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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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4,485 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,485
Reviews: 1,682
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 99
Gots: 607 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: purplehops on 07-08-2001

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Photo of jrallen34
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank from bottle into a chalice in Luxembourg City.

This is pretty good for a widely available beer. Its light and you can drink a lot, not something i'd start the night with, but definetly have and will finish the night with it.

It is orange/gold in color with an average white head.

It smeels sweet with citrus dominating.

It tastse decent, sweet, a little too biter at the end.

Photo of BigBen61
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This may just not be my style of beer so I will review it as objectively as possible.
A-It is a beautiful looking beer with a bright golden color clouded by the white haze of the yeast.
S-This is where it became "interesting" for me. The scent was a bit like a pilsner but with notes of lemon, hay, and a heady dose of yeast.
T-For me the yeast just overpowered the malt and hops a bit too much. Not a bad beer in-fact quality was obviously good it's just too yeasty for me.
M-The mouthfeel was smooth with the acidity making it a refreshing "cutter" for the hot wings I started on halfway through the glass.

If you have a chance, try it... but if you are a hopheaded malt loving maniac it may not float your boat. Thing is you'll never know till you try.

Photo of gabe1989
4.52/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Apperaance- Pale golden cloudy and unfiltered.

Smell- very bready and floral. slightly citrusy due to orange peel. very pleasant.

Taste- citrusy with the obvious coriander spice to it. finishes slightly sweet. very good combo. very balanced taste.

Mouthfeel- very velvety and creamy. not much carbonation but its not needed.

Drinkablity- For a beer with this much flavor it is really really drinkable. it doesnt sit too heavy and leaves you wanting more. can easily put away 8 of em with an ABv of 4.9%

Overall its a great witbier. just got it on sale for $14 a 12 pack at the supermarket. fell in love with this beer when i randomly tried a sixer of it months ago. one of my favs until i try another witbier thats better.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was ok. It was pretty good. My girlfriend said it was slightly bitter. We both thought it tasted kinda soapy too.

Appearance- cloudy, yellowish

Smell- malty

Taste- citrus, wheat, kinda soapy

Mouthfeel- light bodied

Drinkability- ok except for the soapy taste

Photo of PsychoJedi
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The looks are very pale and filmy. I can smell an interesting fruity smell that seems to have a combination of smells fighting to drown the other smell out. The taste is clean. I would not say weak, but there is that fighting for the dominate taste of the ingredients that ends up neutralizing each other. It goes down with a weak, but noticeable aftertaste.

Verdict: I would try another Belgium beer unless you have tried "many" (not just a few or none) Belgium beers then I would try it.

Photo of jsh420
2.38/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

best by 2/28/10

pours a cloudy pale yellow but almost white with a 1/2 finger head that left no lacing

smells of lemon and wheat not much

taste is almost medicinal - some wheat and yeast - but very watered down - its been over a year since i have had this beer and i dont remember it being this bad

mouthfeel is so so - very thin and watered down with some carbonation

drinkability is not good since the taste is so bad but it is very light and could throw back many

Photo of gatornation
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy straw color with a fluffy white head..the smell is coriander spices some clove and a little oats and wheat..taste is better then the look and smell its has a subtle spice clove taste that is not overpowering it finishes with a wheat slight oat taste ...its really a pretty good witbier this is one to try if you want to start sampling belgium beers it very easy to drink flavorful and low abv..its a good one for the summer and one that i enjoy having every so often..yes recommended

Photo of sophisticated
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A) cloudy lemonade with a fluffy white head, decent retention

S and T) Banana and cloves, bubblegum (first time I've had a wit where the bubblegum-like smell/taste is so present), yeast, floral

MF) Crisp, medium, well carbonated

D) Good, a good summer's day ale. However, for me the sweetness and floral smell/taste was a little much. It's a strongly flavorful Wit, so it's great if that's what you are in the mood for.

Photo of tone77
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pale white/golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Somewhat cloudy and a delicious spicy smell, lots of citrus. Very flavorfull taste with citrus and spices very pronounced and quite delicious. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall this is a top notch beer.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a cloudy, lemonade yellow. A finger of white head developed and dissipated to a thin film and dense ring.

Smell: Much more aromatic than I was expecting. I was thinking it would be Blue Moon dull, but this is impressive. Pleasant yeast/wheat smell with invigorating lemon citrus. The banana is missing, which I always like in a wheat brew, but coriander adds spice.

Taste: Again, more than what I was expecting. The wheat is prominent, and the lemon citrus from the smell is replaced with a slightly tart orange. The coriander spice also comes through in the tail.

