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 DaPeculierDane
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick white clouds with a creamy white head. Slightly yellow.

Smell: Slightly peppery with loads of lemon, a bit of coriander, and a little farm odor.

Taste/MF: Sweet and chewy with a little bitternes at the finnish. Citrusy. Clementines and lemon prevail.

Drinkability: Super high and easy to drink.

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Photo of descartes
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 33 cl bottle.

Appearance: Cloudy light yellow with quarter inch head.
Smell: Sweet honey smells with citric hue.
Taste: Slight lemon taste with carbinated front reminiscant of a tonic. Middle yeilds a sour apple taste, with some hops.
Mouthfeel: Overly carbinated and too light bodied.

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Photo of ski271
2.91/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very pale, lemonade-like, hazy yellow with a medium-sized, white, frothy, slowly diminishing head. Very good lacing. It has a mild fruity wheat aroma and mild typical wheat flavors. Banana, light clove, strawberry, lemon. The finish is short and weak. It has a light body, watery texture and low carbonation. It’s refreshing but very one-dimensional and weak.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy and piss yellow in colour , it has a really small and active bead.No matter what it is supposed to look like I cant get excited about cloudy piss.
However the proof of the pudding is in the tasting and the clove dominated smell is initially apparent in the taste but it mellows into a smooth mangoish finish .
pretty pleasnt and an intersesting beer, but 1 bottle at a time is enough for me. Its starting to get too far away from" hops malt and
yeast" for me

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Photo of Gusler
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Geez, something I'd thought I'd never see Hoegarrden Wit in the bottle, as I was told by the Head Sommelier at one of my favorite beer stores, AJ's Fine Foods, these were in some special gift packs that he broke down to sell as single bottles.

The beer as its spills from the 12-ounce brown bottle a nebulous white with a presentable head that is semi-creamy in texture and a brilliant white in color as it fades away it leaves a velum like coating of lace upon the glass. Nose is spicy, hints of cloves and coriander, sweet malt and a slight citrus like tartness, start is lightly sweet with a mild grain presence and the top light in feel. Finish is purposeful in its acidity with the hops light and pleasant, the aftertaste lightly dry, and maybe not as great as the tap version, a real nice change of pace from my normal dark, strong, alcohol riddled brews I normally quaff.

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Photo of Kulrak
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale and very cloudy yellow color with no head at all. It looks very intriguing. The smell is yeasty and a little estery, like my own home-brewed ales. We're off to a good start. The taste is.. unusual, even for a witbier. I like the style, and I like this one, though I'm having trouble describing it. It just tastes like a nice yeasty ale. Mouthfeel is heavy, almost like drinking juice with a lot of carbonation. All in all, it's very drinkable, not really a session beer, but as a treat, it's a great beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale, hazy pineapple juice color. Unique color. 1/2" ivory white head. No retention. No lace.

S - Yeast. Ripe pineapple. Citrus, lemon. Fruity. Bubblegum. Wheat.

T - Sour wheat. Yeast. Tart. Clove. Spice.

M - Soft, thin mouthfeel. Good carbonation. Tart aftertaste.

D - Refreshing. Decent drinkability.I have not drank this in years and for some reason I remember it being much more flavorful and overall more enjoyable.

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Photo of trevorwideman
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I have a long history with this beer, which makes it strange that I haven't reviewed it yet.

Poured into a goblet, very pale yellowish off-white unfiltered brew. Very lovely, nice carbonation, and great medium head that sticks around for a while, pretty lacing. I always liked the look of this beer, even when I knew nothing about beer and beer styles. Smell is of cloves, coriander, and lots of citrusy notes. Taste is a bit bready, with a refreshing lemony zestiness, very clean, but not too complex. Seems a bit weak in the mouthfeel, and I find it a little soft on the palate, but it sure slides down easily. This is a solid witbier, and still one of my perennial favorites.

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Photo of murphysbleachers
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into its own logoed hexagonal glass.
Appearance: cloudy, pale yellow with a pillowy white head that sits nicely on the glass, better retention than the last few witbiers I've had.
Smell: Cloves and citrus
Taste: I still get an unusual taste from Hoegaarden that reminds me of the first time I had it in Belgium. It reminds me of cheap bubblegum (but in a good way).
Mouthfeel: Palate cleansingly fizzy, yet delicate.
Drinkability: I can drink this all night quite happily. This is the standard by which I judge witbiers, and my fallback beer when I want something to quench my thirst.

