Funk Blueberry Citrus Wheat | DuClaw Brewing Company

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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

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45
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260
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
13.06%
 
 
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Photo of nicholas2121
4.5/5  rDev +25%
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 Caveworm
4.49/5  rDev +24.7%
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 +23.6%
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 PA-hunter
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 5% abv

Appearance- Medium gold. Low white foamy head. Intermediate clarity.

Smell- Fresh blueberry, wheat

Taste- A dry grainy wheat malt with a quick rush of fresh blueberries. The berry flavor is sweet and compliments the wheat malt rather than over power it. Finishes with a hint of lemon citrus and light hint of coriander.

Mouthfeel- Medium-light in body with active carbonation.

Overall- I enjoyed this wheat/blueberry beer. Nice Summer offering. Unsure if it's a fruit beer or a pale wheat ale but it's both essentially. Crafted well.

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Photo of smythie86
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer has a thick malty appearance, and a wonderful blueberry smell. It also has a strong blueberry taste, with a clear blueberry aftertaste. This beer clearly achieves the blueberry taste that the name implies. A strong malty flavor, with a kick of blueberry, this a great sweet fruity beer, yet I do not think it is overly fruity, the taste of blueberry was just the right amount in my opinion.

If you like blueberries, and like beer with a slight fruit flavor, you will likely enjoy this beer. I felt the levels of blueberry taste was the right amount, enough to clearly taste and smell it in the beer, but not overly done.

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Photo of claytri
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a light gold with a white head. The aroma was of malt and hops. The taste is of sweet malt and just enough hops to balance. The feel is light and dry. This was a wonderful beer that gave the best of a wheat and left you wanting more, definately one I wish was one of their regulars.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
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 Jon_Hendricks
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color.

Overall: The aroma is sweet blueberry. The taste is sweet but has a strong wheat base with mild citrus, followed up with a very good blueberry flavor. This beer is natural and refreshing. It's a great summer beer.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this mixed and marched at the House of 1,000 beers. Very cheap just $1.85 for the single.

A - Quite cloudy orange yellow color slightly dark with a 1/4 inch of head that settles quickly to a light lace ring. Sticky lacing.
S - Very fruity waves of citrus and intense blueberry, but not sour like a iambic more like pie filling. Hope it's at least tart.
T - Well it does have a distinct blueberry taste not tart or intense. The wheat is done well rounding out the flavors of both the citrus and blueberry. Sweet, fruity, light.
M - Light to medium easy to chug but better to sip. Very tasty.

Overall this is good stuff only available for a limited time. Will try and get another 6 pack I am liking it as much as O'fallon Wheach which I now have a case of!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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 orcrist_cleaver
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%

A: Medium hazy gold. Short of burnished in my opinion. No head to speak of. Fast rising bubbles are a plus (3.5/5)

S: Very sweet. Lemonhead candy, moderately tart blueberry syrup smell. Not overbearingly sweet though (3.75/5).

M: Really light and crisp. Effervescent. Cuts down on sweetness and makes the beer very easy to drink despite high sweetness. Perfect for sweetness level and flavor of beer (5/5).

T: Blueberry lemon pound cake. Sugary blueberry sweet at first. Doughy wheat malts, light pepper notes. Tart lemon finish cleanses the palate well. Lingering fresh picked blueberry taste even though the origin of that flavor is far from it. One of the better btled blueberry beers that I have had (3.75/5).

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Photo of Billolick
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
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 superspak
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
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 rjd722
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Copied over my review from the duplicate version:
Had at DuClaw brewpub in Arundel Mills, MD. Look was nothing special, clear golden appearance with minimal head. I'm usually not a fan of blueberry beers but the citrus really saved the day here. While the blueberry smell is predominant, the citrus additions are very nice and enhanced the overall experience. Big burst of citrus/blueberry wheat that was very appealing and refreshing. An easy to drink and enjoyable wheat for the warmer months, solid local selection for me.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%

12 oz.

