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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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BA SCORE
85
very good

4,083 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 4,083
Reviews: 1,631
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 69
Gots: 355 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden visit their website
Belgium

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 MickeyBeer
3.24/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Pours a cloudy whitish yellow color with about one and a half fingers of frothy white head.

S- Smell is sweet and primarily of wheat and citrus.

T- Taste is wheaty and citrusy. More of a sweet citrus flavor like that of an orange. No real hop presence.

M- Light mouthfeel that is frothy and medium in carbonation. Leaves almost no aftertaste.

O- A tasty witbier that is smooth and refreshing. I enjoy having this beer in warm summer weather, but it's lack of complexity does not leave me craving more. I will certainly have it again, but not one of my go-to beers.

MickeyBeer, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of crob3888
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

crob3888, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of voortex824
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

voortex824, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Poppellian
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Poppellian, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of richwalpole
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

richwalpole, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Sturmthis
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Sturmthis, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of AlexFields
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

AlexFields, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of Tiburon
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Tiburon, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of Cris4545
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Cris4545, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.25/5  rDev -40.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of flyers1980
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

flyers1980, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of BeerDocT
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into ye old chilled tulip.

Appearance 4.0: Pours out a hazy, opaque, whitish yellow. Large head (1/2") quickly fizzed down to pleasing foaminess on top.

Smell 3.75: Very nice bouquet. Yeasty, light with honey undertones and also some pleasing malt.

-Taste 3.5: Front is very slightly sweet with a middle that is washed out but strangely refreshing. Finish is juicy and refreshing, but almost has no real taste. Strange, but good.

-Mouthfeel 3.5: Complementary carbonation to the style and the taste.

-Overall 3.5: Good witbier. Nothing fantastic, but absolutely nothing wrong. This is a classic, and rightly so, but there are bigger and better wits and wheats out there to be had. Watch the price, though. A friend of mine picked up a six-pack of these at Publix and paid almost $10 for them, which is insane; you could buy a "brew your own" kit for wheats for $25 and make 50 or so beers that would taste as good as this Hoe.

BeerDocT, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Auror
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Auror, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of tviz33
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 330 mL bottle in to weizen glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy, pale yellow body with nearly three fingers worth of fluffy white head.

S- Orange and lemon mostly, with a good bit a spice. I'm drooling.

T- Taste is mostly orange amongst other citrus flavors, as well wheat with a faint spiciness.

M- Very light and crisp. Plenty of carbonation.

O- This is extremely clean and refreshing. I wish I was drinking this on a hot summer day, but I could drink this anytime for some refreshment.

tviz33, Jan 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

beerbassist, Jan 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

AntLeatherface, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of Will12
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Will12, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of Dodt
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

another one of the mix six beers i am going to review . a odd color reminds me of hazy pear or pineapple juice with a wispy head . a nice aroma of citrus and bananas. taste is typical to the style and is well balanced . it is a nice beer that for me would have been better on a warmer day . will have again.

Dodt, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of Treyliff
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a bright and pale, hazy yellow color with a foamy medium white head that reduces to a thin layer floating on top, with some short-lasting lace

S- crisp wheat with coriander and tart lemon. Some pepper and pear, a bit of skunk.

T- slightly tart citrus fruits with a hint if coriander and clove, mid palate provides a wheat crispness which is slightly peppery. Finish is bone dry with a fruit and citrus linger.

M- light bodied, medium carbonation, thick and chewy mouthfeel with a foamy-yet-dry finish, high drinkability

O- this one is highly drinkable and well balanced, would make a great summer time option. Mouthfeel was almost perfect.

Treyliff, Jan 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

TheGreatGodGeb, Jan 06, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -34%

chefduff2, Jan 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

AidanRich, Jan 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

mattyrubes, Jan 05, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -34%

afrothunder, Jan 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

JDWEX1117, Jan 04, 2013
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
85 out of 100 based on 4,083 ratings.