Horny Goat Exposed | Horny Goat Brewing Co.

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Horny Goat Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of JimmyPage
4.1/5  rDev +51.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pulled from a sampler 12 pack and poured into a pint

Poured a clear deep yellow color with good head and some lacing

Smell is earthy some malt

Love the taste on this one, Wheaty, creamy slighty sweet hint of citrus on the finish

Mouthfeel is extremley creamy. The oats in this beer lend themselves very well to the mouthfeel

Overall a really good session beer. Very drinkable. Similar to a Spotted Cow but better

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Photo of CurtisPeacock
4.03/5  rDev +48.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stopped at the grocery store to grab a six pack for the night. Had a friend suggest Horny Goat Exposed because it has good flavor/ balance while also being a lighter session style beer.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden yellow with 1/2 inch of head. I little lacing around the empty glass.

Smell: Earthy smell with a little bit of malt and vanilla.

Taste: A lighter cream ale with a hint of citrus and a very small bit of bitterness. I really like this beer. A great combination of flavors while also being light enough to have a few in a sitting. I think this may have just become one of my favorites. Also, a great introductory beer to someone new to craft beers. I used to drink nothing but light beers but recently became a craft head. I truly believe in the saying "once you go craft you never go back."

Mouthfeel: On the lower end of medium body. Very smooth and easy to drink with a slight creamy feel.

Overall: I really like this beer. It's a great beer to enjoy and sit back for more than one. The taste does not get old or overwhelming. If you enjoy cream ales such as Spotted Cow you should give this beer a try. Also, if you have friends you are trying to convert to the craft side this would make a great transitional beer.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +47.6%

Sampling right now on 9/12/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 deghrres F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "Horney Goat Brewing Company" pinyt glass. (LOL the name).

Pours a slight hazy straw-yellow in color with a very thin white head. Some spotty lacing is seen when sipped but not a lot. A good amount of sediment is seen in the bottom of the bottle. The aroma is of some sweet citrus and grains for the most part. Pretty much the same for the taste with a very light hoppy finish that doesn't last more than a few seconds. Goes down easy. Overall, it was good.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.75/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure what this style is supposed to be, but this is pretty interesting compared to others I've had. This beverage is pretty cloudy with not much head or lacing. It has a simple, clean aroma and a similar taste. It is nice and creamy, which as I recall, some others weren't, dispite the name of the style. The aftertaste is a nice bitter hoppy flavor.

This was a complete surprise since the bottle gives no clue what's inside. As such, I didn't expect much and I got a little more than I expected. I won't go out of my way for another, but it is a well made brew.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.45/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Horny Goat Exposed

LOOK: cloudy pale yellow brew, white head forms.

SMELL: light aroma of citrus , malts, and sweet grains.

TASTE: sweet grains, mild citrusy grassy notes. Mild bitterness, cream sweetness and firm malty notes. Pretty tasty. Medium bodied, thin feel, soft carbonation.

Decent cream ale, one of the better offerings in the horny goat line. Would be a suitable session ale.

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Photo of Tone
3.4/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden/yellow color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of yeast, pale malt, hops, clove, and slight citrus. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with a high carbonation level. There is a strong tartness associated with this brew. Tastes of tart malt, sweet malt, yeast, citrus, and hops. Overall, this brew is very sharp and tart, but lacks the good complex flavors and quality body. It is very easy drinking, though so that is a plus not normally associated with a Saison.

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Photo of richkrull
3.38/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a Horny Goat mixed 12-pack from Party Mart in Lake Mills, WI.

Poured a hazy straw color, not too much head on it. Smell is pretty faint with a bit of wheaty malt and some citrus. Taste is not bad, nothing to write home about, but it's decent. Some citrus notes. Pretty smooth beer, not much aftertaste. Easy drinking beer. Definitely could put down a few of these without a problem.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.38/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 2-13-10

Pours a cloudy pale yellow color, with a thin white head and respectable lacing.

Smell is very clean malt, a little adjuncty, with a hop edge that is actually quite pleasant. None of the sourness or farmhouse you might expect from the style.

Taste is light malt and very yeasty, with a slightly fruity hop middle and the tiniest amount of sourness. Not bad, tastes like a full-bodied macro lager.

Mouthfeel is good, even considering the subdued flavors.

