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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Photo of The_Bujon
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Never been a massive fan of this one, but gonna give it it's due's.

Looks are a tad disappointing purely because of the lack of head.

Aroma is very fresh and clean, light floral notes, but an inviting brew.

Taste is a touch too florally for me, coupled with a slight carbonate sensation, makes it a little difficult to enjoy. The alcohol content is fairly low, so perhaps a hit would do it some good?

The feel is pretty good, nice and smooth, and aftertaste is a little on the tart side.

Overall, just ok.

Won't be boofing too many more of this brew, too many others to go at.

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Photo of Pantalones
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle #7 from the twelve-pack I randomly picked up when a local grocery store had it on clearance. The listed "best before" is a somewhat shockingly distant date of December 1st, 2018. Yep, that's 20*18*. I wouldn't have thought to age a witbier for two years, but after seeing that date I almost want to hold on to one or two just to see what happens.

The beer is a hazy golden color, with an abundance of rising bubbles and a nice layer of fluffy white foam on top. The haziness makes it look a bit darker in color than it actually is, though shining a flashlight through it reveals that it's actually pretty pale. At a thin point in the glass it really does look almost "white" with the light shining through it, or at least as close as a beer is ever going to look.

The smell is predominantly yeasty -- I described it as a banana-like thing when I first had it, but I'm not sure that's the best word for it now that I think about it. There's a yeasty funkiness and something like pears, and maybe something else mixed in that might be a little banana-like. Maybe a bit of a spiciness in the background, and a bit of a tart citrusiness back there too.

Taste is milder than the smell, which kinda surprises me -- I've had a lot of beers where it's the other way around. The wheaty malt is more present in the taste than the smell, however, and it's pretty nice. The yeastiness from the smell is also present in the taste, though not as strong. This is definitely a beer that benefits from being drank in large quantities -- I'm noticing that with a bigger gulp I get more of the yeasty flavors and I can taste that bit of citrus too. Toward the end of the glass I'm noticing a bit of a spicy/herbal thing -- I know witbiers generally include coriander, I'm guessing that's what this is?

Mouthfeel is really great -- it's light and drinkable, smooth-feeling rather than prickly despite the tons of rising bubbles making it seem like it's pretty highly carbonated. As mentioned above, this is a beer that benefits from being drank in big gulps rather than little sips, and the mouthfeel definitely helps out with that.

Overall, this is a really nice beer, especially for a hot day when you want something lighter and refreshing. My feelings toward it have shifted around a bit between the first bottle and the most recent -- I was feeling somewhat disappointed by it during some of those in-between bottles but for some reason it's really working for me today.

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Photo of AverageJoeReviewers
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Cloudy Golden Yellow. No head.
S - Smells a very light beer. Citrus hints.
T - Wheat/ Citrus peels. Summer time beer.
F - Very Smooth. Little bit. Mild carbonation.
O - Average Joe's Approved. Easy drinking/ easy to find.

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Photo of AfricanPete14
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is easily the best witbier I've ever had, it had the perfect blend of spices and a nice smooth citrusy finish. It had a great color to it and a good amount of carbonation.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy; pale yellow in color; 1 finger finely pored white head that receded to a very thin cap; little lacing;

S: Belgian yeast, bread, lemon;

T: up front, it's Belgian yeast with lemon behind it; from the middle through the finish, it's predominantly lemon with Belgian yeast in the background; no bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: refreshing;

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy pale golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint straw yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy white head that slowly reduces to a large patch of mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Slightly heavier than moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of wheat malts, traditional witbier yeast, citrus/orange, and coriander. Slightly sweet.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of slightly sweet wheat malts. That is followed by a light to moderate flavor of traditional Belgian witbier yeast (almost slightly paste-like) and moderate flavors of citrus/orange peel + coriander. Minimal amount of bitterness in the finish.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront.

O: Honestly cannot believe it took me this long to get around to reviewing this beer as I have literally had it dozens of times over the years I have been reviewing (usually the premium option at a lot of corporate functions I have attended). Easy to drink, sessionable, and refreshing... especially on a warm/hot day.

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Photo of thecvele
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 330ml pour into both hectagon glass and tulip glass. Looks cloudy with a light yeloow color, quite inviting. Smell of coriander just comes upfront with orange peel, banana and some spices (I can smell cloves and something else) but nothing too offensive. Taste... it's complex but thin, I can taste floral, yeast and quite earthy taste. It's not overpowering but very refreshing and unique. It's very different to other belgian beers. I can see why people don't like it, however, I can understand why people love it. It's that kind of beer, it divides people, you either love it or hate it. Personally, with all it's flaws and lack of hops, I must say it's a classic and I absolutely love it. Make sure it's on tap... bottle doesn't do it justice!

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Photo of Trailboss76
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Murky golden color with a foamy head. Very active carbonation that you can see - even through the murkiness! Nice drinkability with some sort of a spice flavor going on in there. Unique aroma and flavor.

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Photo of MargotDarko
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured a pretty pale yellow with a large foamy head. Smelled sweet and light. Quite boring. Very easy to drink and quite refreshing. The thin watery feel and overly mild taste left me unsatisfied in the end. I'm glad I tried it but wouldn't have it again.

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Photo of Bombelsky
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a pokal glass. Cloudy, yellow and sparkling. Tall and frothy foam with very good lacing. Hay and some bananas. Some oranges and grass. Some cloves. Thin, watery, light bodied. Spicy yeast. Good balanced flavor. Light bitter-sweet with some sourness. Very pleasant refreshing beer. Nice, dry finish. Very good witbier.

Best before: 18.04.2017

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Photo of Snowball
3.56/5  rDev -7%
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 -4.2%
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. Flavor of orange rind is 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 AZBeerDude72
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a very cloudy yellow with rich foamy head. Smell is fruity blend of lemon and orange with some bread in there. Taste is fantastic, great blend of citrus, wheat, bread, and mild malt. Finish is fruity with a light sweetness left after drinking, very nice. I am surprised by the low score, I would rate this a very good beer worthy of higher marks all around. Cheers.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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 -13.8%
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 jmv0009
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

This is a popular beer here in China so I'll give it a try.
L - Cloudy orange with a nice white head that lingers.
S- Citrusy and sweet. Like a lemon and an orange had a sugary sweet baby.
T- Citrus, sweet up front with a tartness after that. Like drinking a sweet tart.
F- Full bodied for a wit. Not quite as drinkable as I would expect from this style.
O- Not bad but not good. I can see why its a popular beer though. A little too sweet for me though. This is really like drinking a sweet tart.

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Photo of Richwright22
4.71/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I really like this Wit. One of the original Witbiers that started it all, sometimes the oldies really are the goodies. A bit more citrusy than some later-appearing Wits, but it's a Wit, dammit: hints of citrus, coriander and clove are part of the deal. Nice wheaty color in the glass, good aroma, drinks very easily. Excellent summer Witbier.

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Photo of HefeweizenLover
3.79/5  rDev -1%
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 -4.2%
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 -2.6%
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 +21.4%
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 -28.7%
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 Matt97m3
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Hoegaarden, wit Blanche ist sehr gut, i do enjoy it, not as much as Franziskaner or weihenstaphener however it has great taste, feel, and something that I really enjoy is the after taste. Overall I can see myself buying a few more of theese. Prost!

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Photo of Sheppard
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, cloudy golden straw, with lacy white head. It's a little bit more see through than I'd have anticipated. Nice aroma. Great wheat and ester sweetness cut by a little coriander spice. It's a very nice witbier. Refreshing.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.44/5  rDev -36.3%
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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