Flying Monkeys Stereovision - Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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2.36/5 rDev -31.4%
Appearance: Call me crazy, but when your bottle advertises your beer as a krystal Wheat beer, generally the expectation is that the beer will be clear. This beer boasts a very unpleasant looking cloud in the body that while showing lots of carbonation is far from looking even remotely filtered. At least the finger of decent lacing and solid retaining head save it.
Smell: Dominant dry yeast accented by mutually dry citrus hops. These are not traits that I'm looking for in a wheat beer, or a red ale. Warming brings out the citrus a bit more.
Taste: Starts with a rather humble orange zest taste with a hop oil texture that seems out of place, it then builds quickly on that as yeasty overtones and wheat malt clash in awful cacophony of warring tastes that abruptly ends with an introduction of excessive citrus and earthy hops.
Mouthfeel: The carbonation is very aggressive from start to finish and the beer jumps all over the place. The wheat, hop and citrus aftertaste is thankfully mild, thank goodness that oily taste was at the start of the beer instead of lingering at the end.
Drinkability: The other factors conspire upon this beer, which is far too medium bodied, far too aggressive and far too dry for a wheat beer.
Final Thoughts: Don't fool yourself, this is a pale ale in disguise. At least with Hoptical Illusion and Smashbomb it was clear you were getting into a hop filled experience, but this is not a wheat beer I enjoyed, and as a pale, it would only be marginally better. About the only good that has come from this one is that it has lowered my expectations on that bottle of BNL Chocolate Stout I have in the fridge.
02-07-2013 00:48:58 | More by TheHammer
2.6/5 rDev -24.4%
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.
06-22-2013 02:15:39 | More by TerryW
2.8/5 rDev -18.6%
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.
04-03-2013 19:56:39 | More by Phyl21ca
3/5 rDev -12.8%
Flying Monkeys Stereovision from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery, my first of this style of brew. Poured from the bottle into a glass, the 1/16 or smaller finger thick head goes away rather hastily. Clear, golden straw body with decent lacing.
Smells like ever-so-slightly roasted malt. Certainly far from other wheat oriented brews I've experienced thus far. Not a light scent, but not robust; fairly neutral as the rating implies.
I taste malt or some kind of sweeter characteristic. Balancing hop bitterness is well masked, but its there somehow. I'm kind of thrown off-guard by this. I guess its alright. All in all, its a lighter taste.
Mouthfeel here is light and crisp. Quite refreshing, actually.
Overall a 3 for Flying Monkeys Stereovision from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery. It was my first American dark wheat brew and will hopefully have introduced me to yet another style I'll enjoy. I may buy this again, we'll see.
07-09-2014 03:10:56 | More by Caveworm
3.15/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
05-19-2013 01:13:10 | More by IdeaSpeeder
3.44/5 rDev 0%
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.
04-04-2013 02:01:49 | More by biegaman
3.46/5 rDev +0.6%
Poured into a weizen/pils glass, a copperish light brown colour with a good white head and quite a lot of active carbonation, beer is very clear. Has good retention and lacing though.
S - crisp. Some grassy hops and graininess. Mild spices, some of the wheatiness comes in on the background with some bananas, but overall this is fairly bland and grainy.
T - steps ups a bit with some immediate fruitiness, pears and bananas, some more full malty aspects with a chewy banana aspect, strong wheaty body with creamy vanilla, lots of graininess still, tends more toward grassy notes on the finish. Finish is dry, a bit sour, and has some lingering noble hops.
M - Quite light, but with a distinct wheaty creaminess, quite a bit of stripping carbonation to attempt to balance that. Feels a bit muddled. Obviously it was intended to be a quenching refresher, it is a bit full for that, like chewing down on a lot of (underipe) bananas. Drinkable but not inspiring.
Overall, middle of the road, this could use some adjustment to tame the wheat and bring out some of the more complex hopped notes that are added and lurking below the surface. Mouthfeel is quite thick, but overall this is quite an enjoyable beer, a different take at least, and has some potential but this falls short.
06-09-2014 00:19:41 | More by mick303
3.49/5 rDev +1.5%
12oz Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 2$
Appearance - Slightly hazy light copper colour with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faintt lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes.
Smell - Hops, malts, grass, caramel
Taste & Mouth - There is a high amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts and hops. There is also some very faint grapefruit, and some grassy notes. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste with a bit of a hop bitterness.
Overall – A very drinkable beer with just enough flavour to keep it interesting. I can see this working well as a session beer or a warm weather refresher. I'd like a touch less carbonation.
01-27-2013 00:34:59 | More by spinrsx
3.49/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
02-15-2014 19:59:35 | More by CalgaryFMC
Flying Monkeys Stereovision from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
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