Drunk Monk Hefeweizen | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mynie on 01-01-2006

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80
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358
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
21.84%
 
 
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Photo of mcallister
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous cloudy tannish brown hefe, obviously unfiltered. Highly carbonated quickly dissipating head.

An explosion of banana, vanilla pudding, clove, bubblegum, wheat germ, and yeast tease the sensories. Wonderful!!

Vanilla pudding, thick concentrated yeast flavors, very round pronounced mouthfeel. This hefe is pure banana lovers paradise. With a clove, bubblegum finish. Spectacular hefe.

Able to drink this one all night long. Could be confused for a banana milkshake if overly intoxicated or blind.

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Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 3F Teku glass

A) Golden hay color, cloudy, thick 3 finger head.

S) Banana, gum, clove, German Hefe yeast

T) Same as smell, wheat maybe unmalted wheat aftertaste. Very good

M) low carbonation, thick, and coating.

O) 3Fs did well on this German style. Very good Hefe.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz. tap pour into a weisse glass @ 3 Foyds taproom.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden yellow color that produced a good pure white fluffy head.

(S)- A big up front creamy aroma almost like bubblegum with lemon & banana. Bits of lightly spiced biscuits. Smells delicious. Its like dessert in a glass with all the creaminess & richness.

(T)- A lightly spicy wheat smack up front. Quickly drops off to reveal that same delicately creamy banana & lemon fruits. Very light tartness from the lemon.

(M)- Delightfully crisp with a great carbonation level & balance. Smooth, but stays interesting & dynamic with the light spiciness in the wheat-like biscuits.

(D)- A great summer beer that fits the style well. Fruity and creamy with a fresh taste that I enjoyed rather well. A delight to consume.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Pours hazy golden yellow with a one finger white head.
S- Hay, wheat, clove and banana. textbook.
T- A bold and refreshing burst of flavor on the tongue. A ton of clove on the tongue and a massive banana. Very true to the beers description. The malt is thick, creamy and has a lot of feel. A vanilla and a hint of caramel from the malt. Subtle herbal note as well as a slight spice and undeniable Belgian yeast.
M- It remains easy drinking, has a great texture and is refreshing. Excellent.
O- One of the best Hefe's I have had and without a doubt the best in the states.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OK, we're talking about Three Floyds and Hefeweizen...this ain't a flaming Blue Moon and there's a chance that it may not be "true to style". We're talking about a TON of quality ingredients in this one baby!! Pours an opaque cloudy straw color with a full finger foamy head that's gone in a flash. The smell is aggressive and classic spiced cloves and bananas. The mouth feel is medium bodied and creamy. Full flavored, the spiced banana taste is enhanced by the body and lingers nicely. I really enjoyed this one from tap at FFF-pub.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a smallish head that dissipates to a film, leaving no lace.
Smell is malty, with spices, banana, cloves, pepper. Fond memories of banana bread here including a sweetness that was quite nice.
Taste is exactly the same, something I really like to see (taste). This is like the aforementioned banana bread in a glass.
Full bodied, tight, light effervescence. Smooth, creamy and sweet. This is an awesome brew! Absolutely fabulous.

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Photo of BigDaddyWil
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this at the brewpub, the night before the Dark Lord release party. Served in a 23oz. hefeweizen glass. Awesome color, deep yellow,orange and almost pinkish, thats right pinkish color, and super cloudy. Most definitely, the cloudiest brew, I've ever had. Looks like a peach milkshake or a peach slurpy. Lots of carbonation, with a quick fading off white head. Fanastic smells of banana, candy, wheat and bubblegum. Very strong and an absolute pleasure to smell. Taste is just as good, yeast, bananas and sweet candy flavors. Good mouthfeel, creamy and low abv, I could drink this all night long. A nice surprise from Three Floyds and one I wish they would bottle. If ever at the brewpub, order up a Drunk Monk, you wont be dissapointed.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a Franziskaner weissbier glass.

A - Pours a pale wheat yellow. A full five-finger head of eggshell white fluffy foam quickly sets up and them visibly explodes bubble by bubble until all the suds have disappeared, which takes several minutes. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a mango orange/gold and very cloudy, with barely visible traces of bubbles rising to the surface. There's also a good half-finger worth of sediment left in the bottle, so either slowly roll the bottle before opening or be very careful not to disturb it when pouring.

S - Wheat grass to start with notes of light toast, followed by banana ice cream with a light, fresh apricot syrup and hints of clove. Richer than a standard hefe, and wandering in the direction of a dunkel. Toward the end after it warms, the banana esters march to the front and take on an almost banana-butterscotch quality.

