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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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very good

3,890 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,890
Reviews: 1,620
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 60
Gots: 262 | FT: 0
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 doppelmeup

North Carolina

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

Had this right after having a Blanche de Chambly, and was able to compare the two beers.

This beer had a creamier head and very nice appearance. Pale, lemony yellow, cloudy, nice fluffy head.

Stronger aromas of orange, coriander and yeast.

Flavor also had more hints of orange and coriander. Very light and thirst quenching.

An excellent beer. I think that I like the Blanche de Chambly just a little more, but this was a worth opponent and I would certainly dirnk more of these. Extremely drinkable brew and hightly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2006 01:04:17 | More by doppelmeup
Photo of demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

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

Cloudy, wheat straw coloured beer with a decent white head which disspated into nice lacings. The beer was poured as per bottle instructions, pouring half into the glass then swirling to mix in the yeast sediment.

Lemongrass accentuated with brett tanginess on top of wheaty bready aromas with just a hint of wheat nuttiness.

The bready and nutty wheat flavour came through and was overlayed with a hint of clove, citrus and brett tang.

Nice light tangy beer. Good balance between wheat flavours, citrus from the orange peal and coriander, and the hint of hops. The carbonation was a nice compliment to the mild zestiness of the beer.

This is a very drinkable and refreshing brew. Perfect for a hot summer's evening when wants to quench their thirst, cool down, and have an interesting brew. Ill drink it again sometime for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2006 16:20:15 | More by demcorhip
Photo of BeerSox


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

12oz. bottle, silver label. Bubble taper in neck.

Pours as a cloudy yellow gold color with lots of rising carbonation. Thick foamy head as an off-white color. Plentiful lacing from good head retention.

Lots of fruity aromas consistent with yeast. Hints of banana, peach, and other sweet fruits are available.

Strong fruit flavors with small hop definition, slightly sour with very clean finish. More sweet notes are available with the aromas.

Light-medium bodied with high carbonation. Sourness lends a little bite. The finish is a little dry.

Definitely a nicer beer. Goes down smooth, finishes clean. You can line these up one after another.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2006 05:44:38 | More by BeerSox
Photo of Lancer211


4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass. (Yeah, yeah, I know, it's not a hefe)

A - Unfiltered, cloudy pale orange-ish gold. White, foamy, very fine carbonation, excellent head formed almost immediately, initially about one finger, settled in a few minutes to about a 1/8th in head that persisted throughout the life of the beer. Somewhat decent lacing.

S - Not overly strong, yeasty and cirus zesty.

T - Sweet, moderate yeasty flavor with a backhand of citrus zest... the citrus flavor is sweet like an orange but also more bitter like lemon. Wheaty, peppery with hints of other spices as well.

M - Smooth finish, tasty aftertaste.

D - Not a light or simple beer by any means but quite drinkable, excellently thirst quenching.

Overall a delicious brew. In general, I prefer Belgian wits to German Hefes.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2006 01:18:31 | More by Lancer211
Photo of EvilKeith


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

From notes of 08/06/06 visit to Sheffield's, Chicago IL.

Arrived in the glass hazed, somewhere between pale lemonade and white in color. Fizzy carbonation accentuated the white fluffy head. Lacing was sticky.
Smell was citrus, lemon zest, a bit grainy, Belgian yeast and a light spiciness.
Taste was a tartness up front, citrusy lemon, sugar and Belgian yeast in the middle with spicy corriander and mild hopping in the finish.
Cliche though it may be, crisp and refreshing. This is surely one of the finest examples of the style out there. You have to try this one.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2006 00:35:27 | More by EvilKeith
Photo of maven2k


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

I'm very new at this but I feel that I am finally developing my taste and this site is a great help. I tried this beer at the Winking Lizard in Canton, Ohio because it was the beer of the month and you get to keep the huge glass (can always use more glassware). The beer came with a really nice white frothy head and the liquid was a nice cloudy yellowish gold. The head stuck around for quite a while and the lacing really sticks to the sides of the glass. The first mouthfull is really interesting, it hits you with a fresh zesty, citrus hit and goes down really smooth. I hope I am describing this right but my friend and I both thought that the after-taste was very much like clove. I really enjoyed this beer and it went well with the popcorn and loaded nachos ( I know, not the most sophisticated accompaniment), and it really hit the spot on a hot humid day. I would definately order this again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2006 03:07:32 | More by maven2k
Photo of doubleipa


