Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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4,337 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,337
Reviews: 1,654
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 83
Gots: 487 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: purplehops on 07-08-2001)
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Photo of mcarroll10177
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into an imperial pint glass

A- pale yellow, almost white, an aggressive pour reveals a thick white head that quickly disappates

S- lemons anyone? the citrus overpowers the nose

T- I dont think a witbeir should taste this citrusy. This tasted like an unsweetened hard lemonade

M- not to thick not to thin average is the best way to discribe it

D- would I buy this beer again, no way to much citrus and nothing really else.

****edit*** oh how our beer taste bud grow over time this is a great beer and a solid wit that i could drink all night long. Always revisit beers after some time you may find your tastes have changed

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

12oz. bottle with just a regular (the one pictured) label on the front and some info on the neck label. On the back label there are directions on how to pour the beer into a Hoegaarden glass (of course) and a Best Before date in the left bottom corner.

When poured into a Pilsner glass, it was this nice yellowish/white color with a 2 finger head of white color foam. The head of foam receded very slowly leaving behind plenty of lace behind it. It had a light aroma of different citrus fruits, cloves, and some yeast in the background. The taste was very much like the smell, it had many different citrus fruits (mostly lemons), cloves, and this all ended with a taste of yeast. All I can I say about the mouthfeel is that is smooth, light, and crisp. This would make for a very refreshing beer on a hot summers day. Pretty much an average Belgain Wit Beer.

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

A - Cloudy straw with a medium sized head.

S - Sharp, yeasty smell with some sourness and spiciness.

T - Grapefruity. Mild bitterness with lots of citrusy fruit.

M - Very light and crisp. Refreshing.

D - Probably better as a summertime drink. Goes down quite easy.

Photo of gdogalishus
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a curved pint style glass. Serving temperature 45.7 degrees F. High carbonation apparent from the bottle pop, and large collection of bubbles and lace all over the glass. White fluffy head siting atop is promising and inviting. Aroma of lemon zest/citrus dominates. Oh no, it reminds me of the Alagash White without the bitter lemon peel in the aroma. Color was a beautiful hazy pale yellow, lighter than light.
The flavor... good. It has a soft mouthfeel probably from a large portion of wheat. The spice wasvery mellow lemon inthe packground with very little hoppy bitterness. Excellent. Much better IMHO than the soupy flavor of the Alagash (maybe I just had a bad bottle of that, but it was what I had).
Refreshing and easy to drink... a clear first day of summer beer. Only wish the lemon aroma stuck around a little longer.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours beautifully. I can see why they call it a white beer. Light yellow almost white with a full snow white almost marshmellow head that fades to full white lacing to follow the drink all the way down.
Aroma is as light as it's color....'sweet wheat', citrus, light cloves, yeast.
Mouthfeel is full and refreshing from the high carbonation of tiny bubbles...gives a pleasant sharpness on the tongue.
Taste is light and refreshing....my first impression is of bubblegum...probably from the cloves and citrus...again, a sweet wheat and yeastiness. Someone said the taste comes mostly from the nose...that could be right because there were few surprises in the taste.
This is a great thirst quencher during warm nights and hot days.
Sessions very well due to the moderate 5% ABV.

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

it poured a very pale gold, almost an off white with a nice thick head. there was a hint of citrus aroma in it. the taste was crisp, mild though, with a slight tinge of citrus. very light body and smooth consistancy.

i always find hoegaarden, or wits in general, as a perfect summer drink. sometimes when i long for the warm weather i will get a six pack of this and sort of mentally imagine it being 90 degrees out while sipping on one of these.

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

This beer pours a cloudy very light yellow color. It looks like slightly tinted water. The head is very fluffy and white. It fades slow, leaving many thick laces.

This beer has a very spicy aroma. I detect citrus. It has a slightly grassy hop aroma. It is also slightly yeasty.

This beer has a spicy flavor. It tastes slightly of pepper. Also, I taste citrus. A little lemon and a slight orange peal flavor. It has a faint hint of cloves.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a spicy aroma. It is crisp and refreshing. It is highly carbonated. The carbonation fits the style.

I think that this beer would be a decent session beer. It is mild enough to not get overbearing. Also, the alcohol content is low enough to allow you to enjoy a few. While not my favorite beer, this beer is good and worthy of buying an other bottle in the future.

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

Followed the instructions in my proper Hoegaarden glass to achieve a nice fluffy white head. Bubbles are pretty large and retain their structure, after a while it reduces down to a nice lacy film across the top of the beverage.

The nose is a little sweet with citrus, wheat, and lemon grass immeadiatly popping out. Very nice balance of aromas here that isn't too overpowering but builds the anticipation.

The taste is more from the nose but with a nice close presence. It is very smoothe and clean tastey that leaves a pleasant feel in the mouth. The ABV makes it a good session beer on those hot summer nights.

Always one of my favorites and mixes well too. For those who aren't too found of beer doing half this with half lemonade is fantastic, little trick I learned in Germany while drinking wheat beers a few years ago.

