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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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4,516 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,516
Reviews: 1,690
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 104
Gots: 652 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij van Hoegaarden visit their website

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 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!


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

Poured into a pint glass

Pours a foamy white 2 finger head with a good amount of lacing. Very white (obviously) and cloudy looking. Some people might not like how cloudy it is but i think it looks pretty cool

The spices and citrus mostly overpower the nose. I detect some pepper and coriander.
It tastes much like it smells i feel, but the first sip is very interesting as you don't expect that orange peel or whatever it is in the finish. It's pretty peppery overall. Pretty great tasting brew (also considering it was 18 bucks for a 12 pack, nice deal).

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and not offensive at all, good amount of carbonation for this kind of beer i feel.
I could drink many of these in a night. Not overpowering alcohol, and i enjoy the taste. Some people might find the taste tiresome after a while though.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on-tap at bar pepper, in wudaokou, beijing, china.

served in large 50cl branded angular tumbler.

color of pale lemon juice. cloudy. sudsy head soon fades to thin layer. minimal splotches of lace, with a small but broad single patch halfway down the glass.

smells of orange and lemon zest, with hints of bread and yeast, and overall fresh fruit quality and and herbal grassiness. all a bit subdued overall though.

orangey fruitiness in the flavor too. hints of parsley behind the mild malt character. herbal hop note, moderately to lightly bitter. fruity, semi-dry, but relatively clean finish. seems a touch watered down however.

smooth, but a bit watery. lively carbonation.

hmm... the tap here might be watered down slightly. i've had it on tap elsewhere here in beijing, and had a much better impression.

Photo of 6stringfunk
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours the color of apple juice with a two finger head that has good retention and lacing. The smell is fantastic - sweet, fruity. The taste does not match the smell. I was expecting more taste given the smell. The taste is light, but what is there is good. A nice acidic flavor with the addition of something resembling apple. Would be great on a hot day.

Photo of tanzaniakate
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty easy-to-get, which is good in our current locality. Overall, not bad.

Fruity and light, but not as full a beer as I'd normally like. We did a blind taste-test with Blue Moon (designed after it), but could tell almost no difference besides color. Great with whatever you're eating, and with almost all company, besides the super beer-snobs and the super-anti-beer-snob.

Photo of corby112
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Grey Lodge in Northeast Philadelphia.

Pours a golden yellow color with thick foamy white head. Citrus aroma consisiting of lemon and orange peel, zest and other spices. Flavor very similar to aroma with a balance of peppery spice and citrusy lemon peel.

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.78/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 12/10/2005 (On tap @ Fox & Hound):

I squeezed an orange slice over the beer. Pale cloudy pale yellow translucent color, big white head head, lasting. Flora aroma, hops, citrus. Lively taste, dry, smooth, a little bland, citrus taste-grapefruit, watered down taste.

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into 19oz unbranded pilsner tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale, cloudy gold color with a very large white head. Leaves behind lots and lots of lace.

Smell: Grassy with citrus and wheat tones. Banana comes through more as it warms.

Taste: Wheaty and sweet, with hints of banana and citrus.

Mouthfeel: Thin, but not watery. Balanced carbonation and finished crips and refreshing.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable and very refreshing. This is a beer I would love to have around during those hot Houston summer days, but on my budget I don't have the means to get this beer that much. Highly recommended.

Photo of RickS95
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once you get past the way this beer looks, it's actually pretty good.

Poured a huge white head. The beer looks like cloudy, watered-down lemonade. The coriander is obvious in the nose.

Mouthfeel was very refreshing, reminded me of a summer shandy because of the looks and how crisp it felt.

The beer goes down really smoothly and has good lacing as you approach the bottom of the glass.

The finish is pretty complex. It tries to be sweet, but the wheat is balanced nicely by the various spices. Only in the finish did I notice the orange peel.

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

A: Murky yellow, with a foamy crispy white head. Head dissappears quickly.

S: Citrus, definately orange peel. Sweet. Maybe even coriander?

T: Wheaty, VERY light and smooth. Sweet, no bitterness at all. Citrus again. Tastes the way it smells. Perfect!

M: Almost like soda. Good carbonation. I can really imagine this with a nice shrimp paella or something similiar!

D: Very drinkable. This is a definite summer brew! Served well chilled, perhaps even with a slice of orange it's the perfect summer beer!

Hoegaarden is definitely on my top five list! It doesn't look like much, but it's REALLY good.

Photo of Greggy
4.55/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours a big bright white head, 2.5 fingers in height. The body is white/yellow and very hazy. There is no doubt that this is a wit.

S- Very fresh banana notes, yeasty clove, orange, some pepper, hints of apricot.

T- Starts out with a round sweet yeastiness with notes of banana, honey graham crackers, orange and hints of lemon.

M- Very light carbonation. Nice feel

D- I could easily drink this anytime. I look forward to pairing this with breakfast foods (@ night, of course).

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

Served up on-tap at The Pizza Joint in Evans, GA.

Pale, hazy straw yellow in color with no head (thanks to the tender pulling this one; though, luckily, they served it without the accursed lemon slice) but leaving behind some faint spots of white lace.

Lemon and other light citrus notes present themselves in the nose.

Light in mouthfeel with a light-medium body and a nice spritziness. Spicy, citrus flavors play well with a mild middling yeasty nature of clove and banana, finishing long and dry.

Overall a nicely light and refreshing Wit and a staple of the style.

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

Popped it open for some refreshment along with some leftover barbecue. In retrospect, not the best pairing in the world, but I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, even while eating such strongly flavored food.

