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Mana Wheat - Maui Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 345
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 16%
Wants: 6
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Maui Brewing Co. visit their website
Hawaii, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: indiapaleale on 08-02-2010

18 IBU
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Ratings: 345 | Reviews: 123
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Photo of withliterature
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I first tried this on tap at The Draughthouse in Austin, but they only carried it for one keg. I was excited to find it in canned 6-packs at Central Market.

A- Pale golden orange and very cloudy. Pure white head that dissipated quickly (although that could be because I poured it badly).

S- Extremely fruity smell! Not subtle here. Smells like canned pineapple juice, which put me off at first. But there is also wheat, citrus, spice, and a little yeast. Smells much better once it's in the glass, and I remember liking the smell when I had it on tap.

T- Much more complex taste than I would have guessed from the scent. This beer is not sweet (!), has a good wheat-y flavor and even some hoppiness. The aftertaste is spicy and slightly bitter.

M- Perfect carbonation. Doesn't coat your palate or feel sticky. Fresh and clean.

O- I really like this beer. I do think that it's better on tap as far as smell goes, but it's fine canned. This is one of the best uses of fruit I've ever encountered, especially for a fruit that can be as cloying as pineapple. I was impressed that they managed to make something that smelled like syrupy pineapple juice taste so refreshing and clean. I will definitely be buying this again, especially as cans can be brought to the park.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Clean, with a body similar to a hefe. Tastes are dominantly wheat with pineapple juice. Wish I would have picked up a full pack of this. An interesting take on this style and one that makes me more curious about this brewery.

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-rate from a can I know is fresh:

The beer pours a hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the bubble gum with a lot of pineapple and bready malt. The flavor is dominated by juicy pineapple notes, with a little bit of wheat mixed in. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this 12 oz can.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very interesting. In addition to wheat, I get a lot of smoke. Very odd. The flavor is a mix of smoke, wheat and some citrus fruit - possibly pineapple or mangoes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of bsp77
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from tap into pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy, somewhat dark orange, with thin white head and very little lacing. Actually looks like pineapple juice.

Smell: Typical wheat malt aroma with a light spiciness and just the slightest touch of pineapple.

Taste: Tastes like a normal American Wheat - some bread, some pepper, some light citrus. The pineapple is there, but very light. I would have liked a little more of a burst of juicy pineapple.

Feel: Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Finish is just barely dry.

Drinkability: Very refreshing, especially in Maui, but this really did not seem all that different from other American Wheats. Some reviews mention too much pineapple, others (like mine) mention just the barest touch. Consistency issues? Regardless, it was still quite enjoyable and refreshing.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clouded orange golden body with a nice large bubbled white head, fine lacing spread across the glass. Aroma has a nice citrus flow to it with hints of tart pineapple around the edges. This is a pretty cool concept nice base wheat beer with Maui Gold pineapples. Flavors bring a nice fruity roll between tropical fruit/citrus blend with wheat beer base coming through. Phenolic mildly spiced character works well together. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied even soft carbonation nothing off here. Drinkability overall it's nice to have some pineapple burps rather than the typical hop burp, nice experience works well.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass.

A:: Golden (like pineapple juice) and cloudy with a towering white head.

S: Medicinal, almost metal, wheat, pineapple.

T: Wheat, barley, some sweet pineapple, bitterness.

M: Creamy

O: Refreshing, creamy, with a hint of sweetness, an enjoyable beer for hot weather.

Photo of beenitty
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally got this one as extra from Googzoid, thanks greg. Loved it so much I asked around for it and got the hookup as from lnashsig, thanks Lee.

Reviewed from notes.

A: Aggresive pour yields Golden Brown head, looks like a nice Belgian beer, nice head, but goes rather quickly

S: Fruit notes, banana, pineapple, and biscuity as well.

T: Wheat infused pineapples. Or pineapples infused with wheat. IDK, but its delicious. Fairly sweet.

M: Nice carbonation, fruit on the palate leaves you wanting that next sip, very nice depth/complexity for a wheat beer.

D: High as a kite.

I love this beer. Nothing to hype over, but definitely super delicious IMO.

