Funky Buddha Ginger Lemongrass Wheat
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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.76/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 12   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Real ginger and lemongrass flavor this light and refreshing wheat ale. One of the original brews at the Funky Buddha Lounge & Brewery in Boca Raton. Pairs excellently with sushi, Vietnamese, and Thai food.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
darkguardian (730) - Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2011 Tap at the Funky Buddha grand opening. This one was a "secret" draft. Not on the list but they had a handle for it nonetheless and were giving only samples of it out. The reason being the appearance. So expect this score to go up down the road once they get that fixed. Nose is absolutely insane ginger and lemon with notes of vanilla and honey. This is one you can just smell all night. The flavor really matches it, in a way that is almost tea like. You also get some typical hefe esters as well as that vanilla. I donít even know that they used vanilla in this one but I got it anyways. Appearance is a kinda grayish yellow that very hazy, apparently caused by the juiced ginger. With some clarifying agents and cold crashing they should be able to fix most of that. My favorite beer of the night at their grand opening. Rerate-Hunahpus Day, new hefe yeast used. This has given the beer overall more body than the previous version. Balance of ginger and lemongrass is good. Bumped rating by .1

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MikeMoriendi (72) - Boynton Beach, USA - DEC 28, 2010
I poured it from the Funky Buddha 32 oz growler into my pilsner glass. It arrived at the bottom a hazy golden color. It has some orange type hues to it as well. The head was thin, bubbly and white. Unfortunately it was gone rather quickly. The smell is unlike any beer Iíve ever had but very similar to a real craft made ginger ale soda. You get tons of ginger in the nose and hints of lemongrass. Seems pretty obvious to get those as they are exactly what are used to make the beer. The taste is more of the same from the nose. But I also get a little honey and orange in there. Some hefe like yeast characteristics rounds this out. It is also quite light in body. The carbonation seemed a hint off from the last time I had it but not enough to be a big difference.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2011
On tap @ Tampa Bay Brewers Guild Fest. Poured a creamy yellow. Nose was huge fresh ginger, sweet malts, lemongrass, lemon peel. Flavor was all ginger, tart and tangy ginger, hints of lemongrass, refreshing citrus. Wonderful beer, but definitely made for sample size.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slimbrundage (80) - USA - OCT 26, 2010
Transparent orangey brown, looks like ginger ale. Once again ginger ale on the nose big time with a little vannila and lemon. Light bodied with a light creamy texture. I get a lot of lemon and orange zest, plenty of ginger flavor with a bit of a bite on the finish. Lingering ginger aftertaste. Very unique beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (5195) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2011
On draft at the FBG Fest 2011. Pours a hazy yellow with a white head. Nose is ginger, lemongrass, citrus rind, and a bit of malt. Flavor is everything that is promised- a lot of lemongrass and even more ginger. A different, yet very easy-drinking beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
On-tap at the Hunaphu release. This just sounded terrible and I was quite dubious, however, after Seanís rec Iím glad I gave this a try.. Pours a cloudy dark yellow with a decent white head, looks fine... The aroma is light and sweet, perfect for a warm sunny day. Lots of lemongrass on the front with some citrus, a hint of ginger on the finish. Glad the ginger was muted or this could have been trouble... The taste is wheat and lemongrass on the front. The ginger only presents on the finish, which is perfectly executed. It adds excitement to the finish, and also if it was present throughout it would be too strong and overpowering. This is a perfect beer to have with chinese food, move over Kirin.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jjgmd (1998) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2013
On tap at the brewery, pours a hazy golden rusty orange pour with no head. Nose is strong ginger, with subtle citrus, like a smell emanating from a small take out restaurant in Chinatown, NYC. Taste is citrus with strong ginger and notes of clove. Finishes on the same tasting notes and is moderately long. If you are not a fan of ginger stay away. Nice. Quaff Score 8 / 10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2011
Cloudy yellow. aroma hits with tons of lemongras, ginger and light caramel. Flavor is big on the lemongrass, maybe a hint too much...a bit soapy in flavor. I like the idea and this is certainly a refreshing beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10657) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2010
Draft... As Chris mentioned, this one was a "secret" draft provided me by hankchinaski. Not on the draft list but I was lucky enough to get a sample. Hazy, light yellow ale with a minimal white head. The aroma is bursting-at-the-seams with ginger, lemongrass and pale grains. Iíve never really picked up on lemongrass in a beer as much as in this one. Canít miss it as it slaps you upside the head. Light to medium-bodied with lively carbonation. The flavor runs parallel to the nose. Mild, typical hefe esters and phenols as well, but the lemograss and ginger are the stars of this herbal show. Finishes crisp, spicy and herbal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2011
On tap at Hunahpu 2011, pours with little head, sweet ginger aroma, sweet with a tang bite to it. This is quite refreshing on a warm spring day. Very nice.

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