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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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3,858 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,858
Reviews: 1,620
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 60
Gots: 243 | FT: 0
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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 oldirtycaffrey


2.5/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Maybe I am really an uncivilized beer drinker, because I really did not enjoy this at all. The appearance is the cloudy fizz that is associated with a witbier, and the smell--its best attribute in my opinion--is citrusy and bright. But the taste to me was sour & harsh--just not enjoyable. You can taste the citrus and wheat, but the overwhelming sourness just made it totally unenjoyable.

Not a fan.

***Edited 9/14/07*** Still had one of these in my fridge and was nearly contemplating tossing it, but decided to give it another try. I was pleasantly surprised to find it wasn't as bad as I remembered. Still has an overall "sourness" to it that would really not make me desire having more than one, but its crispness *was* refreshing. Smell is still its best quality, imo. Enjoy.***

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2007 12:27:15 | More by oldirtycaffrey
Photo of kmacphail

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I sampled a bottle of this for the first time with my dinner after a high recommendation from my wife.

The beer poured a cloudy pale yellow, with an enormous head, I am beggining to think this is normal from light Belgium beers.

The nose was dominated by bitter hops and wheat. Quite a sharp and unpleasant bitterness, possibly with a slight hint of lime/lemon to add to this bitterness but it was not at all pleasant.

However once I tasted this, the beer won me over instantly. A pleasant, refreshing hoppy taste with a slight hint of citrus in the aftertaste and a good ammount of wheat throughout. This felt like a beer on the mouth, nice and full with low carbonation, nice to taste a light beer that is not ruined by bubbles.

I thoroughly enjoyed the bottle and would definately drink it again. As it came in a 750ml bottle then this was a good amount, one was enough on a weeknight. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2007 11:00:21 | More by kmacphail
Photo of maddogruss

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug. A nice, opaque, golden body with a small white head. No real retention worth noting, but it slowed to a nice lacing. The smell with sweet and fruitty. The taste was more of the same. Very smooth with banana esters very present in the taste and aftertaste. The mouthfeel was decent at best; a little on the thin side. Overall, a nice, smooth, refreshing beer. The fact that it is easy going makes it a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2007 04:26:58 | More by maddogruss
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours into a Hoegaarden glass with a cloudy lemony color, with a fluffy white head on top. It has the aroma of citrus and a sweet malt. It tastes just like it looks, a bit sweet with fruity notes and refreshing. I heard that this should go down in three sips, with I can understand why. A good summery beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2007 21:07:06 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of Hautacam


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

Very cloudy bright gold with a white head..served in the Hoegaarden glass.
Smell is faint banana and bubblegum.
Tastes sweet and lemony. Bubblegum and yeast are in the mix. The flavors overall are very mild , especially when the beer is cold. A little warming has a nice effect ... bringing out more of the flavors.
Mouthfeel is on the light side and the carbonation is medium and smooth.
This is a very drinkable white....and getting to be very available on tap here in the NE.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2007 00:07:21 | More by Hautacam
Photo of Reed415


4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very Pale Yellow, Cloudy, Almost transparent. Very white head

S - Wheat, citrus, and maybe a little lemon in there also

T - Very Mild sweetness, Citrus Flavors

M - Medium Carbonation and very light Bodied

D - Very Drinkable, Especially in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2007 23:43:00 | More by Reed415
Photo of hammer09


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

Thick, foamy head on a soft pour. Pale, cloudy, straw-colored with fairly vigorous signs of carbonation. Smell is mildly sweet with corriander and a mild citrus note. Taste is spicy and citrus. Typical of style, but somewhat muted. Mouthfeel is crisp and biting due to the high carbonation. Good body and refreshing. Very drinkable, but there are other beers that better exemplify this style. Still, very enjoyable. I would definitely buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2007 03:27:23 | More by hammer09
Photo of Quej

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - A cloudy yellow with lots of light fluffy head and visible carbonation. very nice looking beer. Looks tasty.

S - Not a big nose, slight sweet maltiness with lots of citrus.

T - Very light and tangy. Sweetness of lemons and orange and the slight spiciness of coriander. Slightly acidic tasting, but very refreshing and zesty.

M - Very light and tingly, the citrus makes it slightly drying and incredibly refreshing.

