Bonita Applebum - Funky Buddha Brewery

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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 48
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Funky Buddha Brewery visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: dimenhetfield on 08-07-2011

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Reviews by biggsbowler:
Photo of biggsbowler
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer and vanilla ice cream would be the perfect dessert. The beer is murky brown in color. This beer smells awesome with apples, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Its taste about the same as it smells with some added caramel. Its smells like a super sweet beer, but its really very drinkable. Now where is my ice cream!!!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled shared at bu11zeye’s 10,000th rating tasting. Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing.

The beer pours a brown color with a tan head. The aroma is awesome, with a ton of cinnamon and apples. The flavor is also great but is more complex. I get a lot of apple and cinnamon, as well as some oak, vanilla and rum notes. There is also some nice alcohol flavor as well as a good bit of sweetness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a sampling glass at EBF 2012.

Pours a light brown unassuming color with a small light brown head. Nose is cinnamon sugar, apples, it's got a ton of these apple pie notes, almost as good as the PB&J beer but not quite as instantly identifiable.

Taste is like liquid pie, lots of those apple pie spices, and somehow flakey crust as well. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Overall its done a good job at being unique and I love it.

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a glass this brown ale pours a deep caramel with a very thin head. Not to impressive, but solid non the less.

S: the aroma is sweet apples with hints of cinnamon, almost like the aroma of the crust of an apple pie.

T: the flavor follows the nose. Sweet apples with hints of cinnamon and a little nutmeg.

Mf: mouth feel is a little on the thin side for a brown ale.

Overall this beer is a perfect autumn brew.

Photo of hoptualBrew
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap this afternoon, officially called "Bonita Applebaum". On tap into a Chimay golbet.

Looks like the sweetest & richest beer you can conjure in your endless imagination. Dark grainy sugary brown. Little light khaki head, and left a moderate amount of lacing down the glass.

Smell is apple pie all over with a lot of cinnamon & vanilla. Loads of cinnamon though!

Taste is the same. Very rich beer. A dessert brew for sure. Apple pie, bready, tons of vanilla & cinnamon. The back is pretty spicy & it seems the cinnamon dries out the palate a bit. Body is pretty thick (7/10) & rich.

Was telling my buddies, I think this would go really well over some vanilla ice cream!

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Served in a snifter.

Appearance - Deep reddish brown. Arrives with a disparate chunky white head. Thick white collar.

Smell - Apple cinnamon all over. Deeper malts come through. Nutty.

Taste - More cinnamon than anything. Less apple. More darker malts. Nutty again. Astringent finish.

Mouthfeel - Pretty dry. Astringent. Not something I could drink a lot of.

Overall - I think I'd rather just drink the base brown ale, but the treatment is interesting at least.

Photo of F2brewers
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Growler provided by buddhabelly91.

Poured into HF stemmed glass. Served at ~ 55F.

A: Deep reddish-brown color with a thick blocky tan head that held on for a good 4-5 minutes before dissipating. Swirling the glass regenreates the head slightly, but it has lost it's blocky character . Held to the light, the beer shows ruby hues on the edges and is clear and free of any residual suspended material.

S: Notes of caramel, brown sugar and sweet malt with hints cinnamon and vanilla over a fresh apple base.

T: Apple cobbler in a glass. A rich, nutty flavor adds to the elements in the smell above. A touch of bread in the finish The richness separates this from apple pie (to me at least).

M: As noted above, there's a mild slickness/richness that coats the inside of my mouth. Carnonation is a bit light (could be growler related), but this doesn't detract from the overall experience.

O: A very nice variation on a brown ale. FB seems to be able to integrate fruit and spice in it's beers well and this is a nice example without goin over the top. Now if we bourbon barrel aged this and added a bit of body, it could be like likquid bread pudding.

Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had during Brewvival 2012! Poured by Paul himself! Served from tap into a Brewvival sampler imperial pint. Poured red-orange with a minimal tan head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, apple, bread, sugar, and cinnamon. The flavor was of sweet malt, apple pie (only way to describe it), cinnamon, and sugar. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Apple pie in my beer!? The eff is this!? Okay, I will give it a try... MOTHER OF GOD! This was pretty much my reaction to try this thing for the first time. I was completely blown away at how they were able to pull this off in such a nice and enjoyable manner. All of the flavors one would associate with a dessert was there and really nice. I don't know how Funky Buddha does it, but bravo on another solid offering.

