Horny Goat Belgian Style Wheat - Horny Goat Brewing Co.

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Horny Goat Belgian Style WheatHorny Goat Belgian Style Wheat

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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3
pDev: 20%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Horny Goat Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-20-2008

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Photo of Billolick
2.78/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

4 pack of big cans, "the horny goat likes big cans" Pours cloudy yellowy apricot. Minor off white head and just a smidgen of lacing left behind. Some typical wheat/wit notes, creamy coriander, lemony zest and then an off putting metallic sourness, not overpowering but def. present. Good marketing, cheap ($6.99 for the 4 pack) and humorous, I'll pass it by next time

Photo of WVbeergeek
1.83/5  rDev -39%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appears a bright orange tinted golden hue slightly hazed with yeast suspended in the body large creamy texture white head forms thick and dwindles quickly. Aroma comes off with fruit esters citrus peel and spices aplenty. Some sweet sharp acidic wheat notes are first to tickle my nose hairs with some sulfur twang and fruit esters in the finish. Flavor is every where at once a blast of honey malt sweetness some corn and rice syrup combination with coriander spice notes and citrus peel zest bitterness. Nothing plays well together and once again I have to say either wet cardboard or excess sulfur components from an unknown source. A really non cohesive version of a white ale usually dead on for drinkability this one falls short in mouthfeel with spritzy unnatural added carbonation and a linger rotten egg stench in your mouth pretty much kills all hopes. No a skunked or old can just bad beer here., no plans to consume any more singles or marketable Horny Goat four packs.

Photo of richkrull
3.8/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one out of a mixed 12-pack.

Pours a nice hazy straw color, average amount of head. It has a sweet citrus smell. Taste is very much the same. Citrusy, some wheat - kind of a sweet smell. Medium to light bodied beer, pretty smooth drinking. Could put down a few of these. Pretty decent tasting. Nothing too special, but not bad at all.

Photo of Brenden
2.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This wit is the appropriate pale gold, very lightly hazed but not nearly as much as it could be. I can pretty much see through it, but it's got enough of a hazy thickness not to have any give at the edges. A small white head forms and fades somewhat quickly, leaving a bit of a thinnish, wispy foam that actually leaves some decent lacing behind.
I get coriander and grains on the nose with a bit of mostly citric sweetness. Otherwise, it's quite nondescript.
A little spiciness comes out in the flavor before tangy red grape and fruits into the finish, where some grains come out. This may have more Fruity Pebbles taste than Leinie's Sunset Wheat. There's nothing particularly Belgian detectable other than a note of the distinctive dusty earthiness.
There's actually a bit of a surprise in the feel, as it starts out quite creamy and fuller-bodied than I would have thought. Crispness kicks it up a notch as it goes and edges out the smoothness, then it fades off and gets watery but, hey, it had something there for a minute.

Photo of bashiba
4/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice slightly hazy orange with a light off white head, some nice retention with mild lacing.

The smell is light and slightly sweet with a hint of wheat, yeast, and spices.

The flavor is very traditional Belgian white, with a nice wheat and yeast flavors with a good bit of coriander, light lemon, some mild pepperyness and a touch of bubble gum.

The mouthfeel has nice carbonation with a light body.

A nicely done white that would be a good summer session.

Photo of GRG1313
2.65/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Made with coriander and wheat. Pours a light amber with a medium sized firm white head.

Big, but simple, banana Belgian and candi sugar nose.

Light/medium in body and a thin mouthfeel, a bit watery.

Flavors are very light and simple and mostly a light orange character. Simple fruit flavors.

A short simple malt finish.

Nothing special here

Photo of beerthulhu
2.55/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beer #3 from sampler pack.

A: A pale lemon coloring shows the slightest bit of haze. The head is pancake thin, concrete white, sudsy, and dissipates quickly. A light and spacious rise of effervesce is moderately paced. No window dressing from the vertically and retention challenged head.