Photo of LXIXME
3.12/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium sized couple fingers white to off white head settles into a decent lacing above a cloudy pale yellowish golden colored beer.

Wheat, light spices, malted grains, and I think oranges aroma.

Washed out grain malt taste with some light fruit, oranges, and even lighter spices.

A lightly dryish aftertaste on this light bodied beer.

A very light tasting beer, not much to write home about unless you need a lighter beer to cool off with after running a marathon or something.

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Actually made with local Maui pineapples. Huh - damned near every other beer I've tried on the islands evokes direct associations to this native fruit - and these guys are adding the real McCoy right to the brew - bring it on.

This beer pours a very cloudy golden yellow hue, with a teeming tower of thin, fibrous foamy white head, which leaves some randomly strewn soap scum lace around the glass as it soon collapses under its own aspirations.

It smells of edgy wheat grain, some prominent banana chip esters, some weakly sassy pineapple fruitiness, a softly acrid yeast, and subtle leafy, citric hops. The taste is more moderated, but still crisp, white wheat graininess, a more pineapple-dominated fruitiness - though I'd still like a fair bit more of the proclaimed guest ingredient to shine through - and ethereal yeast and leafy hops notes that seem to come and go at will.

The bubbles are pretty sedate, the body a rather steady medium weight for the style, and agreeably smooth. It finishes off-dry, the sweetness of the wheat and fruit holding on with little effort, as the herbal hops and leftover yeast don't seem capable of any serious rejoinder.

A pretty darned drinkable example of the style, twisted and a tad mutated for the remote island ethos - for the better, I must declare. This little fruit experiment is cute, as it just adds to an already capable underlying wheat ale.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a cloudy, mellow, dirty orange with a white finger width head that fizzes away like soda, leaving nothing but traces of bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell - A very simple, clean aroma of wheat and pineapple sweetness.

Taste - Largely a wheat taste with faint notes of pineapple sweetness rounding out the profile. Simple, straight-forward flavor. There's absolutely nothing else to it.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with fizzy carbonation. Easy drinking.

Overall - Pretty average APWA. Simple, two note flavor. Fizzy. Fairly hefty price tag. Not a good combination. Good summer brew, but there are considerably better options at half the cost. Needless to say, I won't be buying this again.

Photo of aval89
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: cloudy orange, leaning towards a light, bright amber color.. fluffy 2 finger head.. settles quickly..

s: yeast esters upfront..banana & clove.. slight graininess.. pineapple is slightly present..

t: again the yeast characters are upfront..fruity esters with a slight phenolic taste on tongue.. then you get the bit of banana & clove.. finish is slightly dry with a lingering clove bitterness.. pineapple isnt as present as i thought.. its there alright, just somewhat subtle.. tasty nonetheless.

mf: light-medium bodied with spot on carbonation..

o: a decent brew, especially for summer.. went down too easy!

Photo of augustgarage
3.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into my Ayinger weissbier glass.

Pale gold, not quite clear liquid topped briefly by a half finger of ivory which rapidly fizzes away to nothing. No real lacing to speak of either...

Strong banana aroma, light orange (creamsicle?), and faint wheat in the nose.

Bananas come forward once again on the palate, along with very low level pineapple juice notes, though these are easy to mistake for light fruit esters. Low bitterness, as the hops seem rather restrained. Slighly odd finish which is sweet/tart and somewhat grainy. No off notes though.

Light bodied, with what appears to be decent carbonation, though head formation/retention is incredibly poor.

An approachable summer beer - good for a picnic or pool party - but not too impressive on its own.

Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost murky orange yellow color. Decent white head with pretty good retention. Strong banana aroma with some spiciness and a bit of citrus aroma. Banana aroma reminds me of dried banana chips. The pineapple flavor is relegated to the background, this is not an over the top fruity beer, which I appreciate, but actually I would like to see a bit more of the pineapple in this one. The banana flavor actually takes first billing, which is a bit surprising.

Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a hazed apricot flavor, with a finger of fizzy bright-white head. This retains with a foamy ring around the edges of the glass, leaving back a cascade of light spotty lacing. The aroma has a tart juicy pineapple character to it, which gives this some zip, and works nicely with the crisp twang here from the wheat. There is just a touch of spicy grassiness to this that sits on the edges of the nose and I swear that I’m actually getting a light smidge of alcohol warmth out of this as well. That’s a little disappointing but I’m still digging the pineapple flavor of this.

The taste is similar, juicy pineapple flavor that is brightened even more on the palate by the sugary sweetness of the malts. The wheat has a crisp tart twang across the back, while some grassy bitterness here does give this some assertiveness through the middle portion of the profile. The finish on this is mostly dry but some lingering juicy sugars do seem to dwell around a bit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a lively effervescence to the carbonation that then gets more smooth and creamy as things move out into the mouth. This just has a nice firmness to the feel that compliments the overall crispness of the wheat here.

I enjoyed this. The pineapple character came off as more authentic than artificial to me and I thought that it nicely complimented the wheat flavors in this. This was crisp, flavorful, and easy drinking. I’d be down with checking out more of this in the future. It’s cool to see Maui down in Maryland now.

Photo of HalfFull
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. can brewed on the Valley Isle of Maui. Pours a light golden in color with an initially fizzy head that offers good retention and lace nonetheless. Carbonation is active and swirling as the tornado seems to rip soil up into its vortex until things balance out in a minute or so.

Aroma offers an underlying base of wheat along with some candied pineapple, almost reminiscent of a subdued pina colada as the pineapple melds with the wheat. The odd blend offers a touch of Belgian character in a way, though not really.

Pineapple jumps to the forefront in the taste department, most notably on the finish. Feel is pleasant and slightly sweet yet nondescript. An interesting brew and the pineapple influence is significant enough to toss this into the
Fruit beer category.

Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.19/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can dated 9/03/10 into my Singha little beer glass. Lightly hazy light amber/orange colored body and about a finger + of big bubbled fizzy head. Head holds for about 2 minutes or so, lacing slips from the glass as you drink, no sticking. Smells of American wheat beer (kinda corn tortilla-ish), canned pineapple along with the metallic can lining, a little flowery sweetness. Very pleasant nose. Medium light body on the tongue. The pineapple definitely comes through. Some of that wheaty goodness. Light hop bitterness on the finish. Is dry, despite the slightly sweet nose. Prickly nice carbonation. Great hot weather beer. Love.

Photo of richj1970
3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz can.

A: Straw yellow with smallish one finger white head. A bit of sticky lacing.

S: Lemon, pineapple, baked bread, pale malts. Maybe a bit of banana.

T: Biscuits mixed with subtle citrus flavors. Pineapple, banana. Some sweet malts.

M: Medium body and average carbonation. Easy drinking beer. Nice for a hot day in the sure.

O: I am normally not a big fan of wheat beers but I enjoyed this one quite a bit. I think the hint of pineapple makes the difference.

Photo of nimrod979
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a can to a weizen glass. Canned 6/29/11 I guess that's why it's only 6.99/6pack, ha.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golen orange. Huge three finger white pillowy head rises above the edge of my glass. Retention never seems to die out and plenty of sticky lacing. Lots of co2 bubbles rising to the top of the glass.

Aroma: Wheat and a big blast of pineapple, Slightly metallic. Kinda smells like a wine cooler.

Taste: Bready wheat dances with nice pineapple fruitiness. Pineapple! It's actually quite good. It walks a little on the sweet side but it's not overpowering. It's also not something I'm going to drink a ton of. I like that it has some full flavors, Even some banana and bubblegum. Makes me think of a hefe with pineapple added.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Would be drinkable any time of year but I suppose best suited for summer. Carbonation is a low and smooth. Finishes dry.

A lot of wheats can be boring, this one offers a unique flavor and wasn't bad at all considering how old it is.

Photo of GRG1313
2/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Wheat beer made with pineapple juice.

A clear light orange with no head, even with a swirl. Looks a bit more like orange Kool Aid than beer with no head and no lacing whatsoever.

Nose is very sweet but not with the pineapple you expect; much more like Belgian candi sugar.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery and without much going for it. Light carbonation probably actually helps this one.

