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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Added by purplehops on 07-08-2001

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Photo of utopiajane
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy and the color of light straw. When held to the light in the room it's a lemony yellow. head is fat white and lasts. Nose was mild. Lemon a bit of pepper and some wheat like a light cracker. Taste follows the nose all the way. Lemon on light cracker with a bit of tartness on the back end. Watery and thin body. It finishes very dry and leaves a light sweetness in the aftertaste. Refreshing and very mild.

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Photo of jdrankin
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Hozat
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of MRsojourner
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of GOBLIN
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A good example of a Belgian white . . . One of the better ones out there in my opinion.

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Photo of SStein
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

Photo of GRap
4/5  rDev +4.4%

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of littlewing1985
4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm not one who usually goes for lighter beers but I really enjoyed this one. A simple style that was elegantly executed. It pours a light but hazy yellow with a nice white head. The smell is full of citrus and Belgian wheat. The taste is light with a bunch of citrus flavors like lemon, orange peel, and a hint of banana that add to the wheat flavor and give it a nice crisp finish. The mouthfeel is the only problem for me as it was a little too light for the winter but I can see this being a staple of the summer. Very much enjoyed and would definitely recommend to any blue moon fans looking to step it up.

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Photo of BH712
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Knoxrb12
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of ghowehattrick
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a hazy lemon with a 2 finger white head. Solid retention and outstanding lacing. The true look of a Wit.

S- Clove, coriander, orange peel and lemon zest.

T- Probably not best suited for the time of year when there is 6 inches on the ground, but still solid none the less. Doesn't bombard you with coriander, but rather a more fruit forward wit. Orange and lemon. Very smooth.

M- easy drinking, clean start, slightly creamy.

O- Nothing really blows me away, but an example that is true to the style.

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Photo of SGriner
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of ESchweers
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of PGVG
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Godfather50
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- vey light straw with a two finger pale head
S- feint yeast smell with aniseed note
T- very distinctive toothpaste, dental mouthwash, aniseed but pleasant with wheats depth. Stayed interesting throughout.
F - well but not overly carbonated
O - a great tasting wheat beer that I will revisit.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled tonight on 1/28/15. Comes in a 330ml (11.2 oz.) bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a "Hoegaarden' .5L French Jelly glass.

Pours a hazy golden 'lemon' in color with a about a 3-finger white foamy head that stays around for a while before settling down to about 4-5mm. Some sediment is seen in the bottom of the bottle after the pour. A decent amount of lacing is seen with each sip. The aroma is of wheat, grains, lemon with orange peel and spice. The taste is about the same with the mix of orange and lemon zest coming through first with some spice for the finish. Semi-sweet also. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation. Actually not a bad 'white ale' that doesn't have a harsh or bitter aftertaste unlike some.

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Photo of Mlivingston
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of GaBengal
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of anthony81212
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of eastpt
4.79/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

By far, my favorite beer. I keep it on tap at home and enjoy it year round. A perfect summer wit bier that still refreshes in the cold winter months. I have had the pleasure of visiting the brewery in Hoegaarden, Belgium twice. If only I could get the american bartenders to pronounce the name correctly. They insisit on Hoe instead of Hoo. Nevertheless, this Belgian wheat has set the standard for all the american rip-offs like Blue Moon.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of djchrismac
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
3.83 out of 5 based on 5,249 ratings.
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