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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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4,509 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,509
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 ChopperSmith
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a chilled bottle into a Hoegaarden beer glass.

Appearance - Pale cloudy yellow with a nice fluffy head.

Smell - Very subtle citrus and floral scents.

Taste - Very light with definite citrus and spice flavors. This is one of my favorite White ale's in the summer. A slice of lemon can make this one especially refreshing on a hot day.

Mouth feel - A little overcarbonated, but not too bad. Thin and light mouthfeel.

Drinkability - It's a very good and unique white ale, with a nice crisp citrus-like flavor. Very easy to drink, especially out of a frosted Hoegaarden glass on a hot summer day. Adding a slice of lemon can add a little zing to this one, if desired.

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

Pours a hazy straw gold with an immense cloudbank of bright white foam.

Scent is lemon, banana, cloves, tangy yeast

Taste is lemon first, then bananas and spices (clove, pepper) then tangy yeast and wheat flavors. Finally a peppery finish, white pepper. Tangy sourness. A hint of orange peel bitterness.

Mouth is crisp and nicely carbonated with a pleasantly sour puckering finish.

Drinkability is excellent. Could drink this all day. Nice session beer.

This is a classic witbier and I never tire of it.

Photo of DurtyUI
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When you get the chance make sure you order this frothy libation in it's signature pint glass. On-Tap is always best, and with so much air to breathe this beer simply blossoms in it's ginormous glass.

A gorgeous lemony opaque beer that soothes the senses into submission. Presenting with a very strong citrus fragrance, it is followed by a spicy tingle on the tongue. The grains are so refined they nibble just enough to remind you that you're drinking a real import.

Just a simply brilliant drinkable experience.

Photo of cheapxceptbeer
2.56/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A- Decent head with solid retention, and good lacing.

S- Yeasty, lemony, medicinal, not very inviting.

T- I am not a fan, this would be a generally unoffensive beer if it were not for the strange medicinal flavor, like latex gloves. Otherwise a bland wheat beer.

M- Medium body, pretty solid mouthfeel, nothing special but solid.

D- I don't like the taste so there is no reason for me to get another.

Well for the best known "white ale," this is very dissatisfying, I wish it was franziskaner that was available on draft for 5 bucks at the Joshua Tree.

Photo of glid02
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Hand in Hand in Atlanta.

Pours an opaque lemon-yellow color with a one-finger bright white head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of citrus fruits - lemon mostly with hints of orange - bananas, and cloves, in that order.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Fruit flavors, both bananas and citrus, are there up front and the citrus flavors linger a bit longer. Midway through the sip light hints of clove jump in before a mildly dry ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a light thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing one and could easily have a few more.

Overall this is an easy-drinking wit and a nice go-to during the summer months at bars serving large amounts of InBev.

Photo of thecarster1
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- poured into a pint, two inch fluffy head, beautiful cloudy honey color, decent lacing.

s- difficult to peg what i smell.. spicey, little lemon and orange.

t- spicey, bitey but clean, little lemon and orange notes, very tasty.

m- filling, not too carbonated, very nice.

d- very drinkable, easy to drink multiple.

Photo of OzarkElmo
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Simply one of the very best in the world, and tops in its category. Tried on draft and from bottle. Citrus and light spice aroma with medium head mostly diminishing. Very smooth taste and excellent session beer. "Blue Moon" cannot hold a candle to this world-class brew - cheers to the Belgians once again!

Photo of sevopie
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light cloudy yellow/straw with a mild white head.

Smells heavily of spices and pears with a touch of cereal grains.

Again, spicy pear with a touch of apple and some mild grains. A bit of sugar and a bit of other citric flavors finish it off.

Somewhat light with a lot of carbonation on the tongue.

Overall this is a fairly easy beer to drink. I've rarely had a problem ordering one when I'm looking for something lighter to drink, and it goes well with a fairly good amount of grub.

Photo of RuudJH
4.36/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I once spent an entire summer on terraces drinking this beer: I really loved it. It came in the original beautifull bulky glasses too.
It's a very old brewing tradition (since 1445, as on the bottle). Nice experience all over: I still love it today.

A: absolutely perfect pale lemon-yellow, cloudy but still visible carbonation, nice thin head, good lacing.
S: citrus, a range of spices, a bit of sweet bread.
T: it's slightly sour/tangy from the citrusfruits. Also it's malty and spicy. Plus there's a clear hop to it, which is great in such a fruity beer.
M: it's fresh and sweetbitter in aftertaste.
D: With an abv of 5% this is very drinkable, especially in the summer.