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

This is rapidly becoming my favorite Belgian Witbier. Aroma is really great. Lots of citrus, lemon, pepper, and banana, and orange. Cloudy golden apearance with a thin head. Taste is light, dry, crisp, and thirst quenching and with not as much malt or breadeness. This is exactly what I like about Witbiers vs hefeweizens.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2006 13:26:09 | More by doubleipa
Photo of headlessparrot

Ontario (Canada)

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

Here it is, the original wit, a beer that any self-respecting beer advocate should long already be familiar with. Though it's flavour profile has gone downhill a bit recently, it's still a great brew and will most likely forever be the marker of the style for witbiers.

Hoegaarden pours from a non-standard bottle (with a bulbous neck that allegedly increases flavour) into the hexagonal Hoegaarden glass (a miniaturized version of the hilariously oversized Hoegaarden pint glass) an unusual colour that is perhaps best described as half-macro lager/half lemonade, though quite cloudy. It's topped by two fingers of head that recedes fairly quickly, but maintains about a half-finger for most (if not all of) the drink. Considerable lacing fills out the appearance, making this an unconventionally attractive beer.

Smell is what we've come to expect from witbiers, very zesty and spicy. Some unmalted wheat makes its presence known, faint banana notes. The nose is dominated, however, by coriander and curaco orange peel, with a touch of other citrus fruits (lemon? tangerine?). Very pleasing.

My brother, a bit of a beer nerd (though he lacks the real vocabulary) describes the taste as "hot dog water" - he means this, of course, in a good way; as confusing as it may sound, I can also see where he's coming from with that description. Taste is largely unmalted wheat, perhaps a touch of indistinct hops. Fairly peppery, but the coriander shines through most of all, augmented by orange peels. Surprisingly creamy, it finishes crisp and a tad dry, with a touch of fruit and wheat aftertaste that's quite pleasing.

Mouthfeel is also good. Carbonation is fairly lively, though not obtrusive, and it's a very natural sort of carbonation. Body is creamy, fairly light but not watery, making this a pleasure to drink. Drinkability is also fairly high, though in practice I've noticed that more than two or three in a sitting make me feel somewhat ill. I'll also deduct points for the absurd high price of this beer; Unibroue's Blanche De Chambly is fairly comparable and about a dollar cheaper per six-pack, so I'd hesitate before selecting one of the other.

Ultimately, though, what can you really say about Hoegaarden? Downhill or not, it's still the original, and it's still a very tasty, very delicious brew, and an excellent accessible introduction into a world of beer that most haven't evne begun to explore.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2006 19:44:56 | More by headlessparrot
Photo of Reidrover


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

12 oz bottle.
Very cloudy yellow beer, with a huge frothy yet tight pure white head. Gorgeous lace.
Very zesty ,spicy aroma but also a sort of lush creamy aroma also. Coriander like spice comes to the fore after a minute of nostril stretching!!
Nice smooth spicyness..i know that seems like a contradiction but its what I get, yeasty, apricots, some hints of papaya..and a nice mellow bitterness at the end.
Very nice mouthfeel, quite thick and smooth yet far from boring.
A very easy going belgian, goes down very well in hot weather.
An all round good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2006 17:25:36 | More by Reidrover
Photo of gonzo138


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

i liked it, but not as much as a few of my friends did. Nice cloudy pour head builds and reduces ather quickly, good carbonation. Tasted a little citric, This was my first witbier, im supprised by the big difference from hefes. Still the simalities outweighed the diiferences. A nice refreshing lighter beer with a crisp and fruity/spicey taste was what i was expecting. looking forward to trying it on tap

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2006 12:51:48 | More by gonzo138
Photo of xzqrut


4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer on tap at the Bier Markt in Cleveland. Nice cloudy appearance, with OK head and lacing, good appearance for a wheat. Very nice lemon scent to the beer, with and excellent citrus and wheat taste. Beer went down crisp and smooth, excellent summer drink.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2006 03:48:28 | More by xzqrut
Photo of bjohnson


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

Poured into an Ommegang wide brimmed wine glass.

