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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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1,694 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,694
Hads: 4,774
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 24.54%
Wants: 135
Gots: 902 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij van Hoegaarden visit their website

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 DrSend
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice cloudy yellow appearance, pretty boring head dissipates quickly. Smells citrusy, slightly yeasty. The taste was a little dissapointing, I was expecting more hoppiness, but still a pleasant citrusy slighly sour flavour. Nice full bubbly mouthfeel, very drinkable overall.

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Photo of horndecker
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy mountain of suds, whose base is a hazy straw colored brew with almost a greenish-gold cast to it. Nice big fluffy white head.
One gets whiffs of lemony spice, orange peel, hay and wet grass, then almost a soapy aroma.
Tastes of bananas, lemon, peppery yeast, the malt is subtle and the wheat shares the center.
It's light bodied, almost too light, and when it warms up a bit it quickly gets a bit too sudsy and sweet. But it's very refreshing and interesting when quite cold.

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Photo of edchef1850
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

i always enjoy the belgian beers, top notch on most occasions, rarely a disappointing experience. i have had hoegaarden before, and always felt it was a rather pedestrian belgian brew. on review i still find it slightly underwhelming. Beautiful witbier appearance cloudy, and inviting. The smells aare a bit lacking, very faint for me, a little too subtle maybe. Flavor comes up a bit short ,i like a little more up front in a beer like this, it seems a little watery, almost as if i was using a frosted glass to drink it . That being said it is a very drinkable beer, not unpleasent in the least, just not a singular experience like so many belgian nectars, i mean beers. This is a nice beer for enjoying ice ice cold in the sun, on the beach, soaking up some rays.

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.7/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my all time fav's: Pours a hazy light yellow color with a large head depending on how it is poured. The smell is a little sour with nothing really taking precedence over anything else, its all well balanced. Initial taste is like a crisp Pilsner again with no forward taste. When you begin to swallow is when the texture really comes out. The lemons are definitely at the forefront of the taste, with carbonation taking it all down. There is just a touch of wheat at the end, but for the most part it stays really sweet like candy.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.85/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gorgeous. Beautiful pale cloudy yellow body. Heady is frothy and pillowy, but light, and sinks to be just film after a while.

Wonderful. Sweet citrus fragrance. Herbiness, traces of dried fruit. Some yeastiness, not very pronounced, but enough to give the nose a little lightness.

Refreshing and clean. A beautiful balance between the sweet malted wheat and the coriander spiciness, with a beautiful lingering dryness. Better every sip. It's just so mellow and drinkable, but with enough subtleties to keep you interested. Mouthfeel is smooth, cleansing and refreshing.

A truly wonderful beer. If anything, it seems to gain a little something in bottled form. Refreshing and beautiful, and the yardstick by which to judge other wits.

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

Cloudy yellow with a large white head. Smells like lemon zest, orange peel, and wheat malts. Taste refreshing. Lemon peel, bready malts, and fruity hops dominiate the flavor. Light bodied with a little bit of carbonation. I love this beer. Expensive, but worth the money if you want a great witbeer.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow in color. Cloudy with a fluffy white head. Head dissipates slowly and leaves nice lacing. Smell is yeasty with fruit (maybe lemon) overtones. Taste is very mild and not overpowering. Slight bitter aftertaste. Not a bad beer for nice spring day.

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Photo of mjc410
2.02/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: big ol' weizen glass

Appearance: Pale yellow, really cloudy and near opaque, big fluffy white head coming above the top of the glass.

Smell: Citrusy, spicy, with a little of that horseblanket smell that I've heard of. Not very appealing.

Taste: Bitey wheat twang. It pretty much dominates the flavor. It's really tough to drink, even more so as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Really thick and chewy. This part would be enjoyable in a good-tasting brew.

Drinkability: Ugh! I tried my hardest to finish it, and I did (Only because it was pretty expensive). This beer has nearly scared me away from wheat beer. Fortunately, there are milder types out there.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Extremely pale gold, hazy, with a small white head.

Smell: Citrus-spicy nose with hints of vanilla.

Taste: Fairly fruity, with notes of honey, banana, lemon. Pleasant coriander bite, not too strong. Hop bitterness is very low, and malt little more than a faint sweetness. Finishes with a slight, delightful tartness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, very creamy.

