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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Photo of WWWade
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to agree with most of the reviews. This is a great summer brew. Good with mexican food with a lot of guacamole and lime on a beautiful spring day.

A - looks like a cloudy natural lemonade with a quickly fading white head.

S - light hints of citrus

T - great sour lemon and orange with enough yeast and hops to balance the flavor.

M - good carbonation levels

D - Very drinkable. The flavors are not too strong, and it is not very filling

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

Drank from a bottle poured into a glass. Good appearance. A murky yellow color. Thick white head that lasted the entire drinking time. The smell is decent with a strong lemon and mild touch of banana. Mild carbonation with a smooth feel. Tastes like it smells. I agree with others that this would be a good ale to drop an orange slice in and drink on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Macdoyal
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I personally like this style of beer so I maybe a little bias.

Appearance : When poured into my mug is looks almost like a pulpy lemonade. Very pale yellow and mute in color. Hazy is a good word. A huge fomay head on top.

Smell : Well to be honest it smells like beer but with a little spice to it. Not much to else to report.

Taste : Ok now we are getting to the good stuff. Not very hoppy if ya ask me, the bitterness is almost not there. Citrus flavor is present is a tart or acid form. Almost like lemons oddly enough. Very mellow, crisp flavor.

Mouthfeel : Very smooth and doesn't bite at your tongue too much.
Not too watery and not too thick.

Drinkability : Ok i'll put it this way, you can drink it in the summer because of it's smoothness and refreshing lemony tones or even in the winter as a beer with enough body to make you feel just right.
As for the fall and spring i'll leave that up to you.


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Photo of loobear
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was always my go-to wheat beer before I started getting into beer tasting. Haven't had it in a while so I thought I'd give it a go.

A - Lots of head when I poured it into a pint glass. White and frothy head. Hazy, pale honey-colored body.

S - Banana and honey scent. If they made a perfume of this beer I'd wear it.

T - A nice banana and coriander mix. I don't taste orange. The taste improves with each sip. Coriander really shines on the dry finish. No off flavors, no harsh bitterness.

M - Easily the best part of this beer. Wonderful creaminess and crispness. Full bodied yet light and easy to enjoy.

O - I still love the hell out of this beer. Its a solid choice in its category. I could drink this every day, all day.

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Photo of hollicetales
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is a really nice white...it poured a lucid pale lemon yellow slightly hazy...ever so slightly...it had a thin white head and a definite nose full of clove corriander and more clove...think walking into an indian food market..that's the smell...and the flavor is like on the verge of citris that craves a lemon slice and follows with that wonderful clove and corriander with a twinge of wheat taste. This beer is odd to me...because i could both imagine drinking it at christmas with that spice but at the same time the drinkability and crispness of it...i could also see myself drinking it with lemon slices on a summer day on a beach in maine...versatile i suppose

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

Pours a nice gold cloudy color, with faint smell of citrus. Very light lemony flavor with fairly clean finish though a little lighter than i thought it would be . Has very nice slight creamy texture. Overall a very drinkable thirst quenching brew, good during those hot months it's one of those beers worth trying.


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Photo of vazy
3.17/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- an extremely white yellow cloudy color is poured. Reminds me of white cranberry juice. Spects of what seems to be orange peel sit on the head.

S- it is filled with spicy tones. Orange peel or even grapefruit notes are very present. Coriander is the most predominant spice with some wheat and malty undertones.

T- Its soft and malty with some spiciness coming from the orange peel and coriander. A somewhat lemony bite at the end of a sip makes me wanting more.

M- Its not very thick but easy to drink

O- Its enjoyable and crafty. Everything from the color to the spects of orange peel that lace the head make me want to like this beer. It might take time to warm up to this beer, but its somehow intriguing and makes you want to grab another.

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Photo of baugherlager
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had the pleasure to have this beer on tap in Holland. The color is cloudy yellow and it looks very appealing it draws you to it. The smell is of light hops, spice, lemon, and very yeasty. Mouthfeel is heavier than expected but is very drinkable and refreshing. It was served with a lemon slice but I like it without a lemon slice as well. It came with a nice head but didn't have good head retention. It left lacing all the way down the glass.Overall in my opinion this is a very good belgian brew.

