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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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4,327 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,327
Reviews: 1,652
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 82
Gots: 474 | 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 becktone
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer pours a bit clearer than I expected. It is very light gold in color, almost the color of watered down mead. To be honest this beer looks exactly(with the exception of carbonation and head) like a korean drink called Shi-Kay(its basically rice water, very good.not sure about the spelling on that one). The beer begins the pour with a very large a rocky white head. However, the head does deteoriate to become a much thinner whtie head. Though the size might not be very impressive the retention is quite good. The size could be due to the cleanliness of the glass so I will not let it influence my rating.

To the nose this beer is just about above average. It smells good, however I think that a stronger nose would improve the aroma of this beer. It would make the complex aromas much easier to smell and appreaciate. It is reminescent of oranges-very much in the background-, also apparent are some spices, also reminds me of lemons/citrus aromas.

On the tongue this beer is very refreshing. The first and most apparent character of this beer that I taste is a spicy flavor. Next comes a huge lemon/orange/citrus taste. Other flavors in the foreground are a citrus and orange flavor. The beer is sweet on the front of the tongue and is nicely offset by bitterness from the hops. Other than being used to balance the malt sweetness I taste no other hop influence.

This beer is light on the palate and is very refreshing. The carbonation does not get in the way of the complex flavor of this beer. It finishes dry and in my opinion there isn't anything that can beat Hoegaarden or any other wheat beer on a hot day. This is a beer that I will definitely be coming back to. It is definitely worth a try. It goes down easy and is very refreshing.

Photo of edskirk3
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a few of these on tap today. They were served in the octagonal Hoegaarden glass. The first one with a slice of lemon, after which I asked for it without the lemon.

Appears lightly fizzy and cloudy gold. Thin white head. Smells like bananas, citrus, and pepper. Tastes similar; lemon is a bit more prominent on the palate. Very lightly hopped; this is only detectable at the very end. Finishes dry and crisp.

Quite light and refreshing, especially today because it was hot as hell. When you're looking for something to cool off with, Hoegaarden is hard to turn down.

Photo of Lagaffe74
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured a hazy pale yellow with a nice white head which had some retention. Nice citrus aromas in the nose. Nice feeling on the palate. Smooth, not too much bite, with a nice carbonation.
This is one of those beers that make you feel good because it takes some of the heat off of you. A perfect choice for Summer. Extremely refreshing.

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

Appearance: Nice, cloudy pale yellow, with a decent fluffy head.

Smell: Very light citrus with a faint hint of wheat.

Taste: This beer tastes great from start to finish. Nice balance of sweet and sour. Slight citrusy after taste with just a little nip.

Mouthfeel: Not much carbonation to report. Nice light medium body.

Drinkability: This is a very smooth drinker. Tastes great start to finish.

Photo of Damian
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep, hazy light yellow with a small head.

Aroma was quite intense. Wheaty and citrusy (with lemon coming through strongest).

Taste was similar to aroma with an intense sweet and sour lemony flavor. Dry finish lingered in both the mouth and nostrils.

Beautiful mouthfeel. This beer was very creamy and smooth. Very little carbonation.

Quite refreshing and easy drinking.

Photo of Macdoyal
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I personally like this style of beer so I maybe a little bias.

Appearance : When poured into my mug is looks almost like a pulpy lemonade. Very pale yellow and mute in color. Hazy is a good word. A huge fomay head on top.

Smell : Well to be honest it smells like beer but with a little spice to it. Not much to else to report.

Taste : Ok now we are getting to the good stuff. Not very hoppy if ya ask me, the bitterness is almost not there. Citrus flavor is present is a tart or acid form. Almost like lemons oddly enough. Very mellow, crisp flavor.

Mouthfeel : Very smooth and doesn't bite at your tongue too much.
Not too watery and not too thick.

Drinkability : Ok i'll put it this way, you can drink it in the summer because of it's smoothness and refreshing lemony tones or even in the winter as a beer with enough body to make you feel just right.
As for the fall and spring i'll leave that up to you.


