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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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3,889 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,889
Reviews: 1,620
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 60
Gots: 262 | 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 oracle


3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had two pints of this at the company x-mas gathering yesterday. The difference in appearance between the two pints was dramatic. The first arrived with about 1/2 inch of head so dense and creamy that I suspect it was a nitro pour (although I've never heard of a belgian wit using nitro). It left pretty decent lacing. The second arrived with a faint wisp of a head and left no lacing.

In all other aspects, these two pints were the same. Beer was light yellow and very cloudy, as typical of unfiltered wheat beers.

Smell was average. Mild ripe bananas and sweetness.

Taste was crisp and clean. Again, a hint of banana and lemons over a mildly sweet malt.

Mouthfeel was light. Low carbonation and minimal aftertaste.

Very drinkable. Probably would have had another if the boss hadn't been sitting there.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2004 14:53:56 | More by oracle
Photo of moocey


3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I haven't yet had 100 different beers, so this takes the title of Oddest Beer to Ever Cross my Palate. Is this bananna flavored lemonade, or is it beer? Took me forever to try this one since It's sandwiched between a bunch of shitty imports at my local beer-buying location. Anyway, this beer is unfiltered. I love it when I can't distinguish objects when looking through my pint glass, so unfiltered beers get a high appearance score in my book. I've never seen a yellow unfiltered beer, so I'm giving Hoegaarden a five. It smells wonderful. I must have sniffed the white, frothy head about five or six times before I even took a sip, just because it smelled that good. This beer tastes like bananna-flavored lemonade. What I recognize as malt cannot be found in this beer. Just esters, hops, and yeastiness. (I tried one without yeast, then one with yeast since the back label says you should dump the yeast in.) I didn't notice anything about moutfeel one way or the other, so I give it a score of average. As for drinkability, this is a highly-flavorful light beer that a person could have quite a few of in a drinking session. Four for drinkability.

So, anyway. I don't like the taste of this beer and I"ll never buy it again. However, I do recognize it as a solid beer, even though it doesn't suit my taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2004 07:49:19 | More by moocey
Photo of tatterdash

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow with a foamy white head that laces well. Aroma was a strong citrus smell with some spiciness as well, very different than other beers. Taste was refreshing like most witbiers, though this one tastes a little watery. Very citrusy and some coriander, definitely pleasant but use a little more "oompf". Light mouthfeel, but refreshing. I prefer this on draft on the bigger (20oz.) glass, but you must be careful, as many bartenders insist on adding a lemon wedge to it... It is much better without (of course).

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2004 01:39:17 | More by tatterdash
Photo of watermelonman


3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured to a good light gold and yellow color with a medium head that lasted well. It left a small amount of clumped-up lace.

The smell is a little light but still nice, having a bit of a citrus kick. The flavor in the taste similarly good but light. Spice undertones finish it off. The mouthfeel is smooth and light, and it's easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2004 18:50:21 | More by watermelonman
Photo of MrSeth


4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my second bottle of Hoegaarden Witbier. The first nose was citrusy, but now the yeast is more noticable (not in a bad way).

It forms a decent head, though it doesn't take long to settle.

I'm usually looking out for an off-taste in a white beer. That will make it one to avoid. But this beer taste like it should: a natural water source, wheat and yeast.

I can imagine this beer pairing well with a variety of foods. Perhaps the toughest being poultry. Hoegaarden Witbier would pass with flying colors.

Well worth a try.. and try again!

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2004 20:39:27 | More by MrSeth
Photo of BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first foray into Witbier...I've had a few heffeweizen before, though.

Pours a yellow cloudy colour. Smells citrusy/orangey. Taste very similar: orange peel and coriander...do I detect a hint of clove? Not a christmas beer style, but the taste is christmas-y enough.

A little thin and fizzy/tangy for my likes, but good. Very drinkable, almost like a spicy, natural orange pop.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2004 20:53:13 | More by BDTyre
Photo of waughbrew


2.08/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pale lemon color with creamy white head. Spicy chap stick aroma with eucalyptus to boot. Thin, acidic, carbonated lemon juice. Bleh, what the hell. Perhaps I will need to revisit this one. For now it was too phenolic, too thin, and too lemony. This can't be the beer that inspired so many other wonderful beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2004 01:46:49 | More by waughbrew
Photo of danieltothemax


4.75/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Well this beer is on tap at a local bar. I walked in and told them it was my 21st birthday, which it was, and the owner poured me a Hoegaarden. Jeez, it was a delightful beer! It tastes pretty much the same in bottles, which i'm drinking now. Buy this beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2004 23:49:58 | More by danieltothemax
Photo of stjarnflikka


4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a really really hazy beer thats pale and beige. Hard to see through and it has a thin foam that quickly leaves a thin lacing.