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Photo of pseudo
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

Pours a foamy white 2 finger head with a good amount of lacing. Very white (obviously) and cloudy looking. Some people might not like how cloudy it is but i think it looks pretty cool

The spices and citrus mostly overpower the nose. I detect some pepper and coriander.
It tastes much like it smells i feel, but the first sip is very interesting as you don't expect that orange peel or whatever it is in the finish. It's pretty peppery overall. Pretty great tasting brew (also considering it was 18 bucks for a 12 pack, nice deal).

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and not offensive at all, good amount of carbonation for this kind of beer i feel.
I could drink many of these in a night. Not overpowering alcohol, and i enjoy the taste. Some people might find the taste tiresome after a while though.

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Photo of BigBen61
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This may just not be my style of beer so I will review it as objectively as possible.
A-It is a beautiful looking beer with a bright golden color clouded by the white haze of the yeast.
S-This is where it became "interesting" for me. The scent was a bit like a pilsner but with notes of lemon, hay, and a heady dose of yeast.
T-For me the yeast just overpowered the malt and hops a bit too much. Not a bad beer in-fact quality was obviously good it's just too yeasty for me.
M-The mouthfeel was smooth with the acidity making it a refreshing "cutter" for the hot wings I started on halfway through the glass.

If you have a chance, try it... but if you are a hopheaded malt loving maniac it may not float your boat. Thing is you'll never know till you try.

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

Lightly cloudy appearance with a mild smell. Smooth intake - Spicy flavor. Mouthfeel is sharp with significant carbonation. Aftertaste is pleasant and short lasting. Easy to repeat. Overall pleasant - memorable. I have had this once from the tap - memory better than from the bottle.

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Photo of Strand
1.78/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I do not like orange flavored beers.

I do not like orange flavored beers.

I do not like orange flavored beers.

One of these days I'll remember that BEFORE I buy an orange flavored beer.

I've had Hoegaarden a few times, and everytime I have one, I really struggle to finish it. And I don't know anyone that particularly likes it either. This is the beer that, when someone in my group of friends brings in a beer that turns out to taste awful, somebody says "yeah this is bad, but do you remember that Hoegaarden?" Maybe I'm not the cloudy orange flavored wheat beer type, but I'm giving it two thumbs down.

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Photo of GNR4life2
3.09/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This stuff is expensive and also has the curse of the 11.2 oz bottles.

A- Pale golden with white head that was seriously gone before i raised it to my lips.
S- Vanilla and hops
T- Same as smell,but has a really dry vanilla finish
M- Medium but okay at the same time.
D- An example why imports are over rated. basically a cheap version vanilla version of blue moon. I wasted 40 bucks on 11.2 oz bottles of cheap crap!

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Photo of Tresha
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Absolutely delicious! With a delicious fruity aromas this beer has a definite citrus and tangy flavour that cannot be missed. It is a great summer quencher and looks cloudy on appearance. I thought it was supposed to be drunk with a slice of lime, but it tasted nice even without it. Definitely would try it again!

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Photo of Jcdolan
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle with a "create your own six pack" deal. Sometimes deals like this just mean the store is trying to get rid of old beer that might not be good anymore. Seemed to be alright however.

Appearance was a cloudy yellow with a build up of yeast on the bottom of the bottle that was swirled and poured into the rest of the glass. The yeast at the the bottom didn't seem to dissolve fully into the last 2/3 of the beer and I received a few noticable lumps or small chunks in my glass. Could this indicate that the beer was indeed old?

Smell was very intersting. Sents of delicious spice and orange citrus can be detected. Reminded me and got me in the mood for some fall pumpkin brews.

Taste was very unique and unlike anything I have ever come across. Citrus and sweet with a perfect undertone of spice sweeping across the tounge.

This beer has taken me off guard and I am very pleased with my purchase. The taste is natural and mild when compared to a Blue Moon and I would recommend this over a Blue Moon any time.

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Photo of mfreire212
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a standard bottle into a pilsner glass.

I was immediately struck by the cloudy, bright yellow appearance (the room was well lit, too).

Strong, "wheaty" aroma was most inviting. I also detected a slight, citrusy background aroma.

Very smooth from start to finish, with a decent amount of carbonation. Slight bite at the finish with a lingering, tangy/citrusy aftertaste.

Overall, a very nice selection that I would definitely drink again.

Adding a slice of lemon to the glass only enhances the flavor, IMO.

