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Mana Wheat - Maui Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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254 Ratings
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Ratings: 254
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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whatthehull

California

3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted April 10th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Clouded golden orange, half finger cloud white head and no lacing

S - Pineapple, orange, sweet wheat and very yeasty. Maybe some rice? Not very complex in the smell. Smells awesome, though

T - Pineapple, orange, banana. Lots of wheat and yeast. Again, not a lot of complexity, but taste great

M - Light, carbonated and very acidic. Taste doesn't linger to long

D - This drinks as well as any wheat beer or light beer

Final thought - For $11.99 this is not worth a six. If you can find this in a single can, give it a try

Serving type: can

05-03-2011 04:10:27 | More by whatthehull
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harrymel

Washington

2.88/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Canned 03/2011

A: copper ale with near opaqueness - uber hazy. 1-2 finger peanut head which is loosely packed. Falls to a thick quilt of the same.

S: Clove, belgian-esque wheat smell. Sweet and airy. The pineapple is subdued and adds a hint of savory sweetness. The yeast owns this though.

T: Hmm, the thing I first notice is that the beer is middle of the road for wheat PA's, but the beer has a weird burnt match flavor at the end. Not so much so that it is offensive, but quirky nonetheless. The yeast continues to dominate the beer. The pineapple, again, is subdued and actually adds (IMO) a metallic finish.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Dries the palate, but in a waxy way - smooth.

O: Well, interesting take on the AWPA, but not really up my alley. The yeast overwhelms the novelty ingredient of the beer. Likely would have been better off in a lower wheat proportionate grain bill, lower SRM and body.

Serving type: can

05-01-2011 04:48:34 | More by harrymel
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nach0king

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a small wheat beer glass.

Appearance: Cloudy, minimal head and even less lacing. (I did rush the pouring, admittedly.) Little bubble race going on inside. No visible movement of sediment. Clean, unspectacular, but fine.

Smell: Pineapple, pineapple, some notes of pineapple and a little hint of pineapple towards the end. Also some pineapple. Some reviews mentioned pineapple: I don't know about that, but there was definitely some pineapple. Other than pineapple, the same floor cleaner they use in QuikTrip gas stations. (This is probably pineapple.) Now, they did say it's brewed with pineapple right there on the can, so I have no right to complain... but this smells like pineapple juice.

Taste: When it first hits the tongue, this is a magnificent wheat beer. The pineapple is there, but fades largely into the background while you get sugars, sherbet powder, bitter lemon, and... yeah, OK, some pineapple. Fades into a caramelized pineapple cut with alcohol and tartness. I wouldn't want to session this taste but for one can it's absolutely wonderful.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent and lively. No complaints. Fits the tart, refreshing style well.

When I opened and poured this I wanted to dislike it, but the first sip was like a slap on the face and a firm demand to pull oneself together. As I say, probably not a session beer, but if you like wheat beers or anything with a bit of tartness to it, do yourself a favor and give this a try.

Serving type: can

05-01-2011 02:27:33 | More by nach0king
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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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WestValleyIPA

California

4.18/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can dated 9/03/10 into my Singha little beer glass. Lightly hazy light amber/orange colored body and about a finger + of big bubbled fizzy head. Head holds for about 2 minutes or so, lacing slips from the glass as you drink, no sticking. Smells of American wheat beer (kinda corn tortilla-ish), canned pineapple along with the metallic can lining, a little flowery sweetness. Very pleasant nose. Medium light body on the tongue. The pineapple definitely comes through. Some of that wheaty goodness. Light hop bitterness on the finish. Is dry, despite the slightly sweet nose. Prickly nice carbonation. Great hot weather beer. Love.

Serving type: can

04-19-2011 20:50:01 | More by WestValleyIPA
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Spineypanda

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color.
Smell is of pineapples and wheat. Very interesting. I expect this beer to be sweet when tasting.
Taste is actually only a little sweet, but I can tell the sweetness comes from the fruits. A good wheat flavor up front but really followed by that pineapple quite strongly.

Great beer!

Serving type: can

04-16-2011 06:10:47 | More by Spineypanda
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grittybrews

Washington

3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: can

04-05-2011 03:51:04 | More by grittybrews
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July2Nov

Hawaii

3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 06:46:02 | More by July2Nov
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FosterJM

California

3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

297th review on BA
can to pint glass

App- It's brewed with pineapple juice and this is just slightly darker with yellow and orange. Nice 1 1/2 finger head to it. Took a bit of time to dissolve. A little bit of cling at the top of the glass.

Smell- Nice mix of earthy, pineapple, sweet malts and some green apples.