Photo of Phatz
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is not just 'called' white beer it literally is a WHITE beer. It pours a slightly off white color and has white head with a very short retention. Quite heavy lacing.

Smell: Very potent! Yeast, Lemon, citrus rinds and wheat fill your nose with lots of strong pleasant aromas.

Taste: The taste is similar to the smell. It is very active. There is a significant spicy hop character creating the flavor of cloves lemon peels and pepper. It is not overly bitey though, because the cool watery center carries a light yeasty sweet whit bread character through your mouth washing the tart citrus away as quickly as it developed. Mildly interesting but overall average for the style.

Mouthfeel: Something about the mouthfeel creates a strange stall for me. This beer is somewhat smooth but just before swallowing it stalls for a moment. Basically it does not slide down easily. I am not sure if it is the peppery character of the beer or the hops but it tickles my throat causing me to need to think about swallowing it. Strange.

Drinkability: This beer feels cool and refreshing in the mouth but did not seem to finish smoothly. It may have just been me today so I will try it again. For now I will say it is a fine Witbier and suitable for a hot day.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of mclanem
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: this is a great looking beer. I just love the look of an unfiltered beer, it just screams good.

Smell: This beer has a strange smell to me very flowery, one person mentioned lemon which I do notice. unique but not great.

Taste: the smell fits the taste very well very unique and I can taste lemon. this beer is very spiced up with extras not to appealing to me.

Mouthfeel: it feals refreshing, good carbonation and smooth.

Drinkability: drinkability suffered due to the strange taste, but it was refreshing as a drink so I think it is good over all.

Photo of Byeast
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very hazy and pale golden-yellow color with a small , creamy white head. Some nice lacing left on the glass. Spicy aromas , some zesty citrus/lemon. Taste is light and refreshing , spiced and tart lemony-citrus flavors , some coriander ,sweet orange, wheaty-dry twang to the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light with a dry finish. This Witbier is definatly quite drinkable: refreshing ,appetizing ,and thirst quenching.

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

I was offered a slice of lemon in my glass with this one. That made me kind of sceptic and got me thinking about a certain mexican lager so i turned down the offer. The taste is wheaty and a bit sour with hints of citrus and hops. Not as much yeast as you'd think, judging by the cloudy yellow/white color.
A really nice beer that I'll definitely have again.

Photo of jdm
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

pours a thick, white two-finger head and a very cloudy light yellow color. looks interesting. citrus and clove smells jump out of the bottle even before pouring. tastes and mouthfeel both are a little thin. the nose is the srong point for this beer. a super thirst quencher however and thus a very rare (from me) 5 awarded for drinkability.

Photo of Bcant
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy pale yellow with a bit white head of tiny bubbles. Decent example of what the style should look like.

S - Spicy aroma with a bit of lemon underneath.

T - Pretty straightforward, spiciness does not add much complexity, sweet with a thin citrus hop fell.

M/D - Smooth with some viscosity, parching finish compromises drink ability, especially for a white beer.

Photo of geexploitation
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So supposedly this is the benchmark witbier... or, according to some, it used to be until it was bought by InBev. Pours a very hazy pale straw colored, tinged with green. Decent head, but the green tinge is a bit off-putting. The nose is centered around coriander, with a basis of citrus (lemon/orange, some kind of hybrid)... very warm smelling and appealing. The taste is dominated by carbonation up front, then the coriander and a late, lemony taste in the back of the throat, oddly enough. The taste structure and mouthfeel is very light -- like the wine spritzer of the beer world, but in a good way. This is one tasty, eminently quaffable beer, whose reputation is justifed IMO... although I'd love to taste the older version of this beer, if it's actually different like people say.

Photo of alysmith4
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An old standby for me. I always go to this beer when I can't make a decision on anything else. The taste is light and refreshing, and strangely -- white! Almost a cross between a lemonade and a cream soda. Lots of lemon and honey flavors, subtle amounts of carbonation. Good in any season.

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

Pours a lasting bright white head with very light yellow body color. Moderate carbonation, light lace, and that feature of many witbiers: a lovely swirly haze. A good-looker.

Smells are faint, with yeast, spices, white pepper and banana all coming to the nose.

This is a smooth, easy-drinking witbier with plenty of character in the flavors: banana, orange zest, some less obvious fruits, some sharp spices in the background and a bit of a bubblegum sweetness.

Creamy, zesty mouthfeel, plenty of carbonation but it's not obtrusive.

At a low ABV (as with most witbiers) this is an eminently drinkable, enjoyable, thankfully easy-to-find brew. It's always good, but the one hesitation I have with it is I've found it to be one of the more inconsistent beers. My previous experiences with it have varied widely from tap to bottle, and amongst all the bottles I've had (dozens) I've found it somewhat temperamental to all the usual beer variables (more so than most): heat, cold, sunlight, darkness, temperature served, glassware used, amount of sediment swirled into the glass, etc. It's never been bad, just often varying a few degrees one way or another. Not sure if it's me or the beer, I'm guessing the beer, but I thought I'd mention it.

