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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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4,247 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,247
Reviews: 1,646
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 77
Gots: 430 | 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 timmytootimes
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of respect for the original by which all other wit beers are judged i have given this beer high marks.

The appearance is slightly cloudy with fruity aromas of bannana and clove with a hint of spicy orange and coriander.

Clean crisp with definate tones of the bannana, coriander, orange and clove i mentioned above, nice malt wheat aftertaste, average mouthfeel but great, great drinkability!

A true classic worthy of its reputation.

timmytootimes, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of dsa7783
4.9/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Of the many white beers out there on the market, this is definitely one of the best I've ever had. Great blend of orange and coriander make this one of the most drinkable and enjoyable beers. I enjoy it with an orange peel, which helps bring out and accentuate the citrus-like taste, although drinking it alone really helps you appreciate the exceptional taste. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is a fan of white beers. From what I've heard - and not like this makes much of a difference - it has won the beer cup in its category many times - a consistent winner. Although $8.99 for a sixer is a little pricey, this is worth it without a doubt... one of my favorite of all time...

dsa7783, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of boothy443
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was pleasantly supprised, considering this was my Belgian style, though it had come highly recommended by others to me. I would consider it more translucent that cloudy, being that i didn't see differences in the opacity of the beer while drinking. The head stared out as soapsuds and dissipated quickly but only to a ring around the collar that fell with the drink. Was supprised at the mildness, expecting a more robust and forceful taste, but was not under whelmed. The orange tone comes threw very well and mixes well with the taste of other botanicals. Smell was a bit lacking to me, though present. Would recommend this beer, would consider this as an introducer into beer for those who don’t drink beer often or at all, especially those who don’t like beer for the “bitter beer taste” that can be present which, in my opinion beer has a lack of.

boothy443, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Completely opaque and yellow/caramel in color. Light head, bubbly.

S: Cross of wheat and fruit. Came with an orange slice...which I don't care for. I think a beer should taste naturally without the help of a piece of fruit. Just my opinion though.

T: Milder than some, but a full bodied wheat beer. I really like its balance.

M: Slightly acidic, but gentle.

D: Very smooth, yet nicely carbonated.

It has good balance. Smooth wheat and carbonated, but not over done on either end. But to be honest, I expect a more robust flavor out of my white ales. Solid, but overrated in some ways.

Amalak, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of MMAJYK
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Very bright yellow, and non transparent. Head is lacy but not lingering like most belgians.

S- Smell is of citrus: lime, oranges, and lemons.

T- Taste is light and fruity. Very clean and totally refreshing.

M- Mouth is nothing special, but is quite full. Not as I expected from this beer. I would have figured more light, but suprisingly good and a tad malty.

D- Very drinkable and clean. This one goes down good and goes down easily. Great session beer.

MMAJYK, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of lowbrau68
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale yellow, hazy, translucent w/a vibrant white head. Leaves a moderate lacing throughout.
Aroma: Defining characteristic of this and other Belgians is that distinctive yeast character (sour? vanilla?). Orange is very evident along w/subtle coriander. Reminiscent of potpourri while the head lasts, malt and citrus linger in the glass after the beer is finished.
Taste: Bright, citrusy and spicy but dominated by the tart yeast character. Highly carbonated and refreshing. Mouthfeel is very light, spritzy and becomes almost watery as the beer warms. Dry in the middle, lingering tart citrus and spice in the aftertaste.

This is a great summer beer but is so drinkable, complex, and versatile I'll be drinking this year round. In short, very refreshing but complex beer (love those Belgians!) that is rapidly turning into my "go-to" brew.

lowbrau68, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of NitroGen
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: Dark Brown bottle 11.2 oz., 4.9% alc/vol. Date stamp on back label ‘Best before 11/11/08’, over a year away.

A: A slight thick pour of a hazy ginger with a thick brilliant white foam two fingers high that slowly settles to a nice cover with lacing.

S: A deep and strong yeast and sour grainy smell that stays with the nose.

T: Smooth, light taste of grain that is constant from the first sip until the last without complexity. A refreshing and light taste.

M: Light carbonation makes this smooth and simple to the palate and is consistent with a dry aftertaste.

D: This is the second time that I have tried this beer, and was a bit reluctant after my first tasting. Age apparently has made me a bit mellower as I was delightfully surprised about this beer and it will fit nicely into my drinking rotation.

NitroGen, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of SargeC
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly rusty yellow, minimal head, naturally cloudy and unfiltered. Low carbonation.

Smell: Warm citrus and spice.

Taste: Citrus, rich yeast qualities, acidic and tangy.

