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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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very good

4,075 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,075
Reviews: 1,631
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 69
Gots: 351 | FT: 0
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 meadhead
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%

A nice wheat yeast
mild spice
clove grain malt Belgian ester,

a good example of a solid
not too light or heavy either,

pours a deceptive mild lemon yellow
(depending if you swirl the yeast in)
with a foamy white head
prone to dissipation,

Smell is subtle
the corriander wheat clove bannana hint,

traces of the wheat and yeast and barley
present in it.

Taste is medium but
clove - bannana wheat
and mellow malt
with a hint of the tart yeast
hiding underneath it all.

solid good
mild carbonated zing;
with a very slight chewy
sort of viscous flavor feeling

drinkability is fine
sips or gulps
with pleasure and ease
the flavor sometimes weakens
as you become accustomed to these.

excellent stuff-
curing common beer disease

meadhead, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of Shadman
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%

had this on-tap at the local Earl's..big assed 24oz pint glass..beer was quite cold which may have affected any head retention. Faint aroma, but did detect some floralness. Taste was quite nice, muted fruit(peach/pear) and a hint of citrus. Smooth and slightly chewy mouthfeel. Would be a nice summer beer on Earl's patio.

Shadman, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of willjschmidt
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Poured a cloudy, pale yellow color with a white head.

S: Citrus, spices, and a little pine.

T: A very crisp and refreshing beer. The wheat taste is prominent with subtle accents of orange peel, lemon, and some other spices. Slightly sweet with a very unique taste.

M: Light, crisp and clean.

D: This is a very refreshing beer and very easy to drink. It has a very pleasant and unique taste. This is my first witbier but based on this beer it is a style that I'd like to explore further.

willjschmidt, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of supercolter
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%

For being affiliated with the world's largest macro company, this was pretty dec.
Appearance was rather flat, with little head and no visible lacing.
Smell and taste are quite similar, a burst of lemon and then a cool grapey taste.
Mouthfeel was medium-light in body
Drinkability was very good.

supercolter, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of TheBierBand
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%

Received this beer as a gift... Thanks Jack & Pat! It came as one of three different Belgian brews in a 18 pack.

The 12 oz brown bottle poured into my pint glas to form a nice frothy 1" head. The head settled to a thin cap leaving pronounced lacing down the glass. The appearance was a cloudy pale yellow-orange.

The scent was typical of a wheat beer with hints of banana fruitiness and slight spice.

The taste brought out the spicyness right away.... more than most wheat beers. The second thing I noticed was a subdued fruit taste.... not so much of bananas but maybe some apple. This beer had just a hint of a bitter after bite to it.

Mouthfeel was good. It left a nice film and after taste.

Overall, this beer was nice and refreshing and highly drinkable.

TheBierBand, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of JWFokker
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured from a bottle, it's a pale, cloudy straw yellow with a big fluffy white head. The nose is a bit spicy and floral with a touch of citrus. On the palate, it's just as spicy as you'd expect from the aroma mixed with sweet wheat flavor and again, a bit of citrus behind the coriander with a very slight hop flavor on the finish. The mouthfeel is actually somewhat thin, which is uncharacteristic of how filling it is. Altogether, it's a drinkable brew, though spiciness is what I look for in my whiskies rather than my beers, but it is oddly filling, not unlike a good stout.

JWFokker, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of ThirdCoast
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%

Serving Type: Bottle 12 floz

A: Pale yellow unfiltered with a small white head. Very nice.

S: Citrus, Trappist aroma. Very nice.

T: ...Zesty, peppery, citrus. Very nice clean taste.

M: Stings the tongue, slightly creamy, yet bitter.

D: A very nice beer, one that i could drink on a regular basis. This will find its way back into my fridge.

ThirdCoast, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of BrewMonkey
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours extremely light, cloudy straw color. Light head, moderate retention, little lacing. Cloudy chardonay color.

Aroma - Apples notes, floral, candy, corriander, light citrus.

Moderate bubbly mouthfeel, light body, clean finish. Almost no hop character aside from some mild bitterness. Candy apple flavor, citrus notes.

Very good, moderately sessionable beer.

BrewMonkey, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of Sycodrummer
3.98/5  rDev +5%

Poured from the 12oz. bottle into the Hoegaarden hexagonal pint the beer was a cloudy straw yellow with a thick and fluffy white head. Fairly dense foam head fed with some steady streams of carbonation. Spotty lacing throughout.

The nose is lemony and slightly grassy. Some notes of pepper and corriander with more subtle citrus overtones.

