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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
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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 bdjacoby
4.83/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my first ever review, for the record.

A - Brown bottle with a "bubble" in the neck. Pouring instructions are on the back of the bottle. Pours a beautiful yellow into my standard pint glass. Cloudy, but not completely opaque. Nice white head that slowly dissipates into a ring around the liquid, leaving sticky lacing.

S - Banana, lemon, somewhat spicy, definately fruity. A hint of clove, I think. Lots of different scents.

T - Beautiful. Everything I smelled, and more. Banana, a bit of lemon, even come pepper. No trace of alcohol flavour.

M - Again, excellent. Just enough carbonation to make it interesting, but not over-carbonated. Right on the border between thin and heavy.

D - One of the smoothest beers I've had. This is at least my tenth bottle of Hoegaarden, but I never reviewed it until now. I highly recommend it to anyone, especially those who want a stepping stone from the macros to something better. One of my favourite brews, and I will definately drink it consistently for years to come.

Photo of ghostmech007
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Original White Ale.

12oz Euro-style brown bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Pale yellow and cloudy, true to this style. A nice creamy white head but a little thin.

Smells of citrus and spices, again true to it's style.

A wonderful taste to behold. Semi-sweet and chewy. Pepper flavors and nice hop create harmony on your taste buds. A real twist to this one is a slightly sour pucker you get which is odd. A dry finish and it stays hoppy throughout the whole brew.

Honest to goodness one of my favorites. I just love this beer.

Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Only the second witbier I've tried and I'm quite impressed. When poured from a bottle to a pint glass this beer has a nice yellowish cloudy color with a decent head that sticks around for a bit. It smells of citrus and spice. The taste is well balanced with the spice on the back not too overwhelming for the fruity front. In the mouth it has a light smooth quality. Overall an excellent beer.

Photo of shaebs99
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured a yellowish cloudy color with a white head
Smelled of citrus with a little spice behind it. The taste was interesting. This was only my second witbier (first being Blue Moon, which I enjoyed) but I thought this made Blue Moon almost look foolish. The taste is very enjoyable with a citrusy fruity wheat flavor.
The mouthfell was light to light/medium.
I really don't think I can give this beer justice with my words, but needless to say I hope to have it again very soon. (And since I don't think this is sold in too many places near me it has forced me to branch out and try as many wheat beers as possible)

Photo of Poser
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours great with a thick, foamy head and a great cloudy appearance. I also find this beer highly drinkable, but I think it's a little lacking in complexity. It's a little too peppery for me as well. It's not bad for a session beer because it's light and drinkable, but not one of my favorites.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Light yellow, slightly murky body with a nearly white head, about 4 fingers thick. Smells citrusy mostly with some spice. Very well-balanced and tasty. Sweet, citrusy with some spice, but no flavor overpowers. Virtually perfect. Extremely drinkable. I'm very impressed. The best witbier I've tried, and a new favorite!

Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass from the tap; pours a cloudy yellowish/white with a medium head.

S - A citrus aroma fills the glass with a floral/spice hint lingering in the background.

T - Banana is the first discernable flavor, but it quickly gives way to a wonderful mix of fruit (almost like a blended-fruit beverage). Very slight taste of hops and no alcohol presence.

M - Light body that goes down very easily.

D - The light feel paired with a creamy-fruity taste adds up to a very drinkable witbier. The ultimate hot-summers-day selection.

Photo of belias
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy yellow with a nice frothy white head. The smell was fruity, banana and citrusy, albiet not overwhelmingly strong. The taste is enjoyable, consisting of some sweet malt, a citrusy hop flavour, and some wheaty sourness. There is also an overall spiceyness which complements the individual characteristics. Hoegaarden is exceptional in its mouthfeel as far as im concerned. This beer is crisp and highly refreshing and has a light/medium body. I also think drinkability is high, especially in hot weather. This was the first wit i ever had many years back, and even though i've had a few which surpass it, i'll always hold this as a benchmark for the style.

