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 CortexBomb
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoegaarden pours out murky yellow, opaque, not a lot of head, but some. The smell is lightly wheaty with a skosh of banana, not a lot going on.

The taste is a simple, smooth yet enjoyable wheaty malted tone with hints of lemon and some spiciness. This is not aggressive by any stretch of the imagination, but it is a nice, pleasant Belgian white.

The mouthfeel on this, modestly good. Some fullness, some tingles, but not a lot. The drinkability is also a shade above average, a smooth beer, but a bit more expensive because it's imported.

The bottom line: I have Hoegaarden on occasion because bars which are slightly upscale tend to carry it. It's not one of my favourites in the style, and it won't shock you in any way, but it's a perfectly tasty, and serviceable example of its style. Just be sure that you get the lemon out of the beer ASAP if it's served that way.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a cloudy lemonade with a fluffy white head. Smells phenolic with the wheat snap. Hardly, if any, spicing. There are the yeasty and wheaty characteristics in the flavor, but it seems muted. Kind of like club soda in the finish. Mouthfeel is pleasantly carbonated and lively, but is too watery. All in all, it's rather refreshing and drinkable. A light wit with little to no spicing.

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Photo of Douberd
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

300 ml bottle at home. ABV 4.9%. Poured into a weizen glass.
Colour is pale, chamomile like, only very hazy. Huge head of three fingers, creamy and white in colour. Average activity in the glass. The foam very slowly dissipates to one finger.
Strong aroma of citrus fruits and bubblegum..
Taste is sweet and fruity, the taste of koriander very discreet but much more obvious on the aftertaste.
Thick and full on the body. Carbonatiion is average.
Overall good and very refreshing.

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Photo of stockingcpl
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Upon pouring, there is a hesitant yet thick head. Not much height, but fairly thick and frothy. Head retention was quite good. Minimal lacing. The color of the ber is light/pale straw. There is a faint cloudiness that is typical of Belgian White beers. Overall quite interesting, if not a little light in color.

Smell: The odor has a typical wheaty fullness. Perhaps a little "bready" but not over powering. From the aroma, one expects a flavor light on hops but heavy on grain.

Taste: Wheaty white beer fullness. There is perhaps a faint banana or light citrus touch. The flavor curve is a little sharp on the front end and tapers fairly quickly. The overall presence if not forceful but there is a little initial zing. This is an easy brew to drink.

Mouthfeel: Very pleasant taste. The bready/wheaty presence is soft but not delicate. I liked this brew.

Drinkability: Overall this is a quite pleasant beer. It would go well with pork or just about any white meat. Alone, this is an "easy" beer and is quite acceptable for serving to guests. It sits light on the stomache and leaves the drinker wanting another. :-) And isn't that the whole goal of a brewer?

Well done Hoegaarden!


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Photo of goblue3509
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy bright yellow color with a nice one finger head to it. The smell is very weak and faint and smells of wheat grains. The taste is of wheat with hints of citrus, however, not just your standard artificial taste that sometimes plaques the class. The taste is smooth and natural. The mouthfeel is slight carbonation and is creamy. Overall it is a very drinkable beer, very smooth and it doesn't give off an artificial over the top taste like other wits.

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Photo of jhtipton
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Its a decent session beer and readily available. Nice cloudy beer with a citrus wheat aftertaste. Pours decent in a glass with some minor lacing and moderate head.

Appearance: partly cloudy with a chance of pain

Smell: citrus, nice nose

Taste: Fine, a little sweet, I'll drink it without complaining.

Mouthfeel: feels good in my mouth and after it hits the blood stream

Drinkability: Could handle one or two but then I got to find my hops

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Photo of apartin
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hmf05
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Hazy, light yellow color to it. It had a decent head when poured into my Duvel Tulip Glass.

Smell - I get a decent amount of clove with some lemon zest.

Taste - I taste the cloves and the hints of lemon. In my opinion, this is an extremely light tasting wit.

Mouth Feel- Decent carbonation with a watery feel. It is a little too watery for me.

Drinkability - This is extremely drinkable. One could easily throw back a bunch of these

To me, it is too watery. The cloves are the best part of the beer. This isn't my favorite wit, but it is definitely worth a try

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Photo of Geosuds
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ferrari29
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into Hexagon shaped pint glass

A - Beer has a cloudy light off-yellow color body; poured with a frothy two finger foam, which held very well; good amount of lacing formed and had lots of carbonation

S - Fruit peels and spices; citrus notes; malt sweetness; yeasty and grainy; wheat

T - Lemon and orange peel; citrus and other fruit tastes come up; subtle hints of spices but most coriander; herbal notes are in there too

M - Effervescent on the tongue; the body of the beer was mostly thin and left a tangy feel in your mouth

D - Lacks a lot of bite; this was one of my first experiences with foreign-made Witbier many years ago; it was good for the time I had it until I came across beers from other craft brewers; with that being said, I still would not turn down this beer if it was offered to me and I would definitely have another

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Photo of brdc
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

It pours a cloudy, foamy golden brew, and it lasts quite a long time.
Aroma is yeasty, malty, with hints of lemon, but less pronounced than in the past.
Very light, but at times overly sweet, which impairs to some extent the drinkability on this otherwise easy-going 4.9 ABV brew. Sweetish, bready, hints of clove and lemon close the package, but all too mild/light.
Nice summer brew, but a bit too sweet and watered down from previous years.

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Photo of therica
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've already reviewed this on-tap from Belgium. This is bottled, purchased at Wooden Keg in Hagerstown Maryland USA.

