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Monkey Boy - East End Brewing Company

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Monkey Boy
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BA SCORE
87
very good

86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 16.1%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | 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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1/5  rDev -74%

Beaz18, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of JackTheRipper
1.55/5  rDev -59.7%
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.

JackTheRipper, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of pathman
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

pathman, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of Jeremy0682
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Jeremy0682, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of jss38
2.83/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

jss38, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of HeyJim
3/5  rDev -22.1%

HeyJim, Dec 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

AWS2111, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of harrylee773
3/5  rDev -22.1%

harrylee773, May 08, 2012
Photo of Vietmeier
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Vietmeier, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of Zonian1
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Zonian1, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of JayKay412
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

JayKay412, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of OneDropSoup
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

OneDropSoup, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of Jeff412pgh
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%

Jeff412pgh, Friday at 03:32 AM
Photo of Rifugium
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Rifugium, May 21, 2012
Photo of jgasparine
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

jgasparine, Jul 11, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

gjrey, May 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

OriolesFan1008, May 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

KAP1356, Feb 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

ejimhof, May 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

parkwood, Aug 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

tmars13, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

thecheapies, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of misternebbie
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%

misternebbie, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of philbe311
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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...

philbe311, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of mjtiernan
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

mjtiernan, Oct 10, 2012
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Monkey Boy from East End Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.