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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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4,488 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,488
Reviews: 1,683
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 99
Gots: 610 | 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 cottonkoozie
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Good head, decent retention, no real lacing but i think thats due to the head being pretty slick. Not as cloudy as i expected.

S - Sweet yeasty smell, typical of the style. Pretty good complexity of spices.

T - Good complexity. Good witbier. Good balance of different spices.

M - Clean feel, good carbonation level.

D - Good drinkability, goes down smooth.

Good witbier, and available almost everywhere. One of the best beers you can buy at wal-mart or almost any grocery store.

Photo of nd5282
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light and citrusy white beer with a hefty amount of spice mainly apparent in the after taste. This beer was very easy to drink and came in a thoughtfully designed bottle and six pack holder. The bulb at the neck of the bottle helped to ensure a better pour and the top of the six pack holder provided the phonetic spelling of Hoegaarden to help with pronunciation. The attention to detail and thought put into this beer is top notch.

Photo of nothingxs
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this at a local Publix in Miami in my quest to find beer I'll like, since I'm new to it in general -- but boy did I pick right.

A: Was headier than my first beer, about almost half an inch (1cm?) or so of foam that settled quick. Pale, golden and hazy. Little bits of yeast floating about. A bit bubbly.

S: Smelled a bit fruity, very light. Like orange, maybe? I'm bad at smelling things.

T: My untrained palate didn't detect much of a wheaty taste in this one (I noticed one in Shock Top, in comparison); however, there was a light citrusy taste that I could feel in my entire time drinking it. Very refreshing and enjoyable.

MF: I'll be honest -- the first few times I had it (this rating is for my third, one every other day this week), it was a little bitter. But now it starts off just slightly bitter and smooths out quickly. Good amount of carbonation in the beer, not as much as the only others I've had. Surprisingly light to me considering what I've had before.

D: At first it wasn't much for me, but now that I've had a few more and let things grow on me, I've established it's fantastic. Tasty, smooth, I'd have a few of these in one sitting.

Take my opinion with a grain of salt, since this is literally my official "third" beer (not counting whatever I had when I lived in Mexico) since I've been searching for something I'd like. I'd definitely buy this again, and I plan on bringing it whenever someone asks me to bring drinks to a getty again.

Photo of cvaypai
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass.

A - A really thin head, only about a 1/4 of an inch that disappeared very quickly. Beautiful hazy yellow color, small particles of yeast floating throughout.

S - Smells of wheat and citrus fill my nose with this beer, pretty pleasent.

T - One of the greatest parts of this beer, very tasty and very wheaty, love the aftertaste.

M - This bottle didn't seem to have too much carbonation since I didn't get much head but it seems very carbonated when in the mouth, interesting, but still enjoyable.

D - Pretty good drinkability, I could enjoy a six pack in one sitting, really good taste and not too heavy.

Still one of the better belgian witbiers.

Photo of angelmonster
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice white inch head, looks similar to a cloudy, highly carbonated lemonade in color

Smells sweet, fruity, some banana and citrus. Usual wheat beer smells with some spice, not much coming through on the hop or malt side.

First taste is of light malts with some spice, clove or allspice. Pretty much typical witbier taste. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Mouth feel is light and smooth , slightly watery. Not too over carbonated, Easy on the palette

Beer is very session able , easy to drink. Not my favorite witbier but love the style so would drink again.

Photo of mothman
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into my New Belgium Globe Glass. Best before 6-12-09.

Color is a really hazy dull yellow. Thin white head that fizzles down quickly. Little lace observed.

Smell is very fruit. Main smell is bananas. Taste is similiar, but there is more of a hoppy taste involved.

Mouthfeel isn't very pleasent. Starts out bitter and then eventually ends smooth after a while.

Overall, it is a decent brew for something so popular. I could probably enjoy this at a bar or have this for a session beer.

Photo of rxdrewthejew
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this in a "Best of Belgium" pack for Hanukkah. I'm not convinced that Hoegaarden, Stella and Leffe really qualify as best of Belgium, but still, can't complain about beer as a gift.

A: Typical somewhat hazy yellowish white with a fluffy two finger white head that fades to a decent film with monster lacing. Plenty of small bubbles rising from the bottom.

S: A bit of crisp wheat a malt is quickly overpowered by a big hit of coriander, cloves and citrus peel. Smell is spicy and sweet overall.

T: Clean malt/wheat bill...the spices are more subdued in the taste than the smell, but pretty much the same idea. Maybe a bit more orange peel in the flavor. Nothing overpowering.

MF: Thin and perhaps a bit watery. Quite bubbly, but a good level of carbonation for this style. A touch of warming but really not much to speak of.

D: Good drinkability, the flavor is nothing out of the world but it's solid. Tastes fine without adding any oranges, which makes it better than Blue Moon at any rate. Still, with all the other good Wit's out there, probably not something I would seek out.

Photo of hoplover82
2.86/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I had this one at a homebrew meeting. He asked me if I wanted to try it and I said sure.

I remember it was a light yellow color with a fluffy white head. Some lace.

Aroma of funky spice and yeast.

