Monkey Boy - East End Brewing Company
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Ratings: 79 | Reviews: 35 | Display Reviews Only:
4.2/5 rDev +7.7%
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
08-10-2010 00:36:10 | More by brentk56
4.43/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
10-30-2008 02:01:25 | More by RblWthACoz
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
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
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
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
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
4.25/5 rDev +9%
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.
06-01-2008 16:18:43 | More by Stinkypuss
3.53/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
02-05-2012 23:58:53 | More by thecheapies
3.98/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
07-27-2008 17:07:50 | More by Hojaminbag
4.73/5 rDev +21.3%
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.
08-04-2008 18:43:29 | More by PittBeerGirl
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
4.22/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
09-14-2009 13:53:10 | More by JamesS
4.55/5 rDev +16.7%
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.
03-02-2009 21:28:48 | More by goblue3509
4/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
05-27-2012 22:11:35 | More by Cylinsier
3.95/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
06-09-2011 02:05:44 | More by bamadog
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
Monkey Boy from East End Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.