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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

Hoegaarden Original White AleHoegaarden Original White Ale

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very good

3,576 Ratings

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

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 JohnG190

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy pale straw yellow with one-finger white head that dissipates quickly to a froth cap. Decent lacing. Typical witbier aroma, orange zest and coriander. Taste is spicy with a faint malt sweetness. Goes down dry and finishes slightly bitter. Light bodied with effervescent carbonation make this one great summer session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2013 18:55:02 | More by JohnG190
Photo of Olek4374

Alberta (Canada)

3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i'll preface this by saying that White beers are not really my bag. However, Hoegaarden is generally considered to be a pretty good one, so I'll keep an open mind.

It pours yellow-white with a really large amount of head - the standard sort of thing for wheat beers. It smells quite predominantly of orange and coriander as they advertise. The citrus thing just is not really what I enjoy in a beer, but it does smell a lot better than other crappy white beers I've had. The taste is citrusy and almost resembles a cream ale in terms of texture. It's definitely got some body to it and is definately a sippin' beer. The finish is VERY clean and there isn't any sort of negative aftertaste - well done.

I won't drink much of it because white ales are just not my thing, but damn is it a good example of one. Rickard's be damned.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 07:10:42 | More by Olek4374
Photo of fallenshadow


4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - If poured from tap into the official Hoegaarden glass it looks magnificent. Cloudy light golden with a decent head. The head of the beer dissipates quickly enough but the initial appearance is outstanding.

S - Citrus notes and a hint of spice coming through too.

T - Zesty orange flavour, a kick of spice from the coriander and a refreshing experience overall.

M - Smooth, not very carbonated and almost a creamy texture.

O - This was the first beer I ever liked and I still like it alot to this day. The orange peel and coriander provide a more unique flavour than most beers and it stands out from the crowd as different. The lack of carbonation actually works in its favour and this beer is best enjoyed from the official glass, which adds to the experience if you are already a fan. The Belgian monks that created this knew what they were doing!

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2013 17:47:29 | More by fallenshadow
Photo of jcbogantes

Costa Rica

3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very light turbid yellow white-ish, small head with lacing
Smell: spicy, citrus
Taste: clean taste, coriander, and orangy
Mouthfeel: light bodied
Overall: I love this beer is really refreshing in tropical weather like Costa Rica.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 23:15:11 | More by jcbogantes
Photo of Hermanater


3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

AP: very pale straw color. Almost looks like lemon juice in a glass with barely any head.

SM: strong hints of its Belgian birth place. Some spicy notes.

M: very light but flavorful.

TA: The coriander & orange peel produce an almost clove-like spicy/bitterness. In my tasting notes I contrasted the bitterness that stays behind with the orange peel produced bitterness against a hop-produced bitterness. Orange peel bitterness is a great pairing with the coriander spiciness and it doesn't stick to your tongue like a hop bitterness does.

I must say I am a tried and true hop-head loving hop-noxious bitterness. I've even stated that I don't like wheat beers. Still-this is good stuff and I recommend it for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 19:39:41 | More by Hermanater
Photo of Arcman


3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Paid $9.06 for a six pack of this stuff. Was kinda let down a little bit. I've heard nothing but good about this beer and I'm not the one to be a rain cloud over someone's parade but man this beer just didn't do it for me. It taste just like juicy fruit bumble gum to me! Haha it's not a bad beer I've just had better in its class.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 17:37:35 | More by Arcman
Photo of DenverHopHead


3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 2/3 into a frosted pint glass, swirled remainder in bottle and poured the rest. Definitely a sexy and refreshing looking beer. Pours a cloudy yellow with nice foamy white head. Lots of noticeable carbonation and unfiltered sediment! Sweet aroma of orange and coriander. The taste meets the nose with the orange and coriander. Very smooth and light. A touch sweet, but good. Refreshing! Great Summer beer no matter how you slice it. I'd have again on a hot Summer day!

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 02:28:15 | More by DenverHopHead
Photo of TheMarkE


3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Murky straw yellow, with a decent head that disappears quickly.

Smell: Wheat, grass, lemon, spice.