Pours a clear golden with a white lacing for a head.

Smells of citrus and grassy malts with juicy and fresh berries throughout.

Tastes of grassy malts with lemon citrus and lemon grass flavorings and a slight banana. Slight berry tartness in the finish.

Medium body with stinging carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A very nice light refreshing summery ale that quenches the thirst and goes down easy. The fruit flavoring is subtle as it should be.

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Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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 Boggdogg
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pours an Orangeish Gold color with a nice white head which leaves good lacing throughout.
S-smell is blueberry with hops and some citrus
T-is citrus with hops and some blueberry. Slightly more bitter than sweet also sour like a lemon.
M-medium bodied and smooth and not dry
0-not bad best I've had from Duclaw. Good for a warm spring day.

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Photo of eskildow
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It pours a yellow gold with no lace left from the head. There is an almost tutti frutti smell to this one, it puts me very faintly in mind of the milk after a bowl of Froot Loops cereal. The flavour is a mild, citrusy bite with faint berry (particularly blueberry) hints. The texture is smooth but unremarkable.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of BEERchitect
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Cautious of how fruit flavoring can both trasform a beer and destroy a beer, an apprehensive attitude goes into selecting DuClaw's Funk Blueberry Citrus Wheat Ale. The generous use of flavorings from the brewery are well documented, so what are they going to do with a fruit beer?

Its hazy gold, slight amber hue is an indication that the brewery is more focused on the flavor of the beer rather than its pretention. Shy on head character, the beer immediately rewards the nose with bright blueberry with a cereal tone. Beyond its scent, the sweeter and breadier flavors seem cobbler-like with the fruit leading the way.

Expectations of fruit dominance cause for bracing, however the kinder malt-centric flavors are bready with shortcake with a pastry sweetness that's eerily of pop-tarts. Lemon link up with blueberry for an effortless marriage in taste as the finish resonnates with a cream, malt and sweet extention.

Medium bodied but trending light with the pierce of acidity and alcohol, the beer's carbonation offers an aromatic creaminess while facilitating dryness and a savory quality. Trending tart and vinous, the ale leaves the mouth with a strong citrus wave and its blueberry whimsy.

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Photo of chinchill
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
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 woodychandler
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Brian_L-2056
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smelled blueberries as soon as I opened the bottle. Pours a nice cloudy golden honey color, with a small white head. As far as taste, there is a hint of blueberries at the start, but not overwhelming. The finish is kind of bland though. Overall, I like this beer, I could drink this all day long. The blueberries give it a little something to make it different, but not ruin the pleasure of drinking it.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
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 JerzDevl2000
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this out of a bottle for the first time last night up at the Cloverleaf. It's not something that I would have normally ordered but it was on their summer PhD list and it seemed like it would be light enough while still having a ton of body. This turned out to be slightly artificial tasting but it needed more hops and wheat in order to stand out more. As it was, I thought that this was decent for the summer but was a bit too heavy when it came to the blueberry flavor.

The pour to this was decent - as the beer had a somewhat golden hue that was cloudy but still had a bit of clarity to it. The head was present but not full and subsided fairly quickly once this settled down. Lots of blueberry in the nose to go with some wheat with both of these also being present in the taste. The meyer lemon wasn't terribly strong but it was there and somewhat more tart than I would have expected. No doubt that the saving grace of this beer was the presence of the pale and wheat malt, which kept the somewhat contrived feel of the blueberry and lemon from taking over. This was juicy, fairly well-rounded, and easygoing without having any particular qualities that stood out.

On second thought, the relatively low alcoholic content of this was something that was noteworthy as I would have been able to polish off another in a sitting if it were possible. Not a lot of hops here but if you're looking for a summer beer with a nice body and fruit flavor to it, this would be a good choice. Not as good as the Oberon or Hop Sun as this straddled the line between a Pale Wheat Ale and a Fruit beer, but this beer ended up with just enough going for it.

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