Hoegaarden Original White Ale | Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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Hoegaarden Original White AleHoegaarden Original White Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
Belgium
hoegaarden.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,765
Ratings:
5,170
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
14.62%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,765 | Ratings: 5,170
Photo of mkh012
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Of the beers you can find just about anywhere in America, Hoegaarden may be my favorite. This stuff pops up at sports bars and liquor stores that otherwise only have your standard pisswater fare like Budweiser, Coors, or Corona, but it matches up to pretty much any witbier I can think of. It's really about as good as St. Bernardus or Allagash. Just as crisp, just as clean, just as easy to drink. Lemon rind and pepper notes work well together. No alcohol, no bitterness, incredibly refreshing. 9/10 witbier

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Photo of monica_m6rie
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L-cloudy yellowish tint with a thick creamy head
S-citrus, orange
T-citrus, wheat, orange, and coriander, sweet tasting with slight bitterness
F-wet with a lot of carbonation
I-very different taste upfront for a witbier but it grew on me.

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Photo of matuka123
4.72/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow.. This beer is cool :)! Drinked from a Tulip chalice beer glass. It's very unique and tasty. Not much bitterness, just smooth going. I can imagine a nice warm/hot summer and drinking this quite damn happily....

Wheaty tasty and good mouthfeel.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. It truly is unique in the world of beers. The smell and taste is so different. The floral character is over the top and I've yet to try a Belgian Whit that has this appealing flavor and aroma. I've been drinking this for decades now and even though it's now Inbev owned, it's still consistently great tasting. 4.50

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Photo of wisebier
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: nice cloudy pale straw color. Holds a nice white sticky head that lasts

S: yeasts, banana , peppery

T: banana clove wheat some sweetness then some peppery finish. Its very balanced and smooth. no over powering flavors.

Its a model beer for its style. So much better than blue moon and shock top, so if you like those then this will blow your mind (those two are bad beers)

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Photo of Fake_History
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange colour with a foamy thick head. Aroma is predominantly banana. Tastes yeasty and smooth but this smoothness is offset by the prevalent fizziness of the brew. Also present are hints of orange and coriander. An acceptable wheat beer but not a game changer.

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
3.24/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I agree mostly with the previous reviewer - "the taste takes a little getting used to, but it grows on you." I'd say that my experience was similar with this one. It's smooth, tasty, but a little off - can't place it, but it did get better as I went through the glass. I would definitely get it again because I'd like to figure it out. Overall a pretty good beer.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Honestly, a rather likeable little thing, dutifully checking off all the witbier boxes, banana/spices/touch of orange peel, big, sunny nose, bubbly carb. If this is all you find on tap, you really ain't so bad off.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

smooth and cloudy. the taste takes a little getting used to, but it grows on you. i enjoyed this beer more than other beers of the same/similar style.

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Photo of sejorules
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had it from a 33cl bottle.

A: Pours a very creamy, pale golden and cloudy, with a very dense head of around 3 fingers. Very attractive.

S: The smell is correct for a wheat beer. Lots of wheat, and some sweetness. Fresh and inviting.

T: The taste is pure wheat beer. Some sweetness that I can't identify, lots, lots and lots of wheat, and perhaps a hint of smoky flavour. No trace of sourness, or bitterness whatsoever. It is very nice and easy to drink, however, the taste is a bit plain compared with other white beers.

F: Medium carbonation, and very refreshing. A bit creamy, but not too much. It's probably very nice for the summer.

O: Very nice to drink. As I mentioned, I missed more aromas and flavours that can be found in other beers from the same category. However, despite the taste being simple, it hits the right spot. Nice, and could buy it again.

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Photo of Oleg85
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours hazy straw color with 1 finger tall head, decreasing fast. The smell is it's highlight. There are spices, banana and fresh bread. But the taste is very faint. It's medium-bodied and crispy.

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Photo of Dufus
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Color - straw with subtle greenish tint, cloudy.
Pour into a glass and stir the bottle before pouring the last because there's good stuff in the bottom.
A moderate, fine bubbled head settles to a thin offwhite head.
Flavor is tart and yeasty in a light, subtle way.
The orange and coriander are present and blended.
This is a great comparison to the New Belgium Snapshot, because it does most everything the Snapshot does in a much more muted, understated way. I like it a lot. This seems like a reference point among beers to me. To think a few months ago I thought coriander in beer was a gimmick.

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Photo of JWU
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tumbler glass

A- cloudy straw yellow, with a huge creamy white head.

