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 Rayek
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I hadn't had this one in awhile. It's every bit as good as I remember.

A: Appropriately cloudy. Pale yellow color with a firm white head. Head stays with the beer down the glass, but doesn't leave any lace.

S: Coriander stands out alongside orange, cinnamon, lemon and biscuit aromas. Very complex.

T: Very dry and tart. Lots of flavors going on here. I sensed coriander, all-spice, orange, cinnamon and lemon. The malt and wheat add a sourdough bread quality. Very, very nice.

M: Just about perfect. Medium body with the right amount of carbonation.

D: I could drink a bunch of this if my mind didn't know better. An extremely complex beer that reveals more and more character as it's consumed.

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Photo of LarryKemp
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a text book Belgian White Beer. While reviewing the BJCP guidelines, everything was nearly to style. The beer poured a slightly cloudy, bright golden. The head was white and fluffy but melted faster than I had expected. The aroma was somewhat fruity and the malts and hops were overpowered. The flavor was full but more subtle than I expected. The fruitiness came through and the bitterness - not from the hops - bit my tongue. I was expecting more a raucous flavor palate but was good. The mouthfeel was a little more than light and the carbonation and acid did play with my tongue. I find this a very drinkable beer and would recommend it for someone looking to try their first wit beer.

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Photo of shapudding
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fresh from the tap, cloudy and pale yellow. Reminds me of lemon juice or lemonade. Had just sat there and watched them tap the fresh keg, so this first pour came with a ton of head that reduced quite quickly to a light head, then nothing at all. Lattice lacing. Such a great aroma of bananas. I love the lemon with my wheat bears, just feel it is part of the whole experience, I love citrus. I love the scent of the banana and lemon intermingling, and the flavor of them together. This has such a clean and fresh flavor to it, so very refreshing and light. Mild and mellow finish. Perfect for days in the sun, but so perfect for anytime of the year too. Just a great session beer.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO as a single. Served at 6deg C in a tulip.

A- You can't help but pour with a massive head. Stays and stays forever. Cloudy and unfiltered.

S- WOW a lot of citrus and coriander

T- Exceptional for a white beer. Excellent carbonation. Light yet complex. Yeast on yeast which I like

M- Pretty good. Tart but a touch bitter. Excellent white beer

O- Have had this beer many times and enjoy it always. Won't pay the $50.00 for a 24pk of bottles but will buy when I see singles or if there is nothing better on tap. Draught is FANTASTIC which is why I try not to drink draught, the bottles taste way off compared.

Food Pairing

This wonderful white beer goes well with... spicy Thai food


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Photo of JimbobAlonymous
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was a surprise. Bought it at a random grocery as a shot in the dark knowing I like Blue Moon for a change of pace now and then. 7.50$ for a 6-pack, then I couldn't find it at any other store in Vermont or New Hampshire that I tried. Finally a random check in southern NYS found it

Appearance: cloudy white

Smell: not very noticeable, hard to detect.

Taste: fantastic wheat beer. not over-the top wheat flavor that makes you feel like you're eating bread, but hints of wheat and citrus. The citrus also doesnt make it taste like lemon-aid has been added (like some beers). It's a calm beer with slight but distinctive tastes that just makes you smile when you drink it.

Mouthfeel: smooth. light, but not watery like a "xxx-light" beer.

drinkability: great, I could drink this beer all night or have it with dinner. It's a versatile beer that I was very pleased with. couldn't stop drinking it actually.

Edit: after some more "research", I did find one six-pack that tasted different. It was a bit stale tasting or like it had been frozen and thawed or something. It wasn't as bright and clean tasting as it should have been. If that was the first hoegaarden I had experienced I would not have bought another six-pack. The next set though from the same store at the same time was great. Not sure what happened but reading a few bad reviews among many good reviews tells me there are possibly some quality control issues with this beer. 5/6 good six-packs for me so far.

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, pale yellow and lots of head. Aroma of spice and yeast esters. A great flavor of wheat malt and a slight bit of tangy sourness. Alot fair bit of spice and a wonderfull profile from the wheat malt.

Very drinkable, in fact I had 3 in about a hour. I blame the drinkability of the beer and the listening live to the "session" for The Brewing Network.


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Photo of audiojon
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was overjoyed to find that my favorite local bar (not a beer bar mind you) has this on tap permanently now. That said, this review is of the bottled variety. The weather has recently become very hot, and this afternoon I found myself craving a nice light summertime brew. I headed to BevMo and spent some time wandering the aisles trying to figure out what would fit my craving, when I noticed a 6-pack of Hoegaarden wink at me from inside the freezer case. What's this- they have Hoegaarden already chilled? Done. I grabbed the 6er and headed home. This beer, while maybe not the most unique beer out there, serves a very fine purpose. Total refreshment. This is a staple in my fridge, and is delicious any time, but especially if the sun happens to be shining on ya and it's a relaxing 85 degrees outside.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of chriskq
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was fantastic poured into a frosty glass as well.
A- This beer had a fantastic, bright, lemony flourescence through the glass. Very inviting.
S- Sweet, with smells of lemon, orange and others I couldn't quite put my finger on.
T- I was pleasently suprised. This beer is extremely light, though it packs tremendous flavor.
M- Light, with compliments of bitterness. The combination of sweet and bitter makes this beer an easy one to throw back.
I loved this beer. This beer belongs next to your steak grilled outdoors on a cool summer day.

