Hoegaarden Original White Ale | Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

very good
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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 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 crownrl28
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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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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 Simon212
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ricochet
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the beer I have when I want something light and hefe like, mainly because it's more available in standard restaurants. In fact, I had one of these at Geauga Lake Amusement Park's Octoberfest this year. (Rip GL)

So, of all the times I've had this, I've never reviewed it, so well, it's great. The end. ...well, not so fast.

A: Cloudy, yellow, small particulate, looks like pineapple juice. Little head but nice lace.

S: Subdued Jucy Fruit, not as fake, but there was an industrial hint to it, which detracted slightly.

M: Chewy, foamy, mouth left you wanting another sip, overall like you've just chewed the gum.

T: Light, banana clove taste, not very overpowering, orange hints, but the star is the thick wheat overtones that makes this beer. Serve it with a slice of orange! Come on! Serve it! When you've graduated from the Trix cerial flavor of Blue Moon, come have a real example of the style. Not the best, but damn good.

D: Yep. It seems like I see it more out-and-about and compared with the other stuff, this is the choice when no microbrewed Hefes or Wits are available

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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 vidisad
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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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Photo of kitch
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 2nd March 2016 and poured into a Hoegaarden pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a hazy straw yellow with a one finger white head that dissipates slowly into a thin creamy layer with nice curtain like lacing.

Aroma: Starts with wheat bready malt aromas before leading into some banana, honey, spice and bubblegum.

Taste: Some breadiness at the beginning followed by banana, honey sweetness and a tinge or citrus orange and clove to finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

Overall: A good beer that is refreshing and quite tasty. In Hong Kong its price is very competitive as most good craft is at least double the price.

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Photo of Devi0us
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of bh123
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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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, opaque yellow with a generous head that settles down leaving some pretty impressive head retention.

Aroma is barnyard yeast and wheat, a bit of spice and lemon zest.

Taste is sweet lemony wheat with bitter orange and light coriander, with a dry spicy finish. It's a really nuanced taste, with subtle depth of character yet at the same time--or maybe because of--it remains an imminently approachable beer.

Mouthfeel is medium and creamy.

Highly drinkable.

Yeah. With over 1000 reviews here I'm hardly likely to say anything new so I'll leave it at that.

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
3.83 out of 5 based on 5,262 ratings.
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