Drunk Monk Hefeweizen | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Drunk Monk HefeweizenDrunk Monk Hefeweizen
BEER INFO

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

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mynie on 01-01-2006

BEER STATS
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
359
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
21.84%
 
 
Wants:
95
Gots:
40
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Reviews: 80 | Ratings: 359
Photo of chicagoabbot
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Clark Street Ale House. Big thanks to Victoria for this round. Awesome yeast funk and they really nailed the look. Quite dry in the taste. Quality brew, I had a few. They did not blew. Recommended. I can't say they nailed the style, but it is an acceptable interpretation. We finished the last of what they had at Clark St., and it's not clear if they will have more.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 8.29.13
Thanks Bobby

A - Pours a cloudy, surprisingly dark orange with a few white bubbles that are gone fast.

S - Tons of banana and spice.

T - Tons and tons of banana, some Belgian spices. Very fruity.

D - Medium body with lower carbonation.

O - Fruit heavy Hefe. Nice and fruity.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%

Bottle from some fantasy baseball winnings. Thanks, Derek! Pours hazy yellow golden with a fluffy white 2 finger head that dissipates quickly. Really nice aroma of banana esters, honey, yeasty hefe funk, pears, sweetness. Flavor is sweet banana esters, light honey sweetness, pears, yeasty yeasties, lingering sweetness. Light bodied with plus carbonation as expected from the style. This is really nicely done actually.

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Photo of nightcrawler
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer arrived in a wheat glass with a 1/2" of white, everlasting foam. I could smell the beer the beer from 3 feet away. The beer was breadcrust brown and was so hazy, I couldn't even see shapes through it.

This brew is about as sweet as a hefe can be. A bit more malt taste help smooth it would make this an even better beer. But it was a great beer as it was. The biggest knock I can give it is that it was thick on the tongue and didn't finish clean. It had the texture of a Russian imperial stout, but with the wheat flavor. Because of this, I wouldn't be able to drink more than a glass or two.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As Three Floyds Brewery set aside their hoppy ways to showcase their talents in the Weissbier world. Despite its light hop character, the brewers pour a plethora of complex taste into the wheat ale and does so with impeccable balance.

Dark gold in color, the firmly cloudy ale slowly releases a foamy blanket that's part of froth and part of fizz. Surly carbonation is nearly champagne-like as the head dissipates into a delicate creme of foam with lightly spotted lace. I'm somewhat surprised at the ale's struggle to form, retain and lace with its foam character.

Its balanced nose is equal parts banana, clove, bubblegum, wheat, apple, lemon, bread, vanilla and mint. There's so much variance in its nose, but the intensity is just slight of what's expected. Still, the ale projects a highly appetizing scent with only the slight herbal presence of hops.

Its leading sweetness is bready, doughy and yeasty with somewhat of a sprinkle of powdered sugar for a sugar cookie-type of culmination. Its whole wheat taste is the perfect vehicle to reel in the fruitiness of banana, lemon and green apple. The counterpart to fruit introduces with clove, white pepper, sulfur, mint and herbal tea leaves for a chai-like balance. Finishing with the oddly compelling taste of Juicy Fruit bubblegum and vanilla, the beer is soft and spicy through its final few drinks.

Light in body, the beer's creamy, dextrin-richness is given a lift from its strong effervescence that provides a light prickle as the bubbles explode off of the tongue. There's a moment in the middle taste after the carbonation subsides but before the dryness sets in where the beer's true residual malt sweetness is felt and applies a stickiness to the palate. But that's short lived as the minty dryness and peppery warmth assists the evaporation cooling effect from alcohol for a complex final palate sensation.

While Drunk Monk is certainly a fantastic Weissbier, a higher level of dryness while a better projected level of intensity of its overall flavor would get it closer to the likes of Weihenstephaner and Live Oak.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Another fine brew that I enjoyed at Three Floyds. The simple pleasure of sitting at the bar connected to the internet, writing this review. The beer came served in proper Hefe glass.

Creamy 3 finger head. Hazy straw to light amber color. Not much lacing to speak of.

Earthy, spicy and of course, banana. Very fresh..

Banana cream flavor with malt tones. And by malt, I mean like the shake. Really reminded me of the dessert with Nilla wafer, pudding and banana. Btw, I love that!! Certainly there was a sweetness here. Just the right amount of spice and all the basics are there. Coriander and a touch of clove.

Creamy bright mouth feel. The creaminess almost made the body seem thicker than it really was.

I enjoyed this and would have another on my next trip. Perhaps a bit sweet to enjoy multiple of this creamy sweet one..

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imbibed at the FFF Brewpub on 10/31/2010. Spoooky!

Appearace -- Pours a hazy honey with a finger of creamy white head.