Mouthfeel: Great medium consistency, satisfying. A little coarse. Carbonation adds to the fullness.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Great flavor and satisfying consistency.

SargeC, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of Porkchuck
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow! I really like this one. The label even explains how to pour it.
A - super cloudy pale yellow, short head

S - can you say herbal garden

T - everything you read so far is true...have to type it...RiCCOLA!

M - light, soda bubbles, lots of them

D - real easy to have more than one

Porkchuck, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of dippy
2.88/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy pale yellow with a tight knit head of bubbles that dropped off quickly.

Smell was lacking, a little clovey.

Taste was cloves and pepper. Maybe a little orange zest.

Went down smooth, not a lot of carbonation. Felt watery

Good beer. Not my fav. But I wouldn't kick many blondes out of bed and this one is no different.

dippy, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of gmfessen
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a pint glass, beer is a hazy pale yellow color with a thin head that dies out almost immediately leaving no lacing. Smell is not overwhelming, but is like one would expect from a witbier - coriander and cloves with a hint of citrus. Somewhat weizen like. The taste is much the same as the smell -sweet with spices and citrus, but not as enjoyable as some others of the style. Mouthfeel is pretty light in body with minimal carbonation. Overall, an easily drinkable beer but not an overly desirable one. Worth trying but nothing I will be revisiting anytime soon.

gmfessen, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of whiplash3825
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pale yellow cloudy color (carbonated grapefruit juice?)with a two-finger head that quickly collapses... minimal lacing,

The smell might just be the best part of this beer with just the right combination of citrus, coriander, floral, and spicy notes. That sour mustiness of good wheat beers is also in the nose.

Taste is lighter than the smell would lead you to believe, but the flavors are sublime with nothing overpowering the other. Citrus and spices with a very nice peppery bite. That yeasty sourness is prominent also. A great balance of flavors!

Mouthfeel is good... chewy with about a perfect level of carbonation.

Drinkablility is excellent, especially on a hot humid day. Low ABV and the clean dry finish leave you wanting "just one more." No overpowering flavors to get cloying after several... just a refreshing thirst-quenching brew!

whiplash3825, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of Frankdaatank24
4.65/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent on tap, quality lacks from bottled version. Generous, brilliant snow-white head, body of the beer is cloudy with a golden hue.

Taste is excellent, with buttery, citrusy flavors with a hint of floral.

All in all this is an excellent beer. Excellent head, taste, and highly drinkable. Not much else to say.

Frankdaatank24, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of jasonpeckins32
2.65/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What I really cant believe is that I havent tried this beer yet. Probably the only beer Ive seen sitting there on the shelf a thousand times without ever actually buying it. Strange also, its one of my favorite styles.

Pours a very pale yellow color with a slight haze. A nice fluffy white head was created through a vigorous pour. Decent lacings left behind.

The aroma is simple. A little citrus fruits, a little of that wheat ale smell. The taste is also remarkably simple. A few hints of lemon and on the yeasty side, theres really not any large standout flavors in this one. There may be a few remnant flavors of some spices floating around in it, but nothing noteworthy.

Mouthfeel is crisp, dry, and refreshing. A light bodied beer, but I'm impressed with the refreshing mouthfeel and adequate carbonation. Drinkability is good also, I could drink these all day without ever getting tired of them, but also without ever having an excellent beer all day either.

jasonpeckins32, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of AlephNull
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a slightly golden off white color -- almost like a white peach. Active carbonation during the pour makes a nice thick white head. Lacing drips slowly down the glass.

S- Fruity and a bit spicy -- lemon scents dominate but they're tempered by a bit of bannana and just a bit of clove. Not as much as in some other Witbeers.

T- The basic wheat taste isn't too strong in this one with bananas strong in the opening. The lemon flavors work their way up and take over in the finish. Very little spiciness in here, it's sweet and a bit watery.

M- I like my witbeers a bit heavier than this. It's a little bit watery and a little bit chalky. Not terrible, but not great.

D- This is a nice and drinkable beer that I think few would find offensive or difficult. It doesn't stand out to me as something to search out, but I can see this working well with hot wings (recommended by others) or a salmon BLT.

AlephNull, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of TheSarge
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoegaarden White Ale pours with massive amounts of carbonation and produces massive amounts of brilliant white head. The body is light tannish silver in color and is quite hazy.

The taste is mostly dominated by orange qualities, as is in the aromas.

There is a slight powdery feel to this brew.

I've got a warm spot for this brew. It helped me through my year when I didn't have access to craft beer in Korea. This is a great import.

