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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
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1,729
Ratings:
5,018
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
25%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,729 | Ratings: 5,018
Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
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%
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 puck1225
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
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 -14.6%
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 -1.6%
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 +0.8%
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 rex_4539
4.07/5  rDev +6%
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 Sparty21
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
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 Edith0703
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Beer_Rabbit66
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy golden like a typical weiß bier. Smells pretty much the same but lacks something... The Feel is great Smooth fresh with a light crisp finish. Nice stuff but is never gonna be able to compeat with German weiß Bier. Neither Belgium or Lithuania can beat the Germans at this kind of creation. Still like it though!

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Guess I never gave this beer much respect since it is always around and tends to be past its prime. Got a large 750ml bottle that was fresh and decided to give it another try...and was pleasantly surprised. Pours very pale and hazy as you'd expect, with a large white head that leaves a bit of lacing. Nose is light esters, citrus, and a refreshing light pice or yeast note I can't quite place. Flavor is crisp and light, a bit of grain and citrus, and did not have much of the banana note I was expecting. Crisp light mouthfeel. Overall, a very solid beer when fresh.

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Photo of OlaB
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: cloudy golden color , unfiltered gives of a small top of head that disolves quickly

S: yeast ,wheat ,banana ripes, small pepper and corriander notes, very sweet aroma

T&F : the banana and the spices is the most noticable in the first sip,much sweetnes in this beer and not much bitterness , a very smooth taste,alcohol content not very noticable. Very easy to drink.

O: A good sample of it,s style, not overwhelming exiting but a good beer. Very easy to drink, and easy to enjoy.

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Photo of matuto
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle (exp. 09/2016), in a mug. Straw and very cloudy liquid, with lots of white foam. Didn't leave any laces. Great aroma of spices with a citric note. A bit different note on the upfront flavor, with a more malty character, but the citric note shows up afterwards. Very light body and refreshing. A slight residual bitterness gives a nice touch.

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Photo of stevoj
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good for what is developing as the leader in the field for this style. Pale and cloudy golden in color with spare head, slight citrusy hints on top of wheat characteristics. Overall light on the palate and in mouthfeel, but the norm for the style.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

appearance is a cloudy yellow/goldish color, with a fluffy head that quickly recedes. Wheat, light lemony zest, and yeast on the nose. Taste is the same but with a slight peppery spice on the finish. feels like a lightish body. overall nice easy drinking beer that is both refreshing and tasty!

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Photo of mkh012
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Of the beers you can find just about anywhere in America, Hoegaarden may be my favorite. This stuff pops up at sports bars and liquor stores that otherwise only have your standard pisswater fare like Budweiser, Coors, or Corona, but it matches up to pretty much any witbier I can think of. It's really about as good as St. Bernardus or Allagash. Just as crisp, just as clean, just as easy to drink. Lemon rind and pepper notes work well together. No alcohol, no bitterness, incredibly refreshing. 9/10 witbier

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Photo of matuka123
4.72/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow.. This beer is cool :)! Drinked from a Tulip chalice beer glass. It's very unique and tasty. Not much bitterness, just smooth going. I can imagine a nice warm/hot summer and drinking this quite damn happily....

Wheaty tasty and good mouthfeel.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. It truly is unique in the world of beers. The smell and taste is so different. The floral character is over the top and I've yet to try a Belgian Whit that has this appealing flavor and aroma. I've been drinking this for decades now and even though it's now Inbev owned, it's still consistently great tasting. 4.50

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Photo of wisebier
4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: nice cloudy pale straw color. Holds a nice white sticky head that lasts

S: yeasts, banana , peppery

T: banana clove wheat some sweetness then some peppery finish. Its very balanced and smooth. no over powering flavors.

Its a model beer for its style. So much better than blue moon and shock top, so if you like those then this will blow your mind (those two are bad beers)

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Photo of breadwinner
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Honestly, a rather likeable little thing, dutifully checking off all the witbier boxes, banana/spices/touch of orange peel, big, sunny nose, bubbly carb. If this is all you find on tap, you really ain't so bad off.

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Photo of sejorules
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had it from a 33cl bottle.

A: Pours a very creamy, pale golden and cloudy, with a very dense head of around 3 fingers. Very attractive.

S: The smell is correct for a wheat beer. Lots of wheat, and some sweetness. Fresh and inviting.

T: The taste is pure wheat beer. Some sweetness that I can't identify, lots, lots and lots of wheat, and perhaps a hint of smoky flavour. No trace of sourness, or bitterness whatsoever. It is very nice and easy to drink, however, the taste is a bit plain compared with other white beers.

F: Medium carbonation, and very refreshing. A bit creamy, but not too much. It's probably very nice for the summer.

O: Very nice to drink. As I mentioned, I missed more aromas and flavours that can be found in other beers from the same category. However, despite the taste being simple, it hits the right spot. Nice, and could buy it again.

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Photo of Oleg85
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy straw color with 1 finger tall head, decreasing fast. The smell is it's highlight. There are spices, banana and fresh bread. But the taste is very faint. It's medium-bodied and crispy.

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Photo of JWU
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tumbler glass

A- cloudy straw yellow, with a huge creamy white head.

S- Very close to the aroma of a Hefe, but you can feintly detect the belgian yeast and peppery character that lies underneath.

T- sweety, mildly sugary, mild clove and banana, with a white pepper on the finish.

M- light side of medium. a tight medium-high level of carbonation.

O- The belgian witbier standard.

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Photo of MAFC_Trainer
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look - pours half finger head that hangs around. Body is a hazy gold

Smell - banana, Clove, citrus

Taste - banana, clove

Feel - low carbonation, smooth, full flavor when hits your palet

Overall - good wheat beer. Defiantly have a few more

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Photo of gmshedd
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hoegaarden--not even in the top 500 Belgian whites by rating! At least it's 35th on the "best" list for the style. Say what you will, this is the one to compare to when learning about witbiers. Better tasted in a European setting. Never been to Belgium, but I had my first in Amsterdam in 1989. I'll always remember the experience as the only customer at a restaurant where they wrote each evening's menus out by hand. Not much of a day trade, to be sure, but they made me a ham and cheese sandwich (no lunch menu) that was the best I've had, and I drank my first Hoegaarden along with it! Years later, a Swedish woman I worked with took me to a pub in Stockholm where I had another Hoegaarden in a large, octagonal glass. That one went down exceedingly well in congenial company and surroundings, as did the next one. It may not be anyone's "best" beer, but it has been part of two of my alltime favorite beerdrinking experiences, so I salute it here.

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
3.84 out of 5 based on 5,018 ratings.
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