Funnel Cake
Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing

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Cream Ale
Ranked #199
Ranked #44,515
3.58 | pDev: 12.85%
Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing
New Jersey, United States
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been spoiled by local Carton's Coffee Cream Ale series, but this Funnel Cake is fun and original, though to sweet with too many additives for me.
a) yellow color with short head. little last or lace develops.
s) mom's spice drawer with emphasis on baking: vanilla, sugar, pepper.
t) Follows that spicey direction but on a sweet cake like background.
f) I like the finish, as the over-sweet gets pulled back by the pepper in an original see-saw way.
o) Too much vanilla and sugar for more than a half beer for me

Jun 22, 2020
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It seemed to be true to what it said it was. It just fell a little short. Maybe if there was more vanilla and malt it would have accomplished its goal

Aug 23, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic pint glass, the appearance was a ruddy burnt yellow to orange color with just a skim of head at the top. Dissipated super quick. No lace. The aroma was sweet corn, sweet biscuits, vanilla extract, lactose and a little bit of lemon sweetness. The flavor was super sweet with a super clean aftertaste and finish. The palate was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt fine. Overall, decent as one of those "Americanized cream ales." Perhaps, I might give it another shot.

Jun 10, 2017
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

4/10/17...pours pale gold, very clear, fast settling white foam that vanishes. Pale scent, milky. Vanilla hints. Strong vanilla bean flavor. Creamy mouthfeel. Quite smooth. Crazy creative.

Jun 03, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

2.65/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing Co. "Funnel Cake"
12 fl. oz. can, no freshness dating
$2.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Look: A cloudy yellow-gold body teems with life as tiny bubbles race upwards to settle below a creamy cap of white. It looks like a Belgian witbier, or even a Bavarian hefeweizen. Oddly the head drops fairly quickly, and thus the lacing is limited beyond what's left by the initial pour.

Smell: Yeasty. Phenolic with plastic/clove. Sweetish like malt and sugar. A touch of vanilla. Certainly not what I was expecting.

Taste: As the aroma indicates with more vanilla. The yeast and phenols are not pleasant. It seems that this is an old can, with the yeast struggling to hold on, giving off phenols and fermenting everything it could. Unfortunately it's not dated. It has a bit of tartness that I'm guessing wasn't intended, but I really have no way of knowing. Or perhaps this particular can was just at the end of a run and got a bit too much yeast in it? Looking inside the can I can see even more yeast that had sedimented out caked on the bottom.

Feel: Medium-bodied and zesty in the mouth with a fine-bubbled effervescent carbonation. Astringent like grape skins on the teeth.

Overall: One of the worst beers I've ever tasted, really not much above the level of bad home brew. Fortunately I think it's just a batch can, or even batch, or just old and "forgotten" - a poster child for the need for tight QA. If someone from the brewery reads this you should pull everything from the shelves of Total Wine and invest in an ink jet to at least put a production code on it. Had this been the first beer I'd tasted from "Forgotten Boardwalk" I'd have completely written them off forever. As it is not I'll seek a fresh can and try again.

Dec 20, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am really looking forward to getting The CANQuest (tm) up and rolling again. I have been noodling around with bottles lately as well as making preparations for a recycling run today & this has all CANbined to cause me to lose focus. In case you are CANcerned, the recycling is all "found" aluminum CANs - Red Bull, Arizona, a LOT of Bud, et al. I crush them down and take them for recycling about twice a year. The craft CANs go to Jeff Lebo, at his request. Jeff is the owner of Brewhouse Mountain Inn, which CAN be seen at This is how The CANQuest (tm) rolls!

From the CAN: "A Curious Brewery and Refuge"; "Profile[:] Delicate & smooth - With hints of creamy vanilla"; "Notice[:] Always Shimmy [-] Never Shake! [-] Enjoy responsibly"; "C[AN]fectionery Treat Shakes the Seaside!"; "After a late performance 'Dancin' Dottie' and her Golden Gals, famous for their suggestive take on 'The Shimmy,' strolled the shore and found a bottle with an enclosed recipe. After deciphering the soaked ink, the odd cake they made became one more sweet temptation that kept beachgoers lining up for the show."; "Have your cake in a 'CAN-CAN'".

