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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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Photo of Trentonator
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this beer is silky smooth, has a great coriander/orange aroma and a wonderful mouthfeel, very soft and inviting. So much more subtle and tasty than any other Belgian White I have tried. Too many other beers of this genre overdo the spices, this one gets it just right. I could drink these all night, but I would probably fall off my barstool. I think this beer would go wonderfully with some spicy food, or with something that has hints of curry.

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Photo of manchester81
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Served on tap in one of those giant hoegaarden glasses. In this glasswear the beer looks great! There is something nice about holding a huge glass of beer in one's hands. Unfortunately the custom glasses are mostly glass and only contain 500 mL of actual beer. The beer looks average in regular glasswear, decent head retention nice pale colour, but nothing special.
The real strength of the beer is its mouthfeel. This beer seems to dance on your toungue. The taste is of citrus and spice and is interesting. Would I have another? Probably one, but this i wouldn't drink this all night.

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Photo of scriabin
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very nice offering in the white beer style. Why is it so difficult to find a good white beer at most liquor stores? Damn you, mindless American beer conglomerates!! Anyway, Hoegaarden has a decent head and a nice cloudy, flaxen color. It's pungent odor is sweet with hints of clove. The beverage itself has a creamy yet dry texture and has a well balanced mix of clove and citris flavors. The carbonation is just a bit on the high scale but I'm splitting hairs here.

All in all a highly recommended, reasonably priced weissbeir. Cheers!

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ahh, the original Belgian witbier. The bottle has directions on how to properly pour it. Basically, pour half, swirl bottle, pour rest. So I did. When all the beer was in my pilzner glass, the beer was a hazy, dark yellow. Like good lemonade with sediment. Massive, three finger head that disipated down to two. Nice, real nice. Hmm, what a smell. Big aroma of bread/yeast, floral citrus, various sweet peppers and spices, barley and wheat malts. Terrific taste. The sweet malts, spices and peppers are balanced well with the citrus and hop acidity. The mouthfeel is a little chunky. One of the negative effects of the yeast, perhaps. Delicious, terrific beer nonetheless. I wonder how long the remaining four bottles will last?

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Photo of Foxman
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy, lazy lemonade yellow, looking perfect for sippin' on the porch on a hot summer day. A stark white head had pretty much disappeared by the time it got to me, but a thin ring on the glass gave evidence to perhaps a finger's worth at its zenith.

The aroma was rather thin at first, as the beer was a touch cooler than I preferred. As it warmed, there were notes of citrus and spice, perhaps coriander or clove, and a touch of understated malt, but as a whole, even when warmer, the aroma was a bit too sparse to be able to truly specify the components.

The first sip brought a peppery, dry citrus to the tongue, with notes of banana and mandarin orange, but without a great deal of sweetness. The spice essence was more clearly coriander in this incarnation. The malt asserted slightly in the middle, but again, it was more of a flavor component than a source of sweetness. A gentle yeasty sourness edged forward toward the end, and the finish gave another glimpse of the fresh peppery character.

A little more than light bodied, the carbonation set the palate glowing, which, combined with the flavor elements, gave this beer a genuine sense of existence in the mouth.

The color intrigues, and the flavor carries through on that initial impression. It's spicy and fresh, making it a thoroughly drinkable and enjoyable affair. The fun flavor and frivolous nature make this beer one that can be enjoyed during the warmer times, while the savory character make it a cooler weather quaff as well, quite a four seasons kind of concoction. And the overall lightness of being make it something you can pretty much indulge as much as you'd like. I will gladly have this one again, no matter what time of year, and I'll look forward to that time with a Mona Lisa smile on my face.

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

Appearance: Cloudy gold. Really nice head with staying power.
Smell: Bell pepper, ripe citrus fruit, black pepper, banana
Taste: Peppery and citrusy with a little sweetness. A little on the mild side.
Mouthfeel: Watery
Drinkability: All night long . . . baby

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Photo of SaunaKing
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer. I was surprised to see the wedge of lemon in it when I was served but what the hell - pretty small lemon wedge in a massive mug.
The fist thing you notice is the cloudy appearenace of the beer and the thick dense white head. The head really lasts a long time and adds to the appearence of this beer.
A very different smell. Corriander and Orange is what i notice most and definetly not what I expected from a beer.
The smell really threw me off as what to expect from the taste. I was pleasantly surprised by how smooth and creamy it was. The taste was quite fruity and pleasant. I could drink these ma's indefinetly i think.

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Photo of claytri
4.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a wonderfully creamy light gold topped with a thin white lace. It smells of malt and citrus fruits. The taste is light and pleasing with dash of malt in the start and citric bite in the finish. It is slightly oily and carbonated. This is a wonderful beer to drink. It is not too heavy or too strong and has a taste that you will always find fits your mood.

