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 steinlifter
4.46/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer was very nice, poured a cloudy grapefruit color, smelled very citrusy, and tasted like an excellent wheat, without the cloves, which is what I guess it is! mouthfeel is light yet a bit creamy as well, very good! drinkability is excellent both in taste and abv, could drink these all night, no problem! Highly recommended!

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I swear I reviewed this before, but it ain't here. Still arguably the best of the style. Crisp, citrusy, and quite refreshing. The epitome of the style. Lots of lemon flavor, nice, fluffy head. If I were to recommend a wit, it would be either this one or Allagash.

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Photo of beerceller99
2.51/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12.oz. bottle. Has a cloudy, straw color with a decent head. Reeks of a spiced up polish sausage.Has a tangy, tart, sour lemon and clove-spice flavor.Light bodied. I've tried this brew a few times and still can't get past the extreme sour, tart flavor here.

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Photo of baiser
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a cloudy, pale yellow colour, with a huge creamy white head. Served in a giant hoegaarden glass.

Aroma of lemon and some spices. Sorta like pepper.

Taste was very sweet and lemony. Some subtle spices. A dry after taste with a very slight hop bitterness. Overall, very smooth and extremely drinkable. A tasty treat on a hot summer's day. Mouthfeel was light, fluffy and smooth.

Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Updated review from a sample from a cafe in Amsterdam, August 2004....
Served with a lemon wedge, poured pale yellow, quite cloudy, with a creamy, billowy white head. Topping fades quickly but leaves excellent lace. Has a wheaty, citrussy, dryish nose. Body is a pinch less than medium, yet it is remarkably smooth. Flavor profile is pretty much summed up by "dry, lemony and crisp". A decent warm-weather bier. Zum Wohl!!

overall: 3.85
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5

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(22JUN02 review from a local, US bar). This Hoe has a hazy, pale yellow color, sort of like lemonade! Hardly any head present, but nice lace in the glass nonetheless! Appetizing citrusy nose, mostly lemony. Mouthfeel pretty good, on the whole. Lots of refreshing, light lemon/citrus flavors. Didn't pick up much in the way of any spiciness, though. Good summer bier! (3.5/3.5/4.0/4.0/4.0 = 3.8)


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Photo of finepaws
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale yellow, with a creamy white head that lasts pretty well. Foam clings to the side of the glass as you drink it. Bubbles from the bottom come to the top continously. Smells of pepper and citrus. Has a bite of wheat, pepper, and sour/sweet lemon taste. Very carbonated. Has a dry aftertaste. Lots of pepper flavor. This is a new style for me, and I like it. Reminds me of a hefeweisen. I will definetly get this one again. Now I know I can try it when I'm out and like it.

on a re-review, in comparing this to Flying Dog In-Heat-Wheat and Avery White Rascal, this has a more flowery taste. Should I campare, maybe not, but for my own notes, it helps.

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

This was a good, but far from great beer. It pours a cloudy orange and smells of lemon. The taste is spicy, with a peppery taste from the yeast the defining taste. This is a beer that I could enjoy during any season and as my first or last beer of the night, but only if there is nothing better available.

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Photo of dren
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Pours light with a quickly fading head. Citrus scents can be picked up with a little banana as well. The beer goes down like water with little flavor up front but midway through you pick up the banana and citrus flavors. The finish is very refreshing but leaves you wanting a bit more. A very easy beer to drink lots of on a hot day.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed lemony yellow color into a traditional 6-sided Hoegaarden tumbler with a white head that dies pretty quickly. Some banana-like esters, toasted coriander, bubblegum like wheaty sweetness, and citrus notes in the aroma. Watery and slightly acidic upfront, then floral maltiness and traditional witbier spices kick in. A little heavier on the coriander than typifies the style. Hops are kept to a minimum, other than some Hersbrucker or other low alpha hop. Carbonation is good and keeps it drinkable, but it seems to lack something that I can't put my finger on even though I've had this beer numerous times. Maybe a touch more body and depth...

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

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served in a goblet. Best before 17-08-05 labeled on the back. Followed typical belgian white protocal to pour 2/3, swirl bottle and finish 1/3 into the glass.

Hazy yellow appearance with a great 1-1.5" head that is white and foamy. Remarkable lacings that stay attached to the sides of the glass.

Smell is lime, lemons, and spicy.

Taste is citrusy, coriander and spicy with an orange juice sweetness finish. This is a refreshing, drinkable and enjoyable summer brew. Perfect for a day like today in early August. This style really seems to be a staple lately and Hoegaarden nails this beer down. Recommended.

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Photo of danadeny
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had this at The Brittish Brewing Co. in Hyannis, MA. Bright hazy yellow with a decent white head. Smells fresh, sweet and citrusy. Some earthy mustiness too. The flavor has hints of light lemon in the middle, a little tart at the end, and the mouthfeel is watery. I like mine with the lemon squeezed in, I think it add more to the lemon character that is already there and turns this beer from a light flavored beer into something with a little kick.

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Photo of Ahhdball
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The waitress kept repeating "HO-garden" not "HOO-garten"..funny.
Anyway it poured a faint yellow with a big three fingered white fluffy head that dissappeared shortly after the pour.
Smelled cirtus and a slight scent of banana. Malts, a bit of yeast and choriander came on the first drink, finishing smooth with a hint of lemon, maybe pine. Soft in texture, bubbly refreshing and light enough for another two or three.

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Photo of nortmand
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy, yellow and with a fluffly, white head.
Citrusy wheat smell present, light spice presence also.
Citrusy taste, with expected Belgian Wit spiciness, but seems somewhat weak and watered down.
Nice amount of carbonation, very easy, drinkable beer.

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Photo of pootz
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at EJs in Baden. Served in the manditory Hoegaarden tumbler. Lovely 2 finger frothy cap...milky-straw color. Better nose than the bottled..mild fragrant spices, citrus and a musty note. Lemmon-peppery mouthfeel nice departure of clove and limes over sweet malts... clean dry finish. Much better on tap... possibly fresher...but definately better. A sedate and true white ale that still delivers refreshing taste.

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

I had the pleasure to have this beer on tap in Holland. The color is cloudy yellow and it looks very appealing it draws you to it. The smell is of light hops, spice, lemon, and very yeasty. Mouthfeel is heavier than expected but is very drinkable and refreshing. It was served with a lemon slice but I like it without a lemon slice as well. It came with a nice head but didn't have good head retention. It left lacing all the way down the glass.Overall in my opinion this is a very good belgian brew.

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Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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 +9.9%
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 -3.4%
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 +7%
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 +5%
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 +7.6%
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 +2.9%
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 +12.3%
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 +10.7%
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 +13.1%
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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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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