Photo of apasternak
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tastes like warm apple pie

Photo of jsanford
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Brewvival 2012

Pours a hazy brown-amber with a thin off-white ring. Wow, this certainly smells like apple pie : cinnamon, apples, caramel, and pie crust. Phenomenal. Taste is spot-one, more apples, cinnamon, and caramel. I had no idea what this was, but man I loved it. Smooth mouthfeel, with a medium body and good carbonation. Unique and delicious, sweet without being cloying. These guys are something special.

Photo of kfsv034
4.92/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Was super excited to try this beer and I most definitely was not disappointed.

Beer pour mud brown with a nice 1 finger creamy white head.

This is what I would imagine a kid playing in the yard would smell when mom puts a freshly baked apple pie in the window. Smells of apple, cinnamon and pie crust

Holy apple pie. This is amazing tastes just like and apple pie. Vanilla, apples, cinnamon and a spectacular pie crust flavor

Mouth feel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated

Simply put Funky Buddha rocks!!

Photo of rfgetz
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an smber brown color, fluffy and bubbly off-white head. Scent brings wonderful notes of baked apples and cinnamon, solid lightly sweet toasted and biscuity malt profile, light notes of dark dried raisin. Taste follows suit, big baked appels and cinnamon, malt is toasted and biscuity as nose promised, little more sweetness from brown sugar, hint of dark fruit and vanilla. Medium bodied, bubbly. Fantastic beer, so elegant and bold I would have beleived this was a 10% ABV sipper. Another winner for sure.

Photo of zac16125
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at the brewery

Dark brown, light tan head. Aroma is good, but fairly subtle. Taste is a really nice apple pie type flavor with apple plus lotsa of cinnamon along with caramel malts. Good drinkability. Very tasty beer overall. FB does an excellent job with pulling off getting non traditional flavors into beers.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.32/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a mini snifter. Pours a medium brown color with a thin head. Spotty lacing. The nose has a pretty hefty amount of spice and some underlying apple. Loads of nutmeg and other pumpkin-pie type spices really take this one over the tap. Flavor has some sweetness and a bit of a caramel apple thing, but the spices are way out front. Too much going on; just a total crapshoot. Not a fan.

Photo of Rifugium
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Prohibition Taproom, Philly, PA

Hazy garnet-cider pour, with a small bubbly head; decent retention and a bit of lacing. Excellent aroma, perfect recreation of apple pie, soft apples, blast of bready cinnamon crust, with a touch of vanilla. Taste wasn't nearly as full or inviting as the aroma, unfortunately. It's a lot like the aroma, but a bit thinned down (brown ale = bane of my existence). Sweet, sugary apples, cinnamon and nutmeg, caramel malts. Body was juicy and on the lighter side. I almost want to try this mulled. Overall pretty nice, but not one of the better ones I had from FB. Can't beat the aroma though.

Photo of CoachC
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - appearance is chestnut brown with a nice 1/2 inch head, served in a snifter.

S - the aroma does not do this incredible brew any justice.

T - tastes like my mothers baked apple pie..which is obviously amazing

M - mouthfeel is nice, not too heavy.

O - another great offering from the Funky Buddha. This brew reminds me of home made apple pie, with a delicious yet subtle hint of nutmeg. Awesome.

Photo of jp11801
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A fantastic beer from Funky Buddha, served in an oversized snifter.

Great appearance that to be compliments the taste they are apple pie taste they are aiming for.

Smells sweet with notes of cinnamon and apples

Tastes fantastic like the insides of a great home made apple pie with fresh apples and cinnamon.

Mouthfeel is good bit could be slightly thicker but still great. My only comment is the brewery pours this too cold and to really appreciate this beer you need to let it sit 10-15 minutes to warm slightly. Great beer and one of my favs from the Buddha

Photo of DosBeerigos
4.92/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Call me a home-er. The fact of the matter is I will continue to give good beers, good reviews and this is just another case.

I have had nothing like this before. The nose of the beer is strong with Grandma Smith Apples, hints of cinnamon and vanilla dance around the sour green apple notes.

