Monkey Boy - East End Brewing Company

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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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East End Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: jasonm on 03-22-2008

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Ratings: 89 | Reviews: 35
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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a clouded sunshine golden hue forms a thicket of massively thick white head leaves behind even thin layers of lacing down my pint glass. Aromatics are upfront with strong banana and clove with a touch of bubblegum and vanilla esters kicking in as well definitely a complementary wheat citrus tone with mild tame herbal qualities backing it all up. Flavor is delicious alot of banana and clove action definitely brings out the Monkey Boy in ya. Strong assertive sharp citrus bite from the wheat additions but a nice flowing soft chammomile marshmallow and vanilla ester edge finishing the brew. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with effervescent lively carbonation definitely crisp and clean finish. Drinkability is incredible what a nice addition to the traditional German brewing traditinos of the state of PA this hefe kicks ass.

Photo of Stigs
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler filled from EEB 6 days ago. Poured into pint glass.

A - finger high slightly off-white foam, fading quickly. hazy and very light golden color.

S - cloves, bananas, sour apples, white wine.

T - starts off with a little spice, then lots of fruits come to play: apples, grapes, bananas. aftertaste is more spice, mostly clove.

M - carbonation consists of lots of tiny bubbles, flatters the flavors nicely. a slight taste of alcohol (and a good one at that) as well.

D - struggling a little with the sweetness about halfway through the glass. not a bad hefe, would be much better represented on a sunny warm day.

Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64 oz brewery fresh growler into a Weizen glass.

Pours just the slighest hazy gold (actually, this is pretty darn clear for a Hefe), with a massive and voluminous head of brite-white foam. This shrinks down pretty readily into a thin layer of froth but still throws a big ol'e cascade up on the sides of the glass that settles into some spotty lace. The aroma is sharp in the nose, with the sweet tang of wheat and orange citrus. Floral notes, light clove, and a touch of bubblegum seques into a delious smelling bloom of yeasty sweet ripe bananas.

The taste starts with a firm base of crisply tangy wheat and citrus. Clove is a bit stronger here, combining with some hop bitterness to give this a light punch. Much like the aroma (and even more so), the overripe banana flavor just makes this, being very prominent. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp prickle to the carbonation and a slick feel that runs throughout, carrying a lot of those yeasty banana esters in it. Overall a very crisp and easydrinking feel.

Great name for this beer, as this Hefe really is all about the bananas! That overdone aspect of it will probably make or break this beer for some people but I personally loved it! Crisp, refreshing, and flavorful, I know that I'd be drinking a lot of this during the summer months if I lived near the brewery.

Photo of scootny
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! MUCH THANKS to RblWthACoz right off the bat. This cloudy yellow gold liquid frothed up a two finger head that sat for a couple of minutes and faded to pond scum in my Sissions's weiss glass. My wife's Erdinger glass produced a much better head with improved retention as well. Good carbonation activity can be discerned through the fog of yeast. A few streaks and spots of lace on the glass.

Smell is where it gets interesting. There is an almost Belgian like funkiness that while not the main feature, sets the nose of this weiss apart right away. There is clove and lemon with the clove taking the lead in this dance. The beat is spicey, peppery, and twangin' with wheat. It really draws you in to find out what it's all about.

Taste baby! Yeah! A large dose of clove and white pepper with the funk. Lemon and wheat malt structure hold it all together. There are green apples in there somewhere. Then there is the big banana, lots of banana. There is a crisp finish featuring pepper that while not hoppy has a mildly bitter edge and a lovely sour twang that calls forth the green apples again as it fades into an almost holiday spiced white breadiness. Flavor gets bigger as it warms up. I love this. It appeals to the traditionalist in me while bringing a new edge to the table, uhhh glass.

Mouthfeel is super creamy with a slightly more weighty presence than usual that only adds to the delight in my mouth. The carbonation is tingly and vivacious. The refreshing quality is a delight. Quenching qualities superb.

Drinkability is just super. It's freezing outside and I'm ready to session this growler with a good meal, a bowl of chips and Sunday night football. You can drink all you want and each swallow brings a smile. Refreshing at any reasonable temperature.

