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Horny Goat Watermelon Wheat - Horny Goat Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 19.29%
Wants: 1
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Horny Goat Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: BDIMike on 07-04-2012

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Ratings: 142 | Reviews: 21
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4.37/5  rDev +40.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

My local, frequent in-person trader, tone77, recently dropped this off for me in his latest batch of beer in support of The CANQuest ™. I am always anxious to see what he has for me when he stops by!

From the CAN: "Beer Brewed with Watermelon Juice"; “Carefully Crafted Famously Fun.”; “Drink Responsibly”; “Watermelon Wheat is an unbelievably refreshing and great tasting summer brew. The backbone of this beer is heavy on the wheat with just a touch of Vienna malt for complexity, while German hops balance the fruit perfectly.” Great graphics, also, with the Goat and his equally Horny Ewe on the beach, raising a toast while having a good time.

I had a good time when I heard the Crack! and looked in to see a brimful CAN. I celebrated my elation with an inverted Glug which resulted in two brief fingers of French Vanilla-colored head that quickly fell to wisps. Color was solid Gold (SRM = 5) with NE-plus quality clarity, allowing me to see into the future. Beer is in my future, apparently. I invited my new friends, Mammon, Midas and Croesus for some, but they declined, saying that watermelons and goats just are not their bag. I understand CANpletely! Nose was light on the watermelon and I believe them when they said “Beer Brewed with Watermelon Juice”. It was not over the top, cloying or CANdy-like, all of which are the results of artificial flavoring. Mouthfeel was medium. Going back to what I was saying before, this had a nicely understated watermelon flavor. I agree that the grassiness of their hops was a nice CANpliment and the wheat and malt kept it all in check. Finish was semi-dry, not really all that sweet, as I have been alluding to all along. It was a bit high at 5.6% to be sessionable, but I would definitely put some in the Summer cooler for people who don’t dig my first choice of AIPAs.

My original, initial bottle review follows:

I found this Goat hanging out in the cooler at The Friendly Greek yesterday and I figured that he and his Old Lady could help me to beat the heat. I love the label with the Horny Goat hanging out with his Horny Ewe in a watermelon hot tub! Rock on, you two!

From the bottle: "Craft Brewed In Wisconsin"; "Beer Brewed with Watermelon Juice".

My initial pour created a two-finger pillow of fluffy, bone-white head with decent retention. Nose had a light scent of watermelon, which was nice, because I have had these types of beers where the watermelon was overpowering. I remember my babysitter neighbor and her friend once doused each other with watermelon perfume before spending the night with my brother and I. Gag-O-Rama! Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy golden-yellow and only King Midas showed any interest. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and the taste was just right - watermelon, yes, but not cloying or overpowering. It tasted like real watermelon, not something mimicking the flavor that came from a laboratory test tube. Finish was semi-dry and the watermelon taste just kind of lingered, a pleasant reminder of summer days gone by.

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4.25/5  rDev +36.7%

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4.24/5  rDev +36.3%

Photo of themind
4.1/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boom! this is a great Watermelon beer! just like Hell or High Watermelon I really enjoy this. Slight watermelon taste compliments the wheat beer. A good summer brew to share with friends. I enjoyed this and would buy again as you can drink one after another.

Bottom Line: Good!

Photo of Cylinsier
4.09/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a light hazy gold, over an inch of white fluffy head dissipates slowly.

Smells of grassy barley malts with a light citrus and mild semi-sweet fruitiness.

Tastes of mild grassy malts, light citrus, and a melon sweetness. A little white grape as well.

Light to medium body with a soft carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A nice light session-candidate wheat ale, great summer beer, goes down easy, good flavor balance, surprisingly good body. Unless you object to the melon element, this is hard to knock. Not a superstar beer, but well worth trying.

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4/5  rDev +28.6%

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4/5  rDev +28.6%

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4/5  rDev +28.6%

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4/5  rDev +28.6%

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4/5  rDev +28.6%

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4/5  rDev +28.6%

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4/5  rDev +28.6%

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4/5  rDev +28.6%

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4/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of BDIMike
3.83/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color. A good amount of carbonation creates a thin white head that laces throughout the drink.
Aroma is very clean. A nice crisp wheat smell with nice malt backbone.
Taste is very nicely balanced. A good malt and straw wheat base. The watermelon hints come in at the end. They are very undertoned, which is great for someone who isn't a huge fruit beer guy (me).
Mouthfeel is good. A nice amount of thickness and smoothness. Not as crisp as the usual refreshing summer beer.
Drinkability is very good on this beer. A very nice balance and dry finish leaves the palate wanting another sip. Very good beer to complement the summer season.

