Horny Goat Red Vixen | Horny Goat Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as Red Planet

Added by BeerFMAndy on 11-08-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
43
Reviews:
22
Avg:
2.91
pDev:
21.31%
 
 
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Photo of GRG1313
2.57/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear amber with a firm nice looking white head.

Nose is big and rich banana, Belgian candi sugar and malty characters.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with no character at all. There are no flavor character profiles in this beer; none. This is a weak watery super light yeast and super light malt if you really look for it. Minor flavors/minor finish.

This may well be one of the thinest and least flavorful beers I've ever tried. This one is all nose!

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Photo of djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of zeff80
3.36/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Poured out a clear, highly carbonated, orange/amber color with a small, short-lived head. There was no lace at all.

S - It smelled very grassy and quite malty. Overall, a nice aroma.

T - It tasted malty and of sweet caramel. There were notes of toffee and grassy, citrusy hops.

M - It was very crisp and sharp. It popped on the tongue. A light-bodied lager that was very smooth.

D - This is a nice Vienna Lager. It left me wanting to grab another.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
2.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Gavage
2.56/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: pours an amber color with a one finger head that breaks down quickly.

Smell: a bit of bread-like quality is all you can pull from the glass.

Taste: caramel, grainy bread, some grassy tones, a bit of fruit sweetness, and almost no bitterness makes up a very one dimensional beer.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Lightly crisp to start, smooth at the finish.

Overall: easy to quaff but little body and flavor overall. Just didn't excite the tastebuds or provide any satisfaction.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Horny Goat Red Vixen
Rex Beverage Holdings
Style: Vienna Lager
ABV: 5.40 %

LOOK: Mostly clear copper, foamy head forms and recedes, leaving little to no lace on the glass. Looks like an unassuming lager though a few shades darker than most in this style.

SMELL: Grains, lager yeast, caramel malt, faint flowery hop character and somewhat sweet smelling.

TASTE: Mild fruity twang, light grains, faint biscuity note, caramel, toffee and very small bitterness. Unoffensive is the key word, and this ends up being a serviceable lager beer.

FEEL: Medium bodied, yet thin. Carbonation is fine. Goes down more or less easily.

OVERALL: A decent attempt at the style. Boring, Yes, Bad, No. Just a ho hum lager and a good gateway to budding craft beer lovers.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

(A)- Pours a clear orange amber. . . good but isnt this called Red Vixen? Produced a quickly dissipating off-white head.

(S)- Not much in the aroma. A little corn husk & nutty honey.

(T)- Lightly dry, yet lightly sweet. Nothing spectacular, but some nuances of honey, corn, and dry biscuit-like flavors.

(M)- Good carbonation level with a superb balance in what is there. Not too sweet or dry. Not bad for what it offers you.

(D)- A decent beer that fits the style well enough. I would rather pick something else than this, but I respect this for fitting the style and tasting good enough at the same time; a more obscure style to make.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.7/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beer #2 from sampler pack.

A: Flat caramel apple color has a thin, sudsy covering with minimal retention. A steady medium show of effervesce rises within. Lacing is moderate, nothing to write home about, but does provide some lashes on the glass.

S: Dry apple skins, slight caramel sweetness, a bit dry of really light intentions.

T: Sweet syrupy flavor is followed by a dry toasted grain base. The flavor seems a bit muddled, and unsharp. Flahses of nobel hops come through of warming flowers with a slight herbal appeal being one of the few highlights. Overall the flavor seems not to go anywhere transition wise and is fairly boring.

M: Medium bodied, syrupy thick and warming toasted malts with flowers coming through on the hold. Carbonation is light on the hold.

O: Overall as stated a bit muddled, malting seems like stale dme. What you get on the first sip is what you finish with, generally boring midway through the first serving.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
3/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of drpimento
2.55/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Meh. Poured with a small, cream colored head that quickly faded to almost none and no lace. Some small bubble trails. Color is a very clear amber. Aroma is beer, malt, hint of hop. Flavor does have a little fruitiness, malt, a little on the sweet side, no apparent hop. Ok body and sharp carbonation. Finish is like flavor and the carbonation bite lingers as long as flavor - maybe longer. Forgettable.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Imperial Pint. No date or info.

A - I wouldn't really call it red. It's more of a clear ambery-orange color with a stark white head. Not very big but it did it's best to hang on for a while. Decent retention and bits of lacing on the glass.

