Drunk Monk Hefeweizen - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 339
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 71
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
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3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: mynie on 01-01-2006

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Photo of LHOOQ
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- incredibly cloudy, unfiltered (like everything FFF) golden Hef, minimal white head. Served in a Weisen glass.

S- deep Hefeweisen smell, cloves/banana.

T- so great, much fuller taste than the other Hefeweisens I've had. Imagine an even stronger tasting Weihenstephaner. Suprisingly smooth for an unfiltered.

M- Better than other Hefeweisens I've had as well. Most are a little watery, but this was exactly right. Full but smooth.

D- a great beer all around. Possibly the best Hef I've had. Better than on-tap Weihenstephaner, which is saying something for me.

Photo of Lovethemhopps
4.87/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

Photo of mochunk
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A standard but inviting looking Hefe poured from the tap into a '23oz weizen glass' at the Three Floyds brewpub.

Fruit, orange, lemon, banana, yeast, malts and even a slight hint of hops, waft into your nose.

Can't wait any longer, forget what you smelt, you are not prepared. Sweet fruits, dry yeast, smooth malt and a fruit hop finish all the while the lemony and banana notes stay all the way through. I can't get over just how much flavor this mauls your palate with. I hate to sound like a fanboy, but 3F can do no wrong. This is my most favorite Hefe I've ever had, and I absolutely adore Weihenstephaner. Sorry to make the comparison, but it's that good.

Ok, be subjective... While purists may note that it's potentionally outside the norm for the style with some of the character it has, it's all the better for it. I could drink this all day long and for the rest of my life and not miss anything else. It's a damned shame they don't bottle this. Get there and give it a go.

Photo of dagmer
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had a 22 oz bottle, poured in an imperial pint glass. Very cloudy with about a one inch head. Tastes like a traditional Hefe but with a giant banana taste. Refreshing and awesome. One of the best Hefe's I've ever had. 3 Floyds don't get enough credit for the more 'normal' styles they brew(calumet queen is an excellent kolsch), this is world class.

Photo of Kegatron
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap @ the Three Floyds Brewpub (Munster, IN) on 4/24/10 during Dark Lord Day. Served in a ½ liter dimpled mug.

Pours an unfiltered golden orange, with a finger of foamy bright-white head. Super rich looking flare-up here (nearly to a full finger), which leaves thick and heavy lacing down the side of the mug. Wow, this aroma is vibrant and DEEP. Floral hops and spice. Rich ripened banana and some yeasty bubblegum. Toasted wheat and spicy clove give this some tang. It's the usual suspects for the style but the overall package here is just so fresh and robust in the nose. This was one of the best Hefe aromas that I've experienced.

The taste is mellow and rich on the palate, with toasted bread and a ton of fruit flavor (those banana and bubblegum esters are explosive), and clove notes that stretch well into the back of the profile. A tingle of firm hops runs along the back, providing some good balance here. This is just SO sweet, fruity, and delicious on the tongue overall, with plenty of dryness from the yeast and hops coming out in the finish, along with some residual sweeter tones. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm crispness to the carbonation but this is just incredibly smooth and easy on the palate. There's just a magnificent drinkibility here that starts to catch up to you after a bit alcohol wise.

This was one of thee best American-made Hefeweizens I've ever had (it's definitely up there with the Live Oak version) and is just an overall killer effort here from FFF. It's too bad that they didn't allow growler fills on this day, as one (or more!) would have definitely come home with me. Great stuff!

Photo of brewtus
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bomber poured into teku glass
A- pours golden orange with a single finger white head
S- lots of bananna, some lemon, clove, I get the vanilla as well
T- starts with fruity bananna, and lots of it, some sweet spices, belgian yeast flavors, nice subtle hop presence, a little lemon, a little strawberry, some earthy straw flavors, very well balanced.
M- nice amount of carbonation, fairly light
O- this is one of my favorite styles, and this was very very good. Refreshing, fruity, slightly dry, very well balanced with a pleasant hop caricature as well. So glad I got to try this

Photo of JamesS
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful deep earthy copper with womderful head a good lacing. Deep wheat scent with a wonderful banana clove aroma and a slight pepperiness. Wonderfully deep thick wheat flavor with great banana tones and a nice spice hit at the end. Deep, thick, hearty, and satisfying.

Photo of HopDerek
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance a nice light gold with a frothy white head. The smell was a nice medley of banana, clove, coriander, and a bit of wheat. The taste was also that of bananas and spices. A very smooth brew with wonderful flavor in each sip. As far as hefes go, this one is one of the best. Even though I try to limit my mass wheat intake, this beer could keep me regular easily. If only this beer was bottled and distributed.

Photo of mattboyer182
4.61/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - thick yellow cloudy. The cloudiest hefe I've ever seen. Thick white head and amazing lacing.

