Hoegaarden Original White Ale | Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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Hoegaarden Original White AleHoegaarden Original White Ale

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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 kennylopez
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
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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Photo of dansmcd
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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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Photo of tobelerone
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This familiar brew comes in on the lighter, simpler side of the register for the style, not really on the level of my favorites like the ones from St. Bernadus or Allagash. It's still a highly drinkable, fun Wit that's easily accessible and has turned many casual drinkers onto something more complex. It's hazy and yellow with a nice white head, not much lace. The aroma is of orange and coriander, mostly.

Tastes the same...slight malt underneath the yeast, orange, and spices (coriander/clove). Somewhat herbal hops are quite muted, not bitter at all. Just a bit watery and will likely seem a tad bland to the experienced drinker. The yeasty notes don't pop as much as I'd like them to.

As I said before, highly drinkable, sessionable even. Modest ABV, decent carbonation, fairly short finish. Refreshing. Not gonna make a BA jump through hoops but a good choice if faced with the standard BMC offerings - you'll see this one at a lot of non-craft bars and restaurants.

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Photo of DUBinMIA
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cloudy haze with a yellow white color. 1/2 in head.

smell is of sweat malt and grainy notes... some yeast and light citrus.

taste is wheat malt and citrus flavor with some yeast profile and little hops towards the middle endish... finishes very crisp

medium body

overall i like this beer even though i don't want to because it is an InBev product. but i could drink this beer on a regular basis if it wasn't for that... now i have to wait to enjoy this beer for a while to protest the evil corp. .... LOL oh well

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured into chalice a hazy goldish-yellow with a fine two finger white head. Good lacing on the sides of the glass as you drink.

S: Light aroma of wheat and pale malt, honey, bananas, and light graininess. Pleasant light grapefruit aroma and spice of clove from yeast and hops.

T: Somewhat sweet at first with flavors of honey, wheat, bananas, and husky grains. Some spicy and citric hops flow in to balance. Spice comes into the finish with clove and pepper notes.

M: Light in body with very prickly, sharp carbonation.

D: This beer is a classic which goes beyond saying and it should be tried by all who like this style and it could be an intro beer to those who are hesitant to try anything other then domestic or Heineken. I have had better witbiers but it is still refreshing and delicious served cold.

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Photo of TheIronHammer
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a beer glass. Has a hazy, very light yellow appearance. In line with what's expected from this style.

S: First smell that registers is coriander, then citrus notes. Some of the wheat comes through as well. It is well balanced and enjoyable.

T: Mirrors the smell. Coriander and pleasant citrus tones. Well balanced. Very easy to drink and enjoy.

MF: The mouth feel is a little thin. Doesn't detract from the beer really though. Moderate carbonation blends well with the taste. Overall, enjoyable and refreshing.

Overall Impression: It is a nice summer time beer. Light and refreshing. Had this after working in the yard and it hit the spot. Will definitely keep in the fridge during summers from now on.

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Photo of abtcabe
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Good, light in color

S - Nothing special about the smell

T - Can't describe it, I just like it

M - Again, nothing special

O - I just like this beer, it has a good flavor. It a great summer beer. Happy that I got a chance to drink it this summer.

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Photo of pBRale
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From tasting notes 9-3-11

Appearance: Clear, pale straw color with a foamy white head that settles quickly and leaves a delicate lacing.

Smell: Wheat, spices, yeasty, almost piney.

Taste: Wheat and spice hit the palate, followed by a crisp, refreshing finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and extremely smooth and drinkable.

Overall: Good beer that is tasty and drinkable. Fits the style well and is quite tasty.

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Photo of Mar02x
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tasted this beer today. It was warm and sunny, therefore I was sitting outside. When its warm you want a thirst quencher, so I took a white beer.

A –White yellow hazy fluid with almost no head.

S –Faint smell citrus and wheat.

T – The taste is light bitter and light acid, nicely balanced but not to strong of taste as you aspect from a thirst quencher.

M – Nice carbonation in your mouth, sticky and creamy but not to much.

