Bikini Blonde Lager - Maui Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 150
Hads: 454
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 21.64%
Wants: 12
Gots: 65 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-07-2008

18 IBU
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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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Photo of rickyleepotts
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I didn’t have this when I was in Hawaii, but we did have the CoCoNut Porter. That beer, which is one of the best porters on the planet, is still one of my favorites. I know Sheryl LOVES that beer. Maybe it was because it was one of the first beers we had on the island… but it still stacks up to anything on the market today. I haven’t had this offering. I wasn’t impressed with their IPA, so I hope their Helles lager is better. I find it interesting that they only can. At the same time, a lot of breweries are going to cans. It’s cheaper, faster, and the beer tends to taste better. We shall see with the Bikini Blonde Lager. Bottoms up, people!

In the Glass: It is pretty boring in the glass. It is light, gold, and looks like a regular domestic beer. I know it’s not… and while it is still made in the United States, is not considered a domestic beer. But it looks pretty boring in the glass. It looks like something I would typically chug.

Nose: It has a typical blonde/light lager aroma to it. Nothing to write home about, but something semi-sweet that makes me want to see what this beer tastes like. I like the design on the can, too. I mean… it’s called Bikini Blonde Lager. There is a bikini blonde on the can. It’s only fitting!

Flavor: The flavor is pretty basic. It’s not overwhelming, and with such a low ABV, is totally something I could see pounding during a football game or on the golf course. I can see why people on the island like this beer. It’s a good, easy drinking beer to have while outside, on the beach, in the hot summer nights.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is thick, somewhat creamy, and provides you with the type of mouthfeel you expect from a craft beer. Having had their porter, this doesn’t even come close. So I might be a little biased. But this is still a solid beer for someone that doesn’t already drink craft beer, or someone that isn’t into thick, dark beers.

Aftertaste: There isn’t much of an aftertaste. What is there is a lingering dryness that keeps me going back for more. Imagine chugging a pint of Coors Light. That aftertaste… only a little bit sweeter and somewhat dry. Again, nothing to write home about.

This beer isn’t something I would order on a regular basis. I also don’t live in Hawaii. I wonder what the locals think of this beer… I am sure it’s popular with the surfer dudes! I like it, but it’s not great. Not their best offering, but something I am glad I got the chance to try.

Bikini Blonde Lager – “The can says: “Cans eliminate light damage and recede the risk of oxidation, keeping that craft brew fresher than in bottles!

“Cans are lighter, chill quicker, and can be enjoyed on beaches and in sensitive environments. Aluminum is the most recycled and more eco-friendly material.

“Bikini Blonde is a fresh handcrafted Helles lager brewed with the finest German hops and barley, not skimpy on flavor… bold, smooth, and refreshing.”

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Photo of Dave1999
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent yellow with a white foamy head.

The smell is Sweet grains with some Floral hops.

The taste is biscuit and a little hops.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, quite clean and medium to high carbonation.

Overall a decent enough lager, a fair bit better than longboard. Not crisp and clean as you would expect but the creaminess does work.

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Photo of ehammond1
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Can (2012)

Texas Liquor
Carlsbad, CA

Clear golden with a moderately sized off-white head. Leaves dots of lace down the glass. Appropriate.

Toasted, biscuit, sweet malt, some grass, and mild citrus combine for a pleasant, though unexciting, aroma.

The flavor falls short of the aroma, with the usual bready malt and slight sweetness and grass combining, though unfortunately, there's a very off butter like taste, especially as the beer warms.

Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Good enough at cold temperatures, but this fails considerably more upon warming. I don't need to revisit this one.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like this lager. It's very smooth, with a mild sweet tone. Seems very well balanced. All too often I get that overly malty sweet thing with so many American produced lagers. But that doesn't happen here. The carbonation gives a bit too much bite on the tongue, but overall, this is a very nice beer. Glad I was able to try it.

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Photo of inlimbo77
2.91/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz, 9/7/11 (almost a year old)
Sam Adams perfect pint

A: Pours a crystal clear BMC yellow color. Still good carbonation. Finger of fluffy white head. Lacing is there.

S: Obviously the age might have knocked this down a bit. The hops have really died out. Getting lots of bready malt character.

T: Tip of the tongue, maybe a touch of hop bite still. It's very faint. Then its all bready and biscuity malt flavor. It's kind of blah at this point. Finish is clean and crisp and flat.

M: Light bodied. Bland and flat.

O: C+

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Photo of JKuras
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.4/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 fl oz /355 ml aluminum can with a comfortably grippable top served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average given the style.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food. Consumed on a full stomach.

A: Pours a one finger white colour head without hardly any cream, of poor thickness, and average retention. Body colour is a predictable clear light copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. A mundane appearance; somewhat dull.

Sm: Clean malts, stale orange peel, rice, stale barley, and hints of creamed wheat. A mild strength aroma, and not a particularly appealing one.

T: Clean malts, rice, stale orange peel, stale cream, hints of wheat, and stale barley. Light hopping contributes light vague citrus. A poorly constructed simple brew with some redeeming citrus character. Badly balanced and built. Not at all complex or subtle. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Boring and bland.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some tingly crystal malt coarseness. Adequately carbonated. Too thick for the lack of body and flavour.

Dr: Drinkable but bleh. A very underwhelming offering from Maui brewing. Certainly the worst brew from them I've yet tried. I won't be getting this again. It hides its mere average ABV pretty well, but that's not much of an accomplishment.


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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 16oz pint in Kailua-Kona, in a pub in front of the harbor, at sunset. Yeah, it's gonna be a good night.

This beer appears a slightly hazy, yet bright medium golden yellow hue, with one finger of weakly puffy and loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves some sparse islet lace around the glass as it quickly wisps away.

It smells of semi-sweet cereal grain, saltine crackers, a wee bit of dried citrus rind, white pepper, and soft grassy, floral hops. The taste is more breakfast vittles graininess, some dry biscuit character, the whole a bit less sweet now, with some muddled citrus and drupe fruitiness, and the attendant, and agreeably bitter, earthy, leafy, and grassy hops.

The bubbles are decently average in their trilling frothiness, the body a wavering medium weight, and tacitly smooth, with a hint of airy creaminess. It finishes well off-dry, and nice and biscuity, with the peppy noble hops still running in a pleasurable tandem.

A more or less perfect start to an evening of relaxing on a patio overlooking the ocean - a light, refreshing, full-flavoured German-style lager - Munich brewing goodness in the Hawaiian Islands, nice. The only drawback? No label to admire, but I have that more than covered (heh) in a few other ways right now.

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Bikini Blonde Lager from Maui Brewing Co.
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