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Mana Wheat - Maui Brewing Co.

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292 Ratings
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Ratings: 292
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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Photo of Vancoubeer
4.18/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass slightly washed to prevent head formation but this beer had so much malt and yeast I epically failed. With the immediate crack of the can you get a wiff of pineapple. Very nice. The smell up close is pineapple and a hint of grain. Really good smell. I really like pineapple so I was excited for the taste. The taste is pineapple and more pineapple with a finish of a high end wheat beer. I was really surprised with this beer. I was thinking of a wheat beer with a hint of pineapple but this was the opposite. For 2 bucks this was an amazing experience. The mouthfeel was not bad. It was not too dry and the flavor was not stuck in my mouth for that long. Overall I gave this a good rating due to the fact that this was a random find and have had no hype provided to me from friends. I would buy one can again if I was in the mood for a very and I mean very sweet beer.

Vancoubeer, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.4/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look: Golden Yellow with a 1 finger head and no retention and lots of carbonation bubbles

Smell: Wheat and pineapple not much more

Taste: Holy pineapple Batman this almost taste like pineapple juice with a hint of pineapple

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing with a medium carbonation feel

Overall: Not for me but if you love fruit in your beer than this is definately for you.

DarthKostrizer, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of OakedCanuck
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into a pint glass. from notes

A - Pours a nice yellow-orange with fluffy, bubbly white head. Lots of carbonation

S - Citric aromas (pineapple, banana, oranges). Some bready yeast

T - Very strong pineapple juice. Oranges, lemons, grass. The yeast provides a bready/doughy flavour to it that doesn't mesh well with the strong citric presence.

M - Effervescent, light

O - This would be an okay beer for sitting poolside but it just wasn't really my thing. I'd like it better if the pineapple was integrated a bit better and not just taste like a can of juice was poured in. Not too bad, not too great; average.

OakedCanuck, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of TexIndy
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass. My other Maui offering had a date stamped on bottom of the can but this one didn't. But they just entered the Texas market so it's fresh enough. Was a very cloudy honey color with great carb streams. It had a large foamy head that settled into a constant thick foam cap. Great lacing and plenty sticking. One of the best looking APWA's that I've had.

The aroma is heavy on the wheat and pineapple juice with some other fruits in the background (banana for sure and maybe a little orange). Pretty sweet smelling maybe too much. The taste is heavy on the sweet pineapple juice with not much else coming thru. I wouldn't have minded it as an accent but not enjoying it as much as the main element. Refreshing but it's a bit too much after a whole can. Mouthfeel is medium with crisp carbonation.

Overall, an interesting beer that might find a home with the masses but it's too sweet for me and too one dimensional. Accent great; lead not so much. Avail here in TX. Glad to try it as I've heard good things about Maui but one is enough for me. [N;O]

TexIndy, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of drewba
2.83/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Many thanks to beerbatvocate for throwing this my way.

A - Very light translucent straw colored with a tiny white head that stays up for about 30 seconds before it dissapears. Just a few bubbles on top with almost zero lacing.

S - Heavily spiced; coriander, clove, nutmeg with a tiny bit of banana and grassy funk.

T - I'm getting a ton of pineapple juice and yeast with an assload of coriander, clove and orange peel. The pineapple juice tastes like it's from a can that may have begun to rust and dominates. Not enjoying this a whole lot.

M - crisp and refreshing

O - Overall pretty meh. The artificial tasting pineapple juice gets old quick and is pretty distracting. I'd be really unhappy if I had another 5 of these to finish. I think this might be really good in a smoothie, if you're into drinking smoothies.

drewba, May 30, 2011
Photo of tone77
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to woodychandler for yet another canned beer for me to try. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with lots of head rushing to the top of my glass. Smell is of pineapple, a bit on the sweet side. Taste is not sweet, pineapples are present as are some wheat and grains. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is worth seeking out. This is the 4th beer I have tried from Maui brewing and all have been of superior quality. We need to get them distributed here in PA.

tone77, May 28, 2011
Photo of ThirstyCactus
1.15/5  rDev -67.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I don't know what everyone else was drinking. But this beer tastes like vomit, and smells like it too. The malt and hop aroma that may be there are masked by a pungent aroma of puked pineapple. The head was great and the beer looked stellar. But every time I brought the beer close to my face I triggered my gag reflex. This beer could possibly drive me back to watered down lager style beers. They never let you down like this.

ThirstyCactus, May 26, 2011
Photo of beagle75
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft service into a goblet at Brix in Sunset Beach.

A: Clear, medium golden color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Light lacing remains on the palate.

S: Bright fruit dominates, with sweet apple, apricot, and golden raisin all detected. There is also a faint element of bready yeast but it stays subordinate to the fruit.

T: Begins off-dry, with bright mixed fruit and honey. Acidity is mild, but welcome--at home amidst the other flavors. Some pineapple character emerges in the middle, but without the characteristic sweet or tart modifier that one might expect to accompany it in obligate fashion. The finish is not bitter, but does feature a whiff of pilsner malt and more lingering pineapple.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and smooth on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This filtered wheat beer is fairly accomplished, refreshing the palate while generating interest. It is quite dissimilar to most other wheat beers, in appearance as well as other qualities. It presents itself more like an adventurous blond ale than anything traditionally associated with wheat.

beagle75, May 24, 2011
Photo of Kshock
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Bright golden color with a little white lacing and almost no head retention.

