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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Photo of BigBen61
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This may just not be my style of beer so I will review it as objectively as possible.
A-It is a beautiful looking beer with a bright golden color clouded by the white haze of the yeast.
S-This is where it became "interesting" for me. The scent was a bit like a pilsner but with notes of lemon, hay, and a heady dose of yeast.
T-For me the yeast just overpowered the malt and hops a bit too much. Not a bad beer in-fact quality was obviously good it's just too yeasty for me.
M-The mouthfeel was smooth with the acidity making it a refreshing "cutter" for the hot wings I started on halfway through the glass.

If you have a chance, try it... but if you are a hopheaded malt loving maniac it may not float your boat. Thing is you'll never know till you try.

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Photo of brouwer
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly cloudy appearance with a mild smell. Smooth intake - Spicy flavor. Mouthfeel is sharp with significant carbonation. Aftertaste is pleasant and short lasting. Easy to repeat. Overall pleasant - memorable. I have had this once from the tap - memory better than from the bottle.

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Photo of Strand
1.78/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I do not like orange flavored beers.

I do not like orange flavored beers.

I do not like orange flavored beers.

One of these days I'll remember that BEFORE I buy an orange flavored beer.

I've had Hoegaarden a few times, and everytime I have one, I really struggle to finish it. And I don't know anyone that particularly likes it either. This is the beer that, when someone in my group of friends brings in a beer that turns out to taste awful, somebody says "yeah this is bad, but do you remember that Hoegaarden?" Maybe I'm not the cloudy orange flavored wheat beer type, but I'm giving it two thumbs down.

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Photo of GNR4life2
3.09/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This stuff is expensive and also has the curse of the 11.2 oz bottles.

A- Pale golden with white head that was seriously gone before i raised it to my lips.
S- Vanilla and hops
T- Same as smell,but has a really dry vanilla finish
M- Medium but okay at the same time.
D- An example why imports are over rated. basically a cheap version vanilla version of blue moon. I wasted 40 bucks on 11.2 oz bottles of cheap crap!

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

Absolutely delicious! With a delicious fruity aromas this beer has a definite citrus and tangy flavour that cannot be missed. It is a great summer quencher and looks cloudy on appearance. I thought it was supposed to be drunk with a slice of lime, but it tasted nice even without it. Definitely would try it again!

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Photo of Jcdolan
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle with a "create your own six pack" deal. Sometimes deals like this just mean the store is trying to get rid of old beer that might not be good anymore. Seemed to be alright however.

Appearance was a cloudy yellow with a build up of yeast on the bottom of the bottle that was swirled and poured into the rest of the glass. The yeast at the the bottom didn't seem to dissolve fully into the last 2/3 of the beer and I received a few noticable lumps or small chunks in my glass. Could this indicate that the beer was indeed old?

Smell was very intersting. Sents of delicious spice and orange citrus can be detected. Reminded me and got me in the mood for some fall pumpkin brews.

Taste was very unique and unlike anything I have ever come across. Citrus and sweet with a perfect undertone of spice sweeping across the tounge.

This beer has taken me off guard and I am very pleased with my purchase. The taste is natural and mild when compared to a Blue Moon and I would recommend this over a Blue Moon any time.

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Photo of mfreire212
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a standard bottle into a pilsner glass.

I was immediately struck by the cloudy, bright yellow appearance (the room was well lit, too).

Strong, "wheaty" aroma was most inviting. I also detected a slight, citrusy background aroma.

Very smooth from start to finish, with a decent amount of carbonation. Slight bite at the finish with a lingering, tangy/citrusy aftertaste.

Overall, a very nice selection that I would definitely drink again.

Adding a slice of lemon to the glass only enhances the flavor, IMO.

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3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a Hoegaarden glass from a 12oz bottle with a moderately hard pour. A light head of 1 fingers width formed and dissipated fairly quickly. Small globs of thin lacing remained on the glass only momentarily before sliding down to rejoin their brethren. Personally I prefer slightly more body in appearance to my wits.
The smell is nice, reminding me of straw and flaked oats. The coriander and curacao are prominent with maybe a slight phenolic edge at the end.
This beer tastes similar to its smell, opening with light straw and wheat before moving on to coriander and curacao. The curacao seems more subdued in taste than in smell however.
Mouthfeel is also a little light for my tastes. I realize that this is a light style but prefer the body of Allagash White or Mendocino White.
Overall this is a pretty good beer. Drinkability is high since the flavor is so light and smooth. Its pretty widely available, so its a good example of the style that most people should be able to try.

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Photo of aschwab
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had it served on tap, in bottles, and bottles into glasses.

When pouring from bottle, comes out hazy, with good color. A slight head on top.

The aroma is what is to be expected from a Belgian Wit, slightly fruity smell but not overwhelming.

Tastes refreshing, a solid Belgian Wit. I prefer no extra citrus flavor is needed (no fruits added).

Goes down smoothly, carbonated well.

Easy drinkability.

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Photo of mcdevster
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

first thoughts-
very light color.. i guess that is why it is a white ale.. white head fizzled out pretty quickly.. but it poured very nicely..
smells very pleasant - i get many notes - creamy, pineapple, maybe some kind of nut, tropical fruit juice.
taste is interesting very nice fruit clove combo.. a little on the watery side -i would like the full promise of the flavor to be realized in the body.. but nice overall- it starts out big but finishes rather thin.. i guess that makes it highly drinkable.. in fact it is very refreshing.

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Photo of ellman
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer Pours a cloudy, fizzy, pale yellow with a thin white head. A nose of lemon, bananas and slightly peppery. The lemon comes through in the taste also a pear taste is present. Quite a citrus taste. A light body good for a cool down in the summer beer.