I CAN't go along with their origin story, since Funnel Cake is pretty much recognized as coming from Germany with the Pennsylvania Dutch (Deutsch/Amish), but I CAN CANduct a Crack! & Glug. The Crack! released some foaming through the vent, but I chalked it up to having dropped (& slightly dented) the CAN, so I pressed on with an inverted Glug, producing two-plus fingers of dense, puffy, rocky, bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). Nose did not hint at vanilla, it shouted vanilla! I love cooking with vanilla, but it is very flammable, as evidenced in a recent episode of "Preacher". This smelled like vanilla cookies, or at least, vanilla cookie dough. I used to love to bake as a kid, but I do precious little of it these days. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was very much 'Nilla Wafers or sugar cookies with extra vanilla! Oh my! I really get a charge out of the idea that the base is a Cream Ale. They are generally fairly sweet to begin with, but it is really inspired to add vanilla (which CAN mask the common corn adjunct, which is also a hallmark of the style). Finish was sweet, but not cloying. I would caution you that you had better enjoy the taste of vanilla if you plan to tackle this one. It was definitely not subtle.

Sep 24, 2016
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

on draft

amber in color, white head. some lacing. is aroma is mostly vanilla - which given the name it does click. but wouldn't identify funnel cake unless prompted. sweet flavor, but not cloying. overall, interesting take.

Aug 23, 2016
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Single can copped from Total Wine and More. Pours a copper, amber hue. Minimal froth. Slightly sweet, caramel, aroma. Similar malty sweetness on the tongue. Easily drinkable and true to it's name, yet the overall taste left something to be desired.

Aug 17, 2016
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SmashAdams from New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is a unique beer that's pretty enjoyable and easy drinking. The smell is beery, grainy, with some vanilla and powdered sugar. The taste is full of vanilla with a slightly sweet powdered sugar finish. Something different but pretty good. yb

Aug 09, 2016
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0_0 from New Jersey

3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Funnel Cake beer is a pretty solid choice for a sweet and deceptively interesting beer. It has a vanilla, sugar hints that do not overpower the beer-ness that we all know and love.

Jul 25, 2016
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A thanks to the captain of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of vanilla, cream. Taste is like a cream soda, vanilla, grains, malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a fine example of this style.

May 05, 2016
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Gavage from Nevada

3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a yellow color with a 1" head. Moderate lace develops.

Smell: vanilla is most noticeable with some fruity sweetness.

Taste: mild bready flavor with a bunch of vanilla, some citrus, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout. Relatively clean aftertaste with some lingering vanilla notes.

Overall: a decent ale but a bit too much vanilla here. Worthy of a try.

Apr 17, 2016
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BFCarr from New Jersey

2.92/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This one is tough to place. Odd fusel notes and a thin bitterness are my takeaway. I don't get lactose or vanilla as described in the packaging. It's not a bad brew but it's not to my taste.

Apr 10, 2016
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q33jeff from New Jersey

2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Can to pint glass. Aroma is cookie dough, vanilla, touch of grassy hops, stale college beer. Yellow color, decent white head. Feel is a Little creamy, medium low carbonation. Taste is wheat, grass, vegetable. The Aroma sells it better than the taste. Fun beer, great concept. Falls a little short of expectation though.
Had it on tap at blend with NITRO. Nitro made it Double Creamy, but the taste still is what it is.

Apr 06, 2016
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

2.96/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

DATE: March 28, 2016... OCCASION: enjoying the first day of local baseball practice with the Morgans... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint... APPEARANCE: nearly clear, sallow, almost tawny yellow body... large, lazy effervescence that mingles with smaller, interfering clusters... head is creamy off-white and uneven as sea foam, and recedes just as swiftly... the top lingers with ridges and troughs of clinging bubbles... AROMA: the light allure of vanilla is imparted with the toasted biscuit most notable in the cream ale family... an underpinning of base malts suggests as much, with hay and some fragrant flowers, like lilac... PALATE: smooth, soft, almost apologetic in its descent... slightly bubbly, with a sweet return at the finish...TASTE: vanilla creamcicle predominates the profile, with sweet barley malts making the balance decidedly toasted... not much of the hops made it to the flavor... a bit of syrupy sweetness at the end as well... OVERALL: few things beat the excitement of a local brewery attempting unique brews, and this falls into that category...the product itself is a variation of a style best served in a can, for what it's worth... light, refreshing, and reasonably engaging, the sum may be better than its parts...would I seek this out again? Not with my wallet...

Mar 29, 2016
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can purchased at brewery on March 25. Poured into ale glass.

L: 1 finger head, poor retention, no lacing or ring. Pale golden color.

S: Seemed a bit musty (dough/yeast?_, light malts, couldn't pic) up vanilla.

T: Yeasty and light bready, light malts, vanilla, starts a bit bitter and tries to get sweeter, doesn't make it

F: Light bodied, medium carbonation, watery. Carbonation does tamp down lingering bitter note a bit.

O: Love the idea, do not love the execution. Might give it a shot on tap sometime just to see if it's better that way.

Mar 28, 2016
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

2.52/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

12 oz can poured into a shaker pint.

