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Bikini Blonde Lager - Maui Brewing Co.

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149 Reviews
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Reviews: 149
Hads: 445
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 12
Gots: 62 | 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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Reviews: 149 | Hads: 445
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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 (959 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
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 (679 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (306 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (631 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (1,262 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (1,670 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (506 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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. (932 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (328 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.4/5  rDev -34.8%
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+ (1,470 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (742 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (343 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
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 (1,083 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
2.74/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (434 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (692 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (587 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.2/5  rDev -13%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a can into a pint glass, the beer has a vibrant straw-gold coloring, with crystal clarity and a decent amount of steady carbonation showing in the glass. The head starts out fluffy and thick, but over a minute or two recedes to a thing film of bubbles. Smells burst out of the can during the pour, heavy in oat and slight toasted characters. The beer has a very slick mouthfeel, and the flavors slide through quickly. There are notes of sweet toffee and fruity flavors, as well as the cereal/grain flavors. Very smooth and light in mouth, and unbelievably easy to drink. It's starting to get warm where I am, and this is the perfect beer for a day out in the sun. Fantastic summer picnic or BBQ brew. (712 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can brought back to the lower 48 by my good friend and coworker Michelle E. I asked her to find me a Maui IPA and of course the Coconut Porter.. she hooked me up with the Bikini Blonde just for fun. The can has been sitting in the fridge for a week... tonight it was poured into my new favorite Sam Adams glass.

Huge head towers 3/4" out of the glass.. nice splotchy lacing.. brew is a hazy lite straw color.

Grainy aroma.. slight floral hops.. touches of musky notes.. clears out as it warms.

Flavor is soft grains and again only touches of floral hops.. maybe a little grassy. Mouthfeel is light as expected .. very drinkable.. something seems off if this is supposed to be a Helles.. there is a background fruitiness that probably shouldn't be here.

All and all... I can picture myself sitting on a beach... any beach .. enjoying this brew for hours. Drinkability is off the charts.. but it needs to be dialed in significantly if the brewery is truly shooting for a helles.

Michelle, if you end up reading this review... you need to remind me to give you a big hug tomorrow at work... Thanks from the bottom of my heart. (1,134 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (414 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a slightly hazy, but fairly clear, bright yellow with just over an inch of fluffy white head that had good retention and very light lacing.

The aroma was on the subdued side, but still had a nice balance of grain and hops. The flavors were a bit more bold, the grain is far more pronounced and the hops are nicely crisp.

The body is crisp and clean. Drinkability is very good, having a few of these would be easy and fun. Certainly worth trying if you see it. (492 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (857 characters)

Photo of tone77
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (312 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Can - thanks to frenchy for this one

Appearance – Mostly clear yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation showing and there is a fairly good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, bread, corn, malts, hops, lemons

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains, lemons, and a nice amount of noble hops. There is also a touch of corn and the beer finishes with a lemony/hoppy aftertaste.

Overall – An enjoyable and refreshing beer. It had a nice amount of noble hops and reminded me a but of the sunshine pils by Troegs. I could see myself drinking a few of these on a beach in Hawaii. (749 characters)

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Bikini Blonde Lager from Maui Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.