Don't make the mistake of drinking this too cold. I pulled it from my cellar which is at it's colder range now and it was perfect from start.

Photo of woodske1
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

East End does a great job at making drinkable beers. This is no exception. T

The Banana smell knocks you out when you go in for a sip. It is definatly from the yeast.

Taste is also very Banana. If you don't like banana, don't drink this one. It really tastes like something you would homebrew.

Photo of Kolsch
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at home.

I have been drinking this all summer long and it is still available into the fall, which is not a bad thing at all.

Appearance in cloudy unfiltered and looks very much like orange juice.

Smell has hints of banana and clove.

Taste is of slight banana, wheat and pepper. Very easy to drink many of these given the low ABV.

This reminds me a lot of Troegs Dreamweaver and Dreamweaver is one of my favorite Hefe's.

This would be a great addition to Scott's year round line up.
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Scott did add this to his year round line up in Dec 08. I have it on tap at my house right now. Just an excellent American Wheat Beer?

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A growler filled at the brewery on 16-Jul-09.

A: The hefe is a pale golden color, hazed by sediment and temperature. A small band of white head sit atop the ale.

S: A mild clove aroma wafts out of my glass. Sweet banana is evident on further introspection.

T: Tart wheat sets the stage for a nice weizen. Following the tartness, banana and clove come out in spades. Pale malts add a bready flavor that can't quite overcome the yeast's effects. Wheaty tartness is the end of each sip.

M: A good hefe that doesn't skimp on the requisite flavors. Banana and clove manage to peak through the wheat tartness.

D: A sessionable ale that doesn't break 5%. What more is there to like.

Photo of philbe311
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Al's of Hampden...

A - One fingers worthy of light whimsical white head that quickly fades leaving no discernable lacing... A the color is a beautiful mix of vibrant pale gold, honey, and orange... Some rapid carbonation streaks can be seen throughout...

S - Wheat fields... A mild spice... A touch of subdued orange... Artificial banana...

T - Grainy.... Wheat... Orange zest... Mild banana... A touch of lemon... Some clove lingers on the palette as part of the aftertaste...

M - Medium bodied... A sturdy forceful sptritzy carbonation... Slightly sleek... Slightly sticky...

D - A drinkable Hefeweizen that neither excites nor dissappoints... The appearance is the definite standout as all othe categories fall in as average when compared to it's style counterparts...

Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. On tap at Capone's...
Appears a hazy, light gold with a small white cap that fades into a mild collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of citrusy, wheaty, light tartness, lemony zest.
Taste is of the mentioned aroma with standout tart wheat and citrusy hops.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, chewy, yeasty, with spritzy carbonation tickling the palate.

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this at The Map Room in Swissvale, PA.

Poured into a mug: Pale golden-yellow with just a wisp of head.

Nice banana & clove smell, sweetly spicy.

Taste is moderate lemon & subtle banana up front, some bitterness, then flattens out & turns very dry. Just kind of loses its flavor mid-way through. Hmm, mineral quality in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel has a nice tingle & some active foam with a swish of the mouth.

A little surprising -- I've had plenty of Monkey Boy in the past & liked it, but this is lacking something. Just drops the ball mid-swallow & really loses flavor. Maybe fresh from the brewery is the way to go.

Photo of Rifugium
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at the brewery

This is one of their more popular beers, but honestly I didn't care for it too much. Still good, I just have to be in the mood for wheat beers, even fine hefeweizens. Pale straw-yellow pour, cloudy, with a puffy white head; decent retention and lacing. Light wheat essence in the nose, banana and clove typical of the style. More of the same in the taste, biscuity wheat, banana, clovey spice. Pretty light body, close to medium, fairly drinkable, just not for me on the day in question.

Photo of jgasparine
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the tap with a completely opaque bronzed-yellow body, capped with a foamy retained white head, which yielded some incredibly sticky lacing. Little visible carbonation, but this still looks great!

S- Smells akin to a mild hefeweizen. Mild banana esters over a wheat malt base. Simple but elegant.

