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 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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Photo of Try-em-all
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow, this is a good one. One of the better Belgian Wheat Beers. That hint of orange peel and coriander gives it just enough to make it one of my favorites. Not a beer you drink quickly, but one you ease into it and savor the goodness.

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Photo of gonger
2.81/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L. Pours into glass with a nice 2 - 3 finger head that dissipates quickly. Very little lacing.
S. Not bad but nothing stands out. Smells like a lager with maybe a little extra spice. Not much
T. Sorry, but just not much there. Some flavor develops toward the end but more like a light lager, not a wit beer.
F. Decent, nothing remarkable.
O. Mediocre at best. Not terrible but not a great beer.

Definitely a refreshing drink, and I'd drink another if offered, but not one I'd seek out.
Note: I find most bottled wheat beers disappointing, possibly because my favorite local brew-pub serves an outstanding one on tap.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Hazy yellow, half finger white head, very light carbonation.

S: Aroma is excellent. Very sweet smell. You want to smell it all day.

T: Tastes quite good. Witbier is not my favorite style but this one is very drinkable.

F: Has more carbonation in the palate than the actual carbonation on the glass. Which is quite a good thing, leaves nice feeling.

O: Nice beer. For those who enjoy witbier, this one is a good choice.

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Photo of daweidavid
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A little herby and spice alone with sort of sweet smells in the aroma. the body taste like a peppery and dry orange peel in it. Acidity and spice flavors with hint of sweetness. Finish with some bitterness and herby aftertaste.

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Photo of Sparty21
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy with a golden yellow appearance. The beer has a descent size white foamy head. It has a smooth taste with an aftertaste of wheat and yeast.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another wonderful example of how the beer stores around me do not properly handle imported beers. A bit of a skunky aroma, but it doesn't translate over to the taste. A good solid white beer, but not the best I've ever had.

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Photo of Edith0703
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Typical Belgian beer. Not my type of beer. Standard wheat bear, really smooth texture. Golden appearance, sweet flavor with little bitter finish. Really easy to drink.

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Photo of GrumpyBiPolar
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First let me start off saying my palate is like sandpaper so forgive me on some tastes.
Appearance: pours yellow, very cloudy, and 2 finger head in pub glass.
Smell: orange peels and malt.
Taste: wheat, orange, malts, pepper, and coriander
Mouthfeel: crisp, carbonated, and not to thick
Overall : I found this beer better in a bottle then my pub glass. The flavor none are overpowering but very smooth and crisp. This would be a good summer beer goes down nice. Overall from what I have read about witbier's the taste, look, and feel are dead on. I would drink this beer again so overall not bad.

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Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy golden like a typical weiß bier. Smells pretty much the same but lacks something... The Feel is great Smooth fresh with a light crisp finish. Nice stuff but is never gonna be able to compeat with German weiß Bier. Neither Belgium or Lithuania can beat the Germans at this kind of creation. Still like it though!

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

Guess I never gave this beer much respect since it is always around and tends to be past its prime. Got a large 750ml bottle that was fresh and decided to give it another try...and was pleasantly surprised. Pours very pale and hazy as you'd expect, with a large white head that leaves a bit of lacing. Nose is light esters, citrus, and a refreshing light pice or yeast note I can't quite place. Flavor is crisp and light, a bit of grain and citrus, and did not have much of the banana note I was expecting. Crisp light mouthfeel. Overall, a very solid beer when fresh.

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Photo of gee0001
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Would I drink it again? Yes. I'll buy this one again. The beer is light and refreshing. It's an easy drinker with good consistency as a tasty fruit/citrus offering. Enjoy this in spring, summer, or any warm weather.
Head: This beer plops into the glass foaming a thick and bubbly white head. It looks great and takes its time to subside. Very little to no lace.
Appearance: This pours like a lightly carbonated and filtered grapefruit juice in the class. It is a pale, hazy and appealing yellow
Smell: Lots of fruit. Very nice nose. Smells a bit sweet.
Taste: A bit acidic with citrus flavors, Wheat as you'd expect. There is a faint mellon flavor on the finish.
Finish: This beer finished clean with a tapering mellon flavor and every so slight bitterness.

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

L: cloudy golden color , unfiltered gives of a small top of head that disolves quickly

S: yeast ,wheat ,banana ripes, small pepper and corriander notes, very sweet aroma

T&F : the banana and the spices is the most noticable in the first sip,much sweetnes in this beer and not much bitterness , a very smooth taste,alcohol content not very noticable. Very easy to drink.

O: A good sample of it,s style, not overwhelming exiting but a good beer. Very easy to drink, and easy to enjoy.

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Photo of Dado_D
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

0.33l bottle. Bought in store.

Look: Pours in white gold (a bit like lemon cider). Really white top and dissipates quickly.

Smell: Smells like citrus fruit.

Taste: Soft first note and allmost no aftertaste. Refreshing.
For me has better taste when I drink from the bottle.

Feel: Feels like watered down "Paulaner Hefe Weissbier"as I have tasted one after another in one sitting. Has a great refreshing taste. Just about perfect carbonation.

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Photo of matuto
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle (exp. 09/2016), in a mug. Straw and very cloudy liquid, with lots of white foam. Didn't leave any laces. Great aroma of spices with a citric note. A bit different note on the upfront flavor, with a more malty character, but the citric note shows up afterwards. Very light body and refreshing. A slight residual bitterness gives a nice touch.

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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