Hoegaarden Original White Ale | Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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3.78/5
Very Good
5,441 Ratings
Hoegaarden Original White AleHoegaarden Original White Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
Belgium
hoegaarden.com

Style: Belgian Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by purplehops on 07-08-2001

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Ranking:
#22,468
Reviews:
1,828
Ratings:
5,441
pDev:
14.81%
 
 
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Ratings: 5,441 |  Reviews: 1,828
Photo of soundaurora
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MugC
4.76/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DeeBreezy
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of notchucknorris
2.81/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of tb77
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaveCash
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheVillageIdiot
3.09/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Meh. Was given to me as a gift. Never would have bought it for myself. Really not impressed at all. Didn't care for this at all really. I don't even have enough nice things to say to write a decent review.

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Photo of matthieu_xyz
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brewnme
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wetciggie
2.98/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours great looks like a delicious cocktail in a glass, smells like orange bitters and hops, lightly of coriander.

Tastes slightly tart, dry, very bitter for and almost winelike dry finish on the mouth feel, which I find an unpleasant combination as I tend to gulp my drinks. However not entirely undesirable to drink, $10 a 4 pack on special quite often, and pairs well with Roast Pork and Apple Sauce.

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Photo of GIftofgod4u1
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JonnoWillsteed
2.47/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

L- Pale yellow/tan. Cloudy, pours with 2-finger white head [on top of which is a small beige lump of presumably yeast sediment]. Head slowly reducing.
S- Spicy and distinctly yeasty with an almost citrus/orange waft at the end.
T- Dry, a little sharper than expected, spices (certainly coriander), and back to pretty sharp
M- 'Clean' together with the complex pungency of spices. It is refreshing, and has a mouth-feel somewhat higher than it's actual 4.9% ABV.
O- The spice is over-dominant to me; I don't drink beer to get mouthfulls of coriander this intense. I remember when this beer seemingly first hit the scene back in the 90s, it was so fashionable and of course relatively expensive. I hadn't drunk it in years and TBH it seems OTT/unbalanced to me now; defintely lacking subtlety . I don't recall it previously having been as sharp as this one was, that was a surprise and not enjoyable for me.

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Photo of Kevin101
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mysticmage
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed a draught in a pint glass which include an orange slice. Opaque golden yellow awaits you with ok collar. Nice nose here of fruit bouquets and in this case, orange for sure. Taste is refreshing with definite fruits and light hops. Nice finish here puts this one in the drinkable circle. Prefer a draft pour over bottles.

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Photo of PMakowski
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - had no expectations but surprised how light the beer looks. Hazy light yellow with a thick foam head that is slow to fade. Good glass lacing.
Smell - very, very herbal and spicy. Do pickup Belgian yeast but it doesn't dominate the aroma. Some lemon and orange peel. Lastly, get wheat and the overall muskiness. Interesting to say the least.
Taste - Wow. Well-made product is immediately my first thought...extremely smooth for a wheat beer. A hint of banana. No fake orange flavor and spices aren't dominating, a very smooth tasty blend, no one flavor stands out, which is good i don't want to drink orange peel with coriander. Not too much carbonation. Very drinkable, it's not harsh in any way and it isn't too filling. A bit of malt backbone. Not too sweet.

Overall, just a tremendous beer. I think it beats any American takes on Belgian style, its smooth, refreshing, excellent mouth feel, and isn't too expensive. I give this excellent beer a grade of A

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4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of muchos
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brycezawada
3.12/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of COBEERHUNTER
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of elprofe
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jripley97
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ClintGoodman
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lzevy
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thefuzzyone
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SamHill_92
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 5,441 ratings