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
Ratings:
260
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
13.06%
 
 
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 cjgiant
3.14/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottle:
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 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 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 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 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 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 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
3.54/5.00

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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 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 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 q33jeff
1.93/5  rDev -46.4%
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 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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Funk Blueberry Citrus Wheat from DuClaw Brewing Company
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