Horny Goat Watermelon Wheat - Horny Goat Brewing Co.
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3.61/5 rDev +16.5%
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!
07-11-2014 16:05:06 | More by BEERchitect
4.43/5 rDev +42.9%
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.
07-17-2013 17:27:28 | More by woodychandler
3.3/5 rDev +6.5%
A: Pours a clear medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising fairly quickly from the bottom of the glass and some faint lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy white head that slowly reduces to a medium sized patch of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Light aromas of watermelon over the top of light aromas of wheat and grainy/vegetal malts.
T: Upfront there is a light flavor of cereal grain malts and wheat along with just a hint of grassy hops. That is followed by a light flavor of watermelon with very little amounts of sweetness. Overall there is a light amount of bitterness in the finish which fades slowly.
M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Initially this beer is quite crisp but overall it is slightly thin.
O: I enjoy a watermelon beer that does not have an overpowering watermelon jolly rancher type flavor but this one was just a little too subtle for me (and I used to drink a lot of fresh watermelon juice when visiting India for work) as I wish the watermelon came through a touch more. Easy to drink and refreshing.
07-19-2014 21:17:14 | More by dbrauneis
2.93/5 rDev -5.5%
(Served in a flute)
A- This beer pours a hazy hint of the lemon yellow body with a thin snow white film supported by a sluggish big carbonation.
S- The clean aroma has a light corn chip hint as it warms.
T- The clean light lagered field corn note leads to a green biter note that lingers. There is a watermelon rind hint that leads to a jolly rancher flavor comes through in the finish.
M- The light mouthfeel has a crisp little fizz in the finish.
O- This beer has an interesting watermelon note but it is a bit harsh in the bitterness in the finish without other flavors to support or cut it.
09-11-2013 15:59:26 | More by rhoadsrage
3.33/5 rDev +7.4%
Horny Goat Watermelon Wheat
Pours a peach hued copper with a fizzy white froth that leaves quickly. Aroma of sweet grains and a hint of watermelon, or at least fruit. In the taste, grainy and lightly malty upfront gives way to a definite watermelon note that follows to the finish. The watermelon flavor reminds me of slightly unripe melon. Light to medium bodied, well carbonated yet watery feel. Overall an ambitious beer, that succeeds at its ultimate goal. In the increasingly popular fruit beer genre, this is one of the better watermelon ales I've had to date.
06-29-2013 04:46:53 | More by Stinkypuss
2.89/5 rDev -6.8%
Pours a hazy, golden color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, sugar, and slight hops. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of watermelon jolly rancher (not actual watermelon flavor at all), sugar, hint of hops, slight sweet malt, and a hint of wheat. Overall, artificial flavor and no watermelon in the aroma creates a subpar offering.
08-04-2013 19:47:45 | More by Tone
3.61/5 rDev +16.5%
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.
07-05-2013 16:17:02 | More by thecheapies
Horny Goat Watermelon Wheat from Horny Goat Brewing Co.
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