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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Photo of cosmo4u
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When I poured it into my glass it was a hazy pale yellow and had a frothy white head that disappeared quickly. The first thing to hit my nose was a definite sense of banana and yeast. After another sniff or two I picked up a bit of citrus. The flavor of the beer was in keeping with aroma. It had a great fruity/banana flavor, as well as a prominent yeasty/wheat taste. There was also a light citrus flavor that gave the beer crispness . Combined with a light carbonated body, I found this beer perfect for a hot summer day. I can pick up the spices used in the brewing. Overall I like this beer alot as a whitte beer. great for an afternoon outside relaxing with friends

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Photo of airforbes1
2.85/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a weizen glass. A pretty beer; pale, yet opaque, with the color ranging from yellow when held away from the light and nearly white when held to the light. The smell is modest, with the typical citrus smells. I get more lemon than orange on the nose. It tastes bland and watery to me, however. Where is the lemon I smelled? I swirled the bottle as directed, but I'm not getting any estery, yeasty notes.

Some breadiness and an lemon is beginning to creep as I continue to sip away, but I'm continued to be underwhelmed. This beer never wowed me, but I remember liking previous bottles in the six pack a lot more. The "best before" date is September, 2012, so freshness can't be an issue. Maybe it's just a bad bottle?

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Photo of Yagman3000
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appears yellow with a thick haze. Happily, this isn't a "see-through" beer. A thick foamy head rests down to a half finger airy head.

Smells of clove with a tiny touch of sweet citrus.

Taste is delicious. Bananas, clove, coriander and a little sweet orange. A little light breadiness to it as well. Yeast works well here.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Light yet flavor-packed. The kittle engine that could.

I usually deal in super strong hop bombers but this beer, for it's genre, is really nice. It almost invites itself over to you next BBQ and jumps into your cooler. "Drink me! It's 97 degrees outside and I'm refreshing!"

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Photo of wordemupg
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into pint glass 6/29/11

A cloudy very light pale straw yellow with plenty of bubbles of all sizes floating up to a finger of short lived bone white head that leaves no lace

S lemon with a little banana and spice

T what I smell but with dry cereal and a little bubblegum and slightly peppery

M light fluffy and very refreshing, this beer is the perfect summer chugger

O an industry stranded for the Wit beer, a classic that is one of the better mass produced widely available summer beers out there

if this beer was at domestic prices here in Alberta I'd drink more of it, but at 15+$ a 6er its pricy compared to some Canadian summer offerings

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a vase, the beer is a bright, vibrant yellow color with a ton of bubbles and a thin, white, foamy head. Toasty oat aromas, both mild and smooth. The beer was served ice cold, so I had to let it warm up a bit before delving too far into it. The flavor reveals bready and spicy characters, with a bit of nutmeg and cinnamon. Smooth, creamy banana aftertaste, with a finish of crisp and bubbly banana creme. Light and easy to drink.

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

Pours a lovely, pale yellow colour; completely opaque from the haziness. Little specks of stuff are visible floating around in the liquid, in addition to the abundant streams of bubbles zipping their way to the surface, which is topped with a thick and creamy two-finger head that dies down to a cap over the next few minutes. Tons of lacing remains - now this is a good-looking beer. It smells nice too - orange/citrus zest and yeast, along with some spices; mostly coriander and cloves.

The smell is not at all misleading because most of the same notes found in the nose are also found on the tongue. The orange peel and coriander are obvious, but yeast and bready malts, wheat, and lots of general spiciness (cloves, pepper, as well as coriander) are evident. The spices combined with the relatively high carbonation level give this brew a good bite. Light to medium-bodied, leaning toward the former.

Delicious and refreshing, I don't think I would ever turn a Hoegaarden down. I have had this before and will almost definitely have it again. I don't buy this regularly, but only because a) it's expensive and b) I'm not always in the mood for spiciness in my beer... when I am in the mood for a witbier though, this is the default option.

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

Wow, this is different! My first Witbier... Looks like lemonade with a nice head that dissipates quickly. Carbonation is adequate. Smell is orange and lemon citrus. Taste is refreshing citrus...you really taste the corriander. Slightly creamy. Pleasantly refreshing, is very good with an orange slice. Great summer brew for hot weather! I would buy this one again. Glad I took my co-workers recommendation on this one!

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Photo of socon67
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours hazy yellow with a thick white foam that settles out quickly. Very cloudy and leaves some lacing in the glass.

S - Smells of citrus and spice. Has a funky bit of a musty smell the longer it settles.

