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Goat Boy - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

364 Ratings
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Ratings: 364
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 17
Gots: 57 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: nodder on 03-26-2014

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Ratings: 364 | Reviews: 71
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Photo of oberon
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a weizen glass a hazed orange tinged tea brown with a thick creamy off white head atop that left some chunks of broken lace behind as it settled slowly.Yeasty and a little medicinal in the nose,some faint phenolic smoke-like notes are there as well.A creamy feel to the beer adds to the positives,flavors are yeasty with spiced notes and some sweetness,not much banana or chocolate wich you will find in alot of the style,the alcohol is kept in check pretty well.I love Southern Tier and I really like this style,I thought this beer was "decent".

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

In a pilsner glass this beer was a reddish/brown color. There was a rather small head that left a little bit of lace.

Banana aroma. Sweet malt. A little bit of spice.

This beer tasted like banana bread with caramel. There was a hint of clove.

A nice enough beer. A little on the sweet side for me.

I'm on the fence whether I would want to try this again.

Photo of mverity
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really interesting color. It looks like an overripe banana: brown in the center and a creamy yellow color at the edges. Light tan head that faded within 30 seconds to a thin collar. Aroma is heavy on the wheat and clove, some banana, some caramel. Taste is the same but with some nuttiness. Medium body and carbonation.

Photo of tigg924
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, medium carbonation, amber in color, hazy

Smell: banana and slight Belgian spices

Taste: Big banana, breadiness, alcohol, and slight Belgian spices

Mouthfeel: sweet start with slight bitterness, medium-heavy bodied and medium carbonation

Overall: A good weizenbock. I tend to like Southern Tier's bombers and this lives up to expectations. I will get this again if I want this style.

Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep and hazy brownish amber ruby with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of off white head that slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: A sweet, fruity, and toasty yeast driven aroma with big hints of banana and caramel sweetness. Toasted malt with big hints of wheat, Weizen yeast, sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, straw, toast, and a slight hint of chocolate. Big scent of bananas along with some apple and bubblegum. Hints of black pepper and clove spicing. Slight hints of raisin and plum as well. A very solid bock aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a toasty, sweet, and fruity yeast driven taste with big notes of bananas and sweet caramel malt. Toasted malt along with notes of Weizen yeast, wheat, biscuit, caramel, toffee, straw, toast, grains, and some chocolate. Big fruit presence with lots of banana flavor as well as notes of apple and pear. Dark fruit undertones of raisin, fig, and plum. Notes of bubblegum along with some black pepper and clove spicing. A very good bock taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Fairly chewy and spicy with a dry finish.

Overall: A very solid imperial take on a Weizenbock. Good banana and yeast flavor with a nice dose of spice.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into weizen glass; deep cloudy tan with golden light showing hazily through. Massive off-white head that sticks around.
Smells of soft bread, light banana and spice, and some lighter notes of fruity esters.
Tastes great. Soft bready malt, light sweetness with banana, fruit and spice, and then yeasty flavors to finish.
Mouthfeel is smooth, fluffy and full.
Overall a tasty and drinkable weizenbock. I used to not be a fan of german wheat beers, but beers like this are going to be my in-road.

Photo of JMS1512
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured with energy into a tall weizen glass.

Sight: A medium amber colored body, and a big tan head that reminds me of sea-sponge due to the large air pockets. It sports orange highlights when I hold it to the light. Head recedes to a small cap. Not a beer clean glass? Lacing is not the best, and I’ll chalk it up to human error on the critic’s side.

Aroma: Bubblegum and banana in the front. Wow. Malty sweetness. A bit of tang from the wheat. Oh, the booze is there… it’s so there.
T
aste: Sweet malt up front, joined quickly by a blend of booze, banana, and a bit of bubblegum. A slight spiciness shows up in the middle, not quite “clovey,” but not not clovey. This bahhhhhhd boy finishes with a fair amount of hop bitterness and wheat twinge. Could there be a small piece of brown bread with the finish, too? The alcohol is there, but not overwhelming. This is a 7.5% brew, so I appreciate it not being too hot… I mean… it is an “imperial” weizenbock.

Feel: Medium plus, slick and oily coating. Decent carbonation and at least a three second finish. I’ve never made note of it that way, but it might be a new thing.

Overall: Once again, Southern Tier makes me happy. A repeat buy next year? Maybe. Glad I tried it today? Yes, definitely.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Southern Tier tulip. 03/1?/14 on the bottle.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy light brown with a decent mostly white head on top. Leaves some nice lacing as the head slowly dissipates.

