Horny Goat Watermelon Wheat - Horny Goat Brewing Co.
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3.3/5 rDev +6.8%
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
3.4/5 rDev +10%
12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present, perhaps some sort of code on the bottleneck. My second beer from Horny Goat Brewing Co., and my first encounter with a watermelon beer. My bottle lists a 5.60% abv.
Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.
A - It pours a hazed orange colored body, not unlike that of an IPA or a pale ale. About a finger of frothy white head that recedes fairly quick. Some okay spotty lacing.
S - The smell is hardly comprised of anything at all - some clean cut wheat, grass, & grains and a mild fruity berry sort of presence,
T - Taste follows the nose - there is a noticeable fruity / vegetal sort of presence, but nothing that distinctly screams watermelon, but I'm guessing it isn't the easiest flavor to impart in a beer in the first place. Wheaty, grainy, grassy, with some berry-like fruitiness present. Mild yeast presence is noted.
M - The feel is crisp and clean. Semi-dry & grainy finish. Medium bodied with good adequate carbonation. Easy drinking stuff.
Overall, an interesting first attempt at trying a watermelon beer, but I could see bigger and better craft breweries like Pipeworks taking things a step or three further than this. A drinkable effort, but probably not something I'd go for again.
Horny Goat Watermelon Wheat ---3.5/5
07-16-2014 18:18:59 | More by mfnmbvp
3.61/5 rDev +16.8%
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
Horny Goat Watermelon Wheat from Horny Goat Brewing Co.
72 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.