Hoegaarden Original White Ale - Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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3.2/5 rDev -15.6%
Appearance: Nice presentation - the bottles and six pack holder look awesome. The beer itself is pale yellow and slightly hazy, though not as cloudy as many wits out there. Head retention could be better.
Smell: A mild aroma of coriander, wheat and citrus.
Taste: Dry and (very) lightly hopped, this beer has very little bitterness. A subtle malty sweetness is present amongst stronger flavors of orange peel and coriander. The spices give some character to what would otherwise be a rather ordinary and bland beer. It finishes clean, without lingering on the tongue too long.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, crisp, very easy on the palate.
Drinkability: A solid beer, and very sessionable. There are better wits around, but this is easy to find and it's really quite decent.
11-22-2007 00:07:17 | More by largadeer
3.73/5 rDev -1.6%
On tap at one of the local 'see and be seen pretty people' places, the very same one at which I first sampled this beer many years ago. Appropriate, and consistent, at least.
This beer arrives on the bar in a monstrously solid broad rimmed 'pint' glass, the kind I would want in any kind of bar/street fight, for sho. The cute and earnest bartendress noted its heftiness by proclaiming that 'you know it's a German beer, when the glass is so big!' Anyways, it appears a rather cloudy medium golden yellow hue, with one finger (easily two on a standard vessel) of puffy, and pleasantly creamy dirty white head, which leaves no lacing as it recedes.
It smells of grainy pale malt, light unripe banana esters, mild muddled citrus, white pepper, and yeast. The taste is more gritty bananas, sort of marshmallow-esque in their bearing, plain pale wheat malt, aerosol creamy citrus, a hint of indistinct clove/coriander spice, and earthy, dry yeast.
The carbonation is quite soft and frothy, the body a decent medium weight, perhaps a touch mealy, but generally smooth. It finishes off-dry, moderately fruity, and yeasty, as ever was.
Quite refreshing, overall, and decently balanced for your summer drinking needs. Maybe more than a tad overpriced, but that may be more a function of the environment, than anything.
06-07-2009 07:34:11 | More by biboergosum
4.45/5 rDev +17.4%
Cloudy, yellowish in color with a thick and foamy, bright white head that holds well and leaves some nice lace. Very nice, and somewhat unique, in appearance. The aroma is quite lemony with some gentle spice in the background. The body is light with a zesty carbonation that gives a pillowy soft mouthfeel. The flavor is sweetly malty and gently clovey. Very well balanced. It finishes gently, semi-dry, with a lightly mouth-coating malt and spice that leaves a tingle on the tongue. An exceptional, somewhat delicate, beer with alot of character that's refreshing and enjoyable.
10-04-2002 17:11:59 | More by NeroFiddled
4.35/5 rDev +14.8%
On-tap 2/8/07 at Cattail's Restaurant in East Providence, RI, served in a Becker pint glass.
A: The beer is a slightly cloudy and very light yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is very lemony along with some wheat and a little bit of hops and spice.
T: Flavors of lemon and wheat dominate the taste, but the flavors are not over powering. There is some clove spice mixed in and a faint bit of hops in the background. After-taste is mildly bready with a touch of sweetness.
M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is clean.
D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not very filling at all, nice representation of style, I was at the restaurant for only about an hour and put away 3 pints. The only thing that would keep me from sticking with this beer for an evening would be that I might drink it too quickly.
02-09-2007 17:57:11 | More by TheManiacalOne
4/5 rDev +5.5%
Came in the new bottles that have just been released by Hoegaarden. A staple for any true belgium beer drinkers, it pours a classic pale hazy unfiltered yellow with a superb white head carrying all of the yeasty goodness this beer has to offer. The aroma is clove and banana laced, with other spices and coriander what a treat. More refreshing than a lemonade, in my opinion. A lighter bodied beer that has citrusy tone to it and then mellows out to form a great yeasty finish. Full of so many flavors with out over doing it, this is an amazing beer that I will never grow tired of. Yes it is drinkable on every level for quantity and enjoyment.
02-08-2003 14:38:11 | More by WVbeergeek
3.6/5 rDev -5%
Presentation: 12oz slim Euro-style brown bottle.
Appearance: Pale yellow, cloudy (this is a non filtered brew), with a bitty cream pure white head.
Smell: Peppery, hints of lemon zest, with a mild horse aroma.
Taste: The brew is sweet, mildly dextrinous, with a smooth semi-chewy mouthfeel. The yeast creates a pepper flavour that complements the light hop (lemony), sour flavour -- unique to this style. The aftertaste dries, from the unmalted wheat, and a slight bitterness escapes at the very end.
