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Mana Wheat - Maui Brewing Co.

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294 Ratings
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Ratings: 294
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 5
Gots: 21 | 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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4/5  rDev +14.3%

pjones36, Nov 16, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of AlexM
3/5  rDev -14.3%

AlexM, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Kegatron, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of lancecenter
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Very hazy orange, good head retention, average lacing.

S - Pineapple, wheat, and phenols. Nicely balanced.

T - surprisingly earthy for a wheat beer, but it works.

M - Pretty crisp.

O - One of my go-to beers. Far from your average wheat beer.

lancecenter, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of ngeunit1
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear golden-orange color with a thin finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind only a bit of lace.

S - Aroma is full of sweet pineapple juice. There is also some grain and wheat, as well as a bit of citrus and yeast.

T - Starts off with the sweet pineapple flavors with just a touch of wheat in the background. Through the middle, the grains come through a bit more with some other citrus flavors. The finish is full of sweet pineapple juice with some wheat, grain, and yeast.

M - Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a bit of a watery and thin mouthfeel.

D - Very drinkable. A bit too much fruit juice without enough of wheat beer. It is also a bit too thin and watery.

ngeunit1, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of withliterature
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

withliterature, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of zdk9
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours light orange and super cloudy with a finger of white bubbly head and threatening to add even more to the point that I have to sip down the foam before it overflows.

S- Smells intense- lots of spicy grain- wheat, rhy, some deep citrus flavor. Also some tea flavors coming out. A really great spicy aroma.

T- THe spice still comes out in the taste- lots of husky flavors. Interesting. Some tropical fruits of hops- pineapple and unripe mango.

M- Just as I would expect. Not too syrupy or carbonated- just right.

O- A complex beer for a wheat and not sweet at all. Really delish and nice.

zdk9, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of pzrhsau
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a cloudy gold with slight hints of orange and a big head that sticks to the rim of the glass.
S: While this is a pineapple beer, you definitely get hints of pear and and apple as well as a nice pineapple with no sweetness but does enhance the wheat.
T: This beer has a very bready flavor too it and only sports some slight sour pineapple flavor at the end. It is really more of a subtle finish that dries out the flavor of the wheat malt.
M/O: The beer has a nice carbonation and is very refreshing. Not too strong but very balanced considering that some of these beers with fruit can overdo it.

pzrhsau, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of Hunter
1.65/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Hunter, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of beenitty
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

beenitty, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of biegaman
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

biegaman, Aug 30, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

DavidST, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of Phelps
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Kellerweis weisen glass.

Golden poppy, slightly hazy and topped with a one-inch, mocha-colored head that pops away quickly, leaving a silky blanket laying atop. Some soft lace on the sides.

Smooth, fruity nose. Banana, pineapple, hints of pear and clove. Soft and sweet.

Fruit permeates the flavor at the front, with pineapple, banana and pear again. The swallow is surprisingly drying, displaying biscuity malt through the finish.

A strange mouthfeel, smooth and creamy yet a bit thin. Carbonation is extremely low, adding to the velvety texture.

The pineapples, applied with a deft touch, are refreshing and subtly sweet. Overall, it’s not bad. A decent beer for the pool or golf course.

Phelps, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of zander4dawin
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance - Medium golden beer with an exploding creamy head. A hazey glow appears middle of the glass. The head shrinks to about a 1/2 inch.
Smell - Big time pineapple and general sweetness.
Taste - Refreshing pineapple flavors burst at the beginning flowed by an assortive but by no means over barring hop presnse that leads to a clean yet fruity finish led by hints of banana notes. There is a slight stale, fermented fruit taste present.
Mouthfeel - Feels like juice when you're drinking it. I wish the carbonation stayed with the beer longer. Could use more bite but would make a great summer time pool beer.

zander4dawin, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

oline73, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of confer
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

confer, Aug 08, 2011
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.

Bfarr, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of flagmantho
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass. Beer foamed up immediately upon opening -- not sure if that is a bad sign or not.

Appearance: murky, hazy straw-colored body with about half a glass of pillowy ivory foam. Not bad, but the foam is pretty inconvenient.

Smell: nice wheaty aroma without much character, plus the unmistakable smell of pineapple. This was an interesting choice on their part -- perhaps one could make a black & tan with this and their coconut porter for some kind of beer-based piña colada?

Taste: despite the interesting aroma, the flavor is blander than I expected. A grainy wheat and malt flavor is backed up only by a little bit of pineapple, and that pineapple isn't the sweet and delicious foretaste but the bitter, rind-ey aftertaste. Not horrible but I feel like it could be a whole lot better.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with a decent level of carbonation (even after all that foam-creating outgassing). This beer is pretty creamy for the style; I like it.

Overall: I don't feel like I need to seek this beer out again. I admire the ambition of the brewer (Pineapple wheat ale! Seriously!), but to me this is more of a novelty beverage.

flagmantho, Jul 28, 2011
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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.

BeerAmbassador, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of Supes
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a nice hazy golden color your would expect from an american wheat. A pinky worth of head that goes away and leaves thin lacing.

Smell- Yeasty, bready with a little pineapple behind it.

Taste/ Mouthfeel- Bready with a pineapple finish. Not real sweet which is good. I feel its a well balanced beer.

Overall- I really wanted to love this one. I have a weird obsession with all things pineapple. It just didnt follow threw with as much pineapple as I would like to see. It really is a good brew, with great drinkability on a hot day. It just underwelmed me as just another good wheat.

Supes, Jul 06, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a can at Freshcraft in Denver. Poured into a pint glass.

Cloudy yellow not unlike pineapple juice. The power of suggestion? Perhaps.

Soft grains, wheat, and canned pineapple juice.

Tastes just like it smells. However, I like it. It's a slightly phony tasting hybrid "wheat" beer that just hit the spot at the time. I slammed it and I enjoyed it.

BarrytheBear, Jul 03, 2011
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.

GregSVT, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of Sky2625
2.85/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a straight-side pilsner glass.

A - Pours a hazy tan/burnt-orange gold. 8-10 streams of carbonation bubbles and a light golden cream-colored almost-foamy head of one finger that stuck around. Quite a bit of lace.

S - Pineapple right off the bat, but subdued like you'd find in a trail mix, not like a fresh wedge. Followed by a wheaty/grassy note and evidence of malt.

T - Immediate candied pineapple flavor which dominates most of the way through, not bright and tangy, but sweet and lackluster. A bit of wheaty flavor to finish, and the flavor of aluminum can through the whole experience.

M - Light-medium body, medium carbonation, but that tinny/twangy feeling I used to get when drinking pineapple juice right out of the Dole can.

D - It's moderately crisp, and a good sweet niche beer. I'm very glad I tried it, but I probably won't be trying this out of a can again. My curiosity was satisfied, but I was disappointed.

I wonder how different it would be on draught at the brewpub, with a plate of beer-fried brie in front of me...

Sky2625, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of SamN
2.45/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

SamN, Jul 01, 2011
Mana Wheat from Maui Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 294 ratings.