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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

Hoegaarden Original White AleHoegaarden Original White Ale

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very good

3,580 Ratings

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Ratings: 3580
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 MickeyBeer


3.24/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Pours a cloudy whitish yellow color with about one and a half fingers of frothy white head.

S- Smell is sweet and primarily of wheat and citrus.

T- Taste is wheaty and citrusy. More of a sweet citrus flavor like that of an orange. No real hop presence.

M- Light mouthfeel that is frothy and medium in carbonation. Leaves almost no aftertaste.

O- A tasty witbier that is smooth and refreshing. I enjoy having this beer in warm summer weather, but it's lack of complexity does not leave me craving more. I will certainly have it again, but not one of my go-to beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 22:36:24 | More by MickeyBeer
Photo of BeerDocT


3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into ye old chilled tulip.

Appearance 4.0: Pours out a hazy, opaque, whitish yellow. Large head (1/2") quickly fizzed down to pleasing foaminess on top.

Smell 3.75: Very nice bouquet. Yeasty, light with honey undertones and also some pleasing malt.

-Taste 3.5: Front is very slightly sweet with a middle that is washed out but strangely refreshing. Finish is juicy and refreshing, but almost has no real taste. Strange, but good.

-Mouthfeel 3.5: Complementary carbonation to the style and the taste.

-Overall 3.5: Good witbier. Nothing fantastic, but absolutely nothing wrong. This is a classic, and rightly so, but there are bigger and better wits and wheats out there to be had. Watch the price, though. A friend of mine picked up a six-pack of these at Publix and paid almost $10 for them, which is insane; you could buy a "brew your own" kit for wheats for $25 and make 50 or so beers that would taste as good as this Hoe.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 05:22:31 | More by BeerDocT
Photo of tviz33

New York

3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 330 mL bottle in to weizen glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy, pale yellow body with nearly three fingers worth of fluffy white head.

S- Orange and lemon mostly, with a good bit a spice. I'm drooling.

T- Taste is mostly orange amongst other citrus flavors, as well wheat with a faint spiciness.

M- Very light and crisp. Plenty of carbonation.

O- This is extremely clean and refreshing. I wish I was drinking this on a hot summer day, but I could drink this anytime for some refreshment.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 02:32:33 | More by tviz33
Photo of Dodt


3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

01-07-2013 00:32:16 | More by Dodt
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a bright and pale, hazy yellow color with a foamy medium white head that reduces to a thin layer floating on top, with some short-lasting lace

S- crisp wheat with coriander and tart lemon. Some pepper and pear, a bit of skunk.

T- slightly tart citrus fruits with a hint if coriander and clove, mid palate provides a wheat crispness which is slightly peppery. Finish is bone dry with a fruit and citrus linger.

M- light bodied, medium carbonation, thick and chewy mouthfeel with a foamy-yet-dry finish, high drinkability

O- this one is highly drinkable and well balanced, would make a great summer time option. Mouthfeel was almost perfect.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 22:46:13 | More by Treyliff
Photo of Mxslms

3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a bottle poured into a glass. Good appearance. A murky yellow color. Thick white head that lasted the entire drinking time. The smell is decent with a strong lemon and mild touch of banana. Mild carbonation with a smooth feel. Tastes like it smells. I agree with others that this would be a good ale to drop an orange slice in and drink on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 22:16:27 | More by Mxslms
Photo of bnes09


3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Whitish orange color and semi-hazy. White head with good retention. Visible bubbles.

Fresh floral and citric aroma. Wheat and yeast character.

Malt flavor of fresh baked wheat bread with live yeast. Orange and coriander spice compliments the citric hop character. HInt of honey sweetness.

Light bodied and highly carbonated. Weak yeast and wheat texture. Light bodied for the style but refreshing, nonetheless.

Descent witbier. Easy drinking and good flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 17:20:51 | More by bnes09
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3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap.

This beer is a cloudy, yellow/light gold colour, with a very white head. The smell is very sweet and fruity, with a hint of malt. The taste is similar to the smell... sweet, fruity, light and not too carbonated. Very nice drink-ability, especially with a meal.

Would I buy it again? Yes.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2012 04:22:57 | More by NilocRellim
Photo of IPA35


3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 33cl can from a sampler box. Poured in a chalice (I know, I know).
Drinking this fridge cold.

