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:
No notes at this time.

Added by purplehops on 07-08-2001

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5,276
Reviews:
1,795
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
14.58%
 
 
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Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Large white head leaves a nice lacing above a clearish light golden colored beer.

Light yeast and wheat grain aroma.

Classic wheat beer taste with light wheat, light yeasts coming through.

A lightly bitter dry aftertaste with a bit of the wheat beer tastes remaining with this light bodied ale.

This is the classic wheat beer taste, if that is what you are looking for look right here.

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Photo of largadeer
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice presentation - the bottles and six pack holder look awesome. The beer itself is pale yellow and slightly hazy, though not as cloudy as many wits out there. Head retention could be better.

Smell: A mild aroma of coriander, wheat and citrus.

Taste: Dry and (very) lightly hopped, this beer has very little bitterness. A subtle malty sweetness is present amongst stronger flavors of orange peel and coriander. The spices give some character to what would otherwise be a rather ordinary and bland beer. It finishes clean, without lingering on the tongue too long.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, crisp, very easy on the palate.

Drinkability: A solid beer, and very sessionable. There are better wits around, but this is easy to find and it's really quite decent.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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

330 ml bottle into pint glass, best before 8/11/2014. Pours hazy golden straw color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, orange peel, light banana, coriander, clove, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spice, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, orange peel, light banana, coriander, clove, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, pear, orange peel, light banana, coriander, clove, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spice, and pale malt notes; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish as expected of 4.9%, Overall this is a damn nice witbier. All around well balanced and robust flavors of fruity/earthy yeast, spice, and pale malt; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothman
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into my New Belgium Globe Glass. Best before 6-12-09.

Color is a really hazy dull yellow. Thin white head that fizzles down quickly. Little lace observed.

Smell is very fruit. Main smell is bananas. Taste is similiar, but there is more of a hoppy taste involved.

Mouthfeel isn't very pleasent. Starts out bitter and then eventually ends smooth after a while.

Overall, it is a decent brew for something so popular. I could probably enjoy this at a bar or have this for a session beer.

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Photo of Boone757
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, yellowish in color with a thick and foamy, bright white head that holds well and leaves some nice lace. Very nice, and somewhat unique, in appearance. The aroma is quite lemony with some gentle spice in the background. The body is light with a zesty carbonation that gives a pillowy soft mouthfeel. The flavor is sweetly malty and gently clovey. Very well balanced. It finishes gently, semi-dry, with a lightly mouth-coating malt and spice that leaves a tingle on the tongue. An exceptional, somewhat delicate, beer with alot of character that's refreshing and enjoyable.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very cloudy yellow color with a nice white head and quite a bit of lacing. Nose brings forward some citrus and a bit of wheat. The taste is orange, citrus, slight spice, wheat, and a bit of grain. Definitely a fairly light mouthfeel with a bit of creaminess. Drinks fairly well, although not super flavorful.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A true Belgian classic that is very easy to find,pours an extremely pale/hazy yellow with usually a nice big fluffy head.Smell is tart with a spicey background,the taste is alot like the aroma but a little more spiciness comes thru along with a tart citruis flavor.Incredibly easy to drink,still a classic.

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 2/8/07 at Cattail's Restaurant in East Providence, RI, served in a Becker pint glass.

A: The beer is a slightly cloudy and very light yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very lemony along with some wheat and a little bit of hops and spice.

T: Flavors of lemon and wheat dominate the taste, but the flavors are not over powering. There is some clove spice mixed in and a faint bit of hops in the background. After-taste is mildly bready with a touch of sweetness.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not very filling at all, nice representation of style, I was at the restaurant for only about an hour and put away 3 pints. The only thing that would keep me from sticking with this beer for an evening would be that I might drink it too quickly.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy pale golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint straw yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy white head that slowly reduces to a large patch of mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Slightly heavier than moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of wheat malts, traditional witbier yeast, citrus/orange, and coriander. Slightly sweet.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of slightly sweet wheat malts. That is followed by a light to moderate flavor of traditional Belgian witbier yeast (almost slightly paste-like) and moderate flavors of citrus/orange peel + coriander. Minimal amount of bitterness in the finish.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront.

