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
Brewed by:
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 barleywinefiend
3.47/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a cloudy yellowish-orange color with a nice bgright glare. The head was a big and rocky one at first, nice white pillow that seemed to just die in about five seconds leaving a few bubbles. With the amount of wheat in this beer the retention should have been bettr and a head retention is a staple of the style guidelines

S: A big whiff reveals much of what I was exopecting-wheat, wheat and more wheat with a nice ripe banana note and a dash of vanilla

T: Initial wheat upfront with a rush of ripe banans to follow. The vanilla provides a little sweetness which I don't actually like in this beer and is a little much for the style. Traditionally, a moderate vanilla is acceptable on the nose but not so much in flavor. The finish is a bit heavy to me, sticky evem sweet and really not that refreshing

M: Medium bodied, a bit undercarbonated I felt, really not crisp but somewhat creamy and silky on texture

O: Not a bad weiss or hefe but not something I would recommend or routinely go back to.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very hazy orange yellow. Not much of a head. Slight white collar.

Smell - Bananas and clove. Grainy. Phenolic. Standard hefe aroma.

Taste - Just like the aroma, lots of banana and clove. Spicy more than bananas. Grainy right up front, but gets a little more slick and phenolic in the finish. Lots of banana in the back. Some vanilla, maybe?

Mouthfeel - Starts off thin, but feels thicker into the drink. Well carbonated. Slightly metallic in the finish.

Overall - I'm not a hefe drinker, but this is decent.

Photo of EvilKeith
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In the glass this beer appears a clear honey amber color with a small head that quickly disappears.
I note the scent of slightly spiced citrus. As the beer warms I detect a hint of banana.
Taste is wheat with a trace of yeast. Alcohol front with a slightly bitter aftertaste.
Medium light bodied brew. With the rapid dissapation of the head I am suprised by the carbonation feel on my tongue.

I can see myself drinking this one again. I will definitly drink this again.

Photo of maximum12
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared with the wife while bellied up to the bar at the Three Floyd's brewpub. Hadn't even heard of this one until we walked in the door.

Light & swirly like a hefe should be. The smell is the brew's strongest point, like sticking two nostrils into a blender of bananas. Too far. You know, so you end up with banana up your nose. Like that.

Drunk Monk is dominated by the banana taste, along with sweet candy. The wheat of the weizen if far behind these two & more of an afterthought. Not a traditional hefe, but good. The definition of crisp & refreshing.

Very good brew. Above average hefe but short of playing with the big boys.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First and foremost...I am not a huge Hefe fan so I probably wont rate this as high as others. The beer was poured carefully as to avoid the sediment that amassed at the bottom of the bottle. The beer was a golden clear with no head and no lace. The scent was typical of most....probably leaned more towards clove than banana. The taste had decent spiciness to it and the clove and banana balanced fairly well. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it was good....and certainly worth a try.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, yeast, spice, and banana aromas. Taste is much the same with wheat, caramel, and banana flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that iis tasty and is s a solid American take on the style.

Photo of KFBR392
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours with a creamy thick head at about two fingers and subsided to half a finger while drinking. Average carbonation active in glass for a hefe. Murky dark orange brown color. Lacing crept down the glass with each drink.

Smell: Cloves, leafy greens, and prairie grass definitely pop right out of the glass. Buttery yeast body with some exotic spices. This aroma is very bright and potent. Smells very good but seems to lack elite depth.

Taste: Bananas and a medium bodied wheat presence. Straw and the prairie grass burst though here as well. Fruity tones of oranges, mangos, and kiwis dance around on the palate. Very tasty but again seems to lack a little bit in depth.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation felt on the palate. Creamy and rich.

Overall: A nice American hefe but like I said in my review, could use a little more depth overall. Lingering tastes are very pleasant and the mouthfeel is light and refreshing.

