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Drunk Monk Hefeweizen | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Drunk Monk HefeweizenDrunk Monk Hefeweizen
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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:
78
Ratings:
355
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
22.09%
 
 
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Photo of Kegatron
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap @ the Three Floyds Brewpub (Munster, IN) on 4/24/10 during Dark Lord Day. Served in a ½ liter dimpled mug.

Pours an unfiltered golden orange, with a finger of foamy bright-white head. Super rich looking flare-up here (nearly to a full finger), which leaves thick and heavy lacing down the side of the mug. Wow, this aroma is vibrant and DEEP. Floral hops and spice. Rich ripened banana and some yeasty bubblegum. Toasted wheat and spicy clove give this some tang. It's the usual suspects for the style but the overall package here is just so fresh and robust in the nose. This was one of the best Hefe aromas that I've experienced.

The taste is mellow and rich on the palate, with toasted bread and a ton of fruit flavor (those banana and bubblegum esters are explosive), and clove notes that stretch well into the back of the profile. A tingle of firm hops runs along the back, providing some good balance here. This is just SO sweet, fruity, and delicious on the tongue overall, with plenty of dryness from the yeast and hops coming out in the finish, along with some residual sweeter tones. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm crispness to the carbonation but this is just incredibly smooth and easy on the palate. There's just a magnificent drinkibility here that starts to catch up to you after a bit alcohol wise.

This was one of thee best American-made Hefeweizens I've ever had (it's definitely up there with the Live Oak version) and is just an overall killer effort here from FFF. It's too bad that they didn't allow growler fills on this day, as one (or more!) would have definitely come home with me. Great stuff!

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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 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 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 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 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 thedrewski86
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap last night at 3F. Served in a weiss glass, 3/4" inch white fluffy head, lasted the whole time. Smelled very fruity with spices. Very heavy feel and taste. This is like drinking a loaf of bread! This is a good hefe, their Rabbid Rabbit is better. This ones drinkability is a little rough just because it is so heavy and sweet. Very enjoyable though.

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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 LHOOQ
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- incredibly cloudy, unfiltered (like everything FFF) golden Hef, minimal white head. Served in a Weisen glass.

S- deep Hefeweisen smell, cloves/banana.

T- so great, much fuller taste than the other Hefeweisens I've had. Imagine an even stronger tasting Weihenstephaner. Suprisingly smooth for an unfiltered.

M- Better than other Hefeweisens I've had as well. Most are a little watery, but this was exactly right. Full but smooth.

D- a great beer all around. Possibly the best Hef I've had. Better than on-tap Weihenstephaner, which is saying something for me.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 maximum12
3.69/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared with the wife while bellied up to the bar at the Three Floyd's brewpub. Hadn't even heard of this one until we walked in the door.

Light & swirly like a hefe should be. The smell is the brew's strongest point, like sticking two nostrils into a blender of bananas. Too far. You know, so you end up with banana up your nose. Like that.

Drunk Monk is dominated by the banana taste, along with sweet candy. The wheat of the weizen if far behind these two & more of an afterthought. Not a traditional hefe, but good. The definition of crisp & refreshing.

Very good brew. Above average hefe but short of playing with the big boys.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance a nice light gold with a frothy white head. The smell was a nice medley of banana, clove, coriander, and a bit of wheat. The taste was also that of bananas and spices. A very smooth brew with wonderful flavor in each sip. As far as hefes go, this one is one of the best. Even though I try to limit my mass wheat intake, this beer could keep me regular easily. If only this beer was bottled and distributed.

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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 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 DarkerTheBetter
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer came a foggy, golden orange that faded to a creamy straw near the edges and the bottom of the Weizen glass with a tall, creamy nearly white head.

Smelled of sweet bread dough with tones of pineapple and mandarin orange and a strong bubblegum.

Tasted like powdered sugar with some cherries, banana and melons with a strong musky wheat and an afterthought of electric bittering hop.

The mouth feel felt light but dense and very smooth.

For me, this one was just way too sweet. I didn’t finish this one as I swapped glasses with a buddy to try something else that didn’t come across so sugary. Not to hot for the style.

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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 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 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 mochunk
4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A standard but inviting looking Hefe poured from the tap into a '23oz weizen glass' at the Three Floyds brewpub.

Fruit, orange, lemon, banana, yeast, malts and even a slight hint of hops, waft into your nose.

Can't wait any longer, forget what you smelt, you are not prepared. Sweet fruits, dry yeast, smooth malt and a fruit hop finish all the while the lemony and banana notes stay all the way through. I can't get over just how much flavor this mauls your palate with. I hate to sound like a fanboy, but 3F can do no wrong. This is my most favorite Hefe I've ever had, and I absolutely adore Weihenstephaner. Sorry to make the comparison, but it's that good.

Ok, be subjective... While purists may note that it's potentionally outside the norm for the style with some of the character it has, it's all the better for it. I could drink this all day long and for the rest of my life and not miss anything else. It's a damned shame they don't bottle this. Get there and give it a go.

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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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Drunk Monk Hefeweizen from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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