Drunk Monk Hefeweizen - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Drunk Monk HefeweizenDrunk Monk Hefeweizen

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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 71
Gots: 26 | 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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Ratings: 338 | Reviews: 77
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.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this at the brewpub. My weizen glass arrive with what appeared to be orange juice. This is what a hefe should look like. Thick cloudy yellow orange with about a finger of white creamy head. The whole table marveled at the text book hefe appearance.

The aroma is filled with clove, pepper, bananas, light citrus and a decent amount of wheat bread. This smells fantastic. Like a piece of wheat toast with fruit preserves spread on it.

The flavor although not a s strong as the nose was still very good. Lots wheat up front with banana and orange mixing with clove and vanilla to round things out nicely.

Light to medium creamy body. Just enough carbonation to tickle the tongue.

Overall this may be my favorite hefe to date. I could polish off a few of these on a hot summer day. What do you know another solid beer from FFF.

Photo of Fcolle2
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours murky orange brown with a 1 finger white head you can not see through this beer.

Nose has huge sweet banana and vanilla notes, reminds me of candy similar to runts. Not a whole lot of spicy notes but some minor clove that is mostly dominated by banana. Malt is very mild and has a sweet Carmel note to it.

Some banana but more clove comes out in the taste then was present in the smell. A slight Belgian funk keeps this brew from being too sweet. A slight sweet grainy malt is also detectable along with subtle hints of vanilla.

Mouthfeel is decent, carbonation is slightly low for my liking. Mouthfeel is a little thick for a hefe and there is a very slight dry feel from the Belgian yeast.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz tap pour in a weiss glass at Three Floyds in Munster, IN. 18 IBUs, 6% ABV, $6

Shared with Sweemzander.

A - Totally hazy golden yellow is both really hazy and dark for a hefe. The pour was disappointing with little room for the head. White and stout, it ended as a thin layer with no lace.

S - Fantastic aroma of a classic hefe. Big wheat and pale malt nose with a fruity and floral aromatic yeast nose. Banana and clove with a bubblegum scent. Absolutely classic!

T - Big wheat on the flavor, the taste is immediately thinner than the nose would lead you to believe. The wheat is center stage with some pale malt and yeast. The finish has a lot of clove with a kiss of vanilla and light banana.

M - Light-bodied with a spritzy carbonation finish that gives it a crisp feel and refreshing quality.

D - A light and crisp summer drink with good flavor and a smooth, delicious drinkabiliry.

Photo of alleykatking
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery.

A- Pours a hazy golden orange color. Two finger creamy white head shows fantastic retention overall before ending as a cap on the beer. Light streaky lacing falls into the glass as I drink it down.

S- The wheat undetones comes out first before getting covered up with a light citrus and musty yeast aroma. Clove and banana become top aroma with a light bubblegum hint in there as well. Alcohol in the faint distance in the end. All I could keep telling myself is this smells like a baby Alpha Kong.

T- Wheat tones come first along with a light spicing. Banana and clove come bursting through along with the Hefe yeasty taste. A little sweet but overall doesn't ruin the beer. Nice take on the beer style itself.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Wheat and citrus tones left on the palate with more clove, banana, and alcohol in the aftertaste. Light drying on the palate from alcohol. Flavors well put together but still shined on their own.

D- This was a very drinkable FFF beer. I am amazed that they pretty much have never done anything wrong with their beers. Lower alcohol means I could have more than one of these if I felt. Good job guys!

Photo of magictacosinus
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Thanks for two bombers of this, Todd! Apparently only $8 at the brewery, which is far less than they usually retail for. Poured out of a 22oz bomber into a shaker pint glass.

Pours a pretty typical color for a hefeweizen, consisting of a cloudy, amber pale tone, with cloudier hues at the center to the point where it's barely transparent. The head at first is, when poured aggressively, a frothy, sticky looking white entity topping the top of the glass. Too bad it dies down so quickly - I tested this with different glasses, and no matter what the shape was, or how clean they were, I got the same results of the head vanishing completely and the carbonation spontaneously vanishing so rapidly that it's almost hysterical. The color is spot on, but I have to dock points here on the subject its carbonation issues. Something tells me this is less of a problem when consumed on tap.

