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Bikini Blonde Lager - Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub)

Bikini Blonde LagerBikini Blonde Lager

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BA SCORE
83
good

109 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.42%


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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JDV

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big thanks to Hopdog for the can!
Pours cloudy yellow and opaque with a huge lasting head. Smell is yeasty, light malt, and lemon. Taste is smooth and creamy despite the appearance of high carbonation, almost wheaty with a hint of lemon. Musty, yet clean. Interesting and definitely different than the average pale lager.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 22:03:01 | More by JDV
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cerveza5150

California

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I can imagine myself sucking these back while doing yard work in 100F heat. These micro brewed 'pilsner style' lagers always remind me of what Budweiser could be without the addition of all the cheaper sugar sources, such as corn and rice. This is refreshing and maintains an impressive head, even at temps in the low 40's.

My only knocks are that the carbonation, although contributing to the nice head, does make the mouthfeel a little harsh, and the overall price of 10.99 a sixer prohibits this as an everyday brew. Oh well, it does the job and is a nice change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 23:27:59 | More by cerveza5150
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JKuras

Virginia

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.

Serving type: can

08-06-2012 01:20:56 | More by JKuras
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Nixon

Washington

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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hopfacebrew

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can to pilsner glass.

A - The beer pours a pale hazy straw blonde color with a small 1/2 finger bubbly white head. Some retention and lacing.

S - Malt forward on the nose. Slight yeast character but aroma is fairly clean and crisp.

T/M - The beer starts and finishes very smooth and slightly creamy, which is nice. The malt found on the nose provides a medium sweetness upon which the mild bitterness and slight fruity banana and apple flavors build. A mild biscuity flavor through the middle and end. The beer finishes smooth and creamy with a linger bread malt sweetness.

O - Pretty easy to put a few of these back. A little malty and lacks the crispness I'd expect but the smooth creaminess was nice.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: can

Reviewed on: 04-05-2011 17:19:48

Serving type: can

01-24-2012 13:45:05 | More by hopfacebrew
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: can

11-22-2011 19:24:31 | More by spinrsx
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TippySelenoid

Missouri

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

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass.

This beer is yellow and hazy. It's got a creamy head that is stark white.

It's smell is malty, a bit sweet, not too hoppy.

This beer is crisp with some nice hop notes and some sweet malts to make it very drinkable.

This beer is creamy, rather full bodied with good carbonation.

This is a good beer. I enjoyed many of these on my vacation and it became my go to beer in the hot Hawaiian weather.

Serving type: can

11-06-2011 21:43:33 | More by TippySelenoid
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DavidST

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass, no freshness date, my can also states 5.1%abv instead of 4.5.

This pours a clear light yellow / straw color with a decent white head. The smell has some noble hops, some bready malts, and a little citrus. Feel is light and crisp. The taste is pretty light also, there are the german hops, some bready flavors and a little earthiness. Not bad.

Serving type: can

09-16-2011 01:29:18 | More by DavidST
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pzrhsau

District of Columbia

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

A: Bright yellow gold color with a decent lace of white head that sticks to the glass.
S: Very strong bread nose to it. The beer also has some hints of an earthy hay aroma and some slight citrus.
T: The beer has a very light bready wheat malt flavor and some good sour flavor as well as some earthy oatey flavor.
M/O: Very crisp and carbonated. Great bright beer that goes perfect in the hot weather.

Serving type: can

09-02-2011 22:32:01 | More by pzrhsau
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Tschnab

New York

3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a golden color with a small white head and no lace. Prickly carbonation races to the top.

S- Bready malts and hops, germany pilsner like aroma, honey.

T- hits the nose on the head. It has a nice bitter and lasting effect going down, but it is rounded out by citrusy, honey sweetness.

O- This is an incredibly refreshing beer, one of my favorite pool-side beers. Definition of the session beer

Serving type: can

08-11-2011 05:50:35 | More by Tschnab
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confer

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Its called a helles but the color is a much darker gold than a typical helles.
S- Light and citrus tasting more orange than lemon.
T- The flavor is also very light and refreshing. No hop flavor at all, just a bit lemony.
M- A bit thicker than expected not much carbonation.
D-A very good beer but not your usual helles. As are many of the beers that are bottled or canned down there it is a great warm weather beer.

Serving type: can

08-07-2011 23:15:27 | More by confer
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

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

I am not 100% sure that this is in the right place as this is the "brewpub" version where I must have the non-brewpub version. There were much less reviews on the latter, so I will contribute to the bigger performer of the offerings since 62 of 67 are for canned versions. Let's review this puppy:

Appearance: Pours a pretty clear golden yellow with a 1/4" creamy white head on top. The head was quite active, but faded back into the beer in about 45 seconds to end up as a small ring at the edge of the glass. There is no lacing left on the glass at all, and after a short while the beer looks quite lifeless in the glass.

Aroma: Initially the beer was a bit yeasty with some bread dough coming out along with some bready malts and a mild, but noticeable hop profile. After the head falls the beer isn't as yeasty, and the hops are coming out quite a bit more as it warms up a bit. There is also some light toasty sweetness coming out as the beer sits further. There is a corny note getting more pronounced as the beer warms that is starting to get a little vegetal as the beer approaches warm.

