Monkey's Uncle | East End Brewing Company

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Monkey's UncleMonkey's Uncle

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East End Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: German Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by CrazyMacHarris99 on 06-18-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by falloutsnow:
Photo of falloutsnow
2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A strongly alcoholic sipper of a weizenbock, this one showcases it's ethanol and heavy malt bill over yeast esters and phenolics. I picked this up at the tap room and was also a bit disappointed to find that I'd been sold a bottle that's over a year old. Not one I'd get again, unless fresh on tap in a small glass.
Pours a small head of about 1cm height, which fades over the course of the drink to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass. Retention is average, the foam existing about a minute, fading to a thin ring around the glass. Body is a dark brownish-orange color, with light bringing out pale golden orange hues with a hint of brown. Beer is nearly opaque with yeast (90% opacity), so carbonation is only visible along the sides of the glass.
Aroma is pleasant: deep, rich, very sweet, with definite brown sugar, caramel-drizzled baked bananas, and slight ethanol.
Overall flavor of hot, spicy ethanol joined to heavy, sticky malt sweetness with a caramel and dried date and fig edge; what traditional and expected phenols and esters are present largely seem to be drowned out by the alcohol's intensity. Front of palate tastes heavily sweet caramel, light ethanol, light fruit esters (dried dates and figs, no banana) from malt, yeast and ethanol. Mid-palate tastes significant ethanol; rich, heavy sweetness with a brown sugar and medium-dark caramel-like character, dried fruits (dates and figs). Back of palate tastes spicy ethanol, heavy sweetness with a brown sugar and medium-dark caramel-like character, clove-like phenolics that are largely drowned out by ethanol, and equally reduced dried fruit esters. Aftertaste
Beer is heavy bodied, with carbonation of low intensity, leading to a very heavy, though smooth, mouthfeel. Ethanol heat is excessively felt in the nostrils and as burning on the palate and throat. Closes dry, with heavy stickiness on the lips and palate.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jaminjohnson
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of bpfrush
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of tootler
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hoppymcgee
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of oline73
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a swing top growler (bottle?) into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a golden hue. There isn't a whole lot of head.

Smell: Smells like bananas and graham crackers. The malt sweetness dominates. There is a slight apple juice note as well.

Taste: Sweet like candy right off the bat. The malt sweetness works well with the banana notes. There is a bitterness that shows up a bit in the finish, but the sweetness still sticks around.

Mouthfeel: The body is a bit syrupy with lots of tingly carbonation and a finish that's a bit dry.

Overall: This was a sipper. I won't say it was bad, but I didn't need a ton of it. The banana note was intense. I don't think I need more, but I'm glad I had it.

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Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi cloudy darker reddish copper color with a beige somewhat fluffy larger than expected head. Even though it's 10% it still has a boat ton of carbonation/head.

Aromas begin with your typical Hefeweizen yeast smells; lots of clove and banana up front. As it warms you get more of the bready, biscuity, dark caramel malts.

The tastes follow the nose and upfront I get a lot of banana and spicy cloves yeast flavors. Just like the nose the flavors become more balanced and you get the dark bready and caramel malts to balance out the aggressive yeast flavors. Alcohol becomes a little apparent as it warms but by no means is it a major favor.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied which is odd for theses flavors but it is an "Imperial Weizenbock" so the extra heft is to be expected. Carbonation is quite ample on this brew and helps to dry out the finish and increase the drinkability.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. In a category of beers I really don't enjoy (all Weizen beers and any beer where Hefe yeast flavors run rampant), this was surprisingly drinkable and enjoyable. I really appreciate what East End did here and will definitely revisit more of their beers when/if I revisit Pittsburgh, PA.

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Photo of smokeypeat
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of ThreeThousand
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

East End Brewing
Monkey's Uncle

25oz bottle. Pours a hazed orange color. White head forms and leaves quickly. Aroma of banana candy, brown sugar and clove. Also smells like bubblegum.
In the flavor, green banana, caramel, of course copious amounts of wheat. Light dry herbal hop additions with a fair bitterness. Alcohol is mild at first but creeps into the flavor. Suggestions of honey and clove fade into the finish. Medium bodied feel with good depth, almost chewy with strong carbonation. This is a fine Weizenbock. Drinks easily and in a good format, the ol big ass bottle. Worth seeking out for any wheat lover.

