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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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4,166 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,166
Reviews: 1,641
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 72
Gots: 397 | 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 wagenvolks
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 cl bottle into a pint glass.

The appearance is of a soft yellow, grapefruit juice-colored body with a slightly hazy interior. Trails of carbonation stream upwards to supply a thin, beige head that retains well.
The aroma is surprisingly good, it's got that "witbier musk" with some powdery cake dough, a touch of wheat, coriander spice, and the faintest hint of floral hops.

The taste leaves a bit to be desired...I liken it to biting into an wheat-coated orange slice that's already been sucked dry: the flavor's just not all there. Some orange peel and a bit of juicy hops try desperately to leave an aftertaste, but the overly carbonated, thin body limits the enjoyment. I can see myself enjoying a Hoegaarden on a warm spring day, but I'm glad my girfriend bought the six pack and not me.

wagenvolks, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of GoreStorm
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

on draft at our local pub, they had just gotten it in that day.

A - good stuff, typical hoegaarden appearance, moderate white whippy looking head and text book belgian white color.

S - the coriander pops out more here, some floral scents as well.

T - the coriander flavor is more pronounced than the orange peel flavor usually is, strange but i enjoy it.

M - creamier than the bottle and a bit thinner.

D - this is an excellent drinkable beer, enough said.

GoreStorm, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of ZAP
4.83/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

To me this is damn near the perfect wit....so many now are overspiced and almost hard to drink in quantities. This has a tremendous flavor but also a very drinkable feel.

Looks the part with a bright yellow hazy color and big egg white head...coriander up front on then nose followed by lemon peel and orange peel.

The lemon/orange peel jumps to the front in the taste but the coriander is also present but not overpowering...crisp and slightly acidic....quite the thirst quencher...This tastes great on a cold winter night in February in northern Minnesota but would really taste great while taking in the scenery at a local beach in the summer....a keg of this would be great for a pool party..

fresh bottle...just showed up in the market...best by date of 4/28/09....it is 2/23/08

ZAP, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of beeroclock
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A very nice brew to have with nice weather.

A - poured a hazy yellow with a mountain of white head that lasted forever and then some.
S - Lemon, that is the main thing you pick up on the flavor.
T - Lemon and some smooth buttery bread type of flavor, nice though, very pleasant, non-offensive.
M - Some breadiness, but it's kind of plain at this point, not much aftertaste and it just kind of leaves you hanging.
D - It's a good beer. It is probaby best with foods that are not going to overpower. Maybe some white fish and breads. Also, probably better enjoyed in the summer months than when it's cold outside.

beeroclock, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of JDV
2.33/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A classic, but just tastes similar to every hefeweizen and wit I've had before. Not bad, but nothing unique other than the freakishly long lasting head. Coriander, clove and lemon tastes, light bodied, and easy to drink if you like those flavors in beer, which I don't particularly. Good if you like the style.

JDV, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of adamette
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Lemon Meringue Pie. An opaque, lemon cloudy body with a 3 finger head dissipating to a 1/4 inch head within 90 seconds. Head is very much like The top of a Meringue Pie complete with the shiny appearance.

S mild intensity smell, not very alcoholy (is that a word?) but hints of citrus, pleasing.

T A pleasing softness with citrus, cloudy appearance seems to carry over to the taste with its softness. It is a little watery but I wanted to delay swallowing to experience it just a little longer. Very interesting, pleasing. After taste lasts about 2 minutes and its softness lingers.

M gentle, eases in and I tended to let it linger longer than most beers so that I could taste it longer.

D very high level of drinkability due to immediate pleasing mouthfeel and taste.

I would much rather have a Hoegaarden than, say a Bud and I could drink as many of them both.

adamette, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of Bergenboy1981
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoegaarden in the bottle is the first beer I've ever had that I liked, and was my introduction to Belgian Style Whites and wheat beer in general.
This beer poured very nice with a cloudy color and a very thick head, and was clearly unfiltered.
The taste is very creamy and heavy wheat flavor, somewhat bitter and spicy at the first sip, but sweet and citrus flavored once I got used to it. I grew a big love for this brew after I had it on tap, which I have only found available at Fox Sports Grill.
Hoegaarden is a great beer for its flavor and experience, altho it is very heavy and I have a hard time drinking it with food or on a day when the weather is too hot or muggy.

This beer was a very unique and view changing experience for me that I will always remember as the brew that turned me into a beer drinker and I highly recoment it. It brought me into the world of beer and every new beer I taste is always compared to this one in my mind as a factor on how I like it. With the exception of Blue Moon....if a beer isnt cloudy and full of sediment like Hoegaarden is...I put it right back on the shelf.

Bergenboy1981, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of srandycarter
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very light beer, but GIGANTIC frothy pristine whit head. Of course, it leaves quickly, but the lacing, thin and almost not there, persists.

S - Spice and fruit. Mostly ALMOST banana, mixed with some type of spice I cannot identify, along with the traditional Belgium yeast smell. Smells good.

