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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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4,180 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,180
Reviews: 1,641
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 73
Gots: 399 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 TwinSox33
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a great example of an original Belgian staple beer. One of the best Belgians available in the US! Great head, with a fruity and balanced body. Crisp coriander finish. There seems to be a hint of orange or citrus intermingled in the body some where in the middle as well.

TwinSox33, May 06, 2008
Photo of AmishT
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tumbler

A - Light straw-yellow colored. It says "bier blanche" on the bottle and they're not kidding. Hazy. Nice two-finger white head. Good retention.

S - Primarily wheat, with some orange and malts to a lesser degree. I took a couple of whiffs of this one; detected wheat most of the time, but every once in awhile, got a good whiff of the malted barley

T - Strong wheat character with a hint of orange and lemon. Malts aren't very distinct. Very crisp

M - Very light bodied, just as one would think from the color. Good carbonation. Very clean finish. The flavor of the beer isn't very bold when kept on the tongue

D - Very light + Crisp, refreshing flavor + Clean finish = a very drinkable beer.

AmishT, May 06, 2008
Photo of Antilochus
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a Belgian (read: InBev) gift pack in December 2007. Hid the bottles in a closet and just found them again. Fridge temp. 4.90% abv. Poured into a branded Hoegaarden glass.

A pure yellow, almost greenish cloudy body. Streaming bubbles. Smallish rocky white head, with low retention: goes to a cloud and collar quickly.

Aromas of grass, spice, orange peel, sourdough, banana. Yeasty.

Palate is sweetish and airy. Very smooth. Vinegar, citrus, mineral water, spice, with a warming finish.

Could be a bit off from the age: I proclaim it a decent wit.

Antilochus, May 05, 2008
Photo of RJLarse
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a six-pack of Hoegaarden White Ale at a grocery store. $10. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a dull yellow color and is cloudy. Looks a lot like pineapple juice. A frothy 2 fingre white head tops the beer briefly, then disintegrates to a thin film.

Smell is sweet and fruity. Soft fruit aromans like melons, pears, perhaps a hint of banana.

Taste is sweet spices, banana, some coriander, with a very mild bitter finish. There is a little bread wheat presence, but the fruit flavors dominate.

Mouthfeel is light, moderately carbonated, with a dryness about it.

All in alla drinkable brew, b ut overpriced, even as an import at $10 a six-pack. It's a good beer, but not a real good value.

RJLarse, May 04, 2008
Photo of FleeVT
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz brown bottle with best before date. Funky, unique pour neck, like a bubbler.

A: A pale yellow, straw, hazy beer. It is an unfiltered so hazy is an understatement. Looks a bit like a urine sample, until you get the 1.5 finger head. Then all is good. The head fades as the beer ages but a little lacing remains.

S: Lots of spice, especially coriander. A bit of pepper, some hints of citrus, and the wheat from the mash.

T: Coriander up front with a dash of pepper, white pepper. Citrus and malts in the back with a lingering sourness in the finish.

M: A light and crisp beer with lots of carbonation.

D: A session brew if you like these flavors. I know they can be offensive to some, but I enjoy it on occasion.

FleeVT, May 03, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

A - Hazy, very pale straw color, almost white. I can understand why these are considered "white" beers. Two finger head that dies down to white cap with some decent lacing.

S - Some faint citrus notes, but overall I smell the coriander and wheat malt. Very inviting.

T - The coriander is immediately noticable, though it is quickly balanced by the somewhat sour wheat malt and citrus aspects. Finishes with grain that perfectly compliments the flavors.

M- Light bodied, and a little prickly. I could use a little less of the carbonation.

D - Not hard to put back quite a few of these (as I have done on occasion) but after the beer warms and after repeated bottles the grainy taste is more evident.

I really like this beer and it remains one of my favorite session ales as well as a good beer to pass on to those guests wanting something a little different. While it is on the pricey side, ultimately it's a decent value considering the product. By far my favorite witbier.

