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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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4,256 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,256
Reviews: 1,646
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 77
Gots: 433 | 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 hanco005
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, dated 04/04/07 and 02219 4004, poured into a pilsner glass

A—pours murky sunshine yellow w/ a ½ inch bright white fizzy head that fizzes away quickly, lacing is sparse

S—wheat, coriander, orange, banana, very fruity

T—banana and coriander are strong, some orange lingers, wheaty, a little bread as well…very good

M—crisp and refreshing, light bodied, good carbonation

D—I like it. A good summertime selection and a good session beer for by the pool or at the beach.

hanco005, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of msubulldog25
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into a tall pilsner glass, have enjoyed on several occasions:

A: Warm yellow, cloudy. Lots of champagne-like tiny carbonation bubbles. Thin head, good lacing.

S: Bread yeast, clove, banana - typically delicious witbier smells!

T: All the above smells are evident in taste, great layering of spices w/ dry finish. Crisp.

M: Carbonation makes flavors dance. No lingering aftertaste.

D: Very enjoyable. Easy to drink alone or pair with lighter dishes. Recently paired it with a lemon pasta with shrimp, which was excellent.

Highly recommend this beer - it's a good one for new beer drinkers or the hop-averse; my wife loves this one!

msubulldog25, Jun 15, 2006
Photo of guitarmage
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale yellow, almost pastel, cloudy. Foamy white head with decent retention. Nice sticky lacing. Pineapple juice color.

Smell: Sweet wheaty notes, a little spicy, banana bread, rather aromatic, notes of herbs like coriander. Yeasty too.

Taste: Spicy and herbal upfront, sweet and bready towards the middle, and finishes with a mild tart, dry character. Notes of sage, coriander, cloves and banana bread. Mild hops hang on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, with a consistent medium carbonation that hangs around, almost a watery like quality as well.

Drinkability: I'd drink this if I was offered it anyday, but that's not saying much. It's very refreshing and adventurous for the taste buds. Easy to drink and enjoy, nice looking.

guitarmage, Jun 13, 2006
Photo of sacfly
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz
Pours a cloudy light golden/yellow color with a thick head of large white bubbles. Frothy. Aroma is spice. Coriander comes out with a bit of orange citrus. Taste follows suit. Not too overdone. Very well balanced flavors. Light bitterness and dry aftertaste. Great easy drinking brew. A staple of the summer months.

sacfly, Jun 11, 2006
Photo of riversider76
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale yellow. Huge fluffy head, good retention,moderate lacing. Aroma did not jump out and grab me. Light citrus and spice, but not very strong. Body is light with a bit of a fizz. Taste is of citrus and spice,with a nice finish. This is a good beer, just very light.

riversider76, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of cjgator3
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very pale yellow with a nice fluffy two finger head. Smell is yeast, lemon zest and spicy. Taste consists of corriander wheat and citrus with a nice clean finish. This beer is extremely refreshing. I can not think of many better things to drink on a nice hot summer day. Definately one of the best wit biers out there.

cjgator3, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of GregoryVII
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is cloudy with a good amount of gold. Smell is coriander and dried orange peel as you would expect. The taste is very refreshing. I appreciate this White Ale more than other examples because I feel the spices are well balanced. In more extreme examples they lose what makes them charming as the flavors you appreciate in a more restrained version, such as Hoegaarden, try to bludgeon you to death about the head. Mouthfeel is of medium density and drinkability is high, especially when the temperatures are likewise. On a closing note, I don't care what abuse I take, sometimes I enjoy it with a nice slice of orange.

GregoryVII, Jun 01, 2006
Photo of skybluewater
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky lemon color. Smells of lemon meringue pie. Tastes of lemon as well, very nice. Mouthfeel is just right, not weak, but not too full, either. Drinkability? I could down this beer by the gallon.

Overall, this is a very good beer, perfect for the hot humid days of summer (like today). Yeah, it's not cheap, but it's worth it.

skybluewater, May 29, 2006
Photo of donchata
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice light delicious beer that packs a subtle punch. The head is stiff and frothy white with an nice even hue of whiteish gold. The smell is rich of lemon spice and wheaty citrus. The taste matches your nose and has an aggressive kick of honey as it flows down. It has a nice consistent flavor that is sure to satisfy.

donchata, May 26, 2006
Photo of shamus
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a beer that seems to be on tap everywhere in Ottawa . I am guessing it is because it is an Interbrew product and they own a lot of Canadian drafts as well. It looks really great in the glass. It's an opaque lemon yellow with an excellent head. The head lasts. The air bubbles are fine and the head itself is thick. It has a pleasant scent, again lemons come to mind.
Given the presentation the taste is a bit disappointing, however it is good. Nice spice with lots of undertones that come out in the after taste. It goes down nice with just the right mount of fizz. My biggest complaint is that it needs a bolder emphasis on the flavour.

shamus, May 24, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: America domestic meets lemonade. Very light and cloudy with a snow white head.

