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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 WVbeergeek
1.83/5  rDev -39.2%
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 OWSLEY069
2.05/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clean pale yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, notes of citrus and spice. In the taste, a small spice and ends with a mellow lemon citrus. A small spice bite and lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry spice in the aftetaste. Not my style, but overly spiced and a bad use of citrus.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.28/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, pale golden body with a thin, wispy white head.

Smell: Altogether weak aroma of wheat, coriander, and lemon juice.

Taste: The taste is a fairly bland blending of flavors; some wheat and grains, pinch of spice, hint of a citrus, and a bit of yeast. That’s all there is to it.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A "don’t call me, I’ll call you" kind of witbier.

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Photo of gabeerfanswife
2.3/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up because it was the only non-BMC/macro import in cans and we were going to Tybee Island for the weekend. Should have looked at the ratings here first.

A: not very cloudy. Looks like PBR.

S: like oranges

T: Well, it really tastes like a BMC product brewed with oranges.

M: Eehh

D: PBR is about $1 cheaper for a six pack instead of 4 pack and does not have the orange flavor that this has.

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Photo of roblowther
2.49/5  rDev -17.3%
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 goblue3509
2.53/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy light pale yellow color with a very small head and no lacing. The smell is of orange and grains however, the smell is very very faint. The taste is the same faint taste of orange and some grains however, it is watery and very subtle. The mouthfeel is of light carbonation. The drinkability is average, there is nothing to make you dislike this beer and nothing to really make you like it. It is very refreshing and smooth though.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.53/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Horny Goat Wheat, Belgian White Ale, GJS Sales, La Crosse, WI.
One pint can. The innuendos didn't hit me at first, sure "horny goat", but on the box we get this: "cans...the bigger the better!" and "why choose our BIG cans?" Let's not forget on the can" "horny goat loves big cans."
By the way, a can can sometimes mean an ass, or butt, or tuchus, or booty, in the contemporary vernacular.
The cartoon goat also has a constant leer.
'Cause he's horny.

Alright, let's drink 'er. Into a Blue Moon glass, just for fun. With no orange.
Huge fizz and carbonation, lightly hazed yellow appearance, huge head, leaving lace.
Sweet, perfumey aroma, light spice, pronounced lemon, some orange. Nice enough. Could be fresher and brighter.
In the mouth, smooth and slick...brisk and citric. Flavor swims in the mouth for a moment, then disappears. Seems like this is made for those who think Blue Moon is too thick. And then, the lemon spikes the palate with a palpable hit. Not especially pleasant...Lays flat and just putzes out at the end. Sticks in the mouth, a messy lemony...bleh...That'll do.

I had two cans the other day when I was fairly drunk, and didn't think it sucked. Just not terribly good. Now that my mind is in better command, I'm less charitable.
Paid $5.49 for a 4 pack. I've got to be more careful with my money...
Don't settle, folks. Say no to horny goats.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.55/5  rDev -15.3%
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 drpimento
2.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had this can for a while; over a year I think. I suspect it's a lager, but could be wrong. I was kind of apprehensive about drinking it, but it's really not that bad. Poured with a nice, foamy, frothy white head that mostly settled down to a thin layer with a little lace. Color is a clear shiny brass with a little bit of particles settling out. Aroma was a pleasant spicy Belgian wit. Flavor was a little less impressive with kind of a sweet soda pop cast. Body and carbonation are ok. Finish is like flavor and so not too great.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.65/5  rDev -12%
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 ibashmuck
2.66/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a very small head on a cloudy orange body. Smell was strong of coriander and a tanginess. Not fruity or citrus, just an odd tang. The coriander dominates the taste, with a touch or orange, and really not much wheat. Throw that tang in there as well. Despite the small head, it has a decidedly fizzy feel. This isn't a terrible beer, just unlike any wit I've ever had. The coriander is very strong to start, too strong, but it does wane after a time. Not terrible, but not good.

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Photo of garymuchow
2.7/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly tight aroma, especially for style. Yeasty, mild spice and some wheat.
Virtually no head with this pour and what bubbles do show up leave immediately. Brilliantly clear (nice, but not appropriate for style). Golden.
Note the dryness first. Rather grainy, but not necessarily with wheat, but barley noticable. Where's the spice? Occassionally get a touch, but really quite absent.
Actually a fair amount of body, bordering on hefty.
Not sure what this is as it doesn't necessarily meet any particular style (which is fine, but in this case it doesn't make a particularly appealing drink.
From the Cliff Klavin theory of drinking this one isn't worth the loss of buffalo, but I suppose if you get a free glass some might find that's a worthwhile deal. I guess other better beers will taste good in the glass.
Thanks Chuck, for nothing. :)

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Photo of Brenden
2.73/5  rDev -9.3%
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 Billolick
2.78/5  rDev -7.6%
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 Greggy
2.82/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Pours a decently fluffy head over a cloudy golden color. The head recedes after a minute or two but doesn't leave much for lacing.

S- Very nice yeastiness as well as big orange, coriander, and pepper. This almost reminds me of la fin du monde. Nice.

