Goat Boy
Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Style:
German Weizenbock
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.82 | pDev: 11.26%
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
446
From:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  19
Gots
  71
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Photo of q33jeff
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

**
03/14/2015

Bottle to goblet.
Appearance: dark brown, opaque. Medium white head. Aroma: earthy, malty, barley, brown sugar, caramel. Taste: malt, bread, sugars, nutmeg, wood. A tad flat. A Nice beer.
**

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a weizen glass. The appearance was a nice looking hazy amber to brown color with a decent two finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. The lacing was kind of all over the place. The smell had the normal "banana" aroma of a weizenbock showing a nice strength about it. There was a nice caramel/chocolate/lightly spiced background to all of this. The taste was quite flavorful through all of the previously mentioned flavors. There wasn’t any aftertaste, but there was a nicely spiced slightly dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with a decent sessionability about it. The carbonation is fairly smooth and nice. Overall, good weizenbock I’d be willing to have again.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; watered down cola brown with burnt orange on the edges; 1 finger light brown head that receded to a splotchy cap; OK lacing;

S: bready, rich, caramel and a bit of dark fruit;

T: bready, dark fruit; more bready up front; more dark fruit and caramel on the finish;
very little bitterness at the end;

O: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: enjoyable;

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle served cold in a Wizenbock glass

Poured a dark brown with a nice tan head. Lots of sediment that all went into the glass by choice.

Nose: spicy, nutmeg, banana bread, clove, vanilla, malty backbone.

Taste: liquid banana bread. Follows the nose perfectly. Malty sweetness, banana, clove, spicy and esters

What a delightful beer. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of EMV
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a clear dark mahogany color. Hints of red... and two fingers of off-white head. Sticky lacing all over the glass.

S: Malts. Caramel and molassas... sweet and bready.

T/F: Malty and sweet up front... brown sugar and old fashioned candies. Drys out a bit at the finish, with a nondescript hop presence. Sticky and carbonated... definitely coats the tongue. Slightly herbal aftertaste.

O: This is a 'B' effort. A bit too malty... and could use more balance. I don't hate it and it's pretty drinkable... especially given the relatively high ABV. Just kind of expected more.

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Photo of drpimento
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I expected a lot more out of this beer and just didn't get all that much. Some malt and not much else. It's ok, decent, but no show stopper for sure. Meh.

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Photo of pat61
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Pours brilliant chestnut under a clingy, cream colored 1” foam collar. The collar lasts about 4 minutes. Its lacy with a very fine bead. S: Banana, medium high bready malts, faint clove and spice. Medium to medium low yeast aromas. No hop aroma. Balance tilts a little to the malt. T: Big robust malt flavors. The yeast driven weizen flavors are subdued. The banana is low and the clove is hard to discern but the malt character is rich and well developed. Balance ti to the malt. F: Creamy medium to medium full body, medium to medium high carbonation. O: A big luscious weizen bock that is a little far to the malty side.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
2.85/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Definitely not the beer for me - just way too malty. Based on the description on the bottle, I thought it would have been a bit more Hefeweizen-esque with more of the banana and clove flavors. I kind of get those flavors, but the malt is just so strong.

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Photo of Bounty2007
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip style glass, a reddish hue with a nice white foamy head formed. I get the faint smell of bananas. Very flavorful. I am so glad that I found this in my beer fridge as my wife bought it for me sometime ago. Try it... you know you want to.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a clear brown color bock with a nice light brown foamy head with OK retention and some light lacing notes. Aroma of light banana bread and caramelized malt is interesting. Taste is a nice mix of banana bread, caramelized malt with some residual sugar notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad but the yeast ester are not exactly up to par with their German counterparts.

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Photo of stevoj
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from HomeBrewStuff. Taste is the best asset of this brew, which, all things considered, is probably the most memorable. Kind of a dull pour for a weizen, small head, cola colored body. Aroma is full on roast malts, very sweet. Taste brings it all together, not as sweet as it smells, fair amount of burnt toast bitterness. Body seems light, sweet cloying finish. Also ABV kind of low for the style...but it tastes great.

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Photo of chinchill
3.21/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at The Mansion (FL). Served in a tulip glass.
Good looking.
Sweet aroma and overly sweet flavor despite some obvious hop bitterness. Lots of toffee and brown sugar with some banana and too much clove.

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Photo of EricVonStein
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

pours one finger of head. Slightly opaque dark amber brown colour.

Raspberry, sour green apple, some sweetish bready malts.

Taste goes a bit deeper than the aroma, with fig, yeast and sweet breads. Some hops come through on the finish with dark caramel tones.

Somewhat creamy in the mouth, mild carbonation.