S: Subtely attractive aroma of citrus, orange peel and clove.

T: Light and refreshing. Flavors of anise, honey suckle, sweet wheat malt and spice.

M: Touch watery and thin.

D: A well balanced beer, as always

Westsidethreat, May 24, 2006
Photo of asabreed
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Best by 5/21/07.

Appearance: Huge foamy white head. It took me a while to pour the rest in after the swirl, which I certainly do with a Wit. I've had this before on tap and it's never been like this. Hazy tinted light yellow body with a nice amount of bubbles cascading around the glass. Lacing's spotty but covers a lot once the head dissipates.

Smell: Heavy Belgian yeast, slight coriander, citrus, lemon grass, and light cream. I wish there was more of everything, as far as everything being more discernible and harder edged, but it's fairly nice as it is.

Taste: I wish this was spicier and less subdued; that's why I give it the 3.5 rating. It's way too tame for a Wit. The citrus and Belgian yeast strains are there, and there are some spices, but there could be much more flavor.

Mouthfeel: Pretty creamy, a nice amount of carbonation to the body. Maybe too creamy? Still, I dig it. Maybe more flavor would mean more carbonation. But I'm not sure about that at all and am probably wrong.

Drinkability: This is one of the best Witbiers you can buy for the price and availability in my opinion. And after all, it's summer. For around $10 for a 6-pack and for how much food you can enjoy with this, not to mention the ABV being fairly low, I'll be drinking Hoegaarden again.

asabreed, May 22, 2006
Photo of gbarron
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap, 5/18/06. The original revival beer of the white beer style. Thank you Pierre Celis.

A - color is a beautiful neon yellow, almost like lemon curd. Head is bright white, almost blinding, and rocky. Very cloudy and virtually opaque.

S - wonderful aroma of spices, fruit. Can definitely smell the corriander, some fruity/sugary esters come off from the Belgian yeast and wheat content. Light, fresh background of spicy noble hops as well.

T - extremely tasty and refreshing brew, and I'm not normally a wheat beer fan. Light flavor of wheat malt, slightly toasty. Strong flavor of corriander, citrus (orange peel). Slight hints of cotton candy, bubble gum, tart lactic acid. Firm but subtle hop bitterness balances out the belgian sweetness.

M - very light bodied, carbonation is a bit high for my taste, but on par with style. A little dry.

D - definitely a beer you could put back many of in an evening and not be too worried about the effects. A perfectly balanced beer, light and refreshing.

gbarron, May 22, 2006
Photo of Cresant
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured the Hoegaarden from a 12 oz. bottle dated 19/4/07.

A pretty frosty, cloudy white/pale yellow body capped by a nice 2" head.

Mild malty, grain-like smell. Faint metallic odor.

Hops on the palate first, then the light sweetness, finishing pleasantly tart. Refreshing, subtle, delicate. Sweet-tarts and coriander.

Smooth, thin mouthfeel. Hidden alcohol. Low carbonation.

Easy to drink, yet not challenging enough to want more that one.

Cresant, May 21, 2006
Photo of shererjt
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy, very light yellow with good carbonation and a firm, rocky, long-lasting head. If you didn't know what you were looking at, this one would throw you for a loop. Aroma was primarily coriander. I have no idea who came up with the notion of putting coriander in beer, but I'm sure glad they did. The orange was also very notable. Otherwise, maybe a bit of wheat and that was it. Light body but bursting with flavor. Lots of spice; not a whole lot of malt but enough to keep things in balance. More wheat in the flavor than in the aroma, though. Mouthfeel was lively and the drinkability was quite good.

This is possibly the quintessential lawnmower/thirst quencher, and a personal favorite. Yum.

shererjt, May 21, 2006
Photo of Phocion
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first time I had this was on tap, and it really left a bad impression on me. About a month later I picked up a 6-pack, and it's been one of my favorites ever since. I'm convinced that my first experience was killed by the lemon they served with the beer.

Poured into the hexagonal Hoegaarden glass with a very cloudy light yellow color with a small head. The hazy effect is something different, and always a little interesting.

It actually smells a little tarty, but some sweet fruity undertones popped through as well.

Lots of citrus tastes. Like the smell, both sweet and tarty. Not much for hops.

Fairly light-bodied feel, moderate carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer. It goes down very smooth, and there's few things better on a hot day outside than a 6-pack of Hoegaarden. Incredibly refreshing.

This is an excellent hot-weather drink and fairly easy to find. I almost always keep at least a couple in my fridge. The only downside is that at around $8 for a 6-pack, it gets kind of pricey as an every day drink.

Phocion, May 20, 2006
Photo of Orrshow
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Pours a very hazy yellow reminding me of lemon meringue pie. The head is not very present and is off white.

