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Monkey Boy - East End Brewing Company

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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:
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(Beer added by: jasonm on 03-22-2008)
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Photo of scootny
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

scootny, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of grandq
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

grandq, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

RblWthACoz, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of treyrab
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
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!

treyrab, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of Kolsch
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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?

Kolsch, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.73/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

PittBeerGirl, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Hojaminbag, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Stinkypuss, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of LeftyBWS
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

LeftyBWS, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

WVbeergeek, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of jasonm
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

jasonm, Mar 22, 2008
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Monkey Boy from East End Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.