T- Very malty with a big orange, lemon, but this is very malternative-esque.. Not good.

M- Medium carbonation is a touch cloying.

D- This isn't very good. I will not have this in the future.

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Photo of tavernjef
2.83/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy lemon yellow color with an unlasting white head that fizzes away quickly leaving a small collar and some fuzz on top. Flecks of things float around in the body as does it keep an adequate amount of bubbles rising within its haze.

Aroma is deep and malty with only a slight Witbier lemony sweet presense. Seems a bit soggy and muted, yet bold for what it is.

Taste...umm, OK there's not much taste to this goat, horny or not. Very mild, clean, and substance free as what a Wit should and would be. This comes across flattened, dull, and nearly tasteless. Flavors render slight dullish malty sweetness that's in a unripe lemon and melony banana starchyness. Has a slight fizz of yeasty spice thrown in.

Body is light to medium with a clean, crisp, tenderness, but ends with a strange poppy fizz. Stays mostly flat, dull, and stripped of any real Wit nature other then a flighty amount of lemon zest and spice.

Very plain and not what any horny goat I think of would be associated with? Just goes to show that a name, even as catchy, stupid, clithe, and trendy of a name as this, won't do any good when what you're selling isn't any good compared to what else is available and coming out of the Wisconsin micro market. Tyranena, Capital, New Glarus, Sprecher, and many others shouldn't worry too much about this marketing ploy in a can.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.83/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Minimally hazy lemon with sunshine colored highlights. A high-altitude pour generated three fingers of bone colored foam that picks up a hint of yellow from the beer beneath. The cap doesn't look good initially (or as it melts) and doesn't result in much lace.

The can indicates that 'a bit' of orange peel and coriander were added. Boy, they aren't kidding. I would have been hard pressed to identify HGW as a witbier if blinded. Why did I think that something with this name and label would be more aggressive? Maybe the flavor will make up for the lackluster aroma.

It does... a little. Still, Horny Goat Wheat is one of the wimpiest witbiers that I've ever had when it comes to the typical flavors of fruit and spice. Interestingly, the tang of the citrus and the spice of the coriander are more prominent than the flavors themselves.

We're a long way from American pale wheat territory, but we're also a long way from good beer. There's too much graininess and too much unmasked alcohol, which is amazing since the ABV is probably somewhere around 5.0%. Then again, it could be 7.0%. It certainly tastes closer to the latter. More sweetness and less bitterness would be more better.

The mouthfeel is no great shakes. It's thin, lacks any sort of mouthfilling creaminess and has too few (and too harsh) bubbles. Not a good combination no matter how you slice it.

From the cartoon animal on the can that looks more like a mule than a goat, to the shoddy craftsmanship of the beer itself, Horny Goat Wheat isn't likely to get anyone excited. Give this one a pass unless you have a thing for beer in goofy looking cans.

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Photo of nghab
2.98/5  rDev -1%
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 jhartley
2.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed on July 4, 2012. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. No date or abv listed on the bottle or label.
Poured a cloudy/hazy light yellow with a thin wheat head the dissipated rather quickly leaving very little lacing. Smells like that belgian yeast and hints of coriander. Taste like your typical Belgian witbier, funky; orange peel; spices. Great clean, dry finish quite refreshing in this summer heat wave! Overall, not a bad beer, much better than the Hopped Up 'N Horny Pale Ale that I had.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a weizen glass.

L - slightly hazed yellow color with a short-lived white head.

S - wheat, lemon rind and some spices.

T - lemony taste upfront with wheat and very subtle spice.

F - light/medium bodied with a crisp feel.

O - average witbier.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy dark yellow with a slight soapy head that quickly dissipates.

Aroma is sweet and malty up front. Hints of lemon. Bubblegum, coriander, and clove.

Taste is similar to the nose. Grainy pale malt, and sugary lemon. Bubblegum. Mild orange peel bitterness. Finish holds mild spices - Clove and coriander.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied.

Overall an easy drinking session brew. Flavor is on the mild side.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
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 KarlHungus
3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a cloudy pale yellow color. The head is an inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of lemon, corriander, and wheaty tang. The taste has some of the lemon and wheat I detected in the aroma, but there is no coriander. There is also an unsettling caramel malt taste that shouldn't be there in a witbier. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with solid carbonation. Overall, this would be a nice beer if it tasted like it smelled. The way it is it just doesn't work for me. I can't see myself drinking this again.

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Photo of happygnome
3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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 Vdubb86
3.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a FFF pint glass

This is part of my gift set from my girlfriends parents so a thank you to them for getting me beer I surely wouldn't have looked to try.

This beer pours a light cloudy golden orange color with a thin white topping of foam. The smell is pretty funky, it's like being skunked except it's not skunked, it just sucks. The flavor is like a wheat beer, with some funky fruit going on in the back ground. There is some fake banana flavor and weird almost white grape like flavor going on. It's not bad, but I wouldn't say I prefer it. The mouthfeel is pretty solid, I think it's pretty easy to drink in that respect. Overall this beer was decent, but it surely had many many flaws for it's style.

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