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Monkey Boy - East End Brewing Company

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 98
Avg: 3.98
pDev: 25.13%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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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: 98
Photo of brentk56
4.22/5  rDev +6%
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

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Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of philbe311
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
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...

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Photo of JamesS
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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.

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Photo of goblue3509
4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of bamadog
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of scootny
4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of Stigs
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.37/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of treyrab
4.51/5  rDev +13.3%
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!

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Photo of jgasparine
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
1.55/5  rDev -61.1%
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.

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Photo of LeftyBWS
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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