One of my favorite session beers, I try to always keep a few bottles around in the fridge, in case someone comes by who claims he "doesn't like beer". A true classic, one I love introducing other people to.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the South Side Saloon. Poured a wonderful unfiltered white. Everything else about this beer was that of a typical witbier. Nothing about it really stood out in my mind. The bartender gave me a drink of this mixed with Liefman's Frambroise... it was different that's for sure. Well this one's not bad, but not special.

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Photo of RoBotGod
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The term white beer on the package is what first caught my eye. After asking around about the beer I found there was a large amount of people that would pronounce it wrong. The pour was way cloudy and very unfiltered as expected. The taste was great for a wheat. It was very thick, like sucking a pice of bread through a straw. The after taste was heavy in fruit and i kept getting an odd almost bacon flavor.. odd. After reading the box, this beer is everything they claim it to be... good.

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Photo of downes51
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good stuff this, an excellent coolant on a warm sunny day. I've had it on draught and bottled in England and in Belgium... it always tastes better in Belgium for some reason. Perhaps the weather is just warmer there! Anyway, the appearance I've only given a 3 because it still doesn't look right to me even though I've been drinking it for years. Frankly it looks more like milk than beer should. But never mind that, it has an excellent fragrance (full of spices, mainly cinnamon I think) and you can drink it all day. Reccommended.

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Photo of NiceGuyMike
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is cloudy with whitish haze. Smell of fruits and hops.

Drinking this the first time, i was a bit floored. I had no idea what a white beer would taste and I'm so glad I go to try Hoegaarden first. All I could think was refreshing, fruity, citrus and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp.

good but I didn't want to have more than 2 bottles.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.95/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in a traditional Hoegaarden hexagonal glass, per instructions on the bottle)

A-nice pale straw yellow that is cloudy in body and a nice creamy thick head.

S- wonderful spicy wheat aroma with a bit of perfumy spiciness maybe coriander. a little hint of flower sweetness and a hint of yeastiness.

T- starts of with a nice mellow citrus sweetness but its still zesty. A nice faint herbal spiciness that might have a hint of hops but it is very much in the background. A dry finish with a very subtle tartness to it.

M- light body with a good strong carbonation and a very faint tartness.

D- This is a wonderful beer and very true to form maybe because this beer revived this style of beer not to long ago. This was near perfect but I would have liked to see just a bit more spiciness and a bit more tartness. And perhaps fresher samples have that? Overhaul an excellent beer that I will drink again and again.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Served on tap in my home bar into proper .5L glassware. Pours a hazy straw yellow with about an inch of fluffy white head. Smell is citrusy with some orange and corriander present along with some bubblegum scents. Taste is smooth, citrusy and a touch spicy. Fairly mild compared to german wheat beer counterparts. Insanely drinkable. My only problem is the mouthfeel, its a touch thin. That may be more a characteristic of the style rather than this beer though. A very solid representation of the witbier style and a great session beer. If you're not paying attention its way to easy to drink 3 L of this in one sitting without blinking.

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Photo of Bierschenker
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

*Can: 33cl
*Alcohol: 4,9%
*Place beer was reviewed: Op kot, Lange Ridderstraat 19/3, B-2800 Mechelen

Hoegaarden is one of my favourite beers. It is a very drinkable beer (read: I can have a lot of them before getting pissed! Because come on, there is a time of reviewing and a time of drinking). You will see that though it is available throughout the year, most Hoegaarden will be sold during the summer. On very hot summer days you will see a lot of people enjoying an ice cold Hoegaarden with some lemon and ice cubes floating in the beer.

Hoegaarden is a classical Witbier, but nevertheless one of my favourites because of it’s richness in flavours. When you pour it in the real Hexagonal glass it will give you a very wild and foggy white-yellowish beer. Even with al the sparkling activity of this beer, the true art is getting a beautiful head. The odour gives you a very warming and fulfilling feeling. It has some spices and lemon in it.
Your first taste gives you a storm on the tip of your tongue, it’s a very carbonated beer. Then a refreshing flavour of citrus, hop and spices follows. It also gives the feeling of being creamy. This is also caused by the fact that the beer contains yeast.
I personally find this beer most enjoyable. I have had a lot of them in the past and more is yet to come. On-tap this beer is enjoyed at it’s best. But the can’s and bottles are ok. The problem with the Witbier on-tap is that it has to flow very regularly. In summer this not really a problem. The yeast is still active, and it works at the end of the installation. When the beer is left in the system for several hours, it can give you a foul tasting brownish beer. That’s why when you pour in a Hoegaarden on-tap, you should let the first beer flow away. A lot of bartenders don’t do this. Money above the love for the beer.