A: Pours a cloudy golden yellowish color with a milkshake like white frothy head. Nice retention, but dissipates after about 5 minutes. Slight film on the head afterwards.
S: Huge spicy and banana notes up front. Very refreshing smelling.
T/M: Spicy and wheaty up front, just like a Wit is supposed to be. Is this the original white ale? hmmm. Smooth, crisp, but slightly creamy mouthfeel. Creamyness goes away quickly and leaves a good dryness on the tongue. Slight wheaty aftertaste.
D: The original! what can you say. A good one if you're at a bar and are looking for a Wit.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2006 23:55:13 | More by bjohnson
Photo of ColoradoBobs


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

On tap at the Falling Rock Tap House in Denver, CO, on my 30th Wedding Anniversary.

I LOVE cloudy beers, and this one was very cloudy, light yellow, under a small, tight white head that lasted very well. (BTW, they now how to pour a beer at Falling Rock!!).

Smell is orange, clove, slight maltiness, citrus hops, slight apple fruitiness. Crisp and nice.

Taste is clove, orange, coriander, wheat-malt: WOWOWOWOWOW! Dry peppery finish. I mean WOWOWOWOW!

Mouthfeel was surprisingly full from the soft carbonation.

Very, very drinkable. If you can get this on tap, give it a try and enjoy!

EDIT, AUGUST 3, 2006
Bottled version is just a notch down in smell and taste, which drops the drinkability a bit as well. Otherwise much the same.
Hence . . .
A 4.0
S 3.5
T 4.0
M 3.5
D 4.0
yielding an average of 3.85.

By the way, this goes great with spicey food.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2006 04:39:12 | More by ColoradoBobs
Photo of becktone


4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer pours a bit clearer than I expected. It is very light gold in color, almost the color of watered down mead. To be honest this beer looks exactly(with the exception of carbonation and head) like a korean drink called Shi-Kay(its basically rice water, very good.not sure about the spelling on that one). The beer begins the pour with a very large a rocky white head. However, the head does deteoriate to become a much thinner whtie head. Though the size might not be very impressive the retention is quite good. The size could be due to the cleanliness of the glass so I will not let it influence my rating.

To the nose this beer is just about above average. It smells good, however I think that a stronger nose would improve the aroma of this beer. It would make the complex aromas much easier to smell and appreaciate. It is reminescent of oranges-very much in the background-, also apparent are some spices, also reminds me of lemons/citrus aromas.

On the tongue this beer is very refreshing. The first and most apparent character of this beer that I taste is a spicy flavor. Next comes a huge lemon/orange/citrus taste. Other flavors in the foreground are a citrus and orange flavor. The beer is sweet on the front of the tongue and is nicely offset by bitterness from the hops. Other than being used to balance the malt sweetness I taste no other hop influence.

This beer is light on the palate and is very refreshing. The carbonation does not get in the way of the complex flavor of this beer. It finishes dry and in my opinion there isn't anything that can beat Hoegaarden or any other wheat beer on a hot day. This is a beer that I will definitely be coming back to. It is definitely worth a try. It goes down easy and is very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2006 00:47:35 | More by becktone
Photo of edskirk3


3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a few of these on tap today. They were served in the octagonal Hoegaarden glass. The first one with a slice of lemon, after which I asked for it without the lemon.

Appears lightly fizzy and cloudy gold. Thin white head. Smells like bananas, citrus, and pepper. Tastes similar; lemon is a bit more prominent on the palate. Very lightly hopped; this is only detectable at the very end. Finishes dry and crisp.

Quite light and refreshing, especially today because it was hot as hell. When you're looking for something to cool off with, Hoegaarden is hard to turn down.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2006 22:43:39 | More by edskirk3
Photo of Lagaffe74


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

It poured a hazy pale yellow with a nice white head which had some retention. Nice citrus aromas in the nose. Nice feeling on the palate. Smooth, not too much bite, with a nice carbonation.
This is one of those beers that make you feel good because it takes some of the heat off of you. A perfect choice for Summer. Extremely refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2006 20:41:54 | More by Lagaffe74
Photo of dansm


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

Appearance: Nice, cloudy pale yellow, with a decent fluffy head.

Smell: Very light citrus with a faint hint of wheat.

Taste: This beer tastes great from start to finish. Nice balance of sweet and sour. Slight citrusy after taste with just a little nip.

Mouthfeel: Not much carbonation to report. Nice light medium body.

Drinkability: This is a very smooth drinker. Tastes great start to finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2006 16:40:48 | More by dansm
Photo of Damian


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

Poured a deep, hazy light yellow with a small head.

