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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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BA SCORE
85
very good

3,798 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 3,798
Reviews: 1,617
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 59
Gots: 225 | FT: 0
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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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jmz62565

Connecticut

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

This pours a light yellow with a decent sized white foamy head. The color is lighter than just about any beer I've seen. The smell is very strong and aromatic. The scents of pepper,lemon and coriander are the most pronounced smells. The taste has a creamy lemon,pepper,and wheat flavor that is very good and refreshing. The m/f is light and the flavors are all well balanced. This is a great summer beer,one that I will pick up as the temperature goes up.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2006 21:52:21 | More by jmz62565
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sevineyes

Arkansas

4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown bottle with a silver and blue label.

A: Very light like lemon juice or a weak lemonaide. Cloudy. Nice inch and 1/2 head that's very dense and beaten-egg-white frothy. Leaves great chunky lacing.

S: Very spicy. Pepper. Some clove. Touches of mace and corriander. Lemon peel. Ends with some sourness.

T: Mildly sweet and almost immediately with a mild sour from the wheat. Still carries through with the same flavor profile as the nose. May even have some touches of anise in the background. Finishes a bit tart. Aftertaste lingers with spices. Some mace prick. Some pepper bite.

M: Bracing. Evervescent carbonation. Refreshing. Has a bigger body than I'd expect from the color, but isn't heavy at all. Finishes with a dry touch.

Overall: Really enjoy this beer and the fact that it's supremely drinkable enhances its appeal. Everything I'd expect from the style and comes close in my mind to being a "wow" example. When I think of witbier this particular one comes to mind instantly. I can only imagine what it must be like to get locally in Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2006 01:13:15 | More by sevineyes
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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

This beer pours quite hazy with a straw color that almost has a tint of green to it. The head is initially three-fingers thick and is a pale, almost white color that sticks around for a fair amount of time. The aroma is almost bready with a yeasty note and there is a tart, green apple note here as well. As I delve in deeper that characteristic, earthy coriander spice note asserts itself, as well as some soft citrus notes.

The taste has a certain fullness to it, though overall it is quite light and refreshing. There is lots of spiciness here as well; definite notes of coriander, and citrus peel, as well as other notes of ginger, pepper, and clove. There is a fair amount of sweetness here as well, it just hides or sort of melds with the spicy notes. The citrus character, in combination with the light tartness, reminds me most of lemons. There is a nice, light tartness here that keeps this beer quite light on the palate. There is a certain, almost chewy grain character here that is only accentuated by the impact on the palate of the slight body fullness from this beer.

I am a sucker for Wits, especially on warm days (it hit 90*F here for the first time this year here), where I find them refreshing and invigorating. I have not had this in a long time, but I am quite happy to drink this beer, it is certainly much better than quite a few American interpretations of this brew (of course a lot of the American interpretations are better than this), which is a pleasant experience from this once only example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2006 01:46:05 | More by Gueuzedude
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

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

I have had Hoegaarden many times over the past few years but I thought of rating this after just having it the other night at a work party which amazed me since they usually only have Miller Lite, Amstel Light and normal beers for the masses. No that Hoegaarden is a rare beer but enjoyable. The beer poured a very hazy light straw color with a bit of a white head. The aroma is nice and citrusy and a bit of a wheat nose. The taste is very crisp, lemony with a nice wheat body. Overall this is a very easy beer to drink and enjoyable on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2006 01:32:06 | More by ggaughan
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jongillin

Colorado

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

From bottle to glass. I have not had much experience with Belgian beers but I found this one very intriguing. The appearance (like every one else has mentioned) is hazy. It's does have a white-ish yellow color. Head retention is minimal but is a great white color. Has sort of a spicy smell to it. You can smell the hops and some honey.
Taste: a bit unusual. This really does fall into it's own category. Not for the beer faint of heart. It is not bad, nor is it insanely bitter, but it does not taste like an ale or even your typical lager. So, heads up! Anyway, it is very citrusy and I can usually taste a bit of honey. Not very bitter but enough to give it some flavor.
Mouthfeel: Light and bubbly. Good carbonation and washes down cleanly.
I find this beer very drinkable but given (to me) it's unusual flavor would not be top choice all the time, but a good spring/summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2006 23:35:19 | More by jongillin
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at The Globe on Wednesday night, when the wings are cheap. It was served to me in a 500mL Hoegaarden glass.

