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Bikini Blonde Lager - Maui Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
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158 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 158
Hads: 481
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 21.64%
Wants: 13
Gots: 74 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Maui Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States | website

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager | 5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-07-2008

18 IBU
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Reviews: 158 | Hads: 481
Photo of Idoitforthetaste
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The cloudy dark yellow color is not the most attractive part of this beer and neither is the wimpy smell. But the taste brings this beer up a whole class level in my book. Its easy drinkability with is a sweetish crisp start and and slightly fruity citrus finish make this for the best light beer for any occasion. Its light strength is compensated for with its rewarding and delicious taste. When it comes to blondes, I've got this sweeties number down.

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Photo of 1ale_man
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a Spiegelau tulip
Cloudy gold color
Smells of corn and husk. Reminds me of my granddads corn crib where the dried field corn was stored.
Tastes like it smells. Plenty of corn as in fresh corn bread and somee yeast.
Feels great on the tounge. Carbonated just right.
I will buy this again. Similar to a macro to me, but better. I liked this beer, but I like the lighter side of beer.
This beer was canned 7-2015. It may be even better if it was fresher. Still loved it.

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Photo of smcolw
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light gold and clear. Not much of a head and what's there dies quickly to no bubbles (and therefore no lace).

Sweetly malty. No notable hop to the nose.

The hop is present in the taste, but it is background music to the rich, sweet malt flavor. Short but chewy aftertaste. It has elements of a macro in terms of the taste (a bit grainy), but otherwise the body (full) and the taste pulls this off.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.85/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Clear hotel snifter glass
From: Lawson Station Sheraton Waikiki in Honolulu, Hawaii
Price: $2.09
Purchased: Dec. 19, 2015
Consumed: Dec. 19, 2015
Misc.: Canned on Oct. 14, 2015

Poured a golden, yellow, clear color with three fingers of grayish rocky head. A few bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Below average spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Below average retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled sourdough bread, honey, corn, buttery malts and sour cheese. (Smell - 2.50)

Taste followed the nose, so still not good. Got sourdough bread, honey, corn, hay, cereal, doughy notes and cheese. (Taste - 3.00)

Light body. Thin-to-oily texture. Soft carbonation. Abrupt, buttery finish. (Feel - 2.75)

I did not like this beer and I’m glad I only got one instead of a 6-pack. (Overall - 2.75)

2.85 | 67 | C

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a giant fluffy head of 3 fingers, and stays for a long while. The body is honey-blonde colored and near 90% opaque.

Aroma of malts and cereal, light juice/sweetener.

Flavor has a lot of roasted grain going on, and it's done right. A slight fruity character (pineapple? mango?) compliments the grains, and it ends on a pleasurable yeasty note. Bread dough as well, mixed with a touch of pine from hops.

Light bodied at the front, with a succinct carbonation, tapering off to a light feel with hints of dryness. (Munich lagers don't have much of a feel to speak of anyways, so this is within spec)

Overall, Bikini Blonde is nothing to write home about but in the style it's better than most. I'd have it again if I were in the area. Recommended.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355ml Can from Good Spirits Wine & Beer, Glasgow (£2.80):
Very light & enjoyable, coming through fresh & well-balanced with a clean & crisp feel. It went down easy with good carbonation & nice grassy hops & a floral taste with some lemon, biscuit & pale malts that worked very well together & made the beer.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another "when in Hawaii" selection. Overall, I think this is the best beach beer I that Maui brews. It is golden coloured, with a nice malt backbone and subdued hoppiness. Somehow, I think that if Rice Krispies was a beer, it would be Bikini Blonde.

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Photo of safaricook
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

not crystal clear straw colored, white head
Bready, German hop aroma
good Helles body balanced by spicy hop bitterness, crisp
well integrated CO2, nice refreshing
Could be a Helles straight out of Bavaria and a well done as well

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours from the can a hazy gold/straw colour, capped by a couple fingers of rocky, uneven foam that recedes to a few rings and some solid lacing. Lots of visible carbonation.

Smell is grassy, malty. Hay. Slightly vegetal, slightly buttery (though not in a bad, diacetyl way). Faint hop bittering, but lots of biscuit, a bit of cracker. Taste follows through on those impressions: soft, super creamy, biscuit and light cracker with just a touch of balancing hop bitterness. Good body, moderate carbonation.