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

Pours a pale whitish-yellow with a very cloudy appearance. There is a tall, thick, slightly fizzy white head present. The cloudiness looks good (and inviting). The aroma is of bananas with a bit of citrus.

This beer has a very light citrusy taste with a hint of bananas. There is some maltiness in the first part of each sip. The aftertaste is classified by very light, citrusy hops.

This beer is very tasty and highly sessionable; it's a great light-tasting beer. Excellent choice for the hot summer months.

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

bought a bottle at odies big ten in lansing, michigan. ($2.65 for 12 oz)
pours a hazy straw with a pillowy head.
the aroma is wheaty, citrus, spicy, sulphur hint.
the flavor is soft, light, wheat, citrus, spice.
great summer beer, goes down easy and is not a heavy beer so it is very refreshing.

Photo of houdini
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A cloudy, hazy, and faint golden yellow, with a medium-sized bubbly, white head. Lacing is nearly nonexistent.

Smell: Wheat and yeast with a hint of lemon.

Taste: Slightly sweet, slightly sour, very refreshing. Citrusy with a spicy finish. Just enough bite on this to please the palette.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and light on the carbonation.

Drinkability: This is one smooth brew. Very tasty and easy to drink. It doesn't take long to finish off a sixer.

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

Hazy light wheaty yellow color. Nice white fluffy head. Hints of lemon and wheat in the scent. Taste great, light wheat and lemon hints. Pretty good mouthfeel. Very drinkable. A good beer to drink in the summer. Fairly priced. Overall a very good beer.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a mug, VERY active. MUCHO bubbles, it's a very pale straw color, mildly cloudy.BIG thick creamy, frothy white head. Impressive head.

Smells wheaty and yeasty with a slight citrus nose.

A decent wheat and citrus combo, it's simple ingredients of malted barley and wheat allows the hearty wheat and malt to stand out.

Very nice medium body. The thick frothy white head gave it a very smooth feel, yet this is very light going down and very easy to drink in hot weather. THe impressive head left a lacing that was pretty thick until the LAST SIP.

Good n' refreshing on hot days!

Photo of ernie
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favourite brews, tasted on countless occasions in different countries and always making me happy.

Pale yellow color with a golden spark, hazy (especially when properly chilled), high initial carbonation, majestic head and lace just as I love it.

Smell citric, spicey, very gentle and complex.

Taste fresh, lively, with a fantastic mix of citric, yeasy-fruity and spicey notes. Very pleasant mouthfeel. Maybe a bit boring towards finish (after a couple of pints) but remarkable anyway. Finish acidic with a relaxing fruitiness, long and complex aftertaste.


Photo of bigdeuce
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

They keep trying to replicate this fine brew and they cannot. Very fruity esthers, some lemon, corriander going on. Nice light to medium body...extremely cloudy and wheaty. Great summer quaff! Pours a decent pillowy head. Very light, smooth and refreshing. Reasonably priced in Ohio. Great summer ale!

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

Hoegaarden sports a generous white head atop a hazy body that, when held up against direct light, really is almost more white than yellow. Lovely.

The nose is lightly spicy, with the welcoming aroma of good coriander.

Pale malt and spice feature on the palate, with a faint touch of tart citric fruitiness. Mild vanilla. Finishes dry with some lingering spice.

Soft, elegant, refreshing, with a mild CO2 prickle. Best served cold.

Drinking Hoegaarden at a sidewalk cafe in Europe is just about a requisite life experience. Ahhhh, takes me back...

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: A whitish-peachy, semi-cloudy color. Very unique looking. Foamy, creamy white head, about 1 inch.

Smell: Some bits of citrus, yeast, spices, etc. I'm very impressed by it, though it might be because I'm new to the smell.

Taste: Lightly sweet, with yeast, mild citrus, spices (including mild pepper) and maybe something like banana bread. Fairly refreshing. The flavor isn't too strong, though possibly it would be overkill if it were stronger.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a feel not unlike a hefeweizen. Smooth with low carbonation.

