Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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Reviews: 1,682
Hads: 4,698
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 123
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Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: purplehops on 07-08-2001

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Photo of dacrza1
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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.... (961 characters)

Photo of leantom
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (1,081 characters)

Photo of jaredtp
3.12/5  rDev -19.4%
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. (287 characters)

Photo of PvtSnowball
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (274 characters)

Photo of JLSIV
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (756 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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

Enjoy (716 characters)

Photo of Grayson
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (401 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (1,271 characters)

Photo of serghi12
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

It's one of the hell out beer! It's taste is awesome, you'll never taste a beer like this, is tasty orange citric feel and his beautiful green color it only make it better. Better consumes very cool, or draft, in bottle it might be a little fuzzy cause the gas, it's a tradicionaly wite beer, go for yourself (308 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried this on tap in Belgium. Consistent with what we get in the USA. But I'm wanting more. I'm not going to ding this beer review because it's common. This beer is reliable.

A; As a wit beer should, big pillow, lasting, lacing head, translucent, sunny, straw body.
S: Offers up the witbier essentials. Sweet, small orange zest, spicy coriander and tangy Wheat. Big Cream of Wheat.
T: It's all there, following that reliable aroma. Between smell and taste, I give smell the edge.. Tame, with orange peel being the long note on top of creamy wheat seasoned with pepper and coriander. Balanced.
MF: too thin, well carbonated, feels a bit mass produced. Not memorable like better belgians.
Overall: Steady eddie. Peppery, spicey in the finish. (746 characters)

Photo of slt
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A little better than okay, for the light wheat beers. Strong taste of cloves, light cloudy white in appearance. A little bite when going down, another attribute. In the family of Belgian beers, my favorite so far is Stella. This one rates a close second. (254 characters)

Photo of MSUEmilie
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

This is a very light straw colored ale that has a slight haze to it. When poured there is a very fluffy one and a half finger head with very nice lacing.

The smell is a very light coriander lemon combination with a bit of sweet orange

The taste is a very crisp wheat flavor. I've heard some say they think it has a banana flavor to it but I believe there is a more citrus flavor to this beer.

This light thin beer is very drinkable but has a very high level of carbonation that make you sip it.

I've had this in bottles and on tap and would highly recommend it. (566 characters)

Photo of shacawgo24
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy straw colored body. Bit brighter, pale gold in light. Creamy two finger head. Spotty lacing.

S-Grains of wheat. Yeasty. Faint banana. Faint soap. Orange. Pear. Cider. Garden herbs: Basil, oregano.

T-Fresh squeezed orange. Wheat. Straw. Dark breads. Other unknown grains. Herbal.

M-Medium body. Medium carbonation. Love the herbal cool-spiciness of coriander. Sip starts slightly sweet & tart, continues with a smooth wheat-grain middle and ends with a bitter cinnamon/clove like drying, (most likely the yeast). Nice examples of sweet and bitter in the feels. Well rounded.

O-Classic witbier. Memorable. While not the pinnacle witbier, it does justice and delivers on all categories of what makes a beer good. Refreshing without compromising on flavor. (765 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass at Estelle's.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger head that reduced to a thin puffy layer. It is a slightly hazy golden straw yellow with vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Bready, vanilla, yeasty, spices, and orange.

Taste: Nice bready wheat, vanilla, coriander, yeasty, and orange peel.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, chewy, refreshing, a little bready tart, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty nice witbier that I have enjoyed a bunch over the years. Delicious and tasty stuff. (604 characters)

Photo of Mises85
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap albeit probably not served in the right glass.

Appearance: hefe like look. Light and hazy

Smell: very effervescent, lemony, grains of paradise, orange, spice.

Taste: seltzer, lemony, cracker finish. Quite refreshing and smooth.

