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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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4,510 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,510
Reviews: 1,687
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 104
Gots: 644 | 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 isjohnder
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

it looks like a cloudy lemonade or cloudy apple juice. not much head no lacing.

it smells like coriander, slight lemon citrusy wheaty. i like to say it smells a but veggie but people say you cant use that word.

flavour wheat, coriander, citrus turns slightly bitter. it tastes quite yeasty.

carbonation is present in small bubbles.

Photo of goblue3509
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy bright yellow color with a nice one finger head to it. The smell is very weak and faint and smells of wheat grains. The taste is of wheat with hints of citrus, however, not just your standard artificial taste that sometimes plaques the class. The taste is smooth and natural. The mouthfeel is slight carbonation and is creamy. Overall it is a very drinkable beer, very smooth and it doesn't give off an artificial over the top taste like other wits.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Flip and Bailey's in Rosemont, PA. It came in a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a cloudy neon yellow color. The head is bright white, 2 fingers tall, poor retention, poor lacing, small bubbles.
Smell: The aromas are completely absent. There are hints of wheat.
Taste: The flavors are wheat, a bit of citrus and some spice.
Mouthfeel: The body is thin to medium bodied and crisp.
Drinkabily: This beer isn't awesome but it hits the spot.
Don't drink and review.

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

Pours a cloudy lemonade color with a shallow foamy white head that fades fairly quicky leaving spotty patterns of Belgian lacing. The smell is earthy with a spicy note of corriander. Nicely carbonated, the mouth feel is light bodied and refreshing. Full flavored, the taste of earthy yeast dominates and is complimented nicely by the notes of corriander. A fine drinker by any standards.

Photo of crnipeter
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

330 ml into Duvel tulip.

Cloudy pale golden underlying up to an inch thick white head with good retention.

Wheat bread and yeast with addition of coriander.

Label with ingredients listed says it all. Flavors of wheat bread and yeast with coriander and touch of sweet citrus. A very mild brew.

Well carbonated yet smooth, not really thin but very light one, almost watery with corresponding drinkability. Great summer companion.

Photo of jdg204
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out on the town in Easton at the River Grille and they had this classic on hand. This was one of gateway beers that got me into great beer so I was excited to finally review.

A: Cloudy pale yellow color with a frothy marshmallow head; some lacing

S: Wheat and lemon with a touch of coriander and banana

T: Wheat flavor starts with various citrus esters and spices filling in the gaps and a tart finish.

M: Very light bodied with plenty of carbonation

D: A very refershing summer brew, though I probably should've tossed the lemon slice that came along with it. This is a great wheat brew that is pretty widely distributed, a fantastic safety brew. The makers deserve props for making such a good beer so widely available, it has it's place in the beer world and it does a great job!

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

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass at Mellow Mushroom (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Glowing, hazy lemon yellow with thin white cap of head which leaves nice trails of lace.

S: Straight orange peel, lemon, coriander, and some wheaty tanginess.

T: The wheatiness of this brew is bolder than most in the style, almost to the point that it could qualify as a hefe-wit. I like the tanginess as it glides together cohesively with the lemon zest and orange peel flavors which coexist cleanly and distinctly. The coriander note is also more prominent than many other highly-regarded wits (see Allagash White, Southamptom Double White), but I like the more heavy-handed flavoring in this brew. Clean aftertaste of citrus and coriander. More wheaty but still possesses the ethereal, estery quality of a good witbier.

M: The feel is exceedingly crisp and body is firm medium. Carbonation is right on par, right in the middle, and the sum is very quenching.

D: A really, really good witbier that brings more flavor to the table, mainly in the vein of wheaty tanginess, which seems to not do as well with BAs. I really like it, but I'm not a huge wit fan and tend to like hefes more. That being said, I think this is underrated here, but maybe the bottle suffers for the trip over. I enjoyed this a lot and will go back again over the summer.

Photo of tj4288
4.85/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured from 12oz into tulip glass

this beer is a VERY flavorful VERY interesting belgian wit. typical cloudy apperance but the color is beautiful, almost a peach/ apricot color. nice head cap that hangs around till the end. random spotty lacing. smells of lemon/ grapefruit with belgian strain yeast on the tail end. all together very fresh and clean. taste is also slightly citrus, and mostly yeast. body is med with lots of crisp shap carbonation. refreshing. thirst quenching. this is an amazing beer at a great price. if you see it BUY IT. it will not let you down. drinkablity is impressive, i opened a second bottle while reviewing.


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

A- Pours a hazy yellow, with a nice thick head

S- Yeast is the most prominent feature to the nose. If I concentrate, I can pick-up some lemon and coriander notes.

T- A sweet yeasty concoction lasted with notes of bubblegum, orange, and corriander.

M- Light body, and highly carbonated.

D- Nice refreshing beer, ideal for summertime. I don't really get the sliced fruit thing.

