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Floridian Hefeweizen - Funky Buddha Brewery

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Floridian HefeweizenFloridian Hefeweizen

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 380
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 26.89%
Wants: 17
Gots: 100 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Funky Buddha Brewery visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DosBeerigos on 09-27-2010

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Reviews: 59 | Hads: 380
Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is straw colored gold with a thin Lacey head.

Aromas is spice and grassy. Lots of lemon and coriander.

Taste is a really well balanced hefe. Nice and cleansing.

Great hot day beer.

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Photo of CHickman
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy bright gold color with a lot of bubbles racing up the middle to a small white head that faded and left decent spotty lacing.

Smells of wheat, banana, biscuit, pepper, coriander, funky yeast, toasted grains, lemon zest, flowery spices and citrus fruit. Mostly spicy and grainy with enough complexities to make it interesting and on par for a hefeweizen.

Tastes of banana, pepper, funky yeast, honey, lemon zest, toasted grains,light clove, grass and citrus notes. Some malty sweetness and floral hops create balance and let the mild spices work as they should for the style.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a very "meh" beer. Drinks like a traditional hefe, but the maltiness seemed a bit off to me. It had enough malt, but for some reason the flavor didn't seem well balanced. Seemed like something was missing.

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Photo of VTR
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Funky Buddah finally made it to my area and this beer has been sitting on shelves and I don't know why. Poured a golden beer with a nice white head. Banana, clove, spices, and more banana jump out at you. The taste follows the nose but tastes even better. The banana is up front and prominent and is very pleasant. The finish is clean with a nice flavor lingering. I almost detect a slight bubblegum flavor mixed in there somewhere. I will happily purchase this again as it is an easy drinking beer. I would have no problem recommending this.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden to orange yellow neon bright orange hue. Thin white foam

S: cloves. Spices. Banana. Bread

T: bananas foster. Cloves. Nutmeg. Spice. More slight sour banana.

F: medium carbonation. Crisp and clean.

O: solid Bavarian style hefe

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Photo of tbryan5
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is my first beer from Funky Buddha and I have to say that I was thoroughly impressed despite it being a "shelf" beer. Really great color and smell that fits the Hefeweizen style perfectly. My non-craft drinking friends enjoyed this one as well. Tons of bananas and cloves. I could drink this all day. FB definitely made a great first impression.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint glass which definitely had a negative impact. Couldn't really area the carbonation but it seemed insufficient. I need that rocky head on my hefe. Orange hue that seems a bit too dark. Aroma is orange, lemon, banana, wheat. Not much of the clove or yeast spice I'd like but still quite tasty with a good if inauthentic aroma. Feel is a bit heavy.

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Photo of babaracas
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light amber with thin fizzy white head, thin ring retained, a few dots of lace down the glass. Smell: caramelized banana, wheat cracker, clove, pretty fruity... pear-ish, sweet smelling. Taste: caramelized banana again, lightly bready, notes of stone fruit and sweet orange citrus, clove, nice mineral character that helps balance the sweetness. This is really nice!

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Photo of BigRedDog
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice hazy straw color.

Great banana nose, nice hint of some clove spice.

Taste follows the nose. Big banana ester and slight lemon.

Great mouthfeel. The yeast lends itself well to a slightly thicker body.

Overall a great example of a hefe.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle a hazy golden color with highlights of orange. Head is bubbly white but not thick. Smell is orange, banana, wheat, honey, crackers and hints of clove. Taste reveals orange and lemon flavors on the tart with a soft wheat taste on the tongue and a slight sweetness to the beer with further notes of banana and a finish with light clove and pineapple. Refreshing on a hot day as it suggests. Better then average American hefeweizen.

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Photo of TH28
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. No code date. Appearance: light golden with only a slight cloudiness. Not much yeast residing in the bottom of the bottle. Aroma: Smells distinctly like a Belgian yeast, not German. Clove dominates, with apple and pear prominent. Banana is there but faint. Taste: Yeast starts to shine on the tongue. Banana and clove dominate, with an abnormally sweet malt and fruity backbone. Almost cloyingly sweet, with citrus/orange coming thru. Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, thin for the style, and lighter carbonation than typical for style. Finish: Really sweet citrusy malt lingers, with no hop character to balance and little carbonic bite. Overall: Far from a great example of the style. Cloyingly sweet, light body and carbonation for the style, and the aroma is much more phenolic than estery. Still a refreshing beer, but could be cleaned up.

