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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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4,516 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,516
Reviews: 1,690
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 104
Gots: 651 | 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 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

Photo of froghop
2.58/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

on tap at the orchard parade hotel in Singapore.

pours a cloudy pale yellow/white with a large white head, and good lacing.

smell is of wheat, and citrus.

taste is as it smells, wheat, and lemon.

overall an average brew, a little too much on the lemon side for me.

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

Pours a nice gold cloudy color, with faint smell of citrus. Very light lemony flavor with fairly clean finish though a little lighter than i thought it would be . Has very nice slight creamy texture. Overall a very drinkable thirst quenching brew, good during those hot months it's one of those beers worth trying.


Photo of lhaqq
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Thin white head and cloudy straw-orange body.
S: Lemon (there was a lemon wedge in it), wheat, cream, spices, some pepper.
T: Pretty standard for a solid witbier. The lemon and wheat mix well, and the peppery finish also blends in.
M: Clean and refreshing.
D: Probably one of my favorite witbiers; generally enjoyable anytime, but especially in the spring and summer.

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

Bottle poured into glass

Beer is a yellow light amber color. its cloudy with white head. Good retention. Smell is nice and simple of spices, citrus, cloves and hint of banana. Taste is nice and mild perhaps just a little to watery for me. Nice banana, citrus taste nothing overpowering. Nice and simple. Very mild carbonation beer that is easy to drink.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy, dull light yellow color with a light and fluffy white head that has good retention.

Nose is citric lemony orange with a nice wheat tang. Does not go overboard on the coriander, it's there a bit in the background along with a slight touch of clove and banana.

While this beer is refreshing when it is refrigerator cold, the subtle nuances of the coriander and orange peel are not as appreciated as when it warms to about 50 degrees. A pretty tame wit that appeals to a broad audience, but there is little doubt this is a finely crafted brew.

Photo of CAP1868
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A-a pale orangish color with minimal head

S- Smells of coriander and orange peel...typical of most witbiers. It smelled very inviting

T-Tasted almost like a pumpkin ale to me...which was awesome because I truly enjoy the style. It had some fruity flavors on the front end but washed down with a tad of spice, just like some pumpkin ales tedn to do. Very good though

M-Light, crisp, refreshing

D- Very light so I had the ability of drinking quite a few.

Initially I didn't care for this beer, I thought it was going to be like a Blue Moon, so I drank it like one. I then came back and took it for what it was worth(which is an entity unto itself) and I absolutely loved it.

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

Very Pleasant Belgian Witbier.

Appearance- Very Cloudy with very small suspended particles. Nothing floating. Cloudy yellow hue. Low carbonation and little head.
Smell- Belgian Yeast and Wheat. Fruity Easter Notes.
Taste-Just as the smell indicates, the flavors were above average and the amount of yeast taste was kept in check
Mouthfeel- Very Light and well carbonated, no really yeast aftertaste
Drinkability- Its really good, there little body or overwhelming complexity to this beer. It went went well with my Chicken Caesar salad. (Very Sessionable)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in the brewery's glass.

A- A cloudy piss colored yellow with some clear spots here and there. Mild white head that bounced leaving no lace.

S- Nose consists of a lot of lemon zest with wheat and a yeast backing. A bit of spice

T- Like a wheat beer with lemon peels added in. The wheat is there but is drowned by the citrus flavors. Some yeast rounding things out.

M- This wheat beer is thin bodied with active carb and a light finish. A very refreshing beer.

D- Easy to drink and light alcohol makes this a go to in the spring/summer time. This actually goes down like water because of the feel and non offensiveness.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a cloudy straw / light gold color with a finger of foamy white head. Continually refreshed by active carbonation up the glass. Leaves nice sheets of lacing down the glass as I drink.

S: Banana, orange rind, lemon, and slight coriander. A nice combination of sweet, sour, and spice.

T: Following the taste buds, lays down a nice ground flavor of straw and banana in the initial taste. Transitions to a sweet and sour blend of orange and lemon in the mid-taste. The finish sees an introduction of spicy coriander, with a little tingle into a sweet finish.

M: Light-bodied, with crisp and active carbonation that supports the style well.

D: Great light, crisp summer beer. Definitely want this white ale again. And at its price point, it's a very affordable brew.

Photo of epicness
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Cloudy and pale with a yellowish white color too. (Almost looks like pee.. Haha!) Pretty nice head on it that dissipates quickly after pour.

Smell - Citrus like with a lemon and orange smell, mixed with banana with hints of wheat in the back. A pretty pleasant smell for the most part.
Just the appearance and smell alone were enough to make me want to drive right in.

Taste - Smacks you in the face with some hops and wheat at first drink. Afterward you are left with a nice smooth mellow taste.

