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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

Hoegaarden Original White AleHoegaarden Original White Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

3,575 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 3575
Reviews: 1601
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden visit their website
Belgium

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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bewareOFpenguin

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I finally broke down and bought a six pack of Hoegaarden. I had too. It poured a light, cloudy, almost void of what I consider beer color. A nice white lacey head though. My impressions were two fold as I will explain. The first beer was great. Nice hops, almost a wheat like taste. It went down great. I wanted more. Now the rub. It seemed to "weaken" as I drank on, almost begging for a lemon wedge. No, I thought, don't give in to the evil citris wedge. I fought the impulse and paid the price: a bland beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2003 13:34:56 | More by bewareOFpenguin
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Super light, cloudy yellow body with a monster head typical of the style, although it went down quick and didn’t lace at all.

Smell – Yes, there’s yeast in that glass. There’s also a nice malt touch and some light fruit (watermelon, lemon), but mostly bread.

Taste – Nice, light, yeasty taste with some spices that I can’t identify. You won’t need to plop a lemon in this one – it’s already there.

Mouthfeel – Very typical of the style. Moderate to big carbonation on the cheeks, a smooth yeasty feel on the tongue, and a swallow that says, “You just ate dinner.”

Drinkability – Good, sipping bier that you’d find at any gasthause in Germany.

Comments – I know the style is supposed to be light, but this was just a little bit TOO light for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2003 02:44:49 | More by RoyalT
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edchicma

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appeared like lemonade with a nice head. Got this offering as a 4 pack for my birthday. The smell was citrusy which gave a hint of what the brew would taste like. I admit that drinking this brew on the same night as an IPA was different, so I had to be open minded. The nicely carbonated brew was light and fruity in taste. I had to remember to half pour, swirl the yeast. then pour the rest. The resulting mouthfeel was smooth and light. Drinkability was excellent. One of the best in this category that I have sampled to date.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2003 01:03:02 | More by edchicma
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pezoids

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out a cloudy and very pale yellow color. The thin foamy head faded quick. Nice citrus spiciness that comes with the style. Also got a strong sourness and some sweet yeast flavors. Very flavorful, highly drinkable, especially on a hot summer day.
Very enjoyable overall.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2003 06:44:15 | More by pezoids
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ALEBOY

Australia

4.68/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Once again truly delightful Belgian ale. A white beer and white it is with a big soft head and a very light and hazy appearance. The nose is one of citrus and coriander with a slight sharpness to it. Taste wise Hoegaarden is in some ways slightly reminiscent of a cider, the citrus that could be smelled is still evident as is a slight tartness (perhaps from the particular yeasts used). It is very soft in the mouth and definitely a beer that I could drink all night. Hoegaarden goes well with many foods, last night I enjoyed it with camembert and lime, a combination that truly enhanced the sharp citrus flavours it contains.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2003 00:36:59 | More by ALEBOY
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Boilermaker88

California

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy, very pale yellow color. Reminds me of pineapple juice but with a creamy white head that stayed throughout the drink. Minimal lace.

Smell: fruity/spicy aroma. Swear I smelled pineapple and light citrus. Very similar to German hefe-weizens.

Taste: Again, fruity/sweet up front with a underlying bready taste before the spiciness steps up. There is a slightly sour taste at the end with a faint alcohol bite.

Feel: light, smooth and crisp. Dry and refreshing.

Drinkability: this is strikingly similar to the German hefe's except Hoegaarden is not as heavy. This beer's low %ABV and smoothness make it a wonderful summertime refresher. Very easy to put away.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2003 01:06:47 | More by Boilermaker88
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jerseyemt

New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly cloudy like-straw color. Bright white head, about 1/2" and fluffy. Sweet, yeasty smell with a touch of lemon.

Goes down very smooth, and very easy to drink. A bit of spice and hops on the finish.

Amazingly good brew for a hot summer day. Very refreshing and thirst quenching.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2003 16:33:56 | More by jerseyemt
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steelreign

New York

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Man, this is the perfect summer brew. This is the cloudy white Belgian ale that involves a swirling motion of the last third of the bottle while pouring to produce the foamy white head. Light, crisp, and clean taste with citrus-y notes and a slightly sour tang that keeps you coming back for more! The carbonation bounces off your tongue and refreshes you instantly.