PatrickJR, May 01, 2008
Photo of kmo1030
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

ours a cloudy gold with a good sized white head that fades a bit.
the aroma is quite lemony with a good amount of yeasty cracker smell. you also find ripe banana, vanilla and corriander in varying degrees.
the taste brings what's expected from the aroma: banana, citrus, yeast, hints of spice. the banana is a little more unripe that in the aroma.
the mouthfeel is a little thinner than i'd like. it could use a little more body to go with it's moderate carbonation.
very good drinkability, it maintains a crisp quenching quality with it's slight dryness.
a good respectable beer, but honestly it seems watered down. needs to be dialed up a notch. in anycase though it's a very drinkable tasty beer.

kmo1030, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of jaz58
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful lemon yellow colour in the glass. Cloudy with very little head. Lavender and orange nose. Crisp dry finish. Spicey with hints of orange taste. Good hops. Good mouthfeel. A great summer beer to quench the thirst with. Well worth having regularly.

jaz58, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of hardy008
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a cloudy lemon color with a high foamy white head which leaves a nice lace on the glass.

Smell - Lemon, citrus, with coriander

Taste - Lemon with some spice, a lot of citrus taste.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with a lot of carbonation, lightly creamy.

Drinkability - Very drinkable - light and clean with a nice citrus flavor. Quite good.

hardy008, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of thirtysixbelow
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a - cloudy light straw yellow color with a white head, i was expecting more head, but it probably has a little to do with the serving temp being so low.

s - lemon, sugar, and spices

t - spicy, slightly watery, lemons, very clean aftertaste, slight bitterness, not dry

m - light and well carbonated, but not too much

d - this is intensely drinkable. not only does it have that great spicy smell and taste, but it's light, has a low abv, and a very clean finish. Of all the beers I have reviewed I always find some reason why I probably wouldn't session with them, with the exception of maybe a few pilsners. This beer I can finally say would be a great session beer for me. It's something I could see myself drinking in any situation and enjoying many of. Finally a 5 for drinkability :D

thirtysixbelow, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of mwilbur
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into cervoise.
A: Pours a pale, cloudy lemon hue with thin white head that dissipates fairly quickly.
S: Nice citrus (esp. orange) and spice (esp. coriander) notes. Crisp and refreshing.
T: Delivers what the aroma promises. Also finishes with a dry note to keep you coming back for more.
M: Light body, slight effervescence...not much here.
D: Truly thirst quenching...very drinkable. A nice spring/summer refresher. A nice example of a witbier.

mwilbur, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of codyw
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Staw colored with small head that dissipates. Looks like cloudy urine. Not much lacing.

S: Nice complex smell. Not too overpowering. Smells of slight banana and clove.

T: Nice complex taste that isnt too bold. More interesting and smoother than a more common blue moon.

M: Nice feel. Quiet carbonation that adds the perfect touch.

D: A great drink for a sunny afternoon outside.

codyw, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of thartman
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured cloudy, pale yellow nice 1.5 finger head head which settled to a steady, even lace.

Smell of hay, grass, and wheat. Very refreshing taste, crisp with tads of lemon, pepper, corriander, Kind of flat in the mouthfeel department with a bit of zing on the finish, a little tart with some orange peel.

Very easy to drink, nice and refreshing. This is a great beer for the warmer months.

thartman, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of biggred1
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy,hazy almost white blonde.Good fine head has beautiful lacing,leaves rings on the glass.

S-Citrusy,lemon and coriander.Slight grassy notes.

T/M-Very refreshing,good on a hot day.Sweet and sour lemons and cloves,clean finish.Nice smooth mouthfeel.

THE classic white ale that spawned just about every summer beer in the U.S.

biggred1, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of osi
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a pint with an excellent two finger head that wound down to a thick creamy lace. Trace hugging the glass quite beautifully. Cloudy and the color was extremely pale yellow.

S - Smell resembling that of a hefe. Nice white malts, cloves. Slightly citrusy. Excellent

T - The taste doesn't quite live up to the smell although I would easily have this over most American attempts of the style. Malty with clove and citrusy accents. The one real drawback was the slight alcohol in the back end. Not a big deal but, could have made it excellent.

M - Nice medium body with a crispy carbonation that finishes flat.

