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 Snowball
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 6 oz plastic cup at the Epcot Food and Wine festival. This was served at the Belgium showcase.

This beer has a bright, sunny yellow, darker than goldenrod color. The head was thin on this small serving, but very well retaining. Nice foamy lacing down the cup. I would describe the flavor of this beer to be very earthy. The bitter hops used in this taste, as put by BA user sjccmd, 'floral and grassy'. I find this a particularly accurate description. This is followed by tones of citrus and coriander. The feel is light-medium bodied, well carbonated, and crisp. My only one complaint is that I found it a tad cloying near the end.

This beer was refreshing on such a hot day. Probably wouldn't be the best choice in the colder seasons. Some may or may not find this a good example of what the witbier style has to offer, but I find it a solid brew.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with a two and a half finger satin white head.

Has a mildly sweet taste consisting primarily of tart, creamy wheat and lemon juice with notes of spicy coriander. Flavor of orange rind is present but understated contributing a subtle hint of zest. Flavors of white pepper and banana play a part in the background.

Feel is definitely on the sweet side of the beer spectrum. Watery and dry. I'm not a big fan of Witbier, so I don't find it sessionable, but I can see how some people would. I can also see this pairing nicely with certain dishes of food in the winter.

Overall not too shabby. I'd take this over a Blue Moon any day.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a very cloudy yellow with rich foamy head. Smell is fruity blend of lemon and orange with some bread in there. Taste is fantastic, great blend of citrus, wheat, bread, and mild malt. Finish is fruity with a light sweetness left after drinking, very nice. I am surprised by the low score, I would rate this a very good beer worthy of higher marks all around. Cheers.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Has the classical hazy wheat throughout the beer appearance, relatively bright colored yellow haze, 3/5" white head. Aroma was all that citrus spice rack, orange rind and coriander all over it. Some clove.

Taste was a chewy mouthfeel wheat and lemon/orange rind feel. Sticks to the teeth, but not in the brett kind of way. The malt/wheat is dense. Slick and smooth, not bitter. Some banana in there too.

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Photo of sjccmd
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bright, fruity, sweet aroma. Orange peel and coriander are very present, but not over the top or artificial seeming. Subtle banana and vanilla notes. Floral, grassy hops. Slight graham cracker malt aroma. Orange juice is notable as well.

Pours cloudy yellow with small white head. Decent lacing and good retention.

Spicy and fruity on the palate. Coriander seems a bit stronger on the palate, but flavors do mingle well. Juicy and citrusy. A bit of lemon/lime soda...literally like Sprite. As I'm drinking this, I'm beginning to feel either my palate has changed, or this beer has lost some of its subtlety over the years.

Medium light body with medium carbonation. Crisp but with a decent oat slickness.

Again, my palate has likely changed over the years, but I remember this beer having a subtle hint of orange peel and coriander. The more I drink it, the more it seems like the coriander and orange peel are a bit heavy-handed. Still a nice refreshing beer, but the spicing could get cloying after a while.

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Photo of jmv0009
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

This is a popular beer here in China so I'll give it a try.
L - Cloudy orange with a nice white head that lingers.
S- Citrusy and sweet. Like a lemon and an orange had a sugary sweet baby.
T- Citrus, sweet up front with a tartness after that. Like drinking a sweet tart.
F- Full bodied for a wit. Not quite as drinkable as I would expect from this style.
O- Not bad but not good. I can see why its a popular beer though. A little too sweet for me though. This is really like drinking a sweet tart.

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Photo of Richwright22
4.71/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I really like this Wit. One of the original Witbiers that started it all, sometimes the oldies really are the goodies. A bit more citrusy than some later-appearing Wits, but it's a Wit, dammit: hints of citrus, coriander and clove are part of the deal. Nice wheaty color in the glass, good aroma, drinks very easily. Excellent summer Witbier.

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Photo of HefeweizenLover
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured 0.3l bottle into a Pilsener glass.

A: The beer is pale yellow and very hazy. Finger high bright white fluffy head quickly dissipates, but leaves decent lacing in the glass. Light carbonation is visible in the glass.

S: Smells of wheat, spices and hints of banana.

T: Peppery spices, followed by citrus fruits, banana and a touch of sweetness.

M: Light bodied, very crispy and twang, with high and lively carbonation on the palate.

O: Very refreshing and easy drinkable summer beer. Very nice example of the style.

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Photo of Ri0
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint glass. Cloudy pale yellow with a thin 1 finger head. Aromas of sweet grain, wheat, and some citrus, banana, clove. Flavor is much of the same and it has a very clean feel. Easy to drink and a great summer beer around the grill.

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Pale yellow, cloudy, originally poured a nice head though it goes away quick.
S: Quite light, some dough, peppery spice, clove, and a hint of citrus.
T: Rather dry, lots of spice. A touch of sweetness. Definately can't miss that corriander and orange in there. Like the wheat presence as well.
F: Very crisp, carbonation on the higher end, body is super light and drinks very refreshing.
O: Classic beer for me, what got me started down the craft beer world. Still as great as I remember it.

