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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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4,489 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,489
Reviews: 1,683
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 100
Gots: 611 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij van Hoegaarden visit their website

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: purplehops on 07-08-2001

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

Poured a light cloudy yellow, reminiscent of lemonade with a small white head.

Faint smells of coriander, maybe some mild clove.

Initial ingestion yields coriander with clove and some mild other spices. Orange peel is also lightly present.

Smooth with medium carbonation.

Very tasty brew. Could easily kick back and enjoy several of these any time of the day. I would consider this a gateway beer for anyone looking to branch out from American macros, light and smooth yet incredible flavor.

Photo of alovesupreme
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very cloudy pale yellow color with a good head, and good retention. Light in color but almost cannot see through the glass.
Its apparent that this is a wheat beer, fruity smelling, with some spice possibly coriander.
Mellow taste, but pleasant, wheaty taste, with some esters in the mix. Coriander adds a little spice.
Nice mouth feel, very refreshing, good carbonation.
Good beer, Ill have this again in the future, but it did not blow my mind.

Photo of jsprain1
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- A nice cloudy pale golden with lots of murkiness and a one finger head that doesn't disappear. Looks like how a textbook witbier shoould.
S- Smells of light wheat and lemon/corriander. Scent was pretty faint overall though.
T: Starts pretty wheaty but a few seconds later a nice lemon and spice kicks in with a distant light hop flavor. fades out with a a bit of a spicy wheat taste.
M- Light body, aggressive carb.
O- A thoroughly good beer. Quite drinkable and delicious. An easy drinking and approachable wit.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy gold with a nice foamy white head and decent lacing.

Smells of musty sweet wheat, some sharp spice.

Nice sweet wheat flavors, coriander, lemon, and a sour musty finish. Good solid beer.

Very very drinkable. Medium body. Terrific summer beer, no need for lemons, citrus additions.

Photo of jaytwo
4.8/5  rDev +27%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well like many beers I saw this one at my fathers grocery store. Found out it was a beer from the company that bought bud out, and was highly skeptical. Boy was I wrong.

I bought a 12 pack of the stuff in bottles. I poured it (as directed on the bottle, lol) and was left with a nice gold coloured beer with a nice head on it. Took one sip of it and was like, wow, this is what a belgian white should taste like. Totally blows blue moon out of the water, maybe even into outer space. Mouthfeel is exceptional. As far as drinkability is concerned, I drank the whole 12 pack in 3 hours, so I think its right up there with the most drinkable beers out there. This beer is in my top 10 right now.

Photo of bcolflesh
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my work beer trade - drank with pizza.

I will refer to this in the future as the Juicyfruit beer - it tastes like that gum to me - and I mean that in a good way. This is really good - I wish I would have traded for a couple more.

You need to try this one.

Photo of WHROO
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a different kind of beer due to the spices (like some cloves)...
Pours a pale hazy yellow, with a decent head...retained lacing down half the glass
Aroma: a little wheat, not too strong though.
Taste: this was the bit that gave it a wow factor. Not too sweet, not too bitter, yet full of taste. Not sure if it was coriander I was tasting...but seemed more like the cloves spice (definately something out of the ole spice rack though). The taste of wheat was there & the finish was kind..not too bitter.
Mouthfeel was good too...creamy & not too carbonated.
Drinkability: not really a session beer for me due to the spices feel, but definately a nice beer I very much enjoyed. A 'try something different' beer for sure.
Try a 'normal' beer then have a taste of this::: the contrast (due to the spice) is quite 'loud'.

Photo of DubBrewer
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance is a hazy yellow color with a beautiful white head. Smells of wheat, coriander and a slight citrus/lemon scent. Tastes like a classic Belgian White, very smooth and refreshing with a slight tartiness in the finish. Mouthfeel is good, and this is an easy drinking beer. Its a great beer to enjoy on a hot summer day or while you're griling some food. One of my favorite Belgian beers.

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

A - pale hazy yellow with a one-finger head
S - smells wheat, coriander, and lime
T - light in taste, starts with a bit of malt, which is followed by spices and some fruity coriander, and finishes with a very light bitterness
M - full and a little under carbonated
D - this is very easy to drink and makes for a great session beer. This is good out of the bottle and even better out of the tap.

