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Drunk Monk Hefeweizen - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

Drunk Monk HefeweizenDrunk Monk Hefeweizen

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BA SCORE
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249 Ratings
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Ratings: 249
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%


Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mynie on 01-01-2006)
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wedgie9

Tennessee

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2010 21:35:15 | More by wedgie9
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 04:30:29 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Another fine brew that I enjoyed at Three Floyds. The simple pleasure of sitting at the bar connected to the internet, writing this review. The beer came served in proper Hefe glass.

Creamy 3 finger head. Hazy straw to light amber color. Not much lacing to speak of.

Earthy, spicy and of course, banana. Very fresh..

Banana cream flavor with malt tones. And by malt, I mean like the shake. Really reminded me of the dessert with Nilla wafer, pudding and banana. Btw, I love that!! Certainly there was a sweetness here. Just the right amount of spice and all the basics are there. Coriander and a touch of clove.

Creamy bright mouth feel. The creaminess almost made the body seem thicker than it really was.

I enjoyed this and would have another on my next trip. Perhaps a bit sweet to enjoy multiple of this creamy sweet one..

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2009 23:46:59 | More by Reagan1984
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 05:13:41 | More by BEERchitect
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imbibed at the FFF Brewpub on 10/31/2010. Spoooky!

Appearace -- Pours a hazy honey with a finger of creamy white head.

Smell -- Husky grain, cream of wheat, banana and bubblegum, earthy yeast.

Taste -- Lots of hefe yeast flavor, predominantly banana and bubblegum, though clove becomes much more pronounced than in the nose. Husky malt, gentle powdered sugar sweetness, and cracked wheat.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-full in body with lively but gentle carbonation. Creamy would be accurate.

Drinkability -- While I'm not sure it stacks up to the versions of the Fatherland, it's still quite good. Very estery, very fruity and creamy. Applicant must love banana. Would *LOVE* to do a compare-contrast with Live Oak. Just sayin'...

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2010 03:05:52 | More by yeahnatenelson
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Gaisgeil

Michigan

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent American Hefeweizen, sitting right up there in quality with it's esteemed German counterparts. I was really impressed, very rarely do American brewers get this style quite right, but FFF has done it! Pours a hazy gold in color with a fluffy white head, served in a proper weizen glass. Nose was excellent, banana and bubblegum, plenty of yeasty notes as well. Taste followed suit, massive banana notes with clove almost matching, bubblegum in the background. Mouthfeel was spot on, fizy and full, yet still light enough and very refreshing!

I'm impressed!

Slàinte!

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2006 21:14:19 | More by Gaisgeil
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emerge077

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Local Option.

Served in a pint glass, hazy orange yellow hefe appearance. Creamy foam, not overly present, but an unbroken skim is steadfast across it's surface.

Wheaty with banana and apple juice traces in the aroma. Sort of raw from the wheat, and a little bit of bubblegum from the yeast.

Light and drinkable, very traditional hefe here with banana and mild apple astringency. Not spicy or clove-y in the least. Smooth body, finishes fairly dry and quenching. Glad to have tried this, but not one to go bananas over.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2009 22:14:23 | More by emerge077
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GDBEERMAN

Colorado

4/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2010 13:37:10 | More by GDBEERMAN
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kengetty

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Three Floyd's Brewpub

A - Hazy light amber, poured with medium white head, persistent ring around glass, soapy lacing throughout

S - Crazy amount of Bananas upfront and moderate Clove on the front, but mediun clove dominates the finish

T - Medium banana at first (I was expecting more from the nose) and balanced well by the clove. Finishes very clean with moderate amounts of both banana and clove. In the middle the banana really shines through and slight drys the mouth before both flavors meld together.

M - Medium Body, Medium Cabination, clean finish

O - Very solid, clean and brewed to style very well. For a Three Floyd's beer I was amazed that the hops never came through in the nose or while tasting.

After having a grower of Live Oak shipped to me this week and this beer randomly dropping, I had to do a taste off. I prefer Live Oak, but wouldn't hesitate to order this on a hot summer day. After reading many comments comparing the two for me it is no question, Live Oak is my preferred Hefeweizen.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2013 17:39:56 | More by kengetty
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quinnsi

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2009 22:27:56 | More by quinnsi
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at The Firkin.

I was warned this wouldn't be necessarily representative of the beer's true nature, but I thought it was pretty good regardless. It pours a slightly hazed pale straw topped by a finger of white froth. The nose comprises banana, cinnamon, green apple, and clove. The taste holds notes of coriander, lemon, bananas, and nutmeg. The body is light, with a light carbonation and a rather refreshing feel. Overall, even if this was near the end of the keg, it was pretty dern tasty and enjoyable. Hopefully I can get some more later...

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2010 18:28:41 | More by TMoney2591
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4thelvofbeer

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev 0%
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!!!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 00:13:56 | More by 4thelvofbeer
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jlh8643

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2006 00:39:29 | More by jlh8643
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2009 19:06:00 | More by Sean9689
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2006 02:29:21 | More by rhoadsrage
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TJBurgess

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2010 18:50:15 | More by TJBurgess
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2011 00:37:33 | More by MasterSki
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phiberoptik

Ohio

4.14/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 01:57:41 | More by phiberoptik
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alleykatking

Indiana

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2010 20:59:17 | More by alleykatking
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magictacosinus

California

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 22:11:54 | More by magictacosinus
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aforbes10

Iowa

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
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?

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2006 14:13:43 | More by aforbes10
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davedahl

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
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

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2009 18:39:51 | More by davedahl
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2010 00:32:39 | More by BeerFMAndy
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LiquidBread219

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2011 16:21:07 | More by LiquidBread219
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tykees88

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
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

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2011 16:55:22 | More by tykees88
Drunk Monk Hefeweizen from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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