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 necoadam
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Eli Cannon's

I liked this beer from the bottle, but on-tap, this is killer stuff. Hazy light yellow for a color with a nice amount of carbonation. Smell consisted of oranges, lemons, some ginger in there as well. Taste held up to form as well. Slighty on the sweet side, but it balances it out with the ginger which you can taste all the way through the aftertaste. Again, killer stuff on-tap.

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

Cloudy, yeasty, yellow pour. Smelled very citrusy. Taste was a yeasty bomb goodness. Drank quickly and well. I didn't try it with the lemon slice, so that I could take in the overall flavors. I definitely dig the overwhelming yeast taste, which allowed it to pair well with pizza and sample a few other beers without being overwhelmed.

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

Agreeing with everyone else, It has a strong citrus taste with hints of lemon. Heavy on the yeast, light on the hops.

Most bars serve it with a slice of lemon (which is a mistake, in my opinion because it doesn't need it).

Appearance is very cloudy, can't see through it and light yellowish.

Smells agree with taste - yeasty and citrus

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Photo of tjd25
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque hazy yellow golden color. Lots of citrus, wheat and yeast come to the nose. Sweetness. The taste is of peach, citrus and wheat. Fruity, sweet but not excessively, almost iodated. Hops aren't really noticeable. Very drinkable. Maybe lacking some complexity in the mouthfeel but definitely drinkable. A great summer session brew.

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Photo of henrysunset
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

cloudy yellow/straw with white lacing. Looks great.

Scent is sweet and wheaty, with a sulfiric tone to it.

Taste comes across too sulfiric to me. I also sense a bittersweet apricot taste,

It does feel good in the mouth though; very smooth with fine carbonation.

Overall, okay, and rasonably drinkable; i'd just prefer a flavor not clouded wit a sulfiric tone.

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Photo of chugamugofsud
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hoegaarden was my favorite beer before I got heavily into beer tasting. This beer is an unfiltered wheat that is combined with orange peel and a little bit of a peppery taste to make an excellent white ale. This is essentially the grandpa of that style. It drinks easily, pouring with a medium thickness white head and hiding its biterness until the very end thanks to the citrus flavors. Most anyone who has had Hoegaarden enjoys it and it comes recommended. It does seem to have less to it when you drink this beer on tap, though, so I recommend the bottles. (odd, isn't it?)

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Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a milky off white brew, almost too clear to be a beer.

Smell is spicy and medicinal, lots of clove flavor.

Taste is sweet and spicy with a bit of fruit. Fairly mild flavor.

Mouthfeel is OK I guess.

An OK brew I like stronger stuff normally, I prefer Duvel.

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

Appearance: Cloudy yellow, with a one inch head, just what is expected.
Smell: Strong wheat smell, more than expected.
Taste: Again, more wheat than I expected, yet still refreshing. Very subtle orange peel and spice nuances.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, with a perfect amount of carbonation. This white is welcome in the mouth.
Drinkability: I think there are better whites than this, but it is still very good and I think that one could drink this every day.

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Photo of Skidz
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out the palest of all yellows, almost completely clear, but sits a cloudy, pale gold in the glass. Big fluffy white head achieved with almost no effort.

Smells of sweet wheat grains, citrus (lemon, orange), and a nice hoppy layer on top. Great smell overall.

Tastes bitter up front and is accompanied by sweet grains, mild peppery flavors, just the slightest dash of citrus and an over-ripened, starchy, sweet corn flavor that really keeps it all together. The yeast picks up near in the middle, but lingers on well after you swallow. Good amount of bitterness, but fairly mild.

Mouthfeel is smooth and rich, superb carbonation that tickles the tongue, but doesn't bite. Utterly delicious brew, a six pack would be a blast.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional brew.
Fresh hop, phenol light fruit. An absolutely delightful aroma.
Chalk white fizzy somewhat firm head. Cloudy of yellow gold.
Light fruity malt moves to pleasing phenol qualities. Middle is somewhat neutral with a soft fruit (lemon) taste with just a hint of malt dryness and closes with a mild pleasing hop bitterness on the finish.
Tingley smooth soft yet crisp. Very thirst quenching. Soft bubbles. Wonderful mouth feel.
Deserves all the credit it gets.