Taste- It's good. Has that nice wheat base with a little twist. More pineapple would have been good. Has that nice wheat beer tinge as well. A little sweat, a little yeast(tasted like it at least)

Mouth- Light bodied with a high carb level. Crisp, clean and refreshing.

Drink- A small tasty little beer in a can. Good with clean flavors and quite refreshing.

Serving type: can

03-07-2011 04:44:49 | More by FosterJM
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bsp77

Minnesota

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

Serving glass: Poured from tap into pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy, somewhat dark orange, with thin white head and very little lacing. Actually looks like pineapple juice.

Smell: Typical wheat malt aroma with a light spiciness and just the slightest touch of pineapple.

Taste: Tastes like a normal American Wheat - some bread, some pepper, some light citrus. The pineapple is there, but very light. I would have liked a little more of a burst of juicy pineapple.

Feel: Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Finish is just barely dry.

Drinkability: Very refreshing, especially in Maui, but this really did not seem all that different from other American Wheats. Some reviews mention too much pineapple, others (like mine) mention just the barest touch. Consistency issues? Regardless, it was still quite enjoyable and refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2011 01:52:00 | More by bsp77
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axelroderic

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

So far I am very impressed by everything from Maui Brewing Co. Ingredients are top-notch -- great unique flavors you won't find anywhere else -- and they put a lot of care into brewing. I wish I could get anything from Maui Brewing Co in Missouri.

A: Don't know... only had the opportunity to drink straight from the can.

S: Lots of pineapple.

T: Great if you like pineapple. Don't taste any hops.

M: Light, not overly carbonated.

D: You can easily drink several of these in one sitting.

Serving type: can

12-14-2010 07:24:58 | More by axelroderic
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warmstorage

California

3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I like Maui's other offerings quite a bit, but this one is a little weird.

12 ounce can, apparently dated 9/10/10, was $2 at Liquor Collection, Honolulu (was part of a $7.99 mixed 4 pack of Maui cans: one each of IPA, Coconut Porter, Bikini Blonde lager, and this heat.) Sidenote: the overengineered plastic four pack and six packs carriers that Maui uses are a little, well, overengineered and resource intensive.

I like craft beer in cans; Maui seems to consistently spurt up when I open them, even cold, not shaken, etc. This is true for all four of the styles I've bought in the last couple days.

Appearance: deep opaque hazy orange, appears thick/viscous. Doesn't retain hardly any of the off-white head. Pretty, but I wish it retained a little head.

Smell: Distinct phenolic, hints of lactic. A little fruit, but only when I look for it. No noticeable hopiness. The slightly sour/lactic predominates. Weird: is this beer supposed to smell like this?

Taste: Once again, the sour/lactic notes predominate. Slightly astringent, quite acidic. Only find hints of the pineapple juice when I look for it. I LOVE sour beers, love lacto, love brett, but I'm confused: is this beer really supposed to be like this, or did I get an unintentionally soured batch? I'm going to try this on draft at Ryan's later, and see if I get the same sour notes.

Mouthfeel: Thick, full, slightly viscous. Fine, but not really right for style.

Drinkability: Like I said, i love sour beers, so I find it highly drinkable, and will drink more on this trip. Others tastes will likely vary on this question, if their examples are as sour as mine.

Overall, just a weird beer. I'll try it again on draft and see if I feel the same way.

Serving type: can

11-30-2010 22:46:26 | More by warmstorage
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projectflam86

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: can

11-07-2010 23:41:31 | More by projectflam86
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atigerlife

Hawaii

4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly dark golden with a HUGE chunky head taht dissipates rather quickly but leaves residual. Slightly murky. Decent amount of carbs rising.

Aroma is sweet, musty and lightly spiced.

Taste has pineapple coming throught loud and clear. Wheat, yeast and light hops make an appearance.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly cleansing. Crisp.

Overall, very drinkable. Interesting. Due to ABV and refreshing taste you can definitely have a few of these.

Serving type: can

10-25-2010 02:34:33 | More by atigerlife
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz can with 9/3/10 date poured into pint glass. thanks to mrmiles for this during the nice cans II BIF

Pours a hazed straw yellow with orange hints. A light head fades into a film which leaves a few spots of lacing on the glass.

Plenty of wheat, banana, clove, and some pineapple in the nose.

Begins sweet with some toasted wheat and fruit flavors. The pineapple and citrus zest is super apparent, with plenty of juicy tendencies. It's tough to tell what's going on towards the end, as the beer seems to turn into straight pineapple juice, especially during the aftertaste.

Lighter body, clean and crisp. I suppose this is refreshing, but the pineapple kinda throws everything off, especially during the end. Final verdict = too sweet.

