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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

Hoegaarden Original White AleHoegaarden Original White Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

3,576 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 3576
Reviews: 1601
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%


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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BeerManDan

California

4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good wheat haze, slight taste of lemon on the finish. Taste not over powering, but, pleasant. Compare to other Belgium ale's, I find this beer a little above average.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2002 16:49:53 | More by BeerManDan
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Longstaff

Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the Wit. Others may try to copy it, but I've yet to have a wit that is this good. The color of this beer is amazing - almost dayglow yellow with a tinge of green thrown in. Lots of fruity flavors with lemon dominating the pack. You don't really notice the spice flavors that much - a good thing. Mega carbonation makes this spritzy and refreshing. This beer has a calming effect on me and seems to put me in a great mood. Now if I could just get a few more million people to drink this maybe the prices will come down and I could have some everyday.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2002 14:49:03 | More by Longstaff
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jreitman

California

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pale gold with a pleasing aroma. Sweet flavors start off and finish with a slightly sour bitterness. Classic belgian yeast taste. A good beer, but not my favorite Wit.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2002 21:07:37 | More by jreitman
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad. This is probably the one I would suggest for someone looking to get started in sampling Belgian biers. It is a murky brew with a lacey head. The aroma gives off a bit of citrus and spice, but not nearly as much as most other Belgians. The drinkability is a high factor here. Without the superior Belgian alcohol kick, one could have more of this bier and get away with it. It took me more than one of these to get a good feel for it. I concur with a previous reviewer, "A good summer bier."

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2002 03:18:47 | More by goindownsouth
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jackndan

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hoegaarden: in the bottle (bottle conditioned). Pure white head, with a cloudy pale yellow body. The head dissipated very quickly, but the beer itself was highly carbonated. Very light and refreshing, with a classic Belgian/yeast taste, but with hints of lemon grass. I’ve had this on tap, and it was terrific; it was good in a bottle, but on tap it was great.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2002 18:59:40 | More by jackndan
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Wildman

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a light straw color and was slightly cloudy with some carbonation. It formed a white head which subsided and left very little lace. It had a nice citrus aroma to it. The taste had citrus and some hops, and the carbonation created a slightly tangy finish. A good summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2002 15:52:33 | More by Wildman
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frank4sail

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very pale with a slight yellow haze and tint. The brew is soft in the mouth with melow flavors of citrus and slight fruit. The smooth coating finish leaves you with a fluffy feel. And the finish has a slight spicyness in the throat. A excellent session beer and awesome with food. I could drink them all night. Very drinkable...

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2002 12:30:34 | More by frank4sail
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proc

Michigan

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

What an enjoyable beer. Pours out to a very pale, hazy gold in the glass with a cloudlike, puffy, foamy head. Taste is that of wheat, yeast, citrus and very light clove. What a tasty beer!!!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2002 19:18:11 | More by proc
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IrishRedRock

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeah this stuff is excellent. On tap in the big Hoegaarden glass...oh yeah. Cloudy yellow, almost white, head sticks to glass all the way down. Delicious spicy yeast flavor. Mmm.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2002 13:54:46 | More by IrishRedRock
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marc77

California

4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy straw hue and topped by a thick, ivory white sticky head. Soft coriander and light citrus in aroma w/ a touch of phenol and yeasty mustiness. Slightly tart upfront, but a mellow and pleasant sweetness follows. Citrus and coriander spice flavors are understated and well integrated in the flavor profile. Soft all around on the palette w/ a very smooth mouthfeel. Finishes clean and sweet with mellow coriander flavor lingering on the tongue. Has Hoegaarden White been changed ever since Interbrew took over? Maybe, but this is still a fine and well balanced wit.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2002 17:32:12 | More by marc77
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ebraun

Texas

4.93/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After the rat bastards at Miller sank Celis, I tried to seek out a replacement for their Wit. Well, it took me far too long to get around to it, but I finally bucked up and grabbed a bottle of Hoegaarden (Pierre Celis is the former brewer). Golden in color, sticky glorious head, the aroma immediately tells you that this is something special. The coriander and orange peel hit you followed by the mellow sweetness of the wheat. Its mouthfeel is smooth and velvety with a little zip on the end. The blending of the spices with the highest quality wheat make for an over-the-top experience. To me, this is really the benchmark for other Belgian whites. It's probably to rich to have too many at one sitting, so probably not the greatest session beer ever.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2002 12:05:12 | More by ebraun
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Reverand

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent white beer. Cloudy appearance with nice head, citrus aftertaste. Light and refreshing definitely a beer to keep stock in your refrigerator.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2002 07:58:12 | More by Reverand
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kunzbrew

