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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,689 Reviews
THE BROS
82
good

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Reviews: 1,689
Hads: 4,735
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 129
Gots: 862 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 1,689 | Hads: 4,735
Photo of Azaitouna
4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The look was gold with a hints of yellow. The aroma was spicy and citrus. The taste was a mix of dark yet light. As it started out being a bit spicy then the after taste was refreshing. Overall, a good beer. (207 characters)

Photo of KatieS5643
2.33/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Not my favorite beer. It is a cloudy-goldish colored beer. I think it smells like coffee. I thought It is bitter tasting, and therefore its not my favorite. (156 characters)

Photo of Kirsten_Ann92
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer was really easy to drink. When poured it is a bright and crisp looking yellow. It smells like citrus and spices and has a wheaty taste. It has a mild spice after taste but overall is very refreshing. (209 characters)

Photo of josanguapo
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From Hipercor de San Juan de Aznalfarache. Playing Kings Bounty Dark Side. Very correct wit beer. Enters well and drinks quickly. A pity its only 33cl (150 characters)

Photo of carolynschaf
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy appearance. Brewed with orange peel and coriander. Goes well with dry rub ribs. You can taste the wheat all over your tongue. It is versatile and easy to drink. (167 characters)

Photo of Stingraystripe
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I think it's a solid representation of the style. I'd love to try it fresher - every bottle I've had here seems a little old, but it does hold up exceptionally well, actually. I've had bottles of this in the fridge for a year and they compare to others from the same pack 12 months prior. Very crisp and enjoyable on a warm day. (330 characters)

Photo of MakenziMantey
2.23/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

The color of this beer is a cloudy medium yellow. The aroma you get is a spiciness smell and is kind of strong. Tasting this beer is another story at first it is tangy and sharp with an after taste that is not all that pleasant. (228 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lovely clouds of foam in the Gulpener tulip. Golden and hazy. Sheets of lacing. Big creamy mouthfeel is much of the pleasure of this stuff.

This is really sweet. I suppose someone could be forgiven for thinking this was some kind of Hefeweizen. Moderately yeasty, but there is virtually none of the Belgian dry and bitter finish. Tangy and fragrant with spice.

As a Anheuser-Busch InBev product, this is well made, though I could not detect any sediment in the 12 oz bottle. Plenty drinkable, though I imagine the atmosphere of a tavern in Europe would do this a lot of good. Another oldie I"ve never managed to review. On sale for five bucks a sixer at a grocery store in northern Washington. (695 characters)

Photo of GregFromRI
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tried this beer last week. Tasted of lots of spices, was very tasty, especially if you enjoy this type of beer. While I do enjoy these types of beers, I wouldn't go out of my way to purchase this one again however I definitely wouldn't mind being offered one. It's smooth and spicey, definitely worth a try! (307 characters)

Photo of ChocolateLove
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewing all these beers at my buddy's house and catching up. This beer is so full and juicy, wheat filled and lots of spices. Best wheatbeer I've had (151 characters)

Photo of sprat1960
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Light yellow in color; cloudy/opaque. Pours with a 2 finger creamy white head that dies own slowly. Lots of bubbles.

Smell: Grainy, wheaty slightly sweet aroma typical of a wheat beer.

Taste: Tastes similar to how it smells. Grassy, grainy and slightly sweet with a very mild dry finish. Very nice.

Feel: Medium body; smooth velvety feel. Nice carbonation.

Overall: A nice, straight-forward light wheat beer. While there are better, I found this beer to be very good and enjoyed it. I would gladly drink this again. (537 characters)

Photo of PorterPro125
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 33 cL (330 mL) Bottle

A- Light Yellow and slightly hazy. Lots of small floaties visible. 2 finger white head.

S- Typical Witbier smell. Light Banana, cloves, and a hint of wheat malt.

T- Follows the aroma pretty tightly. Light wheat, banana, and cloves with a certain breadiness.

M- Medium-High Carbonation and light body. Lighter body and more carbonation than a typical Beligan Witbier.

O- A pretty good example of a Witbier as far as the Aroma and Taste goes but a weak body and oddly high carbonation for the style really damage this beer. Definitely not a bad beer, just not a great Witbier. (619 characters)

Photo of mchegash
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4/5
Bright yellow, very hazy, about 1 finger of head. Can see a slightly above average amount of carnonation rising up the beer.

Smell - 4/5
Classic belgian smell. Banana, spice, hops, light malt.

Taste - 4/5
Light wheat malt, banana, breadiness with a tiny bit of spiciness.

Mouthfeel - 4.25/5
Mediium body. Mediium amount of medium high intensity carbonation. Crisp.

Overall - 4/5
This was a great example of a near-perfect Witbier. (451 characters)

Photo of SimplySinister
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Cloudy light yellow, two finger head, lightly carbonated. Minimal lacing.

S - Typical Belgian- clove, spice, and mild banana. Definite orange notes here.

T - Great. Wonderfully mild. No banana bomb. Mellow mix of spice and clove. Departure from the norm with the citrus inclusion.

M - Clean, slightly tart/tangy. Minimal aftertaste.

