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Flying Monkeys Stereovision - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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80
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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 10.98%


Brewed by:
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Dark Wheat Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Amber ale with wheat.

(Beer added by: Sammy on 06-24-2012)
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Reviews by wordemupg:
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into tulip 23/1/14

A clear golden yellow with plenty of bubbles and tiny suspended particles throughout, finger of foam falls quickly to a thin film that the bubbles sustain, polka dot bubbles deep down the glass

S floral citrus, wheaty cereal, some toffee, sweet orange peel and some faint hoppy spruce

T more cereal then the nose, earthy herbal notes are added to the mix, doesn't have the hops going for it like the smell

M a little thin and foamy, just a little grit with wheat and citrus on the finish

O decent version of the style, more hops then I expected but that works for me, simple brew well suited for a hot day

nothing to be ashamed of but nothing to really write home about either, not my favorite style but not a bad version of one

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 07:04:11 | More by wordemupg
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

355 ml bottle poured into a weizen glass. This brew is supposed to be a hoppier take on the American wheat style according to the label. It is not a kristall weissbier despite the name, which is A-OK in my book. A gold amber brew like dark honey with ample beige head, I get a rich wheat spiciness on the nose with a little caramel, a light fruitiness that recalls red berries, and green grassy hops that recall a well-hopped pilsener. Tastes crisp and clean ... A no-frills wheat spice, the aforementioned grassy hops, root vegetable, hints of caramel, nuts, white grape and dry cacao powder which are initially hard to discern, a touch of lemon and orange rind. Mostly I taste dry cereal and an earthy white pepper spice. Not getting much banana in this, nor should I. This is not a weissbier and I assume the brew is attenuated via a standard ale yeast. The sweet caramel note does reveal more of itself as you go and overall the flavor profile does build over time. Admittedly, these sorts of ultra-clean wheat beers are not really my style. The carbonation is too aggressive and I was hoping for something chewier. I do enjoy the noble hop flavors and the pleasant acidic tang. No regrets but I will not be a repeat customer.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 19:59:35 | More by CalgaryFMC
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WillAndSarah

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +15.6%

01-18-2014 00:09:44 | More by WillAndSarah
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

355 mL bottle taken from a six-pack picked up at the LCBO; bottled Sept. 24 2013 and listed at an even 5%. I've tried this beer on multiple occasions in the past, but this is the first opportunity I've had to sit down and review it. Served well-chilled.

Pours a foggy golden-amber colour, topped with one finger of frothy, off-white head that slowly dies down over a period of minutes. Eventually, a soapy cap and collar are all that remains at the surface, with a narrow band of lacing left to adhere to the glass. The aroma is approachable but straightforward - bready malts, caramel, orange citrus, and some grassy, earthy hops, with a touch of banana becoming detectable as the liquid warms. Not bad at all.

This is a nice, light, highly drinkable ale, though its construction is highly unimaginative compared to most FM offerings. Bready, biscuity pale malts and caramel sweetness comprise the backbone, but remain deftly balanced with the mild citrus and light, leafy earthiness of the hops. Fairly dry aftertaste, with some weak bitterness that does not linger at all. Light-bodied and quite fizzy - in fact, a little overcarbonated for my tastes - but all-in-all this is a very quaffable American-style wheat ale that tastes pretty good and goes down smoothly.

Final Grade: 3.74, a B. Stereo Vision is far from the most creative beer in the Flying Monkeys portfolio, which is a little disappointing given how much they play up the 'unique hybrid of multiple beer styles' angle on the packaging. That being said, it's still a serviceable wheat ale that has grown on me for some strange reason - I've bought this before and will likely do so again. Worth a try if you're in the market for a sessionable pale ale with a less-aggressive hop bill than your average APA.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 01:30:40 | More by thehyperduck
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Vyronian

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

12-09-2013 14:30:07 | More by Vyronian
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml single bottle. Another label that looks like one would require 3D glasses to fully appreciate it.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden amber hue, with one skinny finger of weakly foamy, mostly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some random sea spray lace around the glass as it quickly fades away.

It smells of gritty, grainy wheat malt, some chalky banana chips, innocuous muddled citrus, somewhat acrid yeast, and faint earthy, musty hops. The taste is a generally agreeable blend of barley and wheat malt - a heady biscuity breadiness, edgy grainy wheat stalks - a skulking yeastiness, dry banana esters, mild orange-tinted perfume notes, and a softly bitter grassy, leafy hoppiness.

The bubbles are just peppy enough to carry this thing through, the body medium-light in weight, and actually fairly smooth, the graininess doing us all a solid here. It finishes rather dry, the wheat, yeast, and hops all minutely contributing, though their collective pull is enough to seal this one's fate.