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3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a Hoegaarden glass from a 12oz bottle with a moderately hard pour. A light head of 1 fingers width formed and dissipated fairly quickly. Small globs of thin lacing remained on the glass only momentarily before sliding down to rejoin their brethren. Personally I prefer slightly more body in appearance to my wits.
The smell is nice, reminding me of straw and flaked oats. The coriander and curacao are prominent with maybe a slight phenolic edge at the end.
This beer tastes similar to its smell, opening with light straw and wheat before moving on to coriander and curacao. The curacao seems more subdued in taste than in smell however.
Mouthfeel is also a little light for my tastes. I realize that this is a light style but prefer the body of Allagash White or Mendocino White.
Overall this is a pretty good beer. Drinkability is high since the flavor is so light and smooth. Its pretty widely available, so its a good example of the style that most people should be able to try.

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

Have had it served on tap, in bottles, and bottles into glasses.

When pouring from bottle, comes out hazy, with good color. A slight head on top.

The aroma is what is to be expected from a Belgian Wit, slightly fruity smell but not overwhelming.

Tastes refreshing, a solid Belgian Wit. I prefer no extra citrus flavor is needed (no fruits added).

Goes down smoothly, carbonated well.

Easy drinkability.

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Photo of mcdevster
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

first thoughts-
very light color.. i guess that is why it is a white ale.. white head fizzled out pretty quickly.. but it poured very nicely..
smells very pleasant - i get many notes - creamy, pineapple, maybe some kind of nut, tropical fruit juice.
taste is interesting very nice fruit clove combo.. a little on the watery side -i would like the full promise of the flavor to be realized in the body.. but nice overall- it starts out big but finishes rather thin.. i guess that makes it highly drinkable.. in fact it is very refreshing.

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Photo of ellman
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer Pours a cloudy, fizzy, pale yellow with a thin white head. A nose of lemon, bananas and slightly peppery. The lemon comes through in the taste also a pear taste is present. Quite a citrus taste. A light body good for a cool down in the summer beer.

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

Poured a hazy yellow with a nice frothy white head. The smell was fruity, banana and citrusy, albiet not overwhelmingly strong. The taste is enjoyable, consisting of some sweet malt, a citrusy hop flavour, and some wheaty sourness. There is also an overall spiceyness which complements the individual characteristics. Hoegaarden is exceptional in its mouthfeel as far as im concerned. This beer is crisp and highly refreshing and has a light/medium body. I also think drinkability is high, especially in hot weather. This was the first wit i ever had many years back, and even though i've had a few which surpass it, i'll always hold this as a benchmark for the style.

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Photo of Slar211
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from the B-Side Liquor Lounge on Coventry, Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow with a fluffy white head that fades to sticky lacing on a pint glass.

Smell: Zesty and floral hop smell, with some grain sweetness and what almost smells like pineapple.

Taste: Not as strong as the nose, though there's something strangely banana-y about it.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation and a nice spicy hop finish.

Drinkability: Something about the taste I just couldn't get into, but by no means is this a bad beer.

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Photo of ClashmoreMike
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass from bottle with an April 15, 2009 "best before" date.

A = Creamy, whitish yellow color. Very cloudy, but can still see a lot of tiny carbonation bubbles rising on the edges. Huge, chunky white head that lingers for a long while before dropping down to a solid 1/8th inch head.

S = A mixture of sweet cloves and coriander. Peppery. Very clean smell.

T = Sweet cloves and coriander; lemony; faint hints of ripe bananas. A bit of malt noticeable in the finish. Just enough bitterness in there to balance things out.

M = Light to medium body. Pretty smooth. Medium-high carbonation covers the tongue.

D = Very refreshing. Great beer for the hot Summer days. Highly drinkable (almost a 5).

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Photo of southsider
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A-Pale,hazy yellow with a shocking white frothy head. Little or no lacing.

S-Lemony with a hint of belgian yeast.

T-Beginning was fairly carbonated with a tart,lemony beginning.Middle was bready with hints of wheat.Finish dry and yeasty.

M-Moderate mouthfeel belies its light color and a fairly astringent finish may be due to the presence of the wheat.

D-What a nice summertime beer this makes. Light,lemony refreshing and low ABV make this one of the better wheat ales.

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Photo of ticklechicken
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - light cloudy creme yellow, 1 finger head that levelled quickly
Smell - Sweet banana and citrus
Taste - citrus, banana, honey, yeast
Mouthfeel - only slightly thick, fairly flat
Drinkability - easy drinking, but not as complex as similar beers

Note: from the can this seemed somewhat flatter and weaker in taste than the Hoegaarden I'd had on tap before.

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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