D - Exceptional. This beer is a very good, widely available Belgian Wheat. Definitely worth one's time. (444 characters)

Photo of dukeandduke
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2/22 - Draft (Delilah's Chicago) - Very crisp white pour, with a decent body. Smelled pleasant with citrus and other fruits. Taste was very good, and I enjoyed both the feel and texture. Not very strong, but the flavour made up for it. I like this beer and look forward to future pours. (286 characters)

Photo of TheCondor
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Side poured from the bottle on a freezing cold day where it is snowing hard. Poured into a tulip glass with standard vigor. Likely to be one of many beers today.

Appearance - Pours a hazy, golden yellow color with a one finger, soap bubble head that is retained for about a quarter of the drink. No lacing to speak of. Cool packaging, love the classic German/Belgian look. Little bit of carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass.

Smell - The nose is phenols, spices, a bit of orange peel, and some big wheats. Smells like a Continental European beer. Hopefully it tastes like one!

Taste - Exactly what I hoped for. Well balanced between the wheats, which come at the front of the drink, and just a touch of spice and bitterness in the back . In the meantime, there is a definite banana/phenol/orangepeel flavor in the middle. Very well balanced, quality.

Motuhfeel - Finishes clean, smooth, with a hint of funk. Low ABV makes it a good session brew if need be.

Overall - This is a very good beer, one I would highly recommend and certainly buy again, especially once the weather gets hotter. Give this one a shot, you will not be disappointed. (1,155 characters)

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.06/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy peach and golden colors. White creamy 2 finger head, lasting 2 minutes, with average legs and tons of activity.

Aromas and flavors of lemony citrus, clove, and herbal spices. Faint sharp and crisp sour fruity and grainy taste. The citrus feel is too extreme.

Light body with excessive prickly carbonation, nice finish ending with well intensified sour fruity mouth coat.

Overall : An average white beer that is too bland and missing a little freshness. (460 characters)

Photo of Clarahope
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Such a good beer overall. Smell is strange at first, barn like. No hops in smell mostly citrus and coriander. The taste is mostly wheaty with subtle citrus and banana notes. Very crisp. (185 characters)

Photo of ENogueira
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My go-to beer. I prefer to pour it in a chalice. The color is always bright yellow with a perfect white head of foam. By far the best mass market wheat beer in existence. The true nectar of the gods. The best part about it is that it doesn't taste like wheat at all. Hoegaarden tastes like sweet citrus, with refreshing carbonation and a very smooth finish. If I were stranded on a deserted island and I could only take one lifetime supply of beer, this would be it. (474 characters)

Photo of DarkBeerSux
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fell in love with this beer visiting my brother in Belgium back in 1998. When it finally became available in the states, I was overjoyed. The Americanized version was not quite as good, but still outstanding. As I come from a family of wine snobs - this is my go to dinner beer, though it is great anytime. (306 characters)

Photo of SoulFroosh
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I had some Shock Top Belgian wheat last week (yes, that's how I'm starting this review)
and it inspired me to try the "original" of its style.

Errm, this tasted pretty much on par (or even more lifeless) than the Shock Top.
I was expecting much more from this beer.

None the less, I enjoyed the Shock Top, and I also enjoyed this. Still a good beer.

Did I mention that last week I drank Shock Top? (400 characters)

Photo of archyquaffer
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a bit of a nostalgic beer for me. I first tried this a few years ago in, of all places, Colstrip, Montana- to my daughter- a synonym for the hottest driest place on earth (though it is far from that it IS sultry in the summer). Anyhow, this stuff was available at the local gas station of all places, and represented a welcome diversion from PBR, Busch and Coors...

A moderate pour into a schooner produces a short, but creamy-looking head overlying a hazy, pale straw with swirling carbonation. Beautiful stuff, really. A definite barnyard funk in the aroma, along with sweet and sour malt flavors, with hops in there somewhere...Crispy finish, velvety mouth feel of froth....lovely on a summer night or almost anytime....Spice characters show themselves, but do not overpower...no soap...no skunk...A little peppery spice, understated lemon and orange, and banana esters...How could you not like this? The texture is awesome with plenty of flavor to keep it interesting. Funky but not REAL funky.

A lovely beer, as far as I'm concerned, and one of those that opened my eyes to the possibilities of a wheat beer. Excellent stuff all around. (1,158 characters)

Photo of WillWillows
2.96/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Not a real fan of coriander or cilantro in my food. Same for beer. This has a good look and mouth feel but I couldn't drink it. I trust the brothers ratings and for most everyone this is probably a good beer. Sorry to say this. (231 characters)

Photo of arod7533
4.86/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of my favorite White Ale's. Cloudy look with a great taste. My only issue is that there is barely any head on the beer, which makes it look a little flat when poured. (170 characters)

Photo of Artisan-Korea
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tried the original whereas there is a locally made version which is a very good reproduction; but for same price as was when imported, I don't think so. When in Korea, you drink this because either there is no better option or you just don't know the taste of the real deal. (275 characters)

Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
87 out of 100 based on 1,689 ratings.