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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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4,116 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,116
Reviews: 1,634
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 70
Gots: 370 | 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 ChainGangGuy
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, pale yellow body with a fizzy, short-lived white head.

Smell: Fairly reserved aroma of malted wheat, lemon juice, coriander, and a faint, far-off yeastiness.

Taste: Doughy wheat flavor with a subtle sweetness. Sour lemons. Hint of coriander and a pinch of celery salt. There’s a light acidity on the quick finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Light, fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: A suitable witbier, but the flavors are so light as to bypass refreshing and wind up being bland.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of altgeeky1
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle, 10 months ahead of best-by date 10/16/08. Pours very light golden honey, with white undertones and some swirling sediment. Head retention was light with trim around the glass, updated regularly by large carbonation bubbles. Yeasty and floral aroma, can't smell the citrus very much. Spices are supported by the carbonation and overpower the wheat. The carbonation fades, and the flavor left behind in your mouth is the citrus and banana. I find this beer to be a bit watery and high on the carbonation. A little less carbonation and more body would make for a more drinkable beer. Disclaimer: I haven't found a white that I really enjoy (although I do like all other types of wheat).

altgeeky1, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of abcsofbeer
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with a 12.01.08 drink by date. The color is a nice golden honey that is cloudy and topped by a nice one finger white head. The head sticks around very well. The aroma is fairly week but has mostly a banana smell. There is also some bread with honey aromas in the glass too. The taste has some mild spiciness to it. There is also a hint of orange that is described on the label. The mouthfeel is refreshing and light.

abcsofbeer, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of Overlord
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strange looking beer. Pale white-ish yellow, pure white foam...kind of a hazy sickly color. Smells like yeast, citrus, and spices.

Taste is bannanas, yeast, and a bit of lemon/citrus zest. Interesting, quaffable, but nothing to write home and rave about. It's unique look is probably not a plus, but it's definitely weird.

Overlord, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of JBogan
2.85/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a sickly looking very pale and cloudy greenish yellow. Almost like water that's been sitting in a fishtank far too long. Zero head and lacing, and only the tiniest amount of carbonation. Maybe the worst looking beer I've ever seen. It almost made me not want to put the glass to my lips, but we're this far so...

Let's see what this smells like...ok, not nearly as bad as the appearance. Some orange, maybe a bit of banana. That's about it, and even those scents were not very prominent. Not a strong smelling beer.

Taste was slightly better. Again it was a very mild banana and orange flavor and that's all I could pick up. Bordered on watery.

Mouthfeel was acceptable. Not as thin as it appeared, and slightly more carbonation than appearances led me to believe.

Overall I wavered between a 2.5 and a 3 on drinkablity and I gave it the 3. I guess for the type beer it is, it's acceptable but not outstanding or very memorable. I won't be picking this up again, but for those who enjoy this style of beer it's probably worth at least a look.

JBogan, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass, no freshness date visible, but it does have a diagram on how to pour the beer.

A: Pours sort of a pale and cloudy straw yellow with a pure white half inch head. No lacing. Very very pale looking, almost the sickly sort if you get my drift.

S: Good deal of yeasty funk with hints of orange slices and bananna. Not much else though

T/MF: A bit watery but still has a good enough mellow orange bananna and bread yeast flavors in here but they all fell a bit watered down. There is a good deal of carbonation that leaves the mouth tingly but not overly dry.

D: Not a bad wit but there are better ones out there and for less.

bluemoonswoon, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of Cs1987
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Light, cloudy, 1 finger of head which reduced.

Smell - Quite difficult to detect the smell, but there are hints of banana and spices.

Taste - Spicy cinnamon/nutmeg taste, with hints of vanilla and summer fruits.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation, spicy aftertaste.

Drinkability - Very drinkable and quite refreshing, despite the spiciness.

Overall - I personally prefer Hefe Weizen to Witbier, so I can't help but rate this below my favourite Hefes. Hoegaarden is a good beer, but not the best Witbier I have tried.

Cs1987, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of brendan13
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy pale yellow colour with an inch of fluffy white head.
S - Lemon citrus aroma, a touch of spice and wheat maltiness.
T - Along the same lines as the smell with a sweet touch.
M - Pretty light bodied, medium to high carbonation. Finishes dry with a slight sour touch.
D - A pretty good summer thirst quencher.

brendan13, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of BiereBlanche
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz. bottle from a 6-pack

Tipped most of the bottle into a working glass then rolled the bottle before pouring. The glass was filled with a very pale, hazy yellow and capped off with a foamy white head. The head could have stuck around longer for a wheat, but still nice, and left a ring and and small patches along the side. The aroma is citrusy, like lemongrass, and spicy/ bready. The taste follows similarly. Light, citrus sweetness hits the tongue first, followed by a very balanced and mild bitter bite. The finish is somewhat refreshing and the aftertaste is again a sweet, malty lemon flavor. The mouthfeel is light, but not watery and the carbonation is very fitting, not very heavy. Hoegaarden is very nicely balanced, light and refreshing enough to be easily drinkable. It's a good representation of the citrusy, wheaty characteristics of the Witbier style. Very nice, sessionable macro offering. A very good intro to wheat beers.

