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Bikini Blonde Lager - Maui Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
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253 Ratings
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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 9
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Maui Brewing Co. visit their website
Hawaii, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
18 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-07-2008)
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5/5  rDev +38.9%

DUG2487, Monday at 05:57 AM
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5/5  rDev +38.9%

waiting4lunch, Nov 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +38.9%

pwoody11, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of jerbax101
4.53/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on a sunset dinner cruise in Maui. There was nothing liking sipping on this smooth tasting blonde while watching a beautiful hawaii sunset. It's not as bitter as other blondes I've had. Color was light for a blonde and very clear. I really enjoyed it.

jerbax101, Mar 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25%

Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +25%

creez, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of TheBrewo
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

TheBrewo, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of ChrisCage
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed while on vacation in Kihei, HI...also of note, I enjoyed this both in the can and on tap and my notes were very similar so I'm only doing this review once!

A- Pours a mainly clear, with just a touch of chill haze, golden color. There isn't really any great head to speak of, as it starts off as a thin white film, and quickly settles into a thin ring around my glass. Carbonation looks to be fairly lazy looking, as the columns lumber up towards the top of the liquid. The lacing is equally below average, with thin clumps of foam sinking quickly back into the beer....a very average looking beer.

S- This brew smells of all malt, plain and simple....sweet goodness. There are touches of fresh honey, grain and as far as the finish goes, there really isn't any bitterness that I can detect so I'm not sure what others are smelling.

T- This is simply an amazingly flavored beer in this style! The malt profile is among the best anyone will come across, and this really does have notes of honey and strong barley malt for sweetness. This is balanced by mild notes of flower petal and a slight citrus flavor to help with the tartness. The finish I have to say does contain some hop bitterness but I find this with more fruity freshness than anything.

M- This is definitely leaning towards medium bodied and is quite smooth on the palate. The carbonation is very refined and helps to make this beer very creamy. The malt sweetness really shines through! With that said, the finish is crisp, but does leave behind some sticky, syrup like flavors on the palate after, but I find it quite pleasant myself.

O- I've tried several different beers made on these Isles, and so far, this is my favorite beer for everyday drinking! It works very well on the beach, or at the table with family while playing games! It has a richness about it that I never really experienced with anything else local that I tried in a lager, but I realize that this style is supposed to be more fulfilling and it delivers!! Great job Maui Brewing!

ChrisCage, Jan 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

bubseymour, Sep 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

brotherloco, Nov 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Hanserelli, Jun 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

DougLana, Apr 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

phranCISCO, Feb 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

dseiters, Jun 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

MitchCumstein, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale golden color with a fluffy white head that sticks and laces nicely

Smell: Fairly clean, with a touch of grain and a slight lemony and floral aspect

Taste: Opens biscuity, with a surprisingly sweet fruit character (lemon banana) that appears at mid-palate with a touch of grassy hops as well; the finish is bready and slightly sweet

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I didn't expect to like this as much as I did; while it is not to style, perhaps this opens a new category of Hawaiian lagers that adds a sweet and floral touch rather than a crisp and twangy flavor

Thanks, atigerlife, for the opportunity

brentk56, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of tone77
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks go out to woodychandler for providing this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, sweet, some grains. Taste is very good, malts, biscuty, some sweetness, extremely refreshing. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a beer worth seeking out.

tone77, May 04, 2011
Photo of bboven
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light blonde, crystal clear body with a thin but lasting head and lots of lacing. This is one to take a picture of.

Aroma is all malt (meaning no filler) a hint of non-descript fruitiness from the yeast, and just a touch of diacytal. Noble hops are well balanced with the malt.

Hops leap to the front with the grain still lingering in the nose. Just as bitter as it should be for the style.

Remarkale. Crisp, slightly heavier than expected, lets you know that this is a lager that was crafted, not assembly-lined.

All in all a fantastic lager that I'd buy all summer if I could get it in NC.

Serving type: can

bboven, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can purchased at Total Wine in Tustin, on to the beer:

Very foamy on the pour, it's pale golden straw in color with a big soapy head on top. Great lacing on the glass. Fresh floral hops in the aroma, somewhat grape-like. Tropical too...pinneapple comes to mind. How odd considering the origin of this beer? Big hop presence in the taste as well, it leans towards tropical fruit. Mild cracker malt, and subtle biscuit notes. Pine in the background. Light in the mouth, and goes down very easy.

Here's a lager I can enjoy on the beach, but at a high price (about $10 a 4-pack here in SoCal). That's just for starters; being so light, I might need two 4-packs for a day at the beach.

DoubleJ, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of billshmeinke
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic.

Clean golden color. Clear and bright. Huge billowing frothy head. Dies down to a chunky layer of foam on top.

Smells of doughy rustic bread, and a clean lager yeast fruitiness. Hop character is mild.

Dough, bread, and a fruity yeasty flavor. A light spicy hop bite on the end.

Clean and dry. Light bodied, carbonation is spot on.

A really clean and refreshing lager. Great for a hot summer day like today.

billshmeinke, May 30, 2011
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear body, darker golden color, white head and a sheet of lacing.

Bready malt fills the air as soon as I start my pour. Gorgeous sweet malty aromas.

Flavors of fresh baked bread, dough, honey, toasted grain, and a gentle dose of noble hops on the finish. Enjoy it, but a little more depth would be great.

The mody is crisp, clean, and richer for a lager.

A stellar lager, excellent example of munich helles. So bready, and malty, and drinkable. Good to know that if I ever find myself in hawaii, there will be at least one good lager to enjoy on the beach.

BradLikesBrew, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm, more from Maui Brewing Co.

Poured from a can into a Maui Brewing Co. pint glass.

A: Pours out a pale golden straw color with vigorous bubbling action that works to form a bubbly, slightly artificial looking head, but fights valiantly against such a comparison by sticking around for a long time after the initial pour.

S: Sweet, clean and with a slight noble hop fruitiness, underscored by a light lemon and grass like character.

T/MF: Malt takes hold here and blends together quite nicely with the light and fruity hoppiness. Mouthfeel is consistent with style and remains crisp and bubbly without appearing watered down or thin. I wouldn't call this a bready flavor, grassy yes, slightly lemony, yes, slight herbal spiciness, yes. Easy to break down but not one dimensional this beer has a lot to offer.

D: In Maui, on the beach or in the pool after a long day of hiking, a tall glass of this beer really really does the trick. It's a very nice change of pace from the fruity colored booze conveyance devices that are so ubiquitous here.

bluemoonswoon, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of Hibernator
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
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'.

Hibernator, Mar 20, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +12.2%

SwampDonkey540, Sep 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

77apm, Sep 01, 2014
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Bikini Blonde Lager from Maui Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.