Wheat Monkey | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Wheat MonkeyWheat Monkey

Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Winter on 06-23-2009

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Photo of Augustiner719
1.4/5  rDev -56%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a wheat beer glass:

Pours a very light, very clear orange yellow color, similar to bud light. Has basically no head and terrible retention. This is a poor effort so far. The aroma is muted, really just has a touch of light peach fruit, maybe some artificial sugar. The taste is really terrible. Has a budweiser corn taste to it that is gross. Almost tastes like keystone light that you threw up. Has the gross stomach acid taste to it. Might be the worst tasting beer i have had to date. I actually prefer warm keystone light to this. Mouthfeel is gross. too flat, too light, too bland and way to off for a wheat beer. Drinkability is not good either. Highest score in this category because its light and low abv, other than that you need to aviod this fucker.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.32/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into my Rochefort glass.

Pours a light honey gold, one finger of white head, gone quickly with a filmy residue. Medium lacing...The aroma is super light and boring, only tiny aroma I get is a little skunked wheat...The taste is just as bad as the aroma, super light wheat, but plain with lots of skunk, light feel, not easy to drink.

Overall, this is terrible. Maybe a good beginner beer but nothing for even a moderately experienced craft drinker.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.33/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

DATE TASTED: January 25, 2014... GLASSWARE: 22 oz. pilsner...OCCASION: finishing Clash of Kings, I believe... APPEARANCE: hazy, bubbly, thin-headed sallow gold body; nondescript otherwise; no lacing... AROMA: somewhat pungent, lemon dish detergent scent; some lager malts provide a backbone; slightest banana and apple... PALATE: medium-bodied slightly effervescent; almost sudsy in its aftertaste--fizzy...TASTE: such subtle flavors--lightly lemon; predominantly metallic ping akin to a pilsner; lacking a refreshing, clean drag--just dragging... OVERALL: I understand the attempt is a wheat ale, but Wheat Monkey straddles the styles without pulling the better elements of either into my mouth; instead, it's more like monkeying around, making use of a playful label and silly enough name to attract attention--by far the weakest of what was a successful mix pack...

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Photo of Winter
2.35/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a murky yellow with a short-lived white head. Aroma consists of a cereal-like wheat malt, with feint hints of sour lemon and banana. Mouthfeel is medium in body and the heavy carbonation is sharp on the tongue. The taste is not appealing at all. Opens up with a bland wheat malt taste that lingers throughout. Some tart lemon appears midway with a tiny bit of hop bitterness. Finish is sour. Overall, not quite what I was expecting. I can't even say this is a good summer thirst quencher. With so many other options for this time of year, Lakefront's newest release falls short.

The best part about this beer is the purple cartoon monkey on the packaging. With a name like "Wheat Monkey" I was expecting it to taste more like a hefeweiss with some banana flavor from the yeast. Of course, this isn't a hefeweiss at all, and it clearly states so with "Wheat Ale" printed on the package. That's disappointing.

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Photo of beagle75
2.4/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Hazy, light golden color with one finger of white foam head. Heavy ropey lacing remains on the glass and bubbles lazily climb throughout the column.

S: Mild wheat, faint herbaceous hops that seem a bit stale, and scatter-shot carbon dioxide that disrupts other qualities.

T: Begins dry, with immediate carbonic acidity that is pungent and dominating throughout the first act. The middle sees acidity that is slow to recede, exposing neutral malt that is unremarkable until a whiff of crusty wheat joins later. The finish also yields some faint bubble gum esters but no detectable bitterness.

M: Thin viscosity, wet and slightly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This wheat beer is likely to disappear completely amongst others of its style, with no distinguishing or particularly attractive features to set it apart. The harsh acidity that dominates its flavor profile volunteers some palate-scrubbing features, but ultimately goes overboard in its intensity. It lacks artful qualities, instead putting far too much emphasis on apology.

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Photo of KAdams
2.53/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - Pale yellow with some cloudiness. Weak white head that fizzles to nothing pretty quickly and minimal lacing.

Smell - Fruity and sweet with a good amount of wheat.

Taste - A little bitter because of the fruit (definitely lemons, maybe some other stuff in there too). Wheat takes a back seat to the bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light and watery.

Drinkability - Meh. There are much better wheats out there.

