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Mana Wheat - Maui Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 123
Hads: 361
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.1%
Wants: 8
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

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Beer added by: indiapaleale on 08-02-2010

18 IBU
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Reviews: 123 | Hads: 361
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (407 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows pineapple, baked apples with accompanying cloves and cinnamon, and some doughy wheat. Strong resemblance to apple pie...
Some more soft pineapple juice as a flavour, along with more doughy notes and spices. Seems lacking somewhat though.
Carbonation is much too high and the body feels a bit watery. (350 characters)

Photo of nimrod979
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a can to a weizen glass. Canned 6/29/11 I guess that's why it's only 6.99/6pack, ha.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golen orange. Huge three finger white pillowy head rises above the edge of my glass. Retention never seems to die out and plenty of sticky lacing. Lots of co2 bubbles rising to the top of the glass.

Aroma: Wheat and a big blast of pineapple, Slightly metallic. Kinda smells like a wine cooler.

Taste: Bready wheat dances with nice pineapple fruitiness. Pineapple! It's actually quite good. It walks a little on the sweet side but it's not overpowering. It's also not something I'm going to drink a ton of. I like that it has some full flavors, Even some banana and bubblegum. Makes me think of a hefe with pineapple added.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Would be drinkable any time of year but I suppose best suited for summer. Carbonation is a low and smooth. Finishes dry.

A lot of wheats can be boring, this one offers a unique flavor and wasn't bad at all considering how old it is. (1,001 characters)

Photo of gottabetweed
2.96/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a pale hazy yellow. Medium head with a good amount of lacing on the glass

Smells is very faont, hard to pick up much of anything on the nose.

Tastes of slight banana, and pineapple? Wheat taste is evident.

Mouthfeel is thick and substantial, like a good wheat be should be.

Overall a nice wheat beer. Would be good for the summer around the pool. Not stellar. (370 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold with a hint of amber. Head disappears by the end of the beer with minimal lacing on the glass. Cloudy. Aroma and the description on the can set expectations high - wheat smell with citrus and definite sweeter fruit from the pineapple. Taste decent for a wheat but the pineapple is subtle and does little to enhance the citrus flavors. I respect the subtle fruit but at the same time left me wishing for more. (419 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (1,029 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (670 characters)

Photo of JISurfer
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (585 characters)

Photo of soulgrowl
4.14/5  rDev +17.9%
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. (1,551 characters)

Photo of WesM63
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (453 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (1,407 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
4.22/5  rDev +20.2%
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. (725 characters)

Photo of TheDinger
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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- (593 characters)

Photo of joecalderoni
3.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy golden color, caracteristic of many wheat beers.

S: a very classic weizen yeast aroma, with a twist and hint of pinapple and a bit of orange!

T: a very acidic taste due to the pinaple juice overpowering the wheat.

M: Medium body

O: a very refreshing beer, probably very good to enjoy at the beach! (312 characters)

Photo of hopfacebrew
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (898 characters)

Photo of davey101
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (669 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, canned on 6/29/11
DFH signature glass

A: Pours a light hazy yellow orange color. Three fingers of big bubbled bright white head. Tons of carbonation streaming off the bottom of the glass.

S: It's an older beer, too old to be being sold but it still smells pretty clean and good. It smells of sweet pineapple fruit. Sweet wheat malt too.

T: It's very carbonated. Almost overly. I really can't complain about about this one, it's old yes but the flavors are still there. It's a solid wheat minus the Belgian yeast strains. You still get some of that pineapple flavor which is really pleasant. Dry close.

M: Medium bodied. (633 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Welcome to DC Maui Brewing Company!

Wheat beer with pineapple juice huh? Gimme!

Served in a tulip.

A: Poured a bright, bright orange color, with a very tropical flair visually. The uniformly cloudy brew boast about a finger or so white head that retained itself throughout the session.

S: I know this was supposed to be pineapple based, but I got more mango husk than anything. Also, I got a great deal of rose petal in there as well.

T: While I enjoyed this, I thought it seemed a tad watered down. It was almost as if somewhere there once existed a more concentrated version of this, but then someone diluted it. Still though, the wheat was there and so was the tropical goodness. One dimensional, yet effective.

M: Spritzy enough and comforting to the palate, with the fruit playing a nice duet with the wheat. I actually could have used a tinge more sweetness... but that's just me.

O: I think I had tons more affection for this brew than just about everyone else who has reviewed it so far, and that's totally cool. I dug the fresh fruit and the light body. I could pop a few of these around the pool in the summertime. (1,131 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
2.76/5  rDev -21.4%
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. (1,324 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.06/5  rDev -12.8%
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. (991 characters)

Photo of atomicbeer
3.01/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours an almost opaque cloudy gold-orange with a huge off-white head. Head has many different size bubbles from mousse to rocky. Aroma is Wheaties in unsweetened pineapple juice plus some sharp clove from the yeast. Taste is flat, a little cardboardy, but goes down easy. The little bit of pineapple in the taste needs some sweetness or maybe just more of the flavor or added carbonation. From the appearance I expected this to be more like a hefeweizen but there is none of the zip of a good hefe. This might be a decent beach beer (especially considering the can) or might be paired with a pineapple burger to effect. (619 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy straw color, aroma of a sweet beer and pineapple juice,
Light beer with pineapple flavor. But not artificial, tastes like actual pineapples.

Not my thing but not bad. There’s a time and a place for a beer like this. I’d have another while grilling out or toobing down the river. (291 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (494 characters)

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

12oz Can - Thanks to frenchy for this one

Appearance – Hazy amber colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone and there are some floaties/chunks in the beer.

Smell - Grains/wheat, lemons, coriander/cloves, banana, pineapple, apples

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of wheat mixed with pineapple and a bit of coriander. I can pick up on the alcohol, which is strange. There is also a strong herbal taste and coriander/cloves and a hint of banana. It ends with a slightly tart spicy aftertaste.

Overall – I was hoping this would have a little more ripe pineapple taste. It's more of a unripened pineapple flavour going on. It's a good beer that I'm happy I chance to try, but I wouldn't seek it out. (908 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (1,565 characters)

Mana Wheat from Maui Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.