Hoegaarden Original White Ale
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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From:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
 
Belgium
Style:
Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #82
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
85
Ranked #21,149
Avg:
3.79 | pDev: 14.51%
Ratings:
5,680
Status:
Active
Rated:
Yesterday at 02:05 AM
Added:
Jul 08, 2001
Wants:
  209
Gots:
  1,547
SCORE
85
Very Good
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Notes: The Original Belgian Wheat Beer. Almost 600 years ago in the Belgian village of Hoegaarden, a band of monks experimented by adding oddball botanicals from halfway around the world to their traditional wheat beer. Our recipe, inspired by their creation, is a beer with a refreshing flavor and captivating aroma, unlike any in the world. Let the refreshing citrus and earthy coriander alleviate the stresses of modern living and whisk you to another place entirely. You might call it divine inspiration... we call it Hoegaarden.
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3.52 by KT3418 from Colorado on Apr 24, 2022
 
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3.93 by clm9 from North Carolina on Mar 12, 2022
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4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by tekstr1der from New Hampshire

Enjoyed this around the firepit recently for the first time in at least a decade. My first real go-to Wit. Love it nostalgically, and still delivers great flavors, especially at such low abv

Mar 02, 2022
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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by Steves40th

Best wheat beer I have ever had.. Good flavors. Not fake flavors.

Feb 22, 2022
 
3.33 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 21, 2022
 
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4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by AndrewMorash from Canada (ON)

Excellent taste for a large brewery and a wildly distributed product.
Great citrus and spice notes. Far better than most mass produced offerings.
Best served cold with some food.

Dec 14, 2021
 
 
4.33 by ATKT on Dec 07, 2021
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4.76/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by MITMAK

I like to call this my "deserted island beer". If I were stranded and had only one choice of beer, this would be my choice.

Nov 22, 2021
 
3.71 by sbradley41 from Pennsylvania on Nov 22, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by TheBricenator from Oregon

Look: Cloudy bright yellow and even my fairly gentle pour brings on a huge pure white head that swell and holds as a silky pillow, slowly pulling back and leaving great lacing behind
Aroma: Wheat, lemon-orange notes, coriander, wafts of grass, some spice notes, and yeast
Taste: Spice, coriander, and the lemon-orange citrus note kick it off as waves of wheat malt come crashing in and soon are dominant in the mix. Yeast is present throughout and prominent after the initial hit and closes with wheat, spices, and citrus
Mouthfeel: Full, silky smooth throughout, medium-high carbonation, and a soft and fairly clean finish
Overall: This is delicious stuff. I enjoy Witbiers a lot, especially in the warmer months and it had been years (sadly) since I had the O.G. of this style so it was an easy purchase. Very tasty and true-to-form – plenty of wheat, coriander, spices, citrus, and yeast all with a killer mouthfeel that really solidifies its place at the top. Highly recommended

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4.22 by soarinsteven from Illinois on Nov 17, 2021
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3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
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by LanceBiggums from Canada (AB)

Cloudy yellow with a big head. Smell and taste are not quite as bursting with flavour as I had hoped. There's nothing bad about it per se, but it doesn't blow me away. It's There drinkable, but there are better Belgian Witbiers out there.

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by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

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by Parmesan from Colorado

L:. Pours a cloudy straw yellow with a very foamy white head and a few fingers of lacing on the glass.

S:. Lots of wheat and notes of lemon, orange and coriander, a touch of spice and Belgian yeast.

T:. Lots of wheat, notes of orange and lemon, notes of coriander, a touch of spice and coriander. Very drinkable.

F:. Smooth creamy body, easy drinking.

O:. Despite the ownership, this is a very nice witbier.

Aug 06, 2021
 
3.79 by Darboux from China on Aug 01, 2021
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3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Sigmund from Norway

My notes from April 2002: "Very refreshing witbier, citrus and yeast aroma, pleasant flavour, subtle aftertaste." I've had this beer many times since then, and it still is "the" standard witbier for me, despite being brewed by a multinational giant brewery.

Jul 20, 2021
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4.68/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Bier70

Not sure what a 5 beer should be, but this one is close. I pick up a 4 pack of Hoegaarden every now and then as I regard this to be one of those "too much of a good thing" beers. Personally I'll have one on the odd occasion as it's a quality Weiss which is best enjoyed for what it is instead of a night out kinda beer.
Without going into details, it's a really good Weiss which can be used as a benchmark beer in this category.

Jul 20, 2021
 
3.71 by JMN44 from Minnesota on Jul 08, 2021
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4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75
by SoCalNative from California

If you like Belgium Whites, you'll love this one. I've read that it's the archetype of said category, and after having sampled (cases) of both domestic and import variations of said category, I can believe it's the original.

Nice cloudy amber with a nice amount of head that stuck around for a while. Not much lacing. Nice "full" mouthfeel with moderate carbonation, not too bubbly. Subtle notes of orange and fall spices.

Served cold on a hot day and you'll be hooked. Great drinkability. (Lot better than the domestic brands that copy that flavor.)

Jul 06, 2021
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 5680 ratings