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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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BA SCORE
86
very good

4,323 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 4,323
Reviews: 1,651
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 81
Gots: 470 | FT: 1
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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 shamus
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a beer that seems to be on tap everywhere in Ottawa . I am guessing it is because it is an Interbrew product and they own a lot of Canadian drafts as well. It looks really great in the glass. It's an opaque lemon yellow with an excellent head. The head lasts. The air bubbles are fine and the head itself is thick. It has a pleasant scent, again lemons come to mind.
Given the presentation the taste is a bit disappointing, however it is good. Nice spice with lots of undertones that come out in the after taste. It goes down nice with just the right mount of fizz. My biggest complaint is that it needs a bolder emphasis on the flavour.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: America domestic meets lemonade. Very light and cloudy with a snow white head.

S: Subtely attractive aroma of citrus, orange peel and clove.

T: Light and refreshing. Flavors of anise, honey suckle, sweet wheat malt and spice.

M: Touch watery and thin.

D: A well balanced beer, as always

Photo of asabreed
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Best by 5/21/07.

Appearance: Huge foamy white head. It took me a while to pour the rest in after the swirl, which I certainly do with a Wit. I've had this before on tap and it's never been like this. Hazy tinted light yellow body with a nice amount of bubbles cascading around the glass. Lacing's spotty but covers a lot once the head dissipates.

Smell: Heavy Belgian yeast, slight coriander, citrus, lemon grass, and light cream. I wish there was more of everything, as far as everything being more discernible and harder edged, but it's fairly nice as it is.

Taste: I wish this was spicier and less subdued; that's why I give it the 3.5 rating. It's way too tame for a Wit. The citrus and Belgian yeast strains are there, and there are some spices, but there could be much more flavor.

Mouthfeel: Pretty creamy, a nice amount of carbonation to the body. Maybe too creamy? Still, I dig it. Maybe more flavor would mean more carbonation. But I'm not sure about that at all and am probably wrong.

Drinkability: This is one of the best Witbiers you can buy for the price and availability in my opinion. And after all, it's summer. For around $10 for a 6-pack and for how much food you can enjoy with this, not to mention the ABV being fairly low, I'll be drinking Hoegaarden again.

Photo of gbarron
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap, 5/18/06. The original revival beer of the white beer style. Thank you Pierre Celis.

A - color is a beautiful neon yellow, almost like lemon curd. Head is bright white, almost blinding, and rocky. Very cloudy and virtually opaque.

S - wonderful aroma of spices, fruit. Can definitely smell the corriander, some fruity/sugary esters come off from the Belgian yeast and wheat content. Light, fresh background of spicy noble hops as well.

T - extremely tasty and refreshing brew, and I'm not normally a wheat beer fan. Light flavor of wheat malt, slightly toasty. Strong flavor of corriander, citrus (orange peel). Slight hints of cotton candy, bubble gum, tart lactic acid. Firm but subtle hop bitterness balances out the belgian sweetness.

M - very light bodied, carbonation is a bit high for my taste, but on par with style. A little dry.

D - definitely a beer you could put back many of in an evening and not be too worried about the effects. A perfectly balanced beer, light and refreshing.

Photo of Cresant
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured the Hoegaarden from a 12 oz. bottle dated 19/4/07.

A pretty frosty, cloudy white/pale yellow body capped by a nice 2" head.

Mild malty, grain-like smell. Faint metallic odor.

Hops on the palate first, then the light sweetness, finishing pleasantly tart. Refreshing, subtle, delicate. Sweet-tarts and coriander.

Smooth, thin mouthfeel. Hidden alcohol. Low carbonation.

Easy to drink, yet not challenging enough to want more that one.

Photo of shererjt
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy, very light yellow with good carbonation and a firm, rocky, long-lasting head. If you didn't know what you were looking at, this one would throw you for a loop. Aroma was primarily coriander. I have no idea who came up with the notion of putting coriander in beer, but I'm sure glad they did. The orange was also very notable. Otherwise, maybe a bit of wheat and that was it. Light body but bursting with flavor. Lots of spice; not a whole lot of malt but enough to keep things in balance. More wheat in the flavor than in the aroma, though. Mouthfeel was lively and the drinkability was quite good.

This is possibly the quintessential lawnmower/thirst quencher, and a personal favorite. Yum.

Photo of Phocion
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first time I had this was on tap, and it really left a bad impression on me. About a month later I picked up a 6-pack, and it's been one of my favorites ever since. I'm convinced that my first experience was killed by the lemon they served with the beer.

Poured into the hexagonal Hoegaarden glass with a very cloudy light yellow color with a small head. The hazy effect is something different, and always a little interesting.

It actually smells a little tarty, but some sweet fruity undertones popped through as well.

Lots of citrus tastes. Like the smell, both sweet and tarty. Not much for hops.

Fairly light-bodied feel, moderate carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer. It goes down very smooth, and there's few things better on a hot day outside than a 6-pack of Hoegaarden. Incredibly refreshing.

