Hoegaarden Original White Ale | Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
Belgium | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by purplehops on 07-08-2001

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of seedyone
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

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Photo of DiUr
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Silky white yellow colour with hints of orange and head of two fingers which dissipates fast. The smell is classic of the style with Belgian yeast, coriander and lemon zest on top, plus some spices and skunk on the background. There is some sweetness in the taste with orange juice, coriander, pepper and yeast on top. The mouthfeel is smooth and a bit sirupy, but the sweetness is balanced as it dries up because of the yeast and citric flavours, which add a kind of sharpness.

An ok beer that i would have again if nothing better available. It made a good thirst quencher in Singapore back in the days, when it was this or Tiger beer. Tasty and has some character, but still not near as exciting as Blanche de Namur or Blanche de Bruxelles, which remain on top of the style in my opinion.

Edit; I had a couple of pints on tap at the Brussel airport which were phenomenal in its freshness and flavour. Changed the rating and take a bow.

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Photo of eskilgh
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

A - Color is of pale yellow straw. Hazy. Pours a nice frothy head.

T - Bananas up front, a long with spices, and a weak hint of raisins. A bit of bubblegum. Some malt notes of white loaf in the background. Orange is subtle and melds nicely in with the other aromas.

S - The fruitiness is pronounced, and just not too dominating. Taking some air with a sip the coriander comes through more. Finish is dry, which balances nicely up against the sweetness of the fruity esters.

M - Light body, with a smooth creaminess. Medium high carbonation. Suits the beer well.

O - A nice wit. I like the use of coriander and orange peel, which is perfectly blended into the rest of the beer. For me the banana and bubblegum are just slightly too pronounced, nevertheless an awesome beer.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

By far the best Belgian White I've had. Not only could you distinctly smell the coriander and orange peel, but it mixed well with the wheat and barely unlike any other. Mouthfeel was smooth and crisp and it had a great citrusy taste that I found very appealing.

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Photo of Dougology
3/5  rDev -21.9%

A little too much spices for me, but better than OB or Cass when in Korea. I know this is not from Korea, but a lot of bars have Hoegaarden for some reason.

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Photo of Stibbs11
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

I have had this beer extensively along with other premium beers from the old country.

I give this beer a 4.5 for its overall good taste, creamy effect and reasonable head with does dissipate so I can get to the beer.

Cheers, Prot and happy Oktoberfest to all.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

Hoegaarden does some good Belgian beers for a large-scale brewery, and this is the most common one you'll find in bars and restaurants. It's a witbier, and it's pretty middle of the road for its kind, though certainly many have tried to copy it over the years because of its success. I think some of the local craft brews in the US have improved upon the original though.

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Photo of denisconrado
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

It was just to know something so celebrated... I liked the taste of cloves that was in his mouth, but I prefer other... appreciated with tilapia fillets!

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%

The aroma gives off a good deal of clove, sour yeastiness, vanilla, and a spicy, peppery quality that makes tomato soup come to mind. The head is large, white, and frothy; the body is turbid and straw colored. Much like the aroma, the flavor has a sour yeasty quality, clove, and vanilla, along with that garden vegetable spiciness. Mouthfeel is crisp and dry with a medium-light body and restrained carbonation.

The vanilla and clove qualities make it taste a bit like a crisp, dry hefeweizen. The spicy, peppery qualities are thankfully mild, making this one pretty balanced and refreshing.

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Photo of ronbro55
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Beer typical of Belgium weizen bier. Slight fruity, banana taste but not overwhelming. Great head and smooth taste served with a wedge of lemon (not orange) in a true tall Weizen bier glass.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%

12oz bottle, best by 4/20/2015. Consumed 8/31/2014.

A- Hazy straw yellow body. Cloudy with a big fluffy head with good retention time and bunches of lacing. [3.75]

S- Coriander, wheat, slight tartness and yeast. Nothing too complicated but better than your run of the mill wheat beer. [3.25]

F- Clean, crisp wheat, coriander, lemon, other spices, Belgian yeast. Very easy to drink. Different flavour profile than most other beers I've had lately, which is nice. [3.75]

M- On the thinner side but seems about right. Flavourful, well carbonated with a slight fruity yeast aftertaste. Easy to drink. [3.5]

O- Solid witbier, probably the best mass-marketed one out there. It drinks well, no off-flavours and is executed solidly with the extra spices. Works well for me. [3.75]

Final score: 3.625

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Photo of kevofficiel
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I saw a lots of good review about that beer so why not give it a try.

Very nice color. lots of carbonation a very nice look to it.

The smell is like banana or orange but I will say more like banana a little bit of citrus behind.

Very nice easy drinking definitely lots of carbonation.
U can feel the orange and the citrus behind after u taste it. Not bad at all.
If u are in North America is an alternative to all that Budweiser Molson or Coors Light if u are whiling to spend some extra money.

So overall would I recommend it ? I definitely recommend for Summer or Autumn.
Give it a try if u haven t tried it. U won t be disappointed.

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Photo of myelo
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured from a bottle, hazy light yellow with fluffy white head and good lacing. Streams of tiny bubbles.

Aroma is banana, spicy cloves and citrus. Honey. Minimal hop aroma.

Taste is cloves, orange and coriander with clean, sweet malt backbone low hops and bitterness and clean, relatively dry finish.

Creamy mouthfeel with high carbonation and light body.

Overall a well-balanced, refreshing wheat beer. Prominent but well-balanced fruit and spices.

