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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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of dpnelson1978
3.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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 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 RblWthACoz
3.36/5  rDev +11.6%
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 Tone
3.52/5  rDev +16.9%
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 woodychandler
4.45/5  rDev +47.8%
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 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 scruffwhor
3.22/5  rDev +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 Winter
3.48/5  rDev +15.6%
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 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 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 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 nick76
3.28/5  rDev +9%
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 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 ppoitras
3.41/5  rDev +13.3%
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Horny Goat Belgian Style Wheat from Horny Goat Brewing Co.
3.01 out of 5 based on 72 ratings.
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