Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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4,337 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,337
Reviews: 1,654
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 83
Gots: 488 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: purplehops on 07-08-2001)
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Photo of generallee
4.72/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Liquid sun shine, poured into its signature tumbler glass. Color was light yellow and hazy with a foamy white head. It has an inviting aroma of wheat, citrus, and spice. The flavor is much the same with a wonderful balance of wheaty malts, Belgian yeast, dried orange peel and coriander. Nice sweet/tart finish with good carbonation and a medium body. This is a great summer time beer and one of my favorite wheat beers.

Photo of bikehorn
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy yellow, with a small off-white head

Smell: wheat, apple, citrus

Taste: sweetly fruity and wheaty

Mouthfeel: light carbonation, light acidity, it would be nice if it was more medium bodied, but it's not

Drinkability: quite drinkable

Overall: crisp, tasteful and perfect for a warm spring day

Photo of mphopkins99
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap serving

A - Cloudy, yellow with a light and quickly disappearing head.

S - Fruity, hint of spice

T - Very light, almost too light. Somewhat fruity taste

M - Good, again, very light

D - Very drinkable, went down easy both before and during a meal.

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

Consumed on 3/30/08 at Brews Brothers, Pensacola.

Cloudy light yellow pour with a fluffy white head.

Aroma of spices (cloves, particularly).

Flavor is sweet and malty with lemony citrus notes. Creamy and effervescent. A little parching on the end.

Excellent example of the style.

Photo of Hoagie1973
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I've passed over this beer many times, but I finally bought a single to try. Poured a unique cloudy lemon-yellow with a medium foamy, stark-white head. Head reduces somewhat quickly to a light froth. Good lacing. Some yeast sediment floaters end up in the glass.

Aroma is really nice. Spicy clove and yeast with a little banana.

Taste is light but flavorful with an orange-lemon citrus thing going on. Some clove and a light medicinal quality. A little bit of a fresh-cut flower aftertaste.

Carbonation is a tad harsh to start, but mellows half way through.

Very crisp and refreshing. I found that I hit the bottom of the glass before I was even done analyzing it. Extremely drinkable; flavorful, but not filling. I could do quite a few of these without a problem.

Photo of swizzlenuts
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A yellow coloured beer with a bit of carbonation; a nice big head that dissipates slowly

S: An okay smell of wheat and hints of fruits

T: It has an underlying wheat taste with some sour and very citris fruits in the foreground. It's quite refreshing, even with the taste of yeast. It almost feels like there chunks of fruit inside the beer.

M: It's 'chunky' with some carbonation, and feels there are more thinks floating in there.

D: Pretty drinkable, and quite enjoyable.

Photo of chiapete
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy yellow , with a light ,white-off white head.

smell was sweet , had a light fruit , slight citrus aroma.

Tasted the way you would think after you smelled it. Had a sweet, fruity , very light taste. Very refreshing. No after taste . Very easy going down.

Mouth feel was very light .

Will remember this beer during summer cook outs , or mowing the lawn.

Photo of hyland24
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a oversized Hoegaarden glass.

The mother of all Witbiers, at least to me. I understand to some people this is the Bud Light of Whitbiers but you like what you like.

It pours a very cloudy yellow with a frothy inch and a half pure white head that sits there unmoving waiting for the first sip. Minimal scattered lacing throughout the glass.

The banana smell jumps out of the glass overpowering the slight malty, citrus undertones.

The taste is top notch with the banana flavor this style is known for taking top billing. The malty slightly spicy hop shines through mixing with citrus and finishing creamy smooth.

The mouthfeel is creamy and slightly bready filling the mouth and sticking behind after the beer has been swallowed. I could easily drink a 12 pack of these beers without thinking twice, and I have. Great summertime Barbecue beer that goes down easy and wont fill you up or leave you bloated.

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew was cloudier than a day at a Seattle beach front. Hazy yellow and a light head. The taste was of Coriander,citrus and yeast. The balance of malts was good and the citrus was not overdone. It seemed to taste better after setting to room temperature. The feel was a smooth,crisp and slightly yeasty feel.I think one could have a 6 pack of these quite easily. I would buy it again,but I must admit that I prefer Double white ales.

Note:Excellent brew with a nice warm spice,all in all worth drinking.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy yellow with small off white head.

Smells spicy and wheaty, a little bit of citrus.

Smooth. Wheat comes through as well as coriander and fruit.

Medium bodied brew.

