Hoegaarden Original White Ale | Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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Hoegaarden Original White AleHoegaarden Original White Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
Belgium
hoegaarden.com

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by purplehops on 07-08-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,763
Ratings:
5,156
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
14.62%
 
 
Wants:
165
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1,274
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Reviews: 1,763 | Ratings: 5,156
Photo of HefeweizenLover
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured 0.3l bottle into a Pilsener glass.

A: The beer is pale yellow and very hazy. Finger high bright white fluffy head quickly dissipates, but leaves decent lacing in the glass. Light carbonation is visible in the glass.

S: Smells of wheat, spices and hints of banana.

T: Peppery spices, followed by citrus fruits, banana and a touch of sweetness.

M: Light bodied, very crispy and twang, with high and lively carbonation on the palate.

O: Very refreshing and easy drinkable summer beer. Very nice example of the style.

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Photo of Ri0
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint glass. Cloudy pale yellow with a thin 1 finger head. Aromas of sweet grain, wheat, and some citrus, banana, clove. Flavor is much of the same and it has a very clean feel. Easy to drink and a great summer beer around the grill.

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Pale yellow, cloudy, originally poured a nice head though it goes away quick.
S: Quite light, some dough, peppery spice, clove, and a hint of citrus.
T: Rather dry, lots of spice. A touch of sweetness. Definately can't miss that corriander and orange in there. Like the wheat presence as well.
F: Very crisp, carbonation on the higher end, body is super light and drinks very refreshing.
O: Classic beer for me, what got me started down the craft beer world. Still as great as I remember it.

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Photo of Schimms
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Poured into a tulip; cloudy yellow with fluffy white head. Nice lacing.

S: Wheaty, Belgian style.

T: Great full-flavored Belgian wit - perfect for a hot day. Distinct Belgian.

F: Thin with light carbonation.

O: Great wit!

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Photo of RicardoMadeira
2.73/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured a very hazy pale yellow with almost no head. The smell is clearly fruity, citric, and pleasant until a certain point. The first sips were very refreshing, but then I started to sense a very strong flavor of spices and the deadly coriander, that I hate, and that kept intensifying sip after sip; conclusion: didn't finished it. The mouthfeel was pleasant; it has low carbonation and it's not too bold. It's a light summer beer, that I admit to be refreshing, but not for me. Wrong beer for me, life goes on. There are more beers in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy! Cheers!

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Photo of Matt97m3
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Hoegaarden, wit Blanche ist sehr gut, i do enjoy it, not as much as Franziskaner or weihenstaphener however it has great taste, feel, and something that I really enjoy is the after taste. Overall I can see myself buying a few more of theese. Prost!

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Photo of Sheppard
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, cloudy golden straw, with lacy white head. It's a little bit more see through than I'd have anticipated. Nice aroma. Great wheat and ester sweetness cut by a little coriander spice. It's a very nice witbier. Refreshing.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.44/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

**
01/02/2012
On Tap at Dubh Linn Square. Had just one then onto something better.
Aroma is Lemon (though it was served with one on the glass, so that really doesn't count). Light yellow, a tad cloudy.
Light; Easy to drink.Light. A classic, but nothing truly special.
**

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: cloudy dull yellow with a finger of white foamy head
S: banana and wheat. Sweet smelling beer for sure
T: like the nose, banana and wheat with an overall sweetness. The flavors are not as strong as the smell though
F: thin and easy drinking.
O: a decent summer beer

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Photo of larryarms847
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy and bright golden yellow with a subtle orange hue and a finger of frothy white foam.

Fresh grains, light orange and lemon zest citrusy notes, subtle clove and herbal notes.

Clove, banana, sweet orange, fresh wheat.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, soft, creamy smooth.

Overall, a mighty fine witbier. Really damn good!

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Photo of abarquerov
2.68/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

L: Cloudy yellow sand like color. 1 finger head that dissipated quickly.

S: Citrusy, but there is a strong metallic-like smell I really dislike.

T: The citrus notes are strongly predominant.

F: Slightly creamy, moderate carbonation.

O: I doubt I'll grab another soon. I prefer german Hefeweizens or the witbier I had the other day, Blue Moon.

