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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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3,980 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,980
Reviews: 1,625
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 68
Gots: 303 | FT: 0
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 AleHound


3.78/5  rDev 0%

Appearance - pale yellow & cloudy, some fine bits of yeast loosened from swirling the last 1/3 of the bottle into the glass. Little to no visible carbonation.

Smell - fresh with some citrus and spice right up front.

Taste - Crisp and clean, lemon flavor really come through

Mouthfeel - Carbonation really comes out in the mouth, almost acidic. Really needs some fatty foods (heavy in butter and cream) to really bring out the nature of this ale.

Drinkability - Overall an easy drinking white ale. Great for a warm day, though it would do even better with some food to take the acidic edge out of it.

12-06-2005 05:57:28 | More by AleHound
Photo of silver0rlead

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

couldnt believe i hadnt reviewed this one yet, but here it goes: Pours a extremely pale yellow (almost white) that is quite hazy, with a thick and frothy white head that retains well...paler than most other witbiers but nice. The aroma has big fruity notes: banana, orange and lemon rind, along with some spice (corriander and clove) and a wheaty twang. The flavor begins with some nice banana and citrus notes, then some light spice (corriander, clove, anise), some wheaty sourness, bread dough and some more fruity esters. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing with moderate high carbonation. Drinkability is excellent. I realize it's unfashionable on here to praise inbev brews, but as far as i can tell this beer tastes about the same, and its pretty tasty.

12-03-2005 02:47:31 | More by silver0rlead
Photo of eb003


3.98/5  rDev +5.3%

I couldn't drink this all day, but I enjoy it as a "change of pace". I think it has good color and smell. The taste is about what I'd expect from a "belgian white". I find it to have a much cleaner taste than "Blue Moon" which is billed as a "belgian white". It has a good mouthfeel to it, although it can get bitter after a while. All in all it's a good beer.

I agree with another reviewer, though, that for Belgium...there are better beers.

12-01-2005 04:57:39 | More by eb003
Photo of danielharper


3.7/5  rDev -2.1%

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

Pours a white-yellow body with a thick, thick, thick white head. I'm having to use two or three separate pours in order to get all the beer into the glass at one time. Body is very cloudy, so much so that the beer isn't even really translucent -- I can't see objects on the other side of the glass. Still, no visible yeast -- it appears to be all in suspension.

The aroma is decent. A very strong dose of a bland "wheat" nose at first, with a top level of various spices and compounds that I can't quite place. Reminds me more of a dessert than a beer.

Taste is interesting -- a bit of tart up-front to assault the taste buds, with a soothing spiciness at the back end. Leaves a touch of astringency on the palate, but nothing too severe. When consumed fairly warm, an interesting Belgian funk becomes present.

Thin, watery mouthfeel. No real presence to speak of, and nothing to coat the palate.

This was one of the first craft beers I ever tried, and I haven't had it since then. This is a reasonably decent beer, one that I'll have from time to time but can't call a personal favorite.

11-30-2005 00:45:23 | More by danielharper
Photo of Finite


4.05/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured a cloudy lemon colour reminiscent of lemon butter. Has a nice head retention which thickens out nicely. Smells beautiful of citrus rind and spices.
The taste is very refreshing and unique; it’s quite malty and smooth on the after taste but still remains crisp with hints of sour fruits.

Truly a unique beer worth trying!

11-26-2005 00:46:00 | More by Finite
Photo of atigerlife


3.88/5  rDev +2.6%

bottle poured into pint glass.

I've had Hoegaarden previously on several occasions, but finally decided it was time to ponder this unique beer.

The appearance certainly let's you know that this is not your average beer. Very pale. Like watered-down lemonade. Cloudy [since it is unfiltered]. Quite startling to look at. A nice white head. Good retention.
The smell is also unique: Orange. Bananas. Clove. All sorts of spices jump out. Sweet.
The taste follows the smell: spices, tangerine, banana. Refreshing.
I found the mouthfeel quite refreshing. There is ample carbonation which gave it a very cleansing on the palate.
Overall, a very drinkable beer. Nice and light for a warm summer day.