TheSarge, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of iceball585
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pale straw yellow color, very thin white head, tons of tiny carbonation bubbles

S- Bananas, lemons, wheat

T- Mostly lemons, bananas, yeast, grassy, wheat, slight hop bite at the end

M- Very light, heavy carbonation making it kinda fizzy

D- Good but a little too carbonated

Good flavors for this witbier but nothing really exceptional about it. This beer doesn't really have anything that makes it stand out. Just an over all decent beer.

iceball585, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of sirpsycho
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a straw yellow. Aroma is subdued coriander. Flavor is the same, some spices come out that aren't apparent in the aroma. Light, refreshing, goes well with several foods, from a great steak to a pizza. Good choice after a round of golf in the hot sun.

sirpsycho, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of rdub
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite styles. Poured into a pint glass. Cloudy, light tan color. I like the look of this. Nice citrus smell. Citrus taste also. Very refreshing. Drinkability is good - goes down easily. Great for a hot summer day or when you want something crisp. One of my go-to beers when I want a "good" beer out somewhere.

rdub, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of CU570M
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this on tap at the Yardhouse in San Diego, CA. Was served with a thin cotton white head. Body was a light pale yellow, looks like a fresh squeezed lemonade. Im so glad they didn't put a stupid orange or lemon on it. Smells were sweet, lemony, citris, V8 type vegetable smells. Taste was a bit like banana taffy with hints of clove spice flavors. Mouthfeel was a bit of tingle on the tip of my tongue and a light dry acidic note. Overall a pretty good beer. I Love White Ales, so i might be a little bias on this one.

CU570M, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of Sushi
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Yellow, cloudy body with with a thin white head which stays with the beer all the way down. The smell is not particularly stong, but was sweet. Tastes strongly of orange, with some lemon too. Goes down very easily, and would make for a perfect beer in the summer time.

Sushi, Oct 01, 2007
Photo of Ricochet
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the beer I have when I want something light and hefe like, mainly because it's more available in standard restaurants. In fact, I had one of these at Geauga Lake Amusement Park's Octoberfest this year. (Rip GL)

So, of all the times I've had this, I've never reviewed it, so well, it's great. The end. ...well, not so fast.

A: Cloudy, yellow, small particulate, looks like pineapple juice. Little head but nice lace.

S: Subdued Jucy Fruit, not as fake, but there was an industrial hint to it, which detracted slightly.

M: Chewy, foamy, mouth left you wanting another sip, overall like you've just chewed the gum.

T: Light, banana clove taste, not very overpowering, orange hints, but the star is the thick wheat overtones that makes this beer. Serve it with a slice of orange! Come on! Serve it! When you've graduated from the Trix cerial flavor of Blue Moon, come have a real example of the style. Not the best, but damn good.

D: Yep. It seems like I see it more out-and-about and compared with the other stuff, this is the choice when no microbrewed Hefes or Wits are available

Ricochet, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of Bookseeb
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is hazed light straw with a thick crisp head. Smell is mainly citrus that is crisp and clean. Taste of citrus, spice and wheat. mouthfeel is light with a good amount of carbonation that makes it crisp and refreshing. Seems a little watered down with the overall flavor, but still a very good summer brew.

Bookseeb, Sep 27, 2007
Photo of Bitterbill
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours from 330ml bottle(best by 20/09/08) a slightly hazy straw colour with a fairly large head of foam that recedes quickly to just some spotting and some lacing.

The smell is of wheat, banana, and clove.

The taste is some nice wheat flavour, very light clove, and even lighter banana. Very lightly flavoured over all but what is there is good. Just needs to be a bit more assertive. The mouthfeel is light, the carbo is light, and it finishes on the watery side.

Bottom line: It's been a while since I last had some of this and I don't recall it being *this* light on the flavours. In my book, it's just so so. There are lots of others in the style that please my palate more.

Bitterbill, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of marcpal
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Oddly enough, I did not enjoy this beer nearly as much the more Ive drank over time as the first time that I tried it out.

On this tasting, the pour was into a low Hoegaarden glass and the cloudy musty look of the beer was very attractive. Generous head to the beer. The smell of citrus/coriander was intense and lasted throughout the drink. However, I dont think the taste held up quite as much as there was a bit of a soapy aftertaste that followed each sip, especially toward the end.

On this time that I actually looked to drink in order to review it, I was more apt to notice that I really didnt enjoy it nearly as much as I first thought. The smell and first sip are on the top of any list but I think the drinkability is where it really falls apart over time.

marcpal, Sep 22, 2007
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
86 out of 100 based on 4,247 ratings.