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hoegaarden is one of the best Wits i have ever tasted. It is so smooth tasting with out a bitter after taste. I found no matter how many you drink you will never get a hangover. We all should plan a trip to this brewery to find the secret of Wit. Happy drinking

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2002 08:46:16 | More by kunzbrew
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ADR

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deeply clouded, "frosted banana" color. Small-bubbled head that's pretty persistent. Lots of estery banana and nutmeg aroma. Good balance between satisfying sweet malt that tends toward creamy and a touch of pepper and a slight hop cut. The label says "a balance of sweet and sour" but I noticed a thankfully minimal amount of lemony sourness (this issue always crops up with me and Belgian styles). Light, refreshing and setting a standard for the style. Wits are always a little lacking and thin to me but this is a great example.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2002 06:29:19 | More by ADR
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Anonmatel

Australia

4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very Refreshing, citrus taste is very prominent, but not overbearing, Champagne like, it's more of a beer to have with a meal than a session beer. And at $8.50 a bottle for it down here thats probably good it is not a session beer. Probably the best Wheat beer i've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2002 23:10:20 | More by Anonmatel
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packetknife

Idaho

4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After being introduced to 'Wit bier' with Blue Moon I was shocked to find a beer _that_ much better. The only complaint is, for a reason I can't quite touch, I can't have more than two/three bottles of Hoegaarden before I get bored with it.

Spicy with hints of Citrus. The foggy appearence is classic.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2002 17:27:01 | More by packetknife
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WilliamPhilaPa

Pennsylvania

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

A bottle of this with my lunch (at Nodding Head Brew Pub) was pretty much my introduction to the Belgian White. This brew pours a cloudy pale gold, with an average sized white fluffy head that doesn’t stay around long before it becomes a thin strip of bubbles floating on top of the brew. Thin to medium body. The heavy earthy nose is mostly of malt and suggests cereal and caramel, with hints of flowers, and citrus. The flavor though not overwhelming is very balanced with moderate levels of sweetness and acidity with a hint of bitterness. The finish is quick and clean. Overall a very refreshing and interesting brew that I enjoyed very much! Good stuff but I don't think a could drink more then two in a row though...

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2002 16:30:52 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
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aracauna

Georgia

3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Despite an interesting color and ok head, I was initially disapointed with the taste. For the past couple of months, most of my beer have been stouts, porters, brown ales and darker Belgians. Compare to those heavy bodied beers, this came across as kid of tasteless. It took me a good quarter of the pint to get to the point where I could appreciate the subtleties. Not as much coriander and orange in this as some of the others I've had and the body was still a little light for me, but not bad. Definite warm weather beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2002 10:00:20 | More by aracauna
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice frothy white head. Cloudy white appearance as the name suggests. I get wheat on the nose, but surprisingly, no spice. Nice easy drinking wheat based bevarage. This would be a great summertime beer. I was hoping for a little more orange/coriander/spice in the taste, but it tastes very good as is. There's that nice zesty, tangy character that goes great with pools and sunshine.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2002 23:19:36 | More by Bighuge
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Thrasher

Oregon

3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a luscious refreshing white, good for a sunny Sunday brunch. Nothing extraordinary but decent, indicative of the style. Doesn't get superb marks from me because I inherently distrust Interbrew. Their beers suffer from the enormity of the company, and their costs are prohibitive. I once paid $9 ($10 with tip) for one of these in an annoying Manhattan bar/lounge, so I decided to keep the glass.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2002 17:06:31 | More by Thrasher
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very good white beer, i'm sure it had more complexity once upon a time, but it continues to be very good, it has never let me down.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2002 20:18:50 | More by rastaman
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mattmaples

Oregon

4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great citrisy flavor form the hops and orange peel. Nice head and wonderful wheaty flavor. I only put 2 other whites ahead of this one but Hoegaarden definately has the best value.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2001 21:58:29 | More by mattmaples
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz slim Euro-style brown bottle.

Appearance: Pale yellow, cloudy (this is a non filtered brew), with a bitty cream pure white head.

Smell: Peppery, hints of lemon zest, with a mild horse aroma.

Taste: The brew is sweet, mildly dextrinous, with a smooth semi-chewy mouthfeel. The yeast creates a pepper flavour that complements the light hop (lemony), sour flavour -- unique to this style. The aftertaste dries, from the unmalted wheat, and a slight bitterness escapes at the very end.

Notes: The original White Ale, and grandfather to many a Summer-style white ale. Seems to have less character lately, though if you have it over in Belgium it is better.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2001 15:28:14 | More by Jason
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John

New York

4.7/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Anyone who's had only American interpretations of Belgian Wit(white) beer before needs to try this. A real treat with a unique texture. Very flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2001 13:08:30 | More by John
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AaronRed

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK. Went well with Chinese food

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2001 17:12:10 | More by AaronRed
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