This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Lakefront Brewery's Wheat Monkey Ale.
I picked this beer up earlier this summer in an eight pack mixed box of Lakefront Brewery beers. I had seen the box for sale at DeCicco's in Brewster, but purchased it at Sam the Beer Man in Binghamton.
The first thing that strikes you about the beer is the graphic on the bottle. At least this was the first thing that caught Mrs KB's attention. Luckily, Tali did not see the bottle because my seven year old is crazy for monkey items and she probably would have begged to try the brew. Of course, had I given in and allowed her to try the beer, she probably would not have liked it, because...
The Wheat Monkey Ale tastes like a light version of a hefeweizen. It has a pale yellow complexion which is only slightly richer than a pilsner and an aroma which screams phenols, but a taste which really does not match the smell. The flavor of the brew is light hefeweizen with no hops at all, despite the fact that the Lakefront Brewery people call it an ale.
I would not recommend this beer to anyone looking for a true hefeweizen as this would be a let down to someone expecting a brew which is true to the style. If you are looking to advance from an American Wheat beer to a hefeweizen, I guess that you could call this a baby step, but not much more.
Lakefront Brewery Wheat Monkey Ale is under the kosher supervision of the Star-K(there is even a Star-K on the label). For the experts' take on the Wheat Monkey Ale, please click here http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/741/50649.
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