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

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

Pours a perfectly white, thick, light head which settles to a thin layer. very cloudy. Pale in color, like white corn. Smells of spices and lemon and wheat. Tastes light and very well-rounded. smooth. so refreshing and clean, I would drink it all night in the summer if my budget would allow for it.

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

Enjoyed on 05.02.09 from a slim, euro-style 12oz bottle. Poured into a 14oz pint glass.

A: Cloudy, pale yellow. Very small lacing. Unfiltered

S: Fruity & spicy aroma. Pineapple?

T: Fruity, sweet bread before the spiciness steps up. Slightly sour taste at the end with a faint alcohol bite.

M: light, smooth and crisp. Dry and refreshing.

D: Similar to a German hefe except Hoegaarden is not as heavy. This beer's low %ABV and smoothness make it a wonderful summertime refresher. Very easy to slam.

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Photo of shaebs99
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured a yellowish cloudy color with a white head
Smelled of citrus with a little spice behind it. The taste was interesting. This was only my second witbier (first being Blue Moon, which I enjoyed) but I thought this made Blue Moon almost look foolish. The taste is very enjoyable with a citrusy fruity wheat flavor.
The mouthfell was light to light/medium.
I really don't think I can give this beer justice with my words, but needless to say I hope to have it again very soon. (And since I don't think this is sold in too many places near me it has forced me to branch out and try as many wheat beers as possible)

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

A - Good head, decent retention, no real lacing but i think thats due to the head being pretty slick. Not as cloudy as i expected.

S - Sweet yeasty smell, typical of the style. Pretty good complexity of spices.

T - Good complexity. Good witbier. Good balance of different spices.

M - Clean feel, good carbonation level.

D - Good drinkability, goes down smooth.

Good witbier, and available almost everywhere. One of the best beers you can buy at wal-mart or almost any grocery store.

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

A - Poured a hazy golden color with a white head that leaves lacing

S - Is citrus with some hops backing it up

T - Mostly citrus flavor but not too much

M - Medium carbonation beer coats mouth

D - This is a very easy to drink beer I could easily drink this all night a true session beer

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours just a slightly hazy extremely light straw color with tons of dense white head. The aroma bursts forth candy sweetness with tones of lemon, coriander, vanilla and a whole host of other spices. It doesn't come across as being especially "zesty" just herbal and earthy. On the palate, things become quite a bit more zesty, as the spices truly are all over the place. Herbal menthol notes really dominate, followed by citrus, chamomile, and coriander. The finish is dry and mouthfeel is highly carbonated but creamy. Overall, a very interesting beer and a complex blend of spices give it supreme drinkability, and I imagine a good match for a variety of foods.

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

The beer pours a cloudy sunshine yellow with a thin, bright white head. The aroma is all citrus. The flavor is citrusy, but not overwhelming orange like Blue Moon. I can taste the corriandor, knowing that it's there. It's very subtle. The mouthfeel is good, medium-light without seeming to watery. An overall good beer that is almost always in my fridge

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

I've had this before in the bottle. Had this on-tap at Orleans in Davis Square. They served it with a lemon wedge, which I was a bit pissed about. On tap the taste and aroma seem much stronger. There is a much clearer lemon-citrus taste, unless it was tainted by the lemon wedge. All in all much better on tap.

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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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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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