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 Sheldon
4.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This blanche beer has cloudy pale yellow color with a weak white head that produces decent lace. The aroma is of citrus and is rather strong. The taste is similar with a lemon flavor standing out among the citrus. The mouth feel is crisp and light, very easy to drink. This has been a favorite of mine for 3-4 years now and will remain as so for some time.

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

Pours a rich, cloudy golden-yellow...it honestly reminds me of grapefruit juice in appearance. Highly carbonated and virtually non-existent head that is visible only around the edges. Very interesting "remnants" escape the bottle right at the end of the pour, destined to be included in the wonderful taste.

Very lemony-fresh aroma. The beer offers a light and refreshing taste, something you could really enjoy during the summer. Mouthfeel is crisp and dry, almost champagne-like. Virtually no aftertaste whatsoever. I would love to try this on tap sometime.

An excellent Belgian white.

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Same review as in bottle with addition: the tap version seems to have a bit more fullness, depth and body in taste and mouthfeel. Seems that the flavores of malt element come through more and bottle though great seems thinner and more watery for lack of a better term. Plus it's poored from a great looking tap and they cut the big head off with a knife dip the "Hoegaarden" glass in water to clean overflow and serve.

Bottle review:
This is a great wit beer one of my favorites. Head it good if poored firmly out of bottle and does disipate quickly. Good clean lemon smell. The color is pale yellow and cloudy. I always swirl the yeast into the glass cause it gives it more depth and flavor. Has a little dry citrus flavor and some floral sweetness. This beer is one you can have alot of and is my go to beer when I'm having many. As refreshing as it is in summer with a lemon, I drink it year round sans lemon sometimes with lemon other.

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

Pours a cloudy light yellow with a quickly dissipating head. After a few sips, I swirled around the remaining yeast in the bottle, and poured it into the glass. Aroma is very light consisting mainly of coriander and wheat. Has the typical flavors of a wit... cloves, coriander, yeast, and a touch of lemon. Has a light body and a prickly mouthfeel. This is a very drinkable beer, and is a good wit, but doesn't really have any outstanding qualities.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

S - Nose of pineapple, clove and banana. Bubbles are the tiniest I have ever seen on a beautiful 1 finger head. Beautiful lace.
A - Brilliant muted yellow color.
T - No bitterness. Lemony acidity
M - smooth palate with no lingering aftertaste. Silky!
D - Very refreshing but not at all complex on the palate as it is on the aroma.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a thin ultra white head that sits over cloudy white/pale yellow liquid. The nose is mellow spices and yeast fruitiness...light and spritzy. Taste is a refreshing mix of of semi-sweet malt, coriander, lemon tanginess, clove and some fruit, all blending together wonderfully. Finishes light, drying out a tad. Invitingly drinkable, for such a light bodied ale this packs a fair amount of flavors into it...a classic!

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a very cloudy light color that is almost white in the glass. it is like a lemonade with a nice foamy head on top. the aroma is beautiful and packed with yeast.

the beer is an absolute wonder. a good body with tingling carbonation and perfect smoothness make it exceptional in your mouth. flavors are of yeast and bread. you get fruitiness all the way through after the bubbles tickle your tongue, and the beer tickles your spince with pure greatness. there is a little spiciness in it. this is a balls out top shelf White.

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Photo of JISurfer
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is by far the best Belgian white I've ever had. Don't get too excited though, I haven't had too many of them. Has a good wheaty taste to it, big suprise. It's very distinctive in it's taste. Goes down nice and smooth and very nice after taste. I think the color is pretty cool, it's unusual. Goes down nice and smooth with no heavy after taste lingering around like a bad uncle. But, that's another story!

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Photo of Shiloh
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance category needs to be redefined when dealing with a brew such as this....lemonade with a head and very nice island lace..how odd....My first impression of this beer was rather sad but the taste blew me away...Lemon/honey with a lingering sweetness. Normally I would score drinkability low due to the sweetness but somehow the malts take over....This is a great summer brew...

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Photo of Kwak
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hoegaarden Original White Ale
Head :Small no staying power.
Body :Lemon colored haze.very cloudy.
Taste :Nothing spech. good but not great nic overtone of cloves
and citrus.Almost no aftertaste refreshing butt a little empty.

Ok beer not the best its better in bottle!

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Photo of Popsinc
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This cloudy white/yellowish brew appears just as the beers itself tastes. A fruity & floral nose, Hoegaarden goes down extra smooth and is especially refreshing with its fruity-citrus hints and perfect acidity. On a hot day when 1 beer just won't do, Hoegaarden Wit will quench your thirst and leave you with rrom for more.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hoegaarden is so named after the town in which it is from. The color is almost a glowing white with a hint of yellow. Very easy drinking and works great as a summer time beer. I hear a lot of people taking about this beer changing over the past year. I haven't been drinking it long enough to notice a change so I can't speak either way on that subject. Still a great fall back in my book.

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Photo of Morris729
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dull, cloudy straw color with a nice creamy head. The aroma is mild citrus with hints of pepper. The taste is a very refreshing, slightly sweet and sour mild lemon flavor. It’s very smooth in the mouth and goes down very easily. The only real criticism I have is that it is almost too light-bodied. From reading some of the other reviews, it seems that if you have this is Belgium, that’s not the case; but alas, I’m limited to what I can find here in Texas.

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

Cloudy pale yellow color with a huge, tall, fluffy, cloud like head. Slightly sweet, spicy, peppery, and citrusy nose and taste. Well balanced.

When I first saw how pale in color this beer was after pouring a glass I thought that this beer was going to tasteless. To my surprise this beer has a unique and good flavor.