Quite refreshing, quite drinkable, quite nice--not up there with genuine, German versions of the style (it's lacking the clean crispness, and could use a bit more hop presence), but a nice, relaxing, enjoyable beer.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Quick review. Nice bready malt gives this helles a bit more oomph than what I'd call typical for the style. It's an easy, un-bitter sipper - more than adequate for Sunday afternoon.

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Photo of VashonGuy
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Refreshing summer beer. Drinking it at Fat Daddy's Smokehouse on Maui. Good beer in this setting. Not enough of a standout to seek it out, but it's OK when the taplist is a little shy.

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Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light straw yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin film of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass. The head eventually faded away, leaving only a webbing of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of cracker malts are present in the nose along with notes of fruits—white grapes seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste has flavors of cracker malts along with some notes of bready malts and hints of grapes. Faint amounts of bitterness are perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and relatively clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The aromas and flavors of grapes make this seem more like a kolsch compared to a helles lager, but in any event it is a nice and easy to drink American representation of a German beer.

Serving type: can

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Photo of tigg924
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Interesting and clean helles lager. Taste is of grass, honey, and slight tropical fruit which differentiates itself from others in the style. Not bad, but one that I will likely not pick up again.

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Photo of hophugger
3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not a bad beer, awesome color and decent head. There is just the right amount of balance between the bitter and sweet that this beer works. The sweetness seems to be like high fructose corn syrup, maybe I am wrong. It has decent carbonation and drinks well. Got a touch ore than I expected in this one !!@

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.36/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We pop the tab on a can, pouring a brew of dirty, wet straw. It holds a modest head of one finger tall white foam, and appears to be highly carbonated. The nose is wonderfully fresh of German grain, clean wheat, rye, powdered barley, and white rice. The hops to meet are grassy, with other balancing notes of dandelion, white sugar, honey over soggy cereal, heavy creamer, and baker’s yeast. The taste, too, is wonderfully fresh and malty, but keeps it light on the toes. The flavors are sweet, of biscuity pales, German Weiss, honey, lactic milkiness, flaked barley, soft grassy hops, sugary apple juice, and generous lager yeastiness. The body is light to medium, but crisp, creamy, and frothy, leaving the mouth happy, warmed, and satiated. Drinkability is wonderful.

Overall, this is a sleeper of a beer. We were a little blown away here. This is an amazing rendition of a not oft-made style from a smaller American brewery, and they nail it both stylistically and artistically. We didn’t really write a long review, but that should speak to its well-crafted simplicity and elegance. The aroma and flavor, both, showcase raw, flakey barley like none other, at least as far as freshness goes. We have a bunch of other “world class” beers lined up in the fridge, but I might honestly give one of them up if I could sip on this the rest of this summer’s night and enjoy the breeze and the hockey game.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

355 ml can poured into a flute. This one is a nice golden yellow with a rich creamy white head that retains its form well. Aroma of hay/grass, dry cracker-like malts, and maybe just hints of orchard fruit and green peppercorns. Taste reveals why this won a World Beer Cup award in 2006. At once bready but not particularly sweet, assertive noble hops, and again just hints of citrus and stone fruit, this is a solid Helles lager. Features a very soft but flavorsome cereal malt character and hoppier than usual for the style. Moderate body with some dextrins apparent, vaguely chalky, and just the right level of carbonation, on the far side of moderate. Finishes dry and grassy with a little white pepper and grape. Nil huskiness or other off-flavors. I regret that I have only one can in my possession.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bikini Blonde Lager
12 oz. can
Served in an 8 oz hotel glass

I picked up a 6 pack of this beer on Monday (03/17/14) after a late morning stop at the State of Hawaii, Department of Health office. I was anticipating a return to Waikiki Beach and was in search of a local 6 pack to clandestinely drink on the beach. I decided to get a 6 pack of Bikini Blonde Lager cans...

Pours a straw yellow with mini bubbles that race to the top of the glass. A circular bleach white head forms on top.

Aroma is very clean with whiffs of freshly cut grass and herbs.

The first sip is super crisp, clean and drinkable. I am immediately interested in the carbonation level that feels greater than normal. Flavors of toasted malt (think cereal) and a light fruit twang that is reminiscent of pear or a freshly cut Granny Smith apple slice. There is a mini hop snap on the finish that brings everything together.

