Hoegaarden Original White Ale | Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

Hoegaarden Original White AleHoegaarden Original White Ale
5,289 Ratings
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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Added by purplehops on 07-08-2001

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Photo of hwwty4
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. Pours a murky yellow with a slight wheat head that disappeared quickly but left decent lacing down the glass. Aroma is bready, with slight spiciness and banana. Taste is yeasty with a slight banana twinge to it. Mouthfeel is fuller than expected with a dry finish to it. A very drinkable brew. Definitely wont be the last one I drink.

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Photo of Hermanater
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

AP: very pale straw color. Almost looks like lemon juice in a glass with barely any head.

SM: strong hints of its Belgian birth place. Some spicy notes.

M: very light but flavorful.

TA: The coriander & orange peel produce an almost clove-like spicy/bitterness. In my tasting notes I contrasted the bitterness that stays behind with the orange peel produced bitterness against a hop-produced bitterness. Orange peel bitterness is a great pairing with the coriander spiciness and it doesn't stick to your tongue like a hop bitterness does.

I must say I am a tried and true hop-head loving hop-noxious bitterness. I've even stated that I don't like wheat beers. Still-this is good stuff and I recommend it for sure.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

(3.75) A: Semi-hazy and a very light pale straw coloured with a billowy stark white foam head. Decent retention with clinging lacing down the glass.

(4.0) S: Tall grasses, cloves, banana, pepper, orange, and lychee fruit. Solid aroma with a bit of variety. Nicely spice forward.

(3.25) T: Generally a faint taste profile that feels a bit muted. Grasses, cloves, grains, and hints of tropical fruits (banana and orange) but not to the extent indicated from the aroma. Rather clean and crisp with little bitterness and a slight tangy taste.

(3.25) M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Thin with a clean texture.

(3.5) D: A decent witbier with an inviting aroma but falls off the mark with a fairly thin and flat taste. Can't really compare this to the more full flavoured options out there.

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Photo of partains
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: light, bright yellow
Smell: citrus and spices
Taste: wheat, refreshing
Overall: I enjoyed this beer, refreshing and mildly spicy

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Photo of aquazr1
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of migleskun
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of elricorico
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at The Globe on Wednesday night, when the wings are cheap. It was served to me in a 500mL Hoegaarden glass.

The beer is a hazy yellow, the colour of Halls lemon coughdrops, and has a creamy white head that had good staying power.

The smell is full of citrus, with orange zest and lemon drops on top of a grassy wheat aroma. Digging deep there is a hint of bubblegum type sweetness in there.

The beer enters the mouth tasting watery, but goes on to finish with a fair bit of orange zest and lemon tartness. Unfortunately it feels a bit watery throughout the mouth, and the carbonation didn't excite.

This one is fairly drinkable, but I think after a couple I would be looking for a change of pace. Not bad, not great.

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Photo of Jefe76
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Antilochus
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a Belgian (read: InBev) gift pack in December 2007. Hid the bottles in a closet and just found them again. Fridge temp. 4.90% abv. Poured into a branded Hoegaarden glass.

A pure yellow, almost greenish cloudy body. Streaming bubbles. Smallish rocky white head, with low retention: goes to a cloud and collar quickly.

Aromas of grass, spice, orange peel, sourdough, banana. Yeasty.

Palate is sweetish and airy. Very smooth. Vinegar, citrus, mineral water, spice, with a warming finish.

Could be a bit off from the age: I proclaim it a decent wit.

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Photo of manchester81
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Served on tap in one of those giant hoegaarden glasses. In this glasswear the beer looks great! There is something nice about holding a huge glass of beer in one's hands. Unfortunately the custom glasses are mostly glass and only contain 500 mL of actual beer. The beer looks average in regular glasswear, decent head retention nice pale colour, but nothing special.
The real strength of the beer is its mouthfeel. This beer seems to dance on your toungue. The taste is of citrus and spice and is interesting. Would I have another? Probably one, but this i wouldn't drink this all night.

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Photo of Euroglot
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UnionMade
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer is a hazy lemonade color, that slightly yellowed, whitish opacity. Despite the absence of a lemon or any fruit garnish, no head forms at all. A bit of agitation generates a thin collar that dissipates slowly, leaving the beer naked again.
The aroma is a soft wheat malt, slightly yeasty, with mild coriander and sweet orange peel. A bit lemony, even though there's no lemon in it. Fairly standard fare for a white ale.
The flavor starts with what I can only guess to be pils malt. Slightly bready, with that distinct pils malt flavor, blended with wheat malt that contributes an airy sweetness. A bit or coriander spiciness comes through the middle, with a bit of peach and lemon fruitiness. The coriander continues into the finish, meeting sweet orange peel, blending into a mild, pleasant tanginess. A bit of sourish wheat malt adds some depth, finishing rather dry, with a powdery mouthfeel. Very little aftertaste, perhaps a faint coriander spiciness. Moderate, unassuming carbonation. Lightish body.
I guess this would be the standard for belgian witbier, and it honors that distinction by being a well made wit, not deviating from the style definition at all. Extremely easy drinking, without any bitterness that might turn away your average macro drinker. I'd recommend this to anyone looking to explore the world of beer. It makes a fine transitional brew that's different enough from typical adjunct lager, but not too challenging on the palate.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 33cl bottle with a best by 4/2/08 date. It was a cloudy yellow with a small head. Aroma was citrus, as well as a grassy smell. I couldn't really appreciate the citrus when tasting it, mostly some spiciness. I thought this was a little too bland, even for a wit. Could be a decent thirst quencher.

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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 -6.6%
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 -6.6%
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 -6.6%
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 -6.6%
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 -6.6%
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 hmf05
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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 -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ferrari29
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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 -6.6%
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 -6.6%
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 -6.6%
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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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 5,289 ratings
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