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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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4,072 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,072
Reviews: 1,631
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 69
Gots: 351 | FT: 0
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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 Ochsenblut
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

This is undoubtedly one of my favorite beers. First off, Hoegaarden wrote the book on Wit style beers. Second, if I could take an IV of Hoegaarden Wit directly to my brain, preferably in the back so I can snake it up my shirt, I would die a happy death.

A- Light yellow cloudiness, expectant of the style. Hard to get a single finger head out of the bottle to a glass, but existant corbonation makes up for the lack of head staying power.

S- Smells of corriander and light orange, maybe even lemon.

T- clean start with a crisp wheat taste. goats don't get this close to wheat. The corriander is hard to identify, but a citrus taste at the end of a sip in apparent. Fairly lightly hopped, but still balanced taste. This ain't no yellow fizzy macro brew!

M- Mouth feel starts with a crispy carbonation. Clean

D- I could personally put away one of those 5 liter party kegs (Fassdosen, Partydosen) if I knew where to find one. That might unfortunatley only be a german/dutch phenom. Easy enough to say, the drinkabilty is very high on this beer.

Ochsenblut, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of CrazyMike
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%

Creamy thick appearance, very pale. The smell is very fruity with a hint of wheat hops.

The taste is creamy and thick, very malty and tastes almost of orange or banana. Definatly a wide mixture of fruits. The aftertaste is very dry and a bit a bit light but nontheless very refreshing.

Very pricey beer but well worth it, one of the best Belgian Beers I've had, possible the entire Lower Counties. A great introduction to the White Beer style.

CrazyMike, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of rarevos
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%

Poured into hexagonal Hoegaarden glass.

A: Cloudy pale yellow. The glass can fit only slightly more liquid than a bottle holds, so there's not much room for head. It's fluffy at first, then recedes to glass level. Stays there for a good long time.

S: Orange, coriander, pepper, wheat, in that order.

T: Citrus and wheat hit first. The citrus is bright, but not overly juice-like. Finish is peppery with coriander with a wheat tail. Very well-balanced.

M: Light, crisp. A bit too much carbonation, maybe, but it's true to the style. Some may say it IS the style.

D: Very. I love this beer, InBev or no InBev. It's crisp, it's flavorful, it's balanced, and it's really tasty. This will always be a quintessential summer refresher for me. Drinking one during the winter just isn't the same. I just poured my last bottle for the summer, I think, and I'll admit to being a little saddened by that. But there are pumkin ales and Oktoberfests in stores soon (or now), so that may not last long...

rarevos, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of stephendr
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Color of gold –white head- nose of bananas, yeast, cobwebs, and ???–taste of yeast, citrus and hints of clove – light body – sweet yeast aftertaste Color of gold –white head- nose of bananas, yeast, cobwebs, and ???–taste of yeast, citrus and hints of clove – light body – sweet yeast aftertaste

stephendr, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of kimcgolf
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%

Poured to a hazy golden color, with snow-white head, that lingered awhile, then dissipated to a thin white lace Aroma was spicy hops, with a hint of fruit. Flavor was very strongly spiced, mostly clove, and the finish was most refreshing. A very good beer for a hot summer night.

kimcgolf, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours a very pale hazy gold with a 1/2 inch snow white head. Smells strongly of coriander. A hint of orange zest and some sour wheat malt.

Tastes of sour wheat malt, some underpinning of orange rind. Lots of coriander. Mouth is crisp and light. Very tasty, very drinkable. One of my old standbys for summer. A classic example of the style.

ViveLaChouffe, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of BlueHammer
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%

Had this beer on tap before a late lunch. I love that you can't see through it in the glass! A muted yellowish color with a small white head that unfortunately was garnished with an orange. The smell was floral and grassy. The taste was well-balanced, just slightly sweet and so very smooth! This beer tastes good from the tip of your tongue to the back as the flavor changes slightly from front to back. Very easy to drink, another refreshing summer brew!

BlueHammer, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of drotski
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%

Poured a pale straw yellow color, foggy due to natural yeast priming. Pure white 1" head, with good retention and nice lacing.