Amazing drinkability, goes down so smooth and so easy. Refreshing.

My favorite easy to find import; the beer that non beer bars have for me.

Photo of elmore
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330ml into a Saison Dupont pint glass. A brisk pour yielded a pale white 2 finger head which receded into a ring around the glass and left some foamy lace. Lots of active carbonation - tons of tiny bubbles rapidly making their way to the surface. Color is hazy yellow - reminds me of lemonade. Although this is an unfiltered beer there are no large peices of yeast - but it has a haziness - likely due to very fine suspended yeast. This really looks like a refreshing beer.

Smell is very light and subtle. Smell of funky yeast, lemon zest, light malts.

Very refreshing. Tastes of light malt. Citrus, particularly lemon zest with a little hops bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light. Carbonation is fine and champagne-like. This is one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had and is great on a hot summer day.

A fine beer. Just so drinkable and refreshing. The prototypical Witbier.

Photo of mattster
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened 11.2 fl oz bottle, poured (As instructed on bottle) into Hoegaarden Hexagonal glass. Bottle marked Best before 15 April 2009 (First Tax day, in the post Bush era - Conspiracy? I doubt it).

Pours a nice hazy ale with 1"-1.5" of frothy white head. Dissipates to .33" of head atop an off-white hazy brew.

When you first open the bottle, I smell - and I know this is a stretch - Water that has been used to boil hot dogs. Its nice to have a import brew that doesn't smell skunky though. Hot dog water smell disappears when poured into glass. Smell is nice - typical witbier smell with light herb/spice tones. Taste is a nice mix of light citrus and spice, with bits of bread and yeast - Really nice finish and easy mouth feel. I'm not a hugs fan of this style, but this one is really good and will make sure to keep more of these in my closet.

Very good brew, well worth it, worth the price.

Photo of DK420
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a great white ale. it has a good look especially in the traditional hexagonal glass that the bottle suggests to drink from. The aroma seems to be quite pleasant. The taste of this beer has always pleased my taste buds, Enough to rate this beer as one of my favorites on my list. It is very easy to drink considering it is only 4.9% alcohol. The texture of this beer is pretty nice, not to thick, nice on a hot day. This has been one of my favorite beers and i think this one can change the average domestic beer drinkers perspective on higher quality beers.

Photo of Maudite
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Who-garden was my gateway beer, the one that got me drinking beyond Schlitz. The weather started warming up here in the bay, so I had to grab a sixer.

A- Drank from a Stella crystal tumbler, followed the pouring directions on the bottle, swirling the last few drops. The head was creamier and frothier than I remember. Bleach white head on a lemonade body, a very nice looking bier. Okay lacing, head didn't last as long as I would have liked, but optimal presentation upon pour.

S- Soapy, lemon zest, lightly hop-citric. There is a bit of pear in there, too.

T- The taste, like the last reviewer said, is slightly soapy, but like the way lemon soap smells, so it is rather pleasing. Very light, crisp, wheaty, no great hop trace. Very citrusy (lemon/small amount of orange, no grapefruit), so you don't need a lemon in this, please, please don't.

M- Thinner than I remember, or would like it to be. The pour is slightly deceiving, looking quite carbonated and acidic. Lightly acidic in the jowls, small tang on the tongue, rolls down the throat smoothly, almost making me feel thirstier.

D- Easy drinking, well-balanced warm weather beer. This beer was made for Texas, where it is often used as a porch cool-me-down.

Photo of CamuMahubah
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a faint lemon juice color.

Smells of gelatin and yeast.

Exceptional. Crisp fruity lemon. Relaxing balance leaning a bit towards tart.

Definitely a light feel.

Poundable in the Summer heat. Someone told me this tasted of dishwater so I have put off tasting this beer for a while. Decided to give this beer a an honest chance tonite and was rewarded with a refreshing brew!

Photo of americanwolfdrea
4.58/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was served a nice tan color with a creamy head and an orange slice. It had a crisp and refreshing taste and very clean finish. I hade it paired with a whole wheat pasta dinner and the wheat in the beer came through very very well. I enjoyed this beer greatly

Photo of dnichols
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 330 ml capped bottle into a mug.

A: It poured a cloudy pale yellow with a modest one finger creamy white head. The head retreated to a shallow cover that supported an even layered curtain of lacing.

S: It had a noticeable aroma of lemons accented with white peppers.

T: It had a sweet, lemony and peppery flavor. There was a bit of sourness on the backside that lingered into the aftertaste.