This is an excellent hot-weather drink and fairly easy to find. I almost always keep at least a couple in my fridge. The only downside is that at around $8 for a 6-pack, it gets kind of pricey as an every day drink.

Photo of Orrshow
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Pours a very hazy yellow reminding me of lemon meringue pie. The head is not very present and is off white.

Smell – Smells tart, sweet, grassy, and of citrus. Not bad but a little on the weak side even when I let it warm.

Taste – The taste is semi sweet with a bit of grass flavor. I don’t sense much wheat but it is there. I also taste some citrus flavors. There is a sweet tart aftertaste with a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel – Barely any carbonation at all. Almost flat. The beer was thin too but I wasn’t expecting a lot.

Drinkability – Goes down easy but it’s not one to savor as its lacking in flavor (that rhymes).

I wasn’t overly impressed here, but not disappointed either. It’s an average beer that would work for a sunny day.

Photo of arizcards
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap after a day of touring London in early May. Have had it on-tap in the U.S. on several occasions.

Beer appeared as a pale yellow and was served with a very good head. Nose was of spices and maybe a hint of banana. Taste was wheaty, spicy up front. Hops were definitely not prominently there. Mouthfeel was lively with a light body. Drinkability was very good. This is a nice wheat beer and a good representation of the style.

Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale yellow color with a frothy marshmallow head; some lacing

Smell: Wheat and lemon with a touch of coriander and banana

Taste: Starts out with a wheaty flavor on top of which various fruity esters and spices perform a tap dance; tart finish that doesn't linger as the flavor returns to its bready origin

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: Refreshing and enjoyable, even if this is not my favorite style

Photo of ablaze
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in beer mug out of 330 mL bottle.

Pours a cloudy yellow with creamy white, lasting head.

Smells of lemon and citrus, clean smell.

Tastes creamy, almost buttery, with lemons, honey and coriander. A nice finish of light wheat and fruits. Malt and hops well balanced and delicious. Alcohol tastes very light and well hidden.

Thick in mouth, and again a creamy trait. Liquid silk.

Can definitely enjoy several with no trouble, and it only gets better over time. A rich beer but very refreshing.

Hoegaarden's classic white beer is a favourite of mine in the summer and is relatively easy to find. Goes well with poultry, particularly turkey. Definitely recommended.

Plus, that Hoegaarden glass is just magnificent!

Photo of goochpunch
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a cloudy lemonade with a fluffy white head. Smells phenolic with the wheat snap. Hardly, if any, spicing. There are the yeasty and wheaty characteristics in the flavor, but it seems muted. Kind of like club soda in the finish. Mouthfeel is pleasantly carbonated and lively, but is too watery. All in all, it's rather refreshing and drinkable. A light wit with little to no spicing.

Photo of audiojon
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was overjoyed to find that my favorite local bar (not a beer bar mind you) has this on tap permanently now. That said, this review is of the bottled variety. The weather has recently become very hot, and this afternoon I found myself craving a nice light summertime brew. I headed to BevMo and spent some time wandering the aisles trying to figure out what would fit my craving, when I noticed a 6-pack of Hoegaarden wink at me from inside the freezer case. What's this- they have Hoegaarden already chilled? Done. I grabbed the 6er and headed home. This beer, while maybe not the most unique beer out there, serves a very fine purpose. Total refreshment. This is a staple in my fridge, and is delicious any time, but especially if the sun happens to be shining on ya and it's a relaxing 85 degrees outside.

Highly recommended.

Photo of Brian700
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very cloudy blonde with a nice fluffy white head. There is some decent lacing going on.

The aroma is very estery and spicey. I pick up on coriander, clove, banana, orange.

The flavor is very refreshing. There are a lot of fruity esters along with some spiciness like clove and coriander. There seems to be that spiciness you get from Ardennes Yeast strains.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer. It is very refreshing and not to much for the pallate to handle. I will definately revisit this beer.

Photo of Crosling
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy light blonde in color. Moderately aromatic, full of fruit and spice, giving a scent of curacao and coriander, along with a light hint of hay. Flavor is light and airy, coating with a butter toffee blanket and loaded with light spice; coriander and curacao. A pleasant, yet unexciting witbier. Boy I wish I could have tried this 20 years ago.

Photo of blackie
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour into my wit glass creates a huge, fluffy white head that I must allow to settle before pouring the rest of the bottle. The beer is a cloudy golden white in color.

smell: Yeast and some wheat malt up front. Light fruity notes such as pear and citrus. Slight aroma of noble hops and coriander.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is just between the medium and high ranges. The body is light.

taste: Predominant flavors of yeast, wheat, and light citrus (esp. sweet orange). Also some hints of light fruits and spice. Just a touch of hop flavor and a very light bitterness.

drinkability: Easy to drink on a hot day

Photo of IPhantom
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type- 12 oz. brown classic bottle poured inexpertly in to some kind of glass. First beer cracked after a long finals week, might I add.

Appearance- Pale yellow with effervescent highlights, like a Notre Dame helmet under the lights. Pristine white head a full 3 fingers thick at first pour, diminishing to about half a finger with a nice landscape of lacing.

