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Monkey Boy - East End Brewing Company

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Monkey Boy
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87
very good

79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
East End Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jasonm on 03-22-2008)
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Reviews by scootny:
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scootny

New York

4.53/5  rDev +16.2%

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.

12-07-2008 23:40:42 | More by scootny
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

08-20-2014 00:42:30 | More by aszatk01
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mjtiernan

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

10-10-2012 02:48:36 | More by mjtiernan
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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.

04-10-2008 17:48:30 | More by WVbeergeek
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HeyJim

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.1%

12-19-2012 00:22:35 | More by HeyJim
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

11-07-2009 01:31:29 | More by Stigs
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DerekP

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

12-31-2011 16:48:06 | More by DerekP
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

07-22-2009 17:05:39 | More by Kegatron
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nunzo

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-04-2011 04:29:13 | More by nunzo
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woodske1

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

03-03-2009 00:37:28 | More by woodske1
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Kolsch

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

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?

09-27-2008 13:13:22 | More by Kolsch
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hemorhoidzz

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

08-15-2013 22:53:33 | More by hemorhoidzz
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

07-20-2009 04:08:00 | More by akorsak
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -6.4%

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...

09-08-2010 23:48:03 | More by philbe311
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vwbus7

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

06-26-2014 02:56:30 | More by vwbus7
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Griggsy

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9%

09-20-2013 13:35:03 | More by Griggsy
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DaMyth

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2.6%

07-03-2012 21:21:38 | More by DaMyth
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jmalko

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

05-13-2012 22:59:44 | More by jmalko
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

12-10-2008 02:40:10 | More by weeare138
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pathman

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

08-03-2014 18:48:51 | More by pathman
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AWS2111

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.1%

01-03-2012 02:14:16 | More by AWS2111
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gcare02

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

06-13-2014 02:55:25 | More by gcare02
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ItsBeer4Me

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

07-28-2013 23:21:43 | More by ItsBeer4Me
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -14.6%

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.

04-13-2010 20:02:08 | More by OneDropSoup
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -11.5%

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.

05-21-2012 13:03:21 | More by Rifugium
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Monkey Boy from East End Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.