Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Monkey Chased The Weasel | Carton Brewing Company

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
very good
39 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Monkey Chased The WeaselMonkey Chased The Weasel

Brewed by:
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sour Ale
ABV: 3.9% | IBU: Sour | SRM: Ojo de Gallo

The backyard of our brewery has a mulberry tree that drops its fruit in the first days of summer. We moved into our building during early summer 2011, tracking a bright purple path through our new home with every laden step. It was then we decided: if mulberry was going to get that deep into the brewery, it probably should get into a beer as well. Stealing a process from Berliners, we let the lactics in a wheated mash sour up to a green apple/lemon level, accentuating the bright side of the mulberry profile. Meant for quaffing when there is no reason to avoid direct sunlight on balmy summer days, drink Monkey Chased The Weasel because there is more sun than moon at the top.


Added by claspada on 06-15-2012

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50  | next → last
Reviews: 39 | Ratings: 314
Photo of wethorseblanket
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

Sixteen ounce can shared by Ron - thanks.

A: Pours a hazy faint and light reddish orange with a thin white head which fades rapidly to the rim leaving spots of lace.

N: Fruity with tart wheaty and malty notes.

T: Mostly tart wheat with fruit (mulberries) like a blackberry and some lemony citrus.

M: Light body and light carbonation. Finishes wheaty and tart.

O: A nice light Berliner Weisse.

 397 characters

Photo of joe1510
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz Can

Huge thanks to the man, the myth, the legend, SammyJaxxxx! Monkey chased the weasel sports a body of slightly tarnished bronze. Pale orange takes hold when backlit and the mild haziness diffuses the light enough to make the whole body glow. The dirty white head is easy to rouse on the pour, and like a lot of Berliners, it fizzles out fairly quickly to a couple islands floating about the body. It's a good looking beer.

The nose is packed full of wheat. There's some of the fresh cracked variety but mostly that damp wheat-y twang. There is a nice accompaniment of slightly acidic, slightly sweet berry that I'm unfamiliar with but can only assume is mulberry. The sweat and sour play over the damp wheat is an enjoyable aspect over the twang-y wheat. It's fairly simple but also mouthwateringly appetizing.

The damp wheat is acidic and punchy out of the corner. It backs off slightly in the middle when a touch of mulberry sweetness joins the party, a good balance at this point. The acidity, both wheat and berry, picks up again before the finish. Again, though a little simple, this beer tastes good. My only knock is that the finish seems to disappear. It's acidic, you swallow and then nothing. There isn't much backend.

The body is on the light side of the spectrum and the carbonation is soft to the point of being nearly unnoticeable besides a little snap on the swallow. The tartness is refreshing and makes for a highly drinkable libation. The finish slowly dries up and leaves behind a touch of the tart. I could drink numerous amounts of this beer in the blazing hot sun.

Monkey Chased the Weasel is a fun, quenching, delicious summer drinker. Its wheat-y all the way through and the mulberries and a unique twist. Have many of these at the ready 'cause tit's a "one after the other" beer. Thanks again, SammyJaxxxx!

 1,845 characters

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Texas Arizona, Hoboken, NJ

A: The beer is very light yellow in color and has slight hints of visible carbonation. It poured with a very thin white head that quickly faded down into lacing on the surface and eventually completely disappeared, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are faint aromas of sourness in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has a light amount of sourness and tart notes of mulberries.
M: It feels light-bodied and rather tart on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer goes down easily and is very sessionable. It is a good representation of the style.

 657 characters

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 8/23/2012 at Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ, served in a US pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains esters, citrus, light caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a mild sourness. Then some sweet citrus flavors come in. The hops presence is very mild and the malt character is thin creating some balance. The after-taste is sour and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a good beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

 756 characters

Photo of joefuzz
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours straw gold with a small white head. Smells of tart peaches and apples with a slight barnyard ish funk. Taste is slightly tart green apples up front that mellows out to a very nice funky wheat base. Mouthfeel and carbonation are very on point for the style. Overall probably the most refershing thing I could have ordered on this 94 degree nyc day and at 3.9%abv I think I can drink it all day.

 399 characters

Photo of dar482
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a clear pale yellow.

The aroma has some apple, lots of tartness, some wheat, and lemon.

The flavor follows with apple and lemon tartness, some tartness, a bit of funk in there as well. The mouthfeel is thin, but in general quite refreshing.

The beer is a bit light on flavor, has a tartness of apple cider, but also some funk and wheat of a Berliner weiss.

 378 characters

Photo of Slack
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw to golden in color and a bit cloudy. Very minimal head and no lacing.

Citrus, berry, acid and some random sweetness.

