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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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BA SCORE
85
very good

4,081 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 4,081
Reviews: 1,631
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 69
Gots: 352 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden visit their website
Belgium

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 rohrbachsfan
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cloudy pale white/gold.

Smell: Fruit and spices, wheat malt.

Taste: Hint of clove spice, mild celery flavor, medium sweet malt, mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and Dry.

Drinkability: While I vowed I wouldn't drink another wit beer I got stuck with this during a pairing event. After having tasted a couple of American versions, this was definitely an improvement and from what I can tell, a good example of this beer style. Flavors were better balanced. The coriander (celery flavor) didn't dominate like the American version I've tasted, but still not my cup of tea though.

rohrbachsfan, Aug 16, 2007
Photo of micahgoldfus
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served to me with a light rim of head that did not go anywhere for a long time. Color was a thick, deep, cloudy yellow. Smell was great: bananas, citrus, and yeast. Taste did not dissapoint: pale malts, very little hop presence, and sweet flavors of orange, spice, and maybe even some banana. A delicious, refreshing witbier. Served to me quite cold, which was refreshing, but the flavors really came out when it warmed up a bit. Little carbonation and a medium body. Quite drinkable. A full beer that is not filling.

micahgoldfus, Aug 14, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a hazy, light yellow, with a medium white head, with medium retention, into a Hoegaarden glass tumbler. Pretty much the classic wit look.

S: A perfume like mix of Belgian spices, soft citrus like orange and lemon, with a hint of lime.

T: Smooth citrus flavor, with some slight bitterness from the hops and coriander. A bit of wheat malt comes through, with a pasta-like consistency. A light, refreshing beer that is tasty and easy to drink, oustanding.

M: Smooth, spritzy, slightly acidic, just what you want from a witbier.

D: One of my favourite all-time wits, one of the classics, immensely drinkable, a great summer or brunch beer.

Halcyondays, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of Rootdog316
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is perfumey with an instantly enticing spice and pepperiness from the Saaz hops. Hints of lemon zest and orange are also noticeable.The palate is smooth, medium bodied with a mild sparkling sharpness and refreshing bite. It has a tart citrusy quality to the flavor, with a peppery spice to it. There is an orange and a mild honey taste that provides a smooth relaxing sweetness. There’s some acidity and a mild bitterness in the finish.

Rootdog316, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of brdc
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

It pours a cloudy, foamy golden brew, and it lasts quite a long time.
Aroma is yeasty, malty, with hints of lemon, but less pronounced than in the past.
Very light, but at times overly sweet, which impairs to some extent the drinkability on this otherwise easy-going 4.9 ABV brew. Sweetish, bready, hints of clove and lemon close the package, but all too mild/light.
Nice summer brew, but a bit too sweet and watered down from previous years.

brdc, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of hiikeeba
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This doesn't show up too often around here, so whenever it does I grab it! It has been a while since I had it, and maybe I had too high expectations. It poured up light straw colored and cloudy with a thick white head. I smelled yeast and some fruitiness. It was very smooth, and the hops were a nice compliment to the wheat malt and spice. I thought it was a bit thin, but otherwise, I enjoyed it. But, I was disappointed. I had somehow expected more orange in the flavor.

hiikeeba, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at a mighty classy establishment: Our Beerbellies in Bethlehem, PA.

Compared to the bottled Hoegaarden, my draft didn't seem quite as crisp, still it was pretty tasty. There's a big sweet creamy flavor with notes of Belgian spice and lemon. I kept waiting for the flavor to really open up, but it never came.

tempest, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of meechum
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Georgia Renesaince festival.

A - Nice golden color with some cloudiness that's common in a Hefe

S - Citrus, banana with a small amount of the hops

T - Nice crisp with hints of banana and citrus

M - Smooth and crisp, right amount of carbonation

D - Great summer brew and a taste that hit the spot. I kept coming back for more. Would keep a six of this on hand quite often

meechum, Aug 09, 2007
Photo of jlpressel
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hoegaarden was my favorite wheat beer hands down and my favorite session beer. When I ran into it at the a national grocery store I was very glad to see that a relatively quality import (and the original witbier) was enjoying mass market appeal. I have found that sense Hoegaarden's growth into a national grocery staple the beer has changed. The last several six packs I have bought were not completely cloudy as they should and clam to be and the taste seemed to be watered down. I am disappointed...did Hoegaarden change their brewing standards for US exports to appeal to the mass market and compete with Budweiser, Corona, and the rest?

jlpressel, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of dickieb
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a thin, but large head. The smell is rather spicy with some banana and hint of citrus. The taste is a pleasant mix of Belgian spices, fruit, and a bit of hop bitterness. An average mouth feel, quite drinkable, a good session beer, and good one for a hot afternoon.

dickieb, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of biggmike
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured cloudy yellow with white creamy head. Very thin mouthfeel. Proper amount of carbonation. Notes of fruit (lemon and orange), and also spicy. Pretty good beer, though a bit on the expensive side. Nice lacing. Flavor really grows on you. Good beer that is now ubiquitous.

biggmike, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of Jmamay22
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is the last bottle from a six pack. The other five were often paired with various seafood such as fish and mussels, which worked nicely.

