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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3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale yellow, cloudy, and with a few dark bits floating. Honestly, if it weren't for the head, it could be mistaken for a glass of lemonade.

S: There's nothing strong about the aroma, but citrus is primary, with wheat and spicy notes.

T: The taste is not potent; even for a witbier it's pretty light in flavor. Mild, sweet malt and grassy wheat are the first flavors, followed by pepper and tartness. Bitterness is an afterthought.

M: Very light on the carbonation, but with a little crispness.

O: A light, refreshing drink, probably better suited for a hot summer afternoon than the cool autumn evening I tried it.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Slightly hazy yellow/orange color with a foamy white head. Quick dissipation leaving little lacing.

S: Coriander, wheat, and some pale malt. There is a little bit of citrus - orange and lemon.

T: Similar to the aroma with coriander, lemon and orange. There is a good bit of pale malt on the finish.

M: Light bodied with lively carbonation.

O: Not bad, but not a beer I will reach for unless I have to.

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2.73/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle.

A very light pale golden wheat color. Small white head. Nose is bready, and sharp. Quite tame but that's not a surprise.

Taste is light and crisp, banana bread and lemon, full creamy Mouthfeel and a bitter finish. For a big brewery its decent.

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3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Quite pale straw and hazy. Huge white cap of foam turns rocky as it settles. Alright retention. Lace is there, but insubstantial.

S: Floral orange. Coriander that is well rounded - herbal with just a touch of pepper and a soft lemony aspect. Pretty good amount of yeasty spiciness. Sweet and grainy wheat – just a hint bready.

T: Coriander is herbal mostly with just a touch of lemon. Orange is floral / fruity without hardly any rindy bitterness. Orange and coriander are very nicely balanced. Whole package has a soft flowery, even sweet, aspect to it that blends in great with the doughy, sweet wheat base. Softly spicy yeast phenolic note in background, but quite clean with minimal actual yeast flavor. Perhaps a ghost hint of leafy / herbal hops at the end.

M: A bit under medium body with soft , creamy, finely-textured carbonation. Very soft and smooth mouthfeel while still being notably refreshing. Despite sweetness in flavor it is quite well attenuated.

D: Balanced and seamless. Very approachable – soft and pleasant. Wits have been taken some interesting directions, but it is easy to see why the original remains a benchmark.

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3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Chimay chalice

A - Poured a hazy pale yellow colour with two fingered that reduces to a lacy film

S - Wheaty, orange & coriander with a little lemon.

T - Orange and coriander with banana and clove spice that is sllightly peppery at the finish.

M - Light bodied with mild carbonation that makes it very refreshing

O - A fantastic refreshing beer that is superb on a hot day. A great session beer and without a doubt one of my favourites.

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4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For me so far the king of wit biers, great balance of everything. Pours a nice hazy lite yellow, a finger of head sometimes. I don`t get much on the aromatics from this, but then again I`m not snorting it.Wonderful mouth-feel, very easy to drink. Summer drink to most, but if it taste good consume it whenever. It`s a bit pricey to gobble down in a session or two, but might just be worth it.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App- This beer is a pale straw yellow, with a very airy one and a half finger head. It is an almost unbelievable white, only some lace as it degrades.

Smell- Tons of clove, coriander and some sweet musty fruit notes are present in the nose. It is pretty good, and definitely makes one think of a witbier.

Taste- It is a light drink when it comes to flavor. Not as pronounced as the nose, although most smells are now in the glass. There is certainly the clove and maybe a little of the coriander. It is citrusier in the drink, maybe some orange in the finish, and there is wheat there too. It could have been bigger, but still not bad all the same.

Mouth feel- It is borderline light in the mouth. The carbonation keeps it this way. The finish is just a little dry, but not too bad. I was honestly expecting it to be more medium bodied, but how it is does fit better than I would have thought.

Overall- Witbiers aren’t my favorite style, and this one certainly is subdued. It smells great, as most Belgians do, but it doesn’t transfer to the taste very well. Would I get it again? Maybe, but I think I will be more inclined to try more witbiers from here on out.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale hazy gold pour into a tulip glass produces a two finger white head with good retention.
S: Wheat and citrus aromas are dominant.
T: Wheat, orange peel, and coriander all contribute to the taste.
M: Refreshingly light bodied with moderate carbonation.
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4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In my life I have drunk about 500 bottles of Hoegaarden white beer. And although there are many beers with more specific tastes or looks, this one cannot be beaten in the category of light spicy, enjoyable beers. Every time I try to describe what is special about it. I don't know! It is refreshing with the citrus taste, the perfect alcohol, the koriander and orange. Many white beers have something musty and an irritating element

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3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance: light yellow, a bit hazy, half finger head that sticks around; low lacing

Smell: lemony with hints of corinander

Taste: the lemons pop through along with orange and wheat. Very smooth and fresh tasting. A clean, solid finish

Mouthfeel: light with low carbonation

Overall: very sessionable, but I prefer heavier, more malty tasting beers. I can see why this does well on tap.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yes I have a gimmicky hexagonal glass, so
I poured it in one.

A- Pours a really pale, slightly hazy brew. Dirty blonde in color. Foamy cap of head forms, and settles down to a thin white ring. Carbonation is present.

S- Big notes of coriander, orange, citrus, and other spices. Heavy doses of wheat as well, some bubble gum. Back end of pale malt.

T- The coriander and orange stand out. Some wheat, and pale malt on the backend. Very simple flavors but it works.

M- Very light body. Ever so smooth but lively carbonation. This is so drinkable. Have sessioned this many times, although not a true "session" beer.

O- I feel like I owe this beer a massive thank you. Not the best wit out there, but for a time I thought this was the best beer in the world. This is when I drank all the macro swill. This beer showed me there is better out there, and was my first step into better beer. I lost my "good beer" virginity to this I guess you could say.

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2.92/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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A- a hazy light yellow with a thick head and great lacing. reminds me of pineapple juice. head lasts long and stays together.

S- smells like pineapple with a hint of banana.

T- thin on flavor imo. slightly watery. but i could imagine someone enjoying this on a hot day perhaps.

M- a little watery in the mouth but the carbonation is good. refreshing.

O- not really my type of beer. but was worth trying. could enjoy this on a hot day.

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3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a small goblet style glass.

Appearance: a frothy white head with a clear light yellow wheat beer. The head lasts but there is almost no sticky residue from the head as you drink it.

Smells: a nice lemon and wheat nose. not really anything sticking out to much in the smell besides a really good smell of straw like wheat.

Tastes: a citrus and fairly unfiltered wheat taste. a crise and light taste.

Mouthfeel: well carbonated and a super easy drinking beer. great for hot days in the sun or a trip to the beach.

Overall: I got a six pack as a gift and boy it was nice. I will pick up some more in the future, most likely in the summer time.

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3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy, pale yellow (almost semen colour) in the body. Clean, brilliantly white two finger head which reduces to a solid lacing to the end.

S - The usual wheat beer aromas of banana and clove, accompanied by a healthy dose of citrus, vanilla and coriander.

T - As with the nose, but sadly lacking in punch and intensity.

M - A bit watery for a wheat beer.

O - A pleasant hot weather thirst quencher. Very sessionable.

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
3.84 out of 5 based on 5,276 ratings.
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