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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

Hoegaarden Original White AleHoegaarden Original White Ale

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very good

3,579 Ratings

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Ratings: 3579
Reviews: 1601
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%

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 barczar


3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden lemon with a huge frothy ivory head that leaves sheets of lacing as it slowly dissipates.

Hints of skunk are evident when the bottle opens. Soft coriander, wheat, lemon, and orange peel dominate the aroma. There's a grainy sweetness accompanying subtle floral hops.

Lemon, tangerine, wheat, and coriander open the flavor profile, becoming bready mid palate, and finishing with a hint of pepper. Orange zest and banana esters add complexity in the aftertaste.

Body is fairly full and creamy, with carbonation a touch low.

Great yeast esters, with more malt body than I recall. Not my favorite style, and the skunky notes are slightly offputting. Finished a little weak, but a good, classic beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 01:39:07 | More by barczar
Photo of Givemebeer


3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Light golden, hazy, luxurious white head

S: orange, lemon, pepper

T: Starts off with a mix of orange and tart lemon followed by some pepperiness. A tad watered down and a tiny bit spicy.

M: Medium bodied and semi sweet.

O: Not a big witbier fan but the flavor profile is pretty nice. Just wish it wasn't so toned down. Seems like its made to appeal to a wide variety of people that aren't all craft beer drinkers. Still not bad and quite refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 16:45:30 | More by Givemebeer
Photo of biokid23


4.44/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oddly enough, Hoegaarden has somewhat convinced me to move from IPA and start drinking wheat-ier beers. Bottle is appealing, has a tart and spicy taste, is quite refreshing, and very easy to drink. I could drink it every day. It stands alone or is good with food, and has the benefit of being easy to find in grocery stores. Even Trader Joes has it, and it is cheap. Well worth it.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 06:57:51 | More by biokid23
Photo of dar482

New York

3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a super hazy bright yellow lemon drop color.

The aroma has Belgian breadiness and yeast. Banana, spices, some sweet orange.

The flavor follows with sweet banana, some orange, a hint of lemon, yeasty bread. The finish is clean and a bit of sweetness.

A fine beer and actually stood up very well blind against Allagash White.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 04:25:02 | More by dar482
Photo of Beric


3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle, from the bottle
Served: 5 January 2014

Appearance: Unfortunately had this one out of the bottle due to no glassware being available. Bottle looked good though. Lighter brown glass allows you to see the haziness in the beer from the suspended yeast as well as the head. I tried to drink this one pretty violently at first to stir up the yeast in the glass and it worked out okay, but almost volcanoed out of the top. Definitely going to use a glass next time I have this one.

Smell: Smells of banana. Not picking up any notes from the coriander or orange it says its brewed with. Smells a lot like a hefeweizen.

Taste: Tastes much like a hefeweizen (banana tastes) but with a little more edge.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and very refreshing mouthfeel.

Overall: I could drink this one by the gallon. Good, assertive taste from the wheat and yeast without being overly spiced like some wits. My favorite wit that I've had so far. Would make an excellent summer beer. I would rank Hoegaarden below most hefeweizens but above most American pale wheats. Exceedingly refreshing and a good change of pace from the boozy DIPAs and stouts common this time of year.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 02:59:15 | More by Beric
Photo of Fergyx825


3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: very cloudy, yellow hue. There is some foam on the top, it doesn't seem to go away. This sounds just like its supposed to.

Smell: it has the golden ale smell to it. A little bit of citrus.

Taste: Very crisp, very wheat oriented beer. A hint of some citrus fruit. It definitely has that twang to it described in witbier legend. Golden ale like taste in the background.

Mouthfeel: very high in carbonation, but a very thin beer. These two don't work well together.

Overall: i like this beer, its very crisp and high in carbonation. Almost has a bite to it. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 02:13:58 | More by Fergyx825
Photo of a0lbudman


4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pale color with a large white head that left little lace on the glass
S-sweet smell, yet some tartness to it, coriander, cloves, bready yeast, and the sweet is like a banana
T-banana mixed with a bready taste that goes to a tart citrus aftertaste that has some spice in there. Then it goes to a sweet banana finish.
M-creamy light body feel
O-great beer that smells like it taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 03:40:44 | More by a0lbudman
Photo of scottsbeerreview


3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

good beer I like and will have more. has a nice head and some lace . would be good at a BBQ or a high end eatery. I think a lot of ladies would like it. it is not so strong aromatically . served in a pint glass slightly warm but good. this is my time with this beer and I will share with my friends my thoughts.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 06:16:50 | More by scottsbeerreview
Photo of Roughster


4.8/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Honestly, what is there too complain about with Hoegaarden? One smell and if you are a wit drinker you will know you will love it! I think this is high in the Wit list of must haves to ensure you know the high end of the spectrum.