Poured as instructed on the bottle minus the hexagonal glass, as I opted for a standard pint glass. Leaves a billowing head that sits atop a cloudy pale yellow beer.

Smells of banana, orange peel and lemony yeast. Very refreshing scent. The taste doesn't match the complexity of the nose, but hints at lemon and banana. Very light, refreshing, and drinkable. Features a good amount of carbonation and light mouthfeel.

Its a decent brew, but there are better examples out there.

Jmamay22, Jul 22, 2007
Photo of OKCNittany
2.55/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

served in a pint glass - on-tap

A: A hazy pale yellow w/ a tiny head. Little lacing. It didn't look like much.

S: Faint scent of citrus. Didn't smell like much either.

T: Citrus flavors and something unpleasantly bitter. There's something in here I don't like - coriander, maybe? Not sure it matters, but I wish I knew so I could avoid it in other beers.

M: Feels ok - light/med body. Higher than average carbonation.

D: Goes down easy, but this is clearly not for me. This will be my last.

Even worse, this replaced Bully Porter at my corner bar. It may be time to find a new corner bar.

OKCNittany, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of Slar211
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from the B-Side Liquor Lounge on Coventry, Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow with a fluffy white head that fades to sticky lacing on a pint glass.

Smell: Zesty and floral hop smell, with some grain sweetness and what almost smells like pineapple.

Taste: Not as strong as the nose, though there's something strangely banana-y about it.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation and a nice spicy hop finish.

Drinkability: Something about the taste I just couldn't get into, but by no means is this a bad beer.

Slar211, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of RonfromJersey
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking etched and curved bottle.

Extreme haze. Pale yellow body. Rushing rivers of carbonation. Snow white tightly whipped cream head.

Small nose is spicy, peppery, with a bit of lemon.

Taste begins with light wheat, followed by pepper, orange, a bit of a spice medley, and a zap of lemon at the swallow. Spices fade away gracefully and cleanly. Dry, clean, and refreshing.

Light, tingly mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable.

Not much of a wow sitting in front of the computer, but damn refreshing at a summer picnic on a sweltering day.

RonfromJersey, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of BravoTwo
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great beer for summertime drinking. It seems to go naturally with outside dining or patio/deck bar settings. Good classic white ale, with citrus notes and good cloudy straw white coloration. Very fresh and young tasting, which makes it drink easily. A classic beer that can be savored over and over.

BravoTwo, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of Brad007
4.88/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was pricey but since I love white ales anyway, I wanted to try. Pours a nice cloudy, straw-white color with a thin head. Aroma is delicate and spicy with hints of banana and clove. Taste is nice and tart with the base flavors giving way to a citrusy mouthfeel with clove and spice. Pretty well balanced for a white beer. I'd definitely say it's one of the best examples of this style that I have had. Love the bottle shape too.

Brad007, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of barknee
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hoegaarden pours a cloudy blonde color with a very generous, enduring and meringue like frothy head.
Lively carbonation was observed at the base of the of the glass well below the layer of density which obscures any visible carbonation in the bowl of the glass.
A gen-u-ine nose of bannana and clove assend from the glass along with some minor notes of lemon and young yeast.
On the tongue, wonderful flavors of creamy banana laden key lime pie, smooth, rich and way rewarding; all this from a light colored blonde brew!
Quality ingredients and careful production scream from this very well balanced and delicious beer.
This beer has all the characteristics that many producers try to emulate while attempting to duplicate this style, and unfortunately often failing miserably.
A beer that is distinctively different and epitomizes its style in textbook fashion.

barknee, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of muddyriverduck
2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I puchased this brew as a last resort at a new "beverage" center owned by a guy who had a camel double-parked out front. I say last resort because it was the best offering at this locale and I've always been suspect of beers that Bud Light drinkers consider "good". When Bud Light drinkers here in Toledo talk about getting a good beer, they almost always seem to be talking about Hoegaarden or Blue Moon.

