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 JimmyPage
4.84/5  rDev +61.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pulled from a sampler pack and poured into a pint

Poured a pretty orange color with lots of haze. Good head with some lacing

Smell is very complex, some tart some orange slightly spicy

Tastes very tart, this one is yeast driven. The orange and corriander come out nicely on the finish

Good body for the style. The carbonation is right on.

This was way better that I was expecting. This is a new recipe from the last time I have tried it. Very complex. Tart and refreshing.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.45/5  rDev +48.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I CAN hardly believe that I found yet another new CAN while in Wisconsin! I was at Madison's Old Fashioned with Marty from Stone when I came across this one.

I actually drank it twice since I did not look at the 16 ounce CAN before the server opened it and poured some, but not all, into a glass. My final pour from the first CAN revealed all of the sediment that turned it from a standard wheat into a Wit. I then signalled for a fresh CAN and instructed my server not to open it, but to hand it to me so that I could gently rock it end over end to get the yeast into suspension. I got a finger of bone-white head with good retention. The color was a cloudy orangish-amber with lots (!) of floaties which eventually sank to the bottom of the glass, requiring ongoing agitation. The nose was more pungent than before, allowing the spices to come forth. I really caught the orange peel on the finish, but I am getting ahead of myself. The mouthfeel was full with a definitive Wit flavor of wheat, yeast, coriander, and orange peel all intermngling on my palate. For an avowed hophead, this was phenomenal! In a CAN, no less! My quest is unearthing some unexpected winners. Just remember, GENTLY agitate the can before opening it.

From the CAN itself: "Horny Goat Wheat is a Belgian-style white beer, craft brewed with wheat, malted barley, hops and a bit of orange peel and coriander. It's natural haze from yeast and wheat make it a classic to be enjoyed on its own, or with a slice of orange.

Horny Goat loves big [CANS]... those little 12 ounce bottles aren't enough beer, and [CANS] fully protect beer from light and oxygen, producing a new level of fresh that you won't find out of a bottle. [CANS] are also easier to recycle and better for the environment... ask an ecologist if you don't believe the brainiacs at Horny Goat."

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Photo of schoon
4/5  rDev +33.8%

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 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 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 Fluffmeister
3.75/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of sleepysmurf
3.54/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Absolutely no head forms up. The beer is hazy, and we cant see through. The aroma is dominated by oranges. 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, nice and lite. would get it again on a hot day.

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Photo of Tone
3.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, golden color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of clove, banana, sweet malt, yeast, and slight hop. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, clove, banana, slight ginger, and slight yeast. Overall, a little lacking in anything but herbs and spice, slightly watery, but a decent drinking brew.

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Photo of Zachtheporter
3.5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of Profane
3.5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of Can_if_you_can
3.5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of Minn_Joe
3.5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of IronLover
3.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep yellow with a slight haze. Not much head retention or lacings. Wheat aroma with a faint corriander smell. Wheat flavor again with a very light spicy corriander taste. Not much to discuss here. A fairly forgettable beer, but very easy to drink. I,d sstill take it over a Bud anyday.

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Photo of Winter
3.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy unfiltered orange with a white head. The aroma consists of coriander, orange peel, wheat malt, and a hint of vanilla. The mouthfeel is medium and soft. The yeast is noticeable and adds a lot of character to the flavor from the start. In addition, there's coriander and a some vanilla in the taste, as detected in the nose. Phenols are a little stronger than I'd like to see in a witbier and add that unwelcomed "Band-aid" like taste to it. The finish has a touch of sour wheat and orange peel. Low bitterness.

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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 RblWthACoz
3.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

What we have here is a tallboy of witbier. And I mean, thank God. You just can never have enough.

Pours a clouded yellow orange with a nicer off white head. Nose is kind of off. And not off as in spoiled. Just strange. Gets more in line with the style as it warms. Flavor is bringing a lot of the standard character for the style, but there is an acidic and citric bite that detracts. And the sediment in the can that is now in my beer glass isn't helping things out. Still though, not too shabby. Feel is thicker on liquid. Overall worth trying. Might be one of those debated beers. For me, nice to try. Now moving on.

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Photo of keethrax
3.34/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Just a bit on the orange side of yellow. Small head, blink and you'll miss it.

Smell: Citrus and spice. Wheaty.

Taste: Watery but the flavor that is there is good. Oranges, spice, wheat, a bit of candy sweetness. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin and light. Not much to write home about.

Overall: A decent enough beer. Or maybe 3 parts decent beer, one part water. After a few disappointing horny goat options I was somewhat dreading this one. But it's not bad. Not great, and a bit weak. But not bad. Probably wouldn't buy one again because there are better choices, but would gladly drink it if available.

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Photo of barczar
3.33/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy lemony straw color with a solid half inch had that lingers.

Aroma is wheaty, with a belgian yeast character, lemon, and coriander. There's substantial graininess and a honey sweet finish.

Flavor is led by orange and lemon, followed by peach and wheat. There's a light graininess, which carries into the finish. Belgian yeast and coriander add intrigue in the aftertaste.

Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation.

Overall, a fairly straightforward beer that delivers on its description. Would've fared better if the belgian character were more pronounced.

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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 climax
3.32/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Upon twisting the top, I didn't get much feedback that the beer was still alive, no satisfying "ffssst" or anything. That being said, it poured pretty flat, lemon yellow in color. The head was dismal and faded quicker than Chumbawamba.

The aroma isn't a total loss, but it's no game changer. The wheat tones were about all that was holding it together. The expected notes of banana, coriander, and citrus were present but weak. That infamous cheap beer metallic twang chimed in to add an extra little bit of disappointment.

The taste is certainly an improvement and pleasant surprise. The yeast is evident, as well as lemon, and coriander. The finish has soft notes of Belgian yeast, wheat, and ripe banana.

I was wrong in assuming this was flat, it's got plenty of crisp carbonation. The yeast aids to a nice smooth feel with a slightly chalky finish.

As far as Horny Goat brewing goes, this is by far the most impressive and the only one I would try again. So at least I've got one thing figured out with this rather disappointing mixed pack....

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Photo of nick76
3.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The aroma has coriander, orange, wheat, yeast, and a touch of hops. The appearance is cloudy gold with a foamy head. The flavor is like the aroma. It's a little cheap tasting but not bad at all. The palate is right for this style. Overall I like it.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, hazey yellowish amber color. Very quick head and leaves no lacing. Just a few lethargic bubbles. Dry chalky bananas, cloves, and faint toasted malts. The taste is equally dry, but has some bananas and other light fruity flavors. A little chalky and gristy onthe palate, but refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
3.2/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip @ 40°F.

$7.99 / 6 pk.

S: Scent of wheat with a just a hint coriander.

A: Small tight white head that quickly dissipates and does not cover. Negligible lacing, and no ring. Cloudy amber body.

T: Typical wheat beer, nothing special. Noticeable coriander and subtle orange flavor.

M: Medium carbonation with very light body. Despite only having medium carbonation the feel is a bit harsh.

D: Good session beer, could drink it all night with no complaints, but if I had something else to choose I would not settle down.

O: Not bad, but nothing special.

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Photo of IPASetter
3.2/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Little to no head that quickly disappeared. No lacing doesn't look very promising.

S- Smells of a normal wheat beer with hints of citrus flavor and definitely some coriander in there.

T- Typical wheat beer doesn't do much to make it stand out. Can taste some of the citrus and coriander which is a pleasant taste.

M- Nice carbonation with a light mouthfeel.

D- This beer would go well on a nice summer day. Personally I wouldn't get it again but if your looking for a casual drink you this will satisfy you.

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