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

Poured from a bottle into a glass

A: fairly large head dissipates quickly. The lacing is pretty ok though not impressive. A cloudy yellow color typical of the style.

S: Smells of lemon and faint malts but the overwhelming scent is citrus

T: Citrus + Medium to Light bodied beer. The orange and lemon notes overwhelm the flavor of the malts the beer definitely possesses a medium to light body

MouthFeel: Smooth and slightly carbonated

D: Hoegaarden is one of those beers that i would describe as Upper-Middle Class, mass produced but good. Among upper middle class beers I would say hoegaarden is among, if not the most drinkable. Perfect for pounding or sipping during the warm months.

Photo of Beerbythepool
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bottle into pint glass.(I don't have the Hoegaarden Hexagonal glass that is shown on the label)

1 Finger head that disapates fairly quickly. Color is light yellow like lemon juice with a cloudy haze. Bubbles rise like a weak champagne.

Smells of lemon, but that could be in my head as I usually get it with a lemon at the bar--no fruit today, just beer.

I actually taste more orange and dry spice than lemon when I taste. It hits the back of your mouth first with the citrus taste. The label lists orange peel and I almost taste the dryness of the peel rather than the pulp of the fruit.

No lacing.

Goes down way too fast and easy. I could throw back several with no problem. Wonder why they put lemon and not an orange at the bar. I like it with no fruit.

Lots of copies of this beer, but Hoegaarden is the original and has my respect.

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

From a bottle.

Pours a hazy lemon wheat gold. Thin white head retains a small amount of lacing.

Smells like wheat and citrus. Clean and fresh.

The taste is tart and malty. Like fresh grain with lemon and coriander.

The mouthfeel is smooth and slightly fizzy. Moderate body.

A good beer for warm months. One of the better witbiers available.

Photo of br3wmeister
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Large foamy white head lay atop a hazy dull yellow beer. Moderate head retention and minimal lacing.

S- Nice fruit aroma, bananas, lemon, orange, also some clove and other spices.

T- Nice citrus flavor up front, orange and lemons, then some banana and clove with a slight copper taste. Little bit of hop bite in the end.

M- Light and fruity, with some mild hop bite and dryness in the end.

This is one of the only witbiers I have had and enjoyed. That said this is a pretty good beer.

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

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle.

Hoegaarden pours a very light orange color with a thick, fluffy, white head. It is extremely hazy with a good deal of bubble activity, almost the look of warm, yet fresh and sunny summer day.

On the nose one is presented with a very sharp pull of wheat and the strong presence of citrus--mainly orange. There are also hints of clove and spices. Very fresh aroma.

The taste is relatively tart with a nice fresh wheat presence. There is a good deal of citrus (orange and lemon) acidity. A bit of peppery bite at the finish as well. There is a lot going on here. Despite the host of flavors, Hoegaarden's mouthfeel is pretty thin, though there is some sharpness. Pretty high carbonation.

Overall, this is a pretty drinkable beer. Though it seems more suited to warmer weather, it would be welcomed on many different occasions. Not the most challenging beer, and after one or two I'd almost always move onto something different (i.e. though drinkable, not a session beer for me) but overall a nice quaff.

Photo of mirish72
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked a sixer of these up when I saw the temp was going to be close to 90 degrees.

I am not a huge fan of of white ale's, but on a hot almost summer day, nothing is better in terms of pure drinkability. The beer pours cloudy and off white. I am never crazy about the smell, kind of citrusy with a hint of orange and bananna.

All that goes out the window when you take a sip, or more likely a huge gulp. This beer is so drinkable and with the low ABV is a great afternoon beer. They don't fill you up and you can still function after a few.

Not an every day beer, but not bad to have in the fridge for hot days.

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

On tap at one of the local 'see and be seen pretty people' places, the very same one at which I first sampled this beer many years ago. Appropriate, and consistent, at least.

This beer arrives on the bar in a monstrously solid broad rimmed 'pint' glass, the kind I would want in any kind of bar/street fight, for sho. The cute and earnest bartendress noted its heftiness by proclaiming that 'you know it's a German beer, when the glass is so big!' Anyways, it appears a rather cloudy medium golden yellow hue, with one finger (easily two on a standard vessel) of puffy, and pleasantly creamy dirty white head, which leaves no lacing as it recedes.

It smells of grainy pale malt, light unripe banana esters, mild muddled citrus, white pepper, and yeast. The taste is more gritty bananas, sort of marshmallow-esque in their bearing, plain pale wheat malt, aerosol creamy citrus, a hint of indistinct clove/coriander spice, and earthy, dry yeast.

The carbonation is quite soft and frothy, the body a decent medium weight, perhaps a touch mealy, but generally smooth. It finishes off-dry, moderately fruity, and yeasty, as ever was.

Quite refreshing, overall, and decently balanced for your summer drinking needs. Maybe more than a tad overpriced, but that may be more a function of the environment, than anything.

