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Bikini Blonde Lager - Maui Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

149 Reviews
THE BROS
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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 3rdRowTailgater
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (278 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (588 characters)

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am not 100% sure that this is in the right place as this is the "brewpub" version where I must have the non-brewpub version. There were much less reviews on the latter, so I will contribute to the bigger performer of the offerings since 62 of 67 are for canned versions. Let's review this puppy:

Appearance: Pours a pretty clear golden yellow with a 1/4" creamy white head on top. The head was quite active, but faded back into the beer in about 45 seconds to end up as a small ring at the edge of the glass. There is no lacing left on the glass at all, and after a short while the beer looks quite lifeless in the glass.

Aroma: Initially the beer was a bit yeasty with some bread dough coming out along with some bready malts and a mild, but noticeable hop profile. After the head falls the beer isn't as yeasty, and the hops are coming out quite a bit more as it warms up a bit. There is also some light toasty sweetness coming out as the beer sits further. There is a corny note getting more pronounced as the beer warms that is starting to get a little vegetal as the beer approaches warm.

Taste: The flavor is a bit light bodied with light carbonation so overall it comes across as bit watery feeling; however, there is quite a bit of flavor left on the palate when this beer gets through to let you know that it is a beer and not some fizzy adjunct driven brew. As the beer warms up some, the corny notes that I mentioned in the aroma are coming out in the flavor as well, and the flavor is also starting to get a vegetal edge to it. There are some toasty malty notes left on the palate when the beer gets through that are somewhat reminiscent of a Munich Helles, so it isn't way off the mark or anything.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty decent beer. Unfortunately it is hard to make a beer this light that won't show something a little weird as it warms up. This one seems to be getting vegetal as it warms up, though I don't think that it was actual corn used. I don't regret getting a 6-pack of this stuff as I will surely drink it. I am not sure when I will be buying another one...but I would certainly consider bringing some to the beach sometime if Southern Star's Bombshell Blonde isn't available where I am. (2,230 characters)

Photo of billshmeinke
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (431 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (748 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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! (447 characters)

Photo of rawfish
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (1,090 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 TenHornsProud
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow with white head.

Not a lot of aromatics but some tinges of malt.

Tastes like a blond ale, a bit sweet, with a pale malt taste and some subtle yeast contributions.

Nice level of carbonation. This is an easy beer to drink with enough going on to make it worth a try. It's just a bit too sweet in the finish to make it utterly sessionable. Still, great drinker for the warmer weather. (405 characters)

Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (1,264 characters)

Photo of Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This one poured a nice pale gold with a huge white head that disappeared quickly. Lacing present.

Smell - Nice malty aroma with a slight hop presence.

Taste - Nice sweet maltiness with a hint of hop bitterness and toasted bead.

Mouthfeel - Nice medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall - A sessionable, tasty craft beer in a can. CAN it get any better? (374 characters)

Photo of Genghis22
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (1,129 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 grittybrews
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy golden yellow into a tulip with two fingers of slow-receding fluffy white head. Aroma dominated by biscuit, caramel, and hints of grass and lemon.

Moderate carbonation and a slightly thin, watery mouthfeel. Rather nondescript malt backbone with hints of biscuit, lemon, and some gentle spice on the slightly bitter finish.

Crisp and drinkable, but a little thin overall for my taste -- I wouldn't seek this one out again. Maui's dynamite Coconut Porter, on the other hand...! (493 characters)

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.64/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light golden orange. Nice creamy head. Some good lacing. Slight unfiltered look.

Smell: Sweet vanilla notes. Creamy lager smell. A good caramel touch on the nose. The hops are light and develop a light potpurri aroma. The smell reminds me of an english lager or even a boddingtons. Hints of tropical fruit. Pineapple and pear.

Taste: Wow! It starts with a caramel maltiness and then then settles in the back with a dash of powerful fruity hops. They linger with a fresh bitterness. This stuff is full bodied and balanced. The hops are sticky with slight pale notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and not watery. The hops stick to the side of my mouth. This is a treat.

Drinkability: Yes! I love this beer and will be being more. Perfect for a summer day or winter night. (781 characters)

Photo of isualum12
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

What is there to say...perfectly named beer. Bikini...I love bikinis, blonde....I do enjoy a blond. (especially in a bikini). Larger...yes I do love me a larger....

Poured out of a can which I might claim to be my favorite can I have seen in some time.
The beer is golden with about 50% visibility through it. Slight haze but I wouldn't call this beer foggy.

Taste good with nice strong German flavor. Not what I expected but I enjoyed it. There is a hint of unfiltered flavor to it but I don't think this is an unfiltered beer.

It has a full flavor on the mouthful that tingled in the back of the mouth. I wished the day was 85 degrees out and I could sit on my back patio to enjoy rather then the 45 degrees it was here in Boise. (737 characters)

Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My brother left a sixer of these in my fridge when he came out to visit. Thanks bro...

