Hoegaarden Original White Ale | Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

very good
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by purplehops on 07-08-2001

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of B_B
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mzwolinski
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy pale yellow in color, with a thin, surprisingly persistant, pristine white head. The aroma is an invigorating wheaty, lemony scent. Taste is zesty, with a tart start, yielding to a somewhat spicy (corriander?) mid-palate, a finish of moderate floral hops, and a gently sweet aftertaste. Finish is slightly dry, body is medium-light, and the flavors are very well balanced and blend into each other oh-so-smoothly. Very refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of cmq103
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a Hoegaarden Belgian Beer glass.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow with a decent 1/2" frothy head that stays around for a while. Decent spotty lacing as my glass emptied.

Smell: Moderate lemony citrus, coriander and clove spices. I don't sense much banana in the nose, which is kind of what I was hoping for. I also got a light bready/grassy aroma.

Taste: Slightly sweet citrus, but with a sourness to it. I also get a mild spicy wheat flavor. This is a pretty tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: Nice lively carbonation which allows the flavors to really shine. This is a crisp light Witbier beer, but a little on the watery side compared to other Witbier beers I've had.

Overall: I enjoyed this one but found it to be lighter in flavor to my two favorite Witbier beers: Allagash White and Southampton Double White Ale. I did like it better than Blue Moon, which I found to be a bit too sweet for my liking. This beer would go perfect on a hot summer day when you're lounging poolside in the backyard and want to have a few.

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

I have had Hoegaarden many times over the past few years but I thought of rating this after just having it the other night at a work party which amazed me since they usually only have Miller Lite, Amstel Light and normal beers for the masses. No that Hoegaarden is a rare beer but enjoyable. The beer poured a very hazy light straw color with a bit of a white head. The aroma is nice and citrusy and a bit of a wheat nose. The taste is very crisp, lemony with a nice wheat body. Overall this is a very easy beer to drink and enjoyable on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Greggy
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours a big bright white head, 2.5 fingers in height. The body is white/yellow and very hazy. There is no doubt that this is a wit.

S- Very fresh banana notes, yeasty clove, orange, some pepper, hints of apricot.

T- Starts out with a round sweet yeastiness with notes of banana, honey graham crackers, orange and hints of lemon.

M- Very light carbonation. Nice feel

D- I could easily drink this anytime. I look forward to pairing this with breakfast foods (@ night, of course).

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Photo of breardon1776
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Antyk
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Roelleke1986123inkijk
4.62/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of vidisad
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Devi0us
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of bh123
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of crownrl28
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, opaque yellow with a generous head that settles down leaving some pretty impressive head retention.

Aroma is barnyard yeast and wheat, a bit of spice and lemon zest.

Taste is sweet lemony wheat with bitter orange and light coriander, with a dry spicy finish. It's a really nuanced taste, with subtle depth of character yet at the same time--or maybe because of--it remains an imminently approachable beer.

Mouthfeel is medium and creamy.

Highly drinkable.

Yeah. With over 1000 reviews here I'm hardly likely to say anything new so I'll leave it at that.

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Photo of Mar02x
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
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 magpieken
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of frlrv1020
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%

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

Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
2/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Ricochet
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the beer I have when I want something light and hefe like, mainly because it's more available in standard restaurants. In fact, I had one of these at Geauga Lake Amusement Park's Octoberfest this year. (Rip GL)

So, of all the times I've had this, I've never reviewed it, so well, it's great. The end. ...well, not so fast.

A: Cloudy, yellow, small particulate, looks like pineapple juice. Little head but nice lace.

S: Subdued Jucy Fruit, not as fake, but there was an industrial hint to it, which detracted slightly.

M: Chewy, foamy, mouth left you wanting another sip, overall like you've just chewed the gum.

T: Light, banana clove taste, not very overpowering, orange hints, but the star is the thick wheat overtones that makes this beer. Serve it with a slice of orange! Come on! Serve it! When you've graduated from the Trix cerial flavor of Blue Moon, come have a real example of the style. Not the best, but damn good.

D: Yep. It seems like I see it more out-and-about and compared with the other stuff, this is the choice when no microbrewed Hefes or Wits are available

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Photo of VikeMan
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of bluesplit63
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of KrisDLSmith
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of coopdog1000
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Jmamay22
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is the last bottle from a six pack. The other five were often paired with various seafood such as fish and mussels, which worked nicely.

Poured as instructed on the bottle minus the hexagonal glass, as I opted for a standard pint glass. Leaves a billowing head that sits atop a cloudy pale yellow beer.

Smells of banana, orange peel and lemony yeast. Very refreshing scent. The taste doesn't match the complexity of the nose, but hints at lemon and banana. Very light, refreshing, and drinkable. Features a good amount of carbonation and light mouthfeel.

Its a decent brew, but there are better examples out there.

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
3.83 out of 5 based on 5,249 ratings.
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