An interesting beer, but the advertised component blew away most of the other attributes which could have made this better.

Serving type: can

10-21-2010 05:59:08 | More by xnicknj
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Westsidebuddha

California

3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought at Bev-Mo, Pasadena, Calif

Poured a dark yellow into Steinlager glass. The smell of pineapples are definitely there. Taste of a wheat ale with pineapples. Good mouthfeel. It has a refreshing taste to it. Good drinkability. Pineapple juice with a bite!

Serving type: can

10-13-2010 07:09:08 | More by Westsidebuddha
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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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geryeb624

Maryland

4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass. Thanks a ton Kala!

A- Cloudy golden color with 2-3 fingers of fluffy white head. Not great retention but very nice lacing.

S- Interesting. Not picking up the typical banana and clove, though fruit and spice are there. Yeasty and fruity, the pineapple does make an appearance, as does something I think is cinnamon-like. Almost reminds me of a pumpkin ale in a weird way.

T- Crisp and fruity, but again no banana and clove here, which is a plus for me. Very light tasting, with some juicy fruitiness from the pineapple and crispness from the wheat. Strange medicinal taste comes through also though, though this goes away and I believe comes from the spicy yeast, which comes through after a few sips.

M/D- Nice creamy mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Goes down very easy and is quite refreshing.

Very nice wheat ale with some interesting flavors. Nice fruitiness, but the medicinal flavor is a bit off-putting at first. Once it dies down a bit, this is good stuff. Overall, very nice.

Serving type: can

10-01-2010 06:14:51 | More by geryeb624
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BlackBearForge

Florida

3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mana Whaet pours a hazy lucent gold tinged peach color with a big foamy head that falls quickly leaving just a little oily lacing.

The light aroma has a nice wheat malt scent with a pineapple-banana-citrus background.

The flavor has a nice swetish banana-pineapple taste backed by a a nicely bitter clean wheat malt background. Somewhat spicey-peppery as well with little in the way of a hop profile which is appropriate. Finish is nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is light without being watery, overall smooth but with just a little roughness from carbonation.

Light, refreshing and easy drinking. No overwheliming flavors. A nice wheat ale from the isles. I wish I were there drinking this!

Serving type: can

09-19-2010 21:55:15 | More by BlackBearForge
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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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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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mwa423

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours like shaken up soda, lots of white head that quickly dies down to nothing at all (no lacing, etc.)

S - Light and wheaty with a slight citrus from the pineapple juice. Very light smell but about average for style.

T - The pineapple juice fills the mouth first and then the wheatyness fills out the body. There is a slight bitterness at the end but this is an excellent example of the style with an interesting pineapple twist.

M/D - Mouthfeel is thin and light but not watery (an improvement over most of this style). Very drinkable beer that I could easily see a sixer being killed by accident just going one after the other.

Serving type: can

09-01-2010 01:37:50 | More by mwa423
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augustgarage

California

3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into my Ayinger weissbier glass.

Pale gold, not quite clear liquid topped briefly by a half finger of ivory which rapidly fizzes away to nothing. No real lacing to speak of either...

Strong banana aroma, light orange (creamsicle?), and faint wheat in the nose.

Bananas come forward once again on the palate, along with very low level pineapple juice notes, though these are easy to mistake for light fruit esters. Low bitterness, as the hops seem rather restrained. Slighly odd finish which is sweet/tart and somewhat grainy. No off notes though.

Light bodied, with what appears to be decent carbonation, though head formation/retention is incredibly poor.

An approachable summer beer - good for a picnic or pool party - but not too impressive on its own.

Serving type: can

08-30-2010 06:31:07 | More by augustgarage
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grannun

California

4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Leilani's on the Beach in Lahaina, HI

Appearance is a nice cloudy orange, clearly unfiltered, just the way I like it. Smells of wheat and pineapple, strong on both and nothing else distinctive. Taste is the same as smell, a nice unfiltered wheat taste with moderate to strong carbonation and a nice pineapple flavor. Very drinkable, and very impressed. I would definitely order this beer again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2010 18:40:01 | More by grannun
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Kala1073

Hawaii

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

Stopped by at one of my favorite beer stores and discovered they had the new mana wheat in by Maui brewing! Picked up a sixer and went to a friends house to share it with her. It pours a really golden color mixed with a little orange in it. The beer is hazy, but not to dense. The smell was what you would expect from a wheat beer with the little exception of pineapples, yep, pineapples. The taste was yeasty, but the acidity of the pineapples really balanced out the flavor quite well. It was going down nice and smooth on a hot Hawaiian day!!!

Serving type: can

08-23-2010 03:02:21 | More by Kala1073
Mana Wheat from Maui Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.