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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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4,436 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,436
Reviews: 1,669
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 94
Gots: 556 | 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 fitzy84
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The drink poured with a really murky, pale gold color. Decent lacing but the head evaporated quickly. The aromas were predominately citrus in flavoring and was not too overpowering. The taste was very sweet with a great, earthy aftertaste. Carbonation was excellent and helped the drink be nice and crisp. Overall, pretty good.

Photo of AlexLMS
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: non-filtered hazy with a very pale straw colour. The head is white, large and creamy. It presents a good retention rate but very little lacing.
Aroma: dominated by the fruity citrus aroma with yeast and banana notes.
Taste: citrus, banana, wheat, spices, yeast and some sweetness.
Mouthfeel: slightly dry, medium to low carbonation, low alcoholic strength and a medium body.
Finish: a lingering mix of wheat and slight bitterness.

Overall: very crisp, refreshing and really tasty. Great Witbier.

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

Poured from bottle into tall Weizen glass

A: Light, very murky coloring. Large two finger head that dissipated but left some lacing. Solid looking brew.

S: Exactly as I would expect. Corriander, cloves, and spices. I love the smell of witbiers.

T & M: A little pepper in the taste, the spice is definitely there. This is not as strong as some other witbiers that I've had and in my opinion is just slightly watery. Mouthfeel is solid with the spices lingering on the tongue.

D: Definitely drinkable on a hot summer day or a cold winter night. The Hoegaarden is one of the best example of a witbier on the market, I just wish it had just a little more flavor.

Photo of tfrench8985
1.43/5  rDev -62.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

i think this beer was very bad with a chemical aftertaste... my friend brought it over and was sayin how good it was, he brought over hoegaarden and i bought bodingtons iand i thought the bodington ale was much much better. this beer should not have this high of a rating on here, its even higher ten bass, come on now

Photo of Clydesdale
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy yellow, with just a hint of orange or perhaps copper color. A very clean bit of head.

S: An inviting aroma of wheat and lemon, with a vaguely dusty pepper-like character present.

T: Fairly sweet and wheaty, with unimposing lemon flavor and the same slightly dusty pepper nature there as well.

M: Very smooth and somewhat creamy, with a slightly dry finish and aftertaste.

D: This is reliable and tasty, but it's not that exciting. Honestly, it can be a bit underwhelming at times.

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

Pours a yellowish off white with no clarity when poured with the yeast stirred in as recomended on the label. Thick white Belgian head with decent retention and some lacing.

Smells slightly citrusy from orange peal not hops with some spicyness coming through from the corriander.

The taste is spicy and dry. Some malty sweetness, but the wheat drys it out quickly. So ness with corriander in the finish.

Some what thick in the mouth. Some puckerage from the wheat dryness and the sour orange peal.

This is any easy drinker. Could be a session beer, but I'd only consider one in the mix of a session.

I liked this one a lot more when I didn't like beer. It realy blew me away my first time. I couldn't get this here in Tenn. untill recently and I grabed it the first time I saw it. I wish I had only bought a single.

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

33 cl bottle poured, swirled, then poured into a weizen glass yields a hazy lemonade-colored body with a fat, creamy crown of Cool-Whip white foam with excellent retention that leaves big fat rings of smooth, puffy lacing and a savory chunk of edible foam at the bottom of the glass that refuses to be shook into my mouth at the end.

Smell is zesty wheat with a twist of orange and coriander with a peppery zip.

Rich wheat flavors, sweet and mellow, dry and toasty, greet the tastebuds, followed by a nice fruity orange note with a nutty, dry finish featuring just a kiss of earthy hops.

Really outstanding drinkability and incredibly smooth and refreshing, this is an excellent wit I'll definitely try again.

Photo of bort11
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle poured into a hefe glass. Tall white head with stickage. Spots of lace. Color is a light hazy lemon yellow with mild carbonation streamers.

Smell is a dry husky grain. Mild grassy and lemon notes. Taste is dry, strong coriander and spices. Lemon zest. A little salty.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, very dry finish. That seems to be the theme with this beer. Dry. Not too bad, though I've had better wits before.

Photo of CaptainIPA
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Served on-tap in a 500 ml Hoegaarden glass at Cafe Hollander Grand Cafe, on Milwaukee's Belgian east side.