The taste is light but crisp. Some lemon grass flavor with hints of zesty and tart lemon juice. Citrus and corrianders grain flavors with a little spiceness and enough tartness to keep the mouthfeel exciting.

Lightly in body and highly carbonated, a little fizzy on the palate.

Hoegaarden simply is what it is: a architype for the witbier style. Its not designed to wow the taste buds, but the flavors are far from offensive. Enough tartness to keep the beer from being bland and given the right conditions, the beer can be quite refreshing. This is one beer I prefer on the colder side of the spectrum as I feel it makes it a bit more tight and impactfull.

Sycodrummer, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of brushpig
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Had one at the Uncommon ground Cafe in Chicago. Served in the Hoegaarden glass.

Light yellow cloudy appearance with a creamy head.

The smell is very light and fresh with lemons and light pepper aromas

The taste is refreshing, sweet, light hops, sour with a light bitterness. Clean and refreshing.

This is a nice summer drink, I do enjoy wit beers and this is a good one , but I find the Allagash, and Hitachino white more flavorful. However they are more expensive.

brushpig, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%

appearance is a cloudy pale yellow collow with white head.
a citrus smell dominates but there is also banana and wheat to the smell
Wheat, Citrus, and Banana are the main flavors here. Nothing is strong or overpowering in the taste.
This is a very drinkable beer. It's light and goes down easy.

PittBeerGirl, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of ndekke39
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%

Entering this from notes... Drank a large bottle of this by myself in England. Pours a hazy straw color, small white head. Decent retention. Smells of sharp bread and yeast, some wheat, citrus like oranges. Tastes much of the same. Fine example of a Witbier or White Ale - very spicy and yeasty. Medium mouthfeel, very easily drinkable beer.

ndekke39, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of auxiliary
4.78/5  rDev +26.1%

appearance - Nice yellow color, some cloudiness and a nice white head but then dissipated. Some lace.

smell - Citrus, floral, spice, lemon, fruity.Lots of stuff going on.

taste - Citrus bananna taste to it. Real interesting taste.

mouthfeel - Light body, carbination is just right.

drinkability - Nice summer beer, you have to try this if you never tried a Witbier style beer. One of the top Witbier beers.

auxiliary, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of Onibubba
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Best to let this set for a half hour or so after removing from the fridge. When I first had this beer, it was served from the bottle into a pint glass at a restaurant. And it was served ice cold. I really was not impressed. On a whim, I picked up a sixer some time later, and found that glassware and temperature make one hell of a difference.

Poured a hazy yellow into a tulip. Swirlled around the last bit in the bottle to top of. Small nice head goes down rather quickly, but a little swirlling brings it right back up. Nice smells. Bready and just a touch of citrus. Don't really pick up a spice profile. The citrus and spice are very subdued in the taste as well, which is an inoffensive bready/ wheat goodness. Neither sweet nor bitter.

Great mouthfeel. Medium carbonation makes this one very easy to quaff. The low alcohol percentage doesn't hurt either. Great session beer. This beer is an absolute staple. Not my favorite Witte, but damned good and easy to find.

Onibubba, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%

On-tap 2/8/07 at Cattail's Restaurant in East Providence, RI, served in a Becker pint glass.

A: The beer is a slightly cloudy and very light yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very lemony along with some wheat and a little bit of hops and spice.

T: Flavors of lemon and wheat dominate the taste, but the flavors are not over powering. There is some clove spice mixed in and a faint bit of hops in the background. After-taste is mildly bready with a touch of sweetness.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not very filling at all, nice representation of style, I was at the restaurant for only about an hour and put away 3 pints. The only thing that would keep me from sticking with this beer for an evening would be that I might drink it too quickly.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of lehows
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%

Pours a hazy yellow color with a fizzy head that fades down considerably. Not too much going on in the nose, some spicy citrus notes and some mild floral hops, it's pleasant though. Smooth taste of citrus, clove, spice, and rounded out with a slightly bready hop bite. Overall very drinkable and light, perfect for summer. Can be served with an orange or lemon to intensify the citrus elements.

lehows, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of mfreire212
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured from a standard bottle into a pilsner glass.

I was immediately struck by the cloudy, bright yellow appearance (the room was well lit, too).

Strong, "wheaty" aroma was most inviting. I also detected a slight, citrusy background aroma.

Very smooth from start to finish, with a decent amount of carbonation. Slight bite at the finish with a lingering, tangy/citrusy aftertaste.

Overall, a very nice selection that I would definitely drink again.