Photo of bloberglawp
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, pale yellow and lots of head. Aroma of spice and yeast esters. A great flavor of wheat malt and a slight bit of tangy sourness. Alot fair bit of spice and a wonderfull profile from the wheat malt.

Very drinkable, in fact I had 3 in about a hour. I blame the drinkability of the beer and the listening live to the "session" for The Brewing Network.


Photo of unclejimbay
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

FYI - early experience review...

poured from a bottle to a tulip style glass.
4.9 ABV, 176 calories ps

A-4.5 Golden white, creamy and hazy, a model for any witbier in my book on the appearance scale. Always a good head that lasts as it should. Always a photo op!

S-4.0 Wheat, Spicy & hints of citrus, not to pronounced on the smells, nice and mellow

T-4.5 Wheaty, spicy, hints of orange, mellow citrus, love it, a solid witbier standard

M-3.5 Low mark on this review. A bit of yeasty for my pref, good carbonation & balanced after taste

D-4.0 A solid rep for a highly available Belgian spiced witbier. I LOVE THE LOOK AND TASTE BEST OF ALL.

Photo of kshankar
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers. I have tried numerous wits after this one, and always use this one as the standard of judging.

Appearance: Hazy yellow with fluffy head...amazing retention. It looks extremely appetizing.

Smell: Soft citrus notes, coriander and wheat.

Taste: Goes down very smooth. Its creamy and the citrus is rather gentle, balancing well with the coriander spices and the wheat. Light and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, I usually swirl this around in my mouth for a little bit to get all the flavors.

Overall a very drinkable beer, but its much more than that. The mouth feel and taste are excellent and it goes down very smooth. I know some bars put a wedge of lemon in it, but I usually have mine straight up. And if you get it in a bottle, pour it. Drinking it from a bottle is just not as good.

Photo of erosier
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: Pours a very light yellow color with a tall white head that laces some down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet wheat malt underneath hints of citris and some coriander, more coriander than citris.
T: The taste starts with some sweet wheat malt then some coriander, some yeast flavors, some citris and then more coriander.
M: It was crisp and refreshing with the right amount of carbonation.
D: It was Ok drinkability, I think there may have been a bit too much coriander.

Photo of association330
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy, light-yellow color with an airy, bubbly, eggshell-white head that vanishes into a thin, creamy cap with average lacing.

S - Damp grains, yeast, bananas, a bit of spices (coriander, I assume).

T - Starts with more damp grains, transitions into some lemon and sweet orange peel with dashes of banana, pepper, and coriander. Pronounced flavor of yeast on the swallow, and a fleeting citrus aftertaste.

M - Between light and moderate viscosity, with carbonation just above moderate, so it goes down as easy as a classic warm weather beer ought to.

D - I could definitely lay into a few pints of this, it's a pleasant, easy-drinking brew. Very sessionable at 4.9%.

A pretty good summer witbier, would pair nicely with a plate of some fresh seafood.

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy urine colour with a thick frothy white head that lasts until the end.

Smells of bananas, citrus, some coriander and other spices, I love this smell!

A nice spicy wit beer, some banana and orange peel is very present as well as some black pepper and spices.

A thin mouthfeel and a very refreshing beer!

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pured from a bottle to a pint glass the liquid is light yellow with good carbonation. The head is nice 2 fingers cotton white and it leaves little lace.

The smell is nice, light aroma of bright citrus fruit and a grainy malt.

The taste is a classic wit, light bready malt with citrus and a hint of pepper.

The mouthfeel is good medium body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is good, a must try for the wit beer base line.

Prosit, MK

Photo of walshclimb
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy pale yellow with 1/2" white uniform head that dissipates pretty slowly, leaving a continuous lace that turns spotty. Nice sour yeasty smell with a little tropical fruit and maybe a little pepper. Tastes about like it smells initially with a bittersweet finish that comes up suddenly right at the end of a short lived aftertaste. Smooth and creamy witha soft carbonation and a dry finish. This is an easy drinker that is light in carbonation and a nice flavor. Definitely a good summertime brew.

Photo of Jwale73
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a standard pint. Poured a hazy, straw gold with a half inch bright, white head that eventually settled into a broken skim. Nose was somewhat nonexistent; some citrus and corriander. Taste consistent with nose, as well as pale wheat. Taste reminded me of a cross between Orangina and Zima. Mouthfeel was light and somewhat watery, with a clean, dry finish. Easy drinking lawnmower beer,but their are much better witbiers out there.

