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Wheat Monkey - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 235
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 14.56%

Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Winter on 06-23-2009)
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Photo of metter98

New York

2.99/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: The beer is hazy straw yellow in color and has some fine yeast particles visible floating in suspension near the bottom of the glass. It poured with a short white head that rapidly died down, leaving only a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Faint aromas of wheat are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell in that it has flavors of wheat with additional notes of bready malts and slight bits of associated sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink but doesn't have much in the way of aromas or interesting flavors.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 23:04:02 | More by metter98
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

2.31/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

DATE TASTED: January 25, 2014... GLASSWARE: 22 oz. pilsner...OCCASION: finishing Clash of Kings, I believe... APPEARANCE: hazy, bubbly, thin-headed sallow gold body; nondescript otherwise; no lacing... AROMA: somewhat pungent, lemon dish detergent scent; some lager malts provide a backbone; slightest banana and apple... PALATE: medium-bodied slightly effervescent; almost sudsy in its aftertaste--fizzy...TASTE: such subtle flavors--lightly lemon; predominantly metallic ping akin to a pilsner; lacking a refreshing, clean drag--just dragging... OVERALL: I understand the attempt is a wheat ale, but Wheat Monkey straddles the styles without pulling the better elements of either into my mouth; instead, it's more like monkeying around, making use of a playful label and silly enough name to attract attention--by far the weakest of what was a successful mix pack...

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 05:16:40 | More by dacrza1
Photo of buschbeer


3.21/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a weizen glass

A - It has a golden color with a slight haze. It is capped with an inch of off-white head.

S - I get a lemon grass smell.

T - The taste is a bland lemon grass.

M - Moderate to thin.

O - I do not think I would purchase this again unless it was dirt cheap. It is very boring.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 02:16:07 | More by buschbeer
Photo of dhannes


3.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured chilled from a bottle into a standard pint.

A=Medium yellow with a tint of green and slightly murky; bright white head that stayed for nearly a minute.

S=Honey, with a hint of lemon

T=Much more sour than I anticipated...I didn't notice it initially, but a lemon flavoring appeared about halfway through. A slight creaminess also present.

M=Mild carbonation, and medium-to-low body...a bit watery vs. others and somewhat slippery.

O=Milder than other wheats...a good gateway or beer for parties to introduce newbies to the style. Probably won't buy it.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 03:36:28 | More by dhannes
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.06/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle to pint glass.

Pours hazy yellow, quite cloudy. No foam. Strong wheat nose. Slight citrus too. Taste is a light citrus lemon/orange. Very little bite. Kind of a flat taste. Like white bread. Barely can tell it is a beer. Very mild.

Liked the label, not impressed otherwise. Enh.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 12:58:33 | More by KTCamm
Photo of homebrew311


3.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is pale and yellow with a ring of white head and almost no lacing. Smell is citrusy with notes of lemon and wheat bread. Some lemon zest in there as well. Taste is bready and light in flavor. Malts are followed by lemon juice. Mouthfeel is light and smooth. Overall, a straightforward pale wheat with nice lemon accents.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2013 21:49:12 | More by homebrew311
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

2.96/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another sour miss by Lakefront.

Appearance: Pours out a hazed, deep yellow-hued body with a thin, small white head, which leaves a nice film, but no lace.

Smell: Altho freshness date is recent two months, this beer smells stale, sour, and of ammonia.
Slight whiff of banana, wheat, spice, but predominantly an industrial taint.

Taste: Watery. Not a great feel. Follows the smell, there's the standard trappings of wheat beer, but it's monkeyed with by a kind of cleaning closet staleness and industrial flavor. Drying, but feels like a kind of alcohol or industrial after taste.

Mouthfeel: Watery. Not a great feel. No creaminess

Drinkability: Not much character, watery. I'd pass.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 22:36:10 | More by Act25
Photo of mtboozeaddict41


3.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: pours a nice golden yellow. lacing comes off pretty weak leaving about a centimeter worth of head. color is quite beautiful though.
S: Sweet grass, wheaty malt, and a lively backbone of citrus fruit on the nose. not the best nose for a wheat beer but definitely not the worst. The aromas indicate a sweetness that encourages me for a taste.
T: Wheat forward along with hints of mild fruit. quite a disappointing mid-palate to say the least. Sweet malt dominate and a mild hop bitterness lingering in the finish. A bit tangy
M: Lively carbonation and medium bodied. Finishes slightly off-dry.
O: not a horrible beer by any means but not one I would choose to be my go-to. It does have a lovely complexity between the malt and fruit but it lacks in other areas. The nose is certainly the best feature of this brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 02:21:04 | More by mtboozeaddict41
Photo of Knapp85


2.86/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This poured out as a very pale and clear looking light yellow color. The head was white with hardly any retention and no lacing at all. The smell of the beer is sweet with grain, some wheat and corn. The taste is similar to the nose here on this, the sweetness is there as well as the corn and a subtle breadiness also. The mouthfeel is very light, modestly carbonated and kind of watery. Overall the beer is decent but nothing something I would need to have again.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 02:56:41 | More by Knapp85
Photo of jsisko01


3.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a hazy straw color with a centimeter thick head that dissipates quickly. Leaves a nice lacing.

