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Fu ManBrew - Monday Night Brewing

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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 3
Gots: 29 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Monday Night Brewing visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Cyberkedi on 08-05-2012

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Ratings: 137 | Reviews: 20
Reviews by caulfield:
Photo of caulfield
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I think this is a really refreshing beer, but it's not for everyone. The ginger can be overpowering, but if you like ginger, you'll like this beer. It's an interesting combo.

This beer is really great for sushi fanatics. The ginger cleanses your palate in between pieces. I just wish my local sushi joint served this instead of Sapporo.

More User Reviews:
Photo of chinchill
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery.
A fine looking beer, this sparkling golden ale has a lasting head. This variant on a Belgian witbier is notable for the addition of a substantial amount of ginger. This makes for a fine aroma, but there's too much ginger in the flavor, masking much of the more subtle grain and yeast elements.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body; very good carbonation.

O: nearly a cross between a ginger beer and a witbier.

Photo of Zenvortex
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Medium cloudiness light head dissipates quickly
Low lacing / spicy nose but not too much /ginger takes over - but it works well / great carbonation / would recommend over the typical wit / would be great with curry dish

Photo of rrski198
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Nice golden, slightly cloudy color. Great head. Little to no lacing.

S: ginger, ginger, ginger. Some slight Belgian yeast scents, however, they only come through as it warms and the ginger just slaps it around.

T: spicy ginger flavor. This is a beer that is a one trick pony, and that is ginger. It is a borderline ginger beer. I rated it highly though as it is such an awesome flavor in this style.

M: Carbonated well and spicy. Flavor comes and goes but the ginger just linger forever.

O: I went back and read the bottle after drinking and they did use ginger in the beer. It is dominate in the scent and flavor so if you don't dig ginger, stay far away. If you do, this beer is for you. Whatever your tastes are, this is a highly refreshing beer and great for a hot summer day.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.56/5  rDev 0%

A: draft, orange and slightly hazy with a loose whit head that disappears, little lacing
S: spice and banana, wheat forward
T: banana, clove, spice, some nice bitter hops
M: medium and bubbly
O: ok whit from a local brewery

Photo of sapper1252
4.47/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

These guys just get better and better with each new recipe. Strong witbier yeast and wheat malt aroma from the start really gets you interested. Wild farmhouse taste, good carbonation. Spicy clove, maybe a little bit of diacetyl... but doesn't dominate. A good third beer from a good microbrewery.

Photo of cmq103
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

A spicy ginger witbier...if you like ginger and the witbier style you have to give this a try. I enjoyed it. Lighter ABV makes this an easy drinking beer.

Photo of flagmantho
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: lightly hazy, medium-gold hue with a thin layer of white foam. Not too bad.

Smell: light, wheaty aroma, with a very light spicing. Refreshing, but lacking somewhat in classic witbier character.

Taste: much spicier than the aroma, but in this case it's almost too much. Instead of a traditional orange peel/coriander, this is quite floral. Those classic elements are there, but they're overshadowed by this floral, almost soapy character. It's not at all bad -- just not a classic take on the style.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a high carbonation and a pretty darn good creaminess. I dig it!

Overall: while not a classic interpretation of the style, this is still a rather drinkable beer. Good stuff!

Photo of Willemg007Rx
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Similar to a lot in this style but like the hint of ginger in the end. Decent American Belgian Wit.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.99/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this beer, and it appears I like it a bit more than some other reviewers do. I'd agree that this isn't a classic Witbier, it being a bit too sweet and obviously spiced differently, but I like the sweetness, which is honeyed, combined with the spicy ginger. I even think that there is a refreshing quality to this beer on a hot day. I've been drinking a fair bit of this the latter part of the summer and hope to see it again next summer.

