Hoegaarden Original White Ale | Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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Hoegaarden Original White AleHoegaarden Original White Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
Belgium
hoegaarden.com

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by purplehops on 07-08-2001

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3.84
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Photo of ant5431
2.16/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

After reading the other reviews I see Im in the minority NOT A FAN! Had seen this beer around forever finally gave it a try seeing as its on the list in my beer club all I can say is it was a challenge to drink the whole glass! Was my first and can say last!
Its appearance was unimpressive.
The taste was just bad & left unplesent taste in mouth.
The smell was the nicest thing I can say about this beer and even that didnt jump out at me!

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Photo of Ryanm1
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The appearance of this beer is bar none. It is the typical cloudy wheat yellow beer. The smell of this beer is great with orange peel and corriander stereortypical of most other wheat beers. This beer usually comes with the perfect mount of head. If pouring this from a bottle use the instructions found on the side of the bottle stating how to pour the last 1/8 of the bottle into your glass after rolling it on its side. The mouthfeel is descent. Incredible drinkability. In Rome my friends and I used to have a bar in Campo De Fiori that we called the Hoegarrden Bar as it would serve incredibly sized drafts of this delicious nector for only five euros. This was a steal at the time in 2005 as most other drafts, including american imports were at least 5 euros as well.

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Photo of thatlongname
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice foam. Beautiful Pale Yellow. Cloudy all over.

Smell: Pleasant, smells like spice and yeast and maybe some fruit.

Taste: Pretty delicious. Has banana notes, maybe some orange. Yeast flavors are good.

Mouthfeel: Not much carbonation. Light, thin.

Drinkability: Pretty satisfying. Seems like a good summer afternoon beer to me.

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

[Best served in a Tumbler or Weizen glass]

Poured a hazy pale yellow with an average sized white fizzy head that was mostly diminishing and had good lacing. The aroma was heavy with a leathery yeast scent, light flowery hops with notes of orange and allspice. It tasted quite yeasty with a mild acidic flavor at first and finished about the same except for the hints of orange on the tongue left , to linger for a nice while. Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and was suprisingly very creamy in texture. Overall a very tasty wheat beer, definitley worth drinking a few.

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Photo of Kelly88
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap and was served in a nice large six sided wide mouth glass.

A- very light yellow appearance. Reminds me of lemonade. Cloudy and even cloudy enough so you can't see through the beer. Started with a white head that has settled to a thin foam covering the whole beer.

S- smell is faint But enjoyable. Typical Belgian yeast and fruity smells of mostly banana and pear.

T- taste is a direct clone of the nose. The fruits play the biggest role and the yeastiness is a good tasty distraction. Well balanced beer that is good for the style.

M- light to light medium bodied. Great feel. The only downside is whenever I drink Belgians the yeasty taste is almost a chore after the first beer. Weird, but it happens.

D- very light and tasty. This is going down easy but the banana could be a bit much after 3 or 4

Good Belgian beer. I know its widely available and that might make it seem to mainstream for many BA's but this is a good example of the style.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into Hexagon shaped pint glass

A - Beer has a cloudy light off-yellow color body; poured with a frothy two finger foam, which held very well; good amount of lacing formed and had lots of carbonation

S - Fruit peels and spices; citrus notes; malt sweetness; yeasty and grainy; wheat

T - Lemon and orange peel; citrus and other fruit tastes come up; subtle hints of spices but most coriander; herbal notes are in there too

M - Effervescent on the tongue; the body of the beer was mostly thin and left a tangy feel in your mouth

D - Lacks a lot of bite; this was one of my first experiences with foreign-made Witbier many years ago; it was good for the time I had it until I came across beers from other craft brewers; with that being said, I still would not turn down this beer if it was offered to me and I would definitely have another

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Photo of beerdown77
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a cloudy white with nice bubbly, foamy head. The smells is mild yeast, maybe some sweet banana like presence. The taste is sweet with mild banana, coriander, and wheat. The body is very smooth, making this very easy drinking. This is a pleasant change from the usual IPA. I could have another.

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Photo of coalcracker
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy straw color with substantial fizzy head.
Smell: Aroma is a bit lemony and peppery with some definitive what also in the nose.
Taste: Quite wheaty with a touch of lemon and pepper (as reflected in aroma). The lemony twang strikes early with a slow descent into wheaty smoothness. Aftertaste persists for some time. These flavors are just a tad muted in comparison to other wits in its class.
Mouthfeel: Medium and smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Very drinkable and enjoyable in a session.

Overall- Pleasant summery drink. One of the first true imports I ever had.

