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Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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Hoegaarden Original White AleHoegaarden Original White Ale

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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:
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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 KYGunner
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is not a style that is amongst my favorites but this is a nice starter Wit for those emerging into craft. Light peppercorn and even lighter clove mingle with bubblegum, banana and Apple. Easy to drink.

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Photo of Zet
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

The mother of all witbieren. Looked nice, smelled nice, felt nice and had a nice aftertaste, but strangely, the taste in the mouth was lacking a little.

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Photo of NatsnSkinsDC
2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

White gold color. Cloudy with some carbonation. Good head. Citrus buttery aroma. Citrus orange flavor. Light flavor and light body. Definitely gotten over this beer.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a Speakeasy Brewing Metropolis Lager Stange glass

A: Pours hazy pale straw with a frothy off white head that settles to a firm layer and laces well.

S: Yeasty, wheat, citrus, floral, slightly fruity, maybe a hint of peppery spice.

T: Light citrus, orange and a little lemon, coriander spice, bready wheat, and fruity yeasty notes.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Not a bad wit, but doesn't really blow you away either.

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Photo of akdo
4.51/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Because I saw this beer on many list of top Belgian beers, I didn't mind buying a case of six bottles. Once I was home, I paired one bottle with an orange.

From the bottle came a pale golden beer with a head that stays on top for a while. If you follow the instructions on the bottle's label, gently shake your glass if the head starts to fade. The head will get a little bit of its vigor back. All in all, the beer has a nice visual identity.

Speaking about the taste, I initially took one sip without biting my orange. Because of the orange peels inside the Hoegaarden Original White Ale, the taste more or less like a lightly bitter homemade marmalade jam made with enough cups of sugar, a dashes of hops and some tweaks (coriander?), which is not a bad thing.

Once I kept a slice of orange meat as well as its juice in my mouth, I took another sip. The orange's juice merged with the beer and lightened the beer's bitterness. The orange juice did not overpower the beer in that the bitterness was not sacrificed. For a fleeting moment, I even was under the impression that the Hoegaarden came close to the taste of a dubbel, which is supposed to have a certain sweetness.

In short, to get the most out of the Hoegaarden, drink it with an orange. As for the pairing this beer with seafood, I will try it in the future.

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Photo of pat61
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a wonderful creamy head (that disappears quickly) and a pale, cloudy straw color. It’s almost white. They add coriander and Curacao orange peel to it but these flavors are very subtle as is the clove from the yeast. The flavors of the orange peel, coriander and the wheat malt are a little more independent in the Hoegaarden and not as balanced. Some of this separateness of flavor, lack of creaminess, and thinness may come from AB InBev’s use of high gravity brewing to make Hoegaarden.

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Photo of squezey
2.06/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Do not see what's so great about this beer, slightly below average in its class. Guess it's ok for a big name beer but it feels and tastes rather offensive going down.

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Photo of blackett511
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I've always been a fan of Hoegaarden, but as I get older it loses its glamor. The taste has a coriander and orange kick to it, amazing citrus aroma, and its slightly heavier than its light color might attest. The aftertaste is a very good variant of dishwasher fluid (truly in the best way though). It is low in alcohol content but relatively high for a witbier, so kudos.
So while time keeps knocking this beer down for me, it'll always remain a consistent favorite among the drafts.

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Photo of dikebrewery
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A true wit. You can smell and taste the spices right away. While drinking this beer in may I kept thinking this would be the perfect beer for a Christmas night with all the nutmeg and coriander hints. Good beer no need to bitter this one up.

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Photo of Chrissythebeerlover
4.67/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smells citrusy and spicy. Big fan of imported beers and I loved this one. The flavors were a mouthful and extremely complex. Great beer anytime of the year.

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Photo of Azaitouna
4.7/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

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Photo of KatieS5643
2.33/5  rDev -39.3%
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.

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Photo of Kirsten_Ann92
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.34/5  rDev +13%
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

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Photo of carolynschaf
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of Stingraystripe
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of MakenziMantey
2.23/5  rDev -41.9%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of GregFromRI
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

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Photo of ChocolateLove
5/5  rDev +30.2%
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

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Photo of sprat1960
3.57/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of mchegash
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of SimplySinister
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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