Mana Wheat - Maui Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 16%
Wants: 7
Gots: 36 | 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: 353 | Reviews: 125
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 grittybrews
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy orange-amber into a tulip with two fingers of eggshell head. Light aroma of lemon and wheat with a hint of honey.

Slightly low carbonation and a creamy but somewhat thin mouthfeel. Wheaty malt up front followed by pineapple sweetness and a dry, slightly grassy finish.

Wasn't really a fan of this brew -- I thought the wheat/malt aspects weren't quite bold enough and as a consequence the pineapple just tasted watered-down as opposed to providing flavor enhancement.

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 355ml can into a dimpled pint mug.

Pours a hazy orange-golden colour with a thick white head.

Smells fruity, refreshing and quite fresh.

Tastes nicely balanced between refreshing pineapple - not very tart which is good, and the medium bodied wheat element which is firm and refreshing also.

Overall a pretty simple tasting beer, but refreshing and tasty. Would love to have access to dozens of cheap cans of this stuff.

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 pixieskid
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Med body, frothy yet slightly slick mouthfeel, fair carbonation.

Big wheat presence in the mouthfeel upfront with notes of banana and bubblegum.

Great pineapple juice note throughout, finishing clean and slightly oily.

Overall; solid hefe flavors with a nice flavor of pineapple juice, very refreshing.

A wheat beer with pineapple, perfect after a long day of surfing!

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy orange. Head is bright-white, fluffy, and sticks to the glass. Decent head retention leaves a thin cap that lasts for the duration. Carbonation looks to be on point.

Smell: Pineapple juice. Faint tang of wheat. Citrusy and a little grassy. Pineapple juice dominates. Luckily, it smells like fresh pineapple juice and not the stuff in a can. yeast makes itself know and helps to offer some balance to the sweetness of the juice. Grainy.

Taste: Pineapple juice layered over a yeasty wheaty body. Bready at times. Grassy. Some toasted malts? Nicely balanced, but the pineapple juice starts to take over after a few sips. Some biscuity notes as well.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied. Carbonation is on the higher side of moderate, but works to quell some of the sweetness. A touch dry. Drinks relatively smooth.

Overall: Not bad, but not great either. It's a nice take on the wheat beer, but the pineapple dominates in the long run and loses some of the more subtle flavor profiles.

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.

Photo of beagle75
3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft service into a goblet at Brix in Sunset Beach.

A: Clear, medium golden color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Light lacing remains on the palate.

S: Bright fruit dominates, with sweet apple, apricot, and golden raisin all detected. There is also a faint element of bready yeast but it stays subordinate to the fruit.

T: Begins off-dry, with bright mixed fruit and honey. Acidity is mild, but welcome--at home amidst the other flavors. Some pineapple character emerges in the middle, but without the characteristic sweet or tart modifier that one might expect to accompany it in obligate fashion. The finish is not bitter, but does feature a whiff of pilsner malt and more lingering pineapple.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and smooth on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This filtered wheat beer is fairly accomplished, refreshing the palate while generating interest. It is quite dissimilar to most other wheat beers, in appearance as well as other qualities. It presents itself more like an adventurous blond ale than anything traditionally associated with wheat.

Photo of WesM63
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a Weihenstephan Hefe glass.

A: Pours a cloudy straw color with a 1-1.5 finger off white head. Minor lacing and retention.

S: Smells of light clove, wheat and some pineapple.

T: The pineapple hits the tongue with almost a slight tartness or acidity, a slight hint of some wheat and clove to a crisp finish.

M: Light body, medium carbonation.

O: Overall, this is another excellent wheat beer in a can for a hot summer day.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasting notes: Unique. Rich smoky unripe pineapple with a touch of sour (yet subtle and well-integrated), a dry wheat spice (with the barest echo of cinnamon), lemony candy-like nose, fairly thick body for the style. Semi-dry finish. Fizzy. Pineapple is subtle and the wheat flavor comes through. Pleasantly tangy and refreshing. Slightly grainy. Hints of popcorn, chewed gum, and grass. Less juicy than expected.

Photo of Jimmys
4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz can into weizen glass. canned on 09/08/11... probably should have checked the bottom of the can before purchasing. too late now.

A: a hazed orange body is actually pretty bright. head consists of thick white bubbles and has good retention. mild thick lacing.

S: boatloads of banana. a healthy dose of wheat as well. pineapple. a lot of tropical, pleasant fruit aromas.

T: pineapple. bananas. not really a clove flavor, but much more of the first two. almost reminds me of drinking a pina colada or some other tropical cocktail.

M: subtle carbonation on a light body.

D: for a brew that probably should have been taken off the shelf, this is pretty tasty. definitely worth picking up if you dig the wheat brews.