Better than my experience with the on-tap, oddly.

A= pale-lemonade, nice modest head, stays around for a while, some lacing.

S= bubblegum banana, refreshing whiff with a little grandma-perfume in there

T= much like the scent but more enjoyable. Compared to the on-tap that I had in Belgium, this is much more enjoyable, and less carbonated (which may be the hidden key, here since some on-tap places over-carbonate). Less lemon-esque than the on-tap, however (unless the Belgian placw was adding a touch of lemon).

M= nice, not bad, a little slight dryness

D= probably very drinkable if it hits your fancy at the moment-- very popular in Belgium.

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Photo of TheWolf
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

In st Martin. Out of a bottle. Can see the floaties in the bottle. Quite refreshing.

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Photo of kneeland
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm told that Blue Moon was highly influenced by this beer. I believe it. I'm not a huge fan of Blue Moon, but I really enjoyed Hoegaarden. It reminded me more of one of my favorites, The Love by Star Hill. Almost a bitter taste, but a very nice, wheaty flavor. The aftertaste from this is acceptable also. In the long run, I would order this beer again.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice white inch head, looks similar to a cloudy, highly carbonated lemonade in color

Smells sweet, fruity, some banana and citrus. Usual wheat beer smells with some spice, not much coming through on the hop or malt side.

First taste is of light malts with some spice, clove or allspice. Pretty much typical witbier taste. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Mouth feel is light and smooth , slightly watery. Not too over carbonated, Easy on the palette

Beer is very session able , easy to drink. Not my favorite witbier but love the style so would drink again.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy pale yellow, almost white beer. Has a big bright foamy white head. There is a light citrusy, lemony aroma with some clove in the background. A prickely carbonation starts the flavor and leads it into a light lemony sweetness. Which is followed by some corriander and a bit of clove in the back.

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Photo of shigg85
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle of this at Ginza Aster in Ginza, Tokyo. Poured into a Hoegaarden wide-mouthed pint glass. Pours a beautiful cloudy wheat hue with a thick white tasty head on it. Strong presence of hops, wheat, and other florals as well as some orange and bitters. The mouthfeel is smooth enough, leaving me with the sense that this was a quality Belgian witbier. I could drink a few of these before I started to get tired of the wheat flavor. Overall, a great ubiquitous option for brews.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Hoe pours a murky white yellowish color with no foam head and zero lacing. It has a born on date so that is nice.

It has a classic Belgian yeasty smell to me. The taste has a faint citrus to it and coriander in the finish of the drink. In the mouth it is crisp and clean and light. It is a very easy drinking beer and it has a well in the middle where the bubble rise from the bottom to the top to release their carbonation. Cool.

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Photo of AltBock
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle with just a regular (the one pictured) label on the front and some info on the neck label. On the back label there are directions on how to pour the beer into a Hoegaarden glass (of course) and a Best Before date in the left bottom corner.

When poured into a Pilsner glass, it was this nice yellowish/white color with a 2 finger head of white color foam. The head of foam receded very slowly leaving behind plenty of lace behind it. It had a light aroma of different citrus fruits, cloves, and some yeast in the background. The taste was very much like the smell, it had many different citrus fruits (mostly lemons), cloves, and this all ended with a taste of yeast. All I can I say about the mouthfeel is that is smooth, light, and crisp. This would make for a very refreshing beer on a hot summers day. Pretty much an average Belgain Wit Beer.

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Photo of dsmcva00
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance – short, frothy white head quickly dissipating to thin lacing and a climbing ring around the glass. Pours a foggy yellowish-white color.

Smell – Bread, coriander, and lemon peel.

Taste/mouthfeel – A refreshing pepper and lemony-sour taste finishes with a lemon-drop sweetness. Chewy mouthfeel; carbonation is a bit high though it doesn’t get in the way of the overall experience.

Overall – Crisp and clean, this refreshing beer is just begging for a barbecue to be enjoyed with.

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Photo of pvsob
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy, pale straw with a three finger head that lasts forever. It gradually fades, leaving a thin film and some lacing.

S- Orange, wheat, coriander, and some yeast.

T- Pretty much a mirror image of the aroma. Everything is quite balanced.

M- Medium feel with moderate carbonation.

D- The classic Belgian Wit. A very flavorful and refreshing summer beer. This six-pack didn't last very long. Cheers!

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Photo of edzo22
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of goindownsouth
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad. This is probably the one I would suggest for someone looking to get started in sampling Belgian biers. It is a murky brew with a lacey head. The aroma gives off a bit of citrus and spice, but not nearly as much as most other Belgians. The drinkability is a high factor here. Without the superior Belgian alcohol kick, one could have more of this bier and get away with it. It took me more than one of these to get a good feel for it. I concur with a previous reviewer, "A good summer bier."

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Photo of Act25
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried this on tap in Belgium. Consistent with what we get in the USA. But I'm wanting more. I'm not going to ding this beer review because it's common. This beer is reliable.

A; As a wit beer should, big pillow, lasting, lacing head, translucent, sunny, straw body.
S: Offers up the witbier essentials. Sweet, small orange zest, spicy coriander and tangy Wheat. Big Cream of Wheat.
T: It's all there, following that reliable aroma. Between smell and taste, I give smell the edge.. Tame, with orange peel being the long note on top of creamy wheat seasoned with pepper and coriander. Balanced.
MF: too thin, well carbonated, feels a bit mass produced. Not memorable like better belgians.
Overall: Steady eddie. Peppery, spicey in the finish.

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Photo of FZR23
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
3.83 out of 5 based on 5,235 ratings.
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