S: Big banana like aroma up front on this beer. A solid malt backing adds a bit of breadiness to the mix. A little bit of clove brings up the rear.

T: Well rounded flavor profile smoothes everything together into a tasty blend. Starts off with the banana flavor but it isn't as strong as in the aroma. Malt comes through in the middle giving it just a hint of roastiness, chocolate and carmel. Touch of alcohol on the back-end. Slight hopping is noticeable in the aftertaste.

M: Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel from the wheat. Moderate carbonation. Finishes crisp. Alcohol is well hidden in the mouthfeel.

Overall I'm impressed with this one. Not a style that many brewers tackle and Southern Tier does it justice. Perhaps it is not as well rounded as the German variants but it can still hold a candle.

Photo of rdilauro
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The pour was a bit of this, a bit of that. It had a golden amber hue to it, while it also had a lighter side.

While this beer is a weinzbock at 7%abv, it did not present itself in any of those fashions.
I was expected more of a true whet beer, bounced up with malt to get its abv.

The beer was clean, but I can not say crisp. I was waiting for something more to happen with the taste or with the finish, but none of this seem to be happening

Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smells nice and hearty with a predominant smell of cloves. Pours a nice cloudy light brown with a slight tinge of red/orange and a nice head. Smells slightly sweet. Taste is fairly sweet at first which tames down quite bit after subsequent sips. Nice bitterness at the end. Strong clove taste and smell. Get a hint of banana and other spices. Has a nice funk to it also. Nice beer.

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle a ruby red with beautiful lacing and tight beaded bubbles. Caramel and banana on the nose with fresh baked bread. Excellent mouth feel with a mild copper tinged aftertaste that lingers. Bread and banana with great caramel notes. Beefy. Very nice and true to form, this is a winner of a weizenbock. Imperial by alcohol that would make any German envious. Great beer overall and will have it again.

Photo of DaveBar
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO for nearly $10.00 for a 650ml bottle. Mighty steep in my opinion. Served at 4deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a 1/2" head that is gone in less than a minute. Dark golden brown color. Filtered clear

S- Heat and spice. Good malt base but faint

T- Ho hum at best. Mild bock and not appealing. Many better examples out there. Undertones all over like nutmeg, banana and clove but all muted.

M- Ok at best.

O- I was expecting so much more from this brew but was left wanting more. Have had bock's half this price twice as good. Big loser in the flavor department. It's going back to the LC mister Lahey!

Food Pairing

This ok brew went ok with... BBQ'd hamburgers

Enjoy

Photo of gillagorilla
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (new beer so not worried about the date)

A: The color is listed as deep ruby, but it is more of a deep amber brown, but mostly a cloudy/hazy muddy brown. No head and just a decent collar. No real lacing either.

S: I get weird herb flavors, but mostly kind of extremely ripe bananas that have been sitting out for a while. Lots of rotten earthy smells.

T: Well, the bottle is definitely right: "carmelized bananas and bready with mild sweetness." It seems like a watery, dulled down version of the normally strong flavor of weizenbocks that I've had. Also, this is labeled an imperial one and definitely doesn't come across as such. However, all that being said it has this smooth flavor that goes down easy and is quite flavorful. A nice change of pace that appeasing despite having these seemingly off flavors.

M: Smooth with a massaging feel of particulates that is slightly coarse but easy going.

O: Decent enough, but a bit expensive for what it is. I would have rather gotten a sample of it at Max's. This will make great pancakes (I siphon off 8 oz. of bombers to make pancakes, unless it is a really intense beer or I love it).

Photo of puboflyons
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on February 16, 2015

Mahogany brown pour with a big head. The head fades.

Malts, biscuit, overripe banana, and mild hop aroma.

Medium body. Astringent.

The taste is also bready with a meaty fruit character and a bigger bitterness than I expected.

Photo of fourstringer
3.85/5  rDev +1%

Poured from a bomber into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. DOB is smudged, maybe 03/XX/14?

A: 4.0 Reddish brown, mostly clear body. 1 finger of off-white head. Good retention.

S: 4.0 Sweet banana prominently. Tropical fruit. A touch of raisin, date. Clove. Brown sugar. Smells very promising.

T: 3.75 Semi-sweet yeast and fruit-forward wheat notes kick things off. A hop presence builds and exceeds that of your typical weizenbock. Finishes dry with some lingering hop bitterness and light wheat notes. Light alcohol presence.

M: 4.25 Moderate carbonation with a medium body. Certain creaminess, which is nice.

