Horny Goat Exposed - Horny Goat Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 155
Avg: 2.73
pDev: 21.98%
Wants: 1
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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Horny Goat Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: KarlHungus on 04-21-2009

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Photo of KI9A
1.48/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I can't even bring myself to rate this swill. Terrible attempt at a Saison. My God, it's plain horrible. Tasted like an aborted homebrew...This was a absolute drainpour. The smell is sour, which isn't bad, but, the taste is like a adjunct-corn laced lager, with some kind of funk..not a good funk, mind you, just a nasty, rotten, off flavor.

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Photo of thydarkprevails
1.5/5  rDev -45.1%
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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.05/5  rDev -24.9%
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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Photo of beerwolf77
2.11/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into pint glass. Less then a quarter inch of head that dissapated within seconds. Nice golden color cloudy enough to pique my interest.

Smell was faintly sweet a bit of citrus. Yet not very appealing.

Taste wasn't bad but wasn't good either. Maybe a touch of sweetness but no spice. Rather dry. Hardly much flavor to speak of.

Mouthfeel was smooth with a bit of carbonation. Reminds me of any average lite beer.

I guess I could drink a few of these. Only since it's not overly offensive but this is a very boring average beer. Too bad this beer gets so much hype in my area. I had high hopes.

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Photo of goblue3509
2.18/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light yellow very transparent color with little head and no lacing. The smell is very faint of citrus. The taste is once again very faint and of citrus. There is not a lot going on taste and smell wise. The mouthfeel is moderate to moderately high carbonation. The drinkability is below average, there is nothing there to bring you back. It is weak for a farmhouse ale.

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Photo of matjack85
2.19/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.25/5  rDev -17.6%

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.


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Photo of bigfnjoe
2.25/5  rDev -17.6%
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

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Photo of Callipygea
2.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a clear gold and 1/2" head that vanished almost immediately. Smells like Budweiser. Tastes starts off slightly sweet and a hint of orange/lemon, and then goes slightly bitter/astringent. Tastes alot like Budweiser actually. Maybe a little more intense. It's drinkable, wouldn't say pleasant but not deeply unpleasant either. No hint of creaminess.

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Photo of SickGnar
2.31/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.33/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.37/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of SkitzIrish3
2.38/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy, deep gold with fizzy head that immediately disappears. Very active carbonation. Wheat smell, very bland. Very thin body, smooth with only traces of wheat and some citrus. No lasting flavor.

Saison? I'm not sure. It would be refreshing after a hot day of work and is HIGHLY drinkable. It goes down even easier than a BMC. For that purpose it serves. However, don’t sit down looking to enjoy something complex when you pour this because in that regard it fails.

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Photo of SierraFlight
2.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into shaker pint. Yellow body with white head and no lace. Aroma is corn, grass, grainy malts. Taste is similar - macro brew flavors of wheat/grain, weak grassy hops, a bit of sweet corn. Medium body, mildly creamy texture, aggressive carbonation, metallic finish.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
2.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a cheap plastic hotel water glass. No freshness date.

Pours a medium straw with a decent head and no cloud. Head leaves a small amount of sticky clumps.

Aroma is very light wheat malt with a touch of actual beer aroma. There is the wheat aroma with a rider of corniness?

Flavor is crystal malt, wheaty twang is so weak that there is no discernable malt profile. Malt profile seems over spoiled by adjuncts and dirty water. There is an off flavor of hard minerals and potato starch, this water must not be the cleanest. Finishes like it starts weak to the point of almost being water. There is no wild yeast flavors or aromas. There is no substantial malt profile. There is a very small amount of fruitness.

Mouthfeel is thin. The only thing that this beer has going for it are the soft edged bubbles that give a little bit of lushness to the mouthfeel.

I had to check the website out, since this is listed under a holding, which seems to be slick tongue for a marketing company that buys stuff. Website is full of cheap sexual innuendos and attempts at machismo grabbing manhood jabs. Weak to say the least. I checked the Brewmaster's name hoping he wasn't associated with any real craft breweries under contract and I was right, he's not.

Save yourself the frustration, this is a beer for frat boys that want to laugh like idiots at the labels. Bad.

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Photo of JimP
2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

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Photo of jsprain1
2.52/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a shade darker than golden. Head is one finger and white. It looks like it's going to last, but then it falls down.
S- Smell is of pear, peach, a bit of lemon and just a touch of a coriander/pepper aroma.
T- Wow, where did the grassiness come from? It is overwhelmingly grassy. There is a faint lemon and pepper flavor in the finish, but otherwise it is overwhelmingly grassy.
M- Not nearly as sturdy as this style should be. It is almost foamy.
O- It's a nice idea but it's just not a good beer. It looks and smells nice, but then when you drink it it's grassy and just an odd mouthfeel. I'll pass.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
2.55/5  rDev -6.6%
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

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.56/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
2.57/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of taez555
2.61/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured an extremely clear and dull pale yellow body with a small white head.

Nose was very faint with only some mild malt touches.

Taste is light bodied and rather carbonated. Very classic macro lager sort of taste but with a mild touch of citrus, some non sour lemon juice and a mild touch of wheat. Very simple with not much of a hop taste or bitterness at all. Little mild touch of earth. Ends very clean.

Hmm. It says farmhouse ale, but this alll macro lager with a splash of american wheat beer. Sorry guys, it's an easy drinking lawnmower beer, but not even close to the style.

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Photo of Onenote81
2.61/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extra received from BeerFMAndy in a recent trade. Thanks!

Poured into my pint glass. Pours a hazy very-pale yellow with a thin white head on top. Disappears to a sheet on top. Leave no lace. Smells of grains, buttered corn, and a splash of lemon zest.

Moderate body with a nice carbonation kick with each sip. Carbo. level is medium/high. Now the flavor is a conundrum. This tastes exactly what a crisp American lager would taste like, a good one at that. Plenty of buttery grains in the mouth, some light citrus, and a light pop of bitterness on the finish. If this was labeled as a lager, I would rate it a 'B' minimum, but as a Saison, this is way off. I can taste very light yeast and funk in the aftertaste, but it is so faint, it may be my imagination. This one needs some work, or at least a re-styling.

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Photo of climax
2.63/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, but faintly hazey sunshine and hay color. Quickly receding two finger head down to a nice film of foam. Pretty good bubbling too. The aroma i faint toasted malts and even more faint spice aroma. Pretty bland smelling overall, makes me think of an attempt at spicing up a blonde ale. The taste is a weak farm house spice with pilsner malts. This beer seems more like a keller bier than a saison. Liked a lightly spiced lager. Very easy to drink, but doesn't fit the style.

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Photo of arboristfish
2.66/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearance of the beer is a hazy white, with a frothy head. The aroma smells of pale sweet malts with a hint of fruit. The taste is bland. There is a faint sweetness that comes through but overall nothing is standing out. The mouthfeel is light, and I guess you could consider it drinkable.

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