T - Its well.... okay. What I don't like about Hoegaarden is the watered down taste. The citrus flavors go nice with a spicy bite at the end. But nothing tangible of wheat, malt, or hops. Would like a little more substance.

M - It is thin but the lingering spice is kinda nice.

O - If its available it is certainly worth drinking. But would like more from a belgian beer, and not my preferred witbier.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was out at one of the local bottle shops today and decided to give this beer another whirl. I do not remember the first time I tried it, but the most memorable was at Zeno's in State College when I was handed one by Michael Jackson.

I followed the directions on the back label as to how to pour this beer and my finger of fluffy bone-white head seemed to evaporate! Color was a deeply hazy lemon-yellow, like fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice. Nose had all of the attendant spiciness, referred to on the label as "a subtle hint of coriander and orange peel." Subtle like a sledgehammer between the eyes! For the uninitiated, the yeast gives it a pleasant mustiness, but the black pepper and orange zest are also prevalent on the nose. Mouthfeel seemed kind of thin and it had a nice interplay of the wheat and spices on the tongue, somewhat zesty and refreshing. Finish was semi-dry with the coriander really lingering in the back of the mouth. It was drinkable, but I am not a raving fan.

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Photo of InsolublePancake
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Very light straw, cloudy, almost milky in appearance. Small, maybe 1/4 inch head dissipates quickly.

S- Dominant aromas of orange and coriander are backed by a light graininess and maybe a touch of clove. Classic witbier smell, and quite good.

T- More of the same in the taste. Tart orange upfront backed by cereal grains and a crisp, wheaty twang on the finish. Aftertaste is slightly chalky with very little bitterness.

M- Light and crisp with a good dose of carbonation.

Well, it's a classic. The flavors could be a little stronger and more complex, but there's little to complain about here. It's tasty and refreshing and great for a hot summer day. If you're not looking for much more than a solid, quenching beer, then look no further. Recommended.

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

This is the first time trying this beer. I'm pretty impressed after having passed up on it many times.

It arrived with very little head, but that may have been the restaurant's way of providing value. The color is a pretty, hazy yellow. And, I smell wheat and citrus coming off the top.

I taste a mix of belgian yeast, citrus, and the wheat in each drink. This very refreshing. It works well for the summer. The body is thin, but the flavor is not.

I look forward to my next pint!

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Photo of Northsider
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a slightly better alternative to the Blue Moons out there trying this style. That is not to say this is at the bottom of the list of quality whitbeers.

Poured nicely, with a cloudy/unfiltered body. White head lingered long.

Smelled of bread and yeast, fruity...typical whit smells

The taste was good, not great. Fruity and banana dominated the tastes, but like Blue Moon this felt slightly watered down and subdued. Mouthfeel was crisp and smooth.

Overall an average beer. Not horrible, I'd drink it again if no better options are available...but nothing to write home about. Typical, if underachieving, whit beer.

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

A: A light cloudy yellow with a 2 finger head which fades slowly to a thin film, leaving no lacing.

S: Bananas, orange and spice, clove standard wit.

T: Banana and other fruits and spice and yeast.

M: Light and refreshing.

D: This is a beer with a lot of flavor and a lot going on.

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Photo of Guden
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- A very light cloudy white/yellow with a thick 2 inch rocky head which fades slowly to a thin film, leaving no lacing.

S- Bananas, orange and spice, clove and coriander, up front with more subtle characteristics behind. Some fruity sweetness.

T- Right on point an easy drinker with subtle banana and other fruits (apricot, orange and pear) and just a bit of spice, wheat and yeast all mingling beneath.

M- Light and refreshing with a wheat graininess and moderate carbonation. Nothing overly special, but fitting.

D- This is a beer with a lot of flavor but not overly draining. Its a nice change from hoppiness to the fruitiness for a beer and is fitting for the style (not surprisingly).

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Photo of Rossi
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hoegaarden is a real joy to look at and to drink. It is cloudy pale in colour. The smell is sweet malt, citrus with some yeasty notes in the background. Quite a flowery taste, nectar and peppery notes with a malty sweetness. Smooth as silk aftertaste and mouthfeel. Low hop flavour. I would recommend trying it with a slice of lemon. I think it is one of the best

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Photo of haddon
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazey yellow body with a fizzy, short-lived white head.

light hints of malted wheat, lemon juice, & yeast.

Doughy wheat flavor with a subtle sweetness. Sour lemons and a bit of salt.

Light-bodied. Light, fizzy carbonation.

decent beer but the flavors are so light that it almost misses drinkable and enters into the land of bland.

