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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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3,886 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,886
Reviews: 1,620
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 60
Gots: 261 | FT: 0
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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 revwib


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

Bottle served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Looked nice with a nice cloudiness to it. I declined the lemon so as to taste properly.

Smell: slight lemony smell, with a nice wheaty smell to it.

Taste: tastes nice, but nothing spectacular

Mouthfeel: not too heavy, but substantial. would be a good session beer.

Drinkability: I could drink several of these in a row and be happy. Very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2006 05:44:45 | More by revwib
Photo of barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

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

Ordered at a pub on draft. Unfortunately it was slightly smokey in the pub so I can't describe the smell. Body is pale yellow and hazy - almost a strong hefewiezen look to it. Medium carbonation, head left some nice lace on the pint glass.

Taste is light lemon / citrus and wheat. No lemon slice was served with the beer or offered so the taste wasn't quite solid lemon, rather a hint of lemon and citrus tang.

this is definitely a beer that drinks smoothly and easily. A pleasant surprise and a beer I would gladly order again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2006 14:18:10 | More by barleywinebrewer
Photo of davidchollar


4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

as i'm still a total rookie when it comes to belgian beers, i'm not familiar with this style. but i have had my share of hefeweizens, and this reminds me of some of the better hefes i've known.

looks like a light beer with a splash of milk. cloudy and pale, nice little white head. the beer itself is more white than yellow, interesting and unique, the name fits. smells wonderful. intense, fruity, banana and clove. taste is solid and well balanced, crisp and dry finish. i can't find anything bad to say about this beer.

nothing special in the mouthfeel, medium carbonation. but at 5% abv this is an easy 5 for drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2006 13:59:29 | More by davidchollar
Photo of goschool


3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is a cloudy very pale yellow, almost an electric off-white. I yanked the lemon slice out immediately so it didn't really effect the head. The aroma has lemon (from the beer, not the slice of lemon), grapefruit, coriander and pepper. It tastes about the same, with a lot of citrus, coriander, clove and pepper. The mouthfeel is light and crispy, yet creamy. It's very refreshing and easy drinking.

Now, once and for all, it's pronounced "who-garden," not "ho-garden." I heard at least seven people mispronounce it and the bartender corrected my correct pronunciation with the mispronunciation. Ugh! [edit] I might be wrong on that one. I hear that Belgians don't even know how to pronounce it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2006 10:48:49 | More by goschool
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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You can't stop with just one and two starts to get you into the $3 range, where maybe you could do better, but you could only get one Duvel. Basically, this is a half Duvel, or slightly less aromatic Saison Dupont. If you know those beers and like them, you should try this too. These are all readily available at most decent liquor stores.

Not as heady as Duvel, in either conotation, but foamy enough. The head doesn't sustain itself for the whole drink. Sublte spring smells and a crisp flavor. Drinks very nicely, plenty of bubbles, but should be chilled. Letting this up to room temp, even a little puddle, creates the smell of a frat house. That's pretty amazing actually becasue that little puddle doesn't taste too bad even room temp, but not recommended.

This is good in every respect. Well built and balanced, not outstanding, but not at all disappointing. A great thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2006 16:42:19 | More by snilsen13
Photo of TheEclecticGent


4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I poured this beer from the bottle into a Hoegaarden glass. It pours a straw yellow opaque color with a 1” head that fades slowly. Nice lacing on this beer. The aroma is a yeasty bread aroma with a lemon twang to it. The mouthfeel is very light with zesty carbonation. This taste is light and refreshing with a heavy wheat flavor than ends with a slightly bitter citrus bite. The aftertaste has a slight medicine and hops flavor. This of course is the flagship witbiere. I like it but there are some serious contenders out there. Hoegaarden is better on tap in my opinion. In the bottle a slice of orange in the beer kills that aftertaste where a lemon overruns too much of the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2006 00:09:47 | More by TheEclecticGent
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4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the tap in a standard pint.

Body is pale yellow and hazy. White head stuck around for awhile and left some nice lace down the glass.

Scent is very crisp and citrusy. Lemon zest and wheat.

The flavor starts out with a crisp, slightly acidic lemon/hop bitterness (though not too bitter) which melds into a lightly sweet wheatyness in the finish. Nicely balanced. The hops are very faint. There is also a spicy black pepper element hidden with the citrus.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2006 20:15:29 | More by HugoGrim
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4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S- 12. oz. bottle.

A- Color was a very pale yellow, paler than most weis beers, had a thick white head that lasted for the entire session.

SM- Citrus and spicy with a strong yeast smell.

T- This beer is very smooth, with a nice light flavor that was not too sweet with very little after taste.

M- Again, very smooth and light.

