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Wheat Monkey - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 258
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | 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 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 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.

CaptainIPA, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of Lemke10
3.13/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Lemke10, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of TheBigE5
2.58/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

TheBigE5, Nov 13, 2010
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 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.

soze47, Oct 08, 2010
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.

jdense, Sep 18, 2010
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 donteatpoop
3.2/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

donteatpoop, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of Augustiner719
1.38/5  rDev -56.2%
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.

Augustiner719, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of tavernjef
3.9/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

tavernjef, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
2.33/5  rDev -26%
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.

jrallen34, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of Wisconsinality
2.9/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Wisconsinality, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of tone77
2.5/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

tone77, May 30, 2010
Photo of KI9A
3.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Slightly hazy, yellow. Fair head, dissapated fast.

S: Not much...

T: Same as above. Some cracker, some very light citrus.

M: Very light, fairly refreshing.

D: Meh. This style, "American pale wheat", is not even close to a German wheat. Pretty bland, maybe blander than an American adjunct lager ( BMC).

KI9A, May 24, 2010
Photo of Strix
2.55/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy golden.

Smell is grainy, with slight bready yeasty citrus notes.

Taste is a bit grainy, and very light. There were some citrus notes and some vague yeast, but overall pretty lacking in flavor.

Mouthfeel was pretty thin and weak.

Sorry to say, this came off pretty weak and uninteresting.

Strix, May 19, 2010
Photo of errantnight
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From my BotM Club.

Pours a hazy pale straw with a hint of orange. No lacing, poor retention.

Aroma is flat. Some cracker from the wheat malt.

On the palate this is thin and insubstantial. Prickly and mineral-y. Some wheat notes and a hint of esters, no hop character to speak of. The definition of a bland, boring APWA.


errantnight, May 18, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
3.68/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

DrDemento456, May 16, 2010
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 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 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 oopewan
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

oopewan, Apr 28, 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 ATPete
3.73/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

ATPete, Mar 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
Wheat Monkey from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
73 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.