Flavors are simple and lacking in any complexities or character. Flavors are like a weak and simple Belgian with lots of candi sugar but with no real flavor or character - just sort of a simple light/medium sweet. No depth at all. Flavor is weak orange, maybe a hint of weak tangerine. One searches for a pineapple hint only because it's supposed to be there. I found a very light undertone of pineapple and simple sugar in the finish but only because I think I was looking for it. It may not even really exist. This one, in summary, sort of tastes like weak soda pop.

This is one I would pass on. Really not even worth the taste from my point of view.

Photo of joecalderoni
3.34/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy golden color, caracteristic of many wheat beers.

S: a very classic weizen yeast aroma, with a twist and hint of pinapple and a bit of orange!

T: a very acidic taste due to the pinaple juice overpowering the wheat.

M: Medium body

O: a very refreshing beer, probably very good to enjoy at the beach!

Photo of tone77
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to woodychandler for yet another canned beer for me to try. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with lots of head rushing to the top of my glass. Smell is of pineapple, a bit on the sweet side. Taste is not sweet, pineapples are present as are some wheat and grains. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is worth seeking out. This is the 4th beer I have tried from Maui brewing and all have been of superior quality. We need to get them distributed here in PA.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows pineapple, baked apples with accompanying cloves and cinnamon, and some doughy wheat. Strong resemblance to apple pie...
Some more soft pineapple juice as a flavour, along with more doughy notes and spices. Seems lacking somewhat though.
Carbonation is much too high and the body feels a bit watery.

Photo of Beejay
3.39/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pineapple juice yellow, and incredibly hazy. Very little white head on top.

S: Light bread aromas, and the smell of canned pineapple.

T: Pineapple up front, with light bread following, and a tangy finish that ends watery.

M: Light in body, with high carbonation, and a dry finish.

O: I like the pineapple, but the rest of the beer falls a little flat for me. I can see tipping back a few of these during a summer BBQ, but it is still a little light on the flavor factor.

Photo of TexIndy
3.26/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass. My other Maui offering had a date stamped on bottom of the can but this one didn't. But they just entered the Texas market so it's fresh enough. Was a very cloudy honey color with great carb streams. It had a large foamy head that settled into a constant thick foam cap. Great lacing and plenty sticking. One of the best looking APWA's that I've had.

The aroma is heavy on the wheat and pineapple juice with some other fruits in the background (banana for sure and maybe a little orange). Pretty sweet smelling maybe too much. The taste is heavy on the sweet pineapple juice with not much else coming thru. I wouldn't have minded it as an accent but not enjoying it as much as the main element. Refreshing but it's a bit too much after a whole can. Mouthfeel is medium with crisp carbonation.

Overall, an interesting beer that might find a home with the masses but it's too sweet for me and too one dimensional. Accent great; lead not so much. Avail here in TX. Glad to try it as I've heard good things about Maui but one is enough for me. [N;O]

Photo of angrybabboon
2.76/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Note: I originally reviewed this under Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub) - oops. This is copied from there.

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 and his mother for this can

Consumed 12/30/11

Appearance: Hazy, cloudy golden orange color - a somewhat large head with some foamy, sticky lacing

Smell: Kind of smells like a weird trail mix - the pineapple really is the most prominent aroma - and it's not like a juicy, tropical pineapple-like aroma (due to hops), but rather like dry, sugary pineapple slices or pineapple candy - very strange - aside from that, there are pale malts, wheat, some spices (clove), banana peels

Taste: Slightly less weird than the smell, but not good - tons of dry pineapple - very sweet, but the pineapple flavor almost makes me feel like this should be sweeter and juicer - some spices, particularly clove - some other weird fruit flavors, including banana and tart apple - some serious wheat - there are a lot of strong flavors here, and they don't entirely work together

Mouthfeel: Medium body, sticky, needs to be crisper

Overall: Well, at least the can is cool-looking

Ultimately, I can't say a lot of nice things about this beer. It's a sub-par wheat ale with an excessive amount of dried-out, sticky pineapples thrown in the mix. I wouldn't recommend this. I'm not even sure if I would drink it again.

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80 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.