Horny Goat Exposed - Horny Goat Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 2.82
pDev: 21.28%
Wants: 1
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Horny Goat Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: KarlHungus on 04-21-2009

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Ratings: 153 | Reviews: 51
Reviews by Stinkypuss:
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Horny Goat Exposed

LOOK: cloudy pale yellow brew, white head forms.

SMELL: light aroma of citrus , malts, and sweet grains.

TASTE: sweet grains, mild citrusy grassy notes. Mild bitterness, cream sweetness and firm malty notes. Pretty tasty. Medium bodied, thin feel, soft carbonation.

Decent cream ale, one of the better offerings in the horny goat line. Would be a suitable session ale.

More User Reviews:
Photo of richkrull
3.38/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a Horny Goat mixed 12-pack from Party Mart in Lake Mills, WI.

Poured a hazy straw color, not too much head on it. Smell is pretty faint with a bit of wheaty malt and some citrus. Taste is not bad, nothing to write home about, but it's decent. Some citrus notes. Pretty smooth beer, not much aftertaste. Easy drinking beer. Definitely could put down a few of these without a problem.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.02/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Horney Goat...well I'm horney....so why not!....Right! So this beer has a good solid beer taste, nothing fancy....could compare it to Bud, Miller Genuine, etc. It is clear golden in color, thin white head, minimum lacing. very drinkable and has a decent mouthfeel...Session....I THINK SO!!!!

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.06/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a flat looking golden wheat color. The color is nice but no head and no lacing.

Aroma is that if a wheat beer. Not very farm house funky like a saison should be.

Tastes the same. I actually started drinking this before I knew what it was and thought it was just a hefe. Needs more of that yeasty flavor that the saisons have. More funk. Tastes real wheaty.

Mouthfeel is kind of boring. Kind of low carb.

Overall a very boring beer. Probably will never buy it or trade for it. Not terrible though.

Photo of HawbakerBrewery
2.68/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours to a crystal clear gold, with a thin, white head. Head dissipates very quickly, leaving almost no lacing. Tiny particles are suspended within the clear gold volume. Odor is sour and lightly skunky. The taste is almost identical to the smell. Flavors other than sour and skunk are lacking. Hearty carbonation gives this a heavy feel when swallowed. This one's a belcher. I would compare this to Genessee Cream Ale-which I feel exactly the same way about. Priced too high for the quality. Build your own 6-pack for $7.99

Photo of beerthulhu
2.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer#6 from sampler pack. Another stab at a Belgian style.

A: Pale straw blonde coloring shows a small haze in the glass. The head is good on the pour, chalky white, a finger high, but fails to hold and collapses to a skimpy covering of film right before the eyes. On the way no down it fails to cling or lace. The effervesce is strong, medium dense, and quickly paced matching their pale in terms of presentation.

S: Dull and lack luster aroma, pale dry wheat and dry lemon peel. Vague hints of dried apple. Neither musky nor pungently fruity with a scent to light to appreciate.

T: Pale wheat, dry grapefruit with some grassiness. A bit watery with some apple-citrusy notes. A bit of sour funk with training wheels comes on the end but really nothing to write home about nor compare to Belgian standards. Tastes like a watery pale wheat. Musky? Hardly. Disappointing no doubt.

M: Light bodied, starts off crisp enough but quickly turns flat and boring.

O: Again another feeble attempt at a Belgian style it probably has no business to attempt when it can hardly handle the basic styles. You can probably blind taste these beers and struggle to define style. If you cant come close to style you should probably leave well enough alone. Fairly boring limited appeal no repeat quality. Exposed, yeah as another leinenkugel.

Photo of SickGnar
2.31/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: A sort of Champagne look. An ever so slightly hazy, super pale golden with lots and lots of fast rising effervescent bubbles. Despite bubbly aspect, it still has a minimalist head that barely tries to leave lacing.

S: Sweet husky grain that some bisquity/ crackery notes. Smells more adjunct macro than saison. And what is there, is rather weak anyway. No yeasty nothing, no distinct ester nor phenols. No hops, let alone spicy, peppery, or other character. Not bad per se, but not good and not to the implied style.