Ut vivat, crescat, floreat!

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Photo of spikemoves
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap in London last month and it was divine. It is served with a lemon which accents the spicey and citrus tastes. The smell is of spices and lemon or orange peels. It came in the Hoegaarden Hexagonal serving glass which accentuates the experience. In the glass it is cloudy white with a little bit of yellow mixed in. The smell is of spices. If poured correctly (a technique which I have since mastered with my own Hexagonal glass and the Hoegaarden bottles I get at my liqour store) the head just hits the tips of the glass adding about half an inch to and inch at the top. Highly Recommended. This is my favorite Witbier.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally tried this on tap at Ri Ra's in Charlotte after having a dozen chances before. Excellent witbier to say the least. Served with a lemon slice which affected the true taste. Sweet malts and hazy appearance. Could have drank this the entire evening but wanted to try some onther new ones as well. My wife really enjoyed this one as well.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with use by date 3/23/06

poured with nice white head

very smooth and refreshing, classic belgian white ale
very drinkable, excellent example of this type beer

one of my favorite types of beer, and one of the finest beers I've had recently, highly recommended

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz., best before October 5, '05. Served chilled in an imperial pint glass. The beer pours a very pale, cloudy yellow/straw color with a 2 finger white head that doesn't leave lacing but remains until the end. Lots of bananas, coriander, and lemon in the nose, along with a hint of orange. The flavor is essentially the same but there is much less flavor than the aroma led me to believe. The carbonation is crisp and the body is very thin, bordering on too thin. It is refreshing and easy to drink but Hoegaarden couldn't keep me satisfied all night because I need more flavor and body than it delivers. Perhaps this is true to style, as it is my first witbier, but it just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of dauss
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz oddly shaped bottle. Has a bulge in the neck, with a couple raised glass logo of the Hoegaarden symbol. Also at the base of the bottle is "Hoegaarden" but it is upside downs and backwards. Best before date stamped, August 16, 2005. Also has instructions on how to pour it.
1. Use Hoegaarden hexagonal glass
2. pour 2/3 into glass
3. swirl bottle
4. Pour out to form head

Appearance: Served almost to instructions, didn't have the glass. A very light straw yellow, very cloudy and hazy. Large bone white head forms is inside the bottle that I had to shake to get out, good retention.

Smell: Sweet wheat smell, a nice lemon aroma remains in the background while the coriander takes center stage. I also detect a tiny bit of alcohol too.

Taste: Sweet malty wheatiness in the start with tons of coriander, and a little lemon in the background. The coriander almost gives it a minty quality. Has a yeasty wheaty finish.

Mouthfeel: Strong piercing carbonation makes this beer seems light. Body is a little thin.

Notes: Very good Belgian Wit.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy pale yellow, almost white beer. Has a big bright foamy white head. There is a light citrusy, lemony aroma with some clove in the background. A prickely carbonation starts the flavor and leads it into a light lemony sweetness. Which is followed by some corriander and a bit of clove in the back.

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Photo of BeerNutta
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahh.. The great summer beer.

Cloudy in appearance (as one would expect for an unfiltered beer), with a citrus aroma and a thick white head.

Tastes fruity with a lingering wheaty finish.
Slightly expensive in Australia, but worth the money. Definetly a good summer beer. Very drinkable. Even non beer drinkers would find it appealing.

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Photo of BigBry
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Barley Mill in Calgary in the 500ml chunky Hoe glass. Yellowish (lemonade as others have described) in color with haziness from the suspended yeast. Short bright white head, but thick and stable and leaves some nice lace. A beautiful presentation that starts everyone around you whispering "what is that?" The aroma is quite citrusy, but clearly can smell the coriander and orange peel. The flavor is sweet and citrus. Very well balanced and refreshing. Light but still very complex. The standard for witbier, even with the Interbrew stigma

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Photo of ahking
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served to me in a 23oz. mug, on draught. Looked exactly like a tall glass of lemonade, and truthfully the taste was not too far off of that. I think I like this beer from the bottle a little bit more. Lemon-citrus flavors explode in your mouth with a bannana-like aftertaste. This is nothing like I remember this beer to be when I first tried it several years ago in a bottle (right when it was first imported to the States). Still, an interesting brew. Seemed a bit too sweet so I could not order another one.

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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