Taste: Wheat, lemon, spice, grass.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp, with a slightly spicy aftertaste.

Overall: Good beer. Hoegaarden is a classic wit that manages to hold up well in this era of microbrews. Tasty and sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 23:16:34 | More by TheMarkE
Photo of IchLiebeBier


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

Appearance: Pale gold body, with a bit of cloudiness; huge head on pour

Aroma: Yeasty; spicy; hint of orange

Taste: Clean and tart; nice spicy finish; refreshing overall

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 13:43:52 | More by IchLiebeBier
Photo of VictorWisc


4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought two 12packs of Long Trail Belgian White (LT) and Hoegaarden Wit (HW) and have been doing side-by-side and successive comparisons over the past several days. The result is a review that contrasts the two of them that I'll try to post under both (with the numbers being different, of course) until someone smacks me down for doing that.

Both beers claim to be made in the tradition of Belgian witbiers, with similar spicing and process. Hoegaarden is basically the prototype for the category, albeit clearly not the best one. LT states it is "modeled after the original Belgian Witbiers brewed in monasteries". As such, it is not a very good model.

Both beers were sampled from 12 oz bottles (HW is actually a slightly smaller 11.25 oz). Each day they were poured in different glassware, although both were poured in identical glasses on the same day. They were given the same amount of refrigeration as well.

HW pours cloudy with no through visibility. Head is white. substantial in some glasses, moderate in others, gradually reducing to a thin layer. Carbonation is moderate. Color is pale yellow, that of a long-whipped egg yolk, which the liquid resembles in appearance.

LT is cloudy, but less so, with very moderate and quickly disappearing head and slight but noticeable carbonation. Color is darker yellow, closer to commercial apple juice.

Both claim to have been brewed with orange peel (from a variety of oranges) and coriander, but the nose and flavor could not be more different.

HW has a characteristic winey yeast odor of a Belgian ale, with a faint coriander aroma along with some sweet citrus. LT has faint yeast smell with strong coriander overtone. If there are any hops present, they are not noticeable in either glass. There is some faint smell of roasted grain in LT.

Taste is radically different. Hoegaarden continues with the strong yeasty flavor, supplemented by malted and roasted grain, with notes of coriander, cloves and sweet orange, gradually transforming into a sweet Dutch licorice finish that lingers for a few minutes but eventually dissipates.

LT has an overwhelming coriander flavor, with sour, but not citrusy yeast notes and some roasted wheat undertone which quickly turns sour in the mouth. The sourness lingers for a while, even after a moderate consumption. Using sugary beverages to get rid of it did not help -- the sourness persisted even after a glass of Coke. A glass of water did eliminate the aftertaste, but it required some effort.

HW is better balanced, with no alcohol feel in the mouth. Although lacking balanced flavor, LT does not taste overly alcoholic, but there is more alcohol feel in it. Both are light and, under the right circumstances, refreshing. With right foods (e.g., Thai and Indonesian curries and Indian food that is not overly saucy) LT can be a very serviceable beer, but the strong coriander flavor and odor make it unsuitable for most occasions, including everyday drinking. HW is a perfectly reasonable everyday pour, especially in the summer. Original or not, it likely would not survive a comparison to some of the better American varieties, such as Allagash, but it can certainly hold its own. Long Trail, on the other hand, has a long learning curve ahead of it as a brewery. Even their best products (pale ale and IPA) seem to offer only a single taste note, where competitors offer a bouquet of flavors and aromas. Hoegaarden does pretty much only one thing but it does it rather well.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 07:45:24 | More by VictorWisc
Photo of MWolverines66

New York

3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had this beer on tap this past week at a local bar.

This beer had become a favorite of mine while living in London, but was not as happy with it this time. It tasted a little different, a little more a bitter grapefruit taste, definitely not as sweet.

The look was the same out of the tap, nice golden color garnished with a lemon. Smell was definitely not as strong as what I had been accustomed to in Europe.

Overall I was a little disappointed. It was a good beer, but something that I would grow tired of after two pints.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2013 02:12:18 | More by MWolverines66
Photo of Oakenator


4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Light yellow color with ample head at pour. Decent lacing.

