Mana Wheat - Maui Brewing Co.
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3.58/5 rDev +2.3%
Poured into 9oz pilsener glass. Poured a fairly typical semi-cloudy gold color with over 1/2 inch of white head that had OK retention and light lacing.
The aroma was good, a very nice blend of wheat and malt, with just a hint of yeast. The flavors started out the same, then developed a bit more complexity at the back. The beer was a bit tart, had a crisp finish and just a little bit of pineapple came in at very end.
The body was nice, crisp, smooth and dry. Drinkability was very good, knocking off a sixer while enjoying the nice summer weather would be too easy. Overall, a very nice take on the style. A very enjoyable beer that's worth your time if you see it.
07-18-2012 23:00:55 | More by beertunes
3.7/5 rDev +5.7%
I really like Maui Gold Pineapples. Every time I visit Hawai'i or California, I bring back around 4 of them. Anybody that's had them before, you know why. When I found out that MBC made a wheat ale with Maui Gold, I had to jump on it! I thought this one had a great balance between the Maui Gold and the wheat. Maui Gold is very sweet and has very low acidity to it, so I figured it would be a bit over powering, but they did a good job, not letting that happen. It's a great beer for the hot weather down here, I just wish I didn't have to bring it from Cali or Hawai'i, when I visit.
06-25-2012 04:17:39 | More by JISurfer
United Kingdom (England)
4.13/5 rDev +18%
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.
06-12-2012 16:45:02 | More by soulgrowl
3.9/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
06-05-2012 21:33:45 | More by WesM63
3.9/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
05-20-2012 06:08:02 | More by biboergosum
4.23/5 rDev +20.9%
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.
04-29-2012 22:30:21 | More by Jimmys
3.63/5 rDev +3.7%
Golden, hazy wheat look. Decent 1+ finger head with minimal lacing and retention. Smell is that of most wheats with a bit more fruit on this one. Taste follows the nose with a very fruity taste and this I attribute to the strong pineapple forward character. Nothing complex, but fairly refreshing. Mouthfeel is more like a juice than a beer. I feel that they went a little overboard on the fruit character, but I wouldn't turn one down. A simple wheat that is a bit of a one trick pony. Not sure I could drink more than one or two of these. A unique twist on a style that was a bit too fruity-
04-01-2012 23:32:07 | More by TheDinger
Mana Wheat from Maui Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.