Photo of hosehead83
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams "bubble" glass
Big rocky head that hangs out for a while-Color of cloudy lemonade
Aroma-Subtle coriander and wheat
Taste-Wheat, subtle lemon citrus
Overall, very refreshing and drinkable(dare I say "gulpable") Certainly sessionable at 4.9ABV
An excellent hot weather beer

Photo of BeerSingh
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Definitely one of my favourites and definitely a beer to start off when you're moving from macros to styled or craft beers.
Pours with a thin head into the chunky Hoegaarden glass that dissipates as you chug along. Looks resplendent with condensation and cloudy pale when you hold the glass against light. Smells of hot spices like clove, tastes like what it smells like, spicy with citrus undertones. Mouthfeeel is chunky, specially when you warm it up while twirling in your mouth. Carbonation is optimum. Drinkable throughout the year. The beer needs to be savoured - drink slowly and let it warm up in your hands.

Photo of malmquna
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this at the local supermarket, where they sell 50cl tallboys of various tasty beers.

Pours with a nice thick head that becomes a ring of carbonation around edge of the glass until the beer is gone. Aroma is citrusy, with hints of orange peel, wheat, and a certain consistent strain of yeast. Color is homogeneously cloudy yellow/white with no sediment, just cloudy throughout. Wheat malt pervades the flavor profile, along with the estery yeast profile. More pear than apple, and more banana that either of those. The palate is almost bubblegummy, but refreshing nonetheless. This is a good entry-level blanche/wit. If you like it, try some of the harder to find examples of the style.

Photo of rvdoorn
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hoegaarden wit is the most popular white beer available in the Netherlands, and maybe even worldwide. 33 cl bottle bought at the local supermarket. The beer should be served cold, preferably on a warm summer day, with or without a piece of lemon. Poured into a Hoegaarden glass. The beer pours a nice cloudy (the beer is not filtered) golden yellow colour with a large thick, creamy white head.

Scent; citrus, spices, wheat (grainy) and yeast

The taste is good, similar to the scent, although the nose is slightly stronger than the taste. Tastes like sweet citrus, more wheat and it has a light spicy aftertaste. Not too deep. This white beer is one of the more sweeter ones currently available.

Mouthfeel: Light and drinkable, very refreshing, a bit high carbonation

In general, a nice and refreshing beer for a hot summer day. A bit sweet, a classic, but still one of the better white beers out there.

Photo of DeepSix
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. A cloudy pale yellow color. An average head, with a tiny present ring head. I intentionally did not pour in the yeast (pretty sure there was some anyway...) which resulted in a much clearer pour, if rather little on other parts.

Not much of smell, but some is there. Hint of lemon, some yeast and wheat, and touch of spices.

More of that lemon, actually a bit more then in the smell. I note some other fruits as well, but I can't put my finger on them. Not much as wheat as I assumed (not huge on wheat beers), its there though, but in good ways.

Low to med body, with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Someone recommended this to me for a good summer beer, and I was highly impressed, since I'm more of a dark beer fan. This is one of the best lighter beers I've ran into in my small amount of beer exprience. On the more of drinkability, pretty good, while a too high for a sessionbeer, I could drink this during a long summer day.

Photo of smudgewhat
4.55/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A really sturdy white wheat. An easy go-to beer for summer along with one of my other fave wheats Franziskaner.

At a summer party past weekend I brought a 6-pack of this for myself while other folks drank the usual swill - Molson, Miller, Bud. Got pretty good and hammered off the 6-pack and only found myself tiring of the taste on the very last one. Thus the reliability/drinkability I mentioned. This beer is especially great with an orange slice, not the usual lemon. If you like orange of course.

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, opaque yellow with a generous head that settles down leaving some pretty impressive head retention.

Aroma is barnyard yeast and wheat, a bit of spice and lemon zest.

Taste is sweet lemony wheat with bitter orange and light coriander, with a dry spicy finish. It's a really nuanced taste, with subtle depth of character yet at the same time--or maybe because of--it remains an imminently approachable beer.

Mouthfeel is medium and creamy.

Highly drinkable.

Yeah. With over 1000 reviews here I'm hardly likely to say anything new so I'll leave it at that.

Photo of berley31
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a good-sized, white head with not much lacing. Body is a very pale yellow, and extremely cloudy - completely opaque. Great aroma of citrus, coriander, and spices - especially black pepper. Light to medium-bodied on the palate, with soft carbonation. Nice taste of citrus and pepper, with a medium-lasting finish. Overall, one of the classic whites... very nice, but it may actually be a little TOO spicey.

Photo of PartyBear
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a chilled 330ml bottle into a traditional half-pint Hoegaarden glass.

A - Cloudy lemony yellow in colour, with a good head. Not the prettiest beer, it has to be said.

S - Very complex spicy aroma, with a cutting citrus.