Smells crisp with a hint of citrus...very mild aroma

Tastes clean and fresh. Fruity tones, and nice yeast character. Hints of lemon. Very refreshing, it was hard to put this one down. Mild hop flavor on the finish.

Feels thick in the mouth, though very clean.

This beer is a great thing to experience. Great for a hot day, or when you just want to relax. I am very impressed.

drotski, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of doppelmeup
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%

Had this right after having a Blanche de Chambly, and was able to compare the two beers.

This beer had a creamier head and very nice appearance. Pale, lemony yellow, cloudy, nice fluffy head.

Stronger aromas of orange, coriander and yeast.

Flavor also had more hints of orange and coriander. Very light and thirst quenching.

An excellent beer. I think that I like the Blanche de Chambly just a little more, but this was a worth opponent and I would certainly dirnk more of these. Extremely drinkable brew and hightly recommended.

doppelmeup, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of demcorhip
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Cloudy, wheat straw coloured beer with a decent white head which disspated into nice lacings. The beer was poured as per bottle instructions, pouring half into the glass then swirling to mix in the yeast sediment.

Lemongrass accentuated with brett tanginess on top of wheaty bready aromas with just a hint of wheat nuttiness.

The bready and nutty wheat flavour came through and was overlayed with a hint of clove, citrus and brett tang.

Nice light tangy beer. Good balance between wheat flavours, citrus from the orange peal and coriander, and the hint of hops. The carbonation was a nice compliment to the mild zestiness of the beer.

This is a very drinkable and refreshing brew. Perfect for a hot summer's evening when wants to quench their thirst, cool down, and have an interesting brew. Ill drink it again sometime for sure.

demcorhip, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of BeerSox
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

12oz. bottle, silver label. Bubble taper in neck.

Pours as a cloudy yellow gold color with lots of rising carbonation. Thick foamy head as an off-white color. Plentiful lacing from good head retention.

Lots of fruity aromas consistent with yeast. Hints of banana, peach, and other sweet fruits are available.

Strong fruit flavors with small hop definition, slightly sour with very clean finish. More sweet notes are available with the aromas.

Light-medium bodied with high carbonation. Sourness lends a little bite. The finish is a little dry.

Definitely a nicer beer. Goes down smooth, finishes clean. You can line these up one after another.

BeerSox, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of Lancer211
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass. (Yeah, yeah, I know, it's not a hefe)

A - Unfiltered, cloudy pale orange-ish gold. White, foamy, very fine carbonation, excellent head formed almost immediately, initially about one finger, settled in a few minutes to about a 1/8th in head that persisted throughout the life of the beer. Somewhat decent lacing.

S - Not overly strong, yeasty and cirus zesty.

T - Sweet, moderate yeasty flavor with a backhand of citrus zest... the citrus flavor is sweet like an orange but also more bitter like lemon. Wheaty, peppery with hints of other spices as well.

M - Smooth finish, tasty aftertaste.

D - Not a light or simple beer by any means but quite drinkable, excellently thirst quenching.

Overall a delicious brew. In general, I prefer Belgian wits to German Hefes.

Lancer211, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of EvilKeith
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%

From notes of 08/06/06 visit to Sheffield's, Chicago IL.

Arrived in the glass hazed, somewhere between pale lemonade and white in color. Fizzy carbonation accentuated the white fluffy head. Lacing was sticky.
Smell was citrus, lemon zest, a bit grainy, Belgian yeast and a light spiciness.
Taste was a tartness up front, citrusy lemon, sugar and Belgian yeast in the middle with spicy corriander and mild hopping in the finish.
Cliche though it may be, crisp and refreshing. This is surely one of the finest examples of the style out there. You have to try this one.

