Wheat Monkey - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Reviews: 77
Hads: 275
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 7.55%
Wants: 3
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Winter on 06-23-2009

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Photo of jimmah120
4/5  rDev +25.8%
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. (447 characters)

Photo of Pauly2X
4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy golden yellow with a one finger head.

S- Light citrus and bready grain aromas.

T- There's a nice grainy/bready malt balance right of the bat. Following that, to provide some intrest and dimension, there's some light lemony citrus character and an even lighter background banana note. All the flavors evenly tapper off into the finish with only a slight estery note.

M- Light and crisp, the carbonation is good and not overdone.

D- Despite not being a big fan of the style it's pretty damn drinkable.

For what it is, it's great. I'd put this against any other american style wheat out there. (603 characters)

Photo of Svyturys30
3.98/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I would rate Wheat Money right around what I would rate 312 as far as wheat beers go. I've had Wheat Monkey in a bottle and from the tap.

A- Has a golden-brown appearance, very similar to Green Line.

S- Has a distinct smell of sweet wheat.

T- Has a earthy taste of wheat with a hoppy finish.

M- Has a smooth beginning with nice viscosity.

I would recommend this beer with fish, burgers, steak, pretty much anything. Isn't too overpowering and wouldn't take away from the taste of any foods.

Cheers! (506 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
3.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foggy light corn yellow. Slow, dull, off-white cap of slim stature emerges for a bit before leading way to a thin ring. Some lengthy strings of lacing spread across the glass and slip back down leaving a few spots sticking.

Aroma is of a dull sweetness, much like soggy cereal. A bit musty with a touch of flour.

Clean and rounded pale malt dull sweetness with a musty deep addition of wheat malt. Fairly lengthy taste with a lasting dull sweetness of whole wheat breadyness. Touch of dull orangish snap and tang hits the finish as it fades.

Body is about medium with a mild, yet lasting tone of dulled pale bready sweetness. Crisp, round, with a somewhat dull, muddled overall tone that carries a bit of tang at the finish.

Pretty solid stuff as its basic nature of what most pale wheat brews offer is on track for an easy going sessionable summertime brew. (862 characters)

Photo of botham
3.87/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. pours a hazy gold with a half finger of white head after a hard pour. retention is poor and lacings are light.

aroma is of citrusy hops and bready wheat malt. a note of wet hay is mixed in as well. little else for the nose, with a fresh overall character.

taste is light, with citrus mainly, and a bit of wheat and bready yeast on the back end. the citrus note is only present on the front end, which is somewhat unique, and the note of wet hay returns in the aftertaste, more as the brew warms.

mouthfeel is light bodied and smooth in texture with a crisp finish.

drinkability is good. this could be a great session beer, as long as Lakefront remains consistent in the final product, something that has been somewhat of a problem for them in the past. all together, this is a drinkable and pleasant wheat ale. cheers! (863 characters)

Photo of minnunderground
3.82/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours hardly any head, unnapealing hazy yellow
S-Wheat with a hint of lemon
T-Really a nice clean taste, wheat with a citrus zest
M- good pretty thin, carbonation adequate amount
D- pretty high drinkabilty nothing points otherwise, mainly becuase of the style.

From all the brews from lakefront this is my favorite so far, keeping in mind I have not tried their IPA yet. (374 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.77/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Bottled June Wk2 2009. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the trade!

(A)- Pours a cloudy goldenrod color that had a huge foam head, but now is just a light layer of off-white bubbles. Minimal lacing, if at all.

(S)- Pale citrus of predominately lemon with orange. Rather earthy (clay & hay) in aroma. Yeasty wheat.

(T)- Lots of wheat and lemon on the tongue. Small bananna & clay aspect but very miniscule. Very yeasty with a tiny bitter twang. Some spice present.

(M)- Thicker in texture than what I was expecting, but no complaints in regards to it. Carbonation level is good, but could use even more. Fruity & crisp with a bite.

(D)- A solid Wheat beer that has what you want and should have for the style. Great for summer. A 6pk wouldnt stand a chance! (799 characters)

Photo of ATPete
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Part of a Lakefront Tasting held on 3/30/10

Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow color with a small white head. Some fruity yeast esters and some banana in the nose. Good balance for the style a long lasting grassy bitterness on the aftertaste, although the banana flavor dominates. Small bubbles of carbonation, very light and pretty drinkable. There are better options in the style but this is a well made offering that is worth a try for fans. (457 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Sampled yesterday afternoon on 11/22/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handle-glass stein.

