Hoegaarden Original White Ale | Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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Hoegaarden Original White AleHoegaarden Original White Ale

Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by purplehops on 07-08-2001

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Photo of wilfonzo
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of breardon1776
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm not one who usually goes for lighter beers but I really enjoyed this one. A simple style that was elegantly executed. It pours a light but hazy yellow with a nice white head. The smell is full of citrus and Belgian wheat. The taste is light with a bunch of citrus flavors like lemon, orange peel, and a hint of banana that add to the wheat flavor and give it a nice crisp finish. The mouthfeel is the only problem for me as it was a little too light for the winter but I can see this being a staple of the summer. Very much enjoyed and would definitely recommend to any blue moon fans looking to step it up.

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Photo of Petey_the_Quiet
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of SargeC
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly rusty yellow, minimal head, naturally cloudy and unfiltered. Low carbonation.

Smell: Warm citrus and spice.

Taste: Citrus, rich yeast qualities, acidic and tangy.

Mouthfeel: Great medium consistency, satisfying. A little coarse. Carbonation adds to the fullness.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Great flavor and satisfying consistency.

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Photo of KiMiRaiK
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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

Photo of JasonTaverner
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Thrasher
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a luscious refreshing white, good for a sunny Sunday brunch. Nothing extraordinary but decent, indicative of the style. Doesn't get superb marks from me because I inherently distrust Interbrew. Their beers suffer from the enormity of the company, and their costs are prohibitive. I once paid $9 ($10 with tip) for one of these in an annoying Manhattan bar/lounge, so I decided to keep the glass.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6er at Woodman's East here in Madison.

Pours an effervescent pale pale yellow with a snow white head. Aroma is strong with cloves, spices, olives, and citusy, floral hops. Flavor follows suit, spicey clove and bitter citrus hops. Mouthfeel is crisp, and light-bodied. This is a tasty, refreshing wit, like it should be as the mother of the witbier style. A truly drinkable, sessionable, all-around solid brew here. Doesn't blow you away, but covers all its bases and covers them well.

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Photo of willjschmidt
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Poured a cloudy, pale yellow color with a white head.

S: Citrus, spices, and a little pine.

T: A very crisp and refreshing beer. The wheat taste is prominent with subtle accents of orange peel, lemon, and some other spices. Slightly sweet with a very unique taste.

M: Light, crisp and clean.

D: This is a very refreshing beer and very easy to drink. It has a very pleasant and unique taste. This is my first witbier but based on this beer it is a style that I'd like to explore further.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of jmartinger
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%

Photo of frank4sail
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very pale with a slight yellow haze and tint. The brew is soft in the mouth with melow flavors of citrus and slight fruit. The smooth coating finish leaves you with a fluffy feel. And the finish has a slight spicyness in the throat. A excellent session beer and awesome with food. I could drink them all night. Very drinkable...

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-nice golden color with an active white head, the bar serves an orange with it, which I promptly get rid of.

Smell-fruity aroma, alcohol is very pronounced.

Taste/Mouthfeel-light flavor, decent smoothness as well maltiness is now more prevalent than before. Hops are there, good flavor.

Drinkability-Solid flavor, enjoyable to drink, I had no issues.

Overall-a fine white ale, I've had better but this is one of the best you will find on tap in most areas. Solid job.

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Photo of Sturmthis
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of mzwolinski
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy pale yellow in color, with a thin, surprisingly persistant, pristine white head. The aroma is an invigorating wheaty, lemony scent. Taste is zesty, with a tart start, yielding to a somewhat spicy (corriander?) mid-palate, a finish of moderate floral hops, and a gently sweet aftertaste. Finish is slightly dry, body is medium-light, and the flavors are very well balanced and blend into each other oh-so-smoothly. Very refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of cmq103
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a Hoegaarden Belgian Beer glass.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow with a decent 1/2" frothy head that stays around for a while. Decent spotty lacing as my glass emptied.

Smell: Moderate lemony citrus, coriander and clove spices. I don't sense much banana in the nose, which is kind of what I was hoping for. I also got a light bready/grassy aroma.

Taste: Slightly sweet citrus, but with a sourness to it. I also get a mild spicy wheat flavor. This is a pretty tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: Nice lively carbonation which allows the flavors to really shine. This is a crisp light Witbier beer, but a little on the watery side compared to other Witbier beers I've had.

Overall: I enjoyed this one but found it to be lighter in flavor to my two favorite Witbier beers: Allagash White and Southampton Double White Ale. I did like it better than Blue Moon, which I found to be a bit too sweet for my liking. This beer would go perfect on a hot summer day when you're lounging poolside in the backyard and want to have a few.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had Hoegaarden many times over the past few years but I thought of rating this after just having it the other night at a work party which amazed me since they usually only have Miller Lite, Amstel Light and normal beers for the masses. No that Hoegaarden is a rare beer but enjoyable. The beer poured a very hazy light straw color with a bit of a white head. The aroma is nice and citrusy and a bit of a wheat nose. The taste is very crisp, lemony with a nice wheat body. Overall this is a very easy beer to drink and enjoyable on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Greggy
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours a big bright white head, 2.5 fingers in height. The body is white/yellow and very hazy. There is no doubt that this is a wit.

S- Very fresh banana notes, yeasty clove, orange, some pepper, hints of apricot.

T- Starts out with a round sweet yeastiness with notes of banana, honey graham crackers, orange and hints of lemon.

M- Very light carbonation. Nice feel

D- I could easily drink this anytime. I look forward to pairing this with breakfast foods (@ night, of course).

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Mxsluis
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Jmamay22
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is the last bottle from a six pack. The other five were often paired with various seafood such as fish and mussels, which worked nicely.

Poured as instructed on the bottle minus the hexagonal glass, as I opted for a standard pint glass. Leaves a billowing head that sits atop a cloudy pale yellow beer.

Smells of banana, orange peel and lemony yeast. Very refreshing scent. The taste doesn't match the complexity of the nose, but hints at lemon and banana. Very light, refreshing, and drinkable. Features a good amount of carbonation and light mouthfeel.

Its a decent brew, but there are better examples out there.

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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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