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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
Reviews:
1,729
Ratings:
5,018
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
25%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,729 | Ratings: 5,018
Photo of AnswerInQuestion
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy pale yellow body with a finger's width of head that dissolves into a thin layer of carbonation.

S: Grass, lemon, and orange.

T: Rather bland, weak lemon flavors, sweet and slightly sour.

M: Smooth and nicely carbonated. The feel compensates for the taste.

D: A decent beer, but simple and with an almost pilsner-like taste. Compared to other Belgian beers out there, I was underwhelmed.

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Photo of stoutmasterjames
4.67/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I don't normally swoon like this over a "light-flavor" beer, but this stuff is really damn good! The bottle, dressed as a monk, exudes the pleasant tastefulness of the Belgian white within. Pepper-taste, soft, non-intrusive. The spices really add a lot to this beer. It is highly drinkable, and I couldn't imagine a single beer-drinker who would dislike this masterpiece. If you ain't tried it, go get a six pack... TODAY!

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Photo of Perrumpo
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite Witbier. Drinkability on-tap is amazing with this one.

This beer has just the right amount of spice for a witbier. The light, somewhat-cloudy appearance and the wheat & citrus aroma are appealing during the hot summer days. The taste and mouthfeel are even more satisfying. The spice and citrus are prevalent enough to give this beer a mouthful of flavor, but not too strong to take away from the wheat and yeast. Smooth as can be, patricularly on-tap, Hoegaarden has the perfect balance for summer - or anytime you want a witbier.

If you like this style beer and come across this beer on tap, do give it a try.

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Photo of Chrissythebeerlover
4.67/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smells citrusy and spicy. Big fan of imported beers and I loved this one. The flavors were a mouthful and extremely complex. Great beer anytime of the year.

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Photo of AlesALot
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yellowish off white with no clarity when poured with the yeast stirred in as recomended on the label. Thick white Belgian head with decent retention and some lacing.

Smells slightly citrusy from orange peal not hops with some spicyness coming through from the corriander.

The taste is spicy and dry. Some malty sweetness, but the wheat drys it out quickly. So ness with corriander in the finish.

Some what thick in the mouth. Some puckerage from the wheat dryness and the sour orange peal.

This is any easy drinker. Could be a session beer, but I'd only consider one in the mix of a session.

I liked this one a lot more when I didn't like beer. It realy blew me away my first time. I couldn't get this here in Tenn. untill recently and I grabed it the first time I saw it. I wish I had only bought a single.

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Photo of burtonbe
3.04/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very yellow color. A faint gold almost. Cloudy. One-finger fluffy white head. Looks good.

S - I smell german yeast. Yeastyness. Cloves. Very very slight banana. Some bubble-gum. Better than average.

T - Very nice. It tastes more inline with a bavarian hefe-weisen than than a belgian wit though. Cloves overpower the taste. Not very bitter. Wheaty and yeasty. I like it, but it just doesn't scream "wit"....

M - Mouthfeel is right where it should be. Light, with the carbonation spot on.

D - This beer is drinkable. Don't have much more to say other than that.

Overall this is a very nice beer, but this wit just doesn't do it for me. There is very little to absolutely no honey, vanilla, coriander, or orange-fruityness aroma or taste. I was expecting a lot more.

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Photo of americanwolfdrea
4.56/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was served a nice tan color with a creamy head and an orange slice. It had a crisp and refreshing taste and very clean finish. I hade it paired with a whole wheat pasta dinner and the wheat in the beer came through very very well. I enjoyed this beer greatly

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Photo of Rsobotka
2.86/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ive tasted the Hoe many a times from the bottle but gave it a shot from the tap.
A: cloudy, yellowy with a slight lacy head
S: like a sweet loaf of citrus banana bread
T: Like a watered down version of a good wheat beer. Unfortunately ive thought that this beer is missing a littel umph.
M: feels superb as it passes over the tounge and down the goose
D: Could easily drink a 12er on a warm summers night but would rather pound a Pulaner or German Blonde.

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Photo of JeremyBrews
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful light emerald color, like the sea after a storm has passed. Two fingers thick of head, retains nicely, making a complex surface like rolling hills.

S: Cloves, banana, lime, flowers. Fresh and complex!

T: Ginger, banana, initial hop pizazz. Instantly refreshing. Noticeable, balanced yeast flavor.

M: Like cream soda, so smooth.

D: High! Very refreshing summer beer. Must be excellent with chocolate.

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Photo of turnerr79
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow pour, very cloudy. Full inch head, which hangs around for quite a while. Citrus yeasty nose, typical for the style. Bubbly. Initially light on the palate, but finishes strong with the same kickass wheat-yeast combo.

I tried lemon in my second glass, but it definitely stands on its own.

Not bad at all, but not sure if I'd pay the $10 Seattle retail price again.

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Photo of ant5431
2.16/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

After reading the other reviews I see Im in the minority NOT A FAN! Had seen this beer around forever finally gave it a try seeing as its on the list in my beer club all I can say is it was a challenge to drink the whole glass! Was my first and can say last!
Its appearance was unimpressive.
The taste was just bad & left unplesent taste in mouth.
The smell was the nicest thing I can say about this beer and even that didnt jump out at me!

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Photo of MakenziMantey
2.23/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

The color of this beer is a cloudy medium yellow. The aroma you get is a spiciness smell and is kind of strong. Tasting this beer is another story at first it is tangy and sharp with an after taste that is not all that pleasant.

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Photo of Kirsten_Ann92
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer was really easy to drink. When poured it is a bright and crisp looking yellow. It smells like citrus and spices and has a wheaty taste. It has a mild spice after taste but overall is very refreshing.

