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 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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Photo of kosmoraios
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow color with cottony white head that left concentric rings of lacing on the oversized weizen glass. Aroma is of lemony citrus and wheat, cloves, pepper and other spices. Taste is excellent for a witbier, a good example of the style. Light orange and zesty lemon flavors blend well with the sweet maltiness of the wheat and the light nutty flavor of the yeast. Very fine carbonation makes for a creamy yet peppery mouthfeel - very nice. Extremely drinkable, an excellent, refreshing summer ale.

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

Very cloudy yellowish color with a fluffy off-white head. Smells like pepper and lemons. Taste is well balanced with the pepper flavors neutralizing the sourness of the lemon flavors. Mouthfell is thick and chewy due to it being an unfiltered beer. This beer is very drinkable year round, but best in the summer.

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Photo of MattBrooks
4.75/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The perfect example of a Belgian White Ale, Hoegaarden is light and refreshing with a rich, creamy texture. I love the smell when you first pop the cap and I actually prefer to drink it straight from the bottle, although directions for proper pouring into a glass can be found on the label. Try it with a slice of lemon if you like, but I don't think it needs one. A slight tinge of bitterness can be found on the finish.

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

Picked up a six pack for $7.99.

Appearance: pale yellow, hazy and cloudy as it should be. Creamy one inch head on top.

Smell: belgian yeast and coriander are the two aromas that are most prominent, followed by some citrus.

Taste: faint lemon sweetness accompanied by some mellow pear flavors amongst the wheat. Initially a bit tart but the coriander and carbonation produce a dry crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: effervescent - crisp and dry, light bodied.

Drinkability: a great afternoon beer, my lawnmower beer of choice. An ideal ABV lends itself to making this a great session beer.

Overall: Hoegaarden makes one helluva wit. This is one of my favorite warm weather beers.

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Photo of DrSend
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice cloudy yellow appearance, pretty boring head dissipates quickly. Smells citrusy, slightly yeasty. The taste was a little dissapointing, I was expecting more hoppiness, but still a pleasant citrusy slighly sour flavour. Nice full bubbly mouthfeel, very drinkable overall.

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Photo of horndecker
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy mountain of suds, whose base is a hazy straw colored brew with almost a greenish-gold cast to it. Nice big fluffy white head.
One gets whiffs of lemony spice, orange peel, hay and wet grass, then almost a soapy aroma.
Tastes of bananas, lemon, peppery yeast, the malt is subtle and the wheat shares the center.
It's light bodied, almost too light, and when it warms up a bit it quickly gets a bit too sudsy and sweet. But it's very refreshing and interesting when quite cold.

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Photo of edchef1850
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

i always enjoy the belgian beers, top notch on most occasions, rarely a disappointing experience. i have had hoegaarden before, and always felt it was a rather pedestrian belgian brew. on review i still find it slightly underwhelming. Beautiful witbier appearance cloudy, and inviting. The smells aare a bit lacking, very faint for me, a little too subtle maybe. Flavor comes up a bit short ,i like a little more up front in a beer like this, it seems a little watery, almost as if i was using a frosted glass to drink it . That being said it is a very drinkable beer, not unpleasent in the least, just not a singular experience like so many belgian nectars, i mean beers. This is a nice beer for enjoying ice ice cold in the sun, on the beach, soaking up some rays.

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.7/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my all time fav's: Pours a hazy light yellow color with a large head depending on how it is poured. The smell is a little sour with nothing really taking precedence over anything else, its all well balanced. Initial taste is like a crisp Pilsner again with no forward taste. When you begin to swallow is when the texture really comes out. The lemons are definitely at the forefront of the taste, with carbonation taking it all down. There is just a touch of wheat at the end, but for the most part it stays really sweet like candy.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.85/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gorgeous. Beautiful pale cloudy yellow body. Heady is frothy and pillowy, but light, and sinks to be just film after a while.

Wonderful. Sweet citrus fragrance. Herbiness, traces of dried fruit. Some yeastiness, not very pronounced, but enough to give the nose a little lightness.

Refreshing and clean. A beautiful balance between the sweet malted wheat and the coriander spiciness, with a beautiful lingering dryness. Better every sip. It's just so mellow and drinkable, but with enough subtleties to keep you interested. Mouthfeel is smooth, cleansing and refreshing.

A truly wonderful beer. If anything, it seems to gain a little something in bottled form. Refreshing and beautiful, and the yardstick by which to judge other wits.

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

Cloudy yellow with a large white head. Smells like lemon zest, orange peel, and wheat malts. Taste refreshing. Lemon peel, bready malts, and fruity hops dominiate the flavor. Light bodied with a little bit of carbonation. I love this beer. Expensive, but worth the money if you want a great witbeer.

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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