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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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1,700 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,700
Hads: 4,816
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 24.74%
Wants: 135
Gots: 934 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden visit their website

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: purplehops on 07-08-2001

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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.

Absolutely worth revisiting.

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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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Photo of Brew_42
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is becoming my go-to beer in Korea. It is surprisingly easy to find and in stock at most bars.

Appearance- Hazy pale yellow with a thin white head

Smells- Yeast and spice

Tastes- Some pleasant fruit flavor with spicy notes. A little bit of citrus.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and smooth. Very refreshing

Overall- A decent beer especially in the summer.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with almost a white tent with a huge foamy head that leaves lacing down a weizen glass as it disperses.

Smell is great. I get the yeast that has a smell of spice probably the coriander.

Taste is not much different than the smell. I get that spice with some wheat notes.

Mouthfeel is pretty decent. Has a good carbonation that really pleases.

Overall, a really good beer. I really like wheat beers and I know this is the style that many macros have found some success in. It is nice to see how one of the originals taste after having cut my teeth on this style with the macros attempts at it.

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Photo of BastardKing24
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a partially coudy, light yellow color with a decent 2 finger white head that falls to lacing fast.

Smell is lemon, coriander, a certain spiciness, sourdough bread, and grains. rather pleasant, I have never poured this beer into a glass before, just drank from the bottle, so I never knew how pleasant this smelled.

Taste is a light citrus zest, white grapes, spices, and wheat, with a nice yeastiness.

Mouthfeel is nice and light with a crisp feel.

Overall a nice witbier, but kind of expensive.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DATE REVIEWED: May 22, 2014... GLASSWARE: Hoegaarden tumbler... OCCASION: freshman baseball--officially over, and marking the day with the official wit... APPEARANCE: pours a pale, golden yellow, unfiltered and misty with bubbles; white uneven head rings the glass; attractive... AROMA: profound yeast and lemon zest; a suggestion of citrus, but not enough to overpower... PALATE: bubbly, refreshing almost medium-bodied; a bit fizzy too; unlike most wits, it supplies a lingering aftertaste... TASTE: tart--banana! lemon is secondary, and some citric, slightly acidic elements in the aftertaste--this is what warm nights were made for...OVERALLL: I recall being really turned on to this beer in 2003, when traveling through Europe in record-breaking heat drove Shan and I toward sidewalk cafes and alcohol that refreshed; cutting through the sentiment, Hoegaarden does indeed refresh with enough character to be sought after among the myriad of summer ales....

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Photo of leantom
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Well, a nice Belgian wit on a sunny summer day. Here goes:

A: I like it. If you pour the beer in the manner indicated by the directions, you'll get a nice foamy head. Belgian witbiers are poured in a manner identical to German "hefe" (i.e., yeast) beers. You pour three-fourths of the bottle normally, swirl the last fourth to activate the yeast and stimulate CO2 production, then dump it in the glass to produce a nice head. Works for me.

S: OK. There's not that much going here, but that's to be expected given the zero hop characteristic and light malts (wheat and Vienna malts). Slight banana and orange-peel smells apparent.

T: Lovely. Perfect for a nice summer day. Light tastes: banana, orange, bready Belgian yeast, coriander, white pepper and light spices. Good protein content, too, given the yeasty presence.

M: Nice and bready, like all Belgian bottle-conditioned beers. Thick mouthfeel owing to the presence of Belgian yeast and excess proteins.

O: A great beer to have with lettuce, fish or other light meals. Good to have outside, too, especially on sunny days.

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Photo of jaredtp
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a decent beer. The taste is not that bad. It was an ok beer. I enjoyed it, but it was not my favorite beer that I have had. But I still would recomend it to frends and family. It just was not my favprite type of beer. I still would recommend it to friends that I drink with.

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Photo of PvtSnowball
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased from one of the local cigar lounges.

A: Cloudy, straw gold with decent head and retention.

S: Wheat, spice and citrus. Nice.

T: Same as the smell. Clean but complex.

M: Refreshing and smooth.

O: This is a very nice warm weather beer. Possibly my favorite wit.

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Photo of JLSIV
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-Cloudy pale yellow, but very consistent, one of the best heads, pours big, stays big, with a lot of lacing.

Smell-Clean yeast background, with a hint of wheat notes…your nose tells you this has a belgian nose

Taste-just the right hint of cloves, some say coriander, I am not sure if that is what I get, very light on the citrus, which is what I like…all three of these should be background notes…to let the grains and malt come through. I like this more and more each time I drink it.

Mouthfeel- smooth at the front, with a little alcohol hit at the back. Finishes crisp. Refreshing. Just a little bitter, like right at the start of ales transition from pilsner

Overall-A really nice beer, use a pint glass and really let the head out.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO as a single. Served at 6deg C in a tulip.

A- You can't help but pour with a massive head. Stays and stays forever. Cloudy and unfiltered.

S- WOW a lot of citrus and coriander

T- Exceptional for a white beer. Excellent carbonation. Light yet complex. Yeast on yeast which I like

M- Pretty good. Tart but a touch bitter. Excellent white beer

O- Have had this beer many times and enjoy it always. Won't pay the $50.00 for a 24pk of bottles but will buy when I see singles or if there is nothing better on tap. Draught is FANTASTIC which is why I try not to drink draught, the bottles taste way off compared.

Food Pairing

This wonderful white beer goes well with... spicy Thai food


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Photo of Grayson
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Drunk from a Weizen glass.

A: Pale, very bubbly, very cloudy. One finger of foam. White, small, sticks to glass light good head.

S: Sweet, fruity (citrus?) but with small earth notes.

T: I tasted citrus above all else, but found a small nutty finish, which took me by surprise.

M: Very light, thin. Coarse due to heavy carbonation.

O: Pretty impressed. Not too memorable but a go-to when offered.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased as part of a six pack from LCBO for $13.75 CDN.

Appearance - Pale weak yellow color, with a few orange hues. Exteremely hazy and a nice 2 finger head is poured, subsiding down to a half finger of foam before beginning a glacial descent from there into wispy strands of foam. Beer is semi-transparent in the narrowest regions of the glass.

Smell - Very bready aroma with some coriander and light orange citrus smell. Some of that Belgian funky yeast smell and overall rather on the sweet smelling side.

Taste - The Orange and coriander shine through here more and the funkiness from the yeast is not nearly as prevalent as it was in the nose. On the sweet side but not overpowering, it actually smells sweet than it tastes. No booze is perceptible either.

Mouthfeel - Medium to light bodied, with moderately low carbonation. Keeps the mouth fairly coated, but again because the beer is not too sweet it is not cloying. very refreshing on a hot summer's day or even a temperate spring one.

Overall - A fine beer that is a great initial foray into craft for newcomers to the scene since it is very consistent and accessible. A delicious wit that holds its own even now as the plethora of imitators grows endlessly.

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
86 out of 100 based on 1,700 ratings.