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Hoegaarden Original White Ale | Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
Belgium
hoegaarden.com

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by purplehops on 07-08-2001

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Reviews by rvcram9219:
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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Photo of OlaB
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
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 baddogrudy
5/5  rDev +32.3%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Alehorn
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

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Photo of Gote
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of akdo
4.51/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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Photo of ENogueira
5/5  rDev +32.3%
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.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of Pantalones
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
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 Richwright22
4.71/5  rDev +24.6%
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 tastemeister
5/5  rDev +32.3%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A true Belgian classic that is very easy to find,pours an extremely pale/hazy yellow with usually a nice big fluffy head.Smell is tart with a spicey background,the taste is alot like the aroma but a little more spiciness comes thru along with a tart citruis flavor.Incredibly easy to drink,still a classic.

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Photo of Popsinc
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This cloudy white/yellowish brew appears just as the beers itself tastes. A fruity & floral nose, Hoegaarden goes down extra smooth and is especially refreshing with its fruity-citrus hints and perfect acidity. On a hot day when 1 beer just won't do, Hoegaarden Wit will quench your thirst and leave you with rrom for more.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick white clouds with a creamy white head. Slightly yellow.

Smell: Slightly peppery with loads of lemon, a bit of coriander, and a little farm odor.

Taste/MF: Sweet and chewy with a little bitternes at the finnish. Citrusy. Clementines and lemon prevail.

Drinkability: Super high and easy to drink.

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Photo of beerhunter13
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of shu_420
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fear4Beer
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm not a connoisseur of beer but this beer is so darn pleasant to drink. It goes down so smoothly and the taste is very easy going... it is not a bitter beer. I love the coriander spice that you get while it goes down. I can't say anything bad about the beer, it just works for me. It has all the flavor I want without being overpowering. I drank the beer exactly as the bottle says: pour it into a frozen hexagonal glass and wait until the head dissipates.
LOVE IT!

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Photo of tectactoe
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw color, nearly clear with a haze and murkiness that makes it slightly opaque. Wispy white head forms and quickly dissipates into nothing but a small ring around the edge of the beer. Smell hits first with apple skins, wheat, peppery notes, VERY slight kitchen spices (oregano?), pears, lemons, and some earthy notes. The taste follows through with a heavy clove and banana taste which surprisingly went nearly undetected on the nose. The pepper is noticeable all the way through, and it finishes with some apple skins, lemon zest, and wheat. A bit watery and very light on the body. Lots of carbonation, with a refreshing, crisp finish.

Decent witbier, refreshing and easy on the palate, this is something that would be very sessionable. Surprising complexity on the nose with a nice finish.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 5,302 ratings
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