Taste is similar to the nose, lemon, berry, acid tartness, and minor malt.

Mouth is medium light and crisp with average carbonation and a super dry finish.

Very drinkable and not overwhelmingly sour. Perhaps not the best weiss to a purist but very satisfactory. I would recommend trying this if available.

 435 characters

Photo of KTCamm
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at Morris Tap and Grill in NJ.

Pours cloudy hazy pale yellow gold. Ring of white foam. Peppery/rye like nose. Slight sour taste with a deep bite. Bitter hangs around. Interesting blend of a slight sour taste and a hop. Works very well together.

 259 characters

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

first beer ive ever had with mulberry, and its a low alcohol summer berliner, how perfect! cleverly thought out, and well executed, this pinkish purple pale blonde white beer smells like tart fruit juice and a heavy sour lacto mash. its white wheat, low body, high refreshment, maximum drinkability. this is a perfect summer drink, tart enough to be refreshing without being sour enough to sit weird in the belly or be caustic when it warms up a little. the low abv makes it an all day beer, and i think the pint can is a nice format for it. a touch of white white acidity in the finish, along with the fruit, which i wouldnt immediately identify as mulberry, but it is a little different from other fruits, really juicy and tart. carbonation is medium, but its enough with how light the body is. overall a really fun beer, and a little something different. a great first impression from these guys as well. worth seeking out.

 926 characters

Photo of Jonada
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

64oz growler served in a DFH signature glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow color with 1 finger of white head that dissipates almost instantly to a super thin collar. Body is slightly hazy with light amounts of visible carbonation

Smell: Light berry, wheat, mild lacto caracter and apple.

Taste: Moderate dry tart sourness upfront with a slight berry sweetness that comes through in the middle. Flavors are lemon, berry, grain with some funky, cheesy character as well. There's a mild but odd bitterness that comes through in the aftertaste that detracts from the overall taste a bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low medium carbonation. Finishes tart and dry. Incredibly high drinkability.

Overall: Tasty, refreshing and crushable. Sightly weird aftertaste kept it from scoring higher, but this is still a great summer beer.

 835 characters

Photo of daryk77
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

decent, didn't do it for me but I do like the effort to get different styles out to the people. Liked it up front but the finish lingered a bit too long.

 153 characters

Photo of laituegonflable
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finished off a very enjoyable tasting session at Tørst with this one.

Cloudy pale orange. Head is white, small bubbles with thin rim left behind. Bit dark, actually, for the style. But nice.

Smells very funky. Tart, vinegary, to the point of smokiness actually, which is a little bizarre. Hugely organic. Bit yeasty. Not bad.

Taste is tart, gets more tart and also funky and organic. Big apple cider note with cider vinegar edge. Gets a little bready and almost like a bread pudding with raisiny sweetness. Tart overall, a bit dry. Barnyardy. Mulchy at times too. Tastes nice, but has a few very odd moments through the palate.

Bit of body, gets a bit of a pull but not very puckering.

Decent Berliner weisse, very much in the organic school of beers.

 761 characters

Photo of thedoubler55
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice hazy yellow in color, you can see the bubbles from the carbonation in the beer so there is a little transparency, started off with a little white head at the top that turned into a crown very quickly, not to much lacing was visible.

S: Wheat, Lemon, some hint of grapes and apples as well, sour note is present throughout.

T:The sourness hit me on the first sip, lots of wheat and lemon, and the sour is super present on the the palate, slight hints of apples on the tail end.

M: Light/Medium bodied, a good amount of carbonation.

O: Was not a fan of this brew, but I would say it wasn't terrible, I guess I am not a fan of sour beers, not to hard to drink but just something I didn't enjoy.

 707 characters

Photo of corby112
2.42/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a slightly cloudy, dark golden straw color with a half finger white foam head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Minimal spots of lace left behind.

Slightly funky aroma with a faint lactic/cheesy presnce.  Kind of bland really with subtle spice, citrus rind and bread.  A bit sulfuric as well but the nose is kind of one dimensional and weak.

Medium bodid with some tart, puckering acidity up front that's countered by citrus fruit and sourdough bread notes.  Flavors fall off mid-palate and there is an odd metallic adjunct flavor that overpowers.  Doesn't have traditional characteristics associated with the style. Lacking in bready yeast, fullness in body, lactic funk and wheat beer notes. Kind of bland really with some lactic funk and sour lemon acidity up front.

 831 characters

firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50  | next → last
Monkey Chased The Weasel from Carton Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 314 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • Free Trial Subscription

    Reside in the US? Interested in a free 1-month trial subscription to the print edition of BeerAdvocate magazine?

    Yes! Sign Me Up!