The clovey-bannana tones linger through the finish but do not over power. I could drink it all day

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2013 20:22:36 | More by Roughster
Photo of apu1


4.65/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my first time drinking Hoegaarden. Very smooth and easy to drink. Kind of tastes like alcoholic birch beer to me, which I find pretty interesting. Definitely in my top 5 favorite beers right now and worth the money. Big ups to Europe for their fine beer production.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 06:21:47 | More by apu1
Photo of CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap for the purpose of this review. This was a grad school staple however and I am quite familiar with this classic witbier in the bottle as well. A hazy banana yellow beer with a decent amount of white head and ample carbonation, Hoegaarden smells of fruity yeast esters first and foremost, along with some dry bread and phenolic spice notes like allspice or dilute clove. I remember this beer being hugely fruity and fairly sour as well, less spicy, and my memory was indeed pretty accurate. A little dry popcorn malt and lots of bubble gum/tutti fruity esters along with some banana, the spicy phenols take a back seat but there is a sour backdrop that evokes a little raw pineapple or maybe unripe apples or pears that prevents the sweetness from being cloying. The coriander spice shows up in the finish along with a pleasant lemony sourness but is fairly downplayed, to the betterment of the beer itself (drink this and then try a Rickards White or another mainstream US or Canadian wit and you'll see what I mean ... The Europeans use this spice more strategically and do not carpet bomb the taste buds). Mouthfeel is a bit chewy and there is some residual sweetness but the body is still fairly thin and watery, I guess its a witbier after all. If there is a standout flaw, said flaw is too much carbonation that masks the fruit and spice flavors more than is necessary. Still, any wit fan should know this icon.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2013 05:03:34 | More by CalgaryFMC
Photo of Das_Reh


3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Coming back and reviewing this again after a few years. My palate has had time to develop and I can judge this beer a bit more objectively than before.

Poured from a chilled 11.2 oz bottle into a frosty faceted pint glass.

A = a hazy, almost milky light gold with a 2 finger head after an easy pour.

S = bready yeasts, coriander, wheat, a touch of banana and cloves, citrus

T = floral and spicy, peppery, crisp... there is a lingering sour note that is rather pleasant. not as sweet as some other wits I've had, but the spice and floral character is awesome in my opinion

M = medium carbonation accents the spiciness of this beer well, and there is a creaminess to the mouthfeel.

O = a solid, widely available wit, and a personal favorite.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 07:42:17 | More by Das_Reh
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Large white head leaves a nice lacing above a clearish light golden colored beer.

Light yeast and wheat grain aroma.

Classic wheat beer taste with light wheat, light yeasts coming through.

A lightly bitter dry aftertaste with a bit of the wheat beer tastes remaining with this light bodied ale.

This is the classic wheat beer taste, if that is what you are looking for look right here.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 23:45:36 | More by LXIXME
Photo of tastemeister


5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Uniquely spicy, but not for everyone or every occasion. I enjoy it mostly by itself, although it goes very well with meals, especially heavy ones. I love the smoooth texture, light quality, cardamom and orange spice, and full-yet-manageable head. Right now, other beers simply are bland to me.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 23:44:07 | More by tastemeister
Photo of fourstringer


3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 330 mL bottle with moderate hand into the closest thing I have to a Hoegaarden hexagonal glass. Best by 18/03/14 per the label. I used to be very into this beer, but haven't had it recently. Never reviewed, so here we go:

A: A sort of sickly tan-yellow with 2 fingers of coarse, white head. Rapidly fizzles to a thin film. Scant lacing. I remember a more vibrant yellow...

S: Coriander. Lemon. Citrus. Celery? Light spice. Trace of bubble gum.

T: Sweet, somewhat muddled opening that fades to a lingering tartness. Fairly dry finish. Lemon. Spice. Coriander. Citrus acidity.

M: High, prickly carbonation. Feel is reminiscent of club soda. Light body. Does improve as I let it sit. Better once the carb settles down.

O: What happened? Either my tastes have changed or this beer has declined. I'm not sure which... Certainly it has that coriander-heavy quality that I recall. Not a terrible beer by any means. Just not what I remember...

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 23:08:41 | More by fourstringer
Photo of TheBullsHorn


4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As the standard for Wit Bier, Hoegaarden pours as one would imagine with a cloudy golden hue and a big head that lingers around just long enough. Coriander is persistent throughout the nose and flavor. This is backed up by zesty orange lemon and some spicier pepper notes . A light body and aggressive carbonation is is balance with a slight creaminess in the mouth feel that lends itself to an enjoyable and easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 06:23:42 | More by TheBullsHorn
Photo of DeFaz


3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light yellow color with a large white head that recedes very quickly leaving some lacing.

