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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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very good

4,251 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,251
Reviews: 1,646
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 77
Gots: 431 | FT: 1
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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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

MShirokov, Mar 23, 2013
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4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale is easy to like and very hard to hate. I've had Hoegaarden both from the bottle and on tap, and I've never noticed a significant difference between them. I enjoy mine with a slice and squirt of orange. As others have noted, Hoegaarden might not be quite as good as competitors like Allagash White, but it's cheaper and always refreshing.

dorfenheim, Mar 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Muleshark, Mar 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

BGsWo22, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of h4ximus
4.9/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

While Hoegaarden represents a style that's clearly not for everyone, this is a classic for those who prefer their beers unfiltered and less bitter.

A: Cloudy, pale yellow/white which fades into a lingering head when poured.
S: While typically served with a lemon (or orange) slice in some locations when it's on draught, banana can sometimes be more prominent. Near total lack of hops helps bring out the fruity, almost "smoothie" scents.
T: Hints of several spices, but not as prominently as comparable Witbiers (particularly domestics). Easily paired with most foods as the palate isn't overpowered. Try it with hummus that's received a light squeeze of lemon juice for an interesting appetizer.
M: Smooth but not especially crisp, however it breaks down if held on the tongue for too long.
O: The beer that will convince almost anyone who "hates beer" that there's more than light beers and IPAs to choose from. A good summer beer best enjoyed neither too cold nor too warm. The bottle is a bit small at 11.2 ounces, however that's not entirely uncommon for imports.

h4ximus, Mar 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Celtics76, Mar 20, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -34%

bca115, Mar 20, 2013
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2/5  rDev -47.2%

jmutoml757, Mar 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

mikeforr, Mar 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

elglueckert, Mar 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

dayost, Mar 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

nzerbe, Mar 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

beerhunter13, Mar 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

lesslikemath, Mar 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

benbjb, Mar 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Madisonian, Mar 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

johnson3000, Mar 15, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 330ml bottle

A: Very white looking and quiet pale. Intense carbonation streaming up the side of the glass. Fluffy soapy looking 1.5 finger head that retained very well and even left some good lacing.

S: Coriander, Citrus (mainly lemon but some orange), and a little bit of cloves.

T: Like the smell. The coriander and citrus are dominant but the orange flavored citrus comes through more on the taste then in the aroma. Bready malts and little hop flavor or bitterness make for a mildly sweet beer but not cloyingly sweet. Aftertaste is not very pleasant however but is not to noticeable.

M: Easy and crisp drinking with the aid of the high carbonation. The after taste is a bit annoying however.

O: I bought a six pack a while ago when I was first experimenting with new beers. This is a pretty decent macro honestly. A bit bland but fairly sessionable and ,imo, better than some of the other belgian whit macros like Shocktop and Rickards white. I'd happily drink another and if I was having non craft guests over I'd buy some and enjoy it with them.

Haydn-Juby, Mar 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

JokineAugustus, Mar 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

wizo, Mar 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

weerezboy, Mar 14, 2013
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
86 out of 100 based on 4,251 ratings.