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Bikini Blonde Lager - Maui Brewing Co.

Bikini Blonde LagerBikini Blonde Lager

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BA SCORE
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204 Ratings
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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.47%


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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 8/26/11.

5.1% ABV per the label.

Pours a clear golden color with a 1 inch puffy off-white head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Thin broken rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet malt/grains and some fruity aromas. Taste is of sweet malt/grains, light fruits, and slight citrus zest. There is a sweetness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a crisp carbonation level with a bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good and easy drinking lager but nothing too exciting.

Serving type: can

01-21-2012 05:57:35 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bleached blonde with a handful of tiny bubbles and no visible yeast. The pour resulted in three fingers of oyster shell hued foam that looks pretty damn good. An extensive array of sea foam lace is easy on the eyes as well. The blonde on the can looks great, as does the blonde in the glass.

The aroma gets points for both style adherence and enjoyability. Untoasted pale malt is accented by a sunny lemon citrusiness and an herbal-spicy German hoppiness that adds depth and complexity where it was least expected. Could this beer taste as good as it smells?

Not quite, but pretty close. Bikini Blonde Lager is a surprisingly good version of a style that often struggles to impress. It maintains the necessary lightness and the low ABV, while not skimping on flavor. Even though that flavor is holding up very well as the mercury rises, drink it on the cold side for maximum refreshment and enjoyment.

This is how American pale lagers would taste in a perfect world. The light sweetness of the biscuity malt is perfectly offset by lemongrassy hop flavor and modest bitterness. Even more hops would have earned this beauty the title of Miss Munich Helles. Miss Congeniality, however, is a lock.

The mouthfeel is fine, it just doesn't blow me away. It's probably closer to medium than light and is at least slightly creamy. As an added bonus, the restrained carbonation encourages rapid consumption while still rewarding the slow sipper.

Maui Brewing has another winner with Bikini Blonde Lager. I'd take her (and five of her friends) to the beach any day of the week. If you're looking for wonderful balance and drinkability in a canned beer, look no further. Aloha.

Serving type: can

11-02-2008 13:28:21 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice light golden color comes through right away. Really tight head of white that sits on top for what seems like forever but then suddenly dropped off leaving it all bare.

Nice touches of light bready malts, caramel, light grasses and a well rounded and nicely done hop profile. Warming brings out cereal grains, touches of light grass and a well carbonated and easily maintained profile. Extremely session able with an amazingly crisp and clean flavor, I had no issues at all with putting this one down.

Serving type: can

07-06-2011 01:51:00 | More by mikesgroove
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
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

Serving type: can

09-16-2009 03:08:31 | More by brentk56
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pint in Kailua-Kona.

This beer pours a bright, clear golden amber hue, with one finger of loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves some sparse islet lace around the glass as it wisps away.

It smells of sweet cereal grain, a wee bit of citrus, and soft grassy, weedy, floral hops. The taste is more breakfast vittles grain, some biscuit character, the whole a bit less sweet now, with the attendant, and agreeably bitter, earthy, leafy hops.

The bubbles are decently average, the body a wavering medium weight, and tacitly smooth. It finishes nice and biscuity, the hops still running in a pleasurable tandem.

A more or less perfect start to the evening's relaxing on a patio overlooking the ocean - a light, refreshing, full-flavoured lager. The only drawback? No label to admire, but I have that covered in another avenue.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2012 03:16:39 | More by biboergosum
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Mora2000

Texas

3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of bready malt, with some grass, grapes and yeast thrown in. A fairly complex aroma, definitely more so than I was expecting. The flavor is fairly straightforward, with a lot of bread and biscuit malt as well as some very light spices. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: can

04-10-2012 01:58:45 | More by Mora2000
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: can

08-30-2012 16:41:14 | More by RblWthACoz
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mdfb79

New York

3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 02/05/11 notes. My dad brought me back a can from Hawaii. 12 oz. can into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat hazy orange color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate to high carbonation evident. Some light lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of fruity malts, grains, and some wheat. Not bad at all, but pretty bland in the nose.

t - Tastes of tropical fruits, fruity malts, citrus, grains, wheat, and bready malts. Much fruitier and nicer than the nose, a step up for me.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. A touch too carbonated, and crisp.

o - Overall a decent beer. Easy to drink and light and crisp, with some nice fruit in the taste. Not as good as their CoCoNut Porter but worth checking out once.

