Hoegaarden Original White Ale | Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

Hoegaarden Original White AleHoegaarden Original White Ale
5,288 Ratings
Hoegaarden Original White AleHoegaarden Original White Ale

Brewed by:
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 ThreePistols
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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 +9.8%
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 +16.4%
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 +2.6%
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 +8.2%
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 +17.7%
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 +27%
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 +16.9%
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 +27.8%
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 +7.7%
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 +7.7%
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 +11.9%
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 +9.8%
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 +23.8%
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 +0.5%
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 -6.6%
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 +17.2%
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 +9.5%
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 +8.5%
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 +15.9%
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 +11.1%
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 +9.8%
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 +30.2%
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 +9.8%
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 +16.9%
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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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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