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 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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Photo of beermanbrian
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow in color. Cloudy with a fluffy white head. Head dissipates slowly and leaves nice lacing. Smell is yeasty with fruit (maybe lemon) overtones. Taste is very mild and not overpowering. Slight bitter aftertaste. Not a bad beer for nice spring day.

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Photo of mjc410
2.02/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: big ol' weizen glass

Appearance: Pale yellow, really cloudy and near opaque, big fluffy white head coming above the top of the glass.

Smell: Citrusy, spicy, with a little of that horseblanket smell that I've heard of. Not very appealing.

Taste: Bitey wheat twang. It pretty much dominates the flavor. It's really tough to drink, even more so as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Really thick and chewy. This part would be enjoyable in a good-tasting brew.

Drinkability: Ugh! I tried my hardest to finish it, and I did (Only because it was pretty expensive). This beer has nearly scared me away from wheat beer. Fortunately, there are milder types out there.

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

Appearance: Extremely pale gold, hazy, with a small white head.

Smell: Citrus-spicy nose with hints of vanilla.

Taste: Fairly fruity, with notes of honey, banana, lemon. Pleasant coriander bite, not too strong. Hop bitterness is very low, and malt little more than a faint sweetness. Finishes with a slight, delightful tartness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, very creamy.

One of my favorite session beers, I try to always keep a few bottles around in the fridge, in case someone comes by who claims he "doesn't like beer". A true classic, one I love introducing other people to.

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

Had on tap at the South Side Saloon. Poured a wonderful unfiltered white. Everything else about this beer was that of a typical witbier. Nothing about it really stood out in my mind. The bartender gave me a drink of this mixed with Liefman's Frambroise... it was different that's for sure. Well this one's not bad, but not special.

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

The term white beer on the package is what first caught my eye. After asking around about the beer I found there was a large amount of people that would pronounce it wrong. The pour was way cloudy and very unfiltered as expected. The taste was great for a wheat. It was very thick, like sucking a pice of bread through a straw. The after taste was heavy in fruit and i kept getting an odd almost bacon flavor.. odd. After reading the box, this beer is everything they claim it to be... good.

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Photo of downes51
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good stuff this, an excellent coolant on a warm sunny day. I've had it on draught and bottled in England and in Belgium... it always tastes better in Belgium for some reason. Perhaps the weather is just warmer there! Anyway, the appearance I've only given a 3 because it still doesn't look right to me even though I've been drinking it for years. Frankly it looks more like milk than beer should. But never mind that, it has an excellent fragrance (full of spices, mainly cinnamon I think) and you can drink it all day. Reccommended.

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

This beer is cloudy with whitish haze. Smell of fruits and hops.

Drinking this the first time, i was a bit floored. I had no idea what a white beer would taste and I'm so glad I go to try Hoegaarden first. All I could think was refreshing, fruity, citrus and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp.

good but I didn't want to have more than 2 bottles.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.95/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in a traditional Hoegaarden hexagonal glass, per instructions on the bottle)

A-nice pale straw yellow that is cloudy in body and a nice creamy thick head.

S- wonderful spicy wheat aroma with a bit of perfumy spiciness maybe coriander. a little hint of flower sweetness and a hint of yeastiness.

T- starts of with a nice mellow citrus sweetness but its still zesty. A nice faint herbal spiciness that might have a hint of hops but it is very much in the background. A dry finish with a very subtle tartness to it.

M- light body with a good strong carbonation and a very faint tartness.

D- This is a wonderful beer and very true to form maybe because this beer revived this style of beer not to long ago. This was near perfect but I would have liked to see just a bit more spiciness and a bit more tartness. And perhaps fresher samples have that? Overhaul an excellent beer that I will drink again and again.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Served on tap in my home bar into proper .5L glassware. Pours a hazy straw yellow with about an inch of fluffy white head. Smell is citrusy with some orange and corriander present along with some bubblegum scents. Taste is smooth, citrusy and a touch spicy. Fairly mild compared to german wheat beer counterparts. Insanely drinkable. My only problem is the mouthfeel, its a touch thin. That may be more a characteristic of the style rather than this beer though. A very solid representation of the witbier style and a great session beer. If you're not paying attention its way to easy to drink 3 L of this in one sitting without blinking.

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

*Can: 33cl
*Alcohol: 4,9%
*Place beer was reviewed: Op kot, Lange Ridderstraat 19/3, B-2800 Mechelen

Hoegaarden is one of my favourite beers. It is a very drinkable beer (read: I can have a lot of them before getting pissed! Because come on, there is a time of reviewing and a time of drinking). You will see that though it is available throughout the year, most Hoegaarden will be sold during the summer. On very hot summer days you will see a lot of people enjoying an ice cold Hoegaarden with some lemon and ice cubes floating in the beer.

Hoegaarden is a classical Witbier, but nevertheless one of my favourites because of it’s richness in flavours. When you pour it in the real Hexagonal glass it will give you a very wild and foggy white-yellowish beer. Even with al the sparkling activity of this beer, the true art is getting a beautiful head. The odour gives you a very warming and fulfilling feeling. It has some spices and lemon in it.
Your first taste gives you a storm on the tip of your tongue, it’s a very carbonated beer. Then a refreshing flavour of citrus, hop and spices follows. It also gives the feeling of being creamy. This is also caused by the fact that the beer contains yeast.
I personally find this beer most enjoyable. I have had a lot of them in the past and more is yet to come. On-tap this beer is enjoyed at it’s best. But the can’s and bottles are ok. The problem with the Witbier on-tap is that it has to flow very regularly. In summer this not really a problem. The yeast is still active, and it works at the end of the installation. When the beer is left in the system for several hours, it can give you a foul tasting brownish beer. That’s why when you pour in a Hoegaarden on-tap, you should let the first beer flow away. A lot of bartenders don’t do this. Money above the love for the beer.

Ut vivat, crescat, floreat!

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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