A: Pours a cloudy, pale straw color with a generous two-finger head with outstanding retention.

S: Tart pear and spicy in the nose with hints of coriander, orange peel, apple, and band-aid.

T: Opens with an overwhelmingly strong band-aid flavor, followed by a solid wheat foundation, and balancing notes of coriander and orange zest. Extremely dry with a slightly bitter finish. Pairs awfully well with mussels & pommes frites.

M: Light-bodied, crisp and refreshing. Well carbonated.

D: Good.

Note: A band-aid off-flavor is often indicative of infected yeast. I think that's what's happening here. I'll review this benchmark Belgian Wit again at a later date.

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

Appearance- Pours with a substantial head, beer itself is rather on the light side though.

Smell- A bit on the hefty side of lemon smell. Good yeasty aromas.

Taste- Again, a bit on the weak side but with some wheaty undertones. Slight hints of lemon.

Mouthfeel- Sufficently covers the palate, not too bad.

Drinkability- A very drinkable beer, most refreshing and delightful on a warm summer day.

Photo of Getinthevan
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like most wheat beers that followed afterwards, Hoegaarden is top notch stuff. The color off the bat is a strong, cloudy yellow which gives way to a great bubbly head. The beer alone is a pleasant view to look at as the bubble rise to the top along with the cloudiness.

The smell is very pleasant and possesses a strong aroma that almost acts like an air freshener, as the smell lingers in the air far after the beer's been consumed.

Taste is great, with a nice punch of bitterness right in the aftertaste. It goes down exceptionally smooth, and is very nice and filling as well. Definitely a "go to" beer any given time.

Mouthfeel feels well satisfied and the overall flavor is highly complex, mixed with orange and yeast flavors. Definitely worth savoring a few seconds before it travels down the gullet.

Drinkability is a must. Hoegaarden is a great beer to quench thirst with, but also a fun beer to drink at dinner and at live concerts. There's certainly nothing but fun that comes from this stuff.

Photo of Vixie
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle, has a nice thick white head. Very cloudy, yellow in color.

Smell is very yeasty, reminded me a bit of the smell of warm bread. Also a touch of citrus scent there.

Taste was a good example of why they call beer liquid bread. Very strong yeast notes, and then the citrus and spices hit you. Not an overly complex taste, but one I quite enjoyed.

Mouthfeel was ok, was a touch thin, the taste did not linger long. The carbonation made its presence known, but a bit on the light side.

I did find this one very drinkable. It's not a heavyweight beer, so easy to drink more than one at a sitting. I find it a good beer for just enjoying and not having to worry much about high alcohol content, or being so heavy it feels you up. This is the kind of beer you drink with friends just for fun, and want something better than a mass market brand.

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

A - golden light yellow with 1" white head in my pint glass. Good head retention and little lace. Cloudy

S - you know, the very first thing I thought of when I smelled it was bologna! Then citrusy orange peels, nutmeg, coriander, yeast, and wheat appeared.

T - apricots, oranges, light hops, a touch of malts, breadiness, and a tangy aftertaste

M - light bodied, medium/heavy carbonation. Somewhat watery

D - very drinkable, a good session beer

Overall - a decent buy. This was on sale for 7.99/6 pack at Wegmans. It's a bit lacking in body and somewhat in taste (although the smell was pretty nifty) but it is an ok beer nonetheless and I may buy it again on occasion if I'm in the mood for a cheap Belgian wheat.

Photo of Ch1mpy
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow cloudy colour. White head that leaves a little lacing.

Smell is yeasty with some hints of fruit.

Tastes of and citrus and cloves. Pretty mild actually. Not very much carbonation.

Very Smooth mouthfeel.

This would appear to be the obvious wheat alternative to the Eurolagers. An OK wheat beer for those on a tight budget.

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

This beer was cloudy and turbid, pale yellow off the pour with a one finger head that had some retention.

Aroma was of white bread, light citrus fruits, and light hops. Well balanced.

Taste was mainly wheat malts, with an interesting hint of orange. Unusual, but not bad.

Mouthfeel was smooth, and carbonated to an appropriate level. Didn't feel too fizzy.