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 indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - pours a slightly cloudy orangish, reddish color with about an inch of white foam that is gone almost before I can grab the camera. It quickly fades away completely leaving what looks like tropical fruit juice in my glass.

Aroma - slightly sweet and sour initially. Some wheat and malt is accompanied by a rather unique smell of pineapple juice and caramel. Its not overly sweet and actually has some citrus notes along with an unmistakeable Belgian yeastiness. Quite intriguing...

Taste - one gulp and swish around the tongue and I am sort of stunned by how well the idea of pineapple and wheat beer come together. Mana Wheat has a spiciness from the yeast that really comes out but its backed up nicely by the sweetness from the pineapple juice in a perfect way. Nothing really dominates and that acrid taste I am left with from some wheat ales is not present whatsoever. Pineapple does to this beer what it does for pork. It just makes it awesome. This is soft on the palate, sweet, spicy and extremely refreshing. Hells yeah. I want more.

Overall - Mana Wheat definitely lived up to my expectations. Another extremely solid and Hawaii-rific offering from the folks at Maui. Unique, flavorful and thirst quenching on a whole new level!

Would I buy more of it? - if only I could! I'd be stocking up on this and the other Maui cans on a regular basis.

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 soulgrowl
4.14/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A funny old beer, and one I'm always happy to see. Maybe it's the carefree joy of finding good beer in a can, still a rare sight in the UK. Maybe it's just nostalgia for my honeymoon in Hawaii. Maybe it's just that it's one of those rare beers that's interesting and unique but still refreshing and very drinkable.

Poured out of the can, it's not special to look at. A frothy parchment-white head atop a sunburnt, uniformly hazy golden body. But the aroma makes it well worth decanting (decanning?). Fruity and tropical yet spicy and bready, this is like a banana bread piña colada. Loads of cloves, allspice, and ripe banana, hints of bubblegum, watermelon, and violet, and a pervasive pineapple juice overtone. There's something mulled wine-like about it, but put through the looking glass – it's got the warming spice of a winter beer but the lively, vinous fruitiness of a summer beer. Discordant, but not unpleasantly so.

Roundly sweet with a strong flavor of toasted banana bread, a Sailor Jerry-ish spiced rum note and a twang of pineapple. It's weird. But I like it. The base is a classic hefeweizen, and really that's what this is – you could be fooled into thinking into it's just an unusually fruity specimen from Bavaria. It's a little bit slick with sugar and gluten but overall quite refreshing, and unlike a lot of wheat beers, it's not overly gassy. It doesn't rank among the world's best weissbiers but it is novel and tasty, if not something I could drink a lot of in one night. Still, it makes for a lovely treat on occasion.

Photo of projectflam86
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear yellow color with a thin wispy head that leaves little lace. I'm surprised that this isn't a little more hazy considering it is a wheat beer...

S- Faint grain with some banana and pineapple scents. A little musty.

T- Sweet citrus fruit flavors with a hint of spice. The wheat flavors are faint but noticeable and the pineapple comes through in the finish.

M- Crisp and clean with a sharp bright finish.

D- Overall this is a decent wheat beer but not quite as good as I had hoped.

Photo of davey101
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a tall pilsner glass. Looks like it was canned on 01/07/12. Thanks to wmcconvi for the extra!

A - Opaque dark yellow body. Large fluffy whit head. Actually looks like a glass of pulpy pineapple juice.

S - Wheat and a hint of Belgian yeast and spice. Really sweet pineapple aroma.

T - Wheat and subdued pineapple. A bit of biscuity malt and yeast makes this taste like a pineapple upside down cake. I could use a bit more pineapple though. Clean finish. Damn this is tasty stuff. Mouth feel comes off a bit syrupy with high carbonation.

O - This beer is awesome! The pineapple really works well with the wheat ale. Simple concept executed very well.

Photo of July2Nov
3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy orange-gold color with a one and a half inch of frothy head that subsides to a half inch later on.

Smell: Has a funky wet wheat scent with a sweet grain smell.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Just as the scent indicated...getting a "funky" wheat flavor. Lighter in body with a dry, almost menthol aftertaste. Sweet pineapple flavor comes in during the halfway mark and expands toward the end, with a spike. The pineapple flavor melds well with the wheat, but there is something just a bit off putting with the flavor. Carbonation is medium to high for this beer.

Overall: Had a few of these on a hot BBQ day and I remember liking it much better than when I sat down for this after dinner beer review. I like the unusual take on this Wheat ale and will drink this again, but not as great as I once thought it was. Might have overrated it while I was in the moment.

Photo of billshmeinke
2.4/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a nonic.

