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Bikini Blonde Lager - Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub)

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BA SCORE
83
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111 Ratings
THE BROS
82
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Ratings: 111
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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Murchmac

California

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

05-12-2009 03:00:56 | More by Murchmac
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natasharai

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +22.5%

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

04-23-2009 04:22:30 | More by natasharai
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paulthebeerguru

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +11.8%

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.

02-16-2009 02:51:32 | More by paulthebeerguru
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ILikeGoodCider

California

4.33/5  rDev +18.6%

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.

02-02-2009 02:47:53 | More by ILikeGoodCider
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

02-02-2009 02:09:12 | More by Phyl21ca
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Mistofminn

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%

This can is courtesy of my parents, who brought it back from their 25th wedding anniversary vacation in Hawaii. It's been sitting in my fridge for a couple months (honestly I forgot about it) so I suppose its high time to give it a try!

12 oz can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a pale gold color with a ton of pure, clean white head. Head sticks around for while, but eventually shrinks to a ball that sits in the middle of the glass. Great lacing (wasn't expecting that). Aroma is floral and citrusy, with biscuity tones also present. Taste is floral hops and sweet maltiness. Finishes slightly bitter. Light to medium in body with a crisp and creamy feel. Very drinkable, I wish I had more than one to be honest! Hawaii....check!

01-03-2009 01:46:33 | More by Mistofminn
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Poured from a can into a tasting glass. The can made it back via airmail from Hawaii from a friend. Tasted in a small tastting glass.

A: A light gold color with a white off white small head.

S: Grainy, bready malts with some grassy citrus hops.

T: Nothing huge here. Grainy bready malt with some sweetness coupled with a light hoppsy grassy lemony hops flavor. Malt sweetness overcomes the hops on the finish. As I said, nothing extreme here.

M: A bit thin on the mouthfeel, no alcohol flavors.

D: Medium. You can drink this for sure, but it lacks depth or complexity.

Overall a decent brew from Hawaii, and you really can't ask for any more. Thankful I had the opportunity to try it.

12-30-2008 15:27:07 | More by Kadonny
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

12-02-2008 17:56:25 | More by Kegatron
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Halcyondays

California

2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

12 oz. can, listed as 4.5%,

A: Pours a pale yellow, a little hazy, nice head and lacing.

S: Really not much at all, light malt and honey.

T: Malt is lightly bready with some sourdough and honey. Hops are earthy and give some soil notes which is a turnoff.

M: Nice mouthfeel, not watery, but light and easily drinkable.

D: A fair beer from Maui, not as good as the major German producers, I thought it was too hoppy for the style.

11-11-2008 03:23:02 | More by Halcyondays
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kasper

New York

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%

A: Straw-colored, semi-translucent pour. Billowing frothy off-white head leaves bubbly lacing on decent; overall good head retention tho.

S: Wheat, spicy notes -- cloves, bit of ginger -- bit of lemon

T: Bananas, yeast, lemon, spicy near the end.

M: Has the body of a wheat beer; fairly light but coating. Maltier than I was expecting. Noticeable carbonation.

D: This is an OK beer. It could be a sessional beer. It's certainly good for a lager.

11-07-2008 23:26:08 | More by kasper
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

11-06-2008 02:21:11 | More by RoyalT
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%

From a 12oz. can into my Smuttynose shaker glass, the pour produces a hazy light yellow color with a frothy white foam that measures about two fingers deep. Smells of bready grains and citrusy hops. The hops really come through in the taste, producing flavors of lemon peel and bitter orange. A nicely hopped lager. The aftertaste reminded me of lemon cleaner. Medium in both body and carbonation. If this was more accessible, I'd reach for this on a regular basis.

10-30-2008 15:04:49 | More by ClockworkOrange
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Overlord

California

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%

POurs gold, small white foamy head. Surprisingly strong aroma, with some citrus, earthy hops, and a definite ... "presence." The taste is, again, zesty with citrus, crisp, clean, and there's some malt. A nice dry finish. Decent mouthfeel.

Surprisingly pleasant.

10-18-2008 02:14:45 | More by Overlord
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torchednoodle

California

3.43/5  rDev -6%

Diggin' it.

Drinking two of these during the Chargers season opener as a way of slowing down my alcohol intake from drinking Ruination growlers.

Has a similar aroma as a Heineken, which is to say mildly skunky, but tastes a bit better and has more body and character. Nice mouthfeel, very drinkable. Perfect hot weather session beer, to be served ice cold. Overpriced though, to be sure. I think this was around $10 a sixer, which makes Heineken look cheap in comparison.

09-07-2008 20:46:42 | More by torchednoodle
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July2Nov

Hawaii

3.45/5  rDev -5.5%

Appearance: Nice blonde color (who would have thunk!) with a good two-finger head that turns into a well lasting lace.

Smell: Very light with a faint smell of hops.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Like the smell would indicate, it's very light but has a fullness to it. The hops come through the most out of all the ingredients. Tends to give a dry/chalky aftertaste.

