Mana Wheat - Maui Brewing Co.
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3.7/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
06-25-2012 04:17:39 | More by JISurfer
3.38/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
04-05-2011 03:51:04 | More by grittybrews
3.73/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
05-24-2011 04:48:26 | More by beagle75
3.8/5 rDev +8.6%
Enjoyed this 12oz can out of a Belgian tulip glass.
A: Pours a clear light golden hue with a 2-finger white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace.
S: Fruity pineapple aroma with a decent wheat scent.
T: Crisp and fruity – mostly citrus and pineapple.
M: Medium body and medium carbonation.
O: Refreshing light beer – worthy of a try.
03-31-2013 00:07:10 | More by ckollias
United Kingdom (Scotland)
4.04/5 rDev +15.4%
355ml Can (a works leaving gift):
Cloudy yellow with a foamy, white lacing for a head.
Pineapple, a strong wheat aroma & some tropical fruits. Citrus & a touch of clove in there too.
Pineapple upfront along with some tropical flavours. Again there is some citrus backed up with some light spices and a sweet, fruity taste.
Light medium & fairly refreshing with moderate carbonation and a good, sweet and summery mouthfeel.
As expected this one is pretty tropical and fruit with a good, refreshing taste to it and one that made for easy drinking. A great tasting beer that mixes a traditional hefeweizen with tonnes of tropical flavours and somehow it works.
03-14-2013 19:24:22 | More by flyingpig
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.79/5 rDev +8.3%
Poured from a 355ml can into a dimpled pint mug.
Pours a hazy orange-golden colour with a thick white head.
Smells fruity, refreshing and quite fresh.
Tastes nicely balanced between refreshing pineapple - not very tart which is good, and the medium bodied wheat element which is firm and refreshing also.
Overall a pretty simple tasting beer, but refreshing and tasty. Would love to have access to dozens of cheap cans of this stuff.
04-06-2013 11:10:27 | More by CwrwAmByth
4.23/5 rDev +20.9%
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.
04-29-2012 22:30:21 | More by Jimmys
3.23/5 rDev -7.7%
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]
06-05-2011 23:26:12 | More by TexIndy
4/5 rDev +14.3%
Pour - pours a slightly cloudy orangish, reddish color with about an inch of white foam that is gone almost before I can grab the camera. It quickly fades away completely leaving what looks like tropical fruit juice in my glass.
Aroma - slightly sweet and sour initially. Some wheat and malt is accompanied by a rather unique smell of pineapple juice and caramel. Its not overly sweet and actually has some citrus notes along with an unmistakeable Belgian yeastiness. Quite intriguing...
Taste - one gulp and swish around the tongue and I am sort of stunned by how well the idea of pineapple and wheat beer come together. Mana Wheat has a spiciness from the yeast that really comes out but its backed up nicely by the sweetness from the pineapple juice in a perfect way. Nothing really dominates and that acrid taste I am left with from some wheat ales is not present whatsoever. Pineapple does to this beer what it does for pork. It just makes it awesome. This is soft on the palate, sweet, spicy and extremely refreshing. Hells yeah. I want more.
Overall - Mana Wheat definitely lived up to my expectations. Another extremely solid and Hawaii-rific offering from the folks at Maui. Unique, flavorful and thirst quenching on a whole new level!
Would I buy more of it? - if only I could! I'd be stocking up on this and the other Maui cans on a regular basis.
08-02-2010 21:50:44 | More by indiapaleale
3.05/5 rDev -12.9%
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.
01-20-2012 23:23:32 | More by Goblinmunkey7
2.73/5 rDev -22%
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.
05-20-2011 20:39:19 | More by rawfish
2.73/5 rDev -22%
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
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.
01-21-2012 03:15:09 | More by angrybabboon
3.08/5 rDev -12%
Appearance - Pours a cloudy, mellow, dirty orange with a white finger width head that fizzes away like soda, leaving nothing but traces of bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.
Smell - A very simple, clean aroma of wheat and pineapple sweetness.
Taste - Largely a wheat taste with faint notes of pineapple sweetness rounding out the profile. Simple, straight-forward flavor. There's absolutely nothing else to it.
Mouthfeel - Light in body with fizzy carbonation. Easy drinking.
Overall - Pretty average APWA. Simple, two note flavor. Fizzy. Fairly hefty price tag. Not a good combination. Good summer brew, but there are considerably better options at half the cost. Needless to say, I won't be buying this again.
02-22-2013 05:09:30 | More by TheSixthRing
3.88/5 rDev +10.9%
Out of a can at Freshcraft in Denver. Poured into a pint glass.
Cloudy yellow not unlike pineapple juice. The power of suggestion? Perhaps.
Soft grains, wheat, and canned pineapple juice.
Tastes just like it smells. However, I like it. It's a slightly phony tasting hybrid "wheat" beer that just hit the spot at the time. I slammed it and I enjoyed it.
07-03-2011 00:51:56 | More by BarrytheBear
3.9/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
06-05-2012 21:33:45 | More by WesM63
Mana Wheat from Maui Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.