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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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4,166 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,166
Reviews: 1,641
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 72
Gots: 397 | 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 BravoTwo
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great beer for summertime drinking. It seems to go naturally with outside dining or patio/deck bar settings. Good classic white ale, with citrus notes and good cloudy straw white coloration. Very fresh and young tasting, which makes it drink easily. A classic beer that can be savored over and over.

BravoTwo, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of Brad007
4.88/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was pricey but since I love white ales anyway, I wanted to try. Pours a nice cloudy, straw-white color with a thin head. Aroma is delicate and spicy with hints of banana and clove. Taste is nice and tart with the base flavors giving way to a citrusy mouthfeel with clove and spice. Pretty well balanced for a white beer. I'd definitely say it's one of the best examples of this style that I have had. Love the bottle shape too.

Brad007, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of barknee
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hoegaarden pours a cloudy blonde color with a very generous, enduring and meringue like frothy head.
Lively carbonation was observed at the base of the of the glass well below the layer of density which obscures any visible carbonation in the bowl of the glass.
A gen-u-ine nose of bannana and clove assend from the glass along with some minor notes of lemon and young yeast.
On the tongue, wonderful flavors of creamy banana laden key lime pie, smooth, rich and way rewarding; all this from a light colored blonde brew!
Quality ingredients and careful production scream from this very well balanced and delicious beer.
This beer has all the characteristics that many producers try to emulate while attempting to duplicate this style, and unfortunately often failing miserably.
A beer that is distinctively different and epitomizes its style in textbook fashion.

barknee, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of muddyriverduck
2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I puchased this brew as a last resort at a new "beverage" center owned by a guy who had a camel double-parked out front. I say last resort because it was the best offering at this locale and I've always been suspect of beers that Bud Light drinkers consider "good". When Bud Light drinkers here in Toledo talk about getting a good beer, they almost always seem to be talking about Hoegaarden or Blue Moon.

First off, there is very little I can can say that hasn't already been said in the 717 previous reviews. Being a big Belgian fan, I didn't find this beer all that complex. In fact, at this moment I would liken it to a Budweiser with a twist of lemon and some orange flavoring added. This view may be skewed at this moment because I just finished a plate of Bangkok Spicy and a bowl of Thai soup, but nevertheless, not impressed or "wowed".

Do I find Hoegaarden objectionable? No. Would I buy it again? No. I paid $7.49 and I'd much rather spend that much on a 4-pack of Duvel or a couple bombers of Ommegang.

muddyriverduck, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of robocrouch
3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured into my pint glass after following the pour directions on the bottle. Has a very light hazy pale yellow color with a bright white head that leaves good lacing. Brown bits are present.

S: Has a crisp spice smell. With a floral fruit finish in the nose.

T: A crisp yet flavorful Witbier that starts of spicy with the coriander and ends with a light orange taste. Very refreshing and an easy going beer. A good example of the style.

D: Overall a good beer that stays true to the style. Worth a try.

robocrouch, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of HappyHourHero
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a tall, creamy, bright-white head that never seemed to fade. After a few sips of the hazy hay colored beer there were rings of lace around the glass. Bits of candied oranges, flowers and coriander in the aroma. The light flavor os wheat is accented by bits of citrus. Fine carbonation and crisp clean flavors make for a refreshing beer. It may be an overly commercialized brand, but the beer is a solid representation of the style.

HappyHourHero, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of Lukie
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured with a decent head, but it dissipitated quickly. Light bronze murky colour. Nice and cloudy, as to be expected.

Smell: Citrus notes, small spice notes. Not as lively as it should be.

Taste: Citrus, lemony characters. Spice notes in the finish and after-taste. Nice refreshing wheat through-out.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation. Some-what watery body, but yet pleasent and refeshing.

Drinkability: Drink with ease. Very refreshing with good, but not overpowering flavour, making you want to drink more.

Lukie, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of LittleCreature
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 3.5
Although the colour is like dirty dishwater, this is actually not a bad looking beer. The head poured a rather dense three fingers, which then steadily reduced to one where it settled. Colour is above mentioned, murky and pale.

Smell - 4.0
VERY interesting. A perculiar mix of malty sweetness and a cinnamon like spiciness. Not lacking in strength either.

Taste - 4.0
Definitely perculiar if you have not tried a witbier before. However, the taste has definitely grown on me the more I have drank it. The taste is actually more sour than bitter, but certainly not in a bad way, there is something lemony about it. I can also taste apples and white bread among other things I cannot put a name to. Perculiar to say the least.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Possibly the strongest aspect of this beer. It has a lot of body for a beer of moderate alcohol volume, carbonation is moderate and it feels relatively dense in the mouth, although never syruppy.

