Hoegaarden Original White Ale
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

Hoegaarden Original White AleHoegaarden Original White Ale
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Style:
Belgian Witbier
Ranked #51
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
86
Ranked #22,172
Avg:
3.81 | pDev: 14.7%
Reviews:
1,843
Ratings:
5,522
From:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  200
Gots
  1,514
SCORE
86
Very Good
Hoegaarden Original White AleHoegaarden Original White Ale
Notes: The Original Belgian Wheat Beer. Almost 600 years ago in the Belgian village of Hoegaarden, a band of monks experimented by adding oddball botanicals from halfway around the world to their traditional wheat beer. Our recipe, inspired by their creation, is a beer with a refreshing flavor and captivating aroma, unlike any in the world. Let the refreshing citrus and earthy coriander alleviate the stresses of modern living and whisk you to another place entirely. You might call it divine inspiration... we call it Hoegaarden.
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Reviews: 1,843 | Ratings: 5,522
Photo of wetciggie
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours great looks like a delicious cocktail in a glass, smells like orange bitters and hops, lightly of coriander.

Tastes slightly tart, dry, very bitter for and almost winelike dry finish on the mouth feel, which I find an unpleasant combination as I tend to gulp my drinks. However not entirely undesirable to drink, $10 a 4 pack on special quite often, and pairs well with Roast Pork and Apple Sauce.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
2.47/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

L- Pale yellow/tan. Cloudy, pours with 2-finger white head [on top of which is a small beige lump of presumably yeast sediment]. Head slowly reducing.
S- Spicy and distinctly yeasty with an almost citrus/orange waft at the end.
T- Dry, a little sharper than expected, spices (certainly coriander), and back to pretty sharp
M- 'Clean' together with the complex pungency of spices. It is refreshing, and has a mouth-feel somewhat higher than it's actual 4.9% ABV.
O- The spice is over-dominant to me; I don't drink beer to get mouthfulls of coriander this intense. I remember when this beer seemingly first hit the scene back in the 90s, it was so fashionable and of course relatively expensive. I hadn't drunk it in years and TBH it seems OTT/unbalanced to me now; defintely lacking subtlety . I don't recall it previously having been as sharp as this one was, that was a surprise and not enjoyable for me.

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Photo of Mysticmage
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed a draught in a pint glass which include an orange slice. Opaque golden yellow awaits you with ok collar. Nice nose here of fruit bouquets and in this case, orange for sure. Taste is refreshing with definite fruits and light hops. Nice finish here puts this one in the drinkable circle. Prefer a draft pour over bottles.

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Photo of PMakowski
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - had no expectations but surprised how light the beer looks. Hazy light yellow with a thick foam head that is slow to fade. Good glass lacing.
Smell - very, very herbal and spicy. Do pickup Belgian yeast but it doesn't dominate the aroma. Some lemon and orange peel. Lastly, get wheat and the overall muskiness. Interesting to say the least.
Taste - Wow. Well-made product is immediately my first thought...extremely smooth for a wheat beer. A hint of banana. No fake orange flavor and spices aren't dominating, a very smooth tasty blend, no one flavor stands out, which is good i don't want to drink orange peel with coriander. Not too much carbonation. Very drinkable, it's not harsh in any way and it isn't too filling. A bit of malt backbone. Not too sweet.

Overall, just a tremendous beer. I think it beats any American takes on Belgian style, its smooth, refreshing, excellent mouth feel, and isn't too expensive. I give this excellent beer a grade of A

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Photo of ThomasHawk
1.8/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Ever since InBev took over, this beer has been horrible. Used to be one of my favorites. Now, for the last 3 years I've tried it, it smells like skunk. And the taste is almost as bad. Thanks InBev.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber gold, rather opaque. Random darker chunks of sediment mostly toward the bottom. Fine, even, milky to frothy lemon-white head of lower-moderate retention. Aromas of grass, apple, lemon, candy sugar, as well as pea-like suggestions common to many Belgian beers. Palate is even more Belgian, dissimilar to many American variations on the style, downplaying the fruit and sugar though still fair amounts of both, even some blueberry starting around the middle, but showcasing the wheat and yeast equally if not more so, again with the grasses and greens. A little tart throughout, rich and sweet and complex in the middle, acidic in the back just before a drier finish, barely detectable boozy pepper notes in retro-olfaction. Light-bodied but almost like silk or milk or cream. At first extra effervescent but not overactive, and velvety with prickles on the edges where it can breathe. But then it flattens in the glass quickly.

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Photo of Viaduck
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this is the right beer: Hoegaarden Wit Blanche. Hazy amber, not much of a head. Smells like a Smokey banana. Mild bitterness. Tastes like banana & shredded wheat cereal. Feels a bit flat. Nice flavor but a bit weak in the other categories.

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Photo of GFC2018
1.61/5  rDev -57.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I was very disappointed with this beer. I had read many reviews saying "if you like Allagash White, you'll love Hoegaarden...", But that was not my experience. It was almost undrinkable to me. Very off tasting and not something I'd ever get again.

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Photo of beersampler6
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden color with some mild head, no lingering lacing. Smells of malt, wheat and some clove. Tastes of wheat, orange, banana, clove and caramel with that malt backbone. Mild wheat aftertaste, mild mouthfeel and decent carbonation throughout. A little boring and unexciting.

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Photo of Natertottt
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Golden straw, hazy, with a white head that doesn’t persist. Looks like what you’d expect from wit, aside from lack of head.
S: spicy and citrusy sweet malt.
T: peppery up front with a citrusy orange wheat flavor. Noble hops subtle but present.
F: medium body with high carb doesn’t stick to the tongue.
O: Good beer. Great exsample if the style. Good for a hot day. Not a lot of alcohol so you can have a few. If you like the Belgian Witbier this should be a must have.

