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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Added by purplehops on 07-08-2001

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Photo of SickGnar
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Quite pale straw and hazy. Huge white cap of foam turns rocky as it settles. Alright retention. Lace is there, but insubstantial.

S: Floral orange. Coriander that is well rounded - herbal with just a touch of pepper and a soft lemony aspect. Pretty good amount of yeasty spiciness. Sweet and grainy wheat – just a hint bready.

T: Coriander is herbal mostly with just a touch of lemon. Orange is floral / fruity without hardly any rindy bitterness. Orange and coriander are very nicely balanced. Whole package has a soft flowery, even sweet, aspect to it that blends in great with the doughy, sweet wheat base. Softly spicy yeast phenolic note in background, but quite clean with minimal actual yeast flavor. Perhaps a ghost hint of leafy / herbal hops at the end.

M: A bit under medium body with soft , creamy, finely-textured carbonation. Very soft and smooth mouthfeel while still being notably refreshing. Despite sweetness in flavor it is quite well attenuated.

D: Balanced and seamless. Very approachable – soft and pleasant. Wits have been taken some interesting directions, but it is easy to see why the original remains a benchmark.

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Photo of PolarBear3
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Chimay chalice

A - Poured a hazy pale yellow colour with two fingered that reduces to a lacy film

S - Wheaty, orange & coriander with a little lemon.

T - Orange and coriander with banana and clove spice that is sllightly peppery at the finish.

M - Light bodied with mild carbonation that makes it very refreshing

O - A fantastic refreshing beer that is superb on a hot day. A great session beer and without a doubt one of my favourites.

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Photo of BoozeHound81
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For me so far the king of wit biers, great balance of everything. Pours a nice hazy lite yellow, a finger of head sometimes. I don`t get much on the aromatics from this, but then again I`m not snorting it.Wonderful mouth-feel, very easy to drink. Summer drink to most, but if it taste good consume it whenever. It`s a bit pricey to gobble down in a session or two, but might just be worth it.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App- This beer is a pale straw yellow, with a very airy one and a half finger head. It is an almost unbelievable white, only some lace as it degrades.

Smell- Tons of clove, coriander and some sweet musty fruit notes are present in the nose. It is pretty good, and definitely makes one think of a witbier.

Taste- It is a light drink when it comes to flavor. Not as pronounced as the nose, although most smells are now in the glass. There is certainly the clove and maybe a little of the coriander. It is citrusier in the drink, maybe some orange in the finish, and there is wheat there too. It could have been bigger, but still not bad all the same.

Mouth feel- It is borderline light in the mouth. The carbonation keeps it this way. The finish is just a little dry, but not too bad. I was honestly expecting it to be more medium bodied, but how it is does fit better than I would have thought.

Overall- Witbiers aren’t my favorite style, and this one certainly is subdued. It smells great, as most Belgians do, but it doesn’t transfer to the taste very well. Would I get it again? Maybe, but I think I will be more inclined to try more witbiers from here on out.

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Photo of Paincane
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale hazy gold pour into a tulip glass produces a two finger white head with good retention.
S: Wheat and citrus aromas are dominant.
T: Wheat, orange peel, and coriander all contribute to the taste.
M: Refreshingly light bodied with moderate carbonation.
O: Very drinkable and enjoyable. A nice wheat beer. Hard to go wrong with this beer.

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Photo of Filosoof
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In my life I have drunk about 500 bottles of Hoegaarden white beer. And although there are many beers with more specific tastes or looks, this one cannot be beaten in the category of light spicy, enjoyable beers. Every time I try to describe what is special about it. I don't know! It is refreshing with the citrus taste, the perfect alcohol, the koriander and orange. Many white beers have something musty and an irritating element

Hoegaarden has no weaknesses and really brings joy
And its drinkability is world top!