Smell -- Husky grain, cream of wheat, banana and bubblegum, earthy yeast.

Taste -- Lots of hefe yeast flavor, predominantly banana and bubblegum, though clove becomes much more pronounced than in the nose. Husky malt, gentle powdered sugar sweetness, and cracked wheat.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-full in body with lively but gentle carbonation. Creamy would be accurate.

Drinkability -- While I'm not sure it stacks up to the versions of the Fatherland, it's still quite good. Very estery, very fruity and creamy. Applicant must love banana. Would *LOVE* to do a compare-contrast with Live Oak. Just sayin'...

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Photo of HopHunter19
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice golden Amber hazy beer with no head
S - Banana, pepper, bread, wheat, yeast
T - Banana, pepper, bread, wheat, yeast, papaya, watermelon
M - light mouthfeel, alc covered, aftertaste is banana, yeast, pepper? Bread?
O - okay. Just a great breweries version of an average beer

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4/5  rDev -2.9%

22oz bottle poured into snifter

A- Well filtered, light oragnge with thin, whispy white head
S- Banana, clove, light malts
T- A touch of sweetness from the malts. Spices give a over ripe banana taste that is enjoyable.
M- Thin

O- Nice, traditional Hefe here!

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Photo of GDBEERMAN
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, served into a pint glass: from notes
A: A good head retention, that is white in color. The body is a light golden hue. Good lacing and steady stream of carbonation.
S: A classic Hefeweizen aroma, of spices and banana, while cloves seems to dominate. A very good intensity to the aroma.
T/M: This medium body brings rich tastes of banana and clove, while the off taste is a bready creaminess, which is very pleasant. Hold a classic Three Floyd's taste that is a thread that runs through most of there ales.
D: This is one of those Hefes that is so spot on to the classics in the style that it is extremely drinkable. I would buy this by the growler if at the brewpub and would drink this all year long. A good one to start the meal off with or to settle down during a snow storm.

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Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -2.9%

The aroma is like a banana candy, sweet and sugary. There's a bit of vanilla, bubblegum, light yeast and spice on the nose as well. The flavor is more peppery than clove with a mellow banana and a doughy malt.

I tend not to gravitate to a Hefeweizen as my palate always perceives cloves but this one is quite good and ranks amongst my favorites.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Local Option.

Served in a pint glass, hazy orange yellow hefe appearance. Creamy foam, not overly present, but an unbroken skim is steadfast across it's surface.

Wheaty with banana and apple juice traces in the aroma. Sort of raw from the wheat, and a little bit of bubblegum from the yeast.

Light and drinkable, very traditional hefe here with banana and mild apple astringency. Not spicy or clove-y in the least. Smooth body, finishes fairly dry and quenching. Glad to have tried this, but not one to go bananas over.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent American Hefeweizen, sitting right up there in quality with it's esteemed German counterparts. I was really impressed, very rarely do American brewers get this style quite right, but FFF has done it! Pours a hazy gold in color with a fluffy white head, served in a proper weizen glass. Nose was excellent, banana and bubblegum, plenty of yeasty notes as well. Taste followed suit, massive banana notes with clove almost matching, bubblegum in the background. Mouthfeel was spot on, fizy and full, yet still light enough and very refreshing!

I'm impressed!

Slàinte!

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at The Firkin.

I was warned this wouldn't be necessarily representative of the beer's true nature, but I thought it was pretty good regardless. It pours a slightly hazed pale straw topped by a finger of white froth. The nose comprises banana, cinnamon, green apple, and clove. The taste holds notes of coriander, lemon, bananas, and nutmeg. The body is light, with a light carbonation and a rather refreshing feel. Overall, even if this was near the end of the keg, it was pretty dern tasty and enjoyable. Hopefully I can get some more later...

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Photo of kengetty
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Three Floyd's Brewpub

A - Hazy light amber, poured with medium white head, persistent ring around glass, soapy lacing throughout

S - Crazy amount of Bananas upfront and moderate Clove on the front, but mediun clove dominates the finish

T - Medium banana at first (I was expecting more from the nose) and balanced well by the clove. Finishes very clean with moderate amounts of both banana and clove. In the middle the banana really shines through and slight drys the mouth before both flavors meld together.

M - Medium Body, Medium Cabination, clean finish

O - Very solid, clean and brewed to style very well. For a Three Floyd's beer I was amazed that the hops never came through in the nose or while tasting.

After having a grower of Live Oak shipped to me this week and this beer randomly dropping, I had to do a taste off. I prefer Live Oak, but wouldn't hesitate to order this on a hot summer day. After reading many comments comparing the two for me it is no question, Live Oak is my preferred Hefeweizen.

