Hoegaarden Original White Ale | Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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Hoegaarden Original White AleHoegaarden Original White Ale
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Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
Belgium | website

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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Photo of womencantsail
3.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The pour is an extremely pale yellow color with an intense haze to it. The head is medium in size and white in color.

S: Big time coriander aroma to this beer. The wheat and other malts provide a moderate amount of sweetness to the nose, and there is a minimal citrus note.

T: Again, a heavy hand on the spice component. Lots of coriander and wheat with a distinct lemony tartness. Where am I, BJ's?

M: The body is quite light and the carbonation is quite high and lively.

D: Another one of those really well known beers that everybody sort of has to try somewhere along the way. I haven't had this beer for a long time, but I did not find it did much for me on this occasion.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this on draft at Maewyn's in York -served chilled in a Hoegaarden glass.

The color is very hazy, cloudy golden with a thick 2 finger white cap the lace sticks ok and bead is very fine. The smell is good there is gentle wheat aroma with mild yeast esters, not forceful aromas, but not the style for that either. The feel is good, lots of creamy yeast and wheat smoothness with subtle spice and tanginess from the yeast which also works with the high carbonation level. I like how the sweetness is gentle and balanced by the spice with a semi-dry finish.

The taste is mild with some good flavors from the wheat which is cereal like -toasted and lightly sweet. There is a mild citrus tinge and hint of pepper from the yeast but overall this is flavored primarily from the wheat which has a nice fresh, clean flavor. The yeast adds to the beer without being to full to make it feel bready which I like. This is a good wit, not the best but it is an originator it has lost some footing to others in this style which I prefer like Allagash. I would not hesitate to drink this, since it is pretty widely available.

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Photo of russpowell
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Can't believe I've never reviewed this, this was the first wit I ever had & had the pleasure of of having this in Brussels, ah the memories

Pours a semi-hazed straw with 2 fingers of foamy pearl colored head. Good head retention & above average lacing

S: Lemons & coriander, faint wheat tartness

T: White pepper, lemons, coriander & wheat tartness up front. Juicy fruit, grainyness & slight phenols as this warms. Finishes grainy with coriander, lemons, orange peel & juicy fruit, almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Light bodied, grainy with moderate carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, a little more drinkable on draft, a little more gassy, so some complexity is lost. A benchmark for the style when fresh/not stale. There are ones I like better, but would always recommend this one as your first wit

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Photo of Jason
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz slim Euro-style brown bottle.

Appearance: Pale yellow, cloudy (this is a non filtered brew), with a bitty cream pure white head.

Smell: Peppery, hints of lemon zest, with a mild horse aroma.

Taste: The brew is sweet, mildly dextrinous, with a smooth semi-chewy mouthfeel. The yeast creates a pepper flavour that complements the light hop (lemony), sour flavour -- unique to this style. The aftertaste dries, from the unmalted wheat, and a slight bitterness escapes at the very end.

Notes: The original White Ale, and grandfather to many a Summer-style white ale. Seems to have less character lately, though if you have it over in Belgium it is better.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Slightly hazy yellow/orange color with a foamy white head. Quick dissipation leaving little lacing.

S: Coriander, wheat, and some pale malt. There is a little bit of citrus - orange and lemon.

T: Similar to the aroma with coriander, lemon and orange. There is a good bit of pale malt on the finish.

M: Light bodied with lively carbonation.

O: Not bad, but not a beer I will reach for unless I have to.

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Photo of smcolw
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Starts with a decent head but it dies to a single layer of minute bubbles. Leaves some modest, streaky lace. Not as cloudy as most wits. Green-yellow color.

Classic wheat smell.

Spicy and peppery upfront flavor. Smooth feel but thin. I'm not a fan of wheats, but this one seems to fit the profile very well.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.17/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into my Portsmouth 20th Anniversary pilsner glass.

a - Pours a murky pale straw yellow color with three fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing left on the glass and head lasts for a few minutes.

s - Smells of spices, oranges, coriander, wheat, Belgian yeast, and bready malts.

t - Tastes of spices, coriander, wheat, orange, citrus, bready malts, Belgian yeast, and some light pepper.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and very easy to drink.

o - Overall a decent witbier. The nose is pretty nice, though the taste isn't very flavorful and a bit bland. Very easy to drink. Not really something I would seek out again but something I would certainly drink again if I had a limited selection and was looking for a light beer.

