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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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Hoegaarden Original White AleHoegaarden Original White Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

4,266 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 4,266
Reviews: 1,646
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 77
Gots: 438 | FT: 1
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 osi
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a pint with an excellent two finger head that wound down to a thick creamy lace. Trace hugging the glass quite beautifully. Cloudy and the color was extremely pale yellow.

S - Smell resembling that of a hefe. Nice white malts, cloves. Slightly citrusy. Excellent

T - The taste doesn't quite live up to the smell although I would easily have this over most American attempts of the style. Malty with clove and citrusy accents. The one real drawback was the slight alcohol in the back end. Not a big deal but, could have made it excellent.

M - Nice medium body with a crispy carbonation that finishes flat.

D - Drinkability is very high on this brew. While easily found in most places I have seen, the smell and taste always make this a winner. Price is very reasonable too. Plan on throwing multiple sixes down throughout the summer.

osi, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of batty
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bought in spain, expiration date 25 Jan 2009.

pours a creamy golden, very hazy with rising, fairly dense head. head drops away fast but remains a thin layer on top. smell is very citrusy. taste follows- well balanced malt, citrusy and slight bitter hops. seems very light, the tiniest bit fizzy, good balance between a citrusy bite and great smoothness. leaves mouth feeling refreshed and ready for more.

batty, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of dreadnatty08
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours just a slightly hazy extremely light straw color with tons of dense white head. The aroma bursts forth candy sweetness with tones of lemon, coriander, vanilla and a whole host of other spices. It doesn't come across as being especially "zesty" just herbal and earthy. On the palate, things become quite a bit more zesty, as the spices truly are all over the place. Herbal menthol notes really dominate, followed by citrus, chamomile, and coriander. The finish is dry and mouthfeel is highly carbonated but creamy. Overall, a very interesting beer and a complex blend of spices give it supreme drinkability, and I imagine a good match for a variety of foods.

dreadnatty08, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of RomanW70
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap. A classic white. THE classic white. Pours cloudy gold with a large frothy head. Aroma of bananas, yeast, citrus and spice. Taste much the same. Crisp, refreshing finish. Hoegaarden was the first Belgian beer that I really liked, and opened up a world of new and exciting beer to me. tastes like late Spring/Early summer. Wasn't my first. Won't be my last.

RomanW70, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of Rsobotka
2.88/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ive tasted the Hoe many a times from the bottle but gave it a shot from the tap.
A: cloudy, yellowy with a slight lacy head
S: like a sweet loaf of citrus banana bread
T: Like a watered down version of a good wheat beer. Unfortunately ive thought that this beer is missing a littel umph.
M: feels superb as it passes over the tounge and down the goose
D: Could easily drink a 12er on a warm summers night but would rather pound a Pulaner or German Blonde.

Rsobotka, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of generallee
4.72/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Liquid sun shine, poured into its signature tumbler glass. Color was light yellow and hazy with a foamy white head. It has an inviting aroma of wheat, citrus, and spice. The flavor is much the same with a wonderful balance of wheaty malts, Belgian yeast, dried orange peel and coriander. Nice sweet/tart finish with good carbonation and a medium body. This is a great summer time beer and one of my favorite wheat beers.

generallee, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of bikehorn
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy yellow, with a small off-white head

Smell: wheat, apple, citrus

Taste: sweetly fruity and wheaty

Mouthfeel: light carbonation, light acidity, it would be nice if it was more medium bodied, but it's not

Drinkability: quite drinkable

Overall: crisp, tasteful and perfect for a warm spring day

bikehorn, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of mphopkins99
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap serving

A - Cloudy, yellow with a light and quickly disappearing head.

S - Fruity, hint of spice

T - Very light, almost too light. Somewhat fruity taste

M - Good, again, very light

D - Very drinkable, went down easy both before and during a meal.

mphopkins99, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of charlzm
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed on 3/30/08 at Brews Brothers, Pensacola.

Cloudy light yellow pour with a fluffy white head.

Aroma of spices (cloves, particularly).

Flavor is sweet and malty with lemony citrus notes. Creamy and effervescent. A little parching on the end.

Excellent example of the style.

charlzm, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of Hoagie1973
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I've passed over this beer many times, but I finally bought a single to try. Poured a unique cloudy lemon-yellow with a medium foamy, stark-white head. Head reduces somewhat quickly to a light froth. Good lacing. Some yeast sediment floaters end up in the glass.

Aroma is really nice. Spicy clove and yeast with a little banana.