Photo of todatsu
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful, cloudy, topaz-yellow color. Coriander and banana nose is nice but a bit weak. Mouthfeel is excellent. Citrus (and perhaps a bit of clove?) taste is refreshing, light and Easy-Glide-smooth, but, like an over-anxious adolescent, it finishes too quick. This is an excellent summer drink. In fact its very much like a summer fling; fresh, invigorating, effervescent, but ultimately not transcendent.

Photo of Rudgers73
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. glass bottle.

A- Couldy and pale yellow with a head that is fluffy on the top and bubbly at the bottom.

S- Crisp citrus with hints of wheat.

T- Bittersweet, balanced, I taste lemon zest, it tastes a little thin. Maybe it's too cold I'll let it warm up...

T- (15 minutes later) It now tastes a little drier. The yeast is now more present and I'm picking up on some peppery notes. I must have numbed my pallet before.

M- Light and airy. The carbonation is good on the tongue. The peppery taste leaves your mouth a touch dry.

D- You could drink this all night. So could I. So THIS is what Blue Moon was trying to copy...

Photo of williamherbert
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

That cloudy blonde color and head are unmistakable Hoegaarden. Thirst-quenching.

Light banana/orange scent. Citrusy and perfect for summer.

The bits of coriander add a kick to this otherwise very smooth beer. Goes down so easy and light, almost like lemonade. But has a surprisingly thick presence on the tongue. Definitely a fruit-flavored wheat. Very "wet" compared to some other witbiers (Victory Whirlwind, Middle Ages Swallow Wit, e.g.).

Slightly fizzy feel on the way down. But I could drink these all day, though it's so mild that I might need to have something strong to mix it up. Also a very good "initiation" beer to those not so inclined toward malt and hops.

Photo of twi1609372
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a very different beer from the main stream beers you find in america. it is even markedly different from any macro i have tasted. It is white, slightly golden with descent head. It has a smokey taste to it, thats all i can describe it as. it is definetly different from any other beer i have tried,

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

Ok. This whit is actually slightly green in color. It's not very appealing, but I gave it a decent appearance score based on sheer novelty....it reminds me of the Ghostbuster's themed Ecto-Cooler Hi-C drinks that I took to school in my lunch box.

The aroma is lemon and herbs with a distinct grassy outdoorsy springtime character. Sort of like mowing the lawn. A nice hop zing adds to the refreshing and zesty nose.

This one is very zesty and zingy. I taste herbs, lemon rind, dry yeast, green grass, and hay. Extremely refreshing and awakening!

This one is highly carbonated, thin in the mouth, and very thirst quenching. I would get a pint of this again...especially in the spring or summer.

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

Had to pick up a case of this finding myself more of an afficianado of imports and less of a hard core IPA freak. Surely the one beer to have when you're having more than on. Giving this a late review as the case is almost gone, but after having heavier brews, drinkable as they were, there is no problem savoring a Hoegaarden as the night comes to a close.

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

Appearance was a pleasant satin yellow color with an bright white head.
This beer had a crisp aroma..with apple,lemon and spice.
The taste was of apple,light lemon,with corriander and pepper.
Mouth feel was medium chewy.
This beer was very drinkable and never got too heavy.
All in all,a very nice brew.

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

Pour a hazy, pale yellow, white heads that sinks to a ring.
Aromas of citrus, spice, a light dill/gerkhin note, perfumy wheat malt.
Flavour of sweetish wheat malt, citrus tang, noticable coriander seed.
Gives me a tart tingle in the lips & tongue. Good body, very refreshing and not bitter.

Photo of JayQue
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Witbier. Pours a very cloudy dull straw color with a huge white head that shrinks down to a covering on the glass. Strong and pleasant wheat aroma. Taste is great - wheat and citrus (lemon). Very crisp, absolutely delicious. The taste is strong but the beer seems light and refreshing. Mouthfeel is rich. Very drinkable, an excellent Wit.

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy lemon yellow with a creamy white head that descends to a creamy covering. Some broken lacing is left.

The smell is of clove, spicy citrus, esp. lemon and a hint of banana.