S: Musky citrus of orange and lemon mix along with dry wheat. Very faint spicy nature with a light cotton candy sweetness coming on the close.

T: Watery wheat and citrus, makes not for a good start. Cotton candy sweetness, creamy musky oranges is thin in substance with an artificial type of flavor. Rather dull and unexciting, lacks a yeasty Belgian bite from the yeast and any defining character which put my tongue to sleep.

M: Okay carbonation brings a bit of zip but hardly enough to say its good, maybe average which is a step or two above the other characteristics of this beer. Decent body, a bit creamy with a citrus twang on the finish.

O: After having a couple of their beers (red vixen & horny blonde) and being unimpressed I was even more hesitant about this brewery tackling a style with the word Belgian in it. I really hate to put down beers, as someone must of was excited enough to think others would share their enthusiasm with this, but this is hardly bottle or pint worthy let alone six pack. Meh best describes my sediments towards this.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams Summer Ale Stange. No date or info.

A - Completely cloudy yellow-ish orange. Creamsicle-like in color. A dense white head popped up right away but sank to a decent layer rather quickly. A thin collar of lacing was left on the glass.

S - Fairly potent yeasty aroma along side a hefty helping of wheat with a good citrus crispness to it and a well balanced spiciness. There is a not-so-enjoyable grassy nose around the edges. Not half bad though.

T - Wheat and yeast comprise the focus of this beer but don't fail as horribly as I expected. The mediocre flavor includes a splash of orange citrus and a helping of coriander spiciness.

M - Crisp and light-bodied, it's a refreshing summer beer with a good level of carbonation and slight spice finish.

D - Not bad at all, it certainly looks better than it actually is but I'd wager that's the motto of this "craft" "brewery". I could do a 6 pack no problem but it wouldn't be my first choice, that's for sure.

Photo of ZorPrime
3.32/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to BigBry for this one.

The beer is yellow-orange color. It does look like orange juice but a little darker. Absolutely no head forms up. The beer is hazy, and we cant see through. The aroma is dominated by oranges with a little bit of coriander. It does smell more like orange juice than beer. The taste is fruity and it reminds me of juice. The bitterness is not strong. The intensity of the taste and smell is low. The beer is thin bodied with a lot of carbonation. This one is very refreshing and a very good beer for the summer.

Cheers BigBry.

Photo of nghab
2.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

AROMA: Mild wheat aroma, coriander notes, not much citrus/orange character but present.

APPEARANCE: Appropriately hazy, medium golden, big white frothy head, left some lace as it fell. (Served in weizen glass.)

FLAVOUR: Fairly dry, orange is present but coriander is more evident. Among "mass market" wit-type beers this is at the other end of the spectrum from the intensely "Fruity Pebbles" of Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat. Seems to have a bit more hop bitterness than you would expect in a witbier, or maybe that's the coriander contributing to that perception. A bit grainy.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium carbonation, a bit thin even for the style

OVERALL IMPRESSION: This isn't an awful beer, just not inspiring compared to other witbiers. Lacks a certain "brightness." It's drinkable, and notwithstanding my comment above about its dryness, would probably be nicely thirst quenching on a hot summer day. It's not the best witbier I've ever had, but I'll take something in this direction over an overly sweet and fruity one like LSW.

[I should note that I've had this in my basement since summer, so I'm not reviewing the freshest possible sample. Not abused in storage, but several months beyond when it was canned.]

Photo of happygnome
3.05/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: pours a light golden color with about a quarter inch of head that disappears quickly leaving very little lacing. Although there is a lot of carbonation rising to the top of the beer, the head retention is not very good

s: citrus, wheat and strong corriandar

t: very similar to the smell, strong corriander with a crisp wheat and citrus flavor

m: light bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation

overall, this is a decent wheat beer but I do not see myself buying it in the future

Photo of ppoitras
3.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can purchased as part of a 4-pack from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Was planning ahead for a can-preferred venue.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" off-white head over the cloudy golden amber brew. Head lasts well, with plenty of sticky lacing. Aroma exhibits wisps of citrus and spicing. Taste is also minimal, light wheat character upfront, with the citrus and spices in the middle and close. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, and drinkability is pretty good. Seems to lack intensity in numerous facets, but overall not too bad for a can option.

