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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
THE BROS
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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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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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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2006 22:51:32 | More by TurdFurgison
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.46/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 23:51:55 | More by Alieniloquium
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2010 03:29:08 | More by AgentZero
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2009 03:24:33 | More by maximum12
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mynie

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2006 20:34:10 | More by mynie
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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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cosmicevan

New York

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 03:47:49 | More by cosmicevan
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 21:33:22 | More by WoodBrew
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2010 20:03:54 | More by sweemzander
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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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mcallister

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2006 11:40:18 | More by mcallister
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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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JamesS

Indiana

4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2011 20:40:02 | More by JamesS
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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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PorterLambic

Florida

4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2010 13:03:32 | More by PorterLambic
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 04:08:36 | More by falloutsnow
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2006 21:44:32 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2010 14:24:54 | More by beerwolf77
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.88/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2010 17:40:42 | More by KickInTheChalice
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jjayjaye

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2009 00:43:44 | More by jjayjaye
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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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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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HopDerek

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2006 19:22:21 | More by HopDerek
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Vdubb86

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2010 21:53:39 | More by Vdubb86
Drunk Monk Hefeweizen from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
91 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.