A nicely crafted beer, true to the style with an above average drinkability level. A beer that truly 'hit the spot'.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into SA Perfect pint.

A: Pours a deep golden color with yellow highlights beneath a thick bright white head that faded into a fuzzy white film. Soapy lace was left down the glass.
S: Scents of creamy oats and roasted grains with mild spicy herbal hops.
T: Follows the nose. Earthy, spicy, hops, and bready yeast stand out. Bready overall. The finish is full of cereal grains and a light sweetness. There’s a hint of honey in the aftertaste.
M: Extremely creamy and soft mouthfeel, very fluffy and velvet carbonation, full mouthfeel.
O: Solid, clean, and bready. Very fluffy and soft mouthfeel. Goes down easy and smooth.

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Photo of redman84
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a solid helles beer.

Appearance: Nice straw color, hazy, effervescent, with some hanging proteins.

Smell: Straw with faint scent of german hops.

Taste: Clean with a light bite at the finish and gentle hops

Mouthfeel: Velvety and lingering!

Would be a solid session beer on a hot day.

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Photo of Tone
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of slight sweet malt, pale malt, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of a Munich Helles Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of caramel malt, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, decent feel, but weak aroma and body.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly clear deep straw color. Some chill haze of proteins still hangs around. Head is bubbly, and short lived. Lots of active carbonation rising to the surface.
Aroma of clean caramelized malt, buttered bread, some citrus, herb.
In the taste, quite malty, very bready even a touch of nutty caramel. Mild menthol like minty herb from the hops. Faint citrus. Well carbonated medium bodied lager. Very smooth. This was a refreshingly unique take on the style. I would drink this again without hesitation. A perfect choice for a warm weather thirst quencher, and a solid lager beer.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 355ml can with a canned-on date of June 2012. Picked up some time back from Trembling Madness in York. Described on the side as a helles lager brewed with German hops and barley. Unfiltered. What the sailors really come to shore for...

Poured into a straight pint glass. A hazy golden hue with fine sediment and medium carbonation. Yields a small head of white foam that lasts for a minute or two before disappearing. Aroma of light, grainy malt with notes of flowery noble hops, grass/hay and earthy yeast. Nicely rounded.

Tastes of light malt with a subtle hoppy character and a dry finish. Notes of grain, noble hops, grass/hay, faint spiciness, earthy yeast and stewed hops. Well attenuated, with a crisp yet restrained bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and good body for the style. Mildly astringent, with an aftertaste of earthy yeast and grassy hops.

A solid lager with a satisfying aroma and flavour. The noble hops are understated but come across well, while the yeast adds depth. Not sure what the Germans would think, but never mind. Well crafted and very drinkable; I'd be happy to have a few of these on the beach. Worth sampling if you come across it.

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Photo of ckollias
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12oz can out of a small snifter glass.

A: Pours a straw golden hue with a thin white head that quickly dissipates into a partial wispy lace with no trail.

S: Grassy and slightly hoppy aroma.

T: Slightly sweet flavor with light hoppy middle and finishes on the dry side.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent munich helles lager. Went down easy and was refreshing.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a cloudy light yellow in color with 2 fingers of white head. smells of honey, bready notes... sweet.. almost getting a frosted flakes type smell. a lightly hoppy flavor up front (grassy) with lots of nice bready sweet malt backing it up. nothing too special, but it definitely is very tasty for a lager. very sweet yet still has that nutty character typical of helles/bavarian lagers. light/medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation.

this is a very tasty helles lager, very sweet and flavorful. it's funny that i'm starting to finally appreciate lagers after tasting ones outside of nj.

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Photo of MikeB20
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: 12oz can into a perfect pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow with a nice bright white foamy head. The head dissipates quickly and leaves a little lacing.

S: Hay like grain and yeast, not really a whole lot more.

T: A nice smooth grainy flavor, very easy drinking and refreshing. Hop bitterness is present but the flavors are not. The malt dominates your palette with a slightly sweet finish.

M: Slightly creamy with moderate carbonation, again, easy drinking.

O: While nothing spectacular this is a solid lager. I could see this being a nice everyday summer brew for myself. Easy drinking but with good flavor and a nice balance. This is my first taste of Maui Brewing as a selection of their beer was given to me by a friend who had it while in Hawaii. I'm looking forward to trying the rest of the beers.

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Bikini Blonde Lager from Maui Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.