Mouthfeel - Aftertaste is practically non existent. It's a very smooth brew.

Drinkability - It goes down smoothly and is light on the stomach. I could definitely drink these all night.
Definitely going to try to always keep a few of these stashed away in the fridge.

Photo of ljbrisson
2.74/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at Charlie Brown's steakhouse. Served in a pint glass a Crayola orange-yellow color with a half-finger of foamy white head which left sparse lacing. Aroma was banana, orange, cloves and lemon. Mouthfeel was much thinner than I thought it would be with little carbonation. Taste was like the nose, adding some along with hard sugar candy sweetness. Drinkability is low. Overall this is a mediocre beer which I did not particularly enjoy. I feel it does not exemplify the style. There was no crispness as there is in other wits I have tried, just a syrupy candy sweetness. Maybe it has something to do with it being on tap. I would only ever try this again from a bottle, in order to give it a fair shot.

Photo of burnstar
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky very pale whitish yellow. Nice sized fizzy head dissipates quickly. Aroma is wheaty; banana, cloves, lemons, and some yeasty earthiness. Taste has just a bit of underlying sweetness. Wheat tang with similar notes as in the aroma. Well carbonated and crisp mouthfeel, maybe a little watery. Quite drinkable. A nice summer beer.

Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow with a thin, disappearing head.

The nose has some lemon and wheat, but it's overwhelmed by yeast. I like the smell of yeast, and I still think it's a tad excessive.

More of the same on the palate; orange peel and spice are lurking there somewhere, but the wheat and yeast are so prominent as to take on an almost soapy character. The tart and dry lingering aftertaste of orange peel is superb. This tastes a lot different than I remembered it, and the carbonation is somewhat less zippy than I thought (which is a good thing).

All in all, an acceptable wit that would be easy to session.

Photo of drink1121
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Someone thought I had poured Gatorage in my glass for fun, no joke. Good head, but very bright yellow.

S - Citrus and light spice nose.

T - Citrus. Very lovely floral

M - Failry smooth, what I had expected.

D - Good summertime beer. I could def drink this while grilling some lemon herb shrimp. MMM.

Photo of SpencerSauce
4.97/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bought on tap in a bar when i was 18 in paris france. Served in a huge hexagonal hoegaarden glass. The bartender asked me in french what i wanted. I couldnt understand him so i pointed and said Hoegaarden referring to the tap handle. He asked in english small or large and of course i said large. It cost me 7.00(euro) which is about 10 bucks. Kinda steep but it was worth it i was worth it. I fell in love with craft beers then.

A- not as pristine as a perfectly poured hoegaarden, but extra cloudy. Thick white head that didnt seem to go away the whole way down.

S- wheaty yeasty smell, maybe the corriander scent is what gives it its defferent aroma. Non comparable to a bottle.

T- awsome almost thicker. can deff taste the coriander but not sure of the curucao orange peel. One of my favorite beer tastes ever.

M- light and very bubbly, lots of burps with a foam head like that.

D- i could drink these great things all day long. No better beer for warm weather.

Photo of ludachris
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one as part of my Belgian beer gift pack. I like how they made the shape of the bottle their own. Pours a hazy straw colour with about a finger and a half creamy white head. Decent retention and decent lacing. Some sediment is visible and rising with the carbonation. I'm not a big fan of that, but doesnt take away from the beer. Smell is a bit milder than I hoped; banana upfront, clove and spice backing it up. Taste identical to the smell with a bit of a buttery finish. Carbonation is really nice; nothing too offensive.

This mild, fairly watered down witbier makes it perfect for a large target audience. There was nothing bad about this beer, but at the same time, nothing really jumped out to distinguish it from others. On the other hand, it's very refreshing and definately sessionable. Overall, a decent brew that I wouldnt turn down if offered.

Photo of climax
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

followed the instructions on the bottle to pour a silver yellow, white frothy head faded slowly, looked lime green when held in front of my computer screen....exciting?

nose was mild and pleasant. yeasty, floral, coriander and pear, a bit citrus

taste was bright, light fruit, pear, coriander and a peppery finish

very crisp, maybe a bit too much carbonation, however it was smooth with a numb dryish finish

very drinkable no doubt, perhaps the standard in which witbiers are compared. easy to drink, wont get old but won't blow your mind

Photo of wahhmaster
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 0.33l bottle into an unbranded 0.5l nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Pale yellow color with a fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Cloudy, like most wheat beers.

Smell: Smells wheaty and grassy with definite citrus fruit notes. Basically smells like a wheat beer should.

Taste: Citrus notes with a definite wheaty, grassy taste.

Mouthfeel: Kind of thin with noticeable carbonation.

Drinkability: A good wheat beer, maybe not for the price. There are other better choices.

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