Hoegaarden Speciale has a characteristic, lightly bitter taste. It has a slightly higher fermenting temperature than the regular Hoegaarden wheat beer. In fact, it is rather like the original Hoegaarden but with a riper, richer taste, and a golden blonde glow.
Drunk from a stemmed ball glass, rather than the hexagonal glass, Speciale is enjoyed with a very large head of foam. It has a mild, burnt malt flavour and long-lasting taste.