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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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3,998 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,998
Reviews: 1,627
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 68
Gots: 311 | 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 Damian


4.08/5  rDev +7.7%

Poured a deep, hazy light yellow with a small head.

Aroma was quite intense. Wheaty and citrusy (with lemon coming through strongest).

Taste was similar to aroma with an intense sweet and sour lemony flavor. Dry finish lingered in both the mouth and nostrils.

Beautiful mouthfeel. This beer was very creamy and smooth. Very little carbonation.

Quite refreshing and easy drinking.

07-12-2006 04:59:18 | More by Damian
Photo of Macdoyal


4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

I personally like this style of beer so I maybe a little bias.

Appearance : When poured into my mug is looks almost like a pulpy lemonade. Very pale yellow and mute in color. Hazy is a good word. A huge fomay head on top.

Smell : Well to be honest it smells like beer but with a little spice to it. Not much to else to report.

Taste : Ok now we are getting to the good stuff. Not very hoppy if ya ask me, the bitterness is almost not there. Citrus flavor is present is a tart or acid form. Almost like lemons oddly enough. Very mellow, crisp flavor.

Mouthfeel : Very smooth and doesn't bite at your tongue too much.
Not too watery and not too thick.

Drinkability : Ok i'll put it this way, you can drink it in the summer because of it's smoothness and refreshing lemony tones or even in the winter as a beer with enough body to make you feel just right.
As for the fall and spring i'll leave that up to you.


07-11-2006 05:19:09 | More by Macdoyal
Photo of ArcTeryx


3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a pale whitish-yellow with a very cloudy appearance. There is a tall, thick, slightly fizzy white head present. The cloudiness looks good (and inviting). The aroma is of bananas with a bit of citrus.

This beer has a very light citrusy taste with a hint of bananas. There is some maltiness in the first part of each sip. The aftertaste is classified by very light, citrusy hops.

This beer is very tasty and highly sessionable; it's a great light-tasting beer. Excellent choice for the hot summer months.

07-11-2006 00:34:58 | More by ArcTeryx
Photo of plaztikjezuz


4.15/5  rDev +9.5%

bought a bottle at odies big ten in lansing, michigan. ($2.65 for 12 oz)
pours a hazy straw with a pillowy head.
the aroma is wheaty, citrus, spicy, sulphur hint.
the flavor is soft, light, wheat, citrus, spice.
great summer beer, goes down easy and is not a heavy beer so it is very refreshing.

07-10-2006 02:31:00 | More by plaztikjezuz
Photo of houdini


4.08/5  rDev +7.7%

Appearance: A cloudy, hazy, and faint golden yellow, with a medium-sized bubbly, white head. Lacing is nearly nonexistent.

Smell: Wheat and yeast with a hint of lemon.

Taste: Slightly sweet, slightly sour, very refreshing. Citrusy with a spicy finish. Just enough bite on this to please the palette.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and light on the carbonation.

Drinkability: This is one smooth brew. Very tasty and easy to drink. It doesn't take long to finish off a sixer.

07-09-2006 08:36:31 | More by houdini
Photo of boblog


3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

Hazy light wheaty yellow color. Nice white fluffy head. Hints of lemon and wheat in the scent. Taste great, light wheat and lemon hints. Pretty good mouthfeel. Very drinkable. A good beer to drink in the summer. Fairly priced. Overall a very good beer.

07-08-2006 00:53:23 | More by boblog
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a mug, VERY active. MUCHO bubbles, it's a very pale straw color, mildly cloudy.BIG thick creamy, frothy white head. Impressive head.

Smells wheaty and yeasty with a slight citrus nose.

A decent wheat and citrus combo, it's simple ingredients of malted barley and wheat allows the hearty wheat and malt to stand out.

Very nice medium body. The thick frothy white head gave it a very smooth feel, yet this is very light going down and very easy to drink in hot weather. THe impressive head left a lacing that was pretty thick until the LAST SIP.

Good n' refreshing on hot days!

07-07-2006 20:05:22 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of ernie

Russian Federation

4.3/5  rDev +13.5%

One of my favourite brews, tasted on countless occasions in different countries and always making me happy.

Pale yellow color with a golden spark, hazy (especially when properly chilled), high initial carbonation, majestic head and lace just as I love it.

Smell citric, spicey, very gentle and complex.

Taste fresh, lively, with a fantastic mix of citric, yeasy-fruity and spicey notes. Very pleasant mouthfeel. Maybe a bit boring towards finish (after a couple of pints) but remarkable anyway. Finish acidic with a relaxing fruitiness, long and complex aftertaste.


07-07-2006 17:39:24 | More by ernie
Photo of bigdeuce


4.2/5  rDev +10.8%

They keep trying to replicate this fine brew and they cannot. Very fruity esthers, some lemon, corriander going on. Nice light to medium body...extremely cloudy and wheaty. Great summer quaff! Pours a decent pillowy head. Very light, smooth and refreshing. Reasonably priced in Ohio. Great summer ale!