Smell - I can barely pick up an aroma. Just smells like wheat mostly.. along will a very light trace of citrus.

Taste - Seems to be quite watery.. It has a strong wheat flavor (which I like). Pale malts, a medium sweetness, grains, and bread. Has a weird bitter citrus flavor in the finish..

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with high carbonation.

Overall - This is just a very simple wheat ale. No special ingrdients, just mostly a plain wheat flavor. It's very drinkable in my opinion, just unsophisticated is all..

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 03:59:16 | More by jsisko01
Photo of MadScientist

New York

3.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A lightly hazy pale gold. The creamy white head is thin and doesn't last very long.

S: Moderate wheat malt and moderately-low citrus hops aroma.

T: There is a moderate soft malt flavor and slight more hops bitterness. The low hops flavor is citrusy. The balance is somewhat bitter. The finish is dry and the aftertaste is a of a light fruit ester.

M: Smooth medium bodied with moderately-high carbonation. A little creamy.

O: Not bad but it doesn't impress me; I'd like more hops flavor and aroma. An average American Wheat.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 00:01:08 | More by MadScientist
Photo of jimmah120


4/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle about 1.5mo old; review from notes

Pours a terrific looking cloudy yellow gold. Looks a bit like Mt. Dew. smell is bready: wheat, grain , yeast, coriander, spice, as it warms there's pumpkin. Taste is more of the same: bright/clean yeast bread/wheat, some lemon, coriander, light pepper. Finish is crisp grain. Feel is a tad thin, maybe little undercarbonated.

Great tasty wheat, with moderate complexity. I could drink this all day.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 11:10:22 | More by jimmah120
Photo of riversider76

New York

2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden with way too much head. Decent lacing when the head finally disappeared. Nose is grassy,with hints of lemon...Something not quite right.Body is light and carbonated, but dry, not crisp Taste is grainy, with some hints of fruit. tart finish. Barley average. Don't go out of your way....

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 23:57:49 | More by riversider76
Photo of scruffwhor


3.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pale straw color and lightly hazey. There's some columns of sluggish bubbles rising to the top. No head or foam after the pour.

Straw, crackers, pilsner malt, a little grass, and maybe a little yeasty fruit aromas. Very subdued overall.

Flavor is light cracker, pilsner malt, and barnyard straw. Tastes earthy, very little yeast flavors noticed. Very plain, and watered down tasting wheat ale. Easy, bubbley, crisp palate makes for very easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 23:16:28 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of daledeee


3.18/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Like the Lakefront IPA so I thought I would try this one.

Pours a clear yellow with head that wants to go away. Not typical of a wheat beer. It should be cloudy with volumounous head.

Nose is grainy and not right

Taste is like a strong pilsner. Malty and some citrus but not the typical wheat beer.

Not enough carbonation to really give the mouth feel that is needed. Overall, OK to drink but the beer itself could be mistaken for a lager. Strange.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 01:14:05 | More by daledeee
Photo of Florida9


3.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very pale pastel yellow in color. Cloudy. Barely forms any head and what does form fizzes away quickly.

S: Mild, but appealing aroma of grassy hops and pale malt.

T: Fizzy, yellow beer. Taste is full of wheat and carbonation with some grassy hops and a mild medicinal aftertaste.

M: Aggressively carbonation and a light body gives this one a prickly mouthfeel.

O: A fairly average American wheat beer apparently brewed for mass appeal.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 19:34:54 | More by Florida9
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Lakefront imperial pint.
Bottled during May Wk3 (2012) notched on label.

A - After swirling the bottle to disperse the sediment, Wheat Monkey poured a totally cloudy goldenrod color with a soapy white head. As large bubbles pop, the loose head lowers at a moderate pace, plastering some lace to the pint.

S - Strong wheat aromas come from this beer with a trailing dryness, but there is also quite a bit of harsh grainiess and musty straw as well. A small amount of hard mineral water traces can be picked up behind a delicate bubblegum and citrus twang on the finish.

T - Wheat Monkey is wholly wheat-forward, but ditches the intrusive elements found in the nose for a better outcome. With light coriander spice and a citrusy zing on the back end, Wheat Monkey is subtle and simple in flavor.

M - Medium-light in body, Wheat Monkey is a fully carbonated beer that has a very dry finish and a slight citrus zing to it. Though hops aren't noticeable, the beer remains balanced enough to be quite refreshing and drinkable on a hot day.

O - I wish, with Wheat Monkey's label, this was a banana ester-rich hefeweizen, but as the label's art suggests it's a playful, whimsical beer, devoid of any banana depictions. Very wheat-laden, Wheat Monkey, with little to excite, seems an unfit replacement for Lakefront's previous Cattail Ale, or what drinkers called their, "lightest beer", to which some at Lakefront despised.

While quite quaffable and refreshing for a hot day, Wheat Monkey remains little more than an average wheat beer suitable for the masses. If you're looking for something with depth or uniqueness, skip this one and grab yourself a Wisconsinite.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 20:36:57 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of beagle75


2.43/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Hazy, light golden color with one finger of white foam head. Heavy ropey lacing remains on the glass and bubbles lazily climb throughout the column.