O – A good beer, for sunny days! But you keep thinking there must be a better one out there.

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into Ommegang tulip

A - Very light, pale yellow with a finger of white head. Cloudy, but not extremely so.

S - Citrus and clove/coriander notes, with a sweet wheat background.

T - Yum! Very light, easy, and refreshing, but with no sacrifice to flavor. Tastes of citrus and light clove/coriander spice. Sweetness provides a backbone for these flavors to build off of.

M - Light body with plenty of carbonation and a nice slightly dry finish. Fits the rest of the beer perfectly.

O - Overall this is a fine fine beer. I think I still prefer Allagash White, but this beer is a great Wit nonetheless. A wonderful beer to drink on a hot day, but I could drink it any time.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a 6-pack of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI in late Summer 2011.

Pours a cloudy light yellow color with a fluffy white head. Malts and wheat tickle the nose with some hints of citrus. There is a good taste to the beer with nice blend of wheats, malts, and lemon zest that it's difficult to pick out certain elements as they blend so nicely together. A little too watery but nothing to fuss about. A nice smooth easy drinking beer especially for those hot summer days.

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Photo of ckollias
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 11.2 oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Very pale almost clear beer as called for by the style. Huge frothy, white, 3-finger head after a violent pour. Gorgeous trail all the way down the glass ended in a wispy lace after 5 minutes.

S: Spicy, herbal, wheat-yeast aroma. Hints of lemon, pear, and mandarin orange, with a peppery coriander acent.

T: Barley malt and unmalted wheat flavor with a mix of coriander and bitter orange peel. Backgrounds taste of citrus fruits and cloves.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Well orchestrated witbier. Very crisp and refreshing. Nothing overwhelming but a solid all round beer.

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Photo of jimboween
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

hello: i'm told it is pronounced WHO-garden. charming, but lacks the evocative imagery that my usual overly american pronunciation of the word conjures.

appearance: the palest straw-gold, border on platinum blonde. and resplendent in its unfiltered opacity. something about its hue refreshes me before i've even taken a sip.

smell: well i do smell cloves. but not sharp cloves. cloves and wheat. maybe unripened banana?

taste: more cloves, more banana. but i would like to reiterate: not ripe ones. green ones. when you just bought a bunch and can't wait to have one, and it snaps open rather than peeling smoothly. still tastes like a banana, yes, but like...banana and lawn.

mouthfeel: the carbonation is made of the tiniest little bubbles. it is not sticky whatsoever, but perfectly smooth. a cold, refreshing cashmere sweater in a pint glass.

overall: why yes, i am partial to wits. especially hoegaarden. yes i know there are better ones out there, but try and find alagash white in day-effing-tona. not gonna happen. hoegaarden, however, can be bought at publix as an afterthought to your grocery list, just when you've started to dread heading back out into the molten parking lot. yes it will be hot, but there will be a cold wit on the porch when you get home.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Hefe glass.

A: Very light, very pale yellow, almost white in color. A good haze to the beer. Three finger bright white head, very fluffy, with mid tier retention. Pretty good lacing.

S: Mainly cloves. Light banana. Some light coriander. Don't get any of the orange peel.

T: A lemony tang on the front of the tongue. Lots of cloves. Light banana. A slight coriander spiciness in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied, with medium carbonation. Not real creamy. Pretty fizzy.

O: A decent everyday offering. Definitely better out there. Not a refreshing as some.

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Photo of BMoldy
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been meaning to review this for the longest time now...

Pours a hazy milky-yellow that you can see maybe halfway through. Substantial two-finger off-white head is rather fizzy and fades quickly, leaving little lacing. Thin, even, layer of foam sits on top all the way down. The aroma is particularly spicy, leaning towards the peppery side (I really wish I had coriander laying around so I could see what that smells like) with a pronounced citrus smell that smells more of lemons than of oranges. A crisp wheat and yeasty twang is also apparent. The taste is very zesty and sweet at first, with a profound lemony tartness, before fading into a nicer malty blanket that smoothes everything out. Some very faint herbal hops way in the background. The added wheat is very pronounced, but the malt complements it nicely and adds to a solid body that's not too heavy. Spritzy carbonation adds to the fantastic crispness. Lasting wheat finish that's a little dry.