07-07-2006 00:42:57 | More by bigdeuce
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South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%

Hoegaarden sports a generous white head atop a hazy body that, when held up against direct light, really is almost more white than yellow. Lovely.

The nose is lightly spicy, with the welcoming aroma of good coriander.

Pale malt and spice feature on the palate, with a faint touch of tart citric fruitiness. Mild vanilla. Finishes dry with some lingering spice.

Soft, elegant, refreshing, with a mild CO2 prickle. Best served cold.

Drinking Hoegaarden at a sidewalk cafe in Europe is just about a requisite life experience. Ahhhh, takes me back...

07-05-2006 08:19:38 | More by VoodooBrew
Photo of mithrascruor


4.35/5  rDev +14.8%

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: A whitish-peachy, semi-cloudy color. Very unique looking. Foamy, creamy white head, about 1 inch.

Smell: Some bits of citrus, yeast, spices, etc. I'm very impressed by it, though it might be because I'm new to the smell.

Taste: Lightly sweet, with yeast, mild citrus, spices (including mild pepper) and maybe something like banana bread. Fairly refreshing. The flavor isn't too strong, though possibly it would be overkill if it were stronger.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a feel not unlike a hefeweizen. Smooth with low carbonation.

Drinkability: A very drinkable beer, fairly low feel of alcohol. However, the unique flavor may be a bit of a hinderance to drinking more than a couple.

I've never had a white ale before, so this was something new. I was quite impressed. I like the look and the flavor, but I'm not sure how likely it would be for me to get this again. Something about it's look/feel/taste make it seem a bit like a novelty. Would have this again with friends who like to try new and unique beers for sure, but on my own I think I'd get a hefeweizen instead. But definitely something to be checked out!

07-04-2006 05:27:45 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of jettjon


3.63/5  rDev -4.2%

Highs: Drinkability
Lows: None within style

Not being a huge fan of the style, I really wanted to enjoy this Belgian white. Following the instructions on the bottle (laugh) yielded a characteristically cloudy yellowish-orange pour (described by onlookers as “cloudy urine color”) with very few bubbles and visible sediment. The pillowy white head quickly faded to nothing, leaving no lacing at all. I guess this is par for the course for white ales/witbiers. Nose was dominated by orange, but since I had opted for the orange slice, I’m sure it was more due to that than the beer. Otherwise nose contained notes of spice, mostly cinnamon. Taste was again dominated by the orange, wheat/yeast, along with an enjoyable clove flavor. However, that was about it for flavor complexity. Mouth was characteristically watery and bubbly—not much to write home about, but again characteristic… and again not my favorite style. Drinkability was good as with any decent-tasting witbier: it’s easy to drink and unassuming, and pretty tasty to boot.

Overall: I assume that Hoegaarden represents one of the better witbiers out there. As such, I must admit that I am not a fan of the style. Cloudy beer beneath an anemic head with weak, spicy taste and a watery feel just don’t float my boat. If anyone is aware of a truly great witbier I should try, please let me know.

06-29-2006 23:20:56 | More by jettjon
Photo of villainchiwwin


4.03/5  rDev +6.3%

served from tap at ella's wood-fired pizza in pint glass.
bright hazy yellow (dull neon) with creamy head; retention not great but left a sheet of lacing.
basic faint lemon and banana aromas.
zesty lemon flavor with banana undertone and faint clove with spicy (white pepper) balancing hops and some grainy wheat. not as timid as other white beers.
light-bodied and creamy with crispness on tongue, yet goes down creamy too, finishing semi-dry.
zingy with with light body and balanced taste - could have a few, especially in the heat of the d.c. summer.

06-29-2006 01:44:16 | More by villainchiwwin
Photo of Daredevil


2.6/5  rDev -31.4%

I must confess, this style is not my favorite ... I am not a great lover of Weisse (wheat) in general (although there are some real great ones in the bavarian style) ...
this brew reminds me a bit of Berliner Weisse (something I can hardly drink in a pure state) with a dominant citric acidity and sourness, however it has some additional spices (coriander) and peppery taste ... no doubt a great thirst quencher, but if the choice was mine, I'd go for an IPA ....

06-27-2006 12:09:30 | More by Daredevil
Photo of Absumaster


4.05/5  rDev +6.9%

This beer pours a light yellow color with a creamy full head that lasts the whole beer.

Smell was magnificent, incredible for such a light beer. I can smell citrus, especially lemon with a yeasty, spicy and phenolic profile. What a great nose!

Taste was a little less appealing than the smell, there was the citric lemon which, together with the slight acidity form the basis of the beer and make it very refreshing. Then there was the wheat, orange peel and spicy coriander and other spicy notes that gave the beer an extra dimension.
This beer is well balanced and tastfull, which is quite remarkable for such a ''light'' beer.

It's light body make this beer very drinkable, and although this is only 5% ABV, it seems to give me a bigger buzz than a 'normal' lager of 5%.

One of the best witbiers around!

