Lemon Meringue Pie
Funky Buddha Brewery

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Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #31
Ranked #14,328
3.94 | pDev: 9.39%
Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States
Very Good
Lemon Meringue PieLemon Meringue Pie
Notes: This version of our quaffable blonde ale is made with real pilsner malt and a touch of wheat to lend a beautiful golden blonde color that's easy on the eyes. We add vanilla and lemon to make it taste like the fluffy, namesake treat.
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Cycle Brewing goblet.

A: Hazy dark yellow with some gold highlights. A good amount of visible carbonation, and a half-finger of white head that fades away quickly.

S: Lemon - like Lemon Pledge - with wheat grist, lactic acidity, and light cracker malts. A touch of sweet lactose lingers behind.

T: Tart lemons that retain some of the artificial flavors hinted at by the nose. Lactic tartness, sweet lactose and vanilla, and cracker malts. A bitter-sour lemon rind flavor in the hang.

M: Light body, average carbonation sensation, and minimal alcohol presence.

O: A relatively simple beer…certainly not complex. A very light body that stops just short of watery. The artificial character of the lemon ruins this for me, and those flavors don't mesh with the lactose and vanilla like the actual pie does. Not offensive, but falls in the "Try if you must and move on" category.

Oct 29, 2017
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Retroman40 from Florida

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours out a golden straw color with a foamy head that retreats to a few wisps of foam. Actually smells and tastes like lemon meringue pie! Talk about your truth in advertising. Excellent mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. This beer 100% lives up to the label. If you don't like lemon meringue pie get something else; if you do expect to be amazed!

Sep 08, 2017
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TX-Badger from Texas

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow golden color with white head. This beer actually smells like lemon meringue pie, lots of lemony citrus with a vanilla sweetness on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes much of the same way.

Jul 31, 2017
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PorterLambic from Florida

3.39/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm more than a bit underwhelmed. FB does so many exceptional beers, this disappoints, not in comparison, just as it is.
Typically golden color with a white head.
Smell is faint, overly subtle, nearly missing. Just a whiff of lemon & some grain.
Taste is just a basic golden/blond ale. Bit of malt, bit of grain. I wish there was more but, sorry, no.
Body is solidly medium.

Jun 14, 2017
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass

A- pours a bright clear straw color with a two-finger foamy white head that has great retention long after the pour, leaving some lacing behind

S- aroma is a nice mixture of lemon and vanilla cream, even some custard notes. Undertones of toasted malt even gives it a pie crust-like aroma to compliment the vanilla and cream

T- opens with flavors of lemon custard & vanilla cream, the lemon is just slightly tart, but mostly sweet, much like a lemon meringue. Mid-palate gives some toasted malt notes, with doughy crust notes. The finish gives more lemon and vanilla cream that lingers to wrap up the experience

M- medium-light body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a crisp, slightly sweet finish

O- another food flavored success from FB. Light, refreshing and super drinkable

Apr 14, 2017
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a glass - beer trade

aroma is definitely of lemon meringue pie, FB did a great job of recreating that fragrance

Tart, lemony flavor. definitely a lemon meringue taste
the question I ask myself is " why would you want a lemon meringue beer?"

Becuase you can or it's there?

Nice beer

Feb 20, 2017
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SomethingClever from Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle poured into snifter bottled on 5/19/16 I did not listen to the consume fresh on label or the glass it was meant to be poured in.

A: Bright yellow gold body with excellent clarity. Small white creamy head that disappears totally.

S: Lemons light sweetness some sour grains a light bit of bread

T: Wow its lots of lemon light sour then a crackery doughy almost like crust finish. Not a lot of sweetness but a little in the finish.

M: Medium bodied clings a little to the tongue drinks a bit bigger than it is.

O: This is pretty damn good at being what it says it is, the vanilla is so mellow its undiscernable that could be due with the age of the beer, but this beer works.

Feb 12, 2017
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cosmicevan from New York

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

thanks rowmark, tick city...dude walks in, puts 4 funky buddha bottles in the table opens them all. lemon and vanilla in a blonde...I get that. I guess the question is why? more interesting than anything else.

Oct 07, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

its hard to say something is gimmicky and lame when it tastes this good. poorer execution on this would have me fuming about these guys being too weird and out there, and just having had the key lime from tallgrass (which was rotten), my expectations were low, even for a funky buddha beer. i like the lemon aroma, its sweet like homemade lemonade with just enough white sugar added to take the edge of the sourness, its not overly sugary, which i think is key here. it does taste a lot like the pie too, the only thing missing really is the crust, and the malt base here seems too light to play that role adequately, but it doesnt seem incomplete even without that part. vanilla for sure in the aroma, more tempered in the taste, and there really is a custard like quality to this, light and airy, egg whitey, on point. hard to wrap my head around a beer tasting so much like a food, like i want to be chewing this instead of drinking it, but they have done a pretty respectable job converting pie to beer, and i ended up liking this a whole lot more than i thought i would. awesome carbonation and a little tang help it finish nicely, and it not being too too sweet is a smart call. i would drink this again happily! thanks to my homie for hooking it up, the florida connection baby!

Aug 28, 2016
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Received in a trade, shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy golden hue with a good one finger white head that fades to leave a creamy blanket and light wisps.

S - Aromas...ummm, wow. Lemon meringue pie in a glass. Tart lemon curd, sweeter egg white meringue, nice vanilla. Very light flakey pie crust. This is absolutely incredible!

T - Taste is absolutely delicious. Excellent lemon zest, enormous vanilla heavy meringue. Lightly sweet, good crust, nice light blonde notes.

M - Mouthfeel is very nicely carbonated, fluffy, excellent.

