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Horny Goat Red Vixen - Horny Goat Brewing Co.

Horny Goat Red VixenHorny Goat Red Vixen

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BA SCORE
70
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39 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 2.88
pDev: 21.53%


Brewed by:
Horny Goat Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 11-08-2009)
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crossovert

Illinois

1.9/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I wish i wasn't reviewing another beer form this putrid company but here I am. Brown twist-off bottle.

It pours actually a not bad appearance. It is a hazy orange with a thick, foamy white head that has some decent retention and leaves some nice lacing.

The smell is stale breadcrust and a hint of hops, mostly herbal and lemony.

The flavor is tart, bready tasting water. It is a cringe worthy taste. There are some hops in there that make it even more awkward. The carbonation is high. There is an odd tanginess as noted that just makes it odd.

Skip.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 21:37:30 | More by crossovert
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

2.2/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A. Not actually red. Brownish-amber. Very sickly tiny head.
S. I can hardly smell anything at all in this beer. Which is very bad. There should at least be something there!
T, M. Horribly watery and thin. This beer really needs a lot more substance before I can take notice. The flavor can best be described as "Soggy Bread"

Yikes. I'm not ever getting this one again. Avoid.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 16:16:04 | More by WastingFreetime
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

2.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Poured into a shaker pint glass, in 2014 the beer is called Red Planet.

Look: Very dark amber with a ruby tint. A small cream colored head recedes to a ring of foam around the glass, no film on top or lacing.

Aroma: Strong toffee presence, faint caramel malts, caramel popcorn.

Taste: Trace amounts of malts, grains, and a strange stewed meat and/or brisket finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with carbonation.

Overall: This beer misses the mark on taste. I've had a very good brown ale with smoked meat notes, but didn't expect it here. This will probably be the last beer from this brewery I ever try. Always disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 20:51:42 | More by JuicesFlowing
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GRG1313

California

2.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear amber with a firm nice looking white head.

Nose is big and rich banana, Belgian candi sugar and malty characters.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with no character at all. There are no flavor character profiles in this beer; none. This is a weak watery super light yeast and super light malt if you really look for it. Minor flavors/minor finish.

This may well be one of the thinest and least flavorful beers I've ever tried. This one is all nose!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 02:30:17 | More by GRG1313
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drpimento

Wisconsin

2.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Meh. Poured with a small, cream colored head that quickly faded to almost none and no lace. Some small bubble trails. Color is a very clear amber. Aroma is beer, malt, hint of hop. Flavor does have a little fruitiness, malt, a little on the sweet side, no apparent hop. Ok body and sharp carbonation. Finish is like flavor and the carbonation bite lingers as long as flavor - maybe longer. Forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 02:30:00 | More by drpimento
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Gavage

New Jersey

2.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: pours an amber color with a one finger head that breaks down quickly.

Smell: a bit of bread-like quality is all you can pull from the glass.

Taste: caramel, grainy bread, some grassy tones, a bit of fruit sweetness, and almost no bitterness makes up a very one dimensional beer.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Lightly crisp to start, smooth at the finish.

Overall: easy to quaff but little body and flavor overall. Just didn't excite the tastebuds or provide any satisfaction.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 23:51:04 | More by Gavage
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.68/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beer #2 from sampler pack.

A: Flat caramel apple color has a thin, sudsy covering with minimal retention. A steady medium show of effervesce rises within. Lacing is moderate, nothing to write home about, but does provide some lashes on the glass.

S: Dry apple skins, slight caramel sweetness, a bit dry of really light intentions.

T: Sweet syrupy flavor is followed by a dry toasted grain base. The flavor seems a bit muddled, and unsharp. Flahses of nobel hops come through of warming flowers with a slight herbal appeal being one of the few highlights. Overall the flavor seems not to go anywhere transition wise and is fairly boring.

M: Medium bodied, syrupy thick and warming toasted malts with flowers coming through on the hold. Carbonation is light on the hold.

O: Overall as stated a bit muddled, malting seems like stale dme. What you get on the first sip is what you finish with, generally boring midway through the first serving.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 23:12:06 | More by beerthulhu
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

2.68/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Served chilled...

A) This was teetering on red. Decent clarity.There was a rather unimpressive half a finger of soapy head that quickly dissolved to a collar. No lacing.

S) Nothing but malt sweetness. Lightly toasted grains and caramel. A very one dimensional aroma.

T) Unfortunately, this follows the nose. Where was the hops. It just needed a little bitterness for balance, some floral or grassy component to keep me interested. Again, this was all about malt sweetness. It did have an okay aftertaste.

