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
3floyds.com

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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363
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80
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
10.44%
 
 
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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle poured into a Three Floyds' blue pint glass.

The beer pours a hazy copper color, hues of orange, light amber with a soft white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no trace film or lace behind. The aroma is of clove, yeasty banana, orange rind, sticky malt and a little saltiness, fairly standard for a hefe, but nothing earth shattering. The flavors are right on queue, clove and banana are balanced nicely, but don't really burst onto the tongue. Sweet malt, light saltiness and a bit of citrusy hop comes out as well, but there is a bit of cohesion that is lacking. The body is nice, coats the mouth really nicely, carbonation is on the lower end, extremely smooth and rich that finishes with a great creamy touch.

Verdict: A nice hefeweizen from Three Floyds, one of their most conforming beers I've tried, nothing too weird or "not normal" about this one. It's a bit bland and uninspiring compared to many of their beers, but it's quite refreshing.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours with a creamy thick head at about two fingers and subsided to half a finger while drinking. Average carbonation active in glass for a hefe. Murky dark orange brown color. Lacing crept down the glass with each drink.

Smell: Cloves, leafy greens, and prairie grass definitely pop right out of the glass. Buttery yeast body with some exotic spices. This aroma is very bright and potent. Smells very good but seems to lack elite depth.

Taste: Bananas and a medium bodied wheat presence. Straw and the prairie grass burst though here as well. Fruity tones of oranges, mangos, and kiwis dance around on the palate. Very tasty but again seems to lack a little bit in depth.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation felt on the palate. Creamy and rich.

Overall: A nice American hefe but like I said in my review, could use a little more depth overall. Lingering tastes are very pleasant and the mouthfeel is light and refreshing.

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look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

From: Three Floyds Brewpub, Munster, IN
Date: None on bottle, August 2013 release
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Drunk Monk is a terrible name, but this is certainly a good, fresh hefeweizen, though a bit less expressive and complex than many German imports, though quite ahead of most US attempts at the style. As a reference, this reminds me a bit of a blend between Schneider Gruunes and Original in flavor and aroma: richly wheat bread-like, with strong banana and bubblegum, slightly less phenol presence. Glad I was able to try this beer, but primarily because it's been a long sought-after, highly rated hefeweizen and that it's from Three Floyds. At $8 per 650ml bottle, it's much more effective to pick up three Weihenstephaner weizens (and not deal with traffic to the brewery and/or the wait in line to pick up bottles). If Three Floyds released this as an affordable 6-pack, though, it would be difficult to pass up.

Pours a 3cm tall head of foam, consisting of medium to large-sized bubbles that are white to off-white in color, with retention length of slightly over one minute, well below average for the style. The foam settles to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass, also rather lackluster for what is normally an exceptionally good-looking style of beer. Lacing is surprisingly negligible, with only a few spots clinging to the sides of the glass. Body is a dirty golden orange color, with light bringing out slightly brighter golden orange-yellow hues. Beer is opaque from suspended yeast sediment, though carbonation can be seen at the top of the body, low in number and activity.

Aroma of Bavarian yeast with hearty, heavy, bread-like and slightly grainy wheat malt, lesser, but modestly present overripe banana mash, and very faint band-aid like phenols and bubblegum scents. Darker and grainier than I thought this would be, but still quite pleasant.

Flavor of fairly well-balanced wheat bread, banana ester, with nutmeg and band-aid phenols: quite good and easily drinkable. Taste opens with substantially sweet, fairly rich wheat malt, overripe banana flavors (esters), bubblegum, slightly sharp nutmeg-like phenols, and mild vanilla and musty and mushroom-like yeast on the front of the palate. Mid-palate of dense, bread-like wheat malt with modest graininess, heavy flavor of overripe bananas, nutmeg and band-aid phenols, balanced sweetness and vanilla. Back of palate is rich with hearty wheat bread flavor, slightly musty yeast, banana esters, spicy clove and nutmeg-like phenols, and bubblegum. Aftertaste is sweet, perhaps overly so, a bit cloying, with the overripe banana ester and bubblegum being in the forefront of the flavor, with wheat bread and phenols tucked into the back.

Beer is medium-light to medium in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a rather flat, lightly foamy and watery mouthfeel that does little to accentuate the flavors and aromas of the beer. Closes dryly, but with substantial stickiness clinging to the lips and palate.

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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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very hazy orange yellow. Not much of a head. Slight white collar.

Smell - Bananas and clove. Grainy. Phenolic. Standard hefe aroma.

Taste - Just like the aroma, lots of banana and clove. Spicy more than bananas. Grainy right up front, but gets a little more slick and phenolic in the finish. Lots of banana in the back. Some vanilla, maybe?

Mouthfeel - Starts off thin, but feels thicker into the drink. Well carbonated. Slightly metallic in the finish.

Overall - I'm not a hefe drinker, but this is decent.

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Drunk Monk Hefeweizen from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.12 out of 5 based on 363 ratings.
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