O - Overall this was an absolutely incredible beer. The nose was incredible, the taste was awesome too. I wish breweries in New England could make beers like this. Wow. Home run.

Serving Type: bottle

Aug 12, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.79/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Thanks to rudzud

Pours big fluffy frothy 1.5 finger head fades semi slowly, great thick lacing, very hazy lemony blond color.

Nose brings big lemon meringue pie, nice tart lemon, lemon zest and pie filling, with big cream, plenty of vanilla, touch blonde malt toasted dough, crust like dough, cream soda like creamy note, whipped cream thing.

Taste nice tart lemon, juicy fresh lemonade and zest, nice creamy meringue, big creamy marshmallow and vanilla, raw vanilla and vanilla whipped cream thing on top of the lemon meringue, just a touch of toasted doughy blond malt. Finish little lactic thing and tart lemon, little cracker and blond creamy.
Mouth is med bod, little fluffy creamy, decent carb, tart lemony.

Overall incredible, so well done, perfect lemon meringue pie flavors, fresh lemon zest and lemon pie, creamy vanilla, little blonde doughy malt crust, so much awesomeness comes together with a little of the blond malt coming through and even blending with it, but maybe a touch less blond malt than I would have wanted, but just incredible.

Aug 12, 2016
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BeerSamurai34 from Texas

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man I wish this beer was anything but a blonde ale. I really enjoyed this beer and it actually did taste a lot like a lemon meringue pie, but there is so much untapped potential here. Had it been a wild ale, this could have been off the charts.

Jul 12, 2016
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber. Smells and tastes like lemon meringue, how do they do that? Lemony with sweet vanilla, very tasty, surprised me. Enjoyed this dessert beer.

Jul 11, 2016
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The_Snow_Bird from Florida

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours golden blonde with a medium sized head on top. All that I could smell was lemon. Has a very strong lemon taste, very tart with a crust after taste.

Jul 06, 2016
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OompaMentor from Georgia

4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another "Funky" beer from this brewery! Poured this blond into a pint glass with anticipated excitement. Hazy, blond with a nice one finger head. The hints of lemon and vanilla do not disappoint and the taste is medium with well-balanced flavor; it tastes like lemon meringue pie. If you enjoyed Last Snow then this is worth the purchase if you like lemon flavors. Tart, sweet and delicious! Funky Buddha does it again and again- please find a way to distribute in Georgia!!

Jul 03, 2016
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NoYouDidnt from Indiana

4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden. Smells of lemon and vanilla and marshmallow. Tasted the same. Little tartness. Overall. Thought this was refreshing and tasted really good. It tastes like they say it will. Props on that.

Jun 26, 2016
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours hazy and honey colored with a modest head that fritters away rather quickly; some shards of lacing

Smell: Lemon chiffon with a distinct vanilla tone

Taste: Cake malt flavors set the base for the lemon meringue to take over; slightly tart and somewhat creamy

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Fun and gimmicky, but not something to get overly excited about; refreshing, though

Jun 20, 2016
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cjgator3 from Florida

2.83/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. The smell of this beer reminds me of a lemon-lime soda. The taste comes across as being more natural as it has some crisp lemon notes that are slightly puckering. The vanilla adds a mild layer of smoothness to the light and prickly mouthfeel.

Jun 10, 2016
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Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bomber poured into pint glass.
Excessive head settles into a froth. Light clear yellow in color.
Subtle lemon in the smell.
Strong tartness in the lemon flavor with a lactose smoothness to give it the meringue effect.
Absolutely delicious. Tartness lingers and builds.
Like the name suggests, this is a dessert beer not one to drink a lot of.
Overall this is another unique and creative success from the brewers at Funky Buddha.

Jun 06, 2016
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SlothB77 from Virginia

4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The best blonde ale I've ever had. What sets this apart is that funky buddha nails the creamy meringue part. This isn't just a blonde ale they added lemon to, made it a little tart and funky and called it lemon meringue pie. The creamy meringue flavor comes through too. A little sweet, but not too sweet. Balanced by the tartness. It isn't too artificial tasting either. This is real lemon, some lactose or something to get it creamy, a little funk and a beautiful blonde ale. Crisp, refreshing on a hot summer day in south Florida.

Jun 03, 2016
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MacSon1982 from Florida

4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: poured into a Pilsner glass (as recommended on bottle). Very effervescent and created solid 1" thick head that was hard to keep from getting to big (insert pun here). Head was white in color as beer was translucent and golden in color. Bubbles continued to flow from bottom to top during entire enjoyment. Some medium lacing lines held on throughout....

S: strong lemon, some whipped cream, tons of sugar and touches of vanilla....

T: did they use lemon drop hops? If so, I'm not even mad. Very light and crisp. The carbonation is creates a fluffiness that plays well with the lemon. Medium vanilla presence that balances out the tartness from the lemon....

F: fluffy and medium mouthfeel. Lemons add the tart you need while the sugar sweetens the beer up properly....

O: underrated and delicious. This sold out so quickly because it's tasty.

May 31, 2016
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IckyT2012 from Florida

4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well they hit the nail on head with this one. If you want lemon meringue pie, this is it. Smells like a pie shop. Taste follows but a bit watered down. Not as potent as the nose. Definitely a little watery, which is the only thing I'd take away. Great dessert beer.

May 30, 2016
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very one-dimensional and excessively sweet. The lemon is there but that's about it. The base is drowned out by the sweet lemon flavour. Despite the interesting flavour profile, it was difficult to finish a taster due to the sweetness.

Apr 15, 2016
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Dave_Treat from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On Tap at Funky Buddha. Poured crytal clear yellow with a small white head. Aroma was full of lemon. Tasted like a lemon pop, sweet and slightly puckering, but not sour. Crisp and clean.

Dec 05, 2015
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