Photo of nighthawk
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a large (approx 600mL) Hoegaarden glass. Cloudy, pale yellow-gold body with white, tautly bubbled head. Lacing clung in drapes around the glass as the beer was consumed, approx 1/2 cm of head retained until the end of the beer.
Smelled sweet, light banana scent, with some lemon and pepper zing.
Tasted sweet, fruity (mainly banana flavours), wheat, and a slight pepper/spice bite. Finishes with a slightly astringent wheat taste and a little bit of a bitter finish.
Fairly light in body, with a lively carbonation. Smooth and palatable.

This beer was my gateway into the world of Belgian brews. Tasty stuff, and a decent session beer that's a nice diversion from my usual.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Imperial Pint Glass
TEMP: Chilled to approx. 45 degrees
BEST BY DATE: 12-06-09

I'll just start by saying that I am biased in favor of this beer. I love Hoegaarden. It is the witbier by which I judge all others. With that in mind, my review follows.

It is a light hazy golden yellow color. Hazy enough to nearly be opaque. It reminds me of a wheat field on a nice summer day. It's minimal head doesn't stay around long, at all.

Smells of spicy citrus notes. Little yeasty bread-like notes in there, too. Not much else, just keep it simple.

Taste is very good, indeed. The not quite sweet citrus flavors are so finely balanced by the spiciness of the coriander that this is harmony in a glass. Light yeast notes follow along bringing a delicate banana flavor to round out the end.

Very good creamy mouthfeel, here. This wouldn't work without the proper carbonation level and fortunately, this has it.

For me, this is a great session beer. Nice and easy to drink with a moderate enough ABV level. It would score a 5.0 for this except that it runs about $10 a 6-pack, so you have to kind of monitor your intake, for financial reasons. (Someday, when I win the lottery, I'll bathe in this stuff.)

Photo of ckeegan04
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light golden yellow color and very cloudy. Thick white head quickly fades to a 1/2 inch layer with excellent lacing.

S - Very sour fruit aroma of lemon and banana. Light grains as well.

T - Sour yeasty taste of lemon and a hint of banana. Flavor is a little on the light side for a wit, but still very tasty. The wheat comes through in a very light way later in the drink.

M/D - Light bodied and a touch thin on the feel. Well carbonated and very drinkable. Not the best wit out there, but a nice dependable stand-by.

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

Beer pours a uniformly hazy white-gold with a stark white tightly bubbled head.

Smell of spices and citrus upfront, strawlike yeast and astringency.

Orange peel and coriander upfront with a lingering astringency from a combination of the orange and hop. Light and clean malt character with the straw and bread-dough yeast characters common with Belgian suds.

Easygoing mouthfeel with a gentle carbonation, soft viscosity, and slight fizz at the end.

Popular beer for good reason; really not one of my favorite styles but definitely quaffable and the well-known benchmark for the Witbier style.

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

Appearance- Perfectly hazy yellow body. The head was thick white and creamy as was the lace with both having some stamina to them.

Smell- Not overly strong it was just right. Great floral tones mixed with strong citrus and coriander aromas.

Taste- Great orange, coriander and wheat flavors.

Mouthfeel- Full and very creamy for a beer of this style.

Drinkability- Refreshing this beer really hits the spot.

Photo of gab351
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very drinkable beer that's nice as a refresher on a hot day like most witbiers are. Appearance is a nice hazy golden with quite a bit of carbonation streaming upwards. Smells citrusy and herby with quite a bit of the yeast coming out as well. Mouthfeel is nice because of the fizzyness which I am a fan of. Very light on the tongue with a fair amount of sourness. Nice fruit tones as it goes down as well. Overall a very pleasing beer, nothing extraordinary but nice to wash down a summer meal on the deck with.

Photo of SickBrew
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


No that's a pale beer.

Aroma: Somewhat sweet with a hint of the coriander. Other citrus tones are also mixed in there for an overall refreshing aroma.

Flavor: Soft, smooth and and a bit girly with the spices but very nice and the finish seems to wash away the spices. Recommended on hot days!

Overall: Different refreshing and clean.

Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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