S - The aroma is surprisingly not bad. A toasty Vienna malt character to the nose with a clean aroma. A bit of caramelized sweetness and some light and grassy hops to the finish.

T - The crispness really stands out. It's got the same toasty malt attributes to the flavor with a bit higher of a hoppy grassy flavor to the finish than the nose lets on.

M - Crisp feeling with a good smoothness to it that finishes with a moderate carbonation bite. The dryness balances the malts well.

D - A little later to the party by two months but no where near as bad as I was expecting. A drinkable Vienna with little to offer out of the ordinary but one that doesn't really disappoint.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.58/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - chill hazed amber color with a beige head that settled down to a layer leaving a good deal of lacing.

S - somewhat sweet, almost fruity with some earthy aromas in the background.

T - sweet tasting beer, wheat and berry with no bitterness until the aftertaste.

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

O - a decent beer for the warmer months.

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Photo of richkrull
3.8/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very transparent amber color, not a lot of head. The smell is rich with banana and malt. Very mild tasting beer. A bit of caramel and malt, but not much else as far as I can tell. Very smooth mouthfeel. This is an easy to drink beer. I think this beer tastes really good. I could drink several of these in an evening.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.55/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Don't get me wrong, this is a well crafted beer, but this beer is one that will make me avoid the small Wisconsin breweries. Actually it is the Horny Goat sampler that will do that. I went to Wisconsin last fall and did a lot of beer tasting, but what has been showing up here lately is not as good.

This lager is nice, full bodied vienna style. It's slightly above average in many respects. The taste is nice and rich for the style - thick. The aftertaste is nice too. None of it is too sweet. I will not buy it again, despite the fact that it's pretty good. This is turning me off to Wisconsin beers.

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Photo of dheldman
1.5/5  rDev -48.5%

Photo of Beerlover
2/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.08/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$3 at the restaurant.

A: decent reddish brown color, clean
S: not much to speak of but nothing offensive, very mild malt
T: actually not bad, I was expecting a lot less but that just shows you shouldn't pre-judge anything!, decently balanced but nothing out of the ordinary, good malt with mild hop finish, just needed a bit more hops
M: good, nothing bad
D: decent enough but just needed a bit more hops to make it a beer that you'd want to have another one

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Poured into a shaker pint glass, in 2014 the beer is called Red Planet.

Look: Very dark amber with a ruby tint. A small cream colored head recedes to a ring of foam around the glass, no film on top or lacing.

Aroma: Strong toffee presence, faint caramel malts, caramel popcorn.

Taste: Trace amounts of malts, grains, and a strange stewed meat and/or brisket finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with carbonation.

Overall: This beer misses the mark on taste. I've had a very good brown ale with smoked meat notes, but didn't expect it here. This will probably be the last beer from this brewery I ever try. Always disappointed.

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Photo of crossovert
1.98/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I wish i wasn't reviewing another beer form this putrid company but here I am. Brown twist-off bottle.

It pours actually a not bad appearance. It is a hazy orange with a thick, foamy white head that has some decent retention and leaves some nice lacing.

The smell is stale breadcrust and a hint of hops, mostly herbal and lemony.

The flavor is tart, bready tasting water. It is a cringe worthy taste. There are some hops in there that make it even more awkward. The carbonation is high. There is an odd tanginess as noted that just makes it odd.

Skip.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.18/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A. Not actually red. Brownish-amber. Very sickly tiny head.
S. I can hardly smell anything at all in this beer. Which is very bad. There should at least be something there!
T, M. Horribly watery and thin. This beer really needs a lot more substance before I can take notice. The flavor can best be described as "Soggy Bread"

Yikes. I'm not ever getting this one again. Avoid.

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Photo of Zachtheporter
3/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of DaveMiller
3/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of beerwolf77
2.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for tossing a bottle of this my way.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is clear golden yellow. Full three fingers of stark white head. After settling a thick coating of lace sticks to the glass like cob webs.

The aroma is light hops and malt and not much else. Fairly muted.

The flavor is even lighter than the nose. Just a hint of malt and hops with a dry bitter finish.

Light body and light carbonation.

Overall this beer is all looks and no substance.

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Photo of hoosier222002
3.25/5  rDev +11.7%

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