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

A: Poured from draft a cloudy lemonade.

S: Mild aromas of fruit/citrus

T: Nice fruity taste though a little heavy on
the bannanas as these brews may tend to be.
The hoegaarden is one of the sweeter witbiers
tasting almost of candy at times.

M: A thin brew with a crisp finish and
negligable aftertastes.

D: A very drinkable beer that is a good end to
a hot day.

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

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a one finger white head. Head leaves little lacing down the glass but the head stays around for a while. Pretty average look to it. Smells of yeast, spices, citrusy, pretty nice smell for a belgian, has that belgian smell to it. Taste is really good and taste like it smells. Yeasty, spicy, citrus. It's pretty smooth and refreshing for sure. Doesn't seem as complex as some other belgians I've tried but I think it's good somewhat more simple than some others. Very drinkable, I think if someone is looking to get into belgians or just try one this one would be a good one to try. I don't drink belgians to often but this is one I'd like to pick up again.

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

From the 330 ml bottle marked 15/03/10-T-02217-3511 and sampled on June 5, 2009. The pour almost looks as thin as water when it fist spills from the bottle but within a moment it evolves into a very cloudy but pale yellow. Not a significant amount of head or lacing. The aroma is full of a roasted smoky composition and wheat and other field elements. A pretty god mouthfeel somewhere between medium to bold. The flavor is brimming with wheat and coriander but in better balance than other witbiers that I have had. A slight hint of citrus and tartness but overall a pretty well-balanced beer.

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

A - Pours a murky yellow with a creamy head.

S - Smells of banana, yeast, and wheat.

T - Banana like fruitiness with a yeast twang. A bit of balancing spices, but it could use a bit more in my opinion. It's also maybe a tad too sweet.

M - Light bodied and moderately carbonated.

D - Very tasty and quaffable, I could drink this all day long!

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

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Pale yellow with a haziness about a fingers worth of foamy head. No lacing.

S: Very Citrus in smell lots of lemons & coriander and a faint wheat tartness.

T: Tastes like it smells lemons, coriander, wheat tartness up front with a little pepper and a little grainy. Very nice.

M: Light bodied but smooth. Yet, crisp and refreshing. Carbonation is nice... little sharp at first but smooths out.

D: Very drinkable.... Low ABV.... I could drink a few of these on a hot day.

A good Wit for a first timer.

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

Poured into a Hoegaarden tumbler, nice thick white head on top of a very hazy yellow body of liquid. Average retention and lacing.

Quite a light smell, a fresh citric smell and a lot of grain. The combination is quite refreshing.

Taste again is quite light but not in a watery way. A little bit of a citric zing, a sourness (more a grain sourness than a citric sourness) and a wheaty edge. Has that slight phenolic aftertaste any kind of wheat beer seems to have.

Mouthfeel is where I'm really impressed. Very smooth refreshing mouthfeel. Theres a certain thickness to it, giving it a very full body but theres also a sparkling lightness to it.

Very drinkable beer. Nothing special as far as it tastes but it works perfectly as a general purpose refreshment beer. Works on a hot day, works with a cold meal or a hot meal. Just a really good all purpose brew, which I think is what it wants to be.

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

Presentation: Poured from a chilled bottle into a Hoegaarden beer glass.

Appearance - Pale cloudy yellow with a nice fluffy head.

Smell - Very subtle citrus and floral scents.

Taste - Very light with definite citrus and spice flavors. This is one of my favorite White ale's in the summer. A slice of lemon can make this one especially refreshing on a hot day.

Mouth feel - A little overcarbonated, but not too bad. Thin and light mouthfeel.

Drinkability - It's a very good and unique white ale, with a nice crisp citrus-like flavor. Very easy to drink, especially out of a frosted Hoegaarden glass on a hot summer day. Adding a slice of lemon can add a little zing to this one, if desired.

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

Pours a hazy straw gold with an immense cloudbank of bright white foam.

Scent is lemon, banana, cloves, tangy yeast

Taste is lemon first, then bananas and spices (clove, pepper) then tangy yeast and wheat flavors. Finally a peppery finish, white pepper. Tangy sourness. A hint of orange peel bitterness.

Mouth is crisp and nicely carbonated with a pleasantly sour puckering finish.

Drinkability is excellent. Could drink this all day. Nice session beer.

This is a classic witbier and I never tire of it.

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

When you get the chance make sure you order this frothy libation in it's signature pint glass. On-Tap is always best, and with so much air to breathe this beer simply blossoms in it's ginormous glass.

A gorgeous lemony opaque beer that soothes the senses into submission. Presenting with a very strong citrus fragrance, it is followed by a spicy tingle on the tongue. The grains are so refined they nibble just enough to remind you that you're drinking a real import.

Just a simply brilliant drinkable experience.

Photo of cheapxceptbeer
2.5/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A- Decent head with solid retention, and good lacing.

