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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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BA SCORE
85
very good

4,075 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 4,075
Reviews: 1,631
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 69
Gots: 350 | FT: 0
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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Photo of filabrazilia
3.98/5  rDev +5%

This beer looks like a hazy lemonade with a near non-existant white head that leaves generous lace on the glass.

The smell is citrusy and grassy and invites you to drink this beer like a thirst quencher.

The taste is sweet and tart with a hint of lemon sweetness.

The mouthfeel is thin but very pleasing on the mouth. Carbomation tickles the tongue as I drink.

This is a very good beer that has enough character to make it complex but also has the right combination of elements to make it a beer to drink after strenuous activity.

filabrazilia, Mar 07, 2004
Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%

Pours a very pale yellow color, with a two finger, white, tightknit head. Classic Belgian sheets of lace are left behind on the glass.
Bananas and coriander dominate the nose, with apple and clove in the background.
Mouthfeel is light to medium, with lots of fizzy carbonation.
Taste is tart and citrusy, with lots of spices. Grapefruit, banana, white pepper, coriander, cloves, and cinnamon are all jumping around on the palate. An earthy yeastiness reminds you that this is unfiltered. Finish is crisp and clean.
I can't think of many ales that top this one in terms of drinkability. This would be an ideal session ale.

merlin48, Feb 26, 2004
Photo of Southernbrew
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

Very good head, nice cloudy appearance, definitely an appealing looking beer. Strong floral scent, with some fruit. I think I smell cinnamon apples as well as a definite banana scent. Nice mouthfeel, assertive but not overpowering. Definite fruit flavors, slight citrus flavors. Definitely a nice brew that I could drink several of.

Southernbrew, Feb 26, 2004
Photo of UnionMade
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%

The beer is a hazy lemonade color, that slightly yellowed, whitish opacity. Despite the absence of a lemon or any fruit garnish, no head forms at all. A bit of agitation generates a thin collar that dissipates slowly, leaving the beer naked again.
The aroma is a soft wheat malt, slightly yeasty, with mild coriander and sweet orange peel. A bit lemony, even though there's no lemon in it. Fairly standard fare for a white ale.
The flavor starts with what I can only guess to be pils malt. Slightly bready, with that distinct pils malt flavor, blended with wheat malt that contributes an airy sweetness. A bit or coriander spiciness comes through the middle, with a bit of peach and lemon fruitiness. The coriander continues into the finish, meeting sweet orange peel, blending into a mild, pleasant tanginess. A bit of sourish wheat malt adds some depth, finishing rather dry, with a powdery mouthfeel. Very little aftertaste, perhaps a faint coriander spiciness. Moderate, unassuming carbonation. Lightish body.
I guess this would be the standard for belgian witbier, and it honors that distinction by being a well made wit, not deviating from the style definition at all. Extremely easy drinking, without any bitterness that might turn away your average macro drinker. I'd recommend this to anyone looking to explore the world of beer. It makes a fine transitional brew that's different enough from typical adjunct lager, but not too challenging on the palate.

UnionMade, Feb 23, 2004
Photo of hollicetales
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%

this is a really nice white...it poured a lucid pale lemon yellow slightly hazy...ever so slightly...it had a thin white head and a definite nose full of clove corriander and more clove...think walking into an indian food market..that's the smell...and the flavor is like on the verge of citris that craves a lemon slice and follows with that wonderful clove and corriander with a twinge of wheat taste. This beer is odd to me...because i could both imagine drinking it at christmas with that spice but at the same time the drinkability and crispness of it...i could also see myself drinking it with lemon slices on a summer day on a beach in maine...versatile i suppose

hollicetales, Feb 20, 2004
Photo of jsolack
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%

Appearance:
Pale yellow, slightly green with moderate head

Smell:
Wheat, fruit and sweet barley. Very even smell.

Taste:
Pinapple, bannana and wheat are major tastes. Even smooth finish.

Mouthfeel:
Rich in carbonation... thick and rich feel in mouth.

Drinkability:
Nice and easy drink... finish is mild but long lasting.

jsolack, Feb 19, 2004
Photo of jeffboo
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%

This one pours a cloudy light golden color and topped with a nice white head. The aroma is the star, lots of nice corriander, orange, wheat and yeast. A light body greets you, followed by a spicy mixture of corriander, wheat, and clove , finishing with a big corriander kiss. It has a refreshing carbonation but could use a bit more body for me to really desire it more often.

jeffboo, Feb 17, 2004
Photo of Dukeofearl
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle. Pour: hazy pale yellow color with a slight white head. Carbonation keeps this head around a bit. Aroma: citrus (lemon/sour orange) with a strong herbal (coriander?) overtone. Not at all unpleasant, but it takes a bit to get used to. Actually, after the first surprise of the aroma, it is actually quite wonderful.

Flavor- The aroma follows through with a very nice, light mouthfeel, but with a series of grassy/herbal flavors. The citrus is much more subdued than I have had from on-tap Hoegaarden. The pucker of yeast is strong as well. Very nice all the way round!