S- sweet malts, pineapple, yeast, basically no hop aromoa...shocker ;)

T -sweet, dry, fruity/pineapple. the pineapple blends nicely with the fruity esters given from the yeast. Sweet malts underline the entire beer giving it a solid sweetness that isnt overbarring.

M- nice and light on the palate. nothing crazy here, decent carb, minor residual sugars, nice clean finish.

Great beer for a hot summer day out on the BBQ

Kshock, May 22, 2011
Photo of woodychandler
4.85/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The CANQuest (TM) is looking to crack the marvelous 500 mark this weekend and I have forgotten who provided this gem, so if you jumpstart my addled memory, I will give you the deserved props. We have an actual Spring-like day today after the Deluge leading up to today's Rapture and Wheaties seem like the perfect breakfast beers.

From the CAN: "Handcrafted Ales & Lagers brewed with Aloha"; "Certified Made on Maui"; "Where's My Ukulele?!?!"; "Why CANs??? Welcome to the micro[CAN]ning revolution ... CANs eliminate light damage and reduce the risk of oxidation, keeping this craft brew fresher than in bottles! CANs are lighter, chill quicker, and CAN be enjoyed on beaches and in sensitive environments. Aluminum is the most recycled and most eco-friendly material. Mana Wheat is a fresh handcrafted AmeriCAN Wheat Ale brewed with malted barley, white wheat, and fresh local Maui Gold Pineapple."; "Maui's truly local brew!"

The Crack & Glug netted two rocky fingers of eggshell-white head with decent retention. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. Nose was redolent with pineapple, Woody typed dolefully. A Tom Swifty pun, in case you may have glossed over it. I postulated recently that a cherry beer with Easter ham would be good, but this would go equally well. Or with a Hawaiian pizza! I am all of a sudden hungry as hell! It may have something to do with that bowl of Maui Pineapple Gold earlier ... Mouthfeel had a real Twang! to it, like having the dentist grab your tongue with pliers and hit it with a hammer. Eye-opening! It was both sweet and spicy at once and if I ever see somebody adding fruit to this, I will take their beer from them. This was smooth as heck and the lacing was pretty as the beer simply seemed to evaporate from my glass. I got a taste like pineapple and black pepper on the tongue, to be a bit more specific, BTW. The finish, however, was all pineapple. Sorry, Leinie's Sunset Wheat, but you just got ejected from the cooler! This would be phenomenal at any time, including 01 Febrewary (Hula in the Coola Day), but especially at the beach. The honey-honeys doing the grass skirt number, me opening CANs as quickly as possible, surfers hitting the tasty waves. Bro, it's ON!

woodychandler, May 21, 2011
Photo of rawfish
2.73/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the can resulting in a billowing fluffy off-white head reaching 2 and a half fingers high over a maui gold pineapple body, slightly hazy. Pretty good retention with tall clouds of lacing on the sides.

Bready malts and cereal grains combine with a wheat and overripe pineapple and soap to make the body of the aroma. Slightly grassy as well though I really didn't expect much of a hop profile.

Not what I took away from the smell at all. Malt backbone is very reserved cereal grains primarily, very weak with a slight wheat twang. Belgian white character with pleasant spices clove in particular and yeast, pineapple flavor from the aroma is completely lost. Finishes absolutely soapy and somewhat metallic.

Average body and carbonation with a smooth drink but finishes drying on top of the soap not very crisp.

Interesting concept to make a exotic wheat wit hybrid with tropical flare, I think they went a bit too overboard with the spice and yeast and much of the fruit flavor was lost, resulting in a really soapy finish. Was expecting more from this.

rawfish, May 20, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: cloudy golden yellow with 2 finger head

smell: wheat, sweet, pineapple,

taste: pineapple, sweet, tart

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: more tart then expected, it's good just very sweet.

cheers,
The CPJ

THECPJ, May 11, 2011
Photo of jminsc76
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a white soapy head atop a golden body. Decent head, though not very thick and doesn’t enlarge much as I agitate.

Aromas of oranges, mild honeybread, and tinges of wheat. I would think the wheat would be fairly prevalent. A pleasant bouquet regardless of the lack of strong wheat aroma. Oh and I may be one of the few that DIDN’T smell pineapple or pineapple juice in the nose. Perhaps if I would have read the label I may have convinced myself of the existence of pineapple smell. Hmmmm…

Similar to the aromas, flavors of orange and honey, with the wheat much more prevalent and including some tasty banana as well. The finish exhibits a little pilsner malt that unfortunately does not enhance the flavor profile.

Light mouthfeel, with a generally dry finish.

Overall, a drinkable wheat beer that has a couple flaws, case in point: a seeming lack of integration between the flavors, and an awkward finish. Imagine drinking a sweet, tasty wheat beer that finishes like a Pilsner Urquell. Some people may like that; I don’t. However, it’s decent enough to warrant another try, if not at least to appreciate what the brewery is trying to do here, namely, produce a tropically exotic pale wheat ale.

jminsc76, May 06, 2011
Photo of whatthehull
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
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

whatthehull, May 03, 2011
Photo of harrymel
2.88/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

harrymel, May 01, 2011
Photo of nach0king
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

nach0king, May 01, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev 0%
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

brentk56, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.18/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

WestValleyIPA, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of Spineypanda
4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
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!

Spineypanda, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of grittybrews
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

grittybrews, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of July2Nov
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

July2Nov, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

FosterJM, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of bsp77
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

bsp77, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of axelroderic
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

axelroderic, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of warmstorage
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

warmstorage, Nov 30, 2010
Mana Wheat from Maui Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.