D - Drinkability is very high on this brew. While easily found in most places I have seen, the smell and taste always make this a winner. Price is very reasonable too. Plan on throwing multiple sixes down throughout the summer.

osi, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of batty
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bought in spain, expiration date 25 Jan 2009.

pours a creamy golden, very hazy with rising, fairly dense head. head drops away fast but remains a thin layer on top. smell is very citrusy. taste follows- well balanced malt, citrusy and slight bitter hops. seems very light, the tiniest bit fizzy, good balance between a citrusy bite and great smoothness. leaves mouth feeling refreshed and ready for more.

batty, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of dreadnatty08
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours just a slightly hazy extremely light straw color with tons of dense white head. The aroma bursts forth candy sweetness with tones of lemon, coriander, vanilla and a whole host of other spices. It doesn't come across as being especially "zesty" just herbal and earthy. On the palate, things become quite a bit more zesty, as the spices truly are all over the place. Herbal menthol notes really dominate, followed by citrus, chamomile, and coriander. The finish is dry and mouthfeel is highly carbonated but creamy. Overall, a very interesting beer and a complex blend of spices give it supreme drinkability, and I imagine a good match for a variety of foods.

dreadnatty08, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of RomanW70
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap. A classic white. THE classic white. Pours cloudy gold with a large frothy head. Aroma of bananas, yeast, citrus and spice. Taste much the same. Crisp, refreshing finish. Hoegaarden was the first Belgian beer that I really liked, and opened up a world of new and exciting beer to me. tastes like late Spring/Early summer. Wasn't my first. Won't be my last.

RomanW70, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of Rsobotka
2.88/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ive tasted the Hoe many a times from the bottle but gave it a shot from the tap.
A: cloudy, yellowy with a slight lacy head
S: like a sweet loaf of citrus banana bread
T: Like a watered down version of a good wheat beer. Unfortunately ive thought that this beer is missing a littel umph.
M: feels superb as it passes over the tounge and down the goose
D: Could easily drink a 12er on a warm summers night but would rather pound a Pulaner or German Blonde.

Rsobotka, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of generallee
4.72/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Liquid sun shine, poured into its signature tumbler glass. Color was light yellow and hazy with a foamy white head. It has an inviting aroma of wheat, citrus, and spice. The flavor is much the same with a wonderful balance of wheaty malts, Belgian yeast, dried orange peel and coriander. Nice sweet/tart finish with good carbonation and a medium body. This is a great summer time beer and one of my favorite wheat beers.

generallee, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of bikehorn
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy yellow, with a small off-white head

Smell: wheat, apple, citrus

Taste: sweetly fruity and wheaty

Mouthfeel: light carbonation, light acidity, it would be nice if it was more medium bodied, but it's not

Drinkability: quite drinkable

Overall: crisp, tasteful and perfect for a warm spring day

bikehorn, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of mphopkins99
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap serving

A - Cloudy, yellow with a light and quickly disappearing head.

S - Fruity, hint of spice

T - Very light, almost too light. Somewhat fruity taste

M - Good, again, very light

D - Very drinkable, went down easy both before and during a meal.

mphopkins99, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of charlzm
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed on 3/30/08 at Brews Brothers, Pensacola.

Cloudy light yellow pour with a fluffy white head.

Aroma of spices (cloves, particularly).

Flavor is sweet and malty with lemony citrus notes. Creamy and effervescent. A little parching on the end.

Excellent example of the style.

charlzm, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of Hoagie1973
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I've passed over this beer many times, but I finally bought a single to try. Poured a unique cloudy lemon-yellow with a medium foamy, stark-white head. Head reduces somewhat quickly to a light froth. Good lacing. Some yeast sediment floaters end up in the glass.

Aroma is really nice. Spicy clove and yeast with a little banana.

Taste is light but flavorful with an orange-lemon citrus thing going on. Some clove and a light medicinal quality. A little bit of a fresh-cut flower aftertaste.

Carbonation is a tad harsh to start, but mellows half way through.

Very crisp and refreshing. I found that I hit the bottom of the glass before I was even done analyzing it. Extremely drinkable; flavorful, but not filling. I could do quite a few of these without a problem.

Hoagie1973, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of swizzlenuts
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A yellow coloured beer with a bit of carbonation; a nice big head that dissipates slowly

S: An okay smell of wheat and hints of fruits

T: It has an underlying wheat taste with some sour and very citris fruits in the foreground. It's quite refreshing, even with the taste of yeast. It almost feels like there chunks of fruit inside the beer.

M: It's 'chunky' with some carbonation, and feels there are more thinks floating in there.

D: Pretty drinkable, and quite enjoyable.

swizzlenuts, Mar 25, 2008
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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