Flavor is the same as above. Some little hop bitterness.

Light bodied.

It's just not my style I guess. I really didn't like it. But others might. I don't think i like coriander and orange peel in beer. In food sure but beer, no. Don't think I had a wit beer I liked... yet.

Photo of SmokeMonkey
4.57/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i love this beer. the only complaint i have about this beer is the price.

it smelled nice when it was in the bottle and smelled great after i poured it. it smelled crisp, kind of acidic, a hint of citrus, a smidge of yeast.

it looked good and a smidge darker than i was expecting, it gave me the appearance of having more substance than other wits ive had (blue moon and sunset wheat). nice and cloudy, i swirled to get the yeast out of the bottom of the bottle and made the beer a little darker. head was small and disappeared pretty quick.

the taste reflected the look and smell, kind of citrusy, crisp, hoppiness was very low IMO. a smidgen of acidity which i really like. not sure i really tasted any spice, if i do its VERY subtle. alcohol didnt seem to stand out much at all to be honest, its stealthy. not as yeasty as i was expecting. the sediment didnt seem gritty on the palate either, a plus for me.

mouthfeel was good, didnt seem watery at all. carbonation was very good, not too much and not too little either, no CO bite but did fizz on the tongue. aftertaste was virtually non existent.

i could drink this all day long every day if it were not for the cost. its very drinkable.

it costs too much to be an every day beer but it is a very good beer and im glad i bought it. i'd buy this again and probably will in the future.

Photo of prosper
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Somewhat cloudy. Good head.

Smells of nothing in particular. Slightly zest/acidic aroma.

Tastes primarily of a well attenuated wheat flavour. Some pungent spice, probably the customary corriander/orange, but it's quite subdued. Overall clean and crisp, slightly tangy/tart/acidic.

Mouthfeel is on the light side for a wheat beer, but fuller than your average light lager.

It's very refreshing and crisp. high drinkeablility, but overall there's nothing I find outstanding about this beer (for better or worse.)

I do plan on trying it again, however

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2oz brown bottle, best before August of '09.

Appearance: Pours a light cloudy straw color, with a moderate stark white cap which sticks around for a bit. Tiny bits of yeast in suspension.

Smell: Citrusy, quite fruity, and a little tart, with nice coriander notes as well.

Taste: Lemony tartness combined with a mild sweetness and spice and Belgian yeast. Almost a hint of bubblegum in there as well, which kind of surprised me. Much drier and more tart than Blue Moon or a lot of the American takes on the style.

Mouthfeel: Quite crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: I could put this away all night.

Conclusion: Simple flavors of citrus and spice coupled with great drinkability; this would make one supremely refreshing warm-weather beer.

Photo of yesyouam
4.46/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hoegaarden is a hazy, pale pearish yellow beer with a small, airy head that quickly dissipates. It looks quite lively and has nice dense lacing. The bouquet is spicy and citrusy. It smells a lot like starfruit and coriander. The sweet fruity tone rings like a bell. It's so smooth and solid in the nose. It's smooth and foamy in the mouth. It's on the light side of medium-bodied. Refreshing and soothing. It has a dry finish. The tart, fruity tone of the yeast hands things off to the sour dough malt and then to the lemony hops. A sweetness lies beneath Wow! It's smooth, assertive, quenching and clever. It's so easy to punish pitchers of this! This is what a Witbier should taste like!
(rated Dec 1, 2007)

Photo of bmwats
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Bright pale, slightly cloudy, straw. Big frothy white head. Heavy carbonation. Settles slowly, and leaves thin layer of carbonation on the surface. Bubbles continue to rise throughout experience. Pods of lacing cling to the glass as you drink, but recede back into the beer slowly forming a ring of carbonation settling where surface meets the glass.

S: Heavy yeast, wheat. Strong fruity banana and apple, with a hint of lemon.

T: Yeast and citrus.

M: Drinks very light initially, but leaves a slight lemony bite as an afterthought, and hangs around for the whole quaff.

D: Subtle flavor, light and refreshing.

Complex in aroma, simple subtle taste. A light experience but flavorful in palette. Good beer.

Photo of Mistofminn
4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle

A - Pale yellow color, vigorous carbonation and a decent 1/2 finger head. Definitely has more clarity than other Witbier's. This one isn't as cloudy.

S - Citrus, orange peel and coriander. Light hops heavy malts.

T - Tastes how it smells. Predictable. But you know what? Thats what I wanted. Citrus and orange peel. Faint coriander. Great tasting overall.

M - Medium body balances well with good carbonation. Very smooth.

D - Definitely drinkable. I really enjoy this brew, one of my favorites.

Photo of UDbeernut
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle poured into pint glass

a: pale yellow color with foamy 1/4" head, noticable carbonation. Not as hazy as other witbiers.

s: citrus and yeast, very appealing

t: similar to smell, notes of carriander added and sweat malt

m&d: very nice mouthfeel, very sessionable beer.

