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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 auxiliary
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

appearance - Nice yellow color, some cloudiness and a nice white head but then dissipated. Some lace.

smell - Citrus, floral, spice, lemon, fruity.Lots of stuff going on.

taste - Citrus bananna taste to it. Real interesting taste.

mouthfeel - Light body, carbination is just right.

drinkability - Nice summer beer, you have to try this if you never tried a Witbier style beer. One of the top Witbier beers.

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Photo of thgreatrandini
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of EMH73
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy light golden color with a half inch white head that dissipated quickly. Smells and tastes of orange, banana, pepper, bread, a hint of lemon and some spices. Light to medium bodied, light to medium carbonation. Clean and crisp.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Pale yellow with a haziness about a fingers worth of foamy head. No lacing.

S: Very Citrus in smell lots of lemons & coriander and a faint wheat tartness.

T: Tastes like it smells lemons, coriander, wheat tartness up front with a little pepper and a little grainy. Very nice.

M: Light bodied but smooth. Yet, crisp and refreshing. Carbonation is nice... little sharp at first but smooths out.

D: Very drinkable.... Low ABV.... I could drink a few of these on a hot day.

A good Wit for a first timer.

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Photo of czfreeman
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was suprised I have never reviewed this classic.
Pours out a hazy, great Wit-bier murky glass of white peach accented grapefruit juice. Hazy wheaty proteins leave little for want in the appearance.
Aroma- In a wor, Balance. Orange accents clove, accenting yeasts, adding to the coriander. Nothing out-of-the ordinary, but overall a well constructed balance.
Flavor replicated the nose. Tart, orange coriander upfront, finishes light and slightly creamy. Again, nothing outstanding, but a great session beer...
Which brings me to drinkablility. This beer is so light, delicate, balanced and so light in ABV it is gone before you know it. This makes a great brew in-between tastings, or perfect on a summer afternoon. I introduce this one to Bud-drinking friends, and there hooked.An eye-opener if your inexperienced with Witbier, or one to sit back with eyes closed and a contented sigh if you are. Solid standard worth drinking if you haven't.

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Photo of JMad
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured an 11.2 oz bottle into a glass tulip...

The beer was a light hazy yellow with a bubbly white head that receded quickly. The smell has banana/ bubblegum aroma, with lemon and wheat. The taste is similar with the banana and bubblegum, I also tasted orange peel, wheat and grassy hops. The feel is light with soft carbonation and a dry finish. I really enjoyed this beer, I could drink this on any occasion.

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Photo of Dweedlebug
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Martine
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Michaeldmanley
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of crownrl28
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Skidz
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out the palest of all yellows, almost completely clear, but sits a cloudy, pale gold in the glass. Big fluffy white head achieved with almost no effort.

Smells of sweet wheat grains, citrus (lemon, orange), and a nice hoppy layer on top. Great smell overall.

Tastes bitter up front and is accompanied by sweet grains, mild peppery flavors, just the slightest dash of citrus and an over-ripened, starchy, sweet corn flavor that really keeps it all together. The yeast picks up near in the middle, but lingers on well after you swallow. Good amount of bitterness, but fairly mild.

Mouthfeel is smooth and rich, superb carbonation that tickles the tongue, but doesn't bite. Utterly delicious brew, a six pack would be a blast.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, yeasty, yellow pour. Smelled very citrusy. Taste was a yeasty bomb goodness. Drank quickly and well. I didn't try it with the lemon slice, so that I could take in the overall flavors. I definitely dig the overwhelming yeast taste, which allowed it to pair well with pizza and sample a few other beers without being overwhelmed.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

By far the best Belgian White I've had. Not only could you distinctly smell the coriander and orange peel, but it mixed well with the wheat and barely unlike any other. Mouthfeel was smooth and crisp and it had a great citrusy taste that I found very appealing.

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Photo of abcramer
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of ramblinwreck101
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Schmoog
3.25/5  rDev -14%

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

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 TicoCali
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Bierleichen
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of jcubz
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ski271
2.91/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very pale, lemonade-like, hazy yellow with a medium-sized, white, frothy, slowly diminishing head. Very good lacing. It has a mild fruity wheat aroma and mild typical wheat flavors. Banana, light clove, strawberry, lemon. The finish is short and weak. It has a light body, watery texture and low carbonation. It’s refreshing but very one-dimensional and weak.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow in color. Cloudy with a fluffy white head. Head dissipates slowly and leaves nice lacing. Smell is yeasty with fruit (maybe lemon) overtones. Taste is very mild and not overpowering. Slight bitter aftertaste. Not a bad beer for nice spring day.

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Photo of jtaylord
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 5,313 ratings
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