T: ummm.... Not a Saison. More like a macro lager or cream/blonde ale... Only some reserved malts - bready and biscuit notes, maybe some light crystal, a bit of wheat, a grainy sweetness that fades to raspy husk, and more than a hint of dms / cooked corn. Picks up a bit of yeast character if bottom of bottle is swirled and drunken straight, if added to glass then not so much. Some spice does come through in the hops that are otherwise grassy and herbal. Rather insipid.

M: Medium to thin body with active CO2 that contributes noticeably to mouthfeel by giving a softness. Finish is barely semi-dry. Not bad, but not the dryness of a saison.

D: Not bad as a summer wheat brew / lawnmover beer. Not great mind you, but passable. As a Saison? Like they say in Wallonia, "Fuggitaboutit!" But even if they called it something else, the rating would not jump considerably.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Unibroue Tulip. No date or info.

A - Exposed isn't very exposed as it poured a lightly hazy, still translucent pale golden yellow. Heavy carbonation is constantly streaming up to a non-existant head. About 1 finger of white foam rose up but dropped almost instantly. All thats left is a lacing-less ring of tiny white bubbles.

S - Devoid of any aromas resembling a saison - one of my favorite styles. I get lightly grassy, extremely low-level hops with a minute pinch of spice and a hearty husky graininess. It smells more like a Miller Lite than anything else.

T - The husky graininess overtakes all in a bad way. The flavor is lacking in every aspect and the hops give off a citric hint. Almost no spices but what's there is cheap tasting. Just a bland adjunct-like flavor not worthy of the glass it's in.

M - Smooth up front with a carbonation finish that's just standard. A tiny citrus finish.

D - Lacking of all-out bad in every regard, it's an awful "saison" (if they can even call it that) that may as well be an adjunct lager with a minimal splash of real flavor, this beer needs some serious work. Also, why is it called Exposed anyway? Just part of the whole gimmick I would imagine. I can drink it fine but every time the style "saison" pops into my head I want to pour it out.

Photo of matjack85
2.19/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I picked this up at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making it $1.67 for this single 12oz bottle. No freshness date and no information about the beer on the label.

The beer poured a hazy pale yellow color with a ½-finger of white head that dissipated to nothing (not even a rim) in less than 20 seconds. No lacing whatsoever. Not a very pretty beer.

There's not much smell to this. Picking up just a little grain - probably corn and a little wheat.

Weak flavor that's on the grainy side Tastes like corn sweetener, a little lemon citrus, and a mild hop bitterness (13 IBU's).

This is not creamy at all. Light body with low carbonation.

Not much to recommend here. It's drinkable, but not that good of an example of the style.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.25/5  rDev -20.2%

Horny Goat Exposed has a thin, white head, a mostly clear, gold-yellow appearance, lots of strong bubble streams, and a bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of a slight bit of sweetness and lemon, but there really isn’t much smell. Taste is of sweet, cracker, light malt, slight bitterness, and a touch of sugary cake frosting. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Horny Goat Exposed finishes decently crisp, drinkable, and dull.

RJT

Photo of mfnmbvp
2.55/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle. No bottled on date present. Uncapped and poured to a Boulevard tulip. This will be my first beer resembling the cream ale style, so I'm not too sure what to expect.

A - Pours an extremely cloudy lemon color. Looks like a more full-bodied version of a Miller Lite or some other such swill. Virtually no head on top, with a couple of bubbles stuck to the sides of the glass.

S - Again, on the track to resembling such swill as a Miller Lite or a Miller Genuine Draft. Smells of carbonated chemically treated corn husk with perhaps some vague hint of unrecognizable spice buried in the end. Some very vague citrus note is present in there, also. The "cream" flavor really only begins to present itself by the time the beer has warmed up significantly, and you are practically finished with it.

