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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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4,323 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,323
Reviews: 1,651
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 81
Gots: 470 | 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 Jagcorps
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured light yellow with white cloudy color throughout. Head dissipated quickly.

S: Smells of yeast, wheat and citrus (as has been mentioned). Honestly, it reminded me a little of lemon dish detergent.

T: Different. It is its own beer. You either like it or not. I won't buy it again, because I don't really like this style (I have discovered), but I appreciate that it had flavor and did well what it was trying to do.

M: Crisp and clean. Good carbonation. No real after taste, perhaps because the citrus flavors were noticeable enough up front to render any after taste unnoticeable.

D: This beer is quite drinkable, if you like the style. I don't, but I won't hold that against a good beer.

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

Poured cloudy pale with a giant coarse-grained fluffy white head that was very stable and left a webwork lacing down the glass. Very pleasing light aroma of coriander and hefe. Taste is crisp and easygoing, but not at all watery. This is a very nice light witbier, with everything in balance, and a clean crisp finish.

You have to like this style (and a lot of people don't) but if you do, this one is a winner.

Photo of tonistruth
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- cloudy translucent faded yellow color (seriously likes clear when you pour it), 1 finger bubbly white head, that holds decently

S- wheat, coriander, and some orange

T- wheat flavor provides a backbone throughout, orange citrus up front comes to a dry bittersweet finish

M- light and dry body

D- refreshing and tasty,fits style to perfection, very enjoyable and recommended

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite beers, although I will admit it is probably a tad bit overrated (by me and others). For the review I even did the little twirl at the end of the pour (like it instructs on the label) and actually had a octagonal pint glass. This left a two finger head and a very clody yellow/white body, but the head desisted quickly. The smell is one of cirtus fruits, most notable an orange (note: I do NOT and will NOT have an orange w/ my wit beer).
The taste is citrusy w/ hints orange and peach, and the wheat sediments make it very smooth, although it is not a complex flavor at all and the spices, which overpower the wheat, are still barely noticable. Because of this you can just sit back and keep pouring it down your gullet. For the price (almost $10 for a six pack where I live) and its easy drinkability I love this beer and, believe it or not, this is one of my most favorable reviews.

Photo of gotweid
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a pale white color with a touch of yellow. Head white as snow. Small amount of lacing. Smelled of citrus, banana and honey? Taste was that of banana with a citrus hint. Kind of refreshing and light. Almost a little bland though. Easy to drink in that there is nothing strong here at all. I didn't detect much aftertaste at all. Not highly recommended, but it's not bad either.

Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a pale, golden color with a fluffy, white, one-finger head. Left very small amounts of lacing.

S - It smelled strongly of yeast and wheat. Also, a good bit of citrus aromas.

T - It tasted of clove and wheat. The citrusy flavors reminded me of corriander.

M - It was relatively crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice wit. Good wheat and citrus flavors.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, pale yellow body with a fizzy, short-lived white head.

Smell: Fairly reserved aroma of malted wheat, lemon juice, coriander, and a faint, far-off yeastiness.

Taste: Doughy wheat flavor with a subtle sweetness. Sour lemons. Hint of coriander and a pinch of celery salt. There’s a light acidity on the quick finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Light, fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: A suitable witbier, but the flavors are so light as to bypass refreshing and wind up being bland.

Photo of altgeeky1
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle, 10 months ahead of best-by date 10/16/08. Pours very light golden honey, with white undertones and some swirling sediment. Head retention was light with trim around the glass, updated regularly by large carbonation bubbles. Yeasty and floral aroma, can't smell the citrus very much. Spices are supported by the carbonation and overpower the wheat. The carbonation fades, and the flavor left behind in your mouth is the citrus and banana. I find this beer to be a bit watery and high on the carbonation. A little less carbonation and more body would make for a more drinkable beer. Disclaimer: I haven't found a white that I really enjoy (although I do like all other types of wheat).

Photo of abcsofbeer
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with a 12.01.08 drink by date. The color is a nice golden honey that is cloudy and topped by a nice one finger white head. The head sticks around very well. The aroma is fairly week but has mostly a banana smell. There is also some bread with honey aromas in the glass too. The taste has some mild spiciness to it. There is also a hint of orange that is described on the label. The mouthfeel is refreshing and light.

