Hoegaarden Original White Ale
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

Hoegaarden Original White AleHoegaarden Original White Ale
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Style:
Belgian Witbier
Ranked #54
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
86
Ranked #24,344
Avg:
3.81 | pDev: 14.7%
Reviews:
1,855
Ratings:
5,572
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Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
 
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Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
86
Very Good
Hoegaarden Original White AleHoegaarden Original White Ale
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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ThemThangs from California

3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Picked up a single bottle of this randomly, not sure what to expect. Has a sweet metallic smell when pouring. On taste it kind of reminds me of citrus, like lemon and orange? Also makes me think of various spices like cloves.

Tuesday at 08:36 AM
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Sharkbite20 from Philippines

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

L - Pours pale yellow / straw and cloudy with a 3 finger head that goes down quickly to a patchy cap and lacing.

S - Aromatic! Citrus and fruit (banana, pears) smells with spice and then the sweet wheat come through. More aromatic than the Paulaner hefe i had before it. But there is a hint of metallic smell, im sure is not from the cap.

T - First impression of bright citrus, fruits, and then sweet wheat. Evolves into spices, yeast, some grass, honey. Then ends with a malty / bready flavor that lingers for just a bit.

F - Bright and crisp, may be sharp for some. strong carbonation though not visible in the glass. A dry finishbut otherwise a light and easy drink.

O - I was surprised to like this more than the Paulaner Hefe, but is not as smooth. This has more of a bright, edgy and summery character with emphasis on the citrus and spices, but with just enough sweetness. I did not at all notice the alcohol.

if i were not allergic to wheat this would be a staple in my home.

May 30, 2020
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InspectorHound from Canada

3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pale opaque yellow. Great 3 finger white super fluffy head with strong retention.
Smell: Sweet Belgium yeast, Oranges and green melon.
Taste: It's sweet with a mild floral tone. Pleasant but too understated for my tastes. Slightly watery. The orange and citrus comes out on the back end.
Feel: Slightly tangy. Stimulates the underside of the tongue and the back teeth vs any of the taste buds.
One of my favourite bar beer mixes is to order a black and white (Guiness and Hoegaarden) if the mood strikes me. On it's own Hoegaarden is a refreshing and unobtrusive choice. Great smell and look, but lacking in the more important
flavour department. This beer earns a B-.

May 16, 2020
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Markpalmer from Pennsylvania

4.74/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

To me, this is the quintessential pale ale, the one I judge all others against. It's plain great all around. A bit pricey and sometimes hard to get in my area, but price shows in the quality and I always pick it up when I see it.

May 12, 2020
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ASKasten

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fruity and well-balanced. Pale bite at first but the aromatics quick jump at you. Great Belgium White for starters.

Recommend to try!

Mar 30, 2020
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BeerBaronBear from New York

4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hoegaarden is a classic! Perfect thirst-quenching, crisp summer beer. I remember in Philly getting a "Dirty Hoe", which was half Hoegaarden, half Lambic Framboise, and gave it a nice tart twist. Try it sometime! It's a light-colored and -bodied beer, and doesn't carry a ton of flavor, but what it's got is nicely balanced and floral/spicy. The light body is a touch unsatisfying, but in the right situation where you're looking for a light but flavorful beer, this hits the spot.

Mar 26, 2020
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Jricci16

5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

honestly might be better than the Bluemoon I always drink. Probably one of my favorite beers. However very expensive and it’s Not even a full 12 ounce.

Mar 09, 2020
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MartyCraigMiller

4.88/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Very smooth, light, and full of flavor. Crisp, clean, and refreshing on the hottest summer days or the cold of winter Hoegaarden is always a great compliment to any dinner or activity.

Feb 22, 2020
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I rate it about halfway between above average and outstanding, hence the 3.75. Pours a hazy light gold color with decent, but fast fading head. Scent is a combination of yeast and some fruit. The taste follows the nose with the addition of what I believe to be coriander. Light mouthfeel and an aftertaste that follows the taste, but seems really thin

Dec 21, 2019
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CalebSipeMN

4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

When drinking the Hoegaarden OG White Ale, it is important to follow the directions on the bottle to get the perfect pour. If you do not follow the directions, there will be sediment.

The flavor is excellent. I had to describe this beer to a friend who drinks the bigger name beers and it is basically a Blue Moon that has flavor. It possesses a slight warmth of coriander, a mild tang of orange zest, and a hint of sweet banana.

