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Monkey Boy - East End Brewing Company

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 97
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 35 | Hads: 97
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nearly opaque straw yellow body with a creamy white head. Retention is good and plenty of lacing sticks all the way down the glass. Body is uniform in cloudiness.

S- Nose is big and heavy with loads of banana, clove, and pepper.

T- A boatload of banana, clove, and pepper upfront, with a substantial (though barely noticeable due to the strength of the flavors upfront) sweet yeast backbone. The banana fades a little bit and the spices come out strong for the finish.

M- Carbonation is high and body is smooth and yeasty.

D- This is definitely not an average run-of-the-mill hefe. It is a hefe on steroids. Great spring session beer (though I wish it was offered year-round). It quickly has become one of my favorite beers. (732 characters)

Photo of scootny
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (1,921 characters)

Photo of treyrab
4.51/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this today at the brewery. Was very surprised to find such a great, light Hefe. Had it in a pint glass...

A: Pours a very hazy and opaque yellow. Looks like a light orange juice color with a nice, frothy white head. Does not lace much, but wasn't expecting it to.

S: Very floral with banana, orange, Beglian yeast, spices, pepper. Tons of scents coming through the nose.

T: The taste is very flavorful for a Hefe! Extremely crisp as well. Starts off with notes of banana, orange and lemon. Many flavors from the light yeast including pepper and other such spices.

Overall, this is one of the best Hefeweizens I have tasted. Not a surprise that it comes from East End! Fantastic! (686 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (842 characters)

Photo of goblue3509
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (327 characters)

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (802 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very foggy yellow with a not so large white head. Nose is funky and citric. It's there, but not very intense. Flavor is bringing all the traditional hefe characteristics. Funky, clove, yeasty citrus, bananas. It carries a lesser intensity of the really edgy hefeweizens. And that's what makes it so drinkable. It's funky enough with all the right things going on, but not so much that it would turn people off. Feel is a lighter yet slightly biting carbonation and the liquid is a thicker body. I believe this is a hefe destined for greatness (and the top 10 list). It's 30-something degrees outside and I'm still enjoying this beer. Come spring, I think a lot of people will want to try this one. Another stellar brew by East End. (739 characters)

Photo of grandq
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (966 characters)

Photo of jasonm
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - When I first took home the growler, the color was almost a day-glow yellow. In the glass, it has settled to a hazy straw color, It's capped with a nice inch thick head of bright white foam. Moderate retention and light lacing.

S - The first time I smelled it out of the tank, it had a strong banana aroma, almost like banana cream pie. Now, the yeast seems to have picked up a bit. The banana cream pie is still there, but paired with a black pepper spiciness and mild dry grass. Not much of a clove presence you would normally find in the style.

T - As with the aroma, the flavor is combination of banana and black pepper spice, although Id say theyre more intermingled than in the aroma. A light, lemony spritz gives it a touch of refreshing acidity, before giving way to a slightly dry finish.

M - A lively mouthfeel, with an active spritzy carbonation that is not biting.

D - Too bad its still a little cold, because this would be a great beer to welcome in the warm weather. Light and refreshing, with a nice balanced signature Hefe flavor, but not overwhelmed by banana or clove. (1,093 characters)

Photo of terrapinfan88
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (895 characters)

Photo of woodske1
4.29/5  rDev +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. (296 characters)

Photo of kimbo33
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Awesome tasting beer! Nice use of the yeast to get the optimum banana taste/smell from this one. Tastes like 99 bananas it is so bananay! Has a great smell too it too. It is a bit strong in flavor though so I can't drink alot, but still very good and worth the try. (265 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (449 characters)

Photo of irish
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (912 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
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 (564 characters)

Photo of JamesS
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (324 characters)

Photo of DewTheBrew
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Usually I'm against a fruity beer, but I make an exception for the banana flavor in this beer! It's a quality hefeweizen and the initial taste is incredible, as is the smell. I only wish we got it in bottles and cans in Pittsburgh! Please get on that. I get it on draft at a bar in southside all the time and I'm never disappointed. Light look and feel with a hint of banana smell and taste. My glass never seems to last long enough. A very enjoyable beer that I have grown a strong liking for (493 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (1,339 characters)

Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (298 characters)

Photo of LeftyBWS
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh growler from the brewery, poured into a pint glass.
A: Hazy yellow color, thin white head, no retention, no lacing. Looks perfect for a hot day.
S: Bananas, wheat, yeast, light citrus. Nice.
T: Soft wheat and yeast, fruity and banana flavors in the middle. Finish is soft and fruity as well, tasty. Nice summer beer with some flavor.
M: Really nice, soft and satisfying, good for a hot day.
D: Quite good. Tasty and tempting. Really enjoyable. (449 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (680 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a weisse glass.

Hazy yellow body with lots of strands of carbonation bubbles. About two fingers of white head. No retention or lacing.

Smells wheaty and bannana. Very pleasant.

Tastes great. Bannana and black pepper flavors mingle nicely with the wheat. A light, super carbonated body that is clean and crisp, but probably light for the style.

Extremely drinkable, makes me want to by-pass the glass and just go straight to the growler and drink out of it. I really like all of the wheat beers that East End produces, it's a great place to get tasty summer beers. (587 characters)

Photo of Kolsch
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
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? (636 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev -1%
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. (376 characters)

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Monkey Boy from East End Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.