The beer is a hazy yellow, the colour of Halls lemon coughdrops, and has a creamy white head that had good staying power.

The smell is full of citrus, with orange zest and lemon drops on top of a grassy wheat aroma. Digging deep there is a hint of bubblegum type sweetness in there.

The beer enters the mouth tasting watery, but goes on to finish with a fair bit of orange zest and lemon tartness. Unfortunately it feels a bit watery throughout the mouth, and the carbonation didn't excite.

This one is fairly drinkable, but I think after a couple I would be looking for a change of pace. Not bad, not great.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2006 03:53:17 | More by elricorico
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Gagnonsux

Texas

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

Hoegaarden is an ultra-hazy straw color. Head is large and frothy. Aroma is spicy and yeasty. Clove with a bit of bubblegum are noted. Taste has a crisp wheat flavor with plenty of peppery spice and phenols. Overall there is plenty of flavor here with enough complexity to keep things interesting. This is an easy choice for a summer/spring beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2006 00:17:11 | More by Gagnonsux
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jabocu

Georgia

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

Came a hazy light honey color with a one finger white cap and lemon slice in a mug. Cap dissipated quickly (due to lemon?) Anway, smell was clean, grainy, yeast, and lots of citrus. Flavor was citrus and biscuit. The grains came out very nicely and had a mellow hop bitterness. Some spice was coming through but not too strong. Mouthfeel was light-medium with medium carbonation. Very refreshing and I enjoy tap much better than the bottle of this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2006 05:04:30 | More by jabocu
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JasonCoop

Massachusetts

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

poured into a nice weizen. very hazy off whitish yellow color with big white foam.

smells lemony sweet with strong spicy aspects also. peppery spice, lemon, subtle honey, almost butterscotch like scent.

taste - predominantly lemon. nice buttery moutfeel makes it nice and smooth. nice spiciness keeps things interesting. very light and refreshing, i'll buy this again sometime in the heat of summer.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2006 09:02:11 | More by JasonCoop
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soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

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

Appearance: Pineapple juice yellow; very hazy. It was poured improperly but I can tell that the head is moderately sized, white in color, with little retention.

Smell: Fruity yet earthy. Pineapple and lemon dominate.

Taste: Light and lemony with the usual wit spices in moderation. Tastes of coriander and zesty lemongrass, with leafy hops, a mustard dryness, and fruity Belgian-tasting yeast.

Mouthfeel: Sparkly, zippy, and refreshing. Light on the palate.

Drinkablity: Light yet flavorful; quite drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2006 05:02:57 | More by soulgrowl
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barrelman

New York

1.5/5  rDev -60.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Beer poured with a decent head, possibly due to the intense carbonation (over-carbonation, in my opinion). Light yellow with decent aroma.

The taste was like a fermented Crystal Light lemonade. No complexity or balance.

The drinkability is a moot point.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2006 01:42:55 | More by barrelman
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mcarroll10177

Massachusetts

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

Poured from a bottle into an imperial pint glass

A- pale yellow, almost white, an aggressive pour reveals a thick white head that quickly disappates

S- lemons anyone? the citrus overpowers the nose

T- I dont think a witbeir should taste this citrusy. This tasted like an unsweetened hard lemonade

M- not to thick not to thin average is the best way to discribe it

D- would I buy this beer again, no way to much citrus and nothing really else.

****edit*** oh how our beer taste bud grow over time this is a great beer and a solid wit that i could drink all night long. Always revisit beers after some time you may find your tastes have changed

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2006 17:11:30 | More by mcarroll10177
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AltBock

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle with just a regular (the one pictured) label on the front and some info on the neck label. On the back label there are directions on how to pour the beer into a Hoegaarden glass (of course) and a Best Before date in the left bottom corner.

