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 ReebShorts
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent head on pour which is reduced to a thin layer after a couple minutes. Poured this into a pils glass and was light pale-yellow in color and cloudy giving it a whitish hue.

Smell is lemony citrus, with some lightly spicy floral tones, maybe even picked up on some clove.

Definately, on the sweet side upon intake but thankfully that is squashed fairly quicky by some spicier yeasty flavor. plenty of carbonation here too, but not overdone. Good summertime beer.

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

Surprising, what a light (white) beer should be!! Very refreshing and drinkable, matches well with the STL heat (98 today). Pleasing lemon yellow pour, sticky white head, multi=lacing. Citrusy malt nose that extended into the quaff – which added some lemon grass notes.

Highly carbonated and tangy. This is a very good one, I’ll have to take over to the next family BBQ, I know it would be a hit!!

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Photo of JustinBathurst
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a pale yellow like a cloudy grapefruit juice. Has a full sudsy head that goes at a moderate pace.

The aroma is spiced citrus, with pieces of banana and bubblegum.

The mouthfeel is middle-ground carbonation and light.

The taste is close to the aroma--spiced citrus, banana, bubblegum--but the sweetness is nicely overcome by a spicy finish. I'm guessing I should thank the coriander [Extends hand]. Nicely done.

Twangy. Like a ginger beer, but better.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a cloudy pale gold with a two finger head that settles over a span of about three minutes. Served in the appropriate witbier glass. Freshness date: 04/09/06.

Smell- Coriander and Belgian spices, a bit mellower than my personal fave, Allagash White. Slight funk with a floral hop background that grows deeper and sweeter as the beer warms.

Taste- Very subtle spiciness on the sides and back of the tongue, with the most downplayed hop bitterness lingering behind. The coriander notes are in focus more than the other spices, good balance.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Pleasant in the mouth, enough activity to keep it interesting. Easy drinking for a summer session brew, when Belgium calls your name from across the ocean.

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Photo of niangelo
3.19/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard beer-glass.

First white-beer I have seen! Very interesting smoky pale yellow appearance. Head stayed around for a good while.

Smells - tons of apples, slight fruity smokiness, smells like dessert.

Taste - again with the apples. Lots of smoky characteristic with floral notes. Mouthfeel is not spectacular, mild carbonation and a bit thin.

I'm not really familiar with this type of beer. I had it next to a red ale and Hoegaarden really knocked my socks off - I went in totally uninitiated and I think the experience suffered a little. But I shall try it again, I think I will appreciate it later...

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

Paid 250 Hungarian Ft for a 330mL bottle in Budapest.

*Reviewed on 25.07.2005

The beer pours a cloudy white base, medium-large fluffy white head, excellent retention and a nice lacing along the glass. The beer has a very refreshing floral smell to it.

Key note on taste is the pleasant aftertaste, a pretty flavorful beer, noting slight hops and a mix of fruits, undistinguishable. The beer is light in the mouth, the floral notes with the head retention make it a pleasure. This is hands down the session Witbier, and maybe one of the best overall session beers on the market, this stuff is so refreshing.

Final Thought: Belgium just keeps on rocking it in my beer journal, their ales kick ass and this beer kicks some ass too, what a beer!

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Photo of dwvarner77
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy, very pale straw yellow with a tall white, foamy head that falls quickly to complete the pour of the bottle into the Hoegaarden glass.
Aroma is spicey, peppery with a slight citrus; the characteristic wheat, banana, yeast, and cloves are all present.
Taste is standard wheat, grainy, taste of yeast, with a bit of follow-up coriander and spice. Taste is very slightly sweet, no real hop bitterness to speak of. Mouthfeel is appropriate, light and crisp, enjoyable.
Drikability is dangerously high. One could put down half a dozen of these without even noticing.

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Photo of palliko
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a lovely hazy gold with an ecru head of foam and not much lacing. My least favorite aroma is pepper (in a Zin or beer!) but here it is in my beer, with an unidentifyable odor plus some lemon peel. The initial taste has notes of corn sugar, thick, syrupy, nasty something or other, lemon pepper, and sour mash. Finish has a raw grain taste that leaves a bitter taste in ones mouth.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


On tap at Isaac Newton's.

Appearance- cloudy off white with a decent thick white head.
Smell- light wheat and spice.
Taste- bananas, very light clove, biscuits, and a little lemony citrus.
Mouthfeel- watery yet crisp.

Overall- a very good beer on a hot summer afternoon. Maybe a little too pricey though.

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

Appearance: Pale light yellow in color and cloudy with plenty of little carbonation bubbles. Head was big and pillowy and settled down to a nice frothy cover which produced nice lacing. Smell: More like a Hefeweizen than many other witbiers that I have had. Yeast aromas, floral scents and a little bit of lemon is present. Taste: Much like the smell. Yeasty and bready with some lemon flavor. Simple and clean tasting. Mouthfeel: A little creamy at first, but goes down thin and smooth. Drinkability: A nice beer for a hot summer day by the pool.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There seems to always be a distinct pleasure when drinking a beer that basically defined the style. As originator of today's witbiers, it's hardly arguable that there are any better.