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Photo of filabrazilia
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks like a hazy lemonade with a near non-existant white head that leaves generous lace on the glass.

The smell is citrusy and grassy and invites you to drink this beer like a thirst quencher.

The taste is sweet and tart with a hint of lemon sweetness.

The mouthfeel is thin but very pleasing on the mouth. Carbomation tickles the tongue as I drink.

This is a very good beer that has enough character to make it complex but also has the right combination of elements to make it a beer to drink after strenuous activity.

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Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pale yellow color, with a two finger, white, tightknit head. Classic Belgian sheets of lace are left behind on the glass.
Bananas and coriander dominate the nose, with apple and clove in the background.
Mouthfeel is light to medium, with lots of fizzy carbonation.
Taste is tart and citrusy, with lots of spices. Grapefruit, banana, white pepper, coriander, cloves, and cinnamon are all jumping around on the palate. An earthy yeastiness reminds you that this is unfiltered. Finish is crisp and clean.
I can't think of many ales that top this one in terms of drinkability. This would be an ideal session ale.

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Photo of Southernbrew
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very good head, nice cloudy appearance, definitely an appealing looking beer. Strong floral scent, with some fruit. I think I smell cinnamon apples as well as a definite banana scent. Nice mouthfeel, assertive but not overpowering. Definite fruit flavors, slight citrus flavors. Definitely a nice brew that I could drink several of.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer is a hazy lemonade color, that slightly yellowed, whitish opacity. Despite the absence of a lemon or any fruit garnish, no head forms at all. A bit of agitation generates a thin collar that dissipates slowly, leaving the beer naked again.
The aroma is a soft wheat malt, slightly yeasty, with mild coriander and sweet orange peel. A bit lemony, even though there's no lemon in it. Fairly standard fare for a white ale.
The flavor starts with what I can only guess to be pils malt. Slightly bready, with that distinct pils malt flavor, blended with wheat malt that contributes an airy sweetness. A bit or coriander spiciness comes through the middle, with a bit of peach and lemon fruitiness. The coriander continues into the finish, meeting sweet orange peel, blending into a mild, pleasant tanginess. A bit of sourish wheat malt adds some depth, finishing rather dry, with a powdery mouthfeel. Very little aftertaste, perhaps a faint coriander spiciness. Moderate, unassuming carbonation. Lightish body.
I guess this would be the standard for belgian witbier, and it honors that distinction by being a well made wit, not deviating from the style definition at all. Extremely easy drinking, without any bitterness that might turn away your average macro drinker. I'd recommend this to anyone looking to explore the world of beer. It makes a fine transitional brew that's different enough from typical adjunct lager, but not too challenging on the palate.

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Photo of hollicetales
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is a really nice white...it poured a lucid pale lemon yellow slightly hazy...ever so slightly...it had a thin white head and a definite nose full of clove corriander and more clove...think walking into an indian food market..that's the smell...and the flavor is like on the verge of citris that craves a lemon slice and follows with that wonderful clove and corriander with a twinge of wheat taste. This beer is odd to me...because i could both imagine drinking it at christmas with that spice but at the same time the drinkability and crispness of it...i could also see myself drinking it with lemon slices on a summer day on a beach in maine...versatile i suppose

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Photo of jsolack
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow, slightly green with moderate head

Wheat, fruit and sweet barley. Very even smell.

Pinapple, bannana and wheat are major tastes. Even smooth finish.

Rich in carbonation... thick and rich feel in mouth.

Nice and easy drink... finish is mild but long lasting.

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Photo of jeffboo
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a cloudy light golden color and topped with a nice white head. The aroma is the star, lots of nice corriander, orange, wheat and yeast. A light body greets you, followed by a spicy mixture of corriander, wheat, and clove , finishing with a big corriander kiss. It has a refreshing carbonation but could use a bit more body for me to really desire it more often.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle. Pour: hazy pale yellow color with a slight white head. Carbonation keeps this head around a bit. Aroma: citrus (lemon/sour orange) with a strong herbal (coriander?) overtone. Not at all unpleasant, but it takes a bit to get used to. Actually, after the first surprise of the aroma, it is actually quite wonderful.

Flavor- The aroma follows through with a very nice, light mouthfeel, but with a series of grassy/herbal flavors. The citrus is much more subdued than I have had from on-tap Hoegaarden. The pucker of yeast is strong as well. Very nice all the way round!

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Photo of alexgash
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful hazy, waxy lemon yellow with a towering, fluffy white head. Smells of lemongrass, lemonhead candy, yeast, some banana ester, very nice. Taste is tangy wheat malt, with a citrus/banana character. Peppery with a hint of clove, and definite yeast. Wheat bitter finish that lasts awhile. A very good witbier, and I can't believe it took me this long to finally have this classic.

