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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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Photo of washburnkid
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I find very little wrong with this beer. I can have it all the time, every day...but I won't. This beer pours well on tap (and with an orange slice, if that's your thing) at Burgers and Brew in Davis, CA. The following is from my notes on a bottle.

Cloudy, unfiltered, golden-yellow appearance with a bit of white foam. Refreshing aromas of citrus and coriander. The taste is momentary sweetness balanced with the dark spice of coriander, wheat and citrus. Heavy carbonation but not enough to mask the spices. Hoegaarden's flavor and refreshing qualities make this beer so drinkable that I can never, ever stop after one. I look forward to someday tasting it in Belgium.

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Photo of spikemoves
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap in London last month and it was divine. It is served with a lemon which accents the spicey and citrus tastes. The smell is of spices and lemon or orange peels. It came in the Hoegaarden Hexagonal serving glass which accentuates the experience. In the glass it is cloudy white with a little bit of yellow mixed in. The smell is of spices. If poured correctly (a technique which I have since mastered with my own Hexagonal glass and the Hoegaarden bottles I get at my liqour store) the head just hits the tips of the glass adding about half an inch to and inch at the top. Highly Recommended. This is my favorite Witbier.

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Photo of MrSeth
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my second bottle of Hoegaarden Witbier. The first nose was citrusy, but now the yeast is more noticable (not in a bad way).

It forms a decent head, though it doesn't take long to settle.

I'm usually looking out for an off-taste in a white beer. That will make it one to avoid. But this beer taste like it should: a natural water source, wheat and yeast.

I can imagine this beer pairing well with a variety of foods. Perhaps the toughest being poultry. Hoegaarden Witbier would pass with flying colors.

Well worth a try.. and try again!

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Photo of Skidz
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out the palest of all yellows, almost completely clear, but sits a cloudy, pale gold in the glass. Big fluffy white head achieved with almost no effort.

Smells of sweet wheat grains, citrus (lemon, orange), and a nice hoppy layer on top. Great smell overall.

Tastes bitter up front and is accompanied by sweet grains, mild peppery flavors, just the slightest dash of citrus and an over-ripened, starchy, sweet corn flavor that really keeps it all together. The yeast picks up near in the middle, but lingers on well after you swallow. Good amount of bitterness, but fairly mild.

Mouthfeel is smooth and rich, superb carbonation that tickles the tongue, but doesn't bite. Utterly delicious brew, a six pack would be a blast.

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Photo of RuudJH
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I once spent an entire summer on terraces drinking this beer: I really loved it. It came in the original beautifull bulky glasses too.
It's a very old brewing tradition (since 1445, as on the bottle). Nice experience all over: I still love it today.

A: absolutely perfect pale lemon-yellow, cloudy but still visible carbonation, nice thin head, good lacing.
S: citrus, a range of spices, a bit of sweet bread.
T: it's slightly sour/tangy from the citrusfruits. Also it's malty and spicy. Plus there's a clear hop to it, which is great in such a fruity beer.
M: it's fresh and sweetbitter in aftertaste.
D: With an abv of 5% this is very drinkable, especially in the summer.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy pale yellow in color, with a thin, surprisingly persistant, pristine white head. The aroma is an invigorating wheaty, lemony scent. Taste is zesty, with a tart start, yielding to a somewhat spicy (corriander?) mid-palate, a finish of moderate floral hops, and a gently sweet aftertaste. Finish is slightly dry, body is medium-light, and the flavors are very well balanced and blend into each other oh-so-smoothly. Very refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of ikantspel
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25.36 fatty bottle served into sam adams glass

best before date of 8.26.12

pours a dirty lemonade color. super light in color. leaves a frothy finger head almost no lacing

citrus and coriander in the nose. mostly kinda herbal

herbal notes in the taste along with the coriander. some slight citrus but nothing to get hard over. oh wait, yeah there is.

this is amazing stuff. if you see it in your grocery store, get it

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Photo of bertacular10
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Poured into THE famous Hoegaarden tumbler, unfortunately resulting in little to no head. Still, pours a beautiful cloudy straw color with the addition of the yeast from the bottom of the bottle. High carbonation with lots of little bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. This beer is alive!