Drinkability is very good, this one has session written all over it.

Overall, it's the kind of craft beer I'd expect to find in a college town, purposefully inoffensive.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.35/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz twist off cap bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - slightly hazy bright yellow color with a white head that thinned out leaving one or two spots in my empty mug.

S - light hint of vanilla cream.

T - light tasting cream ale, very non-offensive beer.

F - light/medium bodied, smooth and easy to drink.

O - a decent example of a cream ale.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.08/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Exposed pours a hazy golden color with a nice large lacing head. There is a slight garbage like aroma. The taste is mellow and creamy with hints of a nice spice. Easy to drink and nice full body for a cream ale. Overall a good flavorful cream ale, good full flavors, and enjoyable.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.06/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a flat looking golden wheat color. The color is nice but no head and no lacing.

Aroma is that if a wheat beer. Not very farm house funky like a saison should be.

Tastes the same. I actually started drinking this before I knew what it was and thought it was just a hefe. Needs more of that yeasty flavor that the saisons have. More funk. Tastes real wheaty.

Mouthfeel is kind of boring. Kind of low carb.

Overall a very boring beer. Probably will never buy it or trade for it. Not terrible though.

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Photo of Winter
3.03/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a lemony yellow in color with a white head. Light aroma consists mostly of grassy hops. The mouthfeel is light to medium with a decent carbonation. Moderate malty front. When cold this beer has a snappy hoppiness to it. As is warms though the carbonation softens and flavor starts to turn rather bland. There isn't a lot going on here. Probably my least favorite from the Horny Goat stable.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Horney Goat...well I'm horney....so why not!....Right! So this beer has a good solid beer taste, nothing fancy....could compare it to Bud, Miller Genuine, etc. It is clear golden in color, thin white head, minimum lacing. very drinkable and has a decent mouthfeel...Session....I THINK SO!!!!

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Photo of soju6
2.95/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale golden color with a moderate head and bits of lacing.

S: Mild citrus aroma with a bit of malt sweetness and grain.

T: Taste of citrus, some malt sweetness and a bit of grain. Has a mild bitterness and a slightly sticky finish.

F:Light body and quite smooth.

O: Decent non-offensive Cream Ale.

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Photo of drizzam
2.93/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from the brown bottle into a clear pint glass. The body of the brew is a cloudy yellow/orange topped with a bright white head. The head receded rather quickly and left little to no lacing.

S - Not much going on in the nose...what I do get is a minute aroma of yeast with a touch of citrus.

T & M - I don't think this fits the style of a Saison/Farmhouse Ale. Mostly lemon flavors with just a hint of spice toward the back end. Thin mouthfeel that finishes clean and crisp. Probably pretty close to 5% ABV. Doesn't taste offensive, but it's not a Saison.

D - This is not a bad Summer beer, but again, it certainly does not fit the category of a Saison...and that's the way I had to rate it. I could drink these on a hot Summer day while mowing the lawn, but if you're expecting a Saison, you'll be disappointed.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a (512) anniversary glass.

Didn't even know Horny Goat was available down here, so I picked up what singles I could to give them a try, beginning with this one. It pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises wheat, mild corn, and sweet flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, progressing flavor-wise from sweet, almost cream-like notes to decidedly wheaty and grainy notes to a sort of off-fruit-y territory that mars an awful lot of decent progress up to that point. The body is a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally fluid feel. Overall, an okay cream ale at best, one that hints at some form of tastiness before wrenching it away from me.

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Photo of gtn80
2.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance is a golden, hazy straw color. Tiny head that dissapears quickly.

Smell is MIA, bit of malt, bit of crystal.

Taste is epic fail. Bit bitter up front, hints of what could be a decent wheat beer, but watered down.

Mouthfeel is super thin, not much there.

Drinkability is good because it's pretty much flavored water.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Hazy golden color. An off white colored head that recedes to nothing, no lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malts, another sweet note such as rice or corn added.

Taste: Immediate malt sweetness, faint grains, rice. Very light tang finish.

Mouthfeel: Carbonanted, slightly creamy.

Overall: A bit harsh around the edges, so to speak.

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Photo of ckollias
2.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a golden hue with a 2-finger white head that slowly dissipates into a thin persistent lace.

S: Grainy scent with a mild lemon citrus aroma.