Photo of Overlord
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strange looking beer. Pale white-ish yellow, pure white foam...kind of a hazy sickly color. Smells like yeast, citrus, and spices.

Taste is bannanas, yeast, and a bit of lemon/citrus zest. Interesting, quaffable, but nothing to write home and rave about. It's unique look is probably not a plus, but it's definitely weird.

Photo of JBogan
2.85/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a sickly looking very pale and cloudy greenish yellow. Almost like water that's been sitting in a fishtank far too long. Zero head and lacing, and only the tiniest amount of carbonation. Maybe the worst looking beer I've ever seen. It almost made me not want to put the glass to my lips, but we're this far so...

Let's see what this smells like...ok, not nearly as bad as the appearance. Some orange, maybe a bit of banana. That's about it, and even those scents were not very prominent. Not a strong smelling beer.

Taste was slightly better. Again it was a very mild banana and orange flavor and that's all I could pick up. Bordered on watery.

Mouthfeel was acceptable. Not as thin as it appeared, and slightly more carbonation than appearances led me to believe.

Overall I wavered between a 2.5 and a 3 on drinkablity and I gave it the 3. I guess for the type beer it is, it's acceptable but not outstanding or very memorable. I won't be picking this up again, but for those who enjoy this style of beer it's probably worth at least a look.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass, no freshness date visible, but it does have a diagram on how to pour the beer.

A: Pours sort of a pale and cloudy straw yellow with a pure white half inch head. No lacing. Very very pale looking, almost the sickly sort if you get my drift.

S: Good deal of yeasty funk with hints of orange slices and bananna. Not much else though

T/MF: A bit watery but still has a good enough mellow orange bananna and bread yeast flavors in here but they all fell a bit watered down. There is a good deal of carbonation that leaves the mouth tingly but not overly dry.

D: Not a bad wit but there are better ones out there and for less.

Photo of Cs1987
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Light, cloudy, 1 finger of head which reduced.

Smell - Quite difficult to detect the smell, but there are hints of banana and spices.

Taste - Spicy cinnamon/nutmeg taste, with hints of vanilla and summer fruits.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation, spicy aftertaste.

Drinkability - Very drinkable and quite refreshing, despite the spiciness.

Overall - I personally prefer Hefe Weizen to Witbier, so I can't help but rate this below my favourite Hefes. Hoegaarden is a good beer, but not the best Witbier I have tried.

Photo of brendan13
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy pale yellow colour with an inch of fluffy white head.
S - Lemon citrus aroma, a touch of spice and wheat maltiness.
T - Along the same lines as the smell with a sweet touch.
M - Pretty light bodied, medium to high carbonation. Finishes dry with a slight sour touch.
D - A pretty good summer thirst quencher.

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

12 Oz. bottle from a 6-pack

Tipped most of the bottle into a working glass then rolled the bottle before pouring. The glass was filled with a very pale, hazy yellow and capped off with a foamy white head. The head could have stuck around longer for a wheat, but still nice, and left a ring and and small patches along the side. The aroma is citrusy, like lemongrass, and spicy/ bready. The taste follows similarly. Light, citrus sweetness hits the tongue first, followed by a very balanced and mild bitter bite. The finish is somewhat refreshing and the aftertaste is again a sweet, malty lemon flavor. The mouthfeel is light, but not watery and the carbonation is very fitting, not very heavy. Hoegaarden is very nicely balanced, light and refreshing enough to be easily drinkable. It's a good representation of the citrusy, wheaty characteristics of the Witbier style. Very nice, sessionable macro offering. A very good intro to wheat beers.

Photo of atrus138
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Followed the instructions printed on the label: poured the first 2/3 into the glass as normal, swirled the remainder, and poured the rest in. This made for a beautiful creamy head that lay atop a cloudy and extremely pale yellow. Very nearly white. Had some nice lacing, but had some trouble sticking. Delicious lemony smell with spices. Taste was excellent, lots of fruit and spices, most notably lemon, with a nice yeasty flavor. Medium bodied. Reminds me a bit of Delirium Tremens, though this would probably be much better suited for the summer and Delirium Tremens for winter, as this has far less alcohol.

Photo of largadeer
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice presentation - the bottles and six pack holder look awesome. The beer itself is pale yellow and slightly hazy, though not as cloudy as many wits out there. Head retention could be better.

