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Wheat Monkey - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Reviews: 77
Hads: 276
Avg: 3.17
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 5
Gots: 26 | 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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Reviews: 77 | Hads: 276
Photo of Sammy
3.15/5  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.

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Photo of metter98
2.96/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.88/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.38/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.54/5  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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.6/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.44/5  rDev +8.5%
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...

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Devil's Backbone weizen glass.

Generally, I prefer Jethro Tull's "Steel Monkey", but I'll still give this beer a shot. It pours a clear somewhat pale straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises wheat and sweet flowers, both of which come through rather meekly. The taste converts the wheat into corn and sweetens things up decidedly. The flowers still come through, though, meek as ever. The body is a hefty-leaning light, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a kind of sad PWA, really one-dimensional in the wrong direction.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.21/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

a - Pours a murky golden color with one inch of white head. Light carbonation evident.

s - Smells a bit sour. Also some wheat and bread malts.

t - Taste is wheat, bread malts, and a little bit of banana.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty smooth.

d - An ok wheat ale. Some sourness in the smell hurts it but the taste was much better. Wouldn't seek out again but worth a try if your'e looking for a low ABV wheat beer.

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Photo of jwc215
3.3/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.08/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a towering white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a dry, musty pale and wheat malt scent along with a horrible yeast aroma. It's bone dry with a touch of citrus. The taste is average as well. It has a light pale and wheat malt flavor along with a dry, citrusy finish. It's not overly tasty or complex and it does have an off-putting musty character. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with too much carbonation. This is a forgettable wheat beer. It's light, but lacking flavor and is full of flaws.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.53/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.36/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of tone77
2.55/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.05/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.3/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.52/5  rDev +11%
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

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Photo of pat61
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.1/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.77/5  rDev +18.9%
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!

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.67/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.32/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into my Rochefort glass.

Pours a light honey gold, one finger of white head, gone quickly with a filmy residue. Medium lacing...The aroma is super light and boring, only tiny aroma I get is a little skunked wheat...The taste is just as bad as the aroma, super light wheat, but plain with lots of skunk, light feel, not easy to drink.

Overall, this is terrible. Maybe a good beginner beer but nothing for even a moderately experienced craft drinker.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.28/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.88/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

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