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 Bleedingshrimp
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass. Gorgeous head with decent retention, cloudy, very light yellow with a gentle green glow. Smell is lemon, spice, and grass. Taste is slightly bitter, oranges, pepper...nice twangy slightly hoppy aftertaste. Really full and refreshing taste. Mouthfeel is a little light. Taste like a Duvel just a bit lighter bodied and without the alcohol warmth. Not bad at all, drinkability is good but maybe not great. Definitely something I'd look to purchase again in the future.

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Photo of Noxious26
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured in a pint glass.

Great big, huge foamy white head at the pour is 2 inches high. recedes after a few sips to a tight thin cap. Very lightly coloured. White with a splash of yellow and cloudy. Some lacing throughout the glass.

Smell is yeasty, but spicy. Can't put my finger on what spice though.

The taste is really quite interesting. Yeasty and spicy thoroughout. No malt of hops really evident. A bit of wheat character towards the end of the glass. The mild aftertaste reminds me of drinking club soda.

Mouthfeel is thin and light bodied. There is a long carbonation rush, but it is very light and tingly.

This isn't something that I'd really want to drink alot of, but it is an interesting experience.

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

After trying a few American interpretations of the Belgian White Ale, I decided to get one from the source itself.

White Ale, indeed. Pours a pale, pale yellow but with the yeast it turns almost white. A nice fluffy head sits atop it.

The smell is potent and pleasant, with a yeasty character all over. Hints of bananas and citrus fruit, plus sweet candied sugar.

Sweet taste, but with a hints of yeast. More bananas and a dry character rounds this one off. Not as complex or as bold as other ales of the style, like a Celis White and especially Allagash. Still, it's delicious and should be tried by all.

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Photo of bashiba
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a such a light cloudy shade of yellow the beer was almost truly white in appearance, with a huge white head and tons of lacing.

Smell was a very light bit of wheat and orange.

Taste was a very subdued crips citrus flavors with just a touch of light hops.

Mouthfeel was crisp with a nice carbonation feel.

A decent beer, with a nice drinkability, but I fully admit to liking several American versions of this belgian classic better.

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Photo of rhythmpirate
4.72/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I think this is currently my favourite beer that is readily available.

Appearance - This beer is very murky and cloudy, an off golden colour with a very smooth white head that looks like shaving foam. Millions of bubbles going up inside the glass add to the great appearance.

Taste - The taste is mix of citrus, spices and then an aftertaste hint of sugar and bananas. A very nice beer to sup of an evening. Despite all these flavours, the beer is still very easy to drink.

Mouthfeel - Fairly fizzy and bubbly but in a good way, goes down nice and easy.

Overall this is an excellent Witbier that simply craves you have a 2nd straight after your first. Highly recommended.

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Photo of tesguino
2.33/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

An herbal white belgian beer, i try this from carrefour, expensive for a mexican beers, in general is under the average, good for cheese, german cuisine, and chinese, serve in a goblet, smeel herbs and spice´s, taste lightly bitter, very soft; you can try with something of mexican gourmet food; 60% recommended.

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Photo of whynot44
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light/medium bodied, cloudy very pale yellow - like homemade lemonade - with a creamy white head.

The aroma is very nice - citrusy, slightly spicy, over a base of fresh bread.

The taste is subtle lemon/orange, maybe a hint of banana. It starts very slightly sweet, followed quickly by a coriander/peppery spiciness and a somewhat dry but creamy finish with a tart aftertaste.

Very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is probably the most unique appearance of any beer I've sampled to this point. Basically clear in color, off white at best and a fizzy 2 finger head that maintains through a couple gobbles. Chill haze is constant.

Perfume, floral up front subdued by a crispy hop and belgian yeast presence. The hops are not bitter at all but more of a cleanser.

Notes: I think this would pair great with mild food. Anything with spice might be a challenge. Well crafted and worth at least sampling.

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Photo of BeerBeing
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 330ml brown glass Euro generic bottle, white/navy on silvel label

Appearance: cloudy yellow color, large white head, medium lacing

Smell: clove, lemon, sweet malt, spices

Taste: medium to full body, smooth mouth feel, malty and yeasty, sweet and sour at the same time, some citrus, a little bit peppery, minor hops

Notes: good solid brew

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Drank from a 12 oz bottle, poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy pale white, thin head.

Smell: A little fruity belgiany aroma..

