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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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Ratings: 4,514
Reviews: 1,688
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 104
Gots: 649 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: purplehops on 07-08-2001

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Photo of Spineypanda
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Has a light color to it that is unfiltered, and a white head.

Smells of the wheat/pepper smell with a bit of citrus and some of the yeasts are prominent.

Tastes like a Belgian White :). Has the undertone taste of the Belgian yeasts and the peppery taste of the wheat. A little citrus but not a lot.

Unfiltered makes it a little heavier in the stomach but even more tasty.

I like this beer.

Photo of MikeRa
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer has a hazy Straw color with no lacing at all

S: You can smell oranges with a hint of coriander

T: This witbier has a wheat and citrus taste with a bit of coriander finish

M: This is a smooth witbier with no bitterness.

D: This witbier is one that I drink without a piece of citrus fruit on the glass. Also has it's own unique glassware to drink from.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy pale yellow. Large white head with scant lace and retention--poor performance for a wit if I do say so myself.

Yeast, wheaty spice, orange zest and lemony coriander aroma. Taste is fairly tart with some wheat spice. Not as snappy as I remember.

Along with Harpoon IPA this was one of my gateway beers and I could have sworn it used to be better. Still, I feel like I'm drinking a piece of brewing history, thank you Peter Celis.

Photo of SkunkWorks
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured out a cloudy, straw color with an enormous head despite a very cautious pour though it dissipated quickly not leaving behind any lacing. Aroma wise, I get a hint of wheat. The taste is very bland and it reminds me of an American macro to be perfectly honest. I get a hint of orange but that's about all. Its very smooth and easy to drink, so that is a plus, but overall kind of a boring beer.

Photo of dpnelson1978
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2 oz. (330ml) bottle into Duvel tulip @ 40°F.

$9.99 / 6 pk.

S: Scent of wheat, sweet orange, and coriander.

A: Small tight white head that quickly dissipates and does not cover. Low lacing, and no ring. Cloudy straw body. Nothing too special.

T: Subtle wheat flavor, with a distinctive orange sweetness. Subtle coriander finish. No noticeable -OH.

M: Smooth medium body with low to medium carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink with a taste that does not get old very quickly. Great session beer. Oh, and it is cheap!

O: Good beer. Excellent example of a Belgian Wit.

Photo of NoHipTee
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My new favorite white.

A: A chalky yet clear enough around the edges beer with a perfect amount of head.

S: The spicey hints and citrus flavors start off just in the right direction.

T: A very good imitation of the perfect "sit on the porch while your son mows the lawn" drink.

M: lots of carbonation that adds to the flavors.

D: sessionable to the point of maybe having too many on a warm day. This would be easy to over do on a warm lazy day.

Refreshing like walking outside afer a summer down pour.

Photo of jeranbrews
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 1.5 fingers of bright marshmallow white head. Very cloudy. The color of the white mud around a thermal vent. Visible clumps of yeast in the clouds, but even after time has passed the cloud color remains. Head clings to the glass well about 2 sec.

Smell - This is by far the greatest point of this beer. As soon as your bring the glass to your nose you notice strong combinations of many smells Lavender, rose, magnolia, tangerine peel, and a bit of fruity hand soap. Strong yeast aroma and a mild malt aroma.

Taste - Initially a sweet sour yeasty taste. A bit of crystal malt. The balance isn't quite as nice as I'd like. The impressive barrage of smells initially leaves you thinking you will get an equally complex taste. But the tastes are more simple. The aftertaste reminds me of sweet-tart candy and lime.

Mouthfeel - Crystalline, almost gritty at moments. Crispy, tingly, medium average viscosity.

Drinkability - Great for dessert. This beer makes me think of vanilla ice cream with a slice of cake. The sourness of the beer would offset well right before or after dessert.

Photo of JeremyBrews
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful light emerald color, like the sea after a storm has passed. Two fingers thick of head, retains nicely, making a complex surface like rolling hills.

