Hoegaarden Original White Ale
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #51
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3.82 | pDev: 14.4%
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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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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jrempel from Canada (BC)

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Apr 24, 2012
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metter98 from New York

4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured cloudy light yellow in color with a bright white head. The head didn't last that long, but a high amount of carbonation is visible through the haze and preserves a thin layer of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are pleasant, light aromas of lemon and orange in the nose along with some hints of spices and sweetness.
T: The overall taste is well balanced between flavors of citrus and spices.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with lots of carbonation.
D: The beer is very refreshing and quite sessionable, particularly during the warm weather in the summer months.

Jun 02, 2010
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Alehorn from Tennessee

4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a cloudy, pale golden color (think macro brew gone cloudy with a touch of lemonade). Thin head that subsided quickly, two fingers tops. Nose was definitely wheat, very grassy, somewhat floral. Smelled like a bright spring afternoon, if that makes sense. Tasted of grassy grains and a bit of a ferrous note on the front end. Crisp floral with a mellow hop presence. Very sessionable in my opinion, and a decent wit to get started on.

Jan 20, 2015
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OlaB from Norway

3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Feb 26, 2016
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UrbanCaveman from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass at approximately 45 degrees F.

A: Pours a pale straw, and is amazingly cloudy, to the point that I can scarcely see the shadow of my fingers on the opposite side of the glass. Formed an immense head of white foam, that quickly fell away to a ring and several patchy islands of cap. No lacing to speak of, alas.

S: Fruit and wheat spring out of the glass at first whiff, laden with nigh hefeweizen levels of banana and coriander spice. There's a tang of citrus underlying the primary aromas, and an overall sweetness that beckons to my hop-averse palate.

T: The flavor profile has a definite core of sweet wheat, around which the fruit and spice notes are wrapped. Citrus notes abound through the beer, ranging from orange to mandarin and clementine, and the spice tones include coriander and just a hint of clove. Tinges of white pepper waft through the background, and a faint whisper of banana skulks about the shadows of the ester flavors.

M: Rather thin and watery, moreso than expected for the level of cloudiness in the glass. While I'd expect most any wheat beer to be light-bodied, this beer lends itself to a quick flash of flavor across the palate, and then a lingering watery aftertime.

O: For a witbier available at my local grocery store for a reasonable price, this is quite tasty. A little more strength in the body, and I'd call it a regular.

Dec 10, 2014
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baddogrudy from Indiana

5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is the standard of all wit beers. smooth, taste is great, and no lingering bitterness. perfect. Its not extreem in flavor or alcohol content, so many will under rate this brew. If you want a witbeer that has drinkability unmatched, flavor so smooth, taste so perfect, this is the beer.

Feb 08, 2013
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tastemeister from Maryland

5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Uniquely spicy, but not for everyone or every occasion. I enjoy it mostly by itself, although it goes very well with meals, especially heavy ones. I love the smoooth texture, light quality, cardamom and orange spice, and full-yet-manageable head. Right now, other beers simply are bland to me.

Oct 26, 2013
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DrunkMuffin from Croatia (Hrvatska)

4.94/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Goldish texture, not too bright.you can feel a mild citrus taste in your mouth. Also, the smell calls you to order another one. Definitely worthwhile.

Apr 27, 2018
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Zbrewer80 from Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I really dig this beer. I’m a novice as it comes to beer but this is my favorite Wheat Ale I have come across.
It pores a extremely hazy but bright gold, with a finger length head that dissipates quickly.
I would almost want to describe this as closer to a pale ale. The only thing setting it apart is the carbonation.
The aroma is very mild with hints of spices and wheat and the taste is mild as well, but the carbonation carries it well. It’s a subtle and easy drinking ale.
Will be purchasing again!

Mar 08, 2018
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akdo from Canada (ON)

4.51/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Because I saw this beer on many list of top Belgian beers, I didn't mind buying a case of six bottles. Once I was home, I paired one bottle with an orange.

From the bottle came a pale golden beer with a head that stays on top for a while. If you follow the instructions on the bottle's label, gently shake your glass if the head starts to fade. The head will get a little bit of its vigor back. All in all, the beer has a nice visual identity.

Speaking about the taste, I initially took one sip without biting my orange. Because of the orange peels inside the Hoegaarden Original White Ale, the taste more or less like a lightly bitter homemade marmalade jam made with enough cups of sugar, a dashes of hops and some tweaks (coriander?), which is not a bad thing.

Once I kept a slice of orange meat as well as its juice in my mouth, I took another sip. The orange's juice merged with the beer and lightened the beer's bitterness. The orange juice did not overpower the beer in that the bitterness was not sacrificed. For a fleeting moment, I even was under the impression that the Hoegaarden came close to the taste of a dubbel, which is supposed to have a certain sweetness.

In short, to get the most out of the Hoegaarden, drink it with an orange. As for the pairing this beer with seafood, I will try it in the future.

