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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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Hoegaarden Original White AleHoegaarden Original White Ale

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4,161 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,161
Reviews: 1,640
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 72
Gots: 392 | 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 FLAbeergutinMASS
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first Belgian style beer I've had in a while that I have truly enjoyed; @ that a White Ale to boot, this one had it coming...or so I thought. A wonderful crisp, refreshing beer, initially biting, but comes through with serious banana and vanilla note. Finishes with a solid Belgianisque kick.

One of the more reviewed beers on BA, and rightfully deserved of its placement and grade. This is one that I will definatley look for in the future.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of david131
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- The liquid is the ideal straw color. Cloudy, but no chunks. Small 1 finger thick head forms that settles down to a thin white sheet covering the surface.

S- Belgian yeast is the first thing noticeable. Some citrus and banana notes are noticeable as well.

T- A little bready and sweet. Yeast with some banana, citrus and a little spice. Not over the top by any means and not cloying. Quite refreshing.

M- Good amount of carbonation. Very clean.

D- This could be very refreshing on a hot summer day, which it is by no means here in Michigan right now. I'll have to give this another shot when its above freezing outside.

david131, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of MusicmanSD
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Slammin' some ho's. Ahh, that never gets old! Interesting beer, it pours white with a good amount of head as the bottle tells you to pour 2/3rd's, swirl, and then pour the rest. Theres a lil' bit of something floating around in here...yeast? The smell is quite pleasant, like a mellow version of Franziskaner I'd say. The taste is like the forementioned, and I could pound these all night if it was going to be one of "those nights" because its just a great beer to session with. Not very filling, light, and has the hefe feel to it, which I love btw. The mouthfeel is light, but hey, its a light beer! For drinkability, again, one of the beers that could probably never offend me. Good job. This is what a light beer should be! A bit pricey though...

MusicmanSD, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of Jcdolan
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle with a "create your own six pack" deal. Sometimes deals like this just mean the store is trying to get rid of old beer that might not be good anymore. Seemed to be alright however.

Appearance was a cloudy yellow with a build up of yeast on the bottom of the bottle that was swirled and poured into the rest of the glass. The yeast at the the bottom didn't seem to dissolve fully into the last 2/3 of the beer and I received a few noticable lumps or small chunks in my glass. Could this indicate that the beer was indeed old?

Smell was very intersting. Sents of delicious spice and orange citrus can be detected. Reminded me and got me in the mood for some fall pumpkin brews.

Taste was very unique and unlike anything I have ever come across. Citrus and sweet with a perfect undertone of spice sweeping across the tounge.

This beer has taken me off guard and I am very pleased with my purchase. The taste is natural and mild when compared to a Blue Moon and I would recommend this over a Blue Moon any time.

Jcdolan, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of kajerm
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at the Mundelein beer tasting-- I really can't believe I've gone this long without reviewing Hoegaarden.

Pours cloudy pale yellow with a big white head. The smell is yeasty bananas and malted wheat, with citrus and coriander; maybe some light malts.

Tastes exactly like it smells. The bitter orange, combined with the other characteristics of the beer makes it refreshing as hell.

The mouthfeel is light with brisk carbonation. This is a classic style example-- and a good beer.

kajerm, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this at a family gathering thanks to my niece served in a glass beer mug.

Pours a hazy gold/yellow with a ton of white head that thinned out to a light coat.

Smell is yeast and lemon juice, not real good smelling, but not bad either.

Taste is sort of sweet and lemony, it's a refreshing taste.

Light, crisp, refreshing beer, good mouthfeel, pleasant after taste.

Overall this was a fine example of the style and I think I will be drinking much more of this beer during the summer months.

JoeyBeerBelly, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of BretSikkink
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ultra pale, hazy appearance, though no nearly as cloudy as with a good yeast sediment swirl out of the bottle. Lots of head bursts from the tap, threatens to overwhelm the Hoegaarden glass which is barely able to reign it in.

Yeast is all over the nose; phenolic peppers and a little springy citric flavor.

This beer tends towards the earthy side focusing on wheat, touches on cloyingly sweet, heavy carbonation leads it into a creamy mouthfeel. The yeast is just peppery enough to be interesting, more citric hop from the nose. Not quite bready, there's a peculiar dryness and a little tart punch at the end.

This is the benchmark summer beer, a perfect six pack companion for dog days. I would love to have tried Pierre Celis' original recipe, I can guarantee that it was not half as watery as this brew.

Particular to having this on draft: I think it loses some of its characteristic flavors when served from a keg, this has a tendency to strip bottle conditioned wheat beers of taste as it is essentially decanting the yeast sediment without allowing it to really get at the beer. I think of Hoegaarden, other wit/wheat beers as being "filtered" when on tap.