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Photo of brdc
2.53/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Fromt the sampler pack. Small capped bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Light yellow colored, with a large white head that shows no retention, with minimal lacing.
Aroma is some wheat, faint cookie and cinnamon. Really faint. Very light, with minimal cookie and wheat taste. Very limited.

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Photo of tone77
2.55/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a small head. Smell is of sour lemons. Tastes like it smells, sour lemons and not much else, leaving an unpleasant aftertaste. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is not very drinkable. Overall not a beer I would recomend.

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Photo of Strix
2.56/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy golden.

Smell is grainy, with slight bready yeasty citrus notes.

Taste is a bit grainy, and very light. There were some citrus notes and some vague yeast, but overall pretty lacking in flavor.

Mouthfeel was pretty thin and weak.

Sorry to say, this came off pretty weak and uninteresting.

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Photo of TheBigE5
2.61/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured very nicely with a great golden hue. Very complex taste that accompanies the standard wheat flavor. Could be a hint of clove. To be honest, it just does not have the refreshing taste and finish that i enjoy about a quality wheat beer. To end on a positive, i enjoyed its unique mouthfeel.

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Photo of soze47
2.68/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle marked third week of July, 2010 (2 1/2 months old). This is bottle 6/8 that I've tried from a Lakefront Variety pack and by far the weakest yet.

Appearance: Pale, hazy yellow. 2 finger head that went away quickly. Leave a very slight amount of lacing, but it slides down eventually. Not too much carbonation bubble activity on this one.

Aroma: Big wheaty malt off the bat with notes of herbal hops. Mostly a one-note smell.

Taste: Yup, straight wheat taste as the nose suggested with little else. The wheat fades quickly, leaving a trace second for the hops to come to the forefront. Ultimately, this is a quick ride on the palette that fades rather quickly.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body that is slightly crisp, but mostly watery.

Drinkability: Nothing offensive tasting that would prevent me from having another, but the watery flavor would most likely lead me to another session option.

Overall: As I said above, this is the weakest Lakefront offering I've had. Also, this style can vary dramatically, but there are way too many other great American Pale Wheats out there for me to ever come back to this one specifically.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
2.68/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazed pale golden color with a modest white head that fades to lacing. Active carbonation.

Aromas of wheat malt and citrus. Opens with modest pale and wheat malt flavors and a subtle snap of lemon citrus. Yeast edge surfaces with suggestions of orange peel and an ever-so-slight hint of coriander. Light bodied with expressive carbonation.
Finishes somewhat dry.

Unremarkable in both character and complexity; reserve for a summer "lawnmower pounder" at best.

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Photo of riversider76
2.86/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden with way too much head. Decent lacing when the head finally disappeared. Nose is grassy,with hints of lemon...Something not quite right.Body is light and carbonated, but dry, not crisp Taste is grainy, with some hints of fruit. tart finish. Barley average. Don't go out of your way....

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Photo of falloutsnow
2.87/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Hyvee in Omaha, NE
Bottled November 2011
Poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass

Lakefront's American Pale Wheat Ale is a fairly generic, light wheat beer designed for easy summer drinking. While it may go down easily, there's nothing particularly memorable or interesting about the beer, its mediocrity for both flavor and style a serious flaw. In one word: boring. I will not seek this out again.

Pours a fluffy 1cm head of fairly small bubbles, white in color. Head recedes to a very thin cap atop the beer throughout my sipping of it. Minimal lacing along the sides. Body is a golden yellow, opaque due to my pouring in of the yeast. Carbonation visible along the sides.

Aroma of faint wheat malt and yeast. Fairly nondescript, have to inhale deeply to discover even this.

Taste is similar to aroma, with wheat malt contributing some flavor and sweetness, tied together with a very mild yeastiness. Again, rather bland, though about average for this style.

Body is medium-light in heft, carbonation is moderate and causes the beer to foam up pleasantly on the palate. Easily drinkable, somewhat watery. Finish is semi-dry.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.88/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Devil's Backbone weizen glass.