Photo of BarrelO
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Cloudy pale yellow. Head fades quickly and leaves some lacing.

S: Citrus, bananas, cloves.

T: Lemony tartness with some sweet bready malt. Very summery.

M: Light-bodied and slightly creamy.

D: Arguably the quintessential wit. Really easy to knock back several in a session, especially in summertime.

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

I enjoyed this from the bottle, so I decided to try it on tap at a little corner bar right down the street. The review is essentially the same, but I found the aroma and flavor, while basically the same, to be a little lighter than I recalled. The balance is just a little off because the hops aren't as prevalent as well. Otherwise it's the same, and still a good brew.

This one pours a hazy pale golden-yellow; label explains that the haze is a natural effect, since it's an unfiltered brew. There is actually a little improvement in head retention and lacing than I got from the bottle.
On the nose is lemon with some light, zesty spices and a yeast / wheat smell. It's not as strong as I got from the bottle, though.
From what I've read and tried thus far, this one's very true to its style, though perhaps with a bit stronger lemony sourness. A wheat twang, coriander with some other gentle, peppery spice, and zesty citrus flavors of lemon and orange peel are most strongly on the tongue. The hops bitterness is less pronounced that I remember. An obvious herbal flavor lingers on the tongue and the finish ends drier. Again, the flavors are the same but not as strong as I enjoyed from the bottle.
The mouthfeel is more of a smooth than a crisp, though it is that to a point. The carbonation is active and body is moderate.

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

Pronounced 'WHO-Gaarden,' this Belgian White Ale is to be consumed quickly - chugged. Pierre Celis, famous for brewing the first batch of Hoegaarden beer in 1966 in Belgium, founded the Celis Brewery in Austin Texas, which was bought out by Miller in 2001.

The rich frothy collar rests atop the yellowish cloudy brew and suggests a white aurora towards the bottom of the pint glass. Aromas are reminiscent of orange Creamsicle, coriander, and some faint Big League Chew original bubblegum in the back. Citrus (lemon and orange) flavors mix, pale wheat, and clean hop tinge create a wonderful and refreshing beer, perfect for a wedding or a day in the backyard with friends.

Photo of drunkboxer1
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap with some frenchfries. Pours a hazy yellow color with no head. Lots of Lacing. Smells nice, a lot of yeasty esters and citrus. Definitely some coriander. Tastes like it smells -the yeast shines thru and there's a lot of character from the wheat malt. The high carbonation makes it refreshing and very drinkable.

Photo of Shikitohno
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hoegaarden was my first foray into Belgian white ales, and I rather like it. It's a wee bit light for my tastes, but still manages to be a flavourful drink. It pours out with a moderate head, most of which goes away fairly quickly. Some remains for most of the time you drink, however.

Upon sniffing it, there's definitely a note of citrus in the odour. There's also this vague scent I find somewhat characteristic of white ales. It has a sweet taste, with a hint of spice. Unfortunately, the citrus seems to be more prominent in the scent than the taste, as I notice it only very occasionally.

Hoegaarden is also a very light beer. It's not very filling, so it doesn't take much to knock a couple back, unless you've got some food around. Even though I haven't got one of the Hoegaarden glass, I must say that it's key to have some sort of glass, otherwise the sediment makes the last sip gross. Of course, I know someone who enjoys the taste, but it makes me cringe every time I forget about it and drink a bottle without thinking.

Photo of ILikeGoodCider
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 05.02.09 from a slim, euro-style 12oz bottle. Poured into a 14oz pint glass.

A: Cloudy, pale yellow. Very small lacing. Unfiltered

S: Fruity & spicy aroma. Pineapple?

T: Fruity, sweet bread before the spiciness steps up. Slightly sour taste at the end with a faint alcohol bite.

M: light, smooth and crisp. Dry and refreshing.

D: Similar to a German hefe except Hoegaarden is not as heavy. This beer's low %ABV and smoothness make it a wonderful summertime refresher. Very easy to slam.

Photo of Offa
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good witbiers, but it's a style which I often find tiresome and this beer, too can get very tiresome.

Gold, slightly hazy, it has a medium white head that dissipates steadily to a thin, permanent foamy top.

The aroma is pleasant and interesting, among the better witbier aromas out there: wheat, grass, banana, hints of citrus zest, flowers, orange juice, and banana. It is stronger in the grain and wheat than many witbiers.

The taste is also good, dry but not overly dry, a bit fruity or perfumy without being overly so, very light citrus or banana qualities, with a hint of 7-up. The feel is a bit zesty and tingly. It's crisp as well.