Drinkability: The drinkability is high. This is a decent wheat, though I prefer German style hefes.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

How is it possible that I've been rating beer this long, but I've yet to rate this beer? I know Pierre Celis is some sort of beer luminary who revived the witbier style. But, now there's so much more to the story...Pierre Celis's Texas brewery sort of sucked, now that beer is brewed in Michigan (it still sort of sucks), Pierre is in his mid-80's, and now the witbier is a style that has been sort of over-done into an entry-level craft beer targeting light beer drinkers and a female palate by the likes of Blue Moon and Spotted Cow. So where does that leave Hoegaarden?

It's pretty good! Definitely not over-done, it is superlative in some pretty subtle ways. It isn't overly sweet like some American imitators, it is brightly yellow with a nice meringue head. Aroma and flavor is slightly sweet with a pleasing amount of Coriander and I dare say offer something that I think is wheatiness. Pretty good, but probably better a generation ago...the same way the first DIPA must've been revolutionary...now that every craft brewer has one, I'm a little less impressed.

Photo of NODAK
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is pretty sweet (bananas?) with an abundance of spice and orange...very nice! A very cloudy pale color...

The taste isn't overally sweet as I perhaps expected from the smell, it's actually a slight bit tart, but the overwhelming flavor profile is a mix of a lot of orange and spice character here. The finish has little hop presence at all and has a lingering of the oranges and spices on the tongue. This is definitely a wit that has chosen the oranges over tartness, that's for sure.

Despite the fact it isn't all that tart, it is very clean and gives no cloying sweeetness on the finish. If anything, a little spice seems to hang around a bit but not for long.

The ABV isn't too high, which is nice and improves drinkability. I'd definitely recommend this for a person on a hot day or just a session beer.

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

A: Cloudy pale yellow, with big snow white head that slowly dissipates. Moderate lacing.

S: Citrusy, with hints of lemon and orange. Pepper and some clove. Hint of bananas.

T: Very light and clean flavor. Lemon zest and pepper. A bit of banana and wheat.

M: Light and crisp. Very refreshing.

D: Full of flavor, yet still light and refreshing. Combine that with a modest ABV, and you get exceptional drinkability. This beer is great year around, but definitely hits the spot on a hot summer day. Far better than most of the bland summer offerings from US brewers.

Photo of HopBacchus
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass

A: fairly large head dissipates quickly. The lacing is pretty ok though not impressive. A cloudy yellow color typical of the style.

S: Smells of lemon and faint malts but the overwhelming scent is citrus

T: Citrus + Medium to Light bodied beer. The orange and lemon notes overwhelm the flavor of the malts the beer definitely possesses a medium to light body

MouthFeel: Smooth and slightly carbonated

D: Hoegaarden is one of those beers that i would describe as Upper-Middle Class, mass produced but good. Among upper middle class beers I would say hoegaarden is among, if not the most drinkable. Perfect for pounding or sipping during the warm months.

Photo of Beerbythepool
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bottle into pint glass.(I don't have the Hoegaarden Hexagonal glass that is shown on the label)

1 Finger head that disapates fairly quickly. Color is light yellow like lemon juice with a cloudy haze. Bubbles rise like a weak champagne.

Smells of lemon, but that could be in my head as I usually get it with a lemon at the bar--no fruit today, just beer.

I actually taste more orange and dry spice than lemon when I taste. It hits the back of your mouth first with the citrus taste. The label lists orange peel and I almost taste the dryness of the peel rather than the pulp of the fruit.

No lacing.

Goes down way too fast and easy. I could throw back several with no problem. Wonder why they put lemon and not an orange at the bar. I like it with no fruit.

Lots of copies of this beer, but Hoegaarden is the original and has my respect.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle.

Pours a hazy lemon wheat gold. Thin white head retains a small amount of lacing.

Smells like wheat and citrus. Clean and fresh.

The taste is tart and malty. Like fresh grain with lemon and coriander.

The mouthfeel is smooth and slightly fizzy. Moderate body.

A good beer for warm months. One of the better witbiers available.

Photo of br3wmeister
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Large foamy white head lay atop a hazy dull yellow beer. Moderate head retention and minimal lacing.

S- Nice fruit aroma, bananas, lemon, orange, also some clove and other spices.

T- Nice citrus flavor up front, orange and lemons, then some banana and clove with a slight copper taste. Little bit of hop bite in the end.

M- Light and fruity, with some mild hop bite and dryness in the end.

This is one of the only witbiers I have had and enjoyed. That said this is a pretty good beer.

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

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle.

Hoegaarden pours a very light orange color with a thick, fluffy, white head. It is extremely hazy with a good deal of bubble activity, almost the look of warm, yet fresh and sunny summer day.

On the nose one is presented with a very sharp pull of wheat and the strong presence of citrus--mainly orange. There are also hints of clove and spices. Very fresh aroma.