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Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice for the style. Very smooth...wish it had a bit more carbonation...had a slightly flat taste to it, but really, really nice. Deep yellow/amber in color...I bumped up the taste because it was just really good....some extra carb and this would have been right on, but all in all and awesome heff!!!

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Photo of quinnsi
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Sheffield's in Chicago

Orange-Golden color with two fingers of head that slowly and completely dissipates. Smells of bubble gum, with sweet orange peel alongside bready yeast and mild coriander.

The beer has a nice balance between sweetness on the front and and hops on the finish. This is a subtle beer, with no one flavor jumping out in front of any others. Mildly carbonated, and refreshing. On one hand, I love to have a little more flavor, and somewhat expect it from a FFF beer. On that other, the mildness of the beer makes it quite drinkable.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a weizen glass)

A- This beer has a warm orange glowing hazy body with a thick creamy white head on the top. There was no sign of carbonation through that thick body.

S- The smell of big ripe bananas came through as the glass was set on the table. Some faint soft wheat notes and a hint of bubblegum was in it aswell.

T- The banana taste was that first thing I got but it wasn't as strong as the aroma. There was some smooth wheat flavor that hung on the breath after each sip.

M- This beer had a medium mouthfeel with a nice creamy texture.

D- This beer can hang with the best of the German HWs. It had good fresh flavor and nice mouthfeel although the banana in the nose was almost too much.

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Photo of TJBurgess
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#17

Pint glass on tap at Revolution.

A: muddy yellow with a 2 fingers of pure white head. I mean this is CLOUDY. It reminds me of orange juice, that's how thick it is!

S: Nothing huge but very citrus, orange peel oriented.

T: Light, citrus dominated, and tasty! This is a great summer time beer.

M/D: this is smooth, clean, light, and refreshing. The carbonation is surprisingly low, but works really well with this!

I was not super impressed by this beer overall, but its a good beer for the style and very refreshing for the summer!

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Photo of Beginner2
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had fresh and on tap at the source in Munster, Indiana.
A very pleasant hefe- that hit the spot on a hot summer day.
Its looks, smells and tastes like the style's very best ... but 3 Floyds will not produce the standard until it controls the banana better... also a little less vanilla, please.
I particularly like that this hefe- shows 3 Floyds versatility in the craft of making malt do the work and, unlike so many other brewers, not relying on hops to sell beer.

I drank Drunk Monk 3 days later from a bottle I bought at the source and dropped my original Overall rating by .25. But still highly recommended.

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Photo of mattboyer182
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - thick yellow cloudy. The cloudiest hefe I've ever seen. Thick white head and amazing lacing.

S - everything you want in a hefe. Loads of fruit and citrus. Good German hop.

T - unlike any other hefe. Smoothest I've ever had. So fruity but not that bitter hop after taste you usually get.

M - medium bodied and light carbonation.

O - the best hefe I've had. Highly reccomend.

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Photo of jlh8643
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my 23oz glass at the pub. A nice white head sits on top of a hazy dark gold body with ample amount of carb bubbles rising to the top. Banannas dominate the nose initially with some floral hops. The banannas continue in the taste but drop quickly replaced by some wheat and hop at the end. A good session beer that will be gone all too soon.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at FFF.

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of phiberoptik
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a soapy head. My one nick on the appearance was that despite a vigorous pour, the head never built up and what was there dissipated almost immediately. It doesnt taste flat but has the appearance that it is.

Aromas are wonderful with vanilla, banana, clove, and a hint of mustiness.

The aromas set a perfect stage for the flavors. A traditionalist would criticize that this beer is too pronounced. The banana and vanilla are like hops to a DIPA. I LOVE this, but it is very forward with smacks of juicy fruit bubble gum and a tinge of clove.

Thin to medium in body with a mild carbonation prickling across the tongue.

A tasty hefe, one that even the weakest taste buds could appreciate. A solid, yet expectedly overdone 3Floyds version of a traditional style. I expect nothing less from these guys.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Three Floyds. Served in a weizen glass.

A - A finger of white foam settles to a thick cap, leaving sheets of lace. Turbid, unfiltered dark apricot body.

S - Nice banana, clove, malted wheat, light lemon citrus charater, and that distinctive weizen yeast flavor.

T - Crisp unmalted wheat, bread and yeast, with less banana sweetness and clove character.

M - Pleasant moderate carbonation, grainy texture, medium body, and a very dry and crisp finish.

D - A very enjoyable hefeweizen that is competitive with the best I've had from Germany. I easily finished the 22oz glass and would love for Three Floyds to make this more often - they should have bottled this one instead of Jinx Proof.

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Drunk Monk Hefeweizen from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.12 out of 5 based on 359 ratings.
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