Monkey Boy - East End Brewing Company

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Monkey Boy
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86
very good

88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 15.89%
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

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(Beer added by: jasonm on 03-22-2008)
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1/5  rDev -74%

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 pathman
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of Jeremy0682
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of jss38
2.83/5  rDev -26.3%
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 HeyJim
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of AWS2111
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of harrylee773
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Vietmeier
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Zonian1
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of JayKay412
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
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 Jeff412pgh
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%

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
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
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 NJBeer265
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of gjrey
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of OriolesFan1008
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of KAP1356
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of parkwood
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of thecheapies
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy lemon pie yellow with a small head that dissipated to a foam layer.

Salty biscuity malts meddling with a soft, banana-heavy yeast ester. Some lemon fresh zing in there. Pretty mild aroma.

Mild spice bite, not unlike coriander seed, and mellow banana. Affirmed hop bitterness in the finish. The estery fruits are a little watery, and the grain malt drinks like Saltines. I like the presence of European hops in this one, but the rest doesn't match up.

Some acidity is welcoming for a hefe. Nice carbonation and spiciness. Drinks well enough. We'll give it a 4.

Not my favorite, but approachable. I will not seek this one out, but will happily settle for it.

Photo of misternebbie
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%

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Monkey Boy from East End Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.