Cloudy golden color with about two finger of wheat head. Great retention and lacing. Looks pretty exceptional.

Smells of some hearty wheat , some bready yeast, but these scents are overshadowed by the aroma of pineapple juice.

Just straight up pineapple juice followed by some hearty wheat and bready yeast.

On the sweet side, but other than that pretty typical of the style. Nicely carbonated, smooth and creamy.

Who put pineapple in my hefe??? Ok, so I clearly knew there was gonna be pineapple in this, and that's why I wanted to try it. The pineapple, however, completely overshadows everything else in this beer. Couldn't drink more than one.

Photo of DavidST
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy straw color (although more clear than most wheats), with a large foamy white head. The smell is sweet, pineapple, tropical fruit. Feel is light with moderate carbonation. The taste is good enough, very light, there is some hop bitterness at the end, the pineapple taste and a little sweet malts, overall a pretty light beer.

Photo of hopfacebrew
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can to a NBB globe. No date on the can.

A - The beer pours an amber brown color with a nice 2 finger white/tan head with good retention and nice lacing.

S - An interesting aroma of the hefeweizen yeast along with a fruity pineapple, banana, citrus character. Not what I'd expect from a hefeweizen but that's ok.

T - The beer starts with a light crisp wheat malt flavor. The yeast comes into play and provides the hefeweizen flavors with a stronger banana than found in the nose, a bit of clove. The fruit really comes through with pineapple, banana, apple tones. A mild bitterness throughout. Finishes crisp.

M - Light bodied and well carbonated. A little dry.

O - An interesting take on the style. I remember when we were in Maui last year my wife picked up a sixer of this and she really enjoyed it. I found myself enjoying this time around, too. Certainly a beer we'd buy again.

Photo of abeeronthebeach
2.91/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A - Generally golden, shifting between pineapple-gold and tangerine depending on the light. Neither satisfyingly cloudy nor crisply clear. Muddled rather than muddied.

S - You can definitely catch wafts of pineapple here. Being kind, the wheat notes are subtle; being unkind they are tame.

T - Disappointingly, I couldn't really taste the pineapple at all. Most of the wheat beer I've had has been German and while it may be unfair to hold american wheat ales against this yard-stick, this beer REALLY doesn't measure up. Little to no yeast, no citrus, tastes more like a lager than a wheat beer. For me this beer can't make up its mind as to whether it's a lager or a wheat beer. This does not produce some sort of groundbreaking fusion style; it creates identity confusion.

M - Timid, thin and fizzy.

O - Had quite high hopes for this beer which partly explains my slightly scathing review. The lack of pineapple on the palate was a missed opportunity and overall this beer did very little for me. I think the explanation for this lies in my expectation of a beer which would have fruity and wheaty characteristics. If you go into it expecting a slightly wheaty lager with pineapple in the nose you might not be as disappointed. Forgettable yet drinkable.

Photo of confer
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-It looks like a hefe. Nice pale gold and hazy. Lots of lacing.
S- This has the hefe banana mixed a with a pineapple smell. Very tropical.
T- The banana starts the taste with the pineapple following. The pineapples starts out good but leaves a funky aftertaste.
MO- I know this is considered an American wheat ale and as a hefe lover I consider them when tasting the American versions as well. Saying that this one is just average. I do appreciate the use of the local fruits.

Photo of GregSVT
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a snifter

A: Pours a cloudy orange with a nice white head that fades to a ring and leaves some good lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is way more than I expected. It's citrusy yet floral like a perfume. I get big notes of corriander, jasmine, and other flowers along with the pineapple citrus smells. Very interesting aromas.

T: The taste is much like the aroma. I detect jasmine, corriander, pineapple, and sweet bready malts. I was a bit overwhelmed at first but as I drank it I could pick out the flavors and enjoy each for what they bring to the final product.

M: The feel is a strong medium body with almost the perfect amount of carbonation.

O: This is not a typical wheat beer and it's definitely something I wouldn't grab on a normal basis however it's a very nice change of pace. The flavors and aromas are big and bold although I prefer Lil Sumpin Sumpin over this in the style.

I plan to enjoy the rest of the sixer by the pool during a 4th of July party and can't think of much else that would suffice.

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

Hazy orange amber with a big foamy white head. Wheat aroma and a bit of citrus. Wheat, clove and a bit of banana with light citrus sweetness. Flavor drops out near the finish, taken over by a blandness to a clean finish. Sharp but full bodied chewy feel.

For an ale brewed with pineapple juice it’s not overly sweet or too much pineapple flavor. It’s very subtle if noticeable at all. It’s a bit too thick to be refreshing and the wheat eventually envelops the taste completely.

Mana Wheat from Maui Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.