M: Creamy medium bodied brew with a mouth filling body and slightly sour aftertaste.

D: Very refresing, especially on a warm summer day. Much like a glass of lemonade.

Photo of TheTrevor
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a pretty cloudy yellowish-white with a single-finger fluffy head that lasted for the whole beer. The smell is yeasty with some citrus and banana. The taste starts off with some sweet citrus that fades into some clove spiciness and finishes with some fruitiness. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated with a decent thickness. The sweetness and fruitness makes for a very drinkable beer.

Photo of burtonbe
2.95/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very yellow color. A faint gold almost. Cloudy. One-finger fluffy white head. Looks good.

S - I smell german yeast. Yeastyness. Cloves. Very very slight banana. Some bubble-gum. Better than average.

T - Very nice. It tastes more inline with a bavarian hefe-weisen than than a belgian wit though. Cloves overpower the taste. Not very bitter. Wheaty and yeasty. I like it, but it just doesn't scream "wit"....

M - Mouthfeel is right where it should be. Light, with the carbonation spot on.

D - This beer is drinkable. Don't have much more to say other than that.

Overall this is a very nice beer, but this wit just doesn't do it for me. There is very little to absolutely no honey, vanilla, coriander, or orange-fruityness aroma or taste. I was expecting a lot more.

Photo of bboven
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dirty, light straw colored body, almost no head or lacing. Cloudy.

The yeast is definitely taking action with a light citrus nose, wheat is there as well.

Big citrus flavor from the yeast. I'd swear there was an orange in there, but good use of the spices.

Mouthfeel is very highly carbonated but a little thin.

A great brunch beer.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 cl bottle into a pint glass.

The appearance is of a soft yellow, grapefruit juice-colored body with a slightly hazy interior. Trails of carbonation stream upwards to supply a thin, beige head that retains well.
The aroma is surprisingly good, it's got that "witbier musk" with some powdery cake dough, a touch of wheat, coriander spice, and the faintest hint of floral hops.

The taste leaves a bit to be desired...I liken it to biting into an wheat-coated orange slice that's already been sucked dry: the flavor's just not all there. Some orange peel and a bit of juicy hops try desperately to leave an aftertaste, but the overly carbonated, thin body limits the enjoyment. I can see myself enjoying a Hoegaarden on a warm spring day, but I'm glad my girfriend bought the six pack and not me.

Photo of GoreStorm
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

on draft at our local pub, they had just gotten it in that day.

A - good stuff, typical hoegaarden appearance, moderate white whippy looking head and text book belgian white color.

S - the coriander pops out more here, some floral scents as well.

T - the coriander flavor is more pronounced than the orange peel flavor usually is, strange but i enjoy it.

M - creamier than the bottle and a bit thinner.

D - this is an excellent drinkable beer, enough said.

Photo of ZAP
4.83/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

To me this is damn near the perfect wit....so many now are overspiced and almost hard to drink in quantities. This has a tremendous flavor but also a very drinkable feel.

Looks the part with a bright yellow hazy color and big egg white head...coriander up front on then nose followed by lemon peel and orange peel.

The lemon/orange peel jumps to the front in the taste but the coriander is also present but not overpowering...crisp and slightly acidic....quite the thirst quencher...This tastes great on a cold winter night in February in northern Minnesota but would really taste great while taking in the scenery at a local beach in the summer....a keg of this would be great for a pool party..

fresh bottle...just showed up in the market...best by date of 4/28/09....it is 2/23/08

Photo of beeroclock
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A very nice brew to have with nice weather.

A - poured a hazy yellow with a mountain of white head that lasted forever and then some.
S - Lemon, that is the main thing you pick up on the flavor.
T - Lemon and some smooth buttery bread type of flavor, nice though, very pleasant, non-offensive.
M - Some breadiness, but it's kind of plain at this point, not much aftertaste and it just kind of leaves you hanging.
D - It's a good beer. It is probaby best with foods that are not going to overpower. Maybe some white fish and breads. Also, probably better enjoyed in the summer months than when it's cold outside.

Photo of JDV
2.33/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A classic, but just tastes similar to every hefeweizen and wit I've had before. Not bad, but nothing unique other than the freakishly long lasting head. Coriander, clove and lemon tastes, light bodied, and easy to drink if you like those flavors in beer, which I don't particularly. Good if you like the style.

Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
85 out of 100 based on 4,337 ratings.