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Bikini Blonde Lager - Maui Brewing Co.

Bikini Blonde LagerBikini Blonde Lager

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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.19%

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

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Photo of 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
Photo of ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
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!

Serving type: can

01-30-2012 01:15:26 | More by ChrisCage
Photo of UCLABrewN84


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
Photo of elNopalero


2.63/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From Hawaii. So: long distance for distribution, balanced by environmentally-friendly recyclable packaging? I’m not sure the balance is worth it in this case

This looks like a yellow fizzy beer. Very foamy. Low, barely detectable aroma and not a whole lot of flavor either. There is a honey-sweet taste to it, and a sweet finish, but not a whole lot else going on here. Wasn’t horrible but not terribly exciting. I certainly don’t picture myself sitting on a warm, sunny beach and wanting to drink one of these.

Serving type: can

12-11-2011 01:09:57 | More by elNopalero
Photo of harrymel


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

Canned 07JUL11
Can indicates 5.1% ABV

A: golden raisins with near excellent clarity under a solid sheet of white foam trailed with fleeting sheets of lace.
S: Sweet grain, corn, some mineral tones. Decent and faint.
T: Nice sweet flavor is simple and soft with near floral qualities. Perfect for hot weather or as a quick session beer.
M: A bit heavy for the style with lower carb creating a velveteen experience. Empty finish. I like this aspect fairly well.
O: Good tasting beer. Although not a standout, definitely worth a try, and likely something I would drink over and over in a bar.

Serving type: can

11-28-2011 05:27:35 | More by harrymel
Photo of sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a nice clear gold,rocky white head that hing around after it faded down decent lacing.
Smell is clean with just a touch of malt, its a lager that with a bit of hops would be standard
Taste is sweet a bit honey like, a bit of toasted bread. Dominated by honey sweetness
Mouthfeel is light crisp nice carbonation bright lager
Overall this would be an awesome everyday beach drinker, flavourful but not over powering would be awesome with a touch of hoppyness.

Serving type: can

10-30-2011 19:22:37 | More by sliverX
Photo of secondtooth


3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this in a convenient (and well-priced) sampler 6-pack (CANS!) at the amazing Pono Market in Kapa'a, Kauai. These made my nights in Kauai even better!

Cloudy gold with decent carbonation. Fine white bubbles, but no detectable lace on my wine chalice (it's all I could find in our cottage).

Nose is crisp and malty, with a light hops followthrough/finish.

This was a brisk and flavorful lager -- definitely preferred to the mainstream stuff. Solid.

Serving type: can

10-28-2011 21:46:23 | More by secondtooth
Photo of ngeunit1


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
Photo of FUNKPhD


3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really like this beer. This happens to be my go to beer if I'm not feeling like trying something new.

The pour reveals a nice, clear blonde, and somewhat aromatic beverage, resulting in a moderate head. A somewhat fruity, malty aroma is present, and follows through to the taste. Very refreshing, very drinkable. Nice and crisp, not overly carbonated. Bananas are a flavor that I get a lot out of this beer.

It can be a little bit more than a regular six pack of your generic beers, but definitely worth it. I have yet to meet someone who didn't appreciate me bringing this to their get together.

Serving type: can

08-31-2011 01:06:37 | More by FUNKPhD
Photo of Cavery


3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can shared with SundaySour, figured we'd give this Maui Brew a whirl.

Canned 6/21/11, poured into a pint glass.

A: Light yellow with some give towards pale oranges. Light soap sud head of about 1 1/2 fingers that did left as fast as it arrived. White bubbles give it a classic American session brew look. Modest but apparent ring of foam hugs the glass wall. Doesn't stand out, but it's inoffensive. Small streams of bubbles in a clear body.

S: Wheat and peanut oils mix for a slightly crispy peanut punch. Lightly salted peanuts mixed with lightly buttered popcorns. The wheat sweetness does its best to escape the snack food notes, but it really runs through a spectrum to do so: corn nuts, raw corn tortillas, and light grease make this an oily nose. Surprisingly potent.

