Sunday, January 18, 2015

Funky Buddha Floridian Hefeweizen (2015 original review)


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1264) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2015
Hefeweizen is one of my favorite styles of beer and I can appreciate a good one even in the dead of winter. And yes, Funky Buddha Floridian Hefeweizen is a good example of the style as it meets all the criteria expected. That being said, it doesn’t go above and beyond, meaning it’s just a good beer and not a great one.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass (per the recommendation on the label). There was no freshness date. It was sent to me from a friend in Florida (thanks, Matt!).

Appearance: Hazy pale orange/dirty gold hue; carbonation is visible. Pours to an average size, white, soapy head which mostly dissipates and leaves little lacing on the glass.

Smell: Orange citrus with light candy notes. Bavarian yeast esters are present, but muted.

Taste: There’s a lightly sweet, almost orange candy flavor present immediately. Reminiscent of an orange sucker candy or creamsicle. Nothing in the way of spice or zestiness, though not to the acidity of orange juice proper. The second half has the classic banana flavor followed by a mild clove note. There’s a tartness right on the finish, almost sharp, but it’s par for the course considering the rest of the palette. I’d prefer more bready and spicy flavors, but what’s here is quite enjoyable.

Drinkability: Downing a glass of Funky Buddha Floridian Hefeweizen in the winter reminds me of the summer because the beer is so damn refreshing. The mouthfeel is light, thin and crisp. As the beer crosses the tongue it completely moistens the palate. It finishes clean and sits light on the system, which isn’t surprisingly considering the brew is fairly light at 5.2% ABV. Definitely tempting to session in the summer; this would be a great beer to enjoy in a can.