T - Clove is more forward in the taste profile. Bananas are tasty and ripe, almost as if they're lightly carameled, and spread on wheat toast with a touch of medium-dark honey. Yeasty. There's also a sense of freshly cut Granny Smith apples lurking in the background. Traces of vanilla taffy and Juicy Fruit gum spread across the tongue in the finish, and the clove reappears with a touch of white pepper to balance.

M - On the fizzy side and decently crisp. Moderate carbonation. Body is a notch up from light and thin, showing a tight structural substance in the well-integrated components that's slick and smooth. Finish is short and just a touch bubblegum sweet, but predominately clean. At points, the beer is almost chewey. The overall feel is one of quality throughout.

O - This recipe demonstrates that FFF can brew outstanding and delicious beers that feature something other than hops. This is more than simply beer - it's a liquid dessert. Clearly made from high-quality ingredients, it's rich, complex, and lucious without being at all thick or cloying. It's a fantasic interpretation of the style, and true to it while at the same time turning up the saturation on the style's flavors. From the brewery, this bomber was $10 and worth every penny.

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Photo of nkersten
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass, color is a very hazy orange/yellow with a bubbly white head that settles to the edge. Smell is oranges, vanilla, cream soda, a hint of spicy cloves and malted wheat. Taste is wheat up front with a nice sweet orange flavor, followed by spicy hops, yeast, bananas, and cloves with a hint of lemon in the finish. Medium body and light carbonation. This beer is incredibly drinkable, if it was available in 6 packs it would constantly be in my fridge. It seems that when FFF does a traditional style beer they nail it. I would put this hefe up against some of the top Germans.

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Photo of trbergman
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft in a weizen glass at the brewpub.

A - Cloudy orange-gold with one inch of fluffy white head.

S - Great. Powerful scents of banana and clove, with a touch of vanilla.

T - The taste pretty much follows the nose. Good, traditional hefeweizen flavor.

M - Creamy mouthfeel, touch of spicy clove tingle.

D - A solid American hefe. Perhaps the best I've had to date, with the possible exception of SN Kellerweis.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Three Floyds brewpub. It was served in a tall hefewiezen style glass and looked perfect. Hazy golden color with a poofy white head. The smell was nearly perfect too, cloves and bananas.

The flavor was so good I swear they rebottled some of the best German stuff. Nearly perfect wheat beer flavor and texture, this was probably my favorite Three Floyds beer ever (maybe just a little better than GumballHead).

If they start to bottle this I'll be buying it in quantities.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A weird, wicked hefe weisse, this flax-fringed, golden-brown-hearted beer is nearly just the sort of treatment you'd expect with Three Floyds stepping out of their APA/DIPA wheelhouse. Extremely effervescent, it's also essentially opaque: a little light leaks through around the edges (decanted into a Three Floyds tulip-pint), illuminating the ale's pale malting, but the yeasty turbidity is dense throughout, giving Drunk Monk a heady, hefty, yet altogether heavenly appearance.

But the bubbles fight the visual feeling, and indeed the actual lilting cadence of this weisse in the mouth is not just pleasant but a bit ethereal, especially considering its category. Splitting the bomber, my drinking-companion even compared it (favorably) to a Norman cidre in its forceful, sharp gaseousness—a quality that serves to successfully cut the otherwise big "banana, vanilla, and clove notes", and which is presumably likewise what qualifies this as a "hefe weisse from space".

As it is, the spicing is pretty much perfect: base notes of creamy vanilla, inflected with persistent clove punch, both of which surround and support the top-level yeasty esters and banana-bready and orange-flower flavoring notes. The aforementioned citric elements, plus the very mild but effective bitter notes in the finish, seem to proceed from some extremely delicate but intentional hopping, another layer accrued atop a wheat base that never overwhelms but nonetheless doesn't stray too far from the strictures of the style.

I liked Drunk Monk a lot when I had it nine or ten months ago in the taproom, but I think it has even more pop—and I like it even better—out of the bomber. Who knows: its excellence may have been swallowed up that day by the beers I drank around it; but, as a lunch-time, first-of-the-day beer, it really is a nice, 3F-consummate treatment of the beating wheat heart of Bavaria.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a pint glass on-tap at The Firkin in Libertyville, IL

This beer looks a bit weak when poured, it is a very slight haze with a golden straw color that I find a bit weak for a hefe. The nose is nothing great with there being a faint smell of banana and clove as would be expected from the style. Then I tasted it, Jesus Tap Dancing Christ this is a tasty brew. The banana is by far the strongest flavor but there is a hint of cinnamon and toasted marshmallow flavor to follow it that makes me want to get up and dance. The mouthfeel is so incredibly smooth it is hard for me to describe. This by far one of the best and most drinkable hefeweizens that I have ever had the pleasure of gracing my lips with.

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Photo of mynie
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours wonderfully weizeny hazy sunshine petals into a weizen glass. Good deal, 23 ounces to savor.

