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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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Hoegaarden Original White AleHoegaarden Original White Ale

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very good

4,160 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,160
Reviews: 1,640
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 72
Gots: 391 | 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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Photo of zzurn
4/5  rDev +5.5%

zzurn, Feb 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

elchingen, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Damian74Shensky, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of baddogrudy
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is the standard of all wit beers. smooth, taste is great, and no lingering bitterness. perfect. Its not extreem in flavor or alcohol content, so many will under rate this brew. If you want a witbeer that has drinkability unmatched, flavor so smooth, taste so perfect, this is the beer.

baddogrudy, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of user785335
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

user785335, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of jmauller
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

jmauller, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of taospowder
3/5  rDev -20.8%

taospowder, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of Digimaika2
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

(3.75) A: Semi-hazy and a very light pale straw coloured with a billowy stark white foam head. Decent retention with clinging lacing down the glass.

(4.0) S: Tall grasses, cloves, banana, pepper, orange, and lychee fruit. Solid aroma with a bit of variety. Nicely spice forward.

(3.25) T: Generally a faint taste profile that feels a bit muted. Grasses, cloves, grains, and hints of tropical fruits (banana and orange) but not to the extent indicated from the aroma. Rather clean and crisp with little bitterness and a slight tangy taste.

(3.25) M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Thin with a clean texture.

(3.5) D: A decent witbier with an inviting aroma but falls off the mark with a fairly thin and flat taste. Can't really compare this to the more full flavoured options out there.

Digimaika2, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of gwydno
4/5  rDev +5.5%

gwydno, Feb 06, 2013
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5/5  rDev +31.9%

NoXcusZ, Feb 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Sheils, Feb 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Lazaro, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of falloutsnow
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Best by 06/10/2013
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Hoegaarden is unquestionably refreshing and enjoyable, and its aroma and taste are just below the threshold where a bit more presence from each would bring this to a much higher plane. That being said, this is a reliable, perpetually available, and affordable witbier to enjoy when desired.

Pours a substantial 3cm tall head of clean, white bubbles that are medium to small in size, creating a mass of foam that is a bit spongy-looking. Retention is above average, lasting over two minutes in its decline to a 0.5cm cap atop the body of the beer. Lacing is present, but minimal, a few thick blobs and splotches scattered across the insides of the glass. Body is an opaque, cold yellow hue, with light bringing out a very pale, cloudy yellow color. Carbonation is visible streaming along the sides of the glass, apparently numerous and modestly active.

Yeast, lemon citrus with faint tartness, coriander, and a mild herb potpurri. Altogether good, but somewhat wilting: could be bolder and benefit.

Front of palate is sweet with wheat malt flavor, citrus peel, coriander, and faint banana ester. Mid-palate has stronger citrus (lemon) peel flavor, coriander, creamy wheat malt sweetness, faint bitterness. Back of palate picks up sweet wheat-focused malts, coriander, and banana ester. Aftertaste of yeast, banana ester, faint citrus peel, coriander, and a wheat-centered malt base.

Beer is medium-light in body, with plentiful, but soft carbonation that results in a soft, foamy mouthfeel that is quite enjoyable. Closes semi-dry, with light stickiness lingering across the palate. Very drinkable, repeatedly, exceptionally inviting here.

falloutsnow, Feb 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

powdersoldier, Feb 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

JRBecks, Feb 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

jroberts8811, Feb 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Satyr179, Feb 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

JStampler, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle with a BB of March 2013. Picked up as part of a 4-pack from a supermarket. This is a Belgian classic that I've been meaning to review for ages (AB-Inbev ownership notwithstanding).

Poured into a straight pint glass - the closest thing I've got to the chunky Hoegaarden glass. Swirled to resuspend the yeast. A very hazy pale straw colour with low carbonation. Yields a massive head of creamy white foam that lasts for a while before subsiding to a surface layer. Aroma of light, grainy malt with notes of banana, coriander, orange peel, faint clove, earthy yeast esters and mild spice. Nicely balanced - it smells great.

Tastes of yeast esters with a subtle fruity/spicy character and a dry finish. Notes of banana, coriander, spice, orange peel, mild clove, earthy yeast and light malt. Slightly sweet. A mild finish upon swallowing - no bitterness to speak of. Mouthfeel is smooth, light and tingly, with faint spiciness and good body for the style. Undercarbonated and rather flat; I was hoping this would be spritzier. Slightly astringent, with an aftertaste of fruity yeast esters and spice.

Nice - a decent Belgian wit that I find to be highly drinkable. It looks good, and the aroma/flavour have well-judged notes of fruit and spice. Was expecting higher carbonation, but this is a fairly trivial point. It is possible that Hoegaarden has become somewhat muted through AB-Inbev ownership, but it still comes across as well crafted. Would be perfect on a hot day, and deserves to be sampled.

jazzyjeff13, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of FLima
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy pale yellow color. Made a nice thick head with medium retention.
Nice banana yeasty aroma and notes of herbs, wheat and citrus.
Zesty flavor with hints of coriander and orange peel. A bit dry, sour and condimented aftertaste.
Light body and good carbonation.
Reliable beer. I always like the fact that this beer is not overly sweet, flavorful and still refreshing. And now it is easily available in Brazil at a decent price given Ambev distribution.

FLima, Feb 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

ironchefmiyagi13, Feb 01, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

purppy, Feb 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

mess41, Jan 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

ThatCracker, Jan 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

tmoreau713, Jan 31, 2013
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
85 out of 100 based on 4,160 ratings.