Bikini Blonde Lager - Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub)

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116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub) visit their website
Hawaii, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

100% malt, brewed as a Helles w/ German malts and hops.

(Beer added by: atigerlife on 12-16-2005)
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Reviews by donniecuffs:
Photo of donniecuffs
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My buddy brought back a variety sixer from his vaca with the woman in Maui. Thanks Scotty!!!

Into a pint glass, in poured a highly-carbonated translucent gold, with one finger of white, decent retention, and average lacing. Smelled of apple, pear, and herbal noble hops. The taste confirmed the aroma, with a nicely blended fruit/malt backing, and finishing on a modest herbal note. Light-bodied, and smoother than expected with not as much carbonation as the appearance would suggest. An excellent session Helles.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a wonderful light yellow in color with a good, white, foaming head.

Smell - This is pure grain at its finest. There's a very light sweetness to the nose but it's not sugary, it's more like the light sweet smell of boiled corn. There's literally no hop aroma here so the terrific grain smell comes on strongly.

Taste - There's more sweetness at the taste but it's certainly not overpowering. The flavor is predominantly the fine malted barley and again absent any real hops.

Mouthfeel - For a low ABV lager this is not as light in the body as you would think. I wouldn't say it's medium-bodied but it is pretty big given the style. The malts are incredibly smooth.

Drinkability - This is THE beer you want to drink first after a long day's work. It is thirst quenching and flavorful yet light enough in alcohol that you can down a can or two without feeling tipsy. As far as American-made session lagers go this is on the top of my list.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine July 2007.

Apparently, this beer is "what the sailors really come to shore for," but the Maui folks could just be referring to the hot blonde luau lady on the label. We remain unsure. Still, we dig the pro-canning information they provide.

A very pale, chill-hazed, blonde beer that's laced with a thin, creamy white head--haze clears up once the beer has warmed up a bit. Fresh malty nose. Incredibly smooth and creamy on the palate, with a well-round mouthfeel. Beneath the über-creaminess is a moderately sweet malt base with a faint hint of banana. Slight cereal graininess. A mild flash of hop bitterness attempts to pull through with some herbal notes, but its efforts are thwarted by the malt profile, especially as the beer warms. Sweet and bready in the finish.

One could easily confuse this as a Blonde Ale, rather than a Helles. Sweetness is a bit high (though not cloying), hops are not overly defined, and that expected German lager crispness and clean finish is missing. That said, it's an interesting, very drinkable brew nonetheless.

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of bsp77
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from can into clear plastic glass.

Appearance: Pale yellow with sustained white head and slight lacing.

Smell: Apple, pear, grass and spicy noble hops.

Taste: Semi-sweet apple, quite grassy, with a peppery finish, but the sweetness remains.

Feel: High carbonation, light body, dry finish.

Drinkability: Nice Helles Lager overall, but I prefer my German lagers a little more dry.

Photo of BadBadger
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maui Brewing Co.'s Bikini Blonde Lager is a enjoyable beverage. It pours from the can a nice golden color. The head is frothy, white, and large. The smell is a mixture of citrus, grass, yeast, and malts, with none being overwhelming. The taste is nicely balanced between sweetness and bitter, neither one over-riding the other. The finish is dry and crisp. A very refreshing beer. Enjoy!

Photo of sloejams
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So happy the Maui Brewing Co's cans have made it to California. This past weekend a friend picked up some of all 3 available here for the Coachella weekend. I was very fond of all 3, but with the 100+ degree temperatures, this was the refreshing choice I kept returning for.

It's an straw color - looks very similar to an unfiltered style wheat beer like a hefe of a wit. The taste is very refeshing - some lemon with a nice lingery malt. I could drink this all day.

Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Kegatron
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass. Thanks to brentk56 for this in the Secret Halloween '08 BIF.

Pours a slightly hazy pale gold with a massive head of poofy brite-white head. This eventually shrinks down and retains as a big ole' creamy dollop of foam that sits smack dab in the middle of the glass, leaving huge swathes of lacing behind. The aroma is very floral and citric with some sturdy smelling bready sweetness underneath.

The taste is a light feeling blend of floral hops, prominent lemon citrus, and toasted malt sweetness. Finishes with notes of lingering bread and light bitterness. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a softer carbonation and creamy feel that gets a little more crisp towards the end of the swallow.