S: Mild wheat, faint herbaceous hops that seem a bit stale, and scatter-shot carbon dioxide that disrupts other qualities.

T: Begins dry, with immediate carbonic acidity that is pungent and dominating throughout the first act. The middle sees acidity that is slow to recede, exposing neutral malt that is unremarkable until a whiff of crusty wheat joins later. The finish also yields some faint bubble gum esters but no detectable bitterness.

M: Thin viscosity, wet and slightly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This wheat beer is likely to disappear completely amongst others of its style, with no distinguishing or particularly attractive features to set it apart. The harsh acidity that dominates its flavor profile volunteers some palate-scrubbing features, but ultimately goes overboard in its intensity. It lacks artful qualities, instead putting far too much emphasis on apology.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 00:26:05 | More by beagle75
Photo of falloutsnow


2.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Hyvee in Omaha, NE
Bottled November 2011
Poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass

Lakefront's American Pale Wheat Ale is a fairly generic, light wheat beer designed for easy summer drinking. While it may go down easily, there's nothing particularly memorable or interesting about the beer, its mediocrity for both flavor and style a serious flaw. In one word: boring. I will not seek this out again.

Pours a fluffy 1cm head of fairly small bubbles, white in color. Head recedes to a very thin cap atop the beer throughout my sipping of it. Minimal lacing along the sides. Body is a golden yellow, opaque due to my pouring in of the yeast. Carbonation visible along the sides.

Aroma of faint wheat malt and yeast. Fairly nondescript, have to inhale deeply to discover even this.

Taste is similar to aroma, with wheat malt contributing some flavor and sweetness, tied together with a very mild yeastiness. Again, rather bland, though about average for this style.

Body is medium-light in heft, carbonation is moderate and causes the beer to foam up pleasantly on the palate. Easily drinkable, somewhat watery. Finish is semi-dry.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 01:49:34 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of Jparker37


3.28/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip. Bottled week 2 of October 2011.

A - Slight haze to it. Golden in color with a small white head.

S - Pleasant wheat malt, not pouring out of the glass. Some mild flowery hops.

T - Sweet fresh wheat malt with a tingle of some yeast. A pleasant hop bitterness to cleanse the palate.

M - Light to medium body. Nice creamy moderate carbonation. A little bit of sweetness comes across well appreciated.

O - Straight forward clear view of what a gentle fresh summer brew should be. Doesn't overstep boundaries and be a wild adventure, just a relaxing quaff.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 01:37:34 | More by Jparker37
Photo of minterro


3.25/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from gf's parents

S&A: yeasty, sweet malts, grassiness, slight metallic tones. Not really powerful. Very carbonated, pale, pale yellow. Weak white fizzy head that pours a finger and dies down to a ring in no time.

T&M: primary sweet malts with a slight yeastyness to it. Light bodied, pretty highly carbonated.

Overall: Nothing to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 22:01:52 | More by minterro
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou


3.13/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from the brewery into a tulip glass.

A: Cloudy yellowish cream color. Respectable white foamy head.

S: Wheat, light citrus (lemonade).

T: Really wheaty. Thankfully, they avoided all of the citrus and spice often crammed into these beers. Rich and full. Aftertaste is a little strange. Bagel, lemon essence, candi sugar.

M: The best element here. Viscous, oily, rich, with drying carbonation.

D: Okay.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 16:49:27 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Number 3 in the convenient mix pack.

This beer pours a slightly cloudy, pale straw colour, with one thin finger of fizzy white head, which leaves but a few specks of rapidly sinking lace around the glass in its equally hasty wake. It smells of very faint sweet wheat grain, and subtle savoury spice - coriander, mostly, a twinge of lemon. The taste is moderately sweet wheat, with bubblegum undertones, a bit of pale malt, and mild floral hops. The carbonation is on the low side, the body light, but not thin, and agreeably smooth. It finishes off-dry, the waning malt in good company with the already paltry offset.

It's American, it's pale, it's wheaty, and it's ostensibly an ale. It's the real deal, even if that seems all too anticlimactic.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 03:39:34 | More by biboergosum
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle poured into pint glass 8/11/11

A hazy bright golden yellow with a fair amount of bubbles feeding a short lived finger of foam that leaves no lace

S a little lemon and coriander with some sweet grains, not bad but not very strong

T mimics the smell well with more cereals, nothing stands out too strong fairly tame

M light and refreshing with decent carbonation, fairly clean finish

O an OK beer that went down pretty quick but didn't amaze me in any area

perhaps a little out of season, more suited for a hot Summer day opposed to this chilly fall evening

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 06:48:51 | More by wordemupg
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Low ABV Summer patio beer with little to separate from the herd. Smells and tastes like a lager with the wheat not very noticeable in the flavours. No real complaints as it does what is made for ( entry level beer for BBQs and parties) but I fail to want to buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 02:12:01 | More by canucklehead
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Wheat Monkey from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
73 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.