This brew would be best purchased by the case, as I did, to ensure you do not run out during those long, hot summer days. Drinkability is off the scale - truly refreshing!

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2003 07:24:58 | More by steelreign
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hotstuff

Indiana

4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This Belgian White poured a large invigorating white creamy head with fine-small bubbles. The lacing was sparse on the sides of my glass. The body was a cloudy yellow. The aroma was fruity in my opinion and it had a slight bitter taste to it. I truly enjoyed drinking this brew while it lasted, right thedm?? This brew went down way too smooth!!

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2003 05:58:36 | More by hotstuff
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TheDM

Indiana

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured an envigorated head of creamy fine white bubbles and a carbonated cloudy light yellow body. It had a mild banana-hop aroma. It started fizzy and buttery then finshed smoothly in a banana floral flavor. Indeed, this was another very nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2003 17:15:07 | More by TheDM
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ipogios

Cyprus

4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautifull pale yellow(almost white) colour. What's worth mentiong about this beer is that it is very smooth and goes down loke water.An impressive Belgian Style Wheat/White beer. A nice choice when you are lookinfg for a beer to compliment your steak or any other food.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2003 15:48:11 | More by ipogios
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oberon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A true Belgian classic that is very easy to find,pours an extremely pale/hazy yellow with usually a nice big fluffy head.Smell is tart with a spicey background,the taste is alot like the aroma but a little more spiciness comes thru along with a tart citruis flavor.Incredibly easy to drink,still a classic.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2003 05:29:30 | More by oberon
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jcalabre

California

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally sampled on 28 June 2002. This is the definition of a white beer. Nice aroma, beautiful aroma, great flavor. The cripsness that wheat adds to a beer along w/ the spices, makes Hoegaarden the perfect beer on a hot summer day. I realzie that this style may not be for everyone, but I'll take one anytime.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2003 14:51:03 | More by jcalabre
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First, I've don't believe I've ever seen a paler color of beer before. Second, this is an exquisitely delicate beer flavorfest. The pour created a very, very pale and cloudy yellow body - lighter than lemonade, I do believe. The great white head was gorgeous, but it was gone almost instantly leaving a small residue for spotty, light lacing. The nose is clovish and citrusy, very delicate and clean. The taste does not disappoint, following through with a very clean clove taste and great mouthfeel - again, very clean and very delicate. This is one of the best wheats I've ever had and as it is far from my favorite style, it is nice to discover one that I consider drinkable and enjoyable. Cheers Hoegaarden!

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2003 12:14:54 | More by AtLagerHeads
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Stubbie1

Connecticut

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

Pours a pale yellow; a large white head sat at the top of the glass. Unfortunately, the head faded fast and left no lace. The aroma is of fresh cut grass, lemon, and wheat. The taste matches the aroma but in reverse. Easy to drink and this beer doesn’t fill you up fast. I was a bit bummed out by this beer. I was expecting more flavors to this beer than I had. It was good, not great. Pretty average,

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2003 17:25:45 | More by Stubbie1
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goz

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very cloudy yellow, huge white head that sticks around and sticks to the glass on the way down. Aroma is a little malty (bread), some citrus (lemon), and spicy (mainly coriander). Flavor is a refreshing mix of citrus and spices. Body is medium, ends acidic and slightly dry. Perfect beer for the summer.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2003 06:53:24 | More by goz
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Loki

North Carolina

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

Pours a cloudy, pale yellow with a small white head that fades fairly quickly. Aromas of coriander, orange, citrus, and faint pepper. The nose follows through to the tastes of orange, coriander, wheat with a light sweetness that pairs with the slight peppery spice. Finishes slightly dry with a mild bitterness. Great Hefeweizen. My fiancee's favorite and everyday beer. Even better on draft.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2003 12:46:33 | More by Loki
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been enjoying witbiers since I've been aware of their existence, and yet this is my first time sampling "the original".Color: a cloudy, almost opaque pale yellow/bright white. Head: thick, lacey, white, fluffy as a cloud, slowly tumbling down. Aroma: uplifting, light and lovely! Full of citrus, spice, lemon/orange...wide open, spacious, airy, friendly and hospitable. All that in an aroma? Yes, Indeed!
A great big barrage of hops charges the palate at first, along with the gritty, grainy wheat texture. After that attack, very smooth and mellow. Light in body,and feeling, but rich in flavor, character, and soul. An utter delight every time it touches the tongue! An overall honey flavor dominates the remainder of the drink, and the delicious hops, the texture, the spice, continue to dance on the palate and provide for a richly rewarding refreshment.
When other folks talk of "nothing beating a Bud Light/Corona/generic yellowy water" on a hot summer's day, they would be wiser to wrap their lips around a glass of Hoegaarden. Wiser, happier, more improved in all aspects as a human being!
What a beautiful beer!

