Grand Funk | Marin Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Marin Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Wheatwine Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by GClarkage on 11-17-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by GClarkage:
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +92.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/15/08- Had on tap at the Bistro annual Barrel Aged Fest in Hayward, CA.

Presentation- Via the tap into small taster size glasses.

Appearance- Murky deep bronze colored pour. Clouded with light yeast flakes. Slight white head and light traces of lace.

Smell- Incredibly odd nose of cheap aftershave, astrigent spices and alcohol. Oddly enough, it was kind of nice in a weird way.

Taste- WTF, is what the name of this beer should be. The exact notes for this beer are as follows "2006 Star Brew Wheat Wine aged in a 15 year old Chardonnary barrel for 2 1/2 years with added brettanomyces." This beer has a sweet and sour balance. With the sour coming through a bit more. Even has a slight aftershave harsh alcohol flavor. Kind of balances out with some powdered sugar and a buttload of spices..corriander and lots of what tastes like white pepper. Brett comes though in the sourness. Really no way could I tell this was a mutant Wheatwine.

Mouthfeel- Prickly midrange carbonation. Fairly deep and lasting dry alcohol aftertaste.

Drinkability- I'm really torn on this beer. Despite what sounds like a horrible beer, it was damn interesting and refreshing in a odd way. I had to have a few tasters because I just couldn't figure it out and still can't. WTF is all I can say....I'd have another glass in a minute to have another crack at the riddle.

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Photo of rallison
1.57/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle at the brewpub after cycling Mt Tam. One of the worst beers I've had in a long time.

Pours still.

Straight up acetone in the aroma. It would appear they mislabeled their nail polish remover as beer. Slightly vinegar-y in the flavor as well.

This beer was, to put it kindly, an experiment gone horribly wrong. While it was no problem sending it back and not getting charged, this also should have never seen the light of day - except as an example of how not to make beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
1.09/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Served in a Bruery tulip, which is not tainted with whatever feelings of angst and oppression that glassware can feel.

Pours a light apricot color. That's the best thing I have to say about this beer. Very hazy with no head. The nose is....well, it's downright awful. It smells like that gross powder that janitors used to use to clean up vomit in elementary school. Maybe with a bit of that vomit thrown in. Really all sorts of nasty chemicals. This literally* vaporized my tongue it was so disgusting, so so disgusting. Lots of alcohol heat there too, but I'm thinking maybe the alcohol helped in disguising something even more foul? Overall, taste this if you want to know what distilled paint thinner would taste like. Otherwise, you probably should avoid this beer.

* Term perhaps used figuratively.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.5/5  rDev +68.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Thanks, Pete! Corked and capped 750ml.

A: Straw color with a white head. Fast fading.

S: Firm acetone presence with apple and pear. Lightly cheesy with oak and a bit of lemon. Touch of vinegar and sweet malts. Light white grape presence.

T: Grainy malt with orchard fruit that brings to mind pear and granny smith apple. Faint acidity with evident oak. Low lactic presence and a lower moderate tartness. Restrained sweetness.

M: Upper light body with lower medium carbonation.

Overall: A solid sour. Mellow and enjoyable. I had no idea this was 12%. Strange.

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Photo of illidurit
2.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

RBSG09 bottle at the brewpub. Bright orange/gold color with no head. Fusel alcohol aroma, turpentine, boozy fruits, phenols. And hey, whaddya know, the flavor is pretty much the same. Sweet and boozy and chemical. Basically Marin bottled a chemistry lab experiment gone wrong.

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Photo of Lunch
1.12/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Small bottle shared by Brad at a recent tasting, thanks!

Wheatwines are certainly an interesting style and I overall tend to enjoy the ones that I have had. Described as a Wheatwine aged in Chardonnay barrels for 2.5 years with brettanomyces added to the barrel. Sounds unique to say the least...

Sweet mother of fuck, this beer has perhaps the strongest (and strangest) aroma that I have ever smelled as it is poured into my Jester King snifter. Intensely orange and a bit murky with no real head or carbonation to speak of.

Smelling this beer makes me want to make sure that I am fully aware of all exits in Brad's home along with any and all poison control and emergency contact information. Smells vile and incredibly alcoholic and I would not be surprised if this is or is a substitute for embalming fluid. The only real smell other than alcohol is apple tinted varnish, yum. Taste is equally as heinous and I can feel my internal organs beginning to fail and completely shut down.

I'm not sure what went wrong with this beer, but consider yourself warned.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
1.27/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bottle shred by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!

Orange hued and slightly hazy. Let's get to the point, shall we? Nail polish remover, paint thinner, alcohol, contaminated apple juice. Ugh. Make it stop. It's irrelevant to discuss this beer any further. Please don't.

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Photo of t0rin0
2/5  rDev -3.8%

Grand Funk from Marin Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.08 out of 5 with 8 ratings