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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,688 Reviews
THE BROS
82
good

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Reviews: 1,688
Hads: 4,729
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 126
Gots: 856 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: purplehops on 07-08-2001

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Reviews: 1,688 | Hads: 4,729
Photo of chilidog
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up in England by a friend. The benchmark "IMO" for the wit beer style. Im not a big fan of yeasty brews but enjoyed thisone much. I poured the bottle into a rather large, oversize Hoegaarden glass, he also brought. It poured a cloudy straw pale color with a carbonated white head. Lace was not a factor. The aroma was of citrus lemon. The taste was fruity with a lite drying hop finish. Clearly the zest of lemon and coriander stand out most. The mouth feels the soft carbonation or foam like texture, left alittle dry. This was more than I expected for a wit, while also living up to what I expected a Hoegaarden to be! Good stuff! (639 characters)

Photo of moulefrite
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A classic no matter how you slice it. Perhaps the most widely known of the style here in the states and the best selling (ya want to not like it!) as well. But, the bottom line is this is a very nice beer! I love the pale pastel lemon/yellow color and the textbook snow white head. The aromatics are focused and distinctly fresh orange zest and coriander in a very nicely balanced package. The mouthfeel is at once refreshing and cleansing-light to medium bodied. Flavors are very much orange, especially orange zest, and malted wheat. Spice notes trail on the finish and add dimension. This is an amazingly drinkable wit that I will continue to enjoy and look forward to drinking. (681 characters)

Photo of PiratePete
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a cloudy off-yellow with a very serious head (and I mean big) - well, its a wit. Suddenly no head and hardly any lace at all. Smells of yeast, malt, my wife's bread and some fruit. And like everybody says it is nice and spicey with a serious sense of a mouthful. Don't gulp. Drink and savour and enjoy. (312 characters)

Photo of GreenCard
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: like lemonade with a sudsy layer of snow-white head, a few bubbles rising, hazy

Aroma: wheaty, lemony, a bit yeasty, some coriander

Flavor: a gentle malt sweetness followed by a fruity tartness; yeast, orange peel, some coriander, a faint sprinkling of hop flavor, finish is dry but there is a saccharine-lie flavor that emerges in the aftertaste at the back and sides of the tongue; also soem bitterness from the orange peel

Mouthfeel: soft and light bodied, gently prickly carbonation

Overall Impression: Since it is considered the "hallmark" of this style in many circles, I was compelled to give it a 3.0 across the board. It's good. It was better before Interbrew, though (at the risk of sounding trite). I just think there are some other far superior wits out there. Two that readily come to mind are Blanche de Chambly and Wittekerke. (865 characters)

Photo of SheepNutz
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a Hoegaarden glass. It pours a cloudy light yellow color with two fingers of head. There is a little bit of lace left on the glass. The smell consists of wheat, yeast, and citrus. A Pretty sweet smell. The taste starts with a yeasty wheat and malt flavor with some lemon. The finish is slightly hoppy. The mouthfeel is just a little bit light. The drinkability is very good. A nice solid Wit. (411 characters)

Photo of putnam
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is good beer on tap. Lemon, chalk and orange-peel fluff flavors bring dusty, slightly stony tartness to the finish. Joyous in its simplicity and made for tall, sunlit glasses in the afternoon on 12 mile.
Serene.
Not willful.
Pretty and crunchy like tissue. Tissue-beer. I'm sure that will enter the tasting lexicon soon: "tissue-beer." (344 characters)

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not much to add that I didn't mention in my review of the bottled version, but the Hoegaarden arrived from the tap a light, cloudy yellow with a thin head but a nice lace on the side of the glass. Like the bottled version, it was light and bubbly, with mellow tones of wheat, citrus, and coriander. Again, not much to add, except that the draught version is slightly superior all-around to the bottled (though neither in the U.S. can touch the draughts in Belgium).