When poured into a Pilsner glass, it was this nice yellowish/white color with a 2 finger head of white color foam. The head of foam receded very slowly leaving behind plenty of lace behind it. It had a light aroma of different citrus fruits, cloves, and some yeast in the background. The taste was very much like the smell, it had many different citrus fruits (mostly lemons), cloves, and this all ended with a taste of yeast. All I can I say about the mouthfeel is that is smooth, light, and crisp. This would make for a very refreshing beer on a hot summers day. Pretty much an average Belgain Wit Beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2006 20:34:35 | More by AltBock
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

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

A - Cloudy straw with a medium sized head.

S - Sharp, yeasty smell with some sourness and spiciness.

T - Grapefruity. Mild bitterness with lots of citrusy fruit.

M - Very light and crisp. Refreshing.

D - Probably better as a summertime drink. Goes down quite easy.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2006 02:55:24 | More by allergictomacros
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gdogalishus

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from the bottle into a curved pint style glass. Serving temperature 45.7 degrees F. High carbonation apparent from the bottle pop, and large collection of bubbles and lace all over the glass. White fluffy head siting atop is promising and inviting. Aroma of lemon zest/citrus dominates. Oh no, it reminds me of the Alagash White without the bitter lemon peel in the aroma. Color was a beautiful hazy pale yellow, lighter than light.
The flavor... good. It has a soft mouthfeel probably from a large portion of wheat. The spice wasvery mellow lemon inthe packground with very little hoppy bitterness. Excellent. Much better IMHO than the soupy flavor of the Alagash (maybe I just had a bad bottle of that, but it was what I had).
Refreshing and easy to drink... a clear first day of summer beer. Only wish the lemon aroma stuck around a little longer.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2006 21:01:11 | More by gdogalishus
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IntriqKen

California

4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours beautifully. I can see why they call it a white beer. Light yellow almost white with a full snow white almost marshmellow head that fades to full white lacing to follow the drink all the way down.
Aroma is as light as it's color....'sweet wheat', citrus, light cloves, yeast.
Mouthfeel is full and refreshing from the high carbonation of tiny bubbles...gives a pleasant sharpness on the tongue.
Taste is light and refreshing....my first impression is of bubblegum...probably from the cloves and citrus...again, a sweet wheat and yeastiness. Someone said the taste comes mostly from the nose...that could be right because there were few surprises in the taste.
This is a great thirst quencher during warm nights and hot days.
Sessions very well due to the moderate 5% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2006 22:59:14 | More by IntriqKen
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paulfear

Kentucky

4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

it poured a very pale gold, almost an off white with a nice thick head. there was a hint of citrus aroma in it. the taste was crisp, mild though, with a slight tinge of citrus. very light body and smooth consistancy.

i always find hoegaarden, or wits in general, as a perfect summer drink. sometimes when i long for the warm weather i will get a six pack of this and sort of mentally imagine it being 90 degrees out while sipping on one of these.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2006 15:50:39 | More by paulfear
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OStrungT

California

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

This beer pours a cloudy very light yellow color. It looks like slightly tinted water. The head is very fluffy and white. It fades slow, leaving many thick laces.

This beer has a very spicy aroma. I detect citrus. It has a slightly grassy hop aroma. It is also slightly yeasty.

This beer has a spicy flavor. It tastes slightly of pepper. Also, I taste citrus. A little lemon and a slight orange peal flavor. It has a faint hint of cloves.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a spicy aroma. It is crisp and refreshing. It is highly carbonated. The carbonation fits the style.

I think that this beer would be a decent session beer. It is mild enough to not get overbearing. Also, the alcohol content is low enough to allow you to enjoy a few. While not my favorite beer, this beer is good and worthy of buying an other bottle in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2006 05:53:26 | More by OStrungT
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custardcb

Florida

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

Followed the instructions in my proper Hoegaarden glass to achieve a nice fluffy white head. Bubbles are pretty large and retain their structure, after a while it reduces down to a nice lacy film across the top of the beverage.

