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Mana Wheat - Maui Brewing Co.

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257 Ratings
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Ratings: 257
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 16.24%
Wants: 5
Gots: 18 | 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:
18 IBU

(Beer added by: indiapaleale on 08-02-2010)
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Flatbread Company in Paia, Maui, Hawaii.

Pours a hazy light yellow orange with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is of wheat, spices, yeast, and some pineapple notes. Taste is of wheat, spices, and a pretty good pineapple flavor. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good wheat beer but the pineapple comes across better in the flavor over the smell.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2011 07:08:41 | More by UCLABrewN84
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a rather modest head for a wheat beer; leaves decent lacing, however

Smell: Wheat bread with pineapple juice

Taste: Toasted wheat bread with a developing pineapple juice character; not as sweet or as tropical as I would have expected nor does it have much hoppy bitterness, either; in the aftertaste the pineapple really comes through, however

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I thought this was going to be much more interesting than it turned out to be; should be popular with the masses

Serving type: can

04-29-2011 02:22:13 | More by brentk56
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womencantsail

California

3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I remember having this beer on tap at Stone's 13th Anniversary and thought it was really great, so I couldn't wait to crack open a can.

A: The pour is a hazy golden color with a sort of short lived white head.

S: The nose is sweet wheat and malt with some light fruitiness to it, but nothing inherently "pineappley" about it. A bit of banana and clove, too.

T: Sweet wheat with a bit of a honey flavor and some fruit juice sort of notes. Again, some hints of banana, spice, and yeast, but not really any pineapple.

M: The body is light and there's a somewhat watery feel to this beer overall. The carbonation is light to medium.

D: I was disappointed by this one. Perhaps it's a beer that fairs better being freshly kegged, because it was nothing like what I remember having.

Serving type: can

09-09-2010 07:00:01 | More by womencantsail
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

07-30-2013 02:15:42 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

12-14-2013 05:34:12 | More by jaydoc
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

11-11-2013 01:54:16 | More by kylehay2004
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GRG1313

California

2/5  rDev -43%
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.

Serving type: can

08-20-2010 04:15:25 | More by GRG1313
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: can

05-20-2012 06:08:02 | More by biboergosum
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nickfl

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

11-11-2013 01:53:36 | More by nickfl
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Where's my ukulele?? I guess I'll go ahead and pass on a bit of knowledge to everyone here. First things first, it isn't pronounced "you-kuh-lay-lee". The correct pronunciation is "ooh-koo-lei-lei" of two words, uku and lele, put together. When Portuguese migrants came to Hawaii, they brought very small guitar like instruments. They played so quickly that the natives couldn't see their fingers move. Hence, someone said: "Look. Their fingers (lele) move like fleas (uku). So, ukulele translates to "flea fingers".

As for the beer. Eh. So so. I never seem to enjoy trying many wheat beers it seems. This one is hearty, but kind of oddly earthy in a way. There seems to be some vegetal thing in on the mix here, which is somewhat different. And this touch of odd smoky kind of thing. I don't know what that's about, but I want to say it has something to do with pineapple. Overall, it is pretty drinkable, but there is something about it that seems muted. I think the pineapple are offering some unusual character to this one.

Serving type: can

08-05-2012 23:15:21 | More by RblWthACoz
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: can

11-09-2011 15:12:20 | More by Kegatron
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extra in some trade recently. Beer is amber wiht no head, no lacing and strong carbonation. Minimal haziness.

Mild fruit, some wheat, overall weak.

Beer is light in body and has a clean finish. Its OK, no real pineapple flavor, kind of thin and flat. Its not a great wheat beer, just another novelty.

Serving type: can

09-06-2010 04:50:23 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: can

10-12-2010 22:42:04 | More by Mora2000
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oline73

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a standard pint glass.

Pours a cloudy orangish amber with a small layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the glass.

Smell: A mild sweetness from the malt with a hint of tropical fruit.

Taste: Light and crisp, pretty refreshing. Some pineapple, but not way too much. Not much sweetness to speak of.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: Nice and refreshing, I enjoyed the use of pineapple. I wouldn't call it great, but I would have another.

Serving type: can

08-20-2011 03:40:18 | More by oline73
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mactrail

Washington

3.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Faint beery aroma but with a nice fruity nose. Just a quick mouthful of suds with some odd fruity flavors. Some carbonation but not so spritzy as many wheats. Light body without much malt. Just slightly tart. Pleasant and lightly fragrant. The barest hints of wheat malt.

This one makes it seem like pineapple is a natural for brewing with. Fortunately the flavor is on the subtle side. This could put the Blonde Ales out of business. It actually tastes better as it warms up a little. A beery light beer with a touch of flavor, if that's what you're hoping for. From the 12 oz can bought at Beercraft in San Diego.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-19-2013 05:11:07 | More by mactrail
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.31/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A vigorous pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a four-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head, that falls fairly quickly and leaves only a touch of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a brilliantly clear, bright gold hue. Even as I pour this beer it smells strongly of tropical fruit, a more focused waft is much the same, but add some thin beery notes of cracker like malt, dried grassy grain, and that is about it as the pineapple is definitely the dominant note in the nose.

Not as sweet, and thus, not as fruity tasting as I was expecting, the beer is actually pretty dry overall; there is a general fruitiness running throughout, but the pineapple seems to be most noticeable in the finish. Interestingly enough this is sort of evocative of some of the fruitier American hop varieties, though it doesn’t have that balancing pungency or bitterness that hops have. Cracker like malt is more noticeable in the flavor and this lingers on the palate after each sip. There is perhaps a hint of bitterness here, but it almost seems like a touch of astringency or something else from the pineapple than like a hop bitterness. The body is fairly light, though not watery, and there is just enough carbonation to provide some textured effervescence.