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2003 02:15:48 | More by feloniousmonk
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86MonteSS

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I never really understood wheat beer till I tried this one. Hoegaarden does it so subtly and so well. Light, cloudy, and yellow in color with a tall pure white head. The grainy tastes begs for you to add the fruit but it's better without it. A solid beer, and the first bottled wheat I'd buy again (yeah, I realize I ought to try a few more).

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2003 21:08:32 | More by 86MonteSS
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BierReise

Florida

2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First off, I have to say that I'm rating a bottle and not a draught Hoegaarden. They're almost like two different animals. The draught is far superior and I don't understand why. At any rate, the beer pours nicely and looks beautiful in the glass. The problem is that it doesn't live up to it's reputation in my opinion. The flavors that come out in the draught are hardly present. It tastes to me like a pale wheat beer. The draught is far superior for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2003 17:02:51 | More by BierReise
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Mitchster

Michigan

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

Bought and drank this one in Cannes, France. Cloudy, white, straw-golden brew forms a large whipped white head atop small bubbles with excellent retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate, despite the huge head. Aroma is immediately yeasty with clove and very faint banana notes. I don't notice the orange peel or spices. Mouthfeel is soft with a light body. Taste begins with spicy phenols, a light rubbery note, crisp wheat malt with very little bitterness and no discernable hop flavor or aroma. Orange is just barely perceptable in the flavor. Alcohol is not discernable. Finish is lightly astringent just on the back of the tongue. A good, delicate, light, easy to drink beer, but not overly distinct or exciting.

Serving type: can

04-27-2003 16:13:03 | More by Mitchster
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dwarbi

New York

4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a perfectly white, thick, light head which settles to a thin layer. very cloudy. Pale in color, like white corn. Smells of spices and lemon and wheat. Tastes light and very well-rounded. smooth. so refreshing and clean, I would drink it all night in the summer if my budget would allow for it.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2003 05:14:35 | More by dwarbi
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, straw color with a thick white head. The aroma is fruity; orange peel and coriander aromas. The flavor is fruity with orange peel flavors that flow to a smooth, subtle dryness. It is a light-bodied beer that is smooth, refreshing and easy drinking. The best wit I have yet sampled.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2003 10:35:43 | More by BeerBuilder
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EmoBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank a ton of this on tap during my semester spent in London. This was my introduction to White Beer, but really it was my introduction to real beer, that is non-Lager. Loved this from the first time I tried it and though it was considered a "girly" beer by some of my American friends (yeah, but that Carlsberg isn't?) I loved it and it opened the door for so many other Belgiums.

This one was a bottle though. Pours with slight head. Apperance is white on top to a honey gold on the bottom. Don't forget to swill!

Taste: Classic White Beer flavor. I still like this one better than Allagash altough I may be alone on this one. One tap it, overseas especially, its even better, but this one is all citrus, clove, and coreander. Nice zing. Don't let them give you any lemon though, this has all the citrus I need Brewed Into the Beer. Great on a summer day, or, as a treat tonight, to ring in spring!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2003 18:54:13 | More by EmoBeerGuy
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marburg

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hoegaarden was the first wit I ever had, and it definitely turned me on to the style. I've had a couple (Celis, Blance de Namur) that I like better for sure, but this is still just a great beer. It's certainly not as complex as something like Hitachino's white, but it simply fills the niche of a refreshing, spritzy, tasty beer. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.

Pours dish water yellow -- hazed and alive-looking -- with a rocky, poofy, yet creamy-looking head. Aroma of orange peel can hit you from its resting position on the table let alone as you drink it. All the usual suspects are there in the taste: lemon, coriander, orange, etc. Total citrus brew.

And it's easy to drink. It's very light and simple, nothing too brain-bending about this one. I've made this a summertime session beer before, and I'll probably do it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2003 19:00:52 | More by marburg
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
85 out of 100 based on 3,575 ratings.