11-25-2005 17:02:03 | More by atigerlife
Photo of Bleedingshrimp


3.88/5  rDev +2.6%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass. Gorgeous head with decent retention, cloudy, very light yellow with a gentle green glow. Smell is lemon, spice, and grass. Taste is slightly bitter, oranges, pepper...nice twangy slightly hoppy aftertaste. Really full and refreshing taste. Mouthfeel is a little light. Taste like a Duvel just a bit lighter bodied and without the alcohol warmth. Not bad at all, drinkability is good but maybe not great. Definitely something I'd look to purchase again in the future.

11-20-2005 04:02:01 | More by Bleedingshrimp
Photo of Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -16.7%

330ml bottle poured in a pint glass.

Great big, huge foamy white head at the pour is 2 inches high. recedes after a few sips to a tight thin cap. Very lightly coloured. White with a splash of yellow and cloudy. Some lacing throughout the glass.

Smell is yeasty, but spicy. Can't put my finger on what spice though.

The taste is really quite interesting. Yeasty and spicy thoroughout. No malt of hops really evident. A bit of wheat character towards the end of the glass. The mild aftertaste reminds me of drinking club soda.

Mouthfeel is thin and light bodied. There is a long carbonation rush, but it is very light and tingly.

This isn't something that I'd really want to drink alot of, but it is an interesting experience.

11-12-2005 16:37:55 | More by Noxious26
Photo of Litterbean

New York

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

After trying a few American interpretations of the Belgian White Ale, I decided to get one from the source itself.

White Ale, indeed. Pours a pale, pale yellow but with the yeast it turns almost white. A nice fluffy head sits atop it.

The smell is potent and pleasant, with a yeasty character all over. Hints of bananas and citrus fruit, plus sweet candied sugar.

Sweet taste, but with a hints of yeast. More bananas and a dry character rounds this one off. Not as complex or as bold as other ales of the style, like a Celis White and especially Allagash. Still, it's delicious and should be tried by all.

11-11-2005 03:50:35 | More by Litterbean
Photo of bashiba


3.33/5  rDev -11.9%

Poured a such a light cloudy shade of yellow the beer was almost truly white in appearance, with a huge white head and tons of lacing.

Smell was a very light bit of wheat and orange.

Taste was a very subdued crips citrus flavors with just a touch of light hops.

Mouthfeel was crisp with a nice carbonation feel.

A decent beer, with a nice drinkability, but I fully admit to liking several American versions of this belgian classic better.

10-26-2005 02:26:56 | More by bashiba
Photo of rhythmpirate

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

I think this is currently my favourite beer that is readily available.

Appearance - This beer is very murky and cloudy, an off golden colour with a very smooth white head that looks like shaving foam. Millions of bubbles going up inside the glass add to the great appearance.

Taste - The taste is mix of citrus, spices and then an aftertaste hint of sugar and bananas. A very nice beer to sup of an evening. Despite all these flavours, the beer is still very easy to drink.

Mouthfeel - Fairly fizzy and bubbly but in a good way, goes down nice and easy.

Overall this is an excellent Witbier that simply craves you have a 2nd straight after your first. Highly recommended.

10-23-2005 20:17:42 | More by rhythmpirate
Photo of tesguino


2.35/5  rDev -37.8%

An herbal white belgian beer, i try this from carrefour, expensive for a mexican beers, in general is under the average, good for cheese, german cuisine, and chinese, serve in a goblet, smeel herbs and spice´s, taste lightly bitter, very soft; you can try with something of mexican gourmet food; 60% recommended.

10-20-2005 18:03:05 | More by tesguino
Photo of whynot44


4.2/5  rDev +11.1%

Light/medium bodied, cloudy very pale yellow - like homemade lemonade - with a creamy white head.

The aroma is very nice - citrusy, slightly spicy, over a base of fresh bread.