Taste is light but flavorful with an orange-lemon citrus thing going on. Some clove and a light medicinal quality. A little bit of a fresh-cut flower aftertaste.

Carbonation is a tad harsh to start, but mellows half way through.

Very crisp and refreshing. I found that I hit the bottom of the glass before I was even done analyzing it. Extremely drinkable; flavorful, but not filling. I could do quite a few of these without a problem.

Hoagie1973, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of swizzlenuts
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A yellow coloured beer with a bit of carbonation; a nice big head that dissipates slowly

S: An okay smell of wheat and hints of fruits

T: It has an underlying wheat taste with some sour and very citris fruits in the foreground. It's quite refreshing, even with the taste of yeast. It almost feels like there chunks of fruit inside the beer.

M: It's 'chunky' with some carbonation, and feels there are more thinks floating in there.

D: Pretty drinkable, and quite enjoyable.

swizzlenuts, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of chiapete
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy yellow , with a light ,white-off white head.

smell was sweet , had a light fruit , slight citrus aroma.

Tasted the way you would think after you smelled it. Had a sweet, fruity , very light taste. Very refreshing. No after taste . Very easy going down.

Mouth feel was very light .

Will remember this beer during summer cook outs , or mowing the lawn.

chiapete, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of hyland24
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a oversized Hoegaarden glass.

The mother of all Witbiers, at least to me. I understand to some people this is the Bud Light of Whitbiers but you like what you like.

It pours a very cloudy yellow with a frothy inch and a half pure white head that sits there unmoving waiting for the first sip. Minimal scattered lacing throughout the glass.

The banana smell jumps out of the glass overpowering the slight malty, citrus undertones.

The taste is top notch with the banana flavor this style is known for taking top billing. The malty slightly spicy hop shines through mixing with citrus and finishing creamy smooth.

The mouthfeel is creamy and slightly bready filling the mouth and sticking behind after the beer has been swallowed. I could easily drink a 12 pack of these beers without thinking twice, and I have. Great summertime Barbecue beer that goes down easy and wont fill you up or leave you bloated.

hyland24, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of Lexluthor33
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew was cloudier than a day at a Seattle beach front. Hazy yellow and a light head. The taste was of Coriander,citrus and yeast. The balance of malts was good and the citrus was not overdone. It seemed to taste better after setting to room temperature. The feel was a smooth,crisp and slightly yeasty feel.I think one could have a 6 pack of these quite easily. I would buy it again,but I must admit that I prefer Double white ales.

Note:Excellent brew with a nice warm spice,all in all worth drinking.

Lexluthor33, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy yellow with small off white head.

Smells spicy and wheaty, a little bit of citrus.

Smooth. Wheat comes through as well as coriander and fruit.

Medium bodied brew.

Amazing drinkability, goes down so smooth and so easy. Refreshing.

My favorite easy to find import; the beer that non beer bars have for me.

Hojaminbag, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of elmore
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330ml into a Saison Dupont pint glass. A brisk pour yielded a pale white 2 finger head which receded into a ring around the glass and left some foamy lace. Lots of active carbonation - tons of tiny bubbles rapidly making their way to the surface. Color is hazy yellow - reminds me of lemonade. Although this is an unfiltered beer there are no large peices of yeast - but it has a haziness - likely due to very fine suspended yeast. This really looks like a refreshing beer.

Smell is very light and subtle. Smell of funky yeast, lemon zest, light malts.

Very refreshing. Tastes of light malt. Citrus, particularly lemon zest with a little hops bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light. Carbonation is fine and champagne-like. This is one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had and is great on a hot summer day.

A fine beer. Just so drinkable and refreshing. The prototypical Witbier.

elmore, Mar 18, 2008
Photo of mattster
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened 11.2 fl oz bottle, poured (As instructed on bottle) into Hoegaarden Hexagonal glass. Bottle marked Best before 15 April 2009 (First Tax day, in the post Bush era - Conspiracy? I doubt it).

Pours a nice hazy ale with 1"-1.5" of frothy white head. Dissipates to .33" of head atop an off-white hazy brew.

When you first open the bottle, I smell - and I know this is a stretch - Water that has been used to boil hot dogs. Its nice to have a import brew that doesn't smell skunky though. Hot dog water smell disappears when poured into glass. Smell is nice - typical witbier smell with light herb/spice tones. Taste is a nice mix of light citrus and spice, with bits of bread and yeast - Really nice finish and easy mouth feel. I'm not a hugs fan of this style, but this one is really good and will make sure to keep more of these in my closet.