D- this was my first wit beer and I enjoyed it very much. This beer makes me want to try other whites, and I will definatly drink more Hoegaarden.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2006 23:07:05 | More by 5285
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3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this naturally cloudy beer into a 0.4 liter the color of a whiskey sour. Smell is clove-like with undertones of papaya, pineapple, honey and a hint of jasmine. Almost a piña colada without the crushed ice. Taste is very consistent and smooth throughout with an almost dry finish, crisp yet subtle. I really like this beer. I think its time to chill some more.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2006 07:00:06 | More by mooseisloose
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer came a cloudy lemonade color with a slight hint of tan. The head consisted of little bits of foam floating around the top. Smelled of a sweet wonderful sugar/caramel/banana blend that was very well put together with an undertone of musky wheat. Tasted initially of a powerful banana with a slight cherry sweetness and a little bubble gum. Some fruit flavors then made themselves noticed with some coriander and dark sour cherries. There also was a sour citrus flavor that permeated all aspects of the beer. The mouth feel was light to medium bodied with a crisp tingly carbonation. This was very refreshing with a light flavor and a nice carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2006 13:54:57 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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4.85/5  rDev +28%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A whitbier that truly looks white. Or, at least, this is the whitest whitbier I've ever laid eyes upon. Pouring out of the bottle, it kind of looked like a citrus soda. Fluffy dense WHITE head with tiny bubbles here & there.

Smells perfect. Lemon citrus, yeasty.

My first beer of the evening, and it is Delicious. A very full, filling beer, for being so light. The mouthfeel is well rounded and very satisfying.

This is the best whitbier I have had so far in my beer travels. Absolutely 100% drinkable. Wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2006 22:53:16 | More by chOAKbarrell
Photo of FenwaySquid


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

Presentation: 12oz bottle with BBD and pouring instructions (which were followed) poured into an Ommegang Witte glass as it was the closest thing to a traditional Hoegaarden glass that was available.

Appearance: Poured a very cloudy pale yellow color, so cloudy and pale it almost looks whitish, head poured moderate and faded into a thin film across the top.

Aroma: Citrus smell, lemony.

Taste: Mainly wheat, a hint of sweet lemon as well. Mouthfeel is very smooth with a high carbonation.

Overall: a very enjoyable wheat beer. Definitely worth trying at least once.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2006 04:18:51 | More by FenwaySquid
Photo of hunteraw


4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice cloudy gold color with an agreeable amount of head.

Nose is a touch sour at first (i guess other reviewers called it citrus-y) but develops nicely into fruit and yeast.

Tastes great, of wheat, yeast, a little sweetness... resolves into a refreshing fruitiness that makes this beer extremely drinkable.

Not a whole lot of carbonation to the mouthfeel, which places the focus squarely on the flavor of the beer.

All around, a very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2006 22:12:06 | More by hunteraw
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

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

Pours a very pale cloudy yellow with a pure white head that stays very well. Smells of citrus and spices, with a medicinal note and some yeastiness in the background. Tastes of wheat and lemon, with spices and a slight alcohol bite. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and quite nice, and the drinkability is very good. It goes down very smoothly. The classic witbier, even if it isn't the perfect one.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2006 02:49:41 | More by Mandrake
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3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with two fingers of thick foam. The color is very pale yellow and the liquid is cloudy- unfiltered. In fact, it looks like lemonade. The smell is of yeast and some fruits and flowers. Ity has a characteristic yeast and sugar taste along with some breadyness and herbs. Some metal in there too. Not bad. In a comparative perspectiveI think it scores rather high in the wheat beer catogory.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2006 19:26:47 | More by JanM
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New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this for the first time nearly 5 years ago on tap in New York City, and I thought it was one of the most amazing liquids I ever drank. All this time later, my tastes have refined, but I still love this brew and how wonderful it tastes and feels. Not quite the same out of the bottle though!

A wonderful pour and sight to behold - the same straw color that I remember. Very opaque and cloudy with a wonderful head, and of course, ya gotta love the yeast on the bottom. I did swirl the bottle and watch as it helped the head fill up the top of my pint glass. Very malty taste, with hints of banana, clove, and a bit of bubble gum. It's addicting, never quite the same twice, and neither boring nor too "out there" to turn off the novice drinker. I consider this a good spring beer, just because it has the anticipation and excitement of the changing of the seasons brings along with it.

I enjoy the Allagash and Sam Adams White Ale's as well, and this to me is a bit more "tried and true" than they are. Anything that's been around for centuries has to be doing something right, and enjoying the gentle spices and solid maltiness of this has only gotten better for me over time!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2006 06:09:48 | More by JerzDevl2000
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3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I got this one on tap because I was curious about how it would be different. It came to the table extremely cloudy and that did not change as I drank. It was a translucent but bright yellow to white color, bar was kinda dark. I basically felt like I was looking at a lemon-sorbet or frozen lemonade in the process of melting. There were a few mottled spots floating on the surface but otherwise no head and no lacing. Possibly because it was served with an orange wedge? Thats a new one.

