Hoegaarden Original White Ale | Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

Hoegaarden Original White AleHoegaarden Original White Ale
BA SCORE
3.78/5
5,288 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#16,681
Reviews:
1,797
Ratings:
5,288
pDev:
14.81%
Bros Score:
3.6
 
 
Wants:
177
Gots:
1,368
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Photo of Skidz
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out the palest of all yellows, almost completely clear, but sits a cloudy, pale gold in the glass. Big fluffy white head achieved with almost no effort.

Smells of sweet wheat grains, citrus (lemon, orange), and a nice hoppy layer on top. Great smell overall.

Tastes bitter up front and is accompanied by sweet grains, mild peppery flavors, just the slightest dash of citrus and an over-ripened, starchy, sweet corn flavor that really keeps it all together. The yeast picks up near in the middle, but lingers on well after you swallow. Good amount of bitterness, but fairly mild.

Mouthfeel is smooth and rich, superb carbonation that tickles the tongue, but doesn't bite. Utterly delicious brew, a six pack would be a blast.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, yeasty, yellow pour. Smelled very citrusy. Taste was a yeasty bomb goodness. Drank quickly and well. I didn't try it with the lemon slice, so that I could take in the overall flavors. I definitely dig the overwhelming yeast taste, which allowed it to pair well with pizza and sample a few other beers without being overwhelmed.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of crownrl28
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of BigCheese
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of abcramer
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of ramblinwreck101
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Schmoog
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Pintofbrown
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App- This beer is a pale straw yellow, with a very airy one and a half finger head. It is an almost unbelievable white, only some lace as it degrades.

Smell- Tons of clove, coriander and some sweet musty fruit notes are present in the nose. It is pretty good, and definitely makes one think of a witbier.

Taste- It is a light drink when it comes to flavor. Not as pronounced as the nose, although most smells are now in the glass. There is certainly the clove and maybe a little of the coriander. It is citrusier in the drink, maybe some orange in the finish, and there is wheat there too. It could have been bigger, but still not bad all the same.

Mouth feel- It is borderline light in the mouth. The carbonation keeps it this way. The finish is just a little dry, but not too bad. I was honestly expecting it to be more medium bodied, but how it is does fit better than I would have thought.

Overall- Witbiers aren’t my favorite style, and this one certainly is subdued. It smells great, as most Belgians do, but it doesn’t transfer to the taste very well. Would I get it again? Maybe, but I think I will be more inclined to try more witbiers from here on out.

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Photo of TicoCali
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Bierleichen
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of ski271
2.91/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very pale, lemonade-like, hazy yellow with a medium-sized, white, frothy, slowly diminishing head. Very good lacing. It has a mild fruity wheat aroma and mild typical wheat flavors. Banana, light clove, strawberry, lemon. The finish is short and weak. It has a light body, watery texture and low carbonation. It’s refreshing but very one-dimensional and weak.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow in color. Cloudy with a fluffy white head. Head dissipates slowly and leaves nice lacing. Smell is yeasty with fruit (maybe lemon) overtones. Taste is very mild and not overpowering. Slight bitter aftertaste. Not a bad beer for nice spring day.

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Photo of jtaylord
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of davidwhatshisnam
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of sfprint
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From a 25cl bottle bought in Belgium.

A: Lemonade in color (though somewhat dull, grey) with uneven but vibrant carbonation rushing to the top. 1" partially fluffy head, colony of bubbles sitting at the base.

S: The perfect witbier smell. Light, almost spicy citrus and mild lemon meringue pie yeast.

T: Taste is mediocre. Slightly metallic, vacuous, not particularly flavorful. It doesn't taste bad at all, just uninteresting. Watery. Maybe this is why Americans add lemon. It would make it nicer.

M: Light body with a warm sting.

D: It's fine, just relatively bland, but they got the smell just right.

It's worth noting that I've had both better Hoegaarden's and worse ones, both straight out of Belgium as well. What's up with that?

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Photo of jcubz
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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 -7.4%

Photo of SargeC
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
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 -7.4%

Photo of Oleg85
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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 JasonTaverner
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of njbusa
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Thrasher
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
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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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 5,288 ratings
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