BiereBlanche, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of atrus138
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Followed the instructions printed on the label: poured the first 2/3 into the glass as normal, swirled the remainder, and poured the rest in. This made for a beautiful creamy head that lay atop a cloudy and extremely pale yellow. Very nearly white. Had some nice lacing, but had some trouble sticking. Delicious lemony smell with spices. Taste was excellent, lots of fruit and spices, most notably lemon, with a nice yeasty flavor. Medium bodied. Reminds me a bit of Delirium Tremens, though this would probably be much better suited for the summer and Delirium Tremens for winter, as this has far less alcohol.

atrus138, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of largadeer
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice presentation - the bottles and six pack holder look awesome. The beer itself is pale yellow and slightly hazy, though not as cloudy as many wits out there. Head retention could be better.

Smell: A mild aroma of coriander, wheat and citrus.

Taste: Dry and (very) lightly hopped, this beer has very little bitterness. A subtle malty sweetness is present amongst stronger flavors of orange peel and coriander. The spices give some character to what would otherwise be a rather ordinary and bland beer. It finishes clean, without lingering on the tongue too long.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, crisp, very easy on the palate.

Drinkability: A solid beer, and very sessionable. There are better wits around, but this is easy to find and it's really quite decent.

largadeer, Nov 22, 2007
Photo of TimWeizen1
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Original of the species. I've enjoyed this beer for over 15 years. Light yellow color, white head, and smells of spice and orange. I originaly found this beer at Trader Joes for cheap and very pleasantly surprised with the quality. Tastes like it smells and is very drinkable. Highly recommended.

TimWeizen1, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of Gehrig
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I first had this beer while on vacation and in a hot tub, and it did not disappoint. A nice light golden beer with a white foamy head, Hoegaarden is very tasty, with a nice melange of flavors and mild spices. Orange was most prominent. It is decidedly less spicy than other Belgian-style ales I've had, but also more accessible too. Its taste is smooth yet somewhat bubbly, nice and crisp. It is very refreshing, a terrific way to beat the heat, or to kick back with a few on a porch. Terrific in warm weather and great tasting. A really good find.

Gehrig, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of seanyfo
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this numerous times bottled but saw it recently on tap and thought i better review it.

A: Straw cloudy blonde appearance with a thin white creamy head layer sitting on top, dissapates quickly to leave only the crown

S: Lots of citrus, fresh hops and some grapefruit. Also a lot more sweeter i think than when poured from the bottle

T: Tart with the citrus but also a delicate sweetness, i found it hard to distinguish what the sweetness was in the smell but in the taste i feel its very much spice, well balanced which makes it light and refreshing

M: Light and spritzy on the tongue, fluffy almost!

D: A nice summer refresher, nothing too complex but a nice change from when your sick of pale ales!

seanyfo, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of thierrynantes
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (25, 33cl), tasted in 1999.

Appearance : pale straw yellow color (veiled), with a white foam head.
Smell : citrus and coriander aroams.
Taste and mouthfeel : first acid and a little spicy. Very round in the mouth, bittersweet by the wheat.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian white

Review translated from french 5-26-2008.

thierrynantes, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of skeetermoses
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I do enjoy this beer, I am a sucker for belgium whites. This beer has a good sense of spice to it, not bad, overall this is not my favorite but it does rank up there as far as good belgium beers go. I am looking forward to drinking the other selections they have to offer.

skeetermoses, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of Kemmerlin
4.97/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a straw yellow color with cloudy appearance. Personally I am a fan of the cloudy look and was excited to take my first sip.
S: Exciting aromas of citrus maybe orange or lemon and hops. I have not smelled a beer like it yet.
T: Just like it smelled, there was an orange taste but complimented with a black pepper/clove type of taste that I presume is the corriander that was dexcribed on the bottle. I have never had corriander so I ma unsure iof this taste but do plan on going out and buying some after this beer.
M: The carbonation felt like what you would find drinking a carbonated water. The rest of the feel was smooth and delicious.
D: I could not have been happier to be drinking this beer and it went down easy and smooth with plenty of strong flavors to savor.

