Hoegaarden Original White Ale | Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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86
very good
5,250 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by purplehops on 07-08-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,250
Reviews:
1,784
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
14.62%
 
 
Wants:
174
Gots:
1,338
For Trade:
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Photo of Zach136
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jay007
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheWolf
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

In st Martin. Out of a bottle. Can see the floaties in the bottle. Quite refreshing.

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Photo of Deano_53
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The_Bujon
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Never been a massive fan of this one, but gonna give it it's due's.

Looks are a tad disappointing purely because of the lack of head.

Aroma is very fresh and clean, light floral notes, but an inviting brew.

Taste is a touch too florally for me, coupled with a slight carbonate sensation, makes it a little difficult to enjoy. The alcohol content is fairly low, so perhaps a hit would do it some good?

The feel is pretty good, nice and smooth, and aftertaste is a little on the tart side.

Overall, just ok.

Won't be boofing too many more of this brew, too many others to go at.

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Photo of Pantalones
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle #7 from the twelve-pack I randomly picked up when a local grocery store had it on clearance. The listed "best before" is a somewhat shockingly distant date of December 1st, 2018. Yep, that's 20*18*. I wouldn't have thought to age a witbier for two years, but after seeing that date I almost want to hold on to one or two just to see what happens.

The beer is a hazy golden color, with an abundance of rising bubbles and a nice layer of fluffy white foam on top. The haziness makes it look a bit darker in color than it actually is, though shining a flashlight through it reveals that it's actually pretty pale. At a thin point in the glass it really does look almost "white" with the light shining through it, or at least as close as a beer is ever going to look.

The smell is predominantly yeasty -- I described it as a banana-like thing when I first had it, but I'm not sure that's the best word for it now that I think about it. There's a yeasty funkiness and something like pears, and maybe something else mixed in that might be a little banana-like. Maybe a bit of a spiciness in the background, and a bit of a tart citrusiness back there too.

Taste is milder than the smell, which kinda surprises me -- I've had a lot of beers where it's the other way around. The wheaty malt is more present in the taste than the smell, however, and it's pretty nice. The yeastiness from the smell is also present in the taste, though not as strong. This is definitely a beer that benefits from being drank in large quantities -- I'm noticing that with a bigger gulp I get more of the yeasty flavors and I can taste that bit of citrus too. Toward the end of the glass I'm noticing a bit of a spicy/herbal thing -- I know witbiers generally include coriander, I'm guessing that's what this is?

Mouthfeel is really great -- it's light and drinkable, smooth-feeling rather than prickly despite the tons of rising bubbles making it seem like it's pretty highly carbonated. As mentioned above, this is a beer that benefits from being drank in big gulps rather than little sips, and the mouthfeel definitely helps out with that.

Overall, this is a really nice beer, especially for a hot day when you want something lighter and refreshing. My feelings toward it have shifted around a bit between the first bottle and the most recent -- I was feeling somewhat disappointed by it during some of those in-between bottles but for some reason it's really working for me today.

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Photo of MKrauss
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AverageJoeReviewers
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Cloudy Golden Yellow. No head.
S - Smells a very light beer. Citrus hints.
T - Wheat/ Citrus peels. Summer time beer.
F - Very Smooth. Little bit. Mild carbonation.
O - Average Joe's Approved. Easy drinking/ easy to find.

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Photo of bushwack
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mishi_d
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dsreeves
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SGR1220
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DDrugg
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JOhn_Molson
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SSGCujo
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bdebnam
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AnkualiZer
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Best Wheat Beer I have had.
light Yellow/golden....Citrus.....Goes best with an Orange/Lemon Slice....Foamy Head

Overall: Great

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Photo of nwhittin
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nater919
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AC-Mivsek
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Timc32
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Markwestfall0608
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MattMan95
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AfricanPete14
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is easily the best witbier I've ever had, it had the perfect blend of spices and a nice smooth citrusy finish. It had a great color to it and a good amount of carbonation.

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
3.83 out of 5 based on 5,250 ratings.
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