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Photo of Zimbo
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very light cloudy yellow this made a foamy head with no coaxing. A fair amount of beading too. Melony to taste and pretty soft. Quenching and refreshing but just too thin. A very slight fizziness and the body is fairly light.
There is a good beer trying to get out.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

A- A very cloudy, but at the same time bright, yellow/orange colour. The head shows no signs of retention or lacing at all

S- Citrus, mostly lemon, tones are backed up by coriander and some pepper. Nice but too sweet

T- The wheat malts are actually very weak, and hence the body is thin but refreshing. Citrus is dominant again with some banana and pepper to back up. Not much, the taste is all on your tongue, the palate feels empty and demands some flavours

M- Yes, this is very refreshing, but it is so thin that flavours just do not hook up with the palate. Quite an empty mouthfeel actually

D- Really drinkable and sure a thirst quencher. The excessive sweetness gets a bit boring after a while

This is an average beer, a nice, pleasing and refreshing drink, but with not much to say

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Photo of alleykatking
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap...

A- Pours a medium hazed golden orange color. One finger white head shows medium retention. Nice streaky to web style lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Tons of citrus overtones on the front end of the beer. Light clove and banana in the middle of the beer shines over the bland beer base. Some peppery hints and a big bubblegum style aroma toward the back end with a hint of alcohol.

T- Banana and citrus comes in the front with a bitterness that comes from a light wheat undertone. Some peppery notes toward the middle of the beer help the wheat body base shine for a second. Bubblegum like flavor toward the backend with hints of clove and alcohol.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Banana, wheat, and citrus flavors left on the palate. Aftertaste is more alcohol forward, with hints of clove and wheat. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol. Flavors were well balanced for the stlye. No off flavors were present in the beer.

D- This beer is a wonderful example of the style. The ABV is low which helps add to the drinkability. Crisp and refreshing which helps invite you back into the pint.

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Photo of Taera
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Nice bright cloudy but I felt it just looks better from on tap.

S - Great Citrus

T - Big Citrus taste. The bottle version has a bolder taste which for me make the beer feel better

M - Bolder feeling from bottle than tap

D - Well i felt alright with this one if anyone offer me this as a drink

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Photo of SassyBootblack
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served without an orange, thank God.

Appearance is luminous, with a slightly hazy gold color. Somewhat thin body. The flavor is a bold Juicy Fruit gum flavor with some slight herbal element. Aroma much of the same.

I've had a lot of wit beers lately and it's interesting how none of them are much like this, the original. A very interesting brew with big flavor and easy to drink.

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a very light straw, and cloudy. Almost looks like a glass of lemonade. Pours with a thick and very pure-white head. Very little lacing is left on the glass while drinking. I'll give it an extra half-point on appearance for the unique shape of the bottle and classy label. Tastes of orange, lemon, and coriander are present but subtle, with a touch of hop bitterness at the end. Very crisp and refreshing. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of ElijahCSkuggs
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my 50cl Hoegaarden glass.

Possibly the catalyst into myself becoming interested in other beers besides the mainstream piss. My friend brought it over, I thanked him then asked him what kind of beer it was. He said a Belgian White, and I said huh. End of story.

The trademark color for a Witbier. Nice n' foggy lemonade looking beer that pours a big white head with moderate retention and lacing.

Quite pungent in it's soapy/coriander area, with some twang of lemon and citrus notes. Tis nice to sniff.

Tis just as nice to sip. For myself, Witbiers tend to smell and taste almost exactly the same. And this is no different. A tasty mouthful of citrus and fresh soapy goodness hit me like a slap. Has a soft bite and lays surprisingly heavy in the mouth. Has a great aftertaste, and a beautiful smelling belch that asks you for more.

Hoegaarden is in my opinion the number 1 go to beer to persuade people to start trying different beer. It's foreign, tasty, nice to look at, and readily available. With it's all season taste and look, sexy lookin' bottle and funny name, this has become a favorite of mine, and a beer I'll be drinking till the day I die.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one for the first time at a friend's house yesterday. Poured a hazy, cloudy pale yellow color, with a generous, rocky white head. Aromas of lemon zest, fresh citrus and bread dough. Crisp, light bodied and refreshing, with more citrus and bread dough on the palate.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy pale yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. I can't tell how much carbonation is there due to the haziness and there seems to be a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - cloves, breads/grains, lemons, coriander

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a lot of carbonation and it feels very light and lively on the tongue. I can taste lots of breads/grains, cloves, and lemon juice. Also some notes of coriander. It finishes with a bready clove/coriander aftertaste.

Drink - This was a really refreshing beer that would be ideal for the summer months. It is very clean and crisp and would make an ideal session beer.

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Photo of leedorham
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a fizzy yellow with a bit of haze and a fluffy white head.

S - Aroma is very acidic with a hit of citrus. Not very much to the aroma and it dissipates quickly.

T - Taste is dominated by spice and citrus character. Spice is a bit much for my taste. Not very deep. Strikes me more as a spiced Pilsner than a wit.

