Monkey Boy | East End Brewing Company

BA SCORE
71%
Liked This Beer
3.83 w/ 100 ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
East End Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
eastendbrewing.com

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by jasonm on 03-22-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,478
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
100
Liked:
71
Avg:
3.83/5
pDev:
16.45%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
19
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 100 |  Reviews: 34
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of DewTheBrew
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Usually I'm against a fruity beer, but I make an exception for the banana flavor in this beer! It's a quality hefeweizen and the initial taste is incredible, as is the smell. I only wish we got it in bottles and cans in Pittsburgh! Please get on that. I get it on draft at a bar in southside all the time and I'm never disappointed. Light look and feel with a hint of banana smell and taste. My glass never seems to last long enough. A very enjoyable beer that I have grown a strong liking for

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of OriolesFan1008
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Cylinsier
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler

Pours a cloudy lemony yellow gold.

Smells like banana bread, walnuts, and citrus.

Tastes of wheaty malt, banana esters, some mild citrus and a hint of clovers.

Medium body with light tingly carbonation.

A pretty decent hefe, the taste and nose are interesting and a little strange. I'm not sure if I like this more or less than other hefe approaches. But its very refreshing and a good summer session brew.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at the brewery

This is one of their more popular beers, but honestly I didn't care for it too much. Still good, I just have to be in the mood for wheat beers, even fine hefeweizens. Pale straw-yellow pour, cloudy, with a puffy white head; decent retention and lacing. Light wheat essence in the nose, banana and clove typical of the style. More of the same in the taste, biscuity wheat, banana, clovey spice. Pretty light body, close to medium, fairly drinkable, just not for me on the day in question.

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Photo of gjrey
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of thecheapies
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy lemon pie yellow with a small head that dissipated to a foam layer.

Salty biscuity malts meddling with a soft, banana-heavy yeast ester. Some lemon fresh zing in there. Pretty mild aroma.

Mild spice bite, not unlike coriander seed, and mellow banana. Affirmed hop bitterness in the finish. The estery fruits are a little watery, and the grain malt drinks like Saltines. I like the presence of European hops in this one, but the rest doesn't match up.

Some acidity is welcoming for a hefe. Nice carbonation and spiciness. Drinks well enough. We'll give it a 4.

Not my favorite, but approachable. I will not seek this one out, but will happily settle for it.

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Photo of AWS2111
3/5  rDev -21.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of JackTheRipper
1.55/5  rDev -59.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Had this on tap at Rivertowne Pub and Grille.
I'm really hoping this was an improperly stored keg that had gone a bit bad but going by some of the other reviews I'm not sure.

Poured a cloudy, hazy yellow. No head. No lacing.
No hefe smells. Smelled funky and sour and of hops.
Tasted of sour pineapples.
Moderate to high carbonation. No alcohol burn. Very sharp.

I've brought this up with Scott. Fingers crossed that this is a bad keg, if not, this is an abysmally bad hefe.

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Photo of bamadog
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler of this at the East End growler station in the strip district. Poured into a pint glass, review is from notes taken on 6/5/2011.

Appearance: Pour is a lemony yellow color; starts with a faint, one finger white head that fades quickly to a thin, bubbly scum on the surface; body is a little hazy and I really can't see any carbonation, but I'm relatively sure it's in there; only a few spots of lacing are left behind on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Slight banana and clove from the yeast; toasty graininess and nice citric hoppy presence in the back of the beer that is a little lemony and provides a nice twist to the beer. Smell is fairly strong as well.

Taste: A solid hefe, to be sure, with a strong citric hop background; hops are complimented well by the moderate banana flavors and the peppery clove. This is a really drinkable beer with great flavors that are refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Body is medium/light in terms of weight; the carbonation is very soft and could be a little bit stronger; a moderately thick and sticky coating is left all over the palate; not too heavy at all and the ABV is light.

Overall: A definitely drinkable beer with great flavors that are refreshing and smooth and sweet, with just enough bitterness to keep it extra interesting; ABV is certainly small to entice one to work your way through multiple fillings of it. Cheers to East End. Having this makes me wan to crack my Gratitude.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright hazy yellow color with a small white foam head that quickly dissipates. There is some spotty lacing.

S: Very heavy scents on the nose. Lots of spices, clove and coriander. Banana, wheat, earthy funkness as well. Very potent and quite inviting.

T: Starts off with the spice coming through first and foremost with a slight underlying of wheat. The clove and coriander are most obvious at this point. In the middle the wheat and banana begins to flex its muscles and they stick around till the very end.

M: Nicely carbonated, leaves a nice dank wheat and banana taste on the palate, very refreshing.

O: This is a fantastic brew, one of my favorites and luckily for me a local beer. It is definitely a beer I enjoy in the summer, but I can always drink it, even on cold weather days.

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Photo of kimbo33
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Awesome tasting beer! Nice use of the yeast to get the optimum banana taste/smell from this one. Tastes like 99 bananas it is so bananay! Has a great smell too it too. It is a bit strong in flavor though so I can't drink alot, but still very good and worth the try.

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Photo of jss38
2.82/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this at beer tasting at Rock Bottom in Homestead. Later took a growler home to try it again.

A: Brighter than I expected. Slightly orange and pretty opaque. Carbonation was a little off so minimal head.

S: Citrus and wheat. A little of the banana but it was masked by the bitter wheat smell.

T: For a beer called Monkey Boy I was a little surprised at how much I tasted orange. Maybe it was the color but a sour tang was all over my tongue at first then there was clove and finally the end of it was a little fruity and sour.

M: A little flat (might have been the keg) and tart, not terrible though.

D: Well, for a beer that is well received I was a little let down. I might try it again directly from the brewery but I was not impressed. It did grow on me as little as I finished off the growler, but as far as El Hefe goes, I think there are better recipes.

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Monkey Boy from East End Brewing Company
Beer rating: 71% out of 100 with 100 ratings
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