Horny Goat Belgian Style Wheat | Horny Goat Brewing Co.

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Horny Goat Belgian Style WheatHorny Goat Belgian Style Wheat

Brewed by:
Horny Goat Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-20-2008

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Photo of Billolick
2.78/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

4 pack of big cans, "the horny goat likes big cans" Pours cloudy yellowy apricot. Minor off white head and just a smidgen of lacing left behind. Some typical wheat/wit notes, creamy coriander, lemony zest and then an off putting metallic sourness, not overpowering but def. present. Good marketing, cheap ($6.99 for the 4 pack) and humorous, I'll pass it by next time

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Photo of rwilde
3/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of WVbeergeek
1.83/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appears a bright orange tinted golden hue slightly hazed with yeast suspended in the body large creamy texture white head forms thick and dwindles quickly. Aroma comes off with fruit esters citrus peel and spices aplenty. Some sweet sharp acidic wheat notes are first to tickle my nose hairs with some sulfur twang and fruit esters in the finish. Flavor is every where at once a blast of honey malt sweetness some corn and rice syrup combination with coriander spice notes and citrus peel zest bitterness. Nothing plays well together and once again I have to say either wet cardboard or excess sulfur components from an unknown source. A really non cohesive version of a white ale usually dead on for drinkability this one falls short in mouthfeel with spritzy unnatural added carbonation and a linger rotten egg stench in your mouth pretty much kills all hopes. No a skunked or old can just bad beer here., no plans to consume any more singles or marketable Horny Goat four packs.

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Photo of schoon
4/5  rDev +33.8%

Photo of CTM70
1/5  rDev -66.6%

Photo of richkrull
3.8/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one out of a mixed 12-pack.

Pours a nice hazy straw color, average amount of head. It has a sweet citrus smell. Taste is very much the same. Citrusy, some wheat - kind of a sweet smell. Medium to light bodied beer, pretty smooth drinking. Could put down a few of these. Pretty decent tasting. Nothing too special, but not bad at all.

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Photo of Brenden
2.73/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This wit is the appropriate pale gold, very lightly hazed but not nearly as much as it could be. I can pretty much see through it, but it's got enough of a hazy thickness not to have any give at the edges. A small white head forms and fades somewhat quickly, leaving a bit of a thinnish, wispy foam that actually leaves some decent lacing behind.
I get coriander and grains on the nose with a bit of mostly citric sweetness. Otherwise, it's quite nondescript.
A little spiciness comes out in the flavor before tangy red grape and fruits into the finish, where some grains come out. This may have more Fruity Pebbles taste than Leinie's Sunset Wheat. There's nothing particularly Belgian detectable other than a note of the distinctive dusty earthiness.
There's actually a bit of a surprise in the feel, as it starts out quite creamy and fuller-bodied than I would have thought. Crispness kicks it up a notch as it goes and edges out the smoothness, then it fades off and gets watery but, hey, it had something there for a minute.

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Photo of bashiba
4/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice slightly hazy orange with a light off white head, some nice retention with mild lacing.

The smell is light and slightly sweet with a hint of wheat, yeast, and spices.

The flavor is very traditional Belgian white, with a nice wheat and yeast flavors with a good bit of coriander, light lemon, some mild pepperyness and a touch of bubble gum.

The mouthfeel has nice carbonation with a light body.

A nicely done white that would be a good summer session.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Made with coriander and wheat. Pours a light amber with a medium sized firm white head.

Big, but simple, banana Belgian and candi sugar nose.

Light/medium in body and a thin mouthfeel, a bit watery.

Flavors are very light and simple and mostly a light orange character. Simple fruit flavors.

A short simple malt finish.

Nothing special here

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Photo of Kunstman
2.75/5  rDev -8%

Photo of beerthulhu
2.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beer #3 from sampler pack.

A: A pale lemon coloring shows the slightest bit of haze. The head is pancake thin, concrete white, sudsy, and dissipates quickly. A light and spacious rise of effervesce is moderately paced. No window dressing from the vertically and retention challenged head.

S: Musky citrus of orange and lemon mix along with dry wheat. Very faint spicy nature with a light cotton candy sweetness coming on the close.

T: Watery wheat and citrus, makes not for a good start. Cotton candy sweetness, creamy musky oranges is thin in substance with an artificial type of flavor. Rather dull and unexciting, lacks a yeasty Belgian bite from the yeast and any defining character which put my tongue to sleep.

M: Okay carbonation brings a bit of zip but hardly enough to say its good, maybe average which is a step or two above the other characteristics of this beer. Decent body, a bit creamy with a citrus twang on the finish.

O: After having a couple of their beers (red vixen & horny blonde) and being unimpressed I was even more hesitant about this brewery tackling a style with the word Belgian in it. I really hate to put down beers, as someone must of was excited enough to think others would share their enthusiasm with this, but this is hardly bottle or pint worthy let alone six pack. Meh best describes my sediments towards this.