O: Honestly cannot believe it took me this long to get around to reviewing this beer as I have literally had it dozens of times over the years I have been reviewing (usually the premium option at a lot of corporate functions I have attended). Easy to drink, sessionable, and refreshing... especially on a warm/hot day.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Kegatron
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a tumbler.

Pours a fairly clear gold (bit of a faint haze to it) with a finger of bright-white head. Retains with a thin layer of creamy froth, leaving a foamy cascade of lacing behind, which quickly slides the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of sweet grains, a smack of lemon and orange, and a dusty yeast presence. A good bit of coriander and clove float along the back, giving this a strong spicy character.

The taste is a combo of wheat, fruit, clove, and coriander, combining to give this a lightly toasted sweet tang. Lower bitterness to this, with plenty of spice and dryness lingering on the palate for a good long while. The mouthfeel is light bodied, with a very smooth and easygoing nature to it, yet this still stays fairly crisp and lively in the mouth. That sub 5% ABV works just perfectly here.

It's no wonder that this is a popular summertime quaff. Flavorful, crisp, and very easy drinking, this is some refreshing stuff!

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Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lovely clouds of foam in the Gulpener tulip. Golden and hazy. Sheets of lacing. Big creamy mouthfeel is much of the pleasure of this stuff.

This is really sweet. I suppose someone could be forgiven for thinking this was some kind of Hefeweizen. Moderately yeasty, but there is virtually none of the Belgian dry and bitter finish. Tangy and fragrant with spice.

As a Anheuser-Busch InBev product, this is well made, though I could not detect any sediment in the 12 oz bottle. Plenty drinkable, though I imagine the atmosphere of a tavern in Europe would do this a lot of good. Another oldie I"ve never managed to review. On sale for five bucks a sixer at a grocery store in northern Washington.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Tuscan Tavern, Blackwood, NJ

A nice wit, that I guess is the standard for witbiers. If you're a Blue Moon drinker, try this instead, because it's better. Pour a hazy, pale yellow with a nice white head that retains rather well. Light wheat aroma with citrus notes. Light orange and lemon zest taste, with smooth bready malts that are somewhat overcome by the general wheat beer harshness; acidic, with a bitter aftertaste. Light body and easily drinkable.

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Photo of nathanmiller
1.5/5  rDev -60.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hoegaarden is an ultra-hazy straw color. Head is large and frothy. Aroma is spicy and yeasty. Clove with a bit of bubblegum are noted. Taste has a crisp wheat flavor with plenty of peppery spice and phenols. Overall there is plenty of flavor here with enough complexity to keep things interesting. This is an easy choice for a summer/spring beer.

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

On tap, hazy bright yellow color with white head. Aroma has the classic witbier banana and clove, quite fresh yeast esters. Taste starts with sweet banana, slightly spicy, with a hint of bitterness on the finish. Light to medium body, well carbonated. The classic witbier, tasty, refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of smithj4
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of dcmchew
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of vfgccp
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Milky-white banana yellow. Maybe a hint of lime juice. Creamy white head hangs low, but leaves a solid coating across the top of the brew.

S – Bright wheat and lemon. Orange zest. Banana.

T – Soft banana with a spritz of lemon. Touch of agave-like sweetness. Rolling wheat plays a supporting role throughout the profile. Not as much spice as I typically like in a wit, but the flavors that are there are strong, well rounded, and delicious.

M – Soft medium/light body. Light sweet finish with just a hint of cilantro bitterness.

O – I haven’t had a Hoegaarden in years, and this glass was much better than I remembered the beer being. Maybe my taste evolved, maybe the recipe changed, or it maybe it's just an extra-fresh tap. Either way, I definitely enjoyed it.

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Hoegaarden Original White Ale from Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
3.84 out of 5 based on 5,276 ratings.
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