Dukeofearl, Feb 17, 2004
Photo of alexgash
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%

Pours a beautiful hazy, waxy lemon yellow with a towering, fluffy white head. Smells of lemongrass, lemonhead candy, yeast, some banana ester, very nice. Taste is tangy wheat malt, with a citrus/banana character. Peppery with a hint of clove, and definite yeast. Wheat bitter finish that lasts awhile. A very good witbier, and I can't believe it took me this long to finally have this classic.

alexgash, Feb 14, 2004
Photo of ChimayMayDay
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%

This was the first Belgian beer I ever had. I was in O'Neal's on Second and South in Philadelphia. I had spent most of the night drinking Miller Lite and Yuengling Lager until a friend bought me a $5 glass of Hoegaarden. Nice glass. I got one off of ebay later on.

I first wondered why beer was cloudy. Next, I wondered why there was a slice of orange floating in it. How dare someone drop fruit in my beer. Keep that for the edge of your mixed-drink hurricane glasses. The initial taste was one of mostly citrus, and I haven't really tasted much else since then. I know there are other flavors but not as prevalent. A friend of mine drinks this instead of lemonade.

I remember the night being humid, so the taste was refreshing and light. I enjoyed the spicy scent as well. It's perfect for a hot, sunny day by the pool or for a sticky night in the city.

We all know what Wit brews are like, and Hoe is one of my favorites. One negative is that it can be watery from time to time, especially in the bottle.

Incidentally, I've tasted a concoction that mixes Hoegaarden with Lindemans Framboise. The name: A Dirty Ho. Not for me. A little too sweet.

ChimayMayDay, Feb 10, 2004
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Smells like a White beer, looks like it. Taste is some carbonation and some of that fruit. Also honey and citrus. Could be apple, grapefruit, even spearmint. Couldn't finish so it was good that it was popular with my mates. Would be refreshing summer ale. Had on-tap in March 2005 and was terrible, again in May 2005 and was marginal again.

Sammy, Feb 08, 2004
Photo of shirfan
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours a light citrus-looking cloudy white, just a shade darker than Squirt. Leaves much lace.

Typical yeast and clove on the nose.

Flavor starts a bit sweeter and more peppery than most wheat beers I've sampled; almost along the lines of a light belgian ale. However, the taste profile quickly changes to cloves and a fairly sour middle and finish. Fruity esters are minimal; sticks to spices. Fairly high carbonation overshadows a nice yeast and wheat body.

shirfan, Feb 07, 2004
Photo of babyhobbes
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%

Had this on-tap at Warren Tavern in Lakewood. It came with a nice white head on a cloudy, pale yellow brew. Smells spicy and a bit like alcohol. This tastes okay, spicy and somewhat bitter and sort of like bread, I swear. This is a drinkable brew but not my favorite.

babyhobbes, Feb 02, 2004
Photo of JamesBerry
2.93/5  rDev -22.7%

Even taking into account the natural pallor of white beers, Hoegaarden's appearance was disappointing. It was nearly impossible to pick up on any subtlety or nuance in its light-straw color through the thick wheat haze. This beer had a hoppy, clean smell with just a hint of hops and citrus. Bubbly and crisp, its mouthfeel overpowered the almost candy-like textures of the beer. Oddly, though, the aftertaste is much maltier than expected, with a fading bitterness. All in all, a fairly decent beer, though probably not worth the hype.

JamesBerry, Jan 28, 2004
Photo of BeefyMee
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%

I got this on tap at Delaney's and it seemed a bit watery. Towards the bottom of the glass, the beer barely had any color to it. I don't know what the deal was or if there is any way a beer can come out of the keg watery. Maybe there was water in the glass.

It still tastes like a Hoegaarden. A great spice kick and a nice, refreshing crispness. It is very drinkable, though I've never made a night out of Hoegaarden whites. Maybe that will be an idea for the summer.

BeefyMee, Jan 19, 2004
Photo of mschofield
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours an effervescent hazy yellow with a tall three finger bubbly white head. Left sticky bits and pieces of lace down the glass.
Lemon spiked wheat aroma, some apple, orange (maybe curaco orange).
Lemon again in the taste, on top of the wheat, and oranges. Spicy (pepper, coriander) and a bit of spearmint.
Very light and refeshing, zesty feel, a little sour. Good in the winter, would be even better in the summer.

mschofield, Jan 13, 2004
Photo of bark
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%

This is a pretty different beer…

When you get the over-sized tumbler glass (especially designed for Hoegaarden) it looks like you just got a glass of over carbonated, fresh squeezed apple juice: A cloudy white-yellow liquid with white, half-thick, long-lasting foam.

Then you smell the beer and discover a mix of sweet lemonade, apples, ladies perfume, paperhanger’s paste and soft soap.

The taste is enormously fresh and the carbon dioxide sparkles in your mouth like it is going to explode, but then it just fades away leaving lots of tastes to explore: Sour apples, bitter almonds, hints of leather and white bread.