Solid Beer


Photo of drxandy
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz to standard pint, pours a hazy pale lemony yellow, foamy white head hangs around

smells of skunky hops, malty, wheaty, yeasty

taste is of malty wheat fading to yeastly goodness, dry, sweet, complex, hops hide out, citrus peel, creaminess, great unique flavors, everything pops, one of my favorite wheat beers!

mouthfeel is of good carbonation, great taste, easy to drink/session, dry, wheat creaminess/yeast.. yum :D

Photo of lbkornlb14
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I love hoegaarden, I was never a big fan of wheat beers and still am not except for this and the 312 by gooseisland. This beer is excellent with a slice of orange. I love the exceptional clove taste and the fact that its actually brewed in belgium, very very easy to drink but too much of the clove taste starts to wear thin. Id recommend if you need a break from IPA's like I do sometimes, slip this in here and there.

Photo of kflorence
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This is a truly beautiful beer, I could stare at it for hours (but of course I'd rather drink it). Pours a gorgeous hazy, straw yellow color with beautiful white head and plenty of yeast particulates.

S: The aroma is very fresh and zesty; citrus and coriander, yeast and wheat. Very appealing.

T: The taste is very similar to the smell. Lots of citrus, yeast, and coriander... there's even almost a minty flavor in there somewhere. The taste is far superior on tap, so get it there if you can. However, if you get a bottle, make sure you pour it right!

M: This beer is exceptional on the tongue; it's light, but still has some substance. The yeast really lends this beer some extra character, very happy to see they didn't clean filter it.

D: This is honestly one of the more drinkable beers for me, especially on tap. I would not pass this up anywhere, and if it wasn't for the price this would be my defacto fridge beer during the summer.

Photo of colts9016
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A light cloudy golden yellow with hues of orange. There is a two finger head that has some retention.
Nose: Wheat with malt there is an orange citrus with spices, and honey.
Taste: A good wheat malt complex with citrus, esters, and spices.
Overall: This is a good wheat beer, there are some sweet and sour notes while drinking this beer. This has to be one of my go to witbier beer.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Translucent pale straw pour with thick (2 fingers) light head, fading to a thin layer. Swirled the bottle late in the pour as suggested in the instructions on the bottle. Very cloudy, lots of pieces of yeast floating around. Quite appealing.
Smells yeasty/doughy as well as a strong wheat aroma. A somewhat herbal smell (from coriander one would suspect). Hint of citric oils/orange.
Doughy taste, again with a hit of tangy orange, which makes for an interesting experience. For some reason boiled vegetables came to mind while drink this beer, which was a little off-putting.
Flows round the mouth smoothly with notifiable carbonation.
After a few sips I found it starts to feel a bit watery, but coming back to it after a minute or so the citrus and coriander refreshes the taste buds.
Could drink many of these fast, but it'd get a bit boring.

Photo of magictrokini
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yellow pour with a massvie white head. Definite sweet aroma and taste, with the orange peel and coriander strong up front. Some vanilla and wheatiness in the middle, mixed with clove and yeast. No real sourness to speak of. Wasn't really expecting such a good wit from a widely distributed beer.

Photo of stcules
2.98/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Greenish yellow color, lightly opalescent. White foam, creamy, beautiful.
Fresh smell, good citrus fruit, orange peel and coriander.
The classic notes, but well done.
The taste is less interesting, but still on the style. A bit more citric and lemon, without much variety of notes.
Coriander in the end, in the short aftertaste.

Photo of brouwer
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly cloudy appearance with a mild smell. Smooth intake - Spicy flavor. Mouthfeel is sharp with significant carbonation. Aftertaste is pleasant and short lasting. Easy to repeat. Overall pleasant - memorable. I have had this once from the tap - memory better than from the bottle.

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

The original of its class, Hoegaarden is one of my all time favorites. Little flecks of yeast churn at the bottom of its cloudy yellow pour. The creamy white head has delicious aromas of cloves, bananas, and lemon citrus. It tastes initially tart and then sweetens to light grains, citrus fruit, and spices. Its light body is extremely refreshing and finishes on a lingering sweet note. Hoegaarden is quite possibly the most drinkable, summer thirst quenching beer I've ever had.

Photo of stockingcpl
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Upon pouring, there is a hesitant yet thick head. Not much height, but fairly thick and frothy. Head retention was quite good. Minimal lacing. The color of the ber is light/pale straw. There is a faint cloudiness that is typical of Belgian White beers. Overall quite interesting, if not a little light in color.

Smell: The odor has a typical wheaty fullness. Perhaps a little "bready" but not over powering. From the aroma, one expects a flavor light on hops but heavy on grain.

Taste: Wheaty white beer fullness. There is perhaps a faint banana or light citrus touch. The flavor curve is a little sharp on the front end and tapers fairly quickly. The overall presence if not forceful but there is a little initial zing. This is an easy brew to drink.

Mouthfeel: Very pleasant taste. The bready/wheaty presence is soft but not delicate. I liked this brew.

Drinkability: Overall this is a quite pleasant beer. It would go well with pork or just about any white meat. Alone, this is an "easy" beer and is quite acceptable for serving to guests. It sits light on the stomache and leaves the drinker wanting another. :-) And isn't that the whole goal of a brewer?

Well done Hoegaarden!


Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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