Hoegaarden Original White Ale | Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

very good
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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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Ratings: 5,236 |  Reviews: 1,779
Photo of packetknife
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After being introduced to 'Wit bier' with Blue Moon I was shocked to find a beer _that_ much better. The only complaint is, for a reason I can't quite touch, I can't have more than two/three bottles of Hoegaarden before I get bored with it.

Spicy with hints of Citrus. The foggy appearence is classic.

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

A bottle of this with my lunch (at Nodding Head Brew Pub) was pretty much my introduction to the Belgian White. This brew pours a cloudy pale gold, with an average sized white fluffy head that doesnÂ’t stay around long before it becomes a thin strip of bubbles floating on top of the brew. Thin to medium body. The heavy earthy nose is mostly of malt and suggests cereal and caramel, with hints of flowers, and citrus. The flavor though not overwhelming is very balanced with moderate levels of sweetness and acidity with a hint of bitterness. The finish is quick and clean. Overall a very refreshing and interesting brew that I enjoyed very much! Good stuff but I don't think a could drink more then two in a row though...

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Photo of aracauna
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Despite an interesting color and ok head, I was initially disapointed with the taste. For the past couple of months, most of my beer have been stouts, porters, brown ales and darker Belgians. Compare to those heavy bodied beers, this came across as kid of tasteless. It took me a good quarter of the pint to get to the point where I could appreciate the subtleties. Not as much coriander and orange in this as some of the others I've had and the body was still a little light for me, but not bad. Definite warm weather beer.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice frothy white head. Cloudy white appearance as the name suggests. I get wheat on the nose, but surprisingly, no spice. Nice easy drinking wheat based bevarage. This would be a great summertime beer. I was hoping for a little more orange/coriander/spice in the taste, but it tastes very good as is. There's that nice zesty, tangy character that goes great with pools and sunshine.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a luscious refreshing white, good for a sunny Sunday brunch. Nothing extraordinary but decent, indicative of the style. Doesn't get superb marks from me because I inherently distrust Interbrew. Their beers suffer from the enormity of the company, and their costs are prohibitive. I once paid $9 ($10 with tip) for one of these in an annoying Manhattan bar/lounge, so I decided to keep the glass.

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Photo of rastaman
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very good white beer, i'm sure it had more complexity once upon a time, but it continues to be very good, it has never let me down.

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Photo of mattmaples
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great citrisy flavor form the hops and orange peel. Nice head and wonderful wheaty flavor. I only put 2 other whites ahead of this one but Hoegaarden definately has the best value.

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Photo of Jason
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz slim Euro-style brown bottle.

Appearance: Pale yellow, cloudy (this is a non filtered brew), with a bitty cream pure white head.

Smell: Peppery, hints of lemon zest, with a mild horse aroma.

Taste: The brew is sweet, mildly dextrinous, with a smooth semi-chewy mouthfeel. The yeast creates a pepper flavour that complements the light hop (lemony), sour flavour -- unique to this style. The aftertaste dries, from the unmalted wheat, and a slight bitterness escapes at the very end.

Notes: The original White Ale, and grandfather to many a Summer-style white ale. Seems to have less character lately, though if you have it over in Belgium it is better.

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Photo of John
4.66/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Anyone who's had only American interpretations of Belgian Wit(white) beer before needs to try this. A real treat with a unique texture. Very flavorful.

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Photo of AaronRed
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK. Went well with Chinese food

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Photo of Brent
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There are a couple I like a little better, but this is certainly a classic example of the style. Very smooth and tasty.

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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