Hoegaarden Original White Ale | Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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3.78/5
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5,394 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
Belgium
hoegaarden.com

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by purplehops on 07-08-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#20,602
Reviews:
1,819
Ratings:
5,394
pDev:
14.81%
Bros Score:
3.6
 
 
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185
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Photo of Curt3
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Libeertarian
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber gold, rather opaque. Random darker chunks of sediment mostly toward the bottom. Fine, even, milky to frothy lemon-white head of lower-moderate retention. Aromas of grass, apple, lemon, candy sugar, as well as pea-like suggestions common to many Belgian beers. Palate is even more Belgian, dissimilar to many American variations on the style, downplaying the fruit and sugar though still fair amounts of both, even some blueberry starting around the middle, but showcasing the wheat and yeast equally if not more so, again with the grasses and greens. A little tart throughout, rich and sweet and complex in the middle, acidic in the back just before a drier finish, barely detectable boozy pepper notes in retro-olfaction. Light-bodied but almost like silk or milk or cream. At first extra effervescent but not overactive, and velvety with prickles on the edges where it can breathe. But then it flattens in the glass quickly.

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Photo of Myboymi
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Viaduck
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this is the right beer: Hoegaarden Wit Blanche. Hazy amber, not much of a head. Smells like a Smokey banana. Mild bitterness. Tastes like banana & shredded wheat cereal. Feels a bit flat. Nice flavor but a bit weak in the other categories.

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Photo of GFC2018
1.61/5  rDev -57.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I was very disappointed with this beer. I had read many reviews saying "if you like Allagash White, you'll love Hoegaarden...", But that was not my experience. It was almost undrinkable to me. Very off tasting and not something I'd ever get again.

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Photo of Velivolus
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beersampler6
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden color with some mild head, no lingering lacing. Smells of malt, wheat and some clove. Tastes of wheat, orange, banana, clove and caramel with that malt backbone. Mild wheat aftertaste, mild mouthfeel and decent carbonation throughout. A little boring and unexciting.

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Photo of jimpyle48
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of npdevil27
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of webb017
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dukeufo
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Antwon616
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Natertottt
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Golden straw, hazy, with a white head that doesn’t persist. Looks like what you’d expect from wit, aside from lack of head.
S: spicy and citrusy sweet malt.
T: peppery up front with a citrusy orange wheat flavor. Noble hops subtle but present.
F: medium body with high carb doesn’t stick to the tongue.
O: Good beer. Great exsample if the style. Good for a hot day. Not a lot of alcohol so you can have a few. If you like the Belgian Witbier this should be a must have.

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Photo of uuoo33
1/5  rDev -73.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Do not call this sugary beverage beer.

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Photo of Calraven
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LauraMancini
4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chilmer
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of brutalist
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brolegario
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy gold with a full thick whote head that lingered for bit before dissipating almost completely. The aroma gives a dose of wheat with hints of orange and some cloves. The taste reveals a bready malt back bone followed by the cloves and orange and just a pinch of banana taffy. A beautiful representation of an often replicated style.

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Photo of mlatvakokko
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Harrison8
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a finger of stark white foam on top. Head retention is good. Aroma is lively clove, yeast spice, wheat, light banana and orange peel. Splendid, but light aroma heightens the urge for a sip. Flavor profile is clove, yeast spice, wheat and banana towards the finish. Biscuit and bread malts shine through and through, giving it a splendid light and refreshing quality. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a fuzzy, velvety texture that just soothes the tongue. It has a medium consistency. Overall, a wonderful beer around the 5% ABV mark. It has a good amount of flavor while still feeling comfortable for consumption in the heat of the summer.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 11.2oz bottle.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Hazy gold with a decent white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Spicy and grassy. A little bit sweet, but grass and hay are the main smell components.

Taste: Sweet malt, a little of that grass taste but not enough to overwhelm, a very small amount of hop bitterness. A bit of citrus on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and high carbonation.

Overall: Very refreshing and tasty!

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Photo of GIZ204
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rlhj
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of achepil
2.47/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 5,394 ratings