Adding a slice of lemon to the glass only enhances the flavor, IMO.

mfreire212, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of ewurm
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

I poured this beer into a pint glass. It has a great light orange/yellow color, but with minimal head. It smells like your typical unfiltered wheat beer, tasty! The taste is excellent, although I am a bit biased because I really enjoy this style. I served it with a slice of lemon, orange is a bit too sweet for me. It has a plain mouthfeel, but it is smooth and delectable. I highly recommend to fans of this style.

ewurm, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of AleLover2
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%

Being a seasoned beer veteran, but novice to reviews, I throughly enjoyed the look and aroma of this one. Nice seasoned scent and light to medimum color. Slightly cloudy, and a little bit of yeast taste but a nice smooth finish.

Enjoy in good health.


AleLover2, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of rec
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Said to be one of the worst (generic, I assume they mean) beers to come out of Belgium, it still ranks well with good imported session beer in my opinion. I often find myself buying a 4-pack to kick back and watch a game of sport or play a few hands of poker with the guys.

As the name suggests, is bears a distinct wheat smell and taste. It tastes sharp with hints of citrus. Slightly over-carbonated for my liking, its very smooth and quite tasty. I could happily drink this all night, esspecially considering its now very reasonable price here in Australia.

rec, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of kernalklink
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%

Great cloudy golden pour- good yeasty aromas with tangy citrus bite. Wheaty on the tongue- light airy head gives flavors a way to come through. Belgian yeast strains are GOD, and this is a great mild intro to the style. Extremely drinkable, and the aggressive carbonation makes this brew very refreshing and flavorful.

kernalklink, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of Burdman
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%

Appearance: When poured a slowly dissapating head of about a quarter inch sat on top of a dark murky yellow amber beer. Thick lacing occured when drank.

Smell: Distinclty wheat with mixed different spices.

Taste: Sharp wheat taste that lingers through the after taste, hints of lemon as well.

Mouthfeel: Slight sting of carbonation from this lighter feeling beer.

Drinkability: Very smooth and tasty, I could drink many at a time.

Burdman, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of SaucyA
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

My first of many, many different witbiers, Hoegaarden Original White is responsible for converting me into the world of "good beer". With my first glance, I knew I was in love.

I like to drink Hoegaarden as my "around the house" beer. It's tastey, looks good, goes down easy... everything I could ask for.

But this review isn't about "around the house", it's about how wonderful Hoegaarden is on-tap. Served in it's hexagonal pint glass, it's a fantastic looking beer. Light, cloudy pale yellow, with a nice amount of creamy, white head... it practically begs, "drink me."

Smells definitely of orange and citrus, not overpowering. Spices, I'm imagining coriander, come through as well. When it hits the tongue, lots of citrus presence with no sour qualities. Wheat presence is huge, obviously, but helps it go down oh-so-smoothly. Hints of coriander also prevelant. Slightly creamy, and finishes with no bitter qualities. Carbonation is medium, not overwhelming by any means.

I can knock back more of these than I'd like to admit, and while it's not my FAVORITE all time wit, Hoegaarden Original White Ale is a definite contender in the wide world of witbier.

SaucyA, Jan 14, 2007
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

This beer pours a very light and very cloudy golden color. Head was over an inch thick upon pouring and eventually settled to a very nice film layer with some fairly decent lacing. Pleasant aromas of orange and lemon jumped right into my nostrils upon taking a whiff, but I really couldn't detect much else smell wise here. flavors of wheat, orange, lemon, and a bit of spice are all present and are all nicely balanced. There is a bit of a dry and bitter aftertaste. Has a crisp mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. nice and drinkable. A good beer, but nothing super special either. Certainly a very good representation of this style though.


neenerzig, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of MrVisegrips
3/5  rDev -20.8%

The pour is a cloudy Pale yellow with a creamy white head that leaves a lot of lace. The aroma is peppery coupled with the sweet notes of orange and lemon zest. Quite nice actually. Flavors start out sweet with noticeable wheat flavors (of course). There is a presence of coriander that is interested and might catch you a little off guard with the first few sips. The finish is a bit flat and watery in my opinion. Mouthfeel is lightly chewy. Drinkability is average, better if your a devote follower of the white ales. Overall, I must say that is brew did not impress me with the first glass. It might have been the present mood affecting my objectivity. However, by the end of the session, I did find it and enjoyable brew. Best to buy and try for yourself.

MrVisegrips, Dec 31, 2006
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
85 out of 100 based on 4,075 ratings.