Hoegaarden Original White Ale | Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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86
very good
5,261 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:
5,261
Reviews:
1,790
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
14.62%
 
 
Wants:
174
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1,344
For Trade:
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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

Photo of Ricsan
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of the beers I refer to as a beginner friendly beer. Perfect first wheat beer.

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Photo of Blackop555
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy yellow, foamy, tall, white head that lasts a while with light lacing.

Smells citrus, clovey yeast, orange and bready.

Tastes wheat, Orange peel, clove and malt. Followed by citrus peel and light yeast. Finish is dry with a spice linger. Medium body and fizzy lower medium carbonation.

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Photo of ChandlerMote
4.77/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RMW66
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pejohnson46
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Hazy yellow/orange, but given that the primary ingredient is wheat, this is a given as the wheat will add to the cloudiness. Good finger and a half of head.
Smell: Faint hints of citrus, and possibly spice?
Taste: This is a very drinkable but at the same time complex brew - the balance of wheat, orange, and coriander is tremendous.
Feel: Although it's highly carbonated, I don't think that the mouthfeel gets in the way, in fact I think it accentuates the flavors
Overall: This is one of my favorite summertime brews. Overlooked because it is a macro brew but very deserving!

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Photo of Raziel313
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bangalter
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jbehlar
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brewer101
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
3.83 out of 5 based on 5,261 ratings.
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