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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Added by purplehops on 07-08-2001

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

Good wheat haze, slight taste of lemon on the finish. Taste not over powering, but, pleasant. Compare to other Belgium ale's, I find this beer a little above average.

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Photo of Longstaff
4.68/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the Wit. Others may try to copy it, but I've yet to have a wit that is this good. The color of this beer is amazing - almost dayglow yellow with a tinge of green thrown in. Lots of fruity flavors with lemon dominating the pack. You don't really notice the spice flavors that much - a good thing. Mega carbonation makes this spritzy and refreshing. This beer has a calming effect on me and seems to put me in a great mood. Now if I could just get a few more million people to drink this maybe the prices will come down and I could have some everyday.

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Photo of jreitman
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pale gold with a pleasing aroma. Sweet flavors start off and finish with a slightly sour bitterness. Classic belgian yeast taste. A good beer, but not my favorite Wit.

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

Not bad. This is probably the one I would suggest for someone looking to get started in sampling Belgian biers. It is a murky brew with a lacey head. The aroma gives off a bit of citrus and spice, but not nearly as much as most other Belgians. The drinkability is a high factor here. Without the superior Belgian alcohol kick, one could have more of this bier and get away with it. It took me more than one of these to get a good feel for it. I concur with a previous reviewer, "A good summer bier."

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

Hoegaarden: in the bottle (bottle conditioned). Pure white head, with a cloudy pale yellow body. The head dissipated very quickly, but the beer itself was highly carbonated. Very light and refreshing, with a classic Belgian/yeast taste, but with hints of lemon grass. I’ve had this on tap, and it was terrific; it was good in a bottle, but on tap it was great.

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Photo of Wildman
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a light straw color and was slightly cloudy with some carbonation. It formed a white head which subsided and left very little lace. It had a nice citrus aroma to it. The taste had citrus and some hops, and the carbonation created a slightly tangy finish. A good summer beer.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very pale with a slight yellow haze and tint. The brew is soft in the mouth with melow flavors of citrus and slight fruit. The smooth coating finish leaves you with a fluffy feel. And the finish has a slight spicyness in the throat. A excellent session beer and awesome with food. I could drink them all night. Very drinkable...

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Photo of proc
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an enjoyable beer. Pours out to a very pale, hazy gold in the glass with a cloudlike, puffy, foamy head. Taste is that of wheat, yeast, citrus and very light clove. What a tasty beer!!!

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeah this stuff is excellent. On tap in the big Hoegaarden glass...oh yeah. Cloudy yellow, almost white, head sticks to glass all the way down. Delicious spicy yeast flavor. Mmm.

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Photo of marc77
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy straw hue and topped by a thick, ivory white sticky head. Soft coriander and light citrus in aroma w/ a touch of phenol and yeasty mustiness. Slightly tart upfront, but a mellow and pleasant sweetness follows. Citrus and coriander spice flavors are understated and well integrated in the flavor profile. Soft all around on the palette w/ a very smooth mouthfeel. Finishes clean and sweet with mellow coriander flavor lingering on the tongue. Has Hoegaarden White been changed ever since Interbrew took over? Maybe, but this is still a fine and well balanced wit.

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Photo of ebraun
4.92/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After the rat bastards at Miller sank Celis, I tried to seek out a replacement for their Wit. Well, it took me far too long to get around to it, but I finally bucked up and grabbed a bottle of Hoegaarden (Pierre Celis is the former brewer). Golden in color, sticky glorious head, the aroma immediately tells you that this is something special. The coriander and orange peel hit you followed by the mellow sweetness of the wheat. Its mouthfeel is smooth and velvety with a little zip on the end. The blending of the spices with the highest quality wheat make for an over-the-top experience. To me, this is really the benchmark for other Belgian whites. It's probably to rich to have too many at one sitting, so probably not the greatest session beer ever.

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

Excellent white beer. Cloudy appearance with nice head, citrus aftertaste. Light and refreshing definitely a beer to keep stock in your refrigerator.

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

Hoegaarden is one of the best Wits i have ever tasted. It is so smooth tasting with out a bitter after taste. I found no matter how many you drink you will never get a hangover. We all should plan a trip to this brewery to find the secret of Wit. Happy drinking

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Photo of ADR
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deeply clouded, "frosted banana" color. Small-bubbled head that's pretty persistent. Lots of estery banana and nutmeg aroma. Good balance between satisfying sweet malt that tends toward creamy and a touch of pepper and a slight hop cut. The label says "a balance of sweet and sour" but I noticed a thankfully minimal amount of lemony sourness (this issue always crops up with me and Belgian styles). Light, refreshing and setting a standard for the style. Wits are always a little lacking and thin to me but this is a great example.

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

Very Refreshing, citrus taste is very prominent, but not overbearing, Champagne like, it's more of a beer to have with a meal than a session beer. And at $8.50 a bottle for it down here thats probably good it is not a session beer. Probably the best Wheat beer i've had to date.

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Photo of packetknife
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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 +4.2%
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 -5.2%
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 +11.5%
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 -12%
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 +6.3%
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 +14.6%
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 -6.3%
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 +21.4%
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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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
3.84 out of 5 based on 5,277 ratings.
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