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Drunk Monk Hefeweizen - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
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330 Ratings
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Ratings: 330
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 60
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mynie on 01-01-2006

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Ratings: 330 | Reviews: 76
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A weird, wicked hefe weisse, this flax-fringed, golden-brown-hearted beer is nearly just the sort of treatment you'd expect with Three Floyds stepping out of their APA/DIPA wheelhouse. Extremely effervescent, it's also essentially opaque: a little light leaks through around the edges (decanted into a Three Floyds tulip-pint), illuminating the ale's pale malting, but the yeasty turbidity is dense throughout, giving Drunk Monk a heady, hefty, yet altogether heavenly appearance.

But the bubbles fight the visual feeling, and indeed the actual lilting cadence of this weisse in the mouth is not just pleasant but a bit ethereal, especially considering its category. Splitting the bomber, my drinking-companion even compared it (favorably) to a Norman cidre in its forceful, sharp gaseousness—a quality that serves to successfully cut the otherwise big "banana, vanilla, and clove notes", and which is presumably likewise what qualifies this as a "hefe weisse from space".

As it is, the spicing is pretty much perfect: base notes of creamy vanilla, inflected with persistent clove punch, both of which surround and support the top-level yeasty esters and banana-bready and orange-flower flavoring notes. The aforementioned citric elements, plus the very mild but effective bitter notes in the finish, seem to proceed from some extremely delicate but intentional hopping, another layer accrued atop a wheat base that never overwhelms but nonetheless doesn't stray too far from the strictures of the style.

I liked Drunk Monk a lot when I had it nine or ten months ago in the taproom, but I think it has even more pop—and I like it even better—out of the bomber. Who knows: its excellence may have been swallowed up that day by the beers I drank around it; but, as a lunch-time, first-of-the-day beer, it really is a nice, 3F-consummate treatment of the beating wheat heart of Bavaria.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1 PINT 6 FL OZ bottle
Served in a weizen glass

L - It is cloudy once I disturbed the yeast at the bottom of the bottle. The beer is orange/yellow in color with a thick, creamy, off-white head that is continually fed by a stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

S - The scent of banana cream is in the air. The smell reminds me of banana pudding.

T - This is a flavorful beer. Of course there is plenty of banana. I get some spices from the yeast as well. It is a great combination of flavors.

F - It is rather full bodied for a hefe.

O - This is probably one of the best American hefes that I have tried. I typically avoid the style unless it is a German brewer. It is well done and comparable to some of the better German versions of this style.

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The absolute best American made hefeweizen I have ever had. Yet another gem from three floyds. Highly recommend it if you can get it.

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This beer is full of clove and banana Esters. Absolutely delicious! A perfect balance of wheat malts, Deutschland yeast, and hopps. An artisan's hefeweissen, made to perfection.

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Drunk Monk Hefeweizen from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.