Overall this quite a nice beer with a great aroma. As the bottle went on I found the sweetness overtook the other flavours, making me with the malts came through more. But decent complexity and variety of tastes. Would have again but wouldnt run to it.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #89 (June 2014):

Spicy, Bready, Banana, Taffy, Sweet

While the marketing for this beer may talk about the different types of malt and hops it is really the yeast that has dictated at least the dominant character. Bready malt and herbal hop meet an onslaught of banana taffy. Ripe fruity esters from the alcohol is layered over the caramel & bready malt flavor. Imperial? A term not needed here. Tasty? For sure.

STYLE: Imperial Weizenbock | ABV: 7.5% | AVAILABILITY: Rotating

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Photo of biegaman
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The fact that Goat Boy isn't exactly your typical Weizenbock is fairly evident right off the bat: for a weizen it's barely cloudy and there's nothing particularly 'dark' about an amber beer that beams with highlights. There's not the usual clump of sediment either. It's nice-looking - it just doesn't look the part.

A similar statement can be made about the aroma; it's nice but probably more resembles a barleywine than weizenbock. There's certainly some raisin-y, dried fruit character but little of the bruised banana quality that I'd expect from the style. The typical spiciness of the yeast is also considerably muted.

But love it or hate it, Goat Boy has a unique, wonderfully interesting flavour profile. (Those who won't like it will be people anticipating the traditional German-brewed style). Though much thinner and sweeter, it still offers tasty caramelized sugar, clove, honey, malt, and maraschino cherry flavours... but no wheat.

"Imperial" Weizenbock is a redundancy - especially when its alcohol content (7.5%) falls right between the established guidelines (6.5-8%). I will, however, grant it a solventy quality on the finish (although it doesn't distract much from the drinkability). Actually, for a style that typically forces you to take your time, this one goes down easy. Is that desirable for a Weizenbock? I'm inclined to say no...

Though, admittedly, I am enjoying it. Goat Boy is a modern rendition of the style that, frankly, isn't even recognizable as such. Judging according to guidelines, this is an easy fail. Going purely by enjoyment, however, is another story. Take it or leave it - you'll have to decide for yourself. I sure can't!

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Photo of ElCommodoro
4.69/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is possibly the best weizenbock I've ever tasted. Dare I say it's better than Primus? It has unusually good hop balance and a bold malty flavor, both a bit odd for a weizenbock. I'm not sure why it's called "imperial" since the ABV is a bit lower than other examples of the style I've tried. The banana flavor is much more subdued than most weizenbocks and the feel is not as soft. So, it's a unique character within this style, but as a beer, it is a star. As a strong, ruby, malty beer, it is near perfect. It reminds me a little bit of Blithering Idiot, the barleywine.

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Photo of peensteen
2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Amber-cola like colour, one finger of off white head and some lace. Smell is sweet caramel and cocoa, bit of brown sugar, lagerish as well, seems like a dunkle lager. Bit of cocoa, dark sugars and quite bitter as well up front, a bit sweet with some lingering burnt flavours. Medium carbonation and medium body. Not great, found this to be rather undrinkable and off style.

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Photo of mick303
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Dark brown and clear with a good head and lacing.

S - bananas, honey, flowers, nutmeg, ripe fruits and a nice wheaty creaminess, gentle warming spice.

T - overripe bananas, cinnamon, cranberries, a bit of nice alcohol warm, brandy, oaty, brown sugar caramel, creamy and satisfying with a bit of earthy hop bitterness.

M - creamy moderate mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, well balanced and satisfying.

I quite enjoyed this, rich sultanas and banana, dried cherries, a creamy rich brew that is nice satisfying and well balanced.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle served at cellar temperature into a pint glass. Purchased from LCBO for $9.75 CDN.

Appearance - a clear dark honey brown coloured beer is poured with Amber hues and capped by two fingers of head. Good retention and a decent amount of streaky white lace left behind. Modest visible carbonation.

Smell - a coarse graininess permeates at first followed by some fruity aromas of raisin and plum. Banana is present, but barely.

Taste - bready with some bananas and plenty of coarse grain. Slight fusel flavor too. Very mild flavoured for a weizenbock. Strong bitterness follows it up, without a cause. More bock than weizenbock. Improves significantly as it warms. Definitely more like a doppelbock then a weizenbock but really gets tasty as it warms beyond 10degrees Celsius.

Mouthfeel - smooth and full with a slightly sharp finish and lasting bitterness. Lacking the creaminess I've come to associate with a beer of this style.