S: Cloves, banana, lime, flowers. Fresh and complex!

T: Ginger, banana, initial hop pizazz. Instantly refreshing. Noticeable, balanced yeast flavor.

M: Like cream soda, so smooth.

D: High! Very refreshing summer beer. Must be excellent with chocolate.

Photo of MikeBrandman
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Heard plenty of good things about this beer. Plenty of hype for something this commonly available (got it at a grocer( made it impossible to pass up, even for about $11 for a 6 pack.

A - Yellow haze with a rich, white, 3 finger head. Pours with a great amount of carbonation and good amount of lacing. Looks tempting, but something about the color is a little offputting. Almost looks too yellow to be real.

S - Smells like bananas and alcohol. Interesting combo. Good amount of wheat and malt smell to it as well. Carbonation and rich head makes the aroma really stand out on this. However, the alcohol smell is really brings it down a notch.

T - Taste of bananas and wheat really pulls through. Almost enough to mask the alcohol, but still reminds you this is a beer, not a soda. Almost nutty taste too, maybe from the wheat. Good taste, just a few things could have made it better, namely masking more of the alcohol taste

MF - Great texture. Creamy from the unfiltered yeast, but smooth and bubbly from the carbonation. Compliments the flavor really well.

D - Good drinkability. Would have been better without the alcohol taste.

Maybe I'm a little soft, but the alcohol taste really stands out for a 4.9% ABV beer.

Photo of lester619
1.11/5  rDev -70.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I just simply don't get this style of beer. The coriander and orange mixed together with hops and malts and yeast just have never made any sense to me. The smell is sweet and citrusy at first, but then it turns into something like bolonga. That sounds strnge, but thats what I smell. Very, very bad. It looks alright when poured into the mug. Very pale, cloudy with a big fluffy head. Then it went into my mouth. The spice and the orange and the hops and the malt just don't get along. Couple this with the fact that this bottle aparently has been around for a while. This add a slight oxidized skunky udertone to everything. It's just nausiating. Milllions of people love it. Different strokes. More power to you. In my opinion it's some of the most hidiously undrinkable stuff in existance.

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

Poured from bottle into a Hoegaarden hexagon glass

A- Pours a hazy light yellow color with about an inch worth of head. The head is slow to fade and leaves nice lacing on the way down.
S- The typical wit here, yeast, banana, candy, and a hint of some spices. I never get tired of smelling this beer.
T- The bubble gummy candiness is pretty prevalent. Also there is some banana and a little bit of spice with some good yeasty background. This is my benchmark wit that I really compare all other to even though it is technically a macro.
M- It is a thin bodied beer and I think could be a little heavier but then again that is why this is a great thirst quenching summer beer.
D- This one goes down the same every time, great. This is a great beer for summer time and good when really thirsty.

Photo of mdwalsh
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a big, but not too fluffy white head that only has a little contour to it. The beer is a hazy pale straw, but darker than plenty of macros I've had. The "wit" part is quite obvious on this one. THe head is sticking around ok.

S: Wheaty and with a definite Belgian smell. No malt, maybe a little hops, but they're hidden. Also a little bit of spicyness. I can see why this beer is popular both with geeks and commoners alike. It's bold without being obscene.

T: Hmmm, at first touch it seemed like the taste bombed, it seemed like nothing was there. But there's something. Definite banana flavor, complimented by some spicey. No sweetness. It's a very smooth flavor, and consistant. I'm now about halfway through the beer and still getting the same flavors.

M: Smooth, even with a touch of sour. The sour maybe gives it just the slightest kick as it leaves the mouth. But all in all very light.

D: Sessionable for sure. Nothing stellar, nothing to keep louring you back, but sessionable. In offensive, but perhaps unimpresive as well.

Photo of adarby
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a slight haze to it with slight carbonation settling into a long living head. There is lacing present, but not a lot of it. The beer appears calm and welcoming.