T - Resembles the smell almost to a tee. Not nearly as carbonated or bloating as I would have expected, judging by the quality of the smell. Definitely tastes very corny and mealy. Dry finish. Not a whole lot of flavor to be had out of this one, though. Cream ale? Doesn't taste at all how the style makes you think it would taste like. Very faint hint of citrus at the end, and a faint cream taste near the end as the beer warms up.

M - Mouth feel is good. Nice medium body, and nicely balanced. Again, very dry in the finish. No real flavor was there in the first place, so nothing really lingers about.

Overall, this brew tastes more like a well-made lager than it does a "cream ale" although this was the first one I've had. Nothing special, more like a quality Miller Lite or Bud Light than it is an actual "craft" beer. Still a step above mass produced swill, but not great by any means, but I would drink it again if I had the chance.

Horny Goat Exposed ---2.5/5

Photo of JimP
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

It was OK. The sales associate told me that this was similar to Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewery. He wasn't even close. I could only drink half and threw the rest away. I'm gonna pawn off the rest of my 6 pack to my brothers.

Photo of bigfnjoe
2.25/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a stemless wine glass

A- pours a cloudy shade of yellow with a one finger white head that fades very quickly. The head was a great color, but didn't stick around at all. The beer looks like lemonade. Yikes.

S- slight corny aroma, though it's not very pleasant...true to style, I guess

T- starts a little cloyingly sweet, finish is actually a tad bitter. Tastes a lot like macro swill, to be honest

M- very thin body, moreso than most typical examples of the style

O- just a disastrous cream ale. When done properly, it's a lovely style, but this is just...no

Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.83/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Hazy golden color. An off white colored head that recedes to nothing, no lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malts, another sweet note such as rice or corn added.

Taste: Immediate malt sweetness, faint grains, rice. Very light tang finish.

Mouthfeel: Carbonanted, slightly creamy.

Overall: A bit harsh around the edges, so to speak.

Photo of thydarkprevails
1.5/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

In a bar, bottle. Pours a hazy yellow. Inch thick head quickly shrinks. Aroma is apricot, belgian yeast, and bread. Taste is mild and watery for the style. It works because budweiser and miller lite at my other options, otherwise It wouldn’t. Pretty mediocre.

Photo of climax
2.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The pour exposed a cloudy pale lemon yellow color. The fizzy white head was pretty solid, and barely receded.

The aroma is subtle, nothing stands out in general but lemon, yeast, wheat, and a touch of noble hops. The fruity flavor typical of the style is pretty much absent, but the complexity is acceptable.

The flavor is an extension of the nose, not a whole lot there. It's quite tart with notes of lemon and bitter strawberry puree, thus the fruit flavors emerging. It finishes with soft wheat.

The carbonation adds modest crispness, but not enough to saver this one, as it is pretty watery. It's soft and smooth but there's just no body here.

Once all is said and extracted, I could definitely leave this one behind.

Photo of CurtisPeacock
4.03/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stopped at the grocery store to grab a six pack for the night. Had a friend suggest Horny Goat Exposed because it has good flavor/ balance while also being a lighter session style beer.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden yellow with 1/2 inch of head. I little lacing around the empty glass.

Smell: Earthy smell with a little bit of malt and vanilla.

Taste: A lighter cream ale with a hint of citrus and a very small bit of bitterness. I really like this beer. A great combination of flavors while also being light enough to have a few in a sitting. I think this may have just become one of my favorites. Also, a great introductory beer to someone new to craft beers. I used to drink nothing but light beers but recently became a craft head. I truly believe in the saying "once you go craft you never go back."

Mouthfeel: On the lower end of medium body. Very smooth and easy to drink with a slight creamy feel.

Overall: I really like this beer. It's a great beer to enjoy and sit back for more than one. The taste does not get old or overwhelming. If you enjoy cream ales such as Spotted Cow you should give this beer a try. Also, if you have friends you are trying to convert to the craft side this would make a great transitional beer.

Photo of sweemzander
2.37/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the trade!

(A)- Pours a hazy golden yellow color that produced a pure white head with decent retention.

(S)- Tons of grassy wheat with a bit of lemon & burnt toast. Is this really a Saison?

