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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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Added by purplehops on 07-08-2001

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Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle with best before dating of about a year from the date of this review. Pours a dull almost gray- lightest of straw tones, very cloudy. Lifting a world class white head and leaving top notch lacing. Nose is soft, lemon, sugar and soap. Creamy soft mouthfeel. Notes of, of course, lemons, vanilla, honey, melon and spice. Yeasty and pleasant. This stuff is great with anything you put on your plate during the warm months. Very drinkable, it tastes so good. A classic for good reason.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hoegaarden is one is the first beers I tried that made me realize there is more to beer that macroswill lager. pours a pale yellow and cloudly, almost milky. Giant head like a witbier should have. The aroma is of sweet malts balanced by coriander, bitter orange and herbal hops. The flavor is very well balanced, incredibly crisp refreshing and complex. The only downside is its a bit watery. Michael Jackson said that it used to have more flavor. The mouthfeel is luscious and great. Overall this is a no fail drink, close to perfection IMO.

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Photo of marcellaproust
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pale lemon sorbet color - very pretty with a huge head that slowly dissipates to a 1/4 inch head that stays the course with you. smells like a bread box no longer used but remembers its salad days. taste is so refreshing that it's hard to attend to flavor: a good beer's job, no? does carry a tang of lemon, but for the most part, the great carbonation balances that bread-dough, yeasty wheat taste that in lesser witbiers weighs down the drink. rather than profile, i guess you can say that the flavors function as a silhouette of the *beer* in se. i especially enjoy the bitter - smoothly bitter - kick at the start.

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Photo of Elemental
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a nice light light yellow beer with a nice thick although short head. It is very carbonated which brings out a lot of the flavors and smells. It has a nice yeasty aroma with hints of citrus and is slightly fruity. There are some light spice aromas and tastes but are subtle enough not to overpower. A nice light body but with lots of flavors. The taste is nice and smooth with hints of of fruits and not too bitter. Its clean and light. Overall a great summer beer!

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Photo of Zraly
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, pale yellow. Super carbonated with a billowing head of white foam that parts away as soon as it arrived. Mild smell of bananas and a tiny note of biscuit.

Wonderful initial flavors of bananas, apples and citrus, with a hint of spice. The yeast helps provide a backround for that wonderful tang that white ales are famous for. The finish is very smooth and has a "juicy" element to it. Very refreshing and clean.

I'm having my white beer with hot Buffalo wings. I am thinking in terms of how a fruity and light Gewurztraminer (in the wine world) goes well with spicy Thai and Chinese food. I think this may follow the same pattern.

This ale is a bit spendy, but it is worth the extra cash to try a beer that is seemingly true to style.

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Photo of DrJay
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy butter amber/straw colour with a dense, bright white head that produced plenty of lace. It had a crisp aroma, with lots of citrus and a hint of coriander spiciness. Spice carried into the flavour with some sourness and a bitter citrus finish. It had a creamy texture with light carbonation and a light body, perfect for summer. The raw wheat helped keep my palate dry, making it easy to have another.

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Photo of thinkbreakfast
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very light, very cloudy. Good Head.

Smell: Overripe fruit flanked by lemon.

Taste: Very interesting. There is a dual taste of sweetness on the front of the tongue while a slight bitterness hits the back. Spice. Citrus bite. Finishes with an odd maltiness. Aftertaste belongs to the overripe fruit.

Mouthfeel: Amazingly light.

Drinkability: If you enjoy the taste, you can drink this until the proverbial cows come home.

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Photo of woemad
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint of this on-tap at the Viking in Spokane.

Poured a cloudy light yellow color with a tight white head. This beer looks more like lemonade than any other beer I've ever had.

Smell is of wheat, along with a slight, tangy spiciness. This smells good, yet subtle.

Taste is very good. Despite the very light character of this beer, there is plenty of flavor. I think I've found the ultimate "lawnmower beer." This has a light, citrusy, wheaty flavor to it. There's not a bit of watery-ness to it, unlike most beers I've had that are this light-bodied.

Very light bodied. Not a meal in a bottle, but a great beer to have on a hot day.

This is highly drinkable. I could down many of these in a session. Unfortunately, I've never seen this in bottles in my area. Otherwise, I'd keep this in mind for accompanying summer grilling.