The taste is subtle lemon/orange, maybe a hint of banana. It starts very slightly sweet, followed quickly by a coriander/peppery spiciness and a somewhat dry but creamy finish with a tart aftertaste.

Very drinkable and refreshing.

10-16-2005 02:22:22 | More by whynot44
Photo of DogFood11


4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

This is probably the most unique appearance of any beer I've sampled to this point. Basically clear in color, off white at best and a fizzy 2 finger head that maintains through a couple gobbles. Chill haze is constant.

Perfume, floral up front subdued by a crispy hop and belgian yeast presence. The hops are not bitter at all but more of a cleanser.

Notes: I think this would pair great with mild food. Anything with spice might be a challenge. Well crafted and worth at least sampling.

10-11-2005 01:20:18 | More by DogFood11
Photo of BeerBeing


3.93/5  rDev +4%

Presentation: 330ml brown glass Euro generic bottle, white/navy on silvel label

Appearance: cloudy yellow color, large white head, medium lacing

Smell: clove, lemon, sweet malt, spices

Taste: medium to full body, smooth mouth feel, malty and yeasty, sweet and sour at the same time, some citrus, a little bit peppery, minor hops

Notes: good solid brew

10-06-2005 23:38:57 | More by BeerBeing
Photo of TurdFurgison


3.58/5  rDev -5.3%

Presentation: Drank from a 12 oz bottle, poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy pale white, thin head.

Smell: A little fruity belgiany aroma..

Taste: Smooth malty flavor with touch of citrus. The carbonation gives this a spicy feel, I think.

Notes: Good go-to beer in the summertime.

09-30-2005 01:56:40 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of radshoesbro


4.13/5  rDev +9.3%

pours a very light and cloudy yellow typical of a witbier. above average head (2 fingers +) with average lacing. smells of bannanas and cloves with a hint of orange peels. tastes very good. very smooth with evident bannana, clove, and citrus, a small amount of wheat. this is a smooth medium body with a semi-bitter finish. very good as a summer brew, wouldn't recommend it for any winter months.

09-28-2005 02:36:12 | More by radshoesbro
Photo of Troyone


3.85/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours a hazy blond color, frothy white head that sticks around, and lots of carb action.

Has a slightly grainy, banana, and caramel malt smell with some pine and citrus/lime hops aroma.

Lightly/moderately sweet/acidic, lightly bitter, grainy, and an off banana malt taste with lemon/grapefruit and maybe even an orange hops flavor.

Light bodied, dry slightly syrupy texture, soft almost flat carbonation, and a smooth finish.

Easy to drink, not enough bitter for me, the almost flat carb maybe the flatness of flavor, and the smooth finish gives this a session status.

09-25-2005 03:32:20 | More by Troyone
Photo of ikats

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%

This beer is very light, pale yellow in color. Cloudy. With huge pure white fluffy head that dissipates slowly. I must say that in my Hoegaarden glass this beer looks very appetizing.

Aroma is full of citrus and spices. And the taste is right there behind it. Sweet notes cheer up tastebuds, and hops bite on the tongue. Light body.

I am not a big fan of wheat beers, but it is such a nice change on a hot summer day. This review is of a bottle, but I do order it occassionally when I want some light to relax.

Here is an interesting tidbit of information: This review is based on a bottle I received as a gift from Israel. It probably goes down so nice there in all the heat. One final note is that I think the bottle design is very nice - logo protruding from the glass, recognizable label, unique bottle shape.

09-24-2005 02:06:42 | More by ikats
Photo of Golden2wenty1


4.05/5  rDev +7.1%

Picked up a 6er at Woodman's East here in Madison.

Pours an effervescent pale pale yellow with a snow white head. Aroma is strong with cloves, spices, olives, and citusy, floral hops. Flavor follows suit, spicey clove and bitter citrus hops. Mouthfeel is crisp, and light-bodied. This is a tasty, refreshing wit, like it should be as the mother of the witbier style. A truly drinkable, sessionable, all-around solid brew here. Doesn't blow you away, but covers all its bases and covers them well.