Generally, I prefer Jethro Tull's "Steel Monkey", but I'll still give this beer a shot. It pours a clear somewhat pale straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises wheat and sweet flowers, both of which come through rather meekly. The taste converts the wheat into corn and sweetens things up decidedly. The flowers still come through, though, meek as ever. The body is a hefty-leaning light, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a kind of sad PWA, really one-dimensional in the wrong direction.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.88/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This poured out as a very pale and clear looking light yellow color. The head was white with hardly any retention and no lacing at all. The smell of the beer is sweet with grain, some wheat and corn. The taste is similar to the nose here on this, the sweetness is there as well as the corn and a subtle breadiness also. The mouthfeel is very light, modestly carbonated and kind of watery. Overall the beer is decent but nothing something I would need to have again.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
2.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into standard pint.

A- Pours a minimal half finger worth of head that recedes quickly and leaves no lacing behind. Slightly hazy due to the bottle being shook up by me.

S- Big hint of wheat, hops and a small amount of malt. Not really much else going on. Smells just a tad stale.

T- A big dose of wheat. Good amounts of malt and some floral notes.

M- Lighter bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Just a slight amount of bitterness which I can't really pick up where it comes from.

D- An average beer that leaves much to be desired. There are much better Lakefront offerings, I suggest you seek them out first.

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Photo of errantnight
2.95/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From my BotM Club.

Pours a hazy pale straw with a hint of orange. No lacing, poor retention.

Aroma is flat. Some cracker from the wheat malt.

On the palate this is thin and insubstantial. Prickly and mineral-y. Some wheat notes and a hint of esters, no hop character to speak of. The definition of a bland, boring APWA.


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Photo of DesMoinesMike
2.95/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I feel that giving this beer an average rating is a bit generous. The cloudy orange color and white cap looked good but the almost complete lack carbonation seemed peculiar. The aroma had some orange and lemon on top of the wheat which was light. The taste was unimpressive, the wheat and citrus seemed thin to the point I could almost taste the water. Thin, we has it. I have had several similar brews that were better examples of the style and just plain more enjoyable.

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Photo of metter98
2.96/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: The beer is hazy straw yellow in color and has some fine yeast particles visible floating in suspension near the bottom of the glass. It poured with a short white head that rapidly died down, leaving only a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Faint aromas of wheat are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell in that it has flavors of wheat with additional notes of bready malts and slight bits of associated sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink but doesn't have much in the way of aromas or interesting flavors.

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Photo of Act25
2.96/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another sour miss by Lakefront.

Appearance: Pours out a hazed, deep yellow-hued body with a thin, small white head, which leaves a nice film, but no lace.

Smell: Altho freshness date is recent two months, this beer smells stale, sour, and of ammonia.
Slight whiff of banana, wheat, spice, but predominantly an industrial taint.

Taste: Watery. Not a great feel. Follows the smell, there's the standard trappings of wheat beer, but it's monkeyed with by a kind of cleaning closet staleness and industrial flavor. Drying, but feels like a kind of alcohol or industrial after taste.

Mouthfeel: Watery. Not a great feel. No creaminess

Drinkability: Not much character, watery. I'd pass.

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Photo of billyzoom666
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I poured this from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It has an extremely light color, so light it's almost clear. I could see my fingers on the other side of the glass. No head to speak of, but the lacing was pretty nice. I couldn't catch much in the scent. Just a faint smell of wheat. Disappointing. For a beer that looked so light, this has a surprisingly nice body to it. Unfortunately, the body didn't have a taste to match. It was pretty bland, with just a hint of wheat and fruit. Last night I had this on tap at the brewery and it was much better then it was bottled. I rated the taste a little bit higher, just because I wonder if I got an older batch in these bottles.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow with a half-inch of white foam that faded quickly leaving no lacing. Faintly wheat and lemongrass nose and taste, however the taste being the weaker of the two. Medium-light body, moderately carbonated. Neither bad nor outstanding. Drinkable, certainly. Overall, another fairly non-descript beer from the 8-sampler pack.

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Photo of KI9A
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Slightly hazy, yellow. Fair head, dissapated fast.

S: Not much...

T: Same as above. Some cracker, some very light citrus.

M: Very light, fairly refreshing.

D: Meh. This style, "American pale wheat", is not even close to a German wheat. Pretty bland, maybe blander than an American adjunct lager ( BMC).

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Photo of canucklehead
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Low ABV Summer patio beer with little to separate from the herd. Smells and tastes like a lager with the wheat not very noticeable in the flavours. No real complaints as it does what is made for ( entry level beer for BBQs and parties) but I fail to want to buy this again.

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