Good weizen smell: white pepper wheatmalt, clove and banana. A bit stronger than most weizen smells, but still a pretty standard weizen smell.

Wonderful but not overwhelming complexity. Big banana character to start out. Like candied, sugared bananas. The potent sweetness gives way to a big burst of wheatmalt spice, heavy on the cloves and leaving allspice for the aftertaste, ending on more fruit sweetness, orange and banana.

Probably the best American hefe I've ever had. Good weizens usually go one of two ways: either they go for a spice complexity with a hop finish or a sweet complexity with a fruit finish. This is a good mixture of both, and even though it's missing the usual Ka-Pow! of hops you get from 3F, it's still very good.

Were this bottled and distributed I'd buy a couple cases worth every summer.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this at the brewpub. My weizen glass arrive with what appeared to be orange juice. This is what a hefe should look like. Thick cloudy yellow orange with about a finger of white creamy head. The whole table marveled at the text book hefe appearance.

The aroma is filled with clove, pepper, bananas, light citrus and a decent amount of wheat bread. This smells fantastic. Like a piece of wheat toast with fruit preserves spread on it.

The flavor although not a s strong as the nose was still very good. Lots wheat up front with banana and orange mixing with clove and vanilla to round things out nicely.

Light to medium creamy body. Just enough carbonation to tickle the tongue.

Overall this may be my favorite hefe to date. I could polish off a few of these on a hot summer day. What do you know another solid beer from FFF.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours murky orange brown with a 1 finger white head you can not see through this beer.

Nose has huge sweet banana and vanilla notes, reminds me of candy similar to runts. Not a whole lot of spicy notes but some minor clove that is mostly dominated by banana. Malt is very mild and has a sweet Carmel note to it.

Some banana but more clove comes out in the taste then was present in the smell. A slight Belgian funk keeps this brew from being too sweet. A slight sweet grainy malt is also detectable along with subtle hints of vanilla.

Mouthfeel is decent, carbonation is slightly low for my liking. Mouthfeel is a little thick for a hefe and there is a very slight dry feel from the Belgian yeast.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz tap pour in a weiss glass at Three Floyds in Munster, IN. 18 IBUs, 6% ABV, $6

Shared with Sweemzander.

A - Totally hazy golden yellow is both really hazy and dark for a hefe. The pour was disappointing with little room for the head. White and stout, it ended as a thin layer with no lace.

S - Fantastic aroma of a classic hefe. Big wheat and pale malt nose with a fruity and floral aromatic yeast nose. Banana and clove with a bubblegum scent. Absolutely classic!

T - Big wheat on the flavor, the taste is immediately thinner than the nose would lead you to believe. The wheat is center stage with some pale malt and yeast. The finish has a lot of clove with a kiss of vanilla and light banana.

M - Light-bodied with a spritzy carbonation finish that gives it a crisp feel and refreshing quality.

D - A light and crisp summer drink with good flavor and a smooth, delicious drinkabiliry.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery.

A- Pours a hazy golden orange color. Two finger creamy white head shows fantastic retention overall before ending as a cap on the beer. Light streaky lacing falls into the glass as I drink it down.

S- The wheat undetones comes out first before getting covered up with a light citrus and musty yeast aroma. Clove and banana become top aroma with a light bubblegum hint in there as well. Alcohol in the faint distance in the end. All I could keep telling myself is this smells like a baby Alpha Kong.

T- Wheat tones come first along with a light spicing. Banana and clove come bursting through along with the Hefe yeasty taste. A little sweet but overall doesn't ruin the beer. Nice take on the beer style itself.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Wheat and citrus tones left on the palate with more clove, banana, and alcohol in the aftertaste. Light drying on the palate from alcohol. Flavors well put together but still shined on their own.

D- This was a very drinkable FFF beer. I am amazed that they pretty much have never done anything wrong with their beers. Lower alcohol means I could have more than one of these if I felt. Good job guys!

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Thanks for two bombers of this, Todd! Apparently only $8 at the brewery, which is far less than they usually retail for. Poured out of a 22oz bomber into a shaker pint glass.

Pours a pretty typical color for a hefeweizen, consisting of a cloudy, amber pale tone, with cloudier hues at the center to the point where it's barely transparent. The head at first is, when poured aggressively, a frothy, sticky looking white entity topping the top of the glass. Too bad it dies down so quickly - I tested this with different glasses, and no matter what the shape was, or how clean they were, I got the same results of the head vanishing completely and the carbonation spontaneously vanishing so rapidly that it's almost hysterical. The color is spot on, but I have to dock points here on the subject its carbonation issues. Something tells me this is less of a problem when consumed on tap.