S - Gave it a sniffy sniff, the most prevalent aspect of the nose is banana with the added nuttiness of pecans. Light on malt or hop notes, some Belgian yeast, with just the faintest note of lemon juice in the background.

T - Right off the bat this beer is pleasantly sweet. Then comes the banana in a BIG way. I also taste the nuttiness of pecans, and a pleasant warming of light alcohol. This beer tastes like banana bread.

M - Feels smooth and creamy yet thin and drinkable. I also feel lots of little bubbles on my tongue. Really balanced carbonation.

D - This is such a delicious and pleasant beer, if simple. Highly drinkable, one of my go-to favorites in the wit style. Session beer for sure.

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Photo of norwichboy
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this on tap, I felt this was significantly better than my review of it in bottled form, so thought it deserved a re-review.

Hazy blonde. Head is much bigger, creamy, with good retention, and lacing which lines the glass. Highly aromatic (as in the bottle) with citrus, coriander and clove. On palate sweet and sour, with clove and banana on finish: perhaps more intensity of flavour than in the bottle. The lovely sweet-sour finish is lasting. Carbonation is more balanced on tap, creating a pleasant mouthfeel. Few beers could be called more refreshing. Superbly drinkable (particularly now that the weather is getting warmer in Australia). In spite of a good selection of other beers where I was drinking, I couldn't resist sticking with this.

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Photo of NODAK
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is pretty sweet (bananas?) with an abundance of spice and orange...very nice! A very cloudy pale color...

The taste isn't overally sweet as I perhaps expected from the smell, it's actually a slight bit tart, but the overwhelming flavor profile is a mix of a lot of orange and spice character here. The finish has little hop presence at all and has a lingering of the oranges and spices on the tongue. This is definitely a wit that has chosen the oranges over tartness, that's for sure.

Despite the fact it isn't all that tart, it is very clean and gives no cloying sweeetness on the finish. If anything, a little spice seems to hang around a bit but not for long.

The ABV isn't too high, which is nice and improves drinkability. I'd definitely recommend this for a person on a hot day or just a session beer.

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Photo of kevofficiel
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I saw a lots of good review about that beer so why not give it a try.

Very nice color. lots of carbonation a very nice look to it.

The smell is like banana or orange but I will say more like banana a little bit of citrus behind.

Very nice easy drinking definitely lots of carbonation.
U can feel the orange and the citrus behind after u taste it. Not bad at all.
If u are in North America is an alternative to all that Budweiser Molson or Coors Light if u are whiling to spend some extra money.

So overall would I recommend it ? I definitely recommend for Summer or Autumn.
Give it a try if u haven t tried it. U won t be disappointed.

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Photo of TimWeizen1
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Original of the species. I've enjoyed this beer for over 15 years. Light yellow color, white head, and smells of spice and orange. I originaly found this beer at Trader Joes for cheap and very pleasantly surprised with the quality. Tastes like it smells and is very drinkable. Highly recommended.

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Photo of OzarkElmo
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Simply one of the very best in the world, and tops in its category. Tried on draft and from bottle. Citrus and light spice aroma with medium head mostly diminishing. Very smooth taste and excellent session beer. "Blue Moon" cannot hold a candle to this world-class brew - cheers to the Belgians once again!

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Photo of BlueHammer
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap before a late lunch. I love that you can't see through it in the glass! A muted yellowish color with a small white head that unfortunately was garnished with an orange. The smell was floral and grassy. The taste was well-balanced, just slightly sweet and so very smooth! This beer tastes good from the tip of your tongue to the back as the flavor changes slightly from front to back. Very easy to drink, another refreshing summer brew!

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Photo of baugherlager
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had the pleasure to have this beer on tap in Holland. The color is cloudy yellow and it looks very appealing it draws you to it. The smell is of light hops, spice, lemon, and very yeasty. Mouthfeel is heavier than expected but is very drinkable and refreshing. It was served with a lemon slice but I like it without a lemon slice as well. It came with a nice head but didn't have good head retention. It left lacing all the way down the glass.Overall in my opinion this is a very good belgian brew.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite styles. This beer was a very light yellow color that was very hazy, with a white head. The taste was very, very refreshing. An extreme orange flavor that was balanced well with the rest of this beer.