M - Thin and highly carbonated. Acidity lingers on the palate.

D - This is a refreshing beverage with a little more character than your typical light-bodied beer.

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Photo of Mancer
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Belgian style bottle poured out a hazy lemonade colored brew with a three finger high white head. The head dissipated moderately and eventually formed into a thin halo of lace. The initial aromas were of Belgian yeast, citrus, and varied light fruits. The initial flavors were yeast, fruits, lemon and some breadiness. This brew had a light body with light to medium carbonation.

Overall, this was a nice light beer. I was definitely not expecting this beer to be that great and I have to say that I'm impressed. I'll be buying this one again.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Clean white 2 finger head with visible bubbles. The hoegaarden bottle recommends swirling the final 1/3rd of the bottle before pouring it. This helps give it a denser aromatic head. Soon dissolves into a lasting paper thin head.

S - Lightly complex with subdued spices and hints of orange.

T - Could be a little more complex, but the subtly increases the drinkability for more unsophisticated AAL palates.

M - Very creamy with very hidden alcohol.

D - Drinkability is where this beer really shines. It's a great starter beer for people who are used to drinking American Adjuncts. It offers complexity without being overwhelming to unexperienced drinkers.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

We pour a hazy, straw colored brew which holds a white head of two fingers. The head rumbles actively and disappears rather quickly, leaving no lace as it goes. The carbonation looks to be quite active. The brew is hazy throughout, but no yeasty aggregates are visible. The aroma is rich with wheat and malts. The remainer of the nose is taken up by clovey phenols, soft fruity esters, and orange and lemon citrus. As we sip, the flavor starts lightly, with wheat, a floury grain, and bitter citrus rind taking center stage. Phenols promptly take over through the middle, which continues the front's theme of being reserved in flavor. Esters also appear here, affording faint sweetness. The middle sings through right to the end, without any abrupt revival of other ingredients, or inclusions of stronger ones. The aftertaste breaths with a bit of clove, but mostly clean malts and an obvious wheat shine through. The body is on the lighter side, and the carbonation is fairly significant. The mouth is left wet, but not satiated. This is, in part, due to the watery feel and lack of any general creaminess to the sip. The abv is standard, and the brew drinks with simplicity.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its roundedness. The pour revealed a simplistic looking brew, with a straightforward aroma, and a light, and crisp taste. While it is not exemplary for the style, this brew served its purpose and quenched our thirst.

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Photo of bventure
2.26/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Very pale somewhere between lemon and grey

S- Not a lot, but what there is was floral, some herb & citrus.

T- Almost none really. Maybe it tasted of something before InBev got their hands on it?

M- Soapy water, medium carbonation.

D- OK with a curry where taste is irrelevant.

Notes - Don't know if it's the same in the US, but it crowds every supermarket shelf here in the UK, it would be nice to have a decent Belgian witbier available. I'm sure I remember this being OK in the past, but it's day seems to have passed.

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Photo of TheGarvenator
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours very dark and murky

S - Smells very fruity; blueberry was the first that came to mind...

T - Tasted exactly like it smells, fruity and very tart

M - carbonated and light and a small sting because of the tart taste

D - drinkable, very suitable for the summer

A good witbier that would be best enjoyed on a hot day...goes down easily and has an agreeable aftertaste. I will definately have this beer again..

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Photo of iSip
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The best place to experience a Hoegaarden is on the Grand-Place in Brussels, served in the Hoegaarden glass, of course, as is the custom in Belgian bars. One look at this unique fluid, and you will understand why it is called a "white beer". Hoegaarden has a unique head, and translucent whiteness to its coloration. The flavor is another worldly experience as well. Very light, smooth and refreshing. Be warned, it is less like beer than a drink all its own. A must try beverage.

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Photo of crayolahalls
3.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass at Winking Lizard tavern in Akron. A slice of orange was mounted on the side of the glass. Was a follow up to a Three Philosophers and accompanied a spicy chicken sandwich with fries. This was certainly not the right way to enjoy this beer, but it was the first Belgian White I have tried and was not sure what to expect.

Appearance - Sunny yellow. Cloudy. Very think white head formed from tiny bubbles. Looked almost like a smidge of meringue on top.

Smell - Not really strong. Couldn't pick up much of anything. Better than Bud, but hard to describe. I think the taste of the hot sauce was strong enough to diminish the main smell.

Taste - Was very light, slightly tart. Kind of refreshing. The orange served in the glass almost overpowered whatever was there to discover. I did notice a slight alcohol flavor. NOT a good pairing with hot sauce.

Mouthfeel - Combo with hot sauce made me pucker. Was very light in consistency.

DRinkability - Actually had a hard time drinking it. This is one I would like to try again while outdoor in the dead heat of summer. Everything about it screamed light and highly drinkable, but not appropriate with spicy food.

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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