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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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4,434 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,434
Reviews: 1,668
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 94
Gots: 550 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: purplehops on 07-08-2001

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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

Photo of Ochsenblut
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is undoubtedly one of my favorite beers. First off, Hoegaarden wrote the book on Wit style beers. Second, if I could take an IV of Hoegaarden Wit directly to my brain, preferably in the back so I can snake it up my shirt, I would die a happy death.

A- Light yellow cloudiness, expectant of the style. Hard to get a single finger head out of the bottle to a glass, but existant corbonation makes up for the lack of head staying power.

S- Smells of corriander and light orange, maybe even lemon.

T- clean start with a crisp wheat taste. goats don't get this close to wheat. The corriander is hard to identify, but a citrus taste at the end of a sip in apparent. Fairly lightly hopped, but still balanced taste. This ain't no yellow fizzy macro brew!

M- Mouth feel starts with a crispy carbonation. Clean

D- I could personally put away one of those 5 liter party kegs (Fassdosen, Partydosen) if I knew where to find one. That might unfortunatley only be a german/dutch phenom. Easy enough to say, the drinkabilty is very high on this beer.

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

Creamy thick appearance, very pale. The smell is very fruity with a hint of wheat hops.

The taste is creamy and thick, very malty and tastes almost of orange or banana. Definatly a wide mixture of fruits. The aftertaste is very dry and a bit a bit light but nontheless very refreshing.

Very pricey beer but well worth it, one of the best Belgian Beers I've had, possible the entire Lower Counties. A great introduction to the White Beer style.

Photo of rarevos
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into hexagonal Hoegaarden glass.

A: Cloudy pale yellow. The glass can fit only slightly more liquid than a bottle holds, so there's not much room for head. It's fluffy at first, then recedes to glass level. Stays there for a good long time.

S: Orange, coriander, pepper, wheat, in that order.

T: Citrus and wheat hit first. The citrus is bright, but not overly juice-like. Finish is peppery with coriander with a wheat tail. Very well-balanced.

M: Light, crisp. A bit too much carbonation, maybe, but it's true to the style. Some may say it IS the style.

D: Very. I love this beer, InBev or no InBev. It's crisp, it's flavorful, it's balanced, and it's really tasty. This will always be a quintessential summer refresher for me. Drinking one during the winter just isn't the same. I just poured my last bottle for the summer, I think, and I'll admit to being a little saddened by that. But there are pumkin ales and Oktoberfests in stores soon (or now), so that may not last long...

Photo of stephendr
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color of gold –white head- nose of bananas, yeast, cobwebs, and ???–taste of yeast, citrus and hints of clove – light body – sweet yeast aftertaste Color of gold –white head- nose of bananas, yeast, cobwebs, and ???–taste of yeast, citrus and hints of clove – light body – sweet yeast aftertaste

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

Poured to a hazy golden color, with snow-white head, that lingered awhile, then dissipated to a thin white lace Aroma was spicy hops, with a hint of fruit. Flavor was very strongly spiced, mostly clove, and the finish was most refreshing. A very good beer for a hot summer night.

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

Pours a very pale hazy gold with a 1/2 inch snow white head. Smells strongly of coriander. A hint of orange zest and some sour wheat malt.

Tastes of sour wheat malt, some underpinning of orange rind. Lots of coriander. Mouth is crisp and light. Very tasty, very drinkable. One of my old standbys for summer. A classic example of the style.

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

Had this beer on tap before a late lunch. I love that you can't see through it in the glass! A muted yellowish color with a small white head that unfortunately was garnished with an orange. The smell was floral and grassy. The taste was well-balanced, just slightly sweet and so very smooth! This beer tastes good from the tip of your tongue to the back as the flavor changes slightly from front to back. Very easy to drink, another refreshing summer brew!

Photo of drotski
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a pale straw yellow color, foggy due to natural yeast priming. Pure white 1" head, with good retention and nice lacing.

Smells crisp with a hint of citrus...very mild aroma

Tastes clean and fresh. Fruity tones, and nice yeast character. Hints of lemon. Very refreshing, it was hard to put this one down. Mild hop flavor on the finish.

