Funk Blueberry Citrus Wheat | DuClaw Brewing Company

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Funk Blueberry Citrus WheatFunk Blueberry Citrus Wheat

Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

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!

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Photo of q33jeff
1.93/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

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 sideshowrob
2.05/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Beer was on-tap, poured a pale yellow color not unlike mass produced fizzy yellow beer. Some head. Smell was absent, presumed missing. No hint of the honey that was claimed to be present. Taste was again, much closer to the fizzy yellow stuff than what I would call an American wheat. If I squinted my taste buds, I could almost imagine a hint of the honey. Beer did have good carbonation, which helped liven up the mouthfeel. I was glad when this pint was finished. I'm Not sure if the Funk kegs got lost on the way to the pub-restaurant from the brewery and were replaced en-route by the yellow fizzy stuff, but I wouldn't be surprized.

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Photo of gillagorilla
2.91/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Flying Dog goblet

A: Straw/Blonde that is hazy but has lots of carbonation bubbling up.

S: It smells like old blueberry muffins from a box mix. Not much of a funk but a bit of lemon bars in there as well.

T: Standard bland wheat beer with a hint of what seems like artificial blueberry. This one will be put to better use in the form of blueberry pancakes. Sorry DuClaw, again with the miss.

M: Bubbly and effervescent.

O: Not to my palate. Tastes like standard "beer" or what I associate it as, to me. I've been meaning to make pancakes anyway, so this will do great.

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Photo of ckollias
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this beer on tap at Duclaw in Bowie, MD out of a pint glass.

A: Pours an light orange hue with a frothy white head that quickly dissipates leaving no trail or lace.

S: Blueberry and malt aroma.

T: Blueberry flavor with a wheat malt background and finishes on the dry side of fruity.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Not a huge fan of these blueberry brews.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.01/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A- Pale golden body with crystal clear transparency. Thin white head that hangs around for a while and leaves lacing.

S- Blueberries, orange, lemon, wheat. Very fragrant and sugary.

T- Fizzy blueberry and citrus up front, with some wheat mixed in. Really as advertised, but the fruit tastes somewhat artificial. Almost like you would expect from a Capri-Sun.

M- Fizzy and thin. Would be drinkable except for the artIficial aftertaste.

O- The fruit flavor is just not good unfortunately. I did not get the artificial chocolate peanut butter in sweet baby Jesus, but this one does taste artificial unfortunately.

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Photo of
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fell's Point Location

Clear gold, with a medium sized white head. Looks a bit washed out.

Very mild aroma. Sweet and citrusy.

Flavor again very mild. More bitter than sweet, citrusy in character.

Light bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly dry.

A good summer beer, but not much here to get you excited about.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.14/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours Crystal clear, with soapy white head that does manage to have some lasting power.
Smell of blueberry hits as I open the bottle. If I look at this as a pure fruit beer, the smell is nice. However, it's about the only note in the smell. There's a hint of cereal grain, almost makes me think of Booberry cereal (but not really sweet in nature).

Taste, again as a fruit beer, is ok. Fairly clean opening, with the blueberry present and growing thoughout the taste. I get the lightest bit of orange in some sips of a warmer beer. There is a light grassy note that hits early to mid taste and provides a counter to the blueberry, but not necessarily a great one. Feels on the light and watery side, not expected in a wheat beer.

Just not at all what I expected from a wheat beer. Some ok fruit notes, but the combination with the choice of bittering flavor didn't work for me.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clearish golden color. The head is a finger high and white in shade. While it has a nice creaminess, it doesn't have good retention. A minute ring of lacing is left on the glass.

S: The first thing I smell is pure Fruity Pebbles. Additional notes of candied sugar and wheat are prevalent. If I really concentrate, I can even pick up a touch of lemon. It's fairly simplistic in its aroma. On the plus side, it knows it's a simple fruited wheat beer instead of posing as a witbier or hefeweizen. It does what it purports to do admirably.

T: The fruitiness is quite prevalent at first, bringing both blueberry and lemon. It seems a bit artificial, unfortunately, but it doesn't screw it up completely. A simple wheat flavor finishes it off. It's just another fruited wheat beer at the end of the day, but it's pulled off decently.

M: Body-wise, it's a bit viscous, and not exactly bone dry on the finish. Sweetness lingers, but not annoyingly. The texture could be creamier, though. High carbonation wills it down quite easily - indeed, this one is fairly refreshing.

O: Back in the day, right before I got into craft beer, I mainly drank Leinie's Sunset Wheat. Drinking this reminds me of those days, so I've grown a bit of a soft spot toward it. This won't win any awards, or even be my first choice for a warm weather refresher, but I'll probably drink it again at some point.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked up a bottle randomly at Pin's.

Pale yellow-gold color, with a bubbly white that sank to a thin ringlet, leaving some light lacing on the glass. Light citrus and toasted wheat in the aroma, not as much blueberry as I would have expected. Largely the same in the taste, toasted grains, light hints of lemon, and the blueberry was candy-like but quite faded. This was a lighter bodied brew, drinkable, lacking the harshness that I get from the grainy quality in many wheat beers. Decent, but not something I'd drink regularly.

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Photo of RandomExile
3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A: translucent amber/orange, no head, decent lacing but fades almost immediately
S: pretty much just blueberry, with a hint of malt
T: blueberry, citrus, malt, slightly bitter, lingering blueberry finish
M: thin-bodied, light, a bit of citrus bite
O: Not a bad blueberry flavor, but a bit of a weak gimmick.