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Photo of KoG
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very pale and cloudy. More offwhite than pale yellow with the whitest head I have ever seen, thick and foamy.

Smell is grainy with some must and citric notes. Not a strong aroma but pleasant none the less.

Taste is pretty mellow. Not overly sour and very well balanced with a very slight bitterness along side the grainy base. Very clean. Slight spice, possibly corriander.

Goes down very nice and refreshes the senses. With no off flavors and a light flavor, this brew is very drinkable and would be great on a hot summer day.

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Photo of granger10
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I followed the directions on the back of the bottle on how to pour this beer and the result was an extremely cloudy lemon color beer with a large frothy white head. Looked like carbonated real lemonade. Lots of lacing. The nose was tarty and acidic but in a very good way. The taste was really nice. Citric fruits with some sweetness were upfront accompanied by a peppery spice. The middle lost its sweetness and become tartier but was still fruity in taste. Coriander seemed to come into the mix there. There is also a wheat precense that seems to come with a clove flavor that reminds of a good hefe. Yeast provides a background and mixes well with the fruity flavors. Acidic finish lingers in my mouth. This is a beer that I could drink all night!

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Photo of ernie
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favourite brews, tasted on countless occasions in different countries and always making me happy.

Pale yellow color with a golden spark, hazy (especially when properly chilled), high initial carbonation, majestic head and lace just as I love it.

Smell citric, spicey, very gentle and complex.

Taste fresh, lively, with a fantastic mix of citric, yeasy-fruity and spicey notes. Very pleasant mouthfeel. Maybe a bit boring towards finish (after a couple of pints) but remarkable anyway. Finish acidic with a relaxing fruitiness, long and complex aftertaste.


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Photo of tgbljb
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with use by date 3/23/06

poured with nice white head

very smooth and refreshing, classic belgian white ale
very drinkable, excellent example of this type beer

one of my favorite types of beer, and one of the finest beers I've had recently, highly recommended

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

FYI - early experience review...

poured from a bottle to a tulip style glass.
4.9 ABV, 176 calories ps

A-4.5 Golden white, creamy and hazy, a model for any witbier in my book on the appearance scale. Always a good head that lasts as it should. Always a photo op!

S-4.0 Wheat, Spicy & hints of citrus, not to pronounced on the smells, nice and mellow

T-4.5 Wheaty, spicy, hints of orange, mellow citrus, love it, a solid witbier standard

M-3.5 Low mark on this review. A bit of yeasty for my pref, good carbonation & balanced after taste

D-4.0 A solid rep for a highly available Belgian spiced witbier. I LOVE THE LOOK AND TASTE BEST OF ALL.

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Photo of irishking1977
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh, Hoegaarden. The original witbier. I remember first trying this years ago after I had one of the copycats, Blue Moon. While Blue Moon is pretty good, it doesn't compare to Hoegaarden.

A: Pours a hazy, cloudy gold with a decent head. I haven't had this in so long that I forgot to swish the remaining 1/3 of the remains in the bottle, so I did not get the head I was expecting. Still an unique and appetizing brew.

S: Lemons and wheat with a peppery background with some hints of coriander. For such a light beer this has a relatively complex scent.

T: Such a refreshing brew. Citrus and wheat with a slight pepper background. The flavors are balanced admirably. For a relatively light beer with a complex taste, this is still quite a quaffable brew.

M: Moderate carbonation with a somewhat weak but creamy finish. This is definitely a beer that can be drank during a hot summer's day and be quite refreshing. Ironically, I'm drinking this during the beginning of winter. Go figure.

D: A beer that can be sessioned, but even without a high ABV, the somewhat complex taste might wear thin after awhile. Still, the average ABV allows one to finish off a six pack and not necessarily have to worry about the ramifications the next day.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served in a goblet. Best before 17-08-05 labeled on the back. Followed typical belgian white protocal to pour 2/3, swirl bottle and finish 1/3 into the glass.

Hazy yellow appearance with a great 1-1.5" head that is white and foamy. Remarkable lacings that stay attached to the sides of the glass.

Smell is lime, lemons, and spicy.

Taste is citrusy, coriander and spicy with an orange juice sweetness finish. This is a refreshing, drinkable and enjoyable summer brew. Perfect for a day like today in early August. This style really seems to be a staple lately and Hoegaarden nails this beer down. Recommended.

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Photo of Mistofminn
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle

A - Pale yellow color, vigorous carbonation and a decent 1/2 finger head. Definitely has more clarity than other Witbier's. This one isn't as cloudy.

S - Citrus, orange peel and coriander. Light hops heavy malts.

T - Tastes how it smells. Predictable. But you know what? Thats what I wanted. Citrus and orange peel. Faint coriander. Great tasting overall.

