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Bikini Blonde Lager - Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub)

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BA SCORE
83
good

115 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 4
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 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.

Nixon, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of rah1734bones
3/5  rDev -17.8%

rah1734bones, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of UnknownKoger
3.25/5  rDev -11%

UnknownKoger, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of BEERnBUD
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

BEERnBUD, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of hopfacebrew
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

hopfacebrew, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of hockeybarbie
4/5  rDev +9.6%

hockeybarbie, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of TexAggie011
3/5  rDev -17.8%

TexAggie011, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of rob99er
3/5  rDev -17.8%

rob99er, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of imyourhero21
4/5  rDev +9.6%

imyourhero21, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

HuskyinPDX, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Sinewave
2/5  rDev -45.2%

Sinewave, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of duff247
3/5  rDev -17.8%

duff247, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Loveyourbeer, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -17.8%

rab53, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Exiled, Nov 25, 2011
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.

spinrsx, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of mdbailey00
4/5  rDev +9.6%

mdbailey00, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of AlexM
4/5  rDev +9.6%

AlexM, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of TippySelenoid
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.

TippySelenoid, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of DavidST
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.

DavidST, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of pzrhsau
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.

pzrhsau, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of Tschnab
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

Tschnab, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of confer
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.

confer, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of SkeeterHawk
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.

SkeeterHawk, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of TenHornsProud
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.

TenHornsProud, Apr 17, 2011
Bikini Blonde Lager from Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub)
83 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.