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Hoegaarden Original White Ale | Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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Hoegaarden Original White AleHoegaarden Original White Ale

Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by purplehops on 07-08-2001

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Photo of Snowball
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 6 oz plastic cup at the Epcot Food and Wine festival. This was served at the Belgium showcase.

This beer has a bright, sunny yellow, darker than goldenrod color. The head was thin on this small serving, but very well retaining. Nice foamy lacing down the cup. I would describe the flavor of this beer to be very earthy. The bitter hops used in this taste, as put by BA user sjccmd, 'floral and grassy'. I find this a particularly accurate description. This is followed by tones of citrus and coriander. The feel is light-medium bodied, well carbonated, and crisp. My only one complaint is that I found it a tad cloying near the end.

This beer was refreshing on such a hot day. Probably wouldn't be the best choice in the colder seasons. Some may or may not find this a good example of what the witbier style has to offer, but I find it a solid brew.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with a two and a half finger satin white head.

Has a mildly sweet taste consisting primarily of tart, creamy wheat and lemon juice with notes of spicy coriander. Flavors of orange rind are present but understated contributing a subtle hint of zest. Flavors of white pepper and banana play a part in the background.

Feel is definitely on the sweet side of the beer spectrum. Watery and dry. I'm not a big fan of Witbier, so I don't find it sessionable, but I can see how some people would. I can also see this pairing nicely with certain dishes of food in the winter.

Overall not too shabby. I'd take this over a Blue Moon any day.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Has the classical hazy wheat throughout the beer appearance, relatively bright colored yellow haze, 3/5" white head. Aroma was all that citrus spice rack, orange rind and coriander all over it. Some clove.

Taste was a chewy mouthfeel wheat and lemon/orange rind feel. Sticks to the teeth, but not in the brett kind of way. The malt/wheat is dense. Slick and smooth, not bitter. Some banana in there too.

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Photo of sjccmd
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bright, fruity, sweet aroma. Orange peel and coriander are very present, but not over the top or artificial seeming. Subtle banana and vanilla notes. Floral, grassy hops. Slight graham cracker malt aroma. Orange juice is notable as well.

Pours cloudy yellow with small white head. Decent lacing and good retention.

Spicy and fruity on the palate. Coriander seems a bit stronger on the palate, but flavors do mingle well. Juicy and citrusy. A bit of lemon/lime soda...literally like Sprite. As I'm drinking this, I'm beginning to feel either my palate has changed, or this beer has lost some of its subtlety over the years.

Medium light body with medium carbonation. Crisp but with a decent oat slickness.

Again, my palate has likely changed over the years, but I remember this beer having a subtle hint of orange peel and coriander. The more I drink it, the more it seems like the coriander and orange peel are a bit heavy-handed. Still a nice refreshing beer, but the spicing could get cloying after a while.

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Photo of HefeweizenLover
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured 0.3l bottle into a Pilsener glass.

A: The beer is pale yellow and very hazy. Finger high bright white fluffy head quickly dissipates, but leaves decent lacing in the glass. Light carbonation is visible in the glass.

S: Smells of wheat, spices and hints of banana.

T: Peppery spices, followed by citrus fruits, banana and a touch of sweetness.

M: Light bodied, very crispy and twang, with high and lively carbonation on the palate.

O: Very refreshing and easy drinkable summer beer. Very nice example of the style.

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Photo of Ri0
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint glass. Cloudy pale yellow with a thin 1 finger head. Aromas of sweet grain, wheat, and some citrus, banana, clove. Flavor is much of the same and it has a very clean feel. Easy to drink and a great summer beer around the grill.

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Pale yellow, cloudy, originally poured a nice head though it goes away quick.
S: Quite light, some dough, peppery spice, clove, and a hint of citrus.
T: Rather dry, lots of spice. A touch of sweetness. Definately can't miss that corriander and orange in there. Like the wheat presence as well.
F: Very crisp, carbonation on the higher end, body is super light and drinks very refreshing.
O: Classic beer for me, what got me started down the craft beer world. Still as great as I remember it.

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Photo of Schimms
4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Poured into a tulip; cloudy yellow with fluffy white head. Nice lacing.

S: Wheaty, Belgian style.

T: Great full-flavored Belgian wit - perfect for a hot day. Distinct Belgian.

F: Thin with light carbonation.

O: Great wit!

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Photo of RicardoMadeira
2.73/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured a very hazy pale yellow with almost no head. The smell is clearly fruity, citric, and pleasant until a certain point. The first sips were very refreshing, but then I started to sense a very strong flavor of spices and the deadly coriander, that I hate, and that kept intensifying sip after sip; conclusion: didn't finished it. The mouthfeel was pleasant; it has low carbonation and it's not too bold. It's a light summer beer, that I admit to be refreshing, but not for me. Wrong beer for me, life goes on. There are more beers in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy! Cheers!