Probably one of the better witbier's I have had although I need to try more. (324 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hoegaarden Original White Ale brewed Brouwerij van Hoegaarden. This brew pours out a cloudy amber color with a small white head. The smell is ok nothing bad. You can smell the citrus in this beer. The taste is nice and crisp with some citrus. This brew goes down smooth. There is nothing bad about this brew. I would get this brew again. Over all, I'm giving this brew a 3.75 out 5. (382 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy and the color of light straw. When held to the light in the room it's a lemony yellow. head is fat white and lasts. Nose was mild. Lemon a bit of pepper and some wheat like a light cracker. Taste follows the nose all the way. Lemon on light cracker with a bit of tartness on the back end. Watery and thin body. It finishes very dry and leaves a light sweetness in the aftertaste. Refreshing and very mild. (418 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm not one who usually goes for lighter beers but I really enjoyed this one. A simple style that was elegantly executed. It pours a light but hazy yellow with a nice white head. The smell is full of citrus and Belgian wheat. The taste is light with a bunch of citrus flavors like lemon, orange peel, and a hint of banana that add to the wheat flavor and give it a nice crisp finish. The mouthfeel is the only problem for me as it was a little too light for the winter but I can see this being a staple of the summer. Very much enjoyed and would definitely recommend to any blue moon fans looking to step it up. (611 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a hazy lemon with a 2 finger white head. Solid retention and outstanding lacing. The true look of a Wit.

S- Clove, coriander, orange peel and lemon zest.

T- Probably not best suited for the time of year when there is 6 inches on the ground, but still solid none the less. Doesn't bombard you with coriander, but rather a more fruit forward wit. Orange and lemon. Very smooth.

M- easy drinking, clean start, slightly creamy.

O- Nothing really blows me away, but an example that is true to the style. (513 characters)

Photo of Godfather50
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- vey light straw with a two finger pale head
S- feint yeast smell with aniseed note
T- very distinctive toothpaste, dental mouthwash, aniseed but pleasant with wheats depth. Stayed interesting throughout.
F - well but not overly carbonated
O - a great tasting wheat beer that I will revisit. (293 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled tonight on 1/28/15. Comes in a 330ml (11.2 oz.) bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a "Hoegaarden' .5L French Jelly glass.

Pours a hazy golden 'lemon' in color with a about a 3-finger white foamy head that stays around for a while before settling down to about 4-5mm. Some sediment is seen in the bottom of the bottle after the pour. A decent amount of lacing is seen with each sip. The aroma is of wheat, grains, lemon with orange peel and spice. The taste is about the same with the mix of orange and lemon zest coming through first with some spice for the finish. Semi-sweet also. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation. Actually not a bad 'white ale' that doesn't have a harsh or bitter aftertaste unlike some. (757 characters)

Photo of eastpt
4.79/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

By far, my favorite beer. I keep it on tap at home and enjoy it year round. A perfect summer wit bier that still refreshes in the cold winter months. I have had the pleasure of visiting the brewery in Hoegaarden, Belgium twice. If only I could get the american bartenders to pronounce the name correctly. They insisit on Hoe instead of Hoo. Nevertheless, this Belgian wheat has set the standard for all the american rip-offs like Blue Moon. (440 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden lemon with a huge frothy ivory head that leaves sheets of lacing as it slowly dissipates.

Hints of skunk are evident when the bottle opens. Soft coriander, wheat, lemon, and orange peel dominate the aroma. There's a grainy sweetness accompanying subtle floral hops.

Lemon, tangerine, wheat, and coriander open the flavor profile, becoming bready mid palate, and finishing with a hint of pepper. Orange zest and banana esters add complexity in the aftertaste.

Body is fairly full and creamy, with carbonation a touch low.

Great yeast esters, with more malt body than I recall. Not my favorite style, and the skunky notes are slightly offputting. Finished a little weak, but a good, classic beer. (718 characters)

Photo of Givemebeer
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Light golden, hazy, luxurious white head

S: orange, lemon, pepper

T: Starts off with a mix of orange and tart lemon followed by some pepperiness. A tad watered down and a tiny bit spicy.

M: Medium bodied and semi sweet.

O: Not a big witbier fan but the flavor profile is pretty nice. Just wish it wasn't so toned down. Seems like its made to appeal to a wide variety of people that aren't all craft beer drinkers. Still not bad and quite refreshing. (456 characters)

Photo of biokid23
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oddly enough, Hoegaarden has somewhat convinced me to move from IPA and start drinking wheat-ier beers. Bottle is appealing, has a tart and spicy taste, is quite refreshing, and very easy to drink. I could drink it every day. It stands alone or is good with food, and has the benefit of being easy to find in grocery stores. Even Trader Joes has it, and it is cheap. Well worth it. (381 characters)

Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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