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

This beer is a very pale yellow, almost white in color with a huge white bubbly head.
The smell is quite aromatic. It is yeasty and has a citrus nose as well.
Its flavor is a wonderful match to its aroma. Yeast and a bit of citrus on the tongue. There is also a bit of clove presence with a slight lemon flavor. Quite good for a witbier.
Mouth feel is light bodied and moderately carbonated.

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Photo of arguemaniac
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very pale and quite hazy yellow with a creamy white that reduces, but never disappears. Citrus and clove in the nose. The palate also includes an acidic citrus bite and a peppery clove spiciness, but there is some mellow grain flavor as well. Light mouthfeel with a mild carbonation tang.

Almost universally regarded as the prime example of the style, and with good reason; it’s light, refreshing, and easygoing but it also features a spicy acidity that keeps it interesting. All in all, a very drinkable combination. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Gaben
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bought about a 6 pack/12 oz bottles for this was around ten dollars and ended up getting it again the next week.

The appearance is great! by far the best looking witbier Ive pourn so far, very cloudy and white "as for they did call it:White Cloud!"

Smell is witbierish but it does have a weird aroma , kinda like lavander or soap. As for the taste that would have to be the same as how it smells and may I say thats the great thing about this brew. Very clean and crisp , even with that taste of soap makes this brew a booming choice.

Mouthfeel is nice as well, very goot and solid but not so rough, like most white ale's, very wheaty, tangy, and always something to look forward to.

Drinkability is a downfall , I did drink about 4 of these in an hour and a half , but I wouldnt want to have more then 2 of these in a night if I did have a choice. So yes white cloud is a nice beer to check out and if you havint had it before , it will be a must have for you to taste test for yourself.

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Photo of AleHound
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - pale yellow & cloudy, some fine bits of yeast loosened from swirling the last 1/3 of the bottle into the glass. Little to no visible carbonation.

Smell - fresh with some citrus and spice right up front.

Taste - Crisp and clean, lemon flavor really come through

Mouthfeel - Carbonation really comes out in the mouth, almost acidic. Really needs some fatty foods (heavy in butter and cream) to really bring out the nature of this ale.

Drinkability - Overall an easy drinking white ale. Great for a warm day, though it would do even better with some food to take the acidic edge out of it.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

couldnt believe i hadnt reviewed this one yet, but here it goes: Pours a extremely pale yellow (almost white) that is quite hazy, with a thick and frothy white head that retains well...paler than most other witbiers but nice. The aroma has big fruity notes: banana, orange and lemon rind, along with some spice (corriander and clove) and a wheaty twang. The flavor begins with some nice banana and citrus notes, then some light spice (corriander, clove, anise), some wheaty sourness, bread dough and some more fruity esters. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing with moderate high carbonation. Drinkability is excellent. I realize it's unfashionable on here to praise inbev brews, but as far as i can tell this beer tastes about the same, and its pretty tasty.

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Photo of eb003
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I couldn't drink this all day, but I enjoy it as a "change of pace". I think it has good color and smell. The taste is about what I'd expect from a "belgian white". I find it to have a much cleaner taste than "Blue Moon" which is billed as a "belgian white". It has a good mouthfeel to it, although it can get bitter after a while. All in all it's a good beer.

I agree with another reviewer, though, that for Belgium...there are better beers.

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Photo of danielharper
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

Pours a white-yellow body with a thick, thick, thick white head. I'm having to use two or three separate pours in order to get all the beer into the glass at one time. Body is very cloudy, so much so that the beer isn't even really translucent -- I can't see objects on the other side of the glass. Still, no visible yeast -- it appears to be all in suspension.

The aroma is decent. A very strong dose of a bland "wheat" nose at first, with a top level of various spices and compounds that I can't quite place. Reminds me more of a dessert than a beer.

Taste is interesting -- a bit of tart up-front to assault the taste buds, with a soothing spiciness at the back end. Leaves a touch of astringency on the palate, but nothing too severe. When consumed fairly warm, an interesting Belgian funk becomes present.

Thin, watery mouthfeel. No real presence to speak of, and nothing to coat the palate.

This was one of the first craft beers I ever tried, and I haven't had it since then. This is a reasonably decent beer, one that I'll have from time to time but can't call a personal favorite.