M - Medium body balances well with good carbonation. Very smooth.

D - Definitely drinkable. I really enjoy this brew, one of my favorites.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From Hipercor de San Juan de Aznalfarache. Playing Kings Bounty Dark Side. Very correct wit beer. Enters well and drinks quickly. A pity its only 33cl

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Photo of cjgator3
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very pale yellow with a nice fluffy two finger head. Smell is yeast, lemon zest and spicy. Taste consists of corriander wheat and citrus with a nice clean finish. This beer is extremely refreshing. I can not think of many better things to drink on a nice hot summer day. Definately one of the best wit biers out there.

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Photo of basica
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one's my staple beer; the kind I have once in 1 or 2 weeks... Not that frequent but the
Hoegaarden Wit is like the easy to get beer that I really enjoy drinking. This is in fact the
beer that led me into the world of craft beers but I am posting a very late review on this one.
The Hoegaarden pours out murky golden with a generous head retaining pretty well. Good
carbonation's also visible through the walls of the hexagonal glass. The smell is wheaty,
citrusy and spicey (coriander). The taste was a nifty blend of the citrus and spices with a firm
wheat backing; some orange and banana on the nose. A very smooth entry for the taste with a nice
refreshing finish constantly with a good and strong wheat backing and aromatic spices on the
nose. The mouthfeel was about medium bodied and carbonation was tuned aptly to create a very
slick mouthfeel; very smooth and ever so refreshing to drink. Thirst quenching is going to be
quite an understatement for this Witbier. The after taste starts of spicey and the wheat quickly
kicks in with subtle banana aromas on the nose. The after tastes finishes off orange and citrusy
and lingers for a while before slowling fading off. A great yet simple beer that I could really
enjoy and the great thing is, this one's as easy to get as the Heineken and Tiger (popular local
macros). It is no wonder the Witbier is literally the beer I drink the most often but would not
get sick of it. Bro Keith introduced this beer to me about a year ago and that started my foray
into the world of great tasting craft beers. I prefer it in the bottle than on the tap.

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Photo of FriarPrickly
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a hazy lemonade color with a pillowy white head with no lacing and moderate retention.
Smell of banana, cloves, and citrus.
Taste opens as bubblegum and develops with a taste of orange peel and finishes with a lemon pepper taste that does not linger. Creamy feel with low carbonation on the tongue.
Overall, I love this beer. It is a perfect example of the style with no pretense. I look forward to trying this beer on tap at on Milwaukees East side.

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Photo of waltaburge
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love Hoegaarden. This is truly a great beer. Way better than most wheat beers. There is a depth to the flavor like a good bottle of wine has. There are traces of cinnamon, orange peel, and white chocolate almost. Speaking of which, I have tried this beer with a slice of orange or lemon in it, which seems to bring out the sweet citrus taste in the beer even more. In a bottle, poured into a Hoegaarden hexagonal glass, produces a beautiful head, and on tap is even better, although very difficult to locate a place in Australia that has it on tap. Try it with a slice of lemon or orange. Beautiful!

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Photo of juju7
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Far from the first time I've had this but it deserves a rave-up. Still one of the best wits going round. The balance is what I find other makers can't quite seem to match. The light fruity esters and that spicy nose don't luck out and fall away on the palate like many imitators. All componenets working together to make a smooth, very drinkable beer with plenty of flavour and loads of character. Yum.

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Photo of dansm
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice, cloudy pale yellow, with a decent fluffy head.

Smell: Very light citrus with a faint hint of wheat.

Taste: This beer tastes great from start to finish. Nice balance of sweet and sour. Slight citrusy after taste with just a little nip.

Mouthfeel: Not much carbonation to report. Nice light medium body.

Drinkability: This is a very smooth drinker. Tastes great start to finish.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Clean white 2 finger head with visible bubbles. The hoegaarden bottle recommends swirling the final 1/3rd of the bottle before pouring it. This helps give it a denser aromatic head. Soon dissolves into a lasting paper thin head.

S - Lightly complex with subdued spices and hints of orange.

T - Could be a little more complex, but the subtly increases the drinkability for more unsophisticated AAL palates.

M - Very creamy with very hidden alcohol.

D - Drinkability is where this beer really shines. It's a great starter beer for people who are used to drinking American Adjuncts. It offers complexity without being overwhelming to unexperienced drinkers.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a wine goblet.

Appearance: light, pale, opaque, creamy ... very much white in appearance. Relatively thin head.

Smell: very pleasing full-bodied wheat aroma with a slight hint of citrus and spice.

Taste: really delicious wheat taste with just the right amount of citrus tang. Not sure if they used coriander in this, but if they did, they limited it enough to not get that fruity Pebbles thing going on. Just spot-on for me.

Mouthfeel: relatively light body but the right amount of carbonation so it is very creamy. Love it!

Drinkability: I just bought one bottle of this but now I wish I'd bought a sixpack. At 4.9%, it would make a great session beer.

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
3.83 out of 5 based on 5,176 ratings.
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