D - Incredibly drinkable. Not strong, or complex, but very good and very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2007 23:20:21 | More by Quej
Photo of mnstorm99


3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not a huge Wheat fan, but this one was a very easy drinking, somewhat (but not overly) sweet ale. Hazy orange (inviting) color with a white head that went away quickly, but hung on to the glass till the last drop. sweet fruity aroma, as well as the taste. I could drink this one all summer long as long as it is a nice hot day.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2007 13:39:50 | More by mnstorm99
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


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

A very hazy pale yellow | mildly carbonated | nice head

Tart sweet fruit refreshing

Sweet fruit toffee spice | cool & refreshing | light wheaty cream and zing | real light ester hints | a little carbonation punch | smooth lightly creamy

Light overall flavor, good for summertime thirst-quenching. Not my favorite Witbier.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2007 16:15:02 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one a couple of times on-tap lately; seems to be the good beer that sneaks in the crappy beer joints. The look is excellent; nice straw-yellow color, opaque and hazy, with a nice two-finger white head on top. Nose is fairly mild, mostly citrus, but not a lot there. Taste is better, this one kind of sets the standard for the style, in my mind. Coriander, yeast, and citrus floats around all over the place. A little hops in the back, but mostly a wheat-beer-like taste. Feel is a little thin, although that does seem to be kind of standard for the style. A solid beer, definitely one I could make sessionable. If you haven't had this one yet, check it out.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2007 17:03:17 | More by soupyman10
Photo of scoobybrew


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

This was poured into a wiezen glass from from the bottle. The yeast was swirled and poured as well. It is cloudy with a golden color. The head is decent and is well retained. The aroma is dominated by wheat malt, but corriander and orange are definately there. As with the aroma, the wheat malt prevails in the flavor, while there are hints of corriander and orange. It has a medium-light body with moderately high carbonation.

Overall, this is an excellent Belgian white; one of the classics. It's quite nice on a warm or hot day, very refreshing and tasty. The last half I enjoyed with a small quarter slice of orange, as is traditional in Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2007 00:24:20 | More by scoobybrew
Photo of Mebuzzard


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

After a Rockies game I hit the local bars. Fado's had this on tap, a warm day, so I tried it.
Good pale golden body, very hazy. Nice frothy head, fair retention.
Smell of lemon, orange and slight sweetness of malt. Rich yeast is also detectable.
Taste is a crisp floral, citrus base. Light in body, nice for a warm day. Carbonation is almost too much , but ends up to be fine.
Easy drinking, a bit rich for a witbier IMO.
Very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2007 01:21:00 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of 1fastz28


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

heard lots of good things about this beer, of course like alot of the beers i hear about i have to go over to missouri to get. Regardless has a nice color to it, with some cloudiness, smells like spicy hops with citrus notes. tastes great, more citrus flavor is evident as is more spicy hops, refreshing tasty beer, wish i could get it more often.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2007 00:59:19 | More by 1fastz28
Photo of scarletfire79

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

really great example of a great style. looks great in the glass. big pillowy head, tons of bubbles. kind of a cloudy straw in color. the nose is really subtle, a little too subtle maybe for me. picking up some citrus notes. the taste is nice, delicate, not over powering. subtle clove and spice notes. maybe a little too laid back but extremely drinkable. not sure if it's my favorite in the style but definitly one of the more drinkable ones.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2007 13:38:35 | More by scarletfire79
Photo of wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml brown bottle. BB 29/11/2007, served chilled in a pilsner glass.

A: murky, pale lemonade/yellow-grapefruit juice colour; a thin, white cottony-foamy head lingers well, on top of moderate fizziness.
S: the sweet lemony note, vanilla, coriander, and an ashy edge come hand in hand with light-flavoured bready malts and refreshing wheatish note. Rather sweet and more settled than the tap-version.
T: salty-sweet flavour of yeastiness, a sharp citric, almost woody, edge, and a tinge of dryish-sweet hoppyness surround the mildly sweet bready and wheat-ish taste of malts; at the back of the palate a dryish spiciness as well as a sourness of wheats and yeastiness lingers.
M&D: creamy-textured on the palate, also slightly tangy due to the wheatiness and yeasts. But this really is not my favourite style, as the flavour tends to disintegrate after several sips as well as after warming up... Not a bad beer though, don't get me wrong~~

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2007 18:57:02 | More by wl0307
Photo of MrMcGibblets


3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this at a now-defunct french bistro and thankfully out of the two (TWO!) taps this was one of the beers available. served in a hoegaarden glass (kinda small glass), this was pale yellow and so cloudy it seemed whitish to me. big snow white head. bouqet was subtle but i detected clove or coriander, white bread/biscuits, and even bubblegum. yeasty aromas. taste is of lightly sweet malt balanced by a creamy carbonation and almost indiscernable floral hop background. somehow manages to finish clean. light bodied and creamy. i had a few of these no problem.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2007 03:11:03 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of Kicksmile67


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

A - Merky and light gold. The large glass covered in condensation looked amazing with a piece of orange hanging from the side. The head didnt stay long but some light lacey remains camped around the edge of the glass.

S - Fruity citrus with an amazing grainy finish. Light odors of the culture.