Smell – Smells tart, sweet, grassy, and of citrus. Not bad but a little on the weak side even when I let it warm.

Taste – The taste is semi sweet with a bit of grass flavor. I don’t sense much wheat but it is there. I also taste some citrus flavors. There is a sweet tart aftertaste with a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel – Barely any carbonation at all. Almost flat. The beer was thin too but I wasn’t expecting a lot.

Drinkability – Goes down easy but it’s not one to savor as its lacking in flavor (that rhymes).

I wasn’t overly impressed here, but not disappointed either. It’s an average beer that would work for a sunny day.

Orrshow, May 17, 2006
Photo of arizcards
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap after a day of touring London in early May. Have had it on-tap in the U.S. on several occasions.

Beer appeared as a pale yellow and was served with a very good head. Nose was of spices and maybe a hint of banana. Taste was wheaty, spicy up front. Hops were definitely not prominently there. Mouthfeel was lively with a light body. Drinkability was very good. This is a nice wheat beer and a good representation of the style.

arizcards, May 15, 2006
Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale yellow color with a frothy marshmallow head; some lacing

Smell: Wheat and lemon with a touch of coriander and banana

Taste: Starts out with a wheaty flavor on top of which various fruity esters and spices perform a tap dance; tart finish that doesn't linger as the flavor returns to its bready origin

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: Refreshing and enjoyable, even if this is not my favorite style

brentk56, May 13, 2006
Photo of ablaze
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in beer mug out of 330 mL bottle.

Pours a cloudy yellow with creamy white, lasting head.

Smells of lemon and citrus, clean smell.

Tastes creamy, almost buttery, with lemons, honey and coriander. A nice finish of light wheat and fruits. Malt and hops well balanced and delicious. Alcohol tastes very light and well hidden.

Thick in mouth, and again a creamy trait. Liquid silk.

Can definitely enjoy several with no trouble, and it only gets better over time. A rich beer but very refreshing.

Hoegaarden's classic white beer is a favourite of mine in the summer and is relatively easy to find. Goes well with poultry, particularly turkey. Definitely recommended.

Plus, that Hoegaarden glass is just magnificent!

ablaze, May 13, 2006
Photo of goochpunch
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a cloudy lemonade with a fluffy white head. Smells phenolic with the wheat snap. Hardly, if any, spicing. There are the yeasty and wheaty characteristics in the flavor, but it seems muted. Kind of like club soda in the finish. Mouthfeel is pleasantly carbonated and lively, but is too watery. All in all, it's rather refreshing and drinkable. A light wit with little to no spicing.

goochpunch, May 13, 2006
Photo of audiojon
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was overjoyed to find that my favorite local bar (not a beer bar mind you) has this on tap permanently now. That said, this review is of the bottled variety. The weather has recently become very hot, and this afternoon I found myself craving a nice light summertime brew. I headed to BevMo and spent some time wandering the aisles trying to figure out what would fit my craving, when I noticed a 6-pack of Hoegaarden wink at me from inside the freezer case. What's this- they have Hoegaarden already chilled? Done. I grabbed the 6er and headed home. This beer, while maybe not the most unique beer out there, serves a very fine purpose. Total refreshment. This is a staple in my fridge, and is delicious any time, but especially if the sun happens to be shining on ya and it's a relaxing 85 degrees outside.

Highly recommended.

audiojon, May 12, 2006
Photo of Brian700
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very cloudy blonde with a nice fluffy white head. There is some decent lacing going on.

The aroma is very estery and spicey. I pick up on coriander, clove, banana, orange.

The flavor is very refreshing. There are a lot of fruity esters along with some spiciness like clove and coriander. There seems to be that spiciness you get from Ardennes Yeast strains.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer. It is very refreshing and not to much for the pallate to handle. I will definately revisit this beer.

Brian700, May 08, 2006
Photo of Crosling
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy light blonde in color. Moderately aromatic, full of fruit and spice, giving a scent of curacao and coriander, along with a light hint of hay. Flavor is light and airy, coating with a butter toffee blanket and loaded with light spice; coriander and curacao. A pleasant, yet unexciting witbier. Boy I wish I could have tried this 20 years ago.

Crosling, May 05, 2006
Photo of blackie
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour into my wit glass creates a huge, fluffy white head that I must allow to settle before pouring the rest of the bottle. The beer is a cloudy golden white in color.

smell: Yeast and some wheat malt up front. Light fruity notes such as pear and citrus. Slight aroma of noble hops and coriander.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is just between the medium and high ranges. The body is light.

taste: Predominant flavors of yeast, wheat, and light citrus (esp. sweet orange). Also some hints of light fruits and spice. Just a touch of hop flavor and a very light bitterness.

drinkability: Easy to drink on a hot day

blackie, May 05, 2006
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
86 out of 100 based on 4,256 ratings.