T: Light dustings of salt on a mix of nuts. Almonds, cashews, and peanuts complete a salt-friendly nuttiness. Some crispy wheat breakfast sweetness that suggests breakfast toasts and whip butter spreads. I really like the brief appearance of plantains, wish there was more of that. The volume seems turned down a little bit from the nose, but this is a welcome mellowness. Some unexpected dried apricot fruitiness. White corn in the middle-end, before the flavor drops off a cliff. Mild sensations of hop bitterness in the later flavors.

M: Oily and lightly coating, but not overwhelmingly thick. This is much more of a pleasant glaze than a syrupy nightmare. A slippery coco-butter like feeling in the mouth makes the brew just slip too easily down the throat. Really easy to drink, and a solid medium-full body to boot. A complimentary sizzle on first contact.

O: Really quite decent, but the corn and oil flavors make for a bit of a taxing beverage. It drinks very easy, but the flavor makes me feel like I'm drinking a bag of corn nuts. Some people might really like this, but as a person that likes to have food with beer, I feel like this tastes more of fatty salty fried snacks than I'd like. However, there were some things that made this really pretty good. In the middle-flavors I had visits from plantains and dried apricots. I thought that was a really compelling mix, but it was too short lived. I want to up the fruity characters of this beer, and cut down on the salty nuttiness. There's something worth cultivating in here, but for right now it's just pretty okay.

Serving type: can

08-08-2011 00:48:29 | More by Cavery
Photo of Bfarr


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

Golden blond foamy white head with decent retention and no lacing. Sweet citrus aroma. Bold but smooth wheat with earthy hops balancing things out. Clean, sweet finish. Fairly crisp but rather heavy bodied.

Easy drinking with a bold flavor but it’s a very filling beer that I really couldn’t finish many of. Very heavy for a lager.

Serving type: can

07-30-2011 02:32:50 | More by Bfarr
Photo of TexIndy


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

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass. No dating info. It was a clear golden yellow color with lots of carb streams. It had a 2 finger head that settled into a small foam cap. Good sheeting that slides back into the glass with a little sticking.

The aroma was a bit subdued. Biscuity malt with light lemony and floral hops. Not much to sniff. The taste however was really good. Starts out with the biscuity malt and then the lemony hops kick in for a good flavor kick. Really surprised at how much I enjoyed this one. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation and a nice aftertaste.

Overall, a really good beer that surprised me. Goes down nice and smooth on this hot Texas summer day. Need to get some of this for my friends who I'm getting to explore more beers. Avail in TX for a couple months now. Rotation - I can see getting a six pack of this every so often and would like to try on-tap [O;Y]

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 00:27:42 | More by TexIndy
Photo of atigerlife


3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with a 1 finger fluffy white head. Decent amount of carbonation rising.

Aroma is floral, light hops and a little grainy.

Taste has some hops, light malts, floral. Somewhat weak in this area.

Mouthfeel is light and cleansing.

Overall, it is very drinkable. Very good beach beer.

Serving type: can

07-24-2011 04:06:03 | More by atigerlife
Photo of flagmantho


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
Photo of 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
Photo of 3rdRowTailgater


3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark straw color with a light head. Head has decent retention, does not leave very much lacing.

Has a nice sweet yeasty and bready smell with a light crisp taste that is full of taste, even for this ale drinker. Nice carbonation and overall taste.

Seriously an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: can

06-28-2011 00:54:49 | More by 3rdRowTailgater
Photo of HalfFull


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

Into a pint glass from a 12 oz. can, showing a hazed golden with a rather resilient cap of white foam. Decent retention and lace follow. Decent pour though a bit hazy.

Touch of spice on the aroma along with a firm pale bready character and a lemony sweetness. Touch of pleasant yeast character.

Taste is full with a bit of sweet lemon bread followed by a mild bitterness. Feel is moderate to full, never getting too slippery or watery and maintaining a nice spice character as it warms. Balanced by a spot on level of carbonation and with a return of a rich lemon texture on the finish.

