Friday, April 15, 2016

Funky Buddha Floridian Hefeweizen (7/10)

On the same trip in January that brought you last week's Shark Bait mango wheat ale comes this week's beer, Funky Buddha Brewery's Floridian Hefeweizen.

Floridian won the brewery a Gold Medal in 2015's Best Florida Beer Championships.  The brewery says "our unfiltered and refreshing German-style wheat beer is full on flavor yet light on the palate.  Authentic hefeweizen yeast creates the compelling aromas of bananas, citrus, and cloves, while the all wheat and malt body perfectly captures the brilliance of a golden Florida sunset."

Floridian pours a hazy gold with a thin white head that doesn't last long.

The aroma is indeed malty and citrusy, though I didn't pick out the usual hefeweizen clove and banana in it.

The flavor is a mix of malt and citrus at the start, followed by clove and hops, with a mildly bitter and citrus finish.  I'm not a huge fan of wheat beers, but all things considered, this is a decent one.

In all, I give it a 7 out of 10.  Beer Advocate liked it a bit better than I did, giving it an 86 or "very good" rating.  Rate Beer liked it slightly more, giving it an 89 overall.

Unfortunately, I don't think Funky Buddha's shipping beer to Ohio yet, so you'll need to head south if you want to sample this one.

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