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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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very good

4,322 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,322
Reviews: 1,650
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 81
Gots: 469 | 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 CampusCrew
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: Deep cloudy texture, unfilitered

smell: floral and citrus, pleasant

taste: citrisy and light, not bad for a white ale

mouthfeel: frashing and light for a white beer and proably my fav for it's style so far

drinkability: Smooth and relaxing, drink in the heat

Photo of craytonic
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale, straw, cloudy sunshine with a serious sudsy white head.

Aroma of mild citrus, yeast, and hay.

Light lemon citrus, orange, some honey sweetess with a light hoppy biterness. Very nice. Good balance.

Good body for the style, not full, but you can feel it.

Very drinkable! Particularly on a hot day.

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is to be noted that though this is this brewery's flagship "original" beer the real original recipe was taken by the original brewer to Texas where it eventually was laid to rest in peace. So sad. However, this is still one of the most famous witbiers available (I first tried it in New Zealand!) and was worth reviewing. Out of the bottle the liquid was a milky, straw gold color with a bright white head. The foam both retained and laced well throughout. The aroma was classic, orange zest, coriander and tangy wheat. The flavors were similar, though the first taste was floral hops and malt sweetness followed by the curacao orange zest and lemon flavors as well as coriander and cloves. The flavors were well blended with nothing dominating the others. The mouthfeel was very smooth and I found it great for quaffing on a hot summers day. This one was still a classic and for good reasons.

Photo of hdofu
4.85/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Looks alot like a pulpy citrus drink with a thin white head. The smell is like spices, the taste is exceptionally spicy. no getting around that, a very pleasant taste. Has a bubbly feel on the tongue. So far this is easily the easiest drinkable white beer I've tried.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint Hoegaarden glass.

3.0 A: Cloudy whitish yellow. Aggressive pour gave one finger of head that doesn't retain all that well. Leaves a bit of lacing.

3.5 S: Citrus, peppermint, some banana.

3.5 T: Not bad, but rather weak. Citrus, bananas, and a decent amount of spice. Ramp up the flavor and then we'd have something good. No astrigency at all.

4.0 M: Medium body, really smooth, good amount of carbonation.

4.0 D: Not bad at all, but not all that exciting. No off-taste is a big turn-on though.

Photo of n00tz
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very light gold... almost like a natural lemonade with 1 inch white head, happy carbonation. The light color through me off, but I've never had a wheat bar outside of the bottle.

S - light sweet citrus all the way.

T - very fruity citrus and super present spices seems like this would make a great christmastime ale with the spices. Excellent presentation on the tongue.

M - this has always been my qualm with wheat beers, but this one wasn't bad at all. smooth presence on the tongue and palate, mostly-clean finish with a slight linger.

D - spices and non-clean finish detract from the drinkability, but overall a great beer.

Photo of Onenote81
2.38/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this from a "make your own sixer." Pours a cloudy yellow; looks like pond water. Large frothy head, pretty good retention, but no sticky lacing.

Smell of very strong banana and clove. Can smell the wheat. Very sweet smelling. A little strong for my liking.

Taste is a little more balanced for a witbier. Some of the others I've tried were a little too tart. This one doesn't have that tangy tart tast which is nice. I can taste the wheat for sure. Not bitter, not sweet; just kinda there.

Creamy mouthfeel. Drinkable brew considering the style, but I just can't take the smell. Smell effects taste, and this one ruins it. I won't have this one again.

Photo of EatsTacos
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, (unfiltered) cloudy yellow. Looks awesome

Aroma is of citrus, coriander is pretty powerful. The taste is also dominated by the coriander which gives it a little too much spice. The balance of the tartness of the lemony citrus is thrown off because of it. Good amount of carbonation and medium to light body. I personally don't find this beer very drinkable, the flavour really isn't my thing, but I respect what it is.

Photo of Zadok
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light cloudy yellow, reminiscent of lemonade with a small white head.

Faint smells of coriander, maybe some mild clove.

