In the Middle of Winter, Funky Buddha's Floridian Tastes Like Summer VacationDecember 10, 2018
Despite the fact that it’s stout season in many parts of the country, Floridians are still staring at temperatures in the 80s. When shorts, sandals, and sunscreen are necessary in mid-December, it’s tough to reach for that bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout. Funky Buddha Brewery, based in Oakland Park, Florida, is, of course, aware that the thermometer rarely dips below 70 in its area. In response to that, the brewery created the aptly named Floridian, which is now one of its core beers. A hefeweizen, Floridian clocks in at 5.2% ABV and took home a gold medal in the wheat-beer style from the Florida Beer Championships in 2015.
Floridian pours a golden color reminiscent of a sunset reflected off a field of wheat. It has a finger-wide head that it retains well. While unfiltered, the beer isn’t as opaque as your typical hazy IPA, and there isn’t any sediment that you might find in some hefeweizens.
The nose is exactly what you’d expect of the style—notes of banana, clove, and a hint of bread. If there’s a criticism to be made here, it’s that the aroma is on the mild side. It would benefit the beer if it were less restrained.
It’s no surprise that Funky Buddha chose to make Floridian one of its core beers; it’s a solid representation of the style.”
The notes of banana, clove, and bread are more pronounced on the palate. In addition, you’ll find bubblegum, orange, and lemon, which add a bit of complexity. While Floridian is certainly on the lighter side, it’s a touch thicker than your traditional hefewizen. It has some sweetness, very little bitterness, and a nice prickly, effervescent finish.
It’s no surprise that Funky Buddha chose to make Floridian one of its core beers; it’s a solid representation of the style. The beer is also great for the brewery’s (once local) South Florida market, where consistently high temperatures call for easy, refreshing beers. So the next time you’re packing your beach bag—or just dreaming of doing so over the winter months—save a spot for Floridian next to your SPF 30 and Wayfarers.