Drinkability: A very drinkable beer, fairly low feel of alcohol. However, the unique flavor may be a bit of a hinderance to drinking more than a couple.

I've never had a white ale before, so this was something new. I was quite impressed. I like the look and the flavor, but I'm not sure how likely it would be for me to get this again. Something about it's look/feel/taste make it seem a bit like a novelty. Would have this again with friends who like to try new and unique beers for sure, but on my own I think I'd get a hefeweizen instead. But definitely something to be checked out!

Photo of jettjon
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Highs: Drinkability
Lows: None within style

Not being a huge fan of the style, I really wanted to enjoy this Belgian white. Following the instructions on the bottle (laugh) yielded a characteristically cloudy yellowish-orange pour (described by onlookers as “cloudy urine color”) with very few bubbles and visible sediment. The pillowy white head quickly faded to nothing, leaving no lacing at all. I guess this is par for the course for white ales/witbiers. Nose was dominated by orange, but since I had opted for the orange slice, I’m sure it was more due to that than the beer. Otherwise nose contained notes of spice, mostly cinnamon. Taste was again dominated by the orange, wheat/yeast, along with an enjoyable clove flavor. However, that was about it for flavor complexity. Mouth was characteristically watery and bubbly—not much to write home about, but again characteristic… and again not my favorite style. Drinkability was good as with any decent-tasting witbier: it’s easy to drink and unassuming, and pretty tasty to boot.

Overall: I assume that Hoegaarden represents one of the better witbiers out there. As such, I must admit that I am not a fan of the style. Cloudy beer beneath an anemic head with weak, spicy taste and a watery feel just don’t float my boat. If anyone is aware of a truly great witbier I should try, please let me know.

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

served from tap at ella's wood-fired pizza in pint glass.
bright hazy yellow (dull neon) with creamy head; retention not great but left a sheet of lacing.
basic faint lemon and banana aromas.
zesty lemon flavor with banana undertone and faint clove with spicy (white pepper) balancing hops and some grainy wheat. not as timid as other white beers.
light-bodied and creamy with crispness on tongue, yet goes down creamy too, finishing semi-dry.
zingy with with light body and balanced taste - could have a few, especially in the heat of the d.c. summer.

Photo of Daredevil
2.6/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I must confess, this style is not my favorite ... I am not a great lover of Weisse (wheat) in general (although there are some real great ones in the bavarian style) ...
this brew reminds me a bit of Berliner Weisse (something I can hardly drink in a pure state) with a dominant citric acidity and sourness, however it has some additional spices (coriander) and peppery taste ... no doubt a great thirst quencher, but if the choice was mine, I'd go for an IPA ....

Photo of Absumaster
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light yellow color with a creamy full head that lasts the whole beer.

Smell was magnificent, incredible for such a light beer. I can smell citrus, especially lemon with a yeasty, spicy and phenolic profile. What a great nose!

Taste was a little less appealing than the smell, there was the citric lemon which, together with the slight acidity form the basis of the beer and make it very refreshing. Then there was the wheat, orange peel and spicy coriander and other spicy notes that gave the beer an extra dimension.
This beer is well balanced and tastfull, which is quite remarkable for such a ''light'' beer.

It's light body make this beer very drinkable, and although this is only 5% ABV, it seems to give me a bigger buzz than a 'normal' lager of 5%.

One of the best witbiers around!

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

Hazy washed-out gold with a pristine, thin white head. White pepper scent laces malty-sour wheat and coriander mash. A bit clovey, too. Chewy sprouted wheat with pepper and cilantro leaves combine with a mellow white grape and light dried banana sour-sweetness. Weighty on the palate, but light in body. Lightly expansive, almost creamy mouthfeel, but retains a citric juiciness that is eminently refreshing. In humidity like this, after barbecueing some salmon filets, this is without a doubt highly drinkable. Nice wit.

Photo of hanco005
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
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!

Photo of guitarmage
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of sacfly
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of riversider76
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
86 out of 100 based on 4,327 ratings.