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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Horny Blonde – Horny Goat Brewing Company


                HornyGoat Brewing is a relatively new brewery in Wisconsin (2-3 years maybe?).  If you are It used to be, and might still be contract brewed through Stevens Point Brewery  Last spring they opened a brewpub in Milwaukee, The Horny Goat Hideaway, so they may be brewing down in Milwaukee now.  I have had a few of their beers in the past and had mixed results from bottle to bottle with some being very poorly handled (light struck and stored at a hot temperature) and others being delicious and refreshing.  So, when I recently saw the offer to get a cheesy shirt (Ask me why I’m horny!) with the purchase of a 6-pack I had a strong desire to pick one up.

                Their website is particularly buggy, so I am unable to confirm it but I don’t think Horny Goat distributes outside of Wisconsin.  However, with the inconsistency between bottles, it might be best to just get this fresh at the brewpub.

                Anyways, over at BeerAdvocate the Horny Blonde received a 76 while at ratebeer it has a 94 for style and a 20 overall.  Moving on…

They say:
Lagers are an American tradition, and so are blondes. You'll find this pale lager both bright and crisp up front, and perfectly balanced by a hint of German hops on the end.

I say:
Horny blond pours straw in color with a thin white head that dissipates very quickly.  It has a light malt aroma with fruity esters (apple).  Flavor is slightly malty with an apple sweetness and very little in the way of hops.  It was moderately carbonated, with a very slight bite, and not at all astringent.

                Not a bad beer, but I am not a big fan of light American lagers.  However, they are probably onto something here because it is infinitely better than the light lagers out of Miller-Coors or A-B, and in the end if someone prefers light lagers as a style I would much rather see them drinking a local craft brew than the mass produced option.  So, if you are a fan of light American lagers and want to try something that is a step above mass market beers, give it a try, you won’t be disappointed!

That’s all for tonight, Happy Drinking!

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