Drinkability: For anyone who lives in a hot and humid climate, I would recommend this tasty and refreshing beer. Perfect on those sweltering days!

09-01-2008 02:25:06 | More by July2Nov
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TATTORSO

Illinois

2.95/5  rDev -19.2%

A 12oz. can received as a generous offering from my drinkin' buddy ~ Mr. Mustachio.

Served Ice Cold

A full on gurguling pour into an Imperial pint.

A ~ Pale, cloudy banana colored with a towering white crown that rose a 1/2" above the glass rim & held firm. Towers of bubbles rise to reduce the head to a foamy skim. Webbed lacing dissolved as the beer warmed to the glass.

S ~ The aroma was a little soapy with sour citrus notes, fresh cut green flowers & corn pops.

T ~ There are those (sweet) corn pops again?? Pasty, bready grains. Lemon pith & grassy, floral notes. A little pepper on the finish.
Washed out, floral after taste was a little disappointing.

M ~ Medium bodied with a cleansing, crisp carbonation level. There's a ghostly hop presence that lends itself to a moderately bitter finish. Pepper in the throat & on the tongue.

D ~ As a regional scarcity I was glad to have the opportunity to try this beer. I'm still intrigued with the whole craft canned beer thing AND, I'm thinkin' this is better when it's served ice cold. By the time I pondered the qualities & drafted the review I was looking forward to moving on to something else. Not the worst swill I ever swallowed, but probably not something I'd seek out again.

Is this what the Sailors REALLY come to shore for? I doubt it.

08-22-2008 05:38:05 | More by TATTORSO
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MichaelGreene

California

3.13/5  rDev -14.2%

Hey, this beer is great. Heres the deal, this really doesn't smell good I cant place the smell, but I just dont like it. BUT this beer tastes Fantastic. I'm shocked, but man, this is a great tasting beer, one smell and I was ready to set it down, but I love it now. The mouthfeel is sort of creamy and thick, but the finish it bubbly and whisks the thickness away, leaving my mouth dry....craving more! I do recommend this brew.

I had to edit my review and knock the drinkability down to 1.0, as I will never drink it again. So after the first night of drinking it, I woke up the next morning with a headache and tight muscles. I did not blame this on the beer, and thought it was totally unrelated. Then I talked with my friend who had experienced the same exact thing. I still didnt really put it together. But then I had it again, and sure enough a headache set in, shortly after just one beer. AGAIN, I gave the beer the benefit of the doubt. So I finished off my six pack the next night with the final two beers. Headache and back ache AGAIN. I have no other choice now but to come to the conclusion that they have put Something in this brew that is causing this.

08-17-2008 10:22:50 | More by MichaelGreene
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lightindarkness

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Thanks to swnicholson for this one!

Pours a nice pale golden yellow with a very large foamy white head. Head turns to large bubbles and big sea foam lace.

Fresh smelling, with a little light grain and hay, zesty lemon and a little tart crispness. Taste is clean and crisp with a solid pale malt base and a pretty good dose of hoppy zing at the finish. A little lemony and fading in the end.

Lighter bodied, with a nice present but not overstated carbonation feel. A light coating remains at the finish.

Easy to drink, and pretty tasty. Not particularly standoutish in any particular dimension, but it's a good lager.

08-17-2008 00:39:01 | More by lightindarkness
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orcasteve

North Carolina

2.83/5  rDev -22.5%

this is nothing special, the novalty of being from the islands wares off fast, the can is cool though. this is week in abv, color and taste. this tastes of corn and no hpo presents at all, i am glad that i got to try this but one is good enough for me

08-11-2008 09:09:55 | More by orcasteve
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Floydster

California

4.3/5  rDev +17.8%

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

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

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -6.8%

A : Pours a hazy straw yellow with a big white head that goes down quickly

S : Quite light, a littly grassy/earthy smell, a hint of German hops

T : A smooth taste with some grassy/wheat flavors and a nice hop bitterness on the finish

M : Crisp, light, refreshing

D : Would be good on a hot summer day but I was hoping for a little more flavor.

07-26-2008 23:18:11 | More by mhewes
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +9%

I CAN't believe that I get to drink Hawaiian beer from a CAN! How cool is that? Welcome to the microcanning revolution, indeed!

My pour resulted in a finger's worth of creamy, bone-white head with good retention. Color was a beautiful lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had the characteristic lager-like sweetness to it. Mouthfeel was medium with a honey/wheat-y taste on the tongue. Finish had a lasting lager-like sweetness. Hey, I learned a year ago to appreciate lagers and this was a fine example. As a retired US Navy sailor, would I really have come ashore for it? You bet! We were forced to go weeks at a time without beer or even so much as a drop of grog.

07-20-2008 18:59:19 | More by woodychandler
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beereality

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

07-05-2008 19:54:05 | More by beereality
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JDV

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -13.7%

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.

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

California

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

06-26-2008 23:27:59 | More by cerveza5150
Bikini Blonde Lager from Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub)
83 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.