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

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer came a cloudy lemonade color with a slight hint of tan. The head consisted of little bits of foam floating around the top. Smelled of a sweet wonderful sugar/caramel/banana blend that was very well put together with an undertone of musky wheat. Tasted initially of a powerful banana with a slight cherry sweetness and a little bubble gum. Some fruit flavors then made themselves noticed with some coriander and dark sour cherries. There also was a sour citrus flavor that permeated all aspects of the beer. The mouth feel was light to medium bodied with a crisp tingly carbonation. This was very refreshing with a light flavor and a nice carbonation.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.83/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A whitbier that truly looks white. Or, at least, this is the whitest whitbier I've ever laid eyes upon. Pouring out of the bottle, it kind of looked like a citrus soda. Fluffy dense WHITE head with tiny bubbles here & there.

Smells perfect. Lemon citrus, yeasty.

My first beer of the evening, and it is Delicious. A very full, filling beer, for being so light. The mouthfeel is well rounded and very satisfying.

This is the best whitbier I have had so far in my beer travels. Absolutely 100% drinkable. Wonderful.

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

Presentation: 12oz bottle with BBD and pouring instructions (which were followed) poured into an Ommegang Witte glass as it was the closest thing to a traditional Hoegaarden glass that was available.

Appearance: Poured a very cloudy pale yellow color, so cloudy and pale it almost looks whitish, head poured moderate and faded into a thin film across the top.

Aroma: Citrus smell, lemony.

Taste: Mainly wheat, a hint of sweet lemon as well. Mouthfeel is very smooth with a high carbonation.

Overall: a very enjoyable wheat beer. Definitely worth trying at least once.

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Photo of hunteraw
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice cloudy gold color with an agreeable amount of head.

Nose is a touch sour at first (i guess other reviewers called it citrus-y) but develops nicely into fruit and yeast.

Tastes great, of wheat, yeast, a little sweetness... resolves into a refreshing fruitiness that makes this beer extremely drinkable.

Not a whole lot of carbonation to the mouthfeel, which places the focus squarely on the flavor of the beer.

All around, a very nice beer.

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

Pours a very pale cloudy yellow with a pure white head that stays very well. Smells of citrus and spices, with a medicinal note and some yeastiness in the background. Tastes of wheat and lemon, with spices and a slight alcohol bite. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and quite nice, and the drinkability is very good. It goes down very smoothly. The classic witbier, even if it isn't the perfect one.

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Photo of JanM
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with two fingers of thick foam. The color is very pale yellow and the liquid is cloudy- unfiltered. In fact, it looks like lemonade. The smell is of yeast and some fruits and flowers. Ity has a characteristic yeast and sugar taste along with some breadyness and herbs. Some metal in there too. Not bad. In a comparative perspectiveI think it scores rather high in the wheat beer catogory.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this for the first time nearly 5 years ago on tap in New York City, and I thought it was one of the most amazing liquids I ever drank. All this time later, my tastes have refined, but I still love this brew and how wonderful it tastes and feels. Not quite the same out of the bottle though!

A wonderful pour and sight to behold - the same straw color that I remember. Very opaque and cloudy with a wonderful head, and of course, ya gotta love the yeast on the bottom. I did swirl the bottle and watch as it helped the head fill up the top of my pint glass. Very malty taste, with hints of banana, clove, and a bit of bubble gum. It's addicting, never quite the same twice, and neither boring nor too "out there" to turn off the novice drinker. I consider this a good spring beer, just because it has the anticipation and excitement of the changing of the seasons brings along with it.

I enjoy the Allagash and Sam Adams White Ale's as well, and this to me is a bit more "tried and true" than they are. Anything that's been around for centuries has to be doing something right, and enjoying the gentle spices and solid maltiness of this has only gotten better for me over time!

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I got this one on tap because I was curious about how it would be different. It came to the table extremely cloudy and that did not change as I drank. It was a translucent but bright yellow to white color, bar was kinda dark. I basically felt like I was looking at a lemon-sorbet or frozen lemonade in the process of melting. There were a few mottled spots floating on the surface but otherwise no head and no lacing. Possibly because it was served with an orange wedge? Thats a new one.

The nose was fragrant and fruity, but slightly artificial. My friend said it reminded him of a "freshly waxed floor". I agree. The strong yeastyness no doubt contributes to this affect.

Though this pint is somewhat lacking in other areas, it more or less has it where it counts, taste. First few sips were overpoweringly yeasty, but soon I was getting citrusy orange and lemon with a slight zest. This gave way to more rich bananna taste with a little mango, strawberry, or orange sliding in before that yeast comes back to finish the job.

Mouthfeel was thick, a tad waxy, and grainy even at times.

What makes this beer fun is that almost no two sips were really the same. Unfortunately it also left the palate rather exhausted after one which is definately going to hurt drinkability. Normally I would suspect this beer was spoiled, but I've had it from the bottle a few times and its not that far off, just a bit old maybe, but I chalk it up to the great and mysterious difference between bottles and draft. Its definately unique and different.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw color, with lots of streaming carbonation and nearly opaque with cloudy yeast. A massive snow-white head over three fingers reduces to a tight, long-lasting cap of foam; but produces minimal lacing. Strong belgian phenolic smell; like crayons and cloves. Extra pale malt and wheat aromas in the background. The taste is sweet, lots of wheat and pale malt, with a powdery yeast character. A subtle clove and coriander spiciness provides a delicate balance without need for much hop influence; which are almost totally absent. The body is light but gets some definte texture from the high levels of wheat proteins and suspended yeast. Mild aftertaste of phenols carries into the finish, but only compliments overall mellow malt flavor. This stuff just slips down the throat.

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Photo of LordChesterfield
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow, this is really interesting looking beer. Looks like lemonade almost. Pale cloudy yellow. It has a very active carbonation mixed with a bite and the funky taste of belgian yeast which I have long gotten accustomed too and now enjoy. I could only really drink two pints of this because of the sheer peculiarity of the flavors, that and it was $5.50 a pint. Lives up to its name as refreshing an is better than any lemonade I've ever had.

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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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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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