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Photo of allboutbierge
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the first 'real beer' I tried. It remains one of my favorites to the date. The mouthfeel is marvelous, giving the drinker yet another quality to enjoy in addition to its taste. Its taste is a raw collection of mellow tastes of lemons and pepper. It is as the bottle proclaims a "perfect balance between sweet and sour". If you decide to try a Wit Beer, try this one then try the others; it is the standard.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of the collateral goals I'm trying to accomplish by sampling lots of different beers is to try and expand the horizons of my wife, who, as of a few years ago, was woefully hooked on American lagers. Not a slam on Bud or Miller, but with the Hoegaarden she had a breakthrough. Maybe it's because this beer is unfiltered and closer to 'raw' beer, I thought she'd wince or make a face and proclaim how awful it tasted. Happily, I was surprised when her face lit up at the first taste.

This really is an ideal Belgian to start out with, if you're new to this area. A creamy, smooth head, an unintimidating and inviting aroma. A wonderful slightly lemony sourish flavor, but not anywhere near pucker-invoking. There's just enough sweetness to balance it out. How do they *do* that?!?!

This beer feels so good in the mouth, so smooth, you could salt away 4 or 5 with little effort. We rarely have a tasting where we will drink 2 of the same thing, but I swear if I'd had a 2nd bottle of this, we would have done just that. She made a statement about Genessee Cream Ale, but it's been ages since I had that beer. Genessee may compare in mouthfeel and overall zero likelihood of having any offensive components, but I don't think it could reach Hoegaarden's taste at all. As Marty Brennaman says when a baseball player swings at a pitch waaaay out of the strike zone, 'He couldn't havef hit that with an ironing board'. That's Genessee's chance of out-flavoring this ale. If you haven't had one, have one. If you've had one, have two. :-)

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Photo of cokes
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale, cloudy, urinary yellow. Not meant as a criticism, just the closest analogy I can muster. Tight, lacy and fizzy head retains fairly well.
Lightly aromatic of lemon and pepper. Hay in the distance.
Starts off on the lemon note. Swings from sour to sweet. Always mild. Never tart or overly sweet. Hay is observed again. Grassy hues towards the middle into the finish. Ends pretty dry. Pleasant all around, but little backbone to speak of. More of an exoskeleton.
Light bodied, actually fairly thin. Quenching and crisp. Drinks without any effort at all.
But dare I say that I prefer many of the more substancial, modern interpretations? Call me a heretic.

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Photo of Lupe
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, pale yellowish color. Thick and foamy pure white head that holds well and leaves some lace. Lemon aroma with some spice. Light body a nice smooth mouthfeel from the carbonation. Flavor is sweet with a pepper flavor that goes well with the light hop, sour-lemon flavor. Well balanced. Finishes a little dry and crisp. Refreshing and enjoyable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, yellowish in color with a thick and foamy, bright white head that holds well and leaves some nice lace. Very nice, and somewhat unique, in appearance. The aroma is quite lemony with some gentle spice in the background. The body is light with a zesty carbonation that gives a pillowy soft mouthfeel. The flavor is sweetly malty and gently clovey. Very well balanced. It finishes gently, semi-dry, with a lightly mouth-coating malt and spice that leaves a tingle on the tongue. An exceptional, somewhat delicate, beer with alot of character that's refreshing and enjoyable.

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Photo of Mick
4.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very good. Comparable to a Hefeweizen, as wits are. Cloudy appearance, looks like liquid golden yellow cotton candy. A thick head of creamy texture is prevalent unless poured badly. A spicy and fruity blend of aromas makes up the texture of the smell. Orange and apples are the two scents that come to mind. Light, but not at all gassy. Great tasting! Citrus and spice. A very refreshing and quenching ale. Full but not filling.

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Photo of yen157
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my top favorite brews. The beer pours cloudy and straw colored. Immediately, banana and lemon can be smelled coming off of the perfectly white head. When sipped, the carbonation and sourness come first, then spiciness, and finally wheat. The hops come in with the coriander towards the end. The beer is modestly carbonated, and the bubbles are small and prickley. This is one great beer.

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Photo of doerickson
4.83/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very pale, hazy/cloudy and little to no head. Fruity/citrusy aromas dominate the nose. Taste is sweet with some slightly tart overtones, with the classic orange/lemon peel citrusness (and acidity) and coriander spiciness. As all BAs know, beer drinking is its own reward, but this beer is extra rewarding. Simply outstanding.

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Photo of Suds
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yellow-white color, appropriately cloudy. Medium head (bright white in color) that quickly fades. Citrus, fruity smell. Very mild, but refreshing taste. Somewhat of a peppery, spicy finsih. Faint yeast taste. This is a well made, refreshing Wit.

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Photo of Murph
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden white color with a pillowy white head that sinks a bit too quickly and doesn't leave much of a lace. Huge orangey fruity aroma with some decent peppery spiciness in there as well. Smooth yeast flavors as well as some fruitiness that floats in the background. The spiciness is very vague and subtle and I wouldn't mind it being a little stronger. Slightly thin but still very creamy this is still a very drinkable brew. Definitely a good beer but IMHO it can't hold a candle to Allagash White.

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Photo of StevieW
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden yellow color, fizzy white tan head, with inviting yeast lumps that linger to the bottom. Very smooth typical belgian yeast smell with subtle citrus undertones. Slight sweetness, very balanced. Rich yeasty flavors bounce around on your tongue, very good light citrus taste, make a crisp clean finish. Medium bodied, well balanced, and perfectly carbonated, a treat on tap. Easy to drink, and a real winning wit.

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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