With a soft glow of canary yellow color, the haze of wheat protiens and yeast are evident. The protiens allow for a froathy, cotton head of mousse-like proportions. A very elegant and initing appearance.

Citrus, spice, and floral aromas are a careful blend of corriander, sweet orange peel, and a soft peppery scent; all of which rests on a wheaty scent of light breads or bread dough. Lemony esters and mild malted milk scent give a sturdiness to the nose with zeal and zest.

Lemon flavor with curaco take the early command with an assertive citrus taste. Fresh winter wheat and pilsner malt flavors give a soft bread impression along with mild powdered sugar sweetness and crisp grain flavor follow up and easily govern the middle palate. Crisp lemony notes close the flavor along with a refreshing lactic tartness and malted milk whimsy.

Creamy and somewhat expansive early with a fleeting, spicy finish that reduces to near-watery feel with semi-dry character.

Hoegaarden is the opidome of refreshment with high character and quality. Where the flavor and aroma profiles carry enough complexity with effortless ease, the body might make too quick of a transition and surpasses refreshment into a slight empty or watering ending. Still, nearly an ideal session.

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

It pours a really light cloudy yellow. It didin't look appetizing the first time i saw it but after you drink it you will appreciate it. The smell is very citrusy. The taste is nice, more citrus flavors, orange also. Also picking up some cinnamon maybe. refreshing. The mouthfeel is interesting due to the carbonation, sort of creamy, moderate though. Very drinkable.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice hazy pale yellow golden with a white and tall frothy head which retreated to the surface and then lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was deeply citrusy with bitter orange peel all around coupled with a strong coriander spice presence. The aroma also contained a nice wheat backbone and a slight peppery sense of being.

The flavor was less dramatic than the aroma. The orangey citrus peel flavor was slightly present and more lemony in nature. The spice was low and was mainly coriander.

The finish was dry with lasting wheat, and then slight citrus and slight coriander impressions that fade out into the aftertaste. The body was medium light, but just a bit watery in nature. Very nice aroma, wish the flavor had backed up that promise.

12 ounce bottle, best before 17/05/06 on back label.

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

Tasted on 18th June 2005, best-by date was 24/03/06 (330ml bottle). Poured into Hoegaarden tumbler in the manner directed on the label, including the final "swirl and pour". Appearence was already very cloudy before adding the sediment. Cloudy honey colour with nice white head.

Immediate release of citrus smell. Taste was fresh with a definite citrus peel tang though with a certain sweetness. Had a "sharpness" to it that Iliked.
Mouthfeel quite smooth and a little syrupy, even a bit soapy.

The head diminished to a 1/2 cm but never disappeared.
I have been drinking this beer fairly regularly over the years, it is a solid (lowish alc) offering that is consistent and is a refreshing summer cooler, or middle-of-the-day beer. Also I can buy it at several outlets (even the local supermarket).

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Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Belgium brew ever. Nice intro. Bottle sez best by 5-10-05. The pour was a very white/yellow with a big head which disapated after awhile. Brew sit's cloudy with a slight rim/head. Never had a beer/ale with this kind of taste, but I like it. Taste is kind of mellow with no bitterness at all. I really like this brew and I will buy more if available, I do wish that the alcohol content was higher.

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Photo of kegerator
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

good beer overall.
pours a very pale almost white yellow color with very faint fizzy head that goes away before it builds up. no lace no white rim nothing. it sits in the glass looking almost lifeless with some slight bubbles rising to the top of the glass.
aroma was typical of a white, coriandr/clove scents with bready aromas and slight citrus peel. nothing jumped out but it was clean and blended in the aroma
taste was very delicate, nothign hit you, it was very nice blend of the flavors and as i said delicate yet as lifeless as it appeard it tingled and fizzed a bit in my mouth. very refreshing.
very drinlable and refreshing, clean, delicate and very slightly crisp.
personally I would not pay the $10 for 6 again but its still a nice beer.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Penguin Pizza in Boston, MA.

Incredibly unique pour. The middle was a hazy, see-thru yellow that faded out to a whitish color as it neared the glass. Very cool. There was a tiny head on it that was very white. The aroma consisted of mostly lemons and a little bit of pepper. The taste was even more lemony. It reminded me a lot of lemonade with a lot of carbonation. Very smooth, silky feel to it. This beer is one of a kind and a definite thirst quencher. Perfect for summer. I am not a fan of witbiers, but this is probably the best one I have tried to date.