Smell- Wit-s aren't really my thing, aroma-wise, but this one is nice. Kinda like grandma's bread dough before she has you knead it because of her arthritis...but maybe that's just me. Lemonade-y citrus highlights in the background.

Taste- Again, not a big wit guy, but I like it. Slightly sweet/sour with the wheat to back it up, like chasing a bite of toast with orange juice. Nice amount of dry hoppiness (with something like a raisin subtly suggested) on the end keeps it fresh.

Mouthfeel- Light, bubbly, champagne-like, very refreshing.

Drinkability- Hell, I'll drink another one right now.

Overall, a very nice introduction to wheat beers (and beer reviews). Looking forward to pairing this one with a nice slab of grilled salmon over the summer.

Photo of aforbes10
2.73/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a bottle from a sixer bought by dispholius. big white head on a clear and cider colored beer. apple/pear odor, not much else going on. very weak taste with some light spicy and sour notes. really just like a good belgian that's been watered down considerably. thin mouthfeel. not a pleasure to drink.

Photo of Dubbercody
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light yellow color, cloudy. Good head, minimal head retention. Soft citrus smell that isn't overpowering.

Very light taste to it for a wit. Not heavy on the wheat in the least. Carbonation continues to dance in the mouth, and gives cool clean aftertaste.

Wonderful patio beverage, smooth and slightly sweet.

Photo of evanackerman
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

this beer pours a very light cloudy yellow with a big fluffy white head.

smell is of lemon and that's about it.

taste is at first citrusy and then there is a hint of coriander in the background, fairly light flavor profile.

mouthfeel is thin but appropriate for the style.

drinkability is very high, could go down like water on a hot day.

overall, nothing to go crazy over but a solid summer beer. i like Great Lakes Holy Moses better in this style but this is neither as good or as bad as many people say it is.

Photo of ultralarry2006
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle. Leaves a head of about 1/4 inch that recedes to surface skim that remains until the end. Color is a pale lemony yellow , and the ale is very cloudy.

Aroma - coriander, and some bready malt.

Taste - just like the aroma, spicy corinader and hint of bready malt. But mostly just a delicious, tingly, coriander flavor.

Mouthfeel - full, a little bit chewy, and a surprising amount of carbonation ( which is a lot, and surprising because the densely cloudy apprearance of the ale completely obscures the carbonation visually).

Drinkability - this goes down easy, and I could drink several in any one sitting.

Photo of Halldog
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Wood'N Tap in Hartford.

A - Nice, cloudy-unfiltered, almost lemon yellow color. Medium head
S - Strong wheat and yeast smell with zest of citrus.
T - Mild wheat and yeast taste with strong citrus overtones.
M - Light and smooth
D - Had on a 80 degree day on the patio.Very refreshing; in fact, the first one was so drinkable I had another, and another... ;)

I prefer to have with lemon... tried one with an orange and found that it was not as good.

Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 12 oz bottle of Hoegaarden poured into an Ommegang Witte glass. The ale is slightly chilled.

Appearance: The ale is a hazy orange-yellow color. The unfiltered nature of the ale is clear. There is a slight ring of lace around the glass.

Smell: The ale smells of orange peel, a sweet citrusy aroma (not a hop aroma, mind you).

Taste: The coriander and orange peel dominate the taste of the ale. I was hoping for a bit more of a wheat presence, but the spices are smooth and pleasant.

Mouthfeel: The ale is sweet and smooth, very pleasing on the palate.

Drinkability: I could easily drink this ale all summer long, although I'd like to see a bit more wheat.

Photo of Tawnos
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a white color with a greenish tint. The color seems to resemble lime juice. A fluffy head forms and stays around to chat.

Smell: Very light malts, semisweet, pleasantly fruity/flowery.

Taste: Watery, light sweetness, notes of clover honey. Lacking the hop flower taste I typically associate with white beer. No aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, lightly effervescent.

Drinkability: Not bad due to the beer's light character and ease on the palette.

Overall it's not too bad of a brew. Unfortunately, it seems short on the good malt flavors and creaminess, which would definitely bump it a bit in the taste/mouthfeel.

Photo of EStreet20
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have fond memories of this beer from college, when I discovered it at the one good beer bar near my school. However back then I would only drink it when I could anything but crap (IE when I came home from school and Dad bought the beer). It really halped turn me on to other Belgians which led to my obsession with craft beer in general. Thus, this one will always have sentimental value.

12 ounce bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A - A nice translucent white color with a little yellow tint. Lots of effervescent bubbles feed a decent sized white head. A bit cloudy, as I know this is an unfiltered brew.

S - Big yeast on the nose along with a banana smell. A bit of a peppery smell hangs in there too. A nice aroma for a wit.

T - More of the yeasty, wheaty taste up front with the bananas and peppery spices in there as well. Not bad at all.

M - A fairly light feel with some nice carbonation hitting the tongue.

D - A nice light offering, especially on a warm day. Can sit back and have a few.

Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
86 out of 100 based on 4,323 ratings.