: Very smooth, yet nicely carbonated.

It has good balance. Smooth wheat and carbonated, but not over done on either end. But to be honest, I expect a more robust flavor out of my white ales. Solid, but overrated in some ways.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2007 01:33:37 | More by Amalak
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MMAJYK

Georgia

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Very bright yellow, and non transparent. Head is lacy but not lingering like most belgians.

S- Smell is of citrus: lime, oranges, and lemons.

T- Taste is light and fruity. Very clean and totally refreshing.

M- Mouth is nothing special, but is quite full. Not as I expected from this beer. I would have figured more light, but suprisingly good and a tad malty.

D- Very drinkable and clean. This one goes down good and goes down easily. Great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2007 03:10:07 | More by MMAJYK
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lowbrau68

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale yellow, hazy, translucent w/a vibrant white head. Leaves a moderate lacing throughout.
Aroma: Defining characteristic of this and other Belgians is that distinctive yeast character (sour? vanilla?). Orange is very evident along w/subtle coriander. Reminiscent of potpourri while the head lasts, malt and citrus linger in the glass after the beer is finished.
Taste: Bright, citrusy and spicy but dominated by the tart yeast character. Highly carbonated and refreshing. Mouthfeel is very light, spritzy and becomes almost watery as the beer warms. Dry in the middle, lingering tart citrus and spice in the aftertaste.

This is a great summer beer but is so drinkable, complex, and versatile I'll be drinking this year round. In short, very refreshing but complex beer (love those Belgians!) that is rapidly turning into my "go-to" brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2007 01:32:47 | More by lowbrau68
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NitroGen

Arizona

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

P: Dark Brown bottle 11.2 oz., 4.9% alc/vol. Date stamp on back label ‘Best before 11/11/08’, over a year away.

A: A slight thick pour of a hazy ginger with a thick brilliant white foam two fingers high that slowly settles to a nice cover with lacing.

S: A deep and strong yeast and sour grainy smell that stays with the nose.

T: Smooth, light taste of grain that is constant from the first sip until the last without complexity. A refreshing and light taste.

M: Light carbonation makes this smooth and simple to the palate and is consistent with a dry aftertaste.

D: This is the second time that I have tried this beer, and was a bit reluctant after my first tasting. Age apparently has made me a bit mellower as I was delightfully surprised about this beer and it will fit nicely into my drinking rotation.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2007 01:06:16 | More by NitroGen
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SargeC

Japan

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly rusty yellow, minimal head, naturally cloudy and unfiltered. Low carbonation.

Smell: Warm citrus and spice.

Taste: Citrus, rich yeast qualities, acidic and tangy.

Mouthfeel: Great medium consistency, satisfying. A little coarse. Carbonation adds to the fullness.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Great flavor and satisfying consistency.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 07:09:48 | More by SargeC
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Porkchuck

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow! I really like this one. The label even explains how to pour it.
A - super cloudy pale yellow, short head

S - can you say herbal garden

T - everything you read so far is true...have to type it...RiCCOLA!

M - light, soda bubbles, lots of them

D - real easy to have more than one

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 03:06:29 | More by Porkchuck
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dippy

Massachusetts

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

Poured a hazy pale yellow with a tight knit head of bubbles that dropped off quickly.

Smell was lacking, a little clovey.

Taste was cloves and pepper. Maybe a little orange zest.

Went down smooth, not a lot of carbonation. Felt watery

Good beer. Not my fav. But I wouldn't kick many blondes out of bed and this one is no different.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 15:16:27 | More by dippy
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gmfessen

Michigan

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

Poured from the tap into a pint glass, beer is a hazy pale yellow color with a thin head that dies out almost immediately leaving no lacing. Smell is not overwhelming, but is like one would expect from a witbier - coriander and cloves with a hint of citrus. Somewhat weizen like. The taste is much the same as the smell -sweet with spices and citrus, but not as enjoyable as some others of the style. Mouthfeel is pretty light in body with minimal carbonation. Overall, an easily drinkable beer but not an overly desirable one. Worth trying but nothing I will be revisiting anytime soon.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2007 06:22:42 | More by gmfessen
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whiplash3825

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pale yellow cloudy color (carbonated grapefruit juice?)with a two-finger head that quickly collapses... minimal lacing,

The smell might just be the best part of this beer with just the right combination of citrus, coriander, floral, and spicy notes. That sour mustiness of good wheat beers is also in the nose.

Taste is lighter than the smell would lead you to believe, but the flavors are sublime with nothing overpowering the other. Citrus and spices with a very nice peppery bite. That yeasty sourness is prominent also. A great balance of flavors!

Mouthfeel is good... chewy with about a perfect level of carbonation.

Drinkablility is excellent, especially on a hot humid day. Low ABV and the clean dry finish leave you wanting "just one more." No overpowering flavors to get cloying after several... just a refreshing thirst-quenching brew!

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2007 20:50:52 | More by whiplash3825
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Frankdaatank24

Washington

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

Excellent on tap, quality lacks from bottled version. Generous, brilliant snow-white head, body of the beer is cloudy with a golden hue.

Taste is excellent, with buttery, citrusy flavors with a hint of floral.

All in all this is an excellent beer. Excellent head, taste, and highly drinkable. Not much else to say.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2007 08:54:40 | More by Frankdaatank24
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jasonpeckins32

Michigan

2.65/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What I really cant believe is that I havent tried this beer yet. Probably the only beer Ive seen sitting there on the shelf a thousand times without ever actually buying it. Strange also, its one of my favorite styles.

Pours a very pale yellow color with a slight haze. A nice fluffy white head was created through a vigorous pour. Decent lacings left behind.

The aroma is simple. A little citrus fruits, a little of that wheat ale smell. The taste is also remarkably simple. A few hints of lemon and on the yeasty side, theres really not any large standout flavors in this one. There may be a few remnant flavors of some spices floating around in it, but nothing noteworthy.

Mouthfeel is crisp, dry, and refreshing. A light bodied beer, but I'm impressed with the refreshing mouthfeel and adequate carbonation. Drinkability is good also, I could drink these all day without ever getting tired of them, but also without ever having an excellent beer all day either.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2007 06:37:53 | More by jasonpeckins32
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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