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Wheat Monkey - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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235 Ratings
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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 Pauly2X


4/5  rDev +26.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 00:48:34 | More by Pauly2X
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 botham


3.9/5  rDev +23.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 21:57:37 | More by botham
Photo of tavernjef


3.9/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 20:06:16 | More by tavernjef
Photo of minnunderground


3.85/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 09:30:33 | More by minnunderground
Photo of sweemzander


3.8/5  rDev +20.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 00:14:51 | More by sweemzander
Photo of ATPete

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +18%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 20:07:54 | More by ATPete
Photo of DrDemento456


3.68/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 19:18:41 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of blackearth


3.65/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 10:52:37 | More by blackearth
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.6/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 22:34:53 | More by ChainGangGuy
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 BEERchitect


3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 02:48:33 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 12:46:02 | More by BuckeyeNation
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 14:03:59 | More by woodychandler
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 oopewan

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 02:50:45 | More by oopewan
Photo of jdense


3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 23:38:15 | More by jdense
Photo of Kegatron


3.45/5  rDev +9.2%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2010 19:35:52 | More by Kegatron
Photo of mvanaskie13


3.43/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 22:33:10 | More by mvanaskie13
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 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 Wasatch


3.38/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 23:56:08 | More by Wasatch
Photo of FanofHefe


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

Still working my way through the Lakefront sampler. Bottle label seems to be notched on Feb, so hopefully fresh. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Light yellow body that is only slightly hazy. Minimal head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. Doesn't look too good.

The aroma is standard APWA with the grainy wheat smells combined with a little lemon and a touch of sweetness in the background. Not too bad here.

The flavor doesn't up the ante any. Standard flavoring of wheat, a little citrus, a little sweet malt, and perhaps a touch of tangy hops. A little bland.

Very little carbonation. The beer just looks dead after a few minutes in the glass.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 22:59:20 | More by FanofHefe
Photo of shand


3.33/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 01:48:58 | More by shand
Photo of cjgator3


3.33/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 02:10:50 | More by cjgator3
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Wheat Monkey from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
73 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.