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Photo of 4Socialanxiety
2.5/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams Summer Ale Stange. No date or info.

A - Completely cloudy yellow-ish orange. Creamsicle-like in color. A dense white head popped up right away but sank to a decent layer rather quickly. A thin collar of lacing was left on the glass.

S - Fairly potent yeasty aroma along side a hefty helping of wheat with a good citrus crispness to it and a well balanced spiciness. There is a not-so-enjoyable grassy nose around the edges. Not half bad though.

T - Wheat and yeast comprise the focus of this beer but don't fail as horribly as I expected. The mediocre flavor includes a splash of orange citrus and a helping of coriander spiciness.

M - Crisp and light-bodied, it's a refreshing summer beer with a good level of carbonation and slight spice finish.

D - Not bad at all, it certainly looks better than it actually is but I'd wager that's the motto of this "craft" "brewery". I could do a 6 pack no problem but it wouldn't be my first choice, that's for sure.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.32/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to BigBry for this one.

The beer is yellow-orange color. It does look like orange juice but a little darker. Absolutely no head forms up. The beer is hazy, and we cant see through. The aroma is dominated by oranges with a little bit of coriander. It does smell more like orange juice than beer. The taste is fruity and it reminds me of juice. The bitterness is not strong. The intensity of the taste and smell is low. The beer is thin bodied with a lot of carbonation. This one is very refreshing and a very good beer for the summer.

Cheers BigBry.

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Photo of bigbeers84
2.75/5  rDev -8%

Photo of nghab
2.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

AROMA: Mild wheat aroma, coriander notes, not much citrus/orange character but present.

APPEARANCE: Appropriately hazy, medium golden, big white frothy head, left some lace as it fell. (Served in weizen glass.)

FLAVOUR: Fairly dry, orange is present but coriander is more evident. Among "mass market" wit-type beers this is at the other end of the spectrum from the intensely "Fruity Pebbles" of Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat. Seems to have a bit more hop bitterness than you would expect in a witbier, or maybe that's the coriander contributing to that perception. A bit grainy.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium carbonation, a bit thin even for the style

OVERALL IMPRESSION: This isn't an awful beer, just not inspiring compared to other witbiers. Lacks a certain "brightness." It's drinkable, and notwithstanding my comment above about its dryness, would probably be nicely thirst quenching on a hot summer day. It's not the best witbier I've ever had, but I'll take something in this direction over an overly sweet and fruity one like LSW.

[I should note that I've had this in my basement since summer, so I'm not reviewing the freshest possible sample. Not abused in storage, but several months beyond when it was canned.]

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Photo of MN_Beerticker
3/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of GABrew
3/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of happygnome
3.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: pours a light golden color with about a quarter inch of head that disappears quickly leaving very little lacing. Although there is a lot of carbonation rising to the top of the beer, the head retention is not very good

s: citrus, wheat and strong corriandar

t: very similar to the smell, strong corriander with a crisp wheat and citrus flavor

m: light bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation

overall, this is a decent wheat beer but I do not see myself buying it in the future

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Photo of bigfnjoe
2.5/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of ppoitras
3.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can purchased as part of a 4-pack from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Was planning ahead for a can-preferred venue.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" off-white head over the cloudy golden amber brew. Head lasts well, with plenty of sticky lacing. Aroma exhibits wisps of citrus and spicing. Taste is also minimal, light wheat character upfront, with the citrus and spices in the middle and close. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, and drinkability is pretty good. Seems to lack intensity in numerous facets, but overall not too bad for a can option.

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Photo of BigBry
3.8/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brought back a 4 pack of one-pint cans from my last trip to the States, actually picked this up in Minnesota. "Ale brewed with coriander and orange peel".
Poured very cloudy, orange yellow color. Bright white head with good retention. Murky (but no floaties), would be a turn off to thoe who didn't understand the style.
Nice yeasty aroma with lots of orange and spice. Lots of expected Wheat / Wit flavors including coriander and orange peel, yeasty spices. Very carbonated, tingly almost burning on the lips and tongue. The orange flavor and smell, plus the fizziness reminded me of an Orange Fanta soda.
Origianlly bought it just for the can, not expecting much from the contents, pleasantly suprised.
Horny Goat Loves Big Cans...

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of roblowther
2.49/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Doesn't look quite right. A little clear and no real head. Smell is better, with caramel, oranges and a hint of something spicy. Taste is bland, almost refreshing then just tailing off to a hint of sourness. Not like a wit at all. Mothfeel is a touchy sticky and, again, odd. Drinkable? 99 cents a can is its best asset

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Photo of atone315
3/5  rDev +0.3%

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