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance: light yellow, a bit hazy, half finger head that sticks around; low lacing

Smell: lemony with hints of corinander

Taste: the lemons pop through along with orange and wheat. Very smooth and fresh tasting. A clean, solid finish

Mouthfeel: light with low carbonation

Overall: very sessionable, but I prefer heavier, more malty tasting beers. I can see why this does well on tap.

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Photo of haazer
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yes I have a gimmicky hexagonal glass, so
I poured it in one.

A- Pours a really pale, slightly hazy brew. Dirty blonde in color. Foamy cap of head forms, and settles down to a thin white ring. Carbonation is present.

S- Big notes of coriander, orange, citrus, and other spices. Heavy doses of wheat as well, some bubble gum. Back end of pale malt.

T- The coriander and orange stand out. Some wheat, and pale malt on the backend. Very simple flavors but it works.

M- Very light body. Ever so smooth but lively carbonation. This is so drinkable. Have sessioned this many times, although not a true "session" beer.

O- I feel like I owe this beer a massive thank you. Not the best wit out there, but for a time I thought this was the best beer in the world. This is when I drank all the macro swill. This beer showed me there is better out there, and was my first step into better beer. I lost my "good beer" virginity to this I guess you could say.

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Photo of D11
2.92/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from bottle into pilsner

A- a hazy light yellow with a thick head and great lacing. reminds me of pineapple juice. head lasts long and stays together.

S- smells like pineapple with a hint of banana.

T- thin on flavor imo. slightly watery. but i could imagine someone enjoying this on a hot day perhaps.

M- a little watery in the mouth but the carbonation is good. refreshing.

O- not really my type of beer. but was worth trying. could enjoy this on a hot day.

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Photo of kennylopez
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a small goblet style glass.

Appearance: a frothy white head with a clear light yellow wheat beer. The head lasts but there is almost no sticky residue from the head as you drink it.

Smells: a nice lemon and wheat nose. not really anything sticking out to much in the smell besides a really good smell of straw like wheat.

Tastes: a citrus and fairly unfiltered wheat taste. a crise and light taste.

Mouthfeel: well carbonated and a super easy drinking beer. great for hot days in the sun or a trip to the beach.

Overall: I got a six pack as a gift and boy it was nice. I will pick up some more in the future, most likely in the summer time.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy, pale yellow (almost semen colour) in the body. Clean, brilliantly white two finger head which reduces to a solid lacing to the end.

S - The usual wheat beer aromas of banana and clove, accompanied by a healthy dose of citrus, vanilla and coriander.

T - As with the nose, but sadly lacking in punch and intensity.

M - A bit watery for a wheat beer.

O - A pleasant hot weather thirst quencher. Very sessionable.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This familiar brew comes in on the lighter, simpler side of the register for the style, not really on the level of my favorites like the ones from St. Bernadus or Allagash. It's still a highly drinkable, fun Wit that's easily accessible and has turned many casual drinkers onto something more complex. It's hazy and yellow with a nice white head, not much lace. The aroma is of orange and coriander, mostly.

Tastes the same...slight malt underneath the yeast, orange, and spices (coriander/clove). Somewhat herbal hops are quite muted, not bitter at all. Just a bit watery and will likely seem a tad bland to the experienced drinker. The yeasty notes don't pop as much as I'd like them to.

As I said before, highly drinkable, sessionable even. Modest ABV, decent carbonation, fairly short finish. Refreshing. Not gonna make a BA jump through hoops but a good choice if faced with the standard BMC offerings - you'll see this one at a lot of non-craft bars and restaurants.

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Photo of DUBinMIA
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cloudy haze with a yellow white color. 1/2 in head.

smell is of sweat malt and grainy notes... some yeast and light citrus.

taste is wheat malt and citrus flavor with some yeast profile and little hops towards the middle endish... finishes very crisp

medium body

overall i like this beer even though i don't want to because it is an InBev product. but i could drink this beer on a regular basis if it wasn't for that... now i have to wait to enjoy this beer for a while to protest the evil corp. .... LOL oh well

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured into chalice a hazy goldish-yellow with a fine two finger white head. Good lacing on the sides of the glass as you drink.