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Photo of jed
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Comes in a brown, 33 cl bottle. The back of the label has information about the beer, including detailed pouring instructions. Best if consumed by 7/13/05. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice, cloudy yellow color with a big, fluffy head. Head has the consistency of whipped egg whites and average head retention. Moderate amount of lacing as the head disappears. Not much in the way of carbonation. There's so much yeast in this beer that you can actually see it sliding down the sides of the glass after your pour.

Smell: Nice, sweet wheat aroma followed by a hint of pepper. Mild sweet citrus notes.

Taste: Sweet wheat nose followed by a wave of mild hop bitterness. Pepper lingers, along with corriander. As with the smell, some citrus notes follow the main flavor. Finish is slightly dry, with yeast flavors that linger on the palette, and a final hint of hop bitterness. Very clean flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very mild carbonation and a very clean flavor. Nothing amazing, but definitely above average.

Drinkability: The flavor gets a little bit boring after more than two of these, so it probably wouldn't be a good session beer. Still, a nice one to enjoy with good drinkability.

Almost as widely available in France as Kronenbourg or Amstel, the venerable Hoegaarden is much better than both. Even bars that have a weak selection of French macro lagers carry this, so it's been my salvation on numerous nights out. Not amazing, but very solid — the perfect introduction to the witbier style for new drinkers.

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

A frozen pale yellow color. Cloudy and slightly active body. Very controlled fine bubbled head that never completely goes away. Perhaps a little too controlled. Reminded me of velcro. Very presentable all in all.

The smell is wide and citrusy. Light though.

The taste is by and large contiguous with the smell, citrus and coriander. With the light carbonation, and overall feel of creaminess is achieved, which gives this beer an excellent drinkability. Well-balanced, with a small, sweet finish that echoes of creamy pumpkin pie. Yum.

This beer feels somewhat controlled to me. I think I'd prefer a wilder witbeer, with more character in the smell and taste, and a more aggressive mouthfeel. Great beer to drink though.

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Photo of LarryKemp
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a text book Belgian White Beer. While reviewing the BJCP guidelines, everything was nearly to style. The beer poured a slightly cloudy, bright golden. The head was white and fluffy but melted faster than I had expected. The aroma was somewhat fruity and the malts and hops were overpowered. The flavor was full but more subtle than I expected. The fruitiness came through and the bitterness - not from the hops - bit my tongue. I was expecting more a raucous flavor palate but was good. The mouthfeel was a little more than light and the carbonation and acid did play with my tongue. I find this a very drinkable beer and would recommend it for someone looking to try their first wit beer.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big, white, fizzy head leaves spotty lacing. Beer is cloudy, pale, yellow tending to white-yellow. Buttery, bready, spicy nose. Nice. The front is spicy/peppery with a touch of schpoenck. But then it disappears. Very subtle body. Finishes dry, nicely bitter with some butter. This is a pretty good, tasty, dry wit. Could be a little more fruity for my tastes. Or at least a little more character of some kind.

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Photo of granger10
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I followed the directions on the back of the bottle on how to pour this beer and the result was an extremely cloudy lemon color beer with a large frothy white head. Looked like carbonated real lemonade. Lots of lacing. The nose was tarty and acidic but in a very good way. The taste was really nice. Citric fruits with some sweetness were upfront accompanied by a peppery spice. The middle lost its sweetness and become tartier but was still fruity in taste. Coriander seemed to come into the mix there. There is also a wheat precense that seems to come with a clove flavor that reminds of a good hefe. Yeast provides a background and mixes well with the fruity flavors. Acidic finish lingers in my mouth. This is a beer that I could drink all night!

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Photo of Trentonator
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this beer is silky smooth, has a great coriander/orange aroma and a wonderful mouthfeel, very soft and inviting. So much more subtle and tasty than any other Belgian White I have tried. Too many other beers of this genre overdo the spices, this one gets it just right. I could drink these all night, but I would probably fall off my barstool. I think this beer would go wonderfully with some spicy food, or with something that has hints of curry.

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Photo of manchester81
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
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 scriabin
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very nice offering in the white beer style. Why is it so difficult to find a good white beer at most liquor stores? Damn you, mindless American beer conglomerates!! Anyway, Hoegaarden has a decent head and a nice cloudy, flaxen color. It's pungent odor is sweet with hints of clove. The beverage itself has a creamy yet dry texture and has a well balanced mix of clove and citris flavors. The carbonation is just a bit on the high scale but I'm splitting hairs here.

All in all a highly recommended, reasonably priced weissbeir. Cheers!