Taste: The flavor is a bit light bodied with light carbonation so overall it comes across as bit watery feeling; however, there is quite a bit of flavor left on the palate when this beer gets through to let you know that it is a beer and not some fizzy adjunct driven brew. As the beer warms up some, the corny notes that I mentioned in the aroma are coming out in the flavor as well, and the flavor is also starting to get a vegetal edge to it. There are some toasty malty notes left on the palate when the beer gets through that are somewhat reminiscent of a Munich Helles, so it isn't way off the mark or anything.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty decent beer. Unfortunately it is hard to make a beer this light that won't show something a little weird as it warms up. This one seems to be getting vegetal as it warms up, though I don't think that it was actual corn used. I don't regret getting a 6-pack of this stuff as I will surely drink it. I am not sure when I will be buying another one...but I would certainly consider bringing some to the beach sometime if Southern Star's Bombshell Blonde isn't available where I am.

Serving type: can

06-02-2011 00:09:11 | More by SkeeterHawk
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TenHornsProud

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow with white head.

Not a lot of aromatics but some tinges of malt.

Tastes like a blond ale, a bit sweet, with a pale malt taste and some subtle yeast contributions.

Nice level of carbonation. This is an easy beer to drink with enough going on to make it worth a try. It's just a bit too sweet in the finish to make it utterly sessionable. Still, great drinker for the warmer weather.

Serving type: can

04-17-2011 01:57:50 | More by TenHornsProud
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Beerbuddha

Louisiana

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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GarthDanielson

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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grittybrews

Washington

3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy golden yellow into a tulip with two fingers of slow-receding fluffy white head. Aroma dominated by biscuit, caramel, and hints of grass and lemon.

Moderate carbonation and a slightly thin, watery mouthfeel. Rather nondescript malt backbone with hints of biscuit, lemon, and some gentle spice on the slightly bitter finish.

Crisp and drinkable, but a little thin overall for my taste -- I wouldn't seek this one out again. Maui's dynamite Coconut Porter, on the other hand...!

Serving type: can

01-27-2011 05:37:20 | More by grittybrews
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BerkeleyBeerMan

California

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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isualum12

Idaho

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.

Serving type: can

01-18-2011 00:29:35 | More by isualum12
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comfortablynumb1

California

3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My brother left a sixer of these in my fridge when he came out to visit. Thanks bro...

Poured from a 12oz can into a Stone Brewery pint glass...

A - Pours amber with a three finger frothy off white head. Head dissipates fairly quick, but there is a little lacing to be had...

S - Lots of bready and hoppy floral notes...

T - Sweet malts followed by a slight touch of citrus fruits. Ends on a floral hop note. Overall, a little to sweet for my tastes...

M - Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation...

D - Not a big fan of the style; however, these do make for a great session beer...

Cheers...

Serving type: can

12-31-2010 04:04:32 | More by comfortablynumb1
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gtn80

Maine

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

Poured from the can into a glass.

Appearance is a clear, golden color with a one finger head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is a bready, grainy pilsner aroma, not much hop aroma.

Taste is creamy and smooth, grain is very much up front. Crisp and clean, classified as a helles, but more malt flavor than I am used to in a helles and more biased to the sweet and malt then a true helles balance.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy. Good carbonation.

Drinkability is great, great warm weather beer, crispness and low abv leads to a great session beer.

Serving type: can

12-01-2010 05:07:20 | More by gtn80
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: can

11-13-2010 20:37:53 | More by BeerAdvocate
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projectflam86

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a see-thru golden color with a thick foamy head that leaves nice lacing down the glass.

S- Sweet malt and a light hoppy scent.

T- Very clean grain flavor that reminds me of many other German style lagers. Sweet initially with a bit of bitterness in the finish.

M- Bright and smooth with a nice dry feel.

D- Refreshing and easily sessionable.

Serving type: can

11-08-2010 00:15:19 | More by projectflam86
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dimitrius

Hawaii

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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BlackBearForge

Florida

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bikini Blonde pours a pale golden golden yellow with a nice big initial head of white foam. Oily suds slide down the sides of the glass with little lacing. The body of the beer is full of little carbonation bubbles.

The aroma exhibits very typical Munich style lager scents, pale European malts and clean mild slightly spicey German hops.

Clean fresh somewhat bready pale malts, aromatic lightly spicey hops (faint clove), light lemon tones, and a light butterscotch flavor which fades as it warms.

Mouthfeel is light but close to medium, not the least watery and slick with ample carbonation to give it a bit of a bite.

Bikini Blonde reminds me more of the modern Helles style Festbiers rather than a simple mild Helles Lager. Very drinkable and refreshing beer! This is my first Maui product and I am not disapointed.

Serving type: can

09-13-2010 22:43:48 | More by BlackBearForge
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Chaney

District of Columbia

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this one as an extra via MaxStout. This is my first Maui product.

A: Very clear straw yellow color with a HUGE foamy head. Despite the big head, the carbonation level in the beer itself is very low.

S: Pleasant citrusy, nutty scent. Pineapple maybe?

T: The lack of carbonation hits hard. Definitely not a bitter beer in the least bit and the citrus is much more pronounced in the taste - not a grapefruit citrus, but more like orange. The aftertaste is awesome - it doesn't have that medicinal quality that I often find in this style.

M: Very light and smooth. After weeks of drinking and reviewing beers on the heavy side, this is a great change of pace.

D: An almost perfect session brew. A craft beer lovers "lawnmower" beer.

Serving type: can

08-28-2010 21:39:43 | More by Chaney
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Bikini Blonde Lager from Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub)
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