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Funk Blueberry Citrus Wheat | DuClaw Brewing Company

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3.59/5
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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
Ranking:
#37,852
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
277
pDev:
13.09%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
93
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 277 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of George2744
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Vetbidder
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light golden see through look with a dissipating off white head. Big blueberry scent with a slight citrus companion. Mostly blueberry start feeding into a bready malt finish with every so slight bitterness on the taste. Flavor works and not sweet or cloying. Crisp and pretty well carbonated. Not too bad.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a nonic pint glass, the appearance was a nice looking semi-golden to yellow color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that swiftly dissipated. No lace.
The aroma had a nice sweet refreshing blueberry flesh running over top of some faint citrus pulpy sweetness, seemed genuine to me. Light sweet wheat at the very end.
The flavor was mainly sweet with just a hint of tart ever so slightly at the end. Aftertaste was just a tad sticky but acceptable with the blueberry, a little bit of wheat and a tickle of citrus.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a nice crisp sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good, maybe a touch low, but that didn't bother me. ABV felt on par.
Overall, I'd say DuClaw did everything that they wanted to with this beer. Perhaps, it would be better to me if I had it on a hot day, points not taken away because of that as it doesn't seem fair to the brewers since they can't control the weather.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ShoeIn-BrewWin
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great flavor profile with very light sweetness. A bit thin on body and very light nose with little character. Overall it tastes refreshing and is drinkable but leaves a bit to be desired in other categories.

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Photo of fisherbray
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Adam1993
4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smithj4
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bb-magic
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Trackster219
4.78/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I'm a big fan of DuClaw, but not so much of this offering...

While the brew had what was the most appealing beer poured into a pint glass, clear, orange with yellow highlights, the smell was something akin to blueberry soda. There was very little note to hops or even malt. The beer was light- to medium-bodied with a strong carbonation at the start but then greatly tamped downed towards the bottom. I really wanted to like this, but it was just a few steps above a NYF blueberry drink, maybe not as syrupy, but still sweet with little balance across the brew.

Still, it wasn't horrible, just not what I was expecting from a real good brewer.

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Photo of XsoldoutX
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gregf51
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Satsuma
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of generallee
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of White_Whiskey
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kingpinjefe
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of khargro2
2.91/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Damian74
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DMc8ride
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 3/17/2016. Pours lightly hazy medium golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lightly tart blueberry, lemon, wheat, cracker, biscuit, herbal, light pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of pale malt, fruit, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart blueberry, lemon, wheat, cracker, biscuit, herbal, light pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light herbal/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of blueberry, lemon, wheat, cracker, biscuit, herbal, light pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malt, fruit, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Minimal dryness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/grainy, and slightly acidic/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very nice fruited pale wheat ale! All around nice robustness and balance of pale malt, fruit, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, easy, and refreshing to drink. Very flavorful for the ABV, with a great balance between fruit and malt. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

As I continue to winnow through the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody, I am finding beers that I do not even remember purchasing! In fact, I have so many DuClaw beers hanging around that I am embarking on a horizontal tasting for the next few days. This should be interesting.

From the bottle: "Slide into the groove of this soulful fusion of American wheat and hops that sets the rhythm for a stunning encore blueberry and Meyer lemon. Now tear the lid off this sucker, [']cause you’re gonna ... just dig it!"; "Respect the Fluid".

The Pop! was no problem, but the pour was going to be incredibly gentle. There was no telling whether there would be lees on the punt, but I was not taking the chance. I got some foaming initially, but when it quickly fell, I revived it with an in-glass swirl to create a finger of foamy, tawny head with moderate retention. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13), although closer to the lower number, with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like blueberry pancakes or blueberry muffins! Mmmm. I experienced this the other day from Mosaic hops, but here I gather that it was an actual fruit adjunct. Either way, I am a fan of blueberries! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was not over-the-top sweet, but it was definitely of blueberries with a light tang. I could not have identified the source as Meyer lemons, but the wheat malt worked well to give it a spritzy tang. Finish was semi-sweet, very refreshing and probably worth revisiting on a hot summer's day.

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Photo of iridius
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of q33jeff
1.93/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

**
08/16/14
3-way blueberry beer taste test.
Duclaw was just blueberry smelling water.
1-Sam Adams Blueberry Hill Lager. 2-Fegleys Blueberry Belch, 3-DuClaw Blueberry Citrus Wheat.
**

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Photo of TimberSwanson
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 277 ratings
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