S: Wheat, lemon, citrus notes.

T: Lemon from front to back. Sweet on the front and slightly bitter on the back but still nice.

M: Light and refreshing but has some body.

O: Enjoyable around the pool.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 20:32:03 | More by Oakenator
Photo of CBrotherton


3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - light pale yellow color
S - wheat and a light lemon citrus, almost grapefruit
T - wheat first, lemon next, corriander to finish
M - this is a great light beer feel to it with great drink-ability. i had three in one sitting without experiencing distaste at the mouthfeel (which is usually my first signal to slow down or halt a tasting)
O - when i drink this beer, i remember my first beer that was had in Germany at a Biergarten. Very memorable and in league with the summer season currently upon us. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 03:48:50 | More by CBrotherton
Photo of ConsumerOfBeer


4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Thick pale-yellow color. Cloudy. Pours a small head.

S- Smells of banana, grass, and wheat.

T- Excellent flavor with hints of banana, cream, and vanilla.

M- Moderate carbonation. Moderately drinkable.

O- A great beer, quite comparable to many other wheat beers. I keep getting a thick creamy feeling from this brew which turns out to be quite pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 02:54:03 | More by ConsumerOfBeer
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Will pour a five+ white head. Just as expected for a wheat, pale straw and cloudy, good head, faint yeast and distinct wheat flavor but what else would you expect - this brewery has it down after 568 years. 330ml bottle from Gift Specialists Oceanside, California.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 22:19:08 | More by jdhilt
Photo of randomNBGD


4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sipped into a chilled tumbler from a .25l bottle.
A: Hazy, colour between lemonade and honey yellow. Lots of yeast sediment.
S: Interesting combination of a classical wheat beer scent (banana whiff) and that of a Belgian ale (characteristic smell of Belgian yeasts, with some honey), together with slight indication of spices. Most appealing component of this beer.
T: Honey, spices, banana, yeast. Some roasted wheat appears shyly in the background. Well balanced.
M: Light body and profound carbonation. Refreshing in summer, but a slightly fuller body wouldn't hurt.

All in all, one nice Belgian wit. Maybe not as striking like some German top hefe-weissen, but has enough complexity to charm with every tasting.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 19:29:30 | More by randomNBGD
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a hazy straw colored brew with a two finger white head. The head had a moderately good level of retention, fading over time to give decent lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of wheat and citrus with the citrus being of lemon and grapefruit. Mixed with these aromas are some lighter spicier aromas of a coriander and some lemongrass, producing overall a classic wit aroma

Taste –The taste begins with a wheaty and lemon flavor upfront. The taste sweetens quickly as flavors of tangerine and banana come to the tongue. Along with these sweeter flavors, so to comes a light spice flavor of coriander. These tastes take the taste to its end, leaving a sweet citrus flavor of orange and sweet white grapefruit as well as some wheat flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly lighter side with a carbonation level that is a tad on the higher side. The overall feel is rather nice of the style as it makes it quite easy to drink and suits the sweeter and citrus flavors quite well.

Overall – Quite an easy drinking and refreshing wheat and sweet citrus brew.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2013 00:50:57 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of spoony


3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 330 ml bottle (best by November 22, 2013) into a nonic.

A-The brew pours like soda-pop with a short-lived, thin white head and light body. The brew is murky, as you would expect, and light yellowish, golden, straw in color. No bubbles were visible.

S-The smell is a pleasant lemon-forward affair with some spice, some grassy wheat, and a touch of sweetness. Pretty true to style.

T-The taste is slightly more tart than the smell, and still full of lemon. The grassy wheat and spice are present, but play somewhat muted roles. It is simple, but again, pretty true to style.

M-The feel is a little too fizzy, with a lighter body that you would expect. Still, this is refreshing and drinkable for a summer's day.