The aftertaste is as complex and unexpected as the smell and taste: A taste of caraway and other spices used in dark bread is followed by a fresh and refreshing flavour of sour fruit-drops and almonds.

Not like any other beer that I have came across, not even other white beer comes close. A break when you don’t want to have just another beer, and my first choice when I want to be refreshed a hot summer night.

I think that all people with even a slight interested in beer should at least try a Hoegaarden once.

bark, Jan 10, 2004
Photo of TastyTaste
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%

One of my favorite styles. This beer was a very light yellow color that was very hazy, with a white head. The taste was very, very refreshing. An extreme orange flavor that was balanced well with the rest of this beer.

....And to think that I had been warned against sampling this one

TastyTaste, Jan 10, 2004
Photo of mwrseeley
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%

Brouwerij van Hoegaarden should be recognised for the role it has played in introducing many beer drinkers to a world far removed from the familiar confines inhabited by Miller, Molson or Fosters. Hoegaarden Original White Beer is not the pinnacle of greatness, of course, but it does stand as a doorway, or as an introduction, to more adventurous brews.

The unfiltered orangey paleness of the beer is quite attractive; an initially large head soon gives way to a persistant ring and there isn't a lot of lacing. Some people might find the appearance a little off-putting, say, like greasy dishwater, but I rather liked it.

Hoegaarden's aroma is a kind of peppery yeast mingled with citrus fruitiness. I would have preferred the aroma to be just a bit stronger.

The yeastiness comes through with the first taste. Cloves and bananas. If you enjoy Hefe-Wiessenbier you will know what I am talking about. The aftertaste is gentle and slighty dry. Very nice.

Hoegaarden is very soft and smooth on the palate; it couldn't get much better. The brewers got the carbonation level just right. Good job.

What a refreshing beer! This is something that goes down extremely easily and complements food better than most beers I have had.

mwrseeley, Dec 23, 2003
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%

Bottle - Hazy white brew with a nice white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of coriander is strong but pleasant. Body is medium and good have been a bit stronger. Very refreshing beer for those hot summer days. Wow, this is a good beer but I wouldn't have expected people to rate this one that high!

Phyl21ca, Dec 22, 2003
Photo of BierManVA
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%

I aquired quite a taste for this recently while traveling though London and Paris this last year. The quality remains the same either from the tap or cans or bottles.

A very refeshing light taste that reminds me a little of carbonated grapefruit juice. The appearance is quite similar to that as well. Fully effervescent and light. Quite fruity in both aroma and taste.

An excellent morning beverage or after a hot days activity.

John

BierManVA, Dec 21, 2003
Photo of koolk
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

Pale hazy yellow that looks like cloudy lemon juice.

Superb nose that is spicier that the bottled version. Cloves, cinnamon, wheat, peel and yeast all are present in large amounts. Very nice.

Good dry and tart palate that is long and creamy. Same flavours of peel, wheat and spice are apparent, again in large amounts.

Kegged version seems to have a bit more to it both on the palate and the nose. Good to see this popping up around town at non-belgium bars.

koolk, Dec 11, 2003
Photo of Charthepirate
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%

Pours a hazy white. One of the first white beers I have ever tried so it's appearence seems unnatural to me. Lots of head, very creamy leaving a nice lace.

Smell is sweet and wheaty. Touches of lemon.

Taste balances far too heavy towards the malts for me. All I taste is sweetness and a touch of wheat. Leaves my mouth feeling coated with yeast and sugar. Ick.

Mouthfeel is poor, too sticky sweet for my tastes.

Wheat beers aren't my favorite, but there are far better than this.

Charthepirate, Nov 25, 2003
Photo of Globetrotter
2.48/5  rDev -34.6%

Comes in a distinctive 33cl brown bottle with a bulge in the neck. The label is pretty plain - dare I say "low budget"? "Orange flavoring" and coriander are listed as ingredients. Best before 11/12/04, maybe I opened it a year too soon, on 11/7/03.

The appearance is gorgeous - cloudy yellow with a small white head that lacks contour but retains extremely well and leaves some lace. The nose is outstanding - fruity, tangy, wheaty. The mouth is light and prickly, as it should be. Some much for the nice things I have to say. The taste was, well, the diplomatic term would be "subdued". I struggled to find anything, and came up with wheat and citrus. There are no hops, no malt, no redeeming qualities. The taste of this bottle was surprisingly bland, even tasteless. I was hugely disappointed in what turns out to be the Corona of witbiers. No thanks.

Globetrotter, Nov 08, 2003
Photo of ToneControl
3.98/5  rDev +5%

This is a good beer, especially given that it's mass produced.
I assume it was better before it became a commodity, but I'll never know for sure now.

It's hazy, and there's no mistaking its wheaty characteristics. In trendy UK bars, it's a good choice from the tap or bottle. However, at home, it's not the best, it's just "good". I think this beer is better with food than alone. Certainly a good summer thirst quencher.

ToneControl, Nov 07, 2003
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
85 out of 100 based on 4,075 ratings.