Photo of thedrewski86
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap last night at 3F. Served in a weiss glass, 3/4" inch white fluffy head, lasted the whole time. Smelled very fruity with spices. Very heavy feel and taste. This is like drinking a loaf of bread! This is a good hefe, their Rabbid Rabbit is better. This ones drinkability is a little rough just because it is so heavy and sweet. Very enjoyable though.

Photo of rodmanfor3
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty average. Too many good beers out there to repeat on this one.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer came a foggy, golden orange that faded to a creamy straw near the edges and the bottom of the Weizen glass with a tall, creamy nearly white head.

Smelled of sweet bread dough with tones of pineapple and mandarin orange and a strong bubblegum.

Tasted like powdered sugar with some cherries, banana and melons with a strong musky wheat and an afterthought of electric bittering hop.

The mouth feel felt light but dense and very smooth.

For me, this one was just way too sweet. I didn’t finish this one as I swapped glasses with a buddy to try something else that didn’t come across so sugary. Not to hot for the style.

Photo of kevanb
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle poured into a Three Floyds' blue pint glass.

The beer pours a hazy copper color, hues of orange, light amber with a soft white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no trace film or lace behind. The aroma is of clove, yeasty banana, orange rind, sticky malt and a little saltiness, fairly standard for a hefe, but nothing earth shattering. The flavors are right on queue, clove and banana are balanced nicely, but don't really burst onto the tongue. Sweet malt, light saltiness and a bit of citrusy hop comes out as well, but there is a bit of cohesion that is lacking. The body is nice, coats the mouth really nicely, carbonation is on the lower end, extremely smooth and rich that finishes with a great creamy touch.

Verdict: A nice hefeweizen from Three Floyds, one of their most conforming beers I've tried, nothing too weird or "not normal" about this one. It's a bit bland and uninspiring compared to many of their beers, but it's quite refreshing.

Photo of roger617
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into nonic glass.

A: 3.5 Pours bright golden with 1 finger of thin head that reduces very quickly and leaves no lacing. More clear than I had anticipated for the style.
S: 4.0 Clove, bubble gum, coriander, banana.
T: 3.75 same as smell. Nothing takes a strong lead leaving this pretty fairly balaced.
M: 4.0 Carbed well, smooth.
O: 3.75 I was able to try this at the brewpub, and I have to say it was much better on tap.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer is dark orange with only a mild haziness. The head is surprisingly nonexistent for a hefeweizen. Even an aggressive pour yields very little cap. The aroma offers some bubble gum like sweetness. Banana, clove, sugary candies. The taste is a little better than the aroma, lacking the cloying sweetness I had feared. A bit of prickly carbonation, in spite of the nearly still and lifeless appearance. Overall, a pretty solid beer.

Photo of superspak
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into weizen glass; no bottle dating, but was released fairly recently. Pours very hazy golden orange color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with decent retention, that reduces to a spotty lace cap that lingers. Minimal lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big orange peel, pear, apple, banana, apricot, wheat, bread, bubblegum, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, malt, hop notes; with good strength. Taste of orange peel, apricot, banana, pear, apple, wheat, bread, clove, bubblegum, light pepper, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of orange peel, apricot, banana, pear, apple, wheat, bread, clove, bubblegum, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, complexity, and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, malt, and moderate hop flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and very smooth mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice hefeweizen. All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, malt, and moderate hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up 2 months ago when i was in town. Enjoyed from a FFF teku.

a - brew poured a rich yet transparent orange with a thin bubbly head that bubbled away almost instantly.

s - nose is big bubble gum and banana bread to a tee.

t - exactly as the nose advertised. Banana bread with bubble gum.

m - zingy and heavily carbonated, almost prickly. Not sure why others claim under carb. Although minimal head, this puppy is fizzy.

o - overall, i really enjoyed this beer. Everything is in the right place. If anything, I would dial back the aggressiveness on the carbonation and the bite. Solid hefe.

Photo of andrewjraab
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a hazy orange with a foamy white head that holds nice to a nice thin cap.

