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

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1,774
Ratings:
5,204
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
14.62%
 
 
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Photo of matcris
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

APPEARANCE: A hazy, yellow-orange. Finger of white soapy head that dissipates fairly quick and leaves no real lacing. Can't see the carbonation.
AROMA: Bready, Citrus, (orange and lemon), coriander, a nice slight sour quality to the beer, I'm guessing the yeast.
TASTE: Just like the aroma, and sweet but not overly so.
FEEL: Nice high level of carbonation to move the flavor around the mouth. Medium thin body. Dry but has that softness that a lot of wheat beers have.
OVERALL: A nice beer to have with lunch out in the sunshine. Refreshing!

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

Pours very pale, hazy with a very nice white foam head, great retention. Aroma is citric and fresh. Taste is refreshing, citric, some acidity from unmalted wheat. Medium body with high carbonation. Great summer beer

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

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. The beer has a cloudy, light yellowish look. A very good smell. The taste was just as good, if not better, than many of the Wits brewed in the U.S. Overall, I know I will l buy this again.

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Photo of stevoj
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good for what is developing as the leader in the field for this style. Pale and cloudy golden in color with spare head, slight citrusy hints on top of wheat characteristics. Overall light on the palate and in mouthfeel, but the norm for the style.

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The appearance was a nice hazy gold with a rocky white head. I got no lacing down my glass at all.

Smell was a punch of citrus and spice.

Taste was coriander and orange peels with some other citrus detected, something like some lemon.

Mouthfeel is light with a slightly wet and crisp finish to it that leaves tastes of coriander and citrus in the back of the throat.

Overall this is a fantastic tasting beer. A minor complaint is those odd 11.2 oz. bottles.

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Photo of chenyan
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

在瓶中呈现雾状,有酵母漂浮。倒入杯中为稻草黄色,半透明,白色泡沫细腻、较持久。果香味浓郁、混杂酵母味、香料味,略微有点烤肉味。中度酒体,较为平衡,辛辣明显,舌上能感受到酒精或碳酸口感的持久刺激。余味干爽,特点鲜明,是一款能让人记住的酒。

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

appearance is a cloudy yellow/goldish color, with a fluffy head that quickly recedes. Wheat, light lemony zest, and yeast on the nose. Taste is the same but with a slight peppery spice on the finish. feels like a lightish body. overall nice easy drinking beer that is both refreshing and tasty!

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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 Bruno74200
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Classical witbier. The one I compare every other one to. The wheat is nice and brings balance all along. The ester presence is not too strong. The clove is.there nonetheless

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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 _drummer_
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 prost2hefeweizen
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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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
3.83 out of 5 based on 5,204 ratings.
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