Hazy straw with a 1/2 finger of white head. Light carbonation.

Confectioner's sugar, lemon, wheat, and doughy bread.

Doughy wheat bread with a twist of lemon. Lighter notes of confectioner's sugar and earthy hops.

Medium bodied and crisp with a medium bitterness.

Very earthy with a noticeable Aspirin-like bitterness. A great idea, but it just doesn't do it for me.

Mar 04, 2016
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CaptainInsaneO from New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I could drink this beer forever. It's sweet but not nearly cloying. The taste follows the the smell of vanilla and cake batter but is mellowed out with subtle bitterness and a lightly floral finish.

Feb 11, 2016
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dar482 from New York

3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a hazy deep gold color.

The aroma offers vanilla, grits, grain, corny sweetness.

The flavor offers an gentle underlying bitterness, some sweet bready malts, onto a gentle floral and grassy bitterness. Lingering with some more bitterness, with a crisp finish.

Jan 23, 2016
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wanderluster11 from New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Golden with a good amount of head.

The beer smells like funnel cake more than it tastes. I think it tastes a bit vanilla, which I don't associate with funnel cake. Has a bit of a milky taste to it, but still delicious!

I highly recommend making the trip to the brewery if you're in the area. This is best on tap in my opinion.

Dec 23, 2015
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farrago from New Jersey

3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nearly a finger of bright white foam, sizzles down rapidly to the surface, any lacing slides slowly off the glass sides. Bright yellow hay color to the liquid, shiny in spite of the fine particulate floating within, few bubble beads but they are nicely active. The nose is pitch perfect sweet, totally evokes a summer stroll on the boardwalk, all whipped cream, vanilla bean, licorice and cotton candy, fried zeppole, moderate amount of apple, pear fruit, this is not a style of beer which lends itself to complexity, more so to simple satisfaction. Light to medium-bodied, presents a freshening note of quinine and lemon before segueing to vanilla, cola, unbaked pie dough. The carbonation seems on the high side, perhaps to lift the sweetness off the tongue. Apple, peach, pear fruit an embellishment at best. There is also a corn syrup sort of sweetness, as if something added as intentional sweetener. While you might think that the sweetness would help it hold on this is one which actually shows best when as fresh as possible. A very good brew that should be consumed intelligently in the right context.

Dec 05, 2015
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baconfromwalmart from Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a can.

L: Pale yellow with really nice white head. Good amount of carbonation.
S: A bit of malt.
T: I don't taste the vanilla at all. Also not getting milk flavor/sweetness from the lactose. Light malt flavor with maybe the slightest of hints of milkiness at the very end.
F: I wouldn't describe this as creamy, which is probably an important part of a cream ale... Not thin though.
O: Sounds like a cool idea but things didn't come together for this one.

Nov 21, 2015
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tkdchampxi from New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

No as good as the funnel cake nitro. All-in-all, this beer is not for everyone. Brewed with real vanilla bean, this beer has some nice sweet notes to it. Unfortunately, it skews towards being mediocre, and only hints at things you wish it had more of - like creamy smoothness, sweetness, and vanilla.

I don't like that there is an underlying off-taste that makes the beer seem less like the cream soda beer I want it to be and more like a standard, BMC lager.

Nov 13, 2015
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Can. Ale brewed with Lactose and Vanilla Bean into a duvel glass.

A: Dense lemon peel coloring, with a strong rate of carbonation. Skim lacing covers the glass. Nice coloring, weak head and legs.

S: Lemon cake aroma, lacto-milkiness, with funnel cake batter. Decent awareness level, dry vanilla powder.

T: Flavor was lacto-milkiness, with a hint of funnel cake batter. Dry and bittering, leafy hops, moments of sweetness with dry powered sugar and dry vanilla bean. Pale malt base, lingering lemon meringue.

M: Lighter side of medium, creamy ale malts, crisp carbonation, dry lacto-milkiness coats the tongue.

O: Overall a strange flavor, daring, but sadly the flavor didn't remind me of funnel cake (with exception or raw batter notes) on the NJ shore line. Expecting something sweeter, dryer, unique, but not really enticing for a recommend or second try. not my cup of tea. Drinks better slightly chilled. Forgettable.

Nov 08, 2015
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mdfb79 from New York

3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From 11/05/15 notes. Had a can of this last weekend, another one tonight, poured into a half pint tulip.

Pours a hazy bright yellow color with one finger of white head and moderate to high carbonation evident. Bready malts, dough, grains, sugar, wheat, and light fruit. Medium body and moderate carbonation, smooth.

Overall a decent cream ale; better as it warms and nice mouthfeel. Interesting for sure.

Nov 05, 2015
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