S- Very close to the aroma of a Hefe, but you can feintly detect the belgian yeast and peppery character that lies underneath.

T- sweety, mildly sugary, mild clove and banana, with a white pepper on the finish.

M- light side of medium. a tight medium-high level of carbonation.

O- The belgian witbier standard.

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Photo of Spikester
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy pale gold with three fingers of white head that leaves in about five minutes. There is a skim coat of white that remains.
Smell is bready with some spice.
Taste is bready wheat with some spice and a tinge of orange. No real hop taste but some must be there to push back on the malts. Very balanced and flavorful beer.
Mouthfeel is light and modest carbonation.
Overall an easy drinking beer that demands a repeat performance.

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Photo of MAFC_Trainer
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look - pours half finger head that hangs around. Body is a hazy gold

Smell - banana, Clove, citrus

Taste - banana, clove

Feel - low carbonation, smooth, full flavor when hits your palet

Overall - good wheat beer. Defiantly have a few more

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Photo of gmshedd
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hoegaarden--not even in the top 500 Belgian whites by rating! At least it's 35th on the "best" list for the style. Say what you will, this is the one to compare to when learning about witbiers. Better tasted in a European setting. Never been to Belgium, but I had my first in Amsterdam in 1989. I'll always remember the experience as the only customer at a restaurant where they wrote each evening's menus out by hand. Not much of a day trade, to be sure, but they made me a ham and cheese sandwich (no lunch menu) that was the best I've had, and I drank my first Hoegaarden along with it! Years later, a Swedish woman I worked with took me to a pub in Stockholm where I had another Hoegaarden in a large, octagonal glass. That one went down exceedingly well in congenial company and surroundings, as did the next one. It may not be anyone's "best" beer, but it has been part of two of my alltime favorite beerdrinking experiences, so I salute it here.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle purchased individually from Whole Foods and poured into a stemmed Spiegelau Pilsner glass. Pretty solid and a beer I'd drink again, but there are at least 3 others in the category I prefer to this (Allagash White, St. Bernardus Witbier and Dogfish Head Namaste). Close call between this and the Ommegang Witte.

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Photo of jucifer1818
4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a bottle into a hefewisen glass.

To make it simple, this was one hell of a better beer than the blue moon label that was printed on my glass.
It was a sweet, easy drinking brew. Most of its flavor came from the malt (a lot of wheat and pilsner malt) with a bit more coming from the spice. Classic spice dominates the aroma of the brew, which to me was its strongest positive characteristic.

My only regreat was that I didnt have a larger glass and more of this beer.

A classic that deserves its reputation. A great choice for dealing with the unforgiving summer heat.

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Photo of JetFeather22
4.74/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Some refer to this stile of beer and a lawn mower beer, Very good on a hot summer day, A nice white clowdy color, Make sure you always swuirl this style of beer to get the sedement at the bottom, It's always better with it

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Photo of Johnor3
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice fluffy white head upon pouring into my glass. It has a very light and pleasant aroma. I loved it from the second it hit my tongue. It has a very nice, light, good beer taste. I imagine it will be great with food. It seems to me as a great summer beer. I do like some red and dark beer, but this was a very good summer night thirst quencher. It was one of those beers that makes you want more from the first draught. I would enjoy this beer anywhere anytime, and will be buying it again. We are having a family cookout for Labor Day and I will bring some Hoegaarden to that for me and my mother in law to go with grilled Bratwurst, sausages, and hamburgers.

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Photo of drmeto
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

-typical big banana and clove upfront
-lemon and orange notes
-well carbonated
-light body
-finish is slightly bready and spicy

Bang-on example of a Witbier

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured in a hexagonal glass. Very good witbier, and the hint of coriander and orange peel is perfectly balanced. Too many other witbiers are over spiced.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light and refreshing beer. Has a citrus and banana taste to it . No bad after-taste. Carbonation on the high side. Overall a good beer for this style.

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Photo of Maltsandhops
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer taste good! Appearance may be clouded but I like the golden color of it. It does not have good lacing but great head retention till the end of the drink. It has a buttery taste but a bit citrusy at the end.

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Photo of Aharon
4.76/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I think it is the best beer in the world . I do not like orange and any hint in a beer for something that is related to sweetness ( even just aroma ). But But this beer thus beer is something special . It is full of quality. Taste is well balanced. Wow this is pro beer . Those who made this one knew what they were doing - a masterpeace of beer. The bedt beer outhere. Thank you.

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
3.83 out of 5 based on 5,170 ratings.
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