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Goat Boy - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

77 Reviews
THE BROS
84
good

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Reviews: 77
Hads: 416
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 19
Gots: 71 | 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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Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 77 | Hads: 416
Reviews by teromous:
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4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Medium brown hazy body that looks similar to tea. Small foamy soft looking head that leaves good lacing on the glass.

S: It smells like dates right away, then some burnt sugar and yeast. It has a very rich smell about it, like opening an oven and pulling out a cherry pie. It doesn't smell like cherries, just kind-of a rich smell similar to what you'd get from cherries.

T: Caramel sweet flavor and a good deal of papery cardboard-like flavor. A bit woody on the back. Mild bitterness. It has a very robust flavor to it. It is certainly not boring. I could probably sit here quite a long time and ponder the various flavors in it. It tastes oxidized but it seems to work.

M: It's a bit more bitter than what I'd like from this style of beer. It's also a very full bodied beer that I found I needed to drink slowly. It's not a bad thing, because putting the breaks on this beer opens it up to more flavor discovery and appreciation.

O: Overall I was very impressed with this beer. There were many elements that were on par with a classic Weizenbock such as the light caramel flavors and papery taste along with some of the fruity esters that pop in and out. To me it seemed a lot like the imported varieties that I can buy. But, I feel that it is hopped a bit heavier than what you would find in a classic Weizenbock. This is obviously just how I perceive it but it seems like it was a more modern interpretation of the beer without sacrificing its heritage. It's a good beer to sit back at the end of the day and contemplate with. (1,538 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #89 (June 2014):

Spicy, Bready, Banana, Taffy, Sweet

While the marketing for this beer may talk about the different types of malt and hops it is really the yeast that has dictated at least the dominant character. Bready malt and herbal hop meet an onslaught of banana taffy. Ripe fruity esters from the alcohol is layered over the caramel & bready malt flavor. Imperial? A term not needed here. Tasty? For sure.

STYLE: Imperial Weizenbock | ABV: 7.5% | AVAILABILITY: Rotating (507 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
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". (557 characters)

Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of MadScientist
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (359 characters)

Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of DWolf
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of mverity
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (327 characters)

Photo of kaiyote
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tigg924
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (413 characters)

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of mjtiernan
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Zanth
4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of juicebox
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PSU_Mike
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (1,336 characters)

Photo of KirkFrancis
2.7/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
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. (504 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of chinchill
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at The Mansion (FL). Served in a tulip glass.
Good looking.
Sweet aroma and overly sweet flavor despite some obvious hop bitterness. Lots of toffee and brown sugar with some banana and too much clove. (208 characters)

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Goat Boy from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.