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

Blurry, almost milky, pale straw that is as clear as a bell when viewed through direct sunlight. Indirect light truly does give it a 'white' look. The head is white as well: bright, bleached white devoid of even a hint of color. It's also impressively large after the pour, although its inherent softness keeps it from maintaining its size for long. It also prevents much lace from sticking to the glass.

The nose is wonderful, with all of the witbier essentials. You have your sweet orange zestiness, your spicy coriander and your tangy wheatiness that holds it all together and binds it up into a neat little package. It could be a mite stronger, but it's still pretty snazzy.

Hoegaarden is a good wit, not a great one. As in the nose, everything that should be present is present (more or less), but nothing really stands out and demands to be noticed. Coriander is probably the most prominent. Orange peel is now in the background, despite the fact that I'd prefer it to be in the foreground. Subtle is the operative word here.

The beer isn't all that sweet, it isn't hoppy bitter and it isn't wheaty sour. I guess that means it's balanced. The finish leans toward dry without even approaching arid. The same spunky carbonation that created the massive head keeps the mouthfeel hoppin' and is a good fit for the beer as a whole.

Hoegaarden ('The Original Belgian White Beer' according to the label) isn't the best of this style that I've ever tasted, but it's pretty good all the same. While it's a little too laid back for me, I did enjoy all twelve ounces.

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Photo of beertaster13
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoegaarden pours a very light pale yellow/white color with a suddy froth white head. Carbonation is incredible to the eye, lacing will coat your glass. The aroma is that of lemon pepper and cloves, with hints of melon and morning dew aromas. The taste is light and fruity, hints of peach and melons arrive to meat the zip of spicy currant. The yeast is held back. A well rounded beer and one that will find itself in the fridge again.

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Photo of fisherman34
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pale and cloudy yellow in color, with a medium amount of carbonation. Amazing coriander and citrus aromas. MIld but perfectly balanced flavors of citrus, various spices (including coriander and black pepper), and something akin to Thrills gum. Clean finishing and very refreshing. I could drink this all day. Oddly enough, it works quite well with hot and spicy foods.

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Photo of KoG
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very pale and cloudy. More offwhite than pale yellow with the whitest head I have ever seen, thick and foamy.

Smell is grainy with some must and citric notes. Not a strong aroma but pleasant none the less.

Taste is pretty mellow. Not overly sour and very well balanced with a very slight bitterness along side the grainy base. Very clean. Slight spice, possibly corriander.

Goes down very nice and refreshes the senses. With no off flavors and a light flavor, this brew is very drinkable and would be great on a hot summer day.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my favorite brews for hot weather sippin, always refreshing.

Extremely pale straw yellow color with a dense head of pure white. It is relatively clear until I do the traditional swirl and pour, unleashing a cloudy burst of yeast which hazes the beer wonderfully.

Nose is a nice balance between sweet and sour. Sweet oranges, spice, and unmalted wheat countered by lemony zest and green apple.

Flavor is similar with a superbly refreshing sweet and sour profile. Oranges, honey, grass, green apple, lemon, and sweet spices make this a classic example of the style.

Body is medium light, with a smooth and almost creamy texture. So refreshing and thirst quenching, I think I'll have another. There is a subtle nip of saazy hops in the finish that provides a nice touch of floral accents.

I guess I should thank my Father for introducing me to this beer, he buys a few cases every summer, God bless him!

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Photo of BeerFink
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely pale lemonade color with some cloudiness. Bananas and yeast are up front along with some coriander and orange peel. Although the mouthfeel is very light, the taste is quite full. Malts are big and bready, serving up some banana sweetness. Hops are a little spicy, with bitter lemon and orange peel characteristics. Lower carbonation than expected allows the flavor to come forward that much more. Finishes slightly fruity with some cleansing citrous. Any easy drinking wit, not bad for a warm day.

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Photo of LPorter33
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased single bottle at Martignetti's

Appearance = Pale, foggy whitish yellow with a huge 1.5 inch head that lasts awhile.

Smell = Strong malty alchol like scent. Very reminiscent of other Belgian ales. A bit of sweet floral aromas come through.

Taste = Bubble gum like flavor with the perfect amount sweetness. Not a bad wheat beer at all.

Overall = Pretty darn good wheat beer. Recommended for those that enjyo this style.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a big, fluffy head reminiscent of frothy egg-whites and lacing is left done the sides of the glass as the foam settles. The color is very hazy yellow. The bready, yeast aroma accented with a bit of freshly cut grass. This beer has a very delicate mouthfeel and a light body. A wheaty, bready flavor dominates with a subtle, grassy, spiciness mixed with some notes of lemon. Hops are played way down and the finish is just shy of being too sweet and accented with coriander. This is a very easy drinking beer. The spiciness is less distinctive than I remember it being, but the last time I had this beer, I had it on tap -- perhaps the reason for the difference? The wheat flavor is huge in this beer. If you don't like wheat in your beer, your not going to like Hoegaarden.

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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