Photo of godlessape
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Out of the bottle and into the Sam Adams pint glass: Hazy gold in body with some really active carbonation and just a wee bit of a head.
I love the nose on this one. I'm picking up bubble gum, pizza dough, ginger snaps, Raisin Bran and tobacco shop. A true feast for the beak.
The flavor is bready and strong with Juicy Fruit with a hint of booze.
The Mouthfeel is thin and the erstwhile active carbonation dissipates rather quick.
Overall a great summer beer.

Photo of mothmanscott
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky deep straw producing 1.5 fingers of white, shortlived, finely foamed head that leaves no lacing. Aroma is wheat, ginger ale, coriander & banana with hints of lemon & faint grassy hops. Taste is wheat, bready malt, cobbler dough, ginger ale, banana, coriander, lemon, oranger & little pepper spice in the finish. Aftertaste is ginger, citrus & faint mineral. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, juicy & tongue wetting, effervescent & prickly with ginger spice.

Photo of argock
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear glass tulip. No freshness date. Received from good friend Erinn from ATL.

A: Honey-gold with 1-finger of white, frothy head with decent retention but no lacing. (3.75)

S: Extraordinarily high ginger which masks most of the other wit type of aromas. A little bit of pilsner malt pokees through but not much else other than strong ginger. (2.0)

T: The flavor is also nearly all ginger with a little bit of pale pilsner malt and some faint bubble gum yeast esters. (2.5)

M: Pretty crisp and dry, this is the best feature of this beer. Medium carbonation with light body. (3.5)

O: Not a fan of highly spiced beer so maybe I am not beeing entirely fair but this one missed for me. If you like ginger, definitely you should go for this beer.

Photo of JamesBondGA
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice ginger and coriander taste to this beer!

Photo of tillmac62
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly cloudy golden pour. Normal head volume, poor lacing and retention.

Nice classic Belgian Wit nose of light citrus (lemon, orange), rich coriander notes, but light on banana notes until it warms. Also present is a spicy ginger undertone.

Almost medium bodied with a texture approaching creamy. Normal carbonation with a touch of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is outstanding. It is intense (ginger forward), complex and reasonably balanced. It begins with a tart burst that is mostly lemon. The lemon slowly yields to orange and banana notes. In the middle, ginger comes forward with a coriander and clove background. The finish is a slow fade of these flavors with phenolic clove becoming more noticeable.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"An effervescent, easy-drinking wheat beer, brewed with Belgian yeast, German hops, and a whisper of ginger from the Far East. This mustachio'd Belgian'style wit believes that good beer defies borders. The name Fu Manbrew was crowdsourced with some help from our friends at Scoutmob. They call the mustache a "Flavor Saver" for a reason." Brewed in the style of a Witbier, with traces of crystal malt and ginger added. The newest addition to their three beer year-round line up, released in Summer 2012.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Monday Night pint glass. Served north of 47º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, full sudsy white head over a very mildly hazy golden amber body with ample relaxed carbonation. Retention is average, no lacing. Coloration and carbonation is right for the style, otherwise this beer seems a tad bit over filtered for the style. 3.25

(Smell) Aroma consists of clean cracker malts, mild malted wheat for some slight depth, hints of ground coriander spice, a pinch of white pepper and candied ginger make up the brunt of the spice profile. Ginger may be a minor addition but it sure makes a heck of a difference in the aroma, with a very ginger-esque aroma, and paired with coriander, it's probably more up-front-and-center than desirable for some. The wheat malt doesn't really lead the aroma like I felt it should, the body smells a bit thin for the style. 3.25

(Taste) The body thickens up a touch, but still runs a bit thin. Pilsner malts with a touch of bread in the middle, wheat thickness is on low. The ginger is still front-and-center with a lesser emphasis on coriander and pepper, although they collectively lend a hand to a spritely finish. Despite being a popular twist on a light Belgian classic style, this beer still needs to maintain a bold wheat profile and this one feels awkwardly shallow in the malt department when compared to some of the greats. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) The texture is a touch thin for the style- very thin and cracker-like without sufficient wheat or bready thickness to it. The carbonation is spritely and active- a great pairing for the very forward spice profile and keen for a traditional witbier but doesn't gel with the current malt formula like it should. Body is low/medium for the style, low/medium overall. Alcohol presence is low. For having potential hits and misses, the mouthfeel is also collectively confused. 3.5