T - Wonderfully light, yet full. No bitter finish and lacking in the over hopping thats everywhere today. The orange might turn off some but I found it added great character and accented several of the natural notes in the brew.

M - Rich and creamy. The large amounts of grain protein made it feel almost like a nitro.

D - Very drinkable, even my beer hating Girlfriend will order a few. Serius sign of ease to indulge.

Overall, this is a staple in my line of beers. I have gone back many times since my first and love this brew. A must try, hell try it twice in one of thier giant bucket sized glasses.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2007 02:46:39 | More by Kicksmile67
Photo of sabrills70

North Carolina

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

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Poured 2/3 into a pint glass, swirled the bottle and poured the remaining 1/3 in - as the bottle instructs. Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a frothy 2 finger head, decent longevity and very nice lace. Smells as a Witbier should - lots of citrus/lemon with a slight peppery aroma mixed with a tad of banana and some yeast aromas. Upon tasting it is light in flavor although all of the correct flavors are present with a nice and lite sourness. This beer is lite and refreshing - very refreshing. Perhaps a bit lite in the flavor stregth but a very nice summer beer indeed.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2007 17:03:01 | More by sabrills70
Photo of sleazo

New York

3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3 steps on tap. Hoegaarden.

A- Pale hazy yellow. Minimal head minimal lacing.

S-Bananas bubble gum and sugar.

T-Some definite spice, pepper and clove in the taste. Not bad. A tad too sweet perhaps but a good wit.

M- slightly thick medium low carbonation.

Drinkabilty is good though it might be a tad sweet. Not a bad option. I ended up having two before switching to Duvel and Chimay.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2007 14:40:52 | More by sleazo
Photo of beerphan


3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> pilsner
no date

Pours a hazed muted pale yellow with a modest tight white head. Some fine rings of lace. Carbonation appears robust.

Nose: Banana, yeast, spice

Some light grains and a lemon tart finish. Not much in the spice/herbal flavors.

Light crisp mouth.

Easy enough to drink, but not very flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2007 19:40:07 | More by beerphan
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS


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

This is the first Belgian style beer I've had in a while that I have truly enjoyed; @ that a White Ale to boot, this one had it coming...or so I thought. A wonderful crisp, refreshing beer, initially biting, but comes through with serious banana and vanilla note. Finishes with a solid Belgianisque kick.

One of the more reviewed beers on BA, and rightfully deserved of its placement and grade. This is one that I will definatley look for in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 18:11:46 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
Photo of david131


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

A- The liquid is the ideal straw color. Cloudy, but no chunks. Small 1 finger thick head forms that settles down to a thin white sheet covering the surface.

S- Belgian yeast is the first thing noticeable. Some citrus and banana notes are noticeable as well.

T- A little bready and sweet. Yeast with some banana, citrus and a little spice. Not over the top by any means and not cloying. Quite refreshing.

M- Good amount of carbonation. Very clean.

D- This could be very refreshing on a hot summer day, which it is by no means here in Michigan right now. I'll have to give this another shot when its above freezing outside.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 01:22:40 | More by david131
Photo of MusicmanSD


4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Slammin' some ho's. Ahh, that never gets old! Interesting beer, it pours white with a good amount of head as the bottle tells you to pour 2/3rd's, swirl, and then pour the rest. Theres a lil' bit of something floating around in here...yeast? The smell is quite pleasant, like a mellow version of Franziskaner I'd say. The taste is like the forementioned, and I could pound these all night if it was going to be one of "those nights" because its just a great beer to session with. Not very filling, light, and has the hefe feel to it, which I love btw. The mouthfeel is light, but hey, its a light beer! For drinkability, again, one of the beers that could probably never offend me. Good job. This is what a light beer should be! A bit pricey though...

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2007 02:57:42 | More by MusicmanSD
Photo of Jcdolan


3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle with a "create your own six pack" deal. Sometimes deals like this just mean the store is trying to get rid of old beer that might not be good anymore. Seemed to be alright however.

Appearance was a cloudy yellow with a build up of yeast on the bottom of the bottle that was swirled and poured into the rest of the glass. The yeast at the the bottom didn't seem to dissolve fully into the last 2/3 of the beer and I received a few noticable lumps or small chunks in my glass. Could this indicate that the beer was indeed old?

Smell was very intersting. Sents of delicious spice and orange citrus can be detected. Reminded me and got me in the mood for some fall pumpkin brews.

Taste was very unique and unlike anything I have ever come across. Citrus and sweet with a perfect undertone of spice sweeping across the tounge.

This beer has taken me off guard and I am very pleased with my purchase. The taste is natural and mild when compared to a Blue Moon and I would recommend this over a Blue Moon any time.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2007 21:15:07 | More by Jcdolan
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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