My –and a lot of other people's, I'm sure– go-to witbier. Not the best by far (a little too sweet IMO, looks pretty terrible compared to others...) but still delicious and a great benchmark to compare others to.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Has a spice-filled nose, the coriander and orange peel mentioned on the label coming immediately to the front. More subtly, the scent reminds me of Christmas cookies and candies lightly seasoned with allspice or nutmeg. And just at the edge is something I can only describe as smelling like a cherry Jolly Rancher.

On the tongue, the coriander and orange peel are heavily present, and those flavors continue into the back of the throat as the beer is swallowed. Other spices seem present in the beer as well, though subtly so and in a melange that makes them difficult to pick out individually; they're present as the result of the fermentation/brewing process, and not because other flavors were externally introduced. The malt contains light Grape Nuts cereal flavors, mixed in with an equally light layer of flowery, bitter hops.

Overall, the brew is light and eminently quaffable, sliding down with expected Belgian fruit-spice ease. Though mass-produced, this beer is surprisingly flavorful and interesting.

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Photo of HaysAmerica
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a hefeweizen glass. Pours a nice hazy yellow color w/ quite a bit of nice white head. Lacing is minimal but that's ok. The nose is pretty typical. Coriander, orange peel, pepperish, a little bit of that bubble gum you get from a good wheat beer as well. A slight lemon to the nose.

Taste is as I would hope for. Nice bready & somewhat yeasty character. Could use a bit more of that in my opinion. The coriander is present & the orange peel provides a nice supporting character. Hops seem to be grassy & herbal providing a good contrast point. It seems a little watered down. Seems to e missing something. Ah, yes, that Belgian funk that makes those beers oh so distinct.

Mouthfeel is light on this & makes it very drinkable. Alcohol is in the average range so you can easily enjoy a few on a hot summer day. It's mildly refreshing & certainly provides much of the draw to this beer. Overall, I'm not blown away by it but I can see where this would be the quintessential starter for the style. Prosit!!

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Photo of dcook11
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Thick two finger soapy white head thats fades into a pencil thin one and eventually goes away all together. The beer itself looks similiar to Moutain Dew. Fizzy lemonade. Not really any lacing.

S- The smell is complex. The initial smell is of banana Laffy Taffy, clove, jasmin green tea annd belgian yeast. As it warms the jasmin green tea "bite" seems to fade into more of a candied sweetness dominated by the taffy and banana notes.

T- Initially banana, clove, belgian yeast, jasmin green tea. Just a kiss of bitterness at the finish. As it warms banana taffy dominates.

M- Light bodied with a crisp edge from the carbonation.

O- Great session brew. Low abv. Complex. Tasty.

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Photo of 24Beer92
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a very carbonated white frothy head thats about an inch and a half thick. Cloudy golden in color. You can deffinatly smell the lemon and almost a sweetness. Taste is somewhat watery even for a white ale. The lemon deffinatly stands out right away, dries out into the orange peel. The mouthfeel is very carbonated, almost feels like a champaign. Overall an ok beer for those who like a beer they can drink all night long. A beer i would deffinatly recommend if you like white ales.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a tap into a pintish-type glass at Rí Rá in Las Vegas, Nev. Just a touch of head. Color had a lemon look. Slight film/lacing.

First smell was banana. Also some other fruits - lemon mainly - and some cloves? Very refreshing smell.

Refreshing first sip with lots of flavors. Wheat and grain seemed to dominate. Also a light spice of something. Maybe pepper? Could have been the cloves. Ending taste had some kind of blood taste. But I like my blood, so it worked out.

Really great mouthfeel. It stayed good throughout and was much better out of the tap then out of the bottle (like I’ve had before). Average carbonation.

I’ve had this before, but I really enjoy this beer. It was even better out of the tap. Perfect for the summer.

