Wheat Monkey - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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272 Ratings
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Ratings: 272
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 3
Gots: 25 | 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:
Beer added by: Winter on 06-23-2009

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Ratings: 272 | Reviews: 77
Reviews by ForWhatAlesYou:
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of MadScientist
3.35/5  rDev +6%
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
3.67/5  rDev +16.1%
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 biboergosum
3.38/5  rDev +7%
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
2.33/5  rDev -26.3%
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 Sammy
3.15/5  rDev -0.3%
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
3.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Kegatron
3.44/5  rDev +8.9%
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 KTCamm
3.08/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of dhannes
3.11/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of tone77
2.55/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a small head. Smell is of sour lemons. Tastes like it smells, sour lemons and not much else, leaving an unpleasant aftertaste. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is not very drinkable. Overall not a beer I would recomend.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.05/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A crisp lemon coloring has a brilliant clarity and a dense high rate of effervesce. The head is spongy, a finger high, with a chalk white coloring. Retention is short lived with a clean lacing.

S: Lemon peels and dry wheat are to be had on the nose with a basic complexity and strength. So far average by most expectations.

T: The flavor is malted wheat and oranges, again as basic and vanilla as can be expected per style. Some lemony cascade hops appear later on and upon warming but seems to little to late. Neither strong in character for a wheat, much less a pale wheat with limited hopping and complexity.

M: The mouthful was crisp, one of the few bright points of this drink. Bubbly activity with a light-medium fullness does give a sharp feel on the tongue.

O: Mindless downer, wont give much second thought when consuming nor receive much praise during consumption. A basic wheat meant to delivery basic no thrill results. Manageable for a few.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.28/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of buschbeer
3.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of metter98
2.96/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of minterro
3.23/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of errantnight
2.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From my BotM Club.

Pours a hazy pale straw with a hint of orange. No lacing, poor retention.

Aroma is flat. Some cracker from the wheat malt.

On the palate this is thin and insubstantial. Prickly and mineral-y. Some wheat notes and a hint of esters, no hop character to speak of. The definition of a bland, boring APWA.

Eh.

Photo of dstc
3.18/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with a white head. Head falls to a minimal one. Thin lace.

Aroma is of strong citrus wheat with spice and grains.

Tangy taste. Wheat and lemon and orange flavors with a bit of an herbal quality.

Thin to medium bodied with average carbonation.

Well, this just does not quite make it. Too strong in the wheat and tangy with maybe artificial citrus.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.67/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this instead of the fuel cafe which still angers me since fuel cafe was on the box (get it together Lakefront!)

A - Hazy golden color similar to a Heffe with decent head.
S - Mostly bread dominate with yeasty and banana? Maybe its the label playing tricks on me.
T - Well mostly wheat but I can detect a very mild fruit flavor that runs close to banana without being too close. Very interesting.
M - Well light as expect for the ABV but chock full of carbonation which was surprising for the age.
D - I have two more bottles and it was drinkable but would probably pass by this if I found it in the store. Still a very good wheat beer.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

This brew pours a hazy golden color with a finger of head that quickly recedes. The aroma is a bit watery at first, but otherwise ticks all the marks for the style - biscuity malts, wheat, and citrus. The taste comes a little strong at first, with a little bit too forward grainyness, but eventually settles down to a wonderfully crisp, juicy citrus and wheat aftertaste that makes me want to drink more. This could really be great if the initial taste weren't so grainy.

The mouthfeel is quite good, it's well-carbonated and pretty light. The drinkability, of course, is quite good. It's a pale wheat ale, if it's not drinkable, something's terribly wrong. Overall a pretty good pale what, nothing outstanding but perfectly serviceable with an excellent aftertaste.

Photo of jwc215
3.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled March, Week 1 notched on label:

Pours hazed/clouded lemon-drop yellow with a thin, creamy white head. Some trailing lacing sticks.

The smell is of wheat tang with banana and a hint of bubblegum.

The taste is of a hint of banana with wheat tang with a mild spiciness giving it a dryness in the finish.

It is light-bodied and fairly creamy and pretty crisp.

An American pale wheat with a banana touch (though hardly in hefe-weizen range - though, that's fine, as it doesn't claim to be such) that is not too sweet. A mild, inoffensive, craft "lawnmower" beer.

Photo of TheSarge
3.06/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice big fluffy bright white head, and retains decently. The body is bright gold in color with moderate amount of haze.

The aroma is light and arid. A hint of bubblegum and orange peel pretty much sums up the whole thing.

A little watery in the taste. There is a sour metallic flavor with a hint of Juicy Fruit gum.

Thin and crisp in the mouth feel. A good thirst quencher.

Photo of KAdams
2.53/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - Pale yellow with some cloudiness. Weak white head that fizzles to nothing pretty quickly and minimal lacing.

Smell - Fruity and sweet with a good amount of wheat.

Taste - A little bitter because of the fruit (definitely lemons, maybe some other stuff in there too). Wheat takes a back seat to the bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light and watery.

Drinkability - Meh. There are much better wheats out there.

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

Based on the label, I am expecting/hoping that this beer will be more fun than a barrel of monkeys! At least I won't have to share with Bucky Katt from "Get Fuzzy", since he loathes monkeys, although he has backed off recently. Time for some monkey business!

My aggro pour initially created a finger of rocky bone-white head, but it quickly fell away, leaving some nice lacing in its wake. Color was an extremely cloudy deep-yellow. Nose had an interesting combination of lemon-citrus and wheat-cereal (think Wheaties). Mouthfeel was medium with an initial citrusy tang followed by a light sweetness, not entirely unlike cereal. Interesting. Finish was very dry and refreshing with the citrus flavor really big initially and then giving 'way to a mild sweetness. This would be a good replacement for a standard lawnmower beer on a hot day, but on a cold, drizzly overcast March day as we approach Spring, not so much.

Thank you, Monkey. You may now go back to your business.

Photo of Wisconsinality
2.92/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into standard pint.

A- Pours a minimal half finger worth of head that recedes quickly and leaves no lacing behind. Slightly hazy due to the bottle being shook up by me.

S- Big hint of wheat, hops and a small amount of malt. Not really much else going on. Smells just a tad stale.

T- A big dose of wheat. Good amounts of malt and some floral notes.

M- Lighter bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Just a slight amount of bitterness which I can't really pick up where it comes from.

D- An average beer that leaves much to be desired. There are much better Lakefront offerings, I suggest you seek them out first.

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Wheat Monkey from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
73 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.