Smell is yeasty with some sourness to it. There are strong citric traces and a great freshness to it.

Taste is sweet, yeasty and fruity. There is a noteable carbonation and delicious traces of oranges and sugar. Some flower-like taste and a rough finish.

A very delicate and light beer thats really delicious. One of my favourites.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2004 16:03:25 | More by stjarnflikka
Photo of aquatonex

New York

4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I say, this beer was one of the first I have tried and it got me hooked into beer. But, it was before I joined here so I have only had a chance now to try this wonder on tap.

Pours hazy hazy white with yellow tinge, looks like lemonade. A little head that swirls around while lingering. Tastes include yeasts (soury) with citrus and banana notes. But, all the flavors meld very beautifully. Smoothness is incredible. It's without doubt one of my favorite beers...ever.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2004 01:33:54 | More by aquatonex
Photo of dgallina


4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

An cloudy pale yellow with a large, if somewhat soapy looking, white head. Nice lemon and orange citrus aromas. Starts off with primarily lemon and orange flavors, but quickly develops into spiciness and finishes with some balancing bitterness. A very well-executed intermingling of flavors, if perhaps a bit timid compared to past years. Light and creamy body which is appropriate to the style but not particularly distinctive. A very tasty and refreshing witbier which can be especially enjoyable on a hot summer day. Too bad it's less flavor-full than it used to be.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2004 07:34:57 | More by dgallina
Photo of oxmasterscream

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a murky, super-pale golden color, like fresh-squeezed lemon juice with a bright white, thick and pillowy head that resembled egg whites beaten to stiff peaks.

Smell: Typical of the style, aromas of cloves, Belgian funkiness and traces of sour fruits.

Taste: Fairly shallow; not a whole lot going on here. Flavors seem watered down as compared to others. Basically, what you'd expect of a witbier... cloves first then light sour apples and a drying, bitter finish that coats the mouth. Maybe even a little alkaline in taste.

Mouthfeel: Crisp with medium carbonation. Body is medium to light bodied.

Drinkability: One of the easiest beers in the world to drink loads of. It tastes pretty good, is totally refreshing and it's straightforward witbier-ness doesn't challenge your brain too much while you're drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2004 00:12:49 | More by oxmasterscream
Photo of TexIndy


4.72/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle. Poured a nice cloudy pale straw color with a good bit of head. Had a nice peppery smell with a hint of lemon zest. The taste was fantastic. Wits are among my favorites so I've tried many lately and this one never disappoints. Overall, a great beer. PR 4.75

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2004 19:32:03 | More by TexIndy
Photo of frazbri


4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale straw color, cloudy with a strong white head. Lemon and grapefruit - citrus aroma. Lemon zest, pepper, slight tartness with a dry finish. Light to monerate body with fairly high carbonation.

This is still a fine beer. I never had a chance to drink Hoegaarden in its heyday, but I do know it is a good choice for a summer's day. (or any day you need refreshment)

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2004 00:57:07 | More by frazbri
Photo of NEhophead


3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle.

Fizzy, carbonated white head with little retention. Some thin and spotty lacing without much strength. Cloudy, pale golden in color.

Moderate corriander spiciness with a bit of lemon and a touch of diacetyl. Very promising aromatics.

Mild buttery diacetyl aspect complimented with a bold corriander spiciness. As the carbonation cuts through the wit at midsip, a watery quality appears and takes away some of the ale's natural flavors.

Light bodied; thin, slightly watery and certainly very fizzy on the palate.

Easily consumable; very pleasant drinking, nothing spectacular in terms of flavor but a nice witbier nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2004 22:28:54 | More by NEhophead
Photo of Redrover


4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Elmhurst Public House with the correct marked glassware.

The beer is a very light cloudy yellow with a skimming of foam.

Nice nose of spice (pepper and clove) and fruit (orange peel and apple).

The taste is tart and refreshing. I like the way the spices work with and offset the fruit flavors. A very nice combination. No bitterness present at all, I wonder what the IBU rating of this beer is.