It Had a fresh, citrus and coriander aroma to start off, along with an appropriately pale color. The taste was delectably spiced with notes of wheat and citrus, and was smooth going down, even smoother than those macrobrews that advertise their 'drinkability.' Could drink several of these in one sitting without adverse guttural response. Definitely a good choice for the price.

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

Hoegaarden was introduced to me by a good friend that shared a love for beer and shared his knowledge of beer with me. That was even before I found about BA and started to become a beer geek. Now on to review an old favorite...

Poured from a classy bottle... I love the silver logos and multiple "coat of arms" logos, even imprinted in the glass. Color is a very pale yellow that seems clear up close but cloudy from an arms length. I don't know what causes that. Lively carbonation bubbles rise continuously. Don't pour this one too fast, an extremely white head starts out tall, but falls fairly fast and leaves just traces of lacing.

Aromas are strong and unique. Lots of coriander and spice, with some citrus and maybe just a bit of wheat grains in there. Also noticing some fruity/spicy/funky yeast aromas that are also there in the flavors.

I like complexity in flavors of beer, and this one does that well, without going overboard on any one. I think the malts could be beefed up a little bit, but I still detect some wholesome grains along wiith the abundant spice, citrus and yeast flavors going on.

Carbonation is lively and matches the light, airy flavors very well. Makes this a very refreshing beer with a pleasing, lingering coriander aftertaste.

Way drinkable, especially on hot days. Today was cold and rainy, but I still enjoyed it. My local grocery store has this beer for only $7.99 for a sixer, which seems like a great deal to me. Nearby on the shelf is Corona for $8.69. What a messed up world we live in. I shudder to think of the magnitudes more Corona sells over the cheaper Hoegaarden. Oh well, more for me!

Photo of TheDeuce
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-nice golden color with an active white head, the bar serves an orange with it, which I promptly get rid of.

Smell-fruity aroma, alcohol is very pronounced.

Taste/Mouthfeel-light flavor, decent smoothness as well maltiness is now more prevalent than before. Hops are there, good flavor.

Drinkability-Solid flavor, enjoyable to drink, I had no issues.

Overall-a fine white ale, I've had better but this is one of the best you will find on tap in most areas. Solid job.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I always saw this at the store and saw it was one of the original "Belgian Wit's" so I thought I'd give it a try after having numerous of its American versions.

I was pleasantly surprised.. this is a great beer. Pours a nice cloudy yellow as expected but this taste of it is just. unique. Very full in body and has a nice spicy kick to it while going down smooth. Very easy to drink and enjoyable all the way thru... would buy a sixer of this in future for sure.

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

A: Pale yellow color lightly clouded. Poured a bubbly, stark white two finger head; fir retention. Ample, even lacing. Decnted continuously.

S: Wet grain, yeast and a hint of spices.

T: Consistent with aromal with wet grains. Pleasing citrus zest with a foundation of peppery spice and coriander. Finishes with yeast and a citrus aftertaste.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation.

D: A good tasting, easy drinking Witbbier. Pleasantly complex. I could knock back a few of these and enjoy it.

Photo of CampusCrew
3.12/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: Deep cloudy texture, unfilitered

smell: floral and citrus, pleasant

taste: citrisy and light, not bad for a white ale

mouthfeel: frashing and light for a white beer and proably my fav for it's style so far

drinkability: Smooth and relaxing, drink in the heat

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

Pours a pale, straw, cloudy sunshine with a serious sudsy white head.

Aroma of mild citrus, yeast, and hay.

Light lemon citrus, orange, some honey sweetess with a light hoppy biterness. Very nice. Good balance.

Good body for the style, not full, but you can feel it.

Very drinkable! Particularly on a hot day.

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is to be noted that though this is this brewery's flagship "original" beer the real original recipe was taken by the original brewer to Texas where it eventually was laid to rest in peace. So sad. However, this is still one of the most famous witbiers available (I first tried it in New Zealand!) and was worth reviewing. Out of the bottle the liquid was a milky, straw gold color with a bright white head. The foam both retained and laced well throughout. The aroma was classic, orange zest, coriander and tangy wheat. The flavors were similar, though the first taste was floral hops and malt sweetness followed by the curacao orange zest and lemon flavors as well as coriander and cloves. The flavors were well blended with nothing dominating the others. The mouthfeel was very smooth and I found it great for quaffing on a hot summers day. This one was still a classic and for good reasons.

Photo of hdofu
4.84/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Looks alot like a pulpy citrus drink with a thin white head. The smell is like spices, the taste is exceptionally spicy. no getting around that, a very pleasant taste. Has a bubbly feel on the tongue. So far this is easily the easiest drinkable white beer I've tried.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint Hoegaarden glass.

3.0 A: Cloudy whitish yellow. Aggressive pour gave one finger of head that doesn't retain all that well. Leaves a bit of lacing.

3.5 S: Citrus, peppermint, some banana.

3.5 T: Not bad, but rather weak. Citrus, bananas, and a decent amount of spice. Ramp up the flavor and then we'd have something good. No astrigency at all.

4.0 M: Medium body, really smooth, good amount of carbonation.

4.0 D: Not bad at all, but not all that exciting. No off-taste is a big turn-on though.

Photo of n00tz
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very light gold... almost like a natural lemonade with 1 inch white head, happy carbonation. The light color through me off, but I've never had a wheat bar outside of the bottle.

S - light sweet citrus all the way.

T - very fruity citrus and super present spices seems like this would make a great christmastime ale with the spices. Excellent presentation on the tongue.

M - this has always been my qualm with wheat beers, but this one wasn't bad at all. smooth presence on the tongue and palate, mostly-clean finish with a slight linger.

D - spices and non-clean finish detract from the drinkability, but overall a great beer.

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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