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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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4,240 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,240
Reviews: 1,645
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 77
Gots: 425 | FT: 1
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 cswhitehorse
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Hoe pours a murky white yellowish color with no foam head and zero lacing. It has a born on date so that is nice.

It has a classic Belgian yeasty smell to me. The taste has a faint citrus to it and coriander in the finish of the drink. In the mouth it is crisp and clean and light. It is a very easy drinking beer and it has a well in the middle where the bubble rise from the bottom to the top to release their carbonation. Cool.

cswhitehorse, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of pirates
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pretty good witbier and easy drinking.

A - Murky/milky organge/yellow. Poured a very weak head that didn't lace all that well, but overall appearance is good.

S - A bit bland but hints of citrus.

T - A very pleasant beer to savor, not overwhelming, nor does any attribute dominate. Very good balance.

M - Perfect carbonation with soft citrus tones.

D - In terms of drinkability this beer's a winner. Goes down extremely well.

Overall, an enjoyable beer.

pirates, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of dyingwrist
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After poured into a glass, it developed a large foamy head that went down relatively quickly. It had a nice light smell of a fruit, I would say banana. It had a nice crisp, refreshing taste. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste. It reminded of sponge cake for some reason. The beer itself didn't feel too heavy nor too light. All of this made it surprisingly easy to drink. A great beer, that I would definitely pick up again.

dyingwrist, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of bobsy
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I used to view this as the perfect Summer beer, but then I began to explore more beers, and its status has paled somewhat. I'm sure most people have tried hoegaarden because of its ready availability, but here are a few notes. Typical clouded gold wheat beer appearance in the ridiculously big glass. Large bubbly white head leaves some lacing. Aroma of spice (coriander) and lemon. Crisp grainy taste with citrus accents, packaged in a fairly light body with moderate carbonation. Refreshing, but far from spectacular.

bobsy, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of jenbys2001
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good, but not my favorite beer. The color is a very pale yellow and was served with slices of lemon in it. A little too light for my tastes but very popular among my friends. It's quite nice and drinkable but I probably wouldn't buy it for myself.

jenbys2001, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of Slynger
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hoegaarden pours a cloudy light white-lemon color with a fluffy milk white head. It smells of sweet lemon zest and vanilla along with some spicy yeast. It is light, creamy, and refreshingly carbonated as it goes down. The taste is lightly sweet vanilla and lemon. The wheat and yeast are also light, and it finishes with a bit of spice. Quite refreshing and very drinkable.

Slynger, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of SaintsFan
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy banana yellow into a Chimay glass. Medium frothy head recedes to a ring around the glass, and there's a bit of lacing.

Smell is of banana, some spices, maybe a bit of lemon. Nice but unremarkable.

Fairly mild flavor wise -- it has some Belgian funky yeastiness, followed up by tart fruit and a tiny bit of hops. Alcohol is nearly completely hidden.

Mouthfeel is light, perhaps a tad too light. Has a spritzer-like quality to it. The lightness, and the mild flavors, make this highly drinkable.

All in all, a solid wit. This is a GREAT beer to suggest to those who are new to good beer, as it is a solid first step into what Belgian beer can be like.

SaintsFan, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of cbleary
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a 11.2oz bottle into a nonic glass.

The beer looks good with a pale, cloudy body and a wonderful dense snow white head. The smell is great, fresh wheat with a touch of orange zest. The taste is surprisingly mild mannered and easygoing with light carbonation. There is just a hint of coriander and orange on the finish that is really pleasurable. It's exceptionally easy to drink.

cbleary, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of jneiswender
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a brown 12oz bottle into a Belgian beer glass.

A--pale yellow (like an incandescent light bulb) color. Pure white, fluffy head. (definitely pour it with the yeast, you will get the best head {follow the instructions on the bottle}).

S--Clove smell, overall reminds me of a pastry shop

T--Nice clove in the front, then orange peel, then a black pepper like finish.

M--Light but wet

D--Very nice beer if you are in the mood. I might get tired of it. I don't find anything about it that makes me want to come back and have more of it. Maybe if I had it in Belgium it would be different (freshness of this would certainly matter and make these flavors more pronounced).

jneiswender, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of DrainBamage
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale slightly cloudy yellow color with a decent lace of head. Smell is all wheat and not much else. Taste is that of other wheat beers, lots of phenol flavor .mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and crisp with a slight dryness toward the end. I'm not a fan of wheat beers, because of the phenol flavors, but I tried to be impartial and so this beer comes out a tad above average for me. If I had to drink a wheat beer this would a decent choice.

DrainBamage, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of armock
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy golden color with a white head that leaves lacing

S - Is citrus with some hops backing it up

T - Mostly citrus flavor but not too much

M - Medium carbonation beer coats mouth

D - This is a very easy to drink beer I could easily drink this all night a true session beer

armock, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of FireEmt37
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Light golden color, fairly cloudy, nice head

S- Fruity with hits of citrus and banana

T- Fits the style, nice tastes of fruits with the banana taste coming through

M- Crisp, yet smooth with a nice amount of carbonation

D- Easliy could drink many of these

FireEmt37, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of JamesS
2.85/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice light straw color, more pale than golden, with a great head but little lacing. Has a nice clean scent, hints of wheat and citrus. The flavor is overwhelmed by citrus, though. It's very light and refreshing, but tastes like a couple of orange peels were squeezed right into it before drinking. Goes down smooth. I'd drink another if bought for me, but I wouldn't get it on my own.