The taste is relatively tart with a nice fresh wheat presence. There is a good deal of citrus (orange and lemon) acidity. A bit of peppery bite at the finish as well. There is a lot going on here. Despite the host of flavors, Hoegaarden's mouthfeel is pretty thin, though there is some sharpness. Pretty high carbonation.

Overall, this is a pretty drinkable beer. Though it seems more suited to warmer weather, it would be welcomed on many different occasions. Not the most challenging beer, and after one or two I'd almost always move onto something different (i.e. though drinkable, not a session beer for me) but overall a nice quaff.

Photo of mirish72
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked a sixer of these up when I saw the temp was going to be close to 90 degrees.

I am not a huge fan of of white ale's, but on a hot almost summer day, nothing is better in terms of pure drinkability. The beer pours cloudy and off white. I am never crazy about the smell, kind of citrusy with a hint of orange and bananna.

All that goes out the window when you take a sip, or more likely a huge gulp. This beer is so drinkable and with the low ABV is a great afternoon beer. They don't fill you up and you can still function after a few.

Not an every day beer, but not bad to have in the fridge for hot days.

Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at one of the local 'see and be seen pretty people' places, the very same one at which I first sampled this beer many years ago. Appropriate, and consistent, at least.

This beer arrives on the bar in a monstrously solid broad rimmed 'pint' glass, the kind I would want in any kind of bar/street fight, for sho. The cute and earnest bartendress noted its heftiness by proclaiming that 'you know it's a German beer, when the glass is so big!' Anyways, it appears a rather cloudy medium golden yellow hue, with one finger (easily two on a standard vessel) of puffy, and pleasantly creamy dirty white head, which leaves no lacing as it recedes.

It smells of grainy pale malt, light unripe banana esters, mild muddled citrus, white pepper, and yeast. The taste is more gritty bananas, sort of marshmallow-esque in their bearing, plain pale wheat malt, aerosol creamy citrus, a hint of indistinct clove/coriander spice, and earthy, dry yeast.

The carbonation is quite soft and frothy, the body a decent medium weight, perhaps a touch mealy, but generally smooth. It finishes off-dry, moderately fruity, and yeasty, as ever was.

Quite refreshing, overall, and decently balanced for your summer drinking needs. Maybe more than a tad overpriced, but that may be more a function of the environment, than anything.

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

A: Poured from draft a cloudy lemonade.

S: Mild aromas of fruit/citrus

T: Nice fruity taste though a little heavy on
the bannanas as these brews may tend to be.
The hoegaarden is one of the sweeter witbiers
tasting almost of candy at times.

M: A thin brew with a crisp finish and
negligable aftertastes.

D: A very drinkable beer that is a good end to
a hot day.

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

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a one finger white head. Head leaves little lacing down the glass but the head stays around for a while. Pretty average look to it. Smells of yeast, spices, citrusy, pretty nice smell for a belgian, has that belgian smell to it. Taste is really good and taste like it smells. Yeasty, spicy, citrus. It's pretty smooth and refreshing for sure. Doesn't seem as complex as some other belgians I've tried but I think it's good somewhat more simple than some others. Very drinkable, I think if someone is looking to get into belgians or just try one this one would be a good one to try. I don't drink belgians to often but this is one I'd like to pick up again.

Photo of puboflyons
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 330 ml bottle marked 15/03/10-T-02217-3511 and sampled on June 5, 2009. The pour almost looks as thin as water when it fist spills from the bottle but within a moment it evolves into a very cloudy but pale yellow. Not a significant amount of head or lacing. The aroma is full of a roasted smoky composition and wheat and other field elements. A pretty god mouthfeel somewhere between medium to bold. The flavor is brimming with wheat and coriander but in better balance than other witbiers that I have had. A slight hint of citrus and tartness but overall a pretty well-balanced beer.

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

A - Pours a murky yellow with a creamy head.

S - Smells of banana, yeast, and wheat.

T - Banana like fruitiness with a yeast twang. A bit of balancing spices, but it could use a bit more in my opinion. It's also maybe a tad too sweet.

M - Light bodied and moderately carbonated.

D - Very tasty and quaffable, I could drink this all day long!

Photo of mralphabet
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Pale yellow with a haziness about a fingers worth of foamy head. No lacing.

S: Very Citrus in smell lots of lemons & coriander and a faint wheat tartness.

T: Tastes like it smells lemons, coriander, wheat tartness up front with a little pepper and a little grainy. Very nice.

M: Light bodied but smooth. Yet, crisp and refreshing. Carbonation is nice... little sharp at first but smooths out.

D: Very drinkable.... Low ABV.... I could drink a few of these on a hot day.

A good Wit for a first timer.

Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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