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Photo of cypressbob
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a hoegaarden glass

The head is pure white, thick and fluffy

Body is light yellow, very cloudy

Smells akin to almonds, to a lesser extent than the grand cru and with less of an alcohol whiff

Taste is very refreshing. Its fruity and fragrant, with very little alcohol kick

All in all, a good beer, easy to drink and good with a variety of food

Goes down very easily, very little alcohol apparant, much better on tap, but a great treat for the summer

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Photo of shapudding
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fresh from the tap, cloudy and pale yellow. Reminds me of lemon juice or lemonade. Had just sat there and watched them tap the fresh keg, so this first pour came with a ton of head that reduced quite quickly to a light head, then nothing at all. Lattice lacing. Such a great aroma of bananas. I love the lemon with my wheat bears, just feel it is part of the whole experience, I love citrus. I love the scent of the banana and lemon intermingling, and the flavor of them together. This has such a clean and fresh flavor to it, so very refreshing and light. Mild and mellow finish. Perfect for days in the sun, but so perfect for anytime of the year too. Just a great session beer.

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Photo of necoadam
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Eli Cannon's

I liked this beer from the bottle, but on-tap, this is killer stuff. Hazy light yellow for a color with a nice amount of carbonation. Smell consisted of oranges, lemons, some ginger in there as well. Taste held up to form as well. Slighty on the sweet side, but it balances it out with the ginger which you can taste all the way through the aftertaste. Again, killer stuff on-tap.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, yeasty, yellow pour. Smelled very citrusy. Taste was a yeasty bomb goodness. Drank quickly and well. I didn't try it with the lemon slice, so that I could take in the overall flavors. I definitely dig the overwhelming yeast taste, which allowed it to pair well with pizza and sample a few other beers without being overwhelmed.

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Photo of hulmanite
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Agreeing with everyone else, It has a strong citrus taste with hints of lemon. Heavy on the yeast, light on the hops.

Most bars serve it with a slice of lemon (which is a mistake, in my opinion because it doesn't need it).

Appearance is very cloudy, can't see through it and light yellowish.

Smells agree with taste - yeasty and citrus

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Photo of tjd25
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque hazy yellow golden color. Lots of citrus, wheat and yeast come to the nose. Sweetness. The taste is of peach, citrus and wheat. Fruity, sweet but not excessively, almost iodated. Hops aren't really noticeable. Very drinkable. Maybe lacking some complexity in the mouthfeel but definitely drinkable. A great summer session brew.

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Photo of henrysunset
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

cloudy yellow/straw with white lacing. Looks great.

Scent is sweet and wheaty, with a sulfiric tone to it.

Taste comes across too sulfiric to me. I also sense a bittersweet apricot taste,

It does feel good in the mouth though; very smooth with fine carbonation.

Overall, okay, and rasonably drinkable; i'd just prefer a flavor not clouded wit a sulfiric tone.

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Photo of chugamugofsud
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hoegaarden was my favorite beer before I got heavily into beer tasting. This beer is an unfiltered wheat that is combined with orange peel and a little bit of a peppery taste to make an excellent white ale. This is essentially the grandpa of that style. It drinks easily, pouring with a medium thickness white head and hiding its biterness until the very end thanks to the citrus flavors. Most anyone who has had Hoegaarden enjoys it and it comes recommended. It does seem to have less to it when you drink this beer on tap, though, so I recommend the bottles. (odd, isn't it?)

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Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a milky off white brew, almost too clear to be a beer.

Smell is spicy and medicinal, lots of clove flavor.

Taste is sweet and spicy with a bit of fruit. Fairly mild flavor.

Mouthfeel is OK I guess.

An OK brew I like stronger stuff normally, I prefer Duvel.

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Photo of jvajda
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy yellow, with a one inch head, just what is expected.
Smell: Strong wheat smell, more than expected.
Taste: Again, more wheat than I expected, yet still refreshing. Very subtle orange peel and spice nuances.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, with a perfect amount of carbonation. This white is welcome in the mouth.
Drinkability: I think there are better whites than this, but it is still very good and I think that one could drink this every day.

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Photo of Skidz
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out the palest of all yellows, almost completely clear, but sits a cloudy, pale gold in the glass. Big fluffy white head achieved with almost no effort.

Smells of sweet wheat grains, citrus (lemon, orange), and a nice hoppy layer on top. Great smell overall.

Tastes bitter up front and is accompanied by sweet grains, mild peppery flavors, just the slightest dash of citrus and an over-ripened, starchy, sweet corn flavor that really keeps it all together. The yeast picks up near in the middle, but lingers on well after you swallow. Good amount of bitterness, but fairly mild.

