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Funk | DuClaw Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
duclaw.com

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
The traditional American Wheat Ale serves as a solid baseline, but we couldn’t be content until we tore the roof off this sucker! Funk, our Blueberry Citrus Wheat Ale, sets the rhythm with a soulful fusion of American wheat and hops, before unleashing a stunning encore with big notes of blueberry and Meyer lemon. It’s no jive, you’ll just dig it!

Added by NeroFiddled on 08-19-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
118
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
24.86%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
20
For Trade:
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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 118
Reviews by JamieDuncan:
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3/5  rDev -18%

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Funk is no longer what it used to be. It's now a "blueberry citrus wheat". I'm not so fond of it; I think it's a touch too bitter, and the blueberry and citrus flavors compete rather than complement. I'd now rate it at a 3.8 but I've left my old review for posterity...

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.

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Photo of megamass
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Billolick
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, comes with PKG on dateing

Pours ligtly hazed, minimal head, film, lace etc.

Light fruity nose

Zesty, lemony on the palate, light blueberries and more lemon on the back end....crisp and tasty, nice summer brew.

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Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a lager glass. 18 March 2016 packaging date.

Light body with medium+ carbonation and a dry finish.

Aroma: earthy hops, lemon, blueberry puree and wheat.

Flavor: a well balanced mix of blueberries, grains and hops, with the blueberry readily detectable but conservatively added, allowing the hops and grains to dominate. Some lemon in the finish. (Overly?) Mild.

Overall: not funky bur rather clean and refreshing.

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
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!

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Photo of socon67
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nicholas2121
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Funk brewed by DuClaw Brewing Company, with an ABV of 5.00% This brew pours out a nice deep amber color with a nice white head. The smell of Funk is rich with Blueberry ,grins sweetness. There is also some nice malts and hops in the smell of this brew. There is a lot going on in the smell of this brew. Now for the taste it bold with grains and malts with a mild Blueberry taste. The blueberry is not overpowering at all in this brew. The Blueberry is very inviting. Funk has a real super nice balance to iFunk | DuClaw Brewing Companyt. There is nothing overpowering about this brew at all. I can really get into this brew, it is nice and smooth. The mouthfeel of Fuck is bold rich smooth and refreshing. Over all I'm giving Funk a 4.5 out 5. I would buy this brew again. DuClaw Brewing Company, did a super nice job with this brew.

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Photo of hophugger
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ConradKenney
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SFNC
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RandalFlagg
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
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

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Photo of Hockey_Fan
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of VeganUndead
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of Caveworm
4.49/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Funk | DuClaw Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this beer's head is three fingers thick, with secular lacing, and a translucent straw gold body.

Smells like a nice blend of the wheat and lemon with faint, non-sweet blueberry aroma.

I taste a mild, easygoing mix of the smell with a small hop bitterness accented by the blueberries.

The mouthfeel here is medium-light with fair carbonation.

I'l rate Funk | DuClaw Brewing Company with an overall 4.5. A very quenching choice for hot days.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
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!!

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Photo of cjamesb09
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of Griggsy
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikr
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ryanflc
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ALLISON01
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of buschbeer
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

This beer pours a light shade of amber with golden highlights. It is topped with an inch of off white head that disappears quickly and leaves no lacing.

It smells like blueberry along with some lemon citrus notes.

The taste starts out like your average blueberry ale, but then the citrus flavor kicks in giving it a little something to separate it from the rest.

Medium mouthfeel

This is a decent blueberry ale. I put it slightly above average do to having a little more flavor than your average blueberry ale.

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Funk from DuClaw Brewing Company
3.66 out of 5 based on 118 ratings.
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