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Photo of rocketcat
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Just right sweetness, so this beer is not as sweet as wheat beers usually. Aftertaste is just bit dry. It's also easily foaming and pleasingly soft. Generally mild wheat beer on taste and smell.
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Sopivan makea, ei niin makea mitä vehnäoluet yleensä. Hieman kuiva jälkimaku. Vaahtoava, miellyttävän pehmeä. Mieto maku ja tuoksu.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Wheat beers (a/k/a, "weissbier" or "wit") are great on a hot Summer day because they commonly have a light and crispy taste & feel. This Hougaarden has also a taste of coriander, but sadly, this beer's aroma is far better than its taste and its "finish" is a bit watery.

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Photo of puck1225
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tall glass. Nice white head with decent lacing, cloudy yellow in color. Sweet, refreshing smell. The taste is light and spiced. A nice beer for lunch.

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Photo of Ant777uk
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Had this many times before, usually it makes me sleepy.

Great head, fairly good look. Very good actually.

Nice aroma, citrussy.

Totally fine, fruity. Just not strong enough...

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Photo of basaywhat
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Cloudy pale yellow color, big white head. Medium body, average to high carbonation. Aroma of citrus, coriander, malts. Taste is very yeasty, malty with nice banana touch, coriander and citrus.

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Photo of The_Atom
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An overall pretty good wheat beer. Light, hazy yellow color in appearance. The aroma is sweet and pleasant. The taste is smooth, crisp, and light in carbonation with hints of banana . Not my all time favorite, but one I will enjoy again.

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Photo of Try-em-all
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow, this is a good one. One of the better Belgian Wheat Beers. That hint of orange peel and coriander gives it just enough to make it one of my favorites. Not a beer you drink quickly, but one you ease into it and savor the goodness.

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Photo of gonger
2.81/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L. Pours into glass with a nice 2 - 3 finger head that dissipates quickly. Very little lacing.
S. Not bad but nothing stands out. Smells like a lager with maybe a little extra spice. Not much
T. Sorry, but just not much there. Some flavor develops toward the end but more like a light lager, not a wit beer.
F. Decent, nothing remarkable.
O. Mediocre at best. Not terrible but not a great beer.

Definitely a refreshing drink, and I'd drink another if offered, but not one I'd seek out.
Note: I find most bottled wheat beers disappointing, possibly because my favorite local brew-pub serves an outstanding one on tap.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Hazy yellow, half finger white head, very light carbonation.

S: Aroma is excellent. Very sweet smell. You want to smell it all day.

T: Tastes quite good. Witbier is not my favorite style but this one is very drinkable.

F: Has more carbonation in the palate than the actual carbonation on the glass. Which is quite a good thing, leaves nice feeling.

O: Nice beer. For those who enjoy witbier, this one is a good choice.

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Photo of daweidavid
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A little herby and spice alone with sort of sweet smells in the aroma. the body taste like a peppery and dry orange peel in it. Acidity and spice flavors with hint of sweetness. Finish with some bitterness and herby aftertaste.

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Photo of Sparty21
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy with a golden yellow appearance. The beer has a descent size white foamy head. It has a smooth taste with an aftertaste of wheat and yeast.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another wonderful example of how the beer stores around me do not properly handle imported beers. A bit of a skunky aroma, but it doesn't translate over to the taste. A good solid white beer, but not the best I've ever had.

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Photo of Edith0703
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Typical Belgian beer. Not my type of beer. Standard wheat bear, really smooth texture. Golden appearance, sweet flavor with little bitter finish. Really easy to drink.

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Photo of GrumpyBiPolar
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First let me start off saying my palate is like sandpaper so forgive me on some tastes.
Appearance: pours yellow, very cloudy, and 2 finger head in pub glass.
Smell: orange peels and malt.
Taste: wheat, orange, malts, pepper, and coriander
Mouthfeel: crisp, carbonated, and not to thick
Overall : I found this beer better in a bottle then my pub glass. The flavor none are overpowering but very smooth and crisp. This would be a good summer beer goes down nice. Overall from what I have read about witbier's the taste, look, and feel are dead on. I would drink this beer again so overall not bad.

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
3.83 out of 5 based on 5,156 ratings.
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