Mana Wheat | Maui Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Maui Brewing Co.
Hawaii, United States | website

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
18 IBU

Added by indiapaleale on 08-02-2010

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of davey101
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of Chaney
4.12/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of angrybabboon
2.76/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of atomicbeer
3.01/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of lancecenter
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of withliterature
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of zdk9
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Hunter
1.68/5  rDev -52.4%
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.

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Photo of beenitty
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of DavidST
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of Phelps
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of zander4dawin
3.02/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of oline73
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of confer
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Bfarr
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Mana Wheat from Maui Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.