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

Came in the new bottles that have just been released by Hoegaarden. A staple for any true belgium beer drinkers, it pours a classic pale hazy unfiltered yellow with a superb white head carrying all of the yeasty goodness this beer has to offer. The aroma is clove and banana laced, with other spices and coriander what a treat. More refreshing than a lemonade, in my opinion. A lighter bodied beer that has citrusy tone to it and then mellows out to form a great yeasty finish. Full of so many flavors with out over doing it, this is an amazing beer that I will never grow tired of. Yes it is drinkable on every level for quantity and enjoyment.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was out at one of the local bottle shops today and decided to give this beer another whirl. I do not remember the first time I tried it, but the most memorable was at Zeno's in State College when I was handed one by Michael Jackson.

I followed the directions on the back label as to how to pour this beer and my finger of fluffy bone-white head seemed to evaporate! Color was a deeply hazy lemon-yellow, like fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice. Nose had all of the attendant spiciness, referred to on the label as "a subtle hint of coriander and orange peel." Subtle like a sledgehammer between the eyes! For the uninitiated, the yeast gives it a pleasant mustiness, but the black pepper and orange zest are also prevalent on the nose. Mouthfeel seemed kind of thin and it had a nice interplay of the wheat and spices on the tongue, somewhat zesty and refreshing. Finish was semi-dry with the coriander really lingering in the back of the mouth. It was drinkable, but I am not a raving fan.

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Photo of stakem
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml brown bottle with instructions for the perfect pour into a Hoegaarden hexagonal glass. I don't own a hoegaarden hexagonal glass so my standard wheat glass will have to suffice as the desginated beverage receiver here.

Pours a very light yellow color that is cloudy with less than a finger of white head that displays zero powers of retension. Using the specified swirl and pouring method displayed on the label, it presented a cap less than half a finger and was gone before I even took a sip... There is no lacing to be found at all. Even with an agitating swirl and slosh, nothing.

The aroma of this beer is a mixture of yeast, clove, slight banana and a little bit of citrus that is faint but I am guessing is the usual coriander and orange combo.

Taste includes all the aromas captured in the nose except the orange and coriander is a little more evident. Feel is light, carb is high and tingly on the tongue. Drinkability is great.

Overall I think it is a solid example for the style, the only thing worth being upset about is the lack of head. I appreciate the clove aroma and taste in this style and it is not overpowering at all, it blends well with the other scents and flavors.

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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 jwc215
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy lemon yellow with a creamy white head that descends to a creamy covering. Some broken lacing is left.

The smell is of clove, spicy citrus, esp. lemon and a hint of banana.

The taste is like the smell. It's creamy and medium bodied. There is a mild fruity tang.

The creamy/fruity body holds up well in the mouth, though some thinness does come through a bit. It's refreshing.

It's drinkable, smooth and refreshing. This is one that I think is much better on tap than in the bottle.

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Photo of tdm168
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, cloudy, bright yellow with a mountain of soft, white head that fizzes away after a few minutes. The nose has notes of straw, lemon, faint spices - pepper and coriander, and yeast. The flavor is very light and has faint straw and lemon notes with some orange zest and extremely faint spices in the finish. The mouthfeel is very light and smooth with some fizzy, soda-like carbonation.

This is a quaffable beer, but light and ultimately not flavorful. I'll pass in the future.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.57/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been enjoying witbiers since I've been aware of their existence, and yet this is my first time sampling "the original".Color: a cloudy, almost opaque pale yellow/bright white. Head: thick, lacey, white, fluffy as a cloud, slowly tumbling down. Aroma: uplifting, light and lovely! Full of citrus, spice, lemon/orange...wide open, spacious, airy, friendly and hospitable. All that in an aroma? Yes, Indeed!
A great big barrage of hops charges the palate at first, along with the gritty, grainy wheat texture. After that attack, very smooth and mellow. Light in body,and feeling, but rich in flavor, character, and soul. An utter delight every time it touches the tongue! An overall honey flavor dominates the remainder of the drink, and the delicious hops, the texture, the spice, continue to dance on the palate and provide for a richly rewarding refreshment.
When other folks talk of "nothing beating a Bud Light/Corona/generic yellowy water" on a hot summer's day, they would be wiser to wrap their lips around a glass of Hoegaarden. Wiser, happier, more improved in all aspects as a human being!
What a beautiful beer!