S - Coriander, banana peel, spices.

T - Strong fruity and banana flavor, followed by some spices.

O - Solid Heffe - Nice robust flavors.

Notes - thanks PDF for sharing.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

From: Three Floyds Brewpub, Munster, IN
Date: None on bottle, August 2013 release
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Drunk Monk is a terrible name, but this is certainly a good, fresh hefeweizen, though a bit less expressive and complex than many German imports, though quite ahead of most US attempts at the style. As a reference, this reminds me a bit of a blend between Schneider Gruunes and Original in flavor and aroma: richly wheat bread-like, with strong banana and bubblegum, slightly less phenol presence. Glad I was able to try this beer, but primarily because it's been a long sought-after, highly rated hefeweizen and that it's from Three Floyds. At $8 per 650ml bottle, it's much more effective to pick up three Weihenstephaner weizens (and not deal with traffic to the brewery and/or the wait in line to pick up bottles). If Three Floyds released this as an affordable 6-pack, though, it would be difficult to pass up.

Pours a 3cm tall head of foam, consisting of medium to large-sized bubbles that are white to off-white in color, with retention length of slightly over one minute, well below average for the style. The foam settles to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass, also rather lackluster for what is normally an exceptionally good-looking style of beer. Lacing is surprisingly negligible, with only a few spots clinging to the sides of the glass. Body is a dirty golden orange color, with light bringing out slightly brighter golden orange-yellow hues. Beer is opaque from suspended yeast sediment, though carbonation can be seen at the top of the body, low in number and activity.

Aroma of Bavarian yeast with hearty, heavy, bread-like and slightly grainy wheat malt, lesser, but modestly present overripe banana mash, and very faint band-aid like phenols and bubblegum scents. Darker and grainier than I thought this would be, but still quite pleasant.

Flavor of fairly well-balanced wheat bread, banana ester, with nutmeg and band-aid phenols: quite good and easily drinkable. Taste opens with substantially sweet, fairly rich wheat malt, overripe banana flavors (esters), bubblegum, slightly sharp nutmeg-like phenols, and mild vanilla and musty and mushroom-like yeast on the front of the palate. Mid-palate of dense, bread-like wheat malt with modest graininess, heavy flavor of overripe bananas, nutmeg and band-aid phenols, balanced sweetness and vanilla. Back of palate is rich with hearty wheat bread flavor, slightly musty yeast, banana esters, spicy clove and nutmeg-like phenols, and bubblegum. Aftertaste is sweet, perhaps overly so, a bit cloying, with the overripe banana ester and bubblegum being in the forefront of the flavor, with wheat bread and phenols tucked into the back.

Beer is medium-light to medium in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a rather flat, lightly foamy and watery mouthfeel that does little to accentuate the flavors and aromas of the beer. Closes dryly, but with substantial stickiness clinging to the lips and palate.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Drunk Monk 0pours a hazy faded golden color, with a small white head, which fades rather quickly to a ring on the edge of the glass. Light lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Banana, clove, and wheat are all present. Other spices and floral hops provide the support.

Taste: Although the banana flavors are quite strong, this is actually somewhat tame for FFF. Maybe I was just in the mood for something stronger. It starts out moderately sweet, with lots of banana, clove, and spice. A kick of bubblegum in the middle, finished out by light citrus but mostly floral hops.

Mouthfeel: The feel is sticky sweet, and moderately carbonated. Medium body.

Drinkability: My ratings may be weighed down by my exceptionally high expectations for Three Floyd's, but to me this was a decent, not a great beer.

Photo of wedgie9
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on draft at Whole Foods Lincoln Park. Pours cloudy orange with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Nose of spices, wheat, and light banana. Flavors are citrus acidity, wheat, clove, and banana. The body is light with average carbonation, and the finish is medium featuring banana. Overall, this is an awesome hefe that I could session on all day.