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Photo of belias
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy yellow with a nice frothy white head. The smell was fruity, banana and citrusy, albiet not overwhelmingly strong. The taste is enjoyable, consisting of some sweet malt, a citrusy hop flavour, and some wheaty sourness. There is also an overall spiceyness which complements the individual characteristics. Hoegaarden is exceptional in its mouthfeel as far as im concerned. This beer is crisp and highly refreshing and has a light/medium body. I also think drinkability is high, especially in hot weather. This was the first wit i ever had many years back, and even though i've had a few which surpass it, i'll always hold this as a benchmark for the style.

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Photo of Slar211
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from the B-Side Liquor Lounge on Coventry, Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow with a fluffy white head that fades to sticky lacing on a pint glass.

Smell: Zesty and floral hop smell, with some grain sweetness and what almost smells like pineapple.

Taste: Not as strong as the nose, though there's something strangely banana-y about it.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation and a nice spicy hop finish.

Drinkability: Something about the taste I just couldn't get into, but by no means is this a bad beer.

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Photo of ClashmoreMike
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass from bottle with an April 15, 2009 "best before" date.

A = Creamy, whitish yellow color. Very cloudy, but can still see a lot of tiny carbonation bubbles rising on the edges. Huge, chunky white head that lingers for a long while before dropping down to a solid 1/8th inch head.

S = A mixture of sweet cloves and coriander. Peppery. Very clean smell.

T = Sweet cloves and coriander; lemony; faint hints of ripe bananas. A bit of malt noticeable in the finish. Just enough bitterness in there to balance things out.

M = Light to medium body. Pretty smooth. Medium-high carbonation covers the tongue.

D = Very refreshing. Great beer for the hot Summer days. Highly drinkable (almost a 5).

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Photo of southsider
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A-Pale,hazy yellow with a shocking white frothy head. Little or no lacing.

S-Lemony with a hint of belgian yeast.

T-Beginning was fairly carbonated with a tart,lemony beginning.Middle was bready with hints of wheat.Finish dry and yeasty.

M-Moderate mouthfeel belies its light color and a fairly astringent finish may be due to the presence of the wheat.

D-What a nice summertime beer this makes. Light,lemony refreshing and low ABV make this one of the better wheat ales.

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Photo of ticklechicken
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - light cloudy creme yellow, 1 finger head that levelled quickly
Smell - Sweet banana and citrus
Taste - citrus, banana, honey, yeast
Mouthfeel - only slightly thick, fairly flat
Drinkability - easy drinking, but not as complex as similar beers

Note: from the can this seemed somewhat flatter and weaker in taste than the Hoegaarden I'd had on tap before.

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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 carolynschaf
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy appearance. Brewed with orange peel and coriander. Goes well with dry rub ribs. You can taste the wheat all over your tongue. It is versatile and easy to drink.

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

This is a nice light delicious beer that packs a subtle punch. The head is stiff and frothy white with an nice even hue of whiteish gold. The smell is rich of lemon spice and wheaty citrus. The taste matches your nose and has an aggressive kick of honey as it flows down. It has a nice consistent flavor that is sure to satisfy.

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Photo of thefenst
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow, almost like hazy lemonade, with a fluffy pure white head.
Smells of citrus, coriander, and Halletauer hops (in other words, it smells good).
Malts, lemon, and coriander are the first things evident when tasting this brew, with the hops bringing up the back.
The mouthfeel is interesting, dry and refreshing. Just enough carbonation.
I highly recommend this beer, it is one of my favorites.

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Photo of Kicksmile67
4.62/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Merky and light gold. The large glass covered in condensation looked amazing with a piece of orange hanging from the side. The head didnt stay long but some light lacey remains camped around the edge of the glass.

S - Fruity citrus with an amazing grainy finish. Light odors of the culture.

T - Wonderfully light, yet full. No bitter finish and lacking in the over hopping thats everywhere today. The orange might turn off some but I found it added great character and accented several of the natural notes in the brew.

M - Rich and creamy. The large amounts of grain protein made it feel almost like a nitro.

D - Very drinkable, even my beer hating Girlfriend will order a few. Serius sign of ease to indulge.

Overall, this is a staple in my line of beers. I have gone back many times since my first and love this brew. A must try, hell try it twice in one of thier giant bucket sized glasses.

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Photo of Fitzgerald
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 11.2 oz. bottle into a pint glass, not a hard pour giving it a thin white head, that gradually turned to a foam ring. The beer is a cloudy light golden color.

A funky scent of wheat and orange very spring like.

I love the taste of this beer very refreshing with spicy fruit flavor, orange I would say stands out the most.

Mouthfeel is dry but not real hoppy maybe a little thin at the end.

A very drinkable beer, a nice session beer that would quench your thirst on warm summer day.

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Photo of AnswerInQuestion
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy pale yellow body with a finger's width of head that dissolves into a thin layer of carbonation.

S: Grass, lemon, and orange.

T: Rather bland, weak lemon flavors, sweet and slightly sour.

M: Smooth and nicely carbonated. The feel compensates for the taste.

D: A decent beer, but simple and with an almost pilsner-like taste. Compared to other Belgian beers out there, I was underwhelmed.

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Photo of stoutmasterjames
4.67/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I don't normally swoon like this over a "light-flavor" beer, but this stuff is really damn good! The bottle, dressed as a monk, exudes the pleasant tastefulness of the Belgian white within. Pepper-taste, soft, non-intrusive. The spices really add a lot to this beer. It is highly drinkable, and I couldn't imagine a single beer-drinker who would dislike this masterpiece. If you ain't tried it, go get a six pack... TODAY!

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
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