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

Very pale yellow / white color and cloudy with a billowing, fluffy pure white head. The aroma is lightly spicy wheat and zesty lemon...herbal. Sweet and peppery flavor, similar to the smell. Soft mouthfeel and not too thin - very refreshing.

I'll probably be picking more of these up when the weather gets hot.

Photo of bennetj17
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a half-inch head with some retention. Color is an amazing off-white with massive cloudiness. Fine lacing. Smell is nice and strong with notes of lemon, orange, wheat, belgian yeast and perhaps a bit of clove spice. Taste is mild, citrusy and wheaty. Lightly sweet and sour both. Very refreshing. Mouthfeel is light, but it coats well and has solid carbonation. Drinkability is nice- not too strong, or too heavy, making it easy to have a few...

Photo of Melchizedek
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy straw color with a big, billowy white head.

Pretty typical Belgian-style aroma, yeasty with mild clove and spice notes. Ginger and clove come out in the mouth, with a sort of citric edge to it - I like the mouthfeel; it's like cotton candy, very light and effervescent.

This isn't really a thinking man's brew, I wouldn't say, but for a hot summer's day, I think it's a great pick - think spiced fizzy lemonade. Yum.

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

Appearance: Pours a pale, cloudy honey color with an ample foamy white head that sticks around throughout.

Smell: Fruity, spicy and yeasty.

Taste: Follows the nose with fruity notes blended with a sweet wheaty base. Hints of vanilla are also in there somewhere with some spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Ridiculously smooth and nicely carbonated. Light-bodied, but full-flavored.

Drinkability: Really couldn't be any better. This brew goes down super smooth and easy and I could easily have another, especially on a hot summer day.

This brew was a pleasant surprise. It comes highly recommended from a trusted BA. I will be sure to revisit this one in the future, especially once it warms up outside.

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

Back-to-back-to-back with Celis White (Vansteenberge) & Blanche de Chambly. A battle of Wits?

Best Before 22/03/07.

A: This one's got the fluffiest head & leaves the most lace. The liquid looks the same as the Celis... slightly lighter than the Unibroue.

S: Plenty of aroma. Earthier than the Celis.

T: More clove than the other two. A little earth, citrous, bubble-gum & bready malt, nice rounded flavour.

M: The body and carbonation fit between the other two, but it seems to be the creamiest!

D: Very good.

I've always liked this one, but I'm surprised the interbrew faired so well!

A high quality, consistent brew.

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

Appearance: Initially pours a really cloudy pale yellow color with almost a half-inch active white foam on top. The head was just a small ring around the top of the beer within a minute or so. The beer is so cloudy, you can hardly tell how many bubbles are rising.

Aroma: Dry grainy/wheaty aroma with a hint of light lemon citrus. It has a bit of a tartness to it that I would expect to find in a Berliner Weisse (which is what this beer looks like). Among all of this citrus, there is a subtle floral note that plays a significant part of the whole wheaty meld.

Taste: The flavor is not disappointing with regards to the aroma. There is a dominant dry grainy wheatbread like flavor that mostly dominates. These flavors are supported by the lemony notes. The floral is a much bigger part of the flavor than it was in the aroma, and it starts to take over to lead you into the finish. The finish itself is rather wet and refreshing. The beer is well attenuated, but the hopping is low enough to let the malt win out in the end. Since it is so attenuated, it leaves you with a clean palate for your next sip. The sourness that I perceived in the nose is not apparent in the flavor...or is obscured by the lemon. The carbonation should be more aggressive to really make this beer shine.

Opinion: I am really enjoying this beer. It has a light but complex flavor profile that tells me that I can put these away all night. The wheat takes a bit of getting used to, but I like the fact that they aren't accompanied with a bunch of cloves and bananas like you get just across the border. I have had this beer on tap before, but that was before I was really working on my palate...I would like to drink this beer more.

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

Nice light yellow color with white cloudiness to it and a fair white head. The smell and taste of this beer are quite similar, and pretty much the standard for the style. Lots of corriander, loads of yeast, and a bit of clean citrus. I got more citrus in the nose than on the tongue, and more yeast on the tongue than the nose. "Standard" is what keeps coming to mind with this one. A beer to judge all other white beers by.

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

This is my first Witbier so I really didnt know too much what to expect. After the pour I quickly realized why it is called a Wit, i've never actually had a beer pour this light. Had to grab my quadmate and show him this interesting hue.Its creamy clear with a slight yellow tinge. The smell is pretty decent, coriander and citrus dominate, smell is on par with what I was expecting. Taste is pretty good, coriander really comes through strong with a crisp refreshing aftertaste. This is a fairly smooth brew, the flavors subside quickly in the aftertaste. As far as drinkability goes, I can see myself drinking a ton of this in the warmer months to come. This is one of those beerstyles similar to a biere de garde and a saison in where the taste doesnt initially wow me, but I find myself buying it on a weekly basis because I really do like it.

Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
85 out of 100 based on 4,337 ratings.