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Mana Wheat - Maui Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 276
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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Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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

brentk56, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.18/5  rDev +19.1%

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.

WestValleyIPA, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of Spineypanda
4.22/5  rDev +20.2%

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!

Spineypanda, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of grittybrews
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

grittybrews, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of July2Nov
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

July2Nov, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%

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.

FosterJM, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of bsp77
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

bsp77, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of axelroderic
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%

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.

axelroderic, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of warmstorage
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

warmstorage, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of projectflam86
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

projectflam86, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of atigerlife
4/5  rDev +14%

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.

atigerlife, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of xnicknj
3.23/5  rDev -8%

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.

xnicknj, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of Westsidebuddha
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%

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!

Westsidebuddha, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

Mora2000, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of geryeb624
4/5  rDev +14%

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.

geryeb624, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of BlackBearForge
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%

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!

BlackBearForge, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%

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.

womencantsail, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.3/5  rDev -6%

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.

drabmuh, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of mwa423
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

mwa423, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of augustgarage
3.65/5  rDev +4%

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.

augustgarage, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of grannun
4/5  rDev +14%

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.

grannun, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of Kala1073
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%

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!!!

Kala1073, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of Xul
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden with some orange highlights, capped by two fingers of white head. Retention can't even really be called poor, as the head almost immediately dissipates and doesn't even leave any lacing in its wake.

S: Wheat up front with bananas and strong cloves, along with some light pineapple sweetness. There's also a light smokey note swirling around that is a bit of a distraction.

T: The taste mostly follows the nose, but thankfully doesn't include the odd smokey character. Wheat base with bananas and a better defined, slightly juicier pineapple character. Cloves are dialed way back. The pineapple character could be a bit stronger, it's there but rather muted.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, feels too heavy for the style.

D: Certainly not difficult to drink, but the smoke on the nose is a negative, and it's not really good enough to want more than one.

Xul, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
2/5  rDev -43%

Wheat beer made with pineapple juice.

A clear light orange with no head, even with a swirl. Looks a bit more like orange Kool Aid than beer with no head and no lacing whatsoever.

Nose is very sweet but not with the pineapple you expect; much more like Belgian candi sugar.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery and without much going for it. Light carbonation probably actually helps this one.

Flavors are simple and lacking in any complexities or character. Flavors are like a weak and simple Belgian with lots of candi sugar but with no real flavor or character - just sort of a simple light/medium sweet. No depth at all. Flavor is weak orange, maybe a hint of weak tangerine. One searches for a pineapple hint only because it's supposed to be there. I found a very light undertone of pineapple and simple sugar in the finish but only because I think I was looking for it. It may not even really exist. This one, in summary, sort of tastes like weak soda pop.

This is one I would pass on. Really not even worth the taste from my point of view.

GRG1313, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%

12 oz. can,

A: Pours a cloudy dark orange, very light head, no lace, poor appearance for a wheat beer.

S: Fruity/banana with some sweet malt, definite pineapple.

T: Banana actually comes out so it's good to see they're actually using a hefe yeast. Pineapple is nice, noticable. Fairly sweet.

M: Light-bodied, fizzy carbonation, smooth.

D: A solid wheat beer, I liked how the hefe and pineapple came together, but not a beer I'd rush out and by again.

Halcyondays, Aug 16, 2010
Mana Wheat from Maui Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.