Drinkability - 3.5
While this beer goes down rather easily once you get used to it, I would never want to have more than one. Perhaps it has a little too much character?

OVERALL - 3.85
This is a really refreshing beer, and it goes down in a way somewhat similar to lemon squash and certain scrumpy ciders. The acetic bite is far more noticeable than any alcohol taste. It is an interesting beer, and I will continue to try it on occassion, despite the relatively high price.

LittleCreature, Jun 15, 2007
Photo of Umbra
2.1/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Sampled this one on tap at Ale Mary's. I haven't had it in a while and have been ignoring it, as it appears to be branching out everywhere. Thought a wit would be a nice one on a hot day.
Pale, cloudy yellow with no lacing or retention to speak of. Faint wheat and citrus aromas.
This beer is limp and watery. Though some wheat and citrus tones come through, it comes across as a non-syrupy citrus soda drink. Chalky finish and weak mouthfeel. I guess it used to be better.

Umbra, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of oldirtycaffrey
2.5/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Maybe I am really an uncivilized beer drinker, because I really did not enjoy this at all. The appearance is the cloudy fizz that is associated with a witbier, and the smell--its best attribute in my opinion--is citrusy and bright. But the taste to me was sour & harsh--just not enjoyable. You can taste the citrus and wheat, but the overwhelming sourness just made it totally unenjoyable.

Not a fan.

***Edited 9/14/07*** Still had one of these in my fridge and was nearly contemplating tossing it, but decided to give it another try. I was pleasantly surprised to find it wasn't as bad as I remembered. Still has an overall "sourness" to it that would really not make me desire having more than one, but its crispness *was* refreshing. Smell is still its best quality, imo. Enjoy.***

oldirtycaffrey, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of kmacphail
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I sampled a bottle of this for the first time with my dinner after a high recommendation from my wife.

The beer poured a cloudy pale yellow, with an enormous head, I am beggining to think this is normal from light Belgium beers.

The nose was dominated by bitter hops and wheat. Quite a sharp and unpleasant bitterness, possibly with a slight hint of lime/lemon to add to this bitterness but it was not at all pleasant.

However once I tasted this, the beer won me over instantly. A pleasant, refreshing hoppy taste with a slight hint of citrus in the aftertaste and a good ammount of wheat throughout. This felt like a beer on the mouth, nice and full with low carbonation, nice to taste a light beer that is not ruined by bubbles.

I thoroughly enjoyed the bottle and would definately drink it again. As it came in a 750ml bottle then this was a good amount, one was enough on a weeknight. Highly recommended.

kmacphail, Jun 06, 2007
Photo of maddogruss
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug. A nice, opaque, golden body with a small white head. No real retention worth noting, but it slowed to a nice lacing. The smell with sweet and fruitty. The taste was more of the same. Very smooth with banana esters very present in the taste and aftertaste. The mouthfeel was decent at best; a little on the thin side. Overall, a nice, smooth, refreshing beer. The fact that it is easy going makes it a very drinkable beer.

maddogruss, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours into a Hoegaarden glass with a cloudy lemony color, with a fluffy white head on top. It has the aroma of citrus and a sweet malt. It tastes just like it looks, a bit sweet with fruity notes and refreshing. I heard that this should go down in three sips, with I can understand why. A good summery beer.

OWSLEY069, May 31, 2007
Photo of Hautacam
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very cloudy bright gold with a white head..served in the Hoegaarden glass.
Smell is faint banana and bubblegum.
Tastes sweet and lemony. Bubblegum and yeast are in the mix. The flavors overall are very mild , especially when the beer is cold. A little warming has a nice effect ... bringing out more of the flavors.
Mouthfeel is on the light side and the carbonation is medium and smooth.
This is a very drinkable white....and getting to be very available on tap here in the NE.

Hautacam, May 31, 2007
Photo of Reed415
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very Pale Yellow, Cloudy, Almost transparent. Very white head

S - Wheat, citrus, and maybe a little lemon in there also

T - Very Mild sweetness, Citrus Flavors

M - Medium Carbonation and very light Bodied

D - Very Drinkable, Especially in the summer.

Reed415, May 31, 2007
Photo of hammer09
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick, foamy head on a soft pour. Pale, cloudy, straw-colored with fairly vigorous signs of carbonation. Smell is mildly sweet with corriander and a mild citrus note. Taste is spicy and citrus. Typical of style, but somewhat muted. Mouthfeel is crisp and biting due to the high carbonation. Good body and refreshing. Very drinkable, but there are other beers that better exemplify this style. Still, very enjoyable. I would definitely buy this again.

hammer09, May 26, 2007
Photo of Quej
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - A cloudy yellow with lots of light fluffy head and visible carbonation. very nice looking beer. Looks tasty.