Taste: Smooth malty flavor with touch of citrus. The carbonation gives this a spicy feel, I think.

Notes: Good go-to beer in the summertime.

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Photo of radshoesbro
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very light and cloudy yellow typical of a witbier. above average head (2 fingers +) with average lacing. smells of bannanas and cloves with a hint of orange peels. tastes very good. very smooth with evident bannana, clove, and citrus, a small amount of wheat. this is a smooth medium body with a semi-bitter finish. very good as a summer brew, wouldn't recommend it for any winter months.

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Photo of Troyone
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy blond color, frothy white head that sticks around, and lots of carb action.

Has a slightly grainy, banana, and caramel malt smell with some pine and citrus/lime hops aroma.

Lightly/moderately sweet/acidic, lightly bitter, grainy, and an off banana malt taste with lemon/grapefruit and maybe even an orange hops flavor.

Light bodied, dry slightly syrupy texture, soft almost flat carbonation, and a smooth finish.

Easy to drink, not enough bitter for me, the almost flat carb maybe the flatness of flavor, and the smooth finish gives this a session status.

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Photo of ikats
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is very light, pale yellow in color. Cloudy. With huge pure white fluffy head that dissipates slowly. I must say that in my Hoegaarden glass this beer looks very appetizing.

Aroma is full of citrus and spices. And the taste is right there behind it. Sweet notes cheer up tastebuds, and hops bite on the tongue. Light body.

I am not a big fan of wheat beers, but it is such a nice change on a hot summer day. This review is of a bottle, but I do order it occassionally when I want some light to relax.

Here is an interesting tidbit of information: This review is based on a bottle I received as a gift from Israel. It probably goes down so nice there in all the heat. One final note is that I think the bottle design is very nice - logo protruding from the glass, recognizable label, unique bottle shape.

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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 daliandragon
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'll be honest. I've had a crush on Hoegaarden White ever since I travelled in Belgium five years ago. Not even just the beer itself, but even the trademark and glassware. I treated myself to a 250ml sampling at the 3 Alley Pub in Itaewon, Seoul this past weekend just to record this classic for posterity (and drink a rare good beer in Korea).
This is a beautiful beer..cloudy yet still bright, with a massive fortress of thick head. The pleasant wafting of citrus, wheaty, goodness envelops my nose without overpowering it.
Even forgetting its taste, this beer is outstandingly refreshing and light, with a texture somewhat reminiscent of lemonade. The full flavor sits on the roof of the mouth and soaks in, which is brilliant. This is a beer of no small complexity, every sip seems to offer a little something different.
Ironically, despite my fondness for Hoegaareden, I mark it down slightly for drinkability simply because I enjoy it so much I consider it a special occassion beer. I rarely have more than one at a sitting and it seems to mix well with others, which can't be said of all beers. Regardless, this is a quality beer I've enjoyed all over the world.

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Photo of BurnsTau
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy pale yellow, so cloudy you can't see through it at all. A good amount of head which leaves a lace on the glass as you drink it. The smell is spicy and fruity, very appealing. Tastes is spicy and fruity, citrus, has a bite to it. The mouthfeel is great, it's not thin at all. This is a very, very drinkable beer. There is usually a six pack of this in my fridge and it is a beer I enjoy regularly. A great all around beer.

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Photo of funkengruven
4.82/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has to be one of the best tasting and easy drinking beers i've ever had. I've had it on tap and in the bottle, and both make for a wonderful drinking experience. A nice cloudy yellow pours to a quick settling head. The smell is sweet and aromatic, kinda citrusy, not skunky in the least. Unparalleled in taste and drinkability, mouthfeel is very delicate, like a mildly carbonated soda, not aggravating in the least. This beer definitely ranks as among my favorites, and definitely one that will be in my fridge at all time.

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Photo of NClifestyle
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a sense, it has the great qualities of beer and, in some ways lemonade. It is light, but has body to give. Drank on tap and poured into a thick, 6-sided Hoegaarden glass, the beer has a hazy yellow, almost fluorescent color about it. The draught did not allow for much foam, but what head the beer had was made up of big, white bubbles. The aroma of this beer is quite nice, with hints of fresh grass and flowers, along with the expected lemon. Hoegaarden starts with a sweet taste of yeast and maybe banana, followed by a lemon and citrus taste. You do notice some tart flavor near the back of the mouth, although it offers a crisp finish. Mid mouth, a fruit and spice character is noticeable. A definite bittersweet finish is present. As it warms, a honey taste arises from the ale. This wheat beer has some bubbles and thickens as you drink it to a perfect creamy medium with a fresh mouthfeel; Smooth and creamy, but not thick at all, and not overly yeasty. At 5% ABV, you will know it’s not a light beer, but it’s not so strong that you can’t drink a few. Possibly the easiest drinking wheat beer, and is easy to find on tap.