Smells terrific - bananas, slightly buttery vanilla, lots of clove, and light notes of bubble gum are all featured here. There's definitely more to it than that, ranging from the crisp, wheat bready texture, lemon rinds, grassiness, and some other funky fruity elements from the yeast at hand. The flavors are all quite balanced and do not battle one another as is the case of so many American takes on the style. In terms of delivering the richness of flavors, breadiness from the yeast, and crispness from the grains, this is more enjoyable to me than many *German* offerings! Excellent stuff - probably the highlight of the beer.

The flavor and mouthfeel don't reach that same level of quality, but it's overall very enjoyable. At the front of the tongue, there's vivid notes of caramelized bananas, a bit of yeasty funkiness, as well as spicy clove, candied sugar, and very light vanilla. In spite of its creamy, bready texture, it's stupidly easy to drink. The flavor is definitely refreshing, crisp, and fruity - what's up with the carbonation, though? It dies unbelievably fast to begin with, and while it doesn't become completely flat, it leaves behind a spritz-y sensation that is mildly uncomfortable, as well as a grainy raspy sensation that detracts from the initial creaminess. Also, the finalizing pours were very yeasty - almost distractingly so. It was an easy drink, but I think bottling interfered with some key aspects within this beer.

A great hefeweizen offering in terms of aroma (couldn't find any flaws) and flavor, but something needs to be addressed about the carbonation problem, as both bottles I opened displayed the same issues of near-flatness. Otherwise, this is one of the best takes on the style I've had in this country, and I would love to try it on tap sometime.

Photo of tykees88
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- banana yellow, but a brown color peeks through. like a browned banana. White fluffy head. very nice.

S- clove banana. Hops. malts.

T- tastes bready but a moist bread. A banana flavor which is super nice. Cloves are present at the party too. A subtle hop bite finishes the mouthfull.

M- light to medium bodied. really feels nice in the mouth. hard to describe.

O- I hope many more people can enjoy this beer. It would be the quintessential summer beer for me if it was bottled

Photo of davedahl
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this great Hefe on-tap at the Three Floyds Brewery.

Taste: full-mouthed wheaty-goodness. Banana esters in aftertaste

Smell: bubblegum, wheat

Appearance: opaque, golden, nice thick head that falls to a thin layer of small tight bubbles.

Mouthefeel: slight acidic bite, nice medium-full wheaty mouthfeel

Photo of LiquidBread219
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an orangish golden color into Wiesse glass with a white head. The head forms a ring around the glass and remains as a thin layer on the top. There's some lacing that sticks around.

S - Banana bread is the dominating smell here. Some yeast musty notes, but mostly bananas.

T - Slight bitterness, bananas, yeast and a small amount of citrus bite as well.

M - Light bodied but a very full mouthfeel, which is cool. Light carbonation but fits right in for the style.

D - A very sessionable beer, no doubt about it. Probably the best hefe I've had to date. Looking forward to trying the Live Oak for comparison.

Photo of buschbeer
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of aforbes10
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at 3 floyds brewpub.

A good-looking hefe, cloudy and orange-tan colored. no real head to speak of. some lacing.

Odor is wheaty and yeasty and maybe some grapefruit??

Taste is great. a smack of sweet wheaty goodness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and soft. no real hard carbo feel on the tongue.

Drainkability is great too. this would be even better in the summer, just as the sun starts to go down. do they bottle this one?

Photo of phiberoptik
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a soapy head. My one nick on the appearance was that despite a vigorous pour, the head never built up and what was there dissipated almost immediately. It doesnt taste flat but has the appearance that it is.

Aromas are wonderful with vanilla, banana, clove, and a hint of mustiness.

The aromas set a perfect stage for the flavors. A traditionalist would criticize that this beer is too pronounced. The banana and vanilla are like hops to a DIPA. I LOVE this, but it is very forward with smacks of juicy fruit bubble gum and a tinge of clove.

Thin to medium in body with a mild carbonation prickling across the tongue.

A tasty hefe, one that even the weakest taste buds could appreciate. A solid, yet expectedly overdone 3Floyds version of a traditional style. I expect nothing less from these guys.

Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Three Floyds. Served in a weizen glass.

A - A finger of white foam settles to a thick cap, leaving sheets of lace. Turbid, unfiltered dark apricot body.

S - Nice banana, clove, malted wheat, light lemon citrus charater, and that distinctive weizen yeast flavor.