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Photo of smakawhat
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have had plenty of these, even in official glasses so I might as well review it.

Pours a grey/yellow with cloudy consistency. Some retention on the 1 finger head but mostly medium sized bubbles that have some staying power, but not completely. There is virtually no lacing on this beer.

Smell is a dominant fake lemon almost bottled lemon juice, with some orange citrus. Faint weak bread characteristics masked by the fruit. Somewhat actually sour but for the most part nothing offensive.

Taste is of a spring time lemonade, and orange juice quality, with some chewey texture but mostly wet mouthfeel. A little bite to the finish which is kind of surprising.

I could have another but I'd probably want something better. This is a good introductory beer for this style I think.

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

Poured on-tap and served in a vase, the beer is a bright, vibrant yellow color with a ton of bubbles and a thin, white, foamy head. Toasty oat aromas, both mild and smooth. The beer was served ice cold, so I had to let it warm up a bit before delving too far into it. The flavor reveals bready and spicy characters, with a bit of nutmeg and cinnamon. Smooth, creamy banana aftertaste, with a finish of crisp and bubbly banana creme. Light and easy to drink.

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

12 ounce bottle with best before dating of about a year from the date of this review. Pours a dull almost gray- lightest of straw tones, very cloudy. Lifting a world class white head and leaving top notch lacing. Nose is soft, lemon, sugar and soap. Creamy soft mouthfeel. Notes of, of course, lemons, vanilla, honey, melon and spice. Yeasty and pleasant. This stuff is great with anything you put on your plate during the warm months. Very drinkable, it tastes so good. A classic for good reason.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Stone IPA flute glass. Beer is light yellow and has a white haze to it that obstructs all light through the beer. Carbonation is moderate to high and a thick white head forms made of small bubbles that falls away leaving no lacing on the glass.

Beer smells a little bitter, perhaps some citrus in there, not much else, a slight lagerish beer smell. Perhaps a mild sulfur.

Eh, medium to thin body, not very effervesant in my mouth. Some bitterness, some citrus flavors, not a whole lot going on. I may be serving this a little too cold, who knows. Drinkability fine, mouthfeel average. I'm bored.

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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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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 GClarkage
4.7/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/23/04- On tap at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- Poured into a huge Hoegaarden glass...24oz??

Apperance- Huge fluffy head, decent lacing and nice cloudy lemonade like color. More white-grayish than yellow.

Smell- Different spices, pepper, citruis, lemon, orange. Lots of good stuff here.

Taste- I'll have a glass of corriander please. Along with other different spices that I can't describe, plus lots of citrus goodness. Kind of sweet, but kind of sour too. Odd, but very good.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation. Kind of filling. Still goes down super easy because of the yummy taste.

Drinkability- This has always been one of my favorites. Much better from the tap than the bottle as most beers are. One of the most refreshing beers I have had.

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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at a mighty classy establishment: Our Beerbellies in Bethlehem, PA.

Compared to the bottled Hoegaarden, my draft didn't seem quite as crisp, still it was pretty tasty. There's a big sweet creamy flavor with notes of Belgian spice and lemon. I kept waiting for the flavor to really open up, but it never came.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After a Rockies game I hit the local bars. Fado's had this on tap, a warm day, so I tried it.
Good pale golden body, very hazy. Nice frothy head, fair retention.
Smell of lemon, orange and slight sweetness of malt. Rich yeast is also detectable.
Taste is a crisp floral, citrus base. Light in body, nice for a warm day. Carbonation is almost too much , but ends up to be fine.
Easy drinking, a bit rich for a witbier IMO.
Very nice.

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Photo of Tone
3.14/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, pale yellor color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and poor lacing. Smells of yeast, citrus (banana), slight sweet malt, and slight tart malt. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is smooth and sharp with an average carbonation level. The feel is also very watery. Tastes of yeast, pale malt, sweet malt, citrus (banana/orange), and slight tart malt. Overall, weak body and watery, but still a good blend.

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

Sampled again, this time on-draft at Dundee's. The lace sticks to the glass, and it remains good all around IMO, although not as good as I remembered when I reviewed the bottle about eight months ago. Still, I had a hard day and wanted to mellow out on a light fruity beer. At Dundee's, I thought it was cool to see it served in it's hexagonal glass.

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