The nose is a little sweet with citrus, wheat, and lemon grass immeadiatly popping out. Very nice balance of aromas here that isn't too overpowering but builds the anticipation.

The taste is more from the nose but with a nice close presence. It is very smoothe and clean tastey that leaves a pleasant feel in the mouth. The ABV makes it a good session beer on those hot summer nights.

Always one of my favorites and mixes well too. For those who aren't too found of beer doing half this with half lemonade is fantastic, little trick I learned in Germany while drinking wheat beers a few years ago.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2006 04:25:37 | More by custardcb
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is not just 'called' white beer it literally is a WHITE beer. It pours a slightly off white color and has white head with a very short retention. Quite heavy lacing.

Smell: Very potent! Yeast, Lemon, citrus rinds and wheat fill your nose with lots of strong pleasant aromas.

Taste: The taste is similar to the smell. It is very active. There is a significant spicy hop character creating the flavor of cloves lemon peels and pepper. It is not overly bitey though, because the cool watery center carries a light yeasty sweet whit bread character through your mouth washing the tart citrus away as quickly as it developed. Mildly interesting but overall average for the style.

Mouthfeel: Something about the mouthfeel creates a strange stall for me. This beer is somewhat smooth but just before swallowing it stalls for a moment. Basically it does not slide down easily. I am not sure if it is the peppery character of the beer or the hops but it tickles my throat causing me to need to think about swallowing it. Strange.

Drinkability: This beer feels cool and refreshing in the mouth but did not seem to finish smoothly. It may have just been me today so I will try it again. For now I will say it is a fine Witbier and suitable for a hot day.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2006 08:17:58 | More by Phatz
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mclanem

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: this is a great looking beer. I just love the look of an unfiltered beer, it just screams good.

Smell: This beer has a strange smell to me very flowery, one person mentioned lemon which I do notice. unique but not great.

Taste: the smell fits the taste very well very unique and I can taste lemon. this beer is very spiced up with extras not to appealing to me.

Mouthfeel: it feals refreshing, good carbonation and smooth.

Drinkability: drinkability suffered due to the strange taste, but it was refreshing as a drink so I think it is good over all.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2006 02:31:44 | More by mclanem
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Byeast

Florida

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

Very hazy and pale golden-yellow color with a small , creamy white head. Some nice lacing left on the glass. Spicy aromas , some zesty citrus/lemon. Taste is light and refreshing , spiced and tart lemony-citrus flavors , some coriander ,sweet orange, wheaty-dry twang to the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light with a dry finish. This Witbier is definatly quite drinkable: refreshing ,appetizing ,and thirst quenching.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2006 22:35:24 | More by Byeast
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tofulegend

Sweden

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was offered a slice of lemon in my glass with this one. That made me kind of sceptic and got me thinking about a certain mexican lager so i turned down the offer. The taste is wheaty and a bit sour with hints of citrus and hops. Not as much yeast as you'd think, judging by the cloudy yellow/white color.
A really nice beer that I'll definitely have again.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2006 21:57:09 | More by tofulegend
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jdm

Texas

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

pours a thick, white two-finger head and a very cloudy light yellow color. looks interesting. citrus and clove smells jump out of the bottle even before pouring. tastes and mouthfeel both are a little thin. the nose is the srong point for this beer. a super thirst quencher however and thus a very rare (from me) 5 awarded for drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2006 04:24:06 | More by jdm
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Bcant

Michigan

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

A - Cloudy pale yellow with a bit white head of tiny bubbles. Decent example of what the style should look like.

S - Spicy aroma with a bit of lemon underneath.

T - Pretty straightforward, spiciness does not add much complexity, sweet with a thin citrus hop fell.

M/D - Smooth with some viscosity, parching finish compromises drink ability, especially for a white beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2006 05:12:50 | More by Bcant
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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