Initial ingestion yields coriander with clove and some mild other spices. Orange peel is also lightly present.

Smooth with medium carbonation.

Very tasty brew. Could easily kick back and enjoy several of these any time of the day. I would consider this a gateway beer for anyone looking to branch out from American macros, light and smooth yet incredible flavor.

Photo of alovesupreme
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very cloudy pale yellow color with a good head, and good retention. Light in color but almost cannot see through the glass.
Its apparent that this is a wheat beer, fruity smelling, with some spice possibly coriander.
Mellow taste, but pleasant, wheaty taste, with some esters in the mix. Coriander adds a little spice.
Nice mouth feel, very refreshing, good carbonation.
Good beer, Ill have this again in the future, but it did not blow my mind.

Photo of jsprain1
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- A nice cloudy pale golden with lots of murkiness and a one finger head that doesn't disappear. Looks like how a textbook witbier shoould.
S- Smells of light wheat and lemon/corriander. Scent was pretty faint overall though.
T: Starts pretty wheaty but a few seconds later a nice lemon and spice kicks in with a distant light hop flavor. fades out with a a bit of a spicy wheat taste.
M- Light body, aggressive carb.
O- A thoroughly good beer. Quite drinkable and delicious. An easy drinking and approachable wit.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy gold with a nice foamy white head and decent lacing.

Smells of musty sweet wheat, some sharp spice.

Nice sweet wheat flavors, coriander, lemon, and a sour musty finish. Good solid beer.

Very very drinkable. Medium body. Terrific summer beer, no need for lemons, citrus additions.

Photo of jaytwo
4.78/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well like many beers I saw this one at my fathers grocery store. Found out it was a beer from the company that bought bud out, and was highly skeptical. Boy was I wrong.

I bought a 12 pack of the stuff in bottles. I poured it (as directed on the bottle, lol) and was left with a nice gold coloured beer with a nice head on it. Took one sip of it and was like, wow, this is what a belgian white should taste like. Totally blows blue moon out of the water, maybe even into outer space. Mouthfeel is exceptional. As far as drinkability is concerned, I drank the whole 12 pack in 3 hours, so I think its right up there with the most drinkable beers out there. This beer is in my top 10 right now.

Photo of bcolflesh
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my work beer trade - drank with pizza.

I will refer to this in the future as the Juicyfruit beer - it tastes like that gum to me - and I mean that in a good way. This is really good - I wish I would have traded for a couple more.

You need to try this one.

Photo of WHROO
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a different kind of beer due to the spices (like some cloves)...
Pours a pale hazy yellow, with a decent head...retained lacing down half the glass
Aroma: a little wheat, not too strong though.
Taste: this was the bit that gave it a wow factor. Not too sweet, not too bitter, yet full of taste. Not sure if it was coriander I was tasting...but seemed more like the cloves spice (definately something out of the ole spice rack though). The taste of wheat was there & the finish was kind..not too bitter.
Mouthfeel was good too...creamy & not too carbonated.
Drinkability: not really a session beer for me due to the spices feel, but definately a nice beer I very much enjoyed. A 'try something different' beer for sure.
Try a 'normal' beer then have a taste of this::: the contrast (due to the spice) is quite 'loud'.

Photo of DubBrewer
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance is a hazy yellow color with a beautiful white head. Smells of wheat, coriander and a slight citrus/lemon scent. Tastes like a classic Belgian White, very smooth and refreshing with a slight tartiness in the finish. Mouthfeel is good, and this is an easy drinking beer. Its a great beer to enjoy on a hot summer day or while you're griling some food. One of my favorite Belgian beers.

Photo of birchstick
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pale hazy yellow with a one-finger head
S - smells wheat, coriander, and lime
T - light in taste, starts with a bit of malt, which is followed by spices and some fruity coriander, and finishes with a very light bitterness
M - full and a little under carbonated
D - this is very easy to drink and makes for a great session beer. This is good out of the bottle and even better out of the tap.