Kemmerlin, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of kenito799
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass, despite the instructions on the label to use a hexagonal glass. Nice pouring instructions. Hopefully will deter the bottle-chuggers.

Cloudy pale starw colored beer raises a nice crisp foamy white head which recedes to a ring. Very nice look, perfect witbier appearance.

The aroma is very nice, lemon-orange with a hint of coriander, very fresh. On the palate the active fine bubbles convey the crisp, refreshing, clean wit taste well. There is a good balance of orangey and spicy notes, a clove-y tingle lingers in the finish. Very clean and refreashing, flavors could be a little less restrained...I got a little bored. But good for the sunny outdoors.

1000 light years better than Blue Moon, I wish this beer could supplant the ubiquity of that awful drek.

kenito799, Nov 06, 2007
Photo of Spidey13
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one tap last night, served in a pint glass. A very light colored, cloudy beer. A small white head with a bit of lacing on the glass. Smell is light with a bit of lemon. The taste is also very light with lemon notes and a bit of sourness. Very smooth mouthfeel. The is a very drinkable beer due to the very light flavors. Very nice.

Spidey13, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of timmytootimes
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of respect for the original by which all other wit beers are judged i have given this beer high marks.

The appearance is slightly cloudy with fruity aromas of bannana and clove with a hint of spicy orange and coriander.

Clean crisp with definate tones of the bannana, coriander, orange and clove i mentioned above, nice malt wheat aftertaste, average mouthfeel but great, great drinkability!

A true classic worthy of its reputation.

timmytootimes, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of dsa7783
4.9/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Of the many white beers out there on the market, this is definitely one of the best I've ever had. Great blend of orange and coriander make this one of the most drinkable and enjoyable beers. I enjoy it with an orange peel, which helps bring out and accentuate the citrus-like taste, although drinking it alone really helps you appreciate the exceptional taste. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is a fan of white beers. From what I've heard - and not like this makes much of a difference - it has won the beer cup in its category many times - a consistent winner. Although $8.99 for a sixer is a little pricey, this is worth it without a doubt... one of my favorite of all time...

dsa7783, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of boothy443
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was pleasantly supprised, considering this was my Belgian style, though it had come highly recommended by others to me. I would consider it more translucent that cloudy, being that i didn't see differences in the opacity of the beer while drinking. The head stared out as soapsuds and dissipated quickly but only to a ring around the collar that fell with the drink. Was supprised at the mildness, expecting a more robust and forceful taste, but was not under whelmed. The orange tone comes threw very well and mixes well with the taste of other botanicals. Smell was a bit lacking to me, though present. Would recommend this beer, would consider this as an introducer into beer for those who don’t drink beer often or at all, especially those who don’t like beer for the “bitter beer taste” that can be present which, in my opinion beer has a lack of.

boothy443, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Completely opaque and yellow/caramel in color. Light head, bubbly.

S: Cross of wheat and fruit. Came with an orange slice...which I don't care for. I think a beer should taste naturally without the help of a piece of fruit. Just my opinion though.

T: Milder than some, but a full bodied wheat beer. I really like its balance.

M: Slightly acidic, but gentle.

D: Very smooth, yet nicely carbonated.

It has good balance. Smooth wheat and carbonated, but not over done on either end. But to be honest, I expect a more robust flavor out of my white ales. Solid, but overrated in some ways.

Amalak, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of MMAJYK
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Very bright yellow, and non transparent. Head is lacy but not lingering like most belgians.

S- Smell is of citrus: lime, oranges, and lemons.

T- Taste is light and fruity. Very clean and totally refreshing.

M- Mouth is nothing special, but is quite full. Not as I expected from this beer. I would have figured more light, but suprisingly good and a tad malty.

D- Very drinkable and clean. This one goes down good and goes down easily. Great session beer.

MMAJYK, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of lowbrau68
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale yellow, hazy, translucent w/a vibrant white head. Leaves a moderate lacing throughout.
Aroma: Defining characteristic of this and other Belgians is that distinctive yeast character (sour? vanilla?). Orange is very evident along w/subtle coriander. Reminiscent of potpourri while the head lasts, malt and citrus linger in the glass after the beer is finished.
Taste: Bright, citrusy and spicy but dominated by the tart yeast character. Highly carbonated and refreshing. Mouthfeel is very light, spritzy and becomes almost watery as the beer warms. Dry in the middle, lingering tart citrus and spice in the aftertaste.

This is a great summer beer but is so drinkable, complex, and versatile I'll be drinking this year round. In short, very refreshing but complex beer (love those Belgians!) that is rapidly turning into my "go-to" brew.

lowbrau68, Oct 24, 2007
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
85 out of 100 based on 4,116 ratings.