Again, I love this beer, so forgive me for my gushing. (524 characters)

Photo of WMBierguy
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I ordered this beer on tap at a local bar. It was fairly expensive, but I've heard good things about this beer and I wanted to try it out. It was a light yellow color, as the name might indicate, and was very cloudy. It was served with a lemon wedge, something that annoys me. It tasted like a hefeweizen with a hint of fruit flavor. Very smooth and drinkable, with no after taste. I'd drink more of it if it weren't so expensive. If you ever find it on tap, give it a try. (473 characters)

Photo of littlebibs
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A friend brought this over for me to try and this is my favorite
of these white ales I've tried. Yes, its a light ale in some ways but it has a powerful taste
thats not so easy to explain. I've tried tasting bananas and clove
but it works best for me just laying an orange slice or two on
the bottom of a frosty glass and pouring this cloudy brew slowly and its best
for this beer to be really cold, the citrus combination lets the flavor grow as the beer slightly warms over several mins. I let it settle and wow,
this one is hard to beat on a hot summer day. (566 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this is definitely a white beer, pours out cloudy, the colour of diluted alfalfa honey. Smell is more subdued than I recall, a light peppery citrus. Sweetish flavour, that peppered citrus once again. This is very drinkable stuff and goes down very easy, I think I just might make it a session beer one night the next decent place I find it on tap. It beats Stella anytime for having a Belgian for a regular. (411 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very yellow pale color, very hazy. Large head. Aroma is fruity and yeasty. Medium bodied wit beer. Fruity flavor, with oranges, coriander and ginger being the primary flavors. It a mildly sweet, lightly malty and slightly bitter beer. Clean, light and refreshing. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly swe (358 characters)

Photo of freed
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'd been sampling wit beers lately, and this seemed like a difficult one to pass up. Cool cap & bottle.

Poured a nice light hazey golden, rich carbonation with an uneven head. Aroma was slight and of cider. Taste was also disappointingly mellow. Slight malt, dominating cider taste, though dominating is an awfully strong word to describe the taste with, as it was not an impression maker. Similar sweet, sugary and malty flavor with a candy feeling left on the tongue. Easy to drink and a nice after working beer. Still, not up to the previous Wits I'd tasted. (565 characters)

Photo of clvand0
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy yellow (straw) color with a thick white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. It was served on tap at the local pub with an orange slice on the rim of the glass. The aroma was very spicy with some fruityness backing it up. The flavor was not as spicy as the aroma would have predicted, but still just spicy enough to make for an interesting drink. There is also a very strong orange taste to notice. I really liked this beer and will have it again many times in the future -- if only it weren't so expensive. (538 characters)

Photo of chaduvel
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured according to the instructions on the bottle. Nice pale yellow color with fizzy white lasting head, with bubbles snaking their way up from the bottom of the glass. Smell is of orange peel and some lemon zesty-ness with a light yeast aroma. Taste is lively with nice spiciness that you would expect from a great Witbier. Not the same amount of flavour as the top beers in this category, however. Has a nice citrus, orange peel bite on the finish. Very drinkable. This is a great beer especially considering its mass produced nature. I'd love to try this in Belgium! (570 characters)

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I finally broke down and bought a six pack of Hoegaarden. I had too. It poured a light, cloudy, almost void of what I consider beer color. A nice white lacey head though. My impressions were two fold as I will explain. The first beer was great. Nice hops, almost a wheat like taste. It went down great. I wanted more. Now the rub. It seemed to "weaken" as I drank on, almost begging for a lemon wedge. No, I thought, don't give in to the evil citris wedge. I fought the impulse and paid the price: a bland beer. (511 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Super light, cloudy yellow body with a monster head typical of the style, although it went down quick and didn’t lace at all.

Smell – Yes, there’s yeast in that glass. There’s also a nice malt touch and some light fruit (watermelon, lemon), but mostly bread.

Taste – Nice, light, yeasty taste with some spices that I can’t identify. You won’t need to plop a lemon in this one – it’s already there.

Mouthfeel – Very typical of the style. Moderate to big carbonation on the cheeks, a smooth yeasty feel on the tongue, and a swallow that says, “You just ate dinner.”

Drinkability – Good, sipping bier that you’d find at any gasthause in Germany.

Comments – I know the style is supposed to be light, but this was just a little bit TOO light for me. (788 characters)

Photo of vitesse
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served on tap at "the paragon" restaurant in providence.

this one tasted much different on tap than in bottles. much more carbonated and crispy mouthfeel this time. also, no yeast residue, so it was slightly less spicy. still plenty of great coriander flavor, so no complaints here. a very versatile summer beer that is becoming a staple in trendy restaurants. an all around cool beer. (388 characters)

Photo of PatandDavid
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad. Pours a cloudy faint yellow. Not a big head, but it's there.

Has a spicy aroma, which is rather pleasant. The taste is also slightly spicy, but this time with some citrus and coriander.