Drinkability gets good ratings. A good example of a witbier.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a pale straw hazy lemon color with a thin white head.

S: Spicy aroma full of orange peels and coriander and a funky yeast sourness.

T: sour with great complexity of spices providing a sweet and sour palate that tingers the tongue. Crisp, acidic, lemon bread, coriander, with a tart funky finish. Flavor is loaded with citrus, lemongrass, and some bananas along with spicy hops. Great sour finish refreshing.

M: nice mouthful and carbonation, tart, acidic and lemony

D: very good drinkability. prime example per style.

Photo of daythree16
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Hazy yellow color with a two finger head that leaves a little bit of lace on the glass as it fades. It looks like a cloudy lemonade.

The smell is sweet citrus with that typical phenolic hefeweizen aroma. The taste is very similar. The sweetness is refreshing, not cloying. The flavor is a little underwhelming.

The mouthfeel is very light and smooth, and the refreshing quality makes this a very drinkable beer.

Photo of kzoobrew
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy white pear color, bright white cap.

Many scents come through. Hints of banana and pear again. Citric spice smells as well.

The spiciness is dominate at first. Little sour twinge in the tongue, lemony flavor. Slight bitterness.

Crisp brew lively carbonation, too much for my likings. However the crispness and carbonation lends itself well to the flavor and style.

Fairly drinkable, however the lively carbonation is too much for me. I'll stop at one.

Photo of aubuc1
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into glass. Pours a carbonated hazy yellow with a quickly diminishing white head. Smells earthy and spicy with some banana also. Tastes like it smells. Very light mouthfeel and very easy to drink. This is a very refreshing beer that has mass appeal.

Photo of Durge
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pint pours a dull cloudy yellow color with a big smooth white head and thick lacing. The aroma is a clean and strong lemon and nutmeg, really a bright and unique masterpiece for the nose. The flavor is wheat and light citrus, fairly aqueous and very drinkable, but it also has a great creamy quality, like milk. Very fine carbonation. This seemed so much better than the recent version I had from a bottle. That was OK but this was really a tastey treat to me, and I don't typically go for witbiers particularly. I could have consumed many more had I not had an early morning schedule to contend with. A very nice surprise. Look for this on tap and enjoy.

Photo of orangemoustache
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy very pale golden color with a soft looking snow white head that leaves some patchy lacing as it falls.The nose is fresh and clean with just a touch of spice and yeast.Reminds me of tropical fruit bubble gum flavors with an assertive amount of hops and spicy yeast.The lightness of body and subtle dryness are enjoyable from start to finish.A highly drinkable Whitbier that is full of complexity and character.Good stuff!

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

Very resiliant bright gold pour illuminates the glass. A lot of action going on in this brew.

Very citric, lemon-zest like aromas.

Flavor follows up consistent with the scent. Sweet and fruity up front tapering off wheatly savory smooth.

Carbonation spices up on the palate nicely and balances really good with the acidity from the fruit. A favorite for sure.

Photo of KiltedCulinarian
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in American pint glass, according to directions. Very pale yellow color, appropriately similar to wheat, but almost foggy; like the liquid left over after cooking seafood. Disappointing head that disappeared immediately, though it had nice coloration. Creamy in texture, though not very full bodied. Clean flavour, sweet and well-rounded, with a hint of faint bitterness in the middle. Finishes well without leaving an aftertaste; cleanses the palate. Wouldn't reccommend for heavier foods, but excellent to pair with lighter fare

Photo of everetends
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Get this too at the Grub Mart in J'ville. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint.

A: A pale yellow, hazy and cloudy with particles. Good creamy head on this one.

S: Bananas, wheat, and citrus.

T: Bananas, clove, wheat, spices, citrus (orange and lemon zest).

M: Got a nice clean crisp feeling. Good amount of carbonation. A little thin.

D: This is a good Witbier. Very drinkable because it has some good flavors that go along with the summer. I enjoyed it.

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

This beer poured a pale straw color, cloudy as it is unfiltered. It had a nice white head. The smell had a very strong citrus sent. The taste matched the smell with citrus and a hint of sweetness. Mouthfeel was good. Overall the drinkability of this beer was good. It is crisp and refreshing. But it also has good flavor. It is a good summer beer.

Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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