(Overall) I feel this beer has a lot of potential, but first needs some recipe tweaking to bring it up to par with popular and highly revered witbier recipes. The ginger and coriander were both very desirable for a unique spicy spin but didn't have a lot of malt diversity nor malt depth to pair with. The greatest single fix for this beer is an increased wheat malt profile, which would bring a slight touch of added sweetness and body thickness which would remedy most of the issues this beer may carry without sacrificing drinkability nor originality. On the other hand, you could reduce the ginger to bring more focus to the frailties of this beer's malt and hop character. 3.5

Monday Night Brewing's
Fu Manbrew Belgian-Style Wit
3.44/5.00

Photo of HereWithTheBeer
4.31/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Holy...wow...been a while. Ehem...yeah, sorry. College and work and stuff...

Funny story--So, we had a few sample beers left over from companies who wanted to have their stuff on tap here at the Wing, so what else are we supposed to do but drink 'em? This here's a Belgian witbier named Fu Man Brew...huh, I'll give 'em points for creativity. Bottoms up!
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Poured into a standard US Pint
A- Deep golden yellow with about a 1/4-1/3 inch head. Clear as day with a few bubbles rising up. Easily an inviting appearance. 4/5
S- Right away you get the citrus and ginger notes. Really nice, pure smell from a witbier I've come to expect. 4.25/5
T- Went down clean. You get a good bit of spices up front, and a nice refreshing ginger note as it goes down your throat. Easily go back for more. 4.5/5
M- No bad aftertaste on this one. After everything settles, you get the ginger and citrus notes they used stuck on your taste buds. Good stuff! 4/5
O- Maybe because it was colder I feel a bit stunned by how well put together this one is (It was put in our beer cooler for a good bit before I had it.) but I think this one's a keeper! 4.25/5
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Verdict: Wow...I'm real surprised we don't have this one on tap here. Otherwise, this would replace Yuengling as my go to after-shift treat. Definitely recommend this one to people who like stuff like Blue Moon or Shock Top. Especially those who live in the Atlanta area. A great pickup!

Photo of Dreizhen
4.01/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Golden blonde, hazy, thin to little head, slight lacing in the middle. Not much apparent carbonation.
S: Light, crisp, ginger, slight citrus notes. Orange, mainly.
T: Same as the smell, with some honey. A little medicinal, but not in a bad way. Reminds me of Terrapin Reunion Ale from 2012.
M: Solid, slight carbonation.
O: Funky (not in a Cantillon style, but more in a 60's disco style), and different from a lot of beer I've had. Not something I'd drink a lot of, but a very enjoyable change of pace, especially when it's left in your fridge after a party, like this six pack was.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - $6.00 at Taco Mac in East Roswell, Georgia.

Appearance: Delivered to me a heavily hazed, darkened yellow body with a smallish, slowly receding head.

Smell: Sourish, grainy, dough-scented aromatics atop a restrained spiciness and a slivers of fresh ginger.

Taste: Again, a sourish, doughy wheat and pils malt flavor given a light dose of icing sugar. Mild Continental hops, a little citrus. Squirt of fresh ginger. The fullness of the flavor dials up until the dry, spicy, gingery finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation; while not particularly prickly or overly lively, there is a subtle tickle to the carbonation.

Overall: Monday Night presents a pleasant, relatively fuller witbier.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Malty aroma has a fruity undertone and a hint of butterscotch. It comes out of the tap a pretty clear golden amber with a pale golden tan head that hangs around for a while and leaves generous lacing. Malty, fruity flavor has notes of banana, pear and hay and hints of butterscotch and hops. Smooth texture has about average body; the tingle, though not strong, does persist. A tasty, refreshing brew, great for taking the edge off Atlanta’s nefandous July heat.

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Fu ManBrew from Monday Night Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.