Very refreshing. I would say I like the Allagash White more than this one (maybe due to the freshness of it on tap at the GLB). However, this beer is good, and thankfully available at many places, so I will definitely seek it out again. pat (441 characters)

Photo of edchicma
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appeared like lemonade with a nice head. Got this offering as a 4 pack for my birthday. The smell was citrusy which gave a hint of what the brew would taste like. I admit that drinking this brew on the same night as an IPA was different, so I had to be open minded. The nicely carbonated brew was light and fruity in taste. I had to remember to half pour, swirl the yeast. then pour the rest. The resulting mouthfeel was smooth and light. Drinkability was excellent. One of the best in this category that I have sampled to date. (528 characters)

Photo of euskera
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap last week. Pours out a cloudy yellow with a nice head. Smell is fruity with some malt character in there. Taste is good, but not that complex or well-defined. Some fruit in there along with yeast and malt with almost no hop bitterness. A nice quaffable beer that is refreshing... (295 characters)

Photo of pezoids
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out a cloudy and very pale yellow color. The thin foamy head faded quick. Nice citrus spiciness that comes with the style. Also got a strong sourness and some sweet yeast flavors. Very flavorful, highly drinkable, especially on a hot summer day.
Very enjoyable overall. (287 characters)

Photo of ALEBOY
4.63/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Once again truly delightful Belgian ale. A white beer and white it is with a big soft head and a very light and hazy appearance. The nose is one of citrus and coriander with a slight sharpness to it. Taste wise Hoegaarden is in some ways slightly reminiscent of a cider, the citrus that could be smelled is still evident as is a slight tartness (perhaps from the particular yeasts used). It is very soft in the mouth and definitely a beer that I could drink all night. Hoegaarden goes well with many foods, last night I enjoyed it with camembert and lime, a combination that truly enhanced the sharp citrus flavours it contains. (628 characters)

Photo of 99bottles
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hoegaarden is a great beer. If not for the price, I would gladly never set down a pint of this from about May until September. It is refreshing, drinkable, and very tasty. I often get pitchers of this and sometimes I'll even garnish with the lemon slices that accompany it (though I hear people complain about it, I enojy the lemon at times, other times I just set it to the side-- no big deal. I see no reason to send it back or flip out about it. You can't expect every 20 something bartender to know the customs of serving a belgian beer. anyway) Ho pours the most unique looking pint of beer I've ever seen (sadly, the bar I frequent does not carry the right glass for it, so I take it in a pint glass). It has a lemon yellow body with a very hazy efferfescent look. Atop sits a tall fluffy head of white lace. Smells of citrus immeadiately predominate. The first taste is delicately sweet with a very refreshing mouthfeel. The aftertaste allows you to notice the spices used in flavoring the brew, most notably corriander and some clove. Orange, banana, and the taste of yeast all combine to make a very interesting taste, but one that is not strong at all. Essentially, this is a great beer to just sit back and enjoy, not to scrutinize over. The original Belgian wit is an experience all its own. Enjoy! (1,310 characters)

Photo of Jarod
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came to me a lemony yellow color that had a cloudy haze to it. It produced a pure white head that was creamy but not lasting, it fell and stayed as a ring on the sides of the glass, which produced a small amount of lace in some areas. The aromas were of citrus fruits (oranges (light), lemons), big spices (pepper, clove), light malt (warmer), and wheat grain. The tastes were of wheat, citrus fruits (lemons), spice (pepper), and light hops. Finished and left a dry wheat feel in the mouth. Light bodied which is perfect for summer. This is a smooth beer that is nice and spicy, quenches the thirst. Clean, rich, tart and sour all can be said about each sip. Not too bad ! (683 characters)

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy, very pale yellow color. Reminds me of pineapple juice but with a creamy white head that stayed throughout the drink. Minimal lace.

Smell: fruity/spicy aroma. Swear I smelled pineapple and light citrus. Very similar to German hefe-weizens.

Taste: Again, fruity/sweet up front with a underlying bready taste before the spiciness steps up. There is a slightly sour taste at the end with a faint alcohol bite.

Feel: light, smooth and crisp. Dry and refreshing.

Drinkability: this is strikingly similar to the German hefe's except Hoegaarden is not as heavy. This beer's low %ABV and smoothness make it a wonderful summertime refresher. Very easy to put away. (686 characters)

Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
87 out of 100 based on 1,688 ratings.