First off, there is very little I can can say that hasn't already been said in the 717 previous reviews. Being a big Belgian fan, I didn't find this beer all that complex. In fact, at this moment I would liken it to a Budweiser with a twist of lemon and some orange flavoring added. This view may be skewed at this moment because I just finished a plate of Bangkok Spicy and a bowl of Thai soup, but nevertheless, not impressed or "wowed".

Do I find Hoegaarden objectionable? No. Would I buy it again? No. I paid $7.49 and I'd much rather spend that much on a 4-pack of Duvel or a couple bombers of Ommegang.

muddyriverduck, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of robocrouch
3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured into my pint glass after following the pour directions on the bottle. Has a very light hazy pale yellow color with a bright white head that leaves good lacing. Brown bits are present.

S: Has a crisp spice smell. With a floral fruit finish in the nose.

T: A crisp yet flavorful Witbier that starts of spicy with the coriander and ends with a light orange taste. Very refreshing and an easy going beer. A good example of the style.

D: Overall a good beer that stays true to the style. Worth a try.

robocrouch, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of HappyHourHero
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a tall, creamy, bright-white head that never seemed to fade. After a few sips of the hazy hay colored beer there were rings of lace around the glass. Bits of candied oranges, flowers and coriander in the aroma. The light flavor os wheat is accented by bits of citrus. Fine carbonation and crisp clean flavors make for a refreshing beer. It may be an overly commercialized brand, but the beer is a solid representation of the style.

HappyHourHero, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of Lukie
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured with a decent head, but it dissipitated quickly. Light bronze murky colour. Nice and cloudy, as to be expected.

Smell: Citrus notes, small spice notes. Not as lively as it should be.

Taste: Citrus, lemony characters. Spice notes in the finish and after-taste. Nice refreshing wheat through-out.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation. Some-what watery body, but yet pleasent and refeshing.

Drinkability: Drink with ease. Very refreshing with good, but not overpowering flavour, making you want to drink more.

Lukie, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of LittleCreature
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 3.5
Although the colour is like dirty dishwater, this is actually not a bad looking beer. The head poured a rather dense three fingers, which then steadily reduced to one where it settled. Colour is above mentioned, murky and pale.

Smell - 4.0
VERY interesting. A perculiar mix of malty sweetness and a cinnamon like spiciness. Not lacking in strength either.

Taste - 4.0
Definitely perculiar if you have not tried a witbier before. However, the taste has definitely grown on me the more I have drank it. The taste is actually more sour than bitter, but certainly not in a bad way, there is something lemony about it. I can also taste apples and white bread among other things I cannot put a name to. Perculiar to say the least.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Possibly the strongest aspect of this beer. It has a lot of body for a beer of moderate alcohol volume, carbonation is moderate and it feels relatively dense in the mouth, although never syruppy.

Drinkability - 3.5
While this beer goes down rather easily once you get used to it, I would never want to have more than one. Perhaps it has a little too much character?

OVERALL - 3.85
This is a really refreshing beer, and it goes down in a way somewhat similar to lemon squash and certain scrumpy ciders. The acetic bite is far more noticeable than any alcohol taste. It is an interesting beer, and I will continue to try it on occassion, despite the relatively high price.

LittleCreature, Jun 15, 2007
Photo of Umbra
2.1/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Sampled this one on tap at Ale Mary's. I haven't had it in a while and have been ignoring it, as it appears to be branching out everywhere. Thought a wit would be a nice one on a hot day.
Pale, cloudy yellow with no lacing or retention to speak of. Faint wheat and citrus aromas.
This beer is limp and watery. Though some wheat and citrus tones come through, it comes across as a non-syrupy citrus soda drink. Chalky finish and weak mouthfeel. I guess it used to be better.

Umbra, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of oldirtycaffrey
2.5/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Maybe I am really an uncivilized beer drinker, because I really did not enjoy this at all. The appearance is the cloudy fizz that is associated with a witbier, and the smell--its best attribute in my opinion--is citrusy and bright. But the taste to me was sour & harsh--just not enjoyable. You can taste the citrus and wheat, but the overwhelming sourness just made it totally unenjoyable.

Not a fan.

***Edited 9/14/07*** Still had one of these in my fridge and was nearly contemplating tossing it, but decided to give it another try. I was pleasantly surprised to find it wasn't as bad as I remembered. Still has an overall "sourness" to it that would really not make me desire having more than one, but its crispness *was* refreshing. Smell is still its best quality, imo. Enjoy.***

oldirtycaffrey, Jun 09, 2007
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
85 out of 100 based on 4,081 ratings.