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Photo of Brolegario
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy gold with a full thick whote head that lingered for bit before dissipating almost completely. The aroma gives a dose of wheat with hints of orange and some cloves. The taste reveals a bready malt back bone followed by the cloves and orange and just a pinch of banana taffy. A beautiful representation of an often replicated style.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a finger of stark white foam on top. Head retention is good. Aroma is lively clove, yeast spice, wheat, light banana and orange peel. Splendid, but light aroma heightens the urge for a sip. Flavor profile is clove, yeast spice, wheat and banana towards the finish. Biscuit and bread malts shine through and through, giving it a splendid light and refreshing quality. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a fuzzy, velvety texture that just soothes the tongue. It has a medium consistency. Overall, a wonderful beer around the 5% ABV mark. It has a good amount of flavor while still feeling comfortable for consumption in the heat of the summer.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 11.2oz bottle.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Hazy gold with a decent white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Spicy and grassy. A little bit sweet, but grass and hay are the main smell components.

Taste: Sweet malt, a little of that grass taste but not enough to overwhelm, a very small amount of hop bitterness. A bit of citrus on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and high carbonation.

Overall: Very refreshing and tasty!

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Photo of DrunkMuffin
4.94/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Goldish texture, not too bright.you can feel a mild citrus taste in your mouth. Also, the smell calls you to order another one. Definitely worthwhile.

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Photo of Michelleroo
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Good fuzziness! Lacing, yes. Feels perfect in my mouth. Smells skunky a bit, little bitter, but good aftertaste. Solid. Would rather buy a 6 pack of a weihenstephaner.

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Photo of Zbrewer80
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I really dig this beer. I’m a novice as it comes to beer but this is my favorite Wheat Ale I have come across.
It pores a extremely hazy but bright gold, with a finger length head that dissipates quickly.
I would almost want to describe this as closer to a pale ale. The only thing setting it apart is the carbonation.
The aroma is very mild with hints of spices and wheat and the taste is mild as well, but the carbonation carries it well. It’s a subtle and easy drinking ale.
Will be purchasing again!

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Photo of spectru
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very pale hazy beer, almost lemony in color with a thin white head. I has a nice beery aroma, not very strong. Mouth feel - carbonation. It tastes okay, but not outstanding. It's quite drinkable but I've had better Belgian whites.

I'm not sure I've got the right beer, here. The label on my bottle is similar to the one pictured but is cream colored rather than silver. It says Original Belgian Wheat Beer arched across the top, and Wit - Blanche below the Hoegaarden in the middle of the label

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 11.2 fluid ounce bottle into glass. Best by date is '28/02/18'.
Cloudy, pale yellow body. Lots of head upon pouring, settles to thin cap, white in color. Just a few scattered spots of lacing.
Smells of funky yeast, spices, and citrus.
Taste of wheat tang, spices, citrus, and funky yeast.
Carbonated, refreshing mouth feel.
Good mass market example of a Belgium wheat beer.

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Photo of VABA
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A hazy yellowish hue with a slight head and a little lacing. Aroma had a slight banana scent. Taste was a decent wheat flavor and Belgian yeasts. A light, well made wheat beer. A decent Belgian beer.

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Photo of constantine_272
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slight haze with just a bit of carbonation and low head retention. Smells creamy yet dank in the yeasty sort of style. Light creamy oats with a tart lemon and green grass prickly tartness. Mellow and juice through the midsection with a nicely balanced dry herbaceous finish. A little extra sweetness on the finish, but that's expected as this is more of a mass market beer. Surprisingly balanced and impressively complex with some yeast funk and dank notes that linger for a long time. I didn't expect such depth here so I'm pleasantly surprised. Truth be told, this particular bottle I'm review has been 'aging' (forgotten) in the back of the fridge for a long time. It was a year past the best by date. But I really liked the mellow understated funk, possibly a result of the extra age. Ill be seeking out a fresh bottle to compare soon.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From an 11.2oz bottle. Pours pale orange, cloudy, with a finger of fluffy white head. Smells of orange and spices. Creamy feel. Tastes of orange, biscuit, and spice. Not my favorite style, but this is a pretty good example. Not bad for a macro, either.

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Photo of dave_ackbar
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Weather has been conducive to wheat beers lately, so I bought a 6pacl.
Look is that of a typical Belgium wheat
Smell is fruity
Taste is crisp, nothing too surprising or different than most wheats.
Feel is smooth and drinkable
Overall not a bad beer, it’s refreshing like a Belgium. Wheat should be.

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Photo of Spike
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 75cl bottle.
Looks fantastic but otherwise this witbier is thin, limp light in flavour and generally underwhelming. Very ordinary. A poor example of the style.

New review: 11 Jul 2019.
Have improved rating to reflect the clean, citrus & coriander flavours. Nicely refreshing & easy-drinking but still too fizzy.

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Photo of Lamar
4.67/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

My very first wheat beer so that may well temper my opinion but I found it to be nothing less than delicious. Cloudy, fruity and full of flavor; extremely refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of VashonGuy
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance (from the bottle into a glass) is cloudy yellow. There's a big head, but that might be because I was pouring it at 9500 feet altitude in Colorado, where everything foams.

The smell is more mild bananas. The taste is bananas, coriander, and Belgian yeasts.

Overall, it's a well-made, middle-of-the-road wit. Nothing remarkable, but quite pleasing.

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 5522 ratings