Decent stuff here, that while not possessing the most in-your-face flavor profile that I've had, was still quite refreshing and quaffable. I'd definitely go to this for some thirst quenching relief.

Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can: Poured a light golden color lager with a large pure white foamy head with great retention and some lacing. Aroma of pure malt with some traces of dry German hops. Taste is also well balance between some lightly sweet malt with a somewhat dry finish with noticeable crisp hops. Well done for the style.

Photo of Nixon
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been of drinking age long enough to experience first hand when people back east would pay a lot of money to get their hands on a 6-pack of Coors. And I remember when cans changed to stubby bottles and when stubby bottles changed to long necks. And when everything was a lager that tasted just like all the other ones even though people would swear by one brand or another.

And I remember moving to Seattle in 1989 and seeing 23 beer taps at a bar for the first time. And now we have all kinds of strengths and flavors available. We've come a long way.

So now I see this new beer from Hawaii. In a can. A can colored Coors yellow. And it's a lager. Oh emm gee we've come full circle!

And it's great! Good thick foam on top. Just hazy enough to tell you that the good stuff hasn't been filtered out. Just the right amount of hops to balance the also-just-right maltiness.

I think that this beer is probably pretty close to what lagers were a hundred-some-odd years ago when they were brewed in a kettle rather than a silo.. Back before chemists and precision machinery took the creation of beer from an art to a science.

Now that we seem to be kinda max'd out with the appearance of things like chili wheat raspberry imperial stouts, it's just been a matter of time until we get back to where we started. So here we are. And this time around it tastes the way it is supposed to.

Maui Brewing has done a great job on this beer. It's a beer definitely worth checking out.

Photo of isualum12
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

What is there to say...perfectly named beer. Bikini...I love bikinis, blonde....I do enjoy a blond. (especially in a bikini). Larger...yes I do love me a larger....

Poured out of a can which I might claim to be my favorite can I have seen in some time.
The beer is golden with about 50% visibility through it. Slight haze but I wouldn't call this beer foggy.

Taste good with nice strong German flavor. Not what I expected but I enjoyed it. There is a hint of unfiltered flavor to it but I don't think this is an unfiltered beer.

It has a full flavor on the mouthful that tingled in the back of the mouth. I wished the day was 85 degrees out and I could sit on my back patio to enjoy rather then the 45 degrees it was here in Boise.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can brought back to the lower 48 by my good friend and coworker Michelle E. I asked her to find me a Maui IPA and of course the Coconut Porter.. she hooked me up with the Bikini Blonde just for fun. The can has been sitting in the fridge for a week... tonight it was poured into my new favorite Sam Adams glass.

Huge head towers 3/4" out of the glass.. nice splotchy lacing.. brew is a hazy lite straw color.

Grainy aroma.. slight floral hops.. touches of musky notes.. clears out as it warms.

Flavor is soft grains and again only touches of floral hops.. maybe a little grassy. Mouthfeel is light as expected .. very drinkable.. something seems off if this is supposed to be a Helles.. there is a background fruitiness that probably shouldn't be here.

All and all... I can picture myself sitting on a beach... any beach .. enjoying this brew for hours. Drinkability is off the charts.. but it needs to be dialed in significantly if the brewery is truly shooting for a helles.

Michelle, if you end up reading this review... you need to remind me to give you a big hug tomorrow at work... Thanks from the bottom of my heart.

Photo of MooseBoose
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of dimitrius
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Great looking beer. Not overly impressive, but very pretty. Truly a blonde bombshell, and much better looking than macro lagers; deeper color, richer light reflection... really nice.

S - Smells great. Bready malts, lightly nutty, just enough hoppiness to be balanced. i wish it was a little stronger.

T - Bready malts up front, nutiness in the middle (tastes a lot like young coconut milk, oddly enough) and a very faint hoppy finish. Subdued, but pleasant.

M - Not too light, nice carbonation.

D - Why a five? Because i could literally drink this for 24 hours straight.

Photo of JKuras
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from the can into a Guiness pint glass. Dark yellow and cloudy with some residual yeast floating around. About a half inch of clean, fluffy head that dissipates after about 2 minutes. Very effervescent, some of the yeast residue gets carried around by the carbonation bubbles. Not much happening in the way of lacing. Looks intriguing.