S - everything you want in a hefe. Loads of fruit and citrus. Good German hop.

T - unlike any other hefe. Smoothest I've ever had. So fruity but not that bitter hop after taste you usually get.

M - medium bodied and light carbonation.

O - the best hefe I've had. Highly reccomend.

Photo of AgentZero
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Nice looking cloudy orange color with a white head that foamed up nicely. A lot of great lacing, particularly as it sheeted down durkng the drink. Great looking.

S - Banana, a bit of citrus, some clove, nice spice, and a wheaty, biscuity backbone.

T - Wonderful take on a hefe, one of the best I've had. Nice and wheaty, good citrus, banana, clove and spice mix. Really couldn't ask for any more, it's sweet, but not too sweet.

M - Rich carbonation on the lighter side of medium. Not syrupy or sticky that would hurt this style.

D - All day long, wonderful beer, and a great find on tap.

Photo of mcallister
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous cloudy tannish brown hefe, obviously unfiltered. Highly carbonated quickly dissipating head.

An explosion of banana, vanilla pudding, clove, bubblegum, wheat germ, and yeast tease the sensories. Wonderful!!

Vanilla pudding, thick concentrated yeast flavors, very round pronounced mouthfeel. This hefe is pure banana lovers paradise. With a clove, bubblegum finish. Spectacular hefe.

Able to drink this one all night long. Could be confused for a banana milkshake if overly intoxicated or blind.

Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 3F Teku glass

A) Golden hay color, cloudy, thick 3 finger head.

S) Banana, gum, clove, German Hefe yeast

T) Same as smell, wheat maybe unmalted wheat aftertaste. Very good

M) low carbonation, thick, and coating.

O) 3Fs did well on this German style. Very good Hefe.

Photo of sweemzander
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz. tap pour into a weisse glass @ 3 Foyds taproom.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden yellow color that produced a good pure white fluffy head.

(S)- A big up front creamy aroma almost like bubblegum with lemon & banana. Bits of lightly spiced biscuits. Smells delicious. Its like dessert in a glass with all the creaminess & richness.

(T)- A lightly spicy wheat smack up front. Quickly drops off to reveal that same delicately creamy banana & lemon fruits. Very light tartness from the lemon.

(M)- Delightfully crisp with a great carbonation level & balance. Smooth, but stays interesting & dynamic with the light spiciness in the wheat-like biscuits.

(D)- A great summer beer that fits the style well. Fruity and creamy with a fresh taste that I enjoyed rather well. A delight to consume.

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.51/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Pours hazy golden yellow with a one finger white head.
S- Hay, wheat, clove and banana. textbook.
T- A bold and refreshing burst of flavor on the tongue. A ton of clove on the tongue and a massive banana. Very true to the beers description. The malt is thick, creamy and has a lot of feel. A vanilla and a hint of caramel from the malt. Subtle herbal note as well as a slight spice and undeniable Belgian yeast.
M- It remains easy drinking, has a great texture and is refreshing. Excellent.
O- One of the best Hefe's I have had and without a doubt the best in the states.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OK, we're talking about Three Floyds and Hefeweizen...this ain't a flaming Blue Moon and there's a chance that it may not be "true to style". We're talking about a TON of quality ingredients in this one baby!! Pours an opaque cloudy straw color with a full finger foamy head that's gone in a flash. The smell is aggressive and classic spiced cloves and bananas. The mouth feel is medium bodied and creamy. Full flavored, the spiced banana taste is enhanced by the body and lingers nicely. I really enjoyed this one from tap at FFF-pub.

Photo of PorterLambic
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a smallish head that dissipates to a film, leaving no lace.
Smell is malty, with spices, banana, cloves, pepper. Fond memories of banana bread here including a sweetness that was quite nice.
Taste is exactly the same, something I really like to see (taste). This is like the aforementioned banana bread in a glass.
Full bodied, tight, light effervescence. Smooth, creamy and sweet. This is an awesome brew! Absolutely fabulous.

Photo of BigDaddyWil
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this at the brewpub, the night before the Dark Lord release party. Served in a 23oz. hefeweizen glass. Awesome color, deep yellow,orange and almost pinkish, thats right pinkish color, and super cloudy. Most definitely, the cloudiest brew, I've ever had. Looks like a peach milkshake or a peach slurpy. Lots of carbonation, with a quick fading off white head. Fanastic smells of banana, candy, wheat and bubblegum. Very strong and an absolute pleasure to smell. Taste is just as good, yeast, bananas and sweet candy flavors. Good mouthfeel, creamy and low abv, I could drink this all night long. A nice surprise from Three Floyds and one I wish they would bottle. If ever at the brewpub, order up a Drunk Monk, you wont be dissapointed.

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a Franziskaner weissbier glass.