S- Yeasty, lemony, medicinal, not very inviting.

T- I am not a fan, this would be a generally unoffensive beer if it were not for the strange medicinal flavor, like latex gloves. Otherwise a bland wheat beer.

M- Medium body, pretty solid mouthfeel, nothing special but solid.

D- I don't like the taste so there is no reason for me to get another.

Well for the best known "white ale," this is very dissatisfying, I wish it was franziskaner that was available on draft for 5 bucks at the Joshua Tree.

Photo of glid02
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Hand in Hand in Atlanta.

Pours an opaque lemon-yellow color with a one-finger bright white head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of citrus fruits - lemon mostly with hints of orange - bananas, and cloves, in that order.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Fruit flavors, both bananas and citrus, are there up front and the citrus flavors linger a bit longer. Midway through the sip light hints of clove jump in before a mildly dry ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a light thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing one and could easily have a few more.

Overall this is an easy-drinking wit and a nice go-to during the summer months at bars serving large amounts of InBev.

Photo of thecarster1
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- poured into a pint, two inch fluffy head, beautiful cloudy honey color, decent lacing.

s- difficult to peg what i smell.. spicey, little lemon and orange.

t- spicey, bitey but clean, little lemon and orange notes, very tasty.

m- filling, not too carbonated, very nice.

d- very drinkable, easy to drink multiple.

Photo of OzarkElmo
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Simply one of the very best in the world, and tops in its category. Tried on draft and from bottle. Citrus and light spice aroma with medium head mostly diminishing. Very smooth taste and excellent session beer. "Blue Moon" cannot hold a candle to this world-class brew - cheers to the Belgians once again!

Photo of sevopie
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light cloudy yellow/straw with a mild white head.

Smells heavily of spices and pears with a touch of cereal grains.

Again, spicy pear with a touch of apple and some mild grains. A bit of sugar and a bit of other citric flavors finish it off.

Somewhat light with a lot of carbonation on the tongue.

Overall this is a fairly easy beer to drink. I've rarely had a problem ordering one when I'm looking for something lighter to drink, and it goes well with a fairly good amount of grub.

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

I once spent an entire summer on terraces drinking this beer: I really loved it. It came in the original beautifull bulky glasses too.
It's a very old brewing tradition (since 1445, as on the bottle). Nice experience all over: I still love it today.

A: absolutely perfect pale lemon-yellow, cloudy but still visible carbonation, nice thin head, good lacing.
S: citrus, a range of spices, a bit of sweet bread.
T: it's slightly sour/tangy from the citrusfruits. Also it's malty and spicy. Plus there's a clear hop to it, which is great in such a fruity beer.
M: it's fresh and sweetbitter in aftertaste.
D: With an abv of 5% this is very drinkable, especially in the summer.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Cloudy pale yellow. Head fades quickly and leaves some lacing.

S: Citrus, bananas, cloves.

T: Lemony tartness with some sweet bready malt. Very summery.

M: Light-bodied and slightly creamy.

D: Arguably the quintessential wit. Really easy to knock back several in a session, especially in summertime.

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

I enjoyed this from the bottle, so I decided to try it on tap at a little corner bar right down the street. The review is essentially the same, but I found the aroma and flavor, while basically the same, to be a little lighter than I recalled. The balance is just a little off because the hops aren't as prevalent as well. Otherwise it's the same, and still a good brew.

This one pours a hazy pale golden-yellow; label explains that the haze is a natural effect, since it's an unfiltered brew. There is actually a little improvement in head retention and lacing than I got from the bottle.
On the nose is lemon with some light, zesty spices and a yeast / wheat smell. It's not as strong as I got from the bottle, though.
From what I've read and tried thus far, this one's very true to its style, though perhaps with a bit stronger lemony sourness. A wheat twang, coriander with some other gentle, peppery spice, and zesty citrus flavors of lemon and orange peel are most strongly on the tongue. The hops bitterness is less pronounced that I remember. An obvious herbal flavor lingers on the tongue and the finish ends drier. Again, the flavors are the same but not as strong as I enjoyed from the bottle.
The mouthfeel is more of a smooth than a crisp, though it is that to a point. The carbonation is active and body is moderate.

Photo of brandoneast
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pronounced 'WHO-Gaarden,' this Belgian White Ale is to be consumed quickly - chugged. Pierre Celis, famous for brewing the first batch of Hoegaarden beer in 1966 in Belgium, founded the Celis Brewery in Austin Texas, which was bought out by Miller in 2001.

The rich frothy collar rests atop the yellowish cloudy brew and suggests a white aurora towards the bottom of the pint glass. Aromas are reminiscent of orange Creamsicle, coriander, and some faint Big League Chew original bubblegum in the back. Citrus (lemon and orange) flavors mix, pale wheat, and clean hop tinge create a wonderful and refreshing beer, perfect for a wedding or a day in the backyard with friends.

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