Overall - it's not a bad beer, it just doesn't feel terribly representative of a weizenbock and certainly nowhere near as good as some of the German legends. Goat Boy does improve significantly as it warms. Not quite worth the investment as I can buy three 500 ml bottles of Aventinus for the same price. Even still I did a 180 on this beer from when I opened it, since I thought it was flavourless and bland, but it hoes to show that sometimes a beer only needs some additional time to turn it from zero to pretty damn good.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber picked up at the LCBO; bottled Jan 28 2015. It's the last day of American Craft Beer Week, and this seemed like an appropriate way to wind things down. Served lightly chilled.

Pours a deep-hued, clear copper-amber colour, generating one finger of creamy, yellowish-white coloured froth on top. The head slowly wilts over the next five minutes or so, and is soon replaced with a foamy collar and soapy film on the surface. Minimal lace. Caramelized sugar sweetness and dark fruit notes are the main draws on the nose, with notes of raisin, plum and fig. Still, the aroma is a bit too subtle for my preferences - with the 'weizen' aspects being even less prominent, though mild hints of banana, yeast and clove spice do rise to the surface as the beer warms.

This is a pretty well-made strong bock, I suppose. The backbone is dominated by big, toasted, bready malt flavour, digestive biscuit and treacly sweetness. Fruity flavours of plums, dates and banana bread come to mind next, with the sip finishing on a mixture of herbal, bitter hop flavours and spicy clove/phenol. Spicy-sweet aftertaste with a slight hint of alcohol warmth. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation levels that give this weizenbock a pleasantly crisp feel on the palate that slowly softens as you sip away.

Final Grade: 3.76, on the low end of a B+. I have no serious complaints about Goat Boy, but it's not exactly blowing me away, either. It's an approachable weizenbock - though perhaps a bit more 'bock' than 'weizen' - with a balanced flavour profile that meets most of my expectations for the style, without really exceeding them. I'd say that this is worth trying once, particularly if it's a style of beer that you really like - but I don't feel that it's one of Southern Tier's better products, and I definitely wouldn't buy it again at its local price point (nearly $10/bomber).

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Photo of Scullytv
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful colour, and hood overall flavour. Lacks some of the essences of the weizen I was hoping for. The wheat helped the head nicely, but there was quite a bit of warm alcohol notes. Still, must try.

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Photo of mzingie
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Off white head that stuck around longer than I expected beautiful dark honey color. Smell is fairly weak but it is a light toasty smell. Tastes of honey, coffee, many sweet and eatery notes with a bold roasted tastes that stays in your mouth. The taste of alcohol is very present. Overall an interesting style of beer, not my favorite kind of bock but certainly well made by southern tier.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter.

A: A clear burnished copper with a half-finger head that dissipates fast. Decent lacing.

S: Picking up cherries, wheat and some biscuity malts.

T: Follows nose with a dry finish. An easy drinker.

M: Medium with medium carbonation. Dry.

O: Glad I got to try another entry from ST. I always enjoy their expanding selection.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO for nearly $10.00 for a 650ml bottle. Mighty steep in my opinion. Served at 4deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a 1/2" head that is gone in less than a minute. Dark golden brown color. Filtered clear

S- Heat and spice. Good malt base but faint

T- Ho hum at best. Mild bock and not appealing. Many better examples out there. Undertones all over like nutmeg, banana and clove but all muted.

M- Ok at best.

O- I was expecting so much more from this brew but was left wanting more. Have had bock's half this price twice as good. Big loser in the flavor department. It's going back to the LC mister Lahey!

Food Pairing

This ok brew went ok with... BBQ'd hamburgers

Enjoy

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up a few weeks back in Totowa, having never had this before. I love Weizenbocks as I feel that they are a style that isn't found often enough on local shelves and since I enjoy most of Southern Tier's other offerings, I thought that this would be one of the better ones that I've had. It was somewhat true to form in terms of style but the body could have been more full and the alcohol was too strong on the tongue as well, detracting from the other flavors that this beer had to offer.

Loved the pour to this, as this beer had a raisin hue, frothy head, and rings of lacing that layered nicely on the back side of my pint glass. Not a strong aroma to this but there was some booze and raisin to be detected and both were more present in the taste. The wheat was missing from the appearance and the taste however and that led to quite a thin mouthfeel to this beer. Banana and Belgian sweetness were here but this wasn't meant to be a Dubbel and had there been more body to this beer, they could have complemented everything else nicely. A bit of spice and dark bread stuck around in the aftertaste, but they weren't as present as I would have liked.

This was the first beer I had in a while that tasted stronger than it actually was. Even some plum or lighter berries would have lifted this up a bit but as it was, this was too much Imperial and not enough Weizenbock. Not a drain pour or a "skip" by any means but with so few of these to be found, there's a lot of pressure to get it right when one is brewed en masse. Worth a go for fans of the style but certainly not one of Southern Tier's top offerings.

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Goat Boy from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 446 ratings