Feels thick in the mouth, though very clean.

This beer is a great thing to experience. Great for a hot day, or when you just want to relax. I am very impressed.

Photo of doppelmeup
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this right after having a Blanche de Chambly, and was able to compare the two beers.

This beer had a creamier head and very nice appearance. Pale, lemony yellow, cloudy, nice fluffy head.

Stronger aromas of orange, coriander and yeast.

Flavor also had more hints of orange and coriander. Very light and thirst quenching.

An excellent beer. I think that I like the Blanche de Chambly just a little more, but this was a worth opponent and I would certainly dirnk more of these. Extremely drinkable brew and hightly recommended.

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

Cloudy, wheat straw coloured beer with a decent white head which disspated into nice lacings. The beer was poured as per bottle instructions, pouring half into the glass then swirling to mix in the yeast sediment.

Lemongrass accentuated with brett tanginess on top of wheaty bready aromas with just a hint of wheat nuttiness.

The bready and nutty wheat flavour came through and was overlayed with a hint of clove, citrus and brett tang.

Nice light tangy beer. Good balance between wheat flavours, citrus from the orange peal and coriander, and the hint of hops. The carbonation was a nice compliment to the mild zestiness of the beer.

This is a very drinkable and refreshing brew. Perfect for a hot summer's evening when wants to quench their thirst, cool down, and have an interesting brew. Ill drink it again sometime for sure.

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

12oz. bottle, silver label. Bubble taper in neck.

Pours as a cloudy yellow gold color with lots of rising carbonation. Thick foamy head as an off-white color. Plentiful lacing from good head retention.

Lots of fruity aromas consistent with yeast. Hints of banana, peach, and other sweet fruits are available.

Strong fruit flavors with small hop definition, slightly sour with very clean finish. More sweet notes are available with the aromas.

Light-medium bodied with high carbonation. Sourness lends a little bite. The finish is a little dry.

Definitely a nicer beer. Goes down smooth, finishes clean. You can line these up one after another.

Photo of Lancer211
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass. (Yeah, yeah, I know, it's not a hefe)

A - Unfiltered, cloudy pale orange-ish gold. White, foamy, very fine carbonation, excellent head formed almost immediately, initially about one finger, settled in a few minutes to about a 1/8th in head that persisted throughout the life of the beer. Somewhat decent lacing.

S - Not overly strong, yeasty and cirus zesty.

T - Sweet, moderate yeasty flavor with a backhand of citrus zest... the citrus flavor is sweet like an orange but also more bitter like lemon. Wheaty, peppery with hints of other spices as well.

M - Smooth finish, tasty aftertaste.

D - Not a light or simple beer by any means but quite drinkable, excellently thirst quenching.

Overall a delicious brew. In general, I prefer Belgian wits to German Hefes.

Photo of EvilKeith
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes of 08/06/06 visit to Sheffield's, Chicago IL.

Arrived in the glass hazed, somewhere between pale lemonade and white in color. Fizzy carbonation accentuated the white fluffy head. Lacing was sticky.
Smell was citrus, lemon zest, a bit grainy, Belgian yeast and a light spiciness.
Taste was a tartness up front, citrusy lemon, sugar and Belgian yeast in the middle with spicy corriander and mild hopping in the finish.
Cliche though it may be, crisp and refreshing. This is surely one of the finest examples of the style out there. You have to try this one.

Photo of maven2k
4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'm very new at this but I feel that I am finally developing my taste and this site is a great help. I tried this beer at the Winking Lizard in Canton, Ohio because it was the beer of the month and you get to keep the huge glass (can always use more glassware). The beer came with a really nice white frothy head and the liquid was a nice cloudy yellowish gold. The head stuck around for quite a while and the lacing really sticks to the sides of the glass. The first mouthfull is really interesting, it hits you with a fresh zesty, citrus hit and goes down really smooth. I hope I am describing this right but my friend and I both thought that the after-taste was very much like clove. I really enjoyed this beer and it went well with the popcorn and loaded nachos ( I know, not the most sophisticated accompaniment), and it really hit the spot on a hot humid day. I would definately order this again.

Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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