The smell is slightly citrus, I suspect the hops are the cause of this. It's a subtle scent and quite pleasing. There are also some small hints of malt in the smell.

The taste is a bit of bitter malts and a slight balance of hops. I've tasted a bit better for this style. It's good, but not as good as I expected. The taste doesn't stick around that long, so there is no foul aftertaste.

Overall, this beer drinks well, it's worth drinking, however, I can think of a few more common brands I would rather have.

Photo of dgilks
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, pale straw colour with a tight, white head. Decent head retention.

Aromas of orange, lemon and coriander dominate with a light hint of wheat in the background.

Nice, light wheat flavour is in the forefront with hints of lemon, orange and spice. A slight yeast mustiness is present. Quite sweet with a light tartness.

Medium body with average carbonation.

Witbiers are a light, easy drinking style. Hoegaarden fits into this mould but it a little dull.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice pale yellow with soft white highlights and a nice medium haze with a good swirl of the bottle on the pour. A minimal white head quickly turns to a light skim over the surface and a ring around the glass and leaves minimal lacing.

Nose is alot of spice profile and that classic belgian wheat yeast aroma. Coriander and orange peel like spices are prominent.

A nice soft classic witbier. Belgian yeast and citrus zest are the clear center of attention. A nice soft wheat flavor. The finish is crisp and provides some slight green apple and soft peach notes. Zest and yeast linger in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is slightly higher in carbonation than most belgian brews, but it works very well here, as it would in a hef.

Drinkability is quite solid. Could easily put down a sixer or more of these on a hot day, or just whenever.

Overall really a classic example of the witbier. As typical and common as it is, it really is nice for a drinkable wit. Nothing mind-blowing or crazy exciting, but just a solid, flavorful session beer.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This looks like murky watered milk (very faint yellow). The head is rather large, white thick - looks great. Some lace on the glass and some sediment in the bottle.

S: Very refreshing smell. There is obvious citric notes (orange and faint lemon), lots of spicyness (coriander), the wheat is also present in the smell. Some floral hops.

T: Very refreshing. The coriander is complemented with a nice pepper tone. The citric notes from the smell are also present in the taste. Yeast is noticable as well as the wheat.

M: The aftertaste is rather short, some sweetness though. Medium body and a tickeling sencation from the small bubbles.

D: Nice, really nice refreshing summer beer. I've got a friend that told me he had this beer with craw-fish (swedish style) and it was the best thing ever - I'm going to try that next fall.

Photo of PBoegel
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Simply what a Witbier should be.

There a dozens of American made (particularly at brewpubs) which hit to style as near 5.0 across the board, two versions from across the pond are considerably near perfect, the InBev controlled Hoegaarden and the Pierre Celis Signature White for St. Bernardus.

Not coincidentally Celis had his hand resurrecting Hoegaarden from certain extinction.

The style and this particular breweries version a perfect for quaffing on a warm summer day or as an aperitif for a fine meal.

The aromas are lemon and tangerine citrus with mild peppery notes from the fine yeast strain. Occasionally one can pick up some DMS characteristics, but they are slight and usually in my opinion a confused sense with the other spices and yeast character from the wheat and oats in the grist.

Refreshing and extremely drinkable this is a world classic that has not been beaten down by the bean counters quite yet. As a wit should an nice silky smooth mouthfeel. Delicious, if you don't like Witbiers, get into practice they are a great style.

Photo of UndeniableMalt
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light, cloudy amber with a small amount of head formation when it was poured into the glass.
Aroma: it has a slightly wheat aroma however other aromatics may have been citrus. I found it hard to distinguish between aromatics and particular taste notes in this beer.
Taste: it has a mild, melon flavor with lingering, light sweetness .
Whatever it was, it was very drinkable and perfect for a hot summer day.

Photo of flagmantho
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a wine goblet.

Appearance: light, pale, opaque, creamy ... very much white in appearance. Relatively thin head.

