Funk Blueberry Citrus Wheat | 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
Ratings:
269
Reviews:
46
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
13.06%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
91
For Trade:
0
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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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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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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 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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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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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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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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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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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of tdm168
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Funk Blueberry Citrus Wheat from DuClaw Brewing Company
3.6 out of 5 based on 269 ratings.
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