Smell: A mild aroma of coriander, wheat and citrus.

Taste: Dry and (very) lightly hopped, this beer has very little bitterness. A subtle malty sweetness is present amongst stronger flavors of orange peel and coriander. The spices give some character to what would otherwise be a rather ordinary and bland beer. It finishes clean, without lingering on the tongue too long.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, crisp, very easy on the palate.

Drinkability: A solid beer, and very sessionable. There are better wits around, but this is easy to find and it's really quite decent.

Photo of TimWeizen1
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Original of the species. I've enjoyed this beer for over 15 years. Light yellow color, white head, and smells of spice and orange. I originaly found this beer at Trader Joes for cheap and very pleasantly surprised with the quality. Tastes like it smells and is very drinkable. Highly recommended.

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

I first had this beer while on vacation and in a hot tub, and it did not disappoint. A nice light golden beer with a white foamy head, Hoegaarden is very tasty, with a nice melange of flavors and mild spices. Orange was most prominent. It is decidedly less spicy than other Belgian-style ales I've had, but also more accessible too. Its taste is smooth yet somewhat bubbly, nice and crisp. It is very refreshing, a terrific way to beat the heat, or to kick back with a few on a porch. Terrific in warm weather and great tasting. A really good find.

Photo of seanyfo
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this numerous times bottled but saw it recently on tap and thought i better review it.

A: Straw cloudy blonde appearance with a thin white creamy head layer sitting on top, dissapates quickly to leave only the crown

S: Lots of citrus, fresh hops and some grapefruit. Also a lot more sweeter i think than when poured from the bottle

T: Tart with the citrus but also a delicate sweetness, i found it hard to distinguish what the sweetness was in the smell but in the taste i feel its very much spice, well balanced which makes it light and refreshing

M: Light and spritzy on the tongue, fluffy almost!

D: A nice summer refresher, nothing too complex but a nice change from when your sick of pale ales!

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

Beer bottle (25, 33cl), tasted in 1999.

Appearance : pale straw yellow color (veiled), with a white foam head.
Smell : citrus and coriander aroams.
Taste and mouthfeel : first acid and a little spicy. Very round in the mouth, bittersweet by the wheat.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian white

Review translated from french 5-26-2008.

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

I do enjoy this beer, I am a sucker for belgium whites. This beer has a good sense of spice to it, not bad, overall this is not my favorite but it does rank up there as far as good belgium beers go. I am looking forward to drinking the other selections they have to offer.

Photo of Kemmerlin
4.97/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a straw yellow color with cloudy appearance. Personally I am a fan of the cloudy look and was excited to take my first sip.
S: Exciting aromas of citrus maybe orange or lemon and hops. I have not smelled a beer like it yet.
T: Just like it smelled, there was an orange taste but complimented with a black pepper/clove type of taste that I presume is the corriander that was dexcribed on the bottle. I have never had corriander so I ma unsure iof this taste but do plan on going out and buying some after this beer.
M: The carbonation felt like what you would find drinking a carbonated water. The rest of the feel was smooth and delicious.
D: I could not have been happier to be drinking this beer and it went down easy and smooth with plenty of strong flavors to savor.

Photo of kenito799
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass, despite the instructions on the label to use a hexagonal glass. Nice pouring instructions. Hopefully will deter the bottle-chuggers.

Cloudy pale starw colored beer raises a nice crisp foamy white head which recedes to a ring. Very nice look, perfect witbier appearance.

The aroma is very nice, lemon-orange with a hint of coriander, very fresh. On the palate the active fine bubbles convey the crisp, refreshing, clean wit taste well. There is a good balance of orangey and spicy notes, a clove-y tingle lingers in the finish. Very clean and refreashing, flavors could be a little less restrained...I got a little bored. But good for the sunny outdoors.

1000 light years better than Blue Moon, I wish this beer could supplant the ubiquity of that awful drek.

Photo of Spidey13
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one tap last night, served in a pint glass. A very light colored, cloudy beer. A small white head with a bit of lacing on the glass. Smell is light with a bit of lemon. The taste is also very light with lemon notes and a bit of sourness. Very smooth mouthfeel. The is a very drinkable beer due to the very light flavors. Very nice.

Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
86 out of 100 based on 4,323 ratings.