The mouthfeel, at least for me, seems a bit stretched. Perhaps this is a more delicate beer than I’m used to, but I have had some witts that are more chewy. Easy drinking beer here. This beer is a perfect compliment to a long, lazy, causal day of conversation on the deck or in the bar.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2004 15:32:33 | More by Redrover
Photo of steinlifter


4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer was very nice, poured a cloudy grapefruit color, smelled very citrusy, and tasted like an excellent wheat, without the cloves, which is what I guess it is! mouthfeel is light yet a bit creamy as well, very good! drinkability is excellent both in taste and abv, could drink these all night, no problem! Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2004 02:08:32 | More by steinlifter
Photo of JohnnyDuvel


4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I swear I reviewed this before, but it ain't here. Still arguably the best of the style. Crisp, citrusy, and quite refreshing. The epitome of the style. Lots of lemon flavor, nice, fluffy head. If I were to recommend a wit, it would be either this one or Allagash.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2004 03:29:50 | More by JohnnyDuvel
Photo of beerceller99


2.5/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12.oz. bottle. Has a cloudy, straw color with a decent head. Reeks of a spiced up polish sausage.Has a tangy, tart, sour lemon and clove-spice flavor.Light bodied. I've tried this brew a few times and still can't get past the extreme sour, tart flavor here.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2004 17:37:06 | More by beerceller99
Photo of baiser


4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a cloudy, pale yellow colour, with a huge creamy white head. Served in a giant hoegaarden glass.

Aroma of lemon and some spices. Sorta like pepper.

Taste was very sweet and lemony. Some subtle spices. A dry after taste with a very slight hop bitterness. Overall, very smooth and extremely drinkable. A tasty treat on a hot summer's day. Mouthfeel was light, fluffy and smooth.

Extremely drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2004 05:34:51 | More by baiser
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Updated review from a sample from a cafe in Amsterdam, August 2004....
Served with a lemon wedge, poured pale yellow, quite cloudy, with a creamy, billowy white head. Topping fades quickly but leaves excellent lace. Has a wheaty, citrussy, dryish nose. Body is a pinch less than medium, yet it is remarkably smooth. Flavor profile is pretty much summed up by "dry, lemony and crisp". A decent warm-weather bier. Zum Wohl!!

overall: 3.85
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5

*** ***

(22JUN02 review from a local, US bar). This Hoe has a hazy, pale yellow color, sort of like lemonade! Hardly any head present, but nice lace in the glass nonetheless! Appetizing citrusy nose, mostly lemony. Mouthfeel pretty good, on the whole. Lots of refreshing, light lemon/citrus flavors. Didn't pick up much in the way of any spiciness, though. Good summer bier! (3.5/3.5/4.0/4.0/4.0 = 3.8)


Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2004 18:18:55 | More by Bierman9
Photo of finepaws

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale yellow, with a creamy white head that lasts pretty well. Foam clings to the side of the glass as you drink it. Bubbles from the bottom come to the top continously. Smells of pepper and citrus. Has a bite of wheat, pepper, and sour/sweet lemon taste. Very carbonated. Has a dry aftertaste. Lots of pepper flavor. This is a new style for me, and I like it. Reminds me of a hefeweisen. I will definetly get this one again. Now I know I can try it when I'm out and like it.

on a re-review, in comparing this to Flying Dog In-Heat-Wheat and Avery White Rascal, this has a more flowery taste. Should I campare, maybe not, but for my own notes, it helps.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2004 00:40:59 | More by finepaws
Photo of bignick


3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a good, but far from great beer. It pours a cloudy orange and smells of lemon. The taste is spicy, with a peppery taste from the yeast the defining taste. This is a beer that I could enjoy during any season and as my first or last beer of the night, but only if there is nothing better available.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2004 04:45:42 | More by bignick
Photo of dren


3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Pours light with a quickly fading head. Citrus scents can be picked up with a little banana as well. The beer goes down like water with little flavor up front but midway through you pick up the banana and citrus flavors. The finish is very refreshing but leaves you wanting a bit more. A very easy beer to drink lots of on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2004 15:53:24 | More by dren
Photo of crookedhalo


3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed lemony yellow color into a traditional 6-sided Hoegaarden tumbler with a white head that dies pretty quickly. Some banana-like esters, toasted coriander, bubblegum like wheaty sweetness, and citrus notes in the aroma. Watery and slightly acidic upfront, then floral maltiness and traditional witbier spices kick in. A little heavier on the coriander than typifies the style. Hops are kept to a minimum, other than some Hersbrucker or other low alpha hop. Carbonation is good and keeps it drinkable, but it seems to lack something that I can't put my finger on even though I've had this beer numerous times. Maybe a touch more body and depth...

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2004 06:04:21 | More by crookedhalo
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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