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

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Added by purplehops on 07-08-2001

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 3.5
Although the colour is like dirty dishwater, this is actually not a bad looking beer. The head poured a rather dense three fingers, which then steadily reduced to one where it settled. Colour is above mentioned, murky and pale.

Smell - 4.0
VERY interesting. A perculiar mix of malty sweetness and a cinnamon like spiciness. Not lacking in strength either.

Taste - 4.0
Definitely perculiar if you have not tried a witbier before. However, the taste has definitely grown on me the more I have drank it. The taste is actually more sour than bitter, but certainly not in a bad way, there is something lemony about it. I can also taste apples and white bread among other things I cannot put a name to. Perculiar to say the least.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Possibly the strongest aspect of this beer. It has a lot of body for a beer of moderate alcohol volume, carbonation is moderate and it feels relatively dense in the mouth, although never syruppy.

Drinkability - 3.5
While this beer goes down rather easily once you get used to it, I would never want to have more than one. Perhaps it has a little too much character?

OVERALL - 3.85
This is a really refreshing beer, and it goes down in a way somewhat similar to lemon squash and certain scrumpy ciders. The acetic bite is far more noticeable than any alcohol taste. It is an interesting beer, and I will continue to try it on occassion, despite the relatively high price.

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Photo of 2Xmd
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of wander4
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of vdub191
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of shadow1961
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hoegaarden Witbier pours out a fluffy white head over
a cloudy pale yellow brew.The nose is bright citrus and
Belgian yeast. The flavor is slightly sweet up front, with a
nice blend of spices- coriander and something else- maybe
a tiny bit of anise or clove, and wheat. Aftertaste is an echo
of those spices. It's simple, yet appetising and refreshing.

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Photo of tikk
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of dsnyder61
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JAXSON
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've probably consumed about 150 bottles/glasses of this over the past 5-6 years. One of my favorite beer experiences ever was pounding like two cold bottles of this after playing tennis for two hours with no water. Spices, yeast, fresh wheat balanced very nicely here. Awesome hot weather beer. Fantastic for what it is and what it's supposed to be.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pale gold body, with a bit of cloudiness; huge head on pour

Aroma: Yeasty; spicy; hint of orange

Taste: Clean and tart; nice spicy finish; refreshing overall

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores

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Photo of watermelonman
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured to a good light gold and yellow color with a medium head that lasted well. It left a small amount of clumped-up lace.

The smell is a little light but still nice, having a bit of a citrus kick. The flavor in the taste similarly good but light. Spice undertones finish it off. The mouthfeel is smooth and light, and it's easy to drink.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a pint glass, beer is a hazy pale yellow color with a thin head that dies out almost immediately leaving no lacing. Smell is not overwhelming, but is like one would expect from a witbier - coriander and cloves with a hint of citrus. Somewhat weizen like. The taste is much the same as the smell -sweet with spices and citrus, but not as enjoyable as some others of the style. Mouthfeel is pretty light in body with minimal carbonation. Overall, an easily drinkable beer but not an overly desirable one. Worth trying but nothing I will be revisiting anytime soon.

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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 treehugger02010
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Flip and Bailey's in Rosemont, PA. It came in a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a cloudy neon yellow color. The head is bright white, 2 fingers tall, poor retention, poor lacing, small bubbles.
Smell: The aromas are completely absent. There are hints of wheat.
Taste: The flavors are wheat, a bit of citrus and some spice.
Mouthfeel: The body is thin to medium bodied and crisp.
Drinkabily: This beer isn't awesome but it hits the spot.
Don't drink and review.

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

Photo of Wortman1998
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Martine
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of auxiliary
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

appearance - Nice yellow color, some cloudiness and a nice white head but then dissipated. Some lace.

smell - Citrus, floral, spice, lemon, fruity.Lots of stuff going on.

taste - Citrus bananna taste to it. Real interesting taste.

mouthfeel - Light body, carbination is just right.

drinkability - Nice summer beer, you have to try this if you never tried a Witbier style beer. One of the top Witbier beers.

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Photo of njbusa
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of thgreatrandini
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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

Photo of Dweedlebug
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Spike
3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 75cl bottle.
Looks fantastic but otherwise this witbier is thin, limp light in flavour and generally underwhelming. Very ordinary. A poor example of the style.

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Photo of Fishwhisperer
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mralphabet
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Pale yellow with a haziness about a fingers worth of foamy head. No lacing.

S: Very Citrus in smell lots of lemons & coriander and a faint wheat tartness.

T: Tastes like it smells lemons, coriander, wheat tartness up front with a little pepper and a little grainy. Very nice.

M: Light bodied but smooth. Yet, crisp and refreshing. Carbonation is nice... little sharp at first but smooths out.

D: Very drinkable.... Low ABV.... I could drink a few of these on a hot day.

A good Wit for a first timer.

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Photo of czfreeman
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was suprised I have never reviewed this classic.
Pours out a hazy, great Wit-bier murky glass of white peach accented grapefruit juice. Hazy wheaty proteins leave little for want in the appearance.
Aroma- In a wor, Balance. Orange accents clove, accenting yeasts, adding to the coriander. Nothing out-of-the ordinary, but overall a well constructed balance.
Flavor replicated the nose. Tart, orange coriander upfront, finishes light and slightly creamy. Again, nothing outstanding, but a great session beer...
Which brings me to drinkablility. This beer is so light, delicate, balanced and so light in ABV it is gone before you know it. This makes a great brew in-between tastings, or perfect on a summer afternoon. I introduce this one to Bud-drinking friends, and there hooked.An eye-opener if your inexperienced with Witbier, or one to sit back with eyes closed and a contented sigh if you are. Solid standard worth drinking if you haven't.

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 5,337 ratings
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