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Photo of q33jeff
2.44/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

On Tap at Dubh Linn Square. Had just one then onto something better.
Aroma is Lemon (though it was served with one on the glass, so that really doesn't count). Light yellow, a tad cloudy.
Light; Easy to drink.Light. A classic, but nothing truly special.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: cloudy dull yellow with a finger of white foamy head
S: banana and wheat. Sweet smelling beer for sure
T: like the nose, banana and wheat with an overall sweetness. The flavors are not as strong as the smell though
F: thin and easy drinking.
O: a decent summer beer

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Photo of larryarms847
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy and bright golden yellow with a subtle orange hue and a finger of frothy white foam.

Fresh grains, light orange and lemon zest citrusy notes, subtle clove and herbal notes.

Clove, banana, sweet orange, fresh wheat.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, soft, creamy smooth.

Overall, a mighty fine witbier. Really damn good!

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Photo of puck1225
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tall glass. Nice white head with decent lacing, cloudy yellow in color. Sweet, refreshing smell. The taste is light and spiced. A nice beer for lunch.

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Photo of Ant777uk
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Had this many times before, usually it makes me sleepy.

Great head, fairly good look. Very good actually.

Nice aroma, citrussy.

Totally fine, fruity. Just not strong enough...

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Photo of basaywhat
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Cloudy pale yellow color, big white head. Medium body, average to high carbonation. Aroma of citrus, coriander, malts. Taste is very yeasty, malty with nice banana touch, coriander and citrus.

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Photo of The_Atom
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An overall pretty good wheat beer. Light, hazy yellow color in appearance. The aroma is sweet and pleasant. The taste is smooth, crisp, and light in carbonation with hints of banana . Not my all time favorite, but one I will enjoy again.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Hazy yellow, half finger white head, very light carbonation.

S: Aroma is excellent. Very sweet smell. You want to smell it all day.

T: Tastes quite good. Witbier is not my favorite style but this one is very drinkable.

F: Has more carbonation in the palate than the actual carbonation on the glass. Which is quite a good thing, leaves nice feeling.

O: Nice beer. For those who enjoy witbier, this one is a good choice.

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Photo of Sparty21
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy with a golden yellow appearance. The beer has a descent size white foamy head. It has a smooth taste with an aftertaste of wheat and yeast.

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Photo of Edith0703
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Typical Belgian beer. Not my type of beer. Standard wheat bear, really smooth texture. Golden appearance, sweet flavor with little bitter finish. Really easy to drink.

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Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy golden like a typical weiß bier. Smells pretty much the same but lacks something... The Feel is great Smooth fresh with a light crisp finish. Nice stuff but is never gonna be able to compeat with German weiß Bier. Neither Belgium or Lithuania can beat the Germans at this kind of creation. Still like it though!

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Guess I never gave this beer much respect since it is always around and tends to be past its prime. Got a large 750ml bottle that was fresh and decided to give it another try...and was pleasantly surprised. Pours very pale and hazy as you'd expect, with a large white head that leaves a bit of lacing. Nose is light esters, citrus, and a refreshing light pice or yeast note I can't quite place. Flavor is crisp and light, a bit of grain and citrus, and did not have much of the banana note I was expecting. Crisp light mouthfeel. Overall, a very solid beer when fresh.

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Photo of OlaB
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: cloudy golden color , unfiltered gives of a small top of head that disolves quickly

S: yeast ,wheat ,banana ripes, small pepper and corriander notes, very sweet aroma

T&F : the banana and the spices is the most noticable in the first sip,much sweetnes in this beer and not much bitterness , a very smooth taste,alcohol content not very noticable. Very easy to drink.

O: A good sample of it,s style, not overwhelming exiting but a good beer. Very easy to drink, and easy to enjoy.

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Photo of matuto
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle (exp. 09/2016), in a mug. Straw and very cloudy liquid, with lots of white foam. Didn't leave any laces. Great aroma of spices with a citric note. A bit different note on the upfront flavor, with a more malty character, but the citric note shows up afterwards. Very light body and refreshing. A slight residual bitterness gives a nice touch.

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Photo of stevoj
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good for what is developing as the leader in the field for this style. Pale and cloudy golden in color with spare head, slight citrusy hints on top of wheat characteristics. Overall light on the palate and in mouthfeel, but the norm for the style.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

appearance is a cloudy yellow/goldish color, with a fluffy head that quickly recedes. Wheat, light lemony zest, and yeast on the nose. Taste is the same but with a slight peppery spice on the finish. feels like a lightish body. overall nice easy drinking beer that is both refreshing and tasty!

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