A pale yellowish, hazy beer with a white head. Bad retention (because of the glass).

Smells like a wheatbeer that is for certain. Less intense than a German hefeweizen though. Still, wheat, some citrus and a tiny hint of spices.

Tastes pleasant. A nice fruity, hoppy flavour with a nice light grainy malt (wheat) profile.
Not a flavourbomb of course but that's not the purpose of this beer.

Nicely carbonated and it has a thin to medium mouthfeel.

This is a true summer's beer. At the moment it is not summer but it is nice regardless. Would love to have this ice cold on a terrace outside when it is really hot though.

Serving type: can

12-15-2012 19:43:45 | More by IPA35
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3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy greenish-yellow, 2 finger head that dissipates quickly

S: strong lemon, metallic, can tell its a wheat beer, but not overwhelming

T: great crisp taste, lemon, bannana, grassy, taste like it smells - would taste good with an orange slice

M: decent balance, finishes dry, high carbonation (though i could use more), light, sessionable, would be a good summer beer

O: decent, but nothing to seek out, for the style I'd much prefer Ayinger's wheat beers

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 23:53:34 | More by Dusty6467
Photo of BrownAleMale


2.58/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a Kasteel chalice glass

Appearance- The color is a hazy straw yellow with very little white head that dissipates almost completely.

Smell- A distinct European malt with a lemon hop also shining through.

Taste- Lots of grassy malt flavor with a quick appearance by some citrus hop.

Mouthfeel- Definitly on the watery side.

Overall- This ia a beer that definitly needs the help of some citrus fruit.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 22:02:08 | More by BrownAleMale
Photo of Liquoric3


3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light golden colour with a one finger white head, which disappears very fast. Medium carbonation.

Smell is citrus, lemon, coriander, wheat malt and some spiciness.

Taste is wheat and coriander and the finish is pretty spicey and dry. Body is on the lighter side of medium. Drinkability is quite high, although compared to german Hefeweizen the tastes are more rough in this one, but still a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 21:30:37 | More by Liquoric3
Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness

United Kingdom (England)

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

A: Pale cloudy yellow colour with a frothy white head.

S: Wheat, lemon, some breadiness.

T: Lots of lemon and clove, some pepper and coriander - slightly tart.

M: Thin-bodied, but very refreshing thanks to the active carbonation.

I always enjoy this, though it's slightly reminiscent of drinking lemonade - simple and pleasing, but nothing outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 23:20:44 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
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3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw color, nearly clear with a haze and murkiness that makes it slightly opaque. Wispy white head forms and quickly dissipates into nothing but a small ring around the edge of the beer. Smell hits first with apple skins, wheat, peppery notes, VERY slight kitchen spices (oregano?), pears, lemons, and some earthy notes. The taste follows through with a heavy clove and banana taste which surprisingly went nearly undetected on the nose. The pepper is noticeable all the way through, and it finishes with some apple skins, lemon zest, and wheat. A bit watery and very light on the body. Lots of carbonation, with a refreshing, crisp finish.

Decent witbier, refreshing and easy on the palate, this is something that would be very sessionable. Surprising complexity on the nose with a nice finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 01:43:00 | More by tectactoe
Photo of gabedivision

New York

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle

A- hazy straw yellow with a 2 finger frothy white head

S- Nice fruity esters, banana, oranges, faint clove, some spice mixed around with some grain found all throughout.

T- Fruit again on the tongue, banana, lemon, spice, grain.

M- Light bodied, thin, high carbonation, dry finish

O- available pretty much everywhere, good light easy drinking beer. how can you go wrong.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 01:32:14 | More by gabedivision
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a cloudy light yellow pour, half inch of head.
smells like your typical wheat beer - coriander, orange peel, bready yeast tones.
tastes just like it smells with a slight hint of sourness. nothing really special about this one.

light body, high carbonation makes this very refreshing.

it's hard to honestly be impressed by a beer that's taken me so long to actually try. my brother in law left half a 12pk here, so i figured why not! not very unique, and not that different from most witbiers.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 19:16:09 | More by facundoCNB
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3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden color out of the bottle. Good head for a wheat beer.

Subtle smell, but very sweet and citrusy with a hint of spice.

