Hoegaarden Original White Ale
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

Hoegaarden Original White AleHoegaarden Original White Ale
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Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
Ranked #76
Ranked #21,352
3.79 | pDev: 14.78%
Sep 16, 2023
Jul 08, 2001
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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Reviewed by bark from Sweden

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
This is a pretty different beer…

When you get the over-sized tumbler glass (especially designed for Hoegaarden) it looks like you just got a glass of over carbonated, fresh squeezed apple juice: A cloudy white-yellow liquid with white, half-thick, long-lasting foam.

Then you smell the beer and discover a mix of sweet lemonade, apples, ladies perfume, paperhanger’s paste and soft soap.

The taste is enormously fresh and the carbon dioxide sparkles in your mouth like it is going to explode, but then it just fades away leaving lots of tastes to explore: Sour apples, bitter almonds, hints of leather and white bread.

The aftertaste is as complex and unexpected as the smell and taste: A taste of caraway and other spices used in dark bread is followed by a fresh and refreshing flavour of sour fruit-drops and almonds.

Not like any other beer that I have came across, not even other white beer comes close. A break when you don’t want to have just another beer, and my first choice when I want to be refreshed a hot summer night.

I think that all people with even a slight interested in beer should at least try a Hoegaarden once.
Jan 10, 2004
More User Ratings:
Rated: 4.24 by Andrew_craftbeer from Romania

Sep 16, 2023
Rated: 4 by BeerInspector from Delaware

Sep 01, 2023
Rated: 4.4 by Beecham from California

Sep 01, 2023
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Reviewed by Grax

4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Very intense aroma of banana, vanilla, and clove that's practically intoxicating on its own. Body is thick with a dank, cloying sweetness that's filled with juicy banana, melon, cloves, and honey. Earthy and pithy, very interesting. A great example of a Belgian wheat.
Aug 09, 2023
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Reviewed by HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

4.36/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
I can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet!

Pours out a clear straw color that becomes moderately hazy when the yeast is added. Remains translucent. Capped with a rocky head of snow white foam. Excellent retention. Barely reduces at all.

Nice tart citrus aroma; lemon, grapefruit, not overly sweet or sour or candied or perfume-like--quite restrained. Very wheat-y, some green banana, hay, and a touch of spices.

Nice pop of lemon and orange upfront, green banana, coriander, doughy malt, hay. Vanilla on the finish. Clean and crisp.

Fluffy and pillowy , dry, extremely drinkable.

World class witbier. I can't believe this is only rated an 85?!?? This set the benchmark for the style. It's flawless. It's a perfect witbier.
Aug 03, 2023
Rated: 3.92 by uncleotis from Illinois

Jul 29, 2023
Rated: 4 by Corburk from Pennsylvania

Jul 27, 2023
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Reviewed by TreyJ88

2.27/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25
My girlfriends roommate gave me a bottle of this after she told me she didn’t like it. Always interesting to have a beer given for free because it was “so bad”. This should be a treat.

Look: standard witbier look

Smell: strangely enough, this smells exactly like sweet corn.

Taste: unfortunately, it tastes like it smells and it tastes like canned sweet corn juice. Not a pleasant taste.

Feel: feel isn’t horrible for what it is.

Overall, it is hard to get past the smell and taste of straight sweet corn. I’m not sure how this is 85/100.
Jul 15, 2023
Rated: 4.22 by yung

Jul 05, 2023
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Reviewed by BillyNoonan from Ireland

4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
For a large, productive brewery this is genuinely one of the better beers. Love the white gold, hazy colour. Extremely drinkable and refreshing on palate. Fresh orange and good carbonation. Cannot fault and a few of these babies go down great on a summer evening.
Jun 09, 2023
Rated: 3.65 by Dethark from England

Jun 01, 2023
Rated: 3.5 by AdamM0 from Texas

May 28, 2023
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Reviewed by Deadhead5573

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
If it is summer time. Hit this again and again. Easy on the pallette. Great to bring or drink at occasions. Looks nice in a small glass. Remember your getting 11.2 ounces so they go quick. As another had said..life is too short to drink beer water .this will be a treat for all at the next BBQ. Goes well with anything really but seafood even better. With the hint of orange peel. This one will have you hitting the head often. So make sure to have a glass of water now and again. You will thank me in the morning. It makes for great conversation. The monks don't fonk around . You need not be a beer snob. But there is no reason to drink bud, Coors, miller. When you can go to the road less traveled. Without breaking the piggy bank.
May 22, 2023
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Reviewed by kdd230 from England

3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
750ml bottle in Mae Kasa, Thailand. Pours a hazy mid-gold with a white head. Aroma of orange and herb. Flavour of coriander, orange, wheat. Nicely balanced.

A classic wheat beer
May 17, 2023
Rated: 3.18 by Bitburger from Vermont

May 07, 2023
Rated: 4.79 by Mapachoman from Washington

May 06, 2023
Rated: 2.8 by belgocanuck from Belgium

May 05, 2023
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 5748 ratings