JamesS, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of dmk139
4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The "mouthfeel" is what makes this beer for me. SO GOOD! my only beef with this beer is that it is grossly overpriced, but all for the better as i feel i must treat myself to it on special occasions. It is a very full bodied Witbier. Very tasty, but not too fruity. Smooth as silk. If the allure of gold could be transferred into a taste, it would be very similar to Hoegaarden, i am certain.

dmk139, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled again, this time on-draft at Dundee's. The lace sticks to the glass, and it remains good all around IMO, although not as good as I remembered when I reviewed the bottle about eight months ago. Still, I had a hard day and wanted to mellow out on a light fruity beer. At Dundee's, I thought it was cool to see it served in it's hexagonal glass.

DoubleJ, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of avalon07
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If you like witbiers, this is one for you. It has a nice, cloudy appearance and a decent and not overwhelming aroma. It has that orangey flavor typical of most witbiers. It's very refreshing and tasty. This isn't one of the most impressive beers ever brewed. but nonetheless worth your time.

avalon07, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of blatherbeard
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am drinking this beer for the first time today. Very light color with a cloudy look, almost hefewisen looking, almost. A bit of a tangy aroma not much different than any avg beer. Mouthfeel is a bit thick, almost too thick for as light as it drinks. Smooth going down, i dont really taste much but the wheat and hops. A bit of an aftertaste but not unpleasant, just a bit bitter.

blatherbeard, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of tab021
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy golden with fast dissapaiting head. One of the more unique looks to a beer when poured.

S: Yeast with light fruity notes

T: Wheat flavoring with a citrus and possibly clove flavorings.

M: 1st drink is moderately full in taste but finishes with little aftertaste. A light style beer

D: Light and refreshing, but I think it is a little overrated. It was good, don't get me wrong, but it was not as incredible as others. Very easy to drink, but I wouldnt go out of my way to spend the 8 or 9 bucks on a six pack.

tab021, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of Jagcorps
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured light yellow with white cloudy color throughout. Head dissipated quickly.

S: Smells of yeast, wheat and citrus (as has been mentioned). Honestly, it reminded me a little of lemon dish detergent.

T: Different. It is its own beer. You either like it or not. I won't buy it again, because I don't really like this style (I have discovered), but I appreciate that it had flavor and did well what it was trying to do.

M: Crisp and clean. Good carbonation. No real after taste, perhaps because the citrus flavors were noticeable enough up front to render any after taste unnoticeable.

D: This beer is quite drinkable, if you like the style. I don't, but I won't hold that against a good beer.

Jagcorps, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of alexskovan
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cloudy pale with a giant coarse-grained fluffy white head that was very stable and left a webwork lacing down the glass. Very pleasing light aroma of coriander and hefe. Taste is crisp and easygoing, but not at all watery. This is a very nice light witbier, with everything in balance, and a clean crisp finish.

You have to like this style (and a lot of people don't) but if you do, this one is a winner.

alexskovan, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of tonistruth
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- cloudy translucent faded yellow color (seriously likes clear when you pour it), 1 finger bubbly white head, that holds decently

S- wheat, coriander, and some orange

T- wheat flavor provides a backbone throughout, orange citrus up front comes to a dry bittersweet finish

M- light and dry body

D- refreshing and tasty,fits style to perfection, very enjoyable and recommended

tonistruth, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite beers, although I will admit it is probably a tad bit overrated (by me and others). For the review I even did the little twirl at the end of the pour (like it instructs on the label) and actually had a octagonal pint glass. This left a two finger head and a very clody yellow/white body, but the head desisted quickly. The smell is one of cirtus fruits, most notable an orange (note: I do NOT and will NOT have an orange w/ my wit beer).
The taste is citrusy w/ hints orange and peach, and the wheat sediments make it very smooth, although it is not a complex flavor at all and the spices, which overpower the wheat, are still barely noticable. Because of this you can just sit back and keep pouring it down your gullet. For the price (almost $10 for a six pack where I live) and its easy drinkability I love this beer and, believe it or not, this is one of my most favorable reviews.

clayrock81, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of gotweid
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a pale white color with a touch of yellow. Head white as snow. Small amount of lacing. Smelled of citrus, banana and honey? Taste was that of banana with a citrus hint. Kind of refreshing and light. Almost a little bland though. Easy to drink in that there is nothing strong here at all. I didn't detect much aftertaste at all. Not highly recommended, but it's not bad either.

gotweid, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a pale, golden color with a fluffy, white, one-finger head. Left very small amounts of lacing.

S - It smelled strongly of yeast and wheat. Also, a good bit of citrus aromas.

T - It tasted of clove and wheat. The citrusy flavors reminded me of corriander.

M - It was relatively crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice wit. Good wheat and citrus flavors.

zeff80, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, pale yellow body with a fizzy, short-lived white head.

Smell: Fairly reserved aroma of malted wheat, lemon juice, coriander, and a faint, far-off yeastiness.

Taste: Doughy wheat flavor with a subtle sweetness. Sour lemons. Hint of coriander and a pinch of celery salt. There’s a light acidity on the quick finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Light, fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: A suitable witbier, but the flavors are so light as to bypass refreshing and wind up being bland.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 10, 2007
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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