Photo of nasty15108
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Hoegaarden glass.

A - Poured a cloudy/murky yellow color. The pour produced a thick head of creamy white foam.

S - Earthy and herbal, with hints of clove, banana and citrus.

T - More of the same. Slightly sour with a bitter lemony hop finish.

MF&D - Light and refreshing. A nice warm weather choice.

Photo of GrimGuzzler
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a bottle into a properly cleaned pint glass.

A: Pours a not very attractive murky yellow (Keep in mind this is unfiltered) with a lovely, solid, white head which rapidly dissipates into a thin but ever present foam. Mild lacing.

S: Sweet citrus and pale wheat hit the nose first. Coriander, white wine, and apples make their way up after stirring the beer a bit and exciting the volatiles. Lastly a hint of alcohol wafts around the glass.

T: It has a yeasty unfiltered taste with zest and wheat first. This soon turns into a slightly spicey/herby taste (Brewed with coriander) with a sublte hop bitterness then ending with dry, tart, apples.

M: Effervescent, however not crisp. A gentle amount of carbonation, but I wouldn't mind more to keep the beer interesting.

Overall a well balanced beer, very drinkable, perfect to cool off but lacks body and intensity. However i suppose this is typical of the style. Certainly a beer I would buy again, but only if the weather called for it.

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

Pours cloudy pale yellow with a big fizzy white head.

Aroma is lemony, hint of coriander, zest yeast. Sharp and dry.

Flavor is citrus zest, crisp wheat body, and a spicy, somewhat bitter and balancing coriander on the finish. Yeast is somewhat understated for the style, and the mouthfeel is a bit watery at times. Refreshing and light, good beer.

Photo of juju7
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Far from the first time I've had this but it deserves a rave-up. Still one of the best wits going round. The balance is what I find other makers can't quite seem to match. The light fruity esters and that spicy nose don't luck out and fall away on the palate like many imitators. All componenets working together to make a smooth, very drinkable beer with plenty of flavour and loads of character. Yum.

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

Can't believe I've never reviewed this, this was the first wit I ever had & had the pleasure of of having this in Brussels, ah the memories

Pours a semi-hazed straw with 2 fingers of foamy pearl colored head. Good head retention & above average lacing

S: Lemons & coriander, faint wheat tartness

T: White pepper, lemons, coriander & wheat tartness up front. Juicy fruit, grainyness & slight phenols as this warms. Finishes grainy with coriander, lemons, orange peel & juicy fruit, almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Light bodied, grainy with moderate carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, a little more drinkable on draft, a little more gassy, so some complexity is lost. A benchmark for the style when fresh/not stale. There are ones I like better, but would always recommend this one as your first wit

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

Beer pours a pale yellow color with a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly, decent lacing in glass. Beer is cloudy and carbonation is good. Smell is of orange citrus with some peppery notes, beer is light in aroma. Taste is a good balance of bitter orange and coriander, nothing too sweet. Mouth feel is a bit light but still good for the style.

Overall a good beer and one that can easily be enjoyed, especially on a warm day.

Photo of aschwab
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had it served on tap, in bottles, and bottles into glasses.

When pouring from bottle, comes out hazy, with good color. A slight head on top.

The aroma is what is to be expected from a Belgian Wit, slightly fruity smell but not overwhelming.

Tastes refreshing, a solid Belgian Wit. I prefer no extra citrus flavor is needed (no fruits added).

Goes down smoothly, carbonated well.

Easy drinkability.

Photo of bonsreeb85
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pint glass from 12 oz. bottle

Pale yellow and cloudy color w/ lots of carbonation. I nice 1/2 inch head and this bad boy looked pretty damn inviting.

At first smell i get a lemon-peppery fragrance right in the sniffer. i also sense a bit of clove and banana?(similar to a hefe)

the first few swallows were not only refreshing, but filled with more of the lemon-peppery goodness. The warmer the beer for, the sweeter the taste was, overall pretty well rounded brew, an excellent thirst quencher. I suspect i could session these quite easily.

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

Served on tap in Chicago, at "Bulls & Bears". Served a nice cold temperature to a pint glass

A) Hazy, pale golden yellow. Light, small white head with streaks of carbonation rizing around the glass

S) Citrus and light spice

T) After a few sipps, an orange slice was added which served to add sweetness and increase the citrus taste. Very refreshing.

M) Soda like fizz, a slight alcohol back of the throat burn going down

D) A great beer to have when your having more than one. A great specimen of the style despite its mass production

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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