T: Slightly tart flavor with a grainy smooth taste.

M: Thin body and medium carbonation

O: Decent beer – nothing special – a step above a Budweiser.

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Photo of joe1510
2.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle
$6.99 6-Pack
Steve's, Madison

Exposed flaunts a lemon yellow body with enough haziness to keep me from seeing the logo on the other side of the glass. Straw golden highlights this beer when held up to the window and a dollop of perfectly white head snaps to attention atop the body. Tiny carbonation bubbles stream to the surface and meet the fading head. It settles at a nice cap and leaves some thin lacing down the glass.

If the smell is any indication I don't know how much of a saison this beer actually is. Sugar cookie sweetness combines with an almost cooked corn quality (may be wheat).A touch of earthiness and a zing of lemon peel. The smell isn't all that bad but it's hardly saison at all. To be perfectly honest I don't know what I'd call it. It reminds me of an American-style lager with some American wheat components tossed into the mix.

The flavor is basically the same. A touch of some spiciness that must be from the yeast used. Snappy lemon comes along and leaves just as quickly. Sugar cookie sweetness and a faint touch of that corn comes back as well. There's a wheat twang coming through as this warms a bit. I think the wheat is what steered me in the direction of corn. This beer isn't terrible but no way is it saison worthy. More of a glorified macro type of brew.

The mouthfeel is soft with a touch of fizz on the swallow. The body has a moderate weight to it and seems to fit the beer pretty well.

I could and actually will drink a few of these in a row. It's not a super impressive beer but it's easy drinking and fairly enjoyable.

This, for some reason, kind of reminds me of a Sam Adam's Summer ale. It's not quite as floral or wheaty but there are similarities. This is no saison and that's where the low scores come in, what it is, is an easy summertime drinker.

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Photo of SykDoc
2.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. It pours a slightly hazy straw color. A 1/4 inch white head forms and reduces leaving a partly cloudy lacing. Carbonation is readily visible.

The aroma is a bit unusual with a musty funk. There are some yeast and citrus characters with an almost moss like scent coming behind that.

The taste is primarily wheat with some lemon popping up and not a whole lot more. Minimal spicing if I look for it.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Carbonation is on the higher end but cleans up the flavor or lack thereof. Pleasant citrus dryness at the end and it goes down fairly cleanly.

Overall, this is a modestly enjoyable beer. It does not fit the style much but goes down and doesn't make me regret the swallow.

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Photo of barczar
2.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear straw color with a fairly solid one inch white head that dissipates into a thin ring of foam, leaving no lacing.

Aroma is dominated by sweet corn and grain, slightly bready, with notes of herbal hops.

Flavor follows suit, mostly grainy, with herbal hops, almost tea-like, rounding out the finish. Sweet corn is present, as well as a bit of a tangy taste, slightly metallic.

Body is moderate, a touch light, perhaps, with fairly high carbonation. There's astringency in the finish.

Overall, a pretty lackluster brew. The tangy note and astringency detract from what could be a decent beer.

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Photo of Ricochet
2.7/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Cloudy yellow, no head and tiny lace.
S: Not much. Just like the Blonde. Cooked grain, slight sweet.
M: Not as much bitter as the Blonde. More of a grain taste. Other than the sweet honey note of the Blonde, this seems the same.
T: See above. Is this the same beer? Bit more alcohol in the profile and maybe a bit more of the grain/corn. A touch of butterscotch.

O: Vaguely a cream ale. Not bad, but for the style, a bit of a miss.

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Photo of HawbakerBrewery
2.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours to a crystal clear gold, with a thin, white head. Head dissipates very quickly, leaving almost no lacing. Tiny particles are suspended within the clear gold volume. Odor is sour and lightly skunky. The taste is almost identical to the smell. Flavors other than sour and skunk are lacking. Hearty carbonation gives this a heavy feel when swallowed. This one's a belcher. I would compare this to Genessee Cream Ale-which I feel exactly the same way about. Priced too high for the quality. Build your own 6-pack for $7.99

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Photo of arboristfish
2.66/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearance of the beer is a hazy white, with a frothy head. The aroma smells of pale sweet malts with a hint of fruit. The taste is bland. There is a faint sweetness that comes through but overall nothing is standing out. The mouthfeel is light, and I guess you could consider it drinkable.

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