BretSikkink, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of shadow1961
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hoegaarden Witbier pours out a fluffy white head over
a cloudy pale yellow brew.The nose is bright citrus and
Belgian yeast. The flavor is slightly sweet up front, with a
nice blend of spices- coriander and something else- maybe
a tiny bit of anise or clove, and wheat. Aftertaste is an echo
of those spices. It's simple, yet appetising and refreshing.

shadow1961, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of Grundle20
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In to a tulip with a rough and sloppy pour a sizable sticky white head is produced <---- too much innuendo ; ) This head is really showcasing some great retention and some thick and clumpy lacing as I drain the glass. The beer itself is murky when poured with a finishing swirl and light straw color.

The scent is a little muted but it's crisp. There are mellow tones of banana, orange zest, and a little detergent like funk. I would say the scent is pretty spot on with style but not really hitting the ball out of the park in terms of strength.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
The beer drinks a little thin albeit crisp and refreshing. There's notes of unripened banana and a little bit of bitter orange zest but the beer drinks like a fine fizzy wash of flavor, not much rich and sustained flavor to speak of. With that said, the finish is obviously clean and the aftertaste as well.

For a wit I feel as if this beer has traded off flavor for drinkability. It goes down really easy and I have been known to get right sideways on this beer at a bar.

Bottom Line:
One of the more accessible craft beers in America these days and it's pretty good given that fact. When just enjoying a couple of beers though I would prefer something a little bit more foody and full flavored.

Grundle20, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours cloudy light straw yellow. White foamy head.

Smell - Mild spices, bready yeast, bananas and oranges.

Taste - The yeast and spices mix gently with the banana and oranges.

Mouthfeel - Medium light with the perfect amount of carbonation. Refreshing.

Drinkability - Light non-offensive and easy to drink.

stereosforgeeks, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of Redwood21
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a cloudy straw color, with a very frothy white head.

S: I pick up yeast more than anything else, there is a fruit sweetness and some spice but mostly yeast.

T: Once again yeast is dominate, there is also a sweetness a little hop and maybe some spice.

M: very creamy, feels good very crisp and smooth.

D: This beer is very drinkable, smooth flavor, creamy texture, and below 5% a good witbier, worth trying if you are interested in the style.

Redwood21, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of meadhead
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice wheat yeast
mild spice
clove grain malt Belgian ester,

a good example of a solid
not too light or heavy either,

pours a deceptive mild lemon yellow
(depending if you swirl the yeast in)
with a foamy white head
prone to dissipation,

Smell is subtle
the corriander wheat clove bannana hint,

traces of the wheat and yeast and barley
present in it.

Taste is medium but
clove - bannana wheat
and mellow malt
with a hint of the tart yeast
hiding underneath it all.

solid good
mild carbonated zing;
with a very slight chewy
sort of viscous flavor feeling

drinkability is fine
sips or gulps
with pleasure and ease
the flavor sometimes weakens
as you become accustomed to these.

excellent stuff-
curing common beer disease

meadhead, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of Shadman
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

had this on-tap at the local Earl's..big assed 24oz pint glass..beer was quite cold which may have affected any head retention. Faint aroma, but did detect some floralness. Taste was quite nice, muted fruit(peach/pear) and a hint of citrus. Smooth and slightly chewy mouthfeel. Would be a nice summer beer on Earl's patio.

Shadman, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of willjschmidt
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Poured a cloudy, pale yellow color with a white head.

S: Citrus, spices, and a little pine.

T: A very crisp and refreshing beer. The wheat taste is prominent with subtle accents of orange peel, lemon, and some other spices. Slightly sweet with a very unique taste.

M: Light, crisp and clean.

D: This is a very refreshing beer and very easy to drink. It has a very pleasant and unique taste. This is my first witbier but based on this beer it is a style that I'd like to explore further.

willjschmidt, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of supercolter
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For being affiliated with the world's largest macro company, this was pretty dec.
Appearance was rather flat, with little head and no visible lacing.
Smell and taste are quite similar, a burst of lemon and then a cool grapey taste.
Mouthfeel was medium-light in body
Drinkability was very good.

supercolter, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of TheBierBand
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this beer as a gift... Thanks Jack & Pat! It came as one of three different Belgian brews in a 18 pack.

The 12 oz brown bottle poured into my pint glas to form a nice frothy 1" head. The head settled to a thin cap leaving pronounced lacing down the glass. The appearance was a cloudy pale yellow-orange.

The scent was typical of a wheat beer with hints of banana fruitiness and slight spice.

The taste brought out the spicyness right away.... more than most wheat beers. The second thing I noticed was a subdued fruit taste.... not so much of bananas but maybe some apple. This beer had just a hint of a bitter after bite to it.

Mouthfeel was good. It left a nice film and after taste.

Overall, this beer was nice and refreshing and highly drinkable.