S: Light aroma of wheat and pale malt, honey, bananas, and light graininess. Pleasant light grapefruit aroma and spice of clove from yeast and hops.

T: Somewhat sweet at first with flavors of honey, wheat, bananas, and husky grains. Some spicy and citric hops flow in to balance. Spice comes into the finish with clove and pepper notes.

M: Light in body with very prickly, sharp carbonation.

D: This beer is a classic which goes beyond saying and it should be tried by all who like this style and it could be an intro beer to those who are hesitant to try anything other then domestic or Heineken. I have had better witbiers but it is still refreshing and delicious served cold.

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Photo of TheIronHammer
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a beer glass. Has a hazy, very light yellow appearance. In line with what's expected from this style.

S: First smell that registers is coriander, then citrus notes. Some of the wheat comes through as well. It is well balanced and enjoyable.

T: Mirrors the smell. Coriander and pleasant citrus tones. Well balanced. Very easy to drink and enjoy.

MF: The mouth feel is a little thin. Doesn't detract from the beer really though. Moderate carbonation blends well with the taste. Overall, enjoyable and refreshing.

Overall Impression: It is a nice summer time beer. Light and refreshing. Had this after working in the yard and it hit the spot. Will definitely keep in the fridge during summers from now on.

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Photo of abtcabe
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Good, light in color

S - Nothing special about the smell

T - Can't describe it, I just like it

M - Again, nothing special

O - I just like this beer, it has a good flavor. It a great summer beer. Happy that I got a chance to drink it this summer.

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Photo of pBRale
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From tasting notes 9-3-11

Appearance: Clear, pale straw color with a foamy white head that settles quickly and leaves a delicate lacing.

Smell: Wheat, spices, yeasty, almost piney.

Taste: Wheat and spice hit the palate, followed by a crisp, refreshing finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and extremely smooth and drinkable.

Overall: Good beer that is tasty and drinkable. Fits the style well and is quite tasty.

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Photo of Mar02x
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tasted this beer today. It was warm and sunny, therefore I was sitting outside. When its warm you want a thirst quencher, so I took a white beer.

A –White yellow hazy fluid with almost no head.

S –Faint smell citrus and wheat.

T – The taste is light bitter and light acid, nicely balanced but not to strong of taste as you aspect from a thirst quencher.

M – Nice carbonation in your mouth, sticky and creamy but not to much.

O – A good beer, for sunny days! But you keep thinking there must be a better one out there.

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into Ommegang tulip

A - Very light, pale yellow with a finger of white head. Cloudy, but not extremely so.

S - Citrus and clove/coriander notes, with a sweet wheat background.

T - Yum! Very light, easy, and refreshing, but with no sacrifice to flavor. Tastes of citrus and light clove/coriander spice. Sweetness provides a backbone for these flavors to build off of.

M - Light body with plenty of carbonation and a nice slightly dry finish. Fits the rest of the beer perfectly.

O - Overall this is a fine fine beer. I think I still prefer Allagash White, but this beer is a great Wit nonetheless. A wonderful beer to drink on a hot day, but I could drink it any time.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a 6-pack of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI in late Summer 2011.

Pours a cloudy light yellow color with a fluffy white head. Malts and wheat tickle the nose with some hints of citrus. There is a good taste to the beer with nice blend of wheats, malts, and lemon zest that it's difficult to pick out certain elements as they blend so nicely together. A little too watery but nothing to fuss about. A nice smooth easy drinking beer especially for those hot summer days.

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Photo of ckollias
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 11.2 oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Very pale almost clear beer as called for by the style. Huge frothy, white, 3-finger head after a violent pour. Gorgeous trail all the way down the glass ended in a wispy lace after 5 minutes.