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Photo of r0nyn
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at O'Donoghue's in Nyack. Served in a pint glass with a wedge of lemon (which was promptly evicted with great prejudice).

Cloudy and unfiltered, as is on par for the style. Minimal frothy white head that leaves trace amounts of lacing clinging to the inside of the glass. Smell has a prevalent amount of citrus notes, along with hints of coriander and other spices. Definite wheat component to it as well, along with an almost palpable breadiness in the nose. Mild and sweet malt notes round out the end.

Taste has the same essences as in the nose, just a little bit more subdued, which is both surprising and a little disappointing. I guess I was expecting a certain level of robustness and I didn't get it. Still, there are notes of citrus and spice to provide the major components of flavor, along with a twangy, slightly sweet wheatiness. A little bit of an acidic kick in the finish. Mouthfeel is pleasing, with a reasonably medium body and a finish that leans a bit to the dry side, but not all the way. Some zingy carbonation provides a bit of a tart pop at the end.

Not a bad witbier at all, and certainly better than the other offerings on tap. I would have preferred more of a flavorful experience, but Hoegaarden is a perfectly serviceable brew and still miles and miles ahead of that adjunct dross that passes for beer at most bars today.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Okay so as we all know by now that according to my personal opinion a beer (or anything for that matter) shouldn't be called "original" unless it is, well finally today I'm tasting a beer that IS the original of its style; Hoegaarden [sic] original white ale!

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a "chalice" type wine glass (yes I cleaned the glass well).

A: Well first off it looks pleasing with a cloudy yellow/gold body, like pineapple juice, and a bone white dense 1cm head that dissolves to a thin lacing.

S: Coriander and orange peel make an interesting addition to a brew that has some classic wheat beer aromas (cloves, banana, sourdough). There is a hint of sweetness like honey in there as well, however this is a background aroma.

T: This is where Hoegaarden really wins me over; spice & pepper flavours in the foreground overlay a bold grain character with fructose and sourdough back-notes... it has changed though... its definitely been watered down to some extent compared to how it used to taste... not sure when it happened but I suspect it had something to do with the recent price drop as I've had it before (late May '11 in fact) and it was much bolder in the flavour department.

M: Not as rich and creamy as a traditional wheat beer. Medium bodied, light Champagne frizzante with that oppressive wateriness reminding me of its former glory.

D: Still very drinkable however I am disappointed by whatever has happened with this fine ale. Given the choice I would easily pay extra to get back the flavour intensity it previously had. Oh well, c'est la vie!

Food match: I'm gonna put it out there; grilled salmon with a light salad and a fried potato cake... thats right.

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Photo of tito42
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to my Boulevard tulip. Best by 04 JUL 2012 stamped on label.

A: Very cloudy, pale straw in color. Thick, foamy, white head with excellent retention and nice lacing.

S: Strong aroma of grassy wheat, doughy yeast, banana and white pepper.

T: Wheaty yeast with a cane sugar sweetness up front, yielding to a peppery finish.

M: Just a tad on the watery side, but a very pleasant finish that gives you spice and carbonation without drying the mouth.

O: A very good witbier. Less spicy and a little sweeter than its American counterparts, but just as tasty and overall better than most witbiers I've tried.

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Photo of CountJustinian
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tap pour into *shudder* a plastic cup...

Hard to evaluate the appearance of a beer in a plastic cup, but it looked run of the mill pale orange with some cloudiness and a decent head. Lemony smell was evident. Beer was crisp and very drinkable with powerful lemony/citrusy flavor for a white beer. I don't generally like to associate beers with seasons -- if it's good, it's good -- but there was something very clearly summery about this one. Would drink it again on a hot day. Very good for its style.

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Photo of DannyDan
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a yellowish cloudy body with a creamy white head. The lacing and retention are good on this beer. The nose consists of lemon peel, hay, biscuit, and wheat. The taste starts out with a lemony hops taste along with some spices, pepper, yeast and biscuit. The mouthfeel is a crisp clean smooth finish that makes this a good choice for a summer beer.

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 5,378 ratings