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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Reviews: 77 | Ratings: 282
Photo of jdense
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. long-neck bottle obtained from The Pope poured into UCLA (0-2, ugh) pint glass.

Pure white two-finger head, medium dissipation with minimal lacing over straw yellow a bit cloudy body, multiple streams of carbonation rising from bottom of glass. Nose is clean wheat, evidently a bit of wheat malt, some fruitiness. Taste mirrors nose, clean but pretty nondescript, faint bit of bitterness on the back end. Thinnish mouthfeel, which I would expect for this style, decent effervescence. At this ABV this is pretty drinkable. I think this may have been the new recipe trumpeted on brewery's website, so it may be an improvement over the (BA lambasted) version. It's not Widmer Hefe (which apparently BAs aren't too fond of, try it on tap at the brewery), but it ain't that bad.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.44/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Lakefront Brewery (Milwaukee, WI) on 8/8/10. Served in a clear plastic cup.

Pours a hazy gold, with a finger of bright-white head. The look here has the same fizzy looking retention and lacing that the cup of Klisch Pils I just drank before this had. The aroma smells of fruit, crisp wheat, a little honey, and some grassy tones. This is actually decent if you really get your nose in the glass.

The taste is about exactly the same as how the aroma came off, with notes of crisp bread, sugary honey, light fruit, and some flowery and earthy hop flavors. The mouthfeel is lighter-bodied, with a sharp smoothness to the carbonation which keeps this crisp in the mouth. Maybe a little too light and watery on the edges at times but overall not too bad.

Maybe it's the fact that this was on draft, where the flavors had some extra pop, but I actually didn't think this was too awful. This was easy drinking enough stuff and had just enough flavor to keep me interested on this warm summer day. Based on the reviews though, maybe I'll not push my luck and skip this one in the bottle...

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.22/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lemon yellow color with a golden core, the beer is cloudy, but you can see through to the other side. The white head formed nicely upon initial pour but qiuckly faded into a thin white cap.

The smell was straw and wheat grain.

The taste was average, the straw was there with a thick bready body that wasn't entirely appealing.

The mouthfeel was a bit thick for the style, but otherwsie this was a drinkable beer.

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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 tavernjef
3.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foggy light corn yellow. Slow, dull, off-white cap of slim stature emerges for a bit before leading way to a thin ring. Some lengthy strings of lacing spread across the glass and slip back down leaving a few spots sticking.

Aroma is of a dull sweetness, much like soggy cereal. A bit musty with a touch of flour.

Clean and rounded pale malt dull sweetness with a musty deep addition of wheat malt. Fairly lengthy taste with a lasting dull sweetness of whole wheat breadyness. Touch of dull orangish snap and tang hits the finish as it fades.

Body is about medium with a mild, yet lasting tone of dulled pale bready sweetness. Crisp, round, with a somewhat dull, muddled overall tone that carries a bit of tang at the finish.

Pretty solid stuff as its basic nature of what most pale wheat brews offer is on track for an easy going sessionable summertime brew.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 DrDemento456
3.67/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this instead of the fuel cafe which still angers me since fuel cafe was on the box (get it together Lakefront!)

A - Hazy golden color similar to a Heffe with decent head.
S - Mostly bread dominate with yeasty and banana? Maybe its the label playing tricks on me.
T - Well mostly wheat but I can detect a very mild fruit flavor that runs close to banana without being too close. Very interesting.
M - Well light as expect for the ABV but chock full of carbonation which was surprising for the age.
D - I have two more bottles and it was drinkable but would probably pass by this if I found it in the store. Still a very good wheat beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very refreshing and pleasant beer, maybe as good as American Wheat's get.

The hazy canary yellow beer carries a froathy white head that retains for the duration of the session. Medium lacing, no legging. A very good look.

Wheat and pilsner-ish malts come together for a bready and grainy nose. Chocked full of lemon and apples, the esters give a crisp and refreshing scent. Light herbal and floral mix gives rise to the hop additions as the beer warms.

Wheat malt flavors prevail in the taste while the grain notes take a back seat. Again, the lemon and green apple esters give a fresh and acidic balance to the bready and yeasty flavors. Light hop flavor blends well with the estery mix while their bitterness aids the phenolic peppery bite.

Bready and malty up front but lightening nicely going into the finish. Lightly acidic and grainy which both help at times and hurt at others.

A nice and simple beer that is largely error free. I would prefer the malts to completely dominate without the grainy intermitten character. I would also like to see more intense hop flavor/bitterness and peppery notes from the yeast.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.21/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

a - Pours a murky golden color with one inch of white head. Light carbonation evident.

s - Smells a bit sour. Also some wheat and bread malts.

t - Taste is wheat, bread malts, and a little bit of banana.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty smooth.

d - An ok wheat ale. Some sourness in the smell hurts it but the taste was much better. Wouldn't seek out again but worth a try if your'e looking for a low ABV wheat beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.36/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this one.