TheBierBand, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of JWFokker
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, it's a pale, cloudy straw yellow with a big fluffy white head. The nose is a bit spicy and floral with a touch of citrus. On the palate, it's just as spicy as you'd expect from the aroma mixed with sweet wheat flavor and again, a bit of citrus behind the coriander with a very slight hop flavor on the finish. The mouthfeel is actually somewhat thin, which is uncharacteristic of how filling it is. Altogether, it's a drinkable brew, though spiciness is what I look for in my whiskies rather than my beers, but it is oddly filling, not unlike a good stout.

JWFokker, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of ThirdCoast
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Bottle 12 floz

A: Pale yellow unfiltered with a small white head. Very nice.

S: Citrus, Trappist aroma. Very nice.

T: ...Zesty, peppery, citrus. Very nice clean taste.

M: Stings the tongue, slightly creamy, yet bitter.

D: A very nice beer, one that i could drink on a regular basis. This will find its way back into my fridge.

ThirdCoast, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of BrewMonkey
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours extremely light, cloudy straw color. Light head, moderate retention, little lacing. Cloudy chardonay color.

Aroma - Apples notes, floral, candy, corriander, light citrus.

Moderate bubbly mouthfeel, light body, clean finish. Almost no hop character aside from some mild bitterness. Candy apple flavor, citrus notes.

Very good, moderately sessionable beer.

BrewMonkey, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of Sycodrummer
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz. bottle into the Hoegaarden hexagonal pint the beer was a cloudy straw yellow with a thick and fluffy white head. Fairly dense foam head fed with some steady streams of carbonation. Spotty lacing throughout.

The nose is lemony and slightly grassy. Some notes of pepper and corriander with more subtle citrus overtones.

The taste is light but crisp. Some lemon grass flavor with hints of zesty and tart lemon juice. Citrus and corrianders grain flavors with a little spiceness and enough tartness to keep the mouthfeel exciting.

Lightly in body and highly carbonated, a little fizzy on the palate.

Hoegaarden simply is what it is: a architype for the witbier style. Its not designed to wow the taste buds, but the flavors are far from offensive. Enough tartness to keep the beer from being bland and given the right conditions, the beer can be quite refreshing. This is one beer I prefer on the colder side of the spectrum as I feel it makes it a bit more tight and impactfull.

Sycodrummer, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of brushpig
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had one at the Uncommon ground Cafe in Chicago. Served in the Hoegaarden glass.

Light yellow cloudy appearance with a creamy head.

The smell is very light and fresh with lemons and light pepper aromas

The taste is refreshing, sweet, light hops, sour with a light bitterness. Clean and refreshing.

This is a nice summer drink, I do enjoy wit beers and this is a good one , but I find the Allagash, and Hitachino white more flavorful. However they are more expensive.

brushpig, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance is a cloudy pale yellow collow with white head.
a citrus smell dominates but there is also banana and wheat to the smell
Wheat, Citrus, and Banana are the main flavors here. Nothing is strong or overpowering in the taste.
This is a very drinkable beer. It's light and goes down easy.

PittBeerGirl, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of ndekke39
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Entering this from notes... Drank a large bottle of this by myself in England. Pours a hazy straw color, small white head. Decent retention. Smells of sharp bread and yeast, some wheat, citrus like oranges. Tastes much of the same. Fine example of a Witbier or White Ale - very spicy and yeasty. Medium mouthfeel, very easily drinkable beer.

ndekke39, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of auxiliary
4.78/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

appearance - Nice yellow color, some cloudiness and a nice white head but then dissipated. Some lace.

smell - Citrus, floral, spice, lemon, fruity.Lots of stuff going on.

taste - Citrus bananna taste to it. Real interesting taste.

mouthfeel - Light body, carbination is just right.

drinkability - Nice summer beer, you have to try this if you never tried a Witbier style beer. One of the top Witbier beers.

auxiliary, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of Onibubba
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best to let this set for a half hour or so after removing from the fridge. When I first had this beer, it was served from the bottle into a pint glass at a restaurant. And it was served ice cold. I really was not impressed. On a whim, I picked up a sixer some time later, and found that glassware and temperature make one hell of a difference.

Poured a hazy yellow into a tulip. Swirlled around the last bit in the bottle to top of. Small nice head goes down rather quickly, but a little swirlling brings it right back up. Nice smells. Bready and just a touch of citrus. Don't really pick up a spice profile. The citrus and spice are very subdued in the taste as well, which is an inoffensive bready/ wheat goodness. Neither sweet nor bitter.

Great mouthfeel. Medium carbonation makes this one very easy to quaff. The low alcohol percentage doesn't hurt either. Great session beer. This beer is an absolute staple. Not my favorite Witte, but damned good and easy to find.

Onibubba, Feb 14, 2007
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
85 out of 100 based on 4,161 ratings.