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Funk (Blueberry Citrus) - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%
Wants: 2
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: stephenjmoore on 07-10-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 115 | Reviews: 10
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3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Brewed in the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Available in 12 oz. bottled 6 packs and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter glass. Served above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp frothy head of an off white color over a pale amber body with moderate haziness and lots of sediment in tow. Soft carbonation is visible. Retention is below average and there is no visible lacing. 2.75

(Smell) Strong aromas of juicy and sweet blueberry extract up front, with subtle notes of orange peel over a pale and soft wheat body with a moderate sweetness. Light blueberry tartness predicts a wider range of blueberry flavors. Low hop profile and a low bitterness. The aroma is reminiscent of blueberry-heavy beers, of which local SweetWater Blue comes to mind. 3.75

(Taste) The flavor starts and ends with lingering dried blueberries and blueberry extract, softly sweet but very potent in flavor. Chewy wheat malts and light pale syrups make for a sufficient malt profile, whereas hop flavors and bitterness is nowhere to be found. The little bit of balance that this beer has comes from a subtle inclusion of orange peel, which doesn't contribute much to flavor and isn't quite enough to balance the blueberry syrup fruitiness. The fruit profile isn't as startling and over-the-top as fruit syrup beers (Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat and Wild Blue come to mind), but the lack of balance is still notable. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) The texture is slightly chewy, smooth and lightly dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, shy of medium overall. Balance is moderately sweet over bitter. Alcohol presence is low and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) Blueberry is one of the more challenging flavors to capture in a beer and many breweries resort to blueberry extracts over the actual fruit. Wheat beers sound like the best candidate for blueberry flavor, and due to the popularity of large name brands popularizing the liquid Fruity Pebbles flavors of artificial blueberry, there will always be a market and a desire for beers like Funk and SweetWater Blue, even though the balance of flavors involved is often too sweet and imbalanced to impress a seasoned Pale Wheat drinker's discriminating palate. Funk will do in a pinch as one of the better balanced blueberry-infused wheat ales, but the blueberry flavor still comes off as far too artificial and one-dimensional and combined with the malt profile too boastful to generate an interesting array of flavors. I would have enjoyed more tart notes of blueberry or a more pronounced bitter citrus flavor. Looking back at the title of this beer I had even anticipated even some sourness, but it looks to be little more than a play on the color of blueberries. 3.5

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Funk (Blueberry Citrus) from DuClaw Brewing Company
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