Pours a golden-yellow in color with a small white head. Some spotty lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is what would be excepted which is of sweet wheat grains for the most part. Pretty much the same for the taste with a very light dry finish. Different than other similar brews and close to the 'Goose Island '312 urban Wheat'. Lighter-bodied with perfect carbonation. Overall, this is a decent brew. (539 characters)

Photo of blackearth
3.67/5  rDev +15.4%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.67/5  rDev +15.4%
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. (640 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.6/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, deep yellow-hued body with a thin, half-inch-high, white head.

Smell: Fast whiff of lightly tangy wheat malt, some fleeting notes of grain, banana, chewing gum, spice and it's gone.

Taste: Modestly tangy malted wheat, imparting tastes of wheat sandwich bread and sweet clover honey. Quickly, in comes some fresh lemon zest and a hint of banana creme and Bubblicious. Very, very light pinch of ground coriander. Small amount of hop bitterness. Nothing within particularly potent. Lightly drying, lightly spicy is the smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Gentle creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Just as mild, as innocuous, and as easily drinkable as one would expect from the style. Just barely enough character present to maintain one's attention. (877 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.59/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (331 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.54/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (1,388 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.53/5  rDev +11%
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. (976 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very refreshing and pleasant beer, maybe as good as American Wheat's get.

The hazy canary yellow beer carries a froathy white head that retains for the duration of the session. Medium lacing, no legging. A very good look.

Wheat and pilsner-ish malts come together for a bready and grainy nose. Chocked full of lemon and apples, the esters give a crisp and refreshing scent. Light herbal and floral mix gives rise to the hop additions as the beer warms.

Wheat malt flavors prevail in the taste while the grain notes take a back seat. Again, the lemon and green apple esters give a fresh and acidic balance to the bready and yeasty flavors. Light hop flavor blends well with the estery mix while their bitterness aids the phenolic peppery bite.

Bready and malty up front but lightening nicely going into the finish. Lightly acidic and grainy which both help at times and hurt at others.

A nice and simple beer that is largely error free. I would prefer the malts to completely dominate without the grainy intermitten character. I would also like to see more intense hop flavor/bitterness and peppery notes from the yeast. (1,126 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.52/5  rDev +10.7%
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 (576 characters)

Photo of pat61
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl in May, 2012.
L: It pours clear gold under a ¼” white foam cap.
S: There are wheat aromas but it also smells a little skunky.
T: Has wheat and hop flavors – not big fruit or if there is any the skunkiness masks it out. The hops are a little harsh. F: medium body and a little above on the carbonation.
O: This is from a keg and the flavor and aroma faults are more light struck than you would get with contaminated beer lines. Tastes like a process problem. (508 characters)

Photo of jdense
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. long-neck bottle obtained from The Pope poured into UCLA (0-2, ugh) pint glass.

Pure white two-finger head, medium dissipation with minimal lacing over straw yellow a bit cloudy body, multiple streams of carbonation rising from bottom of glass. Nose is clean wheat, evidently a bit of wheat malt, some fruitiness. Taste mirrors nose, clean but pretty nondescript, faint bit of bitterness on the back end. Thinnish mouthfeel, which I would expect for this style, decent effervescence. At this ABV this is pretty drinkable. I think this may have been the new recipe trumpeted on brewery's website, so it may be an improvement over the (BA lambasted) version. It's not Widmer Hefe (which apparently BAs aren't too fond of, try it on tap at the brewery), but it ain't that bad. (781 characters)

Photo of oopewan
3.48/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great pour and color but it seemed to have dissipated too fast.

I really enjoyed the taste but for some reason it felt a little flat. This could be related to the disappearing head. Even the smell, although good, was weak.

All in all, a good wheat beer but nothing great. (275 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.44/5  rDev +8.2%
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... (1,100 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.4/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass, color is nice bright straw yellow, very low head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal head.

Smell is grainy, mildly sweet, cereal notes and biscuity scent as well.

taste is a mild biscuity malt, grainy, with mild malt sweetness with a touch of citrus.

Mouthfeel is well done, the light flavors balance well throughout and the carbonation is just right.

Overall, a decent beer, as many have said this would be a pretty good hot summer day brew. (488 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (761 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.36/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this one.

Brewed During: Dec/Wk1

Pours a nice hazy golden pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast notes, corinader, grassy, slight bananna. The taste is sweet, malty, yeasty, with some nice spice notes, a touch of bananna. Light-Medium body. Drinkable, a nice thirst quencher. (421 characters)

Photo of MadScientist
3.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (533 characters)

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Wheat Monkey from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
74 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.