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Lakefront Wheat Monkey Ale
Written by Michael
It’s 80 degrees, sunny and the birds are indeed chirping outside my window. My palate has changed with the season and instead of craving the complexities found in a dark, velvety stout, I seem to be drawn to the wheats and light lagers in my local store’s beer aisle.
Fortunately for me, my beer-of-the-month club agrees with me and has shipped a nice wheat, whose bottle’s adornment is, fittingly, a monkey, relaxing, just simply hanging around. So I follow suit on a lazy Saturday afternoon and swing into this brew.
My not-too-aggressive pour leaves me with a buoyant, puffing white head that fills my hefeweizen glass. It settles down, gracing the hazy, apple juice colored brew with a cap of one-finger. Its scent is a weizen-type dirty which I’ve been finding more an more in the unfiltered wheat beers I’ve sampled, but is blended with a bit of citrus to lighten into pleasantry. The flavor itself is more potently citrus, but its main quality is its refreshment. I cooled it a bit more than I typically do and the combination of the light body, the citrus and the cooler temperature makes for a spot-on choice today. It finishes light, hardly a linger of anything to speak of, but perhaps a little banana (justifying the name, I suppose), and simply cleanses my mouth.
While surely not the best wheat out there, Lakefront has done a good job, making a refreshing beer, perfect for a warm summer day.