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Photo of KAP1356
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 L bottle poured into a Weizenbock glass...

A - Poured a slightly darker golden color with some copper highlights. Carbonation is VERY visible in the body. A pretty substantial head, about 3 fingers thick forms, eggshell white in color, and retains quite well. Surprising for a 10% beer.

S - Classic yeast aromas joined with banana and clove, although a bit subdued for what I expected. Bready, biscuit aromas come through as well.

T - Taste mirrors the nose quite well. A bit more grainy and biscuity on the taste. Banana comes through more as well. The alcohol is quite unoticeable (until it warms)for a big beer like this.

M - Creamy and medium to full bodied beer. Nice and thick with a good amount of carbonation on the tongue. The finish is slightly dry as a result.

O - Not bad. I liked this, although I was expecting a little more I guess fr a limited batch beer. Still quite good. I'm glad I only bought 1 bottle though.

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Photo of SteveB24
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of klipper
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into an East End pint glass. Pours a dark golden color with a decent head. The smell is banana and clove much like a weizenbock but also a big dose of alcohol to the nose. The taste is the same as the taste but the alcohol is not as noticeable but that may not be the case with everyone. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy which is why wheat beers are some of my favorite styles. This is reminiscent of Gratitude with a fuller mouthfeel because of the wheat. This is a great new big beer from East End and will be great after a few years in the cellar as well.

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Photo of BigRizz62
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jale
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Chris for this bottle.

A: Pours a cloudy amber with a huge tan head.

S: Clove, pepper and light banana. Some bready maltiness also.

T: Pepper and alcohol heat upfront followed by some clove and a hint of banana. Nice breadiness followed by some acedic flavors. This is a beer best drank cold, as the flavor drops off as it warms.

M: Lighter side of medium with great carbonation.

O: I really enjoy East end beers and have yet to not like any beer from them.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty sure this puppy has been in the cellar for at least a year. Cracked it for no apparent reason this evening.

Pours with a healthy 3F of off-white head over a cloudy brown/amber body. No real lacing to speak of.

Aromas are light for the style, but representative for the style. Banana, clove, caramel, and some dark fruit as well.

Flavor and mouthfeel are awesome. Dark, rich, effervescent. Banana peel, brown sugar, clove, and some char in the afterglow. The carbonation really cuts through the thick.

Loved it.

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Photo of George2744
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- This is a really beautiful beer. Pours with a 2-3 finger foamy white head. Head fades to a thick collar and leaves little lacing down the glass. Body is a rusty copper hue that is uniformly translucent and very foggy.

S- A ton of clove and pepper spice. Banana is there too and a moderately boozy astrigent alcohol background.

T- Taste is pretty similar to the nose. Clove and peppery spice upfront with a mildly bready yeast backbone. A hint of banana and a moderate alcohol bite comes through for the finish. A big alcohol heat lingers as well as peppery spice.

M- Medium to high carbonation, a mildy bready, and moderately boozy and astringent.

O- Overall this is a pretty good beer. Its still pretty boozy and is quite aggressively spicy for a weizenbock. Not my favorite from East End or favorite of the style but still a decent example.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Florida9
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Weizenbock - not the most glamorous of styles - and this one goes along with the bunch. Fetid brownish orange in color. Forms a smallish, bubbly head that reduces to absolutely nothing fairly quickly. No lacing.

S: Aroma is sweet. Almost candy like with notes of caramel and bananas with a hint of peppery alcohol. Oddly, this is reminiscent of bananas foster.

T: Taste is also sweet. Again, some light caramel notes. Maybe more like taffy than caramel, but a chewy-candy-like sweetness. Notes of wheat, but not bready. Some light banana and some lighter notes of baking spice. There is a little heat on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with lower carbonation giving this one a fairly smooth mouthfeel. Very low bitterness.

O: Really, not a bad example of the style in the least. Sweet, but not overly so, with just enough complexity to make things interesting.

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Monkey's Uncle from East End Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 30 ratings