T - Fruity, yeasty, nice.

M - Thin, but very drinkable.

D - Good kegger for a special occasion, if you could get it.

srandycarter, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of Rayek
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I hadn't had this one in awhile. It's every bit as good as I remember.

A: Appropriately cloudy. Pale yellow color with a firm white head. Head stays with the beer down the glass, but doesn't leave any lace.

S: Coriander stands out alongside orange, cinnamon, lemon and biscuit aromas. Very complex.

T: Very dry and tart. Lots of flavors going on here. I sensed coriander, all-spice, orange, cinnamon and lemon. The malt and wheat add a sourdough bread quality. Very, very nice.

M: Just about perfect. Medium body with the right amount of carbonation.

D: I could drink a bunch of this if my mind didn't know better. An extremely complex beer that reveals more and more character as it's consumed.

Rayek, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of StinkyD
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. The beer had a healthy foamy, soft head that seemed light and airy on my lips. Yellow, straw, hazy appearance, however translucent enough to see the foggy outline of my fingers on the other side of the glass.

Smell was definitely Belgian yeast, and at the same time lemony, coriander, and maybe a little spicy.

Taste is light and refreshing. Mouth feel is carbonated and a little watery. I get some coriander notes here a long with a definite wheat characteristic. Finish is dry that fades into a slight tartness.

Overall definitely a refreshing drinkable beer and lately it has been on sale at one of the local package stores, so I have been drinking more of it. Probably more appropriate for a hot summer day though.

StinkyD, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of jbphoto88
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy blonde, straw like color with a tall, fluffy head. The rocky head dissipates quick but doesn't totally disappear.

Smell falls into the yeasty side of things. I get the scents of breads, a little banana and way off in the distance I get... bubble gum?

Taste is smooth and refreshing but there is that fruity bubble gum taste. Its not like chewing gum but it is apparent. I also taste a nice yeast/bread flavor that seems to work with the gum taste.

This is a good beer to drink in the hot summer months after you just cut your lawn. Its cool and refreshing and has a nice drinkability and mouthfeel.

jbphoto88, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of illidurit
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale straw color with a thin white head. Some decent lacing here. Smells of lemon and spices such as cinnamon and coriander. Taste is watery, with some classic witbier ester notes and too much spice. Mouthfeel is overcarbonated and thin. Pretty easy to drink if they're cold, but a far cry from the better witbiers.

illidurit, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of BigRedN
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the bottle with best by 29/01/09 date into a pint glass; followed the instructions on the label even. The beer is hazy, and a very pale yellow color. My pour produces a nice white head, well over 1 inch in height. Head takes time to fade to a solid cover on the beer. Leaves lacing as the beer is consumed.

Smell: Yeasty, with some malty aromas (scent of wheat bread) and a refreshing citrous aroma as well.

Taste: Malty, a good beer for those who do not like hops. Nothing bitter here. A touch sweet, and a little bready/yeasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, smooth going down with a refreshing, clean finish.

Drinkability: Added one bottle as part of a mixed 6 pack. I would definitely have this again. Low in alcohol this would make for a good summer quaffer that I will look out for in the summer when it turns hot.

BigRedN, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of joepais
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a chalice produced a cloudy light yellow body toped by a good two fingers worth of head that turns to lace

Aromas of Belgian yeast citrus and spices

Tastes are a mild sweet citrus and bananas mild spice bitter

Nice light mouthfeel

I drank a lot of hops today and wanted a change. I always have a Belgian Witbier around for nights like these. This one is a very respectable Witbier and always easy to find at a good price too. Along with being very drinkable

joepais, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appeared a cloudy and active light yellow. The bottle has a bulge at the top that reminds me of Placido Polanco's head.

Smells of spices and lemons. Spice aromas ranged from pepper to seasonings like rosemary.

The taste carried these flavors of the aromas well, adding some additional fruits to the party. All of the flavors are generally mild, but there's a lot of them to keep up with.

Mouthfeel started a bit pulpy, and finished somewhat dry. Some of the spice flavors stick around, but the aftertaste is surprisingly nice.

Solid all around beer. It's not too hard to find, and always enjoyable.

ElGrecoVerde, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of hwwty4
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. Pours a murky yellow with a slight wheat head that disappeared quickly but left decent lacing down the glass. Aroma is bready, with slight spiciness and banana. Taste is yeasty with a slight banana twinge to it. Mouthfeel is fuller than expected with a dry finish to it. A very drinkable brew. Definitely wont be the last one I drink.

hwwty4, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of KodyBrannon
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer into a pint glass, It poured a golden yellow color with a white head that dicipated quickly, But had a good amount of carbonation. The smell of this beer is wheat,wheat,wheat and yeast. The taste is also very much wheat. But for a witbier, it is very clean and crisp, doesn't leave much of an aftertaste. The mouthfeel of the beer is very light and watery, but with a clean aftertaste. The drinkability of this beer is very drinkable. I could use this as a summer sessionable all summer long.

