Horny Goat Exposed | Horny Goat Brewing Co.

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

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by KarlHungus on 04-21-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
157
Reviews:
50
Avg:
2.71
pDev:
22.14%
 
 
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22
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Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jaydoc
2.75/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of djrn2
2.75/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of zeff80
3.13/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of LXIXME
2.75/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Boone757
3.25/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of dbrauneis
3/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of woodychandler
1.64/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I am a fan of Horny Goat for some inexplicable reason. I do know that like Atwater, they are very hit-or-miss, but I credit their efforts, plus they CAN many of their beers, which is a selling point for me. Take me or leave me, but that's how I roll.

From the bottle: "Craft Brewed in Wisconsin"; The Goat has ensconced himself in a barrel!

I Pop!ped the cap and began a gentle pour that briefly raised a finger of soapy, bone-white head that quickly fell to wisps. Color was a slightly hazy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) and since they are only interested in the finest, purest gold, the Gelt Gang of Midas, Mammon & Croesus declined a visit. Nose smelled oddly sharp, slightly sour. Acetaldehyde? Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was fairly sweet, there was a definite corn presence, but the taste was marred. It was not as strong as the nose had led me to expect, but it was not as clean as a Genny Cream Ale, which is what I gather that they were trying to evoke. Finish was, again, sharpish, but difficult to quantify. It really did not hold the same flavor as the nose indicated, but then again, it wasn't quite right, either. I'd put it around semi-dry. Was the yeast overworked? A definite swing & a miss.

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Photo of paulish
3.25/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 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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2.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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 sendbeer
1.75/5  rDev -35.4%

Photo of Gavage
2.57/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light golden yellow color with a 1/4" head. No lace develops.

Smell: some soft grasss and a hint of earthiness is all you can detect.

Taste: light grass, pear, golden apple, a hint of yeast, a hint of pepper, and a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Short aftertaste.

Overall. Not a true farmhouse or saison as the style suggests. A basic macro type beer here.

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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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3.5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of sweemzander
2.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the trade!

(A)- Pours a hazy golden yellow color that produced a pure white head with decent retention.

(S)- Tons of grassy wheat with a bit of lemon & burnt toast. Is this really a Saison?

(T)- Some lemon fruit & wheat amidst some roasted corn. Definitely not reminding me of a Saison.

(M)- Good carbonation level & balance. Simple, but tasty enough. Crisp. Very dissapointing when it comes to the style.

(D)- A decent beer that is a terrible beer when it comes to what style it is trying to be. If it were simply an adjunct lager, this would actually receive a much better score, but I cannot give it since nothing besides the appearance reminds me of a Saison.

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2.56/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer#6 from sampler pack. Another stab at a Belgian style.

A: Pale straw blonde coloring shows a small haze in the glass. The head is good on the pour, chalky white, a finger high, but fails to hold and collapses to a skimpy covering of film right before the eyes. On the way no down it fails to cling or lace. The effervesce is strong, medium dense, and quickly paced matching their pale in terms of presentation.

S: Dull and lack luster aroma, pale dry wheat and dry lemon peel. Vague hints of dried apple. Neither musky nor pungently fruity with a scent to light to appreciate.

T: Pale wheat, dry grapefruit with some grassiness. A bit watery with some apple-citrusy notes. A bit of sour funk with training wheels comes on the end but really nothing to write home about nor compare to Belgian standards. Tastes like a watery pale wheat. Musky? Hardly. Disappointing no doubt.

M: Light bodied, starts off crisp enough but quickly turns flat and boring.

O: Again another feeble attempt at a Belgian style it probably has no business to attempt when it can hardly handle the basic styles. You can probably blind taste these beers and struggle to define style. If you cant come close to style you should probably leave well enough alone. Fairly boring limited appeal no repeat quality. Exposed, yeah as another leinenkugel.

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2.75/5  rDev +1.5%

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3/5  rDev +10.7%

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 scruffwhor
2.63/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, but faintly hazey sunshine and hay color. Quickly receding two finger head down to a nice film of foam. Pretty good bubbling too. The aroma i faint toasted malts and even more faint spice aroma. Pretty bland smelling overall, makes me think of an attempt at spicing up a blonde ale. The taste is a weak farm house spice with pilsner malts. This beer seems more like a keller bier than a saison. Liked a lightly spiced lager. Very easy to drink, but doesn't fit the style.

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Photo of hozersr
2/5  rDev -26.2%

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