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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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very good

4,514 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,514
Reviews: 1,688
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 104
Gots: 649 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of mintjellie
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy lemon yellow with two fingers of fluffy white head. Head recedes to a tight cap leaving no lace behind.

Aroma of lemon and bready yeast. Oranges and a hint of spice. A little bit sweet.

Sweet bread and tangy lemon continue on the palate. Slightly peppery. If this were a hefe instead of a wit, I'd swear I caught a little bit of banana in there. Very mild bitterness toward the finish. Orange comes forward as it warms up.

Light bodied and a little bit fizzy. Goes down like water on a hot day, or any day for that matter.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pale gold with a pleasing aroma. Sweet flavors start off and finish with a slightly sour bitterness. Classic belgian yeast taste. A good beer, but not my favorite Wit.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of KI9A
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy straw, big white head, OK retention, a little lace sheeting.

S: Wheat, citrus.

T: ALOT of citrus, obvious orange, some lemon, and lime. Corrinder, a little clove.

M: CLean, very refreshing, as are most Wits. Some sourness hangs around, like lemonade-ish.

D: Figured I'd try the "original" Belgian Wit, from 1445. Even though it is technically a macro ( ABInbev ). Decent enough, will most likely pick up a 6er to have around, but, with so many other decent Wits around...who knows.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of trevorwideman
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I have a long history with this beer, which makes it strange that I haven't reviewed it yet.

Poured into a goblet, very pale yellowish off-white unfiltered brew. Very lovely, nice carbonation, and great medium head that sticks around for a while, pretty lacing. I always liked the look of this beer, even when I knew nothing about beer and beer styles. Smell is of cloves, coriander, and lots of citrusy notes. Taste is a bit bready, with a refreshing lemony zestiness, very clean, but not too complex. Seems a bit weak in the mouthfeel, and I find it a little soft on the palate, but it sure slides down easily. This is a solid witbier, and still one of my perennial favorites.

Photo of vtfan77
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Very light straw, cloudy, almost milky in appearance. Small, maybe 1/4 inch head dissipates quickly.

S- Dominant aromas of orange and coriander are backed by a light graininess and maybe a touch of clove. Classic witbier smell, and quite good.

T- More of the same in the taste. Tart orange upfront backed by cereal grains and a crisp, wheaty twang on the finish. Aftertaste is slightly chalky with very little bitterness.

M- Light and crisp with a good dose of carbonation.

Well, it's a classic. The flavors could be a little stronger and more complex, but there's little to complain about here. It's tasty and refreshing and great for a hot summer day. If you're not looking for much more than a solid, quenching beer, then look no further. Recommended.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass from the tap; pours a cloudy yellowish/white with a medium head.

S - A citrus aroma fills the glass with a floral/spice hint lingering in the background.

T - Banana is the first discernable flavor, but it quickly gives way to a wonderful mix of fruit (almost like a blended-fruit beverage). Very slight taste of hops and no alcohol presence.

M - Light body that goes down very easily.

D - The light feel paired with a creamy-fruity taste adds up to a very drinkable witbier. The ultimate hot-summers-day selection.

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Beric
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle, from the bottle
Served: 5 January 2014

Appearance: Unfortunately had this one out of the bottle due to no glassware being available. Bottle looked good though. Lighter brown glass allows you to see the haziness in the beer from the suspended yeast as well as the head. I tried to drink this one pretty violently at first to stir up the yeast in the glass and it worked out okay, but almost volcanoed out of the top. Definitely going to use a glass next time I have this one.

Smell: Smells of banana. Not picking up any notes from the coriander or orange it says its brewed with. Smells a lot like a hefeweizen.

Taste: Tastes much like a hefeweizen (banana tastes) but with a little more edge.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and very refreshing mouthfeel.

Overall: I could drink this one by the gallon. Good, assertive taste from the wheat and yeast without being overly spiced like some wits. My favorite wit that I've had so far. Would make an excellent summer beer. I would rank Hoegaarden below most hefeweizens but above most American pale wheats. Exceedingly refreshing and a good change of pace from the boozy DIPAs and stouts common this time of year.

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3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy urine colour with a thick frothy white head that lasts until the end.

Smells of bananas, citrus, some coriander and other spices, I love this smell!

A nice spicy wit beer, some banana and orange peel is very present as well as some black pepper and spices.

A thin mouthfeel and a very refreshing beer!

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4.7/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours a very cloudy pale yellow/white color with a half-inch thick head that dissipated quickly. Leaves nice lacing.

Smell - Coriander, wheat, orange peel, and banana.

Taste - Strong flavor of coriander and orange peel.. along with some clove, wheat, and malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - Somewhat of a spicy beer but it's a very good Belgian white ale. One of my favorites..

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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