Wheat Monkey - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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269 Ratings
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Ratings: 269
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 2
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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:
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(Beer added by: Winter on 06-23-2009)
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Reviews by BuckeyeNation:
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Banana peel yellow with a light cloudiness and sheets of fine bubbles. The pearl colored cap peaked at two fingers and is down to one inside of one minute. Not a great slice of foam... and very little lace.

The aroma is right on the money for the style. It's pale wheaty, tangy, lightly lemony and has a hint of citrus zestiness from the Cascade hops. That's pretty much everything that should be reasonably expected from an American pale wheat ale.

Even though Wheat Monkey doesn't taste as good as it smells, it isn't bad beer. It helps that this bottle is barely more than 3 months of age. Where oh where did the Cascade hops go? Twice the amount would have helped the by-the-book flavor immensely.

There's too much American pale lager-like graininess for the taste score to be higher. Warming will probably only make things worse, which is why the suggested drinking temperature is 40 degrees. Untoasted grains and tangy lemon zest is about it.

The mouthfeel is the weakest link (not the missing link) because it's too thin, even for the ABV, and the bubbles are too stinging in the mouth and on the tongue. There's work to be done here.

Lakefront is capable of brewing good to very good beer. Sorry to say, Wheat Monkey Ale is not among them, but then most APWAs stuggle to be much better than average. You probably won't regret your purchase, but go with a single for starters.

More User Reviews:
Photo of MadScientist
3.33/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of blackearth
3.65/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a white head that falls to a thin cap. Aroma is of cloves and coriander. Light bodied with a sweet malt base that leads to fruity esters and has a pleasant wheat finish. Rather low carbonation for a beer of this style. The flavors are very delicate, it didn't hold up at all to food, however a very refreshing summer beer overall.

Photo of NilocRellim
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of zldjn97
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of mrosenfeld32
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of waitforit
2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of TimMack
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of richkrull
3.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of DerekQXQX
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of weonfire
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of biboergosum
3.4/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of dacrza1
2.31/5  rDev -26.7%
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...

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Sammy
3.13/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery. Good marketing but this is an american sour wheat. Not so drinkable. Not as big a head as I expected.Sweetish malty aroma. Not as good as it smells.Citrus hops do not save it. Apparently many people do not like this and so a Belgian wit is available.

Photo of cjgator3
3.33/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is pale wheat malt, citrus and some yeast. 

T- The taste is malt up front with some citrus zest and a hint of hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this one does exactly what it is intended to do. It is a light bodied, drinkable wheat beer that is perfect for the hot summer months.

Photo of fishkab
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Mikedux30
3.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of bdub32689
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Jdv165
4/5  rDev +27%

Photo of eliz108
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of MynamesRickJames
3.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Kegatron
3.45/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Lakefront Brewery (Milwaukee, WI) on 8/8/10. Served in a clear plastic cup.

Pours a hazy gold, with a finger of bright-white head. The look here has the same fizzy looking retention and lacing that the cup of Klisch Pils I just drank before this had. The aroma smells of fruit, crisp wheat, a little honey, and some grassy tones. This is actually decent if you really get your nose in the glass.

The taste is about exactly the same as how the aroma came off, with notes of crisp bread, sugary honey, light fruit, and some flowery and earthy hop flavors. The mouthfeel is lighter-bodied, with a sharp smoothness to the carbonation which keeps this crisp in the mouth. Maybe a little too light and watery on the edges at times but overall not too bad.

Maybe it's the fact that this was on draft, where the flavors had some extra pop, but I actually didn't think this was too awful. This was easy drinking enough stuff and had just enough flavor to keep me interested on this warm summer day. Based on the reviews though, maybe I'll not push my luck and skip this one in the bottle...

Photo of Giesch
2.8/5  rDev -11.1%

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Wheat Monkey from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
73 out of 100 based on 269 ratings.