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Wheat Monkey - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 269
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 3
Gots: 22 | 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: 269 | Reviews: 76
Photo of cjgator3
3.3/5  rDev +4.8%
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 DesMoinesMike
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I feel that giving this beer an average rating is a bit generous. The cloudy orange color and white cap looked good but the almost complete lack carbonation seemed peculiar. The aroma had some orange and lemon on top of the wheat which was light. The taste was unimpressive, the wheat and citrus seemed thin to the point I could almost taste the water. Thin, we has it. I have had several similar brews that were better examples of the style and just plain more enjoyable.

Photo of shand
3.28/5  rDev +4.1%
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 TMoney2591
2.88/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.4/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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.

Photo of FanofHefe
3.32/5  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.

Photo of TheSarge
3.06/5  rDev -2.9%
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 beerdown77
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured cloudy orange/white and had almost no head retention. It was a little flat and sweet. I smelled a little bit of banana, but it didn't necessarily come out in the taste. I don't like wheat beer that features coriander, and I did not pick that up in this one. This didn't have an odd complexity that some wheat beers have, so I am counting that a plus. It was light bodied and easy drinking. I very publicly do not like wheat beer, but this is a good find for something different.

Photo of KAdams
2.53/5  rDev -19.7%
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 dstc
3.18/5  rDev +1%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.54/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of CaptainIPA
2.68/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazed pale golden color with a modest white head that fades to lacing. Active carbonation.

Aromas of wheat malt and citrus. Opens with modest pale and wheat malt flavors and a subtle snap of lemon citrus. Yeast edge surfaces with suggestions of orange peel and an ever-so-slight hint of coriander. Light bodied with expressive carbonation.
Finishes somewhat dry.

Unremarkable in both character and complexity; reserve for a summer "lawnmower pounder" at best.

Photo of Lemke10
3.19/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I bought a Lakefront 8-pack variety from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for about $11 in Fall 2010.

This wheat beer pours a pale yellowish color with a head that diminishes quickly as you get a semi strong scent of wheat. It has a decent wheat flavor to it but it is way too thin. Definetly needs more volume too it because it is just way too simple. Something beginners might want to try but not anything that will win awards.

Photo of TheBigE5
2.61/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured very nicely with a great golden hue. Very complex taste that accompanies the standard wheat flavor. Could be a hint of clove. To be honest, it just does not have the refreshing taste and finish that i enjoy about a quality wheat beer. To end on a positive, i enjoyed its unique mouthfeel.

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.

Photo of soze47
2.68/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle marked third week of July, 2010 (2 1/2 months old). This is bottle 6/8 that I've tried from a Lakefront Variety pack and by far the weakest yet.

Appearance: Pale, hazy yellow. 2 finger head that went away quickly. Leave a very slight amount of lacing, but it slides down eventually. Not too much carbonation bubble activity on this one.

Aroma: Big wheaty malt off the bat with notes of herbal hops. Mostly a one-note smell.

Taste: Yup, straight wheat taste as the nose suggested with little else. The wheat fades quickly, leaving a trace second for the hops to come to the forefront. Ultimately, this is a quick ride on the palette that fades rather quickly.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body that is slightly crisp, but mostly watery.

Drinkability: Nothing offensive tasting that would prevent me from having another, but the watery flavor would most likely lead me to another session option.

Overall: As I said above, this is the weakest Lakefront offering I've had. Also, this style can vary dramatically, but there are way too many other great American Pale Wheats out there for me to ever come back to this one specifically.

Photo of jdense
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
3.44/5  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...

Photo of donteatpoop
3.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lemon yellow color with a golden core, the beer is cloudy, but you can see through to the other side. The white head formed nicely upon initial pour but qiuckly faded into a thin white cap.

The smell was straw and wheat grain.

The taste was average, the straw was there with a thick bready body that wasn't entirely appealing.

The mouthfeel was a bit thick for the style, but otherwsie this was a drinkable beer.

Photo of Augustiner719
1.4/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a wheat beer glass:

Pours a very light, very clear orange yellow color, similar to bud light. Has basically no head and terrible retention. This is a poor effort so far. The aroma is muted, really just has a touch of light peach fruit, maybe some artificial sugar. The taste is really terrible. Has a budweiser corn taste to it that is gross. Almost tastes like keystone light that you threw up. Has the gross stomach acid taste to it. Might be the worst tasting beer i have had to date. I actually prefer warm keystone light to this. Mouthfeel is gross. too flat, too light, too bland and way to off for a wheat beer. Drinkability is not good either. Highest score in this category because its light and low abv, other than that you need to aviod this fucker.

Photo of tavernjef
3.88/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

Photo of jrallen34
2.32/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

Photo of Wisconsinality
2.92/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of tone77
2.55/5  rDev -19%
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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Wheat Monkey from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
73 out of 100 based on 269 ratings.