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
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.