Horny Goat Exposed | Horny Goat Brewing Co.

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

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by KarlHungus on 04-21-2009

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Ratings: 157 |  Reviews: 50
Photo of Grebdioz
2/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of troyvar
2.5/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Profane
2.5/5  rDev -11%

Photo of murf1087
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Shumj
4/5  rDev +42.3%

Photo of Gavage
2.57/5  rDev -8.5%
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 jsprain1
2.52/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a shade darker than golden. Head is one finger and white. It looks like it's going to last, but then it falls down.
S- Smell is of pear, peach, a bit of lemon and just a touch of a coriander/pepper aroma.
T- Wow, where did the grassiness come from? It is overwhelmingly grassy. There is a faint lemon and pepper flavor in the finish, but otherwise it is overwhelmingly grassy.
M- Not nearly as sturdy as this style should be. It is almost foamy.
O- It's a nice idea but it's just not a good beer. It looks and smells nice, but then when you drink it it's grassy and just an odd mouthfeel. I'll pass.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.56/5  rDev -8.9%
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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Photo of SkitzIrish3
2.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy, deep gold with fizzy head that immediately disappears. Very active carbonation. Wheat smell, very bland. Very thin body, smooth with only traces of wheat and some citrus. No lasting flavor.

Saison? I'm not sure. It would be refreshing after a hot day of work and is HIGHLY drinkable. It goes down even easier than a BMC. For that purpose it serves. However, don’t sit down looking to enjoy something complex when you pour this because in that regard it fails.

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Photo of climax
2.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The pour exposed a cloudy pale lemon yellow color. The fizzy white head was pretty solid, and barely receded.

The aroma is subtle, nothing stands out in general but lemon, yeast, wheat, and a touch of noble hops. The fruity flavor typical of the style is pretty much absent, but the complexity is acceptable.

The flavor is an extension of the nose, not a whole lot there. It's quite tart with notes of lemon and bitter strawberry puree, thus the fruit flavors emerging. It finishes with soft wheat.

The carbonation adds modest crispness, but not enough to saver this one, as it is pretty watery. It's soft and smooth but there's just no body here.

Once all is said and extracted, I could definitely leave this one behind.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.02/5  rDev +7.5%
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 richkrull
3.38/5  rDev +20.3%
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 PeprSprYoFace
3.06/5  rDev +8.9%
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 taez555
2.61/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured an extremely clear and dull pale yellow body with a small white head.

Nose was very faint with only some mild malt touches.

Taste is light bodied and rather carbonated. Very classic macro lager sort of taste but with a mild touch of citrus, some non sour lemon juice and a mild touch of wheat. Very simple with not much of a hop taste or bitterness at all. Little mild touch of earth. Ends very clean.

Hmm. It says farmhouse ale, but this alll macro lager with a splash of american wheat beer. Sorry guys, it's an easy drinking lawnmower beer, but not even close to the style.

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Photo of SickGnar
2.31/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: A sort of Champagne look. An ever so slightly hazy, super pale golden with lots and lots of fast rising effervescent bubbles. Despite bubbly aspect, it still has a minimalist head that barely tries to leave lacing.

S: Sweet husky grain that some bisquity/ crackery notes. Smells more adjunct macro than saison. And what is there, is rather weak anyway. No yeasty nothing, no distinct ester nor phenols. No hops, let alone spicy, peppery, or other character. Not bad per se, but not good and not to the implied style.

T: ummm.... Not a Saison. More like a macro lager or cream/blonde ale... Only some reserved malts - bready and biscuit notes, maybe some light crystal, a bit of wheat, a grainy sweetness that fades to raspy husk, and more than a hint of dms / cooked corn. Picks up a bit of yeast character if bottom of bottle is swirled and drunken straight, if added to glass then not so much. Some spice does come through in the hops that are otherwise grassy and herbal. Rather insipid.

M: Medium to thin body with active CO2 that contributes noticeably to mouthfeel by giving a softness. Finish is barely semi-dry. Not bad, but not the dryness of a saison.

D: Not bad as a summer wheat brew / lawnmover beer. Not great mind you, but passable. As a Saison? Like they say in Wallonia, "Fuggitaboutit!" But even if they called it something else, the rating would not jump considerably.

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Photo of Winter
3.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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 arboristfish
2.66/5  rDev -5.3%
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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Photo of gtn80
2.88/5  rDev +2.5%
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 wheatyweiss
2.44/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a cheap plastic hotel water glass. No freshness date.

Pours a medium straw with a decent head and no cloud. Head leaves a small amount of sticky clumps.

Aroma is very light wheat malt with a touch of actual beer aroma. There is the wheat aroma with a rider of corniness?

Flavor is crystal malt, wheaty twang is so weak that there is no discernable malt profile. Malt profile seems over spoiled by adjuncts and dirty water. There is an off flavor of hard minerals and potato starch, this water must not be the cleanest. Finishes like it starts weak to the point of almost being water. There is no wild yeast flavors or aromas. There is no substantial malt profile. There is a very small amount of fruitness.

Mouthfeel is thin. The only thing that this beer has going for it are the soft edged bubbles that give a little bit of lushness to the mouthfeel.

I had to check the website out, since this is listed under a holding, which seems to be slick tongue for a marketing company that buys stuff. Website is full of cheap sexual innuendos and attempts at machismo grabbing manhood jabs. Weak to say the least. I checked the Brewmaster's name hoping he wasn't associated with any real craft breweries under contract and I was right, he's not.

Save yourself the frustration, this is a beer for frat boys that want to laugh like idiots at the labels. Bad.

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Photo of KI9A
1.48/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I can't even bring myself to rate this swill. Terrible attempt at a Saison. My God, it's plain horrible. Tasted like an aborted homebrew...This was a absolute drainpour. The smell is sour, which isn't bad, but, the taste is like a adjunct-corn laced lager, with some kind of funk..not a good funk, mind you, just a nasty, rotten, off flavor.

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Photo of SykDoc
2.71/5  rDev -3.6%
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 BMoney575
3.38/5  rDev +20.3%
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 drizzam
2.93/5  rDev +4.3%
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 sweemzander
2.37/5  rDev -15.7%
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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Photo of Onenote81
2.61/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extra received from BeerFMAndy in a recent trade. Thanks!

Poured into my pint glass. Pours a hazy very-pale yellow with a thin white head on top. Disappears to a sheet on top. Leave no lace. Smells of grains, buttered corn, and a splash of lemon zest.

Moderate body with a nice carbonation kick with each sip. Carbo. level is medium/high. Now the flavor is a conundrum. This tastes exactly what a crisp American lager would taste like, a good one at that. Plenty of buttery grains in the mouth, some light citrus, and a light pop of bitterness on the finish. If this was labeled as a lager, I would rate it a 'B' minimum, but as a Saison, this is way off. I can taste very light yeast and funk in the aftertaste, but it is so faint, it may be my imagination. This one needs some work, or at least a re-styling.

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