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ahh, the original Belgian witbier. The bottle has directions on how to properly pour it. Basically, pour half, swirl bottle, pour rest. So I did. When all the beer was in my pilzner glass, the beer was a hazy, dark yellow. Like good lemonade with sediment. Massive, three finger head that disipated down to two. Nice, real nice. Hmm, what a smell. Big aroma of bread/yeast, floral citrus, various sweet peppers and spices, barley and wheat malts. Terrific taste. The sweet malts, spices and peppers are balanced well with the citrus and hop acidity. The mouthfeel is a little chunky. One of the negative effects of the yeast, perhaps. Delicious, terrific beer nonetheless. I wonder how long the remaining four bottles will last?

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

It pours a hazy, lazy lemonade yellow, looking perfect for sippin' on the porch on a hot summer day. A stark white head had pretty much disappeared by the time it got to me, but a thin ring on the glass gave evidence to perhaps a finger's worth at its zenith.

The aroma was rather thin at first, as the beer was a touch cooler than I preferred. As it warmed, there were notes of citrus and spice, perhaps coriander or clove, and a touch of understated malt, but as a whole, even when warmer, the aroma was a bit too sparse to be able to truly specify the components.

The first sip brought a peppery, dry citrus to the tongue, with notes of banana and mandarin orange, but without a great deal of sweetness. The spice essence was more clearly coriander in this incarnation. The malt asserted slightly in the middle, but again, it was more of a flavor component than a source of sweetness. A gentle yeasty sourness edged forward toward the end, and the finish gave another glimpse of the fresh peppery character.

A little more than light bodied, the carbonation set the palate glowing, which, combined with the flavor elements, gave this beer a genuine sense of existence in the mouth.

The color intrigues, and the flavor carries through on that initial impression. It's spicy and fresh, making it a thoroughly drinkable and enjoyable affair. The fun flavor and frivolous nature make this beer one that can be enjoyed during the warmer times, while the savory character make it a cooler weather quaff as well, quite a four seasons kind of concoction. And the overall lightness of being make it something you can pretty much indulge as much as you'd like. I will gladly have this one again, no matter what time of year, and I'll look forward to that time with a Mona Lisa smile on my face.

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Photo of dansteino
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy gold. Really nice head with staying power.
Smell: Bell pepper, ripe citrus fruit, black pepper, banana
Taste: Peppery and citrusy with a little sweetness. A little on the mild side.
Mouthfeel: Watery
Drinkability: All night long . . . baby

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Photo of SaunaKing
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer. I was surprised to see the wedge of lemon in it when I was served but what the hell - pretty small lemon wedge in a massive mug.
The fist thing you notice is the cloudy appearenace of the beer and the thick dense white head. The head really lasts a long time and adds to the appearence of this beer.
A very different smell. Corriander and Orange is what i notice most and definetly not what I expected from a beer.
The smell really threw me off as what to expect from the taste. I was pleasantly surprised by how smooth and creamy it was. The taste was quite fruity and pleasant. I could drink these ma's indefinetly i think.

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Photo of claytri
4.63/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a wonderfully creamy light gold topped with a thin white lace. It smells of malt and citrus fruits. The taste is light and pleasing with dash of malt in the start and citric bite in the finish. It is slightly oily and carbonated. This is a wonderful beer to drink. It is not too heavy or too strong and has a taste that you will always find fits your mood.

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Photo of filabrazilia
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks like a hazy lemonade with a near non-existant white head that leaves generous lace on the glass.

The smell is citrusy and grassy and invites you to drink this beer like a thirst quencher.

The taste is sweet and tart with a hint of lemon sweetness.

The mouthfeel is thin but very pleasing on the mouth. Carbomation tickles the tongue as I drink.

This is a very good beer that has enough character to make it complex but also has the right combination of elements to make it a beer to drink after strenuous activity.

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Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pale yellow color, with a two finger, white, tightknit head. Classic Belgian sheets of lace are left behind on the glass.
Bananas and coriander dominate the nose, with apple and clove in the background.
Mouthfeel is light to medium, with lots of fizzy carbonation.
Taste is tart and citrusy, with lots of spices. Grapefruit, banana, white pepper, coriander, cloves, and cinnamon are all jumping around on the palate. An earthy yeastiness reminds you that this is unfiltered. Finish is crisp and clean.
I can't think of many ales that top this one in terms of drinkability. This would be an ideal session ale.

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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