Serving type: can

02-06-2012 21:10:00 | More by mdfb79
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kojevergas

Texas

2.4/5  rDev -33.5%
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.

D+

Serving type: can

06-18-2012 04:00:28 | More by kojevergas
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Zorro

California

3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slightly chill hazed sunny yellow colored beer with a decent white head.

Smell is grassy with a little toasted grain aroma. Herbal hops with a faintly spicy edge, really more herbal though.

Taste starts out sweet for a lager with a good grassy Nobel hop flavor, low level of bitterness. Faint vanilla flavor for some reason.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkability is completely subject to how much you like sweet lagers; I personally don't think this is all that great.

Serving type: can

10-12-2008 04:04:51 | More by Zorro
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was feeling CANtankerous during my visit to San Diego, so I spent some time (and money) seeking out CANs. I know that my reviews of Maui beers are in last year's notebooks, but they are being transcribed and this was the here and now.

A finger's worth of rocky, bone-whiote head with low retention. Color was a pale lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was pretty light and generic, more akin to a lot of the substandard CANned beers thst I have been drinking lately. Mouthfeel was light-to-medium, not unheard of, but not terribly compelling, either. The taste was very light and ephemeral. The same way with the finish. In a blind taste test with any corporate made Light (Lite) beer, I might be hard-pressed to tell the difference. My apologies, but when I can get so many really well-made lagers in PA, I find it difficult to pay for a so-so one from our 50th state and at the price that it takes to have it brought to the mainland. Mahalo all the same.

Beach: Sure, as long as I am vacationing in Hawaii. Don't pay premium prices to haul it to a mainland beach. My .02

Serving type: can

07-27-2009 04:02:49 | More by woodychandler
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DoubleJ

California

4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: can

01-08-2009 03:58:39 | More by DoubleJ
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: can

06-23-2013 03:27:00 | More by Stinkypuss
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Tone

Missouri

3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: can

12-13-2013 14:07:27 | More by Tone
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largadeer

California

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can into a glass. The beer pours an amply-carbonated clear blonde, topped by two fingers of dense, rocky head.

Clean honey-like aroma. Light malty sweetness with faint herbal hops, a touch of chalk when it's cold that subsides at warmer temperatures, cereal, banana - pretty enjoyable and clean.

It's grainy, semi-sweet, clean and crisp on the palate. Honey flavors emerge again along with subtle fruitiness (banana and stonefruit). Aside from a hint of buttery slickness in the finish, the mouthfeel is clean and crisp and the body light. It's a touch sweeter than I generally like my lagers to be, but it's a well-crafted beer.

Serving type: can

02-25-2010 05:44:49 | More by largadeer
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can with a canned on date of 030311, good on MBC for dating their cans. Pours a lightly hazed gold color with a light tan froth.

Nose is nutty and biscuity and has some yeast esters poking out. I originally thought I misread the label and thought for sure this must be a blonde ale. It smells tasty, just not really like a Helles. Where is the graininess? Grassy hops?

This one does indeed fall somewhere in the netherealm of a lager and an ale. Too sweet to be a refreshing lager with a distinctive bready, nutty yeast presence. And yet it tastes a bit too 'clean' and has a lighter body than most ales. It is a pretty unique beverage and does have some good flavors, but I think 1 six-pack purchase will be enough to satisfy my curiosity.

Serving type: can

05-21-2011 18:48:34 | More by twiggamortis420
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tone77

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: can

05-04-2011 13:15:51 | More by tone77
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flagmantho

Washington

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass. My can indicates 5.1% ABV rather than the 4.5% listed above.