Photo of bloberglawp
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, pale yellow and lots of head. Aroma of spice and yeast esters. A great flavor of wheat malt and a slight bit of tangy sourness. Alot fair bit of spice and a wonderfull profile from the wheat malt.

Very drinkable, in fact I had 3 in about a hour. I blame the drinkability of the beer and the listening live to the "session" for The Brewing Network.


Photo of unclejimbay
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

FYI - early experience review...

poured from a bottle to a tulip style glass.
4.9 ABV, 176 calories ps

A-4.5 Golden white, creamy and hazy, a model for any witbier in my book on the appearance scale. Always a good head that lasts as it should. Always a photo op!

S-4.0 Wheat, Spicy & hints of citrus, not to pronounced on the smells, nice and mellow

T-4.5 Wheaty, spicy, hints of orange, mellow citrus, love it, a solid witbier standard

M-3.5 Low mark on this review. A bit of yeasty for my pref, good carbonation & balanced after taste

D-4.0 A solid rep for a highly available Belgian spiced witbier. I LOVE THE LOOK AND TASTE BEST OF ALL.

Photo of kshankar
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers. I have tried numerous wits after this one, and always use this one as the standard of judging.

Appearance: Hazy yellow with fluffy head...amazing retention. It looks extremely appetizing.

Smell: Soft citrus notes, coriander and wheat.

Taste: Goes down very smooth. Its creamy and the citrus is rather gentle, balancing well with the coriander spices and the wheat. Light and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, I usually swirl this around in my mouth for a little bit to get all the flavors.

Overall a very drinkable beer, but its much more than that. The mouth feel and taste are excellent and it goes down very smooth. I know some bars put a wedge of lemon in it, but I usually have mine straight up. And if you get it in a bottle, pour it. Drinking it from a bottle is just not as good.

Photo of erosier
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: Pours a very light yellow color with a tall white head that laces some down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet wheat malt underneath hints of citris and some coriander, more coriander than citris.
T: The taste starts with some sweet wheat malt then some coriander, some yeast flavors, some citris and then more coriander.
M: It was crisp and refreshing with the right amount of carbonation.
D: It was Ok drinkability, I think there may have been a bit too much coriander.

Photo of association330
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy, light-yellow color with an airy, bubbly, eggshell-white head that vanishes into a thin, creamy cap with average lacing.

S - Damp grains, yeast, bananas, a bit of spices (coriander, I assume).

T - Starts with more damp grains, transitions into some lemon and sweet orange peel with dashes of banana, pepper, and coriander. Pronounced flavor of yeast on the swallow, and a fleeting citrus aftertaste.

M - Between light and moderate viscosity, with carbonation just above moderate, so it goes down as easy as a classic warm weather beer ought to.

D - I could definitely lay into a few pints of this, it's a pleasant, easy-drinking brew. Very sessionable at 4.9%.

A pretty good summer witbier, would pair nicely with a plate of some fresh seafood.

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy urine colour with a thick frothy white head that lasts until the end.

Smells of bananas, citrus, some coriander and other spices, I love this smell!

A nice spicy wit beer, some banana and orange peel is very present as well as some black pepper and spices.

A thin mouthfeel and a very refreshing beer!

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pured from a bottle to a pint glass the liquid is light yellow with good carbonation. The head is nice 2 fingers cotton white and it leaves little lace.

The smell is nice, light aroma of bright citrus fruit and a grainy malt.

The taste is a classic wit, light bready malt with citrus and a hint of pepper.

The mouthfeel is good medium body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is good, a must try for the wit beer base line.

Prosit, MK

Photo of walshclimb
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy pale yellow with 1/2" white uniform head that dissipates pretty slowly, leaving a continuous lace that turns spotty. Nice sour yeasty smell with a little tropical fruit and maybe a little pepper. Tastes about like it smells initially with a bittersweet finish that comes up suddenly right at the end of a short lived aftertaste. Smooth and creamy witha soft carbonation and a dry finish. This is an easy drinker that is light in carbonation and a nice flavor. Definitely a good summertime brew.

Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
86 out of 100 based on 4,322 ratings.