Smell: Clean, fresh, light smell of malts and grains, nothing overpowering.

Taste: Tastes as a good lager should -- clean, bready, some tartness, and maybe a little sweeter than I was expecting. A nice dose of hops on the finish with minimal aftertaste. Could probably make a good session beer.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is very present. This has a thicker mouthfeel than a typical lager.

Overall: It’s a solid lager for sure but didn’t wow me like I was hoping. I purchased this because of the high marks it advertised and I was looking for something in a can to pack in a cooler for the beach -- this looked like it fit the bill perfectly. It was pretty expensive though -- I think the same quality can be had for cheaper.

Photo of WritersBlock
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of RedBrewer83
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass...

A: Clear yellow body, three finger head, very creamy, hangs for duration of beer, leaves good lacing.

S: Crisp floral hops, faint fruits...apples, pears, lemon.

T: Very grassy, faint crisp green apple, yeast profile comes through big almost a little unbalanced.

M: Crisp carbonation, very active mouthfeel, bubbles are pretty fine. Finishes dry.

D: Very drinkable, smooth, crisp and dry. Perfect for summertime!

Photo of atigerlife
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Made by Maui Brewing Co. and served at this wondeful brewpub in Kahana [West Maui]. 16 IBU. Made iwth 100% malted barley.

The appearance is very light but with a creamy head. A light smell with no distinguishing characteristics.
Taste is rather weak. Somewhat watery. Has a slight hint of hops and a malt finish.
Mouthfeel is good which, combined with the light character and low ABV, make this a beer that is very drinkable. Overall, too weak and lacking character for me to want more.

Photo of Murchmac
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wish this had the old flip tab style, that'd be pretty cool.

Pours a big golden head like the cloud you see John Connor looking at in those ads for Terminator: Salvation. Pale Gold with lots of little bubbles.

Not much of a smell until you swish it around. Then you get sweet grains, yeasty bready, floral, pretty complex. Like Christian Bale's character in American Psycho, not skinny like the machinist.

Great sweet taste. Has a very nice sweet and suprising malt character with some hops and earthiness to it. Not icky lager taste, unlike Reign of Fire or the New World 2. Electric Bugaloo.

Just a really good sweet session beer that wont yell at you and call you hurtful names like "Prick" and ask you to leave the set.

Photo of spinrsx
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Can - thanks to frenchy for this one

Appearance – Mostly clear yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation showing and there is a fairly good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, bread, corn, malts, hops, lemons

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains, lemons, and a nice amount of noble hops. There is also a touch of corn and the beer finishes with a lemony/hoppy aftertaste.

Overall – An enjoyable and refreshing beer. It had a nice amount of noble hops and reminded me a but of the sunshine pils by Troegs. I could see myself drinking a few of these on a beach in Hawaii.

Photo of GbVDave
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to Bernie and Linda for bringing this back from Hawaii!

A: Slightly hazy light straw color. A vigorous pour yields a small white head that recedes quickly and leaves virtually no lace. Very still. Only just a couple of lazy streams of bubbles climbing the sides of the glass.

S: Restrained citrus smelling hops and toasted malt mingle with an excellent, mildly tart, sour graininess. As it comes up to temp the hops take on a decidedly grassy aroma.

T: As noted above citrusy/grassy hops and toasted malt dominate the flavor. Very nice interplay between the citrus hops and toasted malt in the finish.

M: Creamy and dry/bitter but without a hint of lager "brightness". Feels much bigger than the abv would suggest.

D: This is an excellent lager. Satisfying and tasty and actually quite interesting to the palate. I wasn't expecting much and was pleasantly surprised.

Photo of constahoogan
2.8/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Maize transparent yellow with a fat 2.5 finger head
S - Very very slight hint of noble hops nothing really impressive at all
T - Sweet pale malts without any hint of bittering hops at all
M - very smooth up front, but more carbonated in the middle with a slight milky feel at the back
D - Very Drinkable. I could picture this beer being the gateway for those who are used to BMC pale lagers.

Photo of Flathead_Monster
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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Bikini Blonde Lager from Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub)
83 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.