This beer goes down pretty well.

Dec 02, 2019
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Nofoba

1.99/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Poured from a 330ml bottle. It has a cloudy, pear green body and a small white head with no retention. There's also a lot of floaties in the beer, although that's probably to be expected.

The first impressions of the aroma were not good - a really unpleasant smell of vinegar, which died down after a moment. Following that was aroma of yeast with notes of fruit and slight spicyness.

The taste resembles that of really watered down lemon-lime soda, with some herbal notes. Very little carbonation. The aftertaste is also watery.

Really underwhelming.

Oct 17, 2019
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not on my receipt from Total Wine, Selma, TX, so free beer! Reviewed 10/12/19.
Marked “Best before end: 08/12/19” on back label. On shelf at store, stored and served at 42 degrees.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Very light yellow (nearly colorless), slight haze.
Body – Light yellow, murky, opaque.
Head – Large (Maximum eight cm, aggressive center pour), meringue-like, average duration, diminishing to a stable eight to ten mm undulating crown and thick complete cap.
Lacing – None.
Aroma – 4 – Coriander, yeast.
Flavor – 4 – Flavors less distinct than the nose would indicate, but then this is past the BB date. Coriander predominates with less yeast phenols than expected. Slightly sweet. No alcohol (4.9% ABV) flavor or aroma, no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, slightly creamy, light carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4. A trip down memory lane for me – I first had Hoegaarden in a little café in Toronto before I ever joined BA. What was that waiter’s name? RALPH! Or something equally mundane. And, much as I liked it originally, I haven’t had it since joining BA until now. So, a decent Belgian Witbier, even though in the clutches of INBEV. Seems a little weaker than I remember but that could be my memory.

Oct 12, 2019
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Lanas from Greece

3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Before i drink this beer i was pretty sure that it is a very refreshing beer and it great choice for the summer.. So i was prepare for one great blonde Belgium beer..
When i drink my first draught, big carboration feel my month and a punchy taste hit my brain.. That was really a great momment. After that the beer over time become less awesome and seems lose very quickly the big carboration. The taste become more and more lighter but still the beer is ok and higher from average..
The taste remind me "Le chouffe" and "Triplet Karmeliet" with a lot of lemon inside and general a sour taste. And that is good for me because these beers is some of my favorites.. Also this beer has little more water than usual and i don't notice some great after taste..
Overall a great and cheap beer to drink in the summer.. Is far away from the usual and ordinary beers out there. Is like "Netherlands" has "Heineken" as cheap and casual beer and "Belgium" has "Hoegaarden".. And the difference in these two beers are massive.. I take the "Belgium" casual way for sure..

Sep 14, 2019
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mngermanshepherd from Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light gold, with a thin head. Fruity nose, full of a delicious wheaty scent.

Taste is mostly banana and cloves, with some carbonation, finish is tangy on the tongue and minimal hoppiness.

Aug 24, 2019
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Grounder from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I am of two minds about this one. I have a case from last year and it's an amazing beer, with clean citrus taste and bright spiciness. I've never had a better witbier. The batch from this this year, with new white label, is very different and distinctly simpler. Still very good but it does not blow my mind.

Jul 10, 2019
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pianoguy from Washington

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2 Oz bottle
According to the instructions on bottle I'm supposed to pour 2/3s into a glass, swirl then add the rest. Here goes...

Pours a cloudy straw colored body with a fluffy white head. Good retention but only a little speck lacing

Wheat and coriander dominate the scent. I'm also getting Belgian yeast and oranges.

Taste follows with a lot of sweetness

Feel seem a little under carbonated but appropriate for the style I guess

An interesting beer. I've never been a wheat beer guy so I've reviewed it to style as best I can. Gotta step out of that comfort zone once and a while!

Jul 02, 2019
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FBarber from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy bright straw colored yellow. Thin velvety white head with excellent retention. Surprisingly effervescent even through the haziness.

Aroma has notes of wheat, pepper, coriander, nutmeg and a hint of citrus.

Taste has notes of wheat, a hint of orange peel, coriander, spicy pepper towards the back end and through the finish. Very light, airy flavors. Flavors die off quickly on the palate.

Feel is light and drinkable. Spritzy carbonation.

A straightforward Belgian witbier that hits all the notes for that style quite well. Its a great beer and worth having if you like the style.