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Photo of Schimms
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Poured into a tulip; cloudy yellow with fluffy white head. Nice lacing.

S: Wheaty, Belgian style.

T: Great full-flavored Belgian wit - perfect for a hot day. Distinct Belgian.

F: Thin with light carbonation.

O: Great wit!

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Photo of RicardoMadeira
2.73/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured a very hazy pale yellow with almost no head. The smell is clearly fruity, citric, and pleasant until a certain point. The first sips were very refreshing, but then I started to sense a very strong flavor of spices and the deadly coriander, that I hate, and that kept intensifying sip after sip; conclusion: didn't finished it. The mouthfeel was pleasant; it has low carbonation and it's not too bold. It's a light summer beer, that I admit to be refreshing, but not for me. Wrong beer for me, life goes on. There are more beers in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy! Cheers!

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Photo of Matt97m3
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Hoegaarden, wit Blanche ist sehr gut, i do enjoy it, not as much as Franziskaner or weihenstaphener however it has great taste, feel, and something that I really enjoy is the after taste. Overall I can see myself buying a few more of theese. Prost!

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Photo of Sheppard
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, cloudy golden straw, with lacy white head. It's a little bit more see through than I'd have anticipated. Nice aroma. Great wheat and ester sweetness cut by a little coriander spice. It's a very nice witbier. Refreshing.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.44/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

On Tap at Dubh Linn Square. Had just one then onto something better.
Aroma is Lemon (though it was served with one on the glass, so that really doesn't count). Light yellow, a tad cloudy.
Light; Easy to drink.Light. A classic, but nothing truly special.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: cloudy dull yellow with a finger of white foamy head
S: banana and wheat. Sweet smelling beer for sure
T: like the nose, banana and wheat with an overall sweetness. The flavors are not as strong as the smell though
F: thin and easy drinking.
O: a decent summer beer

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Photo of larryarms847
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy and bright golden yellow with a subtle orange hue and a finger of frothy white foam.

Fresh grains, light orange and lemon zest citrusy notes, subtle clove and herbal notes.

Clove, banana, sweet orange, fresh wheat.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, soft, creamy smooth.

Overall, a mighty fine witbier. Really damn good!

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Photo of Squire123
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light, hazy banana yellow color with white cap.

The first thing I notice about the aroma is the scent of orange and coriander. Pleasant, like an early Summer morning.

Taste is a refined combination of a scented (again, orange and coriander) wheated brew. Flavor and scent align in a subtle, almost ephemeral way. This one flits about on gossamer wings. Supporting these taste sensations is a tight, tart structure that's tasteful on it's own but heightened by the spicy citrus influence. I didn't find much in the way of hops but don't think they're really needed to enhance the flavor, just to offset things with a bit of sharpness.

This is a beautifully balanced drink.

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Photo of abarquerov
2.68/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

L: Cloudy yellow sand like color. 1 finger head that dissipated quickly.

S: Citrusy, but there is a strong metallic-like smell I really dislike.

T: The citrus notes are strongly predominant.

F: Slightly creamy, moderate carbonation.

O: I doubt I'll grab another soon. I prefer german Hefeweizens or the witbier I had the other day, Blue Moon.

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Photo of rocketcat
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Just right sweetness, so this beer is not as sweet as wheat beers usually. Aftertaste is just bit dry. It's also easily foaming and pleasingly soft. Generally mild wheat beer on taste and smell.
Sopivan makea, ei niin makea mitä vehnäoluet yleensä. Hieman kuiva jälkimaku. Vaahtoava, miellyttävän pehmeä. Mieto maku ja tuoksu.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Wheat beers (a/k/a, "weissbier" or "wit") are great on a hot Summer day because they commonly have a light and crispy taste & feel. This Hougaarden has also a taste of coriander, but sadly, this beer's aroma is far better than its taste and its "finish" is a bit watery.

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Photo of puck1225
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tall glass. Nice white head with decent lacing, cloudy yellow in color. Sweet, refreshing smell. The taste is light and spiced. A nice beer for lunch.

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Photo of Ant777uk
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Had this many times before, usually it makes me sleepy.

Great head, fairly good look. Very good actually.

Nice aroma, citrussy.

Totally fine, fruity. Just not strong enough...

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Photo of basaywhat
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Cloudy pale yellow color, big white head. Medium body, average to high carbonation. Aroma of citrus, coriander, malts. Taste is very yeasty, malty with nice banana touch, coriander and citrus.

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Photo of The_Atom
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An overall pretty good wheat beer. Light, hazy yellow color in appearance. The aroma is sweet and pleasant. The taste is smooth, crisp, and light in carbonation with hints of banana . Not my all time favorite, but one I will enjoy again.

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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