Appearance: light golden straw hue with a touch of haze and a thin layer of white foam. Not bad, but not terribly interesting.

Smell: light, somewhat grainy malt aroma with just a touch of noble hops. Decent and appropriate for the style, but nothing special.

Taste: flavor to match the aroma, mostly, with some deeper biscuity flavors and a light but rounding bitterness. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a very big carbonation. The creaminess here is excellent, especially for the style! Wow, I must say I was not expecting this. Kudos!

Overall: this beer's refreshing qualities and bodacious mouthfeel make me enjoy it beyond its flavor and aroma qualities. I could definitely see myself knocking back a few cans of this on the beach.

Serving type: can

07-13-2011 05:02:24 | More by flagmantho
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can. Pours a cloudy yellow with a thick white head. Aroma is fairly nondescript, just some wheat malt. Flavor of sweet wheat malt, slight bitter hops in the finish. Fairly carbonated with a spritzy mouthfeel. Not bad really. Simple and easy to drink.
6/4/6/3/14 (3.3/5)

Serving type: can

01-01-2009 16:38:56 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well , the cheescake can does not bode well for what is inside but surprise Maui brewing put some effort into this light beach beer. The beer is cloudy (like an unfiltered Lager from germany). The nose is nice and hoopy and the taste is pretty full bodied. The more I drunk this the more I appreciated the craft put into making a decent all malt lager with some character.

Serving type: can

03-13-2009 16:52:53 | More by canucklehead
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to davide169 for hooking me up with a can of this straight from the islands!

A-Hazy light golden straw yellow with a medium white fluffy head that reduce to a thin cap and left nice lace.

S-A bit of lemon, bready malt and some light spice.

T-Lemon citrus bite along with a mildly sweet malt, A bit of grassy hops and some spice.

M-VERY light, as in too light. Very crisp, like cold spring water. Although this is supposed to be a light brew it is beyond light and enters the realm of watery.

S-Certainly drinkable and refreshing beer, but too light. It goes down easy, has some flavour and certainly refreshing, but give me a sign that this isnt water (or a BMC light product.)

Serving type: can

10-20-2008 03:30:35 | More by Deuane
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ehammond1


2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Serving type: can

09-19-2012 21:47:25 | More by ehammond1
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ngeunit1

California

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a crystal clear golden color with lots of visible carbonation and a thin finger of frothy white head. The head fades fairly quickly leaving behind a little lace.

S - Aroma is quite mild with a mix of some light grains and some faint noble hops. There is also just a bit of biscuit and yeast.

T - Starts off with some light grains and a bit more noble hops than the nose let on. Through the middle, the bready yeast and the sweet biscuit flavors come through. The finish is a mix of noble hop, grain, and biscuit that lingers for a bit.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and slick with a crisp and very refreshing feeling.

D - Super drinkable. Very smooth and refreshing without sacrificing on the flavor and the body. Really nice grain-hop mix with just enough sweetness.

Serving type: can

09-20-2011 04:17:20 | More by ngeunit1
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srandycarter

California

3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Very light and clear, not much head disappears fast some sudsy lace left behind.

S - Nice malt profile, pretty simple and straight forward.

T - Flavor is similar to a macro lager, but better. Deeper malt and nice bitter finish.

M - Medium body with a good balance.

D - Definitely a good session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2009 03:11:30 | More by srandycarter
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illidurit

California

3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear gold with a tinge of goldenrod. Nice lasting white head is the only thing differentiating this from a macro lager so far. Aroma is wet grains and a vague perfumey floral hop character. Flavor is cereal grains, a touch of citrus, and a light grassy finish with a modest bitterness that barely tickles the tongue. Mouthfeel is standard, drinkability is pretty good.

Serving type: can

11-02-2009 10:23:21 | More by illidurit
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Bikini Blonde Lager from Maui Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.