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Photo of cjamesb09
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
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 Beerwolf666
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Du Claws "Funk Blueberry Citrus" is actually a pretty good Brew as a whole,not too Sweet,with a nice Blueberry finish and hints of citrus,I enjoyed it quite a bit actually,however it has a rather Thin mouth feel and a somewhat watered down taste,if it had a bit more body,I think it would be an outstanding fruit beer,and I would have gave it a Much higher score,as it stands I still think it is a good,Decent fruit Brew,and a good choice when you are in the mood for a non traditional Brew~
Cheers and Peace2All:)

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Photo of bluehende
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had from a keg at a tasting. The blueberry flavor was nice and subdued. The base was ok but nothing spectacular. Not a bad beer at all but nothing to brag about.

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Photo of wac9
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

wow what a good beer looks good in a glass and taste mighty fine will make a fine summer beer when the weather is hot so drink up the blueberry taste is nice

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Photo of AyeMito
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had to do this one since its summer time. Good beer to have outside on those hot days! Overall not too impressive but I did find things that I was impressed by. When poured it has a light amber color with a small fizzy head. Nothing too eye catching. However, the smell was absolutely great! It reminded me of a blueberry Poptart fresh out of the toaster! Bold sugary blueberry with a smooth citrus finish. The actual taste itself, has more of a sugary kick. I was hit by soft blueberry with a foamy citrus undertone. Its very sugary! So much so in fact, that by the time I was finishing the beer I had a hard time tasting all the flavors. Still nice though! but nothing outstanding. Just remember to pour it hard to get that head and enjoy that amazing smell!

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Photo of chefhatt
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a hazy orange color body with a thin small head to it. The aroma has a blueberry, citrus smell to it. The taste is of blueberry and lemon upfront then some wheat comes in on the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth but thin and overall is a tasty beer.

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Photo of LAp
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taster on tap at Whole Foods during a separate tasting event.

This beer tastes like what every blueberry wheat aspires to be: more like drinking a blueberry juice or tea than actual beer. Whether or not that's a positive is up for debate.

The beer has in-your-face fruit on the nose, akin to smelling a giant box of blueberries, and sweet, unadulterated blueberry on the palate, followed by a touch of lemon and thick wheat on the backend.

It's so hard to rate a beer like this because while it is a) not my style of beer at all, b) not a flavor profile that I tend to seek out, and c) more focused on the adjunct than the actual beer, it's difficult to argue that that was not DuClaw's intent. While it's not a beer that I'd pick up from the store, it's certainly not an offensive beer, and one can't help but feel that this preoccupation with additive over substance is precisely what DuClaw was looking to accomplish.

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Photo of metter98
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear dark yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of blueberries are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of blueberries along with notes of wheat and hints of grainy malts.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and makes for an enjoyable summer beverage.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a relatively clear golden honey in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and a hint of amber + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy fizzy foamy white head that quickly reduces to a large patch of thin film covering about 75% of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat, citrus/orange, and just a hint of blueberry. Light amounts of funkiness become present as it warms up.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of wheat, pale malts, and Belgian witbier yeast. That is followed by a light flavor of barnyard funkiness with a light amount of citrus/orange. Finally, there is a hint of blueberry in the finish which is neither tart nor sweet. Minimal amounts of bitterness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of acidic tartness and dryness in the finish.

O: Interesting but the blueberry and citrus are much more mute in the flavor/aroma than I expected. Nice amounts of funkiness. Easy enough to drink but not interesting enough to want another.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Brewed in the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Available in 12 oz. bottled 6 packs and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter glass. Served above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp frothy head of an off white color over a pale amber body with moderate haziness and lots of sediment in tow. Soft carbonation is visible. Retention is below average and there is no visible lacing. 2.75

(Smell) Strong aromas of juicy and sweet blueberry extract up front, with subtle notes of orange peel over a pale and soft wheat body with a moderate sweetness. Light blueberry tartness predicts a wider range of blueberry flavors. Low hop profile and a low bitterness. The aroma is reminiscent of blueberry-heavy beers, of which local SweetWater Blue comes to mind. 3.75

(Taste) The flavor starts and ends with lingering dried blueberries and blueberry extract, softly sweet but very potent in flavor. Chewy wheat malts and light pale syrups make for a sufficient malt profile, whereas hop flavors and bitterness is nowhere to be found. The little bit of balance that this beer has comes from a subtle inclusion of orange peel, which doesn't contribute much to flavor and isn't quite enough to balance the blueberry syrup fruitiness. The fruit profile isn't as startling and over-the-top as fruit syrup beers (Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat and Wild Blue come to mind), but the lack of balance is still notable. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) The texture is slightly chewy, smooth and lightly dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, shy of medium overall. Balance is moderately sweet over bitter. Alcohol presence is low and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) Blueberry is one of the more challenging flavors to capture in a beer and many breweries resort to blueberry extracts over the actual fruit. Wheat beers sound like the best candidate for blueberry flavor, and due to the popularity of large name brands popularizing the liquid Fruity Pebbles flavors of artificial blueberry, there will always be a market and a desire for beers like Funk and SweetWater Blue, even though the balance of flavors involved is often too sweet and imbalanced to impress a seasoned Pale Wheat drinker's discriminating palate. Funk will do in a pinch as one of the better balanced blueberry-infused wheat ales, but the blueberry flavor still comes off as far too artificial and one-dimensional and combined with the malt profile too boastful to generate an interesting array of flavors. I would have enjoyed more tart notes of blueberry or a more pronounced bitter citrus flavor. Looking back at the title of this beer I had even anticipated even some sourness, but it looks to be little more than a play on the color of blueberries. 3.5

DuClaw Brewing Company's
Funk Blueberry Citrus Wheat

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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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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 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 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 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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