As expected, this is a fairly simplistic wheat beer that has been infused with pineapple. Easy drinking, not bad and it can hit the spot when ice cold on a hot Summer’s day. The pineapple definitely contributes quite a bit more to the nose than it does the flavor.

Serving type: can

09-30-2013 02:30:40 | More by Gueuzedude
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Halcyondays

California

3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can,

A: Pours a cloudy dark orange, very light head, no lace, poor appearance for a wheat beer.

S: Fruity/banana with some sweet malt, definite pineapple.

T: Banana actually comes out so it's good to see they're actually using a hefe yeast. Pineapple is nice, noticable. Fairly sweet.

M: Light-bodied, fizzy carbonation, smooth.

D: A solid wheat beer, I liked how the hefe and pineapple came together, but not a beer I'd rush out and by again.

Serving type: can

08-16-2010 02:05:06 | More by Halcyondays
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

04-13-2012 03:53:13 | More by MarkyMOD
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The CANQuest (TM) is looking to crack the marvelous 500 mark this weekend and I have forgotten who provided this gem, so if you jumpstart my addled memory, I will give you the deserved props. We have an actual Spring-like day today after the Deluge leading up to today's Rapture and Wheaties seem like the perfect breakfast beers.

From the CAN: "Handcrafted Ales & Lagers brewed with Aloha"; "Certified Made on Maui"; "Where's My Ukulele?!?!"; "Why CANs??? Welcome to the micro[CAN]ning revolution ... CANs eliminate light damage and reduce the risk of oxidation, keeping this craft brew fresher than in bottles! CANs are lighter, chill quicker, and CAN be enjoyed on beaches and in sensitive environments. Aluminum is the most recycled and most eco-friendly material. Mana Wheat is a fresh handcrafted AmeriCAN Wheat Ale brewed with malted barley, white wheat, and fresh local Maui Gold Pineapple."; "Maui's truly local brew!"

The Crack & Glug netted two rocky fingers of eggshell-white head with decent retention. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. Nose was redolent with pineapple, Woody typed dolefully. A Tom Swifty pun, in case you may have glossed over it. I postulated recently that a cherry beer with Easter ham would be good, but this would go equally well. Or with a Hawaiian pizza! I am all of a sudden hungry as hell! It may have something to do with that bowl of Maui Pineapple Gold earlier ... Mouthfeel had a real Twang! to it, like having the dentist grab your tongue with pliers and hit it with a hammer. Eye-opening! It was both sweet and spicy at once and if I ever see somebody adding fruit to this, I will take their beer from them. This was smooth as heck and the lacing was pretty as the beer simply seemed to evaporate from my glass. I got a taste like pineapple and black pepper on the tongue, to be a bit more specific, BTW. The finish, however, was all pineapple. Sorry, Leinie's Sunset Wheat, but you just got ejected from the cooler! This would be phenomenal at any time, including 01 Febrewary (Hula in the Coola Day), but especially at the beach. The honey-honeys doing the grass skirt number, me opening CANs as quickly as possible, surfers hitting the tasty waves. Bro, it's ON!

Serving type: can

05-21-2011 13:54:54 | More by woodychandler
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

03-20-2013 01:40:08 | More by DrunkinYogi
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duceswild

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

08-30-2012 02:38:20 | More by duceswild
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

LOOK: Cloudy yellow with a huge soapy head. The can slightly gushed upon opening.

SMELL: Wheat, clove, bread, must and a touch of fruit.

TASTE: Dry wheat, crackery like yeast and some fruit notes from the pineapple. Solid hop bitterness keeping sweetness in check with an herbal, earthy bite.

FEEL: Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation.

OVERALL: A nice simple wheat with a pretty good balance.

Serving type: can

12-25-2012 19:52:08 | More by Stinkypuss
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brewing with pineapple juice apparently results in a beer that looks like pineapple juice. A chunk of yeast the size of a tennis ball came out the can, but no physical remnants of it show in the glass, however, the beer has, despite being bright, a completely murky complexion as result. Fruit juice not only ruined clarity, it also seems to have killed off head retention.

The pineapple juice can be vividly smelled; it is fruity and acidic but also a little bit rank, as if they used fruit that was too over-ripe to eat. It also seems sugary enough to induce diabetic shock and has a prevalent, pleasant, almost ginger-like zest. You're getting what you paid for; if you're a fan of pineapple there's nothing to complain about.

Would it be too obvious to say that Mana Wheat tastes of pineapple? Probably. But the fruit doesn't exactly run away with the flavour - the taste of pale malt (an almost white bread level plain dosage of it) takes firm hold on the tongue, formidably holding off some of the sugar onslaught. Hops, too, are vaguely noted, helping contain all the acidic sugars.

Wheat lightens the beer and ensures maximum refreshment. Speaking of top notch, the carbonation should be lowered a rung or two; this can was under as much pressure as a well shaken can of spray paint (as the grenade-like 'bang!' hinted upon opening). The finish is sugary, no doubt, but also features that savory, zesty powdered ginger flavour.

I didn't much enjoy the (few) pineapple beers I had had to this point, but I sure did enjoy Mana Wheat. It's as refreshing as a pre-moistened toilette and is a solid example of a style that is so often predictable and underwhelming. While a bit middling, it benefits from the same high-quality craftsmanship that characterizes all Maui Brewing beers.

Serving type: can

08-30-2011 01:22:18 | More by biegaman
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drewone

California

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

07-10-2012 16:36:26 | More by drewone
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

07-31-2014 21:45:44 | More by Latarnik
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Mana Wheat from Maui Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.