Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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BA SCORE
85
very good

4,667 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 4,667
Reviews: 1,749
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 120
Gots: 804 | 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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Ratings: 4,667 | Reviews: 1,749
Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Super silky smooth wit. A little more watery than I remember it but still substantial in flavors & aromas.

Photo of Ale_Dog
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So tasty, so entirely refreshing

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

I like the cloudy appearance, but it's a little bit like the Bulgarian wheat drink called : "boza"

Photo of archyquaffer
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a bit of a nostalgic beer for me. I first tried this a few years ago in, of all places, Colstrip, Montana- to my daughter- a synonym for the hottest driest place on earth (though it is far from that it IS sultry in the summer). Anyhow, this stuff was available at the local gas station of all places, and represented a welcome diversion from PBR, Busch and Coors...

A moderate pour into a schooner produces a short, but creamy-looking head overlying a hazy, pale straw with swirling carbonation. Beautiful stuff, really. A definite barnyard funk in the aroma, along with sweet and sour malt flavors, with hops in there somewhere...Crispy finish, velvety mouth feel of froth....lovely on a summer night or almost anytime....Spice characters show themselves, but do not overpower...no soap...no skunk...A little peppery spice, understated lemon and orange, and banana esters...How could you not like this? The texture is awesome with plenty of flavor to keep it interesting. Funky but not REAL funky.

A lovely beer, as far as I'm concerned, and one of those that opened my eyes to the possibilities of a wheat beer. Excellent stuff all around.

Photo of Beerma
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I am finding I don't like plain wheat jus flavored!

Photo of WillWillows
2.96/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Not a real fan of coriander or cilantro in my food. Same for beer. This has a good look and mouth feel but I couldn't drink it. I trust the brothers ratings and for most everyone this is probably a good beer. Sorry to say this.

Photo of iJul1609
4.49/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very refined beer, with pronounced spices aroma. Excellent in all occasions

Photo of JavieX
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The Taste is so much better than its cloudy appearance. Top of its class. So glad it is year round.

Photo of beerinabottle
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The classic Belgium white wheat beer.

Photo of jooler
1.71/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Tastes very sour, kind of like saint monon but lower quality

Photo of Jmc181
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crisp, flavorful and refreshing . Highly drinkable and perfect when thirsty.

Photo of arod7533
4.86/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of my favorite White Ale's. Cloudy look with a great taste. My only issue is that there is barely any head on the beer, which makes it look a little flat when poured.

Photo of Artisan-Korea
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tried the original whereas there is a locally made version which is a very good reproduction; but for same price as was when imported, I don't think so. When in Korea, you drink this because either there is no better option or you just don't know the taste of the real deal.

Photo of AuntBea
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good color and an easy pour with not a lot of foam. Overall, good taste but, it needs to be really cold for me to enjoy.

Photo of TylerTheTerrible
2.52/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Very powerful estery smell that overpowers the rest of the beer.

Photo of MaDeuce
2.32/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A week blue moon, orange zest flavor

Photo of Andrewziggy
1.73/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

mild sweetness with a wheat component that persists. the coriander and citrus flavours are less stronger than the aromas. low bitterness with a semi-sweet finish.not my thing

Photo of titvs
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 16A). Bottle 33 cl - Batch 02222:1319 AROMA: orange and citrusy aromas mixed with coriander. mdoerate sweet wheat background. hop aromas not discernible. APPEARANCE: pale straw color and hazy. average moussy white head with below average retention. TASTE: mild sweetness with a wheat component that persists. the coriander and citrus flavours are less stronger than the aromas. low bitterness with a semi-sweet finish. PALATE: medium-low body with average carbonation. OVERALL: the traditional wit with more subtle flavours than the aromas.

Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass at approximately 45 degrees F.

A: Pours a pale straw, and is amazingly cloudy, to the point that I can scarcely see the shadow of my fingers on the opposite side of the glass. Formed an immense head of white foam, that quickly fell away to a ring and several patchy islands of cap. No lacing to speak of, alas.

S: Fruit and wheat spring out of the glass at first whiff, laden with nigh hefeweizen levels of banana and coriander spice. There's a tang of citrus underlying the primary aromas, and an overall sweetness that beckons to my hop-averse palate.

T: The flavor profile has a definite core of sweet wheat, around which the fruit and spice notes are wrapped. Citrus notes abound through the beer, ranging from orange to mandarin and clementine, and the spice tones include coriander and just a hint of clove. Tinges of white pepper waft through the background, and a faint whisper of banana skulks about the shadows of the ester flavors.

M: Rather thin and watery, moreso than expected for the level of cloudiness in the glass. While I'd expect most any wheat beer to be light-bodied, this beer lends itself to a quick flash of flavor across the palate, and then a lingering watery aftertime.

O: For a witbier available at my local grocery store for a reasonable price, this is quite tasty. A little more strength in the body, and I'd call it a regular.

Photo of SmashPants
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: a standard 330mL brown bottle with a stylish macro label.

Appearance: pours out a strong cloudy yellow with a half-inch of white head that drops to a thin cap. Plenty of lacing down the side of the glass.

Aroma: some citrus and spices accompanying Belgian yeast and light wheat.

Taste: pretty much follows the nose - a decent macro-orientated Belgian witbier. Citrus and wheat take the fore here.

Aftertaste: the wheat and yeast last the distance beyond the citrus and spice.

Mouth feel: lighter to moderate in feel with a moderate carbonation. A touch dry on the finish.

Overall: a decent and very drinkable Belgian macro witbier. A reasonable price at AU$58 a case of 24 x 330mL also. I'll definitely have it as funds permit.

Photo of mpisani099
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

The best Belgian white I've tasted.

Photo of Mlkluther
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Good when choices are limited.

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance: A cloudy, heavily tinted, yellow-gold with a one-finger white head, leaving some lacing on the edge of the glass.

Aroma: A strong wheat/citrus smell with just a bare hint of cloves on the back end.

Taste: Definitely a wheat beer with strong citrus tones and a nice, solid, yeasty crisp aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and even sultry, with a little carbonation on the tongue. Medium body.

Overall: I felt compelled to try this after a reviewer on this site claimed that once you've had one, you never go back. well, that might be overstating the case, but this beer is not bad. I really like Franziskaner, and therefore I think I admire the yeastiness of this one too. I am not sorry I bought it. I'll probably get it again: a good addition to the growing fridge collection.

Photo of tony12hd
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Good beer nothing special

Photo of seedyone
4/5  rDev +5.8%

02/24/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. This is a solid, consistent brew that I use to build on, a la "The Dirty Hoe" (w/ a splash of Framboise) or as a session filler. If I'm drinking too much too fast I'll call for a Hoe, dirty or otherwise.

Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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