T- Starts out slightly tart and crackerlike with the wheat malt. On the midpalate some very mild banana esters kick-in. The finish is dry and short-lived. Overall it was more mild in flavor than anticipated.

M- Thin body with a VERY mild creaminess imparted by a soft carbonation. Very little texture, despite the turbidity of the drink. No astringency.

D- Drinks easy enough. A good hot weather brew.

Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass. Bright yellow-golden color. With about 3 inches of over-flowing foamy head. Strong scents of bananas, cloves, and yeasty bread. Smooth mouthfeel and very drinkable. Strong flavors of tropic fruit- like bananas, mangos and some what citrus. No noticed hops. Bread-like malts.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured into a pint glass from a growler. Appeared hazy yellow with little head and some retention. No lacing show here.

S. Bananas and sweet wheat.

T. Once again the banana yeast profile and some grassy wheat in the back seat. Absolutely no hop profile since they don't use them in this one.

M. Crisp and coats the palate with a sweet aftertaste. Light bodied.

D. Excellent summer offering here, will have again. Fine example of a hefeweizen.

Photo of goblue3509
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy yellow color you would expect from a hef. The color is a slightly darker yellow than some hef's. The aroma is of citrus with a hint of possibly bananas. The taste isn't total yeasty like some hef's. There is a little more complex taste, with a hint of bananas. A light on the stomach beer that you can drink over and over.

Photo of irish
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting hefeweisen made in a wonderful, local microbrewery. It looks light and relatively clear. Nose is quite interesting, and indicative of the type. On first taste, you can tell that there is definitely something different going on here. It leaves a lemony and yeasty taste on the backsides of the tongue. The first impression is something's gone wrong, but then it resolves in a pleasant swallow. You think "Hey, what is this...not bad." Definite banana tones there, almost butterscotchy.

It is definitely drinkable, and has a fine mouthfeel, except (true to its type) it keeps demanding attention as just "different".

This is one of those beverages that you think at first has gone too far into weirdness, but then resolves into a pleasant quaff. Once people drink it, they tend to climb on the bandwagon and talk it up. Good starter venture for an adjunct lager fan who was turned off by "big" beers.

Photo of bamadog
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler of this at the East End growler station in the strip district. Poured into a pint glass, review is from notes taken on 6/5/2011.

Appearance: Pour is a lemony yellow color; starts with a faint, one finger white head that fades quickly to a thin, bubbly scum on the surface; body is a little hazy and I really can't see any carbonation, but I'm relatively sure it's in there; only a few spots of lacing are left behind on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Slight banana and clove from the yeast; toasty graininess and nice citric hoppy presence in the back of the beer that is a little lemony and provides a nice twist to the beer. Smell is fairly strong as well.

Taste: A solid hefe, to be sure, with a strong citric hop background; hops are complimented well by the moderate banana flavors and the peppery clove. This is a really drinkable beer with great flavors that are refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Body is medium/light in terms of weight; the carbonation is very soft and could be a little bit stronger; a moderately thick and sticky coating is left all over the palate; not too heavy at all and the ABV is light.

Overall: A definitely drinkable beer with great flavors that are refreshing and smooth and sweet, with just enough bitterness to keep it extra interesting; ABV is certainly small to entice one to work your way through multiple fillings of it. Cheers to East End. Having this makes me wan to crack my Gratitude.

Photo of JackTheRipper
1.55/5  rDev -59.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Had this on tap at Rivertowne Pub and Grille.
I'm really hoping this was an improperly stored keg that had gone a bit bad but going by some of the other reviews I'm not sure.

Poured a cloudy, hazy yellow. No head. No lacing.
No hefe smells. Smelled funky and sour and of hops.
Tasted of sour pineapples.
Moderate to high carbonation. No alcohol burn. Very sharp.

I've brought this up with Scott. Fingers crossed that this is a bad keg, if not, this is an abysmally bad hefe.

Photo of jss38
2.82/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this at beer tasting at Rock Bottom in Homestead. Later took a growler home to try it again.

A: Brighter than I expected. Slightly orange and pretty opaque. Carbonation was a little off so minimal head.