Smell: Wheat, lemon, yellow, and pepper. A little bit floral and a little bit spicey.

Taste: Aside from the wheat and coriander flavors, there's quite a bit of lemon and pepper. There isn't much as far as complexity, but it's a clean taste with a pretty good balance between the wheat, citrus, and spice.

Mouthfeel: Very thin but somehow just creamy enough to not taste too thin. The carbonation is quite high, complimenting the pepper flavor in the taste with its crispness. This goes down very, very easy, making it a safe choice for a summer day.

Overall: It's hard to complain about this since it is often considered to be the standard witiber, although it's certainly not the best. It's a refreshing beer with good flavor, but it's also not that interesting either. Without a doubt the best witiber that's widely available (I can find it at any grocery store and many gas stations) but it's not complex enough to be intriguing.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 03:00:06 | More by DeFaz
Photo of barnzy78


3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - very pale, hazy, yellowish body, tons of carbonation, towering white head holds pretty good retention
S - fruity, yeasty, orange rind, coriander, juicy fruit gum
T - spicy coriander, orange, juicy fruit gum, yeast, wheat
M - lighter body, higher carbonation
O - refreshing with decent flavors, but too heavy on the coriander in my opinion

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 03:26:39 | More by barnzy78
Photo of SteveB24

New York

3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Wheat beers are like grilled cheese sandwhiches, since they are all pretty decent its very hard to find one that stands out. This one does in its unique, floral taste. Hoegaarden is tasty and refreshing, the flavor is floral with some citrus and spice. Quite light and smooth, bit creamy

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 09:29:58 | More by SteveB24
Photo of LeeryLeprechaun


4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Apperance: A wonderful light golden color. Hazy from the suspended yeast, a fluffy white head that is just sticky enough to hang onto the glass.
Aroma: Citrus, wheat, yeast spices and phenols. Everything is in its place and nothing is overpowering. The citrus and spice grow stronger as the beer warms.

Taste: Blanced, sweet to start with a bitter and tangy finish. I pick up yeast phenols, a little citrus, a nice tangy wheat finish. A slight sourness.

Mouthfeel: Light without being thin.

Overall: World class. This is the Wit that all others try to emulate. The finish and the citrus are just out standing. It is so crisp and refreashing and a great summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 20:11:44 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
Photo of djura


3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

0.25l bottle.

A - Unclear,yellow color,bottle carbonated beer,medium carbonation. White foam,one cm high.

S - Fresh aroma of honey,wheat mostly.

T/M - Drinkable,very pleasant,spices,honey,malt. Refreshing finish,sweet taste.

O - I think this is very good,balanced Wit.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 18:03:50 | More by djura
Photo of Amish_Ambush


4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was much better on tap.

When: August 2nd, 2006

Where: Winking Lizard with my beautiful wife.

Taste/Mouthfeel: medium intensity of Yeast and citrus orange. Medium Bodied and sweet in flavor. Good carbination with a fruity character. Good aftertaste that reminded me of a light hard candy.

Smell: Yeast and orange peel. Nothing too intense.

Appearance: Color of a whole lemon squeezed into water. Small head with minimal lacing. Cloudy

Drinkability/Notes: As Isaid above.... superior on tap than in the bottle. One of the better wit's out there. Enjoyable on a hot summer day.

Serving type: on-tap

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2013 18:13:00 | More by Amish_Ambush
Photo of rtrasr


4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

smells of spice, coriander a soft citrusy taste. Almost sweet like a carbonated soft drink. Very pleasing on the pallette. This is the beer I would sip at a cafe on a warm pleasant summers day. My first Belgian Beer. Brings back lots of good memories. Always a favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2013 16:44:39 | More by rtrasr
Photo of JMSDUN


4.99/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured slowly into a cold frosty glass, Naturally cloudy golden appearance with a thick foamy head. A nice amount of lacing, Extremely smooth taste, hints of citrus and orange peel, very full bodied and easy to drink. My personal favourite witbier. I would recommend this beer to anyone, especially for a first witbier.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 22:28:17 | More by JMSDUN
Photo of sjones5045

New Jersey

3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

So this is a basic wit beer that is a summer classic. I really don't need to review much here, maybe over spiced which cheapens the taste but overall, you throw a lemon wedge in this on a hot summer day its quite enjoyable. The rating is really based on what it is, and that's a tasty beer to have in quantity during the summer.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 23:06:37 | More by sjones5045
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