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Photo of ChimayMayDay
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This was the first Belgian beer I ever had. I was in O'Neal's on Second and South in Philadelphia. I had spent most of the night drinking Miller Lite and Yuengling Lager until a friend bought me a $5 glass of Hoegaarden. Nice glass. I got one off of ebay later on.

I first wondered why beer was cloudy. Next, I wondered why there was a slice of orange floating in it. How dare someone drop fruit in my beer. Keep that for the edge of your mixed-drink hurricane glasses. The initial taste was one of mostly citrus, and I haven't really tasted much else since then. I know there are other flavors but not as prevalent. A friend of mine drinks this instead of lemonade.

I remember the night being humid, so the taste was refreshing and light. I enjoyed the spicy scent as well. It's perfect for a hot, sunny day by the pool or for a sticky night in the city.

We all know what Wit brews are like, and Hoe is one of my favorites. One negative is that it can be watery from time to time, especially in the bottle.

Incidentally, I've tasted a concoction that mixes Hoegaarden with Lindemans Framboise. The name: A Dirty Ho. Not for me. A little too sweet.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Smells like a White beer, looks like it. Taste is some carbonation and some of that fruit. Also honey and citrus. Could be apple, grapefruit, even spearmint. Couldn't finish so it was good that it was popular with my mates. Would be refreshing summer ale. Had on-tap in March 2005 and was terrible, again in May 2005 and was marginal again.

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

Pours a light citrus-looking cloudy white, just a shade darker than Squirt. Leaves much lace.

Typical yeast and clove on the nose.

Flavor starts a bit sweeter and more peppery than most wheat beers I've sampled; almost along the lines of a light belgian ale. However, the taste profile quickly changes to cloves and a fairly sour middle and finish. Fruity esters are minimal; sticks to spices. Fairly high carbonation overshadows a nice yeast and wheat body.

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Photo of babyhobbes
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at Warren Tavern in Lakewood. It came with a nice white head on a cloudy, pale yellow brew. Smells spicy and a bit like alcohol. This tastes okay, spicy and somewhat bitter and sort of like bread, I swear. This is a drinkable brew but not my favorite.

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Photo of JamesBerry
2.93/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Even taking into account the natural pallor of white beers, Hoegaarden's appearance was disappointing. It was nearly impossible to pick up on any subtlety or nuance in its light-straw color through the thick wheat haze. This beer had a hoppy, clean smell with just a hint of hops and citrus. Bubbly and crisp, its mouthfeel overpowered the almost candy-like textures of the beer. Oddly, though, the aftertaste is much maltier than expected, with a fading bitterness. All in all, a fairly decent beer, though probably not worth the hype.

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Photo of BeefyMee
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this on tap at Delaney's and it seemed a bit watery. Towards the bottom of the glass, the beer barely had any color to it. I don't know what the deal was or if there is any way a beer can come out of the keg watery. Maybe there was water in the glass.

It still tastes like a Hoegaarden. A great spice kick and a nice, refreshing crispness. It is very drinkable, though I've never made a night out of Hoegaarden whites. Maybe that will be an idea for the summer.

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

Pours an effervescent hazy yellow with a tall three finger bubbly white head. Left sticky bits and pieces of lace down the glass.
Lemon spiked wheat aroma, some apple, orange (maybe curaco orange).
Lemon again in the taste, on top of the wheat, and oranges. Spicy (pepper, coriander) and a bit of spearmint.
Very light and refeshing, zesty feel, a little sour. Good in the winter, would be even better in the summer.

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Photo of bark
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty different beer…

When you get the over-sized tumbler glass (especially designed for Hoegaarden) it looks like you just got a glass of over carbonated, fresh squeezed apple juice: A cloudy white-yellow liquid with white, half-thick, long-lasting foam.

Then you smell the beer and discover a mix of sweet lemonade, apples, ladies perfume, paperhanger’s paste and soft soap.

The taste is enormously fresh and the carbon dioxide sparkles in your mouth like it is going to explode, but then it just fades away leaving lots of tastes to explore: Sour apples, bitter almonds, hints of leather and white bread.

The aftertaste is as complex and unexpected as the smell and taste: A taste of caraway and other spices used in dark bread is followed by a fresh and refreshing flavour of sour fruit-drops and almonds.

Not like any other beer that I have came across, not even other white beer comes close. A break when you don’t want to have just another beer, and my first choice when I want to be refreshed a hot summer night.

I think that all people with even a slight interested in beer should at least try a Hoegaarden once.

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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