....And to think that I had been warned against sampling this one

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Photo of JayQue
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Witbier. Pours a very cloudy dull straw color with a huge white head that shrinks down to a covering on the glass. Strong and pleasant wheat aroma. Taste is great - wheat and citrus (lemon). Very crisp, absolutely delicious. The taste is strong but the beer seems light and refreshing. Mouthfeel is rich. Very drinkable, an excellent Wit.

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Photo of brakspear
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The perfect beer for a warm summer day. Pours cloudy pale gold with a creamy white head. The aroma is sweet and sour from the blending of wheat and spices. The flavor are smooth and crisp, with a perfect balance of sweetness from the malt and wheat, with orange peel and coriander all in a beer with a decent mouthfeel. This beer is exceptionally drinkable and should be in your regular rotation of summer beers.

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Photo of necoadam
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Eli Cannon's

I liked this beer from the bottle, but on-tap, this is killer stuff. Hazy light yellow for a color with a nice amount of carbonation. Smell consisted of oranges, lemons, some ginger in there as well. Taste held up to form as well. Slighty on the sweet side, but it balances it out with the ginger which you can taste all the way through the aftertaste. Again, killer stuff on-tap.

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Photo of hulmanite
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Agreeing with everyone else, It has a strong citrus taste with hints of lemon. Heavy on the yeast, light on the hops.

Most bars serve it with a slice of lemon (which is a mistake, in my opinion because it doesn't need it).

Appearance is very cloudy, can't see through it and light yellowish.

Smells agree with taste - yeasty and citrus

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Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Belgium brew ever. Nice intro. Bottle sez best by 5-10-05. The pour was a very white/yellow with a big head which disapated after awhile. Brew sit's cloudy with a slight rim/head. Never had a beer/ale with this kind of taste, but I like it. Taste is kind of mellow with no bitterness at all. I really like this brew and I will buy more if available, I do wish that the alcohol content was higher.

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Photo of usafboy
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer carries a very interesting story. One of the first beers I had after a VERY LONG deployment to Afghanistan.

I'm currently consuming this fine beverage at Manas Airfield in Kyrgyzstan. Poured from a bottle into a plastic cup, military is only allowed 2 alcoholic beverages for a 20 hr period... :( I'm happy with this choice.

Mild bitterness and very drinkable brew, a great decision for a low tolerance airman. Pours with a decent head that retains; typical for a wit even in a plastic cup!

Freshness date printed January 7th. Its March 24th so despite its average mouthfeel its still pretty damn good. I'll be having this one tomorrow.

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Photo of Johnor3
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice fluffy white head upon pouring into my glass. It has a very light and pleasant aroma. I loved it from the second it hit my tongue. It has a very nice, light, good beer taste. I imagine it will be great with food. It seems to me as a great summer beer. I do like some red and dark beer, but this was a very good summer night thirst quencher. It was one of those beers that makes you want more from the first draught. I would enjoy this beer anywhere anytime, and will be buying it again. We are having a family cookout for Labor Day and I will bring some Hoegaarden to that for me and my mother in law to go with grilled Bratwurst, sausages, and hamburgers.

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Photo of proc
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an enjoyable beer. Pours out to a very pale, hazy gold in the glass with a cloudlike, puffy, foamy head. Taste is that of wheat, yeast, citrus and very light clove. What a tasty beer!!!

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Photo of HogHill
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a six pack for $7.99.

Appearance: pale yellow, hazy and cloudy as it should be. Creamy one inch head on top.

Smell: belgian yeast and coriander are the two aromas that are most prominent, followed by some citrus.

Taste: faint lemon sweetness accompanied by some mellow pear flavors amongst the wheat. Initially a bit tart but the coriander and carbonation produce a dry crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: effervescent - crisp and dry, light bodied.

Drinkability: a great afternoon beer, my lawnmower beer of choice. An ideal ABV lends itself to making this a great session beer.

Overall: Hoegaarden makes one helluva wit. This is one of my favorite warm weather beers.

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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