M) A lighter body, that seemed under carbonated. It came off more flat than smooth, but overall it was easy drinking from a feel standpoint.

O) This was my first Horny Goat beer, but since my Dad just got a variety pack, I'll likely try a few other selections when I visit. Let me just say, that after drinking this one, the bar has been set rather low. This was not an enjoyable Vienna Lager. A family friend was also drinking a Red Vixen tonight, and he thought my assessment was a bit harsh. He described this as a working man's beer. I responded, a working man deserves better. Sorry, but I cannot recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 04:50:15 | More by RoamingGnome
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for tossing a bottle of this my way.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is clear golden yellow. Full three fingers of stark white head. After settling a thick coating of lace sticks to the glass like cob webs.

The aroma is light hops and malt and not much else. Fairly muted.

The flavor is even lighter than the nose. Just a hint of malt and hops with a dry bitter finish.

Light body and light carbonation.

Overall this beer is all looks and no substance.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 18:09:19 | More by beerwolf77
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pweis909

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from a very affordable 6-pack, $2.99, poured into a modified pilsner glass. The first night I tried it, I wasn't paying close attention and thought it had some promise. These notes are from my second tasting.

A. As a few others have noted, this was not RED-red. More of an amber-red, maybe orange, at least when held to the light. The color is consistent with the Vienna lager style, even if the name Red Vixen misleads one into expecting something like Killians. So it's not RED. So what? It's an appetizing-looking, very clear beer, although its thin white foam dissipates quickly.

S. Hints of malty, toasty aroma. No off flavors.

T. Very lightly malty initially, with clean, balanced bitterness. No off flavors, but not much taste here.

M. Not creamy, pushing watery. The low levels of carbonation make this seem smoother than a macro-lager (equating smoothness with low carbonic acidity), but also may be contributing to the thin, watery texture.

D. The first night I tried this beer, I thought it was just interesting enough to try a second. On the second occasion, I changed my mind. While there is nothing offensive about the beer, it is just too bland. The beer seems to suffer from not having enough malt (blandness), perhaps being mashed too low (thin body), and low-carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 12:53:00 | More by pweis909
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dhannes

Wisconsin

2.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had at the local Hu Hot before and during dinner, served in a frosted pint glass.

Appearance--a reddish orange color...too orangy for my book.

Smell--did not notice or detect any smell.

Taste--sharp and bitter...sour orange and lemon, perhaps.

Mouthfeel--too watery for a good red.

Drinkability--this beer actually grew on me the more that I drank it, but the first half was not enjoyable.

Won't go out of my way to get this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 21:50:54 | More by dhannes
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Horny Goat Red Vixen
Rex Beverage Holdings
Style: Vienna Lager
ABV: 5.40 %

LOOK: Mostly clear copper, foamy head forms and recedes, leaving little to no lace on the glass. Looks like an unassuming lager though a few shades darker than most in this style.

SMELL: Grains, lager yeast, caramel malt, faint flowery hop character and somewhat sweet smelling.

TASTE: Mild fruity twang, light grains, faint biscuity note, caramel, toffee and very small bitterness. Unoffensive is the key word, and this ends up being a serviceable lager beer.

FEEL: Medium bodied, yet thin. Carbonation is fine. Goes down more or less easily.

OVERALL: A decent attempt at the style. Boring, Yes, Bad, No. Just a ho hum lager and a good gateway to budding craft beer lovers.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 17:18:03 | More by Stinkypuss
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ForWhatAlesYou

Minnesota

2.95/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a tulip

A: Slightly cloudy, nice orange color. Pours a fizzy 2 finger head which falls right away. Loose carbonation bubbles.

S: Boozy. A clovey tinge with copper and sweet malt.

T: Lighter than expected for the style. Almost a little bland. Lightly malty. Some grain, over-ripe stone fruit.

M: High, loose carbonation. Alittle watery with a drying note.

D: Not what I expected. Nothing really offensive but not good.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 15:39:31 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

3.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$3 at the restaurant.

A: decent reddish brown color, clean
S: not much to speak of but nothing offensive, very mild malt
T: actually not bad, I was expecting a lot less but that just shows you shouldn't pre-judge anything!, decently balanced but nothing out of the ordinary, good malt with mild hop finish, just needed a bit more hops
M: good, nothing bad
D: decent enough but just needed a bit more hops to make it a beer that you'd want to have another one

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2010 01:32:17 | More by wisrarebeer
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SkitzIrish3

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light brown with active carbonation and a finger of head that recedes to just a thin layer after a minute. Not much smell...some light caramel malt. After the first smell I couldn't get a good whiff for some reason. Carmel malt taste finishing with a mild, crisp bitterness. Medium mouthfeel. Very drinkable with enough flavor to enjoy, but by no means does it stand out.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 21:24:32 | More by SkitzIrish3
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

(A)- Pours a clear orange amber. . . good but isnt this called Red Vixen? Produced a quickly dissipating off-white head.

