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Horny Goat Exposed - Horny Goat Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 155
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 20.44%
Wants: 1
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 TMoney2591
2.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (737 characters)

Photo of Gavage
2.57/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.45/5  rDev +25.9%
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. (392 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.02/5  rDev +10.2%
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!!!! (291 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.4/5  rDev +24.1%
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. (563 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
2.56/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (1,332 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
2.63/5  rDev -4%
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. (487 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.33/5  rDev -15%
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. (1,320 characters)

Photo of barczar
2.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear straw color with a fairly solid one inch white head that dissipates into a thin ring of foam, leaving no lacing.

Aroma is dominated by sweet corn and grain, slightly bready, with notes of herbal hops.

Flavor follows suit, mostly grainy, with herbal hops, almost tea-like, rounding out the finish. Sweet corn is present, as well as a bit of a tangy taste, slightly metallic.

Body is moderate, a touch light, perhaps, with fairly high carbonation. There's astringency in the finish.

Overall, a pretty lackluster brew. The tangy note and astringency detract from what could be a decent beer. (606 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
2.37/5  rDev -13.5%
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. (757 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
2.05/5  rDev -25.2%
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. (1,067 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.35/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz twist off cap bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - slightly hazy bright yellow color with a white head that thinned out leaving one or two spots in my empty mug.

S - light hint of vanilla cream.

T - light tasting cream ale, very non-offensive beer.

F - light/medium bodied, smooth and easy to drink.

O - a decent example of a cream ale. (348 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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 (437 characters)

Photo of richkrull
3.38/5  rDev +23.4%
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. (396 characters)

Photo of matjack85
2.19/5  rDev -20.1%
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. (782 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
2.55/5  rDev -6.9%
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 (1,781 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
2.25/5  rDev -17.9%
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 (589 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
2.52/5  rDev -8%
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. (608 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
2.61/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (813 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Exposed pours a hazy golden color with a nice large lacing head. There is a slight garbage like aroma. The taste is mellow and creamy with hints of a nice spice. Easy to drink and nice full body for a cream ale. Overall a good flavorful cream ale, good full flavors, and enjoyable. (281 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
3.75/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure what this style is supposed to be, but this is pretty interesting compared to others I've had. This beverage is pretty cloudy with not much head or lacing. It has a simple, clean aroma and a similar taste. It is nice and creamy, which as I recall, some others weren't, dispite the name of the style. The aftertaste is a nice bitter hoppy flavor.

This was a complete surprise since the bottle gives no clue what's inside. As such, I didn't expect much and I got a little more than I expected. I won't go out of my way for another, but it is a well made brew. (571 characters)

Photo of soju6
2.95/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (330 characters)

Photo of joe1510
2.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle
$6.99 6-Pack
Steve's, Madison

Exposed flaunts a lemon yellow body with enough haziness to keep me from seeing the logo on the other side of the glass. Straw golden highlights this beer when held up to the window and a dollop of perfectly white head snaps to attention atop the body. Tiny carbonation bubbles stream to the surface and meet the fading head. It settles at a nice cap and leaves some thin lacing down the glass.

If the smell is any indication I don't know how much of a saison this beer actually is. Sugar cookie sweetness combines with an almost cooked corn quality (may be wheat).A touch of earthiness and a zing of lemon peel. The smell isn't all that bad but it's hardly saison at all. To be perfectly honest I don't know what I'd call it. It reminds me of an American-style lager with some American wheat components tossed into the mix.

The flavor is basically the same. A touch of some spiciness that must be from the yeast used. Snappy lemon comes along and leaves just as quickly. Sugar cookie sweetness and a faint touch of that corn comes back as well. There's a wheat twang coming through as this warms a bit. I think the wheat is what steered me in the direction of corn. This beer isn't terrible but no way is it saison worthy. More of a glorified macro type of brew.

The mouthfeel is soft with a touch of fizz on the swallow. The body has a moderate weight to it and seems to fit the beer pretty well.

I could and actually will drink a few of these in a row. It's not a super impressive beer but it's easy drinking and fairly enjoyable.

This, for some reason, kind of reminds me of a Sam Adam's Summer ale. It's not quite as floral or wheaty but there are similarities. This is no saison and that's where the low scores come in, what it is, is an easy summertime drinker. (1,816 characters)

Photo of goblue3509
2.18/5  rDev -20.4%
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. (377 characters)

Photo of ckollias
2.83/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (361 characters)

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Horny Goat Exposed from Horny Goat Brewing Co.
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