The nose was fragrant and fruity, but slightly artificial. My friend said it reminded him of a "freshly waxed floor". I agree. The strong yeastyness no doubt contributes to this affect.

Though this pint is somewhat lacking in other areas, it more or less has it where it counts, taste. First few sips were overpoweringly yeasty, but soon I was getting citrusy orange and lemon with a slight zest. This gave way to more rich bananna taste with a little mango, strawberry, or orange sliding in before that yeast comes back to finish the job.

Mouthfeel was thick, a tad waxy, and grainy even at times.

What makes this beer fun is that almost no two sips were really the same. Unfortunately it also left the palate rather exhausted after one which is definately going to hurt drinkability. Normally I would suspect this beer was spoiled, but I've had it from the bottle a few times and its not that far off, just a bit old maybe, but I chalk it up to the great and mysterious difference between bottles and draft. Its definately unique and different.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2006 20:38:50 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw color, with lots of streaming carbonation and nearly opaque with cloudy yeast. A massive snow-white head over three fingers reduces to a tight, long-lasting cap of foam; but produces minimal lacing. Strong belgian phenolic smell; like crayons and cloves. Extra pale malt and wheat aromas in the background. The taste is sweet, lots of wheat and pale malt, with a powdery yeast character. A subtle clove and coriander spiciness provides a delicate balance without need for much hop influence; which are almost totally absent. The body is light but gets some definte texture from the high levels of wheat proteins and suspended yeast. Mild aftertaste of phenols carries into the finish, but only compliments overall mellow malt flavor. This stuff just slips down the throat.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2006 00:21:58 | More by PBRstreetgang
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3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow, this is really interesting looking beer. Looks like lemonade almost. Pale cloudy yellow. It has a very active carbonation mixed with a bite and the funky taste of belgian yeast which I have long gotten accustomed too and now enjoy. I could only really drink two pints of this because of the sheer peculiarity of the flavors, that and it was $5.50 a pint. Lives up to its name as refreshing an is better than any lemonade I've ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2006 07:21:20 | More by LordChesterfield
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3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick white clouds with a creamy white head. Slightly yellow.

Smell: Slightly peppery with loads of lemon, a bit of coriander, and a little farm odor.

Taste/MF: Sweet and chewy with a little bitternes at the finnish. Citrusy. Clementines and lemon prevail.

Drinkability: Super high and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2006 01:58:39 | More by DaPeculierDane
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3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 33 cl bottle.

Appearance: Cloudy light yellow with quarter inch head.
Smell: Sweet honey smells with citric hue.
Taste: Slight lemon taste with carbinated front reminiscant of a tonic. Middle yeilds a sour apple taste, with some hops.
Mouthfeel: Overly carbinated and too light bodied.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2006 16:38:54 | More by descartes
Photo of ski271


2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very pale, lemonade-like, hazy yellow with a medium-sized, white, frothy, slowly diminishing head. Very good lacing. It has a mild fruity wheat aroma and mild typical wheat flavors. Banana, light clove, strawberry, lemon. The finish is short and weak. It has a light body, watery texture and low carbonation. It’s refreshing but very one-dimensional and weak.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2006 18:57:35 | More by ski271
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3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy and piss yellow in colour , it has a really small and active bead.No matter what it is supposed to look like I cant get excited about cloudy piss.
However the proof of the pudding is in the tasting and the clove dominated smell is initially apparent in the taste but it mellows into a smooth mangoish finish .
pretty pleasnt and an intersesting beer, but 1 bottle at a time is enough for me. Its starting to get too far away from" hops malt and
yeast" for me

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2006 08:00:21 | More by jarmby1711
Photo of Gusler


4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Geez, something I'd thought I'd never see Hoegarrden Wit in the bottle, as I was told by the Head Sommelier at one of my favorite beer stores, AJ's Fine Foods, these were in some special gift packs that he broke down to sell as single bottles.

The beer as its spills from the 12-ounce brown bottle a nebulous white with a presentable head that is semi-creamy in texture and a brilliant white in color as it fades away it leaves a velum like coating of lace upon the glass. Nose is spicy, hints of cloves and coriander, sweet malt and a slight citrus like tartness, start is lightly sweet with a mild grain presence and the top light in feel. Finish is purposeful in its acidity with the hops light and pleasant, the aftertaste lightly dry, and maybe not as great as the tap version, a real nice change of pace from my normal dark, strong, alcohol riddled brews I normally quaff.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 22:08:35 | More by Gusler
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3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale and very cloudy yellow color with no head at all. It looks very intriguing. The smell is yeasty and a little estery, like my own home-brewed ales. We're off to a good start. The taste is.. unusual, even for a witbier. I like the style, and I like this one, though I'm having trouble describing it. It just tastes like a nice yeasty ale. Mouthfeel is heavy, almost like drinking juice with a lot of carbonation. All in all, it's very drinkable, not really a session beer, but as a treat, it's a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2005 15:33:43 | More by Kulrak
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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