Hoegaarden Original White Ale
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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Style:
Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #51
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
86
Ranked #25,810
Avg:
3.82 | pDev: 14.4%
Reviews:
1,873
Ratings:
5,635
From:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  208
Gots
  1,537
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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James94 from England

3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Cloudy lemon, good lacing
S: Wheat, banana, lemon, cinnamon, bread, butteriness
T: Spices, banana, wheat, green vegetables
F: Quite watery, less complex on the mouth than on the nose

O: 3.75

Mar 30, 2021
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LucaDiCriscio from Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Hazy lemon look. Smell is wonderfully potent. Taste is very citrusy. Feels full. The flavor is a bit duller than I expected, but doesn't taste bad at all.

Mar 18, 2021
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Elemental19xx from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think this is my new favorite wheat ale. Its like a blue moon on flavor steroids. The coriander and other spices, make for a very flavorful beer, and is very pleasant to drink while eating. The beer is a naturally cloudy color, with a wonderful spice smell. It goes down smooth and i could easily drink an entire six pack. I would without a doubt recomend this beer to anyone who is a fan of wheat beer.

Feb 03, 2021
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale hazy yellow with a fizzy white one finger head. Banana clove nose. Tastes of citrus, banana, clove and malt. Medium body with light carbonation. Dry finish. Very easy drinking and refreshing.

Jan 24, 2021
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a bit surprised that I have not reviewed this one, of all witbiers to have reviewed this should have been first as this is pretty much the epitome brewers modeled for the style. You can find another masterful original from the Celis Brewery white which is an enhanced cousin of the original Hoegaarden with the same master brewer Pierre Celis. His revival of the nearly deserted witbier inspired Keith Villa who created blue moon and many other beers. How is the original stack up?

This beer should be drank slightly warmed, pour and swirl pour method implemented. Alternatively you can gently roll the beer on its side to mix the sediment, I like swirl and pour better.

There is a beautiful white head that forms overtop a semi transparent unfiltered highly carbonated beer. Unfiltered wheat floats throughout the beer with a higher carbonation rate. There is a smell of grassy noble hops that comes from the glass alongside soft wheat-notes. Unlike Americanized versions there is no overly radiant lemon scent, or massive candy spice notes, nope this is just straightforward, and has a mild spice character. Cloves and coriander.

The mouthfeel is ultra light bodied, mild carbonation rush, but very drinkable. Spice notes as mentioned before are mild, alongside a nice orange flavor.

Jan 15, 2021
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Beershaker from Canada (ON)

4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Beautiful pale yellow colour. Cloudy. White head.

Smell: Yeast. Banana. Malts.

Taste: Yeasty. Banana and vanilla. No obvious taste of hops.

Feel: Very mild carbonation, not enough for the mouthfeel. Light-body. Some sweetness. No obvious taste of sourness.

Overall: A good witbier, but it really lacks carbonation. The lack of carbonation makes it feel a little bit watery in the mouth.

Dec 26, 2020
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hbeimers from Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very hazy and foamy. Fluffy mouthfeel and soapy flavors. Very crisp and light. A lot of the flavor comes through as coriander and clove, supported by the wheat and citrus. Very drinkable, but a bit below something what most craft brewers do these days.

Dec 24, 2020
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damzz from Massachusetts

3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light yellow with a full white head that laces and lingers. Nose is spice and wheat. Taste is wheat with a spice foundation. Mild bitterness and crisp. 11.2 bottle Hate these cheap bottles. BBY 5/9/21- such precision

Dec 03, 2020
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Tony787 from Canada (ON)

3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

nice creamy 3 finger head in my glass easy to drink beer I enjoyed it very much.
hazy color and nice head .
overall it's a good wheat beer and easy to drink.
cheers

Sep 20, 2020
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bankboy66 from New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful pour into a tulip glass. Two finger head and cloudy gold color. Smell is clove and citrus. Taste follows with some orange and lemon? Medium fizz and very drinkable.

Aug 16, 2020
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kookajamo from Delaware

3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It's hoegaarden, if you haven't tried one you definitely should but don't expect it to be the best Belgian wheat beer you've ever had. A few decades ago before the craft beer surge this was probably an upper echelon beer, but in the last decade brewing has come a long way and left InBev beers like this in the dust.

Pours a slightly hazy straw gold. Well carbonated and spritz-y. Traditional flavors of coriander and orange peel are present but muted, probably InBev's doing. Finishes light but watery. Aftertaste doesn't linger long. This is significantly better than comparably priced beers such as Miller or Bluemoon, but that's not saying much. Surprising to see so many 4+ reviews on this, even some perfect 5s. Not to sound overly snooty but anyone reading who would rate this in the 4.5-5.0 range should do themselves a favor and try some real craft beers.

Jul 28, 2020
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Steve555 from Wales

3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank from a massive 750ml bottle. Cream coloured body with fizzy white two finger head that sparkles noisily then settles to a permanent half finger head. Taste of wheat, lemon (as I added a slice of lemon to it) and hint of spices, , touch of clove, very little to no bitterness and is full bodied and hearty but like a lot of wheat beers is slightly bland. Whilst added lemon or lime to lager is a sin, citrus definitely enhances the flavour profile of this beer. Finish is vaguely citrus acid and dry, slightly cloying when drunk quickly but not unpleasantly so.

It's a pleasant easy drinker and definitely a must try but I'm sure it was a bit tastier 20 years or so ago when it was all the rage with Cardiff metropolitans. You were always disappointed if they ran out of the special Hoegaarden glasses and served it to you in a regular pint glass.

A beer I would recommend as I tend to prefer Belgian wits to German weissbiers.

Jul 27, 2020
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HopMaester from Canada (ON)

4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Kings of Wit beers. Maybe the best wit beer ever!
I may be partial since this is also my first witbier. Orange peel is so delicate and the look, feel and taste all awesome!

its not super smooth but maybe by choice, its delicious

Jul 19, 2020
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Greywulfken from New York

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What a delight - creamy, fluffy, and soft - almost like a lemon mousse with soft grains and hints of mild spice and herb - exceptional mouthfeel, mild bitterness, moderately sweet - really dug it...

Jul 10, 2020
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elNopalero from California

4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this pre-acquisition, and I’ve had it again, and my palate or my memory are not sharp enough to necessarily know the difference. Yes, it is a mass produced “wheat beer.” But it’s done exceptionally well, with just a resplendent coriander and clove note to it.

Jul 03, 2020
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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It has been a long time since I drank one of these so I bought one last night. I thought it had a good, fruity taste though the finish seemed a bit odd. Nothing bad, but just not something that I would probably not want to drink a lot of at one sitting. I have to say that it looks very awesome, I like the hazy coloring and the way it pours. Anyway, I recommend it for anyone interested in the Witbier style.

Jun 24, 2020
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vinicole from England

3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Cloudy yellow. Thin, white frothy head.
Spice and banana as expected in the smell. Some citrus present.
Taste reflects the aroma. Cardamom and coriander noted. Some sweetness discerned.
Quite a soft feel. Rather sticky towards the end.
A good, readily available, Witbier in bottle and on keg.

Jun 21, 2020
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a clear golden color with a nice white head that recedes and leaves lacing. In the nose, it is somewhat lemony and citrusy with bready undertones. In the mouth, it is light and bready with a touch of spice.

Jun 07, 2020
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ThemThangs from California

3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Jun 02, 2020
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Sharkbite20 from Philippines

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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 (ON)

3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
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 +24.1%
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 +7.3%
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 +5.8%
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 +30.9%
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
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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