Hoegaarden Speciale | Brouwerij van Hoegaarden

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden
Belgium
hoegaarden.com

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-05-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
38
Reviews:
30
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
13.83%
 
 
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Photo of Absumaster
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A murky yellow beer with a thock, stable head.

Smell has lots of wheat and a little musty grains, perfumy and old orange zest and a little chewing gum. Some off-flavors, but nothing too disturbing.

Taste has wheat and grains, with the yeast providing the phenols that are typical for a witbier. The spices are subtle, but can be tasted very easily. There is the orange peel that has gone a little stale and the coriander is perfumy. Mouthfeel is pretty dry and slightly sticky.

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Photo of bark
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The colour is gold-yellow-orange; the liquid is a bit hazy (the beer is bottle conditioned). The finger thick foam quickly sinks down to a thick white lid, leaving no lacing.

The smell is sour-yeasty, like a wit is supposed to be. There are notes of citric fruits (oranges, bitter oranges, lemons) and a mild earthy touch.

The taste is a lot bitterer than the witbiers I have reviewed so far. It is much dryer than I had expected, too. Earthy notes of yeast blends with fruity flavours of apricots, orange peels and green grapes. There are sour “wheat notes”, too. The aftertaste got some passing sweetness, some mild bitter flavours as well as a dry note of sour candy.

The carbonation is mild – the liquid is thick, almost like syrup.

I cannot really understand the point of this beer – it’s like someone had mixed the standard Hoegaarden wit with a lager beer.

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Photo of haz77
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy gold, with a finger of creamy white head. Small bubbles of carbonation keep it solidly in place.

S - Pronounced clove, citrus, wheat, mixed spice.

T - Initial clean citrus flavour. Clove appears towards the middle and slowly builds all the way to the finish. It's flavour remains in the aftertaste, along with bubblegum and wheat.

M - Medium, crisp, refreshing, creamy body. Soft carbonation.

D - Tasty beer with an impressive mouthfeel. Unsurprisingly, very easy to consume.

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Photo of deeplennon
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from one of those cute 8.4 bottles Scaldis (Bush) uses for their full line and others occasionally use for special or exceptionally strong brews.

Anybody familiar with Hoegaarden would approach this beer expecting a suped up version of said classic. That is exactly what they'll be getting.

The Orange zest is there in abundance and the body is very similar to the original. The extra alcohol, in my opinion, makes it taste less 'cheap' than the original. As indeed overall it tastes considerably less mass produced. Color is decidedly less yellow than the original, more of an orange.

Still inferior to St Bernardus Wit, but if you're looking for a wit with a little less intensity of flavor than that one, you'd do well with a Speciale.

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Photo of Voss
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The speciale is what it is, special. More tasteful than the classic witt ale but less bodied and malty than the Gran Cru. So this is the perfect witbier for me, wonderful paired with slices of salmon on buttered bread or even alone when you need something cool and tasteful. Very pleasant and satisfying, this is the most drinkable and desiderable of the Hoegaarden family.
Hoegaarden is a very small village in the middle of Belgium: they put a big fermentor on the roundabout that leads to the centre of the village, coasting the Hoegaarden factory. Just a little village, but what comes out of it!

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

250 ml. A whitish colour with lots of creamy foam. Strong on the wheat and some spices, it gives a sharp sourish wheat. Normally I despise this style when it goes milk sour, but this one I liked. For what it wants to accomplish, I think it succeeded. Interesting.
I can see why you love or hate this one.

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Photo of ernie
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not exactly a turbocharged version of original Hoe, but a smart try to emphasize on its cloudiness, spiciness and fruity character.

Same color as Original White Ale, but more cloudy. Carbonation level, head and lace identical.

Smell is stronger, spicier, very interesting. I prefer the aroma of 'regular' Hoe.

Taste is pretty much the same - complex, fruity, yeasty, spicey, with noticeable orange peel, lemon & coriander. Mouthfeel is heavier and finish too sour.

Probably an answer to those who claim that Original White Ale have lost its character. The claim is wrong, but here's a welcome addition to brewery's range. Cheers!

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Photo of weeare138
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to hopdog for this…
Appears a hazy light gold with a small white film and collar that slowly fades.
Smell is of wheat, yeast, and coriander.
Taste is of the same aromas…perhaps a slight step back though.
Mouthfeel is watery with mild yeast and corn syrup blending around in the mix.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25cL bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a hazy pale yellow color with two fingers of head that die off quickly. There's a little bit of lacing. The smell is fantastic. It's a lot more spicy than the regular Hoegaarden. Lots of pepper and some lemon in the background. Great wheat and yeast aromas as well. The taste is fairly spicy as well. Nice citrus taste as well. A kinda weird finish that I can't pick up. The mouthfeel is decently thick and smooth. The drinkability is great. A tasty witbier. Thanks to Chris for sharing!

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice white color with a finger of head that falls to a light coat. Nose is very spicey. Lost of corriander and an almost vanilla/chamomile character. Very full. Flavor is not quite as full, but still very tasty, even if slightly metallic to me. Creamy, corrinader spicey. Very tasty wit. Feel is nice moderate and creamy with a light to moderate carbonation. A well built beer. Tasty and very easy to drink. Very glad to have had it.

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I am a little biased... Hoegaarden is my favorite beer, so to find this on the shelves was an absolute treat. It pours a cloudy gold color, and smells a little more pungent than regular Hoegaarden, and more than other witbiers. The head depends on the pour... a direct pour will yeald a large foamy head while a tilted pour will yeald a small-moderale sized head. The lacing on the glass is very intricate regaurdless of the pouring style. The taste is similar to other special summer witbiers, although it is much sweeter than many I have tasted. Member JETSBEER was correct in saying if you like regular Hoegaarden, then you will love this beer!

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Photo of francisweizen
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An amazing white beer from Hoegaarden. Take everything that you love about their original White Ale and take it to the next level and that is what you get with Hoegaarden Speciale! a super creamy yellowish/white pour with a gigantic fluffy, pillowy head. An aroma that is just bursting with lemon, spices, and grains. A lucious taste with w afull creamy, mouthfeel, and to top it all off. A very high gluggability factor.
An A+ beverage by Hoegaarden(maybe interbrew has only gotten to the original white ale so far!!!;-)
cheers!,
F

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Photo of rastaman
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very nice brew, deeper yellow and even hazier than their regular white, smooth citrusy and spicy, decent body and decent flavour, highly enjoyable. Would maybe drink this over regular Hoegaarden.

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