S - Not a big nose, slight sweet maltiness with lots of citrus.

T - Very light and tangy. Sweetness of lemons and orange and the slight spiciness of coriander. Slightly acidic tasting, but very refreshing and zesty.

M - Very light and tingly, the citrus makes it slightly drying and incredibly refreshing.

D - Incredibly drinkable. Not strong, or complex, but very good and very refreshing.

Quej, May 26, 2007
Photo of mnstorm99
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not a huge Wheat fan, but this one was a very easy drinking, somewhat (but not overly) sweet ale. Hazy orange (inviting) color with a white head that went away quickly, but hung on to the glass till the last drop. sweet fruity aroma, as well as the taste. I could drink this one all summer long as long as it is a nice hot day.

mnstorm99, May 25, 2007
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very hazy pale yellow | mildly carbonated | nice head

Tart sweet fruit refreshing

Sweet fruit toffee spice | cool & refreshing | light wheaty cream and zing | real light ester hints | a little carbonation punch | smooth lightly creamy

Light overall flavor, good for summertime thirst-quenching. Not my favorite Witbier.

MrHungryMonkey, May 22, 2007
Photo of soupyman10
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one a couple of times on-tap lately; seems to be the good beer that sneaks in the crappy beer joints. The look is excellent; nice straw-yellow color, opaque and hazy, with a nice two-finger white head on top. Nose is fairly mild, mostly citrus, but not a lot there. Taste is better, this one kind of sets the standard for the style, in my mind. Coriander, yeast, and citrus floats around all over the place. A little hops in the back, but mostly a wheat-beer-like taste. Feel is a little thin, although that does seem to be kind of standard for the style. A solid beer, definitely one I could make sessionable. If you haven't had this one yet, check it out.

soupyman10, May 19, 2007
Photo of scoobybrew
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a wiezen glass from from the bottle. The yeast was swirled and poured as well. It is cloudy with a golden color. The head is decent and is well retained. The aroma is dominated by wheat malt, but corriander and orange are definately there. As with the aroma, the wheat malt prevails in the flavor, while there are hints of corriander and orange. It has a medium-light body with moderately high carbonation.

Overall, this is an excellent Belgian white; one of the classics. It's quite nice on a warm or hot day, very refreshing and tasty. The last half I enjoyed with a small quarter slice of orange, as is traditional in Belgium.

scoobybrew, May 15, 2007
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After a Rockies game I hit the local bars. Fado's had this on tap, a warm day, so I tried it.
Good pale golden body, very hazy. Nice frothy head, fair retention.
Smell of lemon, orange and slight sweetness of malt. Rich yeast is also detectable.
Taste is a crisp floral, citrus base. Light in body, nice for a warm day. Carbonation is almost too much , but ends up to be fine.
Easy drinking, a bit rich for a witbier IMO.
Very nice.

Mebuzzard, May 14, 2007
Photo of 1fastz28
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

heard lots of good things about this beer, of course like alot of the beers i hear about i have to go over to missouri to get. Regardless has a nice color to it, with some cloudiness, smells like spicy hops with citrus notes. tastes great, more citrus flavor is evident as is more spicy hops, refreshing tasty beer, wish i could get it more often.

1fastz28, May 10, 2007
Photo of scarletfire79
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

really great example of a great style. looks great in the glass. big pillowy head, tons of bubbles. kind of a cloudy straw in color. the nose is really subtle, a little too subtle maybe for me. picking up some citrus notes. the taste is nice, delicate, not over powering. subtle clove and spice notes. maybe a little too laid back but extremely drinkable. not sure if it's my favorite in the style but definitly one of the more drinkable ones.

scarletfire79, May 01, 2007
Photo of wl0307
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml brown bottle. BB 29/11/2007, served chilled in a pilsner glass.

A: murky, pale lemonade/yellow-grapefruit juice colour; a thin, white cottony-foamy head lingers well, on top of moderate fizziness.
S: the sweet lemony note, vanilla, coriander, and an ashy edge come hand in hand with light-flavoured bready malts and refreshing wheatish note. Rather sweet and more settled than the tap-version.
T: salty-sweet flavour of yeastiness, a sharp citric, almost woody, edge, and a tinge of dryish-sweet hoppyness surround the mildly sweet bready and wheat-ish taste of malts; at the back of the palate a dryish spiciness as well as a sourness of wheats and yeastiness lingers.
M&D: creamy-textured on the palate, also slightly tangy due to the wheatiness and yeasts. But this really is not my favourite style, as the flavour tends to disintegrate after several sips as well as after warming up... Not a bad beer though, don't get me wrong~~

wl0307, Apr 29, 2007
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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