Mana Wheat - Maui Brewing Co.
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1.15/5 rDev -67.1%
I don't know what everyone else was drinking. But this beer tastes like vomit, and smells like it too. The malt and hop aroma that may be there are masked by a pungent aroma of puked pineapple. The head was great and the beer looked stellar. But every time I brought the beer close to my face I triggered my gag reflex. This beer could possibly drive me back to watered down lager style beers. They never let you down like this.
05-26-2011 02:57:50 | More by ThirstyCactus
1.65/5 rDev -52.9%
So happy to see this brewery's offerings on the mainland after discovering them a couple summers ago while on vacation in Maui. I had their lager and coconut porter while I was there and I loved them.
This one? Not so much. Beer pours a cloudy copper color, thin head that dissipates quickly. Notes of pineapple, wheat, malt on the nose. Some unpleasant muskiness, too. Taste is rather flat and uninspiring. Honestly, it reminded me on some of my earliest efforts at homebrewing, using homebrew kits instead of fresh ingredients.
Mouthfeel is thin and watery, some brackish aftertaste. Won't be back to this one.
09-02-2011 19:20:21 | More by Hunter
2/5 rDev -42.9%
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.
08-20-2010 04:15:25 | More by GRG1313
2.4/5 rDev -31.4%
Look: Golden Yellow with a 1 finger head and no retention and lots of carbonation bubbles
Smell: Wheat and pineapple not much more
Taste: Holy pineapple Batman this almost taste like pineapple juice with a hint of pineapple
Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing with a medium carbonation feel
Overall: Not for me but if you love fruit in your beer than this is definately for you.
06-20-2011 20:42:17 | More by DarthKostrizer
2.45/5 rDev -30%
Pours out a thickly hazed golden color liquid. Some mildly white head. Seems cloudier and thicker-looking than most wheats. Not a great look. Smell is heavy on sweet citrus pineapple, one dimensional and almost no wheat malt to be found. Overpowered by the strength of the pineapple juice. Taste, too, is overwhelmed by the initial burst of pineapple juice. Almost all other wheat beer traits are lost underneath the overwhelming citusy, punch-like taste. If they were trying to make a sweet beer, it's not sweet enough. If they were trying to make a balanced wheat beer, it's too sweet. This beer just can't find it's center. Finishes with a mildly cloying sweet but watery finish. A little dry on the palette. Other than that, all I can taste is pineapple juice. No soft wheat malt, not hops whatsoever, which might have complimented the citrus nature of this beer well. Mouthfeel is fairly well bodied and structured.
Overall, this beer needs to be taken back to the drawing board. A good idea that just doesn't pan out.
06-30-2011 23:47:41 | More by SamN
2.73/5 rDev -22%
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
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.
01-21-2012 03:15:09 | More by angrybabboon
2.73/5 rDev -22%
Poured from the can resulting in a billowing fluffy off-white head reaching 2 and a half fingers high over a maui gold pineapple body, slightly hazy. Pretty good retention with tall clouds of lacing on the sides.
Bready malts and cereal grains combine with a wheat and overripe pineapple and soap to make the body of the aroma. Slightly grassy as well though I really didn't expect much of a hop profile.
Not what I took away from the smell at all. Malt backbone is very reserved cereal grains primarily, very weak with a slight wheat twang. Belgian white character with pleasant spices clove in particular and yeast, pineapple flavor from the aroma is completely lost. Finishes absolutely soapy and somewhat metallic.
Average body and carbonation with a smooth drink but finishes drying on top of the soap not very crisp.
Interesting concept to make a exotic wheat wit hybrid with tropical flare, I think they went a bit too overboard with the spice and yeast and much of the fruit flavor was lost, resulting in a really soapy finish. Was expecting more from this.
05-20-2011 20:39:19 | More by rawfish
2.83/5 rDev -19.1%
Many thanks to beerbatvocate for throwing this my way.
A - Very light translucent straw colored with a tiny white head that stays up for about 30 seconds before it dissapears. Just a few bubbles on top with almost zero lacing.
S - Heavily spiced; coriander, clove, nutmeg with a tiny bit of banana and grassy funk.
T - I'm getting a ton of pineapple juice and yeast with an assload of coriander, clove and orange peel. The pineapple juice tastes like it's from a can that may have begun to rust and dominates. Not enjoying this a whole lot.
M - crisp and refreshing
O - Overall pretty meh. The artificial tasting pineapple juice gets old quick and is pretty distracting. I'd be really unhappy if I had another 5 of these to finish. I think this might be really good in a smoothie, if you're into drinking smoothies.
05-30-2011 06:23:52 | More by drewba
Mana Wheat from Maui Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.