Photo of mkf629
3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of jaydoc
3.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Hazy light honey color. Foamy white head leaves a good film, great lacing.

Aroma: Subdued, wheat, grains, not much watermelon.

Taste: Subdued fruity watermelon coats over a really good wheat body. Really solid wheat, floury grains. Tang and more watermelon in the finish but not overdone.

Mouthfeel: Medoum bodied.

Overall: Nice effort here because the melon is used perfectly.

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.63/5  rDev +16.7%

I saw this can in a singles cooler and I COULD NOT RESIST. That led to a whole six pack of different brews and I was getting short on the ones I hadn't reviewed yet, so that was a good thing.

Appearance (4) : This beer pours a frothy, fluffy 3 fingered head, stark white in appearance. The body is a slightly hazy but mostly clear honey blonde color. Head retention is good with about 2 fingers remaining after the first minute.

Aroma (4.25) : This reminds me of some of the beers I got from the west coast. Truly a nice craft smell with some light and airy qualities. Sour, puckery hops, strawberry wheat, some honey, and fruit zest. I don't smell the watermelon, except for possibly a watermelon rind faintly. This truly is a beauty to smell. Bouquet is medium strength.

Taste (3.5) : Borders on the pale ale side of things, with a strong hop presence, and just the faintest hint of watery watermelon crispness on the finish. Within the body there's wheat, honey, and some sour sort of pucker, perhaps that's what they meant by "watermelon". If I had one gripe, I would tone down the hops a few notches.

Mouthfeel (3.75) : Creamy, lightly distorted, semi-dry with a hopped and ever so slightly sweet finish.

Overall (3.63) : I was expecting more from this. Hop heads, you'll enjoy this. I thought there was a bit too much hop and I was expecting a more malty wheat with a stronger watermelon presence. Not a cheer beer, mind you, but just something fruity and wheaty and well...I guess you can't have everything. It's good in its own right, but heavily hopped in my opinion.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

So, what flavor is more identifiable with summer than watermelon? The answer; likely none. So why are brewers so slow to come about a "watermelon beer" where the fruit and ambition is seemingly everywhere? It takes the wily brewers of Horney Goat to showcase the finesse of the fruit but in ale form.

With no hint of watermelon to its appearance, the American pale wheat beer carries a light haze into its pale straw hue. But once the nose draws near... there it is- watermelon! True in its natural form, that succulent aroma invites the first taste in rapid succession. Sweetened with grain, wheat and and mild toast; notions of light bread, savory toast and fresh-kilned grain gives a cereal taste early on.

As the watermelon simmers beneath, the middle palate opens with a mild lemony tang to complement the toasty, bready center. Where the flavor of the distinctive melon is present, it does so without the associated sweetness of the fruit to render it more natural in taste and less candied.

Crisp and grainy, the ale thoroughly quenches the thirst with its medium-light body that trends drier and more refreshing as it nears finish. Its playful acidity keeps the palate refreshed beyond that of its light grain astringency and tepid hop bite. But once the memory of the taste has passed, another wave of whole-grain wheat and watermelon come rushing back to reward the palate one last time in a charming afterglow.

Where the watermelon fruit is rarely considered seductive, it turns out that the palate is smitten by the melon taste of this beer. The bottom of this glass came way too soon!

Photo of thecheapies
3.63/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pale yellow-orange/light gold. Some yeasty haze. Laces wonderfully from a fluffy white crown of an inch plus.

Crispy and fresh notes of watermelon rind, pale wheat malts, and creamy yeast. Bright and semi-sweet. One note, but refreshing fruitiness.

Less crisp, but complete with the element of fruit, wheat malts, and hops. Light watermelon that turns from tart to sweeter from start to finish. Decent malty tone with soft wheatiness, but still dry. Seemingly drier with a mild hop bitterness with a hint of spiciness. Perhaps light pine. Much more interesting, if not, still tasty.

Opens with bubbly carbonation that peters out toward the finish. Still burpy. Body is light.

A decent little fruit ale. Best Horny Goat beer I've had thus far.

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Horny Goat Watermelon Wheat from Horny Goat Brewing Co.
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