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Drunk Monk Hefeweizen - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
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294 Ratings
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Ratings: 294
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 54
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mynie on 01-01-2006)
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

t0rin0, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -2%

zestar, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

BEERchitect, Sep 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

Texasfan549, Sep 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

kjkinsey, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +22.5%

spycow, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

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...

TMoney2591, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -2%

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.

emerge077, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%

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!

Kegatron, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

MasterSki, Sep 27, 2011
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3.48/5  rDev -14.7%

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.

barleywinefiend, Nov 04, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%

(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.

rhoadsrage, May 01, 2006
Photo of superspak
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

superspak, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

Huhzubendah, Dec 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

Gonzoillini, Aug 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

brandoman63, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

HuskyinPDX, Sep 07, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

TurdFurgison, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.46/5  rDev -15.2%

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.

Alieniloquium, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

BeerFMAndy, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of WoodBrew
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

WoodBrew, Dec 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 01, 2013
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4.6/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

AgentZero, Jun 01, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

bsuedekum, Sep 06, 2013
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Drunk Monk Hefeweizen from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
91 out of 100 based on 294 ratings.