Poured from a 12oz can into a Stone Brewery pint glass...

A - Pours amber with a three finger frothy off white head. Head dissipates fairly quick, but there is a little lacing to be had...

S - Lots of bready and hoppy floral notes...

T - Sweet malts followed by a slight touch of citrus fruits. Ends on a floral hop note. Overall, a little to sweet for my tastes...

M - Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation...

D - Not a big fan of the style; however, these do make for a great session beer...

Cheers... (611 characters)

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (561 characters)

Photo of Wisconsinality
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kalei for this one.

A- Pours a light banana yellow with just a slight haze to it. Minimal head that doesn't last very long and leaves no lacing.

S- Pretty typical crystal malts and a little bit of sweetness. There is also some a little coconut and maybe some faint hops.

T- A little more going for it than your common Helles. Some malts and hops but a good sweetness like coconut. There is also something else going on with this beer. The aftertaste is like a butterfinger.

M- A little heavier than expected. Still, decent carbonation and a fair bite from it on the back of the throat.

D- Just an interesting take on a traditional style. Not great but not too bad. Like a few others from Maui, I had my fair share of these while in Waikiki. (760 characters)

Photo of gtn80
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a glass.

Appearance is a clear, golden color with a one finger head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is a bready, grainy pilsner aroma, not much hop aroma.

Taste is creamy and smooth, grain is very much up front. Crisp and clean, classified as a helles, but more malt flavor than I am used to in a helles and more biased to the sweet and malt then a true helles balance.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy. Good carbonation.

Drinkability is great, great warm weather beer, crispness and low abv leads to a great session beer. (548 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine July 2007.

Apparently, this beer is "what the sailors really come to shore for," but the Maui folks could just be referring to the hot blonde luau lady on the label. We remain unsure. Still, we dig the pro-canning information they provide.

A very pale, chill-hazed, blonde beer that's laced with a thin, creamy white head--haze clears up once the beer has warmed up a bit. Fresh malty nose. Incredibly smooth and creamy on the palate, with a well-round mouthfeel. Beneath the über-creaminess is a moderately sweet malt base with a faint hint of banana. Slight cereal graininess. A mild flash of hop bitterness attempts to pull through with some herbal notes, but its efforts are thwarted by the malt profile, especially as the beer warms. Sweet and bready in the finish.

One could easily confuse this as a Blonde Ale, rather than a Helles. Sweetness is a bit high (though not cloying), hops are not overly defined, and that expected German lager crispness and clean finish is missing. That said, it's an interesting, very drinkable brew nonetheless. (1,088 characters)

Photo of projectflam86
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a see-thru golden color with a thick foamy head that leaves nice lacing down the glass.

S- Sweet malt and a light hoppy scent.

T- Very clean grain flavor that reminds me of many other German style lagers. Sweet initially with a bit of bitterness in the finish.

M- Bright and smooth with a nice dry feel.

D- Refreshing and easily sessionable. (355 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to scottfrie for tossing in this extra can in our recent trade. Thanks, Scott!

Can poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a light pale gold with some cloudiness present. A thick 2-finger head rests atop; great retention, leaves some nice sticky lace. The nose yields notes of grass, strong lemon, and floral tones.

The mouth is highly carbonated. Lots of bubbles rising quickly throughout this beer. It's not wearing on the palate, but it is spritzy. Strong flavors of lemon, lime, and a bit of a chemical astringency that I can't place. Faint hops noted. Bitterness is low. This is extremely easy to consume. It was gone before I knew it. Great refreshing beer for the warm months, the beach, or the backyard. (717 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

100TH REVIEW!

12 oz can poured into pilsner glass. thanks for mrmiles for this during the nice cans II BIF

Pours a crystal clear pale straw yellow with a decent head which slowly fades, leaving a nice film on top while drinking. Barely any lacing.

Toasted grain, lemon grass, banana, and clove in the nose.

A bit of fruit sweetness moving into some crispy grains and light malt. Some lemony zest and soft bready flavors mix in along with some banana flavor. Finishes clear and dry with a touch of mild bitterness.

Lighter body, very carbonated, some lingering dryness. Pretty smooth drinking, and definitely not bad beer overall. This would be pretty nice as an afternoon session beer during warmer months. (712 characters)

Photo of devilben02
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Bikini Blonde pours a hazy, golden lemon yellow color with only a thin foamy white head. The aroma is a bit grainy, but it has an underlying hop profile of earth and citrus. The flavor is light, sweet, and a bit lemony. Not heavily carbonated, it is light on the tongue, making this lager an easy drinking beer that seems to fit perfectly as the light lager option from a brewery based in a small town on the west coast of Maui. (432 characters)

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