Photo of fear025
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma:Smells heavily of clove and banana.

Appearance:Cloudy pale orange, medium head retention, mild lacing.

Taste:The flavor is like the nose, heavy clove and banana. The mildly sweet flavor lingers on pleasantly through the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:Nice carbonation, medium body.

Drinkability:This is a spot on hefeweizen, very typical of the style. It's a good example of how Three Floyds isn't a one-trick hop pony!

Photo of chicagoabbot
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Clark Street Ale House. Big thanks to Victoria for this round. Awesome yeast funk and they really nailed the look. Quite dry in the taste. Quality brew, I had a few. They did not blew. Recommended. I can't say they nailed the style, but it is an acceptable interpretation. We finished the last of what they had at Clark St., and it's not clear if they will have more.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 8.29.13
Thanks Bobby

A - Pours a cloudy, surprisingly dark orange with a few white bubbles that are gone fast.

S - Tons of banana and spice.

T - Tons and tons of banana, some Belgian spices. Very fruity.

D - Medium body with lower carbonation.

O - Fruit heavy Hefe. Nice and fruity.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%

Bottle from some fantasy baseball winnings. Thanks, Derek! Pours hazy yellow golden with a fluffy white 2 finger head that dissipates quickly. Really nice aroma of banana esters, honey, yeasty hefe funk, pears, sweetness. Flavor is sweet banana esters, light honey sweetness, pears, yeasty yeasties, lingering sweetness. Light bodied with plus carbonation as expected from the style. This is really nicely done actually.

Photo of nightcrawler
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer arrived in a wheat glass with a 1/2" of white, everlasting foam. I could smell the beer the beer from 3 feet away. The beer was breadcrust brown and was so hazy, I couldn't even see shapes through it.

This brew is about as sweet as a hefe can be. A bit more malt taste help smooth it would make this an even better beer. But it was a great beer as it was. The biggest knock I can give it is that it was thick on the tongue and didn't finish clean. It had the texture of a Russian imperial stout, but with the wheat flavor. Because of this, I wouldn't be able to drink more than a glass or two.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As Three Floyds Brewery set aside their hoppy ways to showcase their talents in the Weissbier world. Despite its light hop character, the brewers pour a plethora of complex taste into the wheat ale and does so with impeccable balance.

Dark gold in color, the firmly cloudy ale slowly releases a foamy blanket that's part of froth and part of fizz. Surly carbonation is nearly champagne-like as the head dissipates into a delicate creme of foam with lightly spotted lace. I'm somewhat surprised at the ale's struggle to form, retain and lace with its foam character.

Its balanced nose is equal parts banana, clove, bubblegum, wheat, apple, lemon, bread, vanilla and mint. There's so much variance in its nose, but the intensity is just slight of what's expected. Still, the ale projects a highly appetizing scent with only the slight herbal presence of hops.

Its leading sweetness is bready, doughy and yeasty with somewhat of a sprinkle of powdered sugar for a sugar cookie-type of culmination. Its whole wheat taste is the perfect vehicle to reel in the fruitiness of banana, lemon and green apple. The counterpart to fruit introduces with clove, white pepper, sulfur, mint and herbal tea leaves for a chai-like balance. Finishing with the oddly compelling taste of Juicy Fruit bubblegum and vanilla, the beer is soft and spicy through its final few drinks.

Light in body, the beer's creamy, dextrin-richness is given a lift from its strong effervescence that provides a light prickle as the bubbles explode off of the tongue. There's a moment in the middle taste after the carbonation subsides but before the dryness sets in where the beer's true residual malt sweetness is felt and applies a stickiness to the palate. But that's short lived as the minty dryness and peppery warmth assists the evaporation cooling effect from alcohol for a complex final palate sensation.

While Drunk Monk is certainly a fantastic Weissbier, a higher level of dryness while a better projected level of intensity of its overall flavor would get it closer to the likes of Weihenstephaner and Live Oak.

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