Very good brew, well worth it, worth the price.

mattster, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of DK420
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a great white ale. it has a good look especially in the traditional hexagonal glass that the bottle suggests to drink from. The aroma seems to be quite pleasant. The taste of this beer has always pleased my taste buds, Enough to rate this beer as one of my favorites on my list. It is very easy to drink considering it is only 4.9% alcohol. The texture of this beer is pretty nice, not to thick, nice on a hot day. This has been one of my favorite beers and i think this one can change the average domestic beer drinkers perspective on higher quality beers.

DK420, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of Maudite
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Who-garden was my gateway beer, the one that got me drinking beyond Schlitz. The weather started warming up here in the bay, so I had to grab a sixer.

A- Drank from a Stella crystal tumbler, followed the pouring directions on the bottle, swirling the last few drops. The head was creamier and frothier than I remember. Bleach white head on a lemonade body, a very nice looking bier. Okay lacing, head didn't last as long as I would have liked, but optimal presentation upon pour.

S- Soapy, lemon zest, lightly hop-citric. There is a bit of pear in there, too.

T- The taste, like the last reviewer said, is slightly soapy, but like the way lemon soap smells, so it is rather pleasing. Very light, crisp, wheaty, no great hop trace. Very citrusy (lemon/small amount of orange, no grapefruit), so you don't need a lemon in this, please, please don't.

M- Thinner than I remember, or would like it to be. The pour is slightly deceiving, looking quite carbonated and acidic. Lightly acidic in the jowls, small tang on the tongue, rolls down the throat smoothly, almost making me feel thirstier.

D- Easy drinking, well-balanced warm weather beer. This beer was made for Texas, where it is often used as a porch cool-me-down.

Maudite, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of CamuMahubah
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a faint lemon juice color.

Smells of gelatin and yeast.

Exceptional. Crisp fruity lemon. Relaxing balance leaning a bit towards tart.

Definitely a light feel.

Poundable in the Summer heat. Someone told me this tasted of dishwater so I have put off tasting this beer for a while. Decided to give this beer a an honest chance tonite and was rewarded with a refreshing brew!

CamuMahubah, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of americanwolfdrea
4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was served a nice tan color with a creamy head and an orange slice. It had a crisp and refreshing taste and very clean finish. I hade it paired with a whole wheat pasta dinner and the wheat in the beer came through very very well. I enjoyed this beer greatly

americanwolfdrea, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of dnichols
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 330 ml capped bottle into a mug.

A: It poured a cloudy pale yellow with a modest one finger creamy white head. The head retreated to a shallow cover that supported an even layered curtain of lacing.

S: It had a noticeable aroma of lemons accented with white peppers.

T: It had a sweet, lemony and peppery flavor. There was a bit of sourness on the backside that lingered into the aftertaste.

M: Creamy medium bodied brew with a mouth filling body and slightly sour aftertaste.

D: Very refresing, especially on a warm summer day. Much like a glass of lemonade.

dnichols, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of TheTrevor
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a pretty cloudy yellowish-white with a single-finger fluffy head that lasted for the whole beer. The smell is yeasty with some citrus and banana. The taste starts off with some sweet citrus that fades into some clove spiciness and finishes with some fruitiness. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated with a decent thickness. The sweetness and fruitness makes for a very drinkable beer.

TheTrevor, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of burtonbe
2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very yellow color. A faint gold almost. Cloudy. One-finger fluffy white head. Looks good.

S - I smell german yeast. Yeastyness. Cloves. Very very slight banana. Some bubble-gum. Better than average.

T - Very nice. It tastes more inline with a bavarian hefe-weisen than than a belgian wit though. Cloves overpower the taste. Not very bitter. Wheaty and yeasty. I like it, but it just doesn't scream "wit"....

M - Mouthfeel is right where it should be. Light, with the carbonation spot on.

D - This beer is drinkable. Don't have much more to say other than that.

Overall this is a very nice beer, but this wit just doesn't do it for me. There is very little to absolutely no honey, vanilla, coriander, or orange-fruityness aroma or taste. I was expecting a lot more.

burtonbe, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of bboven
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dirty, light straw colored body, almost no head or lacing. Cloudy.

The yeast is definitely taking action with a light citrus nose, wheat is there as well.

Big citrus flavor from the yeast. I'd swear there was an orange in there, but good use of the spices.

Mouthfeel is very highly carbonated but a little thin.

A great brunch beer.

bboven, Feb 27, 2008
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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