S: Citrus and wheat. A little of the banana but it was masked by the bitter wheat smell.

T: For a beer called Monkey Boy I was a little surprised at how much I tasted orange. Maybe it was the color but a sour tang was all over my tongue at first then there was clove and finally the end of it was a little fruity and sour.

M: A little flat (might have been the keg) and tart, not terrible though.

D: Well, for a beer that is well received I was a little let down. I might try it again directly from the brewery but I was not impressed. It did grow on me as little as I finished off the growler, but as far as El Hefe goes, I think there are better recipes.

Photo of Cylinsier
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler

Pours a cloudy lemony yellow gold.

Smells like banana bread, walnuts, and citrus.

Tastes of wheaty malt, banana esters, some mild citrus and a hint of clovers.

Medium body with light tingly carbonation.

A pretty decent hefe, the taste and nose are interesting and a little strange. I'm not sure if I like this more or less than other hefe approaches. But its very refreshing and a good summer session brew.

Photo of terrapinfan88
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my favorite weizen glass which was regrettably broken in a George Clinton inspired monkey boy induced dance off.

Appearance: Hazy yellow almost cider like translucence not much head, light carbonation throughout

Smell: Banana, honey, clove, doughy

Taste: Banana, honey, Cloves, earthy malts, doughy . Taste like it could be boozier than 4.5.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation (from transporting from Pittsburgh and waiting in the fridge until I finished their Big Hop) Bright and medium bodied.

Drinkability: The low alcohol and light carbonation meant this growler was gone in one night with a friend probably could have been able to do a growler each. Very potable.

There was so much yeast at the bottom, I could not resist pouring beer from my glass back in the jug and swirling it. I divided it up between me and my good buddy and oh god was it good like drinking banana bread.

Photo of JamesS
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden, straw color with excellent head and some nice lacing. Nice straw/wheat scent with a bit of pepper and clover in the nose. Very nice taste, a deep wheat beer with banana tones and a little extra fruitiness to it. Goes down very well, if slightly thick; although that's to be expected in many wheat beers.

Photo of brentk56
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a pale straw color, very cloudy; the nice head leaves some lace, but not as much as I would have at first expected

Smell: This beer's best attribute - banana, clove and cracked wheat

Taste: Banana and wheat up front with clove dominant by mid-palate; the clove lingers after the swallow, with the banana and tart wheat flavors balancing out the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice example of the style - so rare to see a good hefe like this from a domestic craft brewery

Photo of grandq
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pear cider or white gummy bear shade with a fluffy two finger head after a cautious pour. Clove and pepper are prominent in the fairly subdued nose. I'm not overly fond of banana, but the notes in the scent are just right, muted, sweet and still slightly green. Flavors match the scent perfectly - that softened green banana opens up into lemon and orange, a bit of prickly white pepper and then lemon zest and corriander appear on the yeasty finish. Doesn't leave off overly sweet or with much bubblegummy dryness - a little citric and some banana cream. Mouthfeel is pretty creamy as well, with a medium carbonation keeping things effervescent. Really enjoying this remarkably drinkable sessioner.

Definitely one of the better hefeweizens I've had in some time - I'd gladly have a growler again and its not even remotely up there in my style preference. Thanks to RblWthACoz for schlepping this to NY and sharing a gem I'd never have thought to try.

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright hazy yellow color with a small white foam head that quickly dissipates. There is some spotty lacing.

S: Very heavy scents on the nose. Lots of spices, clove and coriander. Banana, wheat, earthy funkness as well. Very potent and quite inviting.

T: Starts off with the spice coming through first and foremost with a slight underlying of wheat. The clove and coriander are most obvious at this point. In the middle the wheat and banana begins to flex its muscles and they stick around till the very end.

M: Nicely carbonated, leaves a nice dank wheat and banana taste on the palate, very refreshing.

O: This is a fantastic brew, one of my favorites and luckily for me a local beer. It is definitely a beer I enjoy in the summer, but I can always drink it, even on cold weather days.

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Monkey Boy from East End Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.