Smells terrific - bananas, slightly buttery vanilla, lots of clove, and light notes of bubble gum are all featured here. There's definitely more to it than that, ranging from the crisp, wheat bready texture, lemon rinds, grassiness, and some other funky fruity elements from the yeast at hand. The flavors are all quite balanced and do not battle one another as is the case of so many American takes on the style. In terms of delivering the richness of flavors, breadiness from the yeast, and crispness from the grains, this is more enjoyable to me than many *German* offerings! Excellent stuff - probably the highlight of the beer.

The flavor and mouthfeel don't reach that same level of quality, but it's overall very enjoyable. At the front of the tongue, there's vivid notes of caramelized bananas, a bit of yeasty funkiness, as well as spicy clove, candied sugar, and very light vanilla. In spite of its creamy, bready texture, it's stupidly easy to drink. The flavor is definitely refreshing, crisp, and fruity - what's up with the carbonation, though? It dies unbelievably fast to begin with, and while it doesn't become completely flat, it leaves behind a spritz-y sensation that is mildly uncomfortable, as well as a grainy raspy sensation that detracts from the initial creaminess. Also, the finalizing pours were very yeasty - almost distractingly so. It was an easy drink, but I think bottling interfered with some key aspects within this beer.

A great hefeweizen offering in terms of aroma (couldn't find any flaws) and flavor, but something needs to be addressed about the carbonation problem, as both bottles I opened displayed the same issues of near-flatness. Otherwise, this is one of the best takes on the style I've had in this country, and I would love to try it on tap sometime.

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Photo of tykees88
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- banana yellow, but a brown color peeks through. like a browned banana. White fluffy head. very nice.

S- clove banana. Hops. malts.

T- tastes bready but a moist bread. A banana flavor which is super nice. Cloves are present at the party too. A subtle hop bite finishes the mouthfull.

M- light to medium bodied. really feels nice in the mouth. hard to describe.

O- I hope many more people can enjoy this beer. It would be the quintessential summer beer for me if it was bottled

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Photo of davedahl
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this great Hefe on-tap at the Three Floyds Brewery.

Taste: full-mouthed wheaty-goodness. Banana esters in aftertaste

Smell: bubblegum, wheat

Appearance: opaque, golden, nice thick head that falls to a thin layer of small tight bubbles.

Mouthefeel: slight acidic bite, nice medium-full wheaty mouthfeel

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Photo of LiquidBread219
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an orangish golden color into Wiesse glass with a white head. The head forms a ring around the glass and remains as a thin layer on the top. There's some lacing that sticks around.

S - Banana bread is the dominating smell here. Some yeast musty notes, but mostly bananas.

T - Slight bitterness, bananas, yeast and a small amount of citrus bite as well.

M - Light bodied but a very full mouthfeel, which is cool. Light carbonation but fits right in for the style.

D - A very sessionable beer, no doubt about it. Probably the best hefe I've had to date. Looking forward to trying the Live Oak for comparison.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1 PINT 6 FL OZ bottle
Served in a weizen glass

L - It is cloudy once I disturbed the yeast at the bottom of the bottle. The beer is orange/yellow in color with a thick, creamy, off-white head that is continually fed by a stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

S - The scent of banana cream is in the air. The smell reminds me of banana pudding.

T - This is a flavorful beer. Of course there is plenty of banana. I get some spices from the yeast as well. It is a great combination of flavors.

F - It is rather full bodied for a hefe.

O - This is probably one of the best American hefes that I have tried. I typically avoid the style unless it is a German brewer. It is well done and comparable to some of the better German versions of this style.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at 3 floyds brewpub.

A good-looking hefe, cloudy and orange-tan colored. no real head to speak of. some lacing.

Odor is wheaty and yeasty and maybe some grapefruit??

Taste is great. a smack of sweet wheaty goodness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and soft. no real hard carbo feel on the tongue.

Drainkability is great too. this would be even better in the summer, just as the sun starts to go down. do they bottle this one?

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Photo of kbwalters
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured cold into a hefe glass. Can’t make out bottling date but I’m pretty sure it was bottled sometime in August 2014, consumed on 9/25/14.
Look = 4.25 Pours a mostly clear golden straw color with 2 fingers of frothy off white head. There are a few bubbles streaming through it. Head fades to a light cap, good retention and great lace.
Aroma = 4.5 The backbone of the aroma is wheat and pale malts. Can quickly pick up the esters that provide banana notes and there is some spice notes too. A hint of bubblegum, great complex aroma.
Taste = 4.0 Wheat and pale malts, the banana hits on the backend of the taste and lingers into the aftertaste. Some bubblegum notes too.
Feel = 3.75 Medium bodied with low carbonation, not crisp but more silky; a little on the flat side.
Drinkability = 4.0 Easy drinking and somewhat refreshing.
Overall = 4.125 Nice and complex, a lot of different aromas and flavors keep things interesting. Pretty solid hefe all around.

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Drunk Monk Hefeweizen from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.
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