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Bikini Blonde Lager - Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub)

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110 Ratings

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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | 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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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan


4.65/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light golden orange. Nice creamy head. Some good lacing. Slight unfiltered look.

Smell: Sweet vanilla notes. Creamy lager smell. A good caramel touch on the nose. The hops are light and develop a light potpurri aroma. The smell reminds me of an english lager or even a boddingtons. Hints of tropical fruit. Pineapple and pear.

Taste: Wow! It starts with a caramel maltiness and then then settles in the back with a dash of powerful fruity hops. They linger with a fresh bitterness. This stuff is full bodied and balanced. The hops are sticky with slight pale notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and not watery. The hops stick to the side of my mouth. This is a treat.

Drinkability: Yes! I love this beer and will be being more. Perfect for a summer day or winter night.

Serving type: can

01-24-2011 06:56:29 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
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4.53/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed in a tall water glass
A: Moderate pour yields 4 fingers of white head with great retention from just a half can! Had to pour it in stages :-( Light straw yellow with the tiniest bit of haze. Can says "Live beer", could explain the haze. Minus points for haze and too much head.
S: Spicy hops and bready aroma. No off smells or metallic canny smell. Clean, sweet, almost caramelly, like kettle corn.
T: Bready with a good hop balance. Not hoppy but well balanced.
M: Perfect carbonation after it all made it into the glass. I love the lack of metallic taste. Full bodied, but so light and nice. A bit of lagery bad breath aftertaste.
D: Session beer all the way. Bring on a few more.

Serving type: can

06-08-2008 00:24:15 | More by dfillius
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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.

Serving type: can

09-25-2010 22:07:06 | More by dimitrius
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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

01-25-2012 22:59:50 | More by BEERnBUD
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4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured with some fizzy foamy white head that dissipated quickly leaving some lacing at the top of the glass. The beer is light golden yellow and very clear.

Smell: Fresh grass/hay, sweet floral honey, and two row malt.

Taste: Sweet tangy malt, fruity honey, citrus hop, more tangy malt, ends with a watermelon/fresh cut grass flavor.

Mouthfeel: light body, nice hop tingle, good carbonation, leaves mouth very refreshed.

Overall: Very easy to drink. Deliciously refreshing, would be such a treat on a hot day. Many flavors while

Serving type: can

04-23-2009 04:22:30 | More by natasharai
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4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Was feeling a bit wild and wondered into the land 'o' lagers last night.

Poured from can into Maui Brewing shaker pint.

Look: bright golden yellow with loose white head.

aroma: sweet malt and butter (also heard this described as biscuit)

taste: wow, really suprised at how much i like this beer! Lots of sweet malt up front. I want to say there is a bit a peach sweetness that I am getting. Followed by a strong buttery flavor. Finishes crisp and clean.

mouthfeel: very smooth, light body with medium-high carb.

This is going to be a staple in my fridge from now on.

Also I had a second can poured into a devul tulip to see the difference... the nose was much more pronounced and the biscuit flavor was heightened a great deal.

Serving type: can

06-08-2010 13:18:41 | More by pastradul
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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.

Serving type: can

04-09-2012 21:40:28 | More by Nixon
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4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Disclaimer:This review may or may not be slanted... in Maui Brewing Company's favor... I reviewed this while sitting in the sunshine on beautiful Hanalei Bay, Kauai, which had me in happy-beach-mode.

Appearance:Light blonde, not much head, quite lively.
Smell:like most lagers, though sweeter smelling, but perhaps it is the sea air.
Taste:Crisp start,malty middle, sweet finish. True to helles style, and much more flavorful than I expected. Soft lingering taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.
Drinkability: One of my favorite lagers. I'm not much of a lager-lover, but I enjoy them on beach days. This was refreshing and not too bitter. Excellent find, Couz! Ono!

Serving type: can

11-25-2007 23:20:19 | More by 1759Girl
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4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed during the Superbowl - 02/01/09.

Poured from a can into a pint glass for tasting. Read/heard good things about Maui brewing. And I know they took home load of awards from the WBC in '06, so...I purchased a sixer this morning (and a four-pack of the Coconut Porter).

A: Slight gold, unfiltered color. White-to-beige head. Good lacing.

S: Grassy, citrus wonderfulness. Love the unfiltered grain smell.

T: Sweet bread hops. Citrus notes. Very lovely. My new "beach" beer. (Unrelated - the cans help the "beach-ability").

M: Very nice. Like a true unfiltered, it rolls gingerly around the palate.

D: All day long (or at least, until the end of the Superbowl - ;-).