Photo of BigBry
3.8/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brought back a 4 pack of one-pint cans from my last trip to the States, actually picked this up in Minnesota. "Ale brewed with coriander and orange peel".
Poured very cloudy, orange yellow color. Bright white head with good retention. Murky (but no floaties), would be a turn off to thoe who didn't understand the style.
Nice yeasty aroma with lots of orange and spice. Lots of expected Wheat / Wit flavors including coriander and orange peel, yeasty spices. Very carbonated, tingly almost burning on the lips and tongue. The orange flavor and smell, plus the fizziness reminded me of an Orange Fanta soda.
Origianlly bought it just for the can, not expecting much from the contents, pleasantly suprised.
Horny Goat Loves Big Cans...

Photo of roblowther
2.49/5  rDev -17%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Doesn't look quite right. A little clear and no real head. Smell is better, with caramel, oranges and a hint of something spicy. Taste is bland, almost refreshing then just tailing off to a hint of sourness. Not like a wit at all. Mothfeel is a touchy sticky and, again, odd. Drinkable? 99 cents a can is its best asset

Photo of keethrax
3.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Just a bit on the orange side of yellow. Small head, blink and you'll miss it.

Smell: Citrus and spice. Wheaty.

Taste: Watery but the flavor that is there is good. Oranges, spice, wheat, a bit of candy sweetness. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin and light. Not much to write home about.

Overall: A decent enough beer. Or maybe 3 parts decent beer, one part water. After a few disappointing horny goat options I was somewhat dreading this one. But it's not bad. Not great, and a bit weak. But not bad. Probably wouldn't buy one again because there are better choices, but would gladly drink it if available.

Photo of woodychandler
4.45/5  rDev +48.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I CAN hardly believe that I found yet another new CAN while in Wisconsin! I was at Madison's Old Fashioned with Marty from Stone when I came across this one.

I actually drank it twice since I did not look at the 16 ounce CAN before the server opened it and poured some, but not all, into a glass. My final pour from the first CAN revealed all of the sediment that turned it from a standard wheat into a Wit. I then signalled for a fresh CAN and instructed my server not to open it, but to hand it to me so that I could gently rock it end over end to get the yeast into suspension. I got a finger of bone-white head with good retention. The color was a cloudy orangish-amber with lots (!) of floaties which eventually sank to the bottom of the glass, requiring ongoing agitation. The nose was more pungent than before, allowing the spices to come forth. I really caught the orange peel on the finish, but I am getting ahead of myself. The mouthfeel was full with a definitive Wit flavor of wheat, yeast, coriander, and orange peel all intermngling on my palate. For an avowed hophead, this was phenomenal! In a CAN, no less! My quest is unearthing some unexpected winners. Just remember, GENTLY agitate the can before opening it.

From the CAN itself: "Horny Goat Wheat is a Belgian-style white beer, craft brewed with wheat, malted barley, hops and a bit of orange peel and coriander. It's natural haze from yeast and wheat make it a classic to be enjoyed on its own, or with a slice of orange.

Horny Goat loves big [CANS]... those little 12 ounce bottles aren't enough beer, and [CANS] fully protect beer from light and oxygen, producing a new level of fresh that you won't find out of a bottle. [CANS] are also easier to recycle and better for the environment... ask an ecologist if you don't believe the brainiacs at Horny Goat."

Photo of dpnelson1978
3.2/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip @ 40°F.

$7.99 / 6 pk.

S: Scent of wheat with a just a hint coriander.

A: Small tight white head that quickly dissipates and does not cover. Negligible lacing, and no ring. Cloudy amber body.

T: Typical wheat beer, nothing special. Noticeable coriander and subtle orange flavor.

M: Medium carbonation with very light body. Despite only having medium carbonation the feel is a bit harsh.