Notes: The original White Ale, and grandfather to many a Summer-style white ale. Seems to have less character lately, though if you have it over in Belgium it is better.
10-19-2001 15:28:14 | More by Jason
4.08/5 rDev +7.7%
12 oz bottle into a tumbler.
Pours a fairly clear gold (bit of a faint haze to it) with a finger of bright-white head. Retains with a thin layer of creamy froth, leaving a foamy cascade of lacing behind, which quickly slides the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of sweet grains, a smack of lemon and orange, and a dusty yeast presence. A good bit of coriander and clove float along the back, giving this a strong spicy character.
The taste is a combo of wheat, fruit, clove, and coriander, combining to give this a lightly toasted sweet tang. Lower bitterness to this, with plenty of spice and dryness lingering on the palate for a good long while. The mouthfeel is light bodied, with a very smooth and easygoing nature to it, yet this still stays fairly crisp and lively in the mouth. That sub 5% ABV works just perfectly here.
It's no wonder that this is a popular summertime quaff. Flavorful, crisp, and very easy drinking, this is some refreshing stuff!
02-02-2010 17:23:14 | More by Kegatron
4.15/5 rDev +9.5%
Can't believe I've never reviewed this, this was the first wit I ever had & had the pleasure of of having this in Brussels, ah the memories
Pours a semi-hazed straw with 2 fingers of foamy pearl colored head. Good head retention & above average lacing
S: Lemons & coriander, faint wheat tartness
T: White pepper, lemons, coriander & wheat tartness up front. Juicy fruit, grainyness & slight phenols as this warms. Finishes grainy with coriander, lemons, orange peel & juicy fruit, almost pulled a 4.5
MF: Light bodied, grainy with moderate carbonation
Drinks pretty easy, a little more drinkable on draft, a little more gassy, so some complexity is lost. A benchmark for the style when fresh/not stale. There are ones I like better, but would always recommend this one as your first wit
04-19-2009 00:54:00 | More by russpowell
4.58/5 rDev +20.8%
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!
05-05-2003 02:15:48 | More by feloniousmonk
3.25/5 rDev -14.2%
Poured from a bottle into a Stone IPA flute glass. Beer is light yellow and has a white haze to it that obstructs all light through the beer. Carbonation is moderate to high and a thick white head forms made of small bubbles that falls away leaving no lacing on the glass.
Beer smells a little bitter, perhaps some citrus in there, not much else, a slight lagerish beer smell. Perhaps a mild sulfur.
Eh, medium to thin body, not very effervesant in my mouth. Some bitterness, some citrus flavors, not a whole lot going on. I may be serving this a little too cold, who knows. Drinkability fine, mouthfeel average. I'm bored.
11-20-2009 04:16:11 | More by drabmuh
3.65/5 rDev -3.7%
I enjoyed this on draft at Maewyn's in York -served chilled in a Hoegaarden glass.
The color is very hazy, cloudy golden with a thick 2 finger white cap the lace sticks ok and bead is very fine. The smell is good there is gentle wheat aroma with mild yeast esters, not forceful aromas, but not the style for that either. The feel is good, lots of creamy yeast and wheat smoothness with subtle spice and tanginess from the yeast which also works with the high carbonation level. I like how the sweetness is gentle and balanced by the spice with a semi-dry finish.
The taste is mild with some good flavors from the wheat which is cereal like -toasted and lightly sweet. There is a mild citrus tinge and hint of pepper from the yeast but overall this is flavored primarily from the wheat which has a nice fresh, clean flavor. The yeast adds to the beer without being to full to make it feel bready which I like. This is a good wit, not the best but it is an originator it has lost some footing to others in this style which I prefer like Allagash. I would not hesitate to drink this, since it is pretty widely available.
07-20-2011 14:11:32 | More by Slatetank
3.88/5 rDev +2.4%
everyone tries to copy this white ale, but it still stands distinctly alone as the original for me. cloudy and citrusy smelling, with a big pillowy head. has notes of spice and orange cream as well as a mellow floral hop profile. lighter body makes it a really easy session, but only when its super cold. i find this one gets a little bitter and funky yeasty when it warms up, so best to guzzle it down well its still chilly. too expensive for what it is, but a great white!
12-05-2011 01:59:09 | More by StonedTrippin
3.4/5 rDev -10.3%
First had: on tap at Tuscan Tavern, Blackwood, NJ
A nice wit, that I guess is the standard for witbiers. If you're a Blue Moon drinker, try this instead, because it's better. Pour a hazy, pale yellow with a nice white head that retains rather well. Light wheat aroma with citrus notes. Light orange and lemon zest taste, with smooth bready malts that are somewhat overcome by the general wheat beer harshness; acidic, with a bitter aftertaste. Light body and easily drinkable.