T - Powerfully fruity, but more complex than a PhD in quantum physics. There is a sweetness in the mist of the fruit, maybe honey?

M - There is a sharp lemon bitterness in the back of the mouth, along with a clear carbonic liveliness.

D - I have been drinking this beer regularly since I was in college, and never really stopped to think properly about what I was drinking. It is not the best beer I have ever tasted but it is one of the most interesting.

Photo of ujsplace
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured directly from the bottle with the obligatory swirl...

A: Pale whitish yellow-golden...almost a white gold color, with a thick, billowy, head that is reminiscent of lemon merangue pie.

S: As advertised - fresh oranges, coriander, mild cloves and spices...

T: Citrusy hops, coriander, spices and mild malt

M: Light and crisp, nicely carbonated, excellent balance...

D: Brouwerij van Hoegaarden has done an excellent job with their take on the Witbier. Honestly, I have just gotten around to revieiwing this white ale, and I can honestly say that you would be hard-pressed to find a more agreeable brew for your summertime (really anytime) crowd pleasing brew...

Photo of jeffthecheff
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in the clunky hoegaarden glass, this beer has an opaque yellow haze color. Every time I was served this beer, the head was very small and thin, and would die down to almost nothing in short time.

Aroma is a delicate yeasty aroma, the first thing that comes to mind is bubblegum.The taste also carries the nice yeasty bubblegum notes. It's not a very complex taste, but it is still very good.

Mouthfeel is nice and silky, with a creamy body that is also light bodied and refreshing. This beer was on tap at a restaurant below my hotel room when I went to on vacation, and it was all I had for the 4-5 times I went there. Never got tired of this beer, and it was very versatile with the food served there.

Photo of secondtooth
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a faint, pale, opaque yellow-gold, with a rich and immaculate white head. No lace, though, oddly.

Nose is spicy sweet and lager grainy, with hints of orange and a little spice.

I get plenty of light citrus/orange hints among a little spice and a little wheat maltiness. Not a bad beer, but just somewhat thin on both body and taste.

Photo of solstarr
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head of the beer wasn't very thick, and it dissipated rapidly. It consisted of very tight bubbles, and there was an effervescence of bubbles from the bottom of the glass similar to champagne. It is a cloudy, light amber color.

There is not a very pronounced smell to this Hoegaarden, but there are easily detectable smells of grain and yeast.

Upon sipping I get a burst of flavor on my lips, tip of my tongue and gums right behind the teeth. With slow, measured sips the Hoegaarden moves around my mouth, and I can feel the carbonation kick in and boost the flavor by sending smells up the back of my throat and into my nose. The beer finishes with a pleasant bitter flavor on the back of the palate/throat. There is a not unpleasant tingling left in the mouth after swallowing. If consumed more quickly the carbonation doesn't build and all that is experienced is a nice sip of beer with a bitter remnant on the back of the throat.

Hoegaarden has a very slick mouthfeel and it slides very easily around my mouth. If the beer is held in the mouth for a moment the carbonation really kicks in and gives the beer a totally different mouthfeel - it builds foam and tingles the tastebuds.

I think this beer is very drinkable - particularly when consumed quickly without pondering the taste. When enjoyed as most people enjoy beer, it is very crisp and clean with a nice beer flavor left in the mouth.

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

Pours a hazy lemon yellow with two fingers of fluffy white head. Head recedes to a tight cap leaving no lace behind.

Aroma of lemon and bready yeast. Oranges and a hint of spice. A little bit sweet.

Sweet bread and tangy lemon continue on the palate. Slightly peppery. If this were a hefe instead of a wit, I'd swear I caught a little bit of banana in there. Very mild bitterness toward the finish. Orange comes forward as it warms up.

Light bodied and a little bit fizzy. Goes down like water on a hot day, or any day for that matter.

Photo of sweemzander
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Best by 26/04/10.

(A)- Pours a cloudy lemon color. Big effervescent head formed but dissipated to a layer of thick white foam.

(S)- Crisp wheat and lemon/pineapple aromas. Yeasty finish.

(T)- Wheat, lemon, and even a light bananna flavors with ample yeast. Really light in body.

(M)- Very potent carbonation level, but works well. Damn refreshing and crisp. Light.

(D)- A great summer beer to quench your beer thirst. Simple and light, but memorable.

Photo of lweaver18240
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

A- Light head with minimal retention, almost golden hue.

S- Like a boque of flowers with a bit of orange peel. Sweetness is evident already.

T- Very sweet, and like many beers too sweet for my taste. Objecively however, I can't put this beer down. Sweetness, coriander, and citrus notes are very bold in this whitbier.

M- Very light carbonation, almost creamy. The best attribute of this brew in my opinion.

D- I could drink this beer all night, but would likely choose not to just because of the sweetness and floral sensation. Still a good beer to enjoy on occasion however.

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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