EvilKeith, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of maven2k
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%

I'm very new at this but I feel that I am finally developing my taste and this site is a great help. I tried this beer at the Winking Lizard in Canton, Ohio because it was the beer of the month and you get to keep the huge glass (can always use more glassware). The beer came with a really nice white frothy head and the liquid was a nice cloudy yellowish gold. The head stuck around for quite a while and the lacing really sticks to the sides of the glass. The first mouthfull is really interesting, it hits you with a fresh zesty, citrus hit and goes down really smooth. I hope I am describing this right but my friend and I both thought that the after-taste was very much like clove. I really enjoyed this beer and it went well with the popcorn and loaded nachos ( I know, not the most sophisticated accompaniment), and it really hit the spot on a hot humid day. I would definately order this again.

maven2k, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of doubleipa
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%

This is rapidly becoming my favorite Belgian Witbier. Aroma is really great. Lots of citrus, lemon, pepper, and banana, and orange. Cloudy golden apearance with a thin head. Taste is light, dry, crisp, and thirst quenching and with not as much malt or breadeness. This is exactly what I like about Witbiers vs hefeweizens.

doubleipa, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of headlessparrot
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

Here it is, the original wit, a beer that any self-respecting beer advocate should long already be familiar with. Though it's flavour profile has gone downhill a bit recently, it's still a great brew and will most likely forever be the marker of the style for witbiers.

Hoegaarden pours from a non-standard bottle (with a bulbous neck that allegedly increases flavour) into the hexagonal Hoegaarden glass (a miniaturized version of the hilariously oversized Hoegaarden pint glass) an unusual colour that is perhaps best described as half-macro lager/half lemonade, though quite cloudy. It's topped by two fingers of head that recedes fairly quickly, but maintains about a half-finger for most (if not all of) the drink. Considerable lacing fills out the appearance, making this an unconventionally attractive beer.

Smell is what we've come to expect from witbiers, very zesty and spicy. Some unmalted wheat makes its presence known, faint banana notes. The nose is dominated, however, by coriander and curaco orange peel, with a touch of other citrus fruits (lemon? tangerine?). Very pleasing.

My brother, a bit of a beer nerd (though he lacks the real vocabulary) describes the taste as "hot dog water" - he means this, of course, in a good way; as confusing as it may sound, I can also see where he's coming from with that description. Taste is largely unmalted wheat, perhaps a touch of indistinct hops. Fairly peppery, but the coriander shines through most of all, augmented by orange peels. Surprisingly creamy, it finishes crisp and a tad dry, with a touch of fruit and wheat aftertaste that's quite pleasing.

Mouthfeel is also good. Carbonation is fairly lively, though not obtrusive, and it's a very natural sort of carbonation. Body is creamy, fairly light but not watery, making this a pleasure to drink. Drinkability is also fairly high, though in practice I've noticed that more than two or three in a sitting make me feel somewhat ill. I'll also deduct points for the absurd high price of this beer; Unibroue's Blanche De Chambly is fairly comparable and about a dollar cheaper per six-pack, so I'd hesitate before selecting one of the other.

Ultimately, though, what can you really say about Hoegaarden? Downhill or not, it's still the original, and it's still a very tasty, very delicious brew, and an excellent accessible introduction into a world of beer that most haven't evne begun to explore.

headlessparrot, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +5.5%

12 oz bottle.
Very cloudy yellow beer, with a huge frothy yet tight pure white head. Gorgeous lace.
Very zesty ,spicy aroma but also a sort of lush creamy aroma also. Coriander like spice comes to the fore after a minute of nostril stretching!!
Nice smooth spicyness..i know that seems like a contradiction but its what I get, yeasty, apricots, some hints of papaya..and a nice mellow bitterness at the end.
Very nice mouthfeel, quite thick and smooth yet far from boring.
A very easy going belgian, goes down very well in hot weather.
An all round good beer.

Reidrover, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of gonzo138
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%

i liked it, but not as much as a few of my friends did. Nice cloudy pour head builds and reduces ather quickly, good carbonation. Tasted a little citric, This was my first witbier, im supprised by the big difference from hefes. Still the simalities outweighed the diiferences. A nice refreshing lighter beer with a crisp and fruity/spicey taste was what i was expecting. looking forward to trying it on tap

gonzo138, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of xzqrut
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%

Got this beer on tap at the Bier Markt in Cleveland. Nice cloudy appearance, with OK head and lacing, good appearance for a wheat. Very nice lemon scent to the beer, with and excellent citrus and wheat taste. Beer went down crisp and smooth, excellent summer drink.

xzqrut, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured into an Ommegang wide brimmed wine glass.