The taste is like the smell. It's creamy and medium bodied. There is a mild fruity tang.

The creamy/fruity body holds up well in the mouth, though some thinness does come through a bit. It's refreshing.

It's drinkable, smooth and refreshing. This is one that I think is much better on tap than in the bottle.

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

Pours a hazy, ultra pale yellow. Large frothy white head. Smell is of light fruit notes and coriander. Taste is light on the palate, with small fruit underlays, as well as semi-tart sourness. Not complex, but easy to drink, especially on a hot day. Mouthfeel is semi-creamy, and drinkability is good.

Photo of MMansfield
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at Maxwell's Plum n Halifax, NS, Canada.

Appearance: A very hazy, unfiltered, white beer. With a modest fizzy white head.

Aroma: If this famous belgian ale has anything wrong with it, it is certainly not the smell! Beautiful floral and fruit scents. You can easily pick up the coriander and wonderful herbs. A treat for the nose.

Taste: You can taste what you smell, but with definite smokey finish.

Mouthfeel: The finish can throw you off, but once you get into the beer, you start to drink it down smooth. Good level of carbonation.

Final Statement: This beer is refreshing if you want it to be. Perhaps not as enjoyable to the novice beer drinker, however I know quite a few people that instantly take a liking to it.

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

First had this at Shea's lounge, (downstairs offspring of great Chez Shea). Enjoyed many served in bottles, but my recent review was served on tap in Victoria, BC.

A: The goblet carried a 1/2" head fizzy white and dissipating into a cloudy pale liquid yellow in color.

S: Citrus aroma with mild hops in the nose.

T: The initial taste is a mild malt with light hop flavor blended with many citrus flavors to make almost a fruit basket blend. Notes of mild banana present.

M: This beer quenches with a smooth well balanced treat.

D: For someone to overlook this beer would be an utter mistake only later to regret, "Why haven't I tried this earlier?"

Elbows Up,

Photo of Regenpak
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This excellent witbier was purchased as a sixpack of those evil 30 cl bottles. BB 31/05/07. I used the special hexagonal Hoegaarden glass to really appreciate this brew. Directly from the fridge, after pouring there was almost no head. What little _did_ form slowly disappeared. Pale misty yellow, some small bubbles rising. Very little smell, some sweets and err... banana. The taste was well balanced, fresh sourness combined with a light sweet yeasty flavor. A hint of bitterness, which lingered long after the other tastes had gone. This is a great beer to be had when thirsty, but _do_ try to sip it slowly so it can be fully enjoyed. BTW- ABV was 4.9 % according to the bottle.

Photo of psinderson
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz poured into pilsner glass.

Appearance: Light straw color with big foamy head that subsides to a small film. Cloudy.

Smell: Fruity and bready. Some tartness in the background. Slight hint of hops.

Taste: Complex fruity tastes. I can barely pick out the orange peel. Clean and crisp. Pleasant tartness in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel: Wonderful game the bubbles are playing. Feels great going down.

Drinkability: This has been my quick drinking, hot summer day drink of choice for a while now. I can (and have) put these down one after another.

Maybe not the absolute best witbier out there, but certainly very good and easy to like.

Photo of JOaikido
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle dated best before 27/07/07.

A- Nice head, lasting. Lemon yellow/white colour. Streams of little bubbles coming up through the beer. It looks refreshing.

S- Citrus and some yeast. Touch of herbs. Nice smelling but a bit weak.

T- Crisp and light flavour. Not very strong. Citrus. Too subtle/weak to get really high marks. That said, it tastes goos and has no off flavours.

MF- Soft, fizzy. A bit too light. Doesn't overpower with yeastiness like some beer on lees.

D- Very refreshing. Very easy to drink.

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

The benchmark for a witbier, and for good reason, too.

A: Pours a hazy lemony-white

S: Crisp citrus and yeast notes

T: Creamy, spicy with plenty of citrus and yeast notes

M: Both crisp and clean

D: Oh yeah, another please

There are some witbiers that are better, but not many

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