D: Good session beer, could drink it all night with no complaints, but if I had something else to choose I would not settle down.

O: Not bad, but nothing special.

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.05/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clean pale yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, notes of citrus and spice. In the taste, a small spice and ends with a mellow lemon citrus. A small spice bite and lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry spice in the aftetaste. Not my style, but overly spiced and a bad use of citrus.

Photo of climax
3.32/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Upon twisting the top, I didn't get much feedback that the beer was still alive, no satisfying "ffssst" or anything. That being said, it poured pretty flat, lemon yellow in color. The head was dismal and faded quicker than Chumbawamba.

The aroma isn't a total loss, but it's no game changer. The wheat tones were about all that was holding it together. The expected notes of banana, coriander, and citrus were present but weak. That infamous cheap beer metallic twang chimed in to add an extra little bit of disappointment.

The taste is certainly an improvement and pleasant surprise. The yeast is evident, as well as lemon, and coriander. The finish has soft notes of Belgian yeast, wheat, and ripe banana.

I was wrong in assuming this was flat, it's got plenty of crisp carbonation. The yeast aids to a nice smooth feel with a slightly chalky finish.

As far as Horny Goat brewing goes, this is by far the most impressive and the only one I would try again. So at least I've got one thing figured out with this rather disappointing mixed pack....

Photo of Tone
3.52/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, golden color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of clove, banana, sweet malt, yeast, and slight hop. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, clove, banana, slight ginger, and slight yeast. Overall, a little lacking in anything but herbs and spice, slightly watery, but a decent drinking brew.

Photo of Greggy
2.82/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Pours a decently fluffy head over a cloudy golden color. The head recedes after a minute or two but doesn't leave much for lacing.

S- Very nice yeastiness as well as big orange, coriander, and pepper. This almost reminds me of la fin du monde. Nice.

T- Very malty with a big orange, lemon, but this is very malternative-esque.. Not good.

M- Medium carbonation is a touch cloying.

D- This isn't very good. I will not have this in the future.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a cloudy pale yellow color. The head is an inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of lemon, corriander, and wheaty tang. The taste has some of the lemon and wheat I detected in the aroma, but there is no coriander. There is also an unsettling caramel malt taste that shouldn't be there in a witbier. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with solid carbonation. Overall, this would be a nice beer if it tasted like it smelled. The way it is it just doesn't work for me. I can't see myself drinking this again.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.17/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Horny Goat Belgian Style Wheat

LOOK: pale hazed yellow, soapy head and showing off plenty of carbonation.

SMELL: orange citrus, musty yeast and wheat notes. Touch of
Lemon and clove.

TASTE: wheaty and citrusy with dry orange and lemon notes. A bit tart. Mild hopping, even bitterness and a bit spicy in a clove like fashion. Not bad but alittle watery. Carbonation is good, medium bodied feel.

A pretty standard wheat here, but not too bad at all for what it is. The flavors aren't totally refined but they are more or less decent. This could pair well with sweet and savory Asian dishes.

Photo of goblue3509
2.53/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy light pale yellow color with a very small head and no lacing. The smell is of orange and grains however, the smell is very very faint. The taste is the same faint taste of orange and some grains however, it is watery and very subtle. The mouthfeel is of light carbonation. The drinkability is average, there is nothing to make you dislike this beer and nothing to really make you like it. It is very refreshing and smooth though.

Photo of jhartley
3.5/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on July 4, 2012. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. No date or abv listed on the bottle or label.
Poured a cloudy/hazy light yellow with a thin wheat head the dissipated rather quickly leaving very little lacing. Smells like that belgian yeast and hints of coriander. Taste like your typical Belgian witbier, funky; orange peel; spices. Great clean, dry finish quite refreshing in this summer heat wave! Overall, not a bad beer, much better than the Hopped Up 'N Horny Pale Ale that I had.

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Horny Goat Belgian Style Wheat from Horny Goat Brewing Co.
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