Mouthfeel is smooth and rich, superb carbonation that tickles the tongue, but doesn't bite. Utterly delicious brew, a six pack would be a blast.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional brew.
Fresh hop, phenol light fruit. An absolutely delightful aroma.
Chalk white fizzy somewhat firm head. Cloudy of yellow gold.
Light fruity malt moves to pleasing phenol qualities. Middle is somewhat neutral with a soft fruit (lemon) taste with just a hint of malt dryness and closes with a mild pleasing hop bitterness on the finish.
Tingley smooth soft yet crisp. Very thirst quenching. Soft bubbles. Wonderful mouth feel.
Deserves all the credit it gets.

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Photo of jed
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Comes in a brown, 33 cl bottle. The back of the label has information about the beer, including detailed pouring instructions. Best if consumed by 7/13/05. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice, cloudy yellow color with a big, fluffy head. Head has the consistency of whipped egg whites and average head retention. Moderate amount of lacing as the head disappears. Not much in the way of carbonation. There's so much yeast in this beer that you can actually see it sliding down the sides of the glass after your pour.

Smell: Nice, sweet wheat aroma followed by a hint of pepper. Mild sweet citrus notes.

Taste: Sweet wheat nose followed by a wave of mild hop bitterness. Pepper lingers, along with corriander. As with the smell, some citrus notes follow the main flavor. Finish is slightly dry, with yeast flavors that linger on the palette, and a final hint of hop bitterness. Very clean flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very mild carbonation and a very clean flavor. Nothing amazing, but definitely above average.

Drinkability: The flavor gets a little bit boring after more than two of these, so it probably wouldn't be a good session beer. Still, a nice one to enjoy with good drinkability.

Almost as widely available in France as Kronenbourg or Amstel, the venerable Hoegaarden is much better than both. Even bars that have a weak selection of French macro lagers carry this, so it's been my salvation on numerous nights out. Not amazing, but very solid — the perfect introduction to the witbier style for new drinkers.

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Photo of donnebaby
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A frozen pale yellow color. Cloudy and slightly active body. Very controlled fine bubbled head that never completely goes away. Perhaps a little too controlled. Reminded me of velcro. Very presentable all in all.

The smell is wide and citrusy. Light though.

The taste is by and large contiguous with the smell, citrus and coriander. With the light carbonation, and overall feel of creaminess is achieved, which gives this beer an excellent drinkability. Well-balanced, with a small, sweet finish that echoes of creamy pumpkin pie. Yum.

This beer feels somewhat controlled to me. I think I'd prefer a wilder witbeer, with more character in the smell and taste, and a more aggressive mouthfeel. Great beer to drink though.

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Photo of LarryKemp
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a text book Belgian White Beer. While reviewing the BJCP guidelines, everything was nearly to style. The beer poured a slightly cloudy, bright golden. The head was white and fluffy but melted faster than I had expected. The aroma was somewhat fruity and the malts and hops were overpowered. The flavor was full but more subtle than I expected. The fruitiness came through and the bitterness - not from the hops - bit my tongue. I was expecting more a raucous flavor palate but was good. The mouthfeel was a little more than light and the carbonation and acid did play with my tongue. I find this a very drinkable beer and would recommend it for someone looking to try their first wit beer.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big, white, fizzy head leaves spotty lacing. Beer is cloudy, pale, yellow tending to white-yellow. Buttery, bready, spicy nose. Nice. The front is spicy/peppery with a touch of schpoenck. But then it disappears. Very subtle body. Finishes dry, nicely bitter with some butter. This is a pretty good, tasty, dry wit. Could be a little more fruity for my tastes. Or at least a little more character of some kind.

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Photo of granger10
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I followed the directions on the back of the bottle on how to pour this beer and the result was an extremely cloudy lemon color beer with a large frothy white head. Looked like carbonated real lemonade. Lots of lacing. The nose was tarty and acidic but in a very good way. The taste was really nice. Citric fruits with some sweetness were upfront accompanied by a peppery spice. The middle lost its sweetness and become tartier but was still fruity in taste. Coriander seemed to come into the mix there. There is also a wheat precense that seems to come with a clove flavor that reminds of a good hefe. Yeast provides a background and mixes well with the fruity flavors. Acidic finish lingers in my mouth. This is a beer that I could drink all night!

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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