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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

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Beer added by: Winter on 06-23-2009

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Reviews: 77 | Hads: 276
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 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 canucklehead
3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Low ABV Summer patio beer with little to separate from the herd. Smells and tastes like a lager with the wheat not very noticeable in the flavours. No real complaints as it does what is made for ( entry level beer for BBQs and parties) but I fail to want to buy this again.

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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 JackieTH
3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow with a half-inch of white foam that faded quickly leaving no lacing. Faintly wheat and lemongrass nose and taste, however the taste being the weaker of the two. Medium-light body, moderately carbonated. Neither bad nor outstanding. Drinkable, certainly. Overall, another fairly non-descript beer from the 8-sampler pack.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle picked up by my wife on her recent trip to devils lake. drank from a standard american pint glass.

A- the pour yields a lightly hazy golden straw colored body with a small bright white head on top. the head lasts for a little while before falling, and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- faint odor of malted wheat and some other pale malts. a light spiciness (clove and coriander) along with some faint bubblegum. the nose is light on this.

T- the taste begins with more of the pale malts and malted wheat that i could smell. after that i get a little bit of banana and bubblegum with some traces of spices as well. coriander, clove, and maybe a hint of black pepper. a little bit of spicy and herbal hops at the end.

M- the body is on the light side. the carbonation seems a bit high.

O- american pale wheats arnt my favorite style, but i definitely didnt find anything offensive in here. easy to drink and somewhat of a lawnmower beer.

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Photo of brdc
2.53/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Fromt the sampler pack. Small capped bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Light yellow colored, with a large white head that shows no retention, with minimal lacing.
Aroma is some wheat, faint cookie and cinnamon. Really faint. Very light, with minimal cookie and wheat taste. Very limited.

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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 DesMoinesMike
2.95/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of shand
3.28/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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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 mvanaskie13
3.4/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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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 FanofHefe
3.32/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.06/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of beerdown77
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of KAdams
2.53/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

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Photo of dstc
3.18/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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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 CaptainIPA
2.68/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.19/5  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.

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Photo of TheBigE5
2.61/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

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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 soze47
2.68/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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