Hoegaarden Original White Ale | Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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86
very good
5,260 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good
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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
Ratings:
5,260
Reviews:
1,790
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
14.62%
 
 
Wants:
174
Gots:
1,343
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 5,260 |  Reviews: 1,790
Photo of mangeke
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ptp25
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CJNAPS
2.64/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Casey_L
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EmeraldMist
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Look - Pours a cloudy pale yellow color, a short ring of white head, no lacing.
Aroma - Lemon flesh, banana, lightly floral.
Taste - Tart upfront, faint citrus, biscuity malt towards the middle, yeast, mild spice and a relatively quick and clean finish.
Feel - Light bodied, soft but bubbly, crisp.

Overall - Good stuff.

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Photo of J_T_Arlington
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Looks opaque yellow, pineapple like color. Foamy white head. Some lacing.

Smells spicy, weedy, pepper, pepperoni?

Tastes tart, then mildly spicy, like peppercorns, then turns sour and finishes dry and astringent.

Feels medium bodied.

Overall, not bad. I don't usually like this style as much, but this is all right.

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Photo of AustinWadkins
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange with a bubbley yet froathy head

Smell of orange and lemon zest, coriander, spice, banana, horse blanket

Taste is wonderful, just enough spice to add a refreshing bite, orange, wheat, bit of malt

Overall a fantastic beer on a summer day or night. Paired amazingly with my spicy vegetable tempura.

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Photo of Stokes717
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice cloudy wheat beer with a crisp citrus aroma and taste, very light and refreshing on a hot summer day or paired great with some meat off the grille!

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Photo of MNAle
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought this to compare with some of the local Witbiers. Aroma of fruity/banana yeast and spices.Very pale hazy goldish-yellow, lots of bubbles, 1/2 inch thick white head that recedes to a thin cap fairly quickly. Smooth and thick feel, tingly from the carbonation. Mild taste of soft fruit/banana, some spice, wheat malts, no bittering at all. Easy drinking. Plenty of taste to stand up to food, but not overwhelming.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a single-serve bottle into a wheat tap glass

The look may be the paragon of the style. Beautiful hazy/milky pale gold, like wheat straw. A fine foamy/rocky head the gives way to persistent lacing throughout the quaff.

Ester and yeast/grain aromas very forward but not overwhelming, with a floral note, and a hint of sourness that provides balance.

The flavor is estery sweet at the front, well-rounded by grains and yeasts, and finishes extremely well with a touch of lemon sourness and excellent carbonation at the end.

The mouthfeel is maybe just a shade watery even for the style, but it is still an excellent feel with a fine crisp finish.

Overall, this may be regarded as a mass-produced shadow of its original self by some, but I still find it to be my favorite wit--clean, simple, pure, straightforward. No orange slice necessary. Highly recommended.

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Photo of jkirk546
2.84/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

I liked the beer, however it's got a very strong aftertaste that makes it where you can only drink about 1 per setting.
Will definitely do it again.

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Photo of mwvman
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sposter4
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JSG18
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vainosuomi
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: opaque straw yellow, slightly golden, big white head
Smell: Not too much, a little bit of fruit and spice. Classic banana and clove, hint of citrus
Taste: Sweet, bready pale malt and ripe banana.
Feel: moderate carbonation, light to medium body.

Overall a pretty easy-going and tasty witbier. Light and cripst and to the point.

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Photo of heddar33
3.02/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Cycle69
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CamilleGege
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NickFry9
3.19/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Photo of lupercmda
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 0panther0
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pale yellow, big, foamy head that slowly dissipates
S - Ripe bananas
T - Banana, bubble gum, slightly sweet... nice balance... subtle bread and clove
F - Smooth, light carbonation... very drinkable
O - Nice, light summer beer... nice, comfortable choice

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Photo of sufisoma
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
3.83 out of 5 based on 5,260 ratings.
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