O: 3.75 This one exhibits some nice wheat notes, but the hopping feels distinctly American and ultimately a bit wrong. Each sip starts off nicely, but then seems to go somewhat askew by the end. That being said, you could certainly do much worse and overall it is an enjoyable brew.

Prost!

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a very hazy orange amber with a one finger light tan head that dissipates to a thick cap with good lacing. Aroma of caramel, dark wheat, banana and clove. Flavor of lightly toasted wheat, caramel, banana clove, about as close to banana bread as I've ever had, with the only competition being Wells Banana Beer; this is more interesting. Finishes with mild hop and clove bitterness that lingers for a while. Medium bodied. A nice fruit forward weizenbock, with good caramel and clove. The sweetness is balanced by the drier clove finish. Southern Tier tends towards the sweet side in most styles, this one included, but that's to my taste; enjoyed this as much as any weizenbock I've had.

Photo of Robby_Hooper
2.77/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

The banana flavor and aroma was too over powering even though I really enjoyed the way the beer finished as well as the way it drank. It poured really nicely almost a a dark Caramel color with a great head. But again all I smelt was banana and all I tasted was banana which isn't my thing.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Quite a low ABV Weizenbock if I ever seen one. Finally found this affordable price of $7.99

A - Very deep dark brown brown color with decent carbonation just a 1/4 inch that fades to an attractive lace ring.
S - Like the Heavy Weizen it's very banana like in smell like banana chips and sweet candies. Coriander spice and heavy wheat. Very very awesome.
T - Intense banana taste like the chips, sweet malts and candied sugars, with a good dose of wheat. I am actually picking up some hops too which is a good experience in this Weizenbock. Impressed.
M - Smooth taste light to medium in body. Very drink able.

Overall a very tasty Weizenbock a tad expensive for 8 bucks but other Southern Tier offerings are more expensive. Worth trying!

Photo of jwc215
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an Avintinus weizen glass:

Pours ruby-tinted brown with thin lasing head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of caramel, banana bread, hint of clove, hint of floral notes, hint of alcohol.

The taste is of caramel, overripe bananas. Floral notes give balance to the sweetness to make it moderately sweet. A touch of spice (clove) and bread in the finish.

It has a smooth creamy, near full body.

Southern Tier took the style and made it their own. An interesting weizenbock. Hops are more moderate than mild. Overall, a pleasant unique brew.

Photo of gabedivision
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle to a weizen glass

A- light brown iced tea color with a 1 finger off white head that settles to nothing after a few minuets

S- sweet toffee, banana bread, clove, some booze coming off a rustic metallic scent sneaks it's way in and out of each waft

T- phenolic banana, pennies, a tough of grain, alcohol, earthy clove. Chewy bready malts with touches of brown sugar and toffee

M- medium bodied, low carbonation

O- big lager with some interesting flavors and some off flavors. Sweet and sugary brew with some mineral like earthiness to it

Photo of RollBounce
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice small carbonation bubbles and a fair head. cloudy amber brown color, smell is muted with citrus and the forefront. Some banana and clove like spices

Mouthfeel is nice not to heavy, sweet malts with light citrus hops and some dryness on the finish.

Overall, a nice beer but not sure if its some I would have some then once in awhile. Glad to try it.

Photo of beerfinder
4.44/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a nice banana like after taste. Very smooth going down. Very tasty.

Photo of atr2605
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A-pours a nice clear, red amber color with a white head with nice lacing
S-lots of caramel, bit of raison, spicy esters
T-predominantly caramel with a bit of the raison flavor, and a fairly sharp hop bitterness that balances it out but does't lend a lot of flavor
M-medium bodied, medium-low carbonation, feels a bit slick on the palate.
O-Not a bad beer, not as good as a lot of Southern Tier's other offerings.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Aroma caramel malt, brown sugar, faint spice & banana, bubblegum. Taste sweet malt, herbal, slight banana, spice, rye, dry finish. Ok!

Photo of PostRockandCats
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bomber to glass. Had on draught originally.

L: Pretty ruddy, cloudy brown. Small bit of fine froth around the edges. Lovely, intricate and dense lacing.

S: Dark fruit and spice. Bit of a tropical-meets-raisin scent. Smells heavy.

T: Banana and caramel with yeasty molasses brown bread.

F: Syrupy sweet and cloying. Viscous mouthfeel.

O: This is WAY better on draught; the banana and bread notes work better. In the bottle it gets muddled into this hot mess of flavors that don't work well together.

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Goat Boy from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 364 ratings.