(S)- Not much in the aroma. A little corn husk & nutty honey.

(T)- Lightly dry, yet lightly sweet. Nothing spectacular, but some nuances of honey, corn, and dry biscuit-like flavors.

(M)- Good carbonation level with a superb balance in what is there. Not too sweet or dry. Not bad for what it offers you.

(D)- A decent beer that fits the style well enough. I would rather pick something else than this, but I respect this for fitting the style and tasting good enough at the same time; a more obscure style to make.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 23:15:26 | More by sweemzander
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Imperial Pint. No date or info.

A - I wouldn't really call it red. It's more of a clear ambery-orange color with a stark white head. Not very big but it did it's best to hang on for a while. Decent retention and bits of lacing on the glass.

S - The aroma is surprisingly not bad. A toasty Vienna malt character to the nose with a clean aroma. A bit of caramelized sweetness and some light and grassy hops to the finish.

T - The crispness really stands out. It's got the same toasty malt attributes to the flavor with a bit higher of a hoppy grassy flavor to the finish than the nose lets on.

M - Crisp feeling with a good smoothness to it that finishes with a moderate carbonation bite. The dryness balances the malts well.

D - A little later to the party by two months but no where near as bad as I was expecting. A drinkable Vienna with little to offer out of the ordinary but one that doesn't really disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 19:48:01 | More by BeerFMAndy
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schoolboy

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Don't get me wrong, this is a well crafted beer, but this beer is one that will make me avoid the small Wisconsin breweries. Actually it is the Horny Goat sampler that will do that. I went to Wisconsin last fall and did a lot of beer tasting, but what has been showing up here lately is not as good.

This lager is nice, full bodied vienna style. It's slightly above average in many respects. The taste is nice and rich for the style - thick. The aftertaste is nice too. None of it is too sweet. I will not buy it again, despite the fact that it's pretty good. This is turning me off to Wisconsin beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 20:41:19 | More by schoolboy
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.58/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - chill hazed amber color with a beige head that settled down to a layer leaving a good deal of lacing.

S - somewhat sweet, almost fruity with some earthy aromas in the background.

T - sweet tasting beer, wheat and berry with no bitterness until the aftertaste.

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

O - a decent beer for the warmer months.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 23:19:17 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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zeff80

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev +26%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, highly carbonated, orange/amber color with a small, short-lived head. There was no lace at all.

S - It smelled very grassy and quite malty. Overall, a nice aroma.

T - It tasted malty and of sweet caramel. There were notes of toffee and grassy, citrusy hops.

M - It was very crisp and sharp. It popped on the tongue. A light-bodied lager that was very smooth.

D - This is a nice Vienna Lager. It left me wanting to grab another.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 02:12:04 | More by zeff80
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tapman

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2-3 finger head easily possible of pillowy off-white head; head recedes quickly, though leaving a nice spider web lacing as it drops. Body is a burnt sienna with moderate-high carbonation billowing from nucleation points at the bottom of my lazer-etched Sam Adams glass. Now that it has set for a while, head retention is pretty good, staying at a respectable half finger throughout the session.

Lots of butterscotch and toasted grain make the nose for me. Hops, I assume, add to the sweetness in the butterscotch aroma.

Butterscotch turns into thin toffee with some mild astringent roast characteristics coming out close behind. Hops play a supportive role adding low bitterness and some nice spicy notes, though they are somewhat subtle. A little thinner than I had expected, but well within the guidelines.

Light and refreshing, though I could stand a little more fullness to the mouth.

A fine Vienna Lager, which are popping up more and more these days. This one would be good for BBQ (outside on a very hot day).

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 02:16:29 | More by tapman
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richkrull

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very transparent amber color, not a lot of head. The smell is rich with banana and malt. Very mild tasting beer. A bit of caramel and malt, but not much else as far as I can tell. Very smooth mouthfeel. This is an easy to drink beer. I think this beer tastes really good. I could drink several of these in an evening.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 00:24:20 | More by richkrull
Horny Goat Red Vixen from Horny Goat Brewing Co.
70 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.