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Photo of mnredsoxfan69
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Pale, hazy yellow liquid in my wiezen glass, with an enormous, white, rocky head that takes forever to settle down to where I can actually drink it. Faint scents of coriander and clove fill my nose with similar flavors on my tongue accompanied by just the barest hint of banana bread. A little bit of orange peel makes itself known on the back of my tongue. Creamy, medium bodied. Not bad for the style, but there's much better out there.

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Photo of Markiboy
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Had in a 75cl bottle (on numerous occasions recently):

It's easy to look for ways to mark this beer down because you kind of want to because it's so well known and common but, being totally fair and honest, it is an excellent wheat beer. The head is fluffy white, the colour is exactly what you would like to see in a wheat beer - cloudy and golden with streams of bubbles - and the smell and taste is smooth, inviting and rewarding. I imagine I could sit and drink this one after another until I fell over and enjoy every minute of it. It's a really delicious and enjoyable beer that's accessible for almost everyone. It's both an easy entry beer and a beer you'll want to return to.

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Photo of TastefulNudity
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

I wanted to dislike this beer because it wasn't "craft,"

But honestly, it's solid. Sweetest banana/clove/bubblegum scent I've had from a wit. Light, rounded, yeasty taste with good carbonation. Have it at least once.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.87/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the glorious king of Witbiers. It is the beer that turned me onto the style and made it my absolute favorite. I will start this review off by saying if you have not tried Hoegaarden, make it a point to buy some as soon as possible.

Appearance (5) : A tall pillar of foamy and creamy head that stays with the beer as you drink it. It's about four fingers tall and when it eventually recedes it leaves nice webbing and rings around the glass. The body is pineapple colored with a 30% opacity leaving bubbles lining the glass with sediment settling at the bottom.

Smell (4.75) : Sweet orange slice and orange spice, harvest wheat, coriander, morning dew. A ton of character and very pleasing to the olfactory.

Taste (4.75) : As I said, this is the king of Witbiers. It has a creaminess and fullness that rivals porters, yet drinks like pineapple juice. The taste is of harvest wheat, fresh orange slice, herbs, and various citrus elements (lemon, lime, tangerine). Creamy and simple with no bitterness.

Mouthfeel (4.5) : A floating, creamy mouthfeel with a medium to full bodied texture. It's truly luxurious. Mildly carbonated which keeps everything balanced.

Overall (4.73) : Hoegaarden is one of those simple pleasures in life that cannot fully be explained in words. It's a Belgian beer and man do I love those Belgians. If you want to study a course in Belgian witbiers, start here - it's the beginning and the end of the journey.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into pint glass, best before 8/11/2014. Pours hazy golden straw color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, orange peel, light banana, coriander, clove, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spice, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, orange peel, light banana, coriander, clove, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, pear, orange peel, light banana, coriander, clove, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spice, and pale malt notes; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish as expected of 4.9%, Overall this is a damn nice witbier. All around well balanced and robust flavors of fruity/earthy yeast, spice, and pale malt; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best by April 2015. Tasted 10 June 2014.

Pours cloudy pale wheat yellow. Two plus fingers of white head, good retention and nice lacing. Outstanding.

Smell is faint. Wheaty, a touch yeasty, a touch of that characteristic wit soft spice.

Taste is blah. It's generally a subtle style, but this one is lacking in taste. Just not much there. Slightly sweet, deserty, then tilts mildly spicy and a touch bitter. Meh.

Feel is decent. Light, fluffy, with prickly carbonation.

I really like witbiers, and I especially like ones with subtle variety of flavor. What's present here is nice, but there's not enough of it. Needs more potency or more complexity. But it's rather refreshing as is.

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Photo of bgillespie
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Straw yellow, very cloudy. Thick white head.

Smell: Wheat, some lemon, maybe some banana.

Taste: Sweet, but lemony. Taste exactly what a wheat beer should be.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, good carbonation.

Overall: I like this beer overall. I am a fan of wheat beers and this hits the spot. Sweet with some lemon.

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Photo of JLaw55
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one of, if not the, best witbiers out there. When I think of the style, this is one that pops into my mind first. It is light and refreshing, with slight citrus notes. Exceptional stuff.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of AyeMito
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Its light, fizzy, fluffy, creamy and I love it! The first time I ever had this beer I fell in love with it and ever since then I compare most wheat beers I try to it. It pours light and cloudy with a soft gold color and has a very thick foamy head. Tastes very smooth and thin, yet it has a rich citrus and vanilla finish which rounds the beer off wonderfully. I'd recommend this one to anyone who wants to try Belgium beers!

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Photo of curasowa
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy, yellow color with two fingers of creamy white head that fade with a uniform curtain of lace.

Aroma: Wheat malt, yeast, clove, hints of banana and lemon

Taste: Crisp, wheat malt up front with a good amount of carbonation that pops in your mouth. Towards the finish some spiciness and banana oil builds, but still a lot of carbonation prickling the tongue. Finish has a slightly lingering banana and orange rind taste.

The Rest: A solid white ale; a good definition of the style.

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Photo of alphagnome
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy, pale yellow body with a small, white head. Retention leaves a lot to be desired. Light carbonation.

Bright coriander and black pepper over a musty, wheat backbone. Yeast is noticeable. For the simplicity of it, it's very pleasant.

Pretty simple affair here, like the aroma. Sweet wheat right up with a hint of citrus hops. Plenty of coriander. Pepper on the finish.

Light and refreshing. Decent carbonation. Clean, slightly sweet finish.

For the style, it's a worthy contender. Easy to drink and enough flavor to please, this is a solid summer beer.

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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