May 18, 2015
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Gote from South Carolina

3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Easy to drink except for what seems to be a bit of sweetness for some reason. Still, I'll drink it if you're offering.

Jun 23, 2015
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Pantalones from Virginia

3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Apr 10, 2017
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UCLABrewN84 from California

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

On tap at Schooners Patio Grille in Santa Clarita, CA.

Pours a murky light orange with a 1/2 inch foamy white head that settles to a thin cap. Small chunks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, banana, spices, and some yeast aromas. Taste is of wheat, banana, and yeast. The spices come through on the aftertaste. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good witbier that is tasty and very easy drinking.

Feb 18, 2012
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There seems to always be a distinct pleasure when drinking a beer that basically defined the style. As originator of today's witbiers, it's hardly arguable that there are any better.

With a soft glow of canary yellow color, the haze of wheat protiens and yeast are evident. The protiens allow for a froathy, cotton head of mousse-like proportions. A very elegant and initing appearance.

Citrus, spice, and floral aromas are a careful blend of corriander, sweet orange peel, and a soft peppery scent; all of which rests on a wheaty scent of light breads or bread dough. Lemony esters and mild malted milk scent give a sturdiness to the nose with zeal and zest.

Lemon flavor with curaco take the early command with an assertive citrus taste. Fresh winter wheat and pilsner malt flavors give a soft bread impression along with mild powdered sugar sweetness and crisp grain flavor follow up and easily govern the middle palate. Crisp lemony notes close the flavor along with a refreshing lactic tartness and malted milk whimsy.

Creamy and somewhat expansive early with a fleeting, spicy finish that reduces to near-watery feel with semi-dry character.

Hoegaarden is the opidome of refreshment with high character and quality. Where the flavor and aroma profiles carry enough complexity with effortless ease, the body might make too quick of a transition and surpasses refreshment into a slight empty or watering ending. Still, nearly an ideal session.

Jun 29, 2005
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ENogueira from Florida

5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My go-to beer. I prefer to pour it in a chalice. The color is always bright yellow with a perfect white head of foam. By far the best mass market wheat beer in existence. The true nectar of the gods. The best part about it is that it doesn't taste like wheat at all. Hoegaarden tastes like sweet citrus, with refreshing carbonation and a very smooth finish. If I were stranded on a deserted island and I could only take one lifetime supply of beer, this would be it.

Feb 16, 2015
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Richwright22 from California

4.71/5  rDev +23.3%
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.

Jul 17, 2016
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RoyalT from Ohio

3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Super light, cloudy yellow body with a monster head typical of the style, although it went down quick and didn’t lace at all.

Smell – Yes, there’s yeast in that glass. There’s also a nice malt touch and some light fruit (watermelon, lemon), but mostly bread.

Taste – Nice, light, yeasty taste with some spices that I can’t identify. You won’t need to plop a lemon in this one – it’s already there.

Mouthfeel – Very typical of the style. Moderate to big carbonation on the cheeks, a smooth yeasty feel on the tongue, and a swallow that says, “You just ate dinner.”

Drinkability – Good, sipping bier that you’d find at any gasthause in Germany.

Comments – I know the style is supposed to be light, but this was just a little bit TOO light for me.

Aug 11, 2003
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Halldog from Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Wood'N Tap in Hartford.

A - Nice, cloudy-unfiltered, almost lemon yellow color. Medium head
S - Strong wheat and yeast smell with zest of citrus.
T - Mild wheat and yeast taste with strong citrus overtones.
M - Light and smooth
D - Had on a 80 degree day on the patio.Very refreshing; in fact, the first one was so drinkable I had another, and another... ;)

I prefer to have with lemon... tried one with an orange and found that it was not as good.

Apr 24, 2006
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uconnalum2 from Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap into a pint glass.
The appearance is a hazy, pale yellow with perhaps a one finger creamy head. Nice lacing on the glass. The smell is sweet and citrusy. This is a very tasty beer. Spice and lemon are most evident. Minimal hop bitterness. It is both sweet and sour like lemonade. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with mild carbonation. Very drinkable and refreshing. I tried this in November but I bet it goes down even easier in the summer. Overall, a very enjoyable beer that can be a nice change of pace. Not an everyday beer for me but one that I'll have again.

Nov 03, 2006
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orangemoustache from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy very pale golden color with a soft looking snow white head that leaves some patchy lacing as it falls.The nose is fresh and clean with just a touch of spice and yeast.Reminds me of tropical fruit bubble gum flavors with an assertive amount of hops and spicy yeast.The lightness of body and subtle dryness are enjoyable from start to finish.A highly drinkable Whitbier that is full of complexity and character.Good stuff!

May 22, 2008
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superdoopersauce from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

May 11, 2014
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Grebdioz from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Dec 27, 2011
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Howlader from Canada (AB)

2/5  rDev -47.6%

Jul 20, 2014
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Arsenal0328 from Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Apr 12, 2013
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shelby415 from Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Feb 25, 2012
Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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