05-11-2011 22:40:16 | More by Rifugium
3.15/5 rDev -16.9%
Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into my Portsmouth 20th Anniversary pilsner glass.
a - Pours a murky pale straw yellow color with three fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing left on the glass and head lasts for a few minutes.
s - Smells of spices, oranges, coriander, wheat, Belgian yeast, and bready malts.
t - Tastes of spices, coriander, wheat, orange, citrus, bready malts, Belgian yeast, and some light pepper.
m - Light body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and very easy to drink.
o - Overall a decent witbier. The nose is pretty nice, though the taste isn't very flavorful and a bit bland. Very easy to drink. Not really something I would seek out again but something I would certainly drink again if I had a limited selection and was looking for a light beer.
03-18-2012 23:45:56 | More by mdfb79
4/5 rDev +5.5%
Pours cloudy lemon yellow with a creamy white head that descends to a creamy covering. Some broken lacing is left.
The smell is of clove, spicy citrus, esp. lemon and a hint of banana.
The taste is like the smell. It's creamy and medium bodied. There is a mild fruity tang.
The creamy/fruity body holds up well in the mouth, though some thinness does come through a bit. It's refreshing.
It's drinkable, smooth and refreshing. This is one that I think is much better on tap than in the bottle.
09-14-2006 22:00:37 | More by jwc215
3.8/5 rDev +0.3%
This beer pours quite hazy with a straw color that almost has a tint of green to it. The head is initially three-fingers thick and is a pale, almost white color that sticks around for a fair amount of time. The aroma is almost bready with a yeasty note and there is a tart, green apple note here as well. As I delve in deeper that characteristic, earthy coriander spice note asserts itself, as well as some soft citrus notes.
The taste has a certain fullness to it, though overall it is quite light and refreshing. There is lots of spiciness here as well; definite notes of coriander, and citrus peel, as well as other notes of ginger, pepper, and clove. There is a fair amount of sweetness here as well, it just hides or sort of melds with the spicy notes. The citrus character, in combination with the light tartness, reminds me most of lemons. There is a nice, light tartness here that keeps this beer quite light on the palate. There is a certain, almost chewy grain character here that is only accentuated by the impact on the palate of the slight body fullness from this beer.
I am a sucker for Wits, especially on warm days (it hit 90*F here for the first time this year here), where I find them refreshing and invigorating. I have not had this in a long time, but I am quite happy to drink this beer, it is certainly much better than quite a few American interpretations of this brew (of course a lot of the American interpretations are better than this), which is a pleasant experience from this once only example of the style.
04-04-2006 01:46:05 | More by Gueuzedude
3.68/5 rDev -2.9%
Starts with a decent head but it dies to a single layer of minute bubbles. Leaves some modest, streaky lace. Not as cloudy as most wits. Green-yellow color.
Classic wheat smell.
Spicy and peppery upfront flavor. Smooth feel but thin. I'm not a fan of wheats, but this one seems to fit the profile very well.
06-30-2012 20:16:29 | More by smcolw
4.47/5 rDev +17.9%
12 oz. bottle,
A: Pours a hazy, light yellow, with a medium white head, with medium retention, into a Hoegaarden glass tumbler. Pretty much the classic wit look.
S: A perfume like mix of Belgian spices, soft citrus like orange and lemon, with a hint of lime.
T: Smooth citrus flavor, with some slight bitterness from the hops and coriander. A bit of wheat malt comes through, with a pasta-like consistency. A light, refreshing beer that is tasty and easy to drink, oustanding.
M: Smooth, spritzy, slightly acidic, just what you want from a witbier.
D: One of my favourite all-time wits, one of the classics, immensely drinkable, a great summer or brunch beer.
08-13-2007 03:33:52 | More by Halcyondays
United Kingdom (England)
3/5 rDev -20.8%
This review is of a 33ml tin, obtained in Brussels, 4.9% on the tin.
First time I have ever had Hoegaarden out of a can. I have had many a bottle or draught one, before I joined this site, but haven't reviewed them.
Poured a pale yellow with a full white head.
Aroma of nothing at first, but as the beer warmed up, citrus, mostly grapefruit smells came through.
The taste was slightly sour and grapefruit from the start, with other citrus flavours joining in as the beer warmed and the head reduced in size.
A summers day drink, not for winter nights.
10-28-2006 17:03:38 | More by BlackHaddock
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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