Close your eyes and it taste like someone blended an apple pie, and is serving it to you in a glass. The attack is filled with apples (but not like apple juice), mid-palate is the pie spices even has a hint of the crust in it, and the finish is again clean. The only thing is that the apple flavor lingers just a tad.

Time and time again, I rack my brain out to try to figure out exactly how these flavors get into the beer. Like Maple Bacon, No Crusts, and the Blueberry Cobbler the guys at the Buddha seem to preform magic on the flavor profiles of their beers.

Unlike No Crusts, I could drink this beer all night, and amazingly the wife was a larger fan!

Photo of Chillwave
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Went to Funky buddha brewery for the Bonita applebum growler fill but while i was waiting to get it, i decided to aslo get it on draft as well.

Damn good beer. Its not overbearingly sweat like i thouht it might be. Instead it was perfect.

was like drinking and apple pie. Spices were on point, vanilla was there along with a nice caramel taste. Lastly is the apple which was thankyfully was not artificial like some apple ales.

Very smooth drink and is perfect for a nice fall sunday watching football

Photo of BARFLYB
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Hulmeville Inn.

Bonita Applebaum sports a medium brown color with some redness casted throughout. A nice half inch of medium tan foam that sticks around leaving some spray paint type lace. Smell is what is advertised. Apple pie to the max. The toasted malt scent is muted under a heaping of cinnamon and holiday scents. This is a good brown. While the apple and cinnamon dominate in every sense of the word, the base brown ale malts are intact and holding firm. Fruity and semi sweet, not cloying. The body is at about medium with bubbles. I don't know what it is about this beer, but I would want to drink it every X-MAS for some reason or another.

Photo of brentk56
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Presents with a cloudy auburn color capped by a decent head that leaves some good lacing behind

Smell: Apple pie spices and crust

Taste: Up front comes the crust with the apple pie flavors arriving by mid-palate; nicely combined after the swallow and into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation; somewhat flabby

Overall: Other than the odd mouthfeel (which I have noticed in a few of the other Funky Buddha beers I have tried), this is a very interesting beer and another example of this brewery's unique approach to beermaking

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to HoppyLuckyGoGo for sharing this one at GRG1313's tasting.

Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spice, and apple aromas. Taste is much the same with apple pie and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has qualities much like apple pie.

Photo of Beerisheaven
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Buddha event @ Prohibition tonight.

A - Pours a garnet brown color with a nice head that leaves some lacing as my glass is drained. You can get a much better representation of the presentation of the beer v. the smaller pours @ Capones. Very nice.

S - Wonderful beer that would be perfect for X-mas season. Nice combination of apple, cinnamon, breadt biscuit, some vanilla, and everything else that is good and that should be in a glass.

T - Follows the nose and again would make a great Christmas beer to go with your dessert. Great combination of flavors, each represented nicely and without being overly sweet or cloying. Really nice.

M - Pretty nice, about what you would want it to be.

O - For some reason, the Last Snow did not taste right tonight. I did not get nearly the coconut and coffee that I got on Sat from the Last Snow. It is almost like I was poured something else. If the Snow tasted Sat like it did tonight, I would say that this is better. But the Snow I drank on Sat was better than the Apple tonight.

I loved this beer and would drink this around the holidays for sure. Thanks Buddha for some great beers this week. Please come back.

Photo of dimenhetfield
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Ryan for sharing this with us before it’s even released. When the guys at the Buddha make a "apple pie" beer you expect it to taste just like an apple pie and that’s exactly what they did. This is by far one of the best creations they’ve come up with thus far. Incredible aroma and flavor, apple pie all the way. Wouldn’t change a thing about this beer.

Photo of Urbancaver
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off...

Sexiest growler ever!

Before i even pour it I get a huuuge whiff of cinnamon.
Pours a hazy reddish brown. Light white head. Smells overly of cinnamon. I enjoy the aroma but it is a bit fake because it's so over the top.
Tastes sweet wnd cinnamon heavy. Apple underneath. A pretty nice profile. Spot on for an apple pie beer.
Nice mouthfeel. Overall pretty solid.

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Bonita Applebum from Funky Buddha Brewery
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