Drunk Monk Hefeweizen - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 344
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 73
Gots: 33 | 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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Photo of Reagan1984
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
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.. (833 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%

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. (420 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
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 (663 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
4.19/5  rDev +1%
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. (766 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -3.6%

The aroma is like a banana candy, sweet and sugary. There's a bit of vanilla, bubblegum, light yeast and spice on the nose as well. The flavor is more peppery than clove with a mellow banana and a doughy malt.

I tend not to gravitate to a Hefeweizen as my palate always perceives cloves but this one is quite good and ranks amongst my favorites. (346 characters)

Photo of mcallister
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (513 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of JamesS
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
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. (280 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
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! (1,202 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (837 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (3,021 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (642 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (851 characters)

Photo of jjayjaye
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (535 characters)

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Pours hazy golden yellow with a one finger white head.
S- Hay, wheat, clove and banana. textbook.
T- A bold and refreshing burst of flavor on the tongue. A ton of clove on the tongue and a massive banana. Very true to the beers description. The malt is thick, creamy and has a lot of feel. A vanilla and a hint of caramel from the malt. Subtle herbal note as well as a slight spice and undeniable Belgian yeast.
M- It remains easy drinking, has a great texture and is refreshing. Excellent.
O- One of the best Hefe's I have had and without a doubt the best in the states. (613 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (2,689 characters)

Photo of aforbes10
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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? (444 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (971 characters)

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
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'... (727 characters)

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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! (263 characters)

Photo of HopDerek
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (417 characters)

Photo of Vdubb86
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (714 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (932 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (700 characters)

Photo of mattboyer182
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - thick yellow cloudy. The cloudiest hefe I've ever seen. Thick white head and amazing lacing.

S - everything you want in a hefe. Loads of fruit and citrus. Good German hop.

T - unlike any other hefe. Smoothest I've ever had. So fruity but not that bitter hop after taste you usually get.

M - medium bodied and light carbonation.

O - the best hefe I've had. Highly reccomend. (381 characters)

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Drunk Monk Hefeweizen from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.