O-Compared against great wit beers, the grand-daddy that is Hoegaarden falls a little short in the complexity and strength departments. The looks are pretty weak, too. Nevertheless, this beer is quaffable and a good fit for a hot summer's day.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 01:31:08 | More by spoony
Photo of fank2788


3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle served in a pilsner glass
Cloudy pale gold with a huge white head comprised of tiny bubbles that takes a while to settle and laces nicely. The smell is clean wheat maltiness with lemon and orange citrus combined with some peppery spice pretty much spot on for a Wit. When it comes to the taste the spices come out in the front with the citrus moving to the background, a background well framed in by the wheat. Also perceivable is some yeast character but overall everything is a bit overshadowed by the coriander spiciness. The mouthfeel is acceptable with high levels of carbonation combined with a light body however I would have preferred it to be a bit crisper with a cleaner finish. Overall this is a very commendable example of the style and as one of the most easily recognized and available witbeirs it is doing the style justice

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 23:48:35 | More by fank2788
Photo of scottfrie


3.04/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from a six-pack.

A: Pours a slightly hazy chalky lemon gold with a couple fingers of fluffy bone white head that faded into a thick film.
S: Chalky wheat, mildly spicy yeast, and a hint of lemon citrus and pepper.
T: Crisp wheat, chalk, pepper, and faint clove, coriander and banana. Light and mild overall. Slight mineral water.
M: Foamy yet soft carbonation, medium-light body, crisp, clean, soft and smooth mouthfeel.
O: Solid and very drinkable but overall pretty plain.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 02:28:48 | More by scottfrie
Photo of dougbassett


3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #22 of the ones I've reviewed here.

I think it's neat that beer in America has gotten to the point where something like Hoegaarden is reasonably available, at least in cities. Heck, I know a strip bar that carries this, and they sell a fair amount of it, too.

Looks fantastic, just like this style should, a very pale yellow with a resistant head. Nose is light but evocative, sweet orange juice and spice. "The flavors are actually, I think, quite complex, the hops and spice are more into play and while there's still citrus, we've shifted to lemon peel/lemon oil. Finish is sort of a gentle wash of hops that is quietly assertive without getting out of hand, if that makes any sense at all.

I like this beer -- particularly in warm weather it's very nice indeed. As is often the case I could stand for the mouthfeel to be more assertive, to provide a better foundation for the flavors -- it's a little too light, I think, for my taste. But all in all a classic that deserves it's standing.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 22:40:39 | More by dougbassett
Photo of khensley


3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Served very cold in 22 ounce mug. Bright yellow, and hazy in appearance, very appealing color, but poor head retention and zero lacing. Smells really interesting, even for a wit, with all the smells from a bowl of fruit loops. Taste was strangely spicy on the front end, and then refreshingly sweet and fruity on the finish. Thin in the mouth, but bubbly somehow. I was really thirsty, and this beer hit the spot. I loved it so much, I decided to brew my own version of it! Way better than the more widely available Coors version of the same style.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2013 06:51:30 | More by khensley
Photo of punky796


4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a frozen tumbler glass.

A - Pours a cloudy tan-yellow, with about two fingers of thick white head. Leaves some attractive clumpy lacing.

S - Boosh. Pretty heavy on the coriander, but it's the flagship ingredient. Some malts and hops, wheat, citrus.

T - Lots of coriander and wheat, not overly heavy on the citrus. A dab of banana and clove, maybe, but maybe I'm just imagining it due to what's typical for this style of beer. Strike the banana.

M - Pretty light, kind of a soapy feeling (but not taste, that would be bad). Bit of an odd aftertaste, but it's coriander-related, whatever it is.

O - This seems like a love-it-or-hate-it. The spicing is probably too bold for those who prefer more subtle flavorings, but those who like things up close and personal would probably love it. I can appreciate both depending on the beer, but I fall into the love it column on this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 11:33:36 | More by punky796
Photo of newton99


2.74/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 09:57:27 | More by newton99
Photo of tonton

Hong Kong

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I love Hoegaarden, but the wheatiness can be overwhelming at times. Absolutely love the iconic glass, which is fun to share with a petite companion. The smell is a bit off-putting.

On one hand, Hoegaarden is wonderful because of the glass, the beautiful appearance, and the availability. It's not so good because of the smell and the taste, at least compared to other wheats.

Not having tried Erdinger or Maisel recently, I can honestly say that it's my least favorite wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 06:51:48 | More by tonton
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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