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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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4,323 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,323
Reviews: 1,651
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 81
Gots: 470 | FT: 1
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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 JRed
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mmmm, a tasty brew. This beer's cloudy golden color makes it look delicious and satisfying. You pull it in for a sip and a fruity, yeasty, orange peel and coriander aroma hits you getting you prepared for the taste. Citrus, fruit juice, yeasty, coriander, esters of banana and pineapple, faint bitterness towards the end. Thick and crisp. There are plenty of weak wheat beers out there but this one makes you feel like you a drinking clouds of rich spices and juice. I'm on cloud 9 with this one.

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

Smell: lovely smell of bananas, pear, some apricot, orange and wheat. Somekind of sweet, spicy smell as well.

Taste: light and refreshing taste of wheat, pear, bananas, orange and some apricot, some spices and sweetness too.

On a hot summer day, nothing beats this beer. It has a great appearance as well, with a nice yellow color and a white foam. Easy to drink, with nice smooth flavors. Cheap, too.

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is another beer and wit in paticular thatI've been consuming for years and one of the first after moving beyond the mass produced stuff. For one reason or another, I have not reviewed until today. Poured into pint glass at Tracks in Penn Station Manhattan whilst waiting for my LIRR train to celebrate my Mothers birthday. After taking out the lemon the barkeep placed on the pint. Partially hazy golden with a half finger head and decent lacing that faded to a half cap very quickly. Bottom half is almost clear. Nose is mild yeast and lemon and estery dash. Taste is moderate yeasty with lemon accents. Mouthfeel has spiced crispness at the start but weakens much to my chagrin.0r more succintly, it gets watery. Kinda chewy to start and carbonation remains with the legs. Unless my pallet has matured vastly or as many others have mentioned, th taste and body are not what I remember. Do recall reading they went back to old brewry and recipe but not sure. Not to say this is not a fine brew by any means and would recommend to all geeks and neophytes alike.

Photo of phantomwyse
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, light honey color. 2 finger head. Lacing droops down and forms icecicle patterns.

S: Orange, dry yeast, banana, mild spice.

T: Crisp orange, light hay quality, just a bit of subdued peppery spice.

M: Half watery, mild carbonation, just a touch dry.

D: Definitely drinkable.

Obviously there's a flood of Belgian wits or styled wits out there. This is not the best, nor is it the worst. There are far batter American made variations (there are also far worse). But, if you want one that satisfies all wit requirements with the added bonus of actually being from Belgium, Hoegaarden is your guy.

Photo of animal69
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours an almost white palest yellow w/ a fluffy white head which sticks around for a bit leaving a nice broken lace in my chalice ; a bready, spice filled aroma, coriander and pepper(?), some fruits present, apple/oranges mostly ; a crisp slightly tart flavor quite similar to the smell, a soft malt flavor with lots of spice, a peppery front with some curacaou oranges and a powderish taste midway, some faint hop bitterness in the finish ; a light bodied brew, feels "tingly" on my tounge, plenty co2 ; a fantastic wit, and quite drinkable as well...

Photo of Portertime
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I admit, when I first saw this beer I called it like everyone else does hoe-garden when it is really who-garden. The brewers even put a handy phonetic spelling on the six-pack handle. Anyway, for a mass produced wit, this one has some decent flavor. Pours a bright canary yellow with a slight haze. Aroma is of fresh orange peel, a little floral, some coriander. Taste is smooth and bursting with citrus and zest. Great as a apertif and a good summer quencher, you can find it at most local grocers.

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

A- Cloudy, pale straw with a three finger head that lasts forever. It gradually fades, leaving a thin film and some lacing.

S- Orange, wheat, coriander, and some yeast.

T- Pretty much a mirror image of the aroma. Everything is quite balanced.

M- Medium feel with moderate carbonation.

D- The classic Belgian Wit. A very flavorful and refreshing summer beer. This six-pack didn't last very long. Cheers!

Photo of wingman14
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light yellow with a frothy white head that sticks around. Leaves some lacing as you drink. The smell is sweet, I picked up some banana and clove probably from the style of yeast, which was also present. This one has a big flavor, sweet, light and yeasty. A great balance, very bubbly and lots of carbonation. This one is a light and enjoyable beer with great flavor, I recommend checking this one out.

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

I first tried this beer many years ago on a weekend trip to Brussels. It has now become one of the staples of my beer fridge. There's nothing crazy about it, but I think that is why I like it. It pours a nice cloudy white (hence the style) The mouthfeel is enjoyable, you can taste the body in the beer. The taste of the coriander is one of the most enjoyable aspects of the drink. I always recommend this beer to my friends who are interested in taking a step up to some more enjoyable beers.