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Photo of Finite
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy lemon colour reminiscent of lemon butter. Has a nice head retention which thickens out nicely. Smells beautiful of citrus rind and spices.
The taste is very refreshing and unique; it’s quite malty and smooth on the after taste but still remains crisp with hints of sour fruits.

Truly a unique beer worth trying!

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Photo of atigerlife
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle poured into pint glass.

I've had Hoegaarden previously on several occasions, but finally decided it was time to ponder this unique beer.

The appearance certainly let's you know that this is not your average beer. Very pale. Like watered-down lemonade. Cloudy [since it is unfiltered]. Quite startling to look at. A nice white head. Good retention.
The smell is also unique: Orange. Bananas. Clove. All sorts of spices jump out. Sweet.
The taste follows the smell: spices, tangerine, banana. Refreshing.
I found the mouthfeel quite refreshing. There is ample carbonation which gave it a very cleansing on the palate.
Overall, a very drinkable beer. Nice and light for a warm summer day.

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Photo of Bleedingshrimp
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass. Gorgeous head with decent retention, cloudy, very light yellow with a gentle green glow. Smell is lemon, spice, and grass. Taste is slightly bitter, oranges, pepper...nice twangy slightly hoppy aftertaste. Really full and refreshing taste. Mouthfeel is a little light. Taste like a Duvel just a bit lighter bodied and without the alcohol warmth. Not bad at all, drinkability is good but maybe not great. Definitely something I'd look to purchase again in the future.

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Photo of Noxious26
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured in a pint glass.

Great big, huge foamy white head at the pour is 2 inches high. recedes after a few sips to a tight thin cap. Very lightly coloured. White with a splash of yellow and cloudy. Some lacing throughout the glass.

Smell is yeasty, but spicy. Can't put my finger on what spice though.

The taste is really quite interesting. Yeasty and spicy thoroughout. No malt of hops really evident. A bit of wheat character towards the end of the glass. The mild aftertaste reminds me of drinking club soda.

Mouthfeel is thin and light bodied. There is a long carbonation rush, but it is very light and tingly.

This isn't something that I'd really want to drink alot of, but it is an interesting experience.

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Photo of Litterbean
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After trying a few American interpretations of the Belgian White Ale, I decided to get one from the source itself.

White Ale, indeed. Pours a pale, pale yellow but with the yeast it turns almost white. A nice fluffy head sits atop it.

The smell is potent and pleasant, with a yeasty character all over. Hints of bananas and citrus fruit, plus sweet candied sugar.

Sweet taste, but with a hints of yeast. More bananas and a dry character rounds this one off. Not as complex or as bold as other ales of the style, like a Celis White and especially Allagash. Still, it's delicious and should be tried by all.

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Photo of bashiba
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a such a light cloudy shade of yellow the beer was almost truly white in appearance, with a huge white head and tons of lacing.

Smell was a very light bit of wheat and orange.

Taste was a very subdued crips citrus flavors with just a touch of light hops.

Mouthfeel was crisp with a nice carbonation feel.

A decent beer, with a nice drinkability, but I fully admit to liking several American versions of this belgian classic better.

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Photo of rhythmpirate
4.72/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I think this is currently my favourite beer that is readily available.

Appearance - This beer is very murky and cloudy, an off golden colour with a very smooth white head that looks like shaving foam. Millions of bubbles going up inside the glass add to the great appearance.

Taste - The taste is mix of citrus, spices and then an aftertaste hint of sugar and bananas. A very nice beer to sup of an evening. Despite all these flavours, the beer is still very easy to drink.

Mouthfeel - Fairly fizzy and bubbly but in a good way, goes down nice and easy.

Overall this is an excellent Witbier that simply craves you have a 2nd straight after your first. Highly recommended.

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Photo of tesguino
2.33/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

An herbal white belgian beer, i try this from carrefour, expensive for a mexican beers, in general is under the average, good for cheese, german cuisine, and chinese, serve in a goblet, smeel herbs and spice´s, taste lightly bitter, very soft; you can try with something of mexican gourmet food; 60% recommended.

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Photo of whynot44
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light/medium bodied, cloudy very pale yellow - like homemade lemonade - with a creamy white head.

The aroma is very nice - citrusy, slightly spicy, over a base of fresh bread.

The taste is subtle lemon/orange, maybe a hint of banana. It starts very slightly sweet, followed quickly by a coriander/peppery spiciness and a somewhat dry but creamy finish with a tart aftertaste.

Very drinkable and refreshing.

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
3.83 out of 5 based on 5,156 ratings.
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