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Bikini Blonde Lager - Maui Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
good

417 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 417
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 12
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 417 | Reviews: 153
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Halcyondays
2.74/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
3.06/5  rDev -15%
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

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of BillRoth
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Zorro
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of liamt07
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of beertunes
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Tone
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of flagmantho
3.67/5  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.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of tone77
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Photo of Gobzilla
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of drummermattie02
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of THECPJ
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of xnicknj
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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Bikini Blonde Lager from Maui Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 417 ratings.