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Funk - DuClaw Brewing Company

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49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.45%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 08-19-2003

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Ratings: 49 | Reviews: 16
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Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The taste is very much fresh blueberries and wheat with light lemon zest. This is not the most complex beer like what I am used to from DuClaw. That said, it is exceptionally tasty. This is a beer that I could easily do a six of on a sunny afternoon.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, cloudy, golden/lemon-straw color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head quickly dissolved away into a very thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very wheaty and grassy up front, followed by lots of blueberry, lemon and lemon peel, honey and honey-suckle.

Taste: Very nice actually. Subtle notes of wheat, clover, grass, much less than I was expecting actually, followed by some hone-like sweetness and lots of blueberry and lemon zest. Quite nice flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and a little creamy, as there’s very little to no carbonation. With an ABV of 5.0%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Wow! A whit beer I like!! Nice flavors matched with a pleasant, creamy mouthfeel. Quite good!

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From their website:
Funk
Style: American Style Wheat
Color: Light Golden
Hop Variety: Liberty
Grains: Pale Malt, Wheat Malt
Other Ingredients: Clover Honey
Bitterness Units: 16 IBUs
Gravity: 12 plato
Alcohol Content: 4.8% abv

This American wheat suggests a little more character in it's name than actually exists - but that's a good thing! It's a clean, fresh, lightly sweet and mildly wheat-ish ale that's quite enjoyable and refreshing. Its golden body teems with fine bubbles beneath a short head of creamy bright white foam. It's cushiony-looking head drops shortly to a creamy collar, but it does leave some minor spotty lace as it goes. The nose is quite clean; and expresses just a mild, sweetish maltiness. The body is medium and it's very fine, gently effervescent carbonation tingles the tongue before softening to leave it smooth and mildly creamy across the palate. The flavor delivers a clean, fruity, and mildly wheatish malt that's lightly sweet due to a small addition of honey. It's not too sweet, however, as it's balanced by a delicate, underlying bitterness that leaves it dry in the finish. Quite nice! A nice summer beer that has enough malt character to keep you coming back for more.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.02/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler provided by KMWeaver, This was a good beer to start quite a night. The Liquid was a less then fizzy yellow, with ok carbonation. The head was a soft one finger white and left just a bit of lace.

The smell was good, light clean and a hint of something light vanilla or honey, kind of sweet. Bready like a classic Italian loaf this is a great lunch brew.

The taste was nice quite good, The dab of sweet honey/vanilla was just the right amount.

The mouthfeel is good. lighter then medium but a clean easy swill.

The drinkability was very high. This is a go anywhere drink anytime brew. Great choice! Prosit, MK

Photo of tugdriver7
4.45/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's back. And there are a lot of smiles out there. DuClaw recently juggled their "permanent" beer line-up by replacing Kangaroo Love (the Australian-style lager that was a long-standing staple on tap for many of us lightweights) with what was once an extremely popular seasonal, "Funk," an American Wheat. The web site says it's back by popular demand... and I'm one of those who demanded--er, I mean, asked Jim the Brewer nicely in an e-mail. [But I'm not the biggest fan... I know one person who practically danced when he found out it was back on-tap full-time. And then he brought me a growler full. Thanks JB!]

Rich, clear yellow hue, small tan head that dissipated quickly but laced the glass nicely. Smell is mostly wheat/malt with tiny bit of hops in the nose. From first taste to last, rich mouthfeel with nice balanced carbonation. Taste is wheat, biscuity malt with just enough hops to linger a bit on your tongue, but not enough for what I'd call a real hops "taste." But who cares? It tastes great. Nice balanced, yet mild flavor rendering the beer extremely (a perfect 5) drinkable. So drinkable, in fact, you have to watch out a bit. It's so smooth it goes down very easily.

Nice balance to DuClaw's offerings!!

Photo of cjamesb09
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Deep gold color, with slight haze. Slight Blueberry smell. Faint taste of blueberry with a few citrus notes. Decent wheat beer, could be refreshing on a hot day.

Photo of Boggdogg
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pours an Orangeish Gold color with a nice white head which leaves good lacing throughout.
S-smell is blueberry with hops and some citrus
T-is citrus with hops and some blueberry. Slightly more bitter than sweet also sour like a lemon.
M-medium bodied and smooth and not dry
0-not bad best I've had from Duclaw. Good for a warm spring day.

Photo of ckollias
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this beer on tap at Duclaw in Bowie, MD out of a pint glass.

A: Pours an light orange hue with a frothy white head that quickly dissipates leaving no trail or lace.

S: Blueberry and malt aroma.

T: Blueberry flavor with a wheat malt background and finishes on the dry side of fruity.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Not a huge fan of these blueberry brews.

Photo of wac9
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

wow what a good beer looks good in a glass and taste mighty fine will make a fine summer beer when the weather is hot so drink up the blueberry taste is nice

Photo of claytri
4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a light gold with a white head. The aroma was of malt and hops. The taste is of sweet malt and just enough hops to balance. The feel is light and dry. This was a wonderful beer that gave the best of a wheat and left you wanting more, definately one I wish was one of their regulars.

Photo of
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fell's Point Location

Clear gold, with a medium sized white head. Looks a bit washed out.

Very mild aroma. Sweet and citrusy.

Flavor again very mild. More bitter than sweet, citrusy in character.

Light bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly dry.

A good summer beer, but not much here to get you excited about.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%

12 oz.

Pours a clear golden with a white lacing for a head.

Smells of citrus and grassy malts with juicy and fresh berries throughout.

Tastes of grassy malts with lemon citrus and lemon grass flavorings and a slight banana. Slight berry tartness in the finish.

Medium body with stinging carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A very nice light refreshing summery ale that quenches the thirst and goes down easy. The fruit flavoring is subtle as it should be.

Photo of AyeMito
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had to do this one since its summer time. Good beer to have outside on those hot days! Overall not too impressive but I did find things that I was impressed by. When poured it has a light amber color with a small fizzy head. Nothing too eye catching. However, the smell was absolutely great! It reminded me of a blueberry Poptart fresh out of the toaster! Bold sugary blueberry with a smooth citrus finish. The actual taste itself, has more of a sugary kick. I was hit by soft blueberry with a foamy citrus undertone. Its very sugary! So much so in fact, that by the time I was finishing the beer I had a hard time tasting all the flavors. Still nice though! but nothing outstanding. Just remember to pour it hard to get that head and enjoy that amazing smell!

Photo of sideshowrob
2.05/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Beer was on-tap, poured a pale yellow color not unlike mass produced fizzy yellow beer. Some head. Smell was absent, presumed missing. No hint of the honey that was claimed to be present. Taste was again, much closer to the fizzy yellow stuff than what I would call an American wheat. If I squinted my taste buds, I could almost imagine a hint of the honey. Beer did have good carbonation, which helped liven up the mouthfeel. I was glad when this pint was finished. I'm Not sure if the Funk kegs got lost on the way to the pub-restaurant from the brewery and were replaced en-route by the yellow fizzy stuff, but I wouldn't be surprized.

Photo of RandomExile
3.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A: translucent amber/orange, no head, decent lacing but fades almost immediately
S: pretty much just blueberry, with a hint of malt
T: blueberry, citrus, malt, slightly bitter, lingering blueberry finish
M: thin-bodied, light, a bit of citrus bite
O: Not a bad blueberry flavor, but a bit of a weak gimmick.

Photo of DRBiser
2.58/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Smell has a hint of blueberry and a whole lot of cough syrup. Taste is even more medicinal.

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Funk from DuClaw Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.