A: Pours a cloudy golden yellowish color with a milkshake like white frothy head. Nice retention, but dissipates after about 5 minutes. Slight film on the head afterwards.
S: Huge spicy and banana notes up front. Very refreshing smelling.
T/M: Spicy and wheaty up front, just like a Wit is supposed to be. Is this the original white ale? hmmm. Smooth, crisp, but slightly creamy mouthfeel. Creamyness goes away quickly and leaves a good dryness on the tongue. Slight wheaty aftertaste.
D: The original! what can you say. A good one if you're at a bar and are looking for a Wit.

bjohnson, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%

On tap at the Falling Rock Tap House in Denver, CO, on my 30th Wedding Anniversary.

I LOVE cloudy beers, and this one was very cloudy, light yellow, under a small, tight white head that lasted very well. (BTW, they now how to pour a beer at Falling Rock!!).

Smell is orange, clove, slight maltiness, citrus hops, slight apple fruitiness. Crisp and nice.

Taste is clove, orange, coriander, wheat-malt: WOWOWOWOWOW! Dry peppery finish. I mean WOWOWOWOW!

Mouthfeel was surprisingly full from the soft carbonation.

Very, very drinkable. If you can get this on tap, give it a try and enjoy!

EDIT, AUGUST 3, 2006
Bottled version is just a notch down in smell and taste, which drops the drinkability a bit as well. Otherwise much the same.
Hence . . .
A 4.0
S 3.5
T 4.0
M 3.5
D 4.0
yielding an average of 3.85.

By the way, this goes great with spicey food.

ColoradoBobs, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of becktone
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

The beer pours a bit clearer than I expected. It is very light gold in color, almost the color of watered down mead. To be honest this beer looks exactly(with the exception of carbonation and head) like a korean drink called Shi-Kay(its basically rice water, very good.not sure about the spelling on that one). The beer begins the pour with a very large a rocky white head. However, the head does deteoriate to become a much thinner whtie head. Though the size might not be very impressive the retention is quite good. The size could be due to the cleanliness of the glass so I will not let it influence my rating.

To the nose this beer is just about above average. It smells good, however I think that a stronger nose would improve the aroma of this beer. It would make the complex aromas much easier to smell and appreaciate. It is reminescent of oranges-very much in the background-, also apparent are some spices, also reminds me of lemons/citrus aromas.

On the tongue this beer is very refreshing. The first and most apparent character of this beer that I taste is a spicy flavor. Next comes a huge lemon/orange/citrus taste. Other flavors in the foreground are a citrus and orange flavor. The beer is sweet on the front of the tongue and is nicely offset by bitterness from the hops. Other than being used to balance the malt sweetness I taste no other hop influence.

This beer is light on the palate and is very refreshing. The carbonation does not get in the way of the complex flavor of this beer. It finishes dry and in my opinion there isn't anything that can beat Hoegaarden or any other wheat beer on a hot day. This is a beer that I will definitely be coming back to. It is definitely worth a try. It goes down easy and is very refreshing.

becktone, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of edskirk3
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%

Had a few of these on tap today. They were served in the octagonal Hoegaarden glass. The first one with a slice of lemon, after which I asked for it without the lemon.

Appears lightly fizzy and cloudy gold. Thin white head. Smells like bananas, citrus, and pepper. Tastes similar; lemon is a bit more prominent on the palate. Very lightly hopped; this is only detectable at the very end. Finishes dry and crisp.

Quite light and refreshing, especially today because it was hot as hell. When you're looking for something to cool off with, Hoegaarden is hard to turn down.

edskirk3, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of Lagaffe74
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%

It poured a hazy pale yellow with a nice white head which had some retention. Nice citrus aromas in the nose. Nice feeling on the palate. Smooth, not too much bite, with a nice carbonation.
This is one of those beers that make you feel good because it takes some of the heat off of you. A perfect choice for Summer. Extremely refreshing.

Lagaffe74, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of dansm
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%

Appearance: Nice, cloudy pale yellow, with a decent fluffy head.

Smell: Very light citrus with a faint hint of wheat.

Taste: This beer tastes great from start to finish. Nice balance of sweet and sour. Slight citrusy after taste with just a little nip.

Mouthfeel: Not much carbonation to report. Nice light medium body.

Drinkability: This is a very smooth drinker. Tastes great start to finish.

dansm, Jul 16, 2006
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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