Monday, April 6, 2015

Horny Goat Laka Laka Pineapple Hefeweizen

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1318) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 6, 2015
Wheat beers tend to be the best base styles to complement the addition of fruit, especially summer seasonals. Usually these types of beers contain berries, but in the case of Horny Goat Laka Laka it’s pineapple. What’s ironic is that the fruity addition is subtle and the base hefeweizen brew is pretty solid. So it works despite itself.


I poured a 12oz can into a shaker glass. It was canned on 2/15/2015.

Appearance: An ugly shade of extremely cloudy maize/yellow. Pours to a small, white, foamy head which mostly dissipates and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Potent authentic Bavarian yeast esters. Prominent banana and clove notes.

Taste: This beer reminds me of every hefeweizen I’ve ever had a brewpub. It’s sweeter than to-spec German examples – bubblegum and banana are quite dominate in the palate here, especially up front. There’s some lemony flavor as well, which is nice. Not much in the way of hop flavor or bitterness. It takes a while, but I eventually do notice the pineapple on the finish, though it’s easy to mistake it for the natural clove flavor of the yeast. This beer probably doesn’t need the pineapple juice added as it’s flavorful enough on its own. But at least it doesn’t come across as cloying or gimmicky.

Drinkability: I could see this being a really refreshing beer in the summer, and the fact it comes in a can certainly helps to make the case. At only 5.1% ABV, Horny Goat Laka Laka Pineapple Hefeweizen is arguably a sessionable beer. It’s refreshing while in the mouth and finishes fairly clean. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and light, though. A little more body presence on the palate would be nice. 
Grade: 7/10