Thanks Maui. My first taste of your offerings was worth it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2009 02:47:53 | More by ILikeGoodCider
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4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 ounce can that was also part of its own six pack purchased from Beverages and More for about ten dollars, reviewed from notes taken a few days ago, poured into a pint glass

A-Golden yellow color, huge 1 3/4 inch white foamy head, did not last long though, not much retention or lacing
S-Spices, hoppiness, bready malt aromas, yeast, a bit of skunkiness, and a hint of lemon
T-This stuff is so smooth, almost has a hefeweizen flavor but more grassy than wheat dominant if that makes sense, nice toasted bread taste, hints of citrus in the aftertaste once it warms, great balance and flavorful
M-Crisp, quenching, and a bit chewy mouthfeel, thin to medium body, tons of carbonation, not watered down though
D-Could drink this all day long, one of the best session beers out there, ABV is super low and you can tell, so smooth, great on a hot Hawaiian day while I was there too

Blondes or these types of lagers are not my favorite beers by any means but this was really good, further proves that Maui's lineup of three is pretty much unparalleled on the islands, drank a lot of this stuff the past week and could still drink more, recommended

Serving type: can

08-05-2008 21:45:57 | More by Floydster
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North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a can into a pint glass, the beer has a vibrant straw-gold coloring, with crystal clarity and a decent amount of steady carbonation showing in the glass. The head starts out fluffy and thick, but over a minute or two recedes to a thing film of bubbles. Smells burst out of the can during the pour, heavy in oat and slight toasted characters. The beer has a very slick mouthfeel, and the flavors slide through quickly. There are notes of sweet toffee and fruity flavors, as well as the cereal/grain flavors. Very smooth and light in mouth, and unbelievably easy to drink. It's starting to get warm where I am, and this is the perfect beer for a day out in the sun. Fantastic summer picnic or BBQ brew.

Serving type: can

02-06-2011 22:26:31 | More by GarthDanielson
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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.

Serving type: can

04-29-2008 18:48:25 | More by sloejams
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New Jersey

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.

Serving type: can

07-26-2010 20:33:27 | More by donniecuffs
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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.

Serving type: can

02-20-2008 00:37:55 | More by GbVDave
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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.

Serving type: can

11-06-2008 02:21:11 | More by RoyalT
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4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a really light gold color, a little haze, and a nice big white head on top. Looks good.

Aromas are of light breads, dough. spices, dust, and a general floral quality.

Clean tasting beer. A little sweet with biscuit and dough like flavors. Beer then settles into some mineral water like crispness, and a nice sharp zest of citrus on the finish. Flavorful, but not overly so or heavy.

Mouthfeel is nice, good crispness and carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. This is a nice tasty lager that is very easy to drink. Would be a great go to beer on a warm summer day. Well done Maui Brewing, all three beers I have tried from your brewery have been quite good. And canned to boot!

Serving type: can

06-14-2009 21:05:54 | More by flexabull
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4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks go out to atigerlife for the opportunity to try this beer.
Pours a cloudy yellow with a big white head. Smells of fruity pine, very nice. Head dissipates to a ring around the glass. Little lacing, but some. Yumm.. this is what canned beer should taste like! feels good in the mouth, kind of fizzy, smooth, light but flavorful. Yeasty, a little fruity (apricot?). Nice finish, kind of a dry sweet. I could drink some of this beer.

Serving type: can

07-05-2008 19:54:05 | More by beereality
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4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a very opaque vibrant yellow. pure white head on top, with a nice strong holding characteristic to it. good lacing.

S: nice sharp corn malt aromas, nice earthy aromas.

T: a lot of flavor for a helles lager, big earthy notes from the hops, with a solid corn malt backbone. slightly sweet, but a nice overall flavor.

M: very clean and crisp, as with the style. good carbonation level, slightly higher than most within the style. medium to light bodied.

D: very drinkable, light and refreshing. solid helles.

Serving type: can

02-16-2009 02:51:32 | More by paulthebeerguru
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New York

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!

Serving type: can

02-01-2008 23:47:47 | More by BadBadger
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-09-2013 03:42:26 | More by Flathead_Monster
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4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This one poured a nice pale gold with a huge white head that disappeared quickly. Lacing present.

Smell - Nice malty aroma with a slight hop presence.

Taste - Nice sweet maltiness with a hint of hop bitterness and toasted bead.

Mouthfeel - Nice medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall - A sessionable, tasty craft beer in a can. CAN it get any better?

Serving type: can

03-22-2011 15:59:08 | More by Beerbuddha
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North Dakota

4/5  rDev +9.6%

02-09-2014 04:48:53 | More by TS057
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.6%

01-15-2012 08:17:26 | More by hockeybarbie
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-17-2011 21:49:28 | More by mdbailey00
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

01-07-2012 01:54:18 | More by imyourhero21
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Bikini Blonde Lager from Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub)
83 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.