Like the smell, the taste is extremely sweet. Lemon, wheat, very smooth. Finishes with a tiny hint of spice. Very traditional Belgian.

Very good beer, exactly what it is supposed to be as a Belgian wheat. Highly recommend as an easy drinking, lighter beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 19:25:59 | More by leprechaunandfatman
Photo of Willytee3

New York

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw golden color with a big 2 finger white foam head, great lacing.

Smells of wheat and spice, clove coriander with slight banana, clean.

Tastes of spicey wheat with coriander, slighty metalic on the palet with nice bannana finish. tiny bitter lemon.

Mouth feel full of frothy bubbles.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 04:11:54 | More by Willytee3
Photo of Jetulio


3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle poured into a Tumbler glass
App/ hazy golden colour with a white head (2 fingers)
S/ barley and a little bit of grass and spices, but not too strong
T/ malty taste with lemon, very refreshing
P/ medium/high body with medium carbonation. Aftertaste is not too much long but you have a nice refreshing feeling in mouth.
O/ well balanced, the touch of lemon adds personality. Classic.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 20:12:57 | More by Jetulio
Photo of UKBeerDrinker

1.5/5  rDev -60.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

looks like a wheat beer cloudy, straw coloured but tasted sickly sweet. no bitterness just nasty there's light refreshing beers and there's nasty beers this one was nasty.

I know I didn't give it a full review but this is one of the only beers out of hundreds I didn't like.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 19:07:09 | More by UKBeerDrinker
Photo of Joelj09

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of bottle into a wheat beer glass with a very frothy head containing very small bubbles.

Appearance-very light color as expected for a Belgian Wheat, but i was hoping for something with a little more color.

Smell-traditional wheat type smell, had a slightly sweeter smell than one would expect for a beer but overall satisfying.

Taste-a nice crisp wheat taste to begin with a very smooth middle that was quite satisfying, you get a small, light bit of orange and malt on the end into a very subtle aftertaste.

mouthfeel-tasted a little flat on the carbonation (probably due to the fact that that it was not a chilled glass) overall very full giving off the different types of flavors as it moves through the mouth and throat.

overall-very nice beer, extremely satisfied considering the price (paid about $8.50 for a six-pack)

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 05:31:07 | More by Joelj09
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4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a sample glass.

Appearance: Clear Yellow color with about a finger of white head and a little lacing on the glass.

Smell: Wheat and citrus notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Light bodied and smooth, well balanced. Taste of citrus, wheat, and maybe some banana. Flavor was good but not overwhelming.

Overall: Very enjoyable beer. I have had it several times before and never really paid much attention to it until now. For a mainstream import, its pretty good. I will have this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 19:08:40 | More by Cavanaghty
Photo of mscudder


3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer a few times, most recently was well over a year ago. Poured into a pint.

A - A highly transparent, almost water infused urine hue. A finger sized fluffy white head sits on top. Some fair lacing.

S - Coriander is packing a punch with one. Citrus is also in attendance with some nice sweet malts to back it up.

T - Follows the nose with equal balance, too much so such that no flavor really grabs your attention. More spice than I anticipated which adds some nice character.

M - Light bodied, highly drinkable, yet the carbonation is high for my liking.

O - For the style, it does the things it must do for a witbier. Nothing stands out to make this beer exemplary, although drinking a few would rarely be a hindrance.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 05:08:50 | More by mscudder
Photo of DannyHartman

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite Weissbiers.... Unlike most wheat beers, this has a lighter (white) color to it.... Instead of citrusy notes, this beer has more of a berry note to it.... I've enjoyed it out of the bottle and even more so from the tap.... Even after having many beers overseas, this still remains amongst the top wheat beers in the world.... At least, from what I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 18:00:53 | More by DannyHartman
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3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 30/06/13

Pours a hazy light golden yellow color with a white head.

Wasn’t expecting all the lemon, but it’s definitely there along with wheat and some spices. There is a little banana hanging in there as well.

Lemon and orange citrusyness along with wheat, spice, and a sour note. It’s got a malty sweetness to it but still ends with a slight bitter kick.

Lighter bodied refreshing and well carbonated.

A good beer for the summer rotation.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 06:25:46 | More by MattSweatshirt
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