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Wheat Monkey - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
73
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268 Ratings
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Ratings: 268
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Winter on 06-23-2009)
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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.

Sammy, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -4.8%

djrn2, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

zestar, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -4.8%

acurtis, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of metter98
2.99/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

metter98, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

BEERchitect, May 11, 2010
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

jaydoc, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

kylehay2004, May 06, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
2.86/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Knapp85, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.6/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
2.85/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

TMoney2591, Apr 09, 2011
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.

biboergosum, Nov 10, 2011
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...

Kegatron, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

mdfb79, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of WesWes
3.08/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

WesWes, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of jwc215
3.28/5  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.

jwc215, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of oriolesfan4
3/5  rDev -4.8%

oriolesfan4, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +27%

wrightst, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of imperialking
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

imperialking, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
3.53/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

woodychandler, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of Wasatch
3.38/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Wasatch, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +19%

dmorgan310, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of sendbeer
2.25/5  rDev -28.6%

sendbeer, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of beerthulhu
3.05/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

beerthulhu, Jun 27, 2011
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Wheat Monkey from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
73 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.