Serving type: can

06-24-2011 05:27:18 | More by HalfFull
Photo of billshmeinke


4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: can

05-30-2011 22:50:06 | More by billshmeinke
Photo of twiggamortis420


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
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

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

Drank this brew while in Oahu. Pours nice thick white head, dark straw color, short lacing.

Smell is very refreshing. Sweet malts, wheat, clean earthy smell with a hint of citrus.

Taste is just a refreshing as the smell. Very clean, well balanced and a little sweet on the back end.

Mouth feel is good. Goes down easy, very drinkable.

Overall a great beer. It may taste even better because I drank this while staying in paradise. Recomended!

Serving type: can

05-20-2011 23:31:55 | More by Treyliff
Photo of rawfish


3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a nice fluffy white inch and a half high head over a slightly hazy straw gold body. Fades rather quickly and leaves some delicate spots of lacing on the glass.

Really nice and malty, bready malts with notes of honey and almonds. Hops are light but slightly herbal with fresh grass and hay. There is a slight fruity note in the back ground from the yeast, perhaps pear.

Hmm the first taste is of alcohol that's a bit off, settles nicely into a rich malt character, cereal grains and toasted bread play a rather heavy hand. Hop character is very subdued, earthy and herbal, flashes citrus but over all very light. Finishes drying w/o much crispness.

Creamy mouthfeel, not very crisp especially when warm. A little heavy body for a lager and maybe under carbonated, still well within the range of being good but not great.

Decent representation of a helles but I would like it to have been more crisp and light. Flavor is well integrated and the alcohol in the beginning of the flavor goes away with some warming. Decent lager but who's gonna be critical on the beach in Hawaii.

Serving type: can

05-20-2011 03:17:34 | More by rawfish
Photo of tone77


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
Photo of indiapaleale


4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - light golden straw colored with an inch of stark white fluffiness cropping the top. Its a nice sight to behold when you're thirsty.

Aroma - some citrus (lemon and bitter orange) combined with fresh grass and hay. Some sweet malt aromas as well. Not a lot going on in the nose but that is to be expected from the style.

Taste - sweet and slightly lemony as it hits the palate. The sweetness in the finish is sort of surprising as many lagers have a sort of mineral-esque dry finish. This is much smoother and sweeter and I really am enjoying that aspect of this beer, it sort of sets it apart from other similar beers that I've had. Extremely easy to drink and I can imagine that a cold pint of this on a hot day would be just what the doctor ordered.

Overall - pretty solid light bodied lager from the folks at Maui. It delivers what it says its going to and that is something smooth and refreshing. I really enjoy the finish of this beer, it is much more appealing to me than many other lagers.

Would I buy more of it? - I'd probably go for their IPA or their CoCoNut Porter over this one if faced with choosing from their three canned option. That being said, this is a pretty refreshing and light beer that would be great when mowing the lawn.

Serving type: can

04-16-2011 20:03:10 | More by indiapaleale
Photo of Genghis22


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

A - Pours a pale straw color, with a rich fluffly white head. Beer looks very clear and quite refreshing.

S - Smells like a lager. Prominent malt smells with whiffs of noble hops. Not in your face piney hops, but they are there. A sort of fruity esther is slightly detectable, possibly a pleasant by-product of the yeast.

T - Smooth and creamy. A very well made beer. Lagers are generally not something I "ooh and ahh" over, but this is a damn tasty beer. First taste is a rich malty flavor, which leads into a touch of the gentle hops. The finish is velvety, very creamy. The aftertaste is dry and crisp. A very refreshing beer.

M - Very nice body for such a light beer. Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. The beer is refreshing, without being watery or wimpy. Nice tight dry finish.

O - Overall, an incredibly drinkable beer. This would be my go to beer if I were on the beach in Hawaii. I could see myself sitting in the sun and going through a bucket of these no problem. Like I said earlier, lagers rarely tickle my fancy, but this is a damn fine representative of the style, and one I would absolutely buy again.

Serving type: can

03-20-2011 01:40:43 | More by Genghis22
Photo of BradLikesBrew


4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: can

12-31-2010 03:15:49 | More by BradLikesBrew
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