09-18-2005 21:04:41 | More by Golden2wenty1
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%

I'll be honest. I've had a crush on Hoegaarden White ever since I travelled in Belgium five years ago. Not even just the beer itself, but even the trademark and glassware. I treated myself to a 250ml sampling at the 3 Alley Pub in Itaewon, Seoul this past weekend just to record this classic for posterity (and drink a rare good beer in Korea).
This is a beautiful beer..cloudy yet still bright, with a massive fortress of thick head. The pleasant wafting of citrus, wheaty, goodness envelops my nose without overpowering it.
Even forgetting its taste, this beer is outstandingly refreshing and light, with a texture somewhat reminiscent of lemonade. The full flavor sits on the roof of the mouth and soaks in, which is brilliant. This is a beer of no small complexity, every sip seems to offer a little something different.
Ironically, despite my fondness for Hoegaareden, I mark it down slightly for drinkability simply because I enjoy it so much I consider it a special occassion beer. I rarely have more than one at a sitting and it seems to mix well with others, which can't be said of all beers. Regardless, this is a quality beer I've enjoyed all over the world.

09-12-2005 13:40:37 | More by daliandragon
Photo of BurnsTau


4.05/5  rDev +7.1%

Pours a very cloudy pale yellow, so cloudy you can't see through it at all. A good amount of head which leaves a lace on the glass as you drink it. The smell is spicy and fruity, very appealing. Tastes is spicy and fruity, citrus, has a bite to it. The mouthfeel is great, it's not thin at all. This is a very, very drinkable beer. There is usually a six pack of this in my fridge and it is a beer I enjoy regularly. A great all around beer.

09-10-2005 23:15:27 | More by BurnsTau
Photo of funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

4.85/5  rDev +28.3%

This has to be one of the best tasting and easy drinking beers i've ever had. I've had it on tap and in the bottle, and both make for a wonderful drinking experience. A nice cloudy yellow pours to a quick settling head. The smell is sweet and aromatic, kinda citrusy, not skunky in the least. Unparalleled in taste and drinkability, mouthfeel is very delicate, like a mildly carbonated soda, not aggravating in the least. This beer definitely ranks as among my favorites, and definitely one that will be in my fridge at all time.

09-03-2005 19:14:10 | More by funkengruven
Photo of NClifestyle

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -4.8%

In a sense, it has the great qualities of beer and, in some ways lemonade. It is light, but has body to give. Drank on tap and poured into a thick, 6-sided Hoegaarden glass, the beer has a hazy yellow, almost fluorescent color about it. The draught did not allow for much foam, but what head the beer had was made up of big, white bubbles. The aroma of this beer is quite nice, with hints of fresh grass and flowers, along with the expected lemon. Hoegaarden starts with a sweet taste of yeast and maybe banana, followed by a lemon and citrus taste. You do notice some tart flavor near the back of the mouth, although it offers a crisp finish. Mid mouth, a fruit and spice character is noticeable. A definite bittersweet finish is present. As it warms, a honey taste arises from the ale. This wheat beer has some bubbles and thickens as you drink it to a perfect creamy medium with a fresh mouthfeel; Smooth and creamy, but not thick at all, and not overly yeasty. At 5% ABV, you will know it’s not a light beer, but it’s not so strong that you can’t drink a few. Possibly the easiest drinking wheat beer, and is easy to find on tap.

08-29-2005 04:47:19 | More by NClifestyle
Photo of cubedbee


4.22/5  rDev +11.6%

Pours a very pale almost pastel yellow with a huge rocky bright white head. Settles to a small cap that lasts the whole beer, leaving behind some decent lacing. Smell is a very nice clean wheat malt with strong pepper and spice notes and a delicate lemon peel twang underlying everything. Taste is light, malty, and refreshing with a spicy coriander finish and some fruity banana and orange notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, highly carbonated, and finishes dry. This is definitely one of the classics of the style, and is an absolutely fantastic summertime beer.

08-28-2005 22:30:20 | More by cubedbee
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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