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Photo of Buck89
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed this on tap at the brewery. Beautiful hazy yellow color with fluffy thick head. Very nice aroma with banana, some clove, and fruit. Tastes great with good banana, clove, and fruity notes. Nice clean finish.

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Photo of barczar
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange, wheat, coriander, clove, and a hint of banana form the aroma. There's a touch of cardboard.

Flavor reveals a sour lemon component underlying a wheat backbone. Orange is secondary, along with coriander and clove. A metallic, minerally flavor weaves throughout. The finish is earthy.

That metallic, minerally character and overbearing sour lemon is offputting.

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Photo of 44yrtaster
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Didn't like the "finish" on the back of my tongue and upper roof of mouth. Almost a burning or burnt coffee sensation. Label too busy and nonsensical. (What's a funky Buddha?) Not a fan of the "throaty" wheat beers. In search of the perfect pilsner with a lager attitude.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Funky Buddha Brewery "Floridian Hefeweizen"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON 06/02/15"
$1.67 @ Trader Joe's #766, Tampa, FL

Appearance: Typical Bavarian hefeweizen... maybe a little on the light side, and with better than average retention and lacing.

Aroma: Wheat, minerals, banana, clove, grass, tart apple, slight earthiness.

Flavor: Tart upfront with fruitiness (apple, perhaps pear and/or berry). Clove/banana and wheat as it crosses the palate. A touch of grassy and leafy hops towards the swallow. Median to moderate bitterness is all that's needed to balance it because of the lower pH. Some hops and a bit of chalky mineral linger in the finish with a swirl of clove.

Mouthfeel: Light and spritzy.

Overall: Refreshingly tart but subtly funky. Perhaps a touch too light in body. Otherwise easy to drink with a nice bit of character, and even somewhat unique. The name does it justice as this would make a great beer in the heat, but not so much so in the cold.

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Photo of thehoppylady
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

German-style wheat beer is full on flavor yet light on the palate. Authentic hefeweizen yeast creates the compelling aromas of bananas, citrus, and cloves, while the all wheat and malt body perfectly balances it. Perfect for Floridian summers. Love it.

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Photo of EMV
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Disney's Epcot Center

L: Pours a clear golden color. White head with minimal lacing.

S: Mild yeasts and grain. Slight citrus and banana.

T/F: Very mild wheat beer. Grains and banana. Semi sweet. No significant hops. Moderate carbonation.

O: The definition of an average wheat beer. Good for a hot day. Not one I'd seek out.

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Photo of SABERG
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Pilsner glass. No date or code on bottle.
My sweetheart brought 3 bottles home from her recent trip to FL.
A - Dark straw color, slightly hazy. Active carbonation quickly creates a snow white 1/2"
cap that quickly dissipates, no lacing at all.
S - That Hefeweizen yeast sets the tone immediately with banana and clove, then comes the citrus warm fruits apricot, orange and fine honey. There is just enough room for a hint of English cracker in there.
T - No messing around here, wheat strong, banana and tropicals straight from the nose to the palate. The citrus component wraps things up nicely.
M - Surprisingly slick on the palate not in the best way, Carbonation is present but not up the challenge of the grain, yeast combination. Sweet finish lingers for some time and closes out with citrus oil quality.
O - A nice Hefeweizen for sure, this has inspired a few purchases of the German classics for future tasting. The citrus elements are pleasant, I wonder if that slickness is the intent. Overall worth tyring for sure.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
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 one of the best US Hefe-Weizen I've tried yet. Only Yuengling is better. 4.50

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Photo of tone77
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of 2dogbrew
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.41/5  rDev -11%
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

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Photo of Pete_Ale-man
4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of FLima
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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

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Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

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Floridian Hefeweizen from Funky Buddha Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.