T - Crisp unmalted wheat, bread and yeast, with less banana sweetness and clove character.

M - Pleasant moderate carbonation, grainy texture, medium body, and a very dry and crisp finish.

D - A very enjoyable hefeweizen that is competitive with the best I've had from Germany. I easily finished the 22oz glass and would love for Three Floyds to make this more often - they should have bottled this one instead of Jinx Proof.

Photo of Sean9689
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at FFF.

A - Pours an orangish golden color into Wiesse glass with a white head. The head forms a ring around the glass and remains as a thin layer on the top. There's some lacing that sticks around.

S - Banana bread is the dominating smell here. Some yeast musty notes, but mostly bananas.

T - Slight bitterness, bananas, yeast and a small amount of citrus bite as well.

M - Light bodied but a very full mouthfeel, which is cool. Light carbonation but fits right in for the style.

D - A very sessionable beer, no doubt about it. Probably the best hefe I've had to date. Looking forward to trying the Live Oak for comparison.

Serving type: on-tap

Photo of jlh8643
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my 23oz glass at the pub. A nice white head sits on top of a hazy dark gold body with ample amount of carb bubbles rising to the top. Banannas dominate the nose initially with some floral hops. The banannas continue in the taste but drop quickly replaced by some wheat and hop at the end. A good session beer that will be gone all too soon.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a weizen glass)

A- This beer has a warm orange glowing hazy body with a thick creamy white head on the top. There was no sign of carbonation through that thick body.

S- The smell of big ripe bananas came through as the glass was set on the table. Some faint soft wheat notes and a hint of bubblegum was in it aswell.

T- The banana taste was that first thing I got but it wasn't as strong as the aroma. There was some smooth wheat flavor that hung on the breath after each sip.

M- This beer had a medium mouthfeel with a nice creamy texture.

D- This beer can hang with the best of the German HWs. It had good fresh flavor and nice mouthfeel although the banana in the nose was almost too much.

Photo of TJBurgess
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#17

Pint glass on tap at Revolution.

A: muddy yellow with a 2 fingers of pure white head. I mean this is CLOUDY. It reminds me of orange juice, that's how thick it is!

S: Nothing huge but very citrus, orange peel oriented.

T: Light, citrus dominated, and tasty! This is a great summer time beer.

M/D: this is smooth, clean, light, and refreshing. The carbonation is surprisingly low, but works really well with this!

I was not super impressed by this beer overall, but its a good beer for the style and very refreshing for the summer!

Photo of quinnsi
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Sheffield's in Chicago

Orange-Golden color with two fingers of head that slowly and completely dissipates. Smells of bubble gum, with sweet orange peel alongside bready yeast and mild coriander.

The beer has a nice balance between sweetness on the front and and hops on the finish. This is a subtle beer, with no one flavor jumping out in front of any others. Mildly carbonated, and refreshing. On one hand, I love to have a little more flavor, and somewhat expect it from a FFF beer. On that other, the mildness of the beer makes it quite drinkable.

Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice for the style. Very smooth...wish it had a bit more carbonation...had a slightly flat taste to it, but really, really nice. Deep yellow/amber in color...I bumped up the taste because it was just really good....some extra carb and this would have been right on, but all in all and awesome heff!!!

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4/5  rDev -1.7%

22oz bottle poured into snifter

A- Well filtered, light oragnge with thin, whispy white head
S- Banana, clove, light malts
T- A touch of sweetness from the malts. Spices give a over ripe banana taste that is enjoyable.
M- Thin

O- Nice, traditional Hefe here!

Photo of GDBEERMAN
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, served into a pint glass: from notes
A: A good head retention, that is white in color. The body is a light golden hue. Good lacing and steady stream of carbonation.
S: A classic Hefeweizen aroma, of spices and banana, while cloves seems to dominate. A very good intensity to the aroma.
T/M: This medium body brings rich tastes of banana and clove, while the off taste is a bready creaminess, which is very pleasant. Hold a classic Three Floyd's taste that is a thread that runs through most of there ales.
D: This is one of those Hefes that is so spot on to the classics in the style that it is extremely drinkable. I would buy this by the growler if at the brewpub and would drink this all year long. A good one to start the meal off with or to settle down during a snow storm.

Drunk Monk Hefeweizen from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.