S: Spicy, herbal, wheat-yeast aroma. Hints of lemon, pear, and mandarin orange, with a peppery coriander acent.

T: Barley malt and unmalted wheat flavor with a mix of coriander and bitter orange peel. Backgrounds taste of citrus fruits and cloves.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Well orchestrated witbier. Very crisp and refreshing. Nothing overwhelming but a solid all round beer.

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Photo of jimboween
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

hello: i'm told it is pronounced WHO-garden. charming, but lacks the evocative imagery that my usual overly american pronunciation of the word conjures.

appearance: the palest straw-gold, border on platinum blonde. and resplendent in its unfiltered opacity. something about its hue refreshes me before i've even taken a sip.

smell: well i do smell cloves. but not sharp cloves. cloves and wheat. maybe unripened banana?

taste: more cloves, more banana. but i would like to reiterate: not ripe ones. green ones. when you just bought a bunch and can't wait to have one, and it snaps open rather than peeling smoothly. still tastes like a banana, yes, but like...banana and lawn.

mouthfeel: the carbonation is made of the tiniest little bubbles. it is not sticky whatsoever, but perfectly smooth. a cold, refreshing cashmere sweater in a pint glass.

overall: why yes, i am partial to wits. especially hoegaarden. yes i know there are better ones out there, but try and find alagash white in day-effing-tona. not gonna happen. hoegaarden, however, can be bought at publix as an afterthought to your grocery list, just when you've started to dread heading back out into the molten parking lot. yes it will be hot, but there will be a cold wit on the porch when you get home.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Hefe glass.

A: Very light, very pale yellow, almost white in color. A good haze to the beer. Three finger bright white head, very fluffy, with mid tier retention. Pretty good lacing.

S: Mainly cloves. Light banana. Some light coriander. Don't get any of the orange peel.

T: A lemony tang on the front of the tongue. Lots of cloves. Light banana. A slight coriander spiciness in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied, with medium carbonation. Not real creamy. Pretty fizzy.

O: A decent everyday offering. Definitely better out there. Not a refreshing as some.

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Photo of BMoldy
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been meaning to review this for the longest time now...

Pours a hazy milky-yellow that you can see maybe halfway through. Substantial two-finger off-white head is rather fizzy and fades quickly, leaving little lacing. Thin, even, layer of foam sits on top all the way down. The aroma is particularly spicy, leaning towards the peppery side (I really wish I had coriander laying around so I could see what that smells like) with a pronounced citrus smell that smells more of lemons than of oranges. A crisp wheat and yeasty twang is also apparent. The taste is very zesty and sweet at first, with a profound lemony tartness, before fading into a nicer malty blanket that smoothes everything out. Some very faint herbal hops way in the background. The added wheat is very pronounced, but the malt complements it nicely and adds to a solid body that's not too heavy. Spritzy carbonation adds to the fantastic crispness. Lasting wheat finish that's a little dry.

My –and a lot of other people's, I'm sure– go-to witbier. Not the best by far (a little too sweet IMO, looks pretty terrible compared to others...) but still delicious and a great benchmark to compare others to.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Has a spice-filled nose, the coriander and orange peel mentioned on the label coming immediately to the front. More subtly, the scent reminds me of Christmas cookies and candies lightly seasoned with allspice or nutmeg. And just at the edge is something I can only describe as smelling like a cherry Jolly Rancher.

On the tongue, the coriander and orange peel are heavily present, and those flavors continue into the back of the throat as the beer is swallowed. Other spices seem present in the beer as well, though subtly so and in a melange that makes them difficult to pick out individually; they're present as the result of the fermentation/brewing process, and not because other flavors were externally introduced. The malt contains light Grape Nuts cereal flavors, mixed in with an equally light layer of flowery, bitter hops.

Overall, the brew is light and eminently quaffable, sliding down with expected Belgian fruit-spice ease. Though mass-produced, this beer is surprisingly flavorful and interesting.

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 5,337 ratings
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