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

Pours a very pale almost pastel yellow with a huge rocky bright white head. Settles to a small cap that lasts the whole beer, leaving behind some decent lacing. Smell is a very nice clean wheat malt with strong pepper and spice notes and a delicate lemon peel twang underlying everything. Taste is light, malty, and refreshing with a spicy coriander finish and some fruity banana and orange notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, highly carbonated, and finishes dry. This is definitely one of the classics of the style, and is an absolutely fantastic summertime beer.

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Photo of Illinick
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Truly the O.G. of Witbiers.
A: Pale, straw yellow and of course cloudy as this is not filtered (note: if consuming via the bottle, make sure the pour is correct as to make good use of the settled yeast).
S: Pepery lemon, banana cloves and a hint of creamy spice.
T: The nose carries throughout the taste: banana, lemon and clove zest.
MF: Actually a very nice mouthfeel that is somewhat chewy and not too light. Fills the palate nicely.
DR: One of the most drinkable beers out there, even though the flavor has seemed to be trailing off lately in the bottle variety-but don't fret on tap is still quality.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer was purchased at Family Beer & Liquor in East Dubuque and brought back to Iowa City courtesy of my friend & co-worker.

This is the original white ale indeed. It sets the bar for any witbier produced since, and if this were the standard of judging beers by, I wouldn't doubt this beer would be worthy of a perfect 5.

It pours to a glowing light yellow color that almost looks white through the light. It produces a nice delicate and crispy white head that settles to a millimeter. Carbonation is nice and active.

The smell is enticing. A great blend of unmalted wheat, coriander, and orange peel, with a bit of a clove ester. The bouqet isn't quite as strong as I would have liked, but it is quite delicious.

The taste is great. Light and malty with a little bit of a wheat bite. Orange peel and coriander have a strong showing in the initial taste as well as the finish. A bit of a bite in the finish, as well as a nice yeasty flavor.

A bit dry, but it serves to bring me back in for another quaff. Very highly drinkable witbier.

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

Not a half bad beer, and one that aims more for simplicity than many similar ones I've seen. Cloudy yellow appearance, with a decent froth that quickly settles down to just a nice lacing. Scent is quite lemony.

The taste is a bit sweeter than I would have expected, with a lemon citric followup. Crisp, clean finish. Rather one of the more quaffable Belgian beers I've had in a while.

A nice, all around, easily drinkable whitbier. Nicely balanced, with no one part overwhelming the rest. Perhaps more a dinner beer than a session beer (tried it with some lemon pork chops, which went quite well), but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of ReebShorts
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent head on pour which is reduced to a thin layer after a couple minutes. Poured this into a pils glass and was light pale-yellow in color and cloudy giving it a whitish hue.

Smell is lemony citrus, with some lightly spicy floral tones, maybe even picked up on some clove.

Definately, on the sweet side upon intake but thankfully that is squashed fairly quicky by some spicier yeasty flavor. plenty of carbonation here too, but not overdone. Good summertime beer.

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Photo of Vancer
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprising, what a light (white) beer should be!! Very refreshing and drinkable, matches well with the STL heat (98 today). Pleasing lemon yellow pour, sticky white head, multi=lacing. Citrusy malt nose that extended into the quaff – which added some lemon grass notes.

Highly carbonated and tangy. This is a very good one, I’ll have to take over to the next family BBQ, I know it would be a hit!!

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Photo of JustinBathurst
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a pale yellow like a cloudy grapefruit juice. Has a full sudsy head that goes at a moderate pace.

The aroma is spiced citrus, with pieces of banana and bubblegum.

The mouthfeel is middle-ground carbonation and light.

The taste is close to the aroma--spiced citrus, banana, bubblegum--but the sweetness is nicely overcome by a spicy finish. I'm guessing I should thank the coriander [Extends hand]. Nicely done.

Twangy. Like a ginger beer, but better.

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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