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Photo of Natural510
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, best-by 9-12-11.

Pours a pale, nearly white gold, cloudy, with bone-white head which maintains a respectable lacing.

Scent heavy with yeast and coriander, more mild with the wheat and citrus overtone.

Flavor similar to the aroma; spicy with coriander and pepper, but not overly so. Wheat, yeast and very subtle orange-citrus in the background to balance out the brew.

Mouthfeel & body about par with the style; refreshing and can be drunk in volume.

Likely much better before the InBev acquisition, this is still a respectable, if inoffensive, witbier, and one of the better brands sold by the company.
R.I.P. Pierre Celis.

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Photo of drewy813
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, poured into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a hazy light yellow. Massive white head that dissipated a nice rate to quarter inch. Lacing is impressive.

S: Indeed peppery, slight citrus, some wheat.

T: Incredibly complex. Pepper spice continues. Citrus continues, but the wheat is strange. It's almost... rice?? I don't know. The flavor is surprisingly complex.

M: Great carbonation. Lip licker.

Great drink-ability... Definitely.

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

Poured into a Hoegaarden glass.

A: A lighter color yellow then some other wits. Mildly clouded with a finger of white head. Fairly carbonated brew.

S: Peppery citrus aroma.

T: Also a bit of peppery spice here. The citrus is slightly less prominent. Nice wheat flavor.

M: A nice mildly chewy mouthfeel. The beer is light, but complex.

O: I think there are better wit's out there, but this is an excellent standard to judge them by.

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

A- 4 Whitish yellow in color with a big fluffy and smooth pure white head. Very fine bubbles and a smooth slippery lace. This is a nice looking white brew.

S- 4 Cheating a bit with the bottle's description, I find that the coriander and orange peel used in the brew combine to produce a lemon scent. The wheat is present also, as is a touch of clove, and the combination produces a pleasant sweetness.

T- 4 There's a banana/clove presence up front reminiscent of the style and more than I'd expected from the aroma alone. This precedes a slight orange/lemon zest that balances the initial sweetness. Solid, rounded tasting brew.

M- 4 Crisp and clean with a creamy smooth finish. It's medium-light in body. Carbonation is fine. It has a good feel though I'd prefer it to coat a little more and feel slightly fuller.

D- 4 All in all, a solid offering and a standby due to its high availability, Hoegaarden is a classic of the style and should at least be tried by all. Though not supremely complex, it boasts good flavor and it is definitely consistent. It is not so heavy and I could put down this brew with ease. It's not my favorite style, but when in the mood it is a good one to fall back on.

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Photo of ne0m00re
2.48/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

05/17/11- Review of a 12 oz bottle marked (Best by 08/14/11).
A: Very pale yellow and hazy with a good white head and lacing.
S: Lemon, aspartame, and yeasty bread.
T: Bread, aspartame, weird lemon with zest.
M: Moderate body and frothy.
O: ...OK, why does this have a B+ rating? This is definitely a below-average representative of the style.

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Photo of Bartas
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very nice color and very smooth foam - I like it - each beer should have nice foam

Smell: Really one of hr best smells of white beers - very promising

Taste: First impressions that it smells then tastes. Second impression the same. But I am not a fan for white ales

Mouthfeel: good...mmm just good - but not super good.

Overall: I give it 4 - good!

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Photo of BingDings
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a pale hazy yellow to a two finger head that quickly fizzed away leaving a small creamy head.

Smell: Citrusy hops and hints of orange.

Taste: Somewhere between an orange and lemony zest followed by sweet citrusy hops and an almost sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, light carbonation, ends on a creamy note.

Overall: This is a very refreshing beer, it's tasty and goes down easy. Definitely worth keeping in mind and definitely worth trying.

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

330 mL bottle at 42 degrees into a pint glass.

A: It pours a hazy blonde color with two fingers of egg shell-colored foam that holds and laces okay.

S: Lemon, tons of coriander, and complex yeastiness.

T: Lemon, orange peel, the strongest coriander flavor imaginable, and a little sourness toward the end.

M: It has medium-light thickness with average carbonation and a smooth and semi-creamy finish.

O: This is like the prototypical witbier but with the orange peel and coriander aspects emphasized.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice fizzy, hazy yellow with a thin white head, creamy walls of lace and descent retention for the style. Light, crisp, refreshing body. Nice fizzy carbonation with a lemon pepper aroma and hints of citrus, orange, and spice. Black pepper notes on the front with some light grainy malt backbone. Lemon and orange with an earthy, herbal zest. Overall very refreshing and easy to drink beer.

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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