Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Horny Goat Watermelon Wheat

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chad9976 (1325) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 14, 2015
I don’t mind the occasional fruity wheat beer as long as it’s done right. In fact, I’ve even homebrewed a few. Watermelon seems to be the fruit du jour for beers of the style, though I’m not sure why since it creates for more of a tartness than a genuine fruit flavor. Horny Goat Watermelon Wheat is a perfect example of this: decent flavor but not much more than that.


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

Appearance: Pretty amber hue; nearly crystal clear with plenty of carbonation visible. Pours to a small, white, soapy head – but it retains well and leaves a surprising amount of lacing.

Smell: Rather generic fruity wheat brew scent. Doesn’t smell of watermelon per se, just a general fruity aroma. Slightly tangy.

Taste: There isn’t a lot of distinguishing qualities to this beer – in comparison to others of its ilk, that is. Lightly flavored from beginning to end, though the wheat content is rather prominent. Fairly dry, not much in the way of malt complexity or other notable characteristics. The watermelon is initially tart and faint, but emerges much stronger on the second half for a true juicy flavor. There’s also an underlying tang to the palette – similar to that found in an old unpasteurized beer. I think the natural citric acid from the watermelon may be either accentuating this character or making for a placebo effect. Any way you slice it, this is not a bad-tasting beer but it has a ways to go in order to be a truly good-tasting one.

Drinkability: Outside of malt liquors and “economy” pale adjunct lagers, it’s rare I encounter a craft beer that is a little too effervescent. Horny Goat Watermelon Wheat was light in body for sure, but a little more than simply “crisp.” Champagne-like bubbliness make it a little difficult to drink as I feel the carbonation literally getting stuck in my throat. Be prepared to belch with this beer. I will say that it was refreshing while in the mouth, with a mostly clean finish. Fix the carbonation and this would be a fine beach brew.