Smell: very pleasing full-bodied wheat aroma with a slight hint of citrus and spice.

Taste: really delicious wheat taste with just the right amount of citrus tang. Not sure if they used coriander in this, but if they did, they limited it enough to not get that fruity Pebbles thing going on. Just spot-on for me.

Mouthfeel: relatively light body but the right amount of carbonation so it is very creamy. Love it!

Drinkability: I just bought one bottle of this but now I wish I'd bought a sixpack. At 4.9%, it would make a great session beer.

Photo of drcarver
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Due to it's availability and history this is the witbier I use to compare other witbiers. Basically a baseline beer.

A - Light straw color and cloudy... when it tells you to swill the bottle its going to be cloudy. Small white puffy head that leaves decent lacing.

S - Heavy in the spice aroma. Assuming it is brewed in true style with coriander and bitter orange they steeped the coriander longer then I prefer.

T - The coriander is complimented well by the peppery yeast flavors and the light hops help balance it out.

M - Smooth and light with little aftertaste

D - Nice summer brew. Great lawnmower beer or outside on a deck.

Photo of dbals
4.59/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Grote Market in Brussels while watching the light show. It was truly a delightful beer with it's cloudy yellow color and Moderate head-some lacing.

The smell of this wheat is what I love; a sweet smell with citrus and dancing notes of coriander.

The taste is different for first sip and all the rest. At first I always notice an earthy taste (and smell) followed by citrus. Every sip after I fist taste the citrus, touch of coriander then the earthy taste.

Easy to drink several glasses even 125cl especially on hot days without getting that feeling of having too much sweet!

Photo of BruceAJones
4.94/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As a macro-brew lager drinker in my early days the Hoegaarden color and initial taste immediately had me thinking about what I had been missing.

Odd color and initial taste but from there it has been a long wonderful relationship.

This is the one beer always on tap in my house. And yes, I prefer it on tap.

Photo of buschbeer
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured into a pint glass to two inches of white head. It is a hazy, pale yellow. It has a spicy citrus smell. I also get a grass smell. It tastes spicy with some yeast mixed in there. I get some citrus and maybe some banana. It is crisp and refreshing after a long day of work. I will have a few, but this one will not make it into my regular rotation.

Photo of TLove
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

(From Notes)

On tap in CT.

This is a go-to, often available witbier that is both supremely drinkable and a refreshing summer beer.

Pale yellow, with cloudy body and white head with a touch of creaminess. Some wheat and citrus in the smell and the taste envelops some spice and orange peel with a well-balanced yeastiness and decent carbonation. Light to medium body and very soft, balanced finish that really goes down well. Absolutely going for another.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours surprisingly fizzy, comes out very sparkling from the bottle, like a vaseline model's teeth. Champagne-coloured with a pleasant dusty haze through it, minimal but steady bead, but the notable exception here is the head. None. Very little lacing as well, quite a letdown for the Belgian team. Thank God for the cloud.

Nose is tangy, with a lot of citrus and a strong phenolic alcohol character, almost Cointreau-esque, really. Odd saltiness as well lingers at the back as well as a candy sweetness. Light herbal notes pepper the back, very grassy and coriander-blessed. Pleasant nose, seems different every time I sniff.

Taste is very citrusy, a lot of orange, mandarin and cumquat flavours, blending with a fresh organic funk and notes of a light herbal character - pleasant coriander with a slight capsicum touch to it. Taste is predominantly fruity, with the tart citrus notes dominating the front and more phenolic, juicy notes on the back. Does verge on too sweet. Light phenolic lick as it goes down, probably from the yeast - quite cagey and pleasant.

Mouthfeel is quite hot, as in spicy on the tongue, but with a nick slick body behind it.

I've always considered this the master of the wit, but it feels someone subdued, like I've been exposed to wild, untamed examples and this here seems too polite and mild. I can't mark it down though because it's well balanced and unpretentious, and very drinkable.

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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