06-23-2006 20:00:29 | More by Absumaster
Photo of orfeu

New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Hazy washed-out gold with a pristine, thin white head. White pepper scent laces malty-sour wheat and coriander mash. A bit clovey, too. Chewy sprouted wheat with pepper and cilantro leaves combine with a mellow white grape and light dried banana sour-sweetness. Weighty on the palate, but light in body. Lightly expansive, almost creamy mouthfeel, but retains a citric juiciness that is eminently refreshing. In humidity like this, after barbecueing some salmon filets, this is without a doubt highly drinkable. Nice wit.

06-22-2006 22:07:12 | More by orfeu
Photo of hanco005


3.98/5  rDev +5%

12 oz bottle, dated 04/04/07 and 02219 4004, poured into a pilsner glass

A—pours murky sunshine yellow w/ a ½ inch bright white fizzy head that fizzes away quickly, lacing is sparse

S—wheat, coriander, orange, banana, very fruity

T—banana and coriander are strong, some orange lingers, wheaty, a little bread as well…very good

M—crisp and refreshing, light bodied, good carbonation

D—I like it. A good summertime selection and a good session beer for by the pool or at the beach.

06-16-2006 21:35:07 | More by hanco005
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4.33/5  rDev +14.2%

Served from a bottle into a tall pilsner glass, have enjoyed on several occasions:

A: Warm yellow, cloudy. Lots of champagne-like tiny carbonation bubbles. Thin head, good lacing.

S: Bread yeast, clove, banana - typically delicious witbier smells!

T: All the above smells are evident in taste, great layering of spices w/ dry finish. Crisp.

M: Carbonation makes flavors dance. No lingering aftertaste.

D: Very enjoyable. Easy to drink alone or pair with lighter dishes. Recently paired it with a lemon pasta with shrimp, which was excellent.

Highly recommend this beer - it's a good one for new beer drinkers or the hop-averse; my wife loves this one!

06-15-2006 21:55:51 | More by msubulldog25
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4.13/5  rDev +9%

Appearance: Pale yellow, almost pastel, cloudy. Foamy white head with decent retention. Nice sticky lacing. Pineapple juice color.

Smell: Sweet wheaty notes, a little spicy, banana bread, rather aromatic, notes of herbs like coriander. Yeasty too.

Taste: Spicy and herbal upfront, sweet and bready towards the middle, and finishes with a mild tart, dry character. Notes of sage, coriander, cloves and banana bread. Mild hops hang on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, with a consistent medium carbonation that hangs around, almost a watery like quality as well.

Drinkability: I'd drink this if I was offered it anyday, but that's not saying much. It's very refreshing and adventurous for the taste buds. Easy to drink and enjoy, nice looking.

06-13-2006 22:06:14 | More by guitarmage
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4.33/5  rDev +14.2%

12 oz
Pours a cloudy light golden/yellow color with a thick head of large white bubbles. Frothy. Aroma is spice. Coriander comes out with a bit of orange citrus. Taste follows suit. Not too overdone. Very well balanced flavors. Light bitterness and dry aftertaste. Great easy drinking brew. A staple of the summer months.

06-11-2006 20:18:48 | More by sacfly
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Pours a cloudy pale yellow. Huge fluffy head, good retention,moderate lacing. Aroma did not jump out and grab me. Light citrus and spice, but not very strong. Body is light with a bit of a fizz. Taste is of citrus and spice,with a nice finish. This is a good beer, just very light.

06-03-2006 01:22:42 | More by riversider76
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4.33/5  rDev +14.2%

Pours a very pale yellow with a nice fluffy two finger head. Smell is yeast, lemon zest and spicy. Taste consists of corriander wheat and citrus with a nice clean finish. This beer is extremely refreshing. I can not think of many better things to drink on a nice hot summer day. Definately one of the best wit biers out there.

06-02-2006 03:42:08 | More by cjgator3
Photo of GregoryVII


3.78/5  rDev -0.3%

The appearance is cloudy with a good amount of gold. Smell is coriander and dried orange peel as you would expect. The taste is very refreshing. I appreciate this White Ale more than other examples because I feel the spices are well balanced. In more extreme examples they lose what makes them charming as the flavors you appreciate in a more restrained version, such as Hoegaarden, try to bludgeon you to death about the head. Mouthfeel is of medium density and drinkability is high, especially when the temperatures are likewise. On a closing note, I don't care what abuse I take, sometimes I enjoy it with a nice slice of orange.

06-01-2006 00:39:14 | More by GregoryVII
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4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

Pours a murky lemon color. Smells of lemon meringue pie. Tastes of lemon as well, very nice. Mouthfeel is just right, not weak, but not too full, either. Drinkability? I could down this beer by the gallon.

Overall, this is a very good beer, perfect for the hot humid days of summer (like today). Yeah, it's not cheap, but it's worth it.

05-29-2006 16:14:38 | More by skybluewater
Photo of donchata


3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

This is a nice light delicious beer that packs a subtle punch. The head is stiff and frothy white with an nice even hue of whiteish gold. The smell is rich of lemon spice and wheaty citrus. The taste matches your nose and has an aggressive kick of honey as it flows down. It has a nice consistent flavor that is sure to satisfy.

05-26-2006 19:40:02 | More by donchata
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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