Photo of orcasteve
4.9/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this was paler than i expected out of a belgian, i had onaly tryed darker belgians up to this point, this beer was very cloudey and had a fair amount of yeast that had to be swireld form the bottem of the bottle, the first sip was sweet and had me coming back for more, it left a great aftertaste that had me licking my lips,

after poring the second one i added a razberry lambick about 10% this was the purfict 1 2 combo

Photo of tctruffin
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ap--Poured a cloudy gold, just like a good witbier should.

S--Crisp, faint lemon with a hint of pepper

T--Definite wheat flavor, orange, lemon, and pepper.

M--Light but not watery. Refreshing.

D--Very drinkable. The combination of light body and citrus driness makes this a brew you don't mind sipping and sipping.

Overall, this classic example of a classic style holds up to its many imitators. A solid go-to brew when in a bar who thinks Killians is adventurous.

Photo of philbe311
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Muted golden yellow... Pale... Hazy... Misty... Thin head leaves nice lacing...

S - Lemong and other citrus fruits... Malt... Wheat & grians...

T - Wheat and biscuit... Mild mild malt... Hints of citrus...

M - Light bodied... Crisp and refreshing... Fluffy... Fizzy...

D - Melow and drinkable... Great example of a wheat beer...

Photo of fitzy84
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The drink poured with a really murky, pale gold color. Decent lacing but the head evaporated quickly. The aromas were predominately citrus in flavoring and was not too overpowering. The taste was very sweet with a great, earthy aftertaste. Carbonation was excellent and helped the drink be nice and crisp. Overall, pretty good.

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

Appearance: non-filtered hazy with a very pale straw colour. The head is white, large and creamy. It presents a good retention rate but very little lacing.
Aroma: dominated by the fruity citrus aroma with yeast and banana notes.
Taste: citrus, banana, wheat, spices, yeast and some sweetness.
Mouthfeel: slightly dry, medium to low carbonation, low alcoholic strength and a medium body.
Finish: a lingering mix of wheat and slight bitterness.

Overall: very crisp, refreshing and really tasty. Great Witbier.

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

Poured from bottle into tall Weizen glass

A: Light, very murky coloring. Large two finger head that dissipated but left some lacing. Solid looking brew.

S: Exactly as I would expect. Corriander, cloves, and spices. I love the smell of witbiers.

T & M: A little pepper in the taste, the spice is definitely there. This is not as strong as some other witbiers that I've had and in my opinion is just slightly watery. Mouthfeel is solid with the spices lingering on the tongue.

D: Definitely drinkable on a hot summer day or a cold winter night. The Hoegaarden is one of the best example of a witbier on the market, I just wish it had just a little more flavor.

Photo of tfrench8985
1.38/5  rDev -63.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

i think this beer was very bad with a chemical aftertaste... my friend brought it over and was sayin how good it was, he brought over hoegaarden and i bought bodingtons iand i thought the bodington ale was much much better. this beer should not have this high of a rating on here, its even higher ten bass, come on now

Photo of Clydesdale
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy yellow, with just a hint of orange or perhaps copper color. A very clean bit of head.

S: An inviting aroma of wheat and lemon, with a vaguely dusty pepper-like character present.

T: Fairly sweet and wheaty, with unimposing lemon flavor and the same slightly dusty pepper nature there as well.

M: Very smooth and somewhat creamy, with a slightly dry finish and aftertaste.

D: This is reliable and tasty, but it's not that exciting. Honestly, it can be a bit underwhelming at times.

Photo of AlesALot
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yellowish off white with no clarity when poured with the yeast stirred in as recomended on the label. Thick white Belgian head with decent retention and some lacing.

Smells slightly citrusy from orange peal not hops with some spicyness coming through from the corriander.

The taste is spicy and dry. Some malty sweetness, but the wheat drys it out quickly. So ness with corriander in the finish.

Some what thick in the mouth. Some puckerage from the wheat dryness and the sour orange peal.

This is any easy drinker. Could be a session beer, but I'd only consider one in the mix of a session.

I liked this one a lot more when I didn't like beer. It realy blew me away my first time. I couldn't get this here in Tenn. untill recently and I grabed it the first time I saw it. I wish I had only bought a single.

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

33 cl bottle poured, swirled, then poured into a weizen glass yields a hazy lemonade-colored body with a fat, creamy crown of Cool-Whip white foam with excellent retention that leaves big fat rings of smooth, puffy lacing and a savory chunk of edible foam at the bottom of the glass that refuses to be shook into my mouth at the end.