KodyBrannon, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of Hatch
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with pry-off cap. Freshness date located on label.

Pours a cloudy, very pale yellow. Hazy from the unfiltered yeast. Forms a fluffy, off-white head, decent retention. Not much lace going on here, but it's appropriate.

Smells of light sweet spice, some sourness from the yeast, and sometimes you can pick up some hints of banana. Not very aromatic, but for what you can detect, it smells good.

Notes of sweet and sour in the taste. The sourness coming from the yeast, but it's not "sour" in terms you normally think. Taste of mild spiciness, some hints of lemon zest and banana. Light citrusy hop taste, with some faint bitterness coming through in the end.

This brew is mild and easy to drink, as are most witbiers. Mouthfeel isn't thin, as some people might suspect, but isn't thick; it falls somewhere in the middle, and is somewhat chewy. Good amount of carbonation; would call it crisp but not a sharp crisp.

Notes: A great witbier that's easy to drink, and pretty delicious if you enjoy the style. The only drawback is that it cost a little more than it should. I also hear that if you drink it in Belgium that it has more of a flavor kick that in does here. I guess it loses a little something on the plane ride over here. Nonetheless it's an enjoyable witbier.

Hatch, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of CortexBomb
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoegaarden pours out murky yellow, opaque, not a lot of head, but some. The smell is lightly wheaty with a skosh of banana, not a lot going on.

The taste is a simple, smooth yet enjoyable wheaty malted tone with hints of lemon and some spiciness. This is not aggressive by any stretch of the imagination, but it is a nice, pleasant Belgian white.

The mouthfeel on this, modestly good. Some fullness, some tingles, but not a lot. The drinkability is also a shade above average, a smooth beer, but a bit more expensive because it's imported.

The bottom line: I have Hoegaarden on occasion because bars which are slightly upscale tend to carry it. It's not one of my favourites in the style, and it won't shock you in any way, but it's a perfectly tasty, and serviceable example of its style. Just be sure that you get the lemon out of the beer ASAP if it's served that way.

CortexBomb, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of stimy
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this at a "The Belgian Beer Diaspora" beer tasting hosted by the late Michael Jackson at the National Geographic. The tasting involved pairing a number of Belgian beer styles with a Belgian and American interpretation of the style.

These are my tasting notes:
White color. Nice spicy flavor. The spiciness fades as you drink leaving a crisp wheat flavor.

stimy, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of Dodo2step
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I purchased this beer from Market Cross Pub in Carlisle, PA.

This is one of my favorite beers that i enjoy drinking. The appearance was a little cloudy but that taste ever so makes up for it.

Smell was very wheaty and when i first had one of these beers i knew i was going to enjoy it.

I prefer to have this beer on tap because it makes it that much better and drinkable but a case is also nice. A good price as well.

It feels like an explosion of wheat and malted barley once inside ones mouth.

Did i mention that i love this beer?

Dodo2step, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of therica
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've already reviewed this on-tap from Belgium. This is bottled, purchased at Wooden Keg in Hagerstown Maryland USA.

Better than my experience with the on-tap, oddly.

A= pale-lemonade, nice modest head, stays around for a while, some lacing.

S= bubblegum banana, refreshing whiff with a little grandma-perfume in there

T= much like the scent but more enjoyable. Compared to the on-tap that I had in Belgium, this is much more enjoyable, and less carbonated (which may be the hidden key, here since some on-tap places over-carbonate). Less lemon-esque than the on-tap, however (unless the Belgian placw was adding a touch of lemon).

M= nice, not bad, a little slight dryness

D= probably very drinkable if it hits your fancy at the moment-- very popular in Belgium.

therica, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of mltobin
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at a airport bar.
A - A inviting honey color with a medium sized head.

S - A light, floral aroma.

T - A little sweet, light, and easy, great example of a witbier, and awesome in the summer.

M- A refreshing beer that just leaves you the desire to order a couple more before catching the flight west.

D- Good, a very solid beer. Actually, the first beer that I ever had in a pitcher ( what a treat).

mltobin, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of genog
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a copious amount of ultra white head. Smell is banana, yeasty, and some light fruity aromas, but mostly this one is about spice and clove dominates. Taste is crisp, and fresh with a limited amount of carbonation for this style. A good beer for the style, but overall it did not wow me.

genog, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of Squelch
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours straw hazy with a huge white head that lasts a while.

Smell: Citrusy smell. Yeasty/bready aroma as well

Taste: Spice dominates the flavor with some bread and yeast flavors. The yeast flavor combines well with the spices in this beer. Very to style, just not my favorite style in the beer. Tastes better than a hefe.

Mouthfeel: Nothing special here

Drinkability: Not a bad beer, but nothing special. Wouldn't buy it again as I'm not keen to the style.

Squelch, Jan 16, 2008
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
85 out of 100 based on 4,166 ratings.