Aroma was quite intense. Wheaty and citrusy (with lemon coming through strongest).

Taste was similar to aroma with an intense sweet and sour lemony flavor. Dry finish lingered in both the mouth and nostrils.

Beautiful mouthfeel. This beer was very creamy and smooth. Very little carbonation.

Quite refreshing and easy drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2006 04:59:18 | More by Damian
Photo of Macdoyal


4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I personally like this style of beer so I maybe a little bias.

Appearance : When poured into my mug is looks almost like a pulpy lemonade. Very pale yellow and mute in color. Hazy is a good word. A huge fomay head on top.

Smell : Well to be honest it smells like beer but with a little spice to it. Not much to else to report.

Taste : Ok now we are getting to the good stuff. Not very hoppy if ya ask me, the bitterness is almost not there. Citrus flavor is present is a tart or acid form. Almost like lemons oddly enough. Very mellow, crisp flavor.

Mouthfeel : Very smooth and doesn't bite at your tongue too much.
Not too watery and not too thick.

Drinkability : Ok i'll put it this way, you can drink it in the summer because of it's smoothness and refreshing lemony tones or even in the winter as a beer with enough body to make you feel just right.
As for the fall and spring i'll leave that up to you.


Serving type: bottle

07-11-2006 05:19:09 | More by Macdoyal
Photo of ArcTeryx


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

Pours a pale whitish-yellow with a very cloudy appearance. There is a tall, thick, slightly fizzy white head present. The cloudiness looks good (and inviting). The aroma is of bananas with a bit of citrus.

This beer has a very light citrusy taste with a hint of bananas. There is some maltiness in the first part of each sip. The aftertaste is classified by very light, citrusy hops.

This beer is very tasty and highly sessionable; it's a great light-tasting beer. Excellent choice for the hot summer months.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2006 00:34:58 | More by ArcTeryx
Photo of plaztikjezuz


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

bought a bottle at odies big ten in lansing, michigan. ($2.65 for 12 oz)
pours a hazy straw with a pillowy head.
the aroma is wheaty, citrus, spicy, sulphur hint.
the flavor is soft, light, wheat, citrus, spice.
great summer beer, goes down easy and is not a heavy beer so it is very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2006 02:31:00 | More by plaztikjezuz
Photo of houdini


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

Appearance: A cloudy, hazy, and faint golden yellow, with a medium-sized bubbly, white head. Lacing is nearly nonexistent.

Smell: Wheat and yeast with a hint of lemon.

Taste: Slightly sweet, slightly sour, very refreshing. Citrusy with a spicy finish. Just enough bite on this to please the palette.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and light on the carbonation.

Drinkability: This is one smooth brew. Very tasty and easy to drink. It doesn't take long to finish off a sixer.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2006 08:36:31 | More by houdini
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3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy light wheaty yellow color. Nice white fluffy head. Hints of lemon and wheat in the scent. Taste great, light wheat and lemon hints. Pretty good mouthfeel. Very drinkable. A good beer to drink in the summer. Fairly priced. Overall a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2006 00:53:23 | More by boblog
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New Hampshire

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

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a mug, VERY active. MUCHO bubbles, it's a very pale straw color, mildly cloudy.BIG thick creamy, frothy white head. Impressive head.

Smells wheaty and yeasty with a slight citrus nose.

A decent wheat and citrus combo, it's simple ingredients of malted barley and wheat allows the hearty wheat and malt to stand out.

Very nice medium body. The thick frothy white head gave it a very smooth feel, yet this is very light going down and very easy to drink in hot weather. THe impressive head left a lacing that was pretty thick until the LAST SIP.

Good n' refreshing on hot days!

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2006 20:05:22 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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Russian Federation

4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favourite brews, tasted on countless occasions in different countries and always making me happy.

Pale yellow color with a golden spark, hazy (especially when properly chilled), high initial carbonation, majestic head and lace just as I love it.

Smell citric, spicey, very gentle and complex.

Taste fresh, lively, with a fantastic mix of citric, yeasy-fruity and spicey notes. Very pleasant mouthfeel. Maybe a bit boring towards finish (after a couple of pints) but remarkable anyway. Finish acidic with a relaxing fruitiness, long and complex aftertaste.


Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2006 17:39:24 | More by ernie
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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