While hardly in the same bravado-heavy league as most of this brewery's more prominent offerings, I think that should be duly taken into consideration here. What other Canadian made (if sadly misnamed) 'Kristall wheat ales' can you name? Right, Grasshopper - and Stereovision stomps the holy green guts out of that venerable Prairie staple. So, grain of salt sucked back, and I'm just a bit put off that I got this just as snow is being predicted for the coming weekend.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 00:41:31 | More by biboergosum
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

10-07-2013 01:42:36 | More by Kmat10
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +15.6%

10-06-2013 19:30:19 | More by schnarr84
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HATS4BATS

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

09-25-2013 18:47:07 | More by HATS4BATS
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TwilightTavern

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

09-24-2013 02:00:11 | More by TwilightTavern
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Will12

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

08-17-2013 23:57:57 | More by Will12
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Skwisgaar

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

08-05-2013 06:05:33 | More by Skwisgaar
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

07-16-2013 14:07:44 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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GoHabsGo

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

07-08-2013 01:46:55 | More by GoHabsGo
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justforrazors

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

06-23-2013 12:57:23 | More by justforrazors
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Looks fairly decent. Clear golden amber. Big head settles to a cap, leaves lots of lace.

After that, very macro-ish, nothing special about it. Sweet, corny nose. Also drinks sweet, with a slightly dry metallic finish. No noticeable wheat character. Nothing about this would make me go out of my way to find it.

<yawn>

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 02:15:39 | More by TerryW
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

06-14-2013 22:36:01 | More by tbeckett
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KrisDLSmith

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

06-11-2013 17:24:13 | More by KrisDLSmith
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

05-30-2013 11:19:42 | More by beerhunter13
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IdeaSpeeder

Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Serving Type - 355ml bottle, poured into a small pilsner glass

Appearance - 2-3 Fingers of frothy white head that sticks around for a few minutes, leaving behind a moderate amount of lacing. The beer is a golden-copper like colour. For a supposedly kristal wheat beer its surprisingly cloudy. Not as cloudt as say...a good hefe. But there is still a decent haze to it.

Smell - Very sweet. Perhaps some hints of banana and citrus light fruits. Pretty biscuity and 'bready' otherwise. Meh.

Taste - Overload of biscuit and bread. The citrus and fruit notes are there but are pretty understood. Bitterness is more or less non-existant.

Mouthfeel - A decent body. Medium? Maybe even a little heavy for the style. Unobtrusive carbonation. Not shabby. Not shabby at all.

Overall - 3/5 Side note - What kind of beer is this anyways? Doesn't seem like a wheat beer (let alone a kristalweizen!), nor does it seem like an amber ale. Made it difficult to review this for style. I guess its unique if nothing else.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 01:13:10 | More by IdeaSpeeder
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

04-14-2013 06:45:29 | More by RedAleMan
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bigox420

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

04-13-2013 18:11:20 | More by bigox420
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The first bottle of this 6-pack was dotted with bubbles up and down and side to side. This last bottle is similarly freckled, albeit now with suspended yeast sediment that was not apparent before. Either way, I don't think this brassy beer quite displays the "funky new clarity" it promises (though in truth I've no idea what that's supposed to be).

Let's get something out of the way right off the bat: 'American kristall wheat' is a silly, frankly nonsensical term. Is it an American-style wheat or German-style Kristallweizen? Because it doesn't have the hops to register as the former and doesn't have the yeastiness to qualify for the latter. I'm not even so sure it's filtered (which is the defining feature of true Kristall).

Like 'Hoptical Illusion', this ale's hop profile is pleasant but wimpy. The hushed notes of citrus and grass would likely have gone unnoticed were the malts not themselves so slender. The yeast isn't carrying German papers; banana esters and clove-like phenols are nowhere to be found.

It's hard to find much of any wheat in the taste; biscuity, very lightly toasted pale malt dominates on the palate. There are minor but perceptible orange-y and floral notes but they're too wimpy to dry out the taste, which ends up finishing on a sweet note. Taking away from the grassy texture also is the fact that this is crisply carbonated in a lager kind of way.

It seems that with Flying Monkeys if it's not one thing, it's the other: either very humdrum, take-it-or-leave-it, workaday beers (Antigravity Light, Amber Ale) or it's over-the-top, extreme, eccentric offerings (Super Collider and Cedar-Aged Matador DIPAs). Where does this fit? Let's just say Stereovision doesn’t make my board unless you spell it B-O-R-E-D.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 02:01:49 | More by biegaman
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.8/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottle: Poured a medium amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with average retention. Aroma of grainy wheat malt notes with some grassy floral hops. Taste is a mix between light dry caramel malt with some wheat notes and light residual sugar mix in with some grassy hops. Body is average with good carbonation. I’m not sure what the intent was but I really did not dog the mix between hops and fruity wheat malt and the caramel notes.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 19:56:39 | More by Phyl21ca
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Kremlock

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Light copper/orange colour. High carbonation visible. 1 inch frothy head that has a lot of retention. Beer is very clear.

S: Loads of bread, some caramel. Hints of grass and citrus present.

T: Again, loads of bread, hint of wet grass and some citrus. There are hints of caramel or more like a french toast. Some wheat.

M: A bit thin and carbonation a bit lower then expected. Good bitter and dry finish and head stays throughout the drink.

O: A great beer. Love the flavours but would like a bit more body.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 00:39:32 | More by Kremlock
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