(T)- Some lemon fruit & wheat amidst some roasted corn. Definitely not reminding me of a Saison.

(M)- Good carbonation level & balance. Simple, but tasty enough. Crisp. Very dissapointing when it comes to the style.

(D)- A decent beer that is a terrible beer when it comes to what style it is trying to be. If it were simply an adjunct lager, this would actually receive a much better score, but I cannot give it since nothing besides the appearance reminds me of a Saison.

Photo of ckollias
2.83/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a golden hue with a 2-finger white head that slowly dissipates into a thin persistent lace.

S: Grainy scent with a mild lemon citrus aroma.

T: Slightly tart flavor with a grainy smooth taste.

M: Thin body and medium carbonation

O: Decent beer – nothing special – a step above a Budweiser.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a (512) anniversary glass.

Didn't even know Horny Goat was available down here, so I picked up what singles I could to give them a try, beginning with this one. It pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises wheat, mild corn, and sweet flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, progressing flavor-wise from sweet, almost cream-like notes to decidedly wheaty and grainy notes to a sort of off-fruit-y territory that mars an awful lot of decent progress up to that point. The body is a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally fluid feel. Overall, an okay cream ale at best, one that hints at some form of tastiness before wrenching it away from me.

Photo of Gavage
2.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light golden yellow color with a 1/4" head. No lace develops.

Smell: some soft grasss and a hint of earthiness is all you can detect.

Taste: light grass, pear, golden apple, a hint of yeast, a hint of pepper, and a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Short aftertaste.

Overall. Not a true farmhouse or saison as the style suggests. A basic macro type beer here.

Photo of BMoney575
3.38/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 2-13-10

Pours a cloudy pale yellow color, with a thin white head and respectable lacing.

Smell is very clean malt, a little adjuncty, with a hop edge that is actually quite pleasant. None of the sourness or farmhouse you might expect from the style.

Taste is light malt and very yeasty, with a slightly fruity hop middle and the tiniest amount of sourness. Not bad, tastes like a full-bodied macro lager.

Mouthfeel is good, even considering the subdued flavors.

Drinkability is very good, this one has session written all over it.

Overall, it's the kind of craft beer I'd expect to find in a college town, purposefully inoffensive.

Photo of soju6
2.95/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale golden color with a moderate head and bits of lacing.

S: Mild citrus aroma with a bit of malt sweetness and grain.

T: Taste of citrus, some malt sweetness and a bit of grain. Has a mild bitterness and a slightly sticky finish.

F:Light body and quite smooth.

O: Decent non-offensive Cream Ale.

Photo of Tone
3.4/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden/yellow color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of yeast, pale malt, hops, clove, and slight citrus. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with a high carbonation level. There is a strong tartness associated with this brew. Tastes of tart malt, sweet malt, yeast, citrus, and hops. Overall, this brew is very sharp and tart, but lacks the good complex flavors and quality body. It is very easy drinking, though so that is a plus not normally associated with a Saison.

Photo of KarlHungus
2.05/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I hope this is the right place to post this beer. The Horny Goat Brewery website states it is in Milwaukee. The bottle states it is in Stevens Point. BA lists the other Horny Goat beers to be from a marketing company in Onalaska. My guess is that the beer is brewed at the Stevens Point Brewery for the company in Onalaska.

This beer pours a cloudy pale yellow color. The head is a quarter inch in height, and recedes withing seconds into no lacing whatsoever. The aroma is like most generic pseudo craft beer lagers. The is a very faint hint of spice, but I have to work to hard to find it that it isn't enjoyable. The taste has some wheatiness to it, but no spice. It is quite bland too. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. Overall, this is a bad beer. The "brewery's" website calls this beer a saison, so I listed it as one even though it tastes nothing like one. In fact this is the worst saison I've ever had. Perhaps, it is more of an American Pale Wheat Ale, but it would be a bad one of those too. I will certainly never drink this again.

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Horny Goat Exposed from Horny Goat Brewing Co.
67 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.