Brewed During: Dec/Wk1

Pours a nice hazy golden pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast notes, corinader, grassy, slight bananna. The taste is sweet, malty, yeasty, with some nice spice notes, a touch of bananna. Light-Medium body. Drinkable, a nice thirst quencher.

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Photo of oopewan
3.48/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great pour and color but it seemed to have dissipated too fast.

I really enjoyed the taste but for some reason it felt a little flat. This could be related to the disappearing head. Even the smell, although good, was weak.

All in all, a good wheat beer but nothing great.

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Photo of jwc215
3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled March, Week 1 notched on label:

Pours hazed/clouded lemon-drop yellow with a thin, creamy white head. Some trailing lacing sticks.

The smell is of wheat tang with banana and a hint of bubblegum.

The taste is of a hint of banana with wheat tang with a mild spiciness giving it a dryness in the finish.

It is light-bodied and fairly creamy and pretty crisp.

An American pale wheat with a banana touch (though hardly in hefe-weizen range - though, that's fine, as it doesn't claim to be such) that is not too sweet. A mild, inoffensive, craft "lawnmower" beer.

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Photo of ATPete
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Part of a Lakefront Tasting held on 3/30/10

Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow color with a small white head. Some fruity yeast esters and some banana in the nose. Good balance for the style a long lasting grassy bitterness on the aftertaste, although the banana flavor dominates. Small bubbles of carbonation, very light and pretty drinkable. There are better options in the style but this is a well made offering that is worth a try for fans.

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Photo of WesWes
3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a towering white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a dry, musty pale and wheat malt scent along with a horrible yeast aroma. It's bone dry with a touch of citrus. The taste is average as well. It has a light pale and wheat malt flavor along with a dry, citrusy finish. It's not overly tasty or complex and it does have an off-putting musty character. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with too much carbonation. This is a forgettable wheat beer. It's light, but lacking flavor and is full of flaws.

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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 minnunderground
3.82/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours hardly any head, unnapealing hazy yellow
S-Wheat with a hint of lemon
T-Really a nice clean taste, wheat with a citrus zest
M- good pretty thin, carbonation adequate amount
D- pretty high drinkabilty nothing points otherwise, mainly becuase of the style.

From all the brews from lakefront this is my favorite so far, keeping in mind I have not tried their IPA yet.

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Photo of botham
3.87/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. pours a hazy gold with a half finger of white head after a hard pour. retention is poor and lacings are light.

aroma is of citrusy hops and bready wheat malt. a note of wet hay is mixed in as well. little else for the nose, with a fresh overall character.

taste is light, with citrus mainly, and a bit of wheat and bready yeast on the back end. the citrus note is only present on the front end, which is somewhat unique, and the note of wet hay returns in the aftertaste, more as the brew warms.

mouthfeel is light bodied and smooth in texture with a crisp finish.

drinkability is good. this could be a great session beer, as long as Lakefront remains consistent in the final product, something that has been somewhat of a problem for them in the past. all together, this is a drinkable and pleasant wheat ale. cheers!

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Photo of Pauly2X
4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy golden yellow with a one finger head.

S- Light citrus and bready grain aromas.

T- There's a nice grainy/bready malt balance right of the bat. Following that, to provide some intrest and dimension, there's some light lemony citrus character and an even lighter background banana note. All the flavors evenly tapper off into the finish with only a slight estery note.

M- Light and crisp, the carbonation is good and not overdone.

D- Despite not being a big fan of the style it's pretty damn drinkable.

For what it is, it's great. I'd put this against any other american style wheat out there.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.77/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Bottled June Wk2 2009. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the trade!

(A)- Pours a cloudy goldenrod color that had a huge foam head, but now is just a light layer of off-white bubbles. Minimal lacing, if at all.

(S)- Pale citrus of predominately lemon with orange. Rather earthy (clay & hay) in aroma. Yeasty wheat.

(T)- Lots of wheat and lemon on the tongue. Small bananna & clay aspect but very miniscule. Very yeasty with a tiny bitter twang. Some spice present.

(M)- Thicker in texture than what I was expecting, but no complaints in regards to it. Carbonation level is good, but could use even more. Fruity & crisp with a bite.

(D)- A solid Wheat beer that has what you want and should have for the style. Great for summer. A 6pk wouldnt stand a chance!

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.1/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I tend to enjoy most beers that come from lakefront so this beer has a bit of an edge before it hits my lips. Plus the monkey on the label is awesome.

A: Golden and cloudy like most wheat beers. With a vigorous pour I got an inch of head that dissapated rather quickly.

S: Slightly fruity with a mild wheaty aroma.

T: Heavy biscuit flavor with hints of lemon and a slight hop bite towards the end.

M: Rather weak and limp in the mouth. Not offensive but not what you would expect from a wheat beer.

D: I can see myself polishing off a few of these. I may not pick it up on my own but if I'm at a party and it's available I'd drink it.

Lakefront can do better.

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Wheat Monkey from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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