Jun 09, 2019
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augustgarage from California

3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into my Hoegaarden tumbler.

Cloudy pear body with a fast-dissipating ivory crown; vague lacing; poor retention.

Floral/spice character from the coriander, and a touch of bitter-sweet tang in the nose. Faint sourness in the background. No real hop presence.

Light, vanilla-tinged grain character with a lingering citrus-kissed sweetness. Sort of watery mid-palate, with a brief vitamin note giving way to a floral, medium finish. Some yeast character, and a slight pucker from the wheat.

Soft, not-quite pillow-like mouth-feel - gently but fully carbonated.

Hate to support AB/In-Bev, but this is one of the style's progenitors with few superior examples available in my neighborhood. Good reminder I need to brew my own wit before summer really gets cooking...

Jun 07, 2019
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

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

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Appearance is a cloudy, bright straw color body with a luscious and fluffy finger thick white head with decent retention and lacing. Small bubbles arrive up from the bottom moderately.

Wheat, orange peel, banana, and coriander are the main notes in the aroma. Other notes of white pepper, clove, biscuit malt, and spices.

Taste is much like the aroma with some lemon in it too, although not as flavorful as I expected just from smelling it. Medium-light bodied.

May 15, 2019
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SmokySignals from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Used to get this in the 2005-ish, when the Good Karma would just let folks have open access on the cooler. It was exotic for small-town south MS. Great hot weather beer back then, but nowadays...not so sure? I remember liking it a lot back then, for its fizzy citrusy Zima vibe which makes me wonder how it is now, but not enough to buy any. Try if its free.

Apr 28, 2019
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defunksta from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy lemony color with a light, but crispy white head.
Smell: Aroma of spicy belgian yeast. Pepper, coriander, some orange. Followed by a biscuit malt and banana aroma.
Taste: Strong flavors of belgian yeast, coriander and some lemon/orange citrus. Strong biscuit malt and banana flavors. A crisp, clean and dry finish. The flavor is so well balanced between the citrus, bread and banana sweetness, but with a yeasty, dry finish.
Feel: Lighter bodied. Strongly carbonated and crisp.

Compared side by side to Ommegang's witbier: This one has more of a belgian yeast quality. More yeast, spice, coriander, banana. Less citrus overall. Less orange, but more of a lemon flavor. Similar light bodied and carbonated. Maybe slightly lighter bodied and less carbonated, but close nonetheless. I prefer Hoegaarden over Ommegang due to the nice representation of Belgian yeast flavors and spice.

Overall: An absolute delicious summertime brew. The coriander and belgian yeast complement each other perfectly into a dry finish.This is the gold-standard of the style. Well-balanced and deserves some serious respect.

Mar 25, 2019
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Sarah_Bearah from California

3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Take a sip and allow yourself to be transported to a bustling terrace on the first day of Spring. The Forsythia that lines the Plaza is always early to bloom; its subtle bouquet mingling with hints of the pipe tobacco preferred by older generations. You take your time savoring the fresh flavor of ripe Kumquats in a bowl on the table, served with Langues de Chat biscuits and a creamy coriander-spiced dip on the side. It’s a rare opportunity to re-connect with the sunshine as well as your neighbors.

Feb 19, 2019
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teromous from Virginia

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

From the back label: "25/07/19"

Appearance: It has a big fluffy white head with decent retention. The head leaves a lot of lacing. It has a cloudy straw-colored body.

Aroma: There is a light bit of coriander aroma and a touch of what smells like pepper and tobacco leaf.

Taste: The flavor is mostly this creamy tasting wheat and coriander mush. It has a slightly floral character and it is extremely mellow.

Mouthfeel: It is smooth and easy to drink.

Overall: It's an outstanding beer with a pleasant and gentle character. I would absolutely buy this again and I would highly recommend it. It is more on the smooth side of Belgian Witbiers rather than those that trend towards the fruity or tangy. I really enjoyed it.

Jan 27, 2019
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wilburj1 from Pennsylvania

4.74/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent brew when fresh and cold easy to drink several sweet wheat aroma and the taste is excellent as well. Spicy on the nose and back of the throat. Love the lacing on my glass. Think I shall have another.

Dec 23, 2018
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MultiPlatinum from South Carolina

3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasant experience. Refreshing and mildly interesting for a bottom shelf brew. Nothing out of the ordinary going on. Good year round but would recommend on a hot day.

Dec 14, 2018
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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