A - Pours a pale wheat yellow. A full five-finger head of eggshell white fluffy foam quickly sets up and them visibly explodes bubble by bubble until all the suds have disappeared, which takes several minutes. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a mango orange/gold and very cloudy, with barely visible traces of bubbles rising to the surface. There's also a good half-finger worth of sediment left in the bottle, so either slowly roll the bottle before opening or be very careful not to disturb it when pouring.

S - Wheat grass to start with notes of light toast, followed by banana ice cream with a light, fresh apricot syrup and hints of clove. Richer than a standard hefe, and wandering in the direction of a dunkel. Toward the end after it warms, the banana esters march to the front and take on an almost banana-butterscotch quality.

T - Clove is more forward in the taste profile. Bananas are tasty and ripe, almost as if they're lightly carameled, and spread on wheat toast with a touch of medium-dark honey. Yeasty. There's also a sense of freshly cut Granny Smith apples lurking in the background. Traces of vanilla taffy and Juicy Fruit gum spread across the tongue in the finish, and the clove reappears with a touch of white pepper to balance.

M - On the fizzy side and decently crisp. Moderate carbonation. Body is a notch up from light and thin, showing a tight structural substance in the well-integrated components that's slick and smooth. Finish is short and just a touch bubblegum sweet, but predominately clean. At points, the beer is almost chewey. The overall feel is one of quality throughout.

O - This recipe demonstrates that FFF can brew outstanding and delicious beers that feature something other than hops. This is more than simply beer - it's a liquid dessert. Clearly made from high-quality ingredients, it's rich, complex, and lucious without being at all thick or cloying. It's a fantasic interpretation of the style, and true to it while at the same time turning up the saturation on the style's flavors. From the brewery, this bomber was $10 and worth every penny.

Photo of nkersten
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass, color is a very hazy orange/yellow with a bubbly white head that settles to the edge. Smell is oranges, vanilla, cream soda, a hint of spicy cloves and malted wheat. Taste is wheat up front with a nice sweet orange flavor, followed by spicy hops, yeast, bananas, and cloves with a hint of lemon in the finish. Medium body and light carbonation. This beer is incredibly drinkable, if it was available in 6 packs it would constantly be in my fridge. It seems that when FFF does a traditional style beer they nail it. I would put this hefe up against some of the top Germans.

Photo of trbergman
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft in a weizen glass at the brewpub.

A - Cloudy orange-gold with one inch of fluffy white head.

S - Great. Powerful scents of banana and clove, with a touch of vanilla.

T - The taste pretty much follows the nose. Good, traditional hefeweizen flavor.

M - Creamy mouthfeel, touch of spicy clove tingle.

D - A solid American hefe. Perhaps the best I've had to date, with the possible exception of SN Kellerweis.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Three Floyds brewpub. It was served in a tall hefewiezen style glass and looked perfect. Hazy golden color with a poofy white head. The smell was nearly perfect too, cloves and bananas.

The flavor was so good I swear they rebottled some of the best German stuff. Nearly perfect wheat beer flavor and texture, this was probably my favorite Three Floyds beer ever (maybe just a little better than GumballHead).

If they start to bottle this I'll be buying it in quantities.

Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of Vdubb86
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a pint glass on-tap at The Firkin in Libertyville, IL

This beer looks a bit weak when poured, it is a very slight haze with a golden straw color that I find a bit weak for a hefe. The nose is nothing great with there being a faint smell of banana and clove as would be expected from the style. Then I tasted it, Jesus Tap Dancing Christ this is a tasty brew. The banana is by far the strongest flavor but there is a hint of cinnamon and toasted marshmallow flavor to follow it that makes me want to get up and dance. The mouthfeel is so incredibly smooth it is hard for me to describe. This by far one of the best and most drinkable hefeweizens that I have ever had the pleasure of gracing my lips with.

Photo of kplooki
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

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

Photo of mynie
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours wonderfully weizeny hazy sunshine petals into a weizen glass. Good deal, 23 ounces to savor.

Good weizen smell: white pepper wheatmalt, clove and banana. A bit stronger than most weizen smells, but still a pretty standard weizen smell.

Wonderful but not overwhelming complexity. Big banana character to start out. Like candied, sugared bananas. The potent sweetness gives way to a big burst of wheatmalt spice, heavy on the cloves and leaving allspice for the aftertaste, ending on more fruit sweetness, orange and banana.

Probably the best American hefe I've ever had. Good weizens usually go one of two ways: either they go for a spice complexity with a hop finish or a sweet complexity with a fruit finish. This is a good mixture of both, and even though it's missing the usual Ka-Pow! of hops you get from 3F, it's still very good.

Were this bottled and distributed I'd buy a couple cases worth every summer.

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Drunk Monk Hefeweizen from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.