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Photo of KatieS5643
2.33/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Not my favorite beer. It is a cloudy-goldish colored beer. I think it smells like coffee. I thought It is bitter tasting, and therefore its not my favorite.

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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 Lancer211
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass. (Yeah, yeah, I know, it's not a hefe)

A - Unfiltered, cloudy pale orange-ish gold. White, foamy, very fine carbonation, excellent head formed almost immediately, initially about one finger, settled in a few minutes to about a 1/8th in head that persisted throughout the life of the beer. Somewhat decent lacing.

S - Not overly strong, yeasty and cirus zesty.

T - Sweet, moderate yeasty flavor with a backhand of citrus zest... the citrus flavor is sweet like an orange but also more bitter like lemon. Wheaty, peppery with hints of other spices as well.

M - Smooth finish, tasty aftertaste.

D - Not a light or simple beer by any means but quite drinkable, excellently thirst quenching.

Overall a delicious brew. In general, I prefer Belgian wits to German Hefes.

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

Poured into a pint glass. Wow, another nice rocky wheat beer head that stuck around for the duration. The label mentions coriander and orange peel, which are definitely noticeable along with other aromatics which I'm not sophisticated enough to identify. :-) Very enigmatic color...not even translucent. Easy to drink, reasonable ABV...definitely "sessionable."

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Photo of Hatch
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with pry-off cap. Freshness date located on label.

Pours a cloudy, very pale yellow. Hazy from the unfiltered yeast. Forms a fluffy, off-white head, decent retention. Not much lace going on here, but it's appropriate.

Smells of light sweet spice, some sourness from the yeast, and sometimes you can pick up some hints of banana. Not very aromatic, but for what you can detect, it smells good.

Notes of sweet and sour in the taste. The sourness coming from the yeast, but it's not "sour" in terms you normally think. Taste of mild spiciness, some hints of lemon zest and banana. Light citrusy hop taste, with some faint bitterness coming through in the end.

This brew is mild and easy to drink, as are most witbiers. Mouthfeel isn't thin, as some people might suspect, but isn't thick; it falls somewhere in the middle, and is somewhat chewy. Good amount of carbonation; would call it crisp but not a sharp crisp.

Notes: A great witbier that's easy to drink, and pretty delicious if you enjoy the style. The only drawback is that it cost a little more than it should. I also hear that if you drink it in Belgium that it has more of a flavor kick that in does here. I guess it loses a little something on the plane ride over here. Nonetheless it's an enjoyable witbier.

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Photo of HalenRush
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours ultra pale cloudy with a foamy pillowy head. Swirl the lees to get the full affect.

S - Phrenolic lemon apricot

T - Full wit flavor, very classic orange/lemon corriander

M - Could be a little more chewey for a wit, but I'm happy with it.

D - Gives up a fullness for a beer, typical for its style. I wouldn't want to drink a bunch of them, but I love busting out the Hoegaarden when I want to fulfill that wit need.


As far as I'm concerned, this is classic wit. Sure, there are better, but Hoegaarden has its place and its a gateway beer for Belgians, especially with the ladies. My go-to witbier.

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Photo of MSUEmilie
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

This is a very light straw colored ale that has a slight haze to it. When poured there is a very fluffy one and a half finger head with very nice lacing.

The smell is a very light coriander lemon combination with a bit of sweet orange

The taste is a very crisp wheat flavor. I've heard some say they think it has a banana flavor to it but I believe there is a more citrus flavor to this beer.

This light thin beer is very drinkable but has a very high level of carbonation that make you sip it.

I've had this in bottles and on tap and would highly recommend it.

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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 Sheldon
4.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This blanche beer has cloudy pale yellow color with a weak white head that produces decent lace. The aroma is of citrus and is rather strong. The taste is similar with a lemon flavor standing out among the citrus. The mouth feel is crisp and light, very easy to drink. This has been a favorite of mine for 3-4 years now and will remain as so for some time.

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Photo of manchester81
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Served on tap in one of those giant hoegaarden glasses. In this glasswear the beer looks great! There is something nice about holding a huge glass of beer in one's hands. Unfortunately the custom glasses are mostly glass and only contain 500 mL of actual beer. The beer looks average in regular glasswear, decent head retention nice pale colour, but nothing special.
The real strength of the beer is its mouthfeel. This beer seems to dance on your toungue. The taste is of citrus and spice and is interesting. Would I have another? Probably one, but this i wouldn't drink this all night.

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Photo of stimy
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this at a "The Belgian Beer Diaspora" beer tasting hosted by the late Michael Jackson at the National Geographic. The tasting involved pairing a number of Belgian beer styles with a Belgian and American interpretation of the style.

These are my tasting notes:
White color. Nice spicy flavor. The spiciness fades as you drink leaving a crisp wheat flavor.

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Photo of ItMakesMeHappy
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this beer in a mix pack offered my whole foods.

A- Nice translucent golden yellow beer with a light foamy white head that stuck around for a few minutes after pouring.

S- Sweet orange peal and coriander with a hint of light fruityness.

T- The orange peal and coriander really stand out in this brew along with the sweetness of the malts. The hops are completely overshadowed with only a tad astringent bite at the very end. Its right on for the style.

M- A surprising dense mouth feel with tiny bubbles of carbonation.

D- This is an easy brew to drink but the spices added to beers like this prevent me from haveing more then one or two at a time.

Notes: This is a pretty good brew but South Hamptom Double White has really been the only Witbier that I think I have ever brought more then once.

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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