Smell is zesty wheat with a twist of orange and coriander with a peppery zip.

Rich wheat flavors, sweet and mellow, dry and toasty, greet the tastebuds, followed by a nice fruity orange note with a nutty, dry finish featuring just a kiss of earthy hops.

Really outstanding drinkability and incredibly smooth and refreshing, this is an excellent wit I'll definitely try again.

Photo of bort11
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle poured into a hefe glass. Tall white head with stickage. Spots of lace. Color is a light hazy lemon yellow with mild carbonation streamers.

Smell is a dry husky grain. Mild grassy and lemon notes. Taste is dry, strong coriander and spices. Lemon zest. A little salty.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, very dry finish. That seems to be the theme with this beer. Dry. Not too bad, though I've had better wits before.

Photo of CaptainIPA
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Served on-tap in a 500 ml Hoegaarden glass at Cafe Hollander Grand Cafe, on Milwaukee's Belgian east side.

A: Pours a cloudy, pale straw color with a generous two-finger head with outstanding retention.

S: Tart pear and spicy in the nose with hints of coriander, orange peel, apple, and band-aid.

T: Opens with an overwhelmingly strong band-aid flavor, followed by a solid wheat foundation, and balancing notes of coriander and orange zest. Extremely dry with a slightly bitter finish. Pairs awfully well with mussels & pommes frites.

M: Light-bodied, crisp and refreshing. Well carbonated.

D: Good.

Note: A band-aid off-flavor is often indicative of infected yeast. I think that's what's happening here. I'll review this benchmark Belgian Wit again at a later date.

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours with a substantial head, beer itself is rather on the light side though.

Smell- A bit on the hefty side of lemon smell. Good yeasty aromas.

Taste- Again, a bit on the weak side but with some wheaty undertones. Slight hints of lemon.

Mouthfeel- Sufficently covers the palate, not too bad.

Drinkability- A very drinkable beer, most refreshing and delightful on a warm summer day.

Photo of Getinthevan
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like most wheat beers that followed afterwards, Hoegaarden is top notch stuff. The color off the bat is a strong, cloudy yellow which gives way to a great bubbly head. The beer alone is a pleasant view to look at as the bubble rise to the top along with the cloudiness.

The smell is very pleasant and possesses a strong aroma that almost acts like an air freshener, as the smell lingers in the air far after the beer's been consumed.

Taste is great, with a nice punch of bitterness right in the aftertaste. It goes down exceptionally smooth, and is very nice and filling as well. Definitely a "go to" beer any given time.

Mouthfeel feels well satisfied and the overall flavor is highly complex, mixed with orange and yeast flavors. Definitely worth savoring a few seconds before it travels down the gullet.

Drinkability is a must. Hoegaarden is a great beer to quench thirst with, but also a fun beer to drink at dinner and at live concerts. There's certainly nothing but fun that comes from this stuff.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle, has a nice thick white head. Very cloudy, yellow in color.

Smell is very yeasty, reminded me a bit of the smell of warm bread. Also a touch of citrus scent there.

Taste was a good example of why they call beer liquid bread. Very strong yeast notes, and then the citrus and spices hit you. Not an overly complex taste, but one I quite enjoyed.

Mouthfeel was ok, was a touch thin, the taste did not linger long. The carbonation made its presence known, but a bit on the light side.

I did find this one very drinkable. It's not a heavyweight beer, so easy to drink more than one at a sitting. I find it a good beer for just enjoying and not having to worry much about high alcohol content, or being so heavy it feels you up. This is the kind of beer you drink with friends just for fun, and want something better than a mass market brand.

Photo of DmanGTR
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - golden light yellow with 1" white head in my pint glass. Good head retention and little lace. Cloudy

S - you know, the very first thing I thought of when I smelled it was bologna! Then citrusy orange peels, nutmeg, coriander, yeast, and wheat appeared.

T - apricots, oranges, light hops, a touch of malts, breadiness, and a tangy aftertaste

M - light bodied, medium/heavy carbonation. Somewhat watery

D - very drinkable, a good session beer

Overall - a decent buy. This was on sale for 7.99/6 pack at Wegmans. It's a bit lacking in body and somewhat in taste (although the smell was pretty nifty) but it is an ok beer nonetheless and I may buy it again on occasion if I'm in the mood for a cheap Belgian wheat.

Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
86 out of 100 based on 4,323 ratings.