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Floridian Hefeweizen - Funky Buddha Brewery

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Ratings: 276
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 15
Gots: 48 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Funky Buddha Brewery visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: DosBeerigos on 09-27-2010

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Ratings: 276 | Reviews: 44
Photo of ShibbyMayne
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

not a bad taste once you get paste the smell

Photo of KensWorld
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very impressed. Did a taste test and paired it up with HB and TUCHER. Was not expecting it too stand up but it was as authentic of a Hefe-Weizen as you get. 4 finger white head and cloudy yellow appearance. Smell of lime and hard cider. Tastes a little too tangy and sour but very refreshing. Still Taste real good after it warms. Perfect for a Florida summer. Overall it's the best US Hefe-Weizen I've tried yet. 4.50

Photo of tone77
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of bananas, wheat. Taste is banana, spices, some wheat zing at the finish, highly refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An average beer across the board. This is a filtered hefe (at least on draft), I do prefer the unfiltered ones. Another average beer from the Buddha, I had higher expectations.

Photo of kbrown
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jax Fifth in Lake Mary, FL

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, golden blond with a huge foamy white head that linger leaving some lacing, hazy

S: clove, banana, cardamon, spice, yeast esters

T: taste falls short of smell, grainy, a bit of clove

M: light, carbonation too low

O: passable for the style, color is too orange, could be more flavorful

Photo of Pete_Ale-man
4.41/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Hief is a hit foe me. I've had others and this actually has a better entry taste with a more subtle banana tone and a great clean after taste. Definitely worth trying at least once. I can see myself buying this on a regular bases.

Photo of Devman171
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pours hazy orange, aroma is light bread, citrus, and yeast spice. Taste is light spice and crisp citrus with a nice fruity finish, nice beer

Photo of FLima
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy orange color with a relatively very thin head.
Light aroma of Weizen yeast, orange, banana-bubblegum and cloves.
So far looks and nose were not that inviting.
But its taste improved the experience. Refreshing and balanced flavor with orange citrus notes, honey, bubblegum and cloves, nothing shadowing each other.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation of tiny bubbles.
Perfect beer for this suffocating summer day in Florida. Utterly refreshing, not too yeasty, and with a good balance between orange and bubblegum/banana notes.
Ap.3 Ar.3 Sab.3,75 Sens.3,75 Cj.3,75

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

On draft, pours a cloudy pale orange with a wispy white head.

The nose is heavy banana and fruity; citrus notes and a little hay, straw and wheat. The flavor is more bananas, grains and Belgian yeast and lemon. It has a very bubblegum type finish that lingers in your mouth. It is a bit thin for my liking as I prefer my Hefe's to have a heavier backbone as you are consuming them.

Overall, this is just a standard Hefe that gets lost in the conversation.

Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very light orange/yellow color reminds me of a Florida sunset, which seemed appropriate. The head was stiff and thick but airy.

The nose was ripe with bubblegum-like aroma, yeasty esters, dry wheat, pepper corns, cloves and a breadiness.

The flavor replicated the aroma to a tee. The bubblegum is apparent but blends well with the wheat and bread like maltiness. The clove or peppercorn serves up near the finish.

The feel is dry and light and is an easy drinking beer but not overly thin.

Not a big Hefe fan but found this to be closer to a Tripel, and a good one at that.

Photo of Stevedore
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Funky Buddha, served in a hefeweizen glass 5/29/2014.

A- Hazy, cloudy orange-amber body, one finger white head with good retention. Some lacing. As expected of a hefeweizen.

S- Typical hefeweizen nose- bubblegum, citrus, grainy pale malt and a distinct wheat scent.

F- Wheat, wheat and bubblegum, a little bit of cloves. Pale malt sweetness. Generally an unobtrusive flavour profile, not particularly intense but makes for pleasant and easy drinking.

M- Thinner body, not quite watery but does feel a bit subdued even as far as carbonation goes. Bubblegum and spices finish things off but doesn't linger.

O- Not terrible, an easy drinker on the outdoor seating area at Funky Buddha on a relatively humid 80 degree night. A good one to have when hanging out with friends and/or family if you live in Southeast Florida, but on beer rating merits, this was nothing particularly special and not anything I'd trade for.

Photo of mverity
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tap at Proof. Slightly hazy tan-orange with off white head, medium-thick collar. Aroma is really citrusy, I get some plenty of wheat-like grains, and some berry. Light in body, low carbonation. Thin mouthfeel, this beer fades quickly from my palate. Taste is pretty much exactly like the aroma.

Photo of NiceTaps
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap in a pint glass.

A- Hazy burnt orange color with a 1f creamy off-white head. Some lacing, bubbly.

S- Wheat, yeast, lemon, spices.

T- Lemony, lots of wheat. Yeast funk. Bubblegum finish.

M-Firm and spritzy, tingly. Long dry finish. The bubblegum flavor lingers.

O- This wasn't bad, it just didn't come together completely for me.

Photo of warnerry
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 7/2012

A somewhat hazy pale yellow pour with a thin cap of white foam. Huge banana aroma with just a bit of lemon. Taste is similar, with a touch of bubblegum thrown in. Definitely light in flavor and body, even for the style, which was intentional from what I understand after talking with the brewers. A slight tartness as well, but pretty refreshing overall.

Photo of MacQ32
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - pours an ideal hazy straw yellow with a hint of gold. Small white dense head, ok retention, weakfish lacing.

S - banana and cloves mixed with mildly spiced wheat citrusy lemon/orange.

T - cloves and lemony citrus followed by a wallop of banana and spiced wheat. Orange citrusy flavors at the finish, aftertaste is cloves and citrusy.

M - light bodied well carbonated and really refreshing.

O - really really good, lots of lemon and loads of banana. Definitely a good Florida beer!

Photo of PorterLambic
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrives a slightly hazy yellow with an off-white head. No lace.
Smell is malt, bananas, cloves and maybe some vanilla.
Taste is strong on the malt and banana, light on clove.
Smooth, a little heavier than expected, medium+. Very drinkable and refreshing.

Photo of Rifugium
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Funky Buddha, Boca Raton, FL

I really have to be in the mood for a straight-up hefeweizen, and my rating might reflect that, but this was a good example of the style overall. Cloudy, pale, bronzed yellow pour, with a small foamy white head; moderate retention and lacing. Aroma typical of the style: wheat, banana esters, clove. Big taste of banana, bready malts and yeast, spicy clove, hints of citrus zest, honey and herbal hops. Medium body, soft carbonation, basic, very good for the style.

Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a shaker pint glass

A - Slightly hazy pale wheat with 1 finger white head with good retention and moderate lacing

S - Wheat, banana ester, honey.

T - Nice strong wheat backbone with moderate-high banana esters, sweet honey, touch of orange, very refreshing.

M - Light body, moderate carbonation, crisp.

O - Great lawnmower bear, more banana in my hefe than I life, but overall though it had a lot of flair.

On a side note this is beer review number 200 for me on BA. Woot!

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a tulip

A soft orange, dark straw color with a fluffy white cap. Some small lacing on the sides with a thin collar around the edges. A bug punch of bubble gum leaps out of the glass. Banana and clove with some sweet honey and lemon peel underneath. This slides softly onto the palate, then comes that big bubble gum flavor. As it recedes, spicy clove, banana, and lemons lead you to a clean, slightly sweet finish. Dry finish, carbonation is really on point. The feel is full and lush. Excellent feel. This is a nice hefe if you don't mind the big bubble gum presence. I for one didn't mind it at first, but it became a little annoying by the end of the glass.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a stemless snifter.

Big thanks to Florida9 for sharing this bottle!

We've reached a new level of ghetto-ness with this label: a simple mini-Post It note! Classic! This stuff pours a lightly hazy straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises heavy banana, light orange peel, and light clove. The banana is so strong that I think I get a touch of vanilla in there, too. The taste holds notes of orange peel, clove, wheat, light grass, and light banana peel. I was so hoping the banana would follow onto to the tongue... The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, a pretty solid hefe, but one that doesn't stand out all too much from the rest of the field. Now, had that banana character been a bit more assertive in my mouth, who knows?

Photo of Florida9
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Lightly cloudy, very pale straw yellow color. Forms a thin white head. Leaves no lacing.

S: Smell is of bready yeast, some light lemon, and a slight tartness.

T: Bananas, light spice, lemon, and a very creamy yeastiness.

M: Medium bodied and creamy smooth.

O: A good here. Really wasn't expecting much, but this one was quite enjoyable.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Unfortunately for a lot of mediocre brewers in the world, the hefeweizen bar has been set very high by Live Oak and East End. Fortunately, and apparently, The Funky Buddha is not a mediocre brewery. What we've got here is a very soft orange toned hefeweizen that's extremely refreshing. The citrus is the most dominant feature and there really isn't a noticeable level of spice, and it all leads into an orange creamsicle kind of thing. Extremely easy to drink, but the strong orange tones and creamsicle characteristics might wear on you after a few; or just turn people off in general. I can see people going either way with their opinion, really.

This is the last beer I was able to try from this brewery and it's a good way to end things.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From tap to taster glass at the Funky Buddha Lounge on 6/2/12
*From notes

A: Whipped cloudy lemon in hue. A white quarter finger head tops the beer. Nice, sticky lacing and moderate collar follow.

S: Pretty low key. Not a lot going on here. Hints of banana, yet not a lot of clove, herb, yeast or much of anything else.

T: Fresh lime and tart lemon-like acid hit the palate first. The mid showcases a bit of banana mash. The finish isn't overly expressive.

M: Quite bubbly yet extraordinarily creamy. This is extremely smooth and luxurious. Easily the highlight of the beer.

O: A decent if not slightly underwhelming Hefe. It doesn't really pack the kind of punch one would excpect from a beer like this, though I'll say this is easy enough to drink. Middle of the road for not only the style, but for the FB as well.

Photo of jwjon1
2.82/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This one is tough. I can't help but to feel I'm being over critical of the Funky Buhhda image, and that I probably look like I'm hating on hype. Oh well. My other funky buddha reviews will be much less critical than this one.

My least favorite Funky Buddha offering, and I generally really appreciate Hefes. Bananas all the way from aroma to finish. It's really overwhelming, almost like eatiing banana runts. Remember those? What I appreciate about FB is that